Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday - Arrowood

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at 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.


Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: MIRA
Author: Mick Finlay
Genre: Mystery 
Pages: 352

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

The Afghan War is over and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain's position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in financial and sexual scandals. The year is 1895.





Why I'm waiting: I'm a huge Sherlockian, and while this isn't a Sherlock Holmes novel, it seems to be set in his world. So I'll definitely be picking this one up!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week theme is: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start!

  1. Ree Varekai Series by Marie Brennan
  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco 
  3. Kingdom on Fire Series by Jessica Cluess
  1. The Evertide Series by Todd Lockwood
  2. Wolf by Wolf Series by Ryan Graudin
  3. Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake
  1. Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab
  2. The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
  3. Flavia de Luce Series by Alan Bradley
  1. The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday - A Talent for Murder

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at 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

Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher:  Atria Books

Author: Andrew Wilson

Genre: Mystery 

Pages: 320


Discover the real-life mystery centered on the queen of crime herself: Agatha Christie. In this tantalizing new novel, Christie’s mysterious ten-day disappearance serves as the starting point for a gripping novel, in which Christie herself is pulled into a case of blackmail and murder.


Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, is boarding a train, preoccupied with the devastating knowledge that her husband is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events—for her rescuer is no guardian angel, rather he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind.



Why I'm waiting: Agatha Christie holds a special place in my library, my great grandmother introduced her to me. So I had to add this to my list, there so many theories about the why she went missing.

My Dream Reading Room - Discussion Post

My very first Discussion Post! One of my goals this year was to branch away from weekly memes and reviews. Which meant a Discussions Post. The problem has been I haven't had any idea on what to do or where to start. Luckily that decision was made for me thanks to Molly Kay at Arhaus.com. She asked me to share my dream Reading Room, and honestly I couldn't think of a better post! Currently I've made a nest in my room/office that I curl up in with my cat to read when I have a spare afternoon, because it's the part my apartment that gets direct sunlight. But, this is a chance to share the space I'd create if money was no problem. 

I knew exactly the room I wanted to create!

I have a love for antiques. In fact when my Great Grandmother downsized and let all of us grand-kids go through what she couldn't put in the new place, I knew exactly what piece I wanted. For years my favorite thing was her old writing desk, and I was never allowed to play with it. Now it is one of my most prized possessions and it's in front of that window which gets all that sunshine when I sit down to write my own letters and work on my own stories.

So why did I tell you this story, because I was looking through the Arhaus website to create this Reading Room, I did it with that desk in mind. The desk with my Great Grandfather's edition of Ivenhoe and other books I found in my Great Grandmother's attic when she moved. I realized I didn't want a Beauty and the Beast library, because I was never a Princess movie girl. What I wanted was something out of Dick Tracy or Batman. Because on top of that desk next to the books is a lamp with a green shield that looks like something you'd find on a PI's desk in the Maltese Falcon. With that in mind I found the perfect pieces!

I imagine a loft above a bar or a restaurant. The writing desk would sit against the wall so I could lean back in my chair and look at the city, the traffic, and the people. Where I could watch the rain, because those rumors are true. It does rain here, a lot!

But how would the rest of the room look?

Lined with bookcases of course! It's not a Reading Room without books to fill it, but they can't just be any bookcases, because I'm a cat lady. Which means the Littlest Monster would be there with me. He gets that name because he gets into everything. So I'd want a bookcase that would be able to handle his rough treatment. Something kind of like this:
A pair of these lined against the back wall that the Little Monster and climb up and down. Where I can put his Hedwig pillow so he can look out that large window and watch the crows and pigeons fly by. Drawers for storage of all sorts of bookish things, and probably snacks. Every Reading Room needs snacks!!

Of course it also needs light because the sun out here doesn't always show itself, and in the winter we rarely see it at all. So I'd need lights and lamps to make sure I don't go blind reading, because I'm old school and don't have an ereader. All my books are physical copies. I love the feel of books, the smell, there's just something about it I can't get past and load my collection onto a Kindle. But, I digress. Lighting! I'd want ceiling lamps as well as desk lamps, and to keep with that Dick Tracy and Batman vibe, here's what I found:

So maybe I went a little Steampunk with those, but really they are awesome! I've always loved the idea of exposed lights that dangle from the ceiling. Ergo, they have made an appearance in the dream Reading Room. This means of course I need side tables for those lamps and a chair to go next to that side table. Also, I'll need a couch, for days I want to curl up with one of the blankets my Grandma made and read. Also maybe a coffee table so the Little Monster can do that creepy staring thing he does when I'm reading and not acknowledging his presence. Furniture that I feel would look something, if not exactly like this:

Now I know what some of you will say. There's no color?! Everything is so dark?! Correct. I've always leaned toward a darker color palate. So even when I spared no expense I didn't feel like straying from that factor. While this room is a dream Reading Room, it's my dream. Not that it'll matter once I settle down with a good book anyway. I'll be lost in whatever world I'm reading about this week. While the Little Monster chases birds he wouldn't know what to do with if he actually caught them. Surrounded by the books that made my childhood a little less lonely and inspired me to want to become an author myself!

So, thank you Molly Kay for bringing me this opportunity to browse through the Arhaus collection to create a wonderful dream Reading Room! Also for bringing me this wonderful idea. If you click each photo it'll take you their page on the Arhaus website so you can learn more about each piece. Maybe even something you can't live without!

But to everyone who stumbles onto this post, tell me about your dream Reading Room. Where would it be? What inspired it? What would it have to have to make it your's? Because my Reading Room wouldn't be mine with the Littlest Monster pushing my book away from my face so I can tell him how handsome he is.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week theme is: Top Ten Father's in Literature!


  1. Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter Series
  2.  Commander Donnelly Gemina (the Illuminae Files #2)
  3. Bredon Wulf Novice (the Summoner #1)
  1. Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona
  2. Duke of Vardan from God Save the Queen
  3. George Cooper from Trickster's Choice
  1. Bob Cratchett from A Christmas Carol
  2. Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice 
  3. Alfred Pennyworth from Batman
  1. Uncle Ben from the Amazing Spider-Man

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday - Meddling Kids

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at 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. 


Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher:  Doubleday Books
Author: Edgar Cantero
Genre: Horror & Mystery 
Pages: 336


1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven't seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she's got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter's been dead for years.


Why I'm waiting: I absolutely loved the last book I read by Edgar Cantero, The Supernatural Enhancements. So I'm pretty excited to read his next book!




Monday, June 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week theme is: Top Ten Nonfiction Books to Recently Hit My TBR!

  1. Thunder Over the Prairie by Chris Enss
  2. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  3. The Black Hand by Stephan Talty
  1. Through A Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All Time by Stefan Bechtel and  Laurence Roy Stains
  2. The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency by Chris Enss
  3. Novel Destinations, Second Edition: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
  1. MacArthur's Spies: the Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II by Peter Eisner

  2. Ordered West: The Civil War Exploits of Charles A. Curtis by 
  3. Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling
  1.  From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty 
What genre had made more of appearance on your TBR the last few weeks?