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text 2017-09-09 03:18
Slow reading day and my newest YouTube video!

Photo: Gulf Shores, Alabama [While we were on vacation Aug 2017]



Today wasn't much of a reading day. I read a few more paragraphs of Secrets For The Mad by Dodie Clark, but I'm just not feeling it today.


I have several books I need/want to read and review that I got for free from Netgally, but I am going to take a step back. If I start treating my hobby as a chore or a job (though how awesome would it be to get paid) then reading will stop being fun!


I also have several books that I own that I want to read in the next upcoming months. I'll be doing a TBR video later hopefully. :)


Here is my newest YouTube video. It is my August wrap up! It is a little long. I'm not the best with editing and I have mediocre equipment.


August Reading Wrap Up


What hobbies do you do besides reading?


I like writing, though I've not done much recently, playing video games, cuddling with my 3 cats, and 1 hamster (though I don't "cuddle" her per say haha), and doing fun things with friends & family.



Phoebe & Apollo




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text 2017-08-31 11:49
August wrap-up!
Russian Hill - Ty Hutchinson
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi - Flowers, Stephen E., Ph.D.

6 books read, plus a sampler that I'm not really counting. Three of these Netgalley, but that dance card is clear in anticipation of Halloween Bingo reads.


Two surprisingly enjoyable reads from genres I don't often peruse were Russian Hill (Crime drama) and Shiver (YA Romance). Then of course The Green Mile was brilliant!


I've collected a couple dozen new samples but not reading them yet. I have Halloween books to read!

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text 2016-08-31 14:11
August wrap-up
Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire - Michael J. Sullivan
The Spirit Chaser - Kat Mayor,K.M. Montemayor
Mirror Image: A Novel - Michael Scott
Phantom - Susan Kay
Privateers of the Revolution: War on the New Jersey Coast, 1775-1783 - Donald Grady Shomette
The Light of Paris - Eleanor Brown

6 books finished, 5 of them NetGalley reads.


The best by far was the non-NetGalley book, Phantom by Susan Kay. However, The Light of Paris was also very enjoyable. The others were okay, but not exceptional.


No progress on samples. The death of my first Kindle has thrown my filing system off and it's going to take a while to get it all sorted out with old 'collections' syncing to new ones from the cloud and some items sitting on my computer that were never cloud based, including older samples from before they started keeping them there.


However, with Halloween Bingo starting tomorrow, samples won't be getting a lot of my attention. I've got planned reads pretty much decided and have even chosen which rows to start with, influenced by the fact that I have two unstarted NetGalley books that fit categories.


I also have two others that don't fit Bingo, and I'll need to get through those, game or no game. I won't be requesting any new ones though, unless something in the Horror section bumps one of my current selections.

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text 2014-08-31 22:01
August Wrap-Up

Wow!  This month I read 18 books including one audiobook and one novella.  

Here's the Run Down:


Wednesdaymeter by Dean Carnby: A fantansy romp with magical vegetables and polygons that run corporations, one you'll have to read to understand.  Review.


Fractured by Erin Hayes:  A gore-filled horror/thriller featuring twins with a strange bond. Review


Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne: A new-adult, paranormal romance with a female pirate ghost.  Fun and different than what I was expecting.  Review.


The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick:  Historical fiction about Eleanor of Aquitaine from the age of 13 to her marriage to Henry II.  Review.


Irradiated by S. Elliot Brandis:  Dystopian science fiction where the sun causes mutations to anyone who stays out to long.  Review. 


The Golden Pathway by Donna M. Dinatale: Middle grade fiction about the underground railroad.  Review.


The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen:  Alternate historical fiction, the last book in the Boleyn trilogy. Review.


Inamorata by Megan Chance:  A unique blend of historical fiction and the paranormal, set in 1800's Venice.  Review.


The Twyning by Terence Blacker:  Middle Grade historical fiction/fantasy about the war against rats in 1900's England and two kids special bond with the rats. Review. 


The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman: Jewish folklore and family woven together to tell a beautiful story.  Review.


How to Shit in the Woods by Kathleen Meyer:  An audio book I listened to for work, hilarious but with a lot of important information.  Review. 


Plantation Nation by Mercedes King: Young Adult historical fiction set in the Civil War about a young woman in the south who dresses as a man and joins the Union Army. Review. 


Blameless by Gail Carriger: The third book in the Parasol Protectorate series.  Fun, but not as great as the first two.  Review.


Gypsy by Trisha Leigh: Young adult science fiction about a group of teens with special abilities.  Review.  


Eagle En Garde by Olga Godim: A fun, fantasy adventure following Darin, a mercenary in The Eagles.  Review.


Dragonfly by Charles A. Cornell:  Alternate WWII history, science fiction, steampunk about a female RAF pilot.  Review.


The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson: Historical fiction about Catherine Valois.  Review.


Awesome month of reading for me!  I loved a lot of books this month.  My favorites were Inamorata, The Boleyn Reckoning and Gypsy.  My least favorite was Wednesdaymeter. 


Have you read any of these books or do you want to read any of these books?

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