Vicki

Sep 182021
 

Outside… 
It’s supposed to be hotter with a 58% chance of rain, I just hope it isn’t very humid

Current Reading…
Audio: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Print 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman Still
Kindle: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Still

Books Reviewed Last Week…
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
That Night by Chevy Stevens

I FINISHED TWO BOOKS AND WROTE REVIEWS FOR THEM!!!

Seems I’m out of the audio slump, now if I can just break the print slump

On TV…
Looking forward to the return of Chicago PD, Fire, Med, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, The Neighborhood, FBI, FBI Most Wanted, Bob Hearts Abishola, The Rookie, and am going to binge watch The Good Doctor to catch up, & I’m adding Women Of The Movement to my list. I’ve probably missed some shows but my Roku will record them when they come back on.

Menu Plan For This Week…
It’s going to be a “quick and simple” week
Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies Marinara (didn’t get to it last week)
Chicken Frito Casserole which I saw on Tina’s blog
Taco Salad
Hamburgers, Onion Rings, Baked Beans
Bacon, Eggs, Toast

New To Me Stuff:
Didn’t try anything new last week

Today’s To Do List…
Relaxing, it was a long week

Looking forward to…
Hopefully spending this Wednesday with my daughter, unless something gets in the way

Question Of The Week…
What are your favorite tv shows

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied
Jude 1:2

From the camera…

A friend of mine said that he loves Grilled Cheese with Peanut Butter, dipped in ketchup. I said that didn’t sound good at all. So he told me to try it, and I did. I took a photo of it as proof. Surprisingly it was pretty good. I still like Peanut Butter & Bologna sandwiches better, it’s so good. My dad ate them when I was I kid and got me and my brother eating them. I don’t remember if my sister’s ate them, I’ll have to ask them.

 Posted by at 8:37 PM
Sep 182021
 
That Night

That Night by Chevy Stevens

A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister’s murder.

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life miserable in high school and who may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name.

Thoughts
I’ve loved every book by Chevy Stevens that I’ve read so I decided it was time to catch up on the ones I haven’t read. This was the next book on the list.

There weren’t as many suspenseful parts as there were in the other books of hers I’ve read, but the ones it did have were very intense.

The beginning was good, the middle was better, and I loved the ending, other than one sad thing.

This is part love story, part family drama, part mean girls, part murder. It gave me all the feels!

The audiobook is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and I thought she did a great job!

I plan on reading the next book Chevy wrote soon.

 Posted by at 4:57 PM
Sep 142021
 
People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Narrated by Julie Whelan

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

Thoughts
I really wanted to love this book and I did. But it came slowly, toward the end of the book. Until then I was just 1/3rd of the way there.

I loved the idea of Poppy & Alex meeting on vacation. I love that they got together every year after that for their yearly vacation together. Until they messed that up. And then two years later they go again and things went the way I wanted until they didn’t. Again.

Even though the book was really good and kept me wanting to know what was next, I wanted to shake them. Neither one was 100% truthful with the other until towards the end of the book. And even then, after a few more chapters I was saying “oh good grief”.

But then the ending came and it was what I wanted all along. Now if only the author does a follow up. I really hope she does so I can have answers to all the questions wandering around in my head about what came after that.

The audiobook was narrated by Julia Whelan, and she did a great job!

 Posted by at 4:00 PM
Sep 122021
 

Outside… 
We’re supposed to have a high of 89° & a 46% chance of rain, hopefully that will be what we get

Current Reads…
Audio: That Night by Chevy Stevens
Print: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman
Kindle: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Books Reviewed Last Week…
I’m still struggling with my reading/reviewing, what the heck is going on with me?

On TV…
I watched a movie called Greater (a true story) & Griffin & Phoenix. Both were very good

Menu Plan For This Week…
Brenda Gantt’s Pork Chop & Spanish Rice Casserole & Brussel Sprouts
Keto Mexican Cheesy Chicken Skillet
Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies Marinara
Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet, Salad w/ spinach, walnuts, cucumbers, tomatoes, Raspberry Vinaigrette

New To Me Stuff:
M&M’s Orange Vanilla Very good!

Today’s To Do List…
Try
to catch up on my reading and watch a movie or two

Looking forward to…
More of the cooler weather we had Thursday & yesterday, it felt so good not to have such high heat & humidity

Question Of The Week…
What is your favorite quick and easy go to recipe and/or salad?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalm 56:3

From the camera…

When I took my dog out Friday I looked down and saw this mushroom
I immediately saw a smiling face with spikey hair

I’m always seeing things in things and asking whoever is with me if they see it too
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t

Do you see it?

 Posted by at 12:00 AM
Sep 042021
 

Weather… 
It’s been hot with high humidity and rainy on and off

Current Reads…
Audio: That Night by Chevy Stevens
Print: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman
Kindle: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Upcoming Reviews…
Spud #1 & Spud #2/Tornado by C. T. Raye, and Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood

Reviewed Last Week…
The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD

TV…
I watched Big Brother, HGTV, and a few movies (my favorite was CODA, you should check it out)

Meal Plan…
Baked Chicken Tenders, Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Applesauce
Stuffed Sausage, Baked Beans & Coleslaw
Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

To Do…
I’ll be working until about noon and then I’ll spend the day reading & watching tv

Looking forward…
Either going on a few day trips with my youngest son in a few months, or going to Key West, depends on Covid

Question…
Do you make a meal plan or just buy whatever grabs your attention when you shop?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, And his ears are open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1 Peter 3:12

From the camera…

 Posted by at 5:09 PM
Sep 022021
 
THE TRIUMPHANT TAILS OF RESCUE DOGS: Punk's Plights by Dr. Hope A. Walter
THE TRIUMPHANT TAILS OF RESCUE DOGS: PUNK'S PLIGHT by Dr. Hope A. Walter

Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight
by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot
Release date: Aug, 2021
Format available for review: print – hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Aug 23 to Sep 10, 2021
Content Rating: G

Book Description
This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.

Thoughts
I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs, and I’ve rescued a few animals . One of my dogs was born in a puppy mill at a woman’s house where she had over 300 dogs. I have no idea what my dog went through in her 2 years there, but I do know it was something that made her not trust people. She wasn’t housebroken, wouldn’t go through a doorway if I was standing there. I was told that it was because the woman would slam the door to the cages the dogs were in if they tried get out. I had to back away from the door and then she hesitantly went into the room. I could go on and on, but I’m sure most of you know about puppy mill dogs. It was so sad to see her that way knowing she was treated so badly.

It took some time, but finally she realized I wasn’t going to hurt her and that she would never go hungry or thirsty again. Now she is the happiest dog and I love seeing her little tail wagging every time anyone goes near her. At first she didn’t even know how to play and it took me months to get her to understand it was something to have fun with. Then she realized she wasn’t in a cage and could go wherever she wanted. That’s when she started doing zoomies, and it was a wonderful thing to see.

The author of this book did a fantastic job of telling the story of how a mistreated and/or neglected dog or any animal acts. The beginning is sad but the patience and love the author and her family had for this dog was very uplifting and made me love this book. Hope described exactly how my dog acted when I brought her into a new home. She was so scared of anyone hurting her again. I had many different feelings while I was reading it, and it actually made me tear up.

I think every child would love this book. I also think they would benefit from it in case they ever have an abused animal come into their life or experience abuse themselves. It will also teach them not to abuse or mistreat an animal in any way.

This book is a 10*!

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ B&N 
Mascot Books

Meet The Author

Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD

Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.

Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.

connect with the author: website ~facebook ~ instragram

Enter The Giveaway Here

Tour Schedule
​Aug 23 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / author interview 
Aug 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – Kam’s Place – book review 
Aug 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 31 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 2 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Sep 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 6 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Sep 6 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review 
Sep 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 10 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post / giveaway

 Posted by at 12:49 PM
Sep 012021
 

To join Readers Imbibing Peril just read as many mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, dark fantasy, supernatural, or Gothic books as you want between  September 1 – October 31st, and post about them on your blog, Instagram, or Twitter.  You can use #RIPXVI or tag @PERILREADERS to connect with other participants.

I don’t read horror, dark fantasy, supernatural, or Gothic, so that leaves me with mystery, thriller & suspense. Those are 2 of my favorite genres so I’m planning on reading:

Visit @perilreaders to check out various challenges and information on this year’s group read

I plan to read:
That Night by Chevy Stevens (review)
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Billy Summers by Stephen King

I decided to join this year because I love these genres but haven’t read it in a while. Are you joining this year?

 Posted by at 11:37 AM
Aug 252021
 
How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived (Audible Audio)

How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan

When Leslie Jordan learned he had “gone viral,” he had no idea what that meant or how much his life was about to change. Entertaining millions with his uproarious Instagram videos, he has become beloved around the globe and in this lively and intimate essay collection, Leslie is doing what Leslie does best: telling stories the whole world wants to hear.

Whether he’s writing about his brush with a biker gang in a West Hollywood Starbucks, or an unexpected phone call from the late Debbie Reynolds, Leslie infuses each story with his trademark Southern wit and an emotional resonance sure to touch the heart of every reader.

Thoughts
I’ve been a fan of Leslie Jordan since I saw him on The Cool Kids. (I’m sad the show was cancelled, it was very funny and had a great cast). His book is full of great stories about him from his childhood up. He has had a very interesting life so far, full of good and not so good times. I enjoyed everything he shared from begginning to end.

Whether you’re a fan of Leslie or not, I think you would enjoy this book.

I put the hardcover on hold at my library and then decided to also get the audio. I decided to only listen to the book because hearing his words in his own voice added another dimension to the story.

I highly recommend you listen to this one.

 Posted by at 2:06 PM