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text 2017-12-07 15:01
Cover Reveal - Man Card




Nothing ventured, nothing banged...
I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down... 
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can't I get him out of my head? 
There are two things I know without question.
One: Ash and I are destined for each other.
Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing. 
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.
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text 2017-12-06 10:33
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
Tess of the Road - Rachel Hartman

More on the road and more backstory.

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text 2017-12-02 02:45
16 Festive Tasks - Square 14 - Dies Natalis Solis Invicti
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

As the name suggests, Open Road Summer takes place in the summer.



Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting. –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere.

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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...








   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



(Audiobook) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Finish Date:  11/03



(Kindle eBook) In A Perfect World by Trish Doller

Finish Date:  11/04



(Audiobook) False Hearts by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  11/09



(Audiobook) Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher

Finish Date:  11/11



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

Finish Date:  11/13



(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



(Audiobook) The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Finish Date:  11/24



(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



12 books total

4,080 pages

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




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review 2017-11-29 21:01
The Girl in the Road
The Girl in the Road: A Novel (Audio) - Monica Byrne

 This was a really weird story set in the near future. I liked it, but it was really weird. The protagonist, Meena, is a woman on the run and quite disturbed. It's told in the first person with time jumps between Meena and another woman who predates her, Miriama. The narrative seems confusing at first, but the women are still mentally working through some complex problems and they are running into people and situations that help them work it out.

What makes the story truly mesmerizing is the writing and the story building. The world has already come to terms with all the things that people complain now. Transgender is totally normal and we find that Meena's main love interest is trans. She's not only totally cool with it but specifically attracted to her spot on the gender scale. She also introduces the idea of transracial in one of her ramblings and how it had been normalized. I think my favorite bit of world building, though, is the shift in power from the US to Africa and the entire concept of the Trail leading there.

By the time I started to put together what was going on with the women, I was pretty far into the story and it enable the climax to unfold gloriously before me. I knew what was going to happen in a general way and all the details were so tangible and I almost couldn't move.

When reflecting on the plot itself, the story is a solid three star but needed to bumped up for the inclusive world-building, the mesmerizing writing style, Meena's liberating connection to her sexuality and all the ways in which the world was otherwise progressive beyond anything I'd seen before. It's a bit of a wild ride, really.

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