Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday's Beginnings (111)

Another Monday... Manic Monday if you will.  Yep, it's been crazy at work so I'm nominating this Monday as another Manic Monday as we've had several lately.

I didn't get as much reading done as I had wanted.  I did a turkey dinner on Saturday as I was hungry for one, and had friends over for it.  So that was an all day thing cooking up the stuffing and turkey and all the goodies with it.  But I did get through some of the books and have loads on the horizon for this week.

Currently Reading:
All Wounds by Dina James ~ Oh, this one started off wonderfully!  I'm enjoying it already, and if it keeps at this rate, it could very well be a top read for me.  :) If you would like to check out the book on Dina's blog click the button on the left or check out the book on Goodreads click the book link on the right.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre ~ I told my son we are finishing this one.  I'm tired of waiting for him, we got to get done with it.  So I'm hoping over next weekend I'll finish this one.
The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay ~ This one is for my book chats here.  We are starting the first 110 (or so) pages for Thursdays chat.

To Come This Week:
Devil's Business by Caitlin Kittredge
The Viscount and the Witch by Michael Sullivan
Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Last Week:
Books I Finished:
Devil's Business by Caitlin Kittredge
The Viscount and the Witch by Michael Sullivan (was a short story of 5,400 words)
Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Reviews Posted Last Week: (click title to go to review)
Angels of Darkness, 1st story Angel's Wolf by Nalini Singh
The Necromancer's Apprentice by R.M. Prioleau

Podcast Review:
Sorry, didn't get to listening over the weekend as I had hoped with cooking Saturday.  I'm hoping this week.

Special Posts:
A Guest post by Russ Colchamiro, author of Finders Keepers, on interpretation, teaching, and learning...both for students and the teacher.

I did write a Flash Fiction Friday, a day late in posting but done. :) Hope you stop by and enjoy it.

My WANT list...I added 4 books to the list.  Yes, I know.  Not many books.  I really don't know what I'm doing... I know, I'm trying to watch the spending with holidays so close. ;)

Books Received:
Goodreads Synopsis:
It's said that when opportunity knocks on your door, you have only one chance to take it.

No one said what you're supposed to do when it kicks it.

All Rebecca MacDonnell wants to do is get through high school with grades good enough to win a prestigious scholarship so that she can finally leave her miserable life behind. One evening, after a particularly bad day, she finds out that people other than her aging grandmother need her help, and desperately so.

Well, not “people,” exactly. Vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts, goblins, and other things thought only imaginary all need help sometime, and Rebecca was born with the unique ability to heal ethereal beings. She is about to turn seventeen, the age at which her talent will manifest in its entirety, and become a true Healer…if she lives through the event. A war between various ethereal factions is brewing, and Healers are a valuable commodity to any side. Those who wish to harness Rebecca’s manifesting healing powers for their own purposes must get to her before her seventeenth birthday.

Only two vampires and a rogue werewolf stand between Rebecca and those determined to make her serve them, and the fact that Rebecca has no clue what she's doing doesn't exactly help matters.

Neither does being seriously attracted to more than one of those just trying to protect her.

For a soon-to-be seventeen-year-old Healer-in-training, that's a lot to handle.

Especially on top of her homework.

This one was actually free!  I hope you go check it out as well.  Just a click of a button and you could own it as well.  Please stop by this site for Michael Sullivan's short story and get a copy for yourself.
Goodreads Synopsis:
Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story (5,400 words) about one of their earliest adventures.

How are you faring at the beginning of this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

I'm 'hoping' to have a great week in reading, and maybe over the weekend I can knock a good bit out.  And I'm going to be a good girl by eating in at lunch and reading, instead of the eating out like I was doing last week.

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.

As for a song....I thought I'd share one dear to my heart.  It was a popular song about 14 or 15 years ago when my husband and I were dating.  We use to go dancing with friends and no matter where we were in the place when this song came one we would find each other and dance.  I do love it.  And the song became our wedding song.


Skyla Dawn said...


(I'm sorry, I have to randomly shout Billy every time All Wounds comes up. Carry on.)

I still love that song.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol! Okay Skyla, you know that means I'm going to torment you all day, or week with All Wounds mentioned everywhere to get you to shout out for Billy. ;D I'm going to get in trouble reading this book I know it. I'm going to have to bring my phone charger to work and I'll get caught reading when I'm to be working. ;D LOL! Thank you. :) And glad you love the song as well.

Ryan said...

Can I just say, Savage Garden cracks me up, in a good way.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Blodeuedd said...

It is mine!!!! Lol, dl:ed it and shall read it soon

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Love Savage Garden.

I think I collapsed on Sunday. Still haven't recovered. I need a good dose of fun IRL. LOL

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ryan - :D So glad you like Savage Garden too. Hope you have an amazing week this week!

Blodeuedd - GREAT!!! I hope you enjoy it. It's such a quick read. You'll probably have it read in 15 minutes, it's that fast. But it's nice to get a glimpse of the characters. :) And sooooo glad you won the first book of Michaels. :) Do enjoy!!!

Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh glad to hear you love Savage Garden as well! :) And we all need those days. Hope you get energized again soon. ;) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

It must be a bit tough sharing a book with your kid and having to wait. Read it in secret when he's asleep!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Truly, Madly, Deeply is one of my favorite songs evah!

And woohoo! Almost done with Enclave!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

StephanieD - It is kind of hard to slow down to his pace. But I want to stay with him to make sure he understands. He gets graded on the test they take. And with sports, homework, and all normal life things it's hard for him to read it all in just a few days. *sigh* Sacrifices we make for kids... ;) Thank you!

Missie - :D So glad you love the song too!! And I do hope to finish Enclave this weekend, one way or another. ;) Thank you!

Zia said...

Aw I love the story behind your video this week.

With all the flying I did this past weekend, I had hoped to finish more than I did but I did get one book finished and a second one almost done. The rest of the weekend was spent with my boy who I hadn't seen in two months lol.

Now that his Navy grad is done and summer is over, I'm aiming to start my hibernation a bit and get more reading time. Notice I said aiming? lol

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Zia - Oh thank you. :) And I wouldn't have worried about reading with seeing your son. It's great you got to spend time with him. And I know the feeling about hibernating. I'm ready to do that as well with the cold weather coming in. :) Hope you have a great week!