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!

 

 

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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.

Scattered Reading Sunday

I enjoyed doing this last weekend so I thought I’d do it again this weekend. This is great since there’s quite a few books that i have to read before I can really dive into my own stacks of books. (It’s also good if you don’t know what to read next.) Here are the books that I’ve read today, I’ve even finished a couple.

Finished:

Guilty Blood by Rick Acker

Made Progress With:

I am halfway through this, and I’m really looking forward to finishing this one and the rest of the trilogy.

Started:

This is book club pick for August. I read the first chapter and I think I’m going to like it. Either way, I’m glad to finally getting to it.

Well, that is what I was doing today. What about you?

Always Shine!

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.