Halloween Bingo is Almost Here!

And it's not too late to join us over at Booklikes! Click on the picture below to learn how to request your card if you're a Booklikes member (it's all free).

Here's my beautiful custom card and a little glimpse into what kinds of books I'll be reading over the next several weeks.

Netgalley Update

For those concerned about the yes/no button installation outlined in my previous post, Netgalley has chosen to remain silent. In fact, they have removed all comments from their initial blog postand have shut off the comment feature on the post after leaving this vague PR statement:

netgalley-admin says:
August 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm
Hi all! We love and appreciate all the thoughtful input we’re getting from the NetGalley community about these new features. We are actively collecting and analyzing all the comments we’re seeing across various channels, and incorporating your feedback into future changes. Stay tuned, and thank you for your dedication to NetGalley! They have also been deleting comments on their Facebook post and muting their Twitter feed comments regarding reader concerns.

Maybe I've read too much dark fiction, but this does not bode well.

Netgalley Installs Yes/No Voting Button and My Heart Dies A Little

Bloggers, I know you love your Netgalley. Or, if you're anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with them. Love? Hey, free books and you get them early. All you have to do is review them and you do that anyway, right? Hate? Well, it's self-loathing really. Personally, they test my willpower and suddenly I'm requesting and not touching my physical tbr pile in over a year! I love the fact that Netgalley is a separate entity from the usual book haunts. It is all about getting books into the hands of reviewers, librarians and book sellers so they, in turn, can get the word out. Netgalley has been a safe haven away from the sometimes drama filled world of review/reviewer/blogger drama and competition. We request our books and we walk away, hoping for a few requests to come through. We've all been on the same playing field. But after receiving an email from them two days in a row, I fear things may be changing. Please tell me I am wrong.

If you have not seen the …

Guess What I'm Finally Doing?

And, no it's not cleaning that dirty fence!  I'll be back to my regularly unscheduled posts when I can peel my butt away from this chair. 
To everyone who has so kindly emailed me with queries, thanks so much for taking the time to write me! I will be going through them in a few days. If you don't hear back please feel free to nudge me because email often gets buried. Please note that I am participating in Halloween Bingo starting September 1 and I will be reading mainly horror fiction. Please feel free to join us! Click on the pic below for more info. It is the best game of the year, if you ask me :)

Review: Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders edited by Doug Murano

Looking for some strange little stories? You'll find something to love here.

Behold! Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders edited by Doug Murano
Short Strange Fiction
Released July 2017 
Crystal Lake Publishing and Doug Murano, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor of GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES, are proud to present BEHOLD! ODDITIES, CURIOSITIES AND UNDEFINABLE WONDERS.

Embrace the odd. Satisfy your curiosity. Surrender to wonder. Witness as the finest talents of our time bring you tales of the strangeness at the edges of existence.

My Thoughts

I took one look at the cover and decided I had to read this. I wrongly assumed it was about the carny life and ever since reading Geek Love I’ve been drawn to those types of books. These stories aren’t about sideshow freaks and pop-up carnivals but they’re mostly pretty good despite that.

The book is broken up into three sections. Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders. I enjoyed more of the stories in …

Retro Review: The Woods by Harlan Coben

Awesome narration & snarky dialogue but marred by a bland lead.

The Woods by Harlan CobenNarrated by Scott Brick
Mystery Fiction
Unabridged Audiobook 12 hours, 30 minutes
Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened.

Is this homicide victim one of the …

Audio Review: Conjesero by Carl Alves

A murderous monster is on the loose!

Conjesero by Carl Alves, Narrated by Steve Rausch
Horror Thriller, 7+ hours
Audiobook Released April 2017 
San Francisco homicide detective Kevin Russell has arrested serial rapists, murderers, and more sadistic thugs than he could remember. Nothing he has ever accomplished can prepare him for Conjesero, a supernatural serial killer who has been terrorizing the Americas for centuries. Conjesero—a creature with extraordinary intelligence and a vicious nature that has created a trail of bodies from Mexico to San Francisco—has always made law enforcement cower in fear and pretend that he doesn't exist. Only Kevin is willing to stand in its path. His desperation takes him on a journey inside the killer’s twisted world. There is nothing that he is unwilling to do, even if it means making a deal with the devil to stop Conjesero or die trying.

My Thoughts

3 1/2 but closer to a 4 than a 3.

Conjesero is about a homicide detective whose late…

Retro Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Creepy Christmas in the middle of summer? Why the heck not?!

N0S4A2 by Joe Hill
Narrated by Kate Mulgrew
Horror Fiction
Unabridged Audiobook, 19 hours and 41 minutes
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”


I Am So In Love With Books

Ahhh, books! How much do I love thee?
More than I realized, apparently.

While I was on my little hiatus from the reading and internet world last week, I went out into the real world and did something I hadn't done in years. I visited a brick and mortar independent bookstore and spent hours browsing. I looked at every used title and realized I owned many of them (oops) and then I went over to the new section and tried to touch them all.

It was heavenly.

You all need to do it at least once a week if you don't already, even if you don't buy anything (I didn't, I really wish I had but tbr guilt stayed my hand). Go, look, touch, smell (well, maybe don't smell if they look anything like this!) and savor the bliss that washes over your soul. There is nothing quite like it. I used to do this when I was young and free and had all the time in the world. I worked next door to a used bookstore and the employees all knew me by name and usually had a stack waiting just for me. I…

Audio Review: Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

It was a lackluster love affair but the narration was lovely.

Last Night With The Duke by Amelia Grey, Narrated by Alison Larkin
Historical Romance, 9+ hours
Book #1 Rakes of St. James
Audiobook Released March 2017 by Tantor Media
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind-until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity. Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can't afford to be distracted by his devilish charms, because the stakes are so high for his sisters' debut Season . . . unless one of London&#…