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text 2018-09-30 17:45
September Re-Cap
 All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother - Danielle Teller
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn
Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong
A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - Clara Emily Carpenter
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven
Contagion - Erin Bowman



I read a total of fourteen books towards Halloween Bingo, a decent month worth of books.  No Bingo's yet, but I'm close to having a few.  Only one book that I didn't like...and that was Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.  One freaky AF book...that one is Any Man, although, Fantasticland could probably fit into that category as well.  I also loved the first book in what I think will be a duology, with Contagion.  I'm still finding myself listening more than reading, it seems to be my new normal now. 




(Audiobook) All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Finish Date:  09/04



(Audiobook) Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Finish Date:  09/05



(Audiobook) Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Finish Date:  09/07



(Audiobook) City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Finish Date:  09/09



(Kindle eBook) A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Finish Date:  09/09



(Audiobook) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Finish Date:  09/12



(Audiobook) Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  09/14



(Audiobook) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Finish Date:  09/17



(Audiobook) Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  09/18



(Audiobook) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  09/20



(Kindle eBook) The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  09/23



(Audiobook) In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  09/24



(Audiobook) Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  09/26



(Audiobook) A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Finish Date:  09/28



14 Books Total, 12 of them Audiobooks and 2 Kindle eBooks.  A Total of 4,897 pages (including Audio).


Since I tend to pick books based on there covers...my pick for the best cover of the month goes to...


...it's actually a tie between Sea Witch and Contagion. 






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review 2018-09-05 19:42
Any Man will do...{{{cringing}}}
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn



Any Man

Amber Tamblyn



In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.


A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.


What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.


As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.






I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means.  Even so, this wrecked me.  This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional.  I cried real tears. 


Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all about, and something I won't likely forget.  For that reason alone this is must read or listen, if you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Audio version.  There is a total of 14 people, including the Author, who lend their voices to this story, making it all the more compelling.











Plot~ 4.5/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 3/5


Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

For its Message~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5


Book Cover~ Plain but inviting.

Narration~ 4.5 for a full cast with Glenn Davis, Ben Foster, Marc Maron, Jason Ritter, John Roberts, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Robin Miles, Therese Plummer, Dan Bittner, James Fouhey, & Michael Crouch.

Setting~ Various Cities, and the internet

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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text 2018-08-20 11:01
Things to Consider in Buying a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace for Your Baby

Teething can be troublesome not just for babies but also for the parents and guardians. When it starts, it can make the baby fussy due to the discomfort, and cause a lot of drooling. There may be some teething relief products you can readily buy from pharmacies and specialty stores, but none of them may be as natural as the Baltic amber teething necklace. This is no ordinary piece of baby bling, as it provides an all-natural relief from the discomfort caused by teething. Buying one may be straightforward, but there are things you must consider to ensure an authentic product and effective relief for your baby. Here’s what you need to know:


What it is and how it works – Baltic amber comes from the Baltic region, and it is one of the oldest materials in our planet, at more than 44 million years old. The material is made of fossilized resin from conifer tree sap, and while there are many other forms of amber from the region, it is this specific type of amber that is known for having high amounts of succinic acid, the active ingredient that provides teething relief.

When worn, body heat causes the Baltic amber teething necklace to release natural oils containing the succinic acid, which is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream to deliver relief from teething discomfort and pain. This ingredient is known for being rich in antioxidants and for its soothing, calming, immune boosting, and anti-inflammatory effects.


  • The color – Baltic amber teething necklaces may come in different colors, with the most common ones being orange or brown, with a milky hue. The material can come in black, yellow, brown, blue, green, and red, too. Some necklaces can have a combination of many different colors for a one-of-a-kind look.


  • Durability – It is important to know that a Baltic amber teething necklace is not meant to be chewed or put inside the mouth. It must be worn by your baby only while awake. However, make sure that the necklace is made of durable string, so it will not snap and become a choking hazard.


  • Authenticity – Buy Baltic amber teething necklaces only from a reputable manufacturer and retailer that has a proven good record in making and selling authentic products.


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The AMBEROS is one of the largest and most trusted online suppliers of Baltic Amber jewelry across Australia, South Africa, the US and more. They offer huge variety of Baltic Amber products such as Necklaces, Anklets & bracelets for teething babies and adults. All the products are of high-quality, affordable and available in wide range of colors and styles. AMBEROS offers fast & convenient way of online shopping with on-time delivery.

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review 2018-08-08 09:47
"Znak jednorożca" Roger Zelazny
Znak Jednorożca (Amber Chronicles, #3) - Roger Zelazny,Piotr W. Cholewa

Nie tak miało być. Po pierwszych dwóch częściach resztę chciałem przeczytać i opisać jako całość. Chciałem tak zrobić, ponieważ ksiażki są dosyć krótkie i często nie tworzą zamkniętej całości, bo wiele wątków wyjaśnia się w kolejnych tomach. A jednak opiszą osobno trzeci tom a powód tej decyzji podam w podsumowaniu.


Corwin odzyskał Amber. Nie koronował się jeszcze, ale po śmierci Eryka jest pierwszym w kolejce. Jednak nie będzie tak łatwo. Ludzie mu nie ufają a dodatkowo musi ogłosić morderstwo swojego brata, co nie wpłynie pozytywnie na jego wizerunek. Prawdopodobnie spora część dworu uzna, że to on sam zabił brata aby wzmocnić swoją pozycję. Aby nieco zyskać postanawia przekonać resztę rodzeństwa do odnalezienie innego brata, po którym słuch zaginął już bardzo dawno. Jednak już chwilę później trzeba rozpocząć śledztwo mające wykazać, kto i dlaczego owego brata uwięził i starał się zabić. Oj nie jest łatwo być władcą Amberu.


W tej książce dzieje się jednocześnie bardzo dużo i bardzo mało. Patrząc na streszczenie zawarte powyżej można uznać, że akcja jest wartka. Tu zabójstwo, tu porwanie, zaraz śledztwo i jeszcze trochę innych wydarzeń, których nie wspominam. Jednocześnie narracja jest jakaś taka mało przystępna, a przede wszystkim nie jest rozwinięty ciekawy wątek Dary umieszczony w tomie drugim. Jest wspomniana tylko na chwilę w końcówce. Nie lubię takiego zanęcania. Pod koniec powieści wrzucamy coś dla smaczku, co zachęca do sięgnięcia po kolejny tom i odpuszczamy. A dokładniej odpuszczamy ten wątek przez cały tom aby pod koniec znowu delikatnie zanęcić rozwijając go delikatnie. Jest to drażnienie czytelnika i grozi porzuceniem lektury. Niestety nie znalazłem aż tyle przyjemności w "Znaku jednorożca" aby kontynuować serię. Chciałem przeczytać przynajmniej 5 pierwszych tomów, ale po co mam się męczyć. Koncepcja świata jest ciekawa, ale same przygody głównego bohatera zbyt chaotyczne. Pierwszy raz przewijałem sobie ostatnie 45 minut (książkę słuchałem) i odsłuchiwałem jeszcze raz bo nie zrozumiałem co do mnie lektor mówił. To zaważyło na ocenie.


"Znak jednorożca" to dosyć chaotyczna powieść, która z jednej strony dalej rozwija znany nam już z poprzednich części świat Amberu, lecz z drugiej wprowadza zamęt i nie eksploatuje rozpoczętych wcześniej wątków. Przeczytałem, lecz zapewne za kilka miesięcy nie będę pamiętam co tam się działo. Na ten moment zawieszam czytanie tego cyklu, bo nie daje mi tyle przyjemności ile bym oczekiwał. Za dużo jest innych książek na rynku

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review 2018-08-06 07:16
Go For It, Nakamura! (one-shot manga) story and art by Syundei, translation by Amber Tamosaitis
Go For It, Nakamura! - SYUNDEI

Go For It, Nakamura! is comedy with gay high school romance elements. I want to emphasize, however, that it isn't a romance. If the series ever gets another volume (maybe it already has, just not in English?), I could see it becoming a romance, but this particular volume is not.

Nakamura is an awkward, introverted, and occasionally uncomfortably intense 16-year old. He adores his pet octopus, Icchan. He has no friends and practises conversations in his head all the time but has difficulty actually having them in real life. He also happens to be gay. He has an enormous crush on his popular and outgoing classmate, Hirose, and his goal is to 1) actually talk to him and 2) become friends with him.

I picked this up on a whim. Happily, this turned out to be a good decision. For the most part, I loved this volume.

I don't handle secondhand embarrassment well and found myself having to take breaks several times while reading this. Nakamura was painfully awkward in ways that, yes, were played for humor but were also often realistic enough that awkward and/or introverted readers could probably find something to relate to. One particular horrible moment Nakamura remembered exactly matched a horrible memory from my own middle school years. Seeing it on-page was a bit horrifying.

I rooted for Nakamura, but I also had issues with him. I disliked how completely focused he was on Hirose. He had zero friends, and yet when his efforts to talk to and impress Hirose led to him meeting and talking to Hirose's friends, he never once considered them to be potential friends. Instead, he viewed anyone who was even vaguely close to Hirose as rivals and possible sources of information about Hirose. He also didn't seem to realize that a lot of the things he was doing to try to get to know Hirose better were kind of creepy, like eavesdropping on Hirose's conversations to find out what sorts of things he liked.

Chapter 2 contained one of my least favorite moments, a single panel in which Nakamura had a sudden tentacle rape fantasy about Hirose. And Chapter 4 was a little weird, introducing a fujoshi artist who developed a crush on Nakamura. I'm still not sure whether she was aware that Nakamura liked Hirose, although I don't see how she could've missed it considering the nature of Nakamura's request.

Aside from those things, however, I really enjoyed this volume. The artwork was well-done and reminded me a lot of Rumiko Takahashi. And the humor usually worked for me, despite my secondhand embarrassment issues. It was focused on Nakamura's awkwardness and his efforts to accomplish something where his secret crush was concerned, but it didn't feel, to me, like Syundei was being overly cruel to Nakamura or making fun of him for being gay. (Be warned, however, that there are a couple instances of homophobia. At one point, for example, Nakamura's teacher laughed at the idea of two boys dating.)

The last couple chapters had some surprisingly serious moments, as Nakamura began to lose hope that he'd ever truly connect with Hirose and become his friend. He compared himself to his effortlessly cool teacher, who Hirose certainly idolized and, Nakamura feared, possibly had a crush on, and found himself focusing on all the ways he fell short.

The ending was sweet. I considered it reasonably satisfying, although some readers might not feel the same. Syundei gave Nakamura a bit of happiness but left plenty of room for the story to be continued.

Although the romance fan in me might have liked something more, I think it would have felt rushed and weird - not to mention there'd still be the issue of Nakamura's potentially unhealthy level of focus on Hirose, and what that would mean for any sort of romantic relationship between them. One interesting thing: This may be the only work I've ever read where the closeted main character is still closeted by the end, but not unhappy.

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A couple full-color pages, character profiles for Nakamura and Hirose, and a 2-page comic-style afterword by the author. In the afterword, Syundei talks a little about each chapter's creation - I wonder if the "tentacle rape" panel would have made it in if Syundei had known the series was going to continue?


Rating Note:


I debated between 4.5 and 5 stars for this. I don't really know that it deserves 5 stars, considering its problems, but I've found myself going back and rereading parts of it several times since I finished it. I decided that's worth bumping my rating up.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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