Category: books

So the new blog is up and running, not much has changed, but to kick off the new blog I’m hosting a reading challenge!

The Halloween Reading Challenge is a 21 Day reading challenge starting on October 14th. Come on over and join me!

*Please? I’m not above begging. 



Put on weekly by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s topic is an interesting one. Books that made me think. Hmm, well here’s a list of books I’ve loved, books I’ve hated, and books that have left me raw. All of them have made me think, or changed me in some way.

1) The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. This trilogy was my first foray into fantasy. The first time I realized other worlds existed in novels. Up until this point I’d been reading R.L Stine’s fear street sagas, or Pike’s works, I had recently graduated to Koontz and King, but I hadn’t really found what I was looking for. Suddenly there were elves and dwarves and evil overlords. Good was battling evil and in the middle of it all were these characters that were discovering a new world at the same time I was. I’ve never looked back.

2) The Chrysalids by John Windham. This was the first book I hated. I hated the bigotry, the anger, and even the hate lobbed at those who were different. Ultimately this book did exactly what it was supposed to do, it made me angry at how easy it was to follow a crowd, how dangerous it was to let narrow thinking cloud what is right. Maybe I have an over developed sense of justice. I was bullied as a child, and I get very touchy at the idea of others being mocked, or made outcasts by those with power. I think I need to read this book again. I still has application in todays climate. Also I’m so very happy that although I was angry with the selection at the time I was given this book to read as part of my high school curriculum.

3)  Good Omens By Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This book is just plain awesome, and while it’s fun and entertaining and a helluva ride it did make me think. Mostly about preconceived notions of the end of the world, religion and religious dogma. And the idea that good and evil aren’t that different from one another.

4) Ender’s Game  By Orson Scott Card. First book by Card I’ve ever read and it was. . . different. Excellent, thought provoking, exciting in places and disturbing in others. All things a good book needs to be. This novel not only raises the issue of over population (albeit briefly), it really addresses the evolution of war as our technology continues to advance.

5) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alenandre Dumas So much better than the movie. Seriously, this book not only delves into idea of vengeance but also the dangers behind it. It was a very good read and while not hollywood satisfying ending it was honest for the novel.

6) Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Bradley’s retelling of the Iliad is wonderful and gives new dimension to the women who, although considered central to the ancient tale were given a backseat to the men. Bradley highlights how the women of this story shaped and were shaped by the events that surrounded them. Excellent book on the power of women as individuals and as a group.

7) Harry Potter And the Prisoner of Azkaban By J.K. Rowling. This series changed me, but if I had to pick one that made me think, I would pick this one. Rowling delves into the idea that public opinion is not all that it seems. Those who think they are in the know, really have no clue as to what’s going on under the surface. She also addresses that sometimes no matter what we do, injustice will still occur, but so long as there are people in the world willing to do what it takes to make things right, we’re not nearly so bad off as it seems.

8) Dune By Frank Herbert. Trade relations, feuds, war, spice, it’s all here, and it all makes you think. Each reading brings out a new facet. Also, the sister is really creepy.

9) To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee. I read this because my cousin told me it would be required reading when I hit high school. I figured I would just get it out of the way, but it turns out I really enjoyed it. The novel is wonderful and really delves into civil rights, and really just the basic idea of right and wrong.


Knit One, Kill Two

Kelly Flynn is a Corporate CPA from D.C. who’s come back home to Colorado for her aunt’s funeral. She meets a wonderful group of women and a few men who help her not only come to terms with her aunt’s death but also help her solve a murder.

It’s a typical whodunit, a very quick read, 5 hours according to my kobo app. Generally these aren’t my type of books, I like mysteries but if I can figure them out before chapter 12 what’s the point?

This one however has a secret weapon. Every time I started to get a little huffy because I was figuring out the plot she’s slam me with descriptions of the yarn shop, or yarn. I can’t help it people, if you describe alpaca to me, I’m done. I wanted to be in that yarn shop, I wanted to be with those friends.

I have to say the friends Kelly made were nice, they had their own personalities that came through, and while Kelly has a bit of a Mary Sue vibe, she’s the main character. Besides I actually like the banter. It’s not really forced, although there were a few places that the author’s language choices had me stumped, such as “depend on it” instead of “count on it”. I assume this is regional, like a pop/soda debate, so aside from being a little odd, it wasn’t too bad.

A bonus is that you get a couple of knitting patterns and a recipe. I plan on using both. From what I can tell from this book it’s going to be true for the series, whatever Kelly knits you get to knit. The book passes the Bechdel test (more than two named female characters talk about something other than a man), the book doesn’t fall into the ‘I’m a romance novel disguised as a mystery novel’. Even though there is what feels like a potential love interest for books down the line. Which I’m kind of looking forward to. I’d rather several books looking into all facets of a characters relationship than just one.

Overall I give this book 4.5/5 stars, and would recommend it to almost everyone.

Top Ten Tue-Wednesday

Put on Weekly by The Broke and the Bookish check’em out!


Yes, I’ve created a new day! It’s called Tue-Wednesday! It’s the halfway point between Tuesday and Wednesday when I want to do something that should have been done yesterday but is being done today. Really if you don’t procrastinate I highly recommend it. You too will discover the joys of SuMonday, Tue-Wednesday, and many other occasions, including but not limited to, The Eleventh Hour, Dear God is that really the time?!, and sure I can knit all my gifts on Christmas eve. Delusion, denial and a deep seated optimism are the name of the game. Now onto the books shall we?

So this weeks Top Ten is about my Fall TBR pile. I’m not sure if I have an actual TBR pile, I know I have a TBFF (to be Friggin finished) pile. As I mentioned yesterday with the list of half ready books currently on the go. I will tell you the ones I’m looking forward to though, even if I don’t get to them this fall.

We’ll start with a couple of series I’m looking forward to:

10) Kinley MacGregor : Brotherhood of the Sword-MacAllister Series: I seem to be in the mood for bodice ripping, alpha male highlanders. Generally the historical inaccuracies bother me to no end, but if the characters are entertaining, these should be a fun read. I don’t think I’ll finish all 7 before the end of the year, but I’ll at least make a dent in the ones that look fun.

Master of Desire (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #1)Claiming the Highlander (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #2)Born in Sin (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #3)Taming the Scotsman (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #4)A Dark Champion (Brotherhood/MacAllister, #6)Return of the Warrior (Brotherhood / MacAllister's #7)The Warrior (Brotherhood/MacAllister Series, #8)


9)Maggie Sefton: Knitting Murder Mystery Series. I’ve already started reading Knit One, Kill Two, and I have to say I’m kind of hooked. The writing is a little limp but the descriptions of the yarnshop alone are enough to keep me reading. It’s like porn, people. I hope Kelly learns to knit. Something tells me she does. Also I would absolutely love to have a knitting group like the one in the book. Again I highly doubt I’ll finish all of these books by the end of the year but I’m looking forward to jumping in head first.

90187Needled to DeathA Deadly Yarn (A Knitting Mystery #3)A Killer Stitch (A Knitting Mystery, # 4)Fleece Navidad (A Knitting Mystery, # 6)Dyer Consequences (A Knitting Mystery, # 5)Dropped Dead Stitch (A Knitting Mystery, # 7)Skein of the Crime (A Knitting Mystery, #8)Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery, #9)

Cast On, Kill Off

8) Christopher Moore – These books including Fool, are definitely on my to finish before the end of the year list. Five books isn’t that bad, I just have to really get in the mood to enjoy the gigglefit these books tend to bring out.

Practical DemonkeepingCoyote BlueIsland of the Sequined Love NunSacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art


7) 34504 Wyrd Sisters By Terry Pratchett. This is my morning walk/audiobook. I love the narrators they get for these books. They’re wonderful to read but to listen to them, well I would have to say I’m well spoiled for listening to any other audiobook. They’re fun, and I get swept up in them almost as much as if I were reading it.

6)21787 The Princess Bride By William Goldman. I’ve never read this, but I absolutely adore the movie. This is one of those that keeps getting pushed back to the next year, the next month. I think I’m going to have to really keep it on my list this time around.


5)The Last Wish (The Witcher) The Last Wish By Andrezej Sapkowski. I think I just really liked the title of this one, I’m not sure if it’s going to be interesting or if I’m even going to like it, but the premise looks cool and the cover is making me curious.

4)The Ship Who Sang (Brainship, #1) The Ship Who Sang by Anne MacCaffrey I read the Ship Who Searched a couple of years ago, it was wonderful. I really want to read this one, and any others in this series/collection. They’re different and the kind of Sci-Fi I really enjoy.

3) The Book Thief The Book Thief By Markus Zusak. My brother recommended this book to me, and I really want to read it, but the subject matter and the narrator tell me it’s going to not only be deep but potentially tragic. I think I’m going to have to squish this one between a Christopher Moore and a Maggie Sefton to handle it.

2)3437309-empire-in-black-and-gold Empire in Black and Gold By Adrian Tchaikovsky I swear I pick books by their covers alone sometimes. If it looks interesting I want to read it, I want to know why the author chose that cover, why the editor suggested it. What’s behind it. Why that title? I WANT TO KNOW. But generally I really just hope they live up to the hype the cover suggests. Here’s hoping?

1)400881 Shadows Linger By Glen Cook. Seriously The Black Company was awesome. Not your typical fantasy war novel and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read this book I just have to remember to pick it up when I finish the ones I’m reading.


So that’s it right now. Let’s hope I can post next weeks on Tuesday, yes?

Drive by Review

Next post is TTT, I promise, but I thought I would give a drive by review of the books I’ve read this year.


A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of Witches By Deborah Harkness: So, I’m not sure about this book. I liked it. I devoured the first half of the book between two backshifts. The problem with it, is more upon reflection. The novel has several plots that are just set ups for the rest of the trilogy, but I don’t really mind that so much, would have liked something to have been wrapped up but I can forgive that. My actual problem is that the relationship between Diana and Matthew is “ON FIRE” at the beginning of the book and then just shuts down by the middle. I don’t need sex every five pages, but really if I’m reading romance, there could be something, they had more than enough opportunity. 3/5 Stars



Relentless By Dean Koontz: I wanted to like this book, I really did. But. . . honestly, the characters felt flat, the ending was a rush job and completely unsatisfying, the humour was forced, and I felt just let down. I miss Koontz’s old stuff. 2/5 stars




The Immortal Highlander (Highlander, #6)

The Immortal Highlander by Karen Moning: It took four chapters before I was sucked in. Adam was not all that sympathetic in the beginning and so narcissistic I wanted to shoot him. But I still fell for the ass, and was sucked into the book, especially by the end, so it still hits the 4/5 stars.




The Dark Highlander (Highlander, #5)

The Dark Highlander by Karen Moning It’s a good thing I read these out of order, I needed to know Daegus was a good guy, judging by his character in the beginning I wasn’t really sure where it was going. Still only took me 12 hours to read.  5/5 stars





Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander, #4)

Kiss of the Highlander By Karen Moning Fell in love with this book, took less than 8 hours to read and I loved Drustan even when he was being an ass. seriously I’m trying to tell myself not to read it again, and I only finished it two weeks ago. 5/5 Stars




Spell of the Highlander (Highlander, #7)

Spell of the Highlander by Karen Moning: First book I read of this series. Glad I started with this one, really liked it. Cian was interesting and *wggily fingers* dangerous without being creepy. Walking the line nicely. 5/5 stars





Bite Me (A Love Story, #3)

Bite Me By Christopher Moore Third in the Vampire Love Story trilogy. Wonderful, finished in less than two days. I couldn’t put it down. Abby Normal got on my nerves a bit and I was sad for the end it was rather bittersweet, but I really do love Jody. 5/5 Stars



The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove By Christopher Moore: Funny, engaging, I adore Theo, and have an image of Alcide from True blood stuck in my head for him, despite his description of be tall, lanky/skinny, and a stoner extraordinaire. Molly is awesome, I even like Steve. 4/5 Stars



You Suck: A Love Story (Vampire Trilogy, #2)

You Suck by Christopher Moore: Second book in Vampire love trilogy, I loved it, chest is hilarious and the animals are fun, once again. 4/5 stars





Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Lamb By Christopher Moore: Laugh out loud funny. I could not put this down. I annoyed my friends by quoting this book ad nauseum. Highly recommend this book to everyone. 5/5 Stars 




Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd And the Frost Giants By Neil Gaiman: Cute, quick, engaging. Really nice fable/ fairy tale story combing the old norse myths. 5/5 Stars





The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

Preludes and Nocturnes Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman: excellent, scary, creepy and very awesome. I loved this. 4/5 Stars





Miles and the Magic Flute

Miles and the Magic Flute By Heidi Cullinan: At first I found Miles whiny but I stuck it through and he is more than redeemable and I really enjoyed the book. I wish I could be more specific but it’s been a few months since I read it. 4/5 stars





The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins : This took me a while to get into, I hate first person. I just can’t seem to read them. Otherwise it was interesting, and I really liked the concept. Also it was way better than the movie. 4/5 stars





A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job By Christopher Moore: This was a difficult read but a wonderful one for all that. I adored the novel and I was heartbroken by the end. 5/5 stars





Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

Fluke By Christopher Moore: Funny, weird, odd, and silly. I loved it, and there were several places I was laughing my ass off. 4/5 stars

It’s catch-up time, a way to give you guys an idea of where I am in my challenges.

So let’s start with the time travel challenge:

My Goal: 4-6 books

Novels Read:

Spell of the Highlander By Karen Moning
Kiss of the Highlander  By Karen Moning
Dark Highlander By Karen Moning
Immortal Highlander By Karen Moning

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon






  1. Crime/Mystery – TBR Knit One, Kill Two – Maggie Sefton
  2. Thriller – Relentless By Dean Koontz
  3. Romance – Spell of the Highlander by Karen Moning
  4. Fantasy – Miles and the Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan
  5. Sci-Fi – Fluke or I know why the Winged Whale Sings By Christopher Moore
  6. Literary – Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
  7. Young Adult –  TBR
  8. Historical Fiction – Lamb by Christopher Moore (it’s set during the time of Jesus, it totally counts)
  9. Dystopian – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. Steampunk – TBR
  11. Comedy/Black Comedy – A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
  12. Horror/Ghost Story – Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  13. Adventure –
  14. War –
  15. Gothic –
  16. Poetry –
  17. Drama –
  18. Kids – Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
  19. Graphic Novel – Preludes and Nocturnes: Sandman 1 by New Gaiman
  20. Classic –
  21. Read: 11/20


    A A Discovery Of Witches – Deborah Harkness
    B Bite Me by Christopher Moore
    D A Dirty Job By Christopher Moore
    F Fluke By Christopher Moore
    H Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
    I Immortal Highlander By Karen Moning
    K Kiss of the Highlander  By Karen Moning
    L Lamb By Christopher Moore
    M Miles and the Magic Flute By Heidi Cullinan
    O Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
    P Preludes and Nocturnes Sandman #1 By Neil Gaiman

    R Relentless By Dean Koontz
    S Spell of the Highlander By Karen Moning
    Y You Suck By Christopher Moore


    I have read a total of 15 books this year, granted, this doesn’t include drops, abandons, tosses and general ughs. The total is a little higher if I include those. My currently reading pile is well, I’m almost finished: 11/22/63 by King, Dies the Fire is lamentably still at 78% on my kobo, I’m roughly halfway through City of Bones. I’ve started Strain by Del Toro, and I’ve metaphorically tossed the first two books of the highlander series by Moning across the room.


    My next post will be Top ten Tuesday. *kermit yay*

    and if you get that reference, I love you.

    Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

    Ten Books I’d like to see made into a Movie

    Or in the case of some, rebooted now that CGI has gotten better.

    10)Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) Any novel by Christopher Moore, but friends and I believe that the most translatable and fun would be Blood Sucking Fiends. The first book I read by Moore, and seriously funny. The best take on vampires I’ve come across in a while. Jody is fantastic, and one of the strongest characters I’ve come across in a while. She’s vulnerable and makes a whole lot of mistakes but she’s badass and overall fucking awesome.











    Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)Dies The Fire By S.M. Stirling. Or better yet a series done by HBO. It’s got everything you could want in a series. Post Apocalypse survival, cannibalism, and it makes for a great ensemble cast. There is a show starting this fall call Revolution?  It has the same feeling but it’s got that so close/missed by a mile feel. Like someone read the trilogy and went wouldn’t this be cool but guns should still totally work. *facepalm* I hope that series is done well but I can’t help but draw parallels.












    The Black Company The Black Company By Glen Cook

    I would love to see this made into a movie. I just don’t know a director that could handle the subject matter eloquently. Perhaps Ridley Scott or Martin Scorsese. Both have handled similar subject matter in the past. And this someone low fantasy definitely dark fantasy could be interesting. These aren’t good characters, by any stretch, they can’t even be considered anti-heroes, but you do end up rooting for them in the book, and you really need that to carry across into film.











    7) Outlander (Outlander, #1)

    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want to see this made into a movie? It’s listed on IMDB as in development, but that means nothing. I’d really like to see a mini series for this or turn it into a series like GoT.











    The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle I loved the animated movie, and I was so excited to see they wanted to do a live action reboot. I’m sad to see that seems to have been shelved but I would still love to see a movie from this novel.







    5) The Ship Who Searched (Brainship, #3)

    The Ship Who Searched By Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey

    This is one of those books that just grabs you, and holds you, and never lets you go. It’s one of those novels that stay with you. I loved this book and would love to see it on the big screen but I’m scared they wouldn’t get it right.






    4) Mort (Discworld, #4)

    Mort By Terry Pratchett A novel about DEATH, and his assistant. It’s awesome, and I think it should be done, especially so we can meet Susan’s parents. Of all the novels with DEATH this is probably my faviourite.















    The Skystone/ Camulod Chronicles by Jack White. Yes another adaptation of the Arthur myth, but this one is so detailed and so wide spread you could make a series out of this and get nine years out of it easily. There are a couple of books, I think Uther’s and Merlin’s that could realistically be combined as they’re POV’s crisscross over several key pieces. In all honesty though if they wanted to make just one movie, The Skystone would give them someone with a lot of interest and history and a nice bit of action.





    2) 7126

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Please remake this into something approaching acceptable. The most recent retelling while a good action flick is not the story of Edmund Dantes. The movie is not supposed to have a happy ending, he’s seeking revenge, nothing more. He’s bitter, and angry and needs to carry this out. You don’t need to give him something happy, Edmund is beyond that emotion by the time he escapes. The only feeling he had for his fellow man was his love for the old prisoner, and *spoiler* once he died that part of Edmund died as well. It’s supposed to be tragic, and bitter, that is what makes the story so good.




    1) Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1)

    Sailing to Sarantium/Lord of Emporers By Guy Gavriel Kay (Duology) Do you know how hard it is to pick just these two books from Kay’s works? I think these two would be the most visually stunning, has a lot of action and a nice cast of characters to pull from.














    That’s it folks. Hopefully this will see me post more, but who knows. I waffle between having time to blog but nothing to blog about, and not having time but having a lot of things to blog about. Generally speaking I prefer option two.

    Top Ten Tuesday


    Started on The Broke and The Bookish this meme is all about gearing up for 2012.


    10) Swordspoint By Ellen Kushner  On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. I recently purchased the audiobook through Audible. I’ve yet to start it but I’m waiting for the right moment an a cup of tea to listen.

    9) The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle

    From The Last Unicorn:
    “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea…”

    This has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. I need to find a copy and start reading.

    8) The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins Do I really need to put up a summary? I think this has been one of the most recommended books since Harry Potter.

    7) Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter. After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls. The Hatter sisters–Sophie, Lettie, and Martha–and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

    I’ve seen the movie so many times I quote it without really paying attention. I really want to read this book and see just what I’m missing.

    6) The Golden Compass – Phillip Pullman Another YA I missed it’s first time around.

    5) The Gunslinger  By Stephen King –  I think I might be admitting to a Sin here when I say I haven’t read The Gunslinger. I hope to rectify that this year.

    4) Under the Dome By Stephen King – another one that looks rather interesting and I’m  hoping to get a chance to sit down and read it this year.

    3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Hope this lives up to the hype.

    2) The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling Emberverse #2 Really looking forward to this one.

    1) Dies the Fire By S.M. Stirling Emberverse #1 Mostly because I couldn’t wait and started this one yesterday. I’m already hooked, don’t want chapters to end and really like his writing.



    • Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31st, 2012. You can join anytime.
    • Books from other challenges count as long as they are about time travel.
    • Books can be children’s, middle-grade, YA or adult fiction.
    • Write a post and link it below including the URL to that sign-up post.


    • Surprise Trip: 1 to 3 time travel books.
    • Great Adventure: 4 to 6 time travel books.
    • Fantastic Journey: 7 to 9 time travel books
    • Mind-boggling Voyage: 10 to 12 time travel books.


    Great Adventure: 4-6 Books

    • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Book 4 in the Outlander Series)
    • Island in the Sea of Time By S.M. Stirling (Book 1)
    • Doomsday Book By Connie Willis
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    • .
    • .

    Last Challenge I’m joining this year. At this rate if I don’t double up and use books for multiple challenges I’m going to have to read 52 books for the year. Doable but insane when you include life and knitting and possibly moving.

    Reading Challenge Addict


    I am a Reading Challenge Addict

    Click picture for main article.

    So we are challenging each of you who can also say that you also are a Reading Challenge Addict.
    We’ll be giving away prizes and recognizing those who are meeting their own expectations by completing the challenges they’ve entered.

    How addicted are you?

    • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)

    My goal:

    Easy As Pie: 1-5 Challenges: Personal goal is three challenges, wish me luck.