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review 2018-10-07 14:51
Romance comic for the 21st century – quite good
Sugar #1 - Matt Hawkins,Jenni Cheung,Yishan Li

 

 

Julia is a waitress and student finding it hard to make ends meet. John is recently divorced and finding it hard to date. A chance meeting brings them together and this is the story of how their relationship develops. With scenes of a sexual nature, this volume is an easy read and, although a second volume is announced, the story seems complete. The artwork is clear and enjoyable and I can recommend this to lovers of romance comics.

 

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text 2018-10-01 09:00
September 2019 Reading Wrap Up
Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 1) - Kristen Painter
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

 

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 98/100

2018 Pop Sugar: 35/50 prompts filled

Halloween Bingo: 12/25 boxes read

 

 

1. Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright - 3.5 stars (Flat Book Society; Halloween Bingo)

 

2. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Bill Miles and Walter Dean Myers - 1 star (WWI Reading List)

 

3. Rockets Dead Glare (Tourist Trap #9.25) by Lynn Cahoon - 3.5 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

4. A Deadly Brew (Tourist Trap #9.5) by Lynn Cahoon - 4 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

5. Nancy Drew, Detective Girl #1: The Demon of River Heights by Sho Murase and Stefan Petrucha - 1 star (Halloween Bingo)

 

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter - 4 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

7. Wolves at the Door (Shifters of the Glen #1) by Skye Jones - 2 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

8. The Siren by Kiera Cass - 3 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

9. Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen - 2 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

10. On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story by CDR. Richard Jadick - 3.5 stars

 

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text 2018-09-30 00:33
Halloween Bingo - Deadlands
Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

The third book of the Wayward Children series returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children where Riri suddenly drops from the sky. That is not the most interesting thing about her though. The most interesting thing about her is that she is the daughter of Sumi who died before ever giving birth to her. Riri spends the book working to raise her mother from the dead so that she can be born. I'm using it for the Deadlands square.

 

 

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text 2018-09-22 20:35
2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Progress - Summer Progress

My friend talked me into this challenge again this year. Prompts filled are in bold.

 

 

2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

  • Book made into a movie you have already seen - The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
  • True Crime - American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
  • Next book in the series - The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li #2) by Jeannie Lin
  • A book involving a heist
  • Nordic noir
  • Novel based on a real person
  • Set in a country that fascinates me - The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li #1) by Jeannie Lin
  • Time of day in the title - Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery
  • Book about villain or anti-hero - 
  • Book about death/grief - The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson
  • Female author/male pen name - Wonderment in Death (...In Death #41.5) by J.D. Robb
  • LGBT+ MC - George by Alex Gino
  • Author with a different ethnicity than me - Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • Book that is also a stage play or musical
  • Book about Feminism - The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich
  • Book about mental health - It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis
  • Book that was borrowed or gifted to you
  • Book by two authors 
  • Book about or involving sport
  • Local author
  • Favorite color in title
  • Alliteration in the title - Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood
  • Time Travel - Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al
  • Weather Element in Title - When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak
  • Book set at sea - The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • Book with animal in title - Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones
  • Book set on a different planet
  • Book with song lyrics in the title - One Wish (Thunder Point #7) by Robyn Carr 
  • Book set on or about Halloween - A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon
  • Book with a set of twins - Three Sisters (Blackberry Island Novel #2) by Susan Mallery
  • Book mentioned in another book - Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter
  • Book from a celebrity book club
  • Childhood classic you’ve never read - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Entengle
  • Book published in 2018 - Dark in Death (In Death #46) by JD Robb
  • Past Good Reads winner
  • Book set in the decade you were born
  • Book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t - Love is Love anthology by Various Authors
  • Book with an ugly cover - White Witch (Texas Devlins #1) by Lyn Horner
  • Book that involves bookstore or library - Trinity Falls (Finding Home #1) by Regina Hart
  • Book set in your home state (prompt from 2016 reading challenge) - The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

 

Advanced List

  1. Bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  2. Cyberpunk book
  3. Book read by a stranger in public - I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  4. Book tied to your ancestry - The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan
  5. Book with a fruit in title - Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) by Susan Mallery
  6. Allegory
  7. Author with same first name as you - Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz 
  8. Microhistory - Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
  9. Book about a problem facing todayAWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service - and How It Hurts Our Country by Kathy Roth Douquet and Frank Schaffer 
  10. Book recommended by someone else doing the challenge
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review 2018-09-16 20:48
Queen Sugar - Natalie Baszile

I picked this up for kindle a while back because OWN (I believe) has a series based on it.  This summer I started watching the series via Hulu.  I now, offically, have too many series on Hulu and AcornTV that I am addicted to watching.

 

The book is different than the series in some major ways - two siblings instead of three, for instance.  But you can see why a series was made from it - race, family, history, and tradition all come into play in the story.  There is also quite a bit of class.  The tone isn't one of judgement, but of sympathy and reporting, especially in the case of Ralph Angel.

 

There is a quiet beauty in this story.  A love not only for land and family, but also for the beauty of words.  It is a beautiful book.

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