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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest on the TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) takes a look at the TBR pile and asks which books have been languishing on there the longest.

Here are mine: Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read

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It’s easy to stick to our comfort zone when it comes to reading. I tend to gravitate toward favorite authors or genres when it comes to selecting items to read or for my TBR pile.

But, every once in a while, you go for something different.

The leads us to the subject of today’s Top Ten Tuesday: the books you can’t believe you’ve read. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked, But Don’t Recall Much About

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According to GoodReads, I’ve read over 3,000 books.  Which seems like a lot until I start to think about all the books I’ve read, enjoyed, and then forgotten to catalog on GoodReads (especially any from the time before I cataloged books in this way).

This week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday asks you about the books you’ve read, that you recall enjoying but when hard-pressed don’t recall much about them.  Here are a few: Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions

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It’s a snow day here in Music City!  And that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted now by That Artsy Reader Girl).

Today’s topic is what are you resolutions for the upcoming year?  I’ve got some that are related to reading and some related to other areas of my life.  So, here we go with my resolutions for 2018.

  1. Read at least 60 books (audiobooks count toward the total!)
  2. Work on whittling down the physical and Kindle TBR pile. This also includes reviewing these books when appropriate.
  3. Watch 100 movies during the year and post thoughts about them.
  4. Go on 100 runs during the year and run 1,000 miles in 2018.
  5. Be the best father I can to Shortcake and the best husband I can to my wife.  Along those lines, I want to find time to read with Shortcake as much as she’ll sit still with me.
  6. Read the Chronological Bible.
  7. Find time to catch up on some of the cool streaming series out there like Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaids’ Tale, etc.
  8. Join my local library’s new Sci-Fi/Fantasy book group.

I think those are enough to keep me busy this year!

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Holiday Decoration Time!

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.).

It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in this meme. So, this one may be longer and slightly less focused than usual.  You have been warned. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

 

toptentuesdaychristmasIf it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).  This week’s meme asks us what is on our to-be-read list for the upcoming winter season.  Here’s some of what I plan to try and read.

  1. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  2. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  3. Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers & Nat Cassidy
  4. Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
  5. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  6. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  7. Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks (audiobook)
  8. Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah J. Dawson
  9. The Midnight Front by David Mack
  10. Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Share With Shortcake

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As avid readers, my wife and I want to make sure we share that love of reading with Shortcake.  Our local library has a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The goal is to read 1,000  books to your child before he or she starts kindergarten.  The good news is that when your young reader finds that one book that he or she likes to read over and over again, each time you read it counts as one book. So, you don’t necessarily have to read 1,000 different books to your young reader. Continue reading

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Sci-Fi Month Reflections

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.).

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  1.  One of my entry points to sci-fi fandom was (like many) Star Wars.  I remember the first action figure my parents got for me was an R2-D2.  R2 used to have a ton of adventures on our swing set and took a lot of abuse going down the slide. I know Star Wars action figures are worth a nice sum of cash today, but none of mine were in any kind of collectible condition after all the years of playing with them.
  2. Another factor in the lack of collectibility value of my Star Wars figures was we lived in Hawaii for a while growing up.  And the Air Force engineers dug a ditch in our yard. If you don’t know, Hawaii has red dirt that stains EVERYTHING.  And this ditch made a GREAT alien world for my action figures.  So, they were pretty stained up by the time I was done with them.
  3. I also kept all my action figures in an old Star Wars lunchbox. Ahhh, the days when we had metal lunchboxes.
  4. As much as I enjoy Star Wars, I still haven’t had time to watch Rogue One. It’s not lack of interest so much as lack of time. Or the feeling that I want/need to commit two plus hours to it. And with Shortcake, that isn’t always possible. And, so far, she has shown next to no interest in Star Wars.
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    A good friend sent Shortcake this onesie so we could have matching outfits! I’m totally saving this photo for the montage at her wedding!

    On the other hand, she enjoys Star Trek and will look at the screen when the theme for Original Series or Next Generation comes on. Her Daddy couldn’t be more proud.

  6. When she was smaller, we used to “swoosh” across the living room when the Enterprise swooshed by in the opening credits. And she loved that too.  She’s not too big to do that still.  I think I may have to try it again with her before she gets too big.
  7. Speaking of Star Trek, I can’t believe this week is the mid-season finale for Discovery.  Man, the first nine weeks have just zoomed by!
  8. I’ve got the first tie-in novel for Discovery sitting on my TBR pile, just mocking me. I think I may have to read it during the hiatus.
  9. Starting to catch up on The Flash this season and I’m loving season four. Only up to episode three, so if it all goes to heck in a handbasket, don’t tell me.  It feels like the whole show has found its balance again and I’m loving it.
  10. So, it’s Sci-Fi Month and I’m trying to read/watch stuff in the sci-fi world.  Any recommendations from anyone?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Front by David Mack

waitingonwednesdayTime for some mid-week fun with Waiting on Wednesday.  This meme, hosted by  Breaking the Spine, looks ahead at the books we’re looking forward to adding to our to-be-read pile.

Listening to the first couple of installments of Tor Studio’s Steal the Stars (if you haven’t listened yet, give it a try!), there was an ad for David Mack‘s The Midnight Front.  It sounds like an intriguing blend of lots of different things I like.  And I’ve read a lot of Mack’s Star Trek tie-in novels and enjoyed them.

SFM16_7This one will be a two-for-one for Sci-Fi Month!

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about The Midnight Front.

midnightfront.jpgThe epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front–the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program–and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first–his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick–Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul–and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil

The Midnight Front hits shelves and e-readers in January 2018.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis by Andy Weir

waitingonwednesdayBeen a couple of weeks since I participated in Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  It’s not because I don’t have books I’m eager to start reading. It’s because I’ve had a harvest of great books come in on reserve at the local library as well as having a few wishes granted by the good people at NetGalley.

However, there is one book coming out soon that I’m looking forward to reading.  Andy Weir’s Artemis.  Like many, I read and enjoyed The Martian and have been curious to read Weir’s next novel. Will he be a one-hit-wonder?  Can his next book possibly live up to the hype and expectations?  I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued to find out.

Here are all the details from GoodReads:

artemisJazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Artemis hits shelves, e-readers and audiobook on November 14.

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