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New Day, New Me

Well, back in the writer’s chair again. As my co-author types away nearby, and I just adopted a new pet from my favorite addictive site, I feel that it is time that I do something productive with my time, other than workouts, running errands, and shopping.

Time to catch up.

Well, as you may know, it’s been some time since I got much of anything done here. And I should probably give a little background and perspective. I owe it to somebody, I figure.

When I decided to detox from GoodReads and move away from their new interface, I didn’t have any idea how that would affect me, both as a writer, a reviewer, and most importantly a reader. I wound up reading very little, and doing more loafing. It didn’t help much that my medication is constantly being adjusted by my doctor, and I have had ALL KINDS of stuff going on in my personal life that I just wasn’t handling very well.

In short, I was all:

Detox

And, oh yeah, we also got this nasty virus on the laptop I had come to rely on for EVERYTHING (thanks to some selective content viewed by my consort) so it was down for the count for a long while. It still does not connect to the internet from home (Thanks, Windows. Thanks, Dell.). So I had to look for an alternative, and can I say now:

Toughbook

Yeah.

Mine may not be an Ultimate, nor is it even remotely new, but it has survived alot of harsh environments, treatment, and even something like this (with Dr. Pepper):

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So now here I am, back for all your smart-ass needs in reviewing books. And movies. And whatever else comes up. ‘Cause baby, “You can’t keep a good dog down!”

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And now, on to the long awaited reviews:

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Catching Up With Reviews

I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.

I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:

GoodReads

Powells

Amazon

and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)

Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.

That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:

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Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)

I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:

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#Thinkitup

And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…

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Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA).  I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –

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So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!

 

Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend

Read: 20 September 2015

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Punky Brewster (#1)

Read: 19 September 2015

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Cheese & Quackers

Read: 18 September 2015

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This Week’s Books

Catching up one book at a time!

Coraline

Read: 30 August 2015

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The Roll-Away Pumpkin

Read: 29 August 2015

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Max Ride: First Flight #1

Read: 28 August 2015

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La Familia De Clifford

Read: 27 August 2015

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2 Zero 7

Read: 26 August 2015

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This Week’s Reads (2)

This week we are preparing for school to start, so reading time is falling back, but as soon as school starts again, I should have more time to do my own thing… and read! The Year of Women Authors (#2015YoWA #yearofwomenauthors) continues!

Your Baby Can Read: Starter Book

Read July 29 2015

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Black Butler 1

Read July 30 2015

Splat the Cat With a Bang and a Clang

Read July 31 2015

Colors

Read August 2 2015

The Last of the Mohicans

Read August 03 2015

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Read August 04 2015

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GoodReads Review

Behind…

Okay, so I have fallen tragically behind on my reviews, although I have been reading still. It’s just that time of the summer, where the kids are getting bored with summer, errands and chores that were put off at the beginning of summer need doing, and everyone wants a piece of your time – so the constantly growing list starts to look daunting. (This sounds like the good premise of a short story…)

But, I am not to be put off, even if the task is challenging – it just needs to be re-imagined and put into a different format to make it easier to read (or do).

So, without further ado, the list of books that will be pending review (please note that links to the reviews will be available as the reviews become complete):

The Diggingest Dog

Read June 22 2015

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Let’s Go To The Park!

Read June 23 2015

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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper

Read June 24 2015

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The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book

Read June 25 2015

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The Guardian Herd: Starfire

Read June 26 2015

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In The Blood (A GoodReads First Read)

Read June 27 2015

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The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

Read June 28 2015

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96 Cats

Read June 29 2015

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All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat

Read June 30 2015

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Ignite

Read July 03 2015

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Sailor Moon 3

Read July 05 2015

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Biscuit Goes to School

Read July 06 2015

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Fifty Shades of Chicken

Read July 06 2015

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Charlie’s Dirt Day

Read July 07 2015

 

Birthday in the Barrio

Read July 08 2015

 

Bad Cat

Read July 13 2015

 

New Dad (A GoodReads First Read)

Read July 13 2015

Book of the Week (6)

A day late, but here nonetheless:

This week’s choice is a classic, but one that is often overlooked due to the prominence of it’s graphic full-screen counterparts. But, the book deserves a place here, as does the author (all conspiracy theories about it’s authorship aside). SO without further ado:

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By: Mary Shelley

A classic tale of creation, life, death, and morality – just because you can do it, should you? This should be required reading for all scientists, especially ones that deal closely with highly sensitive subjects, such as cloning, stem cells, and research.

Read my review on GoodReads here.

I think what I would most like to do would be to have a chance to interview Mary about her book, and learn more that the Introductions could ever explain. I mean, seriously, this was a key (if not the predecessor) title of modern gothic, horror, slasher films and books. Considering the market for such things (even during non-Halloween holidays you can find horror movies at the theater, and books abound at the bookstore). But, yet, this first novel lives on.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!

Book of the Week

On time this week! This week’s Book of the Week is:

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By: Cornelia Funke

The sequel to Reckless, this book goes even deeper into the Mirrorworld as Reckless tries to find a cure to the curse the Fairy put on him. New companions join Reckless on his journey, with intent to help and harm, while familiar characters from the first book start to be seen in a new light. Perhaps it is the fact that Reckless is rushing against the clock, or the magnificent story that sweeps you along, but the book moves quickly, carrying the reader with in one huge sweep.

Read my review on GoodReads here.

This book was definitely worthy of the Book of the Week slot, and part of the Year of Women Authors! Double score!

#YearOfWomenAuthors

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Now if only Ms. Funke would send me a copy of the third book to review, I’d be good!

Book of the Week

Thought I’d get this out a little early this week since I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and I’ve been late enough as it is. Besides, I don’t think any book will outshine this as my Pick of the Week:

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By: Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

A lively, rollicking romp around an alternate Victorian London, filled with steam, surprises, and sudden bouts of lightning fill this book with head-shaking, laugh-inducing semi-drama that begs to be read in one sitting and cries out for a sequel!

(Please, please, please write a sequel!!! And can I be a character, too?)

Read the rest here.

Highly recommended!

Book of the Week

I am behind on getting this out due to an ongoing illness. But the addition of some new books recently, and a trip to my local Library Book Sale (look for details soon) has given me quite a bit of material to pick from!

Without further ado, I present this (past) week’s selection for Book of the Week:

Dorothy Must Die (PrePublication Excerpt)

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By: Danielle Paige

Click on the book to check it out on my GoodReads page, or read the review above under Novel Novels. Trust me – it’s worthy of this week’s pick!

Book of the Week

This week’s selection for Book of the Week is:

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By: C.W. Gortner

This was an amazing book, which moved forward quickly, without being bogged down as some historical novels I have read were. The second book about the monarchs of Castile, this book details the life of Isabella of Castile, mother to the imprudent Juana (of The Last Queen).

I have not yet read the first book in the series yet. I have placed the book on hold already at the library, however, and am anxious to see how she is handled. This is historical fiction in it’s finest, and although some of the details have been scrambled a bit, and others entirely made up, the author is kind enough to detail these liberties, along with a summary at the end of the book. This was just as interesting a read as the story itself, although, truth be told, the story is what will stick in my mind.

Read the rest of the review on it’s page here.

Do you agree with my selection? My review? Let me know in the comments!