JL's Bibliomania

Also on GoodReads as J L's Bibliomania:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8830421-j-l-s-bibliomania

and Litsy @jlsbibliomania

 

While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

Dewey's Update 3 & Halloween Bingo Week 7

It's the start of hour 16 and I'm planning to post this update, finish the last section of The Call of Chthulu and then call it a night (having been woken weekday early by the dog). 

 

As of the end of week 7 of Halloween Bingo, my card looks like:

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

I'll add the table of books read later (as in after I've slept).

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A1

 Diverse Voices

9/21/2017

10/19/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community.

A2

The Dead Will Walk

 

10/21/2017

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

10/17/2017

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

D5

 Terrifying Women

9/19/2017

10/20/2017

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E2

Horror

9/7/2017

10/21/2017

The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks making Chthulu jokes and wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons .  Figured it was about time to actually read the short story that started it all.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY.  My son's school is putting on the play.

E5

Amateur Sleuth

10/19/2017

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

#DeweysReadingBuddy Photo Challenge

 

Quincy in his natural habitat

The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

WOA!  WOW!  

 

What a great book to read in one sitting.

10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #2

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's Hour 12 of of the Readathon and time for the mid-event meme

 

1. What are you reading right now?

Still working on The Girl with All the Gifts  


2. How many books have you read so far?

Part of 1 (up to Page 317)


3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm looking forwards to reading scary short stories after dark, once I finish The Girl with All the Gifts


4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Of course I've had interruptions!  This is why I don't even try for 24-hours straight reading


5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

No real surprises, but I LOVED co-hosting over on GoodReads and the Cheerleading Challenge

10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #1

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's the start of Hour 6 of the Readathon and how my Readathon is going is a matter of perspective.

 

One perspective is that I've only read for a little over an hour, finishing about 90 pages of The Girl with All the Gifts

 

The flip perspective is that I've read for an hour more than I'd get most busy Saturday mornings.  I've also:

  • Gone to Karate class
  • Watched my son during his sparring class
  • Cleaned up after Karate class
  • Made a salad and ate lunch
  • Played with the dog
  • Helped my older son with homework
  • Spent too much time enjoying other folk's Readathon updates

 

 

So I'm a bit behind where I'd hoped to be at this point, but well on my way to my personal goal of at least 1 book finished and 12-hours of reading or Readathon-related activities.

Dewey's 10th Anniversary Readathon Starting Line

 

(I'm assuming that they are going to use the same opening questions that they have for the last while and pre-scheduling this post)

(show spoiler)

 

 

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

 

South Jersey (near Philadelphia)

 

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

 

Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

As explained in my pre-Readathon post  My reading choices are being guided by Halloween Bingo and I’m looking forward to setting up another potential Bingo or two


Which snack are you most looking forward to?

 

I don’t really spend a lot of time pre-planning snacks, but at some point in the day I’m likely to have a nice bowl of ice cream.


Tell us a little something about yourself!

 

We recently adopted a young dog.  He’s a snuggle bug, but also still constantly getting into things he shouldn’t.  I’m looking forward to quality time on the couch with book and dog and also curious how much of a distraction he’ll be instead.

 

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

 

Other than reading with dog?  While I don’t spend a lot of time on GoodReads anymore, I volunteered to co-moderate the Dewey’s Readathon group for an hour.  I’ll be covering Hour 11, which is 6 pm Eastern time. So come on over to Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon during hour 11 and join the conversation.

 

Dewey’s Stack & Halloween Bingo Goals

I’m letting my reading for Dewey’s be guided by my Halloween Bingo Card.  I have two novels and two short stories that are on my definite list:

 

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey  

 

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley 

 

The title stories from

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft,S.T. Joshi  

 

 A Haunted House and Other Short Stories - Virginia Woolf,Leonard Woolf  or The Haunted Grange Of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle  

 

I don't expect to finish the 2nd novel during the Readthon, but should have no trouble completing it by the end of the month. 

 

Once I finish those, I’ve got too many possibilities.  There’s no way I’ll black out and I’m torn about how to finish out the last week or so of Halloween Bingo so that my card ends up with a pretty pattern. 

 

 

My most likely direction is that I’ve picked up a random selection of Cozies featuring books or food.

 

But I’ve also been looking forward to Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas for a while, I have a couple of random freebie novellas for Ghost, and The Late Show - Michael Connelly is due back to the library soon.  While this would complete the top row, it's more than I'm likely to have time to finish in October. 

BINGO!!!

There was a farmer had a dog, and BINGO was his name O!

 

 

Brought to you by the 10/17/2017 Country House Mystery call and a bit of patience.

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

Halloween Bingo Week 6

Not a lot of apparent progress on Halloween Bingo this week. A few more squares on my cards called. A DNF of a book that could have been used for Diverse Voices.  And time reading dog books and working with Quincy.  But I'm not as far behind as I might otherwise have been.  I expect to finish The Hate U Give this week and that will ably fill the Diverse Voices slot.

 

 

All the Crooked Saints - Maggie Stiefvater 

 

Next up is something that makes me really excited.  Maggie Stiefvater has a new book!!! I was first on the library hold list for All the Crooked Saints and even though I don't know what square it will fit, I just can't resist the temptation to do something I almost never get to do: read something newly released and be one of the first to review it. 

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My!

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E5

Amateur Sleuth

 

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

DNF: Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford

Slow start and just not grabbing me. William and Charlotte are finally about to leave the orphanage, so I should probably stick it out a bit longer, but all I can think of is the Halloween Bingo Books I could be reading instead.

 

Maybe I'll try again between November 1st and the author visit...or then again, I may cancel on the author visit because there's a conflicting event the same night.

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once  - Lisa Falco, Steve Hockensmith

 

 

 

 

 

In The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery), Alanis McLachlan inherited a Tarot reading business from her murdered con-woman mother and proceeded to untangle who was responsible for her mother’s death.  In Fool Me Once, the abusive, about-to-be-ex husband one of the shop’s most loyal customers is found murdered.  Alanis feels guilty and sets out to find the true murderer and thereby absolve Marsha from the unjust charges.

 

As with the first book in this series, the best part of Fool Me Once are the “excerpts” from Miss Chance’s Tarot Guide Infinite Roads to Knowing

  

 

While many of the entries made me smile, the continuing allusions to wands as food eventually felt a bit forced.

 

Read for the Amateur Sleuth square, since Alanis is just not gentle and couth enough for Fool Me Once to feel like a cozy. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 304 pages.

Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement - Larry Kay, Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz

Finding this one more appealing than the other dog training book available during yesterday's library run.  I really liked the goal setting checklist.  

 

Our initial goals for Quincy are:

  • My dog is impeccably house-trained - We're particularly working on figuring out what his signal is to ask to go out.
  • Although my dog likes be with me, he isn't so needy that he shadows me everywhere - We perhaps should have listened better when they said he was originally part of a trio (2 dogs and a cat).  He's definitely shadowing us everywhere and has been pretty frantic when nobody is within sight.
  • The crate is my dog's home - we're working on having him enjoy the crate and to be less anxious when left alone inside it
  • My dog obeys the furniture rules and chews only what is allowed - we've gone from a cat that eats plastic bags to a dog who seems to gravitate to hard plastic items like army men.

 

While there are lots of other things to work on eventually, based on our 1st week, these are our priorities.

Dewey's 10th Anniversary Readathon Signups

 

Two weeks from tonight, on October 21, 2017, folks will be in the thick of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon.  This is the 10th fall readathon (though I've only been participating since 2015).  I am very much looking forward to having Halloween Bingo help build my readathon stack.  

 

Don't be dissuaded if you can't clear your schedule.  Many folks (myself included) do NOT even attempt to get to 24 hours of reading/blogging/book-related social media.  

 

 

In the early days, Readathon was blog-based.  These days much of the action is on Twitter, but regardless of where you participate, it's still a great book party. The feeling of being part of a WORLD-WIDE community that is all reading together at the same time is like nothing else*

 

Signups are found HERE

 

*There's a shadow of the same feeling here on Booklikes, but I find it's even more intense during Readathon.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Week 5

I'm looking for suggestions for short stories or novellas that would fit the Haunted Houses square (and yes, I've looked at the Haunted Houses & Ghosts list but they all appear to be novels).

 

If I stated that 1 of the books I read was out of pattern, with the request above could you predict the pattern I'm aiming for?

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My!

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E5

Amateur Sleuth

 

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

 

Drowned City

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don  Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is a graphic novel regarding the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. While it's a trite sentiment, I loved how Don Brown's illustrations brought the story to life.  

 

Please excuse the quality of the snapshot, but I wanted to share the page that hit me the hardest.

 

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It was challenging to read this during this fall of life-threatening hurricanes.  And while the immediate aftermath was less deadly, as I read, I couldn't help wondering how high the death tolls from Harvey, Irma and most especially Maria will eventually be.

 

 

Outside of a dog --

One of my husband's favorite quotes is the Groucho Marx line

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read

Last weekend we took a step we'd been considering for a while.

 

Meet Quincy!!!

 

 

He was advertised as a Boston Mix, about 1 year old, and about 35 pounds.  We'll see how accurate the weight and age estimate are when he meets our vet next week.

 

While he is named for the neighborhood and John Quincy Adams, we are intending to pronounce it like the fruit (Quinsee) rather than be authentic and say Quinzy.

 

It's been a while since we've had a dog and there've been a few settling in snafu's so far.  We discovered he was tall enough to counter surf when we found him coming back for the 2nd loaf of bread. He's been exhibiting a bit of separation anxiety and climbed our chain link fence to look for my husband who was out of sight in the garage.  But we're hopeful that this will pass.

Currently reading

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Progress: 13/288pages
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir by Evan Fallenberg, Meir Shalev