Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cat Thursday-- Cats and Books

Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! 

I love the books and I love the cats, so here are some memes! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Week-in-Review: Labor Day Weekend

Last week was fun but we were also it was kind of fun? G got sick over the weekend and then DH and I got sick and then we had to go camping! Major sinus issues and overall blergh feeling but we still managed to have a good time despite not feeling my best. I was probably a little grumpier than I intended to be with everyone but we got a bit of sleep, looked at the stars, read ghost stories around a fire, sang the Shaving Cream camp song over and over and over again...

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And some stuff in my garden grew! Peppers, jalapenos, and a large-ass cucumber! Woot!

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Overall, it was a successful Labor Day Weekend! I crashed hard Sunday and Monday and have been extra tired this week...but I am looking forward to finally feeling better soon. Maybe make some pico de gallo and stuffed jalapenos this weekend?

Last Week I:

ReadWilder Girls by Rory Power, Countdown: 2979 Days Until the Moon by Suzanne Slade

Listened to:

Still catching up on podcasts but plan on listening to my Audible recording of Dracula by Bram Stoker. Alan Cumings and Tim Curry are apart of the cast!



I finished Good Omens on Amazon Prime. I liked it. It was funny and had a cute message. David Tennant. God. Love that man.

I also binge-watched Carnival Row after we got back from camping for three days. It was great to do just sit back after cleaning everything up and getting cleaned up to just sit and watch this. Not amazing but overall a beautifully done story.


Not much in new-to-me movies. I rewatched some faves with G like the new Ghostbusters and the original Lion King. But with September and October in full swing, I'm planning on getting a few more horror movies in!


Lots of campfire food last week. S'mores and breakfast burritos too.

This Week I:

Am currently reading:

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, Black Water Rising by Attica Locke, Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.

Am currently listening to:


Am looking forward to:

I have a trip to Colorado a week from Saturday so I'm definitely looking forward to that!

But overall, I love this time of year. R.I.P is in full swing. Cooler evenings. Chilis and soups and pumpkin bread. Spooky books, movies, and decor.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Published: July 9th, 2019 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Young adult, Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover, 353 pages, Library
Rating: 4 stars

Publisher's summary:

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
My Thoughts:

I don't know how to fully articulate my thoughts on this book. I loved it. I know that. It was creepy and weird and gorgeous.

It's a quick read. I whipped through it. Power gives you just enough of her world but not too much. We know that a toxin has spread through the island and has hit Raxter. Over half of the girls have not survived, most of the staff as well. Now that everything's gone to the dogs, a new set of rules and hierarchy has been set up. How long can this new and dangerous social order hold up? Hetty, Byatt, and Reese look out for each other. Now, this is where I adored the book. These relationships right here between these three were beautiful to watch unfold.

I truly don't know how Power folded all of these threads and ideas together and in such a small amount of space, but she does it with aplomb. We've got love, grief, friendship, loyalty, government lies, and environmental collapse all thrown into one gorgeous and freaky book.

*Read for R.I.P. XIVth

Monday, September 2, 2019

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril the XIVth!

It's that time of year again! I can't even believe it. I look forward to September and October every year for all the scary things...all the books, movies, and TV shows.

There are different levels of peril you can participate in so head on over to Readers Imbibing Peril for more details.

I plan on reading lots of books like but not limited to:

  • Black Water Rising by Attica Lock
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  • Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
  • Second Life by S.J. Watson
  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  • Fledgling by Octavia Spencer
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power

  • Midsommar
  • It: Chapter Two
  • The Nightingale
  • The Host
  • Ready or Not
And some rewatches of old favorites like:

  • The Babadook
  • It Follows
  • It: Chapter One
  • The Changeling
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil