I Suck at Following a TBR

So, if you have been following me then you know that I am changing things up. And you may have noticed that I have published two different TBRs (one created by Random.org and a 5N5 tbr). What you  may not have seen is the wrap-ups for those TBRs. And you  may have been wondering why. Well. I suck at following a TBR. I get distracted by other books. I follow a reading rabbit hole and go totally off script.  My mood changes. Or all of these things. For the second half of the year, I am greatly reducing the unread books that I buy (I love adding to my collection so I am allowing myself to buy books that I have read and do not own. Balance) to focus on reading the books already on my shelves – digital and print. But I won’t be following TBRs or any other plan. I will just be picking them up as I want to, only following a 5 n 5 pattern; 5 digital and 5 print. And I will do wrap-ups that way. My monthly wrap-ups will be smaller consisting only of books that don’t fall into the 5 n 5, like audio books, books I’ve read to my kids and books I’ve read in the background of all my other reading (classics and non-fiction).

So did I do with my previous TBRs?

Random.org —

Little & Lion by Brandon Colbert – Read but DNF’d

Magic Forest by Zanna Davidson- Read and enjoyed, bought the next two in the series

Upgrade by Rena Florida -Read but DNF’d

Kindness for Goodness by Shawn Goodman – read and enjoyed

Didn’t read at all:

Enter Night by Michael Rowe

Sindicate by J.T. Nichols

Jar of Hears by Jennifer Hillier

The Wolf by Leo Carew

I will be reading these books soonish, but not exactly soon enough to be on any TBR.

5 N 5  TBR-

Since I will be doing a wrap-up for this I won’t go through the list of books. I will say that the books have changed. But so far, I have read two digital titles, 1 print title and DNF’d  1 print title.

 

In July I will be taking my O.W.L.S and in August I’ll take my N.E.W.T.S!

So are you a mood reader or TBR kind of person? Let me know in the comments. And I promise, one day I will have it all figured out and put together!

 

 

Always Shine!

 

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DNF Review: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion

Little & Lion by Brand Colbert

August 8, 2017- Little Brown

327 pg. – Fiction, Young Adult, contemporary

Purpose: Random TBR

Source: Library

If you want to read what this story is about, click here.

There will be spoilers!!!

Okay, so this is a book that I have been wanting to read since it came out. In fact, when random.org picked this for me to read this round I was super excited. It wasn’t the first book that I picked up only because I had to wait for the library hold to come through.

This isn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. And I have no interest in what it is. I thought that this was supposed to be about a brother and sister learning to deal with the brother’s mental illness.  And while there is that, it is mostly about the girl, Little discovering her sexuality. This is YA so there is drama and angst, and I’m just not interested in reading about it.

The writing was fine, and even pulled me in. But there’s a love triangle (possibly square) and I hate love triangles.  Especially ones that I don’t think are done right.  Little (Suzette) comes back from her boarding school (she was sent there so her parents could focus on her brother’s developing mental illness without having to deal with her. <Another issue that I have with the book.) where she was in a relationship with her roommate. I’m not sure if it’s over or on pause since she is spending the summer at home. She doesn’t go back so I’m thinking something happened, but she keeps bringing Iris up so I’m thinking that maybe it’s not completely over.  Her first day back she sees her old friend Emil, who is attractive and she would date except it’s what her parents have wanted to happen for so long.  Then she goes to a welcome home party and finds a girl attractive there. Based on the synopsis,  Little falls for the girl but so does Lion.

I particularly didn’t like this love triangle because it’s messy. She obviously didn’t resolve everything with Iris. She’s interested in Emil, and he’s interested in her. The only reason that they didn’t get together was because it’s something that their parents have wanted (and that’s her reasoning not his). And the girl? Well, being interested in the same person as your brother is awkward at best.

To be honest, I didn’t make it very far into this book. I am assuming that a love triangle develops with Suzette (but hey maybe one develops with the girl between Little & Lion). And hey maybe I’m wrong (If I am, please tell me so I can go back to it). But, I’m also a little concerned that Little believes it’s up to her to save her brother. He is bipolar not dying.  And did I mention that I think that their sibling relationship reads a little weird?

I didn’t want to wade through a messy love triangle just to get to sibling relationship story. So this was a pass for me.

 

My Addiction: Netgalley

(This will probably become a routine feature.)

You guys I have a problem, I like books. I like free books even more. So this year my main focus is to read my own books, both in the print and digital formats. To assist in this I have been added my digital titles to their respective shelves on Goodreads, as a way to have a visual representation. Upon doing this I have discovered that I have an obscene amount of digital books. So many that I am overwhelmed with deciding how to pick books to read This is what I decided (and we will see how it works.) I’m just going to start from the top of the list and read down. Now, I will pause on books that are like the third or fourth of the series to catch up, so in that case titles might be rearranged.  But, to help me track my progress and for some accountability, I am going to make TBRs. But these are not monthly, they will be ten books that I will read and review (if they are Netgalley titles) as quickly as I can. I will be deleting all titles off of my kindle except for the ten titles (unless I am catching up). I will do a separate post for my personal kindle library books later. But here is the first 10 of my Netgalley TBR:

Souldwood Series by Faith Hunter-  I have the first three books in this series, and they are all review books. I have already started the first one so that should make this first round a bit easier.

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood, #1) Curse on the Land (Soulwood, #2) Flame in the Dark (Soulwood, #3)

Things you should know about this series: It is set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock novels. I have not read those novels. This series actually begins with an anthology of stories from that world, Blood in Her Veins: Nineteen Stories from the World of Jane Yellowrock that I have also not read. I will be going back to read Jane Yellowrock and will read the anthology in order of that series.

Bones Don't Lie (Morgan Dane #3)           Andrew Jackson: The Making of America          Boy Bites Bug          Nothing Happened

 

Smoke Eaters         Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)    Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue #4)

What you should know about these books: If you click on the pictures you can read the Goodreads summary. If you do that, you will see that three of these books are part of a series, one is the beginning and the other two are titles in the middle of series.  I will be focusing on the series that I don’t have to catch up on after I finish the three Soulwood novels (which I am enjoying so far).

*I should also note that books that I dnf, or find difficult to get through will not be given second chances in any way that matters. Meaning I will write a dnf review and move on to the next book.*

So am I alone in this Netgalley addiction? I am trying to work on it and not just have the record of most accumulated unread books, promise. Tell me about in the comments?

Have you read any of these titles (or authors)? Tell me about in the comments.

Want to Netgalley/TBR shame me? Well if I cared that much, it wouldn’t be this ridiculously out of control.

 

Look for my Personal Library TBR soon(ish)!

 

Always Shine!

 

 

Featured Author: Top 7 Reasons to Read The Iron Druid Chronicles

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)

As I stated in my last post, I have started to re-read The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. And everything is coming back to me, all of the things that I love about the series and the characters. I thought that I would share with you all some of those reasons, and encourage you all to pick up the series if you haven’t already.

1. Oberon and Atticus’ mental bond- Oberon is one of my favorite characters in the series. He is a dog and his joys are simple. But, listening to their banter is hilarious.

2.  Somehow Atticus borrows trouble left and right. Though it’s always big trouble, it doesn’t always come to pass immediately. It’s never boring with him.

3.  There is a mixture of supernaturals that make an appearance, and somehow they all work together to make the story fun. You have a druid, the fae, witches, werewolves and vampires.

4. Familiar and comfortable- Each book feels as if you are spending time with longtime friends.

5. Nothing is ever what it seems. Just when you think you know a character they do something you never saw coming.

6. Throwability- I can’t remember if it was  Hammered or Tricked,  but I do remember being so mad that I threw the book. But I had to know what was going to happen so I immediately walked across the room to retrieve it and finish reading.

7.  Good Times- each book is fun to read. Regardless of what is going on, you can count on humor, never-ending danger and sausages to get you through.

 

In all seriousness, this is a fun series. And it is well worth your time. In fact, this is the perfect time to start as the final book is due out in April of 2018!

 

Always Shine!

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday

I am currently reading two books for myself and then I am reading one to my kids,

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley 

The Sisters Grimm #1

#offmybookshelf

This is actually a book that I got to read to my niece, a while ago. She didn’t seem to be interested in it so we didn’t make it too far into it. Now, I am reading it to my son and daughter. We are enjoying it so far.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass 

Throne of Glass #1

#offmybookshelf

This is a book that is on my read and rehome shelf. I have had it for a while, but I finally picked it up this week. So far, it’s just okay. Nothing overly impressive but it’s holding my attention for the moment. I am about a hundred pages in.

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor, #3)

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

Summer Harbor #3

#kindlecleanup, Netgsalley

This is the third and final book in the Summer Harbor series. I have read and enjoyed the first two book earlier this year. I am trying to wrap up as many series that I am in the middle of before the year ends.  (Or at least 5 more.) It’s a romance, and pretty easy going. I am enjoying visiting the Callahan brothers though,

 

So what are you reading?

Always Shine!

Featured Post: Series to Complete- Jasper Dent

This is a series that my nephew told me about.  I read the first one  a long time ago, but I remember really enjoying it. I didn’t continue with the series because I had to wait for the next two books to come out.  But, now that I own all three I will be reading this series in the next couple of months.

This series is about a kid who’s father is a serial killer. Everyone looks at him as if he is going to be a serial killer, and Jasper carries that fear with him. When a new serial killer is discovered, Jasper gets involved to clear his name.

I’ve Read:

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

Click image for Goodreads Summary.

I still need to read:

Game (Jasper Dent, #2)

Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, #3)

Have you read this series? If so, should I move this trilogy to the top of my pile?

Always Shine!

The Quest Read-a-Thon

So I’ve decided to participate in a read-a-thon. Today is the last day to join. In short, you pick a character and read according to the character’s path on the Quest Board. You gain experience and health points based on the books that you read. If you are interested and wanted better details, check out the announcement page on Read At Midnight’s blog.

I have chosen the path of the Mage and here is my TBR:

Book with one word as the Title: Vicarous by Paula Stokes

Book that contains magic: Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

Book based on mythology: Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Marr

Book set in a different world: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

First book in a series: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

There are side quests that you can take. Right now, there’s only 2 that I know I will be doing.

Expansion, read a companion novel: I will be reading Ferocious, the companion to Vicarious

Potions, a book concocted by two authors: Loki’s wolves fits this. (Is this allowed?) If not i am hoping to read the second one two.

Possibly will try the open world side quest, because I can read whatever I want. I don’t know what I’ll pick, but I’ll let you know.

Again this goes from today, August 13 to September 10. If you’re interested, today is the last day to sign up.

Happy questing!

*after checking the rules, I can’t use Vicarious since Ive already started it. So I will switch that out for Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.