Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Sorry for missing last week! Thanks to everyone who had a post ready, regardless! :) Sorry we didn't have a link up for you!

I'm loving...
That I just discovered they have published Richard Castle's books. Richard Castle is the fictional author in the TV show Castle. It seems whenever his character writes a book on the show, they (the people at ABC) actually publish that book. I read the first one, it's pretty good. I'm interested in checking out the others. 

I'm loving...
Going to Rangers games when they actually win (although I still support them when the lose). I went last Saturday with a friend of mine and we saw a great game. This roller coaster season isn't over yet, we shall see if the Rangers make another postseason appearance. Regardless what happens, it has turned out to be a better season than I thought it would be. #NeverEverQuit

I'm loving...
Free catered lunches. My department had Macaroni Grill catered in last week. I'll shamefully admit that this was just my first plate. I went back for seconds.

I'm loving...
That I have a three-day weekend coming up. 

I'm loving...
That the good folks over at Jolly Rancher have finally realized that some people only like the red flavors and now offer packaging with only those flavors.

I'm loving...
That I got some time in at the gun range this week. I haven't been since March, so it was good to get back.

I'm loving...
That I actually posted some book review yesterday! If you missed it, check it out here

What are YOU loving this week?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Latest Book Reviews

I'm so behind on my book reviews, so I'm going to combine a few reviews into one post.

**All reviews published on Randomness With Rachel are done on a five-star rating system. The reviews are solely my opinion and no one else's. Randomness With Rachel does not receive any incentives or compensations for reviews.** 

This is a wonderful book for anyone thinking about getting a puppy. The author provides a lot of great suggestions that one must consider before they welcome the newest member into their family (but he doesn't overload the reader with too much information). He throws in some humor throughout the book, which makes it a quick and enjoyable read. His love of dogs (especially one dog in particular) is very noticeable, but that makes his suggestions even more genuine, in my opinion. Even if you already have a dog, you would still enjoy this book! 

You can get an e-book version of this book on Amazon, just click here!

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

This was a quick read and a fun little mystery novel. The heroine, Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, is a librarian and a mystery book lover (I liked her immediately). She belongs to a Real Murders Club, where they analyze and discuss famous murder cases. One night a member is murdered before their meeting and her death is similar to the one the club was discussing that night- therefore, every club member is a suspect.

Roe makes it a point to help prove the innocence of club members by getting involved in the investigation (because isn't that what anyone else would do in that situation?) Does that even happen in real life? I'm not being funny, I'm actually asking. Lol.

Some of the story was predictable, but it was still enjoyable. I recommend this if you are looking for a book to read some lazy Saturday afternoon. I believe I finished this one in less than a day. Oh, The Hallmark Channel recently aired a few TV movies based on this series, starring Candace Cameron Bure as Roe Teagarden. 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)

I really enjoyed this book. It's no secret that my favorite genre is mystery (thank you grandma for that), so I'll read pretty much any mystery novel there is. As readers of my blog know, I recently read the Harry Potter books for the first time. After reading those, I was curious if Ms. Rowling (I don't feel we are close enough yet for me to call her J.K.) could write well in another genre, so I had to check this one out.

I was impressed with this story. I think the novel is well written (she is definitely a good story teller, regardless if you are a fan of the genre she is writing in or not). It's nice to see her writing an adult novel (wait, not THAT kind of adult novel. Lol.) I like the character of Cormoran Strike. He is a war veteran and struggling private investigator. He's broke and has recently ended a long-term relationship with his girlfriend. Then he is hired by a client that could help get him back in business (literally). With the help of his newly hired secretary Robin, they do their best to solve the case. 

One thing about reviewing mystery novels is that you don't want to say too much, just so you don't give anything away. I will say that this is by NO MEANS a quick little read. It seems that Ms. Rowling can't write a short novel. Lol. This book is over 450 pages, so if you are quick reader, you could probably finish this in a day if you put your mind to it. There was some British "lingo" that I didn't always understand (shout out to my friend Harrie, who answered my questions on what certain British words and phrases meant). :) If you are a mystery fan, I definitely recommend this one. There is another book in the series, The Silkworm (which I just finished, I'll review it another day). I know the third book in the series is due out this fall. I'm looking forward to it!

Thanks for being patient with me while I get all my reviews published! :)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

It's Ok Thursday....

It's OK...

...that we didn't have a What I'm Loving Wednesday link-up yesterday. I was sick in bed Monday and Tuesday, so the link-up didn't happen. Thanks to everyone who links up with us, we will be back next week! 

...that lately I've added more books to my "to read" list than my "read" list on my GoodReads account.  If you are on GoodReads, you can follow me here. I'm so behind in my book challenge this year. And in posting my book reviews. Ug!! One day I will get it together. Lol.

Just a small portion of my "to read" list...
...that I finally canceled my cable (I do still have access to local  Dallas channels). Between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I can watch all of my TV shows and a ton of movies. And with my new Fire TV Stick, I can watch them all on my TV instead of my laptop. Yes, I'm sacrificing watching Rangers games from the comfort of my home, but I have friends who have offered to let me watch games with them. As much as I love my Rangers, saving $120 was too tempting to pass up. Once I get some debt paid off, I might go back to cable, maybe. Hopefully by then I won't be forced to deal with the Anti-Christ Time Warner Cable anymore. 

Returned my cable DVRs to Time Warner last week
So far this has been a great purchase!
...that I was excited to sit in the driver's seat of a fire truck (don't judge). My company had a "Bring Your Kid to Work" day and I was one of the volunteers. The local fire department showed up to teach fire safety to the kids. After the kids got a tour of the fire truck, they let the big kids get up there. Okay, they let THIS big kid get up there. Because I asked. Thankfully they humored me. Lol.

Sadly, this was NOTHING like the TV show Chicago Fire
...that I'm over all the political talk in my Facebook feed and Twitter timelines. I'm okay with people voicing their opinions, I respect that, BUT when they start attacking and saying hateful things towards people who disagree with them, I just can't deal with it. I've muted a lot of people right now. 

...that I don't think these sound appetizing. AT ALL.

...that I REALLY want a dog, but I know I can't have one right now. Yesterday was National Dog Day so I made a collage of SOME of my favorite dogs. I even got to spend a little time with one of the dogs after work. Something about a dog makes a bad day so much better. :)

...that I have the worst case of writer's block these days. And it's not just with my blog. It's with my sports writing too. I haven't been able to write anything for months. :( Shameless plug: check out ShutDown Inning for great baseball articles. Okay, mainly Texas Rangers articles, but these are my people, they do good work! I hope to contribute another article soon to the site. Writer's block is also affecting my short story/novel writing. Sigh. I guess all writers go through this. Maybe I will snap out of it.

I know this isn't a link-up anymore, but I wanted to post this week, and this was the only thing I could think of! I hope everyone has a fabulous day! We are almost to the weekend!!