Favorites of the Summer

May –


I read 22 things in May. This month my favorites were actually a couple of short stories that I read because they were Nebula Award nominees. Since they were short stories, I have 3.

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander

The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin

Playing Nice With God’s BFavoowling Ball by N.K. Jemisin

Least Favorite-

The Wand in the Word by Leonard S. Marcus – This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t very good either. My biggest complaint was the selection of authors interviewed.  I will admit the authors were amazing in their own rights, and all are pretty well known. But they also had pretty much the same thing to say.  I have read enough fantasy to know that there are quite a few authors with varied background to want more than this.


This was another good month.. I read a total of 18 books with 2 favorites and 1 very disappointing read.


Borderline by Mishell Baker

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Least Favorite

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

July —

I read 16 books this month, and honestly I enjoyed them all. Except one, and that one wasn’t bad, it was pretty middle of the road.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson


I read 13 books, there were a couple of stand outs, but most of the reading was just ok.


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Least Favorite

When Love Matters Most by Kate James.

So far in September, I have finished 5 books ( these are books that I had started prior to the new month) and DNF’d 1. I am optimistic about this month because I am finishing up a few series that I have enjoyed tremendously and I am positive that the authors will not disappoint.


What have been some of yor favorite reads this summer?


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Summer Goals Check In

Yes I know that I keep switching from monthly to quarterly and now seasonally. I’ll get it together one day. Let’s just see how I did. I enjoyed most of what I read, so I’m happy about that.

The Goals I Aimed For:

#offmybookshelf –21


Complete a Series –3

Awards/List — All of the Nebula Nominees  —

Black Writers Matter–6

This is How I Did and the Stats:

Books Read –>68

Audio –>5

Print –>38

Digital –>25


Library –> 16

#offmybookshelf –>28 (Yay!)

#kindlecleanup –> 4 (I’m working on it)

Series Completed –> 3 (Yay!)

Series DNF’d –> 2

Black Writers Matter–> 6 (Yay!)

Awards/List –> I have finished reading all of the Nebula Nominess except for 2.

I will be doing a separate post about the Awards/List books that I have read, mainly because I am changing the awards that I’m reading and the way that I am doing it. But I am completely happy with this number. I plan on reading the other 2 nominees this month, so I am not too far from completing this goal.

Goals for the Rest of the Year:

#offmybookshelf –> 30

#kindlecleanup –>8

Series –>5

Awards/List –> 8

Black Writers Matter –> 6

Upcoming Posts:

Awards/List Reading Check-In

Favorites of the Summer

Featured Review #1

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Quarterly Goals Check In Jan- Apr

 I wanted to quickly check in with the progress I was making with my reading projects/goals.  I also wanted to be specific with what I was aiming for in the second quarter of the year.

First Quarter-

#offmybookshelf- 7


Classics Club- 2 DNF’d, 0 Read

Banned Books- 0

Series/Trilogies- 3 Completed and 3 DNF’d

So looking at what I’ve read the first quarter, I know that I want to do better. I’ve read a lot of books but, most of them have not been my own.  I know that I have DNF’d quite a few books and 3 series, and I am okay with that. So I am seeing movement, but not as much as I would like. So, for the next quarter I want to do a lot better.

Second Quarter Goals –

#offmybookshelf = 21

#kindlecleanup = 12

Classics Club = 6

Banned Books = 3

Series/Trilogies = 3

Hugo/Nebula Nominees* = All of the Nebula Nominees for the novel, novella, novelette and short story

Black Writers Matter* = 6

I know that these are pretty ambitious goals for the second quarter. But, I believe that if I read intentionally that they are all possible. The reading from the first quarter, I pretty much read whatever I wanted with the exception of review books. I still have quite a few review books that I need to get through, but my focus will be these goals. It’s not that bad since books can overlap as many of the goals as possible.


Well, let me know how your reading is going so far this year. Are you doing well with your reading goals?

*New projects that were added at the end of the first quarter/beginning of the second quarter.


How are you doing with your reading goals?

Quarterly Wrap-up Jan-Apr 2017

Okay, so this is being posted a little later than I had planned for it. And in my haste, I added in an extra month. I am okay with that, so I guess you’ll have to be okay with it too. But I promise I will do better next time. 

First Quarter Wrap-Up and Check In

So, I thought that I would still do Friday Reads and monthly wrap-ups, but I guess life had other plans. I am in no way complaining since most of my time has been consumed with my beautiful new baby girl and my rambunctious adorable 2 year old. I have also undertaken two new projects. One I cannot tell you about just yet. The other project is my Award Nominee Project. This is a bit time consuming but, my goal is to have it complete by the end of the year. For this project I am reading all of the novels, short stories, novella, novelettes and series that were nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.  (The series will roll into next year).

But I wanted to check in to go over the books that I’ve read and the progress I’ve made with my reading goals and projects.

First the Books:

I have read a total of 42 books so far.  Here’s the Good Stuff—

My Favorites/5 stars:

5 novels and 3 short stories/novellas!!!

Queen's Own (Valdemar: Arro...

Heralds of the Queen trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Merlin's Nightmare (The Mer...

 Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

The Rook (The Patrick Bower...

The Rook by Steven James

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander (Short Story)

The City Born Great

The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin (Short Story)

The Ballad of Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavelle (Novella)

Series Completed/Caught up on


Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey (Finished)

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Caught up, Next book out in 2018)

Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris (Completed)


Least Favorite/ 2 stars or below

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Torched by April Henry

Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Books and Series that I’ve DNF’d

House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Ian Reid

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

The Blue Enchantress by M. L. Tyndall


All in all, I would say that I have had a decent reading quarter. Now how did I do with my goals/projects? My next post will talk about this… I’m sure it was an epic fail though.

How has your reading been?


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February Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 12

Total Pages Read: 3434

Audio: 3


Print: 8

Review: 4

#offmyshelf: 2

Library: 6

My Favorite Read: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

My Most Disappointing Read: Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

My Most Surprising Read: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

MY Least Favorite Read: Torched by April Henry

How was your reading this month?

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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 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

January Wrap-Up

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Since I’ve already shared my thoughts on the books that I’ve read this month, individually. I want to talk about the books collectively. I think that January has been a pretty good reading month. There was one book that I didn’t finished and two that were rated below 3 stars.  But for those who are interested in my reading stats, I’ll talk about those first.

Total Books Read: 11

Total Pages Read: 3507

Audio: 1

Digital: 3

Print: 7

Review: 4

#offmyshelf: 4

Library: 3

My Favorite Read: Arrow’s Fall by Mercedes Lackey

My Most Disappointing Read: Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

My Most Surprising Read: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

MY Least Favorite Read: Cinder by Marissa Meyer



Always Shine!