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text 2017-12-01 00:30
November Re-cap
She Rides Shotgun: A Novel - Jordan Harper
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
In a Perfect World - Trish Doller
False Hearts - Laura Lam
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord
Dreamfall - Amy Plum
The Sandcastle Empire - Kayla Olson

plus 2 more...

 

 

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   It seems like this month has lasted forever...probably due to the fact that I've been sick for about 3 weeks now, a terrible cold...also due to the fact that I worked 3rds for the week of Thanksgiving. All while being sick...It's been a mediocre reading month...a few good ones and the rest...kind of meh.  False Hearts was definitely my fav of the month.

 

 

(Audiobook) She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Finish Date:  11/01

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Finish Date:  11/03

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) In A Perfect World by Trish Doller

Finish Date:  11/04

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) False Hearts by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  11/09

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher

Finish Date:  11/11

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Finish Date:  11/13

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Finish Date:  11/16

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Finish Date:  11/17

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Finish Date:  11/18

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Finish Date:  11/24

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Until It Fades by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  11/28

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Finish Date:  11/30

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

12 books total

4,080 pages

8 of them Audiobooks, 3 Kindle eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-26 03:05
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 10: Pancha Ganapati Task
Please Mr. Einstein - Jean-Claude Carrière
Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume - Julie Kenner,Jennifer Coburn,Megan McCafferty,Lynda Curnyn,Jennifer O'Connell,Melissa Senate,Diana Peterfreund,Stephanie Lessing,Laura Ruby,Erica Orloff,Stacey Ballis,Kristin Harmel,Shanna Wendson,Elise Juska,Kyra Davis,Beth Kendrick,Berta Platas,Kayla Pe
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science - Andrea Wulf
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. –OR– Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books.  (Feel free to combine these tasks into 1!

 

Tough cull...  the best of the best for 2017.  It wasn't a straight "5 star" rating thing, but rather the books that stuck with me long after I finished them.  Here then, is my list:

 

Please Mr. Einstein - Jean-Claude Carrière Hands down my favourite book of the year - possibly my life. It's fiction, but it isn't.  Imagine an easy, but in-depth, look at Einstein's theory of relativity, discussed within the frame work of a fantastical time-out-of-time construct.  Throw in a small amount of speculation on what it might have been like to be Einstein, and then throw in a little humour in the form of Sir Isaac Newton constantly trying to crash the interview and get Einstein to admit he was wrong, and you have a small idea of what this book is like.

 

It is not possible to adequately explain how much this book delighted me and moved me.  If you have any interest at all in Relativity and/or Einstein, this book is definitely worth investigating.

 

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume - Julie Kenner,Jennifer Coburn,Megan McCafferty,Lynda Curnyn,Jennifer O'Connell,Melissa Senate,Diana Peterfreund,Stephanie Lessing,Laura Ruby,Erica Orloff,Stacey Ballis,Kristin Harmel,Shanna Wendson,Elise Juska,Kyra Davis,Beth Kendrick,Berta Platas,Kayla Pe On the other side of the spectrum is Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.  I loved Judy Blume's books when I was a kid, and at some level I knew she was a best selling author.  But until I read this book I had no idea she'd had as profound an effect on so many others as she had on me.  

 

These essays were funny, moving and amazing.  I don't remember a bad essay in the bunch, but the ones that stuck with me were the essays about Deenie terrifying one author, though ultimately helping her when she herself was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, and the author essay about having to hide Forever while secretly passing it from friend to friend.  That one might have been my life.

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea WulfA lot of you read this right along with me, so you know how good this book was, even when it stumbled a bit towards the end.  

 

Humbolt ... I still can't wrap my mind around how someone who contributed so much can be so neglected today.  There are ancient Greeks whom we now know to be full of shit that get more recognition than this man who was the first to do so many things, and to discover so many things that are absolutely vital to every person's life today.  Accurate things.  Like better weather maps.   And keystone species.  And, and, and.

 

We need to bring Humbolt and his work back, before the world goes to hell in a hand basket.

 

The Chosen - Chaim PotokThis was a very recent read for me, but such an incredible find.  I feel like my life would have been lacking had I never discovered this book.

 

The friendship at the heart of this book is the Jewish equivalent of a Fundamentalist born-again Christian and a Roman Catholic being best friends; both practicing and headed for a life in their faith.  Only, of the two, one is doing it because he wants to, and the other because he has to.

 

There's also a little softball, a fair amount about father-son dynamics and ultimately an entire book's worth about listening to your soul when it speaks.

 

Norse Mythology - Neil GaimanI have always been fascinated by the Norse myths - far more so than the Greek ones.  But I've never known much about the real myths - only what shows up in popular culture and we all know how accurate that is.  But studying Greek myths in college left me intimidated and wary of tackling the Norse myths.  I don't know how you can make stories involving minotaurs and swans dry and academic, but my university, at least, managed to do just that. 

 

But Gaiman... Gaiman can't make anything dry and academic. And after hearing he honoured the originals rather faithfully, I bought a copy on audio.  Then went out and bought a print copy.  I loved them.  They were horrific but entertaining and Thor is hilarious in his oafishness.  I feel like I can now say I have some familiarity with Norse mythology, and it didn't come from Marvel Comics.

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-08 10:00
New Release 4 STAR Reviews! Wolf Hunter & Wolf Leader (Arctic Brotherhood # 5 & 6) Jane Godman
Wolf Leader - Jane Godman
Wolf Hunter - Jane Godman

 

The fifth book in the new Arctic Brotherhood series--heart-pounding werewolf romances by Jane Godman that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

They are the Arctic Brotherhood. 

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates. 

Six months ago, the Arctic Brotherhood was torn apart when a respected former member, Hendrik Rickard was murdered. Cindy Harper, Hendrik’s best friend and housekeeper, is still struggling to come to terms with his death when she feels an invisible presence watching her. Alone and frightened, she turns to the only man who can help her.

Sebastian Novak is the maverick of the Arctic Brotherhood. Infuriated at the lack of progress they have made toward defeating their sworn enemy, Chastel, Sebastian wants to go on the attack. The discovery that Cindy is being targeted, increases his fury further. Forced to deny his feelings for Cindy in the past, Sebastian is overwhelmed by the strength of his desire for her as he protects her from this new threat.

Sebastian and Cindy succumb to the intensity of the attraction between them, but their lives are thrown into turmoil by a series of unexpected events. Before they can claim the happiness they have long denied themselves, they must face the evil mastermind determined to destroy the brotherhood.

 

 

 

Let me start off telling you that Wolf Hunter is the first that I have read in the Artic Brotherhood series and I really have to question my lack of judgement in missing out on this thrilling series.

 

In relation to the above statement, the author let information trickle into the story in just the right way to provide me with enough of the back story to pick up on the major conflict of the series without giving too much away or letting it take up too much of the current story.  So the book can be read without reading the others but I do believe it will be better when I read the other ones and then re-read this one. 

 

Cindy and Sebastian’s chemistry heats up the pages while their romance is being overshadowed by the evil that is stalking Cindy. The main characters are strong and readers can easily get caught up in their story and the supporting characters are just as strong and make up quite a brotherhood to fight Fenrir and the sorcerer Chastel which gives the story a well-rounded and solid group to engage reader’s imagination.

 

The action, suspense and thrills keep readers on the edge of their seats as the hero and heroine along with the rest of the Brotherhood fight to get ahead of the malevolent plans that Chastel and Fenrir have in store for them and the rest of the world and the twists and turns ensure that readers never stop turning the pages. I also would like to give the author a thumbs up on the climatic ending and the setting up for the final book!

 

Jane Godman has taken me surprise with her world of Norse mythology and werewolves and I will definitely be on the look-out for more books from her in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf Leader

 

The final book in the new Arctic Brotherhood series--heart-pounding werewolf romances by Jane Godman that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

They are the Arctic Brotherhood. 

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Their sworn enemy is dead, but the Arctic Brotherhood can’t relax. Fenrir, the Norse god of destruction is still determined to destroy the world. Vigo Durand agrees to lead the team against the most feared werewolf the world has ever known, but dark secrets from his past are threatening to catch up with him.

Amber Merova has been on the run for the last five years ago. When she meets Vigo, her werewolf mating impulse almost overwhelms her human instinct for survival. Almost. Feisty, determined, and hostile, Amber initially turns down Vigo’s offer to stay with the Brotherhood. When it looks like the men who murdered her pack have caught up with her, she has no choice but to take his offer of protection.

Both seem damaged beyond repair, but, as they work together to bring down Fenrir, they discover hidden ties that bind them together. Before they can look to the future, they must unravel the mysteries of the past.

 

 

Both, Vigo and Amber’s pasts add lots of turbulence to the story in all ways including their romance. The emotional distance between what they want and what they feel tugs at reader’s hearts as they get caught up in their lives and of course their characters are strong and well liked which means the readers want to know everything.

 

The fifth book ended with such a dramatic and important statement of intent for the Brotherhood, that I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. In some ways it surpassed my expectations, but in others it was a little anticlimactic. Fenrir is supposed to be the big bad but was the ending all there was, it certainly had lots of twists and turns and misdirection in the story which kept the suspense building and I enjoyed the story, it just left me feeling as if there was something missing when it came to the ending.

 

The Epilogue was great as it provided a great ending for the characters and answered the few questions left regarding them. But when it comes to gods and goddesses of any flavor whether they be good or evil, I believe my expectations may be a bit more than what we saw here, but that is just me and as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I won’t go into too much detail.

 

Let me be clear, just because I was expecting more doesn’t meant that Jane Godman didn’t do a fine job of writing the battle between the Brotherhood and Fenrir, the book was full of suspense and kept me turning the pages until I had read every last word. So I will still be out looking for more books by her as I can’t wait to find out what she has in store for us readers next.

 

 

 

Wolf Hunter is the 5th book in the Arctic Brotherhood series.

Wolf Leader is the 6th & Final book in the series.

Wolf Hunter is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   eBooks

Indigo   BAM   Swerve

 

Wolf Leader is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   eBooks

Indigo   BAM   Swerve

 

Jane Godman can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   BookBub   Facebook   Twitter   Pintrest

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review 2017-11-07 20:52
This is a compilation of short stories about all things Norse Mythology that seem to be centered around Loki in particular…
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

 

 

Book Title:  Norse Mythology

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Narration:  Neil Gaiman

Genre:  Fantasy | Mythology

Setting:  Asgard or Midgard, I think…

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  1.7/5

Addictiveness:  2.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

I don't know if it's just Norse Mythology that isn't for me, or if I just haven't found the right author to convey it.  This wasn't for me though…but that's not because it wasn't well written or well narrated, it is both, actually.  Both are done by Neil Gaiman, too.  At least it was quick listen, of which I did most of while cleaning house.   If you're into this sort of thing and like a short story format, then this could be perfect for you.  That cover though…it's gorgeous.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Currently, I do not have anything by him on my TBR.  I don't know…I'm not opposed to it.

 

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text 2017-09-25 04:44
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman,Neil Gaiman,HarperAudio

Think I've had enough Norse myths in a row.  Planning to come back to this later.

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