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Bookish (and Not-So-Bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

Saw this and thought I’d give it a try. Get ready for some totally random thoughts!

  1. Sstar-trek-discovery-gets-september-premiere-date-first-season-to-be-split-2.jpgtar Trek: Discovery finally debut this weekend and as a huge Star Trek fan, I am pretty excited.   It’s been intriguing to see the backlash by critics who aren’t getting screener copies of the two-part premiere.  Many are assuming it’s going to not be good and that CBS is hiding it from us.  I just can’t help but wonder if Trek learned from the debut of Next Gen thirty years ago when “Encounter at Farpoint” got bashed by critics.
  2. Trying to decide where is the best spot to publish my thoughts on Discovery — here, my original series re-watch blog or both?
  3. Finally got to watch the second episode of The Orville.  And I’m still on the fence.  Feels like the MacFarlane type of jokes really take me out of the show.  I wish the show would find a tone and stay with it.  A much longer rambling on the second episode should see the light of day later today.
  4. Shortcake is figuring out this whole walking thing.  And she loves it.  I’m delighted for her but it’s bittersweet because my little girl is growing up too fast!
  5. Reading wise, I feel like I’m a bit of a slump.  Lots of stuff I want to read but nothing that’s really grabbing me.  New Stephen King book comes out next week, so that should help.
  6. My lovely wife and I celebrate six years of marriage this Sunday.  Can’t believe she’s put up with me for as long as she has. I’m truly blessed.
  7. Spent some time this week out looking for rocks.  The newest fad is creating, leaving and finding Kindness Rocks.  What at first seemed like a low-tech take on Pokemon Go! instead, has a much kinder significance to it.  I ramble on a bit about it on my Confessions of a First-Time Dad blog.
  8. Still sad my Vols lost to Florida last week.  So very sad.  Butch Jones is a nice guy, but I’m afraid he’s going to get fired.

So, that’s about it for this week.  This was fun and I may have to add this to my regular rotation!



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Waiting on Wednesday: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King


As we get over the mid-week hump, it’s time for Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  This meme asks us which book on the horizon we’re looking forward to reading.

This week, it’s a collaboration between one of my favorite authors and his son. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Reading


As the days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the leaves start to change, it’s time to consider what I’m going to read this fall.  As with many bibliophiles, I’ve got a long list of books that I’d like to read.  And that just happens to be the theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).

Here are ten books I’m looking forward to reading this season (between watching football games and celebrating fall with my wife and Shortcake).

  1. sleepingbeauties Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick.
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir.
  3. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
  4. The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter
  5. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
  6. Strange Weather by Joe Hill
  7. A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
  8. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  9. Working Fire by Emily Bleeker
  10. Slade House by David Mitchell
  11. Doctor Who: Survival by Rona Munroe (Audiobook re-visiting)

I’m sure I’ll find more books as we get through the fall.

And if anyone has any recommendations for fall reading, please let me know!


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Waiting on Wednesday: Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick

waitingonwednesdayMy local library branch was closed for three weeks for renovation.   So, I not only experience withdrawals but I also had a huge stack of stuff I’d put on reserve come in, leading to a truly epic check-out.  That’s why I wasn’t able to participate in the Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) last week.

But now as I whittle down the pile, deciding what to return and put on reserve again for future reading, I’m looking into the future for more books to add to my TBR pile.

This week it’s the latest novel by one of my favorite authors and a good friend, Sally Kilpatrick.   Her new novel, Bless Her Heart, hits physical and digital shelves on Halloween.

blessherheartLaugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick’s wonderful novel centers on one woman’s journey from unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .

On the day Posy Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he’s left her broke and homeless. Posy married Chad five years ago in hopes of finding the stability her hippie mother couldn’t provide. Instead she got all the trappings of security–house, car, seemingly respectable husband–at the price of her freedom.

Posy’s mother, Lark, accepts her daughter’s return home with grace, though her sister can’t resist pointing out that being a sweet Southern wife hasn’t worked out as planned. And so, with the Seven Deadly Sins as a guide, Posy decides to let loose for once. Envy is easy to check off the list–Posy only has to look at her best friend’s adorable baby for that.

One very drunken night at The Fountain bar takes care of gluttony. As for lust–her long-time friend, John, is suddenly becoming much more than a pal. One by one, Posy is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family–and what it really means to be good. And she’s finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart…

I’ve read all of Sally’s books and enjoyed them.  I’m really looking forward to her new novel and hoping I may get an early peek if it arrives on the Galley of Nets in the near future.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Growing Up


One of the things I’ve loved about being an uncle is sharing some of the books I read over and over again with my nieces and nephews.  It’s fun to visit old friends again or wander the bookstore or library and see which books have withstood the test of time and which ones are no longer still in print.

And with Shortcake, I look forward to sharing those books with her and discovering new favorites.

I will admit I had a tendency to check-out and re-read some of the same set of books over and over again growing up.  Some I can still recall the title of, while others I can remember snippets and passages from but I can’t recall the title or author.  (And believe me, I’ve spent a few minutes on Google trying to see if I can put together enough pieces to find them!)

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish), I’ve decided to share some of my favorite books I read growing up. Continue reading


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Struggled To Get Through


There’s nothing quite like the feeling of reading a good book.  Breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next or finding that next great sentence or paragraph. Books that remind you why you love reading so much.

And then there is the other side of the coin with books that are a struggle to get through. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) looks at the books we had a hard time making it all the way to the end. Continue reading


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Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Tie-In Novels


Over the years, I’ve read more than my fair share of tie-in novels.  And while I can’t recommend a steady diet of them, I think that good tie-in novel can be a great way to clear the reading pallet if you’ve just finished something heavy, dark, emotional or intense.  Or they can be great bubble gum for the mind, whether reading or hearing them on audiobook (I re-read a lot of classic Doctor Who adaptations while running or working out.  Great distraction without being too distracting).

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us to look at underrated books in a particular genre.  So, here are my top ten underrated tie-in novels. Continue reading


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