Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Reads and Not Walking in the Dark

I’m making some major headway in my revisions this week AND getting some reading done. Well… when I walk on the treadmill, I have more time to read. Gotta thank the shorter days for that, because I dislike walking on the treadmill. I just happen to dislike walking in the dark more (we have skunks in our neighborhood). Anyway, here’s what I read the past week:

October 6: “Relax, I’m a Ninja” by Natalie Whipple, first book in the Ninja series, a paranormal young adult novel at 338 pages. Blurb from book: A Clan of ninjas in San Francisco may sound improbable—but as the son of a ninja Master, Tosh Ito knows what lurks in the shadows of his city. Or at least he thought he did. When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato—newest ninja recruit, and his best friend’s crush—and sets out to uncover the killer’s identity. What they find is ninjutsu more evil than they could have ever imagined. As Amy and Tosh grow closer, they discover their connection unleashes a legendary power that could stop the murders. Problem is, that power may be exactly what the killer is looking for, and wielding it could cost them their souls. I’m not a huge fan of YA (it tends to be on the angsty-side), but I won this book, as well as the rest in the series, so I felt a little obligated to at least read it and determine whether or not I would read the rest. Boy, am I glad I did. What a great story. Not angsty at all. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series.

I know, only one book this week. But hey, I really didn’t think I’d have it finished. However, next Wednesday looks to be better. Got another trip coming up (to Florida this time) and they’ll be three of us driving—more time for me to read! Or revise. If I don’t get sick.

I wonder why I get car sick with the laptop, but not with a book?

So… Do you like to walk in the dark? I used to not worry about it so much, but I’ve spotted waaaaay too many skunks on our street alone. I don’t want to get squirted. And I used to be afraid a car might not spot me. I’d fixed that, too. Have myself a neon yellow hoodie! Guess I needn’t have bothered.

Happy Reading!


P.S. I'm super happy the Dodgers won last night and get to play a game 5 on Thursday. Fingers crossed they beat the Nationals!


JeffO said...

It's amazing how fast we lost light on either end of the day, isn't it?

I like walking in the dark. Skunks don't worry me, as long as I see them first. My experience with them is that they're pretty laid back, just give them some room. I'm more likely to psyche myself out by thinking of some horror movie junk I saw when I was a kid!

Maria Zannini said...

I don't like walking in the dark. No telling what's out there. And they probably have better night vision than I do.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool title for a book.
I wouldn't want to be zapped by a skunk either.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I know all about the horror movie junk -- Did I hear someone? Is someone watching me? Should I run? Yeah, much safer to walk in daylight. Safer for my mind!!!

Maria - Yeah, my night vision SUCKS! I trip over everything. :P

Alex - It's a cool book!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Walking in my neighborhood in the dark didn't bother me until this summer when, yep, a skunk moved in! I was walking my dog at almost-dark one time, and there was another guy walking a dog a little ways ahead of me, and he startled the skunk. It didn't spray him, but it did spray, and OMG it was awful to walk past a few minutes later! That was a close enough call for me!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Good thing Isis didn't see that skunk. She might have pulled you along for a stinky ride! :)