Monday Post – 10th December, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #NotaSundayPost


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

This week has been a busy one, winding up my Creative Writing class and teaching Tim until after Christmas. I am hoping that during the break I can regain my health and stamina. My wonderful writing buddy, Mhairi and I also completed our tax returns – she comes over and we tackle them together, which makes the whole process a lot more fun and a lot less scary. It was one of those chores we’d planned to do much earlier this autumn, but I’d had to postpone as I wasn’t feeling well enough.

Other than that, I’ve started buying Christmas and birthday pressies as far too many family members saw fit to get themselves born in December, including my mother, daughter and number one grandchild. This weekend I had the grandchildren stay over for the first time in over two months – it will be the last time I’ll see them before Christmas – and we had a great time. We all went shopping yesterday morning, started decorating the house in the afternoon and went out for a Chinese meal at our favourite restaurant in the evening. So Sunday morning we spent a lazy morning recovering, before Oscar tackled the Christmas tree, while Frankie experimented with different looks. It seemed far too soon that I had to load them back into the car, ready to take them home yesterday afternoon and then sank onto the sofa, too tired to move for the rest of the evening. Hence being a day late…

Last week I read:

Ichor Well – Book 3 of the Free-Wrench series by Joseph Lallo
Ever since Nita Graus left her homeland and joined the crew of the Wind Breaker, the reputation of the airship and its crew has been growing. The destruction of the mighty dreadnought, the escape from the legendary Skykeep, and the inexplicable ability to remain hidden from the ever-watchful eye of the Fug Folk have combined to make her and her fellow crew the stuff of legend. Alas, legendary heroes cannot exist for long without attracting a worthy villain. Luscious P. Alabaster strives to be just that foe.
This steampunk adventure is great fun – though it’s a real shame that I mistakenly tucked into the third book in the series. However, I’ll be backtracking to the first two books, because I really enjoyed this one.


Six of Crows – Book 1 of the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
I’d heard so much about the criminal underworld fantasy adventure, so decided to give it a whirl as a break from all the science fiction I’ve recently been reading. And I’m so glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it.



An Easy Death – Book 1 of the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie.
I was wittering at Himself about this one and next thing I knew – he’d bought it for me… And Himself, of course – I love it that we often love the same books. We certainly both thoroughly enjoyed this one. Lizbeth’s first person narration during the variety of adventures that engulf her during a particular job had me thoroughly rooting for her. She is feisty, tough and smart and yet doesn’t come off as a Mary Sue. I found it hard to put this one down until I’d finished it.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 2nd December 2018

Review of Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Murder in the Dark – Book 6 of the Ishmael Jones series by Simon R. Green

Friday Face-Off featuring The Lost Hero – Book 1 of The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Fragment(s): Monday Maps and Diagrams (Science Fiction) 12/3/18 – Mark S. Geston’s Lords of the Starship (1967)
This is a quirky post about the sci fi equivalent of those fantasy maps that are so common – and it’s worth clicking on the link that gives you access to loads of others…

Top Ten Tuesday – Welcome to the Comfort Zone Lynn’s Book Blog is one of my regular go-to visits as I love her often quirky approach and consistently high quality reviews. This list was a real treat…

Wildlife destinations in Africa that you need to check out This is another site I regularly check in on – the facts and fabulous pics are a real pick-me-up on a dank December day.

Write a Winter Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too – “Snowfalls” (Haiku from MY MAINE by Bette A. Stevens A lovely example of a popular verse form.

The Captain’s Log – the egg (Andy Weir) The Cap is a great reviewer with decided views – and in this article he provides a link to a gem of a short story by Andy Weir of The Martian fame. I loved it…

In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog and have a great week.

29 responses »

    • I know! Here we are nearly a third of the way through December! When did that happen? I am trying to pace myself so I don’t go back to being totally exhausted again. I hope you have a good week, Laura:)

    • I think we all tend to stick to where we know and feel comfortable – which is why I thought I’d share my comfort zones with other folks:). Have a great week, Deb.

  1. Six of Crows has been on my list for awhile. I started the audio at one point and then had to switch to something else. But I’ll get there at some point. Glad you had some great reads.

    Sounds like a fun and busy week but now hopefully besides shopping you can rest up a bit before the next holiday whirlwind. Anne – Books of My Heart

  2. I’m glad you got to spend some quality time with your grandchildren. I hope that you’re able to get all of your shopping taken care of without too much hassle. That really is a lot of December birthdays, lol. And yay that you enjoyed Six of Crows!

  3. I read this blog post yesterday and then went looking for some of your links and forgot to come back to write a comment! I’m so glad you liked An Easy Death. That is one of my favorite books of the year. I’m sorry you’re so busy, but glad you got to see your grandchildren. It sounds like you had a great time with them. Hope you’re having a great week!

  4. What an interesting post. Just proves we keep on going even when we’re not feeling 100%. Your visit with the grandkids sound like fun, but I understand being worn out afterwards. My kiddos (I volunteer with 4yr. olds-2nd graders) are younger than yours, but after a day of working with them at centers, helping them choose books and find them, and generally hugging and “playing” with individuals, I begged off early (around 2:30) with the excuse I would go pick up BLT’s and fried okra for the library staff, then head home. Thankfully, My Better Half took me to Mr. Sombrero’s, a new Mexican place in our little town. It was good! and, no dishes or clean up afterwards.

    • Thank you, Rae. Yes… that age group are a delight, but always very intense with their constant questions and short attention spans. You certainly earnt a meal out afterwards! And as you say – no having to wash up or tidy the kitchen, which is always a plus:)).

  5. Loved reading about your Christmas preparations! And your comment about too many relatives “seeing fit” to be born in December is too funny!! 🙂 🙂 Yes, the holiday season is definitely a busy one, but also a very joyful time of year! And you are SO lucky to have kids around you!! I don’t have kids myself….. nor do I have nieces and nephews. 😦

    I sure hope your health improves over the school break! I think that this period of relaxation will certainly do you good!! ❤ ❤

    Oh, you've read "Six of Crows" and "An Easy Death"? AWESOME!! I have both of these on my Goodreads shelves! No telling when I'll get to them, though. Lol. As for "Ichor Well", it sounds like a LOT of fun, and I LOVE Steampunk!! So I'm adding this one, too!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all of your GREAT news!! CHEERS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you, Maria:). Yes, I’m aware that I’m very blessed having been born with a slew of relations – and having my sister now living just down the road is also a joy… But having three grandchildren is a real blessing:).

      Yes – I’ll be reviewing ‘Six of Crows’ and ‘An Easy Death’ shortly. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them:). Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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