Top Ten Tuesday: Wow, I read that?!?

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:

 January 30: Books I Can’t Believe I Read

I tend to read the same type of books and don’t venture outside of my comfort zone very often.  So this week might be a bit of a challenge but I will try to find ten titles where either I’m surprised I picked it up or I’m shocked that I actually finished it because I’m not one to suffer through a book that isn’t working for me.

Ten books that I’m surprised I read.

  1. Pride and Prejudice  Every once in a while I get this crazy notion in my head that I should read something that is good for me.  Or that I feel I should up my reading ante and read a classic like this one so I too can be a reading snob… (Kidding, to all those that truly enjoy reading the classics or big lit).  I just need to own up that these books hold little interest for me and steer clear of them all together in order to avoid frustration.
  2. The Devil and Miss Prym (On the Seventh Day, #3) This book came upon a recommendation from my husband who has vastly different reading taste than I.  Sometimes I enjoy what he has read but most of the time not.  The reverse is true too, though, and he rarely enjoys titles that I recommend.
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)  This was another one of those cases of reading to better myself.  I figured I would try a fantasy classic this time and see if that worked better for me.  Nope.  I hated every minute of this book and ended up giving up 50 pages from the end.  I know it is supposed to be THEE iconic book that founded a genre but I found it slow and too male-centric.
  4. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography  I’m not usually a NF reader but this book was offered through Blogging for Books and was the only title that looked remotely interesting I decided to give it a chance.  It was a lot of fun and since then I’ve read another biography, while that one was good to it wasn’t as fun as this choose your own adventure read by NPH.
  5. The Kite Runner This was another book recommendation from my husband.  This time I enjoyed the book but it was definitely not a typical read for me.  I tend to shy away from books that will make me sad, depressed, or angry and this title left me feeling all three.
  6. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness  This book is here to represent all the All Iowa Reads books that I typically don’t like…
  7. Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar I’m not going to go into why I read this book but I did.  It is a NF title dealing with the legends that surround the Jinn.
  8. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)  I’m not so much surprised that I picked this title up more that I’m surprised I finished it.  Save yourself the grief just go see the musical, which is amazing!  The book, less so…
  9. The Goldfinch  Pulitzer prize-winning novels usually don’t make my reading list.  This one did in a year I was doing a book challenge.  Totally blown away by how much I enjoyed it.
  10. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)  I’m surprised I read this one because I picked it up well past the point where I had given up YA books.  I just can’t relate to the age group anymore and I need to be able to relate to a character.  I hated every minute of this book.  The story just didn’t work for me and it ended up ending my YA reading.

Another week, another list.  What books are you shocked that you read?  Share in the comments or post a link to your list!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Who are you again?

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:

January 23: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

This very topic is the reason I started reviewing what I read.  I wanted to remember what I thought of books in different, but similar, series or authors I’ve tried before but didn’t like all that much.  I started writing a review to help out my memory and found that friends enjoyed them so I started a blog.  For this week’s list, I’m going to go through my four and five stars rated books and see which ones draw a blank.

Ten books that must have liked…

  1. Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) I read this book sometime before 2010 and do not have a review for any of the books in the series.  I remember enjoying it and a general idea of its plot but not much else.
  2. Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) I remember being disappointed that the author only wrote two books in this series.  I remember more about the second title but this one only a tiny amount.  Gave it four stars though and read it sometime before 2010.
  3. Aurelia (Aurelia, #1) Yep, no clue.  The synopsis doesn’t even jog my memory on this one.  Another four-star rating and read in October 2011.
  4. Savor (Warm Delicacy, #1)  According to my review, I loved this one.  I remember having to wait forever for the last book to be released.  I did buy it but had forgotten so much of the first two books that I never finished the series.  Now I taste has changed so much that I am hesitant to go back and reread the series.
  5. For Love of an Angel (The Fallen Warriors #1) I loved these short stories but this is another case of waiting too long for next releases led to a loss of interest and then forgetting… This is one series that I might reread in order to finish mainly because they are quick reads.
  6. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1)  I almost feel bad about this one.  The previous books were read more than five years ago.  This title was an audiobook listen in 2016.  I did like it but I wonder if the fact that I listened to instead of reading it led to my foggy memories.
  7. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) Another case of I can remember the basic plot but not much else.  This was also another disappointment in that the author only wrote two books in the series.
  8. Fury (The Cure, #1) I remember being blown away by this book and enjoying it second too.  Then I had to wait… I ended up forgetting too much and never finished the series.  Dammit, I hate when that happens.
  9. The Charmer (Darklands, #1) I’ve mentioned this series before in my TTT lists most of the time it is about the cover art not matching the plot.  I don’t remember much about this title beyond it was an excellent read, one of the best by an indie author I’ve found.
  10. Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1) Another case of I feel bad about forgetting so much of this series.  I think it just blends into all the other vampire romances that I was into at the time.  Not enough stood out to leave a lasting impression.  It was a great series, however, and I still recommend it for paranormal fans.

That’s my list for this week.  I truly do feel bad about forgetting so much of what I’ve read.  Perhaps if I wait long enough I can simply enjoy these titles for the first time all over again…

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!

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!