Monday Morning Check-In: I’m returning!

Good morning everyone!  I’m returning to normal blogging schedule this month after a month and more off.  I went into the details in another post if you care to read why I’ve been absent.  Not a lot of reading went on this weekend.  Spent Saturday garage sale shopping and Sunday was chore day. I did try to listen to an audiobook that I quickly DNK.  I usually don’t write reviews for books I don’t finish but will usually post a few sentences over on Goodreads if you want to follow me there to see what books I’m giving up on. Been quite a few lately…  I was approved for a recent ARC of the next Charley Davidson series!!!  Now I need to decide if I want to dive into that or read the library book I checked out for the second time.  I also need to finish up The Dark Tower which I have kind of lost interest in.  I looked at the synopsizes and reviews for the next six books and decided I’m not going to reread them. I was not a fan of how the series ended and at this point in my life, I’m not even sure why I’m hanging on to them.  Next time I clean my library they might end up weeded.  Working in a library has made me a bit less nostalgic in regards to my books.  Oh sure, there are some that I want to keep forever but many of them I let them sit for a year or two and then decide I don’t really need to keep them.  I have a feeling it will get to the point where I only keep the ones that have been personalized to me.   That’s okay, makes room for all the new books that I want to read!  Well, that’s all I got today.  I’ve used this time to ice my arm, dealing with a tennis elbow, and now I really need to go let the birds out before there is rioting.  Happy reading!

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Month in Review: July 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 6 Books, 1773 Pages 

Read this year: 54 Books, 14,170 Pages 

Dark Matter Reincarnation Blues Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

 Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) Kato (Stone Warriors, #2)

Looking Back:

I did better than I thought I would for a busy month.  Only two audiobooks this month and most of the others are review books. Most of them I enjoyed only one disappointment, Dark Matter, which wasn’t even that bad just didn’t live up to the hype.  The second half of the month petered out and I slacked off with my reading.  I’ve met my “goal” for the year so I’m not too worried.  I wish I could find time to sit down and focus on my current review book which is Andy Weir’s upcoming release.

Looking Ahead:

I have a TON of doctor’s appointments for the month of August and a surprise book talk at work.  I’m going to try to read that one so I can participate and try to finish up my review books.  My favorite author released a book today that I couldn’t get my hands on, will try again this weekend.  I haven’t read the book before yet so I might binge read some Kenyon titles or not.  I’m a mood reader so I’m going to just see where that takes me.  With the health issues I’m dealing with I’m not going to put any conditions or requirements as far as blogging or reading goes this month.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: More not reading…

Good Monday morning everyone.  Another week and weekend passed where I got little to no reading in.  On a side note our property is looking fabulous.  Our flock of birds grew last Friday and I needed to redo the coop yard.  I more than doubled it and put up a higher more secure fence.  Some of the birds are still flying out but the surprise bunny now has a secure place to live where the bunny killing barn cat can’t get to him.

Back to reading.  I’m enjoying my book when I get a few minutes to read and I have started a new audiobook that expires in three days.  I have been leaving my phone in the house while I work because the projects I’m working on could possibly damage the phone.  I might risk that today and throw on some headphones and work in the garden because I don’t think I will be able to renew the title.  So I hope to bring you at least one review this week.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Month in Review: May 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 15 Books, 1,808 Pages 

Read this year: 43  Books, 10,881 Pages 

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) Talen (Dark Protectors) Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here (The Others #3) Life According to Chickens: An Insider's View of the Language, Manners, and Rules of the Flock Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Star Trek: Boldly Go #2 Star Trek: Boldly Go #3 Star Trek: Boldly Go #4 Star Trek: Boldly Go #5 Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Looking Back:

Oh my, that is an impressive list of books up there.  One might think that I did nothing but read last month.  Sadly, one would be wrong…  Also, I know that there are two covers missing but they were online short stories that went along with the Black Wings’ book and there were no covers to post here.  I also did not post reviews for each one of the Star Trek comics.  I kind of felt that there wasn’t any point really.  They are only 21-30 pages long and are the continuation of an ongoing story so it wasn’t like my opinion of them was going to change much.  What I wrote for the first comic could be applied to them all.  While I enjoyed them I don’t think I am going to be going out of my way to add more comics to my reading diet.  If I come across one that I find interesting, probably another Star Trek one, then I’ll read it otherwise I’m not going to become a collector.  In all actuality, I think they are overpriced at $4 a pop for a 20 some odd pages of story…  I know the graphics are fun but I don’t find myself focusing on them I just want the dialog.  Two audiobooks listed up there, three short books under 190 pages and a DNF.  So while my month of reading might look impressive it really isn’t.  Put me nine books away from my reading goal for the year, though!

Looking Ahead:

June and July are busy months at the library and at home so I’m not going to try to sweat it if I don’t get a ton of reading done.  It has been nice to get some much put-off projects done to the property so while we are in the mood we will get some work done at home.  I do hope to get some reading done because I do feel this urge that I’m not reading enough.  It just feels like there is something that always needs to be done.  I need to remember that I need to relax too.  Perhaps tomorrow I will be able to sit down and get into my current read which is the end of a series I follow.  It has a great start but when I sit down to read in the evening I find myself too tired and just want to go to sleep.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Coming Soon!

Top Ten Tuesday

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 the following:

May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

First off I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I also want to apologize for not posting anything yesterday or a check-in last Monday.  Spring is a busy time at our acreage and I’ve been planting and cleaning up a storm.  Not inside the house but outside.  The good news is most of the projects should be done by this afternoon and I will hopefully be able to return to reading.  Hopefully.  Today is also the start of the Summer Reading Program where I work so I’m not going to make big promises when it comes to blogging until that is over.  I will try to get a Top Ten Tuesday along with book reviews as I finish books.  Thanks for understanding.

Anyway, this week I could only find a few books by authors I read that will be releasing later this year.  So, I am going to dig through the lists over on Goodreads and pick some books that I knew nothing about before today and see if I can’t spice up my reading list with some fresh authors.

Ten books releasing yet this year that I’m excited about.

  1. Artemis  This is perhaps the book that I am most excited about on this list.  I have been waiting for Andy Weir’s second book since The Martian came out.  About. Damn. Time.   If anyone wants to give me an ARC of this book I would love you forever!
  2. The Space Between the Stars This book on the list feels like a cheat as I’ve already read it.  I received an e-arc and loved it!  I ordered a copy for my library and can’t wait to introduce it to patrons.
  3. Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)  Some have given up on this series but I am not one of them.  I will most likely hand on to this series to the bitter end.  They still make me smile, most of the time…
  4. Talon of God This is my only review book at the moment.  It sounded interesting and I thought it might be worth a try for curiosity sake if nothing else.  It comes out in July so I should think about reading it pretty soon.
  5. Paradox Bound This book was a surprise find on Goodreads.  I received a review copy of this author’s book The Fold and quite enjoyed it.  This one sounds promising too.
  6. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12) Well Duh.  Of course Charley Davidson is going to make my list of anticipated reads.
  7. Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8) This one I’m torn over.  Love the author, love the main character but not excited about how many more books there will be before Nick gets his own adult book and a HEA.  Still, I’ll read it… Probably one of the only YA books I’ll read this year.
  8. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28)  While I am looking forward to this book I seriously need to read the one before it first.  It has been sitting on my nook patiently waiting for me to get around to it…
  9. Kato (Stone Warriors, #2) This book I am pretty excited about too.  I have been keeping an eye out for a review copy but plan to read it regardless.  This spin-off series is just as great as the main Vampires of America series.
  10. Barbary Station (Shieldrunner Pirates, #1) This is the wild card of the list.  I searched and searched for a last book and was having a tough time finding something that sounded good.  This one looks interesting so why not.

Well there you have my list this week.  I feel like I am slacking when it comes to reading and blogging.  Just too many things to do when the weather is nice.  Don’t give up on me I don’t plan to quite blogging any time soon.  If ever actually, even if it comes to just reviews being posted and nothing else.

Top Ten Tuesday: I Wish.

Top Ten Tuesday

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 the following:

May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist

This week’s list is fairly appropriate for me as I am once again longing for a great new series to dive into.  So this week I am simply going to share ten aspects of a story that I think will scratch my reading itch.

Ten book characteristics I want in my next great read.

  1. Great Setting: I would LOVE a great setting, that I’m familiar with, for my next great read.  I love it when the location is almost like another character in the book because if I’ve been there I can totally place myself in the world so much easier.  Plus it is almost like you have a fun inside track to the world you are reading.  Locations I’m currently seeking; Chicago, Iowa, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Minnesota.
  2. Not too technical but still accurate: One thing I loved about The Martian was all the accurate science involved in telling the story.  I would love for my next science fiction read to be like that but dumbed down enough that I can get most of it.
  3. Sex but not too much sex: I am an unashamed reader of romance and I like the steamy parts.  BUT that doesn’t mean I want the characters to be constantly jumping each other’s bones.  I want a good plot too.  So I want some sex but am willing to give that up for a better plot.
  4. Witty Dialog: Some of my favorite series came with smart-ass characters that were quick with a one-liner.  So I would love my next great series to have a little sass in the dialog.
  5. Fun Sidekick: I don’t mind a story that focuses all the attention on the two key characters but when you throw in an amazing supporting cast then the book is usually even better.
  6. Alpha Male: Goes along with #3.  In books, I don’t mind a strong alpha male that has a bit of caveman mentality.  Usually, it is a great premise for hijinks as the strong female drives him up the wall.  Plus I kind of enjoy seeing them get schooled when the female shows them they are just as capable as they are.
  7. Alpha Female: Part of the reason I don’t care for historical romance is I’m not a fan of weak females.  Sorry, I know it is probably a stereotype but too often the plot in those books revolves around a woman’s role in society.  Not interested.  I want a female that is equal to her male counterparts.  I don’t mind them being physically weaker than the males but I don’t want the entire book to be about saving the female from danger.  I want her to get her hands dirty and kick some ass too.
  8. Realistic love: Now I am pretty accepting of instant romance.  I usually don’t find it annoying in paranormal or urban fantasy books where you already have to suspend reality to enjoy the plot.  That doesn’t mean I don’t want some challenges for my main couple to overcome.  They need to work for their H.E.A. too.
  9. Good Vs. Evil: I love sinking my teeth into a good battle of good vs evil.  Part of why I enjoy dystopian books when we aren’t currently living in a dystopian society…
  10. Plot Twists:  To finish off my list I would love for my next read to have some great plot twists that I don’t see coming.  Not too difficult as I usually don’t figure things out.

There you have what I am looking for in my next great read if you know of any science fiction, urban fantasy, or paranormal romance that fits the bill or comes close feel free to share in the comments!  No YA, please.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turnoffs

Top Ten Tuesday

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 the following:

April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Last week they asked us to share what makes us want to pick up a book to read so it is only fitting that this week we get to share what turns us off of a potential to-read title.  This one might be a bit harder as of right now I can’t really think of many things that will prevent me from picking up and trying a book.  We will see if I struggle to come up with a full list or not.

Ten things that turn me off of reading a book.

  1. YA: Please don’t hate me.  It’s just that I have outgrown YA and J fiction and the idea of picking up a book designated as such is already a mark against it in my reading life.  At the age of 42, quickly approaching 43, I just can’t identify with the teenage drama anymore.  I also find myself shying away from anything labeled as New Adult too.  I’m old.  I don’t want to read about high school or college anymore.
  2. Historical: I also don’t want to read about the middle ages or roman era or civil war or even something as recent as WWII, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  I do not care for any period pieces actually.  I’m not quite sure what turns me off but I just don’t find myself drawn to those books.  Now if there are flashbacks or crossover to the modern era then I can tolerate a story that spans several decades.  It is just that I need some modern element to the story to make it worthwhile for me.  Odd I know…
  3. Western: I am not a fan of Westerns.  Tv, movies, books, music (country).  It does not matter I won’t like it & I will actively work to avoid it.  It is like it crawls under my skin and just aggravates the hell out of me.  So I will pass.
  4. Too Much Hype: This is an odd one, to me.  You would think that if EVERYONE is reading something it must be good so why not pick it up because it is almost like a guaranteed good read right? Wrong.  Or at least for me.  I know I have odd reading taste and if the book seems to work for everyone else then I might try the firs chapter but rarely will I read more or agree.
  5. Bloody Violence/ Horror: This is a bit like the western point in #3.  I do not like scary movies or tv shows and I do not like scary books.  Granted it usually takes a lot more to scare me in a book but I tend to stay away from them now. Which is ironic as I used to really like Stephen King (who I now think is an ass).  I just am not into blood and guts and being scared.  Sorry.
  6. Characters that hate themselves: This is generally something that you don’t know until you get into the book. So this is more of something that will make me DNF a title rather than stop me from picking it up altogether.  I don’t want to be in someone’s head or POV that doesn’t’ like themselves.  Don’t we all have issues with accepting ourselves as is why would we want to pile on to that with taking on the identity of a character that has self-image issues?  No thank you.
  7. Availability:  Specifically books that are ONLY offered through Amazon.  I will not read a book or series if the only place I can pick up or download a copy is from a company whose business model is to bully authors into only offering on their platform.  I won’t and you shouldn’t either.  It kills physical bookstores and creates monopolies which are bad for everyone.  So you will not see books reviewed on this blog that are only available through Amazon.
  8. Too much description:  I do not need to know every leaf on the tree.  I know some people love lots of description but I am not one of them.  I want more dialog than setting details when I read.  I can fill most of that stuff in myself.
  9. Didn’t like other titles:  If I didn’t like another title by an author then I’m less likely to pick up something else they wrote.  Now If it is a case of where I’ve read lots of books by them and only had one or two that didn’t work for me I will continue to read their books.  But if I’ve only read two or three and most of them were two stars or less than I will probably pass them by as it is obvious that author isn’t for me.
  10. Publication Date:  This is tricky.  It is not that I won’t read an older book it is just that the odds of say a vampire book written in the 60’s actually working for me are pretty slim.  Styles change over the decades and using the vampire example if a book was written before say Twilight is going to be vastly different from one written afterward.  So I might try it but most of the time not.

Well, that was easier than I thought it would be.  What turns you off of reading a book?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Monday Morning Check-In: Looking to fall in love.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Coming off another busy non-reading weekend and followed that up with a busy Monday morning so I’ve not cracked open a book yet.  Have managed to run packages into town and all the laundry is on the line.  Also moved the remaining birds that I have back to the house while I work out a way to catch what is killing them out in the coop.

On the reading front I have one review book to finish up and then I am going to scour my t0-read shelf and look for a new series to fall in love with. Preferably a finished or established series so I can read a few books without waiting.  I do have one in mind and look forward to starting that later this week.

The Blade Bound blog tour is still going strong and thanks to everyone that entered last week by commenting on this post.  Today is the last day to enter as I plan to pick three winners tomorrow, release day!  It has been so much fun being a part of this tour and I hope to sign up for more blog tours by authors I enjoy in the future.  Good luck to all that have entered!  See you tomorrow or Wednesday by the latest when I announce the winners.

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: All About That Hook

Top Ten Tuesday

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 the following:

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

This is an interesting topic for the week.  I’ve not really sat down and thought about what makes me pick one book over another.  I’m going to have to take a look at my read books and ponder what made me pick those reads.

Ten reasons why I might select a book to read.

  1. Recommendation: BUT, not just from anyone, however.  A recommendation from a friend or author or blog that I know has similar reading taste as I do will make me want to get my hot menopausal hands all over that book.
  2. Synopsis: A good hook in the synopsis often motivates me to select reading material.
  3. Prior Relationship: There are some authors that are on my instant buy list, but there is a longer list of authors on my instant read list.  If I’ve read something and enjoyed it by an author I will often add their other work to my to-read list.
  4. Paranormal:  Vampires and Shifters and Angels, Oh My.  It all started with Twilight but many years later I am still into paranormal books and seeking out new series and authors all the time.
  5. Sci-Fi:  I seem to be on a science fiction lately, one that is leaning towards fun space operas. I also enjoy science fiction that is based in actual science theory.
  6. Kick-ass Urban Fantasy:  Love me some urban fantasy and if it sounds like the book revolves around a wise-cracking kick-ass heroine sign me up!
  7. Location, location, location: Sometimes what draws me to a book is where it is set.  Love stories set in Chicago, Iowa, and Turkey.  When you are familiar with the setting it make envisioning it in your mind so much more rewarding.
  8. Price:  Okay I just have to say it but cheap books hook me.  It is difficult to pass up something that sounds mildly interesting when it costs only a quarter.
  9. Unique Cover:  This is difficult to quantify because it is subjective to my mood at the time. I won’t read a book simply because it has a beautiful cover but it will help it stand out on the shelf and make me pick it up therefore increasing its odds.
  10. Availability:  This basically only applies to audiobooks because I often am limited not only by what is offered in my library’s catalog but what is available for check out when I’m look to borrow a book.

 

Well there is my list for the week.  What makes you want to read a book?

Don’t forget to come back on Thursday as  I am hosting the Blade Bound Blog Tour!  #Giveaway!

Monday Morning Check-In: Blade Bound Blog Tour

Good Monday morning everyone!  I did not get much reading done over the weekend, again.  Husband had three days off so we were busy running around and managed to get some work done on the property. But.  I also have the next two days off and since I worked so hard to get everything done over the weekend I now have two free days, with a quiet house, to get some serious reading done!  I hope to read Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands or start one of the review books I signed up for.  I was a little naughty over the weekend and splurged big time on books at BAM.  I had to. One simply does not pass up a signed book by a favorite author when one comes across it.

This week also begins the Blade Bound Blog Tour of which Read What I Like is featured as a stop!!!  My big day is Thursday but there are two weeks of stops and tons of great blogs participating so be sure to check them all out. The links are below.  There will be two giveaways featured at each stop, one held by Ms. Neill and one by each blog hosting.  I almost have my post ready to go but in the meanwhile,  you can check out the other blogs and see what everyone has to say about the upcoming finally of the long run Chicagoland Vampire series!

 

Week One

Monday, April 17 – There’s This Book
Tuesday, April 18 – Vicarious Bookworm
Wednesday, April 19 – Bad Bird Reads | Francesca’s World
Thursday, April 20 – Read What I Like
Friday, April 21 – Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews | The Book Nympho

Week Two

Monday, April 24 – The Consummate Reader | Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tuesday, April 25 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | Literary Escapism | Saucy Wenches
Wednesday, April 26 – Cocktails & Books | Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, April 27 – Rabid Reads
Friday, April 28 – Tru Bookie’s Review

Happy Reading!