November Reading Part 1

I stopped doing wrap-ups a while ago, they are too long to do as blog posts. Or they had been. So then I started doing quarterly check-ins, highlighting my readings. Sometimes I would a bunch a books that were just okay, and so it seemed pointless to just say that over and over. But this month, books have been sort of a hit or miss with me. So I thought that I would check in now and talk about them. I want opinions on some the books.

What I’ve Read:

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper#1)by Daniel Jose Older 5 stars– This was a re-read for me. I listened to this one on audio and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I read the book.

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)

Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter#3) by Nalini Singh 4 stars– This is one of those series that I randomly picked up and ended up really enjoying.  I liked this installment very much and can’t wait for the next one.

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor, #3)

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor) by Denise Hunter 3.5 stars -This is the last in a trilogy, so a series that I was able to knock out before the end of the year. While this was not the best thing that I had read this year, it was refreshing and easy. It was a quick read and I still very much enjoyed it.  This is an old Netgalley title that I had, so a review will be posted shortly.

Currently Reading-

The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1)

The Unleashing (Call of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston– I heard about this series from a Book Riot podcast, and immediately requested it from my library. I finally picked it up and I am surprised at how much I like it. I will be finishing it tonight, and I am pretty sure it’s going to be 5 stars. The humor is what hooked me, along with the premise that it’s about women tapping into and following their anger.  (Finished and loved it!)

Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac– This is the second Isaac book that I’ve read. One that I immediately wanted when I finished Close to You. I am sad that it has taken me forever to pick up this title, as it is another that I have from Netgalley. But, I am happy to be reading it. It’s a sweet romance with humor, and blunders and mistakes.  (Finished and loved it!)

Books that I’ve Not Yet Finished-  These are books that I’ve started but have set aside for one reason or another. Let me know if there is one that I definitely need to finish before I officially decide to DNF or not.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

A Throne of Glass (A Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Mass – This is a book that I am reading for my #offmybookshelf project. Honestly, this book isn’t bad. But it also isn’t very good. I mean, if I didn’t have a million other things that I was dying to read I probably wouldn’t mind reading it. But I’ve spent two weeks with this book and I am only halfway through it. Whereas, I picked up The Unleashed yesterday and I’m going to finish it tonight. Yes, I know that some books take longer to finish then others, but there’s no reason it should take me this long to get through 400 pages.  If this was a library book, I’d dnf it and move on. My indecision comes from the fact that this is my book, and I own the next two plus the book of novellas.

The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance

A Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson- This was a Clarke Award Nominee, so it fits in my goal to read all of the Clarke and Nebula award nominees and winners. I have heard of Robin and had been meaning to read something of his. But, this book is a bit off putting. It is all about music, and I often find myself tuning out for paragraphs or pages at a time. From what I have read, it is a bit interesting, just not enough to hold my attention for a long time.

Warrior Women

Warrior Women edited by Paula Guran-  I have no idea how I heard about this anthology. I know that as soon as I heard about it I requested it from the library. The first two stories grabbed my attention immediately. I stumbled through the third one and that was when my attention started to lag. This is one that I am pretty sure I’m coming back to at a different time.

Books I Dnf’d

Black Goat Blues (The Mythos War #2)

Black Goat Blues (Red Right Hand #1) by Levi Black- To be honest, this is a series that I had been meaning to get to for a while – since the first book came out. But I didn’t pck it up until I was selected to be a part of the blog tour. I started the first book,  Red Right Hand, fully expecting to enjoy it.  I didn’t make a quarter into the book before I DNF’d it. It was too repetitive, I didn’t like the character and the plot -at that point- was too vague for me to care. The only reason that I picked up the second book was because I was selected for the blog tour and they had already sent me a review copy. I did try to read it, depsite of what I thought about the first book. Unfortunately, I DNF’d the second book for pretty much the same reason I dnf’d the first one.

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Adventures of Rush Revere, #1)

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh-  I picked this book because I am looking for fun and interesting ways to introduce and teach history to my kids when we get there in homeschooling. I wanted to get multiple perspectives. But I made it to the middle of the second chapter before I put this one down. The main character just sounds pretentious, and there was too many flaws with the time-traveling aspect for me to take it serious.

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First Impressions: The Blind by A.F. Brady

 First Impressions: The Blind by A.F. Brady

September 26, 2017 – Park Row Books

Purpose: Review

Source: Edelweiss

DNF

The premise sounded interesting, that’s what initially caught my intention. From what I read, this is the story of Sam who is a psychologist who works in a tough mental institution. She is known for taking the cases no one else wants or can handles. The new patient that is admitted comes with a bunch of rumors and very little facts. When I started reading it, I couldn’t get into it. The writing was simplistic. Being inside Sam’s head was boring. It was not what I was expecting, and not in a good way. While I was curious about how the story would unfold I was not curious enough to continue.

 

First Impressions: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest, #1)

First Impressions Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest #1

January 17, 2012 – St. Martin’s Griffin

Purpose – Netgalley, Project- Kindle Clean-Up

I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

DNF

This is a title that I have been interested in off and on. I received a copy of it before it was published, and for whatever reason never got around to actually reading it. Now since then it has been published, along with the rest of the trilogy. The covers have also been revamped (or maybe it’s the UK edition that I’ve been seeing). Either way, every time I have passed this book, I felt compelled to pick it. The premise of the book sounds interesting. I finally pulled up my review copy. And, it just didn’t hold my attention. I wasn’t even able to make it very far into this. But this may be a case of “it’s not the book it’s me”. My reading tastes has changed a lot since I’ve requested this book, so that may be the cause for my lack of interest.

 

 

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First Impressions: Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

FirstbornFirst Impressions Review: Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

January 28, 2014 – Blink YA Books

Source: Netgalley

Project: Kindle Clean-up

I received a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

DNF

Full disclosure: this is a title that I have had on my kindle for a very long time. I was excited to read this title when I first received it, but with most books I got distracted. And as I received more and more for review, it became a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.   As you can see, this is part of my special project-Kindle Clean-up. I am going through my backlog of old review titles on my kindle. For some books, those that pull me into the story long enough to complete, I will be doing full reviews. For those that I DNF, I will do a first impression review.

I wasn’t drawn into this story. The characters weren’t very compelling. The setup for this society’s culture and beliefs was confusing. The synopsis was confusing. Since it’s been a week since I’ve picked up this title to read and I haven’t even thought about this book, I am moving on to the next title.

 

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So Far Saturday…….2/18

18I had planned on posting this last week, but I hadn’t finished very many books so I waited. I have fallen behind with my reading, but that’s okay. I thought that I would be on track with my reviews and everything, but I’ve read a few duds. I started and DNF’d a few. There is one that I am still reading, but I plan on finishing it this week. But this is what I have read so far…..

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris 

Sookie Stackhouse # 10

Purpose: Complete a Series

4 stars 

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Especially since I wasn’t too impressed with the last book. But, surprisingly, I enjoyed this installment. Yeah, a part of me is glad that I am coming to the end of the series. But with Dead in the Family everything and everyone seems to be connected. All of the issues that came up are family related. Eric has to deal with his maker and brother. Bill is reunited with an old family -like friend, and is able to address his human family. Sookie is mending fences with her brother  and cousin, as well as other family. Even the werewolves have to deal with internal issues.  But even in the background, a storm is brewing. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Sister Sister

Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin

Purpose: Review/Buddy Read

4 stars 

Full Review on the blog

Torched

Torched by April Henry 

Purpose: Read an Author’s Backlist

2 Stars 

I really wanted to like this book. Henry is an author that I respect because of all the work she puts into her books. I have also enjoyed the books that she co-written by Lis Wiehl. I did enjoy her debut book Shock Point. But this one was a bit disappointing. It was a short book, but it still took a while for me to get through. It was slow and boring. The entire situation with Ellie and the FBI was unrealistic and Henry didn’t make a believer out of me. Ellie and Coyote gets an undeserved happily ever after. And though she hardly knows him, her experience with the lynx has convinced  Ellie that she loves Coyote. Umm….no.

City of Wolves

City of Wolves by Willow Palecek 

Purpose: A Random Pick

3.5 Stars 

This was a nice quick read. It was super short, and for the most part the shortness worked in its favor. Drake appeared to be operating on insider information that we, as readers, are not privy too. This made following the murder mystery harder to follow. This also means that we have to trust the conclusions Drake comes to explicitly. But, I did enjoy this story.

True to You (Bradford Sisters #1)

True to You by Becky Wade 

Bradford Sisters #1

Purpose: PW Review

3 Stars 

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris 

Sookie Stackhouse #11

Purpose: Complete a Series

3 Stars

Okay, so there’s only 2 more books left in the series. I have mixed feelings about this. Once again death and drama surround Sookie. it’s her reaction that I find annoying. This time she plotted and planned and knew that it had to be done.  And yet, she is reacting as if this is the first time she’s had to face it. At this point, if she can’t handle it she need to cut ties and be done with it. But we also learn more about Sookie and her ties to the fairies. It is an interesting history, and I am curious to find out what the fairies are up to.

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti By Nnedi Okorafor 

Binti #1

4 Stars 

Review will be on the Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog

My Last Five 6/10/16

my last five

I am almost caught up on these. I have been thinking that maybe it would be better to just do monthly wrap-ups or check-ins, since I am still falling behind on this. We shall see.  Here is what I read:

Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation Worth Dying For by Rorke Denver and Ellis HeniganThis was a review book from Howard Books, and I have already posted my review. I liked this book, and I have a lot of respect for Denver. I have also been watching him on American Grit and I would love to meet this guy.

 

My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn't Share with Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, Bikini Waxers, and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me by Hilary  WinstonThis was a book club pick. While I enjoyed the beginning part of this, her constant degrading of herself grew old. She is a comedy writer for shows that I have found funny, (Blue Collar TV and My Name is Earl). But I didn’t find this book funny. Some of it was, but it appears she did the same stupid stuff with multiple guys and never learned from any of it. Maybe that’s not the case, but I didn’t stick around to find out.

The Tenth Circle The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult:  This was another book club pick. While I didn’t finish it in time for the meeting, I did finish it on my own. By the end of the book, I found that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought that I would. It would from being an okay read to a really good one. I could see myself reading this one again.

The Progeny (Descendants of the Blood Countess #1) The Progeny By Tosca Lee (Descendents of the Blood Countess #1) : This was another review book, from Howard Books. I really enjoyed this one. I have already posted my review, and I am looking forward to the next book.

A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: This is one that I read aloud to my son. (He is too young to really understand what the book – or any book- is about). I think I enjoyed this more because I read it aloud. I liked the story and found that while it was emotional, it was also very engaging. I passed this along to my sister so she can see/understand what death looks like through the eyes of a child. I liked the fact that the monster is there for the truth that we may be blind or ignorant to and not just the surface response of what we think that we want.

My Last Five 4/12

my last five

I am a little late getting this one posted,as well as some reviews. But there was spring break and starting a new position. But I am getting back into the swing of things. But I have been reading.

Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 3: The Tide of BloodKill Shakespeare volume 3: The Tide of Blood by Conor McCreery    3 stars – While I did enjoy this volume, it was not my favorite one of the series.  And as long as it doesn’t take the next volume forever to come out, I do plan on continuing with these graphic novels.

A Brush of Wings (Angels Walking, #3) Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury  Angels Walking #3 5 Stars- I really liked this one. It is the conclusion of a trilogy, and my review is already posted.

 Straight Punch Straight Punch by Monique Polak 5 stars  This was a random book that I picked up from the library. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised, and ended up really liking this story.  I think that the main character was authentic and stronger than she thought that she was. It was definitely a feel-good story, but one that the character had to work for.

Time to Run (Nick of Time #1) Time to Run (Nick of Time #1) by John Gilstrap 3 stars I had this book for review, via Netgalley. And the only reason that I requested this was because I started his Jonathan Graves series and loved it. I will have  full review of this up soon, but I think that it has a decent beginning. This novel is told and released a serial novel before the complete novel comes out. I am not sure if I like that or not, but at least this part came to a decent stopping point.

Could a Shark Do Gymnastics?: ...and other questions - Hilarious scenes bring shark facts to life! Could a Shark Do Gymnastics? and other questions by Camilla De la Bedoyere. 5 stars. This is a review book, via Edelweiss, that I requested for my son. It was not only a cute, funny story, it was full of information. It’s a great step into nonfiction for kids, and presents the information in a way that most kids come about theirs; by asking silly thoughtful questions.

Well, I will have another one of my last five posts to put up shortly. But I am hoping to put up a couple of review posts and a diversity discussion in the meantime.

So, what have you been reading?

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