5N5 Round 1 Wrap-Up

Yay! I finished my first round of 5N5 and I have to admit, I actually like reading this way.  For this round, 4 of the 5 print books were books that came from my bookshelves. Digitally, 4 out of 5 of the books were library books. I DNF’d 1 out of the 10 books that I read.  If the books will have (or already has) a full review, I will link it and will probably not say much in the wrap up.


Del Toro Moon Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut -5 stars This is a book that I received for review, and I really enjoyed it. It is a middle grade story, father and sons fighting monsters with heart.

The Ghost Line The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison -DNF- This is a tor.com novella. Honestly, I may have continued on with this one if I did not have a bunch of other books that I was more interested in. It was slow -for me- and I quickly lost interest.

Written in Red (The Others, #1) Written in Red by Anne Bishop – 5 stars – This is a re-read for me.  I enjoyed this one just as much as I did the first time. It was as if I was reading it for the first time. And it was great.

A Christmas by the Sea A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson- 2 stars-   I enjoyed the writing and will check out more by this author. But, I personally did not enjoy this novella. The ending was abrupt and everything wrapped up too neatly.

The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #1) Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker – 4 stars – This is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. And while most of the characters are the normal fairy tale trope, Princess Annabelle is not. She is immune to magic, so she doesn’t have any special powers. But she is brave and courageous and is willing to do what it takes to save her kingdom.

Digital – 

Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) Midnight’s Daughter by Karen Chance – 4 stars- Dori is not your typical heroine. While she is a dhampir and has superhuman strength and senses, she is not the strongest of them. What really appears to be her superpower is the ability to face death in various ways and survive the encounter.

Mapping the Interior Mapping the Interior by Seth Graham Jones – 3 stars – This was supposed to be a horror novella, It started out that way, but once I figured out what was going on it was just kind of creepy. It is about grief and family and the sins of the father. It was good, enjoyable and I will look for more from this author.

The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas The Cost of Betrayal by  Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason – 3 stars – Three authors come together for 3 romantic suspense novellas. Each was enjoyable and was a nice glimpse into the bigger series for each author. This is another book that I received for review.

Hondo Hondo by Louis L’amour -4 stars – This is something that I picked up for some research. This is a western written by a great writer. This is a novelization of the movie, but I really enjoyed the writing. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Blood Valley (Cotton Pickens, #1) Blood Valley by William W. Johnstone – 4 stars – This is another western that I picked up for research. Johnstone is notorious for his westerns, but he writes out of this genre. I, unexpectedly, enjoyed this. It was funny, and the characters were fun and just the right amount of complex.


Well, this was my first 5 N 5! And as I mentioned above, I liked reading this way. I am working on the next round, an hope to read more of my own digital books. But, we’ll see.


What about you? How was your reading?

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


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


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!

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.


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.


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!

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 think.click 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?

Always Shine!

Friday Reads 2/17

I didn’t do a Friday’s reads post last week because my reading went off the tracks. I picked up a couple of books but then she’d them . This week has been better.


Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

This is a review book that I received from Revell Reads. I am about half way into it so I plan on finishing it by tomorrow. The Fu review will be posted on Monday.


Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

I plan to catch up on this series this weekend. This is the last published book, it info believe that there is another one due out sometime this year.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This is a book I’ve had for  a while. I am reading through my bookshelves and deciding whether or not I want to keep or regime certain books. Though this is a year long project, I want to spend more time on then I have been.

Army Brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab

I, and my son, have enjoyed the last couple of books by this author. So when I heard she had a new box coming, I contacted her publicist to request and ARC. I am really looking forward to reading this. The full review will be posted on February 27th.

So what are you reading?

Always Shine!