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Dewey’s Mid-Athon Update



1. What are you reading right now? I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which wasn’t even in my readathon TBR pile because I forgot it.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve read three graphic novels but haven’t completed any regular length novels.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dinner. My husband is cooking my family a beef roast with carrots and potatoes and it smells heavenly. After dinner (because I’m freaking starved!!) I’m looking forward to the rest of my graphic novels. They have been the highlight of the readathon for me.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Oh my gosh! This day has been full of interruptions. I’ve just had to take them as they come because they’ve been unavoidable.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I think it’s how easily distracted I’ve been today. Normally, I get into a good book (and I’m really enjoying Seraphina) and I shut out the world and curl up on the couch until I can’t ignore how much I have to pee. Today, I’ve been all over the place.

If you’re participating in the readathon, I hope you’re having a fantastic day and logging lots of pages!!

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Readathon 5 1/2 Hour Update

Gotta admit it, I’m flagging today. I’m defnitely not getting as many pages read as I would like to. There’s been more distractions to today than I was planning for. I’m gonna load up on some snacks and try and refuel.


This is my #RATsnack for a mini-challenge.

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Dewey’s Readathon: Opening Meme


I completely forgot to look online for hour Zero’s mini-challenge. I was too busy worrying about comfy clothes and getting my daughter out the door for her ACT this morning. Be prepared for more #readathon posts today. I’m going to be better about them, heheh.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from my living room situated in my house, which is located in Navarre, Florida, USA. It’s a beautiful day here, if a bit chilly.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1, which I already read this morning. It was so freaking funny. I wish I had the next volume to read today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Nothing. I’m doing a Whole 30 challenge. It’s day one of week two and I’m already tired of my selection of snacks.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Well, let’s see. I’m a 30 something SAHM, grad student, and wife to a retired Marine. We have one dog, Milo who is my love, three cats, Leo, Winnie, and NillaBean, and a salt water fish tank. We live next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. I’m an avid reader, INTJ, I enjoy wine, I love my bullet journal, and I’m learning to hand letter and doodle.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my second year and I really can’t think of anything I’ll be doing differently this year than last other than the snack thing. I had a great time last year.

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Autumn Reading Tag

I have snagged and adapted this tag from Amy Jane Smith on YouTube. This is, obviously, a booktube tag, but I don’t booktube and thought this tag would work just as well on the blog.


1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

I have quite a stack of graphic novels set aside for Dewey’s this month. I also plan on finishing Victoria by Daisy Goodwin and starting The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding. These are both currently on my NetGalley shelf. I also want to read more Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ll download those for my iPad. I also plan on reading a collection of short stories called Rogues that was edited by George R. R. Martin. I’ve preordered The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon that will be released on Nov 1 and I will read as soon as I open the box.
2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

The book I most enjoyed studying in school was Animal Farm. I remember liking how the animals in the book were representative of real people, leaders and such. Funny thing, my oldest daughter thinks this book is creepy, lol. My favorite subject, I think I’m cheating a little bit here, but it was Vampires in Myth and Culture that I took during my undergrad. By far, my most favorite class EVER. Least favorite, back to high school, was p.e. I suck at sports. I have no coordination or endurance for that matter. I hate being the center of attention, which happens often when you have the ball or, in my case, when you miss the ball. Gym class was painful for me and still remains as a painful memory.
3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I used to really love scary movies. The older I get, the less I enjoy being jolted by things jumping out on screen. Usually, when I know something scary is about to happen, I can’t stand the suspense and just look away from the screen. I’m such an old fuddy duddy. I’d rather read scary books, but I haven’t found too many that I like. I did like Pet Cemetery both the movie and the book. The same for Misery. I’d really like to find some non Stephen King books though since I don’t read his novels anymore.
4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

This is really British, lol. We don’t have bonfire night and we have fireworks displays for the 4th of July. Anyway…The entire Outlander series, In Death series, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, A Study in Scarlet. There are others, but those are what popped into my head.
5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

I love rereading the In Death books because they’re familiar and I love the characters so much. I would consider them to my coziest, comfort reads. Also, Harry Potter. Those are definitely cozy reads for the autumn. It might be time for a reread…
6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I enjoy both coffee and tea. Hot cider and mulled wine (as long as they’re not too sweet) are good as special treats but not something I have very often. Coffee and tea are mainstays throughout the year.
7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Nothing that I can think of. My daughter was recently in a car accident and while she didn’t sustain any severe injuries, she did have some injuries that we’re dealing with right now. Between doctor’s appointments and waiting for the ball to drop from our insurance company, we’re kind of in limbo. I guess you could say that I’m looking forward to all of that being resolved, good or bad.

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this posted on Adoptabooksaus and couldn’t resist joining in. This is a good tag! Without Goodreads, I’d buy a lot more duplicates of books than I already do, heheh.

What was the last book you marked as “read”? That would be Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I’m not reviewing this book here unless I get a request to do so, but suffice it to say I only rated it as 2 stars on Goodreads and it took me three weeks to read it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.


What are you currently reading? I just started Victoria by Daisy Goodwin yesterday and I’m loving it! If I didn’t have to take care of my daughter (was recently in a car accident), I could’ve had this book read in a day, I like it so much.

What was the latest book you marked as “tbr”? That would be Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. Someone recently posted an interview with this author on a blog I follow and it sounded like a book that’d be right up my alley, so I added it.

What book do you plan to read next? Good question. Nothing on my bookshelves has been catching my eye lately. What I really want to read are the graphic novels I have set aside for Dewey’s Readathon. It has taken all my self restraint to NOT read them. I suppose I’ll read The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding since it’s a NetGalley book.

Do you use the star rating system? I do. I’ve written about my feelings about ratings before.


Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge? I am! For a while, I was worried that I wouldn’t meet my goal for this year. I was something like seven books behind schedule at one point. As of this writing, I have read 55 of 65 books. That’s 85% of my goal and I’m four books ahead of schedule. Woohoo!!

Do you have a wishlist? On Goodreads, I mark books that I want to read as “to read” and if I don’t already own them, I add the shelf “need to buy”. That’s basically my wish list. My husband knows to peruse my “need to buy” shelf for gift ideas.


What book do you plan to buy next? This couldn’t be an easier question. I plan on buying Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s the second book in the Illuminae series and I’m sad that I don’t already have it in my hands.😦

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few. 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (The only Austen novel I like)

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Who are your favorite authors? In no particular order:  Twain, Gaiman, Hemingway, Erik Larson, J.D. Robb, Michelle Moran, Jenny Lawson, Alison Weir, Margaret Atwood, Zora Neale Hurston. There are others that aren’t coming to mind right now.

Have you joined any groups? I’ve joined a few but I participate very little. So little, that I can’t really remember which groups I am in, lol.

I’m not tagging any particular person. If you want to participate, please do so! I’d love to read your responses, so leave me a comment if you decide to tag yourself.😉

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Book Review: Timekeeper


Title:  Timekeeper

Author:  Tara Sim

Publisher:  Sky Pony Press

Pages:  368

Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Steampunk?

Setting:  Victorian England

Source:    Net Galley

Publication Date:  Nov 1, 2016


In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

From Me: 

Timekeeper was an intriguing novel. Set in Victorian England, the story is about Danny who is a clock mechanic. Without Danny and others like him, clock towers would not continue to function properly and thus, time would not function properly.

On a job, Danny meets a clock’s spirit, Colton, and they fall in love. It’s kind of a star-crossed lovers type of romance.

This book has a lot of romance and suspense. It’s definitely a page turner. The writing was good and Tara Sim doesn’t lose focus despite writing about several themes:  Victorian England, LGBT, science fiction, and fantasy. Other than the clocks controlling time, this novel was pretty light on the steampunk elements, which is why I added the ? in my beginning description. The time element itself was pretty unique. I can’t recall another book that I’ve read that used this theme in quite this way.

I was mildly annoyed by the relationships that Danny had with the adults in this book. They constantly doubted him, made decisions without Danny’s input, and generally were negative aspects in Danny’s life. Sounds pretty typical when you think of a 17 year old and adults. However, at times, it felt contrived and nitpicky rather than moving the story forward. This was minor though but still felt it was worth mentioning.

Over all, I enjoyed this novel and I can see the appeal to a younger audience. It was a fast read and I was surprised when I saw that it’s almost 400 printed pages since I read it as an electronic advanced copy. I’m not sure I’ll follow this series through and read the next one though.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fave Names


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Top Ten names I’d give a pet (pet is my choice here.).

I’m really horrible at naming my pets. We once had a rabbit that was the breed mini Rex we named him Rex. We’re original and imaginative like that. Borrowing names from literary characters is slightly more original, lol.

  1. Eeyore for a basset hound. I really think that Eeyore would be the perfect fit for a basset hound.
  2. Finn (Huckleberry Finn). This might be cute for a fish is you named your fish, lol. (We do, so stop laughing.) But it would work for a cat or a dog too.
  3. Fitz(gerald). Again, I think Fitz would be good for either a cat or a dog.
  4. Francis (the “F” in F. Scott Fitzgerald) for a cat. Seems more fitting than for a dog.
  5. Gertrude for a cat. (Gertrude Stein)
  6. Maggie for a cat. (Margaret Atwood)
  7. Harry for a dog. (Harry Potter)
  8. Piglet for a guinea pig. I always like a pig themed name for guinea pigs. We once had one named Bacon and he was much beloved.
  9. Luna for a cat or a dog. (Harry Potter)
  10. Finnick for a dog. (Hunger Games)

I’m gonna have to remember this list for any future pets we get, lol.