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review 2018-12-15 19:56
All Systems Red - Martha Wells

What a great book! The cover makes the look all gloomy and dark but it's actually a really funny, sweet, engaging book. I am definitely going to read the series. I definitely would recommend this book

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text 2018-08-15 17:59
Halloween Bingo 2018 --My Tentative Reading List

I've always wanted to play, I just didn't know if I would be able to find enough books that I want to read considering I don't really like scary books.  Lately, though, I've been branching out with my reading, and I couldn't be happier with that...so why not give this a try.  Thank you, Moonlight Madness & Obsidian Blue for hosting this challenge.  BTW, I've always thought your graphics for your cards are fabulous.








#1~AMATEUR SLEUTH - This mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.

Planning on Hunting Prince Dracula by Carrie Maniscalco or Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne






#2~COZY MYSTERY - A subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

Planning on A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Ann Lindsey






#3~MODERN NOIR - Mystery with noir elements, including authors like James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, anything that falls generally under the category of Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, Granite Noir, etc. 

Tentatively planning on Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson or Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.






#4~NEW RELEASE - Mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/17.

Tentatively planning to read Sunburn by Laura Lippman or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.






#5~13 - Any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.

Planning to read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater






#6~MURDER MOST FOUL - Any murder mystery. 

Tentatively planning on A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer or Ten by Gretchen McNeil or Bone Music by Christopher Rice







#7~ROMANTIC SUSPENSE -Any romance which has a significant subplot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense. 

Tentatively planning on The Swan & The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski







#8~DEAD LANDS - Elements of the undead - zombies, wights, vampires and other revenants. 

Tentatively maybe reading The Burning World by Isaac Marion or Play Dead by Anne Frasier.






#9~CREEPY CARNIVALS - Horror/mystery/supernatural/suspense set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival.

Planning to read FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven






#10~TERROR IN A SMALL TOWN - Any mystery, supernatural, horror or suspense that takes place in a small town.

Planning on Wayward by Blake Crouch







#11~DARKEST LONDON - Any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London. 

Planning on reading Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan






#12~DOOMSDAY - Anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.

Planning to read In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis







#13~FREE SPACE - I'm leaving this one open for now...






#14~FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP - Mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror books with sea-related elements: sea creatures, ships, shipwrecks, and/or sharks.

Tentatively planning on Sea Witch by Sarah Henning or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman






#15~A GRIMM TALE - Any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc.  Planning to read  All the Ever After's by Danielle Teller







#16~DIVERSE VOICES - Written by an author of color.

Planning to read Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh






#17~SOUTHERN GOTHIC - Mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States. 

Tentatively planning on Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter.







#18~SPELLBOUND - Books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerers, and witchcraft. 

Tentatively planning on A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.






#19~GOTHIC - Any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. 

Tentatively planning on Alice by Christina Henry.







#20~SUPERNATURAL - Mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects. 

Tentatively planning on A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa







#21~TERRIFYING WOMEN - Mystery, horror, suspense or supernatural written by women. 

Tentatively planning on City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong or Ten by Gretchen McNeil.







 #22~SHIFTERS - Werewolves, skin-walkers, and all other therianthropes. 

I tentatively haven't planned anything, because I don't really like shifter stories, I am open to suggestions from anyone, though.  I might use the wild card here...

I found one!  Planning to read Winter by Marissa Meyer.







 #23~GENRE: SUSPENSE - Anything that fits into the suspense genre. 

Tentatively planning on An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.






 #24~GHOST STORIES - Any story involving ghosts or hauntings, including haunted houses, buildings, graveyards, etc.

Tentatively planning on Darkhouse by Karina Halle (maybe).  This one I'm not sure on...






#25~RELICS AND CURIOSITIES - Concerning magical, supernatural or haunted objects, such as spell books, talismans or swords. 

Tentatively hoping (Netgalley request) reading The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell or the Lost Codex by Heather Lyons







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text 2018-06-19 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Personal Challenges - K.C. Wells,Meredith Russell

“You know how Papa wears glasses to read the newspaper?” Will asked her.

Sophie bit her lip. “Not all the time. Sometimes he says things like, ‘there’s nothing wrong with my eyes,’ and he holds the newspaper really far away.”

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text 2018-06-19 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
Personal Challenges - K.C. Wells,Meredith Russell

I don’t see myself as a prude. But every time I read a scene with guys switching from the backdoor to oral my brain automatically reacts with a record scratch sound. It just melts down with a screech.....

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text 2018-03-11 00:58
Still Reading
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up - Julia Eccleshare

So, I stopped posting reviews here after #70 last year. I did manage to read 100 books in 2017, but getting them reviewed, let alone posting the reviews in two places, proved to be too much for me. I knew that "something would have to give" when I became a mom in July, but it's still hard to actually make those choices and decide what to let go.


I am not letting go of this blog, but I will no longer cross-post all my Goodreads reviews here. You can still read them on my Goodreads page, of course.


Although I am writing less about books these days, I am still pursuing various book-ish projects. They include --


  • The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - Just for fun; I am not going to be crushed if I don't manage to complete it.
  • The Into the Forest Reading Challenge - Into the Forest is a Goodreads group I belong to for fairy tale/mythology enthusiasts. They do a 12-item challenge every year within the genre that is fun to keep me reading widely within one of my favorite book categories.
  • 1001 Books to You Must Read Before You Grow Up - I am working my way through the recommended books in this tome with my son. Right now we are just focusing on the age 0-3 chapter. I am really surprised by how many of these books are NOT in my public library! My plan is to buy my son a big box of any of the books we weren't able to find in the library at the end of the chapter. In the meantime, I've also begun scouring used booksales to help fill in the gap.
  • The cookbook project - In an attempt to actually USE more of my cookbooks, feed my family well, and save money on eating out, I've been marking recipes I want to try since I was pregnant. I rate every recipe I try, and eventually hope to pare down my cookbook collection by getting rid of the books with only a handful of intriguing recipes after I have tried them.


I am also working on a "book adjacent" project, which is listening to all 150 albums on NPR's women's music canon. The reason I consider this to be a book-adjacent project is because a) I am getting most of these albums from my local library and b) I am listening to a lot more music these days because my son is more content on drives with music than audiobooks. I am sad to have fewer audiobooks in this season of my life, but I am excited to start exploring music again, and to, you know, have a baby.

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