Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Bloggers Challenge Day 6 - How I shop for books

Hello Fellow Readers!

So today is how I shop for books, usually, I have a mental list of books I want to read and buy. Of course, as soon as I enter a book store I forget it, but that's why you have apps like Goodreads right? I do this for new books stores that I go into, I like to have a book in mind mostly because if I don't I have spend waaaaaay too much money buying books.

If I got to a Bargin book store or a used book store I don't bring a list. I instead will go through every single shelf looking at books and picking up the ones I want or think sound good. because the books are discounted I can actually afford them, I can spend hours in a used book store and love it.

How do you shop for books?

DNF - Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Ginness, Butcher of Men

Title: Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
Author: Harold Schechter
Genre: True Crime; Non-Fiction;
Publisher: Little A
Published: April 1st, 2018

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered.
Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter’s gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery—and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.


Hello Fellow Readers,

There's not too much I can say about this book other than with a name like the Butcher of Men I expected so much more. While Schechter is witty as a writer I can say that I honestly didn't enjoy his writing style. Most of the words he used and how he described things just didn't sit well with me. Is he a bad writer? Absolutely not, he just is not my cup of tea. I was just so disappointed with this book, I am appreciative all the work that Schechter went to when it comes to research and compiling his data as the book is well researched. It just felt like I was reading a long essay and I was bored. So I put the book down and just have not wanted to pick it back up. I refuse to spend my time reading books that I don't enjoy. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 5 - Recommend a Tear-jerker

Hello Fellow Readers!

Day 5 for Good Books and Good wine's book blogger challenge is recommend a tear-jerker. I don't read very many tearjerkers ( or at least I do not get emotional when reading a book). The closest I've gotten to crying while reading a book is when I read How To Mend A Broken Heart  by Anna Mansell

So I guess this is the book that I am recommending! What would you recommend?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 4 - Last book you flung across the room

This Challenge is hosted @ Good Books and Good Wine.

While I would never fling a book across the room I gotta say that book I would do that is with A Little Night Magic

I just didn't like it. Usually, a book can be redeemed if I talk to other people and hear their opinions or if I give it a shot and reread the book. This book however just, no I will not read it again. I think what makes it worse is that I purchased the book with my own money when it was recommended to me but someone.

What book would make you fling it across the room?

Must Love Ghosts; Charity Tahmaseb

Title: Must Love Ghosts (Coffee & Ghosts: The Complete Season #1)
Publisher: Collins Mark Books
Published: October 3rd, 2015
Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. But after her grandmother dies and a rival ghost hunter moves to town, Katy fears things will never be the same.
She’s right. 
From a beguiling and charismatic ghost whisperer to her new partner’s ghost swallowing brother and even a (short) stint behind bars, Katy navigates her new reality, uncertain her skills are equal to the tasks at hand. But are these things mere distractions—or do they hide something darker, far more sinister, something that has a long-held vendetta against Katy?
To survive, Katy must uncover an ancient secret. She must brew her very best Kona blend. She will need to rely on unexpected and unpredictable allies. 
To survive, she will need to trust what’s in her heart.

My Rating

Hello My Fellow Readers,

This was a very cute and quick read. I started reading it because the premises for this is interesting and unique. Catching ghosts with coffee or tea? Love it! The book is broken into about five episodes and the book comes one whole season. It was interesting for Tahmaseb to do it that way, and also convenient for me because I can read an episode and put the book down until I feel like reading it again. Each episode/story had it's own small story-line with a bigger story-line spanning the entire book.

Katy was a good protagonist but bothered me a bit. It seems like she didn't really have a backbone and how is it that she never bothered to question her grandmother about what they were doing, or who they were. Also, her grandmother must have knew that one day she would die so why not tell Katy everything about catching ghosts? I have a lot of questions that I feel like didn't get answered.

Malcolm was a good character, described as good looking, dark haired and at first unassuming. Considering he started out as Katy's rival, then turned into her partner you can kinda guess that a romance was brewing. I love how Tahmaseb handled that, she didn't make it an instalove (Thank you!) but rather an attraction that built as they worked together. The one thing is that Malcolm was first written as if he didn't know too much, and needed Katy's help, but then suddenly he knew a lot? I like the series enough to keep reading it, plus I am hoping that my questions get answered.

About the Author

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She doesn’t think it’s a social stigma to eat alone at a restaurant and read a book. Her favorite city is London, but she loves living in Minnesota. 

She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes young adult fiction and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul.


2nd book!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 3 - Who are your blogging BFFS

Hello Fellow Readers,

Day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine has to do with blogging BFFS. I was actually hesitant to do this because of this day but I decided to just push through. I actually don't have any blogging BFFS, It makes me a little sad but I want to say it is mostly my fault as I think I don't try hard enough to establish any connections like most people do. Plus I am extremely awkward and prefer face to face meets.

However, If you like to become friends drop me a comment below!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 2 - Bedtime Reading Ritual

Hello Fellow Readers,

Today is day two of the book blogger challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine and it's all about my bedtime reading ritual. So about an hour or two before I am set to sleep I head upstairs to wash my face/shower/tidy up, once that is done I put on a face mask and I read. That's it, I usually try to read at least one chapter in the multitude of books I am reading but if it's a book I am super into I will sometimes forgo sleep and just read it until the end. I can survive one sleepless night I have done it before and I can do it again!

What is your bedtime ritual?

#CurrentlyReading January 2019

Hello Fellow Readers,

The first currently reading of the year! It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that it is now 2019. What a year 2018 was, I swear I feel like it just passed by in the blink of an eye. So let's see what I am reading so far in January of 2019!

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. Ebook

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Book Club Pick! Paperback.

Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. But after her grandmother dies and a rival ghost hunter moves to town, Katy fears things will never be the same.
She’s right.

From a beguiling and charismatic ghost whisperer to her new partner’s ghost swallowing brother and even a (short) stint behind bars, Katy navigates her new reality, uncertain her skills are equal to the tasks at hand. But are these things mere distractions—or do they hide something darker, far more sinister, something that has a long-held vendetta against Katy?
To survive, Katy must uncover an ancient secret. She must brew her very best Kona blend. She will need to rely on unexpected and unpredictable allies.

To survive, she will need to trust what’s in her heart.

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.
MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.
But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?
When the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.
Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day 1 - 15 Book Confessions

Hello Fellow Readers!

I saw this challenge being done by Allison over at Good Books and Good Wine and decided to try my hand at it! It's pretty self-explanatory, just post about the topic on the day you do it. So since today is day 1 I have 15 Book Related confessions to share with you all.

1 - Even though I love Harry Potter, I don't understand why people go Gaga over it.

2 - I think most book subscriptions are overrated and overpriced

3 - I tend to steer clear of Best Sellers and love Indie books
4 - I always think the heroines should avoid the dark mysterious guys and go with the [obvious] choice of the nice guy.

5 - Steampunk books are my favorite genre
6 - I'm over nice virgin protagonists give me a girl who loves sex and cursing

7 - As I get older YA books appeal to me less and less
8 - I judge books by their covers
9 - If I'm in the middle of a good book I will ignore anyone who talks to me

10 - I judge people harshly if I see them bend a page in a book. Like, why you do that? Don't you know you're hurting it?
11 - When I was younger I would rush playing with friends so I can get home and read
12 - Sometimes I love books with unhappy endings

13 - I read smut books in public
14 - I've always liked the idea of wearing glasses when reading, but now that I have to I can never find them.
15 - I never trust a person when they say they don't read


Monday, January 7, 2019

Preacher; Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon

Title: Preacher (Book 1)
Author: Garth Ennis
Illustrator: Steve Dillon
Genre: Graphic Novel; Horror
Publisher: Vertigo
Published: July 21st, 2009

After merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan preacher Jesse Custer has become completely disillusioned with the beliefs to which he had dedicated his entire life. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer loses faith in both God and man as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.


Hello Fellow Reader,

Preacher book 1 is a compilation of the  Preacher comic books showcasing the issues #1-#12. This compilation starts with Jesse (The Preacher), Tulip (The [ex] Girlfriend), and Cassidy (The New Best Friend) sitting in a booth at a diner trying to have a conversation. This conversation is intermitted with flashbacks as they go through how they got to where they are now. Eventually, we are lead up to the present, where the real story of Preacher can actually begin. We find out what caused the destruction of Jesse's flock in Texas, What caused Jesse to become a Preacher, and who (or what) everyone is of course. Not all the questions are answered as it won't be until the next book where we can figure out the unanswered questions of these arcs. 

Ennis does a great job of giving you a unique story that takes you on a wild ride, Each character is unique and seems to break the cliques of most graphic novels. My least favorite characters (besides the bad guys) was Tulip as she was a bit annoying, I really hope she gets better now that she isn't pestering Jesse about why he left her (There are more important things going on...) Dillon does a good job of bringing the characters into the light and allowing you to feel the emotion that Ennis is trying to convey. I am also really jealous of Jesse's hair. Those Curls.

This is a good graphic novel if you're a fan of comic books, although I will warn you that if you are religious you may want to stay away from this book.


1st book!

1st book!