Friday Reads: Goodreads TBR Declutter #3

Here’s another go at my Goodreads TBR list! I first saw about it from Zuky @ BookBum, who credits Lia @ Lost in a Story for the original idea. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

1: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

This still sounds interesting, and I’m curious to know more about the story that is so much a part of our modern Christmas celebrations.

Verdict: KEEP

2: Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet

Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until — chack-chack-chack! — something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and — far away — an empress with a penchant for tea.

Still sounds interesting, and the reviews say the illustrations are lovely. I think I need to read this one soon and see if I want to gift it to my sister’s kids.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

This witty and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene’s Frying Pan of Doom; a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts; and an eerie tale of a caliph who turns his vizier’s daughter into a wolf.

Patricia C. Wrede short stories? Yes please!

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

I want to *have read* this one, but I don’t want to do the actual reading. I guess that means it comes off the TBR list.

Verdict: REMOVE

5: Foundation by Isaac Asimov

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.

I really want to read more classic sci-fi, and I already know that I like Asimov.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Jim Henson: the Biography by Brian Jay Jones

For the first time ever-a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth-century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson.

He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were only part of his remarkable story.

Jim Henson’s Muppets were a huge inspiration for me in my youth. I also feel more interest in his life and what was behind the characters we all know and love now, that I’m older — especially since I was able to tour the Henson Studios in SoCal.

Verdict: KEEP

7: Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner

Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists’ studios of Soho. Terri Windling’s original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today’s urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

There are so many authors here whose work I enjoy, and/or want to know more of. I think I need to bump this one up on the TBR list and get to it sooner rather than later.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Magic Color Flair by John Canemaker

Beloved Disney designer Mary Blair has charmed generations with her vibrant, whimsical creations, from stunning art direction for Cinderella and Peter Pan to the wowing and wonderful “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland. Magic Color Flair celebrates this Disney icon, tracing the evolution of her mesmerizing style and showcasing her work in gorgeous, full-color imagery.

Created for the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2014 Mary Blair exhibit, Magic Color Flair is an authoritative collection of Blair’s life’s work—including the precocious paintings she made as a student at the renowned Chouinard Art Institute; the enchanting concept drawings she created for numerous Disney films; her lovely illustrated Golden Books, which are still treasured today; and the rarely seen but delightful advertisements, clothing designs, and large-scale installations that she devised later in life.

A book about Mary Blair! Yes please! We saw the exhibit of her works at the Walt Disney Family Museum some while ago, and I loved it. I don’t remember if we bought the book then or not, but now I need to check so I can buy it now if we didn’t then. This is a no-brainer for me as a fan of her work.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man by the Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney once said of Marc Davis, “Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there! He’s my Renaissance man.” As such, Davis touched nearly every aspect of The Walt Disney Company during his tenure. He began as an animator, whose supporting work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi inspired Walt to promote him to full animator.

In the ensuing years, Davis breathed life into a bevy of iconic Disney characters, including Cinderella, Alice (in Wonderland), Tinker Bell, Maleficent, and Cruella De Vil. Then, in 1962, Walt Disney transferred the versatile Davis to the Imagineering department to help plan and design attractions for Disneyland and the 1964 65 New York World’s Fair. While at Imagineering, Davis conceived of designs for such classic attractions as Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion.

This one was written by multiple authors, but it’s about a man whose art was so important to so much of the Disney work I love. As with the Mary Blair book, I want to read this one for sure.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Valor’s Trial (Confederation #4) by Tanya Huff

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is a Confederation Marines marine. She’s survived more deadly encounters and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive than anyone in the Corps. Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Torin finds herself in an underground POW camp that shouldn’t exist, where her fellow marine prisoners seem to have lost all will to escape. Now, Torin must fight her way not only out of the prison but also past the growing compulsion to sit down and give up not realizing that her escape could mean the end of the war.

I have been procrastinating reading this book for ages because it reminded me of the way the StarDoc series went. Space series with a kick-ass heroine that got weird and I ended up not liking. I didn’t stop early enough with StarDoc, but I am stopping now with the Confederation series. It might not go the same way for me, but I’m not willing to risk it.

Verdict: REMOVE


What about your TBR? Are any of these books on your shelves, either as to-read or have-read books? Are there any I removed which you think I should reconsider?


Goodreads TBR Declutter #1

I’ve seen several book bloggers tackling their TBR lists and getting rid of the books that they no longer want to read. I first saw about it from Zuky @ BookBum, who credits Lia @ Lost in a Story for the original idea. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m planning to do 10 every time I do it (which will be on a regular basis but not weekly). This is because most of these books *should* be ones I want to keep on there, since I did an informal culling of the list about a year ago now as part of my 101 in 1001 challenge.

That said, my first TBR book on my GR list is from August 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago. I think it’s time to cull the list even more than I have already.

For a fun look at where I’m starting, I have 393 books currently on my Goodreads TBR list. (I haven’t listed all the books I want to read on here yet, either. I have a short list of other books elsewhere which haven’t been added.)

With the instructions and intro out of the way, let’s get started!

1: Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth #1) by E.E. Knight

Louisiana, 2065, 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, bloodthirsty Reapers rule the planet, sucking out human blood and souls. Starting in revenge for the loss of his parents, on to fellow soldiers, Lieutenant David Valentine intends to fight back in this western-style frontier.

A couple friends have read and liked this, but I haven’t heard anything about it. I don’t see reviews by any friends on GR, either. I’m not hurting for good books on my TBR, and this one has been there for the longest (aka 10 years). If I haven’t gotten to it yet, I don’t think I’m going to.

Verdict: REMOVE

2: Heat Stroke (Weather Warden #2) by Rachel Caine

Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth’s atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow’s forecast look deadly.

LOTS of my friends have read this one and rated it highly on GR. I remember really liking the first book in the series. I think this one is going to stay, even though it’s been on my TBR for nearly 10 full years, too.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Mall, Mayhem, and Magic by Holly Lisle

What do a spellbook that works, larcenous elves, a wild-eyed monster and a two-centuries-old virgin on the run have in common? Jim Franklin, bookseller in the mall, wishes he knew. He’d better figure it out fast–because in five days the world of physics and the world of magic will collide, and mayhem is too kind a word for what will happen.

This sounds like a corny ’90’s fantasy novel (and I’ll face it, it probably is). But it still sounds super amusing.

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Devil and Dan Cooley (Devil’s Point #2) by Holly Lisle & Walter Spence

Holly Lisle scored a hit with Sympathy for the Devil, in which Satan’s minions made a home for themselves in North Carolina. Now the story continues with radio disk jockey Dan Cooley.

I really, REALLY liked Sympathy for the Devil, which is why this sequel is on here in the first place. I’m going to try to read this one soon in the hopes that Lisle managed to make lightening strike twice with this premise.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Hell on High (Devil’s Point #3) by Holly Lisle & Ted Nolan

In Devil’s Point Amusement Park, customers flock to the site of such unusual attractions as the Extinct Species Petting Zoo, the waterpark and its real mermaids, and Desire Point, which requires a special fee for admittance.

I’m going to reserve judgment on this one until I’ve read the second in the series. (This is the third.) If I like book 2, then book 3 can stay on my TBR. If not, I’ll revisit it again at that time. For now, though, since I’m keeping book 2, I’ll keep book 3.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2) by Anne McCaffrey

At first Killashandra Ree’s ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him.

I know I enjoy McCaffrey’s books, but the synopsis on this one isn’t grabbing me. I may eventually re-read Crystal Singer, so this one may go back on the TBR list at some point. For now, though… it’s gone.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4) by Tanya Huff

It began with the call no daughter ever wants to get, the call that told private investigator Vicki Nelson her mother had died. Mrs. Nelson’s coworker at the Queen’s University Life Science Department told Vicki that the cause of death was a heart attack, and that they’d be waiting for her to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what started as an all too normal personal tragedy soon became the most terrifying case of Vicki’s career. For when Marjory Nelson’s body mysteriously disappeared from the funeral home, Vicki, her sometime lover and fellow investigator, vampire Henry Fitzroy, and her former homicide squad partner, Detective-Sergeant Mike Celluci, realized that there was something unnatural about her mother’s demise. Vicki swore she’d find the culprit, and see that her mother was properly laid to rest. But what she hadn’t counted on was that someone at Queen’s University seemed determined to keep Mrs. Nelson on the job — alive or dead!

I really enjoy Huff’s writing, and I thought this series got better as it went on. I’m certainly willing to try book 4 and see if I still like the series.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Blood Debt (Vicki Nelson #5) by Tanya Huff

Henry Fitzroy, vampire, writer, and bastard son of Henry VIII, had survived for centuries by obeying the vampire’s code. He did not slaughter needlessly, did not draw attention to himself, and never invaded another vampire’s territory. But now Henry was about to do the unthinkable. He was going to break the code. — It began when Henry woke to the twilight — and the discovery that a ghost had invaded his inner sanctum. This was the start of a dangerous nightly game. Henry was allowed to ask one question of his mysterious visitor. If the answer was no, someone — innocent and unsuspecting — would die. It soon became clear that what this wraith — and the others who eventually joined it — wanted was revenge on those responsible for killing them.

Henry could not find the source of these murders on his own, nor could he ignore his unwanted guests. He had only one choice — to call private investigator Vicki Nelson and ask for help. Henry only hoped that he and Vicki would both survive the experience.

As with the Holly Lisle book above, I’m going to tentatively keep this one on the TBR list. I’ll revisit it after reading book 4 in the series, and see at that point if I want to continue. I still like the sound of the synopsis, at any rate.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

I love fairy tale re-tellings, so this one is no-brainer. I’ve even bumped it to my Top-TBR list so that I’ll hopefully get to it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court #1) by Marie Brennan

England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham’s. His discovery of the “hidden player” in English politics will test Lune’s loyalty and Deven’s courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana’s power—find it, and break it…

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.

It’s still a fun premise, but it’s not helped by this synopsis. This synopsis is too long, and I was bored by the end of it. Based on that, and the fact that I added this to my TBR in 2008, I’m going to assume I won’t even get around to reading it.

Verdict: REMOVE



What about your TBR? Are any of these books on your shelves, either as to-read or have-read books? Are there any I removed which you think I should reconsider?

My Life in Books Tag

I was not-tagged for this tag by Ally! (Not-tagged meaning the tag was open to whomever wanted to do it.) This tag was originally created by One World, Too Many Pages, which you can see here! It sounded like fun, so I decided to play along!

Find a book for each of your initials

(the) Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
(the) Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

These are all from books on my 2018 Reading List. I might not get to all of them (especially The Chocolate Factory since it’s a re-read) but we’ll see.

Count your age along your bookshelf. What is it?

I have lots of bookshelves, so picking a random one and counting many books along brings me to…

Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer

I really loved this book. I’d love to see more in this world, but I think it’s going to stay a stand-alone book. I guess I’ll just have to re-read the book.

Pick a book set in your country/city

Rosemary & Rue and the other early October Daye books by Seanan McGuire

Hooray for the San Francisco Bay Area! I love that the books I’ve read so far in this series are set around the Bay Area, and so I can pick out not only the San Francisco locations, but the ones in the rest of the Bay. I’m not sure if the rest of the books in the series sill stay in the same area, but I’ve enjoyed the ones that have.

A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

I decided to go factual for this destination, rather than fictional. And even though the Robin Hood version is fictionalized, I’d love to go to England and see castles, and Stonehenge, and Sherwood Forest.

A book that’s your favorite colorhobbit_green_fcover

(#SorryNotSorry, I Americanized the spelling of favorite and color…)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have the fancy green deluxe edition, and I love this cover and the metallic accents.

A book you have the fondest memories of

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

I can’t tell you how many rainy days I spent lying on the living room floor when I was young, reading and re-reading this book. We had the hardcover version, and between the myths themselves and the lovely illustrations I could look at it over and over again.

A book you had the most difficulty reading

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

There have been lots of books that I DNF’d. However, of my school books – and therefore books I was not allowed to DNF – there was only one that gave me TONS of difficulty. There were plenty I disliked, of course. But this was the only one where I had to buy the CliffsNotes version in order to “finish” it.

A book on your TBR that will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

This one is the biggest book on my TBR, and it’s a non-fiction. It hits a lot a accomplishment buttons.

I’m not-tagging everyone, too. If you haven’t done this and feel like playing along, then please join in and let me know!

Linkity on a Sunday

This week let’s do something different for the Sunday Summary! I haven’t written anything fiction-wise since NaNoWriMo ended, because I’ve needed to use my creative energy for making holiday cards and knitting gifts. So instead of discussing what I’ve written (which is nothing) let’s take a trip around the blogosphere and see what other people have written!

Lattes and Llamas shared this Llama Christmas Cookie link, and I think I mush make them. NOW. So cute!

Ally had this great discussion about medication in YA books, and how it’s not portrayed in a healthy fashion.

Zuky announced her December BookBum Club theme, and posted links to the November BookBum Club reviews.

In her linkity on Friday, Chris shared this tumblr post about how knitting led to the moon landing. She also had a link to a list of Mexican references in “Coco” (the Pixar movie, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED — GO SEE IT).

I recently found out about Hunter Hammersen‘s knitting patterns (courtesy of the love given by SpaceCadet yarn). And for the first 3 weeks of December she has an advent calendar of sorts in the form of discounts on her knitting patterns! (Each day a different item is discounted through December 24th.) Love it, and I’ve already bought a few patterns as a result.

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I saw this book tag on Dragons & Zombies, and while I wasn’t tagged it sounds like a fun pre-Hallowewen blog post. So I’m going to play anyway! Also, since I wasn’t officially tagged I’m not going to officially tag anyone. If you decide to play along anyway, though, let me know so I can see how your zombie-fighting team stacks up!

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  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them.
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

Books I picked:

  1. Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire, page #188-9, Evening Winterrose & Blind Michael
  2. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong, page #35, Paige Winterborne & Lucas Cortez
  3. Tinker by Wen Spencer, page #304, Windwolf & Tinker
  4. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, page #101, James (do we ever find out his last name? I sure don’t remember it) & Dominic De Luca
  5. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff, page #328, Dean McIsaac & Claire Hansen

The First Person to Die

Evening ~ appropriate, since she dies early on in the book…

The Person You Trip to Get Away From the Zombies

Blind Michael ~ this sounds bad, but trust me. It’s not. He’s… not a nice guy.

The Person That Trips YOU to Get Away From the Zombies

Paige ~ huh. Not really in her personality type, unless she thought she was justified.

The First Person to Turn into a Zombie

Lucas ~ aaawwww.  😦

The Idiot of the Team

Windwolf ~ um, no? Unless it’s set purely on Earth, in which case he’d be cut off from magic and potentially not able to adjust. But otherwise no.

The Brains of the Team

Tinker ~ this works. She is kinda a mad scientist. Awesome and really cool and not evil, but brainy fits really well.

The Medic

James ~ he’s a Chupacabra and a professional ballroom dancer. I don’t know if either of those fits with “medic”…

The Weapons Expert

Dominic ~ bwahahahaha, this is very accurate.

The Brawler

Dean ~ I think he’s the only normal human in this group. (The other humans are also trained in kicking ass, so…) That makes this a bit… odd.

The Leader

Claire ~ well, she is generally considered bossy. At least by her younger sister. And the books she’s in have good endings, so I guess she’s good at it?

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That’s my team. I just might have a shot. (I did stack the deck, though, picking books with paranormal elements in them. But poor Lucas. One would have thought he’d survive better with all he’s been through already.)

If you decided to play along, what do you think about your chances? Will you survive the zombie apocalypse?

Friday Reads ~ 20 October 2017

I didn’t finish any books this week. I made some good progress on my paper book, but that’s about it. I’m finishing up something career-related, but that should be finished (I hope) by the end of this weekend, so I’m hoping to have more time for reading next week. Of course, then we head in to NaNo-November, so reading time might drop again…


I’ve been making most of my reading progress this week on The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. I’m really enjoying this re-read, and I find I remember more of the book than I thought I would. It’s been over 20 years since I read it (I think?), and I think I only read it the once, so I guess it really stuck with me for me to remember it this well.

I’m still reading Dragon’s Egg by Robert Forward and listening to Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts. Both are still enjoyable. I’ve just been too busy to spend much time on them.


After I finish TWW, I’m going to start A Novel Way To Die by Ali Brandon. I still have a few books left to read on my cat mystery challenge, so I’m going to get going on that one.

Next ebook… who knows. I need to make more progress on my current one before I can decide that. Same goes for my next audio book. Please Don’t Tell My Parents is a longer book than I expected it to be when I started it (yes, I glossed over the part of the book info saying how many hours it was).

Have a great weekend!

Misc Monday ~ in which we talk about apps

It’s been a while since I had a post about smartphone apps, so let’s have another, shall we? First off, I have to start off by saying that we are an Apple family here, so I don’t have any apps on my list which aren’t on Apple’s list. Hopefully there is some Android cross-over for my non-Apple friends.

AutoSleep ~ I use this pretty much every night to track my sleep. It’s great: I can tell it when I go to bed, but I don’t have to. It figures it out based on things like whether I’m moving and whether my iPhone is in use. Then it tracks things like how restless I am and what my heart-rate is while I’m sleeping. (company website; Apple only?; paid app)

Paprika ~ LOVE this app! It’s what I use to organize my recipes. (I enjoy it enough that I have it on ALL of my devices.) I’m still working on typing in all of the recipes I have on hand-written cards, but it does make finding what I’m looking for — and trying new recipes — so much easier. (company website; Apple (iPhone, iPad, Mac), Android, Kindle Fire, Windows; paid app)

Crunch Time ~ This is a relatively standard match game, but it has Simon’s Cat illustrations. When you match chains of the same type of cat food/treat, they get fed to Simon’s Cat (and friends). Basic game, cute graphics. (website; Apple, Android; I think it’s free with add-on purchases?)

Pinterest ~ I’ve been loving pinning things. (I knew I would get addicted, which is why I took so long to sign up.) I’ve been trying to make myself try things from Pinterest, too, and have (off & on) done a decent job of that. But I like the app better than the website version of the site. (website; Apple, Android, online; free app)

Hamilton App ~ This is probably going to be a short-lived thing for me (since I’m not using it for the lottery entries) but it’s amusing for the moment. I think one of the things I like best is when the app is loading something it has a screen with the show logo and “WAIT FOR IT.” I love that song, so enjoy references to it. (website; Apple, Android; free app, though you can use it to buy things)

Tsuro ~ Neat game that really captures a board game feel on an app. This is one you can play socially, but I haven’t done that yet, instead only playing with the game’s AI. It’s got fun game mechanics, but above all it’s a pretty game. And easy to learn the basics of, as well! I think getting really good at it might take a bit more time than I’ve spent playing so far. (website; Apple, Android; I think this is a paid app that I got as a “game of the week” freebie… but I’m not sure)

That’s my current list. Do you have any favorite apps that I should check out?