Morning, lovelies! It’s Monday! I realize that I may be alone in loving Mondays, but I do have good reason. If you don’t know already, I work at a small indie bookstore called Log Mark Bookstore and I LOVE MY JOB. So it’s no wonder that I’m happy about the work week starting again, right?
This weekend was fairly busy, but not with anything fantastic. Unless you count Friday night as part of the weekend. My Mikey played two baseball games Friday night and won them both. In fact, his hit was the hit that won the first game for the team! The scores were 11-1 (first game) and 12-1 (second game). The boys were so excited and it was great to see them win!
Saturday was a work day for me, so I was surrounded by books from 10am – 6pm and then came home to watch movies with the family. We watched Red Riding Hood, which I thought was OK, but nothing spectacular. I’m glad I didn’t pay the money to go see it at the theater.
Sunday was all about cleaning and getting laundry done. My dad did come over first thing in the morning and took hubby and my boy fishing. Matt caught a walleye and learned how to clean them himself, which made him pretty proud
Even though it was Father’s Day, hubby decided he wanted to cook steaks on the grill. YUM! After that, it was time to get the laundry done so that the boys could get packed for camp. Yep, they left early this morning for a 5 day camp and yes… I cried. LOL I know, I know.. they are 13 and 12 and I need to get over it. I probably would have taken it better if I would have been able to see them off, but with our second car now dead, hubby had to drop them off on his way to work. I did think about riding my bike the 5 miles to make sure I could wave to them as they pulled out of the lot, but they both told me that I didn’t need to do that.
As for books, I really need to start doing IMM posts more often. I’m sure I’ve gotten a ton of books since my last IMM post, but I’m afraid it would take me forever just to find the info for all of them. I will tell you all about a few that I got last week, though. Most of these are ARCs that I borrowed from the bookstore. Have I told you all that I LOVE MY JOB? hehe…
Borrowed from work:
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Uprising (Vampire Federation #1)
by Sean McCabe
A gruesome ritual murder has stained the Oxfordshire countryside. It’s just the first incident in a chain of events awakening Detective Inspector Joel Solomon to his worst nightmare-and a dreadful omen of things to come. Because Joel has a secret: he believes in vampires.
Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency. She’s tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation, and hunting rogue members of her race. A tough job made tougher when the Federation comes under attack by traditionalist vampires. They have a stake in old-school terror-and in an uprising as violent as it is widespread.
Now it’s plunging Alex and Joel into a deadly war between the living and the unloving-and against a horrifying tradition given new life by the blood of the innocent.
Borrowed from my boss (who’s the best, btw):
The Kite Runner
The timely and critically acclaimed debut novel that’s becoming a word-of-mouth phenomenon…
From the authors for review:
Bastian (The Lords of Satyr #6)
Man-gods born to live and love forever, the Lords of Satyr are renowned for their sexual prowess. . .and unquenchable lust. . .
Call My Name
The forum excavations in Rome go on, directed by the iron-willed, charismatic Lord Bastian Satyr. Out of nowhere, a mysterious, haunting voice calls out to him. . .and lures him to the site of a long-vanished temple, where vestal virgins once performed rites of erotic surrender. The temple is the find of his career, but his heart is about to face the unknown. . .
Michaela is a pure Ephemeral. She can enter the bodies of others—and become any woman a man might wish to possess. His choice is her pleasure. And the commanding and utterly virile Bastian is the only man she desires. . .
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)
by Karina Halle
There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.
I know I’ve received more but I don’t want this post to become any longer than it already is. LOL I’m currently reading DARKHOUSE and so far, so good! Now I’m off to get ready for work, so I hope you all have a fabulous Monday and thanks for stopping by!
ABOUT THERESA (a.k.a. Fade Into Fantasy): As a part time book store employee, editing intern, and the mastermind behind BLB Book Tours, Theresa is able to surround herself with her favorite things, BOOKS. When she isn’t working, learning, or attending her sons’ sporting events, she’s lost between the pages of a paranormal novel. Her hope is to someday earn a living editing books, but until then she’s happy to help spread the word about the fabulous books and authors she encounters along the way.