Reading With Shortcake

Close to five months ago, we welcome Shortcake into our lives.  Since that time, we’ve watched her grow and develop.  It seems like she changes while napping and I can’t get enough of her sweet smile and her giggles.

One of my privileges of being her Dad is reading to her.

Here are some thoughts on some of the books we’ve read together. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) takes a break from reflecting on our favorite literary things. Instead, the challenge is to focus on something TV related in honor of the upcoming fall season.

In honor of that, I’m making two lists.  First are my top five all-time shows.  Next up are my top-five current favorites:


  1.  Doctor Who
  2. Star Trek (original series)
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Happy Days
  5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  6. The Simpsons

Current (aka shows I watch on the DVR first)

  1.  The Flash
  2.  Daredevil
  3. Impractical Jokers
  4. The Goldbergs
  5. Who’s Line Is It Anyway?


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Review: God of the Internet by Lynn Lipinksi

God of the InternetGod of the Internet by Lynn Lipinski

An Islamic fundamentalist known as God of the Internet looks to cripple the United States by attacking various systems involved in the day to day function of our country. Using worms and back doors to various software programs, the hacker throws monkey wrench after monkey wrench into things like water processing, the electrical grid and other things that Americans take for granted in an attempt to cripple our country and bring the United States to its knees.

A group of cyber-security experts try to figure out the next target all while getting various systems back on line as the worm slowly becomes more insidious and clever with each attack. Part of that task force includes Juliana Al-Dossari, the wife of one of the world’s leading authorities on cyber security. Struggling in her marriage, Juliana can’t understand why her husband would put her on the task force instead of taking a leading role himself. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Languishing on the TBR Pile

Top 10 Tuesday with B-day Cake

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us to list the books that have been on our to-be-read pile the longest.  Alas, this one could be longer than ten books for me but here are some of the highlights.

  1.  The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robinson
  2. Bitter Seeds by Ian Trangellis
  3. The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel
  4. Homeland by Cory Doctorow
  5. 1776 by David McCullough
  6. Vortex by Julie Cross
  7. Doctor Who: The Crusades by David Whitacker (audio book)
  8. 1984 by George Orwell (re-read)
  9. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blendell
  10. The Starter by Scott Sigler


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Musing Mondays: Sequel


This week’s Musing Mondays (hosted by Books and a Beat) asks this question:

What sequel do you have yet to read?

The first one that springs to mind is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I’ll also say there are a couple of entries in the Jack Reacher series I’ve not read yet and there’s a new Harry Bosch novel on the horizon that I’m eager to read!


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Top Ten Tuesday: If I Had An Unlimited Gift Card


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us what books we’d pick up right now if we had a fully-loaded gift card.

Here are the books I’d pick up.

  1.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  2. The Fifty Year Mission, Volumes I and II
  3. These Are the Voyages, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  4. A first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird
  5. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Volumes 6 – 16
  6. The illustrated Harry Potter editions
  7. Complete collection of Beverly Cleary books to read with Shortcake
  8. Complete Dr. Suess collection to read with Shortcake.
  9. Audio versions of the classic children’s books and the books that go with them to help Shortcake learn to read and hopefully love reading as much as her parents do.
  10. The annotated Sherlock Holmes
  11. The Complete Far Side 
  12. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes

Yes, I went over ten. But hey, I got on a roll here!


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Review: The Fifty Year Mission: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross & Mark Altman

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 YearsEver since William Shatner committed his memories about working on Star Trek to print, it seems like there have been a lot of books pulling back the curtain on what went on behind the scenes of the original series. And if you were to take the time to put together all those various accounts of what went into creating Star Trek, whether it be from the technical, creative or personal side, you’d probably get a fairly good idea of how the original series came to be on our screens.

But if you don’t have that much time or shelf space, you could simply pick up Edward Gross and Mark Altman’s new book The Fifty Year Mission, The First 25 Years: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral Historyof Star Trek. Weighing it at close to 600 pages, this first installment of two this year from Gross and Altman covers the history of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, from the initial vision by Gene Roddenberry to the cast literally signing off at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Continue reading

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