The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird PondHistorical Fiction  set in New England in the time of King Charles or was it James…

First,I think I should note that I started on page 9 as all the previous pages (including copyrite etc)are missing. I don’t even remember where I got this book. Second because of this I am not exactly sure what the year is but I’m thinking maybe Victorian times, if the USA was around then(Sorry was never good at history). Though there seem to be some puritans aboard, who after Kit jumps in the water to get a toy back for a little girl, all seem to shun her. No one seems to know how to swim, she grew up in Barbados near the water so everyone knew. So we all know they think she is a witch. (If that’s so… I guess everyone that knows how to swim now is one ha ha)

Kit is on her way to go live with an aunt she never met, not mentioning that the aunt does not know this. I think in Mayfield Connecticut or something like that. Sadly as of August 18 I have yet to start chapter 3. and I started August 4th! Had back problems for about a week and never seemed to get to reading just was playing with my kindle and I do mean play. So maybe now I can get to reading but I have to be careful with the pages, as the first few felt like they would fall out or just disintegrate at my touch.

I think the lone Goodreads update I made was

I may be past 175 pages not sure but I know I don’t have much left of the book to read 50-75 pages maybe.
It gets more interesting maybe 75-100 pages in unless it was just that life got in my way to reading. (I did start this August 6th I think)
It’s an interesting tale of Culture shock, idiotic religious superstition, and how oppressive it is to have to conform to a certain way of life and be aloud to be yourself.

While these accused ‘witch’ stories do not usually end well, this had a nice happy ending.

I just don’t know which friend I should share it with! The one that lives in Massachusetts or my Pagan friend that would also enjoy it.


Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills, #2)    Fiction, Animals, Humor, Romance

Wait how did a fish write a book?!?!!

Mom has one of those Reader’s Digest large print  book subscriptions. She had a few laughs at this and told me a couple of them. At the start (just a chapter or so in) a big Mastiff comes in, the kid Stu made brownies tells the vet its that chocolate toxicity when in fact it was pot brownies! The dog ate the plate of them!

Being as the book large print books mom gets are 2 in one and therefore condensed, when I got to the end of the book I was just like that’s all? That’s the end? I enjoyed reading the book but wasn’t happy with the ending as it felt like it was someone brushing lint off their shoulder.

I do think it would be cool as a movie tho (maybe a tv movie would end up on Hallmark or some girly station that would be awfully written and acted.

I’d say get the real book, as this just felt like it was missing something but I’m guessing it was just the filler.

Get the paperback, or kindle version here


How to get a date with a vampire

Paranormal Fiction humor


This came out when I was either in my last year of Junior High or my first year of high school. I would stare at it every time I went into Walden-books, hoping it would be on sale and I could afford it (on my allowance…do kids still get those?)

You can tell just by what the female cover model is wearing that it’s from late 80s or early 90s, so now I have officially just put a date on myself.

So one day in my travels I came across a copy in the Goodwill store. You would think I found a buried treasure! I held onto the book like someone was gonna steal it from and and I’d have to fight for it!


“Vampires are everywhere, if you know where to look, and they are yours for the taking, if you know what to do”


The books tells you How to spot a vampire, Breaking the ice as well as their type and I don’t mean blood type, How to meet the family and so on. Oh yeah and they seem to have this natural affinity for the damaged and fragile.

The writing had a nice flow except when the author had to put some broken French or Italian in there while mentioning some wine or something.. I enjoyed the book, but I think I would have more so when I was younger.

as I sort of mentioned the time it came out (the book says ©1990) it is a bit dated and I wish an update could be done with the way the dating scene is now. I read a couple of the GoodReads comments and no one seemed to get the humor, unless it was all those parts with the broken language. I see the humor part being it is a guide to dating  vampires. I know they were probably actually looking for jokes within the writing which I guess, like me, you just need to be a ‘Vampire girl’ to get the humor!  (as my friends sit stone faced in movie theaters during a vampire movie like Blade… and I’m the one laughing at the jokes and they have no clue why its funny!

(no I’m not saying I stalk the night in search of blood, I have just always gotten ‘Vampire humor’ you know like there’s English humor or ironic humor and morbid humor…yep! I’m the one that laughs at the morbid, ironic Vampire humor! )

I had no expectations of the book which was good, I mean how good can this sort be, especially getting it decades after it was written? I will be saving it for another read in the future and putting it with my vampire book collection!(call me a Vampirologist!?!?)

I also would have appreciated her making up ‘Vampire zodiac signs’ as she phrased that the zodiac signs were different instead of just libra its ‘the libra vampire) what she wrote for those…. (well I only read my scorpio one) sounds exactly like the real scorpio traits! Why not make something up (and be actually original) and make up some up like make up constellations or just use ones that aren’t as popular :::checks out my planisphere) like Phoenix and Draco … woujld be PERFECT for  vampire a  zodiac signs!) mmm maybe that’s an idea for something in my Vampire Bible  (you can find it on  There’s a post but the PAGE in the menu is the one you really want!)

How to find a good book

With today being the OFFICIAL first day of the Summer (aka the Summer Solstice)

that means it’s reading season for those who are not normally able to get reading unless on the beach tanning, on vacation away (heck depending how long I like to take an extra book or 2 especially if I am half way through what I am currently reading plus depends on how much there is to do, and if in the country how far from a store I am.

When it comes to choosing ANY book, I don’t go by the current best selling or what others are talking about. I will however sometimes cave to a book when it seems all my friends are reading the same one at around the same time. This happened with the Graveyard book. After a time I received a copy as a gift and when reading I found to be a children’s book, however it could be read by anyone and was interesting.

I do agree that those who do not read at all are the ones who ask how to find a book to read. Here’s my way to choose as well as some recommendations (for a few different types of genres.)

How I choose to read a book

In store print or kindle version

  1.  the cover or title catches my eye.
  2. I read the plot (on back of physical book), if It sounds interesting and I have the money I’ll buy it then and there otherwise I add it to my list.
  3. I flip through the book maybe read a paragraph or page depending on time
  4.   I keep hearing about it to the point I get curious. (This doesn’t usually happen with best sellers usually once they are not being talked about is when I get interested. Hype seems to be a turn-off for me be it book, or movie.
  5.  When I got a kindle i signed up for Bookbub and I think one other site. One of them I get recommendations on books I may be interested in. These are usually at a great price. I don’t think I’ve gotten an offer over $2.99 which to me no digital book should be more than $5 (or at most, no more than a quarter to half the price of the physical book) 


Already in my pile

  • each year I do a reading challenge which I try to theme each year. This year is series (or can be all same author) either a couple of books from a series (if I don’t have the whole set) sometimes I just read one type of genre and so on.
  •  my Mood    with the amount of books in my pile as is, I’m not exactly looking to buy any books aside from the few series I follow. If I can’t choose I sort of have a tie breaker
  • I have a little trinket box filled with ‘reading challenge’ prompts Like:  Read a book with a letter, or Read a book by an Author 30 or younger. I pick maybe 3-5 of these out and choose from there.
  • sometimes If I can’t decide from there I go on and type in the prompts and have it randomize and order and choose that way (sometimes best out of 3)


You could use the way i do it or you can

try one or all of these ideas  like Try a book Club, ask a friend or family member for a recommendation


You can find a list in my book nook of many of the books I’ve read since 2006! Anything in RED is recommended.

In the menu hoover on the Book nook and there are other pages with reviews and more Including the Book Archive which lists previous years’ reading challenges)

Book Bind~ Ready Player One

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

372 pages    Sci-fi, Adventure, Fiction

a New York  Times Best Seller

Wade Watts  our main character and narrative host. His name, he was told was an alliterative name like that of superhero alter egos  like Clark Kent and uses Parzival as his Avatar’s name.  He lives with his aunt in a ‘skyscraper’ of a trailer park… known as ‘the stacks’ in (or near) Oklahoma City. He’s what is known as a ‘Gunter’ and is searching for the ‘easter egg’ in Halliday’s GSS game. Halliday is the creator of the GSS, and setting up this contest as he has no heir’s so whoever wins the contest, wins the estate and company!  All he really has is the Laptop for school, in which he attends virtually! He does this through Oasis which was made by James Halliday  from His Gregarious games company which for this became Gregarious Simulation System  or Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory immersive Simulation.

Halliday was a geek for a variety of 1980’s pop-culture, whose avatar in Oasis was called Anorak which was a wizard in black robes. He made Anorak’s almanac, a compendium of over a 1000 pages long of undated journal entries of activities and lists of observations  on video games, books, movies, comics and 80’s pop culture.  At the time of his death he had  made a video will that the person who found the easter egg in the Oasis would be the heir to  his  estate, including the company. His journal included all the  films in his collection at Time of Death. The man had the World’s largest collection of  classic video games, vintage lunch boxes and comic books

This brought about a second or new definition to the word Oology, which is the study of birds eggs, but here it’s to search for Halliday’s easter egg.

IOI or Innovative online Industries have and Oology division of their own egg hunters hired to hunt  and anything they find or win will be turned over to IOI. These egg hunters are called ‘sixers’; as their employee numbers all start with a 6 for their avatar  though the Gunters call them sux0rz, some of which hold parties to kill them off.

Wade’s friends are cyber crush Art3mis, best friend with Aech and teams up with Shoto & Daito

Shoto and Daito is Japanese for the short and long swords  (or Daisho for the set) samurai use

Here’s a few  highlights I thought were important in case you wanted to read specific parts to see if you’d be interested for some of the background info, these pages work well.


PG-17 Global Civilization

pg 44   Sword quest ‘trivia’

Pg-49  mentions of the ‘metaverse’

Pg-53  Biography on Halliday

66-67   Ultraman (Japan)


“You can shove it up your ass

and pretend you’re a corndog”

– Wade to IOI customer on some sword he purchased that is too high a level for his avatar

Not only did the story  bring me to a time in the future or another world , it brought me to many worlds and for what I’d say is a sci-fi book, I think it’s the first one (maybe because its modern writing) I’ve been able to finish. This is an epic adventure for any gamer or whatever variety of geek you are. Even if you are not into geek culture, I think anyone can enjoy it especially those brought up in the 70s & 80s which I call “The Dawn of the video game” though if I remember right, in the book there’s a game or something mentioned that came out in the 60s!

You millennials should catch up on watching, playing reading some of that is mentioned or just read the book as you may never know when  your favorite movie quote-a-long, music album (as in classic vinyl with the special fold out liner notes art) or video game will be a clue to win a march larger video game challenge.

I had quite the bit of fun reading this adventure,   I didn’t want to put it down or for it to end!  I am definitely keeping this in my library to read over and over again in the future  (and likely to be highlighted for quick reference of classic movies etc.) it would also make for a cool addition to a time capsule for a variety of reasons one in which well

1.there may not be actual print books by the time the capsule would be opened,

  1. it is a resource of 80s pop culture and
  2. The idea for someone in the future (if someone is not already working on this)  to make a game treasure hunt/game like this.  I liked the last paragraph of the thank yous, which thanks all the artists, creators etc of the movies, music and such that was mentioned.

The Key’s they get to enter the gates are ‘Easter Eggs’ themselves  as well as the non-material prize at the end…  The Keys in the game are the keys or in other words, character traits you needed to have.  For instance one could be learning to work as a team, learning from past mistakes, but I will let you be the judge of what the traits are for each.

I even finally got an official term for the table top games (that I remember from Riding Hi Ranch when I was a kid) the lodge had a few ‘Cocktail Cabinets’  so Thank you Mr. Cline for finally clearing that up for me.

Find the Ready Player One  ‘database‘ I made here

if for some reason it does not work right…here is the reading list part of the database

&  Order Ready Player One here via Amazon

Check out the author’s website   you want to accept anoraks invitation trust me



What Captain Conceals the Jade key and where?

(tie breaker …Who is the Phone Phreak? and what did he do?)

(Contest info Winner gets a $5 (to $10) Amazon Gift Card to purchase a copy of any format they want of Ready Player One  if you do not already have it



Colophon– a publisher’s emblem or imprint epsecialy on the title page or spine of a book. or a statement at the end of the book typoically with the printers emblem and information of authorship

Dilettantes-a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge:

Indenturement– bind (someone) by an indenture as an apprentice or laborer:

Vorpal– a fake sword in RPG

Ludus- school, sport, or game



The following is a few facts and such from the book if you’d like to see the ‘database’ of movies, games & so on mentioned in the book You can check find the list on my blog here

1970s & 80’s pop-culture & facts mentioned

Here’s video of the 1962 game Space war on a PDP-1

Robotron if you got a highscore you could post an entire sentence of text, unlike other games which only let you enter your initials

2 of the earliest Video games are 1958’s Tennis for 2 by William Higinbotham   & 1962’s Space War (as seen in the video above)

Pg-66 Dungeons & Dragons Suplement book Tomb of Horrors 1978 called a Module a thin booklet with maps

Kikaider Japanese 70s show with a Red & Blue android  that beats up Kaiju & Tokusatu monsters


The Goonies      Legend

John Hughes Movies — Dorky Girl Fantasies  = 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink, & Some Kind of Wonderful

Dorky Boy fantasies= The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Ferris Buller’s Day off


Pg-358  Classic PC & Video games

Basic programming


The Hunger Games: MockingJay part 2

2015  PG-13  2hr  sci-fi  jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson  etc return

for this last installment of the dystopian series Katniss leads her people to liberate them  against the oppressive ruthless President Snow by assassinating him.

I hpe this has more action and entertainment than the last one as MockingJay 1 … was not a memorable movie to the point I ended up accidentally renting it a second time because I couldn’t remember if I saw it… in which when I put the disk on for a few minutes then I remembered why, it’s like watching paint dry (or watching chess).

This was a little boring at times but much better than the last one thank goodness, as I was able to get through the whole thing.

In this you can see Katniss feels dead inside  and takes it out on Prim’s Kitty toward the end throwing stuff at it and thankfully nothing else other than yelling at it.  For shame cause Kitty only asked where everyone went and why only you returned oh yeah and Feed me.


There’s more than one ending but thank goodness not like Return of the King had.. (only 2-3)  I would have preferred if they’d cut it after the climax in the square but oh well.. for those that did not read the books… be preppared for some boring drivel in the end.





Four To Score partial Review & Wicked Charms – Chapters 1 and 2 | Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum SeriesSo right now I am reading Four to score, in the Stephanie Plum novel series. AS usual there’s plenty of laughs and Stephanie  being in Peril.

Stephanie gets another bail jumper and has to track down a waitress who doesn’t want to be found, and who has sent her Ex on a scavenger hunt of sorts.Her arch-rival Joyce is on the tail of of her and the case. She’s also being accused of stealing someone’s boyfriend, which doesn’t end there as the accuser takes justice for lack of a better term into their own hands taking it out on Stephanie’s personal (and even some Public) Property.

I have 91 more pages to go as of Friday 3rd and i think I figured out who it is sending the threats about the boyfriend. Stephanie thinks its someone hung up on Morelli. Speaking of which after Stephanie’s Car among other things gets torched she ends up staying at Morelli’s until repairs are made, which brings some of the Morelli family to the assumption that Joe & Stephanie are getting married and more. Between the Plums & Morellis I don’t know which family is ‘worse’ I LOVE Grandma Mazur, but at the same time Grandma Bella is a force to be recconed with. Morelli’s family doesn’t listen and when Grandma Bella has a ‘vision’ of something to do with Stephanie, the whole family listens even when there’s no actual proof of what the vision was is true.

As for Steph’s case.. she not only teams up with Lula, and Morelli ,  but Sally Sweet as well.

Sally lives with Sugar, they are both in a band called the Lovelies. If I remember right the members are gay, but I believe Sally was not, and just doing it for the bands image. The new characters as far as Sally & Sugar go are refreshing and enjoyable. Sally help Stephanie with the coded messages Kuntz Ex, leaves around.

I forget how I got into the series, but I love them as well as the between the numbers  (which I need to find all but one or 2) and Wicked series. The Stephanie Plum series is witty, and to me should become a sitcom! sadly the chance for movies failed, but then again Katherine Heigel was the star of the One for the money, I think Reese Witherspoon or Melissa Joan Hart would be better choices. But then again I still have to watch the movie! I just wish the series could get another chance for the movies (or maybe a tv series!)

For the final piece of the Review stay tuned I will post it to Who’s Stephanie Plum Page  for now.. I thought


with the Wicked charms coming out I believe in June (or was it july.. (You can find out on my Who is Stephanie Plum page in the header under the Book nook. I thought I’d include the link for  Wicked Charms – Chapters One and Two | Janet Evanovich.