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text 2017-09-09 03:18
Slow reading day and my newest YouTube video!

Photo: Gulf Shores, Alabama [While we were on vacation Aug 2017]

 

 

Today wasn't much of a reading day. I read a few more paragraphs of Secrets For The Mad by Dodie Clark, but I'm just not feeling it today.

 

I have several books I need/want to read and review that I got for free from Netgally, but I am going to take a step back. If I start treating my hobby as a chore or a job (though how awesome would it be to get paid) then reading will stop being fun!

 

I also have several books that I own that I want to read in the next upcoming months. I'll be doing a TBR video later hopefully. :)

 

Here is my newest YouTube video. It is my August wrap up! It is a little long. I'm not the best with editing and I have mediocre equipment.

 

August Reading Wrap Up

 

What hobbies do you do besides reading?

 

I like writing, though I've not done much recently, playing video games, cuddling with my 3 cats, and 1 hamster (though I don't "cuddle" her per say haha), and doing fun things with friends & family.

 

Hera

Phoebe & Apollo

Mogget

 

 

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text 2017-06-30 22:17
June 2017 Wrap Up
Alibi in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer
Double Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter

 June's reading was all over the place - I read some great books, some average books, some awful books. But I didn't realize how many books I read until I finished this post. This doesn't count the 4 DNFs books or the 2 I didn't even get to 10% before giving up.

 

I can't believe the second half of 2017 starts tomorrow. Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

 

Currently reading Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss novella by Nalini Singh for RB Bingo and COYER.

 

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 97/150

Pop Sugar: 1

Library Love: 3; 35/36 for the year

COYER: 7/30

RB Bingo: 9/25

 

1. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston (RB Bingo)- 2.5 stars 

 

2. Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cummings (Pop Sugar prompt - family member term in title) (Library Love) - 4.5 stars

   

3. Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies (COYER) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Undercover in High Heels (High Heels #3) by Gemma Halliday - 3.5 stars

 

5. Christmas in High Heels (High Heels #3.5) by Gemma Halliday - 1 star

 

6. Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday - 5 stars

 

7. A Charming Cure (Magical Cures #2) by Tonya Kappes - 2.5 stars

 

8. Any Means Necessary (Luke Stone #1) by Jack Mars - 2 stars

 

9. A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce (Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novella) by Jillian Stone - 3 stars

 

10. An Encounter in Hyde Park (Anthology) by Various Authors (RB Bingo)- 2 stars

 

11. The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols (RB Bingo) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

12. Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine) by Merry Farmer (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

13. Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.5) by Lara Adrian (COYER) - 1 star

 

14. Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1) by Magdalena Scott (COYER) - 1 star

 

15. Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) by Susan May Warren (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

16. The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch #3) by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

17. A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo #1) by Sarah Mallory (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars 

 

18. A Mistress for Major Bartlett (Brides of Waterloo #2) by Annie Burrows (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars

 

19. A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen (COYER) (RB Bingo) - .5 star

 

21. Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 5 stars

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-06-01 00:08
May Reading Wrap Up
Deep Deception - Cathy Pegau
Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins
Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
A Charming Crime - Tonya Kappes
A Wedding in Springtime - Amanda Forester
London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford
Learning to Swim - Sara J. Henry
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Christmas Hope - Stacy Henrie
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo

May went by so fast! But the big project, reading the 800+ page book for the Pop Sugar challenge, was a success and now I can easily finish the challenge in the second half of the year.

 

I took a day to read some really short freebies from my NOOK, none of which worked for me. Hurtling through space and time in a tin can for two days provided a lot of time for me to read. My BL-opoly bank balance is sitting at $68.00.

 

Highlights/Lowlights:

Best Books: London, Forbidden, Vision volumes 1 and 2

Worst Books: Shimmy for Me, Summer Flings series

Disappointing book: A Charming Cure - I had big expectations for this series and I hope the second book can live up to those expectations

 

Challenge Progress

Pop Sugar: 4; 33/52 for the year

Library Love: 4; 32/36 for the year

BL/GR: 77/150

BL-opoly: 10

 

1. Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

2. Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins (BL-opoly) - 4.5 stars

 

3. Killer in High Heels (High Heels #2) by Gemma Halliday (BL-opoly) - 2.5 stars

 

4. A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes (BL-opoly) - 2 stars

 

5. A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester (Pop Sugar prompt - 1 of 4 seasons in title) (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

6. The Dateless Wonder by Anjali Mya Chadha - 3 stars

 

7. Shimmy for Me: A California Belly Dance Novella by DeAnna Cameron - 1.5 stars

 

8. Learning to Swim (Troy Chance #1) by Sara L. Henry (BL-opoly) - 2 stars

 

9. Selkie Heart by Sam Asher - 1 star

 

10. Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) and Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings #2) by Aimee Duffy - 1 star

 

11. London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Library Love challenge) (Pop Sugar prompt - book with 800+ pages) - 5 stars

 

12. Nothing But Trouble (PJ Sugar #1) by Susan May Warren (Library Love challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

13. A Christmas Hope (Of Love and War #1.5) by Stacy Henrie (BL-opoly) - 4 stars

 

14. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

15. Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3 stars

 

16. Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King (Pop Sugar prompt - Re-read a shelf keeper) - 4 stars

 

17. Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King (BL-opoly) (Pop Sugar prompt - non human perspective) - 4 stars

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text 2017-04-30 14:35
April Wrap Up
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson
Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

My list looks longer than usual because I took a day to read some very short reads off my NOOK and the books I chose for Booklikes-opoly were relatively short. The spring edition of Dewey Read-a-thon just topped the month.

 

I won't be putting together a TBR for each month while Booklikes-opoly is going. I want to be able to start reading a book as soon as possible and not leave other books half-finished. My big projects for May are reading London by Edward Rutherfurd and Booklikes-opoly.

 

Highlights, Lowlights:

Best Books: With Every Letter, Polio

Worst Books: Totally Vegetarian, A Paris Affair

 

Challenges:

Library Love (Overdrive Junkie level - 36+): 5; 28/36 for the year (77% complete)

Pop Sugar: 10: 29/52 for the year (56% complete)

BL/GR: 59 /150 (39% complete)

 

 

1. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman - DNF

 

2. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin (Pop Sugar prompt - book of letters) - 5 stars

 

3. A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance #2)  by Margaret Brownley (Pop Sugar prompt - Title with character's name) - 3 stars

 

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Pop Sugar prompt - a book by someone I admire) - 3 stars

 

5. Weddings Under a Western Sky by Various Authors (Pop Sugar - a book with multiple authors) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer - 3 stars

 

7. All I Want (Dukes of War #8) by Erica Ridley - 2 stars

 

8. Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore (Library Love) - 1 star

 

9. Knead to Know (Knead to Know #1) by Liz Schulte - 2 stars

 

10. Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt (Pop Sugar - book from a genre never heard of)- 3 stars

 

11. The Start of the Rainbow (Daughters of Erin #0.5) by Amanda McCabe - 1.5 stars

 

12. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky (Pop Sugar prompt - On TBR long time) - 5 stars

 

13. The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Pop Sugar prompt - 2016 best seller) (Library Love) - 2.5 stars

 

14. Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson (Pop Sugar prompt - First book in a series never read before)  (Library Love) - 3.5 stars

 

15. Far From Home (Mangrove Island #2) by Neve Cottrell (Booklikes-opoly) - 2.5 stars

 

16. Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1) by Gemma Halliday (Booklikes-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

17. The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale #1) by Donna Douglas (Booklikes-opoly) - 3 stars

 

18. A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay (Pop Sugar prompt - unreliable narrator) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

19. The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart - DNF

 

 

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text 2017-03-31 16:25
March 2017 Reading Wrap Up
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh

 Overall a not great reading month, with some serious low-level ratings. A lot of disappointment in the content of some of these books. But I am either on track or ahead on some challenges, so at least I am not falling behind while traveling around.

 

Best part of my reading this month is finally visiting the British Library and its long standing exhibit (the BL is between special exhibits at the moment)! Unfortunately, visitors can't take pictures of the documents/books in the exhibit so I don't have any to show you. I am going back for the upcoming exhibit on the Russian Revolution, which turns 100 this year. The British Library will also do an exhibit on Harry Potter this year.

 

Highlights, Lowlights, and Challenges

Best Books: Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler; Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

 

Worst Books: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp; Elegy for a Disease by Ann Finger; Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

 

Library Love Challenge: 8; 19/36 for the year

Pop Sugar Challenge: 8; 18/52 for the year

BL/GR Reading Goal: 42/150

 

1. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinksy (Pop Sugar prompt - On the TBR a long time) - Currently reading, not counted in my stats yet

 

2. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp (Library Love Challenge) - .5 star

 

3. Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh (Pop Sugar prompt - set in wartime) (Library Love Challenge) - 3 stars

 

4. Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't - Ask - Don't - Tell Military by Jeffrey McGowan (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

5. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler (Pop Sugar prompt - Difficult Topic) (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

6. Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery)  by Sofie Kelly (Pop Sugar prompt - Cat on the cover) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

7. Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio by Anne Finger - DNF

 

8. Travel is a Political Act by Rick Steves (Pop Sugar prompt - Involves Travel) (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

9. Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (Pop Sugar prompt - Set in a Hotel) - 0 stars

 

10. Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb  (Pop Sugar prompt - Published in 2017) - 1.5 stars

 

11. Moneyball by Michael Lewis (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

12. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (Pop Sugar prompt - bought on a trip) - 3 stars

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