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text 2019-10-23 07:14
What are you grateful for today?

Appreciate the little things that we often take for granted. 


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review 2019-04-26 19:35
The Mortal Word / Genevieve Cogman
The Mortal Word - Genevieve Cogman

Peace talks are always tricky, especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae. As a neutral party, Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. She must head to a version of 1890s Paris, with her assistant Kai and her detective friend Vale, where these talks are fracturing. Here, she must get to the bottom of the attack – before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames.

Suspicions fly thick and fast and Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld. She’s on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the killer be a member of the Library itself?


2019 Re-read

When life gets complicated, my reading needs simplify. Ms. Cogman’s Invisible Library series had seen me through a challenging week of no running water and cat care duties.

Ah, the dragon intrigue volume! This is where the rubber meets the road for Irene and Kai. Not to mention whether the Invisible Library will be able to maintain it’s neutrality. Plenty of mysterious happenings, complete with gangsters and over-head dragon duels. 

This is the “diplomacy is hard” volume too. As Irene notes at one point, “And there was another elephant in the room. There were so many elephants in the room that it was getting positively crowded.” 

Ms. Cogman, I will read as many of these adventures as you choose to write. I hope there are plans for several more, as this is too good a fantasy world for me to abandon it happily. 

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review 2019-01-02 16:40
Silver Borne / Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...


2018 Re-read:


I felt quite different this time around reading The Silver Borne.  I’m willing to give it a full 4 stars, without reservation.  I also enjoyed the Fae-ness of this installment much more this time around.  Which brings me back to a thesis of mine, that some books need to be given second chances, when I’m in a different mood. 


I’m still impatient will all the books that depict women’s relationships as competitive, rather than cooperative.  Perhaps because I’ve encountered more collegial or friendly relationships with the women in my life, rather than competitiveness.  There are always a slim minority of women who aren’t supportive, but I find far, far more who are willing to work together on things.  If there’s more of this female competitiveness out there than I run into, I am most glad that I’ve got a better situation.


I am now declaring myself slump-free, this book having been the last step needed to rekindle my love of reading.

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review 2019-01-02 16:25
Bone Crossed / Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.


2018 Re-read:


One of my favourite Mercy Thompson novels!  Lots of vampire drama, but most importantly we get to know Stefan better.  Is it wrong that I still wish Mercy had chosen him rather than Adam?  Mercy gets to really draw on her skinwalker powers, proving once again that being a growly werewolf is not necessarily as tough as the wily coyote!  (BTW, I saw a big fluffy coyote over the Xmas holidays, and thought of Ms. Thompson).


Re-reading this series has really re-set my internal reading-metre.  I’m enjoying myself again, recovering from a potential reading slump before it really got hold of me.  Thank you, Ms. Briggs, for giving me that oomph to escape the downward pull of the book-slump-undertow!

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text 2019-01-01 19:59
December Books

I read 36 books this month with an average score of 3.72. 14 of my books were young adult and 8 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and romance.


My top reads were Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson and How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper. My worst read was The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki.



5 Stars

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell Becoming - Michelle Obama  How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  


4.5 Stars

My Real Name is Hanna - Tara L. Masih Domino Vol. 1: Killer Instinct - Gail Simone,David Baldeón   



4 Stars

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt  The Prodigy - John Feinstein  Grace and Fury - Tracy Banghart  One Giant Leap - Heather Kaczynski  Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television - Joy Press  sick - Tomo Kurahashi,倉橋トモ  Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor 

 Ten Count, Vol. 1 - Rihito Takarai  Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan  Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  Impostors - Scott Westerfeld  


3.5 Stars

For a Muse of Fire - Heidi Heilig Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,Margaret W. Tarrant Hot Ice - Nora Roberts  The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: Deluxe Hardback Collector's Edition - Terry Pratchett  Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 01 - Kyousuke Motomi As Old as Time - Liz Braswell  A Sweet Beast - Suji     


3 Stars

Marvel Rising - Devin Grayson,Ryan North,G. Willow Wilson,Roberto Di Salvo,Irene Strychalski,Marco Failla,Ramon Bachs,Georges Duarte  Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular - Mayim Bialik  Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done - Andrea Gonzales,Sophie Houser  The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory  Archenemies - Marissa Meyer  Scream All Night - Derek Milman  The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker 

 Then She Was Gone: A Novel - Lisa Jewell  Omoichigai ga Koi no Tane - Owaru  The Carpet People - Terry Pratchett  Jack of Hearts (and other parts) - Lev A.C. Rosen


2.5 Stars

The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki 




Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 2
  • Unknown: 1


Books by format:

  • Physical: 17
  • Audio: 19
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