Fangirl Friday- Doctor Who

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.

This week, I will be talking about Doctor Who. I was going to write this up after I watched the season finale but because I don’t have cable, I watched it several weeks after it aired so I felt like I missed the boat, but then the introduction of the 13th Doctor happened and I got a chance to talk about it here!

Firstly, I want to talk about this season so spoilers sweetie.

loved Bill. She’s great. She had that piece I think we’ve been missing in the last couple companions. She was just the chip girl. She wasn’t set up to save the Doctor, she wasn’t impossible, she was just a college student who worked in the cafeteria and served chips and she got dragged into this wonderful adventure. This is something that I’ve really missed in Moffat’s run as showrunner. This post will not get into all the other things I think Moffat ruined about the show but making the companion something that wasn’t just a shop girl, or a medical doctor on her rounds, or a temp, or whatever it was Micky was, and turning them into something else took something from the story for me. I wanted to feel like I can be the companion, and when that character is set up to save the Doctor somehow, it loses a bit of that feel. Bill brought it back, which was wonderful. She was great, not as great as Donna, but great.

The episodes that stand out are the 2 part finale, the one with the Roman soldiers and on where everything ends up being a simulation.

The simulation one was well crafted, something felt like something was off when the Pope wasn’t speaking English when the TARDIS was near by. At first, I was questioning why and then I figured someone forgot this plot point that’s been around since the start of the show because why not. As the episode ended it all starts to make sense and it’s very cool how it was done.

The Roman soldier one, the talk about the TARDIS translation thing where the Roman and Bill both say the other is speaking the language the other knows, reminding us that the TARDIS translates everyone so everyone can communicate. I liked the episode for more that just that, but that moment of remembering was cool.

The finale was great. The black hole thing, the weird guy who ended up being an old version of the Master before he went crazy at the end of 10’s run. The old extra scary Cybermen, there was a bit of Moffat from his early episodes before he took over. Not as creepy as Empty Child or Blink, but creepy.

loved how it ended with Mr. Filch appearing as the 1st Doctor. (I know this man has a real name and I know it’s David Bradley, but Mr. Filch.)

 

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I’m so excited for Christmas. I liked David Bradley as the first Doctor in the 50th-anniversary movie Adventures in Space and Time. To be fair, I have never seen episodes with the first Doctor, but I’ve seen Mr. Bradley in several things that aren’t Harry Potter movies and I think he’s very talented and embraces the role well.

And this brings us to Jodie Whittaker the new Doctor.

Firstly, I’m excited.

I really loved 12 and I think he lacked for storylines, but I loved Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor and I feel like he’s leaving too soon. I feel like he has more the do, but I have felt that way about 10 and 11 as well. (I wasn’t watching “live” with 9, but I think more than one season with 9 would have been great as well.)

It’s been established that Time Lords can change genders. Example:

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These are the same character.

Listen, the Doctor is an alien, and a fictional character who changes faces every 3 years. So stop saying the Doctor can’t be a lady because yeah-huh, and the Doctor is going to be a lady in a couple months.

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In my opinion, each reincarnation of the Doctor “evolves” from the previous Doctor, at least in the new series. I have seen 3 whole episodes of the original series.

Nine is born of the war- which is why he’s dark and searches to save people

Ten is born of love for Rose- which is why he’s light a fun

Eleven is born of loss – which is why he’s silly and childlike

Twelve is born of the realization that it’s time to grow up

What will Thirteen be born of– we’ll see when we see her first couple episodes.

What I look forward to most is when Jodie Whittiker is at the end of this line of Doctors. My favorite part of Doctor Who is 1. when someone says “Doctor Who?” and 2. when all the Doctor’s pictures appear. I don’t think we’ve had that with 12, which means it better happen in the Christmas Special.

I’m so excited for what will happen with the show. We’re getting a new showrunner, a new Doctor, a new companion, and hopefully a new life with be put into the show.

Here’s to new adventures, with a Lady at the helm.

What do you think about Series 10? What about the new Doctor?

Until next time Internet

Deanna

WWW Wednesday- July 19

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link in Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading:

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Roseblood by A.G. Howard

I am participating in a read-a-long with the Calendar Girls, and since July’s theme is Retellings, we are reading this Phantom of the Opera retelling. I’m a little over halfway through, and it’s interesting. I’m not familiar with the original, so I was walking in blind to the story. I will be putting up a review at the end of the month.

 

 

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Odd and True by Cat Winters

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. I will be writing a review when I finish this, but so far I’m loving it. It has sisters fighting evil in the early 1900’s. It has pieces of the old west at the turn of the century. It’s really cool so far. I’m about halfway through this one as well, but I am loving it so much.

 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I’m listening to this audiobook while I drive back and forth to work, and oh man. This is great. It’s funny and smart and dirty (in a good way). Teenage boys. I’m loving the romantic parts and relationship between the three younger characters. I don’t think the sister is going to be around much longer if nothing changes as she’s supposed to say in Paris for school while they continue, but I’m liking how the three teenage characters play off each other. It almost makes me wish my commute was a little bit longer.

 

What did I recently finish reading?

31423196 Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I posted a review of this on Monday. It was a really excellent book. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series

 

 

 

 

194373I’ve been having the wonderful Stephen Fry read  Sherlock Holmes to me while I was driving and I just wrapped up The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. When I finish the whole canon, I’m going to write up a “review” of the collection. I just needed a break from the books. (It’s 60 hours of Sherlock Holmes I didn’t want to get annoyed with it.)

 

 

 

What am I reading next?

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz.

Durning this month’s Calendar girls twitter chat we were discussing next month’s topic which is Historical fiction and this book came up. It’s a fictionalized telling of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza’s love story. I’m kind of excited about this book, and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

 

 

 

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After I wrap up The Gentleman’s Guide, I’m jumping back into Sherlock with The Hound of the Baskervilles. I really want to listen to the whole Sherlock canon this summer. This is my favorite Sherlock story because it’s the first one I ever read when I was like, eight.

 

 

 

 

 

And that my week in books, what does yours look like?

 

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

Top 5 Wednesday: Children and Middle-Grade books

Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic, and you just post five books that fit that topic.

This week’s topic is top 5 books for the Children.

This is an excellent topic. It made me think about the books that made me fall in love with reading. What are the books that I will give to my friends’ children as they get older (Other than those 7 books about the Boy Wizard)? This list became a list of books I read in 3rd grade. From the looks of it, I read approximately 700 books when I was in 3rd grade. Go 9 year old me.

 Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Okay, first of all, I just now when getting the cover off Goodreads that this is a series of books and I never knew that and I’m kind of sad about that. You’d better believe when I gift this to my friend’s child this Christmas, she’s getting all 3.

This book was assigned reading in third grade. The movie with Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O’Donnell came out around the same time. So it was, like, a thing in 1996. I loved this book. This book made me pick up a notebook and start writing.  I mean, I may have missed the main point of the book by doing that, but I might not be doing this if I didn’t read Harriet, the Spy. Considering this book came out in 1964 and held up in the mid-nineties when I read it, I think this would still hold the imagination of the next generation.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I would safely bet that I read 20 of these books, in 2nd and 3rd grades. These stories (according to Wikipedia) have been around since the 1920’s, and book #145 was published in 2016. Between books 69 and 70 there is a 50-year gap, and I’m going to take a leap that Gertrude Chandler Warner didn’t write the books after book number 69 in 1948 (mostly because she passed way in 1971). All the ones I read were in the first 69. The later ones have all been published after I moved on to a different series.

These books are about 4 siblings that have no family and live in a train car at the start of the first book. Pieces of these books still stand out, like the youngest sibling’s chipped pink cup. They are sent to live with a grandfather in the first books, and from there they go on crime solving adventures. I feel like these books were in the same category as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. There were kids that read those and kids that read The Boxcar Children. I read The Boxcar Children. I’m starting to think these books made me fall in love with crime stories.

 

Ramona Quimby by Beverly Clearly

I was looking for Ramona Quimby age 8 and discovered that it wasn’t the first book in the series, so I have included the first book as the cover featured. I probably read all of them, but Age 8 stands out the most in my head.

These are books about an energetic, odd little girl, Ramona, and her older sister. I think I was supposed to relate to Beezus, but I found something to connect to with Ramona as I sat in the reading corner and gobbled a bunch of these books up.

 

 

Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

This is another set of stories similar to Ramona and Beezus but about brothers. Fudge is a more popular/ gets more attention younger brother of the main character, and I remember really relating to that because my brother was always able to be the center of attention while I wasn’t ever like that, even as little kids. I was always known as my younger brother’s sister. Even now if town I say my name and they say “Oh, {my brother’s name} sister?”

Bonus, it’s written by Judy Blume and is there a better author for children than Judy Blume? {The answer is no btw}

 

The Little House books By Laura Ingalls Wilder

These books. Okay, so I was reading these books (there are 9 of them) when I discovered Harry Potter, and I didn’t finish the series. I started reading them in 3rd grade and loved the story. I related to Laura and it there was a bit of adventure, and I knew it was a true story.  They are fun stories, interesting historical stories about what it was like to live in the new American West in the early 20th century.

 

 

 

SPECIAL BONUS BOOK!

So I’ve decided that with the top 5 and top 10 lists that I will add a Special Bonus! where I ask my friend Jen what she would add to the list and include that in the post.

Jen’s suggestion for books that got her into reading is a series that I have never read, but I remember my friends in elementary school reading.

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Redwall by Brian Jacques

So I read a Wikipedia article about these books and I’m still not 100% sure what these books are, but from what I gather they are books the talk about medieval times but with mice. Which, honestly, sounds pretty cool. Jen recommends them. There is magic and talking animals (except some talking horses), elements of supernatural and ghosts. It sounds pretty fantastic.

What books you remember reading in 3rd grade? Did they set up your reading choices for like like mine apparently did?

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

Top 5 Wednesday: Books with No Romance.

Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic, and you just post five books that fit that topic.

This week’s topic is top 5 books with little to no romance.

I’m sure it’s clear by some of my reviews that I find unnecessary romance annoying– especially in YA. It can feel like everything ends up getting better because of a boy (usually a boy I read a lot of female narrators in heterosexual relationships). Romance has a place in books, but not all books. So today we celebrate those books that there is no romantic subplot or one that is such a small subplot that it doesn’t matter.

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1 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving- This is my favorite book of all time. This is a book about love, religion, death and all sorts of other things. The love is a friendship/ family love. It’s hard for me to really pinpoint what is is about this book that I love so much, but this book is amazing. There is very little romantic love in this book at all.

 

 

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2 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart- This book is something special. There is a very small romantic subplot, but it has pretty much no impact on the storyline. It’s hard to categorize this book without *spoilers* but it’s about family and if you haven’t read this book, read it right now.

 

 

 

232720283 A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – This book is set up so there could be the possibility of romance, but I don’t think there will be a romance between Charlotte and Jamie. And although this particular book does center around a previous romance, the actual romance doesn’t happen during the book.

I’m going to throw in all Sherlock Holmes books into this section. The original stories are about solving crimes, Holmes and Watson have little romantic subplots, save in The Sign of  Four when Watson meets Mary, but even in that, it barely a thing.

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4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This is another book where love in an important part of the story, but love of humanity and family– not romantic. The Book Thief is a book like nothing else I have ever read. There will never be another like it. It’s one of those once in a generation book. It’s just great. It’s so different, with a different kind of narrator. It’s a story of death and war, and it’s dirty (I mean in a way the topic of WWII is dirty). You can tell opening it, it won’t be a happy book, but it’s just so good.

 

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5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Although the first line of this book is “It was love at first sight.” This is a book about war and just how horrible it is. I read this book in high school on the recommendation of a good friend of mine that I worked with. I talked endlessly about Owen Meany, and she would talk about Catch-22. Honestly, I need to reread it because it’s been a while, but I remember it being that weird humor that goes over most a high school student’s head, but I remember it having such an impact on me overall. It’s an excellent book.

 

Romance has a place in books, but from the list above and the many other T5W posts that will be showing up today, it’s clear that romance is not needed to have a fantastic and memorable book. Love does not have to be romantic. Friend-love, family love, love of work, love of country, are just as valid a subplot of a story as romance.

What are your favorite non-romantic stories?

 

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

Calendar Girls- July Best Fairytale Retelling

Welcome back to the seventh month of Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly blog event co-hosted by Flavia and Melaine and designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers. Calendar Girls was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl, For more information, about the Calendar Girls community click here!

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Until I started blogging in January, I didn’t know how big of a thing fairytale retellings were. I mean, I knew there were a few out there, but I didn’t know how many, or how great these books were. I have just started my journey into the retellings, and I found excellent books. But this isn’t about all of them, this post is about picking the best of them and showcasing it. So, away we go!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

30653719 This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but not the version that Disney did.

I listen to the Myths and Legends podcast, which takes stories you think you know and tells you the original stories. I started listening to it because it covered a lot of Arthurian legends however it also covers folklore and myths from other cultures besides the European-centric stories I’m used to. There are stories from Russia, the Greek God Myths, Viking myths, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, he’s done a couple different Native American stories. It’s a great podcast, it’s been around for a while, and I should probably write a separate post on it at some point because I love it so much, but I digress.

In January, Myths and Legends did a show about Beauty and the Beast. It discussed Russia version of the French story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. For the most part, it’s the same story, but there are little differences. It was this episode of the Podcast that gave me a little extra excitement for this book.

Hunted takes parts of the original Villeneuve story and the Russian story while also tying in some modern elements. Beauty has independence and boldness about her. She searches for her missing father and takes charge of her situation.  Her love for Prince Ivan comes from a different place than, I feel, it does in other versions of the story. She doesn’t fall in love with who the Beast was or the Prince he might be, and honestly, the whole romance aspect of the story isn’t important. I wrote a review of it a couple months ago if you would like to read my full thoughts about it.

Hunted,  at the moment, is the best book I’ve read so far this year. It was just well written and different. I was skeptical about retellings as a genre because how could a modern writer improve upon stories that have such a cultural impact already, but so far, the answer to that is “they can improve them a lot.” The rest of the Calendar Girls posts today will be showcasing the broad reach of retellings and the different stories that writers have taken on.

Do you have a favorite Retelling? Or a Favorite fairytale you would love to see a modern spin on?


The Calendar Girls have a bunch of other really cool things happening besides the group of posts you will see going out today (and the first Monday of every month). If you want to know more about the read-a-long for this month Which is Roseblood by A. G. Howard and the monthly Twitter chat or anything else Calendar Girls related, check out the June wrap up post here. 

 

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

 

Fierce Fangirl Friday! PLL

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.

This week, it’s saying goodbye to something that was pretty amazing. Pretty Little Liars.

I try very hard to do keep my posts spoiler free, but if you haven’t watched the series finale, which aired on Tuesday in the US, I would proceed with caution for the rest of this post. I will be talking #Endgame and a little about the finale.

As with most good things in my life, I got into PLL through my friend Jen. When I went to visit her last year, we watched some Netflix, as she caught up on Supernatural, and that was sprinkled with a little bit of season 4 of PLL. I had read the first books, which I now know is approximately the first two seasons of the show, but at the time, I thought I knew who A was and although interested in the show, thought I knew the mystery. I did not.

I’m not sure why I didn’t get into the show as it was airing because it’s definitely such a Deanna show, but I didn’t; maybe because it was on ABC Family and then Freeform that it just didn’t cross my radar, but *shrug emoji*.

When I got home from my visit to Jen, I decided to watch the rest of the show and started at the beginning and watched all of it up to the end of season 5 in, like, 3 weeks. Then Jen and I watched season 6 on Itunes. By the time we were done with that, season 7A was starting so I fell right in.

Let me just say that this show is the most ridiculous. I love it, but it’s so silly. There is so much drama. It’s a great teengirl show, the cast is a group of talented people, but it’s ridiculous.

Firstly, you cannot take you high school English teacher to prom, Aria. Even if that teacher has now lost their job. No school would ever allow that. Also, stop dating your High school English teacher, you are 15 years old.

Secondly, 2.5 seasons of the show take place between Halloween and Christmas of their senior year of high school, which I think should be addressed, because a lot of stuff happens, and the seasons change like 45 times.

Anyway, I think that there were some real issues discussed and betrayed so beautifully in the show. Starting with Emily. Her character arc, her coming out story, was so well done. In 2010 when that arc was playing out, things were different. I think that having Emily’s coming out and the acceptance and love that her friends and family show her and that fact that nothing changed in anyone’s relationship was huge. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of an impact that could have had on the young people who watched this show.

The other big thing was bullying. I think that the show showed online bullying and clique fighting in an interesting way. Ally, especially first 5 seasons Ally, was a terrible person. I think that each of the girls realized this in their own way. Maybe not Emily, but the other girls did. Although that’s not really how it was shown in the show, I think that might have had an impact on way Ally disappeared at the beginning of the show. She was trying to insert that control over her friends before she lost all of it. Mirroring that in the series finale, with Addison, showing this girl who is so much like Ally was trying to manipulate adult throughout the last season was a great way to show just how obnoxious teenage Ally was from a more adult point of view.

I think the characters on the show, so wonderfully portrayed by the actors on the show, and so well written by Sara Shepard in the books, show different demographics of people. The mean girl, the smart one, the sporty one, the fashionable one, the artsy one, the ditzy one, and on and on many of these traits shown in more than one girl (Even the moms, oh do I love the moms show these different qualities and personality traits) Yet they are all friends and stay friends despite their differences. Yes, they do have this crazy person threatening to kill them that keeps them close, but they are friends, and their bond is what helps them figure it out and fight back against A and AD and all the other threats over and over.

Female friendship is one of those things in media that for whatever reason is always shown as catty and like the characters are never really friends. The Liars show a different side of that. Yes, there is drama and cattiness and in fighting, but at the end of the day, (episode, season, series) the girls are there for each other, would do anything for each other, love each other.

When it comes to the characters that I related to most, I am torn in many directions. There is something in me that looks at hopeful, optimistic Aria and falls in love with her every episode, but there is also something about smart and quick witted Spencer that draws me to her. I think that was a strong point of the show, the way each character makes you feel something. I watched Hanna grow, and I rooted for every step she took. I wanted Emily to succeed, I wanted Mona to get better. I wanted Paige to drown in the pool.

I rooted for the ships. Even Aria and Ezra even though you can’t take your high school English teacher to prom. Also, the Christmas episode with the Santa underwear scene is super inappropriate because you are their teacher, Ezra. It really doesn’t matter that he’s a young teacher it’s so weird and kind of creepy. Maybe because I’m 30 watching this show and my flashers of “Omg no!” Kept going off. It’s so weird. Please don’t date your teachers while you’re in high school. But in the jump, I rooted for it. (I mean, I always rooted for it because it was cute, but it still gave me weird feelings. And I was kind of hoping Ezra would fall off the ski lift and die when Aria discovered his creepy plan with the book and his alternative motives but *shrug emoji*)

I loved Hanna and Caleb, and Toby and Spencer, I hated Emily and Paige because I hate Paige and Emily can do so much better than Paige (and Ally. Emily, deserved way better but whatever).

Overall, I found the Pretty Little Liars finale satisfying. I wasn’t as emotional as I would have been if I had been glued to the TV every Tuesday for 7 years or had gotten into the show more than a year and a half ago, but I found the ending satisfying. It had everything that’s needed to put a period at the end. The loose strings were tied in a bow, but not in a super cheese way. Including the very important “How did the moms get out that basement” plot point that was never brought up again after it happened. I could literally write a whole other post just about the PPL moms. They are so great.

The two-hour finale had all the drama and twists that we have come to expect from the show. I enjoyed every last moment of it.

TV is less rich without Pretty Little Liars. Their depiction of female friendship and female characters leaves a whole in television now that it’s gone. Here’s to hoping that somewhere that slack is picked up. Because we need strong independent girls being friends with other strong independent girls on our screens.

WWW Wednesday- June 28

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link in Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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I started reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray over the weekend. I’m only 50 pages in, but so far I’m enjoying it. I think that Able has an interesting story. I have heard that there is some romance in this book, and I’m worried that there is going to be human/robot love. I’m not the biggest fan of this idea, but I’ve also read that it’s not a big part of the story. I like the idea of people from opposite sides like– Able and Noemi are– teaming up, so it has that going to for. This was an Uppercase book, and I haven’t been let down too much by one of their books so far, so I think I will enjoy it.

 

 

I am listening to Stephen Fry reading the Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve listened to the first two novels, A Study in Scarlett and  The Sign of Four. I am currently (meaning literally right now) listening to the first story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s all in one audiobook, which I got for a credit on Audible. So if you have an audible account and are looking for something to use a credit on, I would suggest this. It’s 60 hours of Stephen Fry reading. With forwards by Stephen Fry about the different stories. If you like Detective Stories you can’t do better than this. I will write a long Thursday Post about it and my admiration for Holmes when I finish the book.

29401441I also was lucky enough to get a copy of Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis from NetGallery (I feel like an official book blogger now)! According to my Kindle app, I’m 15% of the way through. I’m liking it. Flora is sort of a Problematic Fav at the moment. I’m interested to see how her new school changes her.

The format is neat. I’ve seen books with journal entries and stuff mixed in, but this one is a little different. There will, obviously, be a review of this when I finish it up that will explain this point a little bit deeper.

 

What did I recently finish reading?

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I finished reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I loved it! I wrote up a review and posted it on Monday. (And spelled Ms. Garber’s first name wrong in the title which I have fixed now but I just want to apologize for making such a ridiculous mistake).

I loved the world building in the story, and I greatly look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.

 

 

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Last week I also finished reading this great  Lincoln Biography, which I wrote about last week. This was a well researched interesting take on America’s nerdiest, best pun telling, most Midwestern President. Abraham Lincoln was such a dad.

Also, honorable mention to Tad Lincoln (the youngest son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln) and is pet goat Nanny as the best First Child and Best First Pet in American History.

 

 

What will I read next?

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I have a couple other books that I’m eyeing as my next book, but I can only read one physical book at a time. So Roseblood first and then Onward!

For my next Audiobook, I was leaning toward the Anne Rule book The Stranger Beside Me which is about the serial killer Ted Bundy and her unique relationship with him or a book on Jack the Ripper, but I think after the Sherlock Holmes books I might have to back away from the murder. Which is never something I thought I would ever say.

So What are you guys reading?

Until Next time Internet

Deanna