Treats, Not Tricks: 6 books for Halloween Reading Fun!


What will I be doing for Halloween? Well, since I have no little ghosts or goblins to dress up and take Trick or Treating- I’ll probably be staying at home and reading- while holding the bucket of candy close to me- just in case, I have some visitors. For my Halloween reading, these are 6 books that might just make my night fun! Continue reading

Audio Books- Yay or Nay?

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Oh my.. I have a bit of a confession. A small secret. A thing that I rarely tell anyone.

I really don’t care for audio books.


Wait.. Maybe I should rephrase… I have not cared for the audio books I’ve tried in the past. The characters do not sound right. I can’t get involved in the story, sucked in like normal. I feel like a fish out of water, like a college party night without alcohol. I feel yuck.

Here’s the thing: When I read a book- the character has a voice, the voice that I give them in my head. And, no disrespect to audio books- but the voice I give the character sounds better than the audio version. Now granted, there are times that I may not know what the characters are supposed to sound like- but I prefer the voice I give them.

But I keep reading tweets and reviews from  people talking about audio books & I have to say that I’m intrigued at times. Not enough to pay the full price for the audio. Not enough to get an Audible subscription. But…. somewhat. And I feel that sometimes I’m missing out.

Enter Gone Girl. 2012, I bought Gone Girl on Kindle (and then 1 day bought it on sale in hardcover because I freaking loved that book). Buying it on Kindle gave me a much lower price for the Audible version. Still I resisted. I mean how many ways can you own Gone Girl (even though it was a fan-freaking-tastic book)? I finally gave in a few weeks ago. I bought the audible version for 4.99. And I’m enjoying the heck out of it. Do I love it because I already love the book? Maybe. Do I love it because I love the voice of Amy- a character I was never quite sure I was giving an adequate voice to? Perhaps. Is the audio just that good? Possible.

Now am I about to jump on the audio bandwagon? Not quite yet. One time does not make a fan for life. But, I am more intrigued. And open to giving them another fair shake.


So tell me- are you an audio fan or not? And if you are- what are some of the “must try” books in your opinion?



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Literary Friday, ya’ll……

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It’s Literary Friday! Talk of Gone Girl is buzzing about today (more on that later!)


1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: Karen White and Return to Tradd Street news, Gone Girl made the list for 16 books being made to movies to see, Wiley Cash’s latest, A Dark Road To Mercy is a mover and shaker (don’t forget to join in Twitter chat Jan 31’st hosted by Deep South Mag!) and so much more!


2. Always With A Book got to meet Sue Monk Kidd this week- read on for her exciting tale!


3. Giveaways, giveaways, giveaways! Always With A Book is giving away Wendy Wax’s While We Were Watching Downton Abbey (ends TODAY) AND Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs. Traveling With T (that’s me!) is giving away an e-copy of Wild Ones by Kristine Wylyys and The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette V Heugten.


4. So, back to the Gone Girl thing. The news on the internet today is that Gillian Flynn re-wrote the ending for the movie version of Gone Girl. Say what?! What are your thoughts on this news? Here’s mine: We prob should have seen this coming. It’s really not that surprising- I mean, don’t get me wrong- I wish THE ENDING would be the ending in the movie. But, it’s not going to stop me from watching the movie. I say pass the popcorn and hand me my large strawberry drink while I enjoy Gone Girl on the big screen!


5. Bloggers Made of AWESOME is back this week with Krysta from Pages Unbound! Read about her #literaryconfession!


6. I reviewed River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz this week- the right amount of suspense and romance for me!


7. What are your 2014 reading goals? Here is some of mine!


8. Don’t forget: Twitter chat with Jennie Shortridge 1/15! Use #srbkchat to join in the fun- it begins at 8pmEST and there will be 3 copies of LOVE WATER MEMORY given away!


9. You know, I said that Traveling With T had some good news- well, I just posted a new button in my sidebar- I’m a Harlequin V.I.B (Very Important Blogger). Which means that Traveling With T will be having access to more great giveaways (which is great for you!)


10. What are you #fridayreads? I just finished my ARC of Murder With Ganache by Lucy Burdette (loved it!) and will be starting The Goldfinch soon.



Gillian Flynn- I would love to be a fly on the wall while she writes a book.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has taken the book world by storm- it’s one of the books on many people’s mind and lips- plus, with the news about the book being turned into a movie- well, it’s quite a buzz.

Having just discovered Gillian Flynn myself after reading Gone Girl, I was interested to read her earlier books. I bought Dark Places and Sharp Objects for my Kindle- and read Sharp Objects this weekend. I feel now as if I need a light and fluffy read after reading Sharp Objects– the book is disturbing, dark, and good. It takes the saying “Girls are sugar and spice and everything nice” and shows the reader how far from the truth that statement can be.

As I was reading the book, I tried to picture what Gillian Flynn thinks about when she writes these kind of books. Looking at a picture of her, she looks like an everyday, normal girl- a woman that probably has tons of friends and a really exciting life. Her writing- dark, mysterious, disturbing tones at times- but a style that grips the reader and does not let go till the reader knows how the book ends.

Gillian Flynn- not sure if her plan was to shake up stereotypes that women can’t write books like this; but if it was- well-played, well-played.


Teaser Tuesdays (July 10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teasers:

I knew I liked her then, really liked her, this girl with an explanation for everything.

There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.

Gone Girl- maybe page 10- (I’m unsure as I read on my Kindle)


Thursday Tales

Tidbits for Thursday include the following:

1. I have decided my #fridayreads choice, but you’ll have to wait till Friday to find out.

2. I am beyond excited that Gone Girl is the next book club read. It’s a fascinating story and that’s about all I can reveal. I can’t even tell the accurate hashtag that a member of the book club has come up with for book on Twitter because it would ruin the book.

3. It’s pretty HOT today. Wishing I was enjoying a cool drink while flipping through a stack of books. Bonus points if I was back at #booktopiaMS

4. I think I need a job where I read and review books.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- A Giveaway

Ok in past blog posts, I’ve been mentioning how excited I am to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The book cover and description sound AMAZING and for a girl who loves a little true-crime suspense (I watch Law and Order, Criminal Minds, CSI, Discovery ID, etc like my very life depends on it!) this book sounds like a dream book. Plus, whether it’s becoming of me or not- I’m generally the one that will quickly proclaim “The Husband did it!”

So, if you are like me and like a little crime/suspense book (even though after reading them, I lay awake and listen to every creak in the house absolutely convinced that there is someone coming to get me)- then enter this giveaway for Gone Girl! And if you don’t happen to win- check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your local independent book seller for a copy.

Stephanie’s Written Word ( the blog that the giveaway is being hosted by) or if Twitter is more your speed- tweet this by June 17 Stop by @SWrittenWord 4 a chance to win GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn thx to @TLCBookTours @CrownPublishing #giveaway

Happy Reading!