## Solve it Sunday: Coffee Connundrum

Hello my dear Sherlocks, I have another puzzle for you to keep your minds fresh while you’re stuck at home.

This week is one of those puzzles that require you to fill out the table, and figure out which person has ____.

So really, it’s not a sense of doing math, but it’s a matter of using your process of elimination.

Your ability to think logically is the only thing being tested in this trial.

Five friends are in a café, discussing their musical tastes. Using the information given below, can you find the name of the espresso drinker?

-Steve is drinking cocoa, but he is not the person who likes rock, who is wearing red.
-The latte drinker is wearing black and does not like pop or classical.
-One person is wearing green.
-Bruce is not drinking cappuccino.
-Megan is not drinking cappuccino either, and she doesn’t like rock.
-Tea is being drunk by the country fan, who is not wearing cream.
-Diana likes electronicica.
-Joan is wearing blue, and does not like country or classical.

## Ultimate Blog Tour: The Die of Death

Title: The Die of Death (The Great Devil War II)
Author: Kenneth B. Andersen
Rating: ★★★★☆

Philip’s adventures as the Devil’s apprentice have changed him—in a good way. Although he misses his friends in Hell, he has made new friends in life.
But when the future of the underworld is threatened once again, Philip’s help is needed. Death’s Die has been stolen and immortality is spreading across the globe.
Philip throws himself into the search—and discovers a horrible truth about his own life along the way.

The Die of Death is volume 2 in The Great Devil War-series and winner of the ORLA-Award.

The Great Devil War-series is a humorous and gripping tale about good and evil, filled with biblical and historical characters, such as Judas, Goliath, and Pontius Pilate, as well as modern figures such as Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and many more.

Hello my dear readers, it is finally my stop on The Ultimate Blog Tour! For this tour, a bunch of us bloggers took a look at Book 2 in The Great Devil War series by Kenneth B. Andersen.

I was pleasantly surprised by the first book, and immediately jumped at the opportunity to read the second book.

Before I begin, I just want to let you know that I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Shall we get going?

## The Character of Phillip

Phillip comes off a bit juvenile in this book, maybe even a little more so than he did in the first one. I’m hit and miss on this aspect.

On one hand, it’s nice seeing a kid be a kid and have an innocent point of view. On the other hand, it almost seems fake, because that’s now what kids are like any more.

Though he seemed a bit predictable at times, I didn’t think any of his actions were too obvious that it ruined the book for me

I think Phillip knocked Satina out of the spotlight a bit, which isn’t necessarily bad, but she was one of the things I enjoyed about the series so far, and I wanted to see her a bit more this book.

## The Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is something that I look for in books. It is one of the things that can easily turn me on or off to a book.

Andersen does a good job at worldbuilding, in my opinion. I think he did a great job in the first book, and kept that going in this book.

Though we are already somewhat familiar with Phillip’s world, we got a bit of a peak behind the curtains to Purgatory and Heaven in this book.

## YA Category

Though I would consider this book Young Adult, it definitely is nearer middle years. Yes, it is a bit dark, but it comes off very child-like to me. If the dark aspect of the book wasn’t present, I think this book would definitely be middle years.

I don’t read a lot of YA these days, but I pick one up now and then, and it’s refreshing. They’re usually simple reads with interesting premises, so I enjoy exploring their pages.

This was definitely true for The Die of Death. It was a lot of fun diving deeper into the world that I enjoyed so much in the first book.

## Slow and Steady Doesn’t Win the Race

Anderson’s pacing is one of his strengths when it comes to his writing. He seems to have mastered the pacing of the books in the series, knowing exactly when to press on the gas, and when to ease up just a little bit.

He makes it feel a bit stressful. Like there’s always something happening, and that the stakes are high.

This helps add to the connections you feel with the characters. You feel like they’ve achieved something, like they’ve failed or succeeded in their goals.

If you do a little digging, it won’t be hard to find a bunch of other bloggers with reviews out there of this book. It was a lot of fun to read, and I can’t wait till I can get to book 3!

Let’s talk about The Die of Death in the comments, or on the social media!

Hello my dear readers, I have a new recurring post idea that I want to start today.

We all know how many books are out there. I mean every day there seems to be another book being released, from another brand new author.

With this recurring post, I want to highlight some books that are written in certain countries around the world, as well as some authors you should check out.

I want to give less well known and indie authors a chance for the spotlight, as well as highlight the fact that they were written in certain countries.

Since I am a maple syrup blooded Canadian, that seemed a good a place as any to start with some featured books.

I’ll likely only give you a few books and a few authors per post, but depending on the country there may be a few more or less.

If you think of any other authors or books that need to be featured, let me know in the comments, or shoot me a message on social media.

Aubrey McKee is the the first in a series of five autobiographical novels by Alex Pugsley. Aubrey McKee tells the story of a boy growing up in 1970s and 1980s Halifax. The second novel, which follows the narrator’s arrival in Toronto as a young man, is forthcoming.

In the novel How a Woman Becomes a Lake, it’s New Year’s Day, and in a small fishing town called Whale Bay a woman goes missing. Vera had set out on a walk with her dog, and her husband Leo took their boys on a boat to write their New Year’s resolutions. In the weeks that follow, Vera’s absence sets off a chain of suspicion within the town. After Leo moves south, the detective investigating the case becomes obsessed with the missing woman.

In Mysterious Dreams of the Dead30-somethingMike Shintani decides to address the mysterious circumstances of his father’s death when he was 15 — after perishing in a plane crash, Mike’s father’s body was never found. Mike finds a diary written in Japanese, which sets him on a pathway to finding out the truth of his father’s mysterious life.

Samra Habib is a journalist and photographer. Her first book, We Have Always Been Hereis a memoir about her childhood in Pakistan, arriving in Canada as a refugee and coming out as a proud queer Muslim woman. Habib is also the creator of the photo documentary project Just Me and Allah, in which she travelled the world to document the diverse stories of LGBTQIA Muslims.

Teresa Wong’s first book Dear Scarlet is a moving graphic memoir about the author’s experience with postpartum depression. Written as a letter to her eldest daughter, Wong offers an honest and tender account of motherhood, family and mental health.

Do you know of any other Canadian authors or books in the making? Let myself and my readers know by leaving it in the comments, or share it with us on social media.

## April 2020 Book Releases

Spring is in the air, and with all of us stuck indoors for the most part, I’m sure our list of books to read have been shrinking to the point that we need to replenish it.

Well, April is here, and with it, a whole month’s worth of new books being released.

Take a look, there are plenty of new interesting books just waiting to be read.

## Mystery Blogger Award

I want to thank Mybookworld24 for the nomination!

What are the Mystery Blogger Award rules?

Put the award logo/image on your blog

Thank whoever nominated you and put a link to their blog.

Mention the creator of the award- This award was created by Okoto Enigma

Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you

Nominate 10-20 bloggers

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

What is the next movie your planning to watch?

Jumanji 2. Saw it was on DVD and my girlfriend liked the first movie, so I’m gonna surprise her with it hopefully.

How do you relax?

Reading, watching anime or Netflix, or just calming myself down at the end of the day

What language would you love to learn?

I think Mandarin would be really cool to speak, but more realistically something Western European. French or German I think.

Which planet you love to live on and why?

Well Earth, since it has breathable oxygen, but Mars would look beautiful I think.

Not really weird, but I bite my nails sometimes, and it bothers me that people have one eye that is bigger than the other…

I will not be asking any questions, or tagging any people. From what I can tell, a lot of my blogging circle has done this award recently, so if you are in the mood for a tag, then count these questions and this post as your official tag!

## 10 Signs You’re A Certified Book Addict

Dear readers, we both know the truth. We know you can’t live without a book in arms reach.

Now now, don’g give me that “I’ll stop after just one more chapter” nonsense, I’ve heard it all before. We all know that you can’t kick the habit.

But that’s okay. We all understand. We are all right there with you, shaking in the corner when we can’t finish the book fast enough to know what happened.

I want you to take a deep look into your soul, and realize, that even though you are a lost cause, you can help others before it gets worse.

Below, I am going to list 10 symptoms of a book addict. If you notice one, or any of these symptoms, please seek professional help.

What are some other tell-tale signs of a book addict? Which of the ones I listed are you guilty of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.

## #10. You Grab Your Books…Just To Hold Them

This is a bit of an odd one, if I am being honest, but you just don’t feel right without a book in your hand. You might even be busy doing surgery, eating dinner, or playing with your kid. But if you’re feeling lonely, or just a little bit upset, you need that book in your hands to make you feel better.

## #9. You Pack Too Many Books to Take With You on Vacation

A two week vacation on the beach with your loved one means you need a book a day right? I mean that makes sense. One suitcase for books, one for clothes, and then your loved one can just buy their stuff there.

Let’s be real. You need like five or six books MAX. Even that is pushing it. You’ll be sleeping, eating, adventuring, relaxing. You don’t need to be reading 24/7. Just enjoy the vacation!

## #8. You Examine Everyone Else’s Bookshelves When You’re Over

You judge your friends a little bit when you go over. You look through their shelves book by book. Some are common, some impress you, some are ridiculous and shouldn’t even have been made into a book.

We all do it, its okay. Just don’t show outward disgust/judgement because not everybody could have the perfect shelves like you do.

## #7. You WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE WHEN THEY SAY “BOOKS ARE BORING“

Now I don’t condone violence, but I wouldn’t be too upset about seeing a brawl break out over a book. Some people don’t like books, and may call them boring. Just remember to breathe deeply and slowly. They’re just being a doofus.

## #6. You’re Scared of Running Out of Books to Read

You own over 100 books you’ve read, and a few dozen that you haven’t, but that’s not enough. Who knows, maybe you’ll read a ton of books and never be able to buy a new one!

If I can give one word of advice, you’ll read more books. You’ll be able to go to the bookstore again, just stay calm and start chipping away at the TBR piling thats stacking up in the corner of your room.

## #5. Your Nightstand Doesn’t Have Any Free Space

One book, and then another book. Slowly they add up, and eventually you’re reading four different books and there is nowhere to put your cup of tea you drink before bed.

If you notice that it’s happened, it’s not too late. You can come back from this. All you need to do is figure out an organized way to put your books away. Maybe you keep an extra shelf for the books you’re currently reading, or maybe you find a spot on the coffee table.

## #4. You Own Multiple Copies of the Same Book

Paperback, hardcover, limited edition, and signed copy. Do you really need four different versions of the same book? It tells the same story doesn’t it?

Maybe you can try to limit the number. Maybe you just keep the ones that have sentimental value and the ones that have a signature.

## #3. You find you Pronounce Words Wrong Because You’ve Only Ever Read Them on a Page

It’s most likely names you’re pronouncing wrong, but you’ll start thinking people are pronouncing some words wrong too, until you find out you’re the one to blame.

You pronounce words wrong because you’ve only ever said them in your head, you’ve never heard them said aloud. All you have to do is realize your mistake and try to fix it in the future.

## #2. When You Finish a Book, You Have a Hard Time Coping With Reality

This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it hurt bad. You feel lost. You feel empty. You don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now that a book, or a series is over.

It will be okay. You will move on. Time will heal your wounds, you will become a stronger person because of this. Just pick up another book, and fall in love with those characters.

## #1. THE VERY IDEA OF GOING TO A BOOK STORE TURNS YOU ON

Sure, maybe dusty old books gets you all hot and bothered. If it does, no judgement, but maybe think about seeking professional help.

What’s more likely is that the idea of going to a bookstore get’s you all excited. It might be the highlight of your day, or week. Coming home with a bag of new books might be an awesome idea, and might be all you can think about.

It’s not bad per se, but it definitely needs to be kept in check. You can’t let it get too out of control, or else you’ll go past the point of no return.

## Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: An Honest Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

Hello my dear Potternerds. TO be completely honest with you, I will not worship Harry Potter like a lot of people do/will.

I have grown to understand the reason people worship it so much, and I will admit my dislike of the series has shrunk over the past few months, but I will not sit here and blow smoke up the Harry Potterverse ass.

### Harry’s Luck

Harry is generally pretty lucky. He generally has things thrown in his lap that help him save the day. He does very little on his own to solve any issues, but I will say CoS is one of the books where he does manage to get a bit done on his own.

He still needs some help, but he sort of figures out parts of the mystery on his own, and he does manage to kill the giant basilisk.

Sure, a magical healing bird flew in to save the day with a magic sword, but I’ll give it to Harry because he managed to still kill a giant snake which would be absolutely terrifying.

If Harry is good at one thing, it’s not cowering from a fight. He doesn’t seek them out per se, but when they are thrown at him, he won’t back down.

### The Overall Story

What’s great about this book is that it sets up the premise for book six and seven, but we don’t know it yet.

I don’t know if Rowling intended it that way, or if she was smart enough to do a little bit of word smithing, but the fact that book 2 was the set-up of the Horcruxes is really amazing.

Once you read future books, book two makes even more sense, but alone, it works perfectly fine. You just assume Voldemort has come back in another form, this time in one of his old notebooks.

I’ll give it to Rowling, other than Voldemort’s respect for Harry’s summer vacations (he only causes issues during the school year), she definitely knows how to set up a premise for a story. Each of the books follows a great idea, that may have some issues, but generally is really interesting.

### Voldemort

Voldemort is obviously an important part of the Potterverse. He is the main enemy, directly or indirectly, in each book, and is the ultimate villain of the entire series.

He doesn’t have a strong presence in this book, but he is there, or rather his memory is.

Though his ultimate goal in this book is a bit off from what he normally wants, it makes sense for who he is.

Voldemort is a well-written villain, and I think CoS is a great example of his character.

### What’s Next?

None of the Harry Potter books “set-up” the future books that much. Sure they have ideas or plot lines that continue through the books, but they generally end when the book is over.

This would definitely be one of my favourite Harry Potter novels. Without thinking about it much, I’d probably put it in at number three.

Where would you put Chamber of Secrets in the overall Harry Potter ranking? Let’s talk about it in the comments.