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Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

My Soul to Save
Rachel Vincent
A Second Bite at the Apple
Dana Bate
Scarlet
Marissa Meyer
Progress: 75 %
The Prosekiller Chronicles: Rise of the Spider Goddess -- An Annotated Novel
Jim C. Hines
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %

 

 

 

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Reading progress: 75%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Yawhzuh!

 

Totally immersed in this one.

 

And totally unlikely to write a review.  I just don't have the words.  

 

And analyzing it in broad strokes doesn't give a rational explanation for why these characters and this storyline grabs me.  They just suck me in even if what's going on doesn't on the surface seem like it would.

 

What a ride!  What will happen next ...

 

blither! blither! blither!


"Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."

—Robert A. Heinlein


UPDATED: What's On Your Waitlist? (On Hold at Library)

So, what's on your waitlist to read next from your public library?  

 

Thought it might be fun to share posts about it (and a reminder to update my shelves to reflect).

 

I have these ebooks on hold:

 

League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik Behind the Throne - K. B. Wagers  Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig  

#1 on 1 copy.              #3 on 1 copy.           #1 on 1 copy.

 

Witches of Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase  Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop  A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas  

 6 on 1 copy.                  6 on 1 copy.         16 on 4 copies.

 

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard   The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin  The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika Johansen

6 on 5 copies.               3 on 1 copy.                 4 on 1 copy.

 

 Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  

       4 on 1 copy.

 

(just in order shown on my library's website which allows a maximum checkout period of 21 days and uses overdrive)

 

 


Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?

Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing The Countess  - Lynsay Sands The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris Crazy Love - Candace Gold Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman, HelenKay Dimon 1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?

 

(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)


Reading progress: 14%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

And now my ereader just quadrupled time left to read the book.  ???


Just Downloaded

My Soul to Save  - Rachel Vincent

I had Mr. R give me another random book off my library wishlist because think I'll be stuck waiting a lot tomorrow.

 

This second in the Soul Screamers series was picked.  


Reading progress: 7%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

So far, red-hoodies Scarlet's grandmother has gone missing, mysterious and starving stranger Wolf has shown up asking for work, and a brief glimpse of imprisoned but resourceful Cinder from the first book.

 

According to the ereader, I'll have this one finished in an hour.


"You May Also Like"

I can really tell on the wishlists I cannot sort (like my public library's) where the "You May Also Like" sent me down the rabbit hole.

 

As evidenced by a huge clump of same genre or similar books in a row.

 

I am weak.  I'm trying to reorganize some shelves and wishlists.  But, that means I'm looking at books, and that seductive beckoning selection of also enjoyed, may also like, also bought ... 


Challenge: #Random-Available

I have such a huge wishlist at the library (and tend to jump right over those books to the next in series for book just enjoyed or a new "shiny" seen on booklikes feed).

 

I'm making myself a "Random-Available" challenge for the remainder of 2017:

 

  • At least twice a month (maybe weekly), I'm going over to library ebook wishlist and filtering just by currently available.  
  • Over to http://random.org to generate a number from 1 to however many pages that wishlist was.  That's my page number of the wishlist.
  • Then generate a number between 1-20 (because that's how many books on each page of my library's wishlist).  That's the book I'll borrow -- with permission to pick another book on the same page if not in the mood for it.
  • No deadlines, no prizes (other than hopefully finding good books), no obligations to review,  do not have to finish the book, and not competing with anyone.  Just getting around to books I've been meaning to read.

 

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate  is first one my new challenge/game selected for me.


Review of "Closer to the Chest" (Herald Spy, #3) Mercedes Lackey

Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey

Start to finish, this one stayed true to protagonist Mags and the Valdemar universe.

 

A solid storyline -- unlike parts of previous books that had a kajillion raised and dropped plot points, deluge of new characters taking away from our main ones, main characters acting out of character, ...

 

Another page-turner read for me.  The villainy that reared up in this one hardly as world-ending dire -- new sect encouraging misogyny and one misigynistic criminal -- and not that believable for Valdemar lost it a bit for me (I'm on the fence if "well done, hear, hear, pass the ammunition" or cheap plot point given the makeup of author's fanbase — possibly even response to objections by fans on how out-of-characteristically some women were treated/used in last volumes).

 

Not sure if this completes Mag's books or not.


"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read."

—Lemony Snicket


Review of "Under Witch Moon" (Moon Shadow #1) by Maria E. Schneider

Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider

This was surprisingly good.  A page turner of a mystery with paranormal elements.  If I was a bigger mystery fan, I'd likely rate it higher.  

 

I liked the heroine, the world building stayed logical even with paranormal elements and her being a witch.  Not the devil worshipping, coven-controlled-hierarchy, or *poof*-gee-unexplained-powers-chicklit type of thing that irritates me in some books.  A well-written element of the book that added to the story.  No insta-lust/luv or fated mate stuff (a whiff of potential romance towards the end).

 

I'm likely to read next in series when in the mood.  I do want to know what happens next with the characters (and am even looking forward to the romance if it happens because guy wasn't a douchebag).  A tiny personal irritation -- that I also had with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books that doesn't seem to bother most fans of that series -- is her knowingly putting one character in danger even though thinking it was wrong to do so (and spending part of the same book protecting same character).

 

I would not have guessed this a self-published book had I not already known before reading/buying it.

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Just starting ..

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Just came thru via library waitlist.  The first book in series really knocked my socks off it was so surprisingly good.  I waited to follow it up because doesn't sound like each book follows exact same protagonists.


Road trip flashbacks thanks to this commercial and Char's booklikes-opoly post about Main Street Station square.

 

A behind the scenes look at the commercial is at https://youtu.be/Ndd_Xli36V4 


What's on your Library Wishlist?

Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella Bitten by the Vampire - Bonnie Vanak Bound by Night (Bound #1) - Amanda Ashley Shadowfever  - Karen Marie Moning The Red Pyramid  - Rick Riordan King Raven: 3-In-1 of Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck - Stephen R. Lawhead Unleashed - Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié King of Darkness  - Elisabeth Staab Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy, #1) - L.A. Weatherly

I need to update booklikes shelves for the ebooks I've wishlisted at my public library (uses overdrive) before it grows completely out of control.

 

I'll be spacing out some posts for my wishlist from oldest to newest in the process.

 

Some are available now but not fitting my mood (or needing more research because not sure if read).

 

(Last books on page 17 of  my wishlist)


48 Books in Series Release Today

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare Space Taxi: Aliens on Earth - Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz Just One Touch: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) - Maya Banks Perish the Day: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy) - John Farrow The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen - Victoria Alexander Wen (VLG) (Volume 6) - Laurann Dohner, Kelli Collins, Dar Albert Trackers 2: The Hunted (Trackers series, Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith Cavanaugh Standoff (Cavanaugh Justice) - Marie Ferrarella Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar