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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

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton
Bring Me Their Hearts
Sara Wolf
House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas
A Selection of Designs inspired by Iznik & Delft Pottery in Cross Stitch: 16 stunning floral cross stitch designs
Durene Jones
Ain't Love a Witch?
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 1 %
The Old Witcheroo
Dakota Cassidy
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 100 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %

Favorite Book Quotes

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







I'm still here but booklikes is acting wonky

I'm having a lot of drag issues with booklikes but still hanging in.

Free from publisher TOR

In Our Own Worlds #2:  Four LGBTQ+ TOR.com Novellas - Seanan McGuire, Kai Ashante Wilson, Katharine Duckett, Lina Rather

Hurry and you can download this free from publisher TOR here.


Publisher page for more book details here.


There's also a bookclub for these Tor freebies here.

This made the walk to the mailbox worthwhile.

A Selection of Designs inspired by Iznik & Delft Pottery in Cross Stitch: 16 stunning floral cross stitch designs - Durene Jones

The author is one frequently with patterns in the British cross stitch magazines I usually pickup at book stores that weren't open during this pandemic so I've kinda been missing.  She's very active on facebook and even did a free cheerful garden stitchalong for anyone that's interested -- which is where I found out to preorder this now published book.


Not stitching for a particular purpose, just some bright and cheerful patterns in a style I like.

Reading progress: 23%.

Murder on the Sugarland Express - Angie Fox

Just a cozy, paranormal mystery from an author I enjoy reading.

Well, if she saw me as competition, at least I had more material on my dress, and all of my underwear, too.

Reading progress 45%.

Murder on the Sugarland Express - Angie Fox

“I’ll take the top bunk.” “So will I,” he said. And I decided it would be a very good evening after all.

Free from publisher TOR

Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton

Hurry and you can download this free from publisher TOR here.


Publisher page for more book details here.


There's also a bookclub for these Tor freebies here.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Reminder to check TOR Free ebook download on May 19

TOR's free ebook club may be posting when to check for the new book -- at least this time they said check back May 19.

TSR's Bout of Books 28 Sign Up

Grab button for Bout of Books


Cycle 28 is fast approaching! 

But first.....

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


I am not doing a TBR for this readathon, since I will still be playing Snakes and Ladders. 

I want to participate in the chats and the IG challenges.

And that's it. Keeping it simple and focused on reading.

Reblogged from TeaStitchRead

Free ebook from publisher TOR

The Traitor Baru Cormorant - Seth Dickinson

Download from here.  Unusual for them -- they mention to check back on May 4 so maybe that's when next freebie will be available.


There's also a booklikes bookclub to read these freebies at TOR Monthly free ebook book club.


Publisher page for more info on the book is here.  It's also the NPR Best Book of the Year.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Favorite reading spot for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon
Favorite reading spot for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Same Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon -- new location. Actual sunlight and good weather (North Las Vegas, side patio, kindle Oasis)

Reading progress 1% -- for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Ain't Love a Witch? - Dakota Cassidy

After five books with Stephania "Stevie" -- now POV switches to Alastair.  Not a repeat now in a different point of view, just that the book opens in his head instead of hers.


A warm little cozy paranormal mystery so far with engaging characters -- very important to me for these types of books.  I actually didn't care for the Paris, Texas series this one and others spun off from -- it was okay as far as I read.  But I was really liking Stevie and her bat Belfry.  The ghost Alastair was fine as a side character and love interest plus has a slowly unveiling storyline that's been interesting.  His frenemy ghost introduced last book is already annoying despite being kind to Stevie -- not really flowing with the storyline for me and I'm tired of reading badly accented Russian and English mix.


So could be a bad one to start for the readathon or could be as fun as previous books in series.


Readathon Opening Post

Yeah, I know I'm behind on posting.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Las Vegas NV
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Honor Lost
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Fudge
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Very weird attention span during pandemic.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Already I've done one thing differently -- started late; this one I want to do more outdoors reading. And tackle shorter books.  Somewhat random on reading choices as things become available in Library; even doing more kindle unlimited reads.

OMG! I never in my life abandoned a Heinlein book before

The Pursuit of the Pankera - Robert A. Heinlein

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would DNF a Heinlein.  But I just could not get into this one.  Maybe there was a reason he didn't publish it?  Change of or lack of editor?  My age?


For whatever reason, it just seemed kind of phoned into me.  No actual tension, couldn't catch a good thread of story, actively disliked some characters and found others cardboard.


Maybe I didn't read far enough or give it enough of a chance -- but this is Heinlein and should catch me up right away.  Maybe he really hadn't finished enough of it for this to be published? 


That will teach me to get so excited I preorder something hardcover sight unseen.

This is my BINGO card for the upcoming (April 25) Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.  Create yours at https://bingobaker.com/play/3089916 

Source: http://bingobaker.com/play/3089916/e2ba1c

Reading progress 4%

Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4) - P.N. Elrod

I started this anthology for the Mercy Thompson story of course, but I am enjoying the others as well.

It had come from a pay phone. There weren’t many of those left, now that cell phones had made it less profitable for the phone companies to keep repairing the damage of vandals.