Monday Check-in: Making Plans

Good afternoon everyone.  Sorry for the lack of post last week but hubby was laid off for the week and that tends to screw up my schedule.  I do believe last Monday we were spending the day stacking wood inside the barn in so it isn’t even like I was doing anything exciting.  Sunday and Tuesday, on the other hand, we spent at the movies, seeing Bohemian Rhapsody and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  Wednesday and Friday I worked, Thursday we had company and Saturday was spent battening down the hatches in preparation for a Blizzard that hit on Sunday.  This morning was clean up and then a few hours of just enjoying the silence of an empty house.

With just over a month left in the year and my ever-waning interest in reading, I have to consider the future of this blog.  I’m not going to close up shop or abandon it but I am going to make changes again.  To start off with no more ARCs.  I’m going to take a year off from requesting books through Net Galley and other sites and focus on reading books I already own.  I feel that too often as a blogger we get too wrapped up in the excitement of reading something before others that it can eventually suck the fun out of reading.  Next year I am also going to go on a book buying ban.  I know I’ve said this before but this time I’m serious. I’m not even going to buy cheap books while thrifting.  I’m also going to avoid borrowing library books.  The exception being book talk titles at work so I can participate.  I will also accept audiobooks which I use while working outside in the summer.

So what will I be reading instead? Books I already own.  I am going to use 2019 as a year to catch up on all the books I have sitting on my two bookcases or on my Nook.  I will make an exception for series that I own more than three books that I’ve not read as long as I don’t read past the last book I own. For example, I own books 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8 in a series.  I can borrow through the library book 1 and 4 but not book 9 that will have to wait until 2020.  I am also going to try to avoid rereading book next year.  Sure it is great when you don’t know what you are in the mood for but I really need to tackle those TBR shelves.  I’m also going to allow DNFing.  I have picked up a ton of cheap books over the years and my taste has changed some if I try it and am no longer into it no big deal.  If it is a physical book I will simply find it a new home.

So in 2019 no buying, borrowing (for the most part), and no ARCS.  Read what I own!  Have a great week everyone.

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Monday Morning Check-In: Over It.

Happy Monday everyone!  Didn’t get my post written this morning because I needed to clean my chicken coop and do some other chores.  So let’s talk about the elephant in the blog, shall we?  I seem to be slowing down in my reading and posts.  I’m not sure what is up and why I’m not into reading currently but I don’t seem to be doing as much of it.  I wonder if the pressure to create content killed my interest or if it was something else but I simply have not been putting in the time and effort needed to make this book review blog a success.  And you know what? That’s alright.  This is not a job. No one is paying me.  I am only accountable to myself and my followers.  So I think this is what I’m going to do.  I’m going to take the pressure off even further.  I’m going to take a break from Net Galley, which is my current source of stress related to the blog.  It helps that I haven’t found anything I’m super excited about in a while over there so when I finish up my three books up for review  I’m going to take an extended break from Net Galley.  Sure it is a lot of fun to read a book before others get to but it isn’t like I can’t read the book later.  I do work at a library so it isn’t even like I would have to buy all the books I want to read I can simply borrow them from my library or another.  I just find myself over Net Galley.  I simply want to read a book because I’m interested in it and not because I owe a publisher a review by release day.  2019 is going to be the year I try to rekindle my love of reading by reading whatever the hell I like and not worry if it is current or relevant.  I might spend a month reading nothing but Star Trek novels or pick up a really old series I’ve never tried.  Explore genres or take a month and read nothing at all.  I’m not going to sign up for Goodreads pledge either, well I might say I’ll read one book and just use it to record how many I do finish next year.  I do want the pretty little badge for my profile after all.  I do plan to continue posting for Top Ten Tuesday because I enjoy the challenge and I will probably still post a weekly update but the monthly recaps will disappear if I haven’t finished any books that month.  I hope you all don’t mind but I simply don’t want the pressure in committing to more.  I just feel like the blog has gotten a little stale and might think of some other types of posts I can deliver to you all.  I have been toying with doing a Wish bookish haul like the videos on YouTube.  If that sounds like something you’d enjoy leave a comment and let me know.  Or leave a link to something you saw on Wish that you would like to see reviewed.  Have a great week everyone!  Happy reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Damn Cows.

Well, I tried to get this post written up in the morning but failed.  The neighbor’s cows were out again this morning and I wanted to go out and help round them up before they got into our yard and did more damage.  It is difficult to walk out there from all the times they visited last week.  Oy.   Not a lot of reading last week.  I managed to finish one book and the review for that will post early next month.  I need to read another that releases tomorrow but I find myself hooked on a game at the moment.  I’ve been playing for over a month now and have yet to grow tired of it.  Game of Sultans if you are interested and want to check it out.  I think the connection to Turkey is what has kept me playing.  Over the weekend we bought a cd player so I can listen to my audiobooks on CD while working around the house, I need to put plastic up on the windows.  I also figured that I never go anywhere far enough away to listen to a book while I drive.  When the husband is in the car he either wants to talk or listen to the radio, which is fine but I’d like to finish up this book I started and three miles is not enough time.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday Morning Check-In: I finished a book!

Good Monday morning everyone.  Did you happen to see yesterday?  I managed to post a book review!  Shocking I know…  It had been about a month and a half since I actually finished a book.  I’m actually going to be posting another review later today on a book of poetry that I’ve been reading for about two months.  So long that I actually had to download it again from Net Galley in order to finish it… I do plan on starting another review book this afternoon and then hopefully I will be reading some of the titles I have actually purchased recently.  With it getting colder and fewer chores that need to be done.  Scratch that, less interesting chores that need to be done, I truly hate putting up window plastic.  I find myself more in the mood to sit down and read.  Anyway, it is hard to believe October is half-way over and soon another year will have slipped away.  I swear they didn’t pass this quickly when I was a child.  Have a great week everyone and happy reading.

Top Ten Tuesday:Odd Crossovers

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

August 7: Books You’d Mash Together

 

I kind of love the idea for this week’s list!  I’m going to put a bit of a twist on it however.  I’m going to select some of my favorite series or trilogies that I would love it if the authors got together and did a crossover story with characters from both worlds visiting each other.  Something like that Marvel does where you get Ironman and Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange team up to have an adventure.  Alright let’s see what awesome story ideas we can make up.

Ten Series Crossover Ideas

  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) Love at Stake & A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Argeneau: These two series are my favorite light and fluffy chick-lit vampire series.  The Argeneau is still an active series but Love at Stake is finished so maybe some of those characters could show up in one of Lynsay Sands books.  Could be fun.
  2. Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1) The Dark Hunters & Born of Night (The League: Nemesis Rising #1) The League: I thought this might be a fun crossover being that both series are written by Ms. Kenyon.  We could have The League discover Earth and interact with the Dark Hunters. I’ve also always wondered how all the Gods and goddesses would influence a mulit-planet system.
  3. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Night Huntress & Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires:  These author’s writing style remind me of one another.  Perhaps Bones and Cat can take a trip to visit Merit and Ethan in Chicago.
  4. Redshirts John Scalzi & The Martian Andy Weir: This is the only exception to this week’s list.  Weir has only written/published two books neither one a series and Redshirts was a stand-alone for Scalzi.  They also have a slightly different writing style but what they do share is a great sence of humor and I’d love to see what they could write if they teamed up.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson & Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy Thompson: It might be because I’m currently rereading these books in audio format and they are narrated by the same person but I think these two series might be fun for a crossover.  In Jones’s world there is only angels and the grim reaper for paranormal elements  what would happen if they learned there were also shifters, vampires, and fae, oh my!
  6. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Blackdagger Brotherhood & Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Guild Hunter: I almost pared up Ms. Ward with another author but at the last-minute I remembered Singh’s series (which I keep meaning to return to…) and thought they would be a great fit.
  7. Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) Immortal Guardians & Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1) Dark Hunter: I have alway thought the Immortal Guardians series reminded me a lot of the Dark Hunter series so for the purpose of this list why not pair them up and see what happens!
  8. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) The Hollows & Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Alpha & Omega: I wanted to match Ms. Harrison’s Hollows series up with someone because I thought it was such a great series but I struggled to find the right fit.  I think the Alpha and Omega series might work because of the character Charles.  He is such a stoic character that it might be fun to see how he handles interacting with Rachel and her crew.  Jenks would drive him mad, I think.
  9. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) Blackdagger Legacy & Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1) Midnight Breed: Decided to match Ms. Ward’s spin-off series with the Midnight Breed world because the two world seem like they would work well together.
  10. A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones #1) Dark Ones & Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Jane Jameson: Returning to lighter hearted paring for my final selection.  Both of these authors have great senses of humor and tend to write wacky female characters that would be fun to see interact.

I tried to pair up authors and series that would compliment each other either in plot or in writing style.  How about you?  What series would make good crossover novels if their authors teamed up?

Monday Morning Check-In: I can’t read.

Okay, that might have been clickbait.  Obviously, I can read but over the past month, I have noticed that I physically can’t read the words on a page anymore.  I would love to be able to just walk into Target and pick up a pair of readers off the shelf but that isn’t possible for my prescription.  I need a negative number and readers are essentially just magnifiers and don’t do squat for me.  That means I need to dig out the insurance card, find out what providers are in the network, and make a freaking eye appointment.  I need bifocals.  I don’t really want to buy the expensive eyeglasses in the store like I’ve always done so I need to grow a backbone and say just give me the prescription, please.  My husband had success ordering glasses online for work so I’m going to go the same route this time.  I want to have multiple pairs of glasses, bifocals for work, a set pair of readers, and maybe a pair without the bifocals for distance while driving, while we are at it I might pick up a pair of prescription dark sunglasses.

In the meanwhile, I will continue with audiobooks and play my new game, Sims 4.  Hopefully, I will have new glasses soon and be able to enjoy reading again.

Monday Morning Check-In: Still Cold…

Good Monday morning everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend and to those of you that celebrate Easter a good holiday.  Husband and I do not celebrate so our weekend was pretty much normal.  He did get to work on Friday so that should be some nice holiday pay in next week’s paycheck.  Still cold here in Eastern Iowa and I just ordered our third tank of propane this winter. Dammit.  Oh well, we should have a mostly full tank going into next winter then.  Hopefully, it will warm up soon as I would like to get out in the garden.

Started the Dark Hunter book I’ve been avoiding and so far it has been what I had feared.  I’m not into the main characters.  So far it seems to be 100% original plot which was my complaint with the last book but I still think it is going to be tough to get through this one.  I wonder if I just need to move on from her books, that they won’t work for me anymore.  I hope not she was my favorite author.

Brought home a pompom maker for my knitting projects and I have an idea to make some fun bookmarks.  A google search tells me they have already been done before but I’ll post a picture to Instagram anyway when they are done.

Have a great week everyone and happy reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Waiting on Spring

Good Monday morning everyone.  Coming off a truly good weekend with the hubby.  Saturday was a little tough as we were both frustrated with some light snow but we headed out anyway and did our weekly shopping.  Sunday’s weather was much nicer and we spent much of the day outside working on projects.  Hubby got a new toy drone to play with and I got some yard work done.  In the evening we curled up on the couch to watch Star Trek.  It was such a nice day and just what we both needed to relax.  I did manage to get some reading done but not as much as I might have liked but that’s okay.

This week I have the next two audiobooks in the Charley Davidson series so I plan to work on a set of knit gloves and listen to them.  I am also working on the spin-off Blackdagger Brotherhood’s latest release and I bought the novella in the main series that I will start after finishing that.  After I am all caught up in that world I might move onto Kenyon and catch up in her series.

Spring starts tomorrow and I am so looking forward to warmer weather.  Spring is my favorite time of year and hopefully, we get more than two weeks of it.   I need to make plans for the birds and the garden too.  Potatoes and onions could go in the ground soon but first, we need to clean it up from last year.  I left it as is so the birds could pick through the leftover seeds over the winter.

Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!

Month in Review: February 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  10 Books, 3,014Pages 

Read this year: 21  Books, 6,122 Pages 

The Freeze-Frame Revolution Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1) If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4) Wolf UndauntedOnly Human (Themis Files, #3) Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)

Looking Back:

Another great month of reading!  Four of those pictured above are ARC titles that have not yet released so I’ve not posted their review yet.  The Readers of Broken Wheel was a reread for a library book talk and since I just reviewed the title last year I decided to not post an updated review.  Half of the titles are audiobooks which is really helping my numbers this year and my knitting habit!  I’m also enjoying the revisit to series I previously enjoyed.  A couple of disappointments this month with the first two pictured above didn’t work for me.  Didn’t hate them enough to DNF but couldn’t give them more than two stars either.  Somehow I also missed the blog’s birthday!  On February 24th Read What I Like turned four.  Happy anniversary!

Looking Ahead:

I hope to keep up momentum with my reading this month.  I have about three or four audiobooks that I am next in line for at my library.  Hopefully they won’t all become available at the same time.  I have two review books, well one review book and one set of review postcards from Blogging for Books.  I said I was going to give up on the program but still find myself checking in on what they have to offer about once a week. I’m going to finish up two of the Bloodhound Files books and possible try to catch up with JR Ward or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series. If I do go with either of those authors this month my numbers will be down next month as they both write bricks.  I’ve also been toying with a month of Star Trek fiction so we will just have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: 36 Days Until Spring…

We have survived the snowpocalypse of last week.  Not one big storm but a week of snowstorms every day and no snow blower.  We ended up with a foot of snow altogether and it does look pretty as it didn’t drift and we don’t have anyone that walks through or play in it.  That being said I hope most of it melts this week.

Been struggling with my audiobooks recently.  I hope that I can have my turn at one of the three series I am working on.  I am almost finished with a review book I am reading and no review books to pick afterward.  I am going to find something on my to-read bookshelf at home.  I need to catch up on several series by favorite authors of mine.

Going to leave it here as I have another cancer check-up today and need to leave soon. Have a great week!