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text 2018-12-05 21:24
24 Festive Tasks, Door 9 - Thanksgiving UPDATED to include Task 2
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Nightingales Under the Mistletoe: (Nightingales 7) - Donna Douglas

Thanksgiving

 

Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).

 

Task #1

The three books I am most thankful for reading this year are:

 

1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

          This is what I would recommend to anyone, but especially non-history readers, if they wanted to read one book about World War I. 

 

2. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole

              I'm not a fangirl of Hamilton or his musical (although I do listen and enjoy the soundtrack), but getting new material from these authors was enough for me to buy it. Courtney Milan's story was my favorite, but Rose Lerner's and Alyssa Cole's stories were wonderful as well. 

 

3. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald

             This book was a door stopper, but read so much like a novel that it didn't feel over long at all. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Enron.

 

Honorable mention: The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 and 2) by Jeannie Lin.

 

Task #2

My perfect meal, created by a chef and his/her/their team, is inspired by my Italian heritage. It would be time and resource intensive, ergo I would never make it for myself.

1. Starters - Caprese salad and friend calamari

2. Main - Zuppa di Pesce e Frutti de Mare (just a ton of seafood in a clear broth)

3. Sides - Baked Fennel with Parmesan and Mushroom risotto

4. Dessert - Tiramisu

 

Task #3

The book I read this year with the most "stuffing" was Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery #11) by Kate Carlisle. Details about the most mundane things with boring vanilla characters and constant wedding talk - and the murder mystery was an afterthought until the very end. 

 

Task #4

Honestly, I can't remember all the freebies I download in a single month, let alone in a year. So here is what I bought this month:

 

1. Bitch Planet Volume 1 and 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al (from Foyles)

2. A Nightingale Christmas Carol and Nightingales Under the Mistletoe by Donna Douglas (from a charity shop)

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review 2018-04-26 00:00
Sweet Disorder
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner Happy sighs, going to hug my kobo while I fall asleep now...
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text 2018-02-01 16:26
January Reading
Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg,Wioletta Grzegorzewska,Eliza Marciniak
 Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science - James Mahaffey,Keith Sellon-Wright
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg
Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Eleven books read:

Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore

My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle  

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.  

Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak  

Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - James Mahaffey

Someone To Love - Mary Balogh (DNF)

Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner  

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden 

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg  

Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip  

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin  

 

Women Writers Bingo: 3/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in January: Wioletta Greg, Rose Lerner, Katherine Arden

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 7 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 3 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 0

Paper books from library: 5

E-books that I own: 1

E-books from library: 1

Audiobooks that I own: 4

 

February Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Jade City, Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide).

2. Read at least one book for black history month

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.

 

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5 (Swallowing Mercury)

5 of those books are non-fiction: 0/5

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

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text 2018-01-31 12:00
January 2018 Reading Wrap Up
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin

Pretty average month, mostly in the 2.5-3 stars range; however it was productive, thanks to COYER, BoB Cycle 21, and 24 in 48 challenges. The books attached to this post are my highlights for the month.

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 13/52 (25% completed)

COYER Winter Switch

              The Strict: 6 read this month; 10 books read overall for this phase

               The List: 6/30 (5% complete); 2 DNF

Participated in Bout of Books Cycle 21

Participated in 24in48 Read-a-thon

 

Read:

1. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - 3 stars

 

2. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flatts by Kristen Iverson - 3 stars

 

3. The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich - 3 stars

 

4. Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo - 4 stars

 

5. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - 2 stars

 

6. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle - 2.5 stars

 

7. A Right Honorable Gentleman by Courtney Milan - 1 star

 

8. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson - 4 stars

 

9. Love is Love by Various Authors - 3.5 stars

 

10. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole - 4.5 stars

 

11. The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li Mystery #1) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

 

12. The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mystery #2) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

 

13. Agnes Moore's Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

 

DNF:

Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters at 18% because I only liked one MC and the side characters were extremely annoying or stereotyped.

 

Currently Reading:

Gambled Away by Various Authors

The Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

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text 2018-01-28 21:03
#24in48 Winter Read-a-thon Post - Final Update
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Gambled Away: A Historical Romance Anthology - Isabel Cooper,Jeannie Lin,Rose Lerner,Joanna Bourne,Molly O'Keefe
Something True - Karelia Stetz-Waters

Final Update!

Time marker paused at 17:00:38. I am 28% into the Gambled Away anthology and on the second story. I am 18% into Something True, which I am liking due to the MCs, but some of the side characters are already annoying me. I also spent some time reading to the kids. Reviews to follow tomorrow.

 

I completed my basic goal of two books completed during the read-a-thon, plus I got a jump start on two other books. I exceeded my stretch goal of 16 hours, so I am very happy with my productivity levels for the read-a-thon, especially with this cold from hell I am dealing with. Now I am going to hit up a hot shower and some Nyquil and pass out for the night.

 

To those participating in the 24in48 - FINISH STRONG! You got this!

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Update #4

Time marker paused at 15:00:30. Spent most of the day reading, with one break to update my Litsy and IG. I finished The Jade Temptress and moved on to the first story in Gambled Away, which I am not liking at all. Once this story is done, I want to move on to Something True.

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Update #3

So I am at the 9:36:09 mark and calling it a night. I am 65% done with my second book, so I should easily meet my two goals tomorrow.

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Update #2

At the 5 hour and change mark I couldn't hold my head up or focus my eyes on reading due to this blasted cold (which may be a sinus infection since my cavities hurt and my head feels like a lead balloon). So I took a three and half hour nap/black out, then made dinner for me and the kids. I read a little during dinner, then I read to the kids before bedtime (see attached books - we are big fans of Mo Willems!). I am now at 36% read on The Jade Temptress and completed one challenge (the oldest book from childhood you still have challenge). I have the stopwatch paused at 7:18:13, so I am making good time on one of my goals. I still feel like death warmed over, but at least I am not in seizure territory anymore.

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Update #1

Got off to a late start; I started reading at 6am. My stopwatch is paused at the 3:54:57 mark. I have finished the first book, The Lotus Palace (4/5 stars). I've got The Jade Temptress cued up and ready. Needed more sustenance, so my breakfast of apple cinnamon rice cakes with peanut butter and cinnamon sugar topping and another mug of tea should do the trick. The cold is kicking my butt and making my reading slow going. Posted my progress on IG and Litsy.

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Original Post:

This will be my post for the read-a-thon this weekend. I will post updates at the top for easier reading.

 

My goals:

1. I am only going to do check-ins. I came down with a cold (AGAIN) and not really feeling up to taking time away from social engagement with fellow read-a-thoners or from my reading just to do challenges. I am so tired due to the cold I have to restrict my energy outputs to more important goals.

 

2. Check-ins about every two hours. I am starting the read-a-thon at the same time as the folks on the East Coast of the US is starting, so about 5 am. That will allow me to sleep a little.

 

3. My bare minimum goal is to get 2 books done; my stretch goal is 3 books plus at least 10% of a fourth. Time wise, I want to do bare minimum goal of 12 hours; my stretch goal is 16 hours. One hour will be devoted to reading to the kids (currently they love the Lego Chima and Ninjago series by various authors and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems).

 

4. Where I will be participating:

Here on BookLikes

IG at https://www.instagram.com/tearainbook/

Litsy @TeaRainBook

 

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