Friday, October 30, 2015

Current Read: The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg

"In the stillness of the room, the only sound came from the flies. The buzzing as their wings beat frantically. He wasn't actually a man anymore. Not if you defined a man as a living, breathing, sentient being. By now he was reduced to a food source, a haven for insects and maggots." Page 1, The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quick Review: Definitely Dead and All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

 Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Wasn't hard to pick up where I left off many years ago. Harris does a great job of refreshing the readers memory of what has happened in the previous books. This is Book 7 in the series and as usual focuses on Sookie. This time she is summoned to New Orleans to clean out her cousin's apartment and of course gets caught up in solving a murder, and witnessing a new one. She does get a new love interest out of it all. A Were-Tiger named Quinn.

Fun, quick read, as usual. Perfect book for the readathon and for RIPX

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

Book 8 of the series begins a few months after Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana is still in recovery and the Queen is feeling the brunt of it as well. She lost vampires to the storm and her headquarters and she is also going to trial for the killing of her husband. Sookie travels with the Louisiana delegation of Vamps to Rhodes, up North, for their annual summit and will also be the sole witness in Sophie-Anne's Trial.

As you can imagine, it doesn't go very smoothly. This book was just okay for me.

Happy Reading!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Another October, another R.I.P., and another King Read-a-long.

This time I joined Melissa , Trish and Care in reading Salem's Lot

This was a first time read for me, believe it our not. This book has been on my bookshelf for over a decade and this was the first time I actually read it. So glad I did. It had really proper creepy vampires.  Yay!

I was seriously yelling at my book and feeling anxiety for these characters when they wouldn't get things done before sundown. Why don't they get their vampire killing on first thing in the morning? No, they wait until half an hour before the vamps are to awaken. Agh! Way to get my heart going really fast, King!

But that is why I read these, right? 

So here is the tease they give for the book:

Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to 'Salem's Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

So, did I miss the final confrontation? 
I know they go back, but I don't really remember a confrontation. 

Okay, ladies, what's next on our list of King books. :)

Happy Reading!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Hey all. Did you survive 24 hours of reading on Saturday? 

I read for about 12 hours, which is pretty good for me. I have a five year old who required transport to a birthday party at a Chuck-E-Cheese 30 miles away from here. We also had to drive the hubby to the airport and then I drove the little girl to her grandparents house to spend the night. After all that I was finally free to read. Yay.
In the morning I finished the last 100 pages of Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I started and finished Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris -324 pages. I started and fell asleep reading All Together Dead, also by Charlaine Harris- 54 pages.
With the little girl, we read a couple books before we were off for the day. She chose two Christmas themed books for us to read. Auntie Claus and Auntie Claus: The Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera.  
So, not too bad. I finished a couple books, I participated in a couple of challenges, and I really had a great time connecting with other readers on Twitter. All in all, a very successful Readathon. 
Happy Reading!

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The Taco Cleanse

The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly P. Frisinger, Jessica Morris
Published by The Experiment, December 2015

Source: NetGalley, publisher for review

There are so many diets and cleanses going around that claim to be the best thing for you- they will "Change Your Life" they say. Well, so far this is the only one that the hubby and I have happily jumped on the bandwagon for. 

The Taco Cleanse!

"The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life"


The hubby and I basically lived on this "cleanse" for nine years when we lived in Austin.  Funny that the writers are all Texans, some Austinites. Seriously, the taco should be the official state food of Texas.

Anyway, without even making a recipe from here I am completely, 100% a proponent of this cleanse!

 So, this turned out to be all vegan recipes, which on occasion I do make for myself and for friends, but my husband and I are not vegan or vegetarian. We enjoy our tacos with carnitas, chicken al pastor and brisket. We like sour cream and jack cheese. But, you know, it's not a bad idea to mix in some veggie and/or vegan meals every now and then and tacos are a great way to do that. 

I really want to make the Deeply Roasted Chipotle Butternut Squash. Looks amazing and sounds tasty. The salsas and pico de gallo recipes sound on point and the margarita recipes are calling to me.

I really do miss my Austin taco staples - breakfast tacos from Taco Shack, lunch tacos at Maria's Taco Express, dinner tacos at Guero's. I think this book may help this Californian out, but I probably will add some meat and cheese for this non-vegan family.
However, I do have friends who will be getting this for Christmas!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon- Hour 12

I, as usual, have had other things to do today, so it has not been non-stop reading for me. I read this morning and now have the last 12 hours to read-uninterrupted since the little girl is spending the night at her grandparents.Yay.

So, here is how it has been going...

1. What are you reading right now? Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris. A nice quick read.
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished Salem's Lot by Stephen King which I had already been reading, and the little girl and I read Auntie Claus and Auntie Clause The Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Many. First- sleep. :) I may have slept through my alarm. Second- Birthday Party at Chuck E Cheese. Third- driving hubby to the airport and the little girl to her grandparents. Lots of driving today. Should have gotten an audiobook.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing. Still as fun as I remember. Just harder to do with a kid in the house. :)

Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Are you all ready for Dewey's Readathon this weekend?  The hubby is taking the little girl camping for the night so I am free to read, read, read! Yay.

I know it is still a few days away, but it is time to start preparing. Pick out books, buy snacks and caffeine, prep my reading areas- get them as cozy as possible. First on my list-books! It is actually Tip #1 on my Warm Up Post for the Readathon. You can go read it on the official WEBSITE for the event. Get some tips on how to manage your 24 hours to get the most out of the Readathon.

So, here is what I have in my stack:

Salem's Lot by Stephen King (If I am not finished with it before then. I am pretty close to the end.)
The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg (library book that is due back very soon)
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness ( 150 pages left! This one needs to get finished)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Finally ready to finish this series)
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley (ebook, 75% left to finish)

Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Quick by Lauren Owen

The Quick by Lauren Owen

About the Book

"London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England.
In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents."

My Review

Victorian London. A forbidden affair. A random act of violence. 

The Quick begins quietly then explodes with a unexpected attack, but then quiets down again. I was a bit surprised when James and Christopher were attacked. I was not expecting the "undid". I knew there would be something. This was the Group Read for RIP X, after all. 

Anyway, what happens after this attack is the story. The arrival of James' sister, Charlotte. Her association with Ms. Swift and Shadwell and Mr. Howland who escaped "The Club" with the help of James. I especially liked this part of the story. Their planning and searching for answers on how to help James is what interested me the most. 

The journal entries of Doctor Knife slowed down the story a bit, but did give some background info to the creatures that make London their home. 

All in all, not a bad choice for RIP X. I do wish there had been a bit more interaction with other readers for this Group Read. Wasn't really sure where to do that. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Another King Read Along


I love these. And what a perfect time to read Stephen King, right?

R.I.P X is going on. 
Days are shorter. 
Halloween will be here soon. 

Time for some non-sparkly vampires. 

I will be joining Melissa of Avid Reader's Musings and others this month in reading Salem's Lot. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Knitting

After using my discarded hexipuffs to make a flower shaped pot holder, I decided I needed another portable project that would use up my left over sock yarn. Something less fussy than hexipuffs. 

I decided on the mitred square blanket. These little squares are definitely portable, unfortunately not so much once I start connecting them all. These are so easy, fast and fun to knit while watching tv that I already have made it 12 squares wide. 
Enough to be a nice lap blanket, I think. The yarn I have won't finish this, but just a great excuse to start some socks. Haven't made any in quite awhile. 

It is Socktober!

What will you all be knitting this month?