Aug 6, 2020

Random Thursday

This is it folks! We're in the last month of the little book Weird But True by Leslie Gilbert Elman! I have to say that the title has been very fitting. Such weird things that I've learned and it's mind-blowing that they are all true! Let's see what we will learn today!


(image borrowed from Simpsons Wiki)
Did you know that some children are born with gray hair? It's rare though. Premature gray hair is caused by genetics.


I feel like I've seen an actor like this...but I can't recall who. Otherwise you'd be looking at them instead of Marge's mom! Lol.



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
The gene for red hair dates back to prehistoric times. DNA from Neanderthals was found in Spain and Italy that indicates this.


I guess I'm not much of a history buff to find this surprising. 



(image borrowed from Disney Princess)
Redheads make up 2% of the world's population today.

FUN FACT: Scotland reportedly has the world's highest percent of redheads. There's an estimate of 11-13% of the Scottish population who have red hair.


That's interesting. I honestly can't remember meeting too many redheads. My cousin had reddish brown hair. I guess it also depends on you definition of "redhead."



(image borrowed from Youtube)
One of the factors that determines how much anesthesia a patient gets before surgery is hair color. A study done in Kentucky at the University of Louisville showed that redheads required 20% more anesthesia than blondes or brunettes.


That's weird. As is this picture that was just below the first one I found above, though it's oddly fascinating too! the evolution of Ariel in Disney promotions. Seriously, what happened here? I don't even remember the light green dress before the last green dress. I guess they were tired of pink? They even went back and forth with Aurora's dress for a time, so come on, it was that much pink! I suppose the green now is to represent her mermaid heritage more so than referencing her pink dress in the movie.



(image borrowed from TV Guide)
Though anesthesia is supposed to keep a patient knocked out during a surgery, about 1/863 patients under general anesthesia have some awareness or recollection of the procedure.


That's downright terrifying and I've had a handful of surgeries down myself. Though when I was having my wisdom teeth pulled, I sort of work up towards the end of the procedure. I think the IV got knocked or something. I remember feeling like they left a heavy metal tool on my face and was trying to move it off my cheek. Luckily, they fixed the IV and I was back out! Lol.









Aug 5, 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.




From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new novel in her Blood and Ash series…

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.


I still need to read the first book but that never stops me from wanting the sequel! Lol! Plus it's JLA, so obviously I'm going to love it!


PUBLISHER: Blue Box Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020






 

Aug 4, 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.



"She was adjusting to the knowledge that I was a warlock pretty fast. But then, most people in Low Town adjusted fast. There was too much weird shit here and if you didn't adapt, you were likely eaten...or you just went insane." p. 97













TITLE: Demon's Vengeance
AUTHOR: Jocelynn Drake

PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager Impulse
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2015






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: Top Ten Books with Colors In the Titles


*in no particular order
**I had a lot of fun with this one! I had so many books to choose from! I tried not to use the same series for multiple colors too and succeeded! 


10. RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier--still need to read this one!
9. BLACK CITY by Christina Henry
8. RED-HEADED STEPCHILD by Jaye Wells



7. THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead
6. CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge--still need to read this one too!
5. WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE by Kim Harrison--2 for the price of 1!



4. GREYTHORNE by Crystal Smith--yes, I know it's the old cover mock-up. I'm not a big fan of the new ones. Since grey/gray is spelled both ways I decided to go with this one for a different kind of color!
3. VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott
2. INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi



1. SILVER IS FOR SECRETS by Laurie Faria Stolarz







 

Aug 3, 2020

The Bookshelf Tag

So I was checking out this month's 2020 Discussion Challenge spotlight and saw this ever so fun tag post at Lili Lost in a Book! It looked like soooo much fun so I decided to join in! I borrowed this image above from Lili's blog too because it was just so cute!



HOW MANY BOOKSHELVES DO YOU HAVE?

 Okay that's actually a bit more difficult to figure out since I'm "borrowing" some from my mom. I have 9 full bookcases that are all of my own! Plus a two shelf system on my night stand, so we'll say 9.5. Then I'm borrowing 3, but I was told I could have one, so make that 10.5 and borrowing 2...then I have one shelf on our living room bookcase that's mostly for pictures. I talked her into donating our outdated encyclopedia collection a few years ago and put my Southern Vampire Mystery Series & Hollow Series out there! Lol.

So we're up to 12.5 shelves, but a definite 10.5...probably going to be 11.5 by the end of September. I am totally eyeing a customized bookcase website for a Labor Day sale! They had one for Independence Day so I'm hoping for a Labor Day sale! Lol. 

That was a tough one! Lol.





HOW MANY BOOKS ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES? OR HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE?


 The first part is much too difficult to determine. My bookcases are of various sizes, this narrow one would have less than a wider one. So those numbers are all over the place.

But I can tell you how many books I have in general and as of today I have 1,974 books. This does not include ebooks, as they don't count as they're on an ereader and whatnot. 





HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS?

 I'm old school, I go by author's last name in alphabetical order. If there's multiple series we go in the order that I have read them in, so you can see I read Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye before Ghost Hunter, as that one started shortly after Psychic Eye. Usually it's publication order, but every now and then there might be a slight difference.





WHAT IS THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF? 

 I decided not to count ones that are stacked in my closet somewhere or in another "not on a shelf" place. Basically, I went old school and chose one of my first adult Urban Fantasies (again, I decided to not count any of the classics or fairy tales either). Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris published May 1, 2001. And if you zoom in, you can see I was right all along in referring to the series as the Southern Vampire Mysteries! ;) 





WHAT IS THE NEWEST BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

 Since I literally just finished reading this one and physically added it to my bookshelves that would be The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I'm not counting any of my StS books which are in the TBR pile and thus NOT the bookshelves. Yes, I'm being quite literal with this tag! LOL!




WHAT IS THE LONGEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES? 

 Well, again, not counting Harry Potter, because obviously that one is till one of the longer books I read...outside of The Count of Monte Cristo, Tiger's Dream is the longest book on my shelves. It comes in at a whopping 814 pages! Sarah's House of Earth and Blood was a close second at 800ish.




WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES?

 Definitely the random graphic novels! Here are Marie Lu's Legend graphic novel series! I think my Vampire Academy set is in a random cabinet with the series. 





WHAT IS THE PREDOMINANT GENRE ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

 Well, it's a near tie with Fantasy and Urban Fantasy/Paranormal. I'm not counting the age part of the genre. I mean, I guess if you want to lump Urban Fantasy/Paranormal under the Fantasy genre as subgenres, we can just say the ever basic FANTASY in all its forms!





HAVE YOU EVER DONE A BOOKSHELF TOUR?


 Uh...apparently, it's been a loooong time since I've done a newer one...for my blog! I think I did an updated on on my Instagram account awhile back.






GO ON A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR AND TALK ABOUT THE BOOK THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THAT NUMBER...


 Okay, since I said my bookcases are of all different sizes and hold different numbers of books per case, I decided to go on my Caraval case! Big surprise right? Out of the 67 editions I own, I drew number 59 on the generator and that happened to be my Goldsboro copy of Finale! This one was sooo nerve wracking to buy! Thankfully, I did have the day's head-start in purchasing since I bought the Legendary Goldsboro! As you all know, I'm a big Caraval fan and I needed this Goldsboro to go with the rest of my Goldsboro copies! Lol!





DO YOU HAVE MERCH OR ANY OTHER DECORATIONS ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

Yes, yes I do! It's funny, in the early days, I didn't want anything on my bookshelves decor wise, but then I kept finding all the glorious bookish decor pieces so I HAD to have them all! Lol! Here there's a bookish print with a quote, a Hedwig snowglobe with a book base, and of course, my favorite, a skeleton reading a book while sitting on a stack of books...aka how I will be found when I die. Lol.

And then of course, there's my multiple Caraval pieces too! Those are all over my Caraval shelves! I've got a few personalized Funkos, a Caraval invitation and down in the corner you'll see a bookish sign!





SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! 

 
 Here's an updated look at my Caraval case! My pride and joy! Lol! The bottom messy stack is what I plan to use for the covers that have gone missing in the mail. Sigh...hopefully some day :(











 



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:

You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
This is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The Queen by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4 stars)



Review That Was Posted:

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman (ARC) (2 stars)



Currently Reading:

Demon's Vengeance by Jocelynn Drake



What I Plan to Read Next:

Of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson



Other Posts of Interest:







 

Aug 2, 2020

Stacking the Shelves--a GREAT surprise!

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.


This felt like another extremely long week. I truly think it's because I literally have nothing to look forward to. This whole year is just a bust I think. Sad way to start a new decade huh? I pretty much feel like all Fall events are going to be canceled too. All those festivals I like to use my vacation days for. Don't get me wrong, I get why they have to be canceled. Sigh...I do have some vacation days I can use this year, so I might just throw some in here and there just to use them up.


Here's what I bought this week:

A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens--luckily the added gift card I had helped to bring this one down to Amazon's old price range!
Of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson--I chose slower shipping on two of my last non-book orders and it got me some credits to use towards digital things, so I immediately used them to pay for half of this one!



Then my July Fairy Loot came in earlier than I anticipated! So that was a nice surprise. Though, oddly, with the book, I prefer the original cover art. It's the virtually the same just a different color. This new color just doesn't mesh well in my opinion, but whatever! :)





Then I won the June Series Enders Reading Challenge and got another e-gift card which I immediately spent! Lol.




THANK YOU Sandy & Holly!



Then from Underlined I finally got my pillow case I earned through various preorders. I nearly forgot about it until I opened it! 




THANK YOU Underlined!
 
 
 
And then I saved the best for last, because honestly, even though I bought it, it was WAY better than I expected! So as you might know, I am waiting on a package that got lost that was Caraval related. It's the Moonlight Crate alternate dust-jackets for the UK hardcovers! I decided I wanted to buy another round of books for these, yeah, I know, I have all 4 designs from the other books, but my brain computes those as a set themselves, so I bought second or third print runs of books 2 & 3 easily, finding book 1, was harder...

So I turned to eBay, checked it on the regular and I finally saw someone selling a UK Caraval HARDCOVER that was UNDER $250! Hell, it was just over $20 and I thought yes!! I don't care if it's a secret cover or not, as the description just said hardcover. But you guys! When I opened my package guess what I had...


It was the TESCO CARAVAL!!!! The ultra uber rare edition that's pretty hard to find! I mean, I had a copy that I was able to get with some help the first time around, but to have a second one I was pretty stoked!! And it's in really good condition too! There's a bit of scrape in the pages, but it's pretty minor in the long run considering what edition this is!!
 
Caraval by Stephanie Garber--TESCO EDITION!!!!


Now just to wait for my covers to arrive...hopefully, maybe, eventually, GOD PLEASE LET THEM COME!!!! 😭😭😭