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text 2019-02-10 18:40
Letting Books Go!
As part of uncluttering my mind, I want to unclutter my space, Marie Kondo style. Her method is called the KonMari Method. It is where you look at something and ask if it sparks joy. Joy = you keep it. No feeling/no joy = you thank it and pass it along.
 
Bookish people (mostly on Twitter) are coming at Marie Kondo because of a misquote and a joke someone made with her picture saying "Ideally, keep fewer than 30 books." She actually said, “I now keep my collection of books to about thirty volumes at any one time.” That is what she likes for herself!
 
I did the KonMarie method today with the help of my husband and took a hard look at my growing book collection. I come to a decision to cull over half my collection, if not more. Not because Marie Kondo told me to, but because I know that I am never going to read half these books. I've had them for years without touching them, some I didn't like, some I DNF'd, and some I doubt I will ever reread. My husband did the same with his books.
 
We went through 10ish boxes and ended up culling 7 boxes worth!
 
We made a new rule that the only physical books we are going to buy used are the things we are actively collecting and no more buying random books, with the exception of being 80s & 90s (and earlier) books, though I will be pickier. (Rare books, hard to find and libraries will not have them.)
 
I got rid of a bunch of books that I can easily get at the library if I decide I want to read them later on. We are already picky about the new books we buy because we can't buy full price books often. We still have a lot more books to go through! haha
 
I'm not getting rid of every unread book or everything I've read and may not read again. I'm keeping things that have true sentimental value and nostalgic stuff because I LOVE going back to my younger self and rereading nostalgic books. That sparks joy!
 
Some series I am actively collecting are: (For the curious)
 
 
The Babysitter's Club
Goosebumps
Fear Street
Other R L Stine books
Animorphs
Sweet Valley High
The Alice books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
Buffy, Angel, Charmed books
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
Boxcar Children
Several cheesy teen horror authors (Christopher Pike, Joan Lowery Nixon...etc)
Cheesy teen horror novels in general from the 80s/90s era
The type of books you would find in Paperbacks From Hell and Paperback Crush (so 70s,80s,90s horror and children/teenage stuff.)
 
There are more but those are the things I think are most recognized. It seems like a lot, but it is a very slow growing collection and I end up getting the books from $1 to $3 at the Half Price Book Store.
 
No matter how old I get, I still read and enjoy the above books. The nostalgic factor might be one of the reasons, but so what! Some would consider some of these books badly written nowadays, but it is like I can turn off a switch and overlook cheesy storylines, plot holes and "bad writing" Most of the books above would probably be considered "guilty pleasure" books for adults to read, but I don't use that word.
 
They are comfort reads.
(spoiler show)
 
 
Do you unhaul books easily or is it like pulling teeth? That is how it is for me, even if I didn't like the book that much. I know it is boarding on hoarding tendencies because it shouldn't be so hard to donate a book you hated, or a book you know you'll never read.
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review 2018-03-27 20:00
Just What the Truth Is (Home #5) by Cardeno C. Review
Just What the Truth Is (Home Collection Book 3) - Cardeno C.

People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah’s affection.

When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won’t tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn’t the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what’s important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

 

Review

 

here is a lot of pleasure to be found in this romance. I adore Micah. He appears in other books in the series and I have always been a fan.

Ben is a mess. But he is sweet and though his waffling grates a bit, he is a sympathetic character. 

The heat between the heroes is lovely and it is such fun that they just start dating before Ben can even turn around. 

A great circle of friends and a happily ever after.

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review 2018-02-12 00:00
Lure of the Alpha: Three Book Collection - Volume 2
Lure of the Alpha: Three Book Collection... Lure of the Alpha: Three Book Collection - Volume 2 - Anna Lowe A wonderful fun and entreating series. With a verity of shifters and sweet romances.

Lure of the Tiger is another marvelous addition to the Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart series by Anna Lowe. This is an exhilarating and suspenseful story.

Cruz is an ex-military elite solder who hates humans. Jody is a professional surfer who is regretting her decision to accept a modeling contract.

These two where fun and adorable together. Jody is so full of life. Even when things are bad, she sees the good and looks for the positivity. Cruz hasn’t moved on from his devastating past. He’s a broody tiger shifter, but when Jody pops up in his life he starts to change and learn that life is beautiful. Their romance was sweet and romantic. Besides the romance their is the danger to Jody that they must navigate. Finding out why someone wanted her killed and anticipating another stone poping up.

These ex-military elite solders have made their own family together, but destiny is making sure that they find their soul mates and in the process find peace and hope. This series is so much fun, the characters are unique, the story is entertaining, and the romance is endearing. Can’t wait for the next installment.

Rated: 4 Stars

Love of the Dragon is book five in the Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart series by Anna Lowe.

This series fast became an entertaining and enjoyable one for me to read. I do feel you need to read the series in order; because previous characters come into play, the hunt for the Spirit Stones and what destiny aka fate has in store for these characters.

Silas is one character the moment he was introduced I couldn’t wait to see who destiny threw in his path to help him learning that being the leader and taking all the responsibility on himself doesn’t have to be done alone. He’s a broody, honorable, and stick to traditions; dragon.

Cassandra, is a bartender that didn’t know about shifters or her witch heritage until about a week ago when her crazy aunt through all of this at her. Her world got turned upside down fast, but she handled it well and showed a backbone of steal even when she was scared.

I loved watching these two come together. Silas fights his dragon all the time, even when he knows that Cassandra is his mate. Cassandra didn’t know much, but she learned fast and didn’t let witch/dragon stuff stop her from falling for Silas.

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twist thrown into the storyline. The ending was suburb. I’d know from the authors group that she planed to add one more story to this series, but I wasn’t sure how she’d tie it into the Spirit Stone storyline. The ending answered that question and it was well done.

As always Ms. Lowe created a wonderful story that kept me hooked from start to finish.

Rated: 4 Stars

Lure of the Fox continues the saga of the Aloha Shifters and concludes story arc of the Spirt Stones.

I have adored this series and community of shifters. This story is packed with action, suspense, and romance. It’s well written with a few twists plus a verity of shifters to enjoy. We get to see all our previous couples and a unique kind of shifter. The world is built beautifully. I have enjoyed how Ms. Lowe builds her world and characters.

Lure of the Fox was a sweet romance of second chances. Destiny will not be denied this time around. I had a little trouble getting into the story. Not sure if it was me or the story. If felt a little slow for my taste and things didn’t pick up until the 50% mark when the action starts to happen. The romance between Jake and Ella was sweet. It’s a slow build. Even though they have previously been together each kinda pushes the other way, well Ella more then Jake, until they deiced to give things a chance.

The ending was acceptable. We don’t get closer on Moira. She is the evil dragon shifter who wants the Spirt Stones, so the author has left it open for more stories to pop up. And, the way Lure of the Fox ends and the talk that the Aloha Shifters have about bringing in some Security help, well we might be getting a spin-off with more shifters to enjoy.

Lure of the Fox was a satisfying read. I’m excited to read the spin-off. I do recommend reading this series in order, but it’s not necessary, though you might get better enjoyment if you do.

Rated: 3 Stars

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text 2017-11-24 19:29
First three books free today 11/24/17
Rose Hill Mystery Series Three-Book Collection: Books 1-3 - Pamela Grandstaff

I read the first of these and wasn't overly impressed (review here) but others may like it, so I thought I'd offer the link since all three are free today, at least in the U.S.

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text 2017-10-13 20:43
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Three Miss Marple Mysteries (The Murder at the Vicarage / The Body in the Library / The Moving Finger) - Agatha Christie

I am reading this for Locked Room Mystery square.


I already finished "The Murder in the Vicarage" and loved every bit of it. But it's definitely a transition from a Miss Marple that feels barely tolerated to the Miss Marple that we all know and love that shows up in "The Body in the Library."

 

I also think that having the Vicar (Leonard) be the main narrator for the first story definitely colors how you think of Miss Marple as well. 


Review for The Murder in the Vicarage:

So this is a classic locked room murder mystery. Told from the point of view of St. Mary's Mead, local vicar, Leonard Clement we have him starting to wish harm upon the head of Colonel Lucius Protheroe. The colonel is despised by many of the residents and eventually winds up dead, he is found murdered in the vicar's study. 

 

What makes this murder mystery even more intriguing is that two people confess to the murder, but it seems that the real suspect could be far sinister. 


The vicar goes around and through being around when discussions are held and clues abound he digs around into who could be behind the colonel's murder. One of St. Mary's Mead resident, Miss Jane Marple always seems to be on the scene too, helping along the vicar. 

 

We get a lot of characters who show up in later Miss Marple books. 

 

I really did get a kick out of this one, especially when we get to the reveal. Miss Marple reads as stuffy and gossipy though by the vicar. I am glad that Christie changed that up in later books. 

 

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