Monday, 21 May 2018

Around The Blogs With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out. 

This Week! 

1) Audiobooks
Nikki discusses why she just can't get into them
https://breathesbooks.com/2018/05/14/discussion-audiobooks/

2) Essential Oils 
A users guide.
https://justplainmarie.ca/everything-i-wanted-to-know-about-essential-oils-and-now-you-know-it-too/ 

3) Book Review-Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
Samantha looks at a mystery thriller.
http://samsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/dead-girl-running-by-christina-dodd.html 

4) Book Review-Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 
Barb goes into the Civil War in zombie times. Sort of...
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/i-would-have-liked-more-zombies.html 

5) Book Review-Kingshold by DP Woolliscroft
Olivia goes fantasy...
http://booksinblankets.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/kingshold-by-dp-woolliscroft.html 

6) Book Review-Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Carole reviews YA set after a school shooting years before.
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/review-aftermath-by-kelley-armstrong.html 

7) Blog Tour Review-Game Players by Anita Waller
Sassy looks at what happens when kids meddle where they shouldn't!
https://alternative-read.com/2018/05/21/b-l-o-g-t-o-u-r-review-game-players-by-author-anita-waller-on-altread-anitamayw-bloodhoundbook-netgalley/  


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #66 Scenarios We Love And Hate About Apocalypses

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account.   

Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

Ah apocalypses! They are one of my very favourite topics to read about! There are an absolute ton of them out there especially written by Indie authors and I never get tired of reading about them. I'm not sure what it is about me that loves reading about disasters of all kinds happening to ordinary people but I have lots of them on my bookshelves and ereader and I'm always grabbing more as I find new authors to try. I started by buying a book about nuclear war as a kid and then reading and enjoying dystopian books about future worlds (saving that for another post along with SF) when I joined Goodreads but I realised that the ones I liked best were where it was set in current times and we follow the various people as an apocalypse hit. I prefer seeing how they cope with the ongoing crisis rather than joining them years after the event and getting an info dump about what happened. 

That is when I found Prepper Apocalypse! I found a book about a terrorist attack destroying the electrical grid and bringing about a collapse of society. A prepper was stuck hundreds of miles away from home with only an emergency bag and his wits to get home safe, coming into contact with thieves and psychos while his wife had to defend their home from raiders. I loved it and was terrified by it at the same time. It made me want to find more books like that and the Indie and self published authors delivered for me! Suddenly I was reading about solar flares, EMP attacks, economic collapses, crop failures, fuel crisis, nuclear war, plagues, zombie apocalypses, viruses, terrorism, along with natural disasters like tornado, volcano, storms, floods, famines, earthquakes etc. I never knew there could be so many topics under apocalypse! I was devouring these books like mad. I don't even want to count how many series I have to read but it'll be 100 anyway. If you follow my Can't Wait Wednesday posts you'll see how often I grab another one!

In these apocalypse books there are a variety of MCs-military units, retired special forces, couples, families, doomsday preppers, and people who are not prepared all having to adapt to the new reality and rely on themselves. Some have lots of supplies, some have none. Some have weapons, some don't. Some group together and others go it alone. Some bug in (stay in their homes) and some bug out to a safer location. There are so many possibilities and if they are well written I enjoy most options. I like books where the MC is travelling home to get to their family especially if we are following several members of the family at home and on the road. I enjoy apocalypses where we see it happen from the very start as there is so much tension and drama unfolding and I want to be swept up in it. I like when a family or group gather their supplies and bug out for a dangerous journey to a cabin or safe compound or something with lots of danger on the way. I like friends and families banding together to protect what they have against raiders. I enjoy watching people planning for a coming disaster especially the ones where they know something could happen at any moment.

I like military missions or civilian supply runs with zombies trying to eat them. I love watching people survive when an EMP destroys the power grid or society collapses due to the economy or a virus or terrorist attack. I like the drama of people being stuck in underground compounds during nuclear attacks and asteroids falling. I like watching the gradual decline of decent society as the disaster unfolds. I enjoy when the tv is covering the events while the people watch and try to decide what to do. I love seeing the storms hit and the zombies converging on a town. I like mutated humans becoming monsters in a zombie like manner. As I said, there are so many different things in this genre to enjoy.

I don't like joining the people a long time after the disaster when the country is a barren wasteland run by Mad Max characters. I'm not as keen on alien invasion plots but that might be because I haven't found a really good one yet. I'm not keen on books from the zombie point of view, zombie cults, zombies that talk and plan and use machine guns or ones you can't kill. I'm not often keen on the mad scientist and government conspiracies if it gets too heavy and technical. I don't like when an MC has to spend half the book trying to convince everyone he knows that he is right about a coming disaster as that can be dull (like a lot of tv volcano dramas) or where the plague details get too technical. And I'm not a fan of people being consumed by romance and love triangles during the end of the world, especially zombie books. I mean don't they have more important things to worry about???

What do you like in apocalypse books and what can you do without? What attracts you to grab one? Have you read prepper fiction? 

Chuckles Cover Love #76 Stephanie Burgis


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account.   

This week...Stephanie Burgis

For me this is an example of how to get it right with the cover in one book and wrong in the second!


Friday, 18 May 2018

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
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Another week marches on and it is the weekend again. Tomorrow I'll be having a long lie in my bed, watching the Royal Wedding as I try and read a bit. I like the arrivals and the parade afterwards-don't generally watch the actual service. Anyway, that's my plan for tomorrow! It has been a good reading week which makes me quite happy. I haven't been keen on most of the upcoming TTT topics so I've planned a few horror lists which I'm currently reading books for. I'm reading about deadly expeditions at the moment! Still to come are more sea monsters, snow horror, horror game shows and contests etc...exciting reads to come this summer! I'm still way behind on my Goodreads Challenge by 17 books so I really need to up my game on this.

I've managed to find a few more nice looking horror books but didn't go as mad as previous weeks! But you can never have too much horror, right! I've been busy getting the living room ready for the big furniture move next week. The house has been chaos since we got that new sofa and chair before Christmas and it was bigger than expected! Well we have a plan to get everything slotted into new places and we do that next week. We have pretty much finished the kitchen as well so by next weekend, most of the work should be done. That makes me feel a lot better. Then we can deal with the garden I hope. *groans*

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Chuckles Blogging World
 It has been a busy week on the blog, ensuring that I have everything still up to date, finally getting time to write a prepping post and working on a book tag that I hope to share next week. I'm happy with what I got done overall.

Book Reviews
I only managed to get one done but it's better than nothing! This is book five in the Kitty Norville series and I hope to get reviews of the next two books done next week.
 
Carrie Vaughn-Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

Regular Posts
I did my Around the Blogs as usual this week but I was too busy reading to do any samples, which is promising from the point of view of the slump being over! Cover Love featured Lindsey Duga, Top Ten Tuesday was Dino Terror, Can't Wait Wednesday Coulrophobia and Books From The Backlog featured A Thousand Yesteryears. 

Chuckles Cover Love

Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday

Can't Wait Wednesday

Books From The Backlog
 
Discussion Posts 
Chuckles Chat looked at Scenarios We Love And Hate In Urban Fantasy, Game of Thrones Gossip was about Catelyn Stark and Prepping With Chuckles looked at home remedies for allergies. Useful for this time of year!
 
Chuckles Chat

Game of Thrones Gossip

Prepping With Chuckles

Film Reviews
none this week
 
 Special Posts
none this week
 
Book Tags/Blog Awards 
none this week
 
Currently Reading/Up Next 
This week I'm happy to report reading three books. I read Luna, Hell Holes and Frostbite. I'm now starting The Yeti (tonight) and I'll be reading more monsters this week.


Next Week On The Blog
I'm hoping to get a few shorter books done along with the three novels I have targeted. On the blog there might be time for a few samples if I'm lucky but Around The Blogs will be there as usual. Cover Love looks at Stephanie Burgis, Top Ten Tuesday will be Apocalypse, Can't Wait Wednesday is They Feed, Books From The Backlog features DMZ, Chuckles Chat is about Scenarios We Love And Hate About Apocalypses, Game of Thrones Gossip is about The Tullys.
 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Books From The Backlog-A Thousand Yesteryears


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  You might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. Go to Carole's blog and add your blog post link in to join in the fun! Hosted by Carole at https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.co.uk/

This seems like a fun feature and I have been planning to take part since Carole launched this so at last, here we go! I have a TON of unread books to choose from in various genres and I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with everybody. 


Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real...

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer...


I actually discovered this one last year and I really enjoyed the sample that I read which covered the tension of the bridge collapse. I went ahead and bought the book in January 2018 and I'm itching to get reading it as I'm fascinated by things like The Mothman. 

Game of Thrones Gossip #67 Catelyn Stark

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 


Catelyn is still in her son Robb's bad books for doing a deal to release Jaime Lannister in the vain hope that he will arrange to have Arya and Sansa sent back to her. Robb has put her under guard at Harrenhal as punishment. She now has to cope with the bad news that her father Hoster Tully has died at Riverrun without her being able to see him in his final days. Worse news comes from the Boltons that Winterfell has been sacked, with the castle burned down and everybody killed, and her younger sons are presumed dead at the hands of the missing Theon Greyjoy. She is in the party that leaves the castle with Robb's army headed towards Riverrun.


On the journey, Talisa sees Catelyn making something and offers to help. Catelyn follows up her sharp refusal by explaining that a mother makes them to pray for the welfare of her children, something that those devored to the Seven do. She tells Talisa how she hated Jon Snow as a child and wished for him to die. When he became dangerously ill, Catelyn felt guilty for condemning a child to die, making one for Jon to beg for his life and promising to love him if he survived and make him legitimate. She is somewhat ashamed that she was never able to live up to that promise, continuing to hate Jon. Now she feels that the war and the loss of Ned and her children is her punishment. The confession brings her closer to Talisa.


At Riverrun, Catelyn is reunited with her brother Edmure and their uncle Brynden. Robb bases his operations at Riverrun and plans his next moves with recent events reuniting him with Catelyn. Matters reach a head when Rickard Karstark, already annoyed by the side trip to the funeral, gets tired of waiting for the justice that Catelyn stole from him and along with a few of his men, decides to murder the young hostages. Robb is furious and ready to kill them. Catelyn tries to persuade him to spare Karstark and hold him as a hostage with Edmure agreeing that his men be told that no harm will come to their Lord as long as they remain loyal to Robb. Catelyn and Talisa are convinced that the Karstark army will desert the cause but their pleas fall on deaf ears and Robb executes Karstark. He has to admit that they were right and his army is falling apart, meaning they must make peace again with the Freys.


After a deal is reached with the Freys to marry Edmure to Roslin, the army march back to The Twins for the event to happen. Catelyn is nervous, knowing that Walder Frey would have been furious about not having one of his brood marry the King in the North, and concerned over the reception they will get. Walder is prickly but seems happy with Robb's apology to his daughters and granddaughters. Catelyn is relieved that they are offered hospitality, believing that will be protection for them all. She is able to relax and enjoy the wedding, sitting with Roose Bolton and her uncle. It is after the toasts and the removal of the bride and groom for the bedding ceremony that the atmosphere changes.


Catelyn watches the doors to the hall being locked behind the couple and is somewhat alarmed to hear that the band are playing 'The Rains of Castamere', a song celebrating the Lannisters destroying a rival House. As the band ceases, Walder calls Robb forward to the front of the room while Catelyn returns to her seat beside Roose. As Walder talks, she notices that Roose is wearing chain mail and she hits him and yells a warning to her son. It is too late for Robb to do anything but watch as his wife and unborn baby are murdered in front of him. Catelyn can only watch as her first born son is hit by bolts and crawls over to his dying wife. Catelyn is the only one within the carnage who is coming up with any kind of plan, begging Walder to let Robb go and there will be no retribution from her family. When it doesn't work, she takes Walder's wife hostage and threatens to kill her if her son does not go free. Walder cares little and at this point Roose approaches Robb and kills him. With all hope gone, Catelyn screams her pain and kills Joyeuse, and is in turn murdered by Black Walder.

Catelyn's primary focus was always for her family, and right to the end she was fighting to find a way to save Robb, even when he had already given up. I think Ned Stark would have been very proud of his wife.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #65 Scenarios We Love And Hate About Urban Fantasy

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account.   

Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

Until I joined Goodreads, I never knew that urban fantasy was a thing, as to me vampires and werewolves were just part of horror. I generally saw them in books by Stephen King or Richard Laymon. One day I was sitting in front of my computer thinking how I hadn't read any good werewolf books for a while, so I googled it and there were links to Goodreads where I saw the name 'urban fantasy' and various authors like Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs. I looked up vampires which lead me to Charlaine Harris and Jeaniene Frost, then I joined Goodreads and that started my out of control book buying!

For me, I loved reading about these monsters in a modern setting rather than Dracula era vampires or an American Werwolf in London plot. I loved finding fast paced books where they could be either the heroes or the bad guys and there were just so many kinds of vampires from the shiny Twilight ones to the traditional Dracula style, and werewolves that were in government or living in pack structures. So many authors were writing about them and putting their own spin on them. It opened up a world of possibilities! I discovered a lot of authors and a ton of books which led me to books about witches, demons and other kinds of shifter. I was now reading about werecats and werebears and so on which was kind of exciting! 

The difficulty I find with this genre is the crossover between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. In my opinion there are pretty clear lines between the two but recently authors seem determined to blur those lines or completely destroy them. If I was picking up a book labelled UF I would expect supernatural creatures or monsters in a modern setting, with the plot revolving around what is being sought, investigated, stopping the bad guys etc. There may or may not be romance elements in it but they are background to the main plot. If I was to pick a book labelled PNR I'd expect the romance elements to dominate the book with a story of some kind running alongside or in the background. That is how I would define them. But recently most books that call themselves UF then seem to be focused so much on romance and bloody love triangles that the plot just feels like a second thought and it has led me to DNF books that I had high hopes for. 

I'm getting tired of being sold UF and getting PNR. This is actually putting me off from trying as many new authors in this genre. I study the blurbs and pick ones that don't mention the hot but annoying guy our heroine is forced to work with, ones that don't mention love triangles and soulmates...yet a high percentage still seem to be PNR with constant sex and relationship angst when they should be completing a mission. I get frustrated with this. I'm not saying don't write PNR, of course I'm not saying that. What I want is for the book blurb to be honest about what you are going to be reading. Don't call it one thing and serve up another as you are likely to disappoint readers and gain more low star reviews! Tell us which you have written so that we can make a more informed choice about what we pick up.

My favourite urban fantasy plots have a strong male or female MC who is not whiny or arrogant or obnoxious. He/She must be someone I can like or I won't get far. They don't need to have superpowers but I do like if they can do magic or have vampire or werewolf special skills, or other more human skills that add interest to the story. I like when the MC is part of a quirky team, each with different skills and personalities like in MLN Hanover's Black Sun's Daughter series or James R Tuck's Deacon Chalk. I like interesting sidekicks like talking animals and supernatural creatures as they are fun and bring some humour and banter ie RL Naquin's Monster Haven. I like the story to be fast paced and if it has lots of action and humour, that is ideal ie Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid. I like battles against a supernatural bad guy, where our MC or group face constant dangers. I love varied creatures!

I don't like too much romance and sex in it. I'm ok with a romance if I love both characters and their relationship is more than just the sex ie Cat and Bones. I do prefer reading about a romance that is already established when we begin the book to avoid the soul mate and angst elements and focus on the story. We don't see enough settled married couples in the genre, whether they work together or meet at the end of a hard day, and look at the non sexual side of their relationship. I don't like it when the story focuses on angst between the couple or someone trying to split them up especially if I like them together. I don't like constant annoying bickering between MCs. I don't like UF that features the traditional Fae Courts with the Fae being horrible and unlikable. I don't like ones where the MC is a detective or investigator and spends most of the book interviewing witnesses over and over like a crime novel and having a ton of police procedure stuff.

What do you like about urban fantasy and what drives you mad? Do you think there should be clearer lines between UF and PNR? Have you bought UF books then been disappointed by getting PNR?  

Can't Wait Wednesday-Coulrophobia


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 


Skyler is a nurse in a mental hospital, which is never a dull job. She spends years working with all kinds of patients, trying to help them the best that she can. One day it becomes even more interesting when Judy is admitted. Judy thinks she is haunted by an evil clown named Sparklez who told Judy to murder her entire family. Judy did so with great brutality.

Now, she must live out her days in the institution. Something about Judy bothers Skyler. Skyler is already terrified of clowns and doesn’t know what to make of it when Sparklez begins appearing to her. Will she too fall victim to the evil clown’s tricks, or will she overcome her Coulrophobia? 


As a kid I was always scared of clowns and never wanted to go anywhere near a circus. After being introduced to Pennywise by Stephen King, I really hated clowns and those idiots who go out as scary clowns to upset people. But I love reading about them in horror so this is on my list! I already have Clown Night by the author and this was released in April so I must grab it!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Prepping With Chuckles #10 Herbs For Medicine-Allergies


After quite a long gap, my prepper posts are making a comeback. I don't think they'll be weekly, just when I have a subject ready or have the time to write them! I'm going to look at herbs and plants that you can grow in your garden that can be used as alternative medicines if SHTF in the future and regular medicine is no longer available. They are also just as useful if a disaster does not strike.

Why is it important to have a medicine garden? The answers are quite straightforward

-having natural medicines in your garden saves you money
medicines are expensive to buy in pharmasists or on prescriptions

-having natural medicines gives you access to important treatments if a disaster happens 
if the doctor is no longer there and supplies are looted, it is much easier to pick what you need from the garden to manage your medical conditions

-bees are attracted by many of the most useful plants

-you can use many plants to make a variety of herbal teas
http://readynutrition.com/resources/make-your-own-10-herbal-tea-blends-you-can-grow-in-your-garden_09032015/ 

-many of the plants are easy to grow from cuttings
http://readynutrition.com/resources/how-to-prepare-an-herb-garden-in-winter_28022017/ 

-herbs are good companion plants for foods and can stop pests
https://www.motherearthliving.com/In-the-Garden/companion-planting-herbs-to-help-your-garden-grow 

We'll start with a seasonal problem-allergies. These options are for your reference and I suggest that you look them up online for additional information, health warnings and how to use these treatments before you get started. Chuckles Book Cave takes no responsibility for any problems you encounter or if the treatment does not work for you.

1) Stinging nettles
relieves allergy symptoms, take freeze dried supplement several months before allergy season

2) Butterbur
opens airways to improve breathing, take freeze dried supplement several months before allergy season

3) Tinospora cordifolia
native Indian plant relieves hayfever, sold as a tablet, take a week before allergy season.

4) Ginkgo biloba
anti-inflammatory, manages allergy symptoms

5) Apple Cider Vinegar
one teaspoon into glass of water and drink 3 times a day. Use ACV with 'The Mother' in it-it will say that on the bottle.

6) Saline Spray 
spray into nostrils a few times a week even if you have no symptoms

7) Probiotics
eat foods to boost your gut bacteria

8) Local Honey 
in theory, local honey is said to help you adapt to local allergens.  A teaspoon of raw unprocessed local honey at least once a day, start a month before allergy season.

Useful links for more suggestions:
https://wellnessmama.com/8370/allergy-relief-remedies/
https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-allergy-remedies/ 
https://commonsensehome.com/home-remedies-for-allergies/ 
https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/allergy-relief/ 
https://www.livestrong.com/article/1011911-6-natural-remedies-springtime-allergies/ 

Have you tried any of these solutions? What else works for you?

Top Ten Tuesday Dino Terror!

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.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 

I really don't like the topic for this week. Who reads crap books they hate for bragging rights??? That makes no sense to me! And despite what our host has said, I have never ever read a book just so I can say I have or so I don't feel left out. I prefer to have a mind of my own thank you! So I get to pick my own topic again and it will be dinosaurs! Who doesn't love a good dinosaur rampage!

1) Rick Jones-The Valley 
Contestants in a game show must cross a fenced off valley in Argentina to get big money. The only problem is, the valley is full of dinosaurs...I loved this Running Man style show where everyone including the camera crew are on the menu!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25131915-the-valley

2) Rick Chesler-Landing Party
A volcanic eruption makes a new island but a landing party vanish while claiming it. A scientific mission goes to find out what happened and find dinosaurs are hatching out of the rock, looking for their next meal. Dino mayhem!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31277358-landing-party 

3) Viktor Zarkov-Jurassic Island
For the first time in years a mysterious island reappears and an expedition is launched. The rich man funding the trip has not warned the team about the dinosaurs that are on the island and with limited weapons, find themselves on the menu. Fast paced action!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27251970-jurassic-island 

4) Catt Dahman-Dinosaur 65 Million
4 teams of contestants are battling for big prizes but find themselves having to team up for survival when the dinosaurs start eating their team-mates. Lots of dinosaur action and death to enjoy in this one, first part of a trilogy.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18687577-dinosaurs 

5) SM Wilson-The Extinction Trials
After facing trials to get selected, 100 people go to the dinosaur filled continent of Piloria to steal eggs in order to make a weapon that will wipe out the monsters, allowing people to settle there. I really enjoyed this Hunger Games style dinosaur adventure!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34865995-the-extinction-trials 

6) Carolyn McCray-Neo Jurassic
After a nuclear war and robot uprising, survivors travel in clans, avoiding dinosaurs and Syns, robots designed to hunt down humans. Good dinosaur action and fights with robots but getting hold of sequels has proved impossible so far.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20653245-neo-jurassic 

7) Dane Hatchell-Lost World of Patagonia
A scientific mission into a lost world turns deadly when dinosaurs begin to attack them. However, the biggest danger could actually be from their own team members. Good dinosaur action and it was satisfying to see horrible people get eaten.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25526371-lost-world-of-patagonia

8) Michael Crichton-Jurassic Park
Experts visit a soon to be opened tourist attaction, an island where humans can see dinosaurs. The actions of a greedy man sets the dinosaurs free and carnage occurs. I loved this book when I first read it and want to re-read it at some point.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7677.Jurassic_Park 

9) DS Lillico-Domus
A team land on their new planet ready to start a new colony with their paired partners, unaware that the local dinosaur population have other ideas. It was a decent book though the in-fighting does annoy a bit.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25561572-domus 

10) Phillip Tomasso III-Extinction 
A crew explore a new planetto solve overpopulation issues but the local wildlife become hostile. with a disaster looming and repairs against the clock, can the crew survive? I'd like to read a few more dinosaur planet plots.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25910613-extinction