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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post



This meme is hosted by Tynga over at Team Tynga's Reviews, which she describes as follows:

"Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!"




Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I'm pleased to say that last Saturday's snow melted, and we've had a scorcher of a weekend! We actually had a humidex rating, LOL! Yes, even in October!! It was 24 degrees Celsius on Friday, with a humidex of 26 degrees (that's 79 degrees Fahrenheit). I opened up all my windows when I got home from work and the house went up five degrees. Gotta love it! The mercury dips later in the week, so I need to get those snow tires on this afternoon.


I don't think my attire will be quite the same ;)


This was an Audible Daily Deal that I bought this week:


Scythe
(Arc of a Scythe, Book #1)
by Neal Shusterman


This was a goodie that arrived in my mailbox this week:


Nail's Crossing
(Bill Maytubby & Hannah Bond Mystery, Book #1)
by Kris Lackey

Thanks again, Blackstone Publishing!


I won a giveaway hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, and this was my pick:


Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
I'm actually taking a nine-week course of this book with a group of people, and I'm loving my library copy so much that I want to own it so I chose this updated and expanded version.


Recap: Last Week On The Blog



Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Cookbooks

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Contagion by Erin Bowman
Friday Audiobook Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Saturday: Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Challenge: 10 Years in 10 Books



What books have you added to your shelves this week? If you are also participating in either of these memes, please leave me the link to your blog post in the comments so that I can come and drool over all your goodies!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Challenge: 10 Years in 10 Books #readathon


Submit one book recommendation published in each year of the Readathon (2007-2017).

I'm featuring books from two favourite series, and I'm linking to my reviews.

by Stephenie Meyer
(The Twilight Saga, Book #3)
[2007]

by Stephenie Meyer
(The Twilight Saga, Book #4)
[2008]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #7)
[2009]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #8)
[2010]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #9)
[2011]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #10)
[2012]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #11)
[2013]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #12)
[2014]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #13)
[2015]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #14)
[2016]

by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #15)
[2017]


That was fun, Andi! Thanks for hosting the challenge.

Friday, October 20, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @SimonAudio‏ @ImogenChurch

AUTHOR: Ruth Ware
NARRATOR: Imogen Church
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 10 hrs and 8 mins
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room....

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
MY REVIEW: 

Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 was my first read of 2017, and I was totally blown away and wanted to read her debut. This dark psychological thriller is just as good, if not better!

The story moves back and forth between the present and the past. A woman, Leonora (“Nora”) Shaw, wakes up in a hospital but has no recollection of what happened to her. She has been told that she was in an accident.

Nora received an email inviting her to attend a bachelorette party for one of her best friends from high school, who she hadn’t seen in ten years. She had lost touch with Clare Cavendish, and the email from a woman named Flo asked Nora if she would come to a cabin in the woods in Northumberland for a weekend away before Clare’s wedding. Nora’s friend, Nina da Souza, also received an invitation and the two made a pact that if one went that the other would go.

Well, you know where this is going, right? A remote cabin in the woods away from civilization, where the cell phone reception is spotty...you know it is not going to end well! I loved the creepy setting of the story, and Ware had me literally on the edge of my seat as I was driving and listening to this audiobook. What I love most about Ware’s books are her characters. She has a way of making them seem so real to me, and I feel like I am becoming part of their story. I get caught up in the suspense and excitement. Ware doles out the past in pieces, as she connects it to the present, and I loved listening to the story unravel bit by bit.

So, that’s two for two now with loving Ware’s books. She’s a “must read” author for me, and I am on the library’s waiting list for Ware’s The Lying Game which was released in July 2017.

Imogen Church was a fantastic narrator! She brought the characters to life and really brought out their personalities, from Nina’s mean-spiritedness to Melanie’s paranoia and separation anxiety from her newborn to Flo’s strange obsession with her BFF Clare. I just loved her! I flew through listening to the audiobook because I could not put it down. Here is a sample of the narration:




MY RATING:
5 stars!! It was superb! I loved it and will likely re-read it in the future. Highly recommended!!

This book qualifies as:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins @naturallysteph @LLAudiobooks

NARRATOR: Bahni Turpin
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: September 26, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 26 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that's fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

MY REVIEW:

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

This fast-paced story was a quick read for me, and I really enjoyed it!

Someone is brutally killing teenagers in Osborne, Nebraska. This killer likes to mess with the victims, like moving things in the house before he attacks so that the victim is aware that something isn’t right and that they aren't alone. Can you imagine how chilling that would be? The killer is truly diabolical and twisted, and that is what makes the book so good and reminiscent of the movie Scream!

The killer makes a mistake, and his attack on Makani is interrupted by her boyfriend. The identity of the killer then becomes known because Makani survived, and the hunt is on. Meanwhile, Makani and her friends try to figure out the connection between the victims to determine the next target.

Makani is an interesting character. She is a native of Hawaii, and her parents sent her to live with her aunt in Nebraska after something happened to her. Part of the mystery of the story is not knowing what’s in Makani’s past. I have to say that the revelation was a bit of a let-down. It wasn't nearly as scandalous as I was expecting! I'm still kind of scratching my head wondering why it was such a big deal, because she was a victim and the ones who were ultimately to blame were the ones who perpetrated the offence.

This is my first book by this author, and I was a bit taken aback at all the sex in this YA book! Makani meets a boy at the grocery store and shows up there once a week to make out with him on his break. When they finally go off to somewhere more secluded and private to have sex, their "relationship" (I use that term loosely) fizzles out and they don’t see each other again. Just a wham-bam thank you ma’am! I am not an advocate for casual sex, especially amongst teens. That was a disappointment for me. Makani and this boy do reconnect and have more of a committed romance, but it’s still more sex than I like to see in a YA book. I do applaud the author for her diversity in characters, with Makani’s background and her transgender friend.

I enjoyed the macabre details of the slayings. I know that Perkins normally writes contemporary YA romances, which generally aren’t my thing. However, I’d definitely pick up another one of her scary books if she writes one again!

Bahni Turpin was a good choice for narrator, although I thought her pace was a tad slow. I did enjoy the flair and attitude she gave to each character. Here is a sample:



MY RATING:
4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy horror. Thanks again to Listening Library for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

This book qualifies as:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Contagion by Erin Bowman @erin_bowman @harperteen

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.


Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

TITLE: Contagion
SERIES: Contagion, Book #1
AUTHOR: Erin Bowman
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: July 24, 2018
FORMAT: Ebook
LENGTH: 368 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction
ISBN: 9780062574183
It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Oh, wow! This one sounds sooooo good! I love survival stories and that this one is set on another planet.




What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Favourite Cookbooks #TopTenTuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Favourite Cookbooks



Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with your Slow Cooker
by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good
I love my slow cooker! I love being able to throw something in there in the morning before I leave for work and come home to a (nearly) finished meal. I usually just need to make a side dish and salad, and I can get supper on the table within a half hour of coming home. This is my "go-to" cookbook for trying out new recipes for my slow cooker.



The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever
by Natalie Haughton
This is the first slow cooker cookbook that I bought. At that time, I wasn't sure whether I'd like using a slow cooker. It's a small cookbook, and I have found a few recipes in here that I love. However, if you are looking for more recipes and more variety, get the Fix-It and Forget-It one.



Company's Coming: Cookies
by Jean Paré
I own every single book in the original Company's Coming series. They were the first cookbooks that I ever bought when I was single and first moved out of the house! I still use them to this day. My especially love this Cookies one.


Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications
Christmas Cookies 1999
I own a couple of these Christmas Cookies magazines from Better Homes and Gardens, but this is the first one that I bought and use most often. So many yummy goodies!


Taste of Home Thanksgiving Cookbook 2017
I just bought this at Costco last week, and I'm already loving it! I made the Roasted Autumn Vegetable Soup on Page 72 already, and it's wonderful!


The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread
by Bette Hagman
Way back when, my older daughter had digestive issues for many years and could not tolerate gluten, dairy, and eggs. Therefore, everything had to be made from scratch. Nowadays, there are gluten-free flour mixes that you can buy and even boxed cake mixes from Betty Crocker but back in early 2000s that wasn't the case. Correction: There were a few boxed mixes but they tasted awful! I had to learn how to make my own blends for pizza dough, pancakes, bread, cookies, muffins, crackers, pretzels, and more. This book was a lifesaver. Bette Hagman is the Betty Crocker of the gluten-free world! I own a number of Hagman's gluten-free cookbooks, but this was the one that I used the most.


Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo
by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
My older daughter has now outgrown her digestive issues that plagued her for years, but we've discovered that we feel better eating low/no gluten and refined sugar. Yeah, I know...I featured all those baking cookbooks earlier up there but those are more for holidays and I try (being the operative) to be good and bake with no gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. I love Nom Nom Paleo's website, and I snatched this cookbook when I saw it at Costco. I love the photographs that accompany the step-by-step instructions, rather than just a photo of the finished dish.


Super Baby Food: Absolutely everything you should know about feeding your baby and toddler, from starting solid foods to age three. Includes more than 350 quick, easy, delicious and nutritious recipes and thousands of money-saving and time-saving child care and kitchen tips. High recommended by new moms and dads!
by Ruth Yaron

I don't use this one anymore since my kids are no longer this age, but I absolutely loved this cookbook! I made my own baby food for my kids utilizing the recommendations in this book for what to introduce to your child at each age, and the various tables made it easy to look up the nutritional analysis in different foods to ensure that my child was getting all the required vitamins/minerals/proteins from the food groups. I used to give this cookbook as a gift at baby showers.



All Recipes website
I use this website all the time! Whenever I want to try something new, this is probably my go-to place online to browse recipes other than the Nom Nom Paleo website mentioned earlier.


So, what are your favourite cookbooks or websites for finding recipes? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!


Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf, and it's a good choice for RIPXII and Frightfall Read-a-Thon!

TITLE: Dust
SERIES: The Resurgam Trilogy, Book #1
AUTHOR: Joan Frances Turner
PUBLISHER: Ace
PUBLICATION DATE: October 4, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 384 pages
GENRE: Horror/Zombies, Young Adult
ISBN: 9780441020690
Nine years ago, Jessie was in a car crash and died. After she was buried, she awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. And there were others-gangs of undead roaming the Indiana woods, fighting, hunting, hidden. But when a mysterious illness threatens the existence of both zombies and humans, Jessie must decide whether to stay and fight or flee to survive...

I am taking this nine-week course with a group of people, which features DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. I'm looking forward to this! I've heard the book is great.

TITLE: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 1992
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 314 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help
ISBN: 9780310585909
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

I am reading this book aloud to my younger daughter. We both loved the 2017 movie remake with Emma Watson.

PUBLISHER: Disney Press
PUBLICATION DATE: January 31, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 288 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
Belle has dreamt of adventures like the ones she reads in her books, of traveling the world outside her small town. When Belle's father is captured, she takes his place as a prisoner of a fearsome Beast. But life in the enchanted castle isn't as terrible as Belle imagines, and she ultimately finds friendship and love. Enjoy this tale as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner Beauty and Beast in all of us in this beautiful novelization of the upcoming star-studded film!

I'm listening to:

From the library, and another good choice for RIPXII and Frightfall Read-a-Thon!

AUTHOR: Ruth Ware
NARRATOR: Imogen Church
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 10 hrs and 8 mins
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room....

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.


I just finished:

NARRATOR: Bahni Turpin
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: September 26, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 26 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that's fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!
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