Top Ten Tuesday – Give All the Money, and no one gets hurt.

Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home by Malachy Tallack – I’m a sucker for a “looking for home” book.

Faithful: A Novel by Alice Hoffman – I’ll read anything by Alice Hoffman. We don’t always get along, but I love her writing so much I don’t care.

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – I completely adored The Snow Child and everything she ever writes is automatically on my wish list.

The North Water by Ian McGuire – Have you SEEN the paperback cover? It’s not why I want to read it…okay, yes it is, but look.


Hooked. Also the phrase “evil act on the dark water” didn’t hurt.

Hystopia by David Means – It just sounds completely INTRIGUING.

Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton – Trials! True Story! PIONEER WOMAN! It is all in the title.

Avid Reader: A Life by Robert Gottlieb – Avid reader. A life. Need I say more?

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon – Dude saw that he was a psychopath when looking at HIS OWN BRAIN SCAN. How could I NOT want to read that?

The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth – I’m a sucker for a serial killer book. Hello, Devil in the White City.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon – I admit it. I’m hoping for another Kavalier & Clay.

What books would buy right now if you had the money?


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Monthly Wrap Up – July 2016

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July. HOW is it the end of July? And how did I get so much reading in? Yes, most of it is of the graphic nature, but I still read five book books. Two of which will be on my favorite list for the year, for sure. Here’s what I read:

84. Rutabaga: The Adventures Chef – Book 1 by Eric Colossal
85. Rutabaga: The Adventures Chef – Book 2 by Eric Colossal
86. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Universe (#5) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
87. Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich
88. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (#6) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
89. Season to Taste by Natalie Young
90. The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Julie Primak Sullivan
91. Giant Days, Issue 16 by John Allison
92. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, read by Hope Jahren
93. Lumberjanes, Issue 27 by Shannon Watters
94. Lumberjanes 2016 Special: Making the Ghost of It by Jen Wang
95. Toil & Trouble, Issue 3 by Mairghread Scott
96. Toil & Trouble, Issue 4 by Mairghread Scott
97. Toil & Trouble, Issue 5 by Mairghread Scott
98.. Toil & Trouble, Issue 6 by Mairghread Scott
99. Criminal: Lawless by Ed Brubaker
100. Morning Glories – Volume 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer
101. Morning Glories – Volume 4: Truants by Nick Spencer
102. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
103. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
104. Mind the Gap, Issue 1 by Jim McCann
105. Mind the Gap, Issue 2 by Jim McCann
106. Mind the Gap, Issue 3 by Jim McCann
107. Mind the Gap, Issue 4 by Jim McCann
108. Mind the Gam, Issue 5 by Jim McCann
109. Morning Glories – Volume 5: Tests Nick Spencer
110. Fatale, Volume 2: The Devil’s Business by Ed Brubaker

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott will both be favorites. It will take a reread or two, but I’m almost certain Lab Girl will go on my all time favorite list. Thanks to Comixology Unlimited, I read a ton of comics. Criminal and Fatale are both highlights, as well as all the Morning Glories. MG blows my freaking mind, in a fantastic way.

Here’s hoping August is just as fantastic. How was your July?

Currently // Be It Ever So Humble….


Right this minute | I’m home!! We had a blast. The Great Smokies were great. But I’m so glad to be home.

Feeling | Sore! We went horseback riding twice last week and that last right was ROUGH. I feel like I got quite the spanking. *blush*

Reading | I started The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson on my last day of vacation. I was too busy to really get into it, but I hope to sit with it some today while I do recovery laundry.

Listening | I was listening to Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler before I left for our trip, and I didn’t get to listen to it at all while we were gone. Needless to say, I’m not that into it any more, so I’m going to leave it for later. Ergo, I’m not “listening” to anything.

Watching | The kids are super into food shows right now, so I’m watching Good Eats with Alton Brown. Thank goodness they have good taste.

Promoting | I’ve started doing a bit of promoting for the October readathon. We joined Litsy! Follow us @deweysreadathon!

Loving | Home. Air conditioning. Comics. Kittens. Sundays.

Hating | The heat. It’s just oppressive. Also flies. And gnats. All insects in general.

Eating | Nothing yet. We have no food, since vacation! and I will have to go get something if I really want to eat. It’s hard to be lazy AND hungry.

Anticipating | Some reading, so laundry, Apparently grocery shopping, and kitteh snuggs.

Have a great Sunday y’all!

Currently // Happy Trails….

Right this minute | Getting ready to have a cup of coffee, then finish packing up everything we need for a week in the mountains.

Feeling | TIRED. I stayed up til 2:30 to finish YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott. SO WORTH IT.

Reading | Gotta start something new. I’m taking 7 books with me. 7 books, 7 days. Makes sense, right?

Listening | My stupid neighbor, who is sawing wood at this terrible hour of the morning. Jerk.

Watching | My daughter sleep. So peaceful.

Blogging | I think I’m going to take the week off.

Loving | That I’m going on vacation!!! WOOT!

Hating | My neighbor.

Eating | Just had some Cheerios. Gotta use up the milk!

Anticipating | Traveling!

Have a great week everyone!! See you next week!

Top Ten Tuesday – Travel Through Books


  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Sweden
  • Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish by Christine Gilbert – Beijing, Beirut, Mexicon
  • An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay – Haiti
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Iceland
  • Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown – The Ocea
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – London Underground
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – England
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Barcelona, Spain
  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons – England
  • Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk – Spain

This was a hard one! I have so many favorite books set in other countries. I basically narrowed it down to books that I think the setting actually plays an important part in.

What do you think? What books have you read that are set in other countries?


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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Happy Monday friends!

My reading was fabulous this weekend. I read The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan on Saturday (yes! All of it!) and got a good start on Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. I hope to finish Lab Girl today (or tomorrow at the latest) and I know I will be sorry to see it end. It’s in my favorites for the year, for sure. I’m still chugging away at Night Watch, which I am really enjoying.

This week I have to figure out which books I’m taking with me on vacation next week. I won’t have a TON of time to read, but I will have a bit. I’ll just be hard to decide which ones I can fit in. More on that later!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // How Much is that Kitty in the Window?


Right this minute | I’m watching our new cat Cas run around the house. He’s a joy.

Feeling | I have coffee in my hand (well, it’s beside me) and a new book to start. Which one? I have no idea.

Reading | I finished The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan. I had never heard of the show Jersey Belles, I just liked the sound of the title when I was looking around Edelweiss one day. I read the whole book yesterday! It was apparently exactly what I needed. I’m slowly working my way back to reading.

Listening | I have about 25% of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and I don’t want it to end. I also found a new composer, Tony Anderson, through Spotify and have been working through his oeuvre.

Watching | My daughter play Minecraft at the moment.

Loving | My coffee.

Hating | Humidity.

Eating | Good question. According to my kids, we have no food.

Anticipating | Finding a new book!

Have a fantastic Sunday everyone!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Gosh you guys. I don’t even know. My head and my heart have been in such turmoil, I dropped off the face of the internet. I basically chatted with Andi and that was about it. I’ve done very little reading, very little listening. I just let my brain churn. I expect I’ll be this way for awhile, what with the way the world is going. I’m not going anywhere, but I can see if affecting my blogging. It’ll be spotty. It may be short and to the point. Or it may drop off considerably.

Anyway. I’ve been attempting to read several books. I’m about a quarter into The Fireman, which I am rereading for #FiremanAlong. It’s interesting to read it again while knowing what happens. I got through a decent piece of Night Watch by…hold on…Sergei Lukyanenko. It’s been a nice diversion, what with it’s vampires, magicians, and the like. Plus, it’s interesting to read a book set in Russia and it seem so, well, normal. As normal as a supernatural book can be that is. I have also peeked into The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. I’m taking Grief slow because I just know it is going to gut me. I have a few books on deck and will just go with whatever grabs me.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eat well, read lots, and stay safe.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a bit of a readathon of my own this weekend. So far, I’ve finished five books and am deep into two more. I started both Season to Taste and Before the Feast – it’s pure coincidence that both involve food and am currently still deciding if I want to continue Luckiest Girl Alive. I didn’t pick it up all weekend, which is usually a bad sign. In fact, I haven’t picked it up since last Sunday….

I decided to set The Queen of the Night aside for now. It’s epic and historical and feels like such a winter read to me. So I’ll give it another go then. In its place, I plan to start my reread of The Fireman by Joe Hill for the #FiremanReadalong. I loved that book so much and am surprised that I’m rereading THIS soon. I never read a book twice in a year.

I have a pile of books out of the library, plus my Summer TBR and two more days off work. I can’t wait to see what I get through!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // Summer Reading


Right this minute | I think I’m nursing a reading hangover! I finished 4 books yesterday, plus made a dent in 2 more. It was glorious. My own personal readathon.

Feeling | Well, my neck doesn’t agree that it was glorious. It’s putting up a fuss today. So stiff.

Reading | I’m going to continue to work on Before the Feast by Saša Stanišić, Scott Pilgrim #6, and get back to Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I also started reading Season to Taste by Natalie Young on a whim and next thing I knew I’d read 30 pages. I’m just going to roll with this train as long as it’s running.

Listening | Still listening to The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. I really need to get through it so I can start The Fireman!

Watching |Still watching Doctor Who with the daughter. We just got to the Library episodes. River Song!


Loving | Reading!

Hating | My NECK.

Eating | Peanut butter was the last thing I had,

Anticipating | More reading! I hope!

Have a great Sunday and a safe Holiday Weekend! Happy Independence Day!