The Weekly Update: 8/28/16

I don't even know what to talk about this week. I spent my last two weekly updates talking about gymnastics, and now I got nothin'. No, really, that's it for the intro lol. You may proceed to the bookish stuff...
 
 
 

Book Review: Shatterproof by Xen Sanders

Grey is tired of struggling with depression and doesn't want to live anymore. Saint doesn't know anything about himself or his life other than the fact that he's not human and accidentally kills everyone he loves when he feeds from their life in order to fuel his own, but he hates himself for it. When Saint and Grey cross paths, it seems like a perfect exchange---Grey gets the death he wants and...
 
 
 

Discussion: Do Spoilers Actually Ruin Books?

There are lots of discussions about spoilers out there, but I wanted to make my own statement about spoilers, one that I realized recently and that I've never seen anyone mention. And I guess I also maybe wanted to make a case for all the books out there that have been spoiled but don't deserve to be ditched for that reason alone. So here I go, about to play the devil's advocate, all for the sake...
 
 
 

Book Review: As Wings Unfurl by Arthur M. Doweyko

With his parents recently deceased and the lower half of his leg gone, Apple's return home from Vietnam has been dull, lonesome, and filled with morphine. But when a thug comes into the shop where he works, nearly killing his boss and looking for some photo negatives, Apple finds the negatives and ends up in the middle of a conspiracy with Angela, an alien who has fallen for him, and it'll be up...
 
 
 

Bookish Musings: 10 Book Quotes about Night

A.K.A. 10 book quotes for nyctophiles, like me! You might not know this, but I love the night. I've mentioned before that the "Moonlight" part of my blog name is actually a reference to my love for the night rather than the actual moon. I've always been a night owl. Everything---reading, watching movies, working out, driving, talking (especially talking)---is just better after the sun goes down....
 
 
 

The Weekly Update: 8-21-16

Time for more gymnastics updates! And let me tell you, the event finals were SO AWESOME. I won't go through everything or list every winner though, I'll just tell you my favorite parts. I've never seen a gymnastics competition as emotional as the men's floor finals. I couldn't even be upset that the US didn't medal because those guys who did (Max Whitlock of Great Britain, Diego Hypolito and...
 
 
 

Book Review: Pale as a Ghost (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 1) by Stephen Osborne

Duncan is a private detective and no stranger to the supernatural. He still loves his dead ghost boyfriend, Robbie, but dating a ghost comes with a unique set or problems that Duncan isn't sure he can handle anymore. But when a seemingly supernatural serial killer in his city starts targeting strippers, which the missing girl he's been hired to find just so happens to be, Duncan and Robbie's...
 
 
 

Discussion: Are Abandoned Series Still Worth It?

We all know the dreaded scenario: *turns off lights and holds flashlight underneath face* You get one, two, three, maybe even four or more books deep into a series when it stops, possibly on a cliffhanger, and then suddenly... *dramatic pause* There are no more books! That is just the worst. Except recently I actually read the first book in a series I knew was abandoned and am contemplating...
 
 
 

Book Review: Slowly We Rot by Bryan Smith

With the human population nearly wiped out because of the zombie apocalypse, Noah has been alone in a mountain cabin for years. When the sister he presumed dead shows up one day though, things start to change, and he leaves his cabin to trek across the country in search of a long-lost love from his college days. But the horrors he faces along the way bring back his alcoholism and inner demons...
 
 
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Mountains

The topic of mountains ended up being harder than I thought it would be, so I went with a rather lax interpretation while looking for covers. That means hills, cliffs, mesas---really any of sort of relatively large, earthy, dirt-filled clumps of land---were all fair game in my mind. I feel like most of the covers I found have legit mountains, but then, I live where it's so flat that even a...