The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | 1 comment

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Pam SmyThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Pam Smy

Genre: Mystery
Format: Hardcover and Ebook
Series: #5 in the traditional canon of Sherlock Holmes
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: originally 1902, this edition 200
Pages: 271
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”
The body of Sir Charles Baskerville has been found on the grounds of his Devon estate, his face a frozen picture of horror and fear. The only clue is the footprint of a terrible beast. Locals blame the legendary monster that haunts the moor, fulfilling the diabolical curse of the Baskervilles. But Holmes is sure the answer lies within the natural world. Can he and Watson solve the case before Sir Charles’s heir meets the same terrifying fate?

This classic horror story, featuring Pam Smy’s eerie artwork, pits science against superstition and detective against dog, as Holmes hunts down a fiendish murderer.

My Thoughts:
I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books a few years ago and enjoy them. Suddenly, oops! It’s been three years since I read one. That’s why I put this on my list of Five Books I Want to Read Summer 2017. My library had this beautiful illustrated edition with wonderful artwork and lovely thick paper. It was one of those books that just feels good to have in your hands.

The story was interesting. I went into it not really knowing anything about it which kind of surprised me. In this book, Holmes is actually absent for quite a bit. Watson actually begins the investigation on his own, Of course Holmes comes along and winds things up in his usual style.

It’s a classic that holds up to time. Even though it’s a now historical setting the writing doesn’t feel old. The buildup of tension and the dark atmosphere worked well.

The edition I read was illustrated beautifully by Pam Smy. Her artwork only added to my enjoyment of this book.

Pam Smy Illustration in Hound of the Baskervilles

Pam Smy Illustration in Hound of the Baskervilles

4 stars Rating 4/5

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When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor (Short Story)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Book Review, Jodi Taylor, Short Stories | 0 comments

When a Child is Born by Jodi TaylorWhen a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor

Genre: Science Fiction, Short Story
Format: Ebook
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary’s #2.5
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

It’s Christmas Day 1066 and a team from St Mary’s is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think. However, History seems to have different plans for them and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant’s hut, she can’t help wondering what History is up to.

My Thoughts:
The people at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research don’t call it time travel. They “investigate major historical events in contemporary time”.

It’s time travel

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s is a fun series. The author typically releases a short story between books. This one came between books two and three of the series It’s about a mission that goes wrong. Although they are not supposed to change History, sometimes History changes their plans.

It’s extremely short (just 19 pages) but I enjoyed the way it played out.

If you have any interest in this series I strongly recommend that you start with Just One Damned Thing After Another.

3 stars Rating 3/5

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Weeknd Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 1 comment

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Dogs who want to save their owners


2. This week’s Game of Thrones
We won’t be able to watch tonight’s episode until tomorrow.
Game of Thrones


3. Less hair
When I sat down a the salon I said, “I have TOO MUCH HAIR!” It’s better now

hair before and after

before and after


4. This


5. A pedicure
It had been way too long
pedicure time


6. Sungold cherry tomatoes
These are just tomato candy and the plant in our back yard is HUGE!
Sungold cherry tomatoes


7. Disney With Explosions
I found the Twitter hashtag Disney with Explosions. I know it’s all kinds of wrong but I did giggle.


8. This Chicken
This giant inflatable chicken was staring down the White House for a while this week.


9. Road trip snacks

First rule of road trips #rules #roadtrip #snacks #travel #wanderlove #wanderlust

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10. The wine we had with dinner last night
We need to get more of this.
Upper Five Sauvignon Blanc


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Bout of Books 20 Sign Up

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 0 comments

Bout of Books 20

It’s that time again. I’m joining in for my thirteenth Bout of Books.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 20 starts on Monday August 21st.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books. Three times a year I have an excuse to say “I can’t do that right now, it’s my reading week”. The Hubster is used to it by now. I don’t go into Bout of Books with any expectations of reading for X number of hours straight through. My life doesn’t let that kind of thing happen. The way I approach Bout of Books is to limit things like spending time on Twitter, or playing games on my phone and substituting reading time for all of those little distractions. I also set aside extra time in the evening for reading too.

I like to keep track of the time I spend reading during Bout of Books. I never track pages read but I do track time reading or listening to books. I use a great app on my phone to track my time. It’s called ATracker.

Bout of Books 17

It’s super easy to set up two tasks (reading and listening) and then it’s just a tap to start and stop tracking time. Now that there’s an Apple watch app to do that on my watch instead of my phone.

I think the reason I like to track time is that for me being ‘on the clock’ keeps me from getting distracted by my phone, the TV, that pile of papers on my desk, etc. I enjoy the time tracker and the daily and weekly reports I can get on how much time I’ve actually spent reading.

I won’t set any goal because that’s really not the purpose of Bout of Books. It’s all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will put together some theoretical reading plans and post them on the 21st.

I hope you’ll check it out and decide to join in on the fun.

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