Top 7 Books I’ve Read So Far

Top 7 Books I’ve Read and Would Recommend so Far

I thought that now would be the perfect time to review the books I’ve read so far, and see which books have stayed with me.  Though these are supposed to be books, there are three exceptions….

Borderline (The Arcadia Project, #1)The Ballad of Black TomGame of ShadowsMagic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)Binti (Binti, #1)Princeless, Vol. 1: Save YourselfOur Talons Can Crush Galaxies


  1. Borderline by Mishell Baker- this is a book that I picked up because of my Awards project. It was nominated for the Nebula, and I completely understand why. While I had heard about this book previously it was in a vague “Ooh I’d like to read this one day” kind of way. Millie was a character that I really liked, though she is completely flawed. I have already ordered the next book in the series and can’t wait to read that!
  2. That Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle – this is the first exception, since this is a novella. But this is something else that I picked up for my Awards project. This was nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo. LaVelle is an author that was never on my radar, but now I want all of his books. I’m excited because he has an assortment of books to choose from; short story collections, novellas and full length novels.
  3. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis- this was a book that I was given for review, and I loved it. I want to say that this is the first book by this author, but I could be wrong. Either way, I am looking forward to the next book.
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor- Again, this is a novella. It’s something that’s been on my radar for a while, but I picked it up when I received the second one for review. I really liked this story, and I can’t wait to read the second one. (I don’t know what I’m waiting on since I have it ready to go….)
  5. The Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews- I didn’t read the entire this series this year, but I read the last two or three books this year. I am eagerly waiting for the next book, unfortunately I will have to wait a year.
  6. Princeless Volume 1 Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley – This is a graphic novel, and it’s a re-read. I really enjoyed it and while I tend to not collect graphic novels, this is one that I will collect.
  7. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander- this is the final exception, as this is a short story. I was surprised that I loved this short story so much. But it was exceptional. I hope that Bolander plans on writing a full-length novel soon. This is another story that I read because of my Awards project, it was nominated for the Nebula.

Well, these are my favorites so far. And I would recommend all of them to everyone. I have been pretty happy with all of my reading so far this year. I am still surprised that I have enjoyed the picks for the Awards, I didn’t expect to enjoy every single book. But I’ve only been reading the shortlist for the Nebula. Next, I will read the shortlist for the Hugo. After that I’m going back in time in reading the shortlist for the very first Arthur C. Clarke award, so we will see how that goes.


What I’m Reading Wednesday

I am trying out something new, and if it works out I’ll continue it. So, please, let me know what you the image foe the Goodreads summary.

I am currently reading 4 books. I usually don’t read this many at the same time, but 2 are review books, one is for a month long read-a-long, and  one I just have to read right now.


This is the review book that I just started. So far, I like it.


This is a book I requested from the publisher. I ask loving this book. It’s scary, and good and I waver between needing a break and not wanting to put it down.


This is the book that I’m reading for a month long read-a-long. There will actually be a good reads group opening up this weekend if anyone wants to join in.



I’m reading this to continue the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. I read the first one for my Kindle clean up Project. It’s just that good, I had to have the next book. This is true for the third book as well.

What are you reading right now?

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Friday Reads 1/27

I am currently reading Department Zero, about 65% into it. While I was expecting something a bit more impressive, I am enjoying it.

Next I will be reading Scarlet, as February’s book club pick. I am both curious and dreading this read. I was really disappointed with Cinder, the first book in this series.

Finally, I hope to get to Merlin’s Nightmare. This is a Booklook Review book and it’s also the final book in the Merlin Spiral trilogy.

What are you reading?


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Week In Review

I thought that I would save Sunday Posts for sharing book hauls, but I haven’t been very consistent with it. In fact, I am looking at a tower of books that I have set aside to take pictures of and share. I think that I am going to try to  do a monthly haul post, and see if that is easier.  But I will try to check in weekly to update reading progress.

The Catcher in the Rye

I am currently reading The Catcher in the Rye, and I hate it. It is a challenge books so I am determined to finish it. I’ve only been reading it for a week, but when I finish a book that is 120 pages in a day, there is no way that it should take m a week to finish 214 pages.  I am on the fence a to why I don’t like this book. I have 12 more pages to finish, so I will try to figure that out after it’s completed.

I know that I am going to throw in a quick read after I finish The Catcher in the Rye, but I am not sure what that will be.  Then, when I have rinsed my brain I am going to read The Execution by Dick Wolf for review.  I have been trying to get to this book for so long, I can almost taste it.

The Execution (Jeremy Fisk, #2)

I am not sure what I will be reading after this, but  I am also not sure if I will start a new book before my next week in review post.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get any reviews posted this past week. I plan on getting a couple posted though this coming week. School is winding up, and I am not behind on any assignments- so we shall see.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. The Literati Press has its own page of Facebook now!

Alright well that’s all for now. off to finish  an assignment and a book!

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Check In Post


Hey all! I know that my posts have been pretty hit or miss. I mean I have been able to get a couple up a week, but I haven’t put up a Sunday Share or a Mini-Review Monday in a while. In all honesty, school has been kicking my butt-basically procrastination has me scrambling to complete assignments.

But, as classes wind down, I am determined to make some progress on some of my challenges and TBR lists.  So I thought that it would be a  good idea to do an update now on what I’ve been reading.


I just finished reading Wonder  and  Aesop’s Fables.  I recently finished Dead in Norvelt, SirenSong, Scorch and Merlin’s Blade.

I plan on finishing The Pirate Queen:The Story of Grace O’Malley, Irish Pirate either tonight or tomorrow. When I finish it, I am returning all of the library books (read and unread) so that I can focus on review books, challenge books and bookshelf reads. I plan on finishing the books that Goodreads says that I am currently reading (7 in all) first.  And then for my TBR pile, I want to start finishing up some series (The Otherworld Series, Nadia Strafford, Hunger Games, etc…).  We shall see what really happens.


Review Books Read:

The Intercept by Dick Wolf (Review posted)

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard (Review posted)

Challenge Books Read: 

Aesop’s Fables by Aesop– 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Books for  a series Read:

Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Sirensong by Jenna Black

Scorch by Gina Damico

Bookshelf Reads:

Aesop’s Fable by Aesop

Goodreads Challenge: 29 out of 100 On track!!


Well, that’s it, I need to finish an assignment and then do some reading.  What have you been reading? What are your summer reading plans?


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January Reading List

Okay, so I am not the best at reading through a list. I am easily distracted by other books. I think I was more focused on December’s reading list than any other list that I made or attempted. But I still found other books to read. It happens. So this time, I am making a more lenient list. I will focus on 2 review titles and a challenge title, and then I can read whatever I want. This should be doable. To balance things, I will do a print title and a digital title.

For Review:

Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

Summary from Goodreads: Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament. Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own. Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood…when they are not battling each other. Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures. Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”

I am so looking forward to this. I have the second book, Gideon’s Spear, on pre-order so I won’t have to wait so long for the next dose.

Ruined by Jus Accardo


Summary from Goodreads: Hell is looking for a way to break loose…
Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.
After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can’t outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she’s thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she’s been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax’s control over his darkness, but running isn’t an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.

Challenge Book: Women of Genre Fiction

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson


Summary From Goodreads:

The rich and the privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways — farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

Graphic Novel Choice:

Grimm Fairy Tales: Different Seasons, Volume 1


(Though I don’t have this cover.)

Currently Reading:

Aesop’s Fable by Aesop

Why Our Children Can’t Read by Dr. Diane McGuinness

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Year of the Demon by Steve Bein

Upcoming Posts: Review of Grace in the Maybe, Sunday Share and Mini-Reviews #1.

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