Hello. Happy Father’s Day to those of you (male or female) who dedicate unconditional time and love to your families (human or canine). It’s hella hot. Today is supposed to reach up to 93°. Last night only cooled down to 70 and our Sunday morning started with 70’s. E tried to run today and said forget it; he went off to work to work out at their gym.
So we’ve been having a quiet weekend as requested by my husband. Friday morning I made sure to plan out meals he would like for the next few days. Yesterday I diced up kielbasa, gold potatoes, green & red bell pepper, and an onion to make hash over rice. Today we’ll have loaded hot dogs of our favorite toppings – mushrooms, shredded cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapenos.
So how was your reading this week? I’ve got two books to talk about.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
I was on this audiobook’s waiting list for like forever! It was a few months before my turn came up.
I didn’t get hooked on Norse mythology when I had read the first book of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. but since I had liked Gaiman’s writing style in The Graveyard Book, I thought I’d give his version of Norse mythology (I believe his is based upon what’s really known about it.) a go.
He is a great narrator; I liked the sound of his voice and how he voiced each character. Because of him, I enjoyed this book.
- Man, that Loki never rested from tricking others and he really brought trouble upon himself.
- I liked the way the Gods paid back those who may have been wronged in some way
- Compared to Greek gods, the Norse ones seemed less selfish and perhaps had less debauchery.
- The last chapter I thought was okay because I kind of felt I was going on this safari through the lands of the Norse gods and then suddenly it was pedal to the metal and I hit the end abruptly.
Overall I give this book a solid, three stars. I’m looking forward to adding more of Neil Gaiman’s works under my reading belt.
The Newcomer (Thunder Point #2) by Robyn Carr
Many of you are hardcore series followers where you’re good about keeping up with installments. I wanted to continue with some of the series I had enjoyed and are curious about this 2017 so I revisited Thunder Point.
- This series is in truth, light reading. However, the characters actually deal with real life issues such as sexting, the reappearance of a deadbeat parent who had abandoned the family years ago, learning you have a kid out of the blue, job transfer, and teenage sex.
- I liked Ashley’s storyline which delved into the teenage drama of a broken heart and the cause and effects of it. It was a bit scary for me to read as I have girls who are nearing their teenage years!
- I was surprised at how the couple from the first book had a big presence in this second one; sometimes you can’t help but miss the characters that made you like the series in the first place, yeah?
- While I liked that we still got to follow the first couple, it was also a bit weird at how they seemed to overshadow who the book was supposed to be about – Mac, Gina, and their families.
In spite of that, I gave this second installment three stars and will of course, continue on with the series.
Currently Listening To:
- Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
- A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron
- A Taste Fur Murder (Whiskey, Tango, & Foxtrot Mystery #1) by Dixie Lyle
Okay; the timer has gone off. It’s time to make some chocolate, cream cheese cupcakes for our crew. Thanks for hangin’ out. TTYL.