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text 2018-03-02 01:10
February Books

My good streak continued this month with 35 books read with an average score of 4 stars. I had 1 reread with Roomies - Christina Lauren. I read it last month, but wanted to listen to the audiobook because the love interest was Irish. I wanted to see if an Irish accent was used. It was.

 

11 of my books were YA. 7 were graphic novels. My most-read genre was romance.

 

My favorite books were Everless - Sara Holland and Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen. My least favorite was Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos.

 

5 Stars

Everless - Sara Holland Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  Midnighter Vol. 1: Out - Steve Orlando,ACO  The Color Project - Sierra Abrams  He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  Roomies - Christina Lauren  It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks - Cat Sebastian  Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen  F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers - Richard Benson  Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah 

 

4.5 Stars

Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare  The Woman in the Window: A Novel - A. J. Finn  Kiss Him, Not Me 1 - JUNKO  

 

4 Stars

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks - Annie Spence  Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) - Tom King,Mikel Janin  Molly's Game: Inside the World of High Stakes Poker - Molly Bloom  The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins  Alters Volume 1: The Story of Chalice - Paul Jenkins,Mike Marts  Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck  Until Friday Night (A Field Party) - Abbi Glines  A World Without  

 

3.5 Stars

The Amateurs, Book 2 Follow Me: The Killer You Know - Sara Shepard Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - Wolff-Michael Roth  Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition - Tom King,Joshua Williamson,Jason Fabok,Howard Porter 

 

3 Stars

Supergirl: Age of Atlantis - Warner Brothers  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 3 (Disney Descendants) - Jason Muell  Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu  The Marriage Lie - Kimberly Belle  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert  

 

2 Stars

Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 11
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 0

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 21
  • Audio: 14

 

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text 2018-03-01 13:00
February 2018 Round-Up

 

 

I can already tell  a huge difference in how much more I read and update now that I gave up my main site, I still miss it sometimes but overall it is refreshing not to have so many deadlines and always having to post something. Plus I get so much more reading in and I enjoy it so much more now that I don't have to rush through some of them.

I finally started to read The Other Series that I had sitting here for a long time and I'm loving it so far. I actually bingeing them which is something I haven't done in a while :D lol

For March I don't have any real goals yet but we shall see. There are a few books coming out in March that I'm looking forward to.

Obsidio by  Jay Kristoff & Amie KaufmanThe Prophecy by Jennifer L. ArmentroutLake Silence by Anne Bishop and a few more.

I know a lot of people looking forward to 

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning. I really should catch up on the series I think I'm three books behind now :/  Some day I will catch up to it lol.
 
Anyway here are my February  reads . I will just add the picture with the rating and you can click it for my review if you like and I see how that goes. If I don't like it I might go back to adding more to it :) 
 
Cruel Prince by Holly Black 
 
 
 
5 ★
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
 
 
 
3 ½ ★ 
 
 
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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
 
 
5 ★
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare 
 
 
5 ★ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: 20th Anniversary by Ben Peskoe, Bill Green, Will Russell, Scott Shuffitt
 
 
 
5★
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Written in Red by Anne Bishop 

 

 

 

 4 ½ -5 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

 

 

 

5 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

5★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-02-28 14:07
Books I Read This Month: February 2018
The Gunslinger - Stephen King
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

 

 

 

Well a few things. I hit my book goal for 2018, I read 50 books a few days ago, so cheers to that. Now I can ignore the reading challenge for the rest of the year and not feel like I am behind like I usually do. 

 

I managed to finish 23 books this month. For the most part I had some good reads (check out the 3 to 5 star books I read this month) though I had a couple of doozies. Looking at you Dean Koontz. 

 

I also managed to finish up a book that fit The (Mostly) Dead Writers Society 52 weeks challenge (that was "A Mother Like Mine"). 

 

On another note, it came up last night during a Twitter discussion that many authors of color out there want to see more reviewers of color review their books. See tweet thread here:

 


I have been better about trying to read more books by POC, but I am going to step it up even more. I found Justina Ireland and Dhonielle Clayton's comments about this to be really good discussion topics last night and of course I hard cringed at reviewers who were white who popped up crying reverse racism (please stop that people). What is good though is that I had a lot of people reach out to me last night and ask about how to follow me on Booklikes and Goodreads. So hopefully this means we get to see some new faces around Booklikes! 

I do have an account on NetGalley, but I am terrible about not using it. Char has pushed me to go there and I finally did after an author reached out to me last year about reviewing her book. For me I think that I like to either buy the book or borrow from the library so no one can try to claim that my review is biased. I am going to use NetGalley and even went in this morning (hey my password still works!) and requested some interesting looking books. 

 

5 stars

It Happens All the Time: A Novel - Amy HatvanyNow and Then Friends: A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel - Kate HewittA Mother Like Mine (A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel) - Kate HewittPet Sematary - Stephen King

 

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

 

4 stars

 

The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs - Dana BateRainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel - Kate HewittThis Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan JerkinsSugar - Kimberly Stuart

 

Bombing in Belgravia - Samantha Silver

 

3 stars

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate, Stephen GilpinA Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry ThomasAn Irish Country Practice - Patrick TaylorChristmas at Tiffany's - Karen Swan

 

For Better or Hearse - Laura DurhamThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

 

2 stars

Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie KinsellaDune Messiah - Frank HerbertWhere the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir - Amy TanA Million Little Things - Susan Mallery

 

Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery

 

1 star

 

The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

 

DNF

 

Read, Write, Love at Seaside - Addison Cole

 

My favorite book for this month will be "The Gunslinger" and my least favorite that mess of a book, "The Silent Corner."


Happy reading folks!

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text 2018-02-28 12:00
February 2018 Reading Wrap Up
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land - Monica Hesse
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country - Kathy Roth-Douquet,Frank Schaeffer
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb

Challenges

BL/GR: 17/52 (32%)

PS Reading Challenge: 11/50 (22%)

COYER Winter Switch, Phase 3: 4 books

 

Read and Reviewed

1. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - 4 stars

2. AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service - and How It Hurts Our Country by Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer - 3.5 stars

3. The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson - 4 stars

4. Dark in Death (In Death #46) by JD Robb - 4 stars

 

DNFs

5. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson

 

Set Aside for a Future Reading

6. Gambled Away anthology by Various Authors

7. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

 

Currently Reading

8. Women Heroes of the World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

9. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur

 

Hours Volunteered at the Library

January: 13 hours, 5 minutes

February: 12 hours, 55 minutes

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review 2018-02-27 17:13
An Enchantment of Ravens / Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

 

Actual rating: 4.25 stars. Better than your average Fae tale, but not quite up to the same bar as Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker, which for me sets the standard. I’ve been addicted to the Fae ever since I ran across them in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and I am fortunate that so many authors continue to indulge my fascination!

This is the Fae the way I like them—dark, powerful, tricksy, slippery, unreliable and unaccountably interested in humans. As a portrait artist, Isobel must always be careful in her requests for payment, as a Fae spell can work for you for a while, but twist into something damaging later. She is always aware that she is only seeing the glamour of her portrait-sitters, not their true appearance—and they seem fascinated to discover exactly what Isobel sees. Does she see too much? As a seventeen year old, is she too innocent for her own good?

I am almost sad that this is a stand-alone volume and I will definitely be picking up anything that Ms. Rogerson publishes in the future.

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