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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August

 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books:

 

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books:

 

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James

 

Total: 4

 

 

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

 

Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

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text 2017-08-01 13:35
July 2017 Round-Up with Book-Haul and Giveaway

 

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great July and  hope you enjoying the summer and some good books. Again, I can't believe how fast the month went by, and that should mean something considering the kids are home every day, all day.

 

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By some miracle I actually got some reading done and only one was a ARC, so that was kind of nice. But I know I have some coming up here really soon that I'm looking forward to. I don't have any real plans for August yet and think I just go with the flow and see what I can find on my shelve ;)

 

Here are some releases for August according to Goodreasds:

August first Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme and Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

On August 8th The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss on August 10th.

August 15th Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

August 23rd Molten Dusk by Karissa Laurel.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates on August 29th.

 

So I don't have one giant book haul every once a while I will try to post one at least every couple months with the round-up. I hope I can stick with it and don't forget them all too often.

 

Here is my book haul for June and July

 

 

 

Here are the hard hard copies I got. From the publishers to review I got:

 

Dark Water by Parker Bilal

Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates

A finished copy of Kiss my Boots by Harper Sloan, I previously received the unfinished galley from them.

I won a copy of The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night.

I bought The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas , Fairest by Marissa Meyer, White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland, Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris.

 

For e-copies I won both books

Lie by Mayra Statham and Lukas by F. G. Adams.

 

 

 

I have a couple books ordered and coming but they will not be here before August so I will add them to that one. 

Anyway, we still have the giveaway going on and I will add the copter to the bottom as usual.

Here are my books for July, as always you can find the buy links in the reviews that are linked down below.

I hope you all have a wonderful August :)

 


Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates 

 

 

 

 

This Texas cowboy has come home to Copper Ridge to put down roots…but will he risk his heart again?

Asked where he’d be at this point in life, Cain Donnelly would have said anywhere but Copper Ridge, Oregon, living with his estranged brothers. But since his wife abandoned them, both he and his daughter, Violet, are in need of a fresh start, so he’s back to claim his share of the family ranch. Local baker Alison Davis is a delicious temptation, but she’s also his daughter’s mentor and new boss. That makes her off-limits…until she offers a no-strings deal that no red-blooded cowboy could resist.

Alison has worked tirelessly to rebuild her life, and she won’t jeopardize her hard-won independence. Especially if it also complicates Cain’s relationship with Violet. But with Cain offering a love she never thought was possible, Alison has to find the courage to let her past go…or watch her future ride away for good.

 

3 ½ ★

 


Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

 

 

 

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death… because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear — will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

 

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3★

 

 


Midnight Crossroad  by Charlaine Harris

 

 

 

 

 

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

 

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3★


Lukas by F.G. Adams

 

 

 

Oh, the foolish games we play.

The moment I was gifted a test drive of the luscious Sage Blackwood, I knew she was mine. I was broken, half a man, until she pieced me back together. She changed my world forever with her magnetic humor and hot body. Sage is an expert of subterfuge. Her logic overrules her cravings. It doesn’t matter if she feels the same; I’m the master at games and puzzles. And I’ll win this game in the end. I always do.

Oh, the tangled webs we weave.

Pushing the wrong buttons is Lukas Rogers’ forte. Except he presses all the right ones when he’s sending me to heaven with each and every delicious touch. But I can’t give him what he wants. I will never give myself completely to another. It just doesn’t work in my world. I bury those dreams deep. My job connected us. Now this powerful bond scares me. My body desires to cling to what Lukas offers, while my mind is telling me to run away.

Far.

Fast.

Forever.

 

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4 ½ ★

 


White Trash Zombie Gone Wild  by Diana Rowland

 

 

 

Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear--that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she's built, and she's determined not to rest until she finds out who's behind it.

Soon she's neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It's up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she's outed as a monster.

But Angel hasn't quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past--not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she's absolutely sure she can handle the drug's unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys...or maybe she's only one bad choice away from being dead meat--for real this time.

Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

 

 

 

4 ★

 


 

 

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text 2017-07-05 18:45
June 2017 Round up!
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Ascent - Luke Walker
Empire Falls - Richard Russo
The Memory of Running - Recorded Books LLC,Ron McLarty,Ron McLarty
The North Water: A Novel - Ian McGuire
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King,Richard Chizmar
Criminal: The Deluxe Edition - Volume 1 - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
The Fever: A Novel - Megan Abbott
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale
DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

I read 18 books in June!

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

Criminal Deluxe Edition 5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-Last Shots 4*

American Vampire 5 4.5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Man in Black-3*

Total: 4

 

Audio Books

 

Empire Falls by Richard Russo 5*

The Fever by Megan Abbott 3.5*

The Memory of Running by Ron McClarty 5*

Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo 4*

The North Water by Ian McGuire 4*

Total: 5

 

E-ARCS

 

Ascent by Luke Walker 4*

The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss and Brian Freeman 4.5*

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones 5*

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 3.5*

The Changeling by Victor LaValle 4.5*

Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale 4.5*

Dis MeM ber by Joyce Carol Oates 4*

Total: 7

 

Random Books

 

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar 4*

The Summer Job by Adam Cesare 3*

Total: 2

 

Total books read in June: 18

 

 

 

Reading Challenges

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

January Count: 1

February Count: 2

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June: 0

Running Count: 5

 

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

 

Running count: 24

 

I'm ditching the Coolthulhu Crew 2017 challenge. It just seems to be too much work for me right now!

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

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text 2017-07-04 18:42
June Reading Roundup

Summer has arrived and I am here for it! My reading took a bit of hit because of the glorious weather and I only checked off 12 books. June was my start a new series month, it wasn't the most successful for finding me a new series to obsess over but that's probably a good thing. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. July is my Recommended Month, books selected for this come from friends who send direct recommendations to me on Goodreads. Can't wait for more sun, fun, and reading. Enjoy your July, everyone!

 

*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page

 

5 stars

 

 

4 stars

 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

3 stars

 

Right Through Me by Shannon McKenna  ***The Hazards of Hunting a Duke by Julia London***

 

2.7 stars

 

***Taming the Highlander by Terri Brisbin***

 

2.5 stars

 

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

 

2 stars

 

Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin  ***Hard-Headed Texan by Candace Camp***  Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney  

 

A Stardance Summer by Emily March  The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke

 

1.5 star

 

***Fit for a King by Diana Palmer***  ***The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton***

 

1 star

 

Kind of an average rated month but I like how many different sub-genres I got to touch on, this is why I like my themed months :)

 

How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?

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text 2017-06-01 23:25
May 2017 Wrap-up.
Crucible of Gold (Temeraire Series #7) - Naomi Novik
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider

I'm happy I have more to list than will feature in the 10 + we can link at top of post.

 

I only had one DNF (and one that I stopped so soon I don't even consider that starting).  

 

Unusually for me, I discovered quite a few new authors.  

 

I didn't read a lot of straight-up science fiction of the sort with spaceships, new worlds, aliens and robots (except for Scarlet which sort of counts by having cyborg and lunar colony if you can get past how the spaceship piloting resembled bad teenage clunker-automobile parallel parking the way they zigged it about in earth's atmosphere with immediate corrections ...).  I need to correct that next month, but I'm pretty caught up on my SF series.

 

I'm also discovering that — while I enjoy character growth and when the plot/story has twists or gets shaken up — I don't like it when author changes the underpinnings or basics of what I thought I knew about characters and worldbuilding logic from reading previous books.  Reveal surprises, sure, even relationship ones; toss out everything developed earlier in series, not so much.  Thankfully this month there were no books completely with  characters having amnesia plus time travel to relive a previous storyline ... those are just aaaaarrrggghhh... (first third of Blood of Tyrants Laurence had amnesia and that whole unnecessary part dropped rating for me).

 

Not a lot of reviews.  Partly a mood I'm in.  Mainly bcause so many were in series where likely however I reviewed previous books is how I'd review that book.  Happily in many  cases because it's just harder for me to express why I loved a book enough to rate it ★★★★☆ to ★★★★★ .

 

 Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead Premiere - Melody Carlson  My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent  

 

Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead , I rated ★★★★☆ , paranormal, #5 in Bloodlines (Alchemists spinoff from Vampire Academy) series.

 

Premiere - Melody Carlson , I did not rate.  Characters are in college so guess it's New Adult but reads YA.  An interesting premise, lots happens, a quick read of first book in a series my library had complete set.  I had mixed feelings on main character I initially liked but between them seeming more YA, the situations too unrealistic, the MC so "perfect" and accepting of submissive role to more glamorous sister and constantly praying to God as if he was her own personal genie or life coach — I decided series wasn't for me.  Likely appeal to others, particularly teens.  #1 in On the Runway series.

 

My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal, #1 in Soul Screamers series (new series by familiar author with banshees and grim reapers).  Some YA moments.

 

The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead  Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik  Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  o

 

The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal, #6 in Bloodlines series.

 

Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik , I rated a resounding squeezing fanpoodle ★★★★★, fantasy (alternate history of Napoleonic War with dragons), #5 in Temeraire series.

 

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo , I rated ★★★★★, fantasy, review is here , #1 in Dregs series from a new to me author (despite the glowing ★★★★★ rating, I suspect I should have read author's Grishna series first).

 

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas  Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor  Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider  

 

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas , I rated ★★★★½ , fantasy, #5 in Throne of Glass series.

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor , I rated ★★★★☆ , urban fantasy (paranormal romance? fantasy because of Otherworld characters?), review is here , #1 in same named series, new to me author -- what a voice and an atmosphere this author creates.

 

Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal mystery, review is here , #1 in Moon Shadows series, new to me author discovered via Leafmarks, likely someone more into mysteries would rate higher, one of few indie works I read this year although could not tell it was self-published from writing/editing.

 

 

Death Before Decaf: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig  A Whole Latte Murder - Caroline Fardig  

 

Death Before DecafMug Shot, and A Whole Latte Murder - Caroline Fardig .  Binge read first three books of cozy mystery series Java Jive Mystery because really enjoyed first two books.  Discovered first book from a friend's review in goodreads ( read first two via library overdrive borrow then bought third).  Main character engaged me, wacky stories, not necessarily the greatest mystery in the books.  Possibly a side effect of binge reading, but I did not like the third book (murked everything up throwing too much into it, too many clues, too many characters, too many too easily dismissed injuries/assaults and the whodunnit depended way too much on twisting what we thought we knew of characters).  May give it another chance if book #4 hits library; may not.

 

Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey  Scarlet - Marissa Meyer  My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent  

 

Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey , I rated ★★★½☆ (wavered between that and ★★★★☆), review is here, fantasy, #3 in Herald Spy series (Valdemar Universe).  If you like Mags, you'll like reading more of his story.

 

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer , I rated ★★★★½ , fantasy, #2 in Lunar Chronicle series which I so regret taking so long to read -- it was just so overhyped and YA sounding I wrongly put off thinking could not live up to rep.  Series will quickly suck you in.

 

My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent , ★★★★☆ , paranormal, #2 in Soul Screamers, less YA with character growth but still rushing in because too compassionate.

 

 

Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire Series #6) - Naomi Novik  Crucible of Gold (Temeraire Series #7) - Naomi Novik  Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik 

 

 

Tongues of Serpents  - Naomi Novik , ★★★★★ , fantasy , #6 in Temeraire series.

 Crucible of Gold , ★★★★☆, fantasy, #7 in Temeraire series.

 Blood of Tyrants , ★★★½☆ (although parts 2 and 3 I'd rate higher), fantasy, #8 and penultimate in Temeraire series .

 

 

Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen Blackveil - Kristen Britain  

 

Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen , ★★★☆☆ , paranormal romance, review is here , #4 in Immortality Bites, author almost lost me with the twists and character changes introduced plus leaving main character's curse to be resolved in next book.

 

Blackveil - Kristen Britain , ★★★½☆ , epic fantasy, review is here ,  #4 in Green Rider.  I cannot believe I'm saying this after how much I loved the first three books, but this one was too long.  I may be dropping the series because everyone says next book is even more "way too long" plus twists the series from traditional fantasy into steampunk (why on earth couldn't Ms. Britain just start a new steampunk series if wanting to foray into steampunk?).

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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