What I’m Reading Wednesday

Welcome to a new weekly blog feature here at Read What I Like.  So new that I’ve not made up a graphic for it yet and decided to just use my banner.  Since I’m putting in an effort to be more active on the blog and its new Instagram account I thought I would try this idea that just popped into my head out.

So what can you expect from this weekly post?  The title is pretty self-explanatory I’m just going to talk about what I’m currently reading each Wednesday.  Let you know my thoughts on the titles and how it’s going.  Not a full review but maybe why I picked that book and such.  Might be a good way to discuss some titles as I’m working on them and why I might DNF them.  So here we go!

This week I’m reading:

 The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)  Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetary Past Lives  Quinn (Vampires in America, #12)

The Curse of Tenth Grave is part of my reread of the Charley Davidson series in audiobook format before the last book is released.  It’s going well.  I only have two more books after this one and both are available for borrow through my library.  The hold list is a mile long for book 12 but I have the better part of a year to wait for book 13 so I should be good.

Souls on Earth is a review book that comes out in August, I believe, so you will have to wait a while for the review.  It is a NF title on reincarnation one of the few non-fiction subjects I enjoy reading about.  It is going well so far, a bit slower with NF but I have lots of time.  I’m about half-way through the book and plan on finishing it.  I’ve read a book by this author before.

Quinn is book 12 in the Vampires in America series and another review book that releases on Friday.  I don’t think I will be finished by then but decided to put another read on hold so I could at least start it before it comes out officially.  I’ve only read 19 pages and I think I’ll enjoy it.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue this series because of the heavy gun violence but decided to give it one more chance.  This book takes us to Ireland and with my recently discovered Irish DNA I thought it might be a fun read.

How about you?  What are you reading this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series for Urban Fantasy Fans

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

April 12: Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

When I first saw this week’s topic I originally wanted to pick ten books for fans of Star Trek. Then I realized that I just haven’t read that many Trek books or Trekish books to make up a Top Ten list…  I hope to rectify this in the future and save that topic for a future list.  If any of you have a suggestion for a great book for a Star Trek fan please leave it in the comments.    Anyway… Since I didn’t have enough Trekish books to make the list I decided to go with Urban Fantasy for my X.  I know more vampires…  (Yes, you’ve probably seen these before)

Ten series that Urban Fantasy Fan should try.

  1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Night Huntress: Smexy Vampire, kick-ass heroine, corrupt government agencies.   This is a now finished series that remains one of my favorites.  The spin-off series (just as good) has one more book, then a last spin-off title and I will be forced to leave this world behind.  So sad…  Must re-read some day.
  2. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy Thompson: Tough heroine who is unsure of her value, mysterious past, sexy shifter love interest, pack politics. I have the latest release to this series sitting on my coffee table.  Was hoping to get to it soon but then I went a little request happy over on Net Galley.  Oh well it’s not like it will go bad.
  3. Jacob (Nightwalkers, #1) Nightwalkers: Demons, vampires, smoking hot romances, corrupt hidden society.  It has been a long time since I read this now finished series.  Saw recently that the author has been forced to go indie due to her publisher not wanting to offer print versions of her books anymore.  Yes paranormal fever has slowed down, but there are still those of us that love the genre and I plan to continue with this author’s spin-off series set in this world.
  4. Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Vampires in America: This is a more recent author discovery of mine, thanks to Net Galley.  Her series is a lot of fun; steamy, kick-ass heroines, tons of action.  Give this lesser known author I try I bet you won’t be disappointed.
  5. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) The Hollows: Was so sad to see this world end.  Still feel like Al didn’t get what he deserved…  Great series.  Strong characters, corrupt world, fighting injustice, great comradery.
  6. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Black Dagger Brotherhood: I’m hung up on The Shadow’s release in this world, but I’m dying to read the current release The Beast that came out last week.  Must get around to reading that brick I’ve been avoiding.  Strong alpha males, lots of swearing, smokin’ hot romance,  smart-ass fun dialog.
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires: Fun setting, intricate world, good vs evil, kick-ass heroine that doubts herself.  This world took a few books to totally win me over.  Now I find that there is only one more book left and I’m all NNNnnnooooo……
  8. Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2) The Dark Hunter Series: Okay, if you know me you know this is my favorite author.  Her Dark-Hunter world is so intricate and full of complex characters that you just never quite figure out.  This world constantly teaches me that we shouldn’t judge others because we all have crap that affects us and we will never fully know someone’s history.  LOVE this series, if you only try one on this list make it this one.
  9. Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) Immortal Guardians: This series reminds me a lot of the last one.  The author has worked in many of the same great elements into this world plus more.  One thing that sets this one apart is the ecoconscious tone this series take.
  10. Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1)  Midnight Breed: This series has been around a while.  It is one of the few series that has managed to survive a huge time jump and totally refreshed and revamped its world.  I suggest starting at the beginning and enjoying the entire ride.  Of the series on this list this one has a sci-fi feel to the paranormal/urban fantasy genre.

Know of a series that would fit into this list?  Why not share it in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Facebook Follows

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

April 5: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!

This week is a fun change of pace from picking books.  I’m going to go with Facebook because quite frankly that is the only social media site I truly have figured out. I usually follow these people on their other accounts as well and might even have interacted with them more on other networks, but these links will be to their Facebook pages (and Twitter accounts, I decided to add later).  Like most of you I tend to follow a lot of blogs, authors, publisher, etc, so for this list I’m going to stick to authors that I have actually interacted with through social media.  Authors are busy people, writing and publicizing take up a lot of time, so for an author to take the time to comment or like something I posted on their page makes me go all fangirl and this little TTT dedication is my way of saying thanks for making my day!

My Ten Favorite Author Follows on Facebook

  1. Alexandra Ivy Twiter & Laura Wright Twitter: These two made the list together because they have such a cute author crush going on with each other.  Watching these two gush all over each other, have contests and competitions is why if you follow one you need to follow the other, otherwise you are just missing out.
  2. Lynsay Sands Twitter: This is one of my favorite chick-lit paranormal romance authors.  She will also respond to comments on her page occasionally and keep you up to date on the upcoming releases.
  3. Darynda Jones TwitterThis is one of the few authors that I follow that has not only followed me back but accepted a friend request.  She also make me go major fangirl when she responds to tags and posts.  Love her!
  4. Deborah Harkness Twitter: Less interaction with this author, but she does have a day job as a college professor after all.  I picked her because she maintains FB profiles for the two lead characters of her Discover of Witches series, Matthew Clairmont & Diana Bishop, and will occasionally post as them, or have someone post as them…  I also have saved to PM from each character that I continue to brag about to this day.
  5. Dianne Duvall Twitter: This is a super sweet author that holds great contest and giveaways on her Facebook page.
  6. Jacqueline Rhoades Twitter:Here is another author I love that has become a good friend! I hold out hope that someday we will meet in real life.
  7. J.R. Ward Twitter: Ms. Ward is so much fun to follow online.  She will host different contest and online parties, share tons of pictures of her dogs.  Also she is a hoot to follow because she swears like a sailor and occasionally that slips out onto social media.
  8. Jeaniene Frost Twitter: Another super sweet author that posts a lot of updates for her upcoming releases through social media.  She also holds great giveaways!
  9. Katie MacAlister Twitter: This author recently made my day when she started following me on Twitter.  So freaking cool!  She also interacts with people quite a bit on Facebook and is currently holding a question of the day post.
  10. Michele Bardsley Twitter: Another author that has friended me on Facebook.  Ms. Bardsley also posts a lot of fun and often steamy posts on her account.

There you have my list this week, I think only one of them has not interacted with me personally (J.R. Ward), but regardless they are all fun to follow and spice up my Newsfeed daily.  Who are some of your favorite authors or bookish people to follow?  Leave a comment.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 5-Star Reviews

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

March 29: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads 

My initial thoughts were, yay this is going to be a super easy and fast list to make this week.  And while it was easy to go through Goodreads and pull out the last ten books I gave five stars to perhaps what is more important about this week’s list is it made me realize I’ve not given a lot of five-star ratings recently.  I found it interesting that I needed to go back almost an entire year to come up with ten five-star books.  Wow.  I think this is a reflection of the reading slump I had or maybe evidence of my changing reading taste.  There were plenty of four-star books, but it just seems like less of what I’m reading wows me anymore.  The problem is I want it to.  I miss having those books that I absolutely love and go gaga over, that leave me wishing the story had never ended.  Maybe I need to read less review request books and more of my favorite authors, or go the other way and venture out into new genres to see if something else tickles my fancy better.  Anyway, time for the books!

The last ten books I gave five-stars

  1. About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22) Read 3/19/16:  This is one of the authors that I have a long relationship with.  Many of her books receive five-star reviews and occasionally a four star.  There were only two books that I gave lower ratings, one three and a two star review.  So even those authors you love can have an off book or two.
  2. The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9) Read 2/26/16:  Another favorite author that usually gets five-stars from me.  Only three of her books, two novellas and number six in the series, have received a lower rating even then though it was still four-star reviews.
  3. Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12) Read 2/22/16:  This author is hit or miss with me.  I tried her new series and didn’t care for it at all, but the Chicagoland Vampires, while starting off slow, won me over.  I’m so sad to see that the next book will be the last.  Going to miss this world.
  4. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Read 12/5/15: The first “new” author on the list.  I was surprised that this one worked so well for me.  I’m not usually a fan of NF, but this book was a lot of fun to read.  If you’ve not tried it yet I highly recommend.
  5. Christian (Vampires in America, #10) Read 12/2/15: Another favorite author that often received high stars from me.  I discovered her through Net Galley so maybe I shouldn’t be ready to give up my review requests just yet, sometimes I find new authors to love.
  6. Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead in the City, #3) Read 11/14/15: Like this one.  I requested the third book in this series on a whim and ended up really enjoying the series.  Maybe I need to just stick to genres I know I love…
  7. Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)Read 8/18/15:  While I enjoy this author’s work this is the first book I’ve given five stars to.  Hopefully it is a sign of good things to come.
  8. Dragonbane  (Dark-Hunter #25; Lords of Avalon, #4; Were-Hunter, #9, Hellchaser, #6) Read 8/7/15:  If you have followed me for any amount of time you know my love affair with this author.  She is hands down my absolute favorite.  The only reason she only has one book on this list is because I’ve only read one in the past year.  (or maybe two…)  Anyway, it is a rare occurrence where I don’t give Ms. Kenyon less than four stars.  Not saying it doesn’t happen, but it doesn’t happen often.
  9. Roark (Women of Earth, #1) Read 6/21/15:  My favorite indie author here,  I don’t think I’ve rated one of her books less than four stars ever.  This is her first venture into Sci-Fi and I’m looking forward to the next book which I hear she is currently working on, so yay.
  10. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) Read 6/18/15: One of the last YA authors, that doesn’t really write YA-ish books…, that I read anymore.  This reminds me that there are two books of hers out that I need to read.  Oy I’m so behind…

 

Well there you have my (fairly) recent five-star reads.  What was the last five-star book you read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Atypical Reads

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

Now I don’t usually read outside of my favorite genres hence the name of my blog, Read What I Like.  So I was surprised to see so many books outside my norm that made it to my read list last year.  I even had books to spare for this week’s list.  Let’s jump to it and see what atypical books I read last year.

Ten atypical reads of the last year.

  1. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Choose Your Own Autobiography : This book is atypical for me because I’m not a huge non-fiction reader and I can’t remember ever reading a biography outside of what was required in grade school when doing a report.  I actually enjoyed this book and plan to pick up other biographies of people I’m interested in.
  2. Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy Instant Happy Journal:  This was a physical review book I requested through the Blogging for Books program.  I picked it because there weren’t any fiction books I was interested in at the time.  It is a nice little book and I thought I would give journaling a try this year.  That hasn’t happen, but it is still sits there on the coffee table waiting…
  3. The Goldfinch The Goldfinch: This book won the Pulitzer in 2015 which makes it an atypical read for me because I don’t read a lot of books that are considered big L literature.  It was also one of the few audio books that I listened to last year.  It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think I will be seeking out more of these types of books.
  4. The Returned, Part I (Star Trek: New Frontier) The Returned: This book was one of the first Trek fiction books that I read last year.  I’ve read plenty since, but this was my first dip into the genre.  I’ve enjoyed the read and have read several since and plan to read more in my regular rotation.
  5. The Strange Library The Strange Library: This is an atypical read for me because I tend to not read a lot of translated books by foreign authors.  I read this book for a challenge and didn’t care for it very much.
  6. The Grownup The Grownup: This was another physical review book through the Blogging for Books program.  Four of the books on this list were from that program.  This was a quick little read and atypical for me as it is considered horror and by a popular author that I have shied away from.  It wasn’t bad, but I haven’t been motivated to jump into another of her books.
  7. The Bees The Bees: This was an atypical read for me, or listen because I borrowed the audio book from the library.  While I am an animal lover I don’t read a ton of books with animals, beyond shifters, as the main characters.  This was an alright book, but didn’t encourage me to seek out more like it.
  8. Poems about Cats Cat vs Human: This was a Read Now book from Net Galley.  Looked cute and being a cat lover I decided to download it.  It is atypical for me as I am not usually a fan of poetry.
  9. The Diary of Adam and EveThe Diary of Adam and Eve: This was one of the  “classics” that I tried for a reading challenge last year.  I have to say that this one was more to my taste and even encouraged me to add more of Twain’s books to my to-read list.  Haven’t gotten to them, but there are there and eventually when I’m feeling like I should be reading something more intellectual I’ll turn to one of those and hopefully I’ll enjoy it.
  10. Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship Whatever is Lovely: This was one of the adult coloring books that I reviewed last year.  It wasn’t really to my taste, but it is still a beautiful book.  I am currently holding a giveaway (that ends tomorrow!) for this book.  You can enter on my Giveaway page.

There you have my list for the week.  What atypical books did you read last year?

Top Ten Tuesday: New To-Read Additions

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

January 19: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR (inspired by Jamie’s New To The Queue posts)

This week’s list was pretty simple, I headed over to Goodreads and sorted my list to show me the latest adds to my to-read shelf.  Done and done. I must say I’ve not been doing much adding to this shelf recently, in fact I recently went through and did a major purge of books that I just don’t think I’m ever going to read.  Now there is still over 600 titles there, so I could probably cut some more, but at least I’m being realistic and acknowledging that some of these books I’m just never going to read, and that’s okay.   Now onto this week’s list.

Ten books I recently added to my to-read shelf

  1. Blank 133x176  Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands: This one is so new it doesn’t even have a cover on Goodreads yet. This book is #24 in the Aregneau series and doesn’t come out until 9/27/16, but I know I’m going to read it so when it was posted to Goodreads I added it to my shelf.  Of course I need to read books #22 & #23 first…
  2. An Unattractive Vampire An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel:  This book is a review request from Net Galley that I need to read before its release date of 3/15/16.  Now it breaks my rule of only requesting review books from authors I have a history with, but the description looked particularly clever, a tongue in cheek twist on modern vampire stories, and I decided to give it a shot.
  3. 2 B R 0 2 B 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut:  I think I found this title through a search on the local library’s e-book lending site.  It looked interesting and was meant to fulfill one of last year’s now abandoned challenges.  I’m keeping it on the list because its short, 28 pages, and looks like something I might enjoy.
  4. Bite the Dust (Blood and Moonlight, #1) Bite the Dust by Cythia Eden:  I can’t remember why this book was added to my to-read shelf.  Was it an unfilled review request? Did I read another story by her and wanted to read more?  Or was it a recommendation from a friend?  We may never know, but it still sound interesting so I’ll let it sit on the shelf a while longer.
  5. Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism Occupying the Enonomy: Challenging Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff:  I’ve been listening to Mr. Wolff on YouTube quite a bit recently and decided to look into a few of his books.  This is the first one I added to my list.
  6. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff:  This is the second book of his that I added to my to-read list.
  7. Eve of Darkness (Marked, #1) Eve of Darkness by Sylvia Day:  The last four books are all by Sylvia Day as I had a major score while thrift store shopping and came across five of her books for like 45 cents each!  Of course they all came home with me.  I’ll get to them eventually.
  8. Eve of Destruction (Marked, #2) Eve of Destruction by Sylvia Day:  This is book #2 in the Marked series, the last book was #1.
  9. Eve of Chaos (Marked, #3) Eve of Chaos by Sylvia Day:  Book #3 in the Marked series.
  10. Scandalous Liaisons Scandalous Liaisons by Sylvia Day: I’ve thumbed through this book and I’m not sure it is my style, but I’ll give it a serious attempt eventually.  It is a book of erotic historical romance short stories .  I’m thinking it just might be too much for me…  If I don’t care for it I might donate it to the library.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Favorites

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

December 15: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list)

 

I have a feeling that this list is going to look fairly similar to many of the one’s I’ve posted recently… Oh well.  There were many books I enjoyed this year, but going through my Goodread’s reading pledge list I picked out ten books that stood out as my favorites for the year.  Here they are…

My ten favorite books read in 2015

  1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)  I read this book based upon the recommendation of a friend (Say maybe I can use it to cross off another challenge item…)  I was also a little curious to see what all the fuss was about and then there was the buzz about the show, so I decided the January was a good time to give this series a shot.  I definitely see what all the fuss was about and ended up loving the first three books in the series.  They are not easy reads though and I needed to take a break after book three.  Hope to continue sometime next month, but I have some review commitments that need to be finished first.
  2. Wolver's Rescue (The Wolvers #6) This is probably my favorite indie author and two of her books made my list this year, the only author to do so.  I loved this one because it stood out for me as probably my favorite in the Wolver’s series.  It was an interesting direction and the leads just clicked with me.
  3. Redshirts  This book was such fun to read.  I loved the twist of a story within a story and being a Trekkie this story was right up my alley. I have two more books by him waiting for me to get around to, so hopefully they will be as enjoyable as this one.
  4. The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau #21)  The last two books in this series brought me back to loving the Argeneau series again. I was starting to worry about the direction Sands was taking, but she had convinces me to carry on.  Love these fun chick-lit fluffy vampire romances,  they are perfect reads for when you need to laugh and want a happily ever after.
  5. Roark (Women of Earth, #1)This was Ms. Rhoades first venture into the sci-fi branch of the romance genre and I really enjoyed it.  This book is perfect for those not wanting a story that isn’t too heavy on the sci-fi, but it still has enough to keep those readers happy as well. I look forward to seeing where this author takes this world next.
  6. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)  This was probably my favorite in the Throne of Glass series.  I LOVE, love, love where this world is going. It reminds me a lot of the Game of Thrones series, but without all the work.  I would suggest this series to those that want to venture into the fantasy genre, but don’t want to have to read 1000+ pages.
  7. Dragonbane  (Dark-Hunter #25; Lords of Avalon, #4; Were-Hunter, #9, Hellchaser, #6)  How could I have a favorite book’s list and not have my absolute favorite author on the list?  It is also an added bonus that this book was autographed to me by the author in person.  So not only is this one of my favorite reads this year it was also one of my favorite bookish moments of the year.
  8. Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)  This book was AMAZING.  Nothing else to say.
  9. Christian (Vampires in America, #10)  This book was a great recent read.  The recent reading of it might have something to do with it being on this list or it could have something to do with the yummy hero.  I’ll let you decide.
  10. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography  This book is on the list because I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  I’m not a non-fiction reader, but this book was a lot of fun to read.  Made me want to try some more biographies.

 

Well there you have it, some of my favorite read for the year.  What was your favorite read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: New to me.

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

If you are following along you might have noticed that I didn’t post a list last week.  I also didn’t post Monday Morning Check-In, ops.  Last week I didn’t post because I am so behind in my reading that I couldn’t think of any yet-to-be released book that I am looking forward to reading.  I’m sure there are many, but I’m still busy playing catch up to look them up.  I didn’t post a blog yesterday because we were too busy towing my truck to town because it wouldn’t start…  Happy to report it has been fixed and that it was nothing major.  Now when I first saw today’s list idea I wasn’t sure I would have anything to contribute.  I’ve been sticking to my tried and true authors recently, but I was surprised that I did find enough new-to-me authors that I came up with 10 for you…but only 10.  Okay there might have been a few others, but I decided to pick only books that I gave 4 or 5 stars to.

 

Ten authors that were new to me this year.

In order of read from January to December, click on name to visit my review.

  1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) George R.R. Martin: I started off the year with a new-to-me author and decided to tackle the Game of Thrones series that I’d been hearing so much about.  I can most definitely see what all the fuss was about and promptly spend the month reading the first three in the series.  After all that war I needed a break, and quite frankly in no hurry as it is was unlikely that Martin would finish the series before I picked it up again.  I plan on returning to this series with the next two book next month.  Some how the middle of winter just seems right for spending time with the Starks.
  2. Star Trek: Ongoing, Volume 9: The Q Gambit Mike Johnson: This book was available through Net Galley and after a month in war I decided that I need something fun and campy to lighten the mood.  This fit the bill nicely.  I had though it was my first graphic novel, but my review tells me otherwise.  I do know that it was my first Star Trek graphic novel and my first dip in to Trek fiction this year.
  3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Sarah J. Maas: This book was selected for an online book club that I belonged to and I am so thankful that it was picked because I love this author.  In fact isn’t it about time I returned to this world to find out what happens next.
  4. California Edan Lepucki: I read this book for one of my reading challenges.  It was quite good and an interesting take on where the problems of our current society may lead us if things do not change quickly.
  5. Redshirts John Scalzi: Loved, loved, loved this book!  It was all kinds of wonderful and I can’t believe I’ve never tried him before.  His tone and style of writing is right up my alley.  I have picked up a couple other books in one of his popular series that I plan on trying next year when I’m in the mood for sci-fi.
  6. Diary of Her Disappearance Lexi Birks: This was the first read for me of a local teen author, as in the author is still in high school.  I have to say I was quite impressed and believe this young woman is quite talented and full of potential.  I look forward to reading her next book once she is done editing it.
  7. The Diary of Adam and Eve Mark Twain: WHAT?! I’ve never read this world renown famous literary genius and practically an American treasure before now.  No I hadn’t, get off my back.  I am pleased to report that I LOVED this book and will be looking for more of his titles to read when the mood strikes me to read a classic.
  8. Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City, #1) Sara Humphreys: I received the upcoming January release of this author and decided that since there were only three books before it and I had plenty of time that I would read the series in order.  So far it has been great and I plan to go back and read the original series that this one spun off of.
  9. The Grownup Gillian Flynn: WHAT?!  You’ve never read Gone Girl?!  Have you been living under a rock?  What is wrong with you?  Nothing and didn’t I tell you to get off my back.  I’ve not seen the movie either and probably wont, but thanks to this quick read I might go back and read Gone Girl.
  10. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own AutobiographyNeil Patrick Harris: This was the last book I finished and reviewed, it also just happens to be my very first biography.

 

So there you have it my favorite new-to-me authors for 2015, or at least the ones I enjoyed.  What new author did you discover this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Thanks

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

November 24: Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

Since this is kind of freebie I am going to write my list on ten bookish things of which I am thankful.  They can be individual books, devises, authors, anything book related that I am grateful for as a reader.

 

Ten bookish things I am thankful for in my life. 

  1. Libraries: As a reader, citizen and employee the public library system benefits my life greatly.  I have access to free books, wi-fi, movies, audio books and so many more services that they provide free or almost free to all citizens.  We do pay for these services through our tax dollars, but the access they provide are so worth it.
  2. My Nook: Hardly a day goes by that I do not use this device.  I love my Nook and it has become a valuable tool that I use not only to read but to access the internet and entertain myself.
  3. Sherrilyn Kenyon: I wanted to pick one author for this list.  While there are so many that I love to read I would have to say Ms. Kenyon is by far my favorite and I am eternally grateful that she shares these wonderful stories and characters with us.
  4. ARC Books: As a reader and reviewer I am thankful that publisher provide free advance copies of books for bloggers to review.  It is always a thrill to be approved for any book and to get the opportunity to read the book before the general public is just the icing on the cake.  Thank you publishes!  You Rock!!! (especially all the ones that approve me regularly)
  5. Goodreads: This is a valuable tool for any reader or librarian.  Through this site we can share our feedback with the reading community, keep track of our read and to-reads, search out new books, and keep up with series and authors.  I use this site as often as I do Facebook!
  6. Book Bloggers: The book blogging community is awesome!  There are some great bloggers and sites out there and I am thankful to be a part of this online community!
  7. Facebook: I am thankful for Facebook for more than bookish reasons, but this site lets me interact with not only fellow readers but authors as well.  I can find posts about upcoming books, sales and just fun bookish memes that I enjoy reading and sharing with my fellow book nerds.
  8. Audio Books: This is a new reading format that I have begun utilizing this year.  I am grateful that it allows me to stay entertained and active at the same time.  I need to continue to use audio books when I don’t have time to sit down and just read.  It is a great way to stay caught up on reading goals and get something done at the same time.
  9. Indie Authors: I am thankful for all the indie authors that work so hard and put themselves out there while following their dream.  I may not be able to accept every book I am offered, but I do read the description of all the books that I am inquired about reviewing.  Thank you for the offers and stories that I have enjoyed.
  10. Used and Indie Book Stores:  Thank you.  Thank your for giving us an option for buying books besides through the evil corporate machine.  Thank you for giving used books a way to delight more people.

 

What bookish things are you thankful for in your life?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

October 20: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

Confession time,  I almost skipped this week… I was going to take a week off from blogging in an effort to reduce my reading pressure, but then decided that this week’s list sounded fun (and easy).  So maybe next week I’ll take a breather because Halloween isn’t really my thing.  Ironic I know with my love of vampires.  Anyway lets get to the wishing.

 Book Genie I wish…

  1. …that I could shake off this reading slump already.  I want to be excited about reading again.  I want my escape back. Help me please.
  2. …I had a no-limits credit card (that I didn’t have to pay back) for book and bookish purchases.
  3. …that I could have perfect vision.  I’m getting older and the need for bifocals is becoming more and more apparent and it is not sitting well with me.  I want to be able to see perfectly and never have my vision change.
  4. …that I could have signed ARC copies of all my favorite author’s upcoming book releases, forever.
  5. …that I could read faster.  Or at least as fast as I used to.  (side note I think this has something to do with #3 and #1)
  6. …Sherrilyn Kenyon would write Savitar’s book.  Make her please.
  7. …that Amazon didn’t bully authors into becoming exclusive to them.  Please make them stop that.
  8. …that I could attend BEA and/or Comic Con each year for free and all expenses paid (hotel, food, transportation).
  9. …that Hollywood would release two versions of every movie they convert from a book.  One for the masses and an extended version that cuts nothing from the book for the book fans.
  10. …that I had magical powers to know exactly what I was in the mood to read next every time I finished a book and that I would know just by touching a book if I was going to like it or not.  So basically a mood ring that glowed red for put the book down and walk away or green with an intensity indicator for how much I will like the book.  The brighter the glow the more I’m going to love the book.

Well there you have my list for the week.  What bookish wishes would you make from a book genie?