Incredibles 2

How are you all? We had a busy weekend. My husband and I went to see Incredibles 2, then Saturday I spent going through some storage with my sister.

Before the movie we went to a Thai restaurant. I love curry and most Thai food. This time we got the Massaman curry, which is a peanut sauce with potatoes and cashews. It’s one of my favorites, and they did a great job. Then we went to the movie.

If you haven’t seen the first Incredibles movie, you might not enjoy this one, but it’s been 14 years since the first movie came out! I couldn’t believe it has been that long! This one takes up more or less right after the first movie ends. I thought it did a great job of staying true to the original characters and feel of the original, while having some fun new ideas. My favorite scene was the fight between baby Jack-Jack and a raccoon. Hilarious!

One warning – they start the movie with an alert that there’s a scene with flashing lights that might affect people with a seizure disorder. I don’t have seizures, but I do find that flashing lights can trigger a migraine for me, so when the scene came up – it starts with a villain fight – I closed my eyes until it was over. It was intense! But I missed most of it.

Not a lot of reading right now, but I am mostly enjoying an audio collection of some stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some stories are better than others, but it was still fun.

Happy reading to all of you!

 

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Summer reading program 2018

Our local library is doing another fun summer reading program, but this year I am off to a slow start. I did finish an audio book recently, Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. It’s book 2 in the Calderon series and it was a good summer page turner. There were a few things that bugged me, but I already downloaded the library copy of book 3.

 

What are you reading – June 2018

One of the things I’m excited about with this trip is reading! I know, I do that anyway, but what can I say? I’m a serious bibliophile! I need my fix! Here’s what I’m reading right now. 📚

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. This is a collection of his shorter works related to the Cosmere. Some of them I have read before, but I just finished a longer story about Kelsier from Mistborn which made me even more excited to re-read that with by book club later this year.

Zero Limit by Jeremy K Brown. I found this one through Kindle Unlimited. It’s a sci fi set on the moon.

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. This one I got as a digital audio book from the library, but my loan expired, so I have to put it on hold until I get another copy. Enjoyable magic based story.

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. Creepy supernatural mystery about a woman whose husband buried her alive. Great premise, but I’m having trouble sticking with it.

That’s all for me. Too many at once really, but that’s how I roll. What are you reading?

5 Thrillers in my TBR

Thrillers are so hot right now. I haven’t read a ton of them, but there are definitely times when I’m in the mood for a book that will have me on the edge of my seat. Here’s some I’m looking forward to.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror, reminiscent of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

White Bodies by Jane Robins

A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another–and ourselves.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds

In a novel of mounting psychological suspense, a young mother follows a dangerous path to find her missing husband.


What do you th ink? Any that catch your eye? What thrillers are you reading?

 

 

Reading Goals

How are all of you coming along with your reading goals for this year? I didn’t have a lot of goals, exactly, but I had my GoodReads goal of 250 books this year. So far I’m at 139 finished (and it includes books I DNF). That puts me at 56% of my goal already.

Now of my books I was hoping to get to this year. I’m not doing so great at reading the books off my shelves. I keep getting distracted by new releases, books from the library, even new purchases. I need to do better at that. I have gotten rid of some books, though, and I have a few more I need to find a new home for.

I also made some progress on the book video front! We finished filming the video – I won’t tell you what book it is but it’s a YA western – but we’re still editing it. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it so far, as a first try.

As far as writing goes, I have barely started a new book and I am not doing so well at keeping up with my writing goals. I need to carve out more time on the computer to actually work on my book.

What about you? How are your reading goals for 2018 coming along?

 

What Are You Reading?

Hey bookies! I’m back from a little break and I thought I’d check in and let you know what I’m reading.

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First up is a book I got for Christmas called The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen. I’ve read one of his books before and I really liked his writing. It might sound a little dry, but if you like nature programs or travel adventures, you’d love this. I just finished A section on Komodo dragons and it was fascinating stuff.

I’m also reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This one is for book club and I can definitely say it is not one I would have picked up on my own. It seems like it was written for book clubs, where there’s a lot of vaguely unhappy characters (all White, of course) who don’t do much of anything. Not enjoying it at all.

I hope that you are enjoying your books!

What are you reading ?

I usually do these posts on Monday, but I missed it this week. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, but things are picking up.

My current audio book is Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. Kate rides up on her horse Silver to discover her father’s been murdered and the gang responsible is getting away. She disguised herself as Hate and heads off after them, Colt Revolver at her side. This one starts off with a bang and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

I’m also reading a nonfiction book, The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen. Islands have been crucial to our understanding of biology and evolution for hundreds of years, but they still have a lot to teach us about survival.

Finally, I’m working on There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA  by Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp for review. It’s been great for me to read about another family’s genealogy, but it’s not a quick read.

I also realized I have a couple of Audible credits available, so I’m trying to decide what I want to listen to next.  Give me your best recommendation!

 

Thursday Throwback!

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This post appeared last year, but I thought I would share it again here. Some of these books have been popular with reviewers, but I really didn’t like them.

Book Sins

I hate to single out books for hate, so I thought of a a way to do it without getting too nasty. You could still figure it out if you try, and if you really want to know, you could send me a private message and I’ll tell you, but I’m not trying to single out anyone for unfair criticism here. After all, it’s just my opinion. But there are some things that really bugged me about these books and I think it’s fair to warn you if you’re planning to read them.

  • A, S D by M K – cozy mystery. Tried too hard. Why do cozies do this? They remind me of the kids at school who want to be liked so much that they wear the latest fashion, attach themselves to the coolest crowd, and try to fool everyone into thinking that they belong. If you have to try that hard, you’re not cool. Your humor either works, or it doesn’t, and desperation is not helping.
  • TWWBK by KC – biography. Speculation. Look, either it’s biography or it’s fiction, but quit trying to be both. If you don’t have the sources to back up your guess work, just write it as historical fiction. Don’t try to sell it as non-fiction. You’re just irritating your readers.
  • A&TFK by SP – YA romance. General grump here. I think I was the wrong audience, but hey, tell your characters to quit whining already. You’re in Paris. That’s not too bad. Enjoy it already.
  • F by MRC – could you be more depressing? a druggie kills a kid and goes to prison? Why did I read this? My fault here, I should have expected it to be bleak.
  • Y by CK – thriller. This book does nothing by glorify stalking. It is disturbing and horrible. Why is this rated so highly? And why are some readers defending him? He’s a stalker, abusive, and a murderer. There’s no defense.

Those were my 1 star reads of the year. I may end up with more. Did you guess any of them? All of them? Some weren’t too hard.

 

Currently reading, April 4

I’m a little late with today’s post, but still here! I’m currently reading Fire Watch by Connie Wills. I love Connie Willis. She is a science fiction writer whose books focus more on relationships and how they are impacted by technology than laser blasts and weirdo aliens. This book is a collection of short stories and I’m really enjoying it so far.

I’m also struggling through Jodi Lynn Nye’s book The Unexpected Apprentice. This one was published in 2007, but I feel like it’s kind of showing its age. That’s not really that long ago, but IDK, it just feels a little dated. She’s an author who started around the same time as Willis did, maybe a little earlier, but I always saw her work in anthologies and as a co-writer. This is the first one of her solo books I’ve read, and it’s not bad, it’s just not really good either.

I’m currently listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. This was recommended to me by someone on Library Thing and it’s not what I expected. It’s memoir about the author dealing with the loss of her father by adopting and training a hawk for hunting. It’s kind of a random subject, but it’s been a surprisingly emotional read for me. This week marks 7 years since my dad’s death, so the timing is really perfect.

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

Book Haul

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I love new books! 💓💖💕💟💞 Nothing like nice new books to make you to get all the books you are supposed to be reading, right? I am working on a Net Galley book right now, but that didn’t stop me from getting a few new ones for myself.

A Dead Liberty by Catherine Aird. I have mentioned this author before. She writes dry little English police mysteries that I really love. Her older books have been out of print for a while, but they are available now on Kindle so I’m slowly buying the backlist. This one is about a woman who may have poisoned her lover, but the police can’t get her to talk.

The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte Yonge. This was described as an early feminist satire on marriage and courtship. I don’t know much more about it, but this edition was free, so I thought it was worth looking at.

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds. This was my Kindle First pick of the month. Some of those have been great, some not so much. This book sounds like a creepy domestic thriller. I’m not totally sold on it, but it appealed to me more than the other choices, so we’ll see.

Beasts and Queens by Suzanne Roundtree. I follow this author on Twitter, so when she shared this collection of fairy tale retellings I was interested. The settings are all different, but they sound really good.

I know these are not the super popular books everyone is reading, but maybe some  of them will appeal to you too! What have you bought recently?