Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Musing Mondays - #WhyIReadRomance days 1 & 2 and reading ambiance

Musing Monday, September 11, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I'm super excited to tell you about Parajunkee's #whyIreadromance challenge/event…

So the event actually started yesterday, but I am an idiot and thought the first post was supposed to go live today, so OOPS I'll just do days 1 and 2 together and cram them into one post. The event is in honour of Women's Friendship Day which was September 17, and there are 13 days worth of categories.

Which romance novel gave you the most/best

  1. romantic adventure
  2. swoon scenes
  3. fairy-tale romps
  4. empowerment
  5. ...feels
  6. emotional destruction
  7. happily ever after
  8. kick butt females
  9. ...thrills
  10. ...chills
  11. escape
  12. emotional roller coaster
  13. book boyfriend(s)

Day 1 - Best Romantic Adventure

The Loving Daylights by Lynsay Sands

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands delivers a "madcap escapade" (Publishers Weekly) in this contemporary romance about a quirky inventor and unexpected love.
Shy Jane Spyrus loves gadgets. She can build anything B.L.I.S.S. needs in the international organization's fight against crime—although its agents aren't exactly lining up at her door. Some of them think her inventions are a little too . . . well, innovative. Like her shrink-wrap prophylactic constraints or her spray-on truth serum.
Of course, you can't use wacky inventions to fix all your problems; Jane knows that better than anyone. Her neighbour has been kidnapped, driving that point home. She will have to team up with another human being—and Abel Andretti arrives just in time. He will help Jane find her neighbour, stop a villain, and, most of all, he will show Jane how to love the daylights out of something without batteries.
I spotted this on the 2 for $15 mass market shelves in Walmart, and what snagged my attention was the title, it's a very amusing play on the title of what happens to be my personal favourite James Bond film, The Living Daylights, well actually it's probably a toss-up between that one and Timothy Dalton's other one License to Kill, but either way Timothy Dalton is my favourite Bond...BUT I DIGRESS. So it was the title that caught my attention and the summary that totally drew me in. It's sort of like if you took Austin Powers but made it from Liz Hurley's character's POV and dumped that into a blender with Get Smart, Spy Kids (if the kids were adults), and the Ghostbusters reboot and then gave the resulting outline to a romance novelist. It's just a really, really fun adventure. If you've ever seen NCIS LA there's an episode where Deeks and Kensie have to pretend to suburbanites and they end up in their neighbours' basement "playroom", this is basically that scene in novel form and it's amazing. Let me give you a quote:

"Four of the men moved forward. They took away the gun Edie held, Abel's belt of vibrators, and Jane's bag and shoes. "Um, can I wear those?" Jane asked hopefully. She still had her laser bracelet and bomb earrings, but the shoes had six unspent darts in one heel and four in the other. They could come in handy."

Day 2 - Best Swoon Scenes

The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

Summary of Book #1 Hearts at Stake

On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.
Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.
Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.

I couldn't choose just one book in this six book series, mainly because the primary source of swoon-worthiness is Nick and Lucy's relationship and they never get their own dedicated book. But that being said there is no shortage of scenes that cause you to swoon over all of the Drake brothers and Kieran Black. But then again I might be swooning wrong? I don't know if what makes other people swoon is what makes me swoon and vice versa. For that reason, this was a hard category for me to figure out a book for haha.

        THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you like something playing in the background while reading?

Yes, I prefer to have ambient noise in the background while I am reading a physical book or an ebook. I don't have a preference either, it can be music or it can be a movie or TV show. If it's the former I've even been known to sing along when I am reading. However, if it's the latter it can only be something that I have seen dozens of times before and that I know won't pull me in away from my book. Not obviously, if I'm listening to an audiobook, of course I don't want any other background noise if I can at all avoid it.

Can you read in silence or do you need background noise?

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Musing Mondays - this week's book haul & vacation reading lists yes or no

Musing Monday, September 11, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I bought the following book(s) in the past week…

I keep saying I'm going to lay off buying books for several reasons a. to save money, b. because I am running out of shelf space AGAIN, c. because my physical TBR shelf already exceeds 250 items and d. because Sophia challenged me to finish my entire TBR shelf (physical and digital) by the time she graduates in 2019...a challenge that seems impossibly harder when weekends like this past weekend happen. Chapters was having a 10x the plum rewards points sale for orders of $30 or more. I LOVE the 10x the plum points sales because they get me more points on books I wanted anyway so I get closer to the higher end gift cards for Christmas so I can get even MORE books with my holiday money haha. So of course I caved and bought 4 books, but only 2 are for me, the other 2 are Christmas gifts for my mum.

As I Was Saying . . .: The World According to Clarkson Volume 6 by Jeremy Clarkson

This is one of the ones that I bought for my mum. She and I enjoyed watching Jeremy, James and Richard being absolute idiots on Top Gear when the three of them were still the hosts. It was mainly their friendship and the way they terrorised one another that made it fun to watch. When I was visiting Angie in May I bought my mum one of Clarkson's books in the WHSmith's at Manchester Airport, and she really liked it, so I figured another Clarkson book would go over just as well as a gift.
Crikey, the world according to Clarkson's been a funny old place of late . . .
For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant.
But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm. That's as it should be. For nearly thirty years he has been fearlessly leading the charge as one the best comic writers in the country. And in 2015, he shows no sign of slowing down.
So, whether it's pondering
If Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand
Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world
How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants
Or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to
Jeremy is still trying to make sense of all the big stuff.
Circumstances change. Nothing's forever. But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever. As if you ever doubted it . . 

As You Do: Adventures with Evel, Oliver, and the Vice-President of Botswana by Richard Hammond

Another Top Gear book for my mum, this time by Richard Hammond. I chose this one specifically because we both get such a laugh about Richard's relationship with Oliver, the little, ancient Opal he drove through Botswana in the first African special. I decided that I should balance her Top Gear library out with books from the other hosts. There's a James May one I want to get her but it's not out yet, and at some point, I'll get her the book written by the first white-suited Stig too.

Moving quickly on from the devastating crash that nearly killed him, Richard ranges widely over his life and times—a visit to Glastonbury with James May reminds of him of his early years of playing in a band and how and why he never quite made it as a rock star; the stunts and other perils that come his way like the Top Gear North Pole race (why is it Richard who is out in the howling elements in a dog sled while the others are in the heated cab of an all-terrain vehicle?); Africa where he falls in love with and repatriates a stray car; and the U.S. (once to be chased by rednecks in middle America, the other in pursuit of his hero Evel Knievel); his passion for cars, what he owns and why, and although he loves his wife why it is a toss-up whether he says hello to the wife or the cars first. Balancing home and family with a crazy, peripatetic working life (or not, sometimes), the Hamster is well and truly back on the wheel About The Author: Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-hosting Top Gear. His previous titles include On the Edge and Richard Hammond's Car Confidential. 
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I read this as an e-book back in 2014 because I got a free review copy during my brief stint as an e-book Reviewer over at Parajunkee's view. According to my review, I read it in April specifically, so it's been over 3 years since reading. This is one of those books that has always stuck into the back of my mind. I really loved it. It was what got me started on paranormal fantasy set in New Orleans. So when I found out that it had been published in paperback and hardcover (it was originally only for the Kindle), I knew that at some point I was going to want to buy a physical copy of it. So this past weekend I finally did!

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless... you’re immortal.
The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden

At the same time that I found out The Casquette Girls now existed as a physical book, I also found out that a sequel was released earlier this year. Since I absolutely adored the first book I knew I was going to need to acquire the sequel as well. So it too made its way into my cart during the 10x rewards point sale. I am super duper excited for this book you guys.

Is blood thicker than magic in La Nouvelle-Orléans?
Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she's determined to forget: Niccolò Medici. Not even the multitude of enchanted locks on the attic door trapping Nicco within can break their connection.
Sensing Nicco calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths too dark that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising: the Medici’s presence has attracted something else to New Orleans…an older enemy, one that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.
In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele must draw on the past—from seventeenth-century Florence, a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal—and sort history from fantasy if she is to have any chance of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

While I was looking over my Amazon wish list to see what books I wanted to get in the Chapters sale I came across Glitch on sale for $3.64 cents. I've needed Glitch to complete my series set since I read it back in 2013. See, I originally borrowed it from the local public library - really enjoyed it - went out and bought the next two books in the series - didn't read them - and then never went on to get a copy of Glitch so that I could read through the entire series in one go. I have now rectified that situation, even if I did have to pay for shipping, even with the shipping it was still only about $10 which I think is a perfectly fine deal. You can tell I discovered this one during my YA dystopian phase.

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

So then after spending all that money on those books. I got an email from Audible announcing another one of their fantastic $4.95 sales. The beauty of those sales is that I can get 3 books for about the cost of 1 single credit which only gets me 1 book. So needless to say I have taken advantage of every instance of the $4.95 sale that I have seen since I became an Audible member last year. I got:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first book in the series, but I forgot that. So a few months back I actually bought the second book A Court of Mist and Fury during a different $4.95 sale. I want these books because I have heard nothing but good things about them. Everyone I know who has read them has really enjoyed them. I decided to do them as audiobooks because her other series is currently on my physical TBR shelf, or at least 2-3 parts of it are, I'm compiling that set piecemeal as I find it on sale in places. I might need another trip to bookoutlet.ca to see if I can't finish it off.

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

This is one of those books that in reader's advisory class in library school they sort of recommend that you read. Apparently, it's very popular at public libraries. I've heard mixed things about it, but to me, it's always seemed sort of fascinating. One of the most consistent bits of it I have heard though is that it can be very hard to actually get through as in it's a very slow read. So that's why I decided since I could get it for under $5 and my PL doesn't have an audiobook copy that I would try it as an audiobook and see if I can get into it. It's not something I would have paid a full credit for but I'm happy to get it as part of a 3-for-1 deal.

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel's magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.
A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza's way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

I had never heard of this one until I saw it in the sale. Needless to say the title DEFINITELY grabbed my attention, it sounds hilarious. And I do always enjoy a vampire novel, I have been a vampire fan since I was about 8 or so, I'd have to check with my childhood friend Stacey to see whether or not I'm wrong about that age haha. I know we were into witches for sure at that point, maybe vamps were a few years later, can't be sure. Anyway, that's beside the point. I went and peeked at the description and some of the reviews on Goodreads and those sold me enough that I decided that for under $5 this was something I wanted to try for myself. I've picked a couple of my $4.95 sale audiobooks like that now so we'll see! Apparently, there are wereponies which I am just super excited to learn more about.

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

        THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you plan a reading list while on vacation?

Not so much an actual reading list per se. Before I go on holiday I consider what books I have on my devices and whether or not I'll be in the mood for them, be they audiobooks or ebooks. I learned a lesson though when I went to visit Angie in May, and that lesson was that none of the Audible, Kobo and Kindle apps actually wanted to work properly for me on the plane. Now that was possibly my fault I might not have done something right before boarding but I don't know, so I was stuck for my whole flight over with absolutely nothing to read because I didn't bring any physical books with me (mainly because I *ALWAYS* buy at least 3 while I am visiting her and this time was no exception I came home with like 6...). The plus side to that was that I actually ended up getting a lot of sleep which was a good thing because I was well rested for my first day with Angie :D. Now I know to pack a backup paperback though to cover for tech issues. So once I check to see if there's anything I want, I buy something if there's not.

It really also depends a lot on where I'm travelling to, I do the vast majority of my travelling to visit Angie in England and I always stay with her. I love staying with her, her flat is 100% my second home in this world. There are many perks to staying with her, and one of them is that I get to raid her library. So sometimes even when I have said to myself that there were books on my devices I wanted to read while I was there, I end up raiding her shelves instead. This past, for example, I ended up reading 5 of her books because about 2 days in I decided I wanted to try and read as much of the 19 young Obi-Wan Kenobi books as I could. Turns out my limit was 5, I finished #5 as we were pulling into the parking lot at the airport on my way home in fact. I probably could have done about 2 more but I only took 3 with me when we went to London and after finishing those I switch to an ebook on my phone instead.

Do you plan your reading in advance or do you just read whatever catches your fancy on a trip? Do you try and read books about or set in your destination before you arrive?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tasty Tuesday - BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake


Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4

Mix together the passata, 
balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, garlic, smoked paprika, sweetener and season well to make the BBQ sauce.

the onions, peppers and mushrooms in a frying pan until softened.  Add the chicken and bacon and cook until chicken thoroughly cooked.

Boil your pasta for about 10 minutes until softened but not fully cooked.

Add the pasta, BBQ sauce, chicken, bacon and vegetables together and then pour into a baking dish.

Cook for 15 minutes in the oven.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top and return to oven until the cheese is melted.

Musing Mondays - I RETURN! And Summer Reading is DONE!!

Musing Monday, September 4, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…my summer reading challenge!

I know I've mentioned a couple of times now about my summer reading challenge that I was doing with my friend Sophia. We did the BookBub Summer 2017 Reading Challenge, and as of today at about 1:30 pm I AM 100% FINISHED!! This is a big deal big for me guys, it's the first time I've ever completed a category challenge! So officially the challenge ran from June 6-August 31. We came to it late, we didn't find out about it until mid-June but we both had books that we'd read between June 6th and the day we agreed to do the challenge that counted. We originally decided we'd set a personal end date of September 21 (the last official day of Summer) because we didn't think we'd be able to manage the end of August, especially Sophia with her mum due to have a baby in mid-August. However, we got to the tail end of August and realised how close we were so we decided to try and push to finish by August 31. We didn't succeed for two reasons, my reason was that I got an eARC of The History of Bees (I asked for it mainly as a joke because of the running gag in our office about bees) which I had to read then and there because it was an ARC, LUCKILY I could make it fit a category. Unluckily it was an incredible slog to get through and took me about a week and a half...which put me about two books behind Sophia and then I struggled to catch her up. Sophia's reason was that her mum had the baby around the 20th so she was busy with baby and kid related goings on and didn't have much time for reading. Once we realised we weren't going to manage it we decided together that we'd have our end date be September 6 which would be exactly 3 months to the day from the official challenge start.

3 months. 36 categories. That's 12 books a month, now, of course, I didn't ONLY read books for that challenge during that time, so I actually ended up reading 46 books between June 6 and September 6...47 if I finish the book I started last night by Wednesday (which I probably will because I am 76% finished it right now. That works out to about 15 books a month. This is an UNHEARD pace for me. Not only did I finish a challenge for the first time ever, not only did I read more books per month than I have EVER done before. I did something that I've been trying to do since about 2007 - read 100 books in a year. I have officially DOUBLED Goodreads pledge of 52 books for the year with 105 (202%). And given the other 5 challenges I ambitiously signed up for back in January, I still have about another 40 to go, and you know what? I am damn excited about every single one of them.

This summer challenge has been incredibly fun and has really expanded my reading horizons in some ways. I'm not going to lie I have a SUPER competitive streak and Sophia and I really brought that out in each other, but we pushed each other to finish.

So which books did I read for which categories? Here take a look:



1. A new beach read coming out this summer - The History of Bees: A Novel by Maja Lunde [August 22, 2017] (Complete)
2. A book that has won an award this year - Love is Love edited by Marc Andreyko [2017 Eisner winner for Best Anthology] (Complete)
3. A thriller coming out this summer - Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Complete)
4. A book about travel or outdoor adventure - A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong (Complete)
5. A book that’s on high school summer reading lists - Crank by Ellen Hopkins [2017/18 Northwood High School's Summer Reading List] (Complete)
6. A book by an LGBT author for June’s Pride Month - The Tree of Seasons by Stephen Gately (Complete)
7. A historical fiction book coming out this summer - The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Complete)
8. A commonly banned book - Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman [why it gets banned]  (Complete)
9. A book set in a vacation destination - Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson [set in New Orleans] (Complete)
10. A book being adapted for the big screen this summer - The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Complete)
11. A book by an author of colour - Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Complete)
12. A deal you found on BookBub - The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter (Complete)


13. A classic you’ve been meaning to read forever - The Island of Doctor Moreau (Complete)
14. An international bestseller - Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Complete)
15. A Revolutionary War novel for July 4th - My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier (Complete)
16. A book under 300 pages - Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey [272 pages] (Complete)
17. A book that makes you laugh out loud - Redshirts by John Scalzi (Complete)
18. A fantasy book for J.K. Rowling’s birthday - Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey (Complete)
19. A coming-of-age story - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Complete)
20. A historical novel about women for Women’s Equality Day - Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (Complete)
21. A dystopian novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner (Complete)
22. A book by a debut author - The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (Complete)
23. A beach read set in the US - Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Complete)
24. A book about man’s best friend for National Dog Day - Cujo by Stephen King (Complete)


25. A bestseller from last summer - Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 [includes bestselling issue Black Panther #1] by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Complete)
26. A popular book club book - Cinder by Marissa Meyer [shelved 328 times as a book club book] (Complete)
27. A book over 500 pages - Eldest by Christopher Paolini [704 pages] (Complete)
28. A book recommended by one of your favourite authors - Emma by Jane Austen [recommended by JK Rowling] (Complete)
29. A book inspired by a classic fairy tale - Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey [inspired by Snow White] (Complete)
30. A presidential favourite - From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming [favourite of JFK]  (Complete)
31. A book of poetry - Every Thing on It by Shel Silverstein (Complete)
32. A book with a shocking plot twist -  Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro (Complete)
33. A nonfiction book - Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Complete)
34. A book written by an author over 40 - Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Complete)
35. A compelling book about mental illness - Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Complete)
36. A book in translation - Tales of a Severed Head by Rachida Madani & Marilyn Hacker [translator] (Complete)

        THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: There isn't one! 

No random question this week, but I really wanted to start doing Musing Mondays again after my inadvertent hiatus from them. As you can tell from above pretty much the only thing I did this summer aside from chatting with Angie (which is always my favourite thing) is read. I have turned on Netflix exactly 2 times since June, both times to try and watch The Godfather. And I watched 1 DVD that I'd never seen before, other than that it's been stuff I've watched or listened to a million times so that it didn't require my attention and was just on for noise/to keep the computer from falling asleep in between replies to Angie. So, uhm, yes WELCOME BACK TO MUSING MONDAYS!