• Dianne Burckhardt

Wednesday Whatever: A Day Late and Exhausted Edition!


Hello Posse!!


I am very sorry to be getting this out to you a day late, but just as I sat down to write the blog yesterday, I got a notice from my husband and got distracted. It looks like his office is potentially going to be shutting down for two weeks to try to help stop the spread of CoVid-19. I had just come home from running errands and he suggested I go back out and get a few more things, just in case we need to voluntarily sequester along with the company.


Unfortunately, I do not have a car and I was going out buying mostly canned goods. We mostly use fresh foods in our diet and normally go to the store a few days a week, as these things have a short shelf life. Because of this, we do not have a lot of canned good in our pantry. You can well imagine how heavy it was to carry home cans of dog food, fruits and vegetables, and bags of dried beans, pasta, and rice. To add insult to injury, it started raining on my walk home. Not a good thing when you are carrying at least one paper bag. By the time I got home, I was wet, exhausted, and completely forgot about the blog. I do apologize for that.


I had planned on talking about some new books that have come out this recently and honestly, this seems like the perfect time. With more and more people opting to stay in due to the current virus situation, what better time to catch up on your reading? So I'm going to share a few options from different genres so you just might find something to suit your tastes.


Humor:

Strange Planet

(Strange Planet Series)

by Nathan W. Pyle


If you have not seen this comic series you are missing out. Pyle takes a look at everyday Earth happenings from the perspective of alien beings. It makes you view your world and your own habits in a completely new light.


If you want a good laugh, this is a great choice. The new book in this series will be out this summer.


Sci-fi:

Smoke Bitten - coming March 17th

(A Mercy Thompson Novel Book 12)

by Patricia Briggs


If you have never read any of the Mercy Thompson books, I highly recommend you go back and read the first one in the series and read them in order. I am sure you can understand this book just fine without doing that but the characters relationships build over time and it would just be better to read in order.


The main character is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. She is a shifter who can turn into a thirty-five pound coyote, when she is not busy fixing Volkswagens. She has many friends and enemies in odd places but luckily she has a pack of werewolves to back her up.


Centuries ago, the fae abandoned their castles and troves of magical artifacts as well their prisoners and pets. Without the fae to keep them in check, dangerous creatures began to wreak havoc and now one of those prisoners has escaped.


It can look like anyone or any creature, if it bites you, it controls you, and it lives for chaos and destruction. Now it has come to the Tri-Cities, Mercy's territory, and she is not about to let it stay!


Thriller:

The Sleepwalker (Aidan Waits)

by Mr Joseph Knox

‘He said he didn’t remember killing them…’


If you like a good who-done-it. This book might be for you. Detective Aidan Waits sits in hospital ward, watching a mass murderer die. Waits has just one job, to get the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before passes away.


Wick, nicknamed TheSleepwalker, has spent over a decade in prison after having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation. Wick’s last words will send Waits on a investigation into the heart of darkness. Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before it's too late?


Non-Fiction:

Things I Learned From Falling

by Claire Nelson


If you prefer real life stories this will be the book for you. Claire Nelson made international headlines in 2018. She was in her thirties, living a hectic life in London, and beginning to burn out. When anxiety finally brought her to her breaking point, she travelled to Joshua Tree Park in California to hike and clear her head. What happened there was something no one could have predicted.


Claire fell 25 feet while hiking and gravely injured herself. She was alone in the desert, injured, miles off any trail, with no a cell phone reception, fighting to stay alive. Miraculously she was found after enduring four days out in the elements. She had not been expected to be found alive. Claire tells her incredible story and shares what she learned about loneliness, anxiety, and how to survive it all.


I hope you find a new read among these but you can always search online for more suggestions or pop into your local bookstore to browse. As someone who worked for a major brick and mortar bookseller for way too long, I can tell you for certain that most bookstore employees are avid readers and are a great source of information when you are looking for suggestions on new books to read.


So grab a cup of tea, your favorite comfy blanket, and curl up for a while with a good book, or two, or three, or whatever.


Happy reading!

Dianne

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