Weekly Update: 4/26/15

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR
The ground work has been laid for our driveway, we moved in with a gravel drive, our builder told us we had to wait for a decent rain before it could be done to "soften it up" After last week we've got that in spades.  Our back patio was laid on Friday and are coming back tomorrow for the drive.  We won't be able to drive on it for two weeks (although we can walk) although as I don't have a license isn't a huge issue.  
  Last Week:

  1. Book Review: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
  2. Spring into Horror Readathon
  3. Participated in Friday Memes
  4. Joined in Dewey's Readathon

This Week:

  1.  I announce a new weekly feature on books adapted to the big screen
  2. April in Review
  3. participate in Blog Ahead and ARC Cleansweep

Book Haul:
From Netgalley

publisher: Other Press

Currently Reading:







*all book covers are linked to Goodreads

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon April 2015


I am hyped liked a kid at Christmas, today is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.  I've got my books compiled  and cup of tea in the wings,  I am gearing up to go.  My aunt is visiting today and my brother and his wife are coming over for dinner so I won't be reading the whole time but hope to get a good chunk in.  

  1. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  2. The Queen of Tearing by Erika Johansen
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  6. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
  7. Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
  8. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  9. A Career guide to Your Job in Hell by Robert E. Vardeman
  10. The Daddy Diaries y Joshua Braff
  11. Miss Peregrine's Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
  12. Naked by David Sedaris
  13. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
  14. Pillow Talk by Marvin H. Albert
  15. Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson
Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Rereading To Kill A Mockingbird

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I usually consume large amounts of tea with honey

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
In first grade the dog actually ate my homework.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I always remind myself that it is not a contest!

Follow Friday & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

The Beginning:

I had come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.  The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split mt life into two halves: Before and After.  Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather Abraham Portman.

Page 57: (page 56 announced the beginning of a new section so I'm cheating this time)
The letter was handwritten on fine, unlined paper in looping script so ornate, it was almost calligraphy, the black ink varying in tone like that of an old fountain pen.

My Thoughts:
I've been wanting to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for a while and these sections sound very intriguing and mysterious to me.


Q: How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you?

A: Pretty simple answer, I really liked the Louisa May Alcott quote.  Although the "and it has turned her brain" is a bit of a weird inside joke (to me) as I had surgery on my brain when I was younger, thus my brain actually has been turned.

*Note:  click on the picture to go to the host's blog

Spring into Horror Read-A-Thon 2015

Seasons of Reading

I'm a day late but I'm signing up for Michelle's Spring into Horror Read-A-Thon, the perfect way to gear up for Dewey's this Saturday.  The thon goes until Sunday and while nursing a nasty cough thought this would be a great relaxer.  

I'm sure my list will grow throughout the week but for now my pile is as stands:

  1. The Well by Catherine Chanter
  2. What Janie Saw by Carolyn B. Cooney
  3. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley
  4. The Daddy Diaries by Joshua Braff
  5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I will also be keeping track of my progress here:
Time Read: 4 Hours
Books Read: 2
Pages/% Read 2 novellas and 30% of If I Stay
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Book Review: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

Author:Valerie Martin
Publication Date:January 28, 2014
Publisher:Nan A. Talese
In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found.

This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the Mary Celeste.

These three elements—a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor—converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death.

Fond Of
  • It was well written and descriptive to a t.

  • The characters were not lacking in development adding a boost to the overall story.

  • Enjoyed Arthur Conan Doyle's role in the Mary Celeste as I like reading fictional novels on writers, artist etc.
Not Fond Of
  • The plot itself did little to awaken me. I guess I was expecting more on the crew/passengers of the Mary Celeste before its disappearance but instead was presented with a mysterious psychic, of which I'm as much a believer as Houdini after his mother's death
Final Thoughts

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste was a little slow paced for me, but that may have to do with the subject matter.  Although, I think someone with an interest in the nautical genre would find this intriguing.