Top Ten Tuesday: Its My Birthday!

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:

 July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

This is a great idea for a list. I’m going to keep my selections to under 200 pages. I’m also going to try to limit the selection of books that are part of series to a minimum so that you don’t have to have read a ton of other books to know what is going on.

Ten short stories that I enjoyed.

  1. The Egg This is one of my absolute favorite stories by Andy Weir.  It is super short and available on his website if you want to check it out.
  2. Annie's Day Another short story by Andy Weir that is also available on his website.  This one has a great twist and is a bit longer.
  3. Spock Vs. Q (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #1) If you are a Star Trek fan then I highly suggest you get your hands on this audiobook as it is so much fun!
  4. Dead Trees Give No Shelter Sticking with the Star Trek theme. Wil Wheaton who played Wesley Crusher on Next Generation has written this short story that is pretty good and available for purchase on his website.
  5. Chasing Sam (Vegas Mates, #1) I know I said I would stay away from series but this is a novella that is the first book in series.  It was really good if you are into shifter stories.
  6. For Love of an Angel (The Fallen Warriors #1)  This is another first in series about angels this time.  I only ended up finishing three books and all of them were novellas.  I should check into getting the last three books.
  7. Genesis This is a dystopian novella that has a great twist at the end.  I even got my husband to read it and he enjoyed it!
  8. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi This book was amazing!  It is the longest title on the list but it is a compilation of short stories by the great John Scalzi.
  9. Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) This is another series book but is a prequel to the Alpha and Omega series.  If you are going to read this spin-off series then I highly suggest starting with this one because the next book will make a lot more sense.
  10. A Very Levet Christmas (Guardians of Eternity, #11.5) Alright, this book is something like 11.5 in its series but it was a cute Christmas read featuring one of the beloved characters from this world.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s list and if you were wondering what the blog title is about it is my 44th birthday today!  I’m scheduling my post so today is actually May 8th so I don’t know if I have plans or I might even be at work.  Anyway, I thought I would share. Have a great week.


Monday Morning Check-In: Baaa

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday late afternoon everyone.  I spent six hours today shearing sheep and then another couple hours working on laundry.  We are expecting a heat wave this week and I had yet to shear the sheep… Really late this year.  Since I have every Monday off I had my hubby help me round them up and I managed to get five of them done.  One slipped her collar and I was so tired and sweaty by then I let the little SOB go.  I will catch her again later this week and shear her on my next day off.  She can just be hot.  I also have half a llama to finish up, so this weekend is looking like it will be all kinds of fun… One bonus about spending so much time elbow deep in wool I got pretty far into an excellent audio book, A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.  A fitting title for the work I was doing (not killing sheep, but just the fact that it is a dirty job).  Anyway, now I am torn as I am into the audio book but want to also read my current print book The Shadows by J.R. Ward.  I hate switching reads… I will probably set aside Moore’s title and save it for later this week when I catch that wild little ewe or llama.

This weekend was spend not reading.  As you know Friday was the failed coup in Turkey and it loomed in the air over us like a little black cloud as we wondered what was happening to our family and ultimately to Turkey itself.  Very frustrating and stressful weekend for my husband. It also happened to be my birthday on Sunday and we spend Saturday going to our favorite Thai restaurant and visited a local arboretum.  It was a nice day, but we were both a little stressed to really enjoy the outing.  Sunday we didn’t do much beyond grill and snip at each other.  It wasn’t an awful birthday weekend, just not the best.  I am looking forward to next weekend when we get to go see Star Trek Beyond which is what I wanted to do to celebrate this weekend…  Well, that’s all I got.  I hope you all have a good week and happy reading~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: Late…

Monday Morning Check-In

I know, I know it is no longer morning, it is however still Monday.  So I wish you all a good Monday afternoon from my husband’s borrowed computer.  He works second shift so I only have access to it once he leaves for work and I also had a meeting earlier so right about now sounds like a good time for my weekly check-in post.  Not a lot going on,  yesterday was the spouse’s birthday!  Happy birthday, Selatin!  We had a fun day going to the local air show, where I foolishly thought I could read… That didn’t happen, even with ear plugs, it was way too loud.  I just am not one of those readers that can tune everything out and enjoy a book, hence the fact that we have no ticking clocks in this house.  Anyway, we still had a nice time, husband got to ride in a helicopter and a nice man let him sit behind the controls of his plane for a photo-op.  Ended up with a very tired and burnt husband once we got home.  Next month is my birthday and I need to think up something for us to do.  Hmm.  Will have to do some research on that once I can use my computer again.  Dell told me that I would have my new power cord by today, but the weekend must have delayed that and it will hopefully be here tomorrow, or the next day… It is on the way UPS did notify me about delivery, but they are often off by a day.  So we will see.  I actually can do much of what needs to be done online on my phone, except for blogging,  that I need a full-sized screen and keyboard.

As to my reading I have completely caught up on my review books!  Okay, that is a lie, I do have two but there is no rush on those.  I felt so cocky that I even checked out a library book I’ve been wanting to read! Tomorrow I have a review scheduled for you all and I might even be able to have another one by the end of the week.  I do have one other bookish thing I promised you all a giveaway.  I’m not sure when that is going to happen as I rather work on that on my own computer, not this borrowed one.  Also, the entry count has been really low and that makes me feel like it is not worth even holding one.  I might hold some instant giveaways over on the Facebook page, so be sure to follow there as I work out a new plan.  Well, that’s it for this week, I am going to work on the Top Ten Tuesday post next or not.  I might hold off on that until the afternoon as well.  Have a great week everyone!

Thursday Thoughts…Happy 40th Birthday!


Welcome to the new blog meme; Thursday Thoughts.  The topic will be what ever bookish or non-bookish thoughts that are floating around my head each week.  This Thursday its my birthday!  Turning 40 today, so I thought I would share what gave to myself and what I told my husband to get for me.



First up is the gift I gave myself!  I created my very own reading nook.  The office in our house is my husband’s domain, the living room mine.  So I took a corner of my room, brought in an almost comfortable chair (needs a cushion) and picked up an ottoman added some throws, a side table and lamp and wallah a reading chair that the cats have claimed as theirs…  If I want to sit and read in peace I have to lock them on the other side of the pocket doors.  I do love it though and only need to find a peacock picture to hang in front of the curtain to make it perfect. (click on picture to see it larger)







This is10541854_10204204778061105_8387532953540538164_n what I let my husband count as his gift to me, The Book of Life by Harkness. Last of the All Soul’s trilogy.  I must confess I’m not ready for this series to end.  I’m not.   Once I saw it on the shelf it hit me.  This is it.  After I finish this book no more adventures or romance to look forward to with Diana and Matthew.  I am still only half way through book two, damn virus, and I am so loving my time in this world.  Sure I can always go back and re-read it, but there is nothing like reading something for the first time.  Hubby tells me there are going to be plenty of great books I’ll love in my future.  He is right of course, but I’m not ready to let go of this story yet.  I want to savor every single moment, and NO SPOILERS.  Will not even be looking at the book’s Goodread’s page or any other reviews of it until I finish.  If I could create a little bubble for me to read it in I would.  Perhaps I have with that reading nook.

Well that’s it.  Hope you have a great day.  Happy Reading!