Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #1 – Kahayatle

Thirst Thurday and Hungry Hearts in a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. My first Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts post comes from my current eBook read:  Kahayatle (someone needs to teach me how to say that) by Elle Casey. It is book one in the  Apocalypsis Series.

Bryn, Peter, and Bodo have just stopped their daily bike ride of approximately fifty km, trying to find a safer place to live in the post-apocalyptic world they live in. They have made a “camp” for the night in an orange grove.

“By the time I got back to the tarp, Peter and Bodo had calmed down and set out a lunch for us. We each got a bottle of water, a chip, two oranges, and a dried hunk of beef from one of the army-navy meals. It looked like a feast.”

I read a lot of dystopian, post-apocalyptic books, this one has quickly become one of my favorites. All the adults in the world have died out and gangs of kids now roam the streets. Now, when I think about this for a second, how freaking crazy would that be? Living off one bottle of water and a hunk of dried meat a day, with the occasional orange if you can find it, I can’t imagine. On top of that, you’re also trying not to get killed, no thanks.

Oh, and Elle Casey, if you haven’t read this or her War if the Fae series, you should, they are amazing. She is a wonderful author. She builds a beautiful world and story and she keeps things funny. What else could you truely want?


Kahaytle Goodreads Synopsis:

My name is Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in a neighbourhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I’m here alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I’m almost out of food, and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day. It’s time for me to leave and find another place to live…a place where I can find food and shelter…a place where they won’t be able to find me. Alone, it might have been possible, but now I’ve got company. I’m worried that I don’t have what it takes to get from here to my final destination, and I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.



The Second Chance Dog – Jon Katz

The Second Chance Dog – Jon Katz



“Maria loved Disney World because I loved Disney World, the same way I was coming to love secondhand clothing stores, Indian music, and brussel sprouts. We loved what the other loved, with an open heart and soul. Over time, I can to see, we loved almost everything we did together, because we were doing it together. This kind of selflessness, was new to me, and I was grateful to learn it and live it. What, I asked myself, is love, really? I thought about that on that ride, and as we dried ourselves off and looked for popcorn. It is about the other, I decided, not the self.”

I am much more of a fantasy-type reader over anything else. However, I have a huge love for animals and I’ve been trying to branch out a little more. In comes Jon Katz. I’ve read many reviews saying that this book isn’t the best he’s written, more about himself than Frieda, the dog. While I believe that most of those statements are true and that maybe I should have started with a different book, I really enjoyed this one.

There is so much love, and real life in this book, that’s why I kept reading. My favorite parts were of course, the parts about Frieda and the frustration Katz felt trying to train her, love her and make her part of the family.

Training a dog like Frieda would never be an easy thing, I have never had a dog like Frieda, but we definitely had dogs growing up that caused trouble. From Dodge, the gigantic lab, who was way to big and strong for us kids to handle. To Stanley, the Greyhound/Jack Russell Terrier mix who did nothing but run away and listen to only my dad, but only when he felt like it. However, over the years you learn, we had those dogs when I was young. Now, we have the most wonderful dogs, Slapshot, the fuzzy Mini-American Eskimo who is a little sensitive but loves his family and is so bonded to my brother; and Sophie, the little Pomeranian mix who never ceases to love you when you walk in the door. Every dog is different, and in that sense every training tactic is a little different too.

That’s the best part of this book Katz wrote, understand that training Frieda was never going to be the same and training any of the other dogs he had. She was different, and came from a different place and that meant he had to go at her from a new angle.

He also talks about the fact that he’s human and he made mistakes while training her. He yelled at her a couple of times, something he wouldn’t normally do but says he was panicked for Frieda. He gets real, and he isn’t afraid to admit that sometimes it’s hard and frustrating and sometimes you make mistakes. But, in the end, it’s all worth it.

I really did enjoy this book, the only reason that it didn’t get a higher rating was because I would have loved to read about Frieda more, even thought I think he told her story really well. I recommend this to anyone who loves animals, especially dogs. It might just tug at your heart a little.

Book Round-Up – February

Book Round-Up

Every month, because I love to be organized, I will be doing a count of all the unread books currently in my house. Maybe, just maybe it well help me realize I have a buying problem, but probably not, lets be honest. Mostly I think it will just be a fun way to keep track.

February’s Round-Up:

Book Count

Yikes! But that’s not as bad as I thought!




Shelf Control #1 – The Cellist of Sarajevo

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read and already own! Sometimes the best books are right underneath our noses!

Each Wednesday, following Bookshelf Fantasies I will be highlighting one book off of my large pile of unread books that I own! Hopefully it will spark some interest and encourage me to read just a little more!

My Shelf Control pick of the week is:


Title: The Cellist of Sarajevo

Author: Steven Galloway

Published: February 6, 2009

Length: 258 Pages

Synopsis via Goodreads: Sarajevo, a city under siege. As the mortars falls and snipers conduct their deadly business, a cellist sits at his window, playing Albinoni’s adagio. When a bomb kills twenty-two people waiting in line to buy bread on the street below, he vows to carry his cello into the cratered street at four each afternoon for the next twenty-two days and play the same adagio in memory of the dead. Unknown to the cellist, a young woman watches his performances more avidly than anyone else. For she is the counter-sniper chosen to protect him from the enemy she knows lurks nearby with gun poised and ready to shoot. Can she keep the cellist alive? And what will it cost her to do so?

How I Got It: My boyfriend bought it for me, he read this book in school and it was his favorite.

When I Got It: September 24, 2013 (Thanks Goosdreads for having that exact date.)

Why I Want to Read it: Mostly because my boyfriend bought it for me, he is not an avid reader so usually when he tells me to read something, I do. I think it’s so different from what I normally read and it hasn’t come up in my TBR jar because I keep adding new books, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Link to Bookshelf Fantasies latest Shelf Control post!





Authors A-Z Challenge 2016

I love book challenges, sometimes I like the idea of them more than I like actually doing them, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

For the last few years, I’ve been trying to do the Authors A-Z Challenge. Trying to get as many letters of the alphabet as I can. I have not done well the last couple times (every time) so I’m hoping 2016 will be a good one. Join me in trying to get as many letters as you can, using the last name of the author of the books you’ve read this year!

Use the hashtag #fantasybookwormauthorsaz so I can see how you’re doing, which will probably be better than I am!

I will keep updating on the Authors A-Z Challenge Page!