Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Reading Update and it’s HOT

Yesterday was the 7th straight day of 90+ degree weather. We’re expected to be in the 90s for the next three days, too. I like summer, but this is ridiculous!

Walking in the morning is almost unbearable. Thankfully there are shaded streets I can walk on. If not for that, I don’t know if I’d be able to walk as much. I’m back up to 3+ miles a day, now, too!

Shocker, huh?

Today I might not walk as far, though. I think my poor bones need a rest. But I hate breaking a streak (I’m up to 9 days), thus I’ll stick to 2 miles. Or less. We’ll see. Or rather, my bones will tell me when it’s enough.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #26

Dates read: June 26 – July 5
Title: Angels’ Blood
Year of publication: 2009
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #1
# of Pages: 339
Paper or plastic: Paperback
How obtained: Free from a convention.
Blurb from Book:. Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best—but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.
    Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.
    The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break…
My thoughts: This is not the type of paranormal romance I enjoy. The “hero” has too much power and control over the “heroine” for me to accept they could ever be equals (or that her love wasn’t being coerced). I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, but I won’t be reading any more of this series.

So… Dragon Con has officially cancelled this year. When the hotel offered to roll our reservation (and payment) to next year, we took it and figured we’d just lose out on our tickets to Dragon Con. But last week we were able to roll our tickets, too. So we did that before they cancelled, but I’m glad they were able to cancel. I can’t imagine what celebrities would have been there anyway.

Have any of your plans been cancelled or postponed? Kind of depressing, isn’t it? This year really sucks.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Reading Update and a Set Back

I was doing so well. Last Wednesday I walked almost 4 miles that day. I was on another walking streak. I was looking to blast my FitBit numbers something big! Then Wednesday night hit me.

I got sick.

I first thought dinner just didn’t agree with me. Hubby had eaten the same thing I did and he felt fine, though. Turned out to be much worse than that. I caught some kind of stomach bug (which is crazy since I don’t go anywhere). By 2am on Thursday I was exhausted and couldn’t take the trips to the bathroom anymore so I had Hubby take me to the ER on base. I was dehydrated, still nauseous and cramping, but they got some fluid in me and I was able to actually sleep (and keep water down and in!). But man, that bug really did a number on me. I’m still recovering!

At least it wasn’t COVID. On Monday and Tuesday I was able to go out and walk again. Not as far (only a little over a mile), but it’s a start…again. And I’m finally getting back to my revisions. Funny how you don’t feel like writing when your stomach is flipping and flopping and your head is hurting.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #25

Dates read: June 17-26
Title: Low Pressure
Year of publication: 2012
Author: Sandra Brown
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: N/A
# of Pages: 500
Paper or plastic: Paperback
How obtained: I don’t remember. Could have been free.
Blurb from Book:. Bellamy Lyston was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. A tornado destroyed the crime scene—along with Bellamy’s memory of what really happened. Now, eighteen years later, Bellamy has penned a bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder, and to protect her family, she published it under a pseudonym. But when Bellamy’s identity is exposed, she becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who is out for vengeance. In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward boyfriend—and an original suspect in the murder case. As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear. Though haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer. That is, unless her killer strikes first…
My thoughts: This was the first Sandra Brown book I’ve read and I enjoyed it very much. I’ll definitely read more of her books.

So… Does it sometimes feel like the recovery from an illness lasts longer than the illness? I sure hope I stay healthy the rest of the year. I’d like to stay active for more than a few weeks! It’s HARD to start a routine as it is. At least for me.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Reading Update, an Award, and I’m Walking!

Alex  J. Cavanaugh gave me this award on Monday. You can find it and the other awardees on his blog HERE. Thanks, Alex! You made my day.

I finally got back into a walking routine: do it first thing in the morning. I’ve done it seven days in a row so far (today will make eight) and I walked more than three miles yesterday (that was my goal for now). Thank goodness the weather has cooperated. I hope it lasts, or I get into the routine that I don’t care if it isn’t perfect out there. I really need to get back into some kind of shape. I hate feeling so…weak. My heart shouldn’t be racing when I’m walking from my car to my doctor appointment. And that was the SIGN for me to finally do something about it.

I had to do some major reading Tuesday so I had a book to post today. I know, what a chore, right? Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #24

Dates read: June 8-16
Title: Serpentine
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #26
# of Pages: 452
Paper or plastic: Paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and her best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…
    In this tropical paradise, Micah discovers a horrific new form of lyncanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.
    When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowup within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse, her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret—if she survives at all that is…
My thoughts: Frankly, only fans of this series will enjoy this book. Too much repetition and ramblings, especially in the beginning, really slowed the pace. It picked up around page 300, but like I said, only the fans might have stuck around that long. And I am a fan. I went in knowing what I would probably find. I’ll keep reading this series because I want to know what’ll happen next.

So… has the weather been cooperating where you live? It’s been great here. Low humidity and cooler temps. That will all change this week as the high temps and humidity will return. But as long as I get up early to walk (like, at 6:30), it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. I hope.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Reading Update and Eating Out

Have you gone back to a restaurant yet? Actually sat down, ordered, and ate there? We haven’t. I was going to wait and see what the numbers were like after they’ve been open for a few weeks, but what with all the protesting and people not wearing masks, I fear those numbers will be completely skewed now. And not in a good way.

So I guess I’ll just wait a little longer.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #23

Dates read: May 29-June 7
Title: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Year of publication: 2020
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Hunger Games #0
# of Pages: 517
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
    The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined—every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute…and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
My thoughts: I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about when it was released, but since it had to do with the Hunger Games, I was all in to read it. It was an interesting story. There wasn’t much suspense for the character, since we all know who he is in the other books, but I became curious to see how he survived. If you enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, you will most likely enjoy this, too.  

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Reading Update and I was Supposed to Start my Vacation

Hubby and I were supposed to board a cruise today, but COVID-19 spoiled all that. It was going to be an awesome cruise, too. With stops to Iceland, Greenland, Scotland, Ireland, and ending in London. Then, we were to start the next leg of our vacation: a European land tour traveling through 9 countries. We would have been gone for a month.

I knew it was too good to be true. We’d never ever planned such an elaborate vacation before. It certainly makes me gun shy to try and schedule another. Because it sure is a pain in the you-know-what when you have to try and get your money back. Which we really didn’t get back. Oh, sure, we got credit for the cruise and land tour. The flight home, not so much. Luckily, credit for the cruise will be easy to use as we have some future cruises booked and not paid for yet. But that land tour? They do have tours in the US, but what if they go out of business? What if the cruise line goes out of business? It really is something to worry about.

Something we also worry about this year is our season tickets to the Dayton Dragons. We’ll really be surprised if they even have a season this year. Don’t know what that will mean for our tickets. Especially since I read that many minor league teams just might go under. I don’t know if Dayton is in danger of doing that, but who knows? I think right now I’ll be happy to have my tickets good for next year. Better than losing outright.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #22

Dates read: May 21-28
Title: A Taste of You
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Teri Anne Stanley
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Series: Bourbon Brothers #3
# of Pages: 216
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased from author
Blurb from Book:. Office supply addict Eve McGrath’s meticulously organized life is on the verge of crashing at her feet. Blue Mountain distillery’s new tasting and visitor center has to be finished pronto or her mother will lose her mind. Good thing Eve likes a challenge—which is exactly what she’ll face trying to convince the flaky contractor’s hot son to finish the job.
    Nick Baker is back in Kentucky just long enough to get his wayward dad back on his feet. Then he’s gone. Unfortunately, he can’t resist helping Eve, the sexy distiller-in-distress, whose addictive, bourbon-flavored kisses threaten his carefully constructed boundaries. And if he can’t rein himself in, the uncomfortable secrets of his past will nail him to the wall…
My thoughts: The author is a friend of mine, but that’s not why I read her books. I read her books because they’re fun. Lighthearted. And really good stories. I can count on Teri Anne to give me a laugh and make me go awww.

So… Did you have any vacation planned for this year? How about tickets to events? How’s that turning out for you?

Stacy