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text 2018-02-27 17:59
February Reading
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin
Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant
Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West
Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson

Seven books read:

The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin 

Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant 

Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West 

Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson 

Jade City - Fonda Lee (DNF)

 

Women Writers Bingo: 5/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in February: Vita Sackville-West, Isabel Wilkerson

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 5 by women, 1 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 1

Paper books from library: 0

E-books that I own: 3

E-books from library: 0

Audiobooks that I own: 3

 

March Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide, that Canadian comicbook).

2. Keep library list from imploding, OMG!

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5

5 of those books are non-fiction: 1/5 (The Warmth of Other Suns)

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

 

Previous months:

January Reading

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review 2018-02-09 19:27
Almost no memory of this one (The trilogy concludes with an arc plot)
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis

I hit a couple images that I recall from Dad reading it to us, but I suspect I only reread the first two as a teen. My memory isn't that bad.

 

Our teen protagonist of the book is the heir to a prestigious island princedom who comes to the Isle of Roke for help. The magic is vanishing from the world, and he needs the help of Arch-Mage Sparrowhawk to figure out what's gone wrong. Prince Arren then sidekicks and plays observer to Ged for the rest of the story, and has an adorable crush on his mentor throughout.

 

Again the point of view shift works incredibly well. Ged gets a few short scenes of his own thoughts (most of which are about wanting to see Tenar, which is really sweet), but he really did turn into a sea-going Gandalf somewhere in the middle there. He's remote, versatile, wrapped up power and magical theory (mostly Taoist), with sudden flashes of humour and warmth. There's a beautiful line about how sudden and genuinely sweet his smile is. Though I would be very interested in a book from his point of view now since I love cranky-old-person narration, he's gotten a bit esoteric for what was essentially a young adult book. A lot of the book is about how to be a good leader, both as described and as modelled by Ged, Arran (whose favourite saga hero is his favourite because he could have taken over the world, but chose not to), and a couple dragons. The Taoism gets a big didactic at times.

 

So much of the first book wraps back around in this story, which marks the end of Ged's magical career as the first marked the beginning. He himself reflects that this will be what he's known for, his final great quest and its almost incidental conclusion of his life's work (which showed up as sub plots of the previous two books). He spent his life learning so that he could teach Arran. He also spent his life learning so that when someone else copied his first magical mistake and then ran with it, Ged could find and fix the problem before it literally sucked all the joy out of the world. We learn what a difference being a good man a heart made to the conclusion of the first story (and how Ged's temper still causes some pretty huge problems.)

 

I don't know my high fantasy history well enough to know if this was the first time the "magic is disappearing" plot was showed up (I've certainly run into it many times in later books), but rarely have I seen it so well done. The depression, amnesia and onset of barbarity in the affected regions is as horrifying to the reader as it is to Arran. There are a few comedy bits of people complaining about kids these days, but mostly it's madness, forgetting and death. The descriptions of sailing to the edges of the world as our hero falls deeper and deeper in the grip of this power are absolutely hair raising, and again Le Guin's control of language shines.

 

Though this book again has no female protagonists, it's actually trying a lot harder than the first two to add non-evil women of power to Earthsea. Aside from the mention of Tenar, we learn that Yarrow is one of seven people Ged trusts with his name, and the most powerful wizards we meet are both women (though currently powerless because of the plot). The progenitor of the dragons pointedly does not have a known gender. The saga hero Ged sees the most of himself in seems to be a female one.

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text 2018-02-01 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Beyond a Darkened Shore - Jessica Leake

Ciara is a decent character so far. Eager to learn more about her abilities and how this Northman leader can help her. 

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review 2017-10-16 08:10
Release Day Blitz - In Over Our Heads
 
 
TitleIn Over Our Heads
Series: Stories from the Shore
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 67,000
Genre: Romance, Second Chances, Vacation
 

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Synopsis

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Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.
 
Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

 

 

Excerpt

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The door burst open, and Sophia sailed in with my morning cappuccino. She was humming under her breath and had that telltale postsex glow about her. I tried not to hate her too much.
 
“What’re you doing in here with me, doll? Don’t you have a sexy dive instructor to entertain?”
 
“She had to leave early.” Sophia handed me the mug. “She’s taking her group out on the ocean dive too, and she had to go to Back Bay to get the boat ready.”
 
I took a restorative sip of cappuccino. “Ahh. Well, I hope you didn’t tire her out too much last night. Or vice versa.” I winked at her, even though I didn’t feel very winky.
 
“Guilty on both our parts, I’m afraid.” Sophia smirked, then perched on the side of my bed. “Can we talk more about what’s going on with you and Walter?”
 
“Going on?” I blinked and buried my nose in the cup. “I mean, I told you guys last night. What more do you need to know?”
 
“Whatever it’ll take to help you and him figure yourselves out, because second chances like this don’t come around often.”
 
“God, not you too. You and Jonny need to start a group for incurable romantics.”
 
She straightened, her dark eyes snapping with intensity. “Caro! You’re the one who talks about destiny. This is your destiny!”
 
I sighed. She was so over the top sometimes. Must be her Italian blood. “Maybe my destiny is to be reminded to never let a guy walk over me the way Walter did.”
 
“I…. Look, Marco has a good point, and I agree with him that Walter needs to apologize. It was awful of him to drop out of sight. You so don’t deserve to be treated that way.”
 
“Right.” I put down my cup, having lost my taste for the cappuccino.
 
“But you two were barely out of high school. So young! People change. It certainly doesn’t seem in character with how he is now.”
 
“Doesn’t it?”
 
“Well, I mean, Walter seems so conscientious and thoughtful. Yes, a little gruff, but not someone who would knowingly hurt you. But maybe… safety seems to be a huge concern to him. And maybe he couldn’t stand that you almost drowned, and he couldn’t face you after that? Did he ever explain it to you?”
 
“No. I begged him to tell me why, and all he would say is ‘I’m not good for you. I don’t want to hurt you anymore.’ I guess the safety thing is the most plausible explanation. Because other than that, it’s bizarre that he would walk away and throw away a great thing. We were….” I paused, hit by an unexpected wave of grief. “Damn it, Soph, we were really good together. Yes, we were young, but we complemented each other so well. Like, I brought him out of his shell, and he calmed me down. And he took me seriously. He listened to me in a way no one but Jonny ever had before.” My eyes betrayed me by welling up.
 
“Oh, Anthony. That’s lovely. I can tell he still does. Take you seriously, I mean. He hasn’t been able to stop staring at you the whole time we’ve been around him. It’s obvious he still cares.”
 
Sophia’s words threw little daggers at my silly heart. Jonathan had said essentially the same thing. If they both thought Walter still cared for me, maybe it was true. And God, if it was true, I was in deep waters. I knew I should stiffen my backbone and armor myself with outrage. But I couldn’t. Still hung up on Walter Elkins? Guilty as charged. Convicted. Lock me up and throw away the key, because I had no hope of rehabilitation. I put my face in my hands for a moment. What a hopeless sentimental fool!
 
Luckily for my humiliation factor, Marco came barging in with a brilliant grin. “All right, darlings! Today’s the day! Scuba diving or bust! Get ready for the adventure of your lives.” He stopped short and peered at me. “You okay?”
 
Pulling myself together, I returned his smile. “Fabulous, doll! Off to the reefs we go to swim with the fishies!”

 

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In Over Our Heads (Stories from the Shore, #2)In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the Stories From The Shore series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading in order.

Anthony AKA "Tony" & Walter have a hot and heavy history that Tony is sure had its time and has since burned out. However, fate has more than one surprise in store for this couple. Can time and proximity change the result this time?

This book was such a roller coaster ride! Lots of happenings in such a small package. The MC's have excellent chemistry, however, I wish we had seen more actual couple time. This series seems to be heating up. Cannot wait to see what is next.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Celebrate the release of In Over Our Heads with a special sale: All the Way to Shore is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon through October 24 with that price matched at the Dreamspinner Press store October 16-24

 

 

Meet the Author

 

 

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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
 
CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
 
CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook

 

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review 2017-10-13 21:06
good read, great characters
One Summer Night (At the Shore Book 1) - Caridad Piñeiro

Tracy was in love with being in love and that worried one of  her best friend and maid of honor Maggie as tracy and her new husband were dancing. Connie and emma were Tracy’s other best friend as well as Maggie’s.   Maggie, Connie,and emma were the last three single females in their circle of college friends and business acquaintances. Maggie hadn’t thought about marriage in a long time as she had too much going on in her life . For years now Maggie had been dealing with her family’s business and it’s money problems. Maggie had mortgaged the property she had inherited to funnel money into the family’s struggling retail stores. Maggie spent way too much time at work which left little time for romance.  Maggie was told by connie Owen had been watching her all night but maggie said Owen had no interest in her. Owen and Maggie’s fathers had been friends until Owen’s father felt Maggie’s family had done him wrong. Now there was a feud between the two families.But owen and maggie didn’t feel that way. A while ago Owen and Maggie had shared a drunken kiss and since then fate has seemed to throw them together a lot both personally and in business. Maggie didn’t feel so alone when owen was around. But Maggie couldn’t get used to that. Owen had left maggie once when she had needed him most right after her mom's death.   Owen’s in and out of Maggie’s life proved she couldn’t count on him. Owen’s younger brother Jonathan was also at the wedding and seen Owen watching Maggie and said to Owen Maggie was just trouble and their father had declared the Sinclairs were off limits a long time ago and would have a stroke if he knew Owen and Maggie were together. Owen felt in a way he had been involved with Maggie forever. Owen had become intrigued with the woman Maggie had grown into as they had know each other since they were young. Owen and Maggie started spending time together which was risky and complicated. Maggie has to make her father understand they have to update the stores even though her father greatly fears changing the store his cherished wife had built. Owen wants to help Maggie with her problems but she doesn’t know if it’s just a ploy to bring her whole family down as Maggie had learned not to trust Owen being there for her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The story was a fun light read. This was well written and I liked the plot and pace of the book. I really enjoyed the build up of Owen’s and Maggie’s relationship. I didn’t like when Maggie didn’t believe Owen and that he really cared for her but understood why she felt that way. I loved how Owen respected and supported Maggie knowing what it may cost him.  I loved Maggie, Connie, Emma, and Tracy’s relationships and how they were there for each other. This was a little predictable but I still really enjoyed and liked this book. It was a modern day romeo and Juliet along with one struggling and one person rich. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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