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review 2018-09-23 00:54
Halloween Bingo - 1st Square Filled
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

I finally finished my first book for Halloween Bingo by re-reading The Raven Boys. While it can go many places I am counting it for the Raven Square.

 

The first time I read The Raven Boys, I listened to the audiobook, and was enchanted.  This time, while my delight  was somewhat lessened by already knowing the major reveals, Maggie Stiefvater's language was almost as magical in print as it was as an audiobook.

 

Reducing my rating from 5 stars to 4.5 because you can't be delighted by a book for the first time twice.

 

 

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text 2018-09-10 02:37
Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 409 pages.
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Blue, largely against her will, glanced to the booth he pointed to.  Three boys sat at it: one was smudgy, just as he said, with a rumpled, faded look about his person, like his body had been laundered too many times.  The one who'd hit the light was handsome and his head was shaved; a soldier in world where where the enemy was everyone else.  And the third was -- elegant. It was not the right word for him, but it was close.  He was fine boned and a little fragile looking, with blue eyes pretty enough for a girl.

 

I'm very much enjoying this re-read of The Raven Boys.  My first time through was the audiobook read by Will Patton, which forced me to take the time to savor the language.  I'm finding this time through different, with the major reveals no longer a surprise, but  still loving how Maggie Stiefvater crafts language.

 

While The Raven Boys could fit many squares, I'm intending to use it for

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-28 04:26
Dewey's Deliverer
Deliverer - C.J. Cherryh

If you stick with the Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh for more than a few pages, you know that numbers are very, very important to the Atevi.  And they have a strong preference for odd numbers, so tonight I can declare that I have finished the fortunate 9th book, the end of the 3rd trilogy in the saga of Bren Cameron.   

 

Finishing my current book seemed like fortunate way to celebrate Dewey's Readathon! 

 

I've also finished another chapter in The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee  (the one about the feral cats of Rome).

 

In addition to mine - I've seen Readathon Posts by:

 

Book Stripping Blog

Debbie's Spurts

Bookish Blerd

 

Booklikes addresses are also listed in the participant database 

Hol

Tea, Rain, Book

Kat's Books

 

Though they are so far either hiding in their books, or participating via another social media outlet.

 

Well it's been a long, long week and tomorrow is a dizzy bay, so after cheering on the other Readathon participants, I'm heading off to bed.  

 

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review 2018-07-01 01:18
Fortune's Pawn
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach

Just the light romp I was in the mood for.  Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

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text 2017-12-04 00:44
November Update

Just popping in for a quick update.  I’m swamped at work.  And furiously busy with teen and home related things, not to mention the toddler-dog who needs constant supervision unless he’s crated or sleeping.   So, JL’s Bibliomania is on semi-hiatus.

 

A few quick updates on what I read during November:

 

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid 

  

I finished Forensics, and my initial opinion of didn’t change much.   I agree with the rest of the folks in The Flat Book Society: While certain anecdotes and chapters were interesting, in general this book is a disorganized mess.  It didn’t live up to expectations as a work of popular science.

 

Sparrow Hill Road - Seanan McGuire 

 

I liked Sparrow Hill Road, despite the repetitive bits.  (It’s really a linked set of short stories and it got a little bit tiresome that Seanan McGuire included the same key bits of world-building in pretty much every chapter).  When I saw her at Philcon, Seanan McGuire shared that a sequel The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is expected out in July 2018, and I’ll definitely take a look.

 

Books Can Be Deceiving - Jenn McKinlay 

 

I was not impressed by Books Can be Deceiving, which I think may have been recommended by someone here on BookLikes.  I’ve been looking for a new series of cozies, but this is not it and I won’t be continuing with the series. 

 

 Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas  

 

I read Queen of Shadows over Thanksgiving Weekend.  If you liked the earlier books in this series, you shouldn’t be disappointed by #4.  It doesn’t hold up to the thrill of the first book, The Throne of Glass, but was better than #3.  Folks seem to either love or hate this series, but it’s worth a look if you like YA fantasy, assassins, and female heroines.

 

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life - Barbara L. Fredrickson 

  

I’m currently between audiobooks, which is uncharacteristic for me, but don’t have the energy to go pick something.  I saw Nothing Better Than a Good Books’s review of Positivity come across my feed and it seems like a good antidote to all the stress right now, so I’m nibbling through that.  I’ve got a couple of graphic novel biographies available, but just don’t have the energy to read much.

 

I hope to have some time over the Christmas-New Year’s break, but other than that, I expect that my on-line time will be minimal until mid-February.  I am still looking forward to Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life and hope and hope to eke out enough time to read it and participate during the Flat Book Society discussions. 

 

See you on the far-side of the year-end crunch.

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