Monday Morning Check-In: Ugg…

Warning lots of complaining: feel free to skip.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Not going to lie I would love to be still buried deep under the covers fast asleep this morning.  This weekend was nothing but work which started off with me mowing the lawn after work on Friday and going downhill from there to end with me spending Sunday cleaning the house.  Basically, I don’t feel like I had a weekend and would love to do nothing but veg on the couch today playing Sims 3 while listening to an audiobook.  Instead, I have a doctor’s apt this afternoon and three baskets of laundry that won’t get done.   The only upside is that I’m taking my friend Jan with me to town so I should have some great conversations with her.  I’m going to log off now because I’m expecting a phone call soon to see if we still have house insurance because I completely fucked up and forgot to pay it this month…  As soon as I realized I paid over the computer but that might not be good enough.  Seriously, can’t I just stay in bed all day.

After rereading I realized I did nothing but bitch and didn’t talk about reading.  I did make some progress on my audiobook and while I’m enjoying it I’m a little nervous about what the book talk ladies will think of all the sex, drugs, and rock & roll…  Should make for an interesting conversation or a cringe-worthy one


What I’m Reading Wednesday

This Wednesday I’m reading…

A Visit from the Goon Squad Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetary Past Lives


A Visit from the Goon Squad:  This is my audiobook selection for the week and the next book we are reading for the book talk at work.  It was my responsibility to pick for June and July with the Summer Reading Program going on I thought it would be nice for the books to fit the theme which is Library’s Rock.  This was a bit challenging to work around given the books available through participating libraries with book sets.  The first title I selected was booked for the year so I went with number two.  I don’t know much about this one except that Goodreads tells me it is music related.  Finger’s crossed it is a good choice.  I have struck out with the two titles I have suggested so far…

Vampire’s Faith:  This is a review request book that requested through Goodreads.  I have only read one page so far so I could count it as having started for this post.  The series used to be finished but I guess the author has more adventures for this world.  I hope I haven’t forgotten too much.

Souls on Earth: Still plugging along.  I try to read a few pages each night before bed but I think that is the wrong strategy for NF.  After a page or two, the words start swimming on the page and I give up and go to sleep.  After a day of working in the garden, I just can’t concentrate on NF.  Maybe I need to read a few pages each morning before I get up as I tend to lounge in bed after taking my pills as I need to wait an hour before eating.  An hour each day and I should have this done in no time.

What Are you reading this Wednesday?

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 



Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Stuck it out

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Have to be honest with you I hardly ever finish a book I’m not enjoying.  Repeat after me: Life is too short to read bad books.  So I’m not sure how this list is going to go but I will try and find ten titles of books I hated but finished anyway and I seriously doubt that I will be glad I read them anyway…

Ten books that I’m Glad I Finished

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  I didn’t care for this one and surprised I stuck it out as long as I did.  I didn’t read the last 40 pages but by the end, I just didn’t care anymore.  I’m glad I made it far enough to give it an honest review for the publisher.
  2. Retribution (Dark-Hunter, #19) The next three books I’m glad I read so I know what happened in the series but don’t plan on rereading when I reread their prospective series.
  3. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) See above.
  4. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Ditto.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) Another book that I’m glad I read to know what happens in the series but the book just didn’t work for me on the whole.  I could have probably skipped this book altogether and not been lost in the series but you don’t know if a book is good or bad until you read it.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16) This was the final book in the series so I’m glad I read it but it simply didn’t live up to the rest of the series.
  7. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)  I think you all know how I feel about this book.  This is one book on the list I’m not glad I read… well, that isn’t exactly true.  I’m glad I finished the series but wished I had stopped reading three books back.
  8. Dracula  Not a fan of classics but with all the vampire books I’ve read over the years I’m glad I read the one that started them all.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)  This book I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up so disgusted by the end that I was able to walk away from the series altogether.  I’m done and I don’t care how it all ends.
  10. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)  Another case of I’m glad I read the book to know what happened in the series but it wasn’t my favorite.

What book that you hated are you glad to have read?

River Marked by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review


River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)Book Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #6

Released: 3/1/11 by Ace Books

Pages:  326 Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library.



Book Synopsis:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip – and the pimped-out trailer they’re using – is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached…

Being a different breed of shapeshifter – a walker – Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River – and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil… 

My Review:

It feels like I should be further along in the reread of this series.  Maybe because I am also reread the spin-off series at the same time.  Whatever the reason I find it difficult to believe that this is only book number six.

I originally gave this book only four-stars and I’m not sure why. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. We get to attend Mercy and Adam’s wedding and join them on their honeymoon where of course trouble follows Mercy thanks to some finagling by the Fae.  While I feel that this is the book where Mercy and Adam’s relationship loses its last interest, becoming much tamer in later books, we do get a bit of heat between the lovebirds.

What interested me most about this book was the chance to explore some of the Native American paranormal legends and creatures.  We learn a bit about a side of Mercy that hasn’t been delved into much in earlier books and we get to meet Coyote which was confusing and fascinating at the same time.

I’m going to leave the rating where it is but I do think I probably enjoyed this more the second time read it.  I have the next book already started but then the book eight and nine are not available through my library online.  I choices are to skip the books, read them, or try to get my hands on the audiobooks another way.  I liked book eight but book nine didn’t work that well for me.  I might read books eight and then skip nine.  Or maybe I should reread nine and see if my opinion has changed for that one.  Maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time too.  I have a bit to wait before I need to make up my mind though.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Monday Check-In: Tough Weekend…

Good Monday Morning for another minute at least.  Last weekend was a tough one.  I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day but life took a nose dive before we could even get to that dreaded day.  Saturday I found one of my sheep in bad shape and needed to put her down about 20 minutes before work.  This is the first time I’ve needed to kill one of my pets myself and while I’m proud of myself for finding the courage to do what was needed and ending her suffering it sure did leave me a bit traumatized.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, a pointless manufactured holiday that I loathe.  We stayed home and tried to work in the yard but it was far to wet out to plant the garden.  Our veggie plants might have to live on the porch for a week or two for it to stop raining and dry out.  I’m not going to complain too much about that because up until now it was a pretty dry spring.  We need to moisture even though it is tough to breathe today with the level of humidity outside.

I’ve been DNFing books at a pretty steady pace recently.  I’m busy outside, busy getting ready for SRP, busy getting ready for the fair,  life is simply in the way and I’m having trouble finding time to get into a read.  Audiobooks have been a lifesaver on the blogging front but I would still like to find something to sink my reading teeth into.  I want to get lost and feel like I need a new urban fantasy series to capture my imagination.

Have a great week everyone, happy reading!

What I’m Reading Wednesday

This Wednesday I’m Reading…

The Big Alpha in Town Born of Night (The League: Nemesis Rising #1) Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetary Past Lives

The Big Alpha in Town: This is an anthology that was offered to me by the publisher a couple of months ago.  It doesn’t release until May 15 so I decided to wait to start it until last week.  I’m through the first story and hope to finish it up by the end of the week.  The first story was alright but I have a couple of issues with it, but I’ll save that for the review.

Born of Night: I decided to download this audiobook while waiting for the next Charley Davidson or Mercy Thompson hold to free up.  I hate to say it but I think I am going to DNF this audiobook.  I’ve read it already in print and the narrator just doesn’t work for me.  She is changing the characters too much for me with her interpretation of their voices.  Also, what the hell.  I don’t remember being this annoyed by the plot in my initial reading.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a review to remind myself what I thought having read it pre-Goodreads.  I know I liked it but for some reason, the characters are rubbing me the wrong way this time.  Could it be the inflection that the narrator is bringing to the story or simply I’ve changed since the first reading?  It could also be the environment in which I now live.  I don’t like the current direction of our country with R’s in charge and the heaviness of this story is making me depressed.  Perhaps I will need to save Ms. Kenyon’s work for a post-Trump reading environment.

Souls on Earth:  Not much progress in this book last week.  NF goes in spurts for me.  I have until August to finish the book so that might be the problem.  No pressure.

What are you reading this week?


Top Ten Tuesday: Purple Fever

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 May 8: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title)

Not a lot of explanation needed and in case you haven’t already guessed it I’ll be sharing books that feature my favorite color purple today.  I think I’ve done this topic before so in order to not repeat titles, I’m going to select from books that I have not read yet.

Ten Purple Books that I Want to Read

  1. Cursed (The Order of the Wolf, #1)
  2. Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, #4)
  3. Faefever (Fever, #3)
  4. Passion for the Game (Georgian, #2)
  5. Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)
  6. Bad Attitude (B.A.D. Agency #1)
  7. Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove, #1)
  8. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1)
  9. Undead to the World (The Bloodhound Files, #6)
  10. Gemini

That was more challenging than I thought it would be.  Probably because I heavily weeded my to-read shelf this year and had only 250 books to choose from.  Still, there were some good-looking books there I’m torn between book two or three as my favorite but book nine looks good too.  Did you create a list this week?  Share a link in the comments along with your favorite color.

Monday Morning Check-In: Garden Season.

Means slow reading season.  With a late winter transitioning into an instant summer in Eastern Iowa we are all suddenly behind schedule as far as planting goes.  The farmers are in the fields and on the roads like crazy as they struggle to get their corn and soybeans in (not that China is going to buy them…)  Like our larger “gardens” around us, our small plot has remained dormant until this weekend when I spent several hours getting sunburnt and achy cleaning the debris so hubby could till.   We managed to till and even get the potatoes, that should have been planted last month, in the ground.  The thing is our last snow was two weeks ago so it wasn’t like we could do anything until now.  It will be alright though.  Like the farmers, it will all get planted and be fine.  I need to run to town and pick out the plants and get them in the ground.  I might do that today or on Thursday.  Depends how this morning goes because I also need to mow for the first time.  The good part of mowing is I can listen to an audiobook while riding around the yard.  I have Bluetooth headphones this year which should solve my snagging on young trees and bushes problem.  I will try to keep up with the reading but I can’t make any promises this month as all of these chores need to get done.  Have a great week everyone and happy reading.

What I’m Reading Wednesday

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Well, it’s almost a banner…  I forgot to make one up for this new weekly blog post that I also almost forgot to write.  Hopefully next week will be better. Don’t hold your breath.

This Wednesday I’m reading: 

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy… Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetar…

The City of Brass is an audio book that I put on hold at the library ages ago and then forgot about.  My turn came up and not remembering what it was about but not wanting to get back in line I decided to download and give it a shot.  I can see why I initially wanted to borrow it as I’ve wanted to try a story featuring a Jinn but I have to say I’m just not that into it.  It feels like a YA book, not that I know either way if it is or not, and the majority of it was listened to while I was working on a project where I couldn’t focus on following the book so I didn’t pay that close of attention to what was happening.  I have four days left and quite a bit of the story to go through.  If I finish it great if not I’m not going to get back and line to wait so I can.  So you might see this one review or it might end up in the DNF pile.

Souls on Earth is continued over from last week.  I’ve made a little progress but not much.  I have DNF another review book between last week and now and am hesitant to start another before just finishing this one.  I am almost half done and if I get some reading time I could finish this one up pretty quick as I find it fascinating.  The problem is I find myself shopping for cars online recently and not wanting to read.

So what are you reading this week?