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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Grave Mercy
Robin LaFevers
Archangel's Enigma
Nalini Singh
Sense of Deception: A Psychic Eye Mystery
Victoria Laurie
Progress: 24 %
Jennifer Estep
Progress: 1 %
Raven Cursed
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Meg Cabot




Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold


Looking at dieting and diet cooking books? A roundup of 2015-2016 popular diets

Source: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/pages/top-10-most-popular-diets-review.aspx#alkaline-diet

Source: http://letsbreakourwallsdown.tumblr.com/post/13955153107

Still here

I'm still here.  But, I'll be mostly unplugged rest of year between holiday stuff, year end work stuff, and uncertainty about just how committed booklikes staff are.


I'll still be reading of course -- but, I'm taking a break from the online side of it and sticking to local bookstore purchases and just plain reading  til 2017.


Hope to still see all of you in 2017!

Randomly just found a free kindle edition from a familiar-to-me author

An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) - Dakota Cassidy

From book description:

"…After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed..."

Currently free in kindle edition (preorder)

Doctor Who: Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time - Steve O'Brien, Simon Guerrier, Ben Morris

Just preordered this one, publisher Harper Collins has the kindle edition currently free. 


Thanks to the links in a post about the HC freebies from Chris' Fish Place.

Harper Collins kindle freebies (thanks to Chris' Fish Place)

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge - Matt Ridley Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop - Jenny Colgan Clean Eating Alice Spring Clean: Recipes and Workouts for a Healthier You - Alice Liveing Onward, Voyager: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Sampler - Chuck Wendig, Mitchell Hogan, A. G. Riddle, Ian Douglas, Jay Allan, Viola Carr, Liana Brooks, David Wellington, Henry  V. O'Neil, Michael R. Fletcher, Sarah Remy, Mel Odom, Richard Kadrey, Laura Bickle, Aer-ki Jyr, Kelley Grant, James Kendley, Nathan Garrison From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives - Jeffrey E. Garten Voyager: A Science Fiction and Fantasy eBook Sampler - Sheri S. Tepper, Richard Kadrey, Joseph Nassise, Nick Cole, Caitlin Kittredge, Jocelynn Drake, Erik Williams, Beth Cato, Tim Lees, Katherine Harbour, Bishop O'Connell, Kim Harrison, Lexie Dunne, Jack Heckel Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World - David Lehman Every Time We Say Goodbye: A Novel - Jennifer Robson First Women - Kate Andersen Brower

Just "bought" these Harper Collins published books for free -- thanks to this post from Chris' Fish Place.


Lots of good finds still browsing thru -- but you may want to read the descriptions as many are the perenielly free ebooks always available at Harper Collins website (the samplers, excerpts, previews, Short story from a larger anthology, part 1's, first chapters ...) while not always saying so in the title.

Source: http://ethiercn.booklikes.com/post/1487117/american-kindle-freebies-updated-with-link

Wrap-Up for October 2016's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

I had a blast and found new folks to follow.


I don't really want to do the end survey because don't have new answers to the questions.


It was an unexpectedly beautiful day where I got fresh air and sunshine.  Made a huge difference; I'm surprised how much a difference.  (I wasn't fooled by sunspot-hogging kitties laying in front of open windows enjoying the fresh air -- they were not there just for me.)


I still have reviews to write but I did finish one review (unusual for me during the Readathon).


This time, I had a bit of trouble starting between my household and my work (still no idea why suddenly husband of 31 years who has known me for 33 years decided he now had to interrupt my reading to have an audience to mansplain things like the wifi I installed and how to use my sixth kindle ereader ...).


I did read more.  Finished three books, roughly 1,100 pages.  Didn't touch some planned filler material on standby in case my interest flagged or I needed to get rid of a book hangover.  Did not like my first book but really wanted to read my next selections so just went ahead and read.


Next time, I will relax my rule of having to read library books first during the Readathon.  If a library book isn't going fast or catching me up quickly, I can wait another 24 hours or so to read it outside of the Readathon.


Next time, I want to get drink/tea posts/threads going as well as the usual snacks ones.  


After last readathons and way too much time spent online and on Twitter -- this year, particularly with all the political tweets, I limited Twitter posts to just when I started a book (with a link to the book page on the publisher site rsther than a specific book or retail site). 


I also set a timer when going online to make Readathon posts so I didn't bury myself online for large periods of time versus reading.  Worked great plus I got up and moved around between timer going off and returning to reading.


I manually posted everywhere rather than spending time farting with all the editing aftermath of synchronizations/linking.  I particularly don't like how any of my devices or book sites tweet my posts and reading statuses.  Manually echoing worked much better for me and made for a less stressful Readathon. 


I didn't even pretend to keep up with goals, mini-challenges, sprints, and hourly discussions (other than the 4am and 5am ones I volunteered for).  I've had fun with them in past readathons, but they also lured me into spending too much time online.


If booklikes is still aorund April 2017, I'll participate again.  But, I plan to participate just from booklikes -- no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or goodreads beyond a quickie "now starting this book for #readathon" tweet/post.  


Hey! I feel snubbed

Booklikes got snubbed?  Well, not mentioned in wrap ups.


I am prejudiced, of course, because booklikes is where I discovered the Dewey's Readathon.  I do realize Dewey's is predominantly a book bloggers event -- and that I'm cranky from staying awake 22 of the 24 hours of the Readathon,


For next April's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, I am considering using just booklikes.  No Twitter, no goodreads/goodreads-groups, no Facebook and no posts on main website beyond the signups and updating the database.


Despite years of participation on booklikes (plus booklikers actively volunteering and echoing postings elsewhere), Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon wrap up posts fail to mention booklikes as one of the social media or blog platforms  -- although quite glowing about the much newer don't-bully-books-keep-it-positive LItsy site (okay, yes, Litsy did donate/pay to be a sponsor).


Of course I didn't see booklikes dashboard more active than Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and goodreads.  Booklikes in no way has as many members, nevermind members participating in the readathons.


But booklikes could have gotten a mention even if booklikes didn't financially underwrite anything.  Twitter, goodreads and Facebook didn't underwrite anything either.


What about Reading Rainbow?  No mention this year?


What about the year-after-year devoted goodreads group that introduced so many of us to Dewey's and organized so much and so many participants (including many echoing on Litsy, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Booklikes) -- maybe could have gotten a mention rather than just Litsy.  Okay, so goodreads wasn't showing as a sponsor (I'm always surprised that neither Amazon nor goodreads seem to have contributed, seems like a logical bit of marketing).


And I'm really not sure how Dewey's can "use Litsy more in future" unless they mean to have more participants join Litsy.  (I'm not at all saying I think they should try to get more participants to join booklikes; as much as I like it here, there are too many issues like the uncertain future of a site where staff is so inactive that I'm afraid to recommend booklikes to anyone not already invested in using it).  I am saying I liked Dewey's a bit more when not making noises about in future utilizing certain sites more or remotely pushing which sites readers should use -- that's not a reflection on Litsy because I was leery of joining my first Dewey's because seemed so Twitter-centric and pushing Twitter until I realized how widespread participants were on multiple platforms. 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: View the current tally of "Books Read Database for October 2016"

Don't forget to update the book data for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Please remember to update https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9ICrdKfjs_1hNXo0RFUEzSQ-LZiwtuC7u_UGFDnvIZVATSg/viewform 


(If link doesn't work, look for the "DATABASE" link in bottom of most posts on main Readathon website - http://www.24hourreadathon.com - or "Important Links UPDATED OCTOBER 2016" thread of the goodreads group - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17531216-important-links-updated-october-2016?page=1#comment_141482747 )

Source: http://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9ICrdKfjs_1hNXo0RFUEzSQ-LZiwtuC7u_UGFDnvIZVATSg/viewform

I'm back after post-Readathon nap

Slept and caught up on some real life stuff.


Will catch up on Readathon posts in a bit.


Had a blast!  Even found some new booklikers to follow.

""The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.”"

― Ursula K. Le Guin

"Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them."

― Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World

Free Online Reads from publisher Harlequin

Source: http://www.harlequin.com/articlelist.html?activeTab=READ#READ

"And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever...

And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”"

—Audre Lorde, clipped from:

“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."

I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”

Still going (Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon)

Too tired to post much but I did finish another book.


I'm hosting hours 21 and 22 in the goodreads group so need to read back through the other hours' discussions to avoid a repeat.


I'll then have a good nap at end of Readathon before posting all the wrap up.


Everyine else still going?  (LOL, on booklikes, hard to tell because of the ability to schedule when your posts publish.)