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text 2017-03-31 19:25
March 2017 Round Up!
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
The Undoing - Shelly Laurenston
Cast in Flight - Michelle Sagara
The Undead In My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #2.5) - Molly Harper,Jessica Sims,Katie MacAlister
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Legacy of Honor - Linda Hilton
Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

I'll jump n the bandwagon and try to round up my March reads.  By and large, great reads that cured a reading slump, but many put me behind on reviewing because I basically had little to say beyond "I enjoyed this book."

 

I also did this year's Big Library Read (global buddy read where Overdrive makes a voted ebook 100% available -- no waitlist/hold -- to participating public libraries).  This time was, surprisingly, a cookbook.  A good one with a mix of sweet, savory, basic and advanced pies:

 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani  

 

What reviews I've written, I try to remember to tag as "Reviews from Spurts" (booklikes link to that tag is http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=Reviews%20from%20Spurts ).

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text 2017-03-31 02:52
March '17 Roundup & Ramblings

 

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This month was a short month in regards to the amount of books I read.  I have a total of 17, but 5 of those are 24 page comic books. So 11 novels and 1 manga. It wasn’t that I read any particularly hard books or even books that I hated.  In miscellaneous info, I got to 100 followers, realized I am burned out on manga and started in on some small comic books to keep me in the visual book game.

 

United States of Japan was my worst read of the month and even it was a 2 star.

 

An Empire Asunder was my most fun and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

 

My most satisfying read was a tie between The One Kingdom and Dreams of Distant Shores.

 

Part of my reading cutback has been due to work issues.  Work has been very unsettled since the end of February and that just affects everything. Our new manager, my former field coworker, is pulling his hair out trying to fulfill obligations left by the previous manager, I’m stuck with working with part time people while our boss tries to find someone full time who likes to work outside year round AND [more importantly] can get along with someone like me for 8rs a day, 5 days a week.

 

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Another reason is church. Our new pastor has been taking a very hands off approach and people have been having ideas pop up like daisies. Not only that, they’re acting on those ideas, which is fantastic; it just means that we’re more busy overall. We’re also trying to do some big Audio/Visual changes that is going to include re-wiring everything.

 

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And finally,  I have been trying to make Sunday my Magic: The Gathering day. Since I go to church on Saturday, I use Sunday as my chore/fun stuff day.  Having a couple of people to play Commander with is fun and I’ve been customizing one of the new 4color commander decks that came out late last year. I’ve also finished collecting a complete set of 4th Edition cards from 1995. That  is the edition I started playing MTG with and so those cards, while not a good investment, have so much nostalgia in them that I could sink a ship with it.

 

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So getting back to books, and wrapping this up, here is some cover love:

 

 

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Dreams of Distant Shores

 

 

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text 2017-03-29 22:24
March Reading Roundup

I finished off so many series (some I decided to give up on) thanks to my themed month. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I'm really happy I do this, it helps to vary my sub-genres and whittle down my tbr books that I would normally keep shoving to the side. April is my Singles month, which basically consists of me blindly pulling out two books (one contemporary, one historical) from my closet boxes. They are ones that I sorted out as not being part of a series but these boxes are kind of old, before I had Goodreads, so it usually turns out they are in a series :/  March seemed to fly by but I'm ready to get some April spring reading in!


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

5 stars
 
4.5 stars
 
The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland
 
4 stars
 
3.5 stars
 
****Mackenzie's Mission by Linda Howard****
 
3 stars
 
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke  Undiscovered by Anna Hackett
 
2.5 stars
 
****Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James****
 
2 stars
 
****Lord of Falcon Ridge by Catherine Coulter****  ****Dead By Dusk by Shannon Drake****  Holding Fire by April Hunt  
****Master of Torment by Karin Tabke****  ****No Place to Run by Maya Banks****  ****Irish Hope (Irish Eyes, #8) by Donna Fletcher****  
****The Red Hot Cajun by Sandra Hill****  Storm and Silence by Robert Thier  ****Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands****
 
1 star
 
A total of 14 books read for the month with 9 my monthly theme. I see 7 of the 9 were 2 stars (ok rating) which is kind of disappointing but The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorlund managed to save my month. Can't wait to see what surprising books April has in store for me :)
 
How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?
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text 2017-03-01 04:53
February Read Roundup

I managed to blackout on my Romance Bingo and had a great time finding books to match the squares. I survived the flu and went on a reading frenzy after to make up for the week I couldn't read. As my series headway month, I was able to finish up two series and make headway in others. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. March I continue trying to make headway in series and hopefully I'll be able to finish some more off. This month decimated my book fund, so many books came out this month! I won't be able to buy for a while but with a loaded up Kindle, it shouldn't be too painful.



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

5 stars
 
4.5 stars
 
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London
 
4 stars
 
***Fire and Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon***  Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain
 
3.5 stars
 
***Angel Creek by Linda Howard***  Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton  Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas  
 
 
Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey
 
3.3 stars
 
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
 
3 stars
 
***Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon***  Menace by J.M. Darhower *** My Forever Love by Marsha Canham***   
 
Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas 
 
2.5 stars
 
***Never Too Hot by Bella Andre***
 
2 stars
 
Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen  His Dark Kiss by Eve Silver  ***All About Love by Stephanie Laurens***
 
1.5 stars
 
***Thrill Me to Death by Roxanne St. Claire***  Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey
 
1 star
 
A total of 18 reads, not bad for a short month.  I read 7 books for my series headway and 2 ARCS. The Julia London and Theresa Romain books were my surprise loves of the month, such good books and can't wait to read the next in those series. 
 
How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?
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url 2017-02-28 15:42
February '17 Roundup & Rambling

February '17 Roundup & Rambling

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