Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bout of Books 17 Day 5 Update

Bout of Books
Yesterday, I started and finished reading a children's chapter book titled Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly that I'd received through the Goodreads Giveaway Program. Total Pages Read For This Book = 106.

I also began reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. Total Pages Read For This Book = 14

Total pages read for day 5 = 120.

How's your week in reading been going for you?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly

Paperback Edition
I read the paperback edition of Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly.

I received the advance reader's edition of Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly for FREE from the Goodreads Giveaway.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly.

Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly is a children's chapter book series and was a fun fast read that I finished within a short time.

I like the cover design and the illustrations within the book itself. I liked  Jacqueline Kelly's writing style and the story itself. I also like the characters of Travis and Callie and their attempts at rescuing animals were fun to read about.

The following is the plot summary for Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly from Goodreads:
From Newbery honor author Jacqueline Kelly comes a new illustrated chapter book series for younger readers featuring the beloved characters from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. InCalpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training, Callie Vee, Travis, and Dr. Pritzker help animals big and small. 
When soft-hearted Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he can't help but bring him home and take care of him. Stinky, as Travis names him, settles in pretty well. But when Travis discovers Stinky's litter-mate, Winky, who is in need of some help, things get complicated around the Tate house. One skunk is a piece of cake; two is just asking for trouble. Will Travis and Callie be able to keep the critters away from Mother's careful eyes―and nose?
I am giving Skunked: Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training by Jacqueline Kelly a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Bout of Books 17 Update Post For Days 3 & 4

Bout of Books


On day 3 of Bout of Books 17, I read the remaining 48 pages of The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith and reviewed it on my blog. 

I also began reading another novel, The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson, on day 3 and read the 1st 26 pages of this novel.

I was unable to find the time to do any reading on day 4 of Bout of Books 17, so I'll see how I do in terms of reading on days 5-7.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Books to Read For Foodies!

I haven't read tons of books about food... But most of the books I have read about food have been really good. One food related book that I enjoyed reading last year was The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice by Trevor Corson

I love sushi, so reading about the history of sushi was insightful for me and gave me a new appreciation into the world of sushi. I learned a lot from reading The Story of Sushi by Trevor Corson. For instance, I learned the following information from reading The Story of Sushi:
* "The Japanese believe eel meat to be an aphrodisiac." Page 226* Bluefin tuna are the fastest fish in the sea and can swim 50mph. If they swim too slowly, they'll suffocate. They are also warm blooded and can also weigh up to 1,500 pounds.* "The modern term for "sushi" refers not to fish, but to rice -- rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Any food made with this seasoned rice can be called sushi, whether it involves fish." Page 27* "In Japan alone, farmers have cultivated at least 2,000 varieties of rice." Page 38* The California Roll "was invented in L. A.'s Little Tokyo in the late 1960s, at Tokyo Kaikan, one of the first restaurants to open a sushi bar, and premier Japanese eatery in L. A. The California rolls' inventor was a chef there named Ichir Mashita." Page 81
Anyway, I read an article on Bustle's website titled, 11 Must-Read Books For Foodies Who Love To Read Deliciously by Alex Weiss. Fascinated by the title of the article, I decided to read it. In the the article, Alex Weiss writes the following:
One night, over a beautiful Italian dinner, my partner asked me, "So, what exactly is a foodie?" I — as someone who adores food and has been known to obsessively snap photos of my dishes and drinks — quickly explained it's really just someone who has a particular interest in food. Definitions may vary, but it really comes down to one thing: a foodie someone who eagerly explores food. One of the best ways to explore food (other than by eating it) is by reading one of these 11 new books for foodies.
I haven't read any of the "foodie" titles mentioned in the article Alex Weiss has written, but a few of the titles have captured my interest, so I'll be adding them to my ever growing reading wish list. Click on the second link from the top to discover which "foodie" books made the list!

Which books about food have you enjoyed reading?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith

Paperback Edition
I enjoy reading mystery novels so was thrilled to receive a FREE paperback copy of The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith from the Goodreads Giveaway program. The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith is approximately 172 pages in length.

Below is my honest and unbiased review of The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith.

First off there is some minor editing work that needs to be done throughout The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith. Nothing too major or distracting that would prevent one's reading enjoyment of this novel.

I enjoyed the storyline and characters overall and felt that the author's writing style kept my interest peaked enough throughout the entire novel. At times, the storyline/plot seemed too tidy/perfect, but this was a minor detail.

Other minor things that caught my attention in The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith, was the fact that teaching assistants were referenced at the community college in the storyline... I've never heard of a community colleges having teaching assistants to help assist faculty members... Sure four year universities have graduate students acting as teaching assistants, so it was odd to me that a community college would have teaching assistants... This plot detail just didn't sit right with me while reading The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith. I also didn't like the use of the word "knuckleheads" in reference to criminals by one of the main characters, Mike James. The word "knuckleheads" seems so benign a word to use when referring to criminals... We aren't referring to errant children here.

The following is the plot summary for The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith from Goodreads:
I never give perpetrators nicknames. People who commit murder are murderers, not celebrities. But that’s my point-of-view.”

Megs Caroleton is a consulting inspector and very good at her job. She brooks no nonsense with those who break the law. She sees her job as taking lawbreakers off the street. She was once asked about profiling and she replied: “That’s not my job. Personally I don’t spend a lot of time profiling. I actually don’t care if they had a rough home life. To me the ‘nature or nurture’ debate belongs to philosophers.”

But in THE BURNT TATTOO MURDERS Inspector Caroleton just may need to rethink her position on profiling. She joins Mike James, a chief inspector with the San Francisco Police Department’s Major Crimes division on a case involving five victims, dismemberment, ancient tattoo rituals and the overall specter of the wolf. For this perpetrator is one who will test her basic assumptions about the nature of crime.
I probably won't go out of my way to read another novel by Linda C. Smith. However, I am giving The Burnt Tattoo Murders: an Inspector Megs Caroleton Case by Linda C. Smith a rating of 3 starts out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Bout of Books 17 Day 1 & 2 Update

Bout of Books

I am making my first reading update since the start of Bout of Books 17 began on Monday at midnight. I spent about 5 hours, 15 minutes listening to the rest of an audiobook titled, The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore, which I began before Bout of Books 17 Read-A-Thon began. 

Additionally, I've read approximate 45 pages of a mystery novel titled, The Burnt Tattoo Murders by Linda C. Smith. I am hoping to finish reading The Burnt Tattoo Murders by Linda C. Smith later today.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore

Unabridged Collected Stories
I was able to download the unabridged audio version of The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore for FREE from either Amazon or Audible (I forget which one) some time ago now.

Listening time for The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore is 10 hours, 27 minutes.

Below is my unbiased, honest review of The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore.

Prior to listening to The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories, I'd never read or listened to anything written by R. A. Salvatore before. I'd heard R. A. Salvatore's name over the years... But I've never been a huge science fiction or fantasy genre lover, which is why I'd never read any of his books until now. 

Long story short, I thought a free collection of short stories read by various narrators would make a great introduction to a new to me author and help me explore a genre I normally don't read that often.

Overall I thought the various narrators did a good job of reading each short story... With the exception of Ice T's narration, which I didn't like as much. For the most part, each story of the short stories, just weren't my thing... There were some good stories in this collection, just not stories from a genre I truly enjoy reading or listening to as the stories weren't ones I find that captivating. Because of this, I didn't enjoy The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore all that much and almost stopped listening to this collection of short stories at various times.

The following is a publisher's summary for The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore from Audible:
The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny! 
For years, the Legend of Drizzt has included short stories published in Forgotten Realms anthologies and Dragon magazine. Available here for the first time in audio are all the classic stories by the New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore!
From the startling origin of Drizzt’s panther companion, to the tale of Jarlaxle and Entreri’s first encounter with the dragon sisters, the tales in The Collected Stories enrich this vividly-imagined series by building the world around Drizzt through exploring the backstories of side characters and magical locations.
I'm giving The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Top Ten Tuesday -- Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet!!



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Here are my top ten books in no particular order of importance:


1. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
3. Riven Rock by T. C. Boyle
4. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
5. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
7. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
9. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner
10.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

Monday, August 22, 2016

BOUT OF BOOKS ~ BOOK TO MOVIE CHALLENGE!

I am participating in Bout of Books 17 and am excited about reading books during this event.

I've decided to participate in the following Bout of Books Read-A-Thon challenge hosted by Lori at Writing My Own Fairy Tale is hosting the BOOK TO MOVIE CHALLENGE!

The rules for this challenge are simple:
All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.
My favorite book to movie adaptation is Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. I thought the movie version of Red Dragon followed the novel fairly closely.

My least favorite book to movie adaptation is Hannibal by Thomas Harris. The movie version of Hannibal didn't do the novel justice. I also didn't like Julianne Moore's portrayal of Clarice Starling... I thought Jodie Foster did a much better job portraying Clarice Starling!

Friday, August 19, 2016

How Reading Reduces Stress & So Much More!!

I'm not surprised by the many benefits provided by reading books!! I came across an article titled Read in a Quiet Place for a Better Life by Dr. Mercola. In the article, Dr. Mercola writes the following information:
Do you enjoy sitting down with a good book? This is one hobby you should feel free to indulge in without guilt, as reading is linked to a variety of benefits, both mental and physical.
In fact, new research published in the journal Social Science & Medicine revealed book readers live an average of two years longer than non-readers. Specifically, compared to people who read no books, those who read for up to 3.5 hours a week had a 17 percent lower risk of dying over the next 12 years.
Those who read for more than 3.5 hours a week fared even better; they had a 23 percent lower risk of dying prematurely. Broken down, this means that reading for just 30 minutes a day may offer a major health advantage.
This was true even after the researchers controlled for other factors that might influence lifespan, such as age, race, gender, education level, income, health, employment and more.
Interestingly, reading newspapers and periodicals also offered longevity benefits, although not to the same extent as books.
I learned a lot more enlightening information from reading this article about the benefits of reading books. Click on the above link to read the full story.