Surgeon Arnold Van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing  history of surgery through 28 famous operatio...

Under the Knife by Arnold Van De Laar book cover

Surgeon Arnold Van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations - from Louis XIV to JFK, and from Einstein to Houdini.
From the story of the desperate man from seventeenth-century Amsterdam who grimly cut a stone out of his own bladder to Bob Marley's deadly toe, Under the Knife offers all kinds of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating theater.
What happens during an operation? How does the human body respond to being attacked by a knife, a bacterium, a cancer cell or a bullet? And, as medical advances continuously push the boundaries of what medicine can cure, what are the limits of surgery?
From the dark centuries of bloodletting and of amputations without anaesthetic to today's sterile, high-tech operating theatres, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history and a modern anatomy class for us all.

  When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house ...

The Siren and the Specter book cover

 When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. 

Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile s...

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire book cover

Things are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. 

She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by  The Broke and the Bookish  in June of 2010 and was moved to  That Artsy Reader Girl  in January of 201...



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's TTT is Back To School/Learning Themed. 
I decided to go with the nonfiction books I've read and enjoyed.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by  The Book Date . This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, wh...

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Not much happening on the blog this past week. Lots of craziness at work and prior volunteer commitments! Hopefully, this week will see it busier around here.

Hope everyone has a great week!

One little Globe. One whole World. When your world vanishes and you're somewhere else. And the one you love is lost. ...

The White Globe by Lawrence M Nysschens book cover

One little Globe. One whole World.
When your world vanishes and you're somewhere else. And the one you love is lost. Finding the way home takes on a new meaning. (3 x illustrations within.)

The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical tri...


The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. 

For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life's obsession.



Top Ten Tuesday was created by  The Broke and the Bookish  in June of 2010 and was moved to  That Artsy Reader Girl  in January of 20...


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's TTT is books that will pull you out of a reading slump. For those of us in the blogging world, we are almost in competition with ourselves. We eat, breathe and sleep reading. We are not the average reader though. 

According to the research, Americans read a mean average of 12 books per year, and the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. 

Can you imagine only reading that few? I certainly can't. That's a bad couple of weeks for me! What happens though when we hit that reading slump and no book is "talking" to us? When our TBR starts piling up and there's no end in sight?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by  The Book Date . This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read...

It's Monday. What are you reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Happy Monday, Everyone!


Hope your reading week was productive! I got much more accomplished this week than last, or at least it feels that way.

Read this week:

The White Globe book coverButterfly Blood book cover

Painless by Marty Thornley Book CoverThe Siren and the Specter book Cover

Out of the four this week, Painless was my favorite. Look at that cover! *shudders* 
 I signed up with Xpresso Tours for this one and was so sad when it was a blitz and not a review. (That was my fault, not theirs. I forgot what I signed up for!) NetGalley came through for me in the end! Hooray for NetGalley!
"In a clinical trial gone wrong, patients cured of physical pain act out against themselves and each other. In a violent, explosive conclusion they confront an obsessed doctor who is ready to defend his life’s work at any cost."
I cut my teeth on Robin Cook so I do love medical horror! Painless did not disappoint!

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Reviews this week:

Butterfly Blood by Rebecca Carpenter
Creature by Hunter Shea


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The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy li...

Creature by Hunter Shea book cover


The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.


 But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night.