It’s Monday and #BookBlogWriMo – Day 3

monday#BookBlogWriMo – Day 3
11/3 – Where You Read – Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!

Right now I am reading anywhere I can. Today I read in the car while I was waiting to pick up the kids from school. I read in the car while I was waiting on my friend to walk. I read a bit on the stationary bike (I think winter might bring more of that). I read while I was standing in the kitchen waiting on the noodles to boil. And my very favorite place to read?

This week I am reading/listening to:

The Drowning Girl Outlander  Crane Stormbringers (Order of Darkness)
This Week: 10:33:44 This Week: Chapter 31 This Week: Page 112 This Week:
Last Week: 8:37:46 Last Week:
Chapter 20
Last Week:
 Last Week:
Not Started

In the Queue:

James Dashner ‘sThe Death Cure (Maze Runner Trilogy) [Hardcover]2011 Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel) The Hunger Angel: A Novel Company of Liars by Maitland, Karen (2009) Paperback

#BookBlogWriMo – Day 2

11/2 – How You Read – Paperback? Hardcover? Ereader? Smartphone? Bookmarks, note taking in the margins, or highlighting? Tell us some of your reading rituals!

I used to be a voracious reader, but this summer things fell apart. And now I barely seem to have time to get two pages in at night before bed, before I pass out cold. What has changed? Many things. I think top of the list actually is owning a smartphone. It is so easy to be distracted by Facebook and all of the other things that must have my attention RIGHT NOW!

Also I discovered around July, that I have moved from being a book reader to being a Ereader. How I discovered this was it was about this time that my Nook, which I have had for about 2 years began to die. It became more and more difficult to turn on. Once it was on it would stay on until the battery died. It was then a noticed how much a relied on that damn machine to read. 20 minutes to power up and that was on a good day.

Now I finally have a new reader (Google Nexus) but I am a seemly reformed insomniac. In August I started running. OK jogging. OK moving at a pace slightly faster than walking. And as a shall we say person of size, it is exhausting. So I am not lucky if I get one or two pages in at the end of the night before I am passed out cold asleep.

A few weeks ago I decided to make a change to my rituals, which obviously are not working for me anymore. So I am trying to set aside sitting up, wide awake reading time.

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So my 14-year-old decided to try NaNoWriMo this year. And I decided that if she can crank out a novel in the next 30 days I can manage to attempt #BookBlogWriMo.  Maybe just maybe I can get my mojo back. Some days I hope it will be my usual posts and features but also it will be the prompts from Book Bumblings list.

Today it begins.

11/1 – History of Your Blog – Tell us how you got started! When did you start your blog? Why? What have been some of your trials and tribulations? How many pigs did you have to sacrifice to get people to see your Facebook posts?

I started this blog to make the switch from keeping written journals of what I was reading to an electronic one.  I discovered challenges and reviews and Armchair BEA and A Novel Challenge and I fell in love with my blog.

I still am generally in a place where I care less about readers, by that I mean the numbers I am very fond of those readers who comment and stick around through my ups and downs.

One of the hardest things for me is consistency. I often find I am overextend IRL and my reading time and my blog are the first to suffer.

Here’s to November and 30 days of posting.

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It’s Monday. What Are You Reading? (10/20/14)


Working two jobs really took it out of the blog and of me. So slow start-ups and no promises to you or to me. I have dropped all challenges except to read and post for the rest of the year.

This week I am reading/listening to:

The Drowning Girl Outlander  Crane Stormbringers (Order of Darkness)
This Week: 2:48:00 This Week:  335 This Week: Page 112 This Week:
Last Week: 8:37:46 Last Week:
Not Started
Last Week:
 Last Week:
Not Started

In the Queue:

James Dashner ‘sThe Death Cure (Maze Runner Trilogy) [Hardcover]2011 Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel) The Hunger Angel: A Novel Company of Liars by Maitland, Karen (2009) Paperback

Top Ten Tuesday: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

So This week’s topic for Top Ten is one that shows again how weirdly eclectic my reading is.  I have gone to GoodReads to find the oldest things on my to read list that I still really want to get my hands on but I am still unable to find. And may in fact be too broke to buy. So here are my Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game
The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game by Garth Ennis

THIS IS GOING TO HURT! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. And someone will. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman and The Female are The Boys: A CIA backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth-superpower. Some superheores have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them-sometimes-need to be taken out of the picture That’s when you call in THE BOYS.[1]

Fables Vol. 10: The Good Prince
Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince (Fables, #10) by Bill Willingham

Collecting issues #60-69 of the hit series, collecting the epochal “Good Prince” storyline. Flycatcher is drawn into the spotlight as he discovers the startling truth about his own past as the Frog Prince. At the same time, he learns that the Adversary plans to destroy his foes once and for all. How can the meek Flycatcher stop this deadly foe?[2]

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black’s blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily’s all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn’t it lead her right back to Emily?[3]

Morphology of the Folktale (Publications of the American Folklore Society)
Morphology of the Folktale by Vladimir Propp

Morphology will in all probability be regarded by future generations as one of the major theoretical breakthroughs in the field of folklore in the twentieth century. — Alan Dundes Propp’s work is seminal…[and], now that it is available in a new edition, should be even more valuable to folklorists who are directing their attention to the form of the folktale, especially to those structural characteristics which are common to many entries coming from even different cultures.[4]

Don’t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England
Don’t Bet on the Prince:
Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England
by Jack Zipes

This anthology of feminist fairy tales and critical essays acts as an example of how the literature of fantasy and imagination can be harnessed to create a new view of the world. It demonstrates how recent writers have changed the aesthetic constructs and social content of fairy tales to reflect cultural change since the 1960s in area of gender roles, socialization and education. It includes selected works from such writers as Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood and Jay Williams, and critical essays from Marcia Lieberman and Sandra Gilbert. [5]

ArchEnemy: The Looking Glass Wars, Book Three
ArchEnemy (The Looking Glass Wars, #3) by Frank Beddor

Now it’s all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.
As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss to travel back to London for answers, where Arch’s assassins are threatening Alice Liddell and her family. But after coming to the Liddells’ assistance, Alyss discovers herself trapped in a conundrum of evaporating puddles. The shimmering portals that exist to transport her home through the Pool of Tears are disappearing!
What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushroom the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: “Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen.” But who is Everqueen?
As the metamorphosis of Wonderland unfolds, enemies become allies, bitter rivals face off, and Queen Alyss and Redd Heart must both confront their pasts in this thrilling, no-holds-barred conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series.[6]

[amazon_image id="1566444268" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Good Masters! Sweet Ladies![/amazon_image]
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz

Step back to medieval 1255 England and meet 22 villagers, illustrated in pen and ink, inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany.
Hugo, the lord’s nephew, proves his manhood by hunting a wild boar. Sharp-tongued Nelly supports her family by selling live eels. Peasant Mogg gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. Barbary slings mud on noble Jack. Alice is the singing shepherdess. And many more . . .[7]

The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn

Presenting Emilie Autumn’s long awaited autobiographical, reality-bending thriller, “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.” This beautifully bound hardcover volume measures 8″ x 11.5″ and clocks in at a massive 274 fully illustrated pages. Positively packed with hand-written memoirs, photos, and paintings, this profoundly empowering epic not only deserves a place on your tea table, it is also one of the most complete accounts of bipolar disorder ever penned, and will take readers behind the doors of both modern day psych ward and Victorian insane asylum in this true life horror tale of madness, murder, and medical experimentation.
But reader beware: It’s much easier to get into the Asylum than it is to get out.[8]

The Last Burning of New London
The Last Burning of New London by Danielle Myers

London Ruins is the head of a post-apocalyptic empire that spans across all the habitable land of Western Europe, and survives under the rule of Donovan, a reclusive, self-serving monarch. Donovan’s Royal Task Force carries out the assignment of eliminating all who oppose him by burning them alive within their houses. One group stands up against him, a legendary group of rebels called The Flames whose members are never seen, never heard, their actions only known after they have vanished.[9]

The Never King
The Never King by George Tyson

The once-great democracies of the West are slowly crumbling. In Britain, there is talk of revolution as anti-government demonstrations are met with lethal force. Then in an obscure English country carnival, a young man pulls a sword out of a boulder and is hailed as Britain’s mythic savior, its Once and Future King.
Enter Peter Quince, a professor of theology whose specialty is the old folk religions of the Celts – the so-called “Fairy Faith.” He’s recruited for a manhunt in which he quickly becomes the hunted. His flight to save his life takes him across a prehistoric landscape and climaxes in a shocking confrontation in the ruined castle in which King Arthur was allegedly born. Along the way, he must summon his old courage and confront his secret fear that he’s always been insane.
Quantum mechanics and a wizard’s prophesy, future weapons and ancient legends, mankind’s fate and an undying love for a crazy, beautiful woman – they’re all right here in The Never King.[10]


1. GoodReads – The Boys
2. GoodReads – Fables 
3. GoodReads – Joey Ramone
4. GoodReads – Morphology
5. GoodReads – Don’t Bet on the Prince
6. GoodReads – ArchEnemy
7. GoodReads – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
8. GoodReads – Wayward Victorian Girls
9. GoodReads – New London
10. GoodReads -The Never King