Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday's Long Overdue Sit Down Update...Or Ramble, More Accurately

Hey, everyone! Hope you all had a happy Easter!

Damn, it's been a long time since I've sat and written more than a few words, review days aside. Ooops. My bad.
I have the very valid excuse of working in the vacation services business. Here, the time between about mid-February to around mid-October or so is absolutely jam-packed. It's complete and utter bedlam! It's usually a 6 day a week affair at this point (spring, although 7 isn't terribly uncommon from here on out. I'm extremely grateful to have work, but it does keep me very busy. Thus, no time to write and nothing new to post on! I'd like to try and hopefully do a once or twice a month "wordy" post, so here's hoping.

"The Easter Bunny put me in your basket. You're welcome."

Like I said, we haven't really done much. The dogs are all enjoying the warmer weather, Nola especially. I swear that girl is freezing if it's below 65 (just like her owner, I'll admit ;)). Pike is blowing his coat, and each time he gets brushed I have a whole 'nother dog. Can't pick the bugger up without wearing a new fur coat! I'm hoping this lets up fairly soon, or he'll wind up bald. Actually, probably not - there doesn't seem to be an end in sight to all that hair! Livvy might be a pain in the butt to strip, but at least the girls don't shed like that. Oy. Each morning I find him in his crate with four or five balls of fluff. Insanity. Pike is my first dog that actually sheds (I mean, the girls and all my previous dogs weren't shedless, they just...shed less, haha). I see what all the talk is about!

Despite upgrading to a larger bed, 10lb Nola still manages to commandeer all the new space. Pike's taken to letting himself out of the crate when he's finished with breakfast. I'll let Nola, the resident speed eater (floating her kibble in water and putting it in a larger bowl helps tremendously), and as I turn from the back door here comes the Merle Moron barreling around the corning and skidding all around. His nails are so short they barely touch the ground, but he gets going so fast he slides into things on our hard floor. It's pretty hilarious, actually.

The weather's been pretty stellar here the last few weeks. Low to mid 70s, low (for Florida) humidity, bright blue skies, breezy. I'm beyond ready for swimsuit and beach weather, though!

Our garden is flourishing, and I received an order of new seeds that I can't wait to plant. Unusual things like white miniature cucumbers, purple rinded watermelon, pinkish tomatoes, and miniature chocolate colored bell peppers. Those'll be neat to see!

I'm taking the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge, a self appointed reading goal for the year. I set my goal to 220 books for 2015, and I've currently read 85, putting me at 39% complete and 28 books ahead of schedule! I'm really enjoying this challenging, and I'm going to (hopefully!) start doing a little book haul/book talk update type thing once or twice a month. This is sort of the first of those posts, and in just a second I'll show you what I read in March. I'm a hugely passionate reader, and I'd love to see if any of my followers are as well! I'm thinking of listing what was read each month, and doing a mini-review or something similar of the books I found noteworthy. Let me know your thoughts!

For March, I read a total of 37 books. Some were short stories or novellas, mostly in paperback though several are on my Kindle app for iPhone. Here's what I read and the books' stats:

Dirty Angels - Karina Halle 
Excellent book from my all time favorite author. Adult contemporary romance-ish with some very graphic violence, sex, drug cartels, torture and kidnapping. Alternating 1st person POV.
Uninvited - Sophie Jordan
Young Adult, dystopian, 1st person POV, decent book, fast paced. One of the more realistic dystopians I've read.
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Adult, erotic romance so they say, 1st person POV, one of the worst books I've ever read. However, it is NOT abuse, as so many people claim. Saying that trivializes real abuse.
Lying Season (Experiment In Terror #4) - Karina Halle
Adult, paranormal horror and romance, first person POV. semi-graphic gore and sex, creepy,  great read.
On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5) - Karina Halle
Adult, demonic possession, disturbing, 1st person POV. great read. My favorite series, featuring my book-husband. No, really, we're married. I swear.
Old Blood (Experiment in Terror #2.5) - Karina Halle
Very short novella, adult,1st person POV creepy and humorous.
The Dex-Files (Experiment in Terror #5.7) - Karina Halle
Great novella. Adult, sad in some places, humorous in others. 1st POV. The main character...I him.
Into The Hollow (Experiment in Terror #6) - Karina Halle
Scared the shit out of me and one of my all time favorite books. Adult, semi graphic gore, semi explicit sex. 1st person POV.
 - And With Madness Comes The Light (Experiment in Terror #6.5) - Karina Halle
Adult novella, great read, 1st person POV. If you like horror, supernatural, ghosts, romance, and beautifully realistic characters, this series is for you. If you decide to try them, get the first and second books and read them both before you make your call. The first book isn't great (author's first book and self published, as is the entire series), but every other is amazing!
Come Alive (Experiment in Terror #7) - Karina Halle
Adult, graphic violence/gore and graphic sex. 1st person POV. Disturbing and quite creepy. Thoroughly enjoyable read .
Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) - Karina Halle
In my top 5 favorite books. Adult, graphic sex, some violence and gore, disturbing and exceedingly creepy but very sweet in a few spots. 1st person POV.
Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror #9) - Karina Halle
Adult, very creepy, possession, graphic sex and violence (and graphic violent sex), major tear jerker. I mean full out gasping, can't catch your breath, nose running sobbing. Alternating 1st person POV.
Bloodfever (Fever #2)- Karen Marie Moning
Adult, urban fantasy. Some violence. I'm so glad I picked this up. The first book, Darkfever, I detested, but the series has grown on me and now proudly sits on my "favorites" shelf. 1st person POV.
Wicked -Jennifer L. Armentrout
New Adult, urban fantasy/romance. I've read a few of Armentrout's young adult books, and I wasn't impressed with those or this book. The storytelling is predictable and lazy, in my opinion. Can't really remember what this was about aside from fae/fairies and insta-love. 1st person POV.
Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James
Adult, erotic romance so they say, 1st person POV. Worse than the first, if that were possible. I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. Ha...ha! You see what I did there? ;)
Faefever (Fever #3) - Karen Marie Moning
Adult, urban fantasy. Some violence. Really enjoyed this. The world Moning creates is enthralling. 1st person POV.
Dreamfever (Fever #4) - Karen Marie Moning
Adult, urban fantasy/slight romance. Some sex and violence.  Enjoyed this, too! This serious got better with each book for me. 1st person POV.
Shadowfever (Fever #5) - Karen Marie Moning
Adult, urban fantasy and romance. Some violence, semi-graphic sex, tear jerker. My favorite of the series.  600 some pages, but a surprisingly quick read. 1st person POV.
Bared to You (Crossfire #1) - Sylvia Day
Adult, erotic romance, 1st person POV.. Similar to 50 Shades, minus the BDSM aspect. Extremely graphic sex, much more so than 50. Much better written and a more enjoyable and believable story with deeper characters, though it falls to the typical "romantic" descriptions for genitalia. I never want to hear or read the word "root" in reference to the base of a cock, thank you very much.
Reflected in You (Crossfire #2) - Sylvia Day
Adult, erotic romance. Same as the above, with more drama. Quick and easy read. 1st person.
Natural Law - Joey W. Hill
Adult, erotic romance and crime. Extremely graphic and likely uncomfortable for some people (hint: bit of a role reversal of 50 Shades). An "eh" read for me. Alternating 3rd person.
Archer's Voice - Mia Sheridan
New adult contemporary romance. Semi-graphic sex scenes and a major cry-fest. Oh my god, I loved this book. I can't even put into words how hard I fell in love with the male protagonist, Archer. His story is heartbreaking, and the love between him and the leading lady, Bree, is beautiful. Beautifully written book, and in my top 5 favorites of all time. I cried so hard, but you do get a happy ending! Alternating 1st person.
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Young adult, contemporary high school romance with a twist. Tearjerker. I'm a bit impatient with normal high school books, and nearly quit this. I'm glad I didn't, though it took around 130-150 pages to get into it. A book with a lot of heartbreak and some very tough adult decisions at a very young age. Alternating 1st person.
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
Adult, urban fantasy. I went about halfway through with this, then gave up. 1st person.
Savaged - Shay Savaged
Adult, erotica/erotic romance short stories. Great author who knows how to write her smut with enough depth so it's not just wild monkey sex. 1st person.
Fighting Silence - Aly Martinez
New adult contemporary romance. Semi-graphic sex and some violence. A 5 star read for me! Alternating 1st person. eBook only.
Pocketful of Sand - M. Leighton
Adult contemporary romance. Semi-graphic sex, graphic violence, rape. Some tears. Raved about by several book reviewers I follow on Blogger and Facebook, but I found it disappointing. A great idea that was poorly executed. Alternating 1st person.
My Soul To Keep (Soul Screamers #3) - Rachel Vincent
Young adult, paranormal romance, urban fantasy(?). An interesting break from typical mythology (banshees!) with a likable heroine, a swoon worthy grim reaper, and an asshole boyfriend. Quick and very engrossing reads. 1st person.
Beg - C. D. Reiss
Short erotic romance (sort of?). Eh. 1st person.
Love, In English - Karina Halle
New adult/adult contemporary romance. Semi-graphic sex, adultery, major age gap between lovers. A beautifully written and realistic romance that handled two sensitive topics incredibly well. Has a spot on the "favorite bookcase". 1st person.
Maybe This Time - Chantal Fernando
Adult/new adult... kind of romance. Let's just say, it was a free ebook for a reason. Alternating 1st person.
Tease - C.D. Reiss
Adult erotic maybe-romance. Eh. 1st person.
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) - Krista Richie
New adult contemporary romance. 1st person. This book deals with two very really and very scary situations: alcoholism and sex addiction. It was a beautifully written, heart breaking read. The author does a phenomenal job of conveying the characters' struggles, especially with Lily, the sex addict. Sex addiction is a very controversial sickness, and the author floored me with how she wrote Lily's all consuming need  for sex. It could've been written to where Lily just sounded like a two-bit floozie, but you could feel that she had no control over her urges. The story added another level with Lily not just craving actual intercourse, but porn and masturbation as well. It was a really raw book for me and was handled very well.
The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa
Young adult, dystopian/post-appocolytic urban fantasy/paranormal (that's a mouth full!). Did not finish. 1st person.
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) - Krista Ritchie
New adult contemporary romance. Even better than the first. Alternating 1st person.

That's it for now! Have you all done anything fun lately? Have you read any of the mentioned books, and what are you reading now?

- Dachshund Mommy


  1. Glad things are going well in your corner of the globe. We would love to have weather that warm . . . we are still below or near 0C.

    Happy Reading!

  2. How can you possibly read so many books (more than one per day at 37!) and be busy as can be with work? When do you ever sleep?

  3. Wow, that's a ton of books. I'll have to look at some of those. Torrey is shedding too, but she never seems to completely lose her undercoat, never has. I get stuff when i brush her, but never globs randomly.

  4. If you want another fur coat I'm on my way
    Lily (& Edward)

  5. That's so funny that Pike lets himself out of his crate!! Smart cookie! :D Some of those books sound interesting! I'm going to have to check them out. Also, same here about 50 Shades of Grey.. LOL!! I recently finished the last book in the Blood Lines series by Richelle Mead. It was just ehh...

    About Kim Harrison, the rest of the books in that series get so much better. I have the last book and need to start it. :)

  6. Dear Nola,

    You are Very Cute in the bucket! I think if I had your eyes I would have scored many treats... So I hope you did too! Happy Easter!


  7. I'm starting to shed my 'winter coat'...not much really, not like Ma's Angel Panda (OES), now SHE shed! Kinda sounds like Pike actually, and luckily it doesn't last too long. Wowsa! That is a LOT of books! Ma feels like a slacker!!!! And she hasn't even been workin' six days a week! (and doin' 4 doggies, chickens, livestock, etc!!!!)
    yeah, DO you ever sleep??! ;)
    Ruby ♥

  8. We love your bucket photo. There really, truly is no limit to your stardom and beauty. And what more could anyone want than an adorable lil' Doxie curled up in their Easter basket?


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