Oct 29, 2020

Random Thursday


Let's just get right back to fun and bizarre animal facts from Shane Carley's True Facts that Sound Like Bull$#*t!


(image borrowed from Pixar Wiki)

Octopuses are incredibly smart and have great problem-solving skills. They have been known to escape their aquarium tanks to EAT other exhibits and some manage to escape captivity entirely! Aristotle once said that octopuses were stupid, so I guess he didn't know everything!

That's amazing how Pixar did their research so well! Just glad Hank didn't eat anyone!



(image borrowed from Encyclopedia Spongebobia)

Plankton and algae can produce more oxygen than trees.





(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)

There is a species of octopus that has detachable sexual organs. The male argonaut octopus mates by removing its sexual organ and flinging it at the female.The appendage makes its way inside the female to fertilize her eggs.

Oh, that just sounds weird!



(image borrowed from Top PNG)

Though they don't exist, the unicorn is the "national animal" of Scotland.

But really, do you have proof that they don't exist? ;)


(image borrowed from Encyclopedia Spogebobia)

Of the most venomous animals on earth, one of them is the snail! The geographic cone snail produces a venom that can paralyze its prey instantly.

Dude. Seriously?!

Oct 28, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.



Havoc is a thrilling and sexy werewolf tale, full of girl power and heart-pounding paranormal action.











Well, there's no description yet which is worrisome. I hope this one still releases this year! I loved Haven two years ago! Yay werewolves!


TITLE: Havoc
AUTHOR: Mary Lindsey

PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
GENRE: YA Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2020







Oct 27, 2020

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"I'm in the dark now, Rose, Mona thought from the shadows. I'm in here and I'm waiting for you, come join me, won't you?" p 30









TITLE: The Ravenous
AUTHOR: Amy Lukavics

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
GENRE: YA Horror
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


This week's topic is: Halloween Freebie: Top Ten Favorite Creeptastic Covers!


*in no particular order


10. SEVEN CROWS by Kate Kessler--I still need to read this one, but it creeps me out with how desolate it looks and what the person out there is doing!
9. EVENTIDE by Sarah Goodman--though this one ended up being slightly disappointing, the cover is still pretty spooky!
8. TEETH IN THE MIST by Dawn Kurtagich--this cover is so trippy, it's spooky!

7. THE APPEARANCE OF ANNIE VAN SINDEREN by Katherine Howe--another one I still need to read, but the hand as a doorknob freaks me out a bit. I mean...it is a doorknob, right?
6. RULES FOR VANISHING by Kate Alice Marshall--this one is kinda creepy even in its simplicity, I mean especially after reading it!
5. THE HOUSE by Christina Lauren--another one I STILL need to read! I mean, it's only creepy with that title giving you ideas as you stare a window...from INSIDE!

4. SERVANTS OF THE STORM by Delilah S. Dawson--the original hardcover. I mean the girl has blood on half her body, and she's tilted at an angle. If that doesn't scream creepy, I don't know what will!
3. THE RAVENOUS by Amy Lukavics--ironically, ANOTHER one I need to read still! But man...this cover gives me the creeps!
2. HORRID by Katrina Leno--I'm very finicky with my eyes, I hate people getting near them, I hate getting near them with anything...if I need eye-drops...oh I don't even want to go there! So flowers growing out of her eyes seriously freaks me out!

1. DIARY OF A HAUNTING by M. Verano--I remember seeing this cover in the stores and being seriously creeped out by it! But I totally bought it anyway! And it was a pretty freaky book! 

Oct 26, 2020

It's Monday! What are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

Grave War by Kalayna Price (ARC)--Review to come at a later date


Review That Was Posted:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (ARC) (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

What I Plan to Read Next:

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (ARC)

Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesday
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
Stacking the Shelves--Disney Mania!





Oct 25, 2020

Stacking the Shelves--Disney Mania!


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


Sadly, I wish that subtitle meant a future Disney trip, but until COVID goes away and things can return to a better normal, my trip will have to be put on hold. Well, as you might have figured, I did get sick from last weekend and it lasted all week and I'm still working it off right now. It's been a terrible head cold. My head hurts and I had some congestion. Now it's clearing up but kind of goes back and forth with just congestion and no headache or a headache and no congestion. Needless to say it's driving me crazy still! My reading suffered greatly this week. I'm going to try to read all day today and see what happens, maybe I'll finish my book, maybe not. Though I'm pretty sure I'm changing my next read. Maybe next Halloween I'll read Hocus Pocus, I'm feeling in the mood for something less daunting and the 500+ pages is seeming too much for myself when I'm running more at 90%.


It was a weird week for books, I'll say that. It started tame...then B&N had a coupon for Friday and I thought, you know, I'm just gonna buy my Tuesday releases with that! They weren't on sale, but the coupon helped! Lol. Then I ordered another set of books at my favorite indie store when I visited yesterday--though of the 3, only 1 is for me--and two other orders came in the mail! One Amazon book actually came ON TIME! It's the FIRST book to arrive on time this year!! And that's likely including the few orders PRE-pandemic!

Here's what I bought:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling & Ill. by Minalima--omg! This edition...this edition is just breathtaking!!! The illustrations along the pages, the interactive parts...omg, it's STUNNING!
The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout
You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock--keeper copy!
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly--I had an ARC of it sitting in my pile but when I needed just one more book to activate my coupon I thought why not? Lol!
Exile by S.M Wilson--I still need to read the first book, but agian, The Book Depository sent me a coupon and I was weak!
Rebel by S.M. Wilson

Then my other ShopDisney order came in. So you may or may not know that Disney started a Minnie Mouse collector's set for each month this year that has a theme for a ride from Disney. I was lucky enough to snag the Peter Pan Minnie plushie, but when it came to the Haunted Mansion, I knew I was going to want more! Really, just the plushie and the headband and I GOT THEM!!

I positively LOVE the coloring of Minnie! The ears are sooo cool! I love the spooky veil and ribbons trailing from it! That's what really sold me on it! Lol!

Then on a related Disney Haunted Mansion note, MONTHS ago, I preorded the latest HM Funko Pops, but I wanted to get the rare Chase versions since they were of two of the stretching portraits!

It was basically paying double the price of one Funko from a higher retail price. Hot Topic sells them for like $12.50, so one of these cost $25. I felt like it was worth it since they look so much cooler! Lol! Now I just need to wait for the other two to eventually be released and I'll set them all below my framed picture of the stretching portraits!

And that was it for me this week!


Oct 23, 2020

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!


This week's question is: If you go trick-or-treating with your favorite book character, who would it be? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


MY ANSWER: Totally Scarlett, Julian, Tella, and Legend! And Jacks if he wanted to come along too! LOL!





Oct 22, 2020

Random Thursday


Welcome to another amusing round of animal factoids from True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t by Shane Carley. You have to wonder how or where he did his research. I mean, we're only 1/3 of the way through the animal/nature chapter and there's still a long ways to go through the book itself! And it's all totally random tidbits...it's astounding!

(image borrowed from All About Birds)

When creating their homes, puffins set aside a space to be the designated bathroom.

That's weird and amazing!
There is a species of jellyfish that is basically immortal! The immortal jellyfish can be found in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Japan. The jellyfish can regenerate its cells indefinitely, but sadly get eaten by predators more often than not.

An immortal jellyfish. Wow! 
(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
Baby sea turtles are telepathic! They can communicate with each other before they even hatch!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
In 2008, King Harold V of Norway knighted
Sir Nils Olav, a penguin from Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo that was adopted by a Norwegian military unit.

That's kind of funny, but I love it all the same! Note this is not that penguin, I just googled "penguin." Lol. 
(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Crows have the ability to recognize people, much like dogs do. Studies have shown they can recognize human faces and pick them out of a crowd, even.

That's too cool! 


Oct 21, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine
Thorne Manor has always been haunted...and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination.

Now, twenty years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting.

William Thorne is no longer the boy she remembers. He’s a difficult and tempestuous man, his own life marred by tragedy and a scandal that had him retreating to self-imposed exile in his beloved moors. He’s also none too pleased with Bronwyn for abandoning him all those years ago.

As their friendship rekindles and sparks into something more, Bronwyn must also deal with ghosts in the present version of the house. Soon she realizes they are linked to William and the secret scandal that drove him back to Thorne Manor. To build a future, Bronwyn must confront the past.
This book sounds soooo good! Just as I write this post a few weeks in advance, I just placed my order for it! Love Kelley's books...though I am still quite behind in a few!
PUBLISHER: Subterranean Press
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2020