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text 2018-06-08 12:03
Friday Reads - June 8, 2018
Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks - Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

Tomorrow is the kick-off of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash. To start, I am reading two books off my COYER reading list, Drifting to You and A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander. These were historical romance novellas from two different indie published anthologies that are now sold separately, at least in the Kindle store. 


I already have two books done for Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo this week: Winds of Salem for "time travel" square and When Summer Comes for "heroine is older than the hero" square. Right now I am working on a third, the one for the "Pre-Renaissance" square (The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter, set in medieval England).


I gave up on that WWI book because I couldn't get through the first chapter. I am taking the summer off from the reading list and will get back to it in September.


Started the grad school application process this week. Hopefully by September I will be back in school along with my kids.



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text 2018-06-02 21:43
2nd Annual The Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo

 Click here for rules and game board: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/bingo.


I did this last year and while I didn't get any bingos, it was fun to play along. This year's categories/prompts seem more based on genre conventions and less influenced on news makers. My favorite is "birds are involved somehow" - and they recommend the Call of Crows trilogy as an example, so interpret these categories as you want.


I am using my current read, Winds of Salem, for the time travel square.

Source: www.therippedbodicela.com/bingo
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text 2018-05-31 17:50
Women Writers Bingo / Project: Tracking Post



A - Margery Allingham: The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady, Police at the Funeral, Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Traitor's Purse, and The Tiger in the Smoke (all new); The Man With the Sack (revisited on audio);

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun (new);

Margaret Atwood: The Penelopiad (new) and The Blind Assassin (both audio)

B - Anne Brontë: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (revisited on audio)

C - Helen Czerski: Storm in a Teacup (new);

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger, One, Two, Buckle my Shoe, Murder Is Easy, They Do It With Mirrors, and N or M? (all revisited on audio), Crooked House (revisited on audio and DVD) and Destination Unknown (new)

D - Margaret Drabble: The Red Queen (new)

E -

F -

G - Elizabeth George: For the Sake of Elena, Playing for the Ashes, and Well-Schooled in Murder (all revisited on audio);

Elizabeth Gaskell: Cranford (revisited on audio)

H - Radclyffe Hall: The Well of Loneliness (new);

Mavis Doriel Hay: Death on the Cherwell (new);

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley (revisited on audio);

Kathryn Harkup: A Is for Arsenic (new)

I -

J - P.D. James: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (new), Original Sin, Death of an Expert Witness, Unnatural Causes, and The Skull Beneath the Skin (all revisited on audio)

K -

L -

M - Val McDermid: The Distant Echo and Trick of the Dark (both new);

Ngaio Marsh: Death in a White Tie, Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool), Clutch of Constables, Death at the Dolphin (aka Killer Dolphin), Hand in Glove, and Death in a White Tie (all revisited on audio)

N -

O - Emmuska Orczy: The Old Man in the Corner (new) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (revisited on audio)

P - Anne Perry: A Dangerous Mourning and The Whitechapel Conspiracy (both new);

Ellis Peters: The Sanctuary Sparrow and Dead Man's Ransom (both revisited on audio)

Q -

R - J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith): The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil (all new);

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (all on audio)

S - Dennis McCarthy & June Schlueter: "A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels" by George North -- A Newly Uncovered Manuscript Source for Shakespeare's Plays (new);

Dorothy L. Sayers: Unnatural Death (revisited on audio)

T - Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar and The Franchise Affair (both new);

Amy Tan: The Chinese Siamese Cat (new)

U -

V -

W - Ethel Lina White: The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins) and The Spiral Staircase (aka Some Must Watch) (both new);

Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver Intervenes, Latter End, and Poison in the Pen (all new)

X -

Y -

Z - Juli Zeh: Schilf (English title: Dark Matter) and Unterleuten (both new)


Free / center square:


On the card, I am only tracking new reads, not rereads.


Read, to date in 2018:

Books by female authors: 68

- new: 41

- rereads: 27


Books by male authors: 33

- new: 31

- rereads: 2


Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 1

- new: 1

- rereads:

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text 2018-05-02 01:33
Women Writers Bingo Progress


I've got 3 more letters to read, but I think 'X' might take me a bit.


A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - Busted - Gina Ciocca  

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - Buried Heart - Kate Elliott  

F - A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age - Emmy J. Favilla  

G - Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - That Wolf-Boy is Mine! 1 - Yoko Nogiri  

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan  

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson

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review 2018-05-01 18:29
Bingo Love OGN - Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge

This love story is sweet and cute but the dialogue is very simplistic, It was all very rushed and tried to sound good with so many tumblr buzzwords like "warrior goddess" and "self-care" and then tries to shoe-horn in a The Notebook ending. The art style is nice and colorful but the writing is so boring, not a fan. 

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