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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

My Soul to Save
Rachel Vincent
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %
Cinderella Complex
Rebekah L. Purdy
Progress: 1 %




Favorite Book Quotes

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


I'm next! I'm Next! I'M NEXT!

League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik

I'm next in line for this one at my library (maximum checkout = 21 days but surely it won't take someone that one to read this series finale?).


I'm next! I'm Next! I'M NEXT!

League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik

I'm next in line for this one at my library (maximum checkout = 21 days but surely it won't take someone that long to read this series finale?).


#Random-Available pick

Cinderella Complex - Rebekah L. Purdy

Mr. R picked this one off my available library wish list books.


It might get abandoned as being too young for me.  Unfamiliar author.  


But, the premise of inheriting the mantle of the fairy godmother intrigued me (I've got a soft spot for Fairy Godmother tales anyway).  Synopsis reads:

"Sixteen-year-old ... Maggie's grandma has decided to retire, which doesn't seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she's next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.

At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that let's her grant wishes. It's like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn't make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina's happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can't tell her two best friends about any of it and they're getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn't all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more"

Cute library finds for booklovers who knit or crochet

Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books - Cindy Wang Crochet Ever After: 18 Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Fairy Tales - Brenda K.B. Anderson

Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books - Cindy Wang and 


Crochet Ever After: 18 Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Fairy Tales - Brenda K.B. Anderson 

Just got added to my library's ebooks

One-Pan Wonders: Fuss-Free Meals for Your Sheet Pan, Dutch Oven, Skillet, Roasting Pan, Casserole, and Slow Cooker (Cook's Country) - Cook's Country, Cook's Country

So when returning my +^^€#%~|!?*^ DNF book, the library homepage cheered me up with this one:  One-Pan Wonders: Fuss-Free Meals for Your Sheet Pan, Dutch Oven, Skillet, Roasting Pan, Casserole, and Slow Cooker from Cook's Magazine.


Have to waitlist it, but seems right up my alley for what I've been curious about lately.


A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

Holy crap will she please stop whining?  What happened to the character that initially engaged me?  Get over it already.  Not even wanting to read where planning on using someone for a scoop.


I'm out.  I don't care what happens next.  I want out of this chick's head.  


DNF for the story and the MC (not for the writing which initially engaged me).


Honestly.  The jackass misogynist boss/farmer/baker is still annoying with no end in sight. Don't dismiss that shit with eyerolls and "he's such a character" or how he's really big-hearted, gruff ... asshole grabs balls to say has something for you, grabs your ass,,cannot remember female employees names ("sweet cheeks" "tits" ...), crass remarks constantly is not a gruff old teddy bear.


Swallow pride, quit whining  and get on unemployment from losing a 4-year-full time-with-benefits job if unable to find better job soon (or if determined to keep that couple days a week one, hey, it's a crowded public farmers market so next time he touches you scream and cause a ruckus threatening to press charges and sue if he touches you again or tries to fire you) .  Unemployment pays better than the asshole boss.  


Dismissing him as harmless character just enables and cycles onto next poor female employee inheriting the prick when you do get one of the jobs you applied for.


OMG, you can make more in tips even at bargain-priced chain restaurants for the love of Pete!  And some of those have unions (or even some HR departments) to protect you from the pricks.  Seriously, in the D.C. area she is working for the douchebag netting all of $150 per week.


(If someone has read this I am mildly curious about the truth of Jeremy's past scandal and if Libby's wedding goes on as planned)

Reading progress 38%.

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

Getting a whiff of a looming love triangle.


Started good then a bit routine but I didn't want the routine broken by love triangle.  


I am also irritated at this point because both she and a gal friend have put up with sexual harassment, misogynistic crap from boss at their supplemental income job (including ass grabbing).  And are actively trying to help him.


Upcoming are what should be funny bits with preparations for her sister's wedding.  Which could keep my interest.


We'll see if the love triangle and the masher parts fall by he wayside or if the plot stays focused on that.  Which will lead to a DNF.


*grumble* if going to be a DNF, would have been nicer to know that much earlier.

The critic behind my back ...

My Ninja is a wee bit grumpy with my reading (zoom and lack of flash = poor photo):


"You can never be overdressed or overeducated."

—Oscar Wilde

PERSONAL CANON / 30-DAY BOOK CHALLENGE - Day 30 - Favorite Book of All Time

The Stars Are Ours (Ace Sf, #78432) - Andre Norton Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien The Princess and Curdie (Puffin Classics) - George Macdonald The Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern, #1-3) - Anne McCaffrey

SpppphhhllllltttTttt!!!! Yeah, right, an old fart in their 50s is going to be able to pick an all time favorite.


I'll list what are likely my most re-read, carted around with me on every move books and just direct you to my favorites shelf on booklikes http://donealrice.booklikes.com/shelf/favorite-books -- which still isn't all that accurate because I've barely imported books over and not begun really editing, reviewing or shelving.


Don't forget that with October having 31 days,

you can do a bonus "Day 31 -

A book that scared the snot out of you."

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts

Reading progress: 22%.



A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate  A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate  

Reading progress: 5%.

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

I'm immediately liking this book.  Expecting just a light, fluffy read and it's adding an engaging main character already.


Mr. R chose wisely from available-to-checkout-library-ebooks-on-my-wishlist.


New to me author.

Reading progress: 75%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer



Totally immersed in this one.


And totally unlikely to write a review.  I just don't have the words.  


And analyzing it in broad strokes doesn't give a rational explanation for why these characters and this storyline grabs me.  They just suck me in even if what's going on doesn't on the surface seem like it would.


What a ride!  What will happen next ...


blither! blither! blither!

"Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."

—Robert A. Heinlein

UPDATED: What's On Your Waitlist? (On Hold at Library)

So, what's on your waitlist to read next from your public library?  


Thought it might be fun to share posts about it (and a reminder to update my shelves to reflect).


I have these ebooks on hold:


League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik Behind the Throne - K. B. Wagers  Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig  

#1 on 1 copy.              #3 on 1 copy.           #1 on 1 copy.


Witches of Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase  Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop  A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas  

 6 on 1 copy.                  6 on 1 copy.         16 on 4 copies.


Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard   The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin  The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika Johansen

6 on 5 copies.               3 on 1 copy.                 4 on 1 copy.


 Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  

       4 on 1 copy.


(just in order shown on my library's website which allows a maximum checkout period of 21 days and uses overdrive)



Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?

Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing The Countess  - Lynsay Sands The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris Crazy Love - Candace Gold Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman, HelenKay Dimon 1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?


(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)