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Monday, October 15, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.


I'm reading: 

Something from the dusty bookshelf. A good choice for RIPXIII, Fraterfest and FrightFall Read-a-Thons.

AUTHOR: Joe Hill
PUBLISHER: Harper
PUBLICATION DATE: March 25, 2008 (first published 2007)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 366 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 9780061147944
Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box...a musty dead man's suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.

Something from the library. I have the regular edition sitting on my dusty bookshelf, but I wanted to read this new edition which I started during Banned Books Week.

AUTHOR: Anne Frank
PUBLISHER: Anchor Books
PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 1996 (first published 1947)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 352 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Classics, Autobiography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780385480338
For almost fifty years, Anne Frank's diary has moved millions with its testament to the human spirit's indestructibility, but readers have never seen the full text of this beloved book--until now. This new translation, performed by Winona Ryder, restores nearly one third of Anne's entries excised by her father in previous editions, revealing her burgeoning sexuality, her stormy relationship with her mother, and more.


Something from the library, to fulfill a prompt for a reading challenge which is to read a book of poetry by an author of colour.

AUTHOR: Maya Angelou
PUBLISHER: Random House
PUBLICATION DATE: September 13, 1994 (first published 1986)
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 273 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Poetry
ISBN: 9780679428954
For the first time, the complete collection of Maya Angelou's published poems-including "On the Pulse of Morning"-in a permanent collectible, handsome hardcover edition.
I completed a nine-week course with a group of people, which featured DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. The book is a lot to digest, and I'm still reading it in chunks.

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.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. We are loving this series! It just gets better and better!

SERIES: Warriors, Book #5
AUTHOR: Erin Hunter
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PUBLICATION DATE: March 17, 2015 (first published 2004)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 368 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780062367006
Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors series a #1 national bestseller--with new editions featuring a striking new look! More thrilling fantasy, fierce warrior cats, and epic adventures await in Warriors #5: A Dangerous Path.

ShadowClan has chosen Tigerclaw as their new leader, and Fireheart fears that this old enemy still harbors dark plans for vengeance on his former Clan. A mysterious threat has invaded the forest, placing every cat's life in peril. And Fireheart's beloved leader has turned her back on their warrior ancestors. Fireheart can't help but wonder if she's right--has StarClan abandoned them forever?

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter.

TITLE: The Outcast
SERIES: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #8
AUTHOR: Kathryn Lasky
PUBLISHER: Scholastic, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2005
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 207 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780439739511
Haunted by his past, hunted by the Pure Ones, Nyroc flies alone. He yearns to go to the great tree, where good and learned owls do noble deeds, but he cannot. He is son of Kludd and Nyra, sworn enemies of all Ga’Hoole stands for, feared and despised everywhere.

By Nyroc has glimpsed hope-and a new destiny-in the flame over his father's very bones. In search of that destiny, he trains his gaze and beats his wings toward a dark, lawless place where desperate characters roam a barren landscape and fire splits the sky-The Beyond the Beyond.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which my younger daughter is reading aloud to me! She picked it for her home reading.

PUBLISHER: Willowisp Press
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1986
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 128 pages
GENRE: Childrens
ISBN: 0874061350
Sandi and Randi are identical twins with a two-year-old brother-Terrible Teddy. Cute little Teddy destroys their homework and gets into their things. But it's the day he mistakes one twin for the other that leads to a case of double trouble!

I'm listening to:

Something from Overdrive. I have about seven holds that have all come in at once!!
AUTHOR: Jordan B. Peterson and Norman Doidge (Forward)
NARRATOR: Jordan B. Peterson
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: January 23, 2018
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 15 hrs and 40 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology
ISBN: 9780735275850
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.

I just finished:

TITLE: Matilda
AUTHOR: Roald Dahl
ILLUSTRATOR: Quentin Blake
PUBLISHER: Puffin Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 1989 (first published October 1, 1998)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 232 pages
GENRE: Childrens
ISBN: 9780141326221
Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

TITLE: What She Knew
SERIES: Jim Clemo, Book #1
AUTHOR: Gilly Macmillan
PUBLISHER: Harper Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 53 mins
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9780062444622
In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...

NARRATOR: Archie Panjabi
PUBLISHER: Harper Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 8, 2013
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 55 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir
ISBN: 9781478927990
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
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!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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

Brrrr, it's chilly outside!!


We've been sooooo lucky to have dodged the winter storms that are blowing all around us. So far, we have had just a dusting of snow which has since melted but our temperatures are at freezing. I have a ton of yard work left to do before the snow comes, and it's supposed to warm up for a couple of days during the coming week so this could be my last chance to get it done!



This was an Audible Daily Deal that I picked up this week:


To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christo


These are the two Audible Originals that I picked from this month's selection:

by Jonathan Maberry

by Esther Perel


Recap: Last Week On The Blog



Thursday: Fraterfest Read-a-Thon Starting Line


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!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fraterfest Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #FraterfestRAT


The Fraterfest Read-a-Thon has begun!


I'm Reading:

by Joe Hill


I do have Rhiannon Frater's Fighting to Survive requested from the library, and I intend to start on that one next.

I hate doing daily updates and keeping track of pages read and minutes listened (too time-consuming!), so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon.

Thanks again to Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer for hosting!

#Book #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for Wherever I Find Myself edited by Miriam Matejova

PUBLISHER: Caitlin Press
PUBLICATION DATE: February 7, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 167 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781987915341
Edited by Miriam Matejova, Wherever I Find Myself is a diverse collection of stories about the joys and struggles of immigrant women living in Canada. Often bringing with them the shadow of war and the guilt of leaving, the women in this new anthology expose their emotional pain but also their gratitude for being able to call Canada home. Their stories paint touching and charming portraits of cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, bureaucratic hurdles, attempts to navigate unfamiliar landscapes, and a desire to be accepted despite differences in accent, skin colour, or taste in food. Together they form a mosaic of emotions and world-views that underline the immigrant condition for women.

A yellow dress with ruffles, a kind Grade 1 teacher with a surname that’s difficult to spell, cockroaches in the bathroom, the contempt of strangers, and Whitney Houston on the radio–a Filipino woman recalls her experience as a six-year-old immigrant in a ghetto in Mississauga in the 80s. Browsing through a Polish fashion magazine at a European deli, a woman sees herself in an alternative universe of what her life might have been had she never immigrated to Canada. A same-sex couple moves from Minnesota to Ontario to find refuge for their love, but first they must drive a seventeen-foot truck through a blizzard and make it through the frustrating net of Canadian bureaucracy. In search of her origins, a Jewish woman travels to her birthplace in Passau, Germany. There, among rows of European picturesque houses and foreign tombstones of a Jewish cemetery, she finds no memories, only the shadow of Hitler and the ghosts of her parents.

Through these stories of courage, aloneness, and hope, new and established writers reach out to both immigrants and those whose families long ago ceased to identify with the immigrant label. Through their struggles and, at times, endearingly critical looks at Canada, they remind us that many of our perceived divisions are nothing but artificial creations of mind and that all of us are past, current, or potential immigrants.

MY REVIEW:

I am a first generation Canadian. My parents both immigrated to Canada with their families, although they all arrived at different times. I know from my family's personal experiences the hardships that they endured and how they came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs and had to start over from scratch. They had to learn learn the English language and become educated, and then to find a job. It was extremely difficult for them, but they were grateful for the opportunity that Canada afforded them and they strove for success so that their children would have more than they had growing up. So, immigrant stories are dear to me. If my parents never immigrated, I would not have been born in Canada and my life would most certainly be very different. So, when I saw this book on my library's bookshelf, I was immediately drawn to it. 

I really wanted to love this book but, for the most part, I found the stories very depressing. The overall tone of most of the immigrant stories in this anthology was that the writers felt like they didn't belong anywhere...that they felt like they didn't fit in here in Canada and that they missed their homes that they left. I can understand that, and I can only assume that these stories were written very soon after their arrival in Canada. Hopefully, they were able to make better lives for themselves and have learned to appreciate all that Canada offers!

MY RATING:

2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay."

This book qualifies as:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley @NabenRuthnum ‏@SimonAudio #CanadianAuthor

AUTHOR: Nathan Ripley
NARRATOR: Corey Brill
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: June 19, 2018
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 10 hrs and 25 mins
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781508254447
In this chilling debut thriller, in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr. Ripley, a family man obsessed with digging up the undiscovered remains of serial killer victims catches the attention of a murderer prowling the streets of Seattle.

Martin Reese is obsessed with murder.

For years, he has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and studying them in depth, using them as guides to find missing bodies. He doesn’t take any souvenirs, just photos that he stores in an old laptop, and then he turns in the results to the police anonymously. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of wrongs that cops have continuously failed to do.

Detective Sandra Whittal sees it differently. On a meteoric rise in police ranks due to her case-closing efficiency, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious caller—the Finder, she names him—leading the police to the bodies. Even if the Finder isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, who’s to say that he won’t start soon?

On his latest dig, Martin searches for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the early 1990s murderer who may have been responsible for the disappearance of his sister-in-law, whom he never met. But when he arrives at the site, he finds a freshly killed body—a young and recently disappeared Seattle woman—lying among remains that were left there decades ago. Someone else knew where Jason Shurn buried his victims . . . and that someone isn’t happy that Martin has been going around digging up his work.

When a crooked cop with a tenuous tie to Martin vanishes, Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder. Hunted by a real killer and by Whittal, Martin realizes that in order to escape the killer’s trap, he may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever thought.

MY REVIEW:

This was a dark and thrilling ride, and I hope that Naben Ruthnum continues to write more books as Nathan Ripley!

The story starts off with Bella, a young woman who has recently cleaned up her life and gotten off drugs. Someone is watching her and, before she can react, a syringe is plunged into her neck.

Then we meet Martin, who made his fortune working in the technology field. He is married to Ellen, and they have a teenage daughter named Kylie. Since Martin doesn't have to work to earn a living anymore, he has found a better use of his time which is solving crime. Specifically, he tries to find the buried remains of female serial killer victims on cold cases. He buys his information from someone who works in the police department, and he sets off on somewhat of a scavenger hunt. When he finds what he is looking for, he uses a computer-generated voice to inform the police of the GPS coordinates where the victim can be found. Does his obsession have anything to do with the fact that his wife's sister vanished 20 years ago and is believed to be the victim of a serial killer? Yes, that's part of it. Does Ellen know what her husband is up to on these trips? No, definitely not! She thinks that he's away camping.

When I picked this one up, I actually had no idea that this was by a Canadian author so that was a pleasant bonus. I liked the sound of it, and I was not disappointed. It was dark and twisted and very suspenseful. Yes, Martin is a little bit "off" and is probably in need of some psychological help but he also has some redeeming qualities. 

Corey Brill is a new-to-me narrator, and I thought he was excellent. His voice truly captured the darkness of the characters and the story. If you're looking for a chilling thriller to listen to on these chilly autumn evenings, this is the one!! Here is a sample of the narration:



MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy mysteries!

This book qualifies as:

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @HarlequinBooks #GraydonHouse

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ 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:

PUBLISHER: Graydon House
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: March 26, 2019
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 384 pages
GENRE: Thriller/Psychological
ISBN: 9781525831737
You've never read a love story as twisted as this.

Juliette loves Nate.She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.They are meant to be.The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.She is the perfect girlfriend. And she'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.True love hurts, but Juliette knows it's worth all the pain...

Juliette has everything going for her: she's young, pretty, and driven, and she's training for an exciting new career as a flight attendant.

The darkness in her past doesn't matter, because she's moved beyond all that, and she's building a great new life for herself-one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a foolish moment of commitment-phobia, one that he surely regrets now. But he'll be so proud of her once he sees how much she's grown. And he will see her. After all, he's a pilot at the very same airline where Juliette is training.

What kind of man wouldn't appreciate the effort Juliette has taken to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he's not there, and makes sure to leave all his favorite foods in the fridge. It's only a matter of time before he leaves his airheaded new girlfriend and realizes Juliette is the only one for him.

He will realize it. Juliette will make sure of it. After all, she is the perfect girlfriend.

Juliette sounds completely whacked, like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. It sounds like it will be a very demented story, and it should make for an interesting debut!


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!
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