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text 2019-03-16 06:17
I missed this TOR free ebook offer
The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi

I swear I've checked https://ebookclub.tor.com/ every day this week and it never showed up.


But an email from TOR said it was this month's free ebook, get it before midnight eastern time tonight.  I got the email two hours too late.


At any rate, I added it as the next read for the bookclub here on booklikes.


I might actually read this one; have had it on hold at the library.


Publisher book page for better details. 

Source: us.macmillan.com/books/9780765388902 
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photo 2019-02-28 17:22

Monthly Run Down - January 2019

Books I Read:


Jar of Hearts  - 3 Stars - Took forever but I’m glad I read it.


Summoned to Thirteenth Grave - 5 Stars - A re-read. I still loved every moment. I’m so sad to say goodbye to this series.


The Glass Magician - 4 Stars - This series is so good. Ceony has a knack for getting into trouble and getting out of it.


My Mother Was Nuts - 4 Stars - Penny is very open and honest and knows everyone in Hollywood.   


The Master Magician - 4 Stars - Crazy ride but so enjoyable and a perfect ending to the trilogy.


The Plastic Magician- 4 Stars -  A welcome addition to this world. I hope we get to see more of Alvie in the future.



Nothing Personal   - Karina Halle - I did not click with the characters.

Currently Reading:

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted - Jayne Allen - It’s okay so far. A bit repetitive.

Just the Funny Parts:... and a Few Hard Truths about Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys Club  - Nell Scovell - Really interesting. Hollywood seems like another world.

Year to Date Totals:

January: 16 books     1,324 Pages Read         57 Hours Listened

February: 9 books         677 Pages Read        65 Hours Listened


2019: 25  books         2,001 Pages Read        122 Hours Listened

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text 2019-02-05 03:00
My January 2019 Wrap Up
January is here is gone. The Coldest month of the year. This is the first time that it really cold in the temps as it below freezing on the last day of January along with the 30th being really cold. This made school close on the 30th and I am not sure for today.

It be worth reading books today if you wanted to or have the time. Yesterday was also a good day as well. For me I was able to read 8 books in total for the month of January.


Books Read in January:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg
  4. Colorfull by Doreen Williamson
  5. Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight
  7. The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.


Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 2 Books
  2. Historical Fiction - 2 Books
  3. Romance - 2 Books
  4. Children - 2 Books


Books by Media Categories:

  1. E-Book - 3 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Book
  3. Paperback - 4 Books
I have read a total of 1,530 Pages for the month of January, This is seem like a good amount for just one month. The total for 2019 is 1, 530 Pages.


Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light - 32 Pages
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition - 384 Pages
  3. A House for a Mouse - 24 Pages
  4. Colorfull - 32 Pages
  5. Eye of the Eagle - 280 Pages
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm - 174 Pages
  7. The Forgiving Jar - 320 Pages
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna - 284 Pages


Total Pages by Month:

  1.  January - 1,530 Pages


Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
Do you want to read these books or get them for yourself.
 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.

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text 2019-02-03 04:36
January ... it sucked.
That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words And Their Tangled Histories - Ross Petras,Kathryn Petras
Notes From A Public Typewriter - Michael Gustafson,Oliver Uberti
Big Science For Little People: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science - Lynn Brunelle
An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty - Victoire de Taillac,Ramdane Touhami

I read 15 books in January.  Which is, by any measure, a respectable number of books.  Except my Januarys are always a book buster month, because school holidays Down Under are in December and January, so I generally don't have to work, which means I can loll about alone with my books.  I read 33 books in January 2018 and 35 books in January 2017.


2019 was not blessed with this decadence; I started work again right after the New Year, while the schools were empty, trying to get ahead of a number of massive networking projects that all came together at the same time.  And the iPads.  OMG, the iPads.


Unfortunately, I didn't get ahead of any of them, really, and work got steadily busier as the month progressed, with me working almost 44 hours more than I was contracted to in the last 2 weeks.  This has sent my narcolepsy spiralling out of control, which means if I'm not moving, I'm sleeping.  I'm pretty sure there were a couple of times when I was moving and sleeping.


I'm sharing this little whinge-fest with you all not because I'm doing a (back of hand against forehead) woe is me!; I'm not - my life is very good, all things considered, and this hellish period will pass.  As I told a teacher who said to me with a look akin to pity that she hoped my day would get better: "well, it will end."  This will end too.  


But I am super disappointed with my reading this month.  The craziness/narcolepsy has left me too tired to read more than a page or two, and the constant fatigue has left my feelings too close to the surface to be safely allowed to socialise.  So not only is my reading down, but so too is my participation here, as a blogger, buddy reader, group moderator and librarian (::shudder:: don't ask me about the librarian queue - I'm afraid to look at it).  I was really looking forward to the Pymalong and I just couldn't keep up - words I have never once said about reading in. my. life.   In the grand scheme of things, it's nothing; no big deal.  But, it sort of is, to the part of my psyche that defines my sense of self as a reader first, and pretty much everything else second.


So, I'm not a happy camper; this, too, will pass.  Of the 15 books I did read, the best were all non-fiction.  Some reference-types, some books about books, and a collection of science experiments to do with kids at home.  


Moving along, My TBR Project is going well.  For every two books I read, I can buy a new one the next month.  For January I started with a book budget of 19 books (based on the average # of books I read per month last year).  






Beginning Balance



Books Bought



Books Read


15 / 2 = 7.5*




Ending Balance



* I round up to nearest integer.



Onward, February!

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text 2019-01-31 18:00
January 2019 all Wrapped Up

I posted some stuff on my blogger blog this month:

January 2019
Reviews Posted
(clicking on cover will bring you to my review @ blogger)

Ladies of Horror Fiction


The Ladies of Horror Fiction have started a new feature called LOHF Shelf Edition where we feature a blogger and show off their ladies of horror fiction shelves. You can see the first installment showing off Alex's shelves here. We'd love to show yours off too! Just leave us a comment on Alex's post and someone from LOHF will be in touch.

New Purchases/Review Copies

I used an Amazon holiday gift card to buy myself a little something. I've seen people raving about this book all over Twitter and the blogs so my hopes are high!


Patrick's not too sure about this one, haha


This book was sent in for review for my blog and LOHF courtesy of author Sonora Taylor. I'm about 80 pages in as I write this and so far it's a well written tale of a lonely little girl's evolution into a murderess.
Flame Tree Press sent me these two brand new horror novels and I'm so excited to start them!


Shudder watches this month:

I managed to get through 3/4's of the much talked about Mandy, starring a grizzled Nicholas Cage, before falling asleep during the carnage and haven't felt an undying urge to finish it up. It was so weird. I also watched Starry Eyes which was filled with some glorious body horror and is about a young starlet doing whatever it takes to become famous. My husband wasn't nearly as thrilled with it as I was.

Netflix watches this month:

Bird Box, who hasn't seen this one already? It was a nail-biter and enjoyable and I am thankful it was much different from the book which I read after the fact. They both stand on their own as similar but very different things and I recommend them both. I also watched a chilling documentary about the fashion industry and dirt cheap labor called The True Cost. I tend to keep my clothes until they fall apart but I'm going to make an effort to buy sustainable items when I need to replace something in the future and if I can't afford that I'll be hitting up thrift stores and Thred Up instead of buying new and cheap.

I hope your January reading life has been fantastic! 
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