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text 2019-03-31 16:02
March 2019 Reading Wrap Up
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Abigail Pesta,Sandra Uwiringiyimana
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb

Got through all but one of my library borrows. Also got through another too busy month. Really hoping April is more relaxed schedule wise. A big thank you to OB and MR for Snakes and Ladders, which has motivated me to read (or listen to an audiobook) so I can move up the board.



1. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta  5 stars

2. Hunger Makes Me a  Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein 4 stars

3. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay 3.5 stars

4. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn/narrated by George Newbern 5 stars

5. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts 4 stars

6. Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi 4 stars

7. Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell 5 stars

8. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 2.5 stars



1. Connections in Death (In Death #48) by JD Robb


1st Quarter Stats (Jan-Mar):

Total Books Read: 30 (12 fiction, 18 non-fiction)

Total Books DNF: 5 (not included in the percentages below)

Total Pages Read: 6,353

Avg Monthly Pages Read: 2,118

Diverse Authors: 8 Authors of Color (26.67%), 3 LGBT+ (10%)

Female Authors: 22 (73%)

Male Authors: 8 (27%)

Volunteered 10 hours in January, 8.25 hours in February, and 13.5 hours in March in my base's library


BL/GR Reading Goal: 31/75 (40% completed)


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text 2015-04-02 01:08
March Wrap-Up


What a great reading month, I read 17 books this month!  I read a good variety of books and knocked six books off of my tbr pile.  Here's the rundown:


Fluency by Jennifer Wells: A sci-fi space adventure, review.  


Fire Above by C.H. Maclean: A fantasy with a different kind of monster, review.


The Dead Room by Stephanie Erickson: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, New Adult, review.


Dog Crazy by Meg Donahue: Heartwarming story for any dog-lover, review. 


Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall: Civil War historical fiction about women in combat, review.


Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno: Young adult, paranormal with witches, review.


The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose: Historical, Paranormal Fiction set in Bel Epoque Paris, review.


The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James: Literary fiction of the Indian Elephant ivory trade seen from many different POV's, including the elephant, review and giveaway!


The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The School of Night by Colin Falconer: Historical Mystery with William Shakespeare's wayward cousin, William Shakespeare, review. 


Looking for Jane by Judith Redline Coopey: US Historical Fiction in the 1800's, a young woman seeks out Calamity Jane, review


Letters to Kezia by Peni Jo Renner: Historical fiction following the descendants of a woman accused of witchcraft in Salem, review. 


Upon A Time by February Grace: A different kind of Cinderella re-telling, review.


Masque by W.R. Gingell: A magic infused Beauty and the Beast re-telling, review.


The Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow by Zen DiPietro: Fantasy, adventure with kick-butt heroines, review.


The Countess' Captive by Andrea Cephalo: The second book in the Fairytale Keeper series, historical fiction woven in with fairy tales, review and giveaway.


The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau: The last of the Joanna Stafford novels, historical mystery in the court of King Henry VIII, review and giveaway.


The Vagabond Vicar by Charlotte Brentwood: A sweet historical romance, review.  


Another great reading month!

Favorites this month: 

Dog Crazy

Sisters of Shiloh

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

The Tusk That Did the Damage


Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow


The Tapestry


Not So Favorites: 

Fire Above



On Deck for April:

Fiercombe Manor

Finding Sheba

Fair Fight

Ivory Ghosts

Inspector of the Dead

Medium Dead

Helen of Sparta

and more!


How was your reading month?

Did you read any of these or are you planning on reading any of these?







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text 2015-04-01 23:02
March Wrap Up
Doon - Lorie Langdon,Carey Corp
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
The Wizard’s Promise - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe,Roc Upchurch

(i started writing this april 1 omg)


I think I'm cursed. I read three books again this month. For some reason I just can't read more than three actual books this month. I did read a graphic novel though so I guess it's a start. I need to be reading more than three books a month to complete my goal but I just don't want to read anything. I have so many books on my tbr but the books I want to read I have to buy and I put myself on a ban. 


The whole read 5 before I buy thing isn't doing me good. 


The first book I read was Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon which I've already done a review on. It was an okay book for me. I wasn't a fan of the characters nor the romance, but the actual plot of the book was interesting. I'm still on the fence if I'm going to read the next book or not. I think I want to, but I'm in no rush to actually buy it. 


The second book I read was Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas which I've also talked about. It was good. I couldn't stand Chaol in this though for some reason. I'm also Team Dorian so....


The last actual book I read was The Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I wasn't actually planning on reading this book for quite a while because I wanted to wait for news about the sequel since the publishing company closed down. No news yet but I'm hoping for a sequel. Basically this is a companion series to her Assassin's Curse duology about a girl named Hannah who just wants to become a witch but has to work as a fisherman's apprentice. One day out in the sea, they get caught in storm and end up a long way from home. From there we learn about the real reason for the storm and as well about this mysterious boy who is following her.


I thought it was good. I prefer the other story but I still really enjoyed this. I really liked the magic in this and that there is basically no romance at all in this one. I liked that this book didn't focus on the romance or the relationship between Hannah and the mysterious boy-who might I mad was kind of annoying. Anyway, I really can't wait for the sequel. 


Lastly I read Rat Queens Vol. 1 which is a comic book and oh my did I enjoy it. Basically this follows a group of women who come from all different walks of life and how they're trying to find out who sent assassin's after them. At least that's the gist of it. This was really entertaining. I love reading about bada** female characters. It got a bit 18+ but I'm okay with the violence and gore. I'm a horror junkie.



That's all I read in March. Meh, it wasn't a lot. I'm aiming to read at least 4 books this month. Hah, we'll see. Wish me luck!

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March and April Review Part II

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