Weekend Update: February 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 6 comments

Weekend Update
February 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

February 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

I spent most of the month on a book that just wasn’t grabbing me. I finally set it aside. I probably shoud have done so earlier.

Here’s what I read in February
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Graphic Novels and Comics
Paper Girls 2 by Brian K, Vaughan

The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham (review coming this week)

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The Likeness by Tana French


Hope you had a great reading month in February. What was the best book you read last month?

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This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review | 4 comments

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 230
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

After their mother’s unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.

Brady Weller, the girls’ court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn’t the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

My Thoughts:
Every single one of my friends who recommended this book was right. I loved it.

The book is told by three people in alternating chapters.

Easter is twelve years old and while she can be exasperated by her younger sister she’s also extremely protective of her. Their mother is dead and their father signed away his parental rights. When Wade shows up at their foster home she’s naturally suspicious of him. I loved Easter. She’s smart, cynical and funny.

Brady Waller is the guardian ad litem for Easter and Ruby. He’s trying to do the right thing for them but at the same time he’s facing some demons of his own. He’s made mistakes in his past that are still haunting him.

Robert Pruitt is evil. He’s trying to track down Wade partly because he’s been hired to do so but mostly because he wants revenge.

There is a lot packed into this relatively short book. It’s a coming of age story, it’s a suspense thriller, it’s a road trip story, it’s a redemption story. It’s all told beautifully. Cash sets the story at the time that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were closing in on Roger Maris’ home run record. The sights and sounds of baseball provide the background music throughout the book.

I will be getting Cash’s first book soon and I’m happy to see he has a new one due out in October.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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March Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

March 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for March:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so in a couple of weeks I’ll hit 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my February 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #75

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 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

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

All of my friends who recommended this book were right. I loved it.


Started in Print

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

This is the second in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. The Hubster recently finished the series and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I finished the first book so it’s nice to get back to this series.


Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

This graphic novel is part of Willingham’s Fables series. I love the series and this on featuring Bigby Wolf is good so far.


Abandoned in Print

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

I wanted to love this but it just wasn’t working for me. Maybe some other time.


Finished on Audio

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

I don’t think I would have finished this one in print but the author’s narration totally made the audio. I loved listening to her. There were parts of this I enjoyed and other parts I didn’t like as much. I think the fact that I only listen to audiobooks in the car and therefore in small increments helped with this one.


Started on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.


Reviews since my last update:

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The Likeness by Tana French

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia February 2017 Edition

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia February 2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Most of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
I remember it seemed like everyone was reading this at the same time. I never saw the movie adaptation. Is it any good?

The Killing Floor by Lee Child
This is the first in his Jack Reacher series. I need to get back to that series. It’s been a couple of years since I last read one.

Leaving Ireland by Ann Moore
This is the middle book in a trilogy. It’s entertaining historical fiction beginning in Ireland and moves to America.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
This was (at the time) a new translation by Richard Pevear. It was a lot of fun.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Forget every Frankenstein movie you’ve ever seen and read this book


Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
I was glad I finally read this classic. It’s got love, loss, war, emotional and political upheaval, wonderful writing, a complex story and one well worth reading.

Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
Massie is the master of Rusian royalty biographies. This one is huge but it has to be because Peter lived a long and fascinating life.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Rereading childhood favorites can be risky but this one held up and I enjoyed it all over again.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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