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text 2017-11-20 12:58
It's Monday! And I'm Back! I hope... | 11/20/2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!

 



I really do hope to start blogging more actively now that my work schedule is coming back to a more normal routine--and I don't just mean switching to a day shift position, which is technically more of a midday shift position.  But with this transition, and all the fiasco about my car running into a deer, things have certainly been chaotic.

The last two week at my former job was a big headache, because someone accidentally entered my last day incorrectly, so I got booted out of the system for three nights.  Dealing with all of that was annoying, and I almost just wanted to say F-it! and just call in sick for those last few days.  But I persevered, and now I've started my new job in a new set of hours, and things have been quite nice so far.

The transition has been a little tougher than I'd expected, but I hope everything will normalize soon.

I've been reading, but not really blogging, so I'm a little behind in my reviews.  In order to make myself a happier person, I've just been indulging in the rest of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series, and will be finishing it up, hopefully by the end of the year.  It's been a rather enjoyable Tessa Dare marathon for me, and I'm quite satisfied with myself.  Because of my strange anal need to read all things in the order they were published, I will also be starting Tessa Dare's Castles Ever After series, if only because it shares a last book with Spindle Cove, apparently--Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

Don't ask.

Meanwhile, I'm finishing up the Flat Book Society Read, Forensics by Val McDermid, which hasn't exactly been what I was expecting, but still enjoyable to an extent.

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Hoping to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


I had stated in a previous post that I have a few 16 Festive Tasks posts planned--for the actual activity tasks, and not the reading tasks.  Hopefully I will be able to get those written and fleshed out, then posted at some point.  I especially want to get the Thanksgiving task posted this week, preferably the day before Thanksgiving, or maybe even on Thanksgiving Day.

While I'm still training at my new job, I will have every weekend off until they deem me ready to work by myself, so hopefully I will be able to prioritize my weekends to include some blogging, and plan a few more 16 Tasks posts!

Meanwhile, I will probably be flooding everyone with the backlogged reviews I've yet to finalize.

Hope everyone else is having a good month!  I've been missing the updates, but have been skimming the Booklikes dashboard and seeing all the 16 Festive Tasks activity!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/11/its-monday-and-im-back-i-hope-11202017.html
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review 2017-11-19 18:47
Review: "Kidnapped by the Pirate" by Keira Andrews
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2017-11-19 08:00
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception - Maggie Stiefvater

I liked the series about the wolves and that was why I wanted to try this series as well. I had little to no knowledge about fairies and whatsoever but I thought; lets give it a try.

I was not really what I expected it to be. The love story was weak and not really imaginative, the story itself was not great either. I was quite disappointed reading it. For me, it was not as special as her other series, which I enjoyed. I wouldn't recommend this series, please try her other series!

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text 2017-11-19 02:13
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King

So far I am not sure how I feel about the book. I just got to the palace or whatever you want to call it, of Rajah Tarek. Now that I am at this point, things will really start to really take off. I really not attracted to any of the characters, “Kalinda: is Rajah Tarek 100th wife, but she's already falling for someone else. Which brings me to this individual, whose name is Deven. He knows that things can get deadly if he gets involved with Kalinda but he still does things that could get them both killed. I can understand Kalinda somewhat, since she was never around men before. But Deven he just has no excuse at all.

I am going to give the book 3 to 4 more chapters, and if things don't improve, I will pick out something else to read. And then maybe get back into the book, in another month or two.

I do have book 2, as well as 3, which I received both by the way of Netgalley. So I am bound and determined to get through all three books, luckily 3 doesn't come out, I believe until sometime in February. 

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review 2017-11-19 02:00
All's Fair was definitely all good...
Fair Chance - Josh Lanyon,J. F. Harding

Wow, this one was awesome. Everything's come full circle. Elliot's consulting on the case that started it all as things come to a close. Tucker and Elliot are together and both men are determined to make this a forever thing. Things however start to get dicey again when it comes to light that maybe 'The Sculptor' wasn't acting alone and he had an accomplice...suddenly no one's safe again and when Tucker disappears. 

Elliot knows it's The Sculptor at work and he's sure that time isn't on his side but he's not ready to give up on finding Tucker. I found myself totally absorbed by this one following Elliot as he searches for his missing partner. While the body count rises and the clues begin to add up Elliot does his own soul searching and realizes that having the future he wants can only happen if he finds the man he loves.

From start to finish I've loved this series. The mystery, the romance, the characters have all come together to create a series that gave me one hella' good reading/listening experience that I know I'll be revisiting in the future. I don't know if Ms. Lanyon has more in store for Tucker and Elliot but if she does I am so there and on board for the adventure.

J. F. Harding was once again the narrator for the third installment of this series and I thoroughly enjoyed his contribution to making bringing this story to life with what once again proved to be an enjoyable narration. Having listened to him narrate 'Fair Play' made this book feel very much like I was spending a few hours with people I knew. Elliot and Tucker's voices were recognizable and felt familiar. It's truly a pleasure to listen to a series with the same characters when you are given the same narrator and while it's not one of the boxes on my 'things I look for in an audio book' I think I may have to add it because consistency...it's a thing or at least for me it is.

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