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 | 1 comment

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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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in 2017, Book Review | 2 comments

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: This edition 2007, Originally 1963
Pages: 216
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

My Thoughts:
I have no idea how I missed reading this as a kid. It’s yet another one of those children’s classics that I somehow missed. When I heard and saw people familiar with the book getting excited about the trailer for the upcoming movie, I knew I had to get a copy.

This was so much fun I’m kicking myself for not reading it before now and now that I’ve seen the movie trailer I’m excited about that too.

This blend of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure is just the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid. It might have been a little too much if I’d read it too young however because the idea of IT being such a powerful evil thing.

Have you read any of the follow up books? Are they worth my time?

4 starsRating 4/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #86

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 5 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I’m kind of surprised I missed this one as a kid. It’s totally the kind of book I loved and still do. I’m so glad I finally read it and I’m looking forward to the upcoming movie.


Started in Print

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m finally getting back to Sherlock Holmes and this illustrated edition is just gorgeous.


Started on Audio

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

I have listened to and loved the entire Amelia Peabody series. Barbara Rosenblat doesn’t simply narrate these. She performs them as tha author said in an interview included with one of the audiobooks. I was sad when Barbara Merta (Elizabeth Peters) died. She left an unfinished book that Joan Hess has finished and Barbara Rosenblat narrated. It’s clearly not as polished as the author’s other books but I couldn’t pass up one last chance to spend some time with Amelia, Emerson and their children and friends.


Reviews since my last update:

Unmentionable by Therese O’Neill – Audio Edition, narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman and Jim Meskimen


What are you reading?

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