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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Favorite Books of My Childhood

This is the list of books that I read as a kid and loved.  Though I don’t remember everything that I read, but these are the ones I remember as favorites.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Number the Stars

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts, #1)

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1)

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #1)

The Stand


1.The Indian and the Cupboard by  Lynne Reid Banks

2.Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

3. Dear Mr, Henshaw by Beverly Clearly

4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

5. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

6. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

7. Rules of Prey by John Prey

8. The Stand by Stephen King


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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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