Monday Morning Check-In: Arctic Blast

Good Monday morning everyone.  Like many other spots in the US we are experiencing another arctic blast here in Iowa so today I’m going to be hibernating in my living room under a thick blanket and wearing about two layers as I knit and listen to my audiobook.  This blast feels worse than the one we had in the new year that froze the pipes and car up but it is probably just the wind making everything so miserable.  I’ve already spent far too much time on YouTube today so this afternoon I hope to stay off the computer and work on projects or read.  I have managed to get into my current review book but have been a bit distracted with the Charley Davidson series to make much progress.  I’m almost done with book five and have book six already downloaded so maybe after I finish those I can finish up the review title.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’ve already broken my book buying ban for the year when I couldn’t pass up the latest release by J.R. Ward.  Of course, I need to read last year’s book The Chosen, to avoid spoilers, before I can dive into the latest from the spin-off series.

Well, I’ll leave you here and hopefully I’ll finish a book this afternoon and can bring you a review.  Have a great week everyone!

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Monday Morning Check-In: Merry Christmas

Quick post today because of the holiday.  I personally don’t celebrate Christmas but want to wish all of you that do a Merry Christmas.  I hope you have a great holiday and receive all the books on your Christmas list.

Today I’m working on laundry and getting my birds a warmer coop where their water won’t freeze.  I’m also going to finish up a blanket and do our one Christmas tradition of watching A Christmas Story, much to my husband’s annoyment.  Have a great week everyone!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading ~ Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Favorites

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:

 December 12: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

I’m not feeling well today so I’m hoping to churn out quite a few of these TTT posts and schedule them.  This week’s list is the ten books I enjoyed most in 2017.  I’m going to pick from my five-star reviews and link the picture to their reviews instead of their Goodreads page.  The books are listed in countdown order with book ten being my favorite of the year.

The Ten Books I Enjoyed Most in 2017.

  1. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) This long-established series is still one of my favorites.  I enjoyed the last edition immensely and have my fingers crossed that I’m approved for an e-arc of the upcoming release.
  2. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) The third book in this spin-off Black Dagger Brotherhood series is going to release soon.  This is book two and I enjoyed it quite a bit but more for the glimpses of the Brothers than the main couple.
  3. Artemis The second book by Mr. Weir was not quite as good as The Martian but still highly enjoyable!
  4. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) Hard to believe this series only has one more book… Love this series and I’ll miss it.
  5. The Space Between the Stars This book was a surprise in that I requested it on a whim while looking for science fiction titles up for review.  It was so good I suggested it to the library I work for so our patrons could enjoy it too.
  6. Ready Player One This book was a total surprise as well.  I tried to read the next book by this author not once but twice then I decided to listen to the first book and absolutely loved it!  Was delighted to learn online today that there will be a second book.
  7. Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) After a disappointing book or two in this series, I was delighted to thoroughly enjoy this book.
  8. Reincarnation Blues Another whim of a request at Net Galley that ended up being a delight to read.
  9. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) This was I recommended for purchase back in 2015 for my library when I was looking to bolster our science fiction collection.
  10. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) This was my favorite read from 2017, hands down no question.  This was also the last book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and perhaps the most perfect series finally that I have ever read.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What was your favorite read of 2017?  Leave it in the comments or share your Top Ten Tuesday list!

Monday Morning Check-In: I have the plague…

Good Monday morning everyone.  Not a lot of reading going on last week, again.  Some week I’m going to log on here and regale you all with all the books I managed to finish in the previous week.  Last week, however, was not a great week for reading.  I had to break my Facebook vacation to seek help after a dog attack on my livestock.  I came home from work to find two dogs chasing one of my llamas.  A Great Pyrenees the size of a small pony, and a young German Sheppard puppy, had killed one of my roosters, run off all my peafowl, and driven one of my llamas through a five-foot solid fence and over a gate into another pasture.  The poor girl was simply terrified and it took 20 minutes to walk her back to her flock after I convinced her to stand up.  I held on to the dogs overnight and turned them over to a rescue group the next day.  The owners have been found and the dogs returned but they have not stopped to offer to pay for the damage their dogs did.  I hope they never come back because next time they come to terrorize my pets my husband is going to shoot them.   The animals have recovered and are all returning to normal behaviors.  It was a traumatizing couple of days.

By the end of the week, I came down with some bug.  Either the flu or a cold all I know is that I feel like crap and it feels like I swallowed broken glass.  Today my plan is to sit on the couch, drink tea, and listen to an audiobook while I work on paperwork or knit.  I have two books to pick from one over 24 hours and the other just under 7.  I might pause the long one and knock out the short one so I feel like I accomplished something reading-wise.

Well, I have probably complained enough.  If you follow the blog on Facebook sorry if you’ve missed some posts.  Apparently, when I blocked the site during my Facebook vacation it severed my cross-posting ability.  I have logged back in and am going to try simply willpower to keep me off FB during my year-long break.  That way you can still have links to my posts.

Happy Reading, Amy

Month in Review: November 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 4 Books, 1390 Pages 

Read this year: 72  Books, 18,398 Pages 

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) The Chemist A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Looking Back:

Wow, I did not read much at all in November.  All of those books above are audiobooks I listened to…  Bad Amy.  I did manage to get some serious work done around the house and have almost finished a blanket I was knitting.  I also managed to DNF quite a few print books too.  Just a busy month and struggling to find something that interests me I guess.

Looking Ahead:

December might be a light month for reading as well.  Husband is going to have tons of time off near the end of the month and we will be going on a trip during the month.  If I can get some audiobooks listened to and two or three books I’ll call it good for the year.  It would be nice if I could make it to 80 books this year so maybe I will push myself a bit.  Husband makes it difficult though as with his time off recently for Thanksgiving and personal vacation I’ve not had a single day where he didn’t want to go do something…  I’ve taken to bringing my book in the car and read while he is driving.  So maybe eight short titles to round out the year.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: I got nothing.

Good Monday morning everyone.  I tried to think up a clever title but couldn’t think of anything…  Not a lot of reading going on as my husband has time off, he needed to use his vacation days before the end of the year or lose them so he took this week off just to mess with my schedule.  Not really, but it feels like that as he seems to think I do nothing on my days off but lounge around the house waiting for him to make plans.  Sorry, slightly annoyed.  I’ve also started this Whole30 elimination diet which is going pretty good but might be making me a tad sugar-deprived crabby.

I do have a book review coming for you today as I binge listened to my current audiobook before it expired.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next two installments in the trilogy that I have already put on hold.  I am also reading a non-fiction title It Starts with Food written by the creators of the Whole30 diet.  Not the typical book I might pick up but I thought since I was doing the program I might as well read all their reasoning behind eliminating all these food groups.  Well, I know why but I have a library card and know how to use it so I thought I might check out the book.

Anyway, I have a review to write and might try to get some reading in before the husband thinks up something for us to do.  Have a great week!  Happy reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Lots of DNF….

I feel like I’m stuck in another loop of DNFing titles lately.  I just can’t seem to find anything that scratches my reading itch.  Two or three review books didn’t work for me and I decided to not review them.  Then I was so excited to try listening to the first book in the Cat and Bones series by Frost and had to abandon that one pretty quick.  Not that I don’t enjoy the series but the narrator just did not work for me.  Her British accent for Bones was going to ruin the character for me.  Instead of a sexy accent, it came off sounding creepy and pretty fake.  Now I know I could not pull off a foreign accent, with the exception of my husband’s on occasion, so I don’t fault the voice artist for trying I simply didn’t want to have that voice in my head any time I decide to return to the series and its spin-offs.

Busy week as I am working the city elections tomorrow and will not be posting a Top Ten Tuesday.  I need to get laundry, dishes, and everything I need for a 15 hour day tomorrow and I wouldn’t mind getting some reading in today as I have a book talk at work next Monday and I’ve not even started the book yet.  It is only about 180 pages so not a big deal but it would be nice to get it read.  I should be back the following week but not really a topic for me as I don’t have kids.  I have thought up a spin on the topic so I won’t be skipping two weeks in a row.

Well have a great week and don’t forget to vote in your city elections tomorrow.  Depending on where you are it will most likely be a slow day for your poll workers.  Going to vote, even if you have uncontested races, gives them something to do and makes the day go faster for them.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: I have been reading!

Good morning everyone.  It might not look like it due to the lack of reviews but I have been reading.  I’ve decided to make it policy for the blog that ARC reviews get published on the day of their release.  Makes it easier that way as some publishers don’t care and some want you to hold them until the week before and others not until release day.  So if I actually manage to get a book read on time you all won’t see the review until release day.  Next week I have either two or three reviews lined up to go live so keep your eyes open for them.

Not a lot of reading over the weekend.  Managed to dig up some of my potatoes and list some items on eBay as we have not posted anything new there for some time with major cleaning that took part in the beginning of the month. The house looked so nice I decided to try to keep it that way by taking an hour out of each day this weekend to work on tidying up.  While I’m comfortable with a bit of clutter in the house I’m kind of digging this clean home feeling.  Even managed to straighten up a cupboard and weed some dishes on Sunday!  Looks so much nicer.

Well, I need to continue with laundry and practice my Halloween makeup for next week.  I also hope to finish up a novella I started on Friday.  Have a great week, happy reading!

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!

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