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text 2018-10-18 21:59
TBR Thursday
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
The Reader - Traci Chee
Staked - Kevin Hearne


I'm still picking away at Fatal Inversion on my coffee breaks and The Mysteries of Udolpho some evenings. 


Udolpho and Daughter of the Forest are Halloween Bingo Books.  The rest on are my Planned for 2018 list, fulfilling various book challenges. 


Friday nights are for comfort--I plan to spend my Friday evening in my jammies with popcorn on hand and Staked as my "trashy" book for the event.  It may have to substitute for When Darkness Comes, which I had selected for the Deadlands square of my Bingo Card.  Whoever has that one out of the library is now 5 days late in returning it!  Usually when that happens, the book is lost.  Our library has only one copy, so I am less than optimistic.


In the meantime, my favourite used book store is having an anniversary sale--30% off to celebrate 30 years in business.  I'm seriously considering stopping in there this evening on the way home.


Happy reading, friends!


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text 2018-10-18 20:07
What to read next?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine - Lindsey Fitzharris

I got my flu shot today and I´m a bit tired tonight because of it. I have finished my Halloween bingo reads, though, so I have to line up my next reads (I don´t want to fall into the reading slump trap). I´m not too tired for that. After perusing my shelves, I went for two books:


  1. I´m in the mood for a classic and I picked a short one with Alice in Wonderland.
  2. The Butchering Art is a new addition to my TBR and the subject matter is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read it. So off it goes onto my currently reading list.


And maybe Michael Connelly´s The Black Echo will arrive in the mail tomorrow, so this might be jumping on my reading list as well. I think that´s a pretty neat line up for the weekend.








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text 2018-10-15 13:18
The Wolf Road - 61% PAUSE
The Wolf Road: A Novel - Beth Irwin Lewis

I've really been struggling with this book. Frankly, I'm a little bored with it, and had I tried to read it in text format rather than on audio I would have DNF'd it early on, because an entire 150 page book told from the first person perspective of an ignorant, nearly feral, teenaged protagonist, using hillbilly vernacular, is incredibly tiresome. On audio, Amy McFadden is almost able to rescue it with her fantastic performance, but she can't cover for the fact that her character really doesn't have anything interesting to say or that this post-apocalyptic world really doesn't make much sense. 


I'm over half-way through the book, so I hate to DNF it outright at this point, but since I keep turning it off to listen to something more interesting, I think I'll have to put this on pause and think about coming back to it later. 


I was listening to this for the Modern Masters of Horror square, but I'm switching over to Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark, which I've seen several good reviews for. 

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text 2018-10-11 18:06
TBR Thursday
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher
Evil Librarian - Michelle Knudsen
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes


I'm currently working on The Mysteries of Udolpho, which pretty much demands that you take things slow and gentle.  I feel like I've been reading forever, and the girl isn't even an orphan yet.  And she must be an orphan for this to be gothic!  It's one of my Halloween Bingo choices, so I've got to persevere.


I've got two more Halloween Bingo books waiting.  I've read a few pages into Made to Kill, but I'm making myself wait to start Evil Librarian


And I've got two books from my planned reading list for the year, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I've heard very mixed reviews on the former, but the latter should be a reliably good read.


Also on my schedule is a performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which I'm attending on Sunday.  Our city's Shakespeare Company is doing a season centred on Hamlet, which this play kicks off.  Next up will be Hammered Hamlet, followed by Hamlet, a Ghost Story.  The fourth play is The Hamlet Frequency, but I've got my fingers crossed that I will be in France at that point.


I still need to get my Science Fiction & Fantasy books organized--maybe I can squeeze that task in as well.


Have a great weekend!




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review 2018-09-28 13:11
When The Men Were Gone
When The Men Were Gone - Marjorie Herrera Lewis
Tylene Wilson was born and bred in Texas, a football fan through and through.  More than that, she fully understood the game and the players thanks to her father's lessons.  Tylene is now the assistant principle in Brownwood, TX, the year is 1944 and most of the men have gone to war, including some of her students and their football coach.  Tylene knows the importance of football for the boys and the town; with the threat of the football season being cancelled, she is determined to find a worthy coach for her boys.  After scouring the town, she finds that the best football coach may be herself.  Although the decision to take on coaching the football team was a tough on Tylene, it is even more difficult for those around her to accept that a woman will be coaching football.  
When the Men Were Gone is a heartfelt story of a real woman in our history, Tylene Wilson.  Though her actions may not have helped to win the war, she showed immense bravery and compassion as she stepped up to do a job that not many believed she could do while protecting the male students from leaving for war too early and reinvigorating her small town.  Tylene's story is so genuinely portrayed using many facts from her life told to the author by Tylene's grand-niece.  Sharing the connection of being a female football coach, author Marjorie Herrara Lewis was easily able to relate with what Tylene must have been feeling as she navigated through a job that only men had previously done. I am not really a football fan, however Tylene's passion for the game and her students carried me through the story as well as the author's understanding of the game and ability to describe what is happening.  I could feel Tylene's need to keep the boys safe over her need to prove herself as a coach among the men.  Her personal story was touching and I could see how she saw all of the football team as her own sons.  I was surprised at just how much opposition she faced when she decided to take on coaching, but even more surprised at how much support she received as well. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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