Top Ten Tuesday: Reread List

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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 the following:

January 24:  FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

Every year I try to pick one book or series to reread.  It is my way to justify keeping some of the physical books and series I enjoy.  A book/series gets a permanent place on my stacks if I will eventually, someday, in the future reread the title.  With my recent cancer scare, hey fun fact I am probably in surgery as you are reading this, I have gone through and weeded my home shelves and reevaluated the books I was holding onto.  Some of them I decided to let go because I probably wouldn’t be reading them again.  Life is short and if a book/series doesn’t elicit a strong emotion or memory then I am going to let it go.  So below you will find my list of books that I loved and hope to recapture the magic I once felt by reading them again.

Ten books that hope to read again some day.

  1. The Time Traveler's Wife I loved this book but oh man did it make me cry.  Big ugly tears for the last third of the book.  I will reread this title some day but maybe when I’m not battling a major disease like Cancer…  Beautiful story, though.
  2. The Gargoyle Another tear jerker here and another beautiful story about love as well. This book can be rather graphic at times but it is so worth the effort.  This book will forever have a place on my shelves. Again will probably wait until I am not sick myself to reread this one.
  3. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) I have almost all the books in the Mercy Thompson series and its spin-off Alpha and Omega series.  I hope to reread this world some day but hopefully, I won’t fall out of love with this world before that happens.
  4. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) I used to reread the Twilight series each year up until I read this book.  Haven’t read Twilight since. This is an amazing trilogy and I hope to reread the entire series someday, perhaps right before the author’s promised spin-off prequel book/series
  5. Redshirts This was the book that made me fall in love with John Scalzi.  If you are a fan of Star Trek then you will not want to miss this book. If not then this is still a great read and so much more than a parody of Trek.  So good.
  6. Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) I’ve read this series twice already and hope to read it again even though it took me three months last time.  With more than 30 books, closer to 40 I think, with all the short stories that it is a massive undertaking.  So worth it.
  7. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) This is another long series but a bit lighter than the last one.  This is probably my favorite, still active, fluffy chick-lit paranormal romance series.  I have all but one or two of the titles and sometime when I simply need to escape and laugh I will reread this series.
  8. The Martian Why yes, I have read this book three times already. I will read it again too, most likely it will be a few years, though.  This is probably my favorite book of all time.
  9. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Another paranormal series that I enjoy.  I meant to reread it before now but simply haven’t made time for it.  If there was one series on the list that I might not get to this one would probably be it.  I love this world but my taste are changing and maybe fond memories and the current release will be enough with this world.
  10. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Love, love, love this series!  I would have to say it is my current favorite and I WILL reread this series!  I have heard rumors that it might end in a book or two so waiting to reread this series right before reading the last book sounds like the perfect way to say goodbye to this world.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books do you plan to reread in your life?

On a side note.  I am currently in Iowa City today to have my hysterectomy and hopefully, removing all of my cancer.  It has been a longer wait than I wanted but much shorter than some women have.  I hope everything goes smoothly with no complications.  I would greatly appreciate any positive energy you could send my and my husband’s way. I am only 42 so please if you are a woman and experience anything abnormal about your monthly cycle please see a doctor. Your life very well could depend on it. If you want to follow my journey with cancer, hysterectomy surgery and recovery feel free to visit my other blog, What I’m Dealing With.


Top Ten Tuesday: The Windy City, Second City, City of Big Shoulders, Chi-Town!

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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 the following:

August 16: Top Ten Books With X Setting

With my upcoming trip to Chicago next week, yes, twice in one year! I thought it fitting to share with you some of my favorite books and series set in this city that I adore.  Never having been to New York I can’t really compare the two, but Chicago is a great city to visit and so easy to get around.  I love living only three hours away because that makes it a great destination for a three-day weekend.  Anyway here are some of the books that I’ve enjoyed set in The Windy City, books that I feel capture city remarkably well.  Enjoy!

Ten books set in Chicago!

  1. Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1)  This was a recent audio book I borrowed.  You can read my review here.  It was quite fun and I enjoyed Chicago being the backdrop for these two’s adventures.  Looks like some of the other books in the series might be set there too.
  2. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) This entire series is set in Chicago it is the Chicagoland Vampires after all.  The last book in the series is set to come out soon which makes me sad, but I did read that there will be a spin-off series set in the same world so that offers me a little comfort.
  3. When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) This is actually a great author to try if you want to read something set in the mid-west.  Her finished vampire series though is based in Chicago with visits to other locations around the country.
  4. Divergent (Divergent, #1) I know many of you don’t like how this trilogy played out.  Personally I thought it was a fitting end and didn’t have a problem with it.  I did love exploring this ruined city that I know fairly well.  It was almost as if the city itself was another character in this world.
  5. Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1) I read most of the books in this series a long time ago.  Like before I even started working at the library, maybe eight or nine years ago.  I would read a little each night before I went to bed.  This is a great series for those of you not into paranormal.  Features a tough female private-eye based in Chicago.  The 1991 move V.I Warshawski is based on this series.
  6. The Time Traveler's Wife This was a beautiful story.  A bit confusing until you figure out how the back and forth jumps in time work, but so worth the effort.  I still tear up when I think about the ending of this book.  So beautiful.  DO NOT watch the movie first.
  7. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) Alright I have to confess I did not care for this series.  I did not enjoy being stuck in Dresden’s head which seems to be stuck at he maturity level of a 12-year-old.  So I read one and a half books and moved on.  For me, though, the best thing about these books was the fact that it was set in Chicago.
  8. Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, #2) This is the one book in this series that is set in Chicago.  The rest take place all over the country and some of Europe.  Great series!
  9. The Testing (The Testing, #1) Most of this series is set in other locations but part of this is set in Chicago, kind of a cross between the Hunger Games and the Divergent series.  Not bad, but not great either.
  10. Aden (Vampires in America, #7) This is the only book I have yet to read in this series and it is ironic that the only one I have missed is set in the location closest to home.  I will get this book read.  I will. Eventually.

Well there you have my list for this week.  Know of another book set in Chicago that I missed?  Why not share it with me in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Blogging

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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 the following:


June 28: FREEBIE WEEK — topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!

This week’s topic is our choice, so a couple of weeks ago I had this brilliant idea to do a list about, what I’ve learned from book blogging.  Even made up a post with the title and the sentence below and then stopped.  Flash forward and now I have no clue what the clever little points I was going to share with you all so yeah…. Crap.  Well not having a better idea, I am going to go ahead with the original plan and see if I can pull something off the top of my head.  No problem right? Should be great. Sorry in advance….

Ten things I learned through Book Blogging.

  1. That publishers will give you free books: Now if you are fellow blogger then you too probably knew this,  but if you review books on a blog then you can sign up on websites like Net Galley, Edelweiss, and Blogging for Books to receive advance reading copies or ARCs of their soon to be published books.  I mainly use Net Galley and Blogging for Books as I have not had much luck with Edelweiss and one other program I can’t remember the name of anymore.  Most of the time you will get e-copies of the books you request that have an expiration date, but Blogging for Books sends you actual books albeit one at a time.  Still, the whole deal is really cool and an amazing way to discover new authors or titles you might be interested in, or a chance to score that highly coveted next release from your favorite author and read it before anyone else you know does.  The catch is that you need to give them feedback on the book you received and share what you thought, good or bad, with the rest of the world.  No problem there!
  2. That publishers and authors are going to offer you a ton of books you are not interested in: and you need to learn to say no.  You are already going to be getting more books than you can handle through your requests.  Still don’t just delete those book review requests, sometimes there will be books you actually want to read, so I always make a habit of reading the synopsis of books review requests that are sent to me.  I still turn down like 80% of them, because there is just not enough hours in the day to read everything and a lot of the time they are just not good fits for me.  I swear sometimes authors and publisher don’t even bother to take a look at other books I’ve read before sending me an email.  those I don’t feel bad about deleting.
  3. That you don’t have to finish everything you read: There is no law anywhere in the universe that states you need to finish every book you start.  It does not make you a failure or a quitter or even a bad person.  It makes you human and a reader that knows what works for them.  If you don’t like what you are read put it down and move on and don’t feel guilty for one second that you DNF.  Not every book is for every reader, but there is a book for every reader.
  4. That you are not going to like everything you read: I tend to give a lot of four and five-star reviews, not that there are not books I didn’t like, see number three as for the reason why they might not show up on my blog.  It is not you most of the time it is going to be the book, so don’t sweat it just find something else to read.
  5. That you can get burnt out on reading: This is something I didn’t think was even remotely possible, but it does happen.  You can get burned out on reading.  It happens when you have a stretch of books that are not working for you or too many review books to get through.  It happens, take a break go YouTube something or binge watch a program on Netflix, before you know it you will want to read again.  Another trick I tried was going back to my roots with reading,  picking up a book by an author I know I love or re-reading something by them can help make me excited about reading again.  Sometimes it is also just life gets in the way, if you are stressed about something like work or bills it can suck the fun out of just about anything.
  6. That blogging is work: Blogging takes planning, takes time, takes some skill?…. Anyway, it is not as simple as throwing up a page and posting crap, well it can be, but if you want those review requests approved you need to have a site that looks a little more professional.  You have become a brand and that takes some commitment and forethought and planning.  Congrats!  You started a new job that no one is ever going to pay you for (yes, I know some bloggers make money. Probably only a few and usually not enough to live on).  That is why I try to keep my blog professional but in the end, this is just a hobby for me and I do not even attempt to make money off of my reviews.
  7. That I have to write my review as soon as I finish a book: This is just me.  I have to write my review for the book I just finished before I can start the next book.  I can schedule them if they need to be posted at a later date, but I will usually write-up my review within minutes of finishing a book to capture how I felt about what I just read.  I also can not read two books at once unless one of them is non-fiction.
  8. That reading can be a chore:  Just like blogging, reading can feel like work as well.  Usually, this is because I am up against a release deadline or life has gotten in the way or I’m burnt out, but sometimes reading is just no fun.  I think this is just the unintentional consequence of starting a book blog and part of the reason I am going to keep this a non-paying hobby.
  9. That there is this yearly event called BEA: Bookexpo of America is a yearly conference for the entire publishing industry and a well-kept secret because hardly anyone I know of outside of blogging or publishing world knows what the heck it is.  Simply put boys and girls it is a book geek’s version of heaven found here on earth!
  10. That there is this whole other world out there filled with people just like you: You are not alone in your love of books and reading.  Blogging about books has opened up this whole other community and world to me that I never knew existed and I feel like I have found my place in the world where my geekdom is celebrated and I can be one of the cool kids instead of an outsider.  Book blogging has given me a community of people where I belong.  Thank you!

Well, there is my list for the freebie week.  Did you write your own Top Ten list this week? Share a link in the comments so everyone can go check it out!


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday!  This week they ask:

July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)

This week’s list should be fairly easy as writers tend to be book lovers too and often make a lead characters that share the personality trait.  So this may be a matter of weeding down to just ten choices.  I’m going to do my best to search out some that might not be on other’s lists.  Some characters like Hermione from Harry Potter are going to pop up on a lot of lists, so I’m going to try to dig up some you might not know about or remember.

Ten Bookish Characters

  1. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Celaena Sardothien: This is a character that spend quite a bit of time in the library and reads for not only pleasure but for research and to judge others on the measure of their own character based upon what they read.

    “Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”   &  “No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”    

  2. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Tyrion Lannister:  Perhaps my favorite “bad-guy” from any of the series I read!  Could be he gets that marvelouswit from all the reading he does.

    “My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”   

  3. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit: This character was studying English Lit at a Chicago college when she was turned into a vampire.  Good thing Ethan had such an impressive book collection to help win her over.

    “Say what you had to about Ethan, but the boy filled a library very, very well. Okay—arguably, that wasn’t the only thing he filled out well, but let’s stay on track.”   

  4. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana Bishop & Matthew Clairmont: Both Diana and Matthew have a deep appreciation for literature and old books. They did meet in a library after all!

    “We don’t lock up books in this house,” Philippe said, “only food, ale, and wine. Reading Herodotus or Aquinas seldom leads to bad behavior.”   

  5. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Anastasia Steele: Now stop rolling your eyes at this pick and no need to leave negative comments either…  Ana was also studying English Lit when she meet Mr. Grey.

     “If you were mine” Oh my what would I do to be his? He’s the only man who has ever set the blood racing through my body. Yet he’s so antagonizing too; he’s difficult, complicated, and confusing. One minute he rebuffs me, the next he sends me fourteen thousand dollar books, then tracks me like a stalker.”

  6. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Jane Jameson: This character was fired from the library to end up owning a book store in this fun series.

     “You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.”   

  7. The Time Traveler's Wife Henry DeTamble: Henry works in a library in Chicago and some day I am going to go see for myself the cage he ends up stuck in during this story.

    “I have a sort of Christmas-morning sense of the library as a big box full of beautiful books.” 

  8.   The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) Robert Langdon: This is almost too easy,  Langdon is a stereotypical bookish professor that uses all that learned information to solve the puzzles and save the day.

      “The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.”   

  9. Single White Vampire (Argeneau #3) Lucern Argeneau: This character isan author, chronicling his family’s history for prosperity and the paranormal romance loving book market.

    “ ‘Dear Mr. Argeneau,'” she began. ” ‘I haven’t read Love Bites, One, but I will, I guarantee it. I just finished Love Bites, Two, and thought it was wonderful. Etienne was so sweet and funny and sexy that I fell in love with him even as Rachel did. He’s my dream man.'” Kate paused and glanced up expectantly. “What would you say to those letters?” That was easy enough. “Etienne is taken.”

  10. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8) Tori (Soteria Eleni Athena Kafieri): Couldn’t leave my favorite author off the list this close to going to meet her at a book signing could I.  Tori is Ash’s romantic interest and is a very bookish type personality, her character profile on the Dark Hunter site lists her favorite pasting is reading Ancient Greek…

    “They didn’t have novels back then. (Tory) History says they didn’t have books, yet what’s this thing in my hand? It’s square, bound paper that’s been written on. Looks like a book to me. (Acheron)Thank you, Captain Sarcasm. How nice of you to join us again. (Tory)”   

Well this week’s list was harder than I thought it would be.  Mainly because I forgot which series contained the bookish characters and which didn’t.  Still pretty solid list I think.  Took a bit longer than I expected too thanks to the bright idea of looking up character quotes to go along with the selections.  I look forward to seeing all your picks!  Happy Reading.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 So Far

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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:

June 30: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

I feel like I’m so behind in my reading this year, and I am(four books), but compared to other years my reading goals are very relaxed.  This made this list more challenging to pick out simply because I have a smaller pool of read books to pick from.  Anyway enough whining and on with the show.

Top 10 books I’ve read in 2015 so far

 (In no particular order and limited to one book per author)

  1. Redshirts Five Stars: I knew I would enjoy this book, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it and how it was so much more than a rompy Star Trek parody.  My Review 
  2. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) Five Stars: If you have been here for any amount of time you know how I love this series.  Enough said, read the review.
  3. The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau, #21) Five Stars: This book is on the list because it saved the series from abandonment for me.  The Review
  4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Five Stars: This was the first book I read this year and what a way to kick things off!  I am so going to continue this series soon.  The Review
  5. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) Five Stars: I could have put this entire series on the list, but wanted to limit the selections to one per author.  So Heir of Fire being my favorite in the series so far gets to represent them all!  The Review
  6. Roark Five Stars: It was a draw between two of this author’s books, the other being Wolver’s Rescue,  I picked Roark because I was so pleased that Ms. Rhoades ventured into Sci-Fi to give us this new world to explore.  The Review
  7. Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) Four Stars: This was an ARC that I received signed from the author! I also was so delighted that it was no longer the last in this series.  We are getting another book and hopefully a new spin-off as well.  Yay!  The Review
  8. California Four Stars:  I could so see this book happening.  I enjoyed this library book so much I picked up a copy for my home library and made my husband read it.  The review.
  9. Locked in Stone (Hearts of Stone #1) Four Stars: This was an interesting start to a new world to enjoy with a different set of paranormal creatures to enjoy. The Review
  10. Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires, #11) Four Stars: Love this Chicago based series!  The review

There you have my list for the week, sorry so light in the commentary lots of chores to do.  Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors!

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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:

April 21: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

My spin on this week’s list is that I am going to share with you my favorites from each genre I read, kinda a top ten of all #1’s.  Paranormal is going to be broken down into three spots because it is the bulk of what I read.  There is also the potential for a lot of crossover in my selections, but it is my list so I am going to put them where I feel they fit best.  All author’s names are linked to their Goodread’s profile page.

Ten of my favorite authors for each of the genres I read.

  1. Paranormal (Vamps): Jeaniene FrostMost know for her Night Huntress series, Ms Frost is an excellent world builder.  Her books could also fall under the Urban Fantasy and Romance genre too.   So far I’ve enjoyed all of her series that I’ve tried.  If you aren’t sick of vamps yet, give this author a try.
  2. Paranormal (Shifters): Patricia Briggs – Author of the Mercy Thompson series and its spin-off Alpha & Omega series.  Not into vamps, how about shape-shifters or werewolves.  This author’s books could also crossover into Urban Fantasy with a bit of romance kicked in.  This author has some great characters and a complex world to get lost in.
  3. Paranormal (Angels): Darynda Jones– Author of the Charley Davidson series.  This is one seriously talented writer, expertly blending humor, drama, steamy romance and an epic good vs evil plot. Ms. Jones also gave us Reyes Farrow and we are eternally grateful for her contribution to book boyfriends everywhere. 
  4. Urban Fantasy: Sherrilyn Kenyon – Probably best know for her Dark-Hunter world, she also writes sci-fi, YA paranormal, historical romance and contemporary fiction.  If I had to pick one author on my list as my absolute favorite, Ms. Kenyon is it.  I’ve read more than 50 of her books and I can count on one hand the number of books that didn’t work for me.  Give her Dark Hunter world a try, I bet you become hooked!
  5. Fantasy: George R.R. Martin – Okay, so I’ve only read three of his books, but out of all the high-fantasy book’s I’ve read his are my favorite.  He sold me on the genre and I find myself looking for other authors to try. There is a reason his books are so popular, don’t let the page count intimidate you, give them a try they are worth the effort.
  6. Indie author: Jacqueline Rhoades – I wanted to give special recognition to indie authors on the list.  Ms. Rhoades could have easily made this list in any of the paranormal or romance genres, but she deserves recognition for all her hard work as an author without a publishing house to back her up. It is not easy to write, edit and market a book by yourself and I so admire what Ms. Rhoades has accomplished.  She is such a talented storyteller and I hope you give one of her paranormal or contemporary books a try.  She is working on her first sci-fi book and I can’t wait to see what she does with that genre!
  7. Dystiopian: M.D. Waters Author of the Archetype series.  Okay,  I’ve only read a few books by this author, but loved what I read so far.  I hope we have many more excellent reads from this new author.
  8. Sci-Fi: Andy Weir – Yes, the love-fest of The Martian continues… I’ve read some of his self-published/posted short stories and this man is seriously talented.  I can’t wait to see what he writes next.
  9. Romance: Molly Harper – Best know for her Jane Jameson series and Half-Moon Hollow spin-off series this is a fun paranormal romance author. Her humor and outrageous situations are a hoot, and they are the perfect books to get lost in when you need something to make you happy.
  10. YA: Sarah J. Maas – This is the Throne of Glass series author, and while I’ve only read one book and a handful of novellas she has quickly become my favorite author of YA level fiction.  Such a great read!

Alright, now some of these authors are not my favorite-favorites, but I didn’t want to put Kenyon in four different spots (and I could have). All of the names I mentioned above have written books that I would recommend to anyone that expressed interest in that genre. They wrote books I got excited about, worlds I want to revisit and characters that became my friends.  I hope you look into their work and let me know what you think!


Top Ten Tuesday: New (to me) Authors 2014


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: December 9: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.  There were quite a few authors I discovered this year thanks to the blog.  I’ve requested some for review through Net Galley, others through reading your reviews and top-ten lists, and yet even more thanks to Goodreads.  Below are the top ten new-to-me authors I’ve read in 2014.  I look forward to seeing all your lists.  (links take you to author’s Goodread’s pages)

  1. Darynda Jones:  This is the author of the Charley Davidson series.  This is my favorite new series this year as well.  I love Charley and Reyes’s adventures.
  2. Andy Weir:  This is the author of my favorite read of the year, The Martian.  I so hope that he continues to publish stories.
  3. Rebecca Zanetti:  I am currently reading the last book in the Dark Protectors series by this author.  I enjoy the series but might not be continuing with the spin-off series about the witches.  Might look into one of her other series though.
  4. Sylvia Day:  Yes I got hooked on the Crossfire Series.  I did try one of her other series and didn’t care for it as much, but I do have another story by here downloaded, this one about vamps.  I am going to give that one a try to and if it doesn’t catch me I’ll stick to her contemporary romances.
  5. Chloe Neill:  Started the Chicagoland Vampires series this year and have enjoyed it tremendously. The setting is what initially drew me in, being familiar with Chicago, it took me about four books to really get hooked, but once I was…wow.
  6.  Tricia Skinner: I’ve received several of the Angel Assassin series novels for review this year and expect only good things to come from this author.
  7. D.B. Reynolds:  This is another author I found through Net Galley.  I started the series in the middle and whenever they offered up another title for review would request it.  They kept approving so I’ve managed to work my way through the Vampires in America series.
  8. Patricia Briggs:  Started this series in the beginning of the year and quickly worked my way through the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series.
  9. Donna June Cooper: This author contacted me about a review and I’ve managed to work my way through her Books of the Kindling.  A little different from what I usually read, but quite good.  I have her upcoming release Making Magic on my list to read and review soon.
  10. Charlotte McConaghy:  I’ve only read one book by this Australian author, but really need to read more.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Reading


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they are asking us to share: November 25:  Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.  Now I still have a month to finish off some of my books on the Fall TBR list, but so far I’ve managed to read six of them.  Add in another three that I hope to get to before the end of the year and I think I’ve done pretty good.  Winter is a time of cold and snow here in Iowa and not a lot gets done on the Softa farm.  After chores I tend to hunker down under an electric blanket and one or two cats to spend a lot of time reading.  This year I do have the added distraction of Hulu,  curse you Star Trek shows that I can’t seem to stop binge watching, so we will see how much that cuts into my reading time.  Well we are not here to discuss old sci-fi tv shows, no matter how delightful they may be… Here is the list of ten books I hope to read this winter. (After going through my to-read lists I saw there are tons of books I would like to get to this winter, so this is just a partial list.  I tried to pick some books that might not have made other top ten lists, so depending on my mood I might not get to many of these books, but they are on my radar.)

  1. Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) This book is going to be a definite read this winter.  I also just found out that Ms. Frost is going to be adding a fourth book to this spin-off series!!!  Yay, more Vlad!
  2. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16)  This is also another lock for winter reading.  It comes out on Dec 31 and is the last book in this long-run series.  Going to be sad to see it end.
  3. Viper (Sons of Sangue, #1)  I know this book has shown up on the list before.  If I keep reminding myself about it maybe I actually get around to reading the freaking book.  It has sat on my home screen on my Nook for ages.
  4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) I’ve talked about this series and how I was saving this brick of a book for winter.  Well its winter.  Time to start it or shut up about it.  I’ve even requested through a book exchange the next two books,  hope it is as good as everyone keeps promising.
  5. Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum, #1)  I’ve had this book on my to-read for a long time and just last week I was able to get a copy for my Nook for free.
  6. Blood Trinity (Belador, #1) Can’t have a list without something by Ms. Kenyon…
  7. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) I’ve heard good things about this series and managed to get a hold of a copy through, so why not.
  8. Redshirts  This seems appropriate with how much I’ve been watching Star Trek lately.
  9. Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)  I’m thinking of having a YA or Library book reading month next year.  Perhaps I will get around to reading this.
  10. Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)  Almost time to continue where I left off in this series,  around February I should be able to request this from another library.

There you have it, some of the many books I hope to read this winter.  I look forward to seeing what all made your lists.

Top Ten Tuesday: Can’t Wait!


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:  November 18: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get.  I read a lot of series, so the most difficult part of creating this list is going to be limiting the books to only ten.  These are not technically sequels, but may be book five, ten or more, but they will be the ones I am most excited about reading next!  Here they are…

  1. Dragonbane (Hellchaser, #7; Dark Hunter #24) Were-Hunter #6:  Have I mentioned how much I love Ms. Kenyon.  This is part two of a three book story arch in the Dark-Hunter universe.  LOVED the first book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
  2. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Chronicles of Nick #6:  More Kenyon.  Lots of books to go before Nick gets his own DH adult book, but it should be one helluva ride in the meanwhile.
  3. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) Charley Davidson #8:  LOVE this series and it keeps getting better.  Who doesn’t want more Reyes and Charley!
  4. Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4) Crossfire #4:  I was lucky I only started this series this year, unlike most fans my wait has been pretty mild.
  5. Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) Night Prince #3:  This is a spin-off trilogy to the Night Huntress series that ended this year.  This book is the last one in this world I adore and I plan to devour and treasure one last read…
  6. Born in Blood (The Sentinels, #1) The Sentinels #1:  I know, it is the first book, technically not a sequel, but I did read the .5 novella recently and it left me pretty excited about starting this series by an author I enjoy.
  7. Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10) Chicagoland Vampires #10: I have had to wait for this book and I am counting the months until I can borrow it through Inter-Library loan at the library.  Only two more months…
  8. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16) Love at Stake #16:  This is the end to a fun series I enjoy.  It is one of the chick-lit paranormal romance series I enjoy.  Next month we get to see how it all ends.
  9. Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4) Dark Protectors #4: I am going to pick this series up again after several months away from the world.  I have several book to go before I can read the ARC I received to review.
  10. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4) Alpha and Omega #4:  Started the main series and this spin-off this year and I am so looking forward the next book in either series.  This one just happens to be next.

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Characters


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: October 28: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween.  I have decided to pick characters that I would like to be for Halloween.  I’m not into scary movies or books, so this is the better option for me.   Perhaps I will even be able to come up with my next few year’s costumes for work!

Ten Characters to go as for Halloween.

  1. Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties (Fancy Nancy)  Fancy Nancy.  This is going to be my costume this year as we hand out treats for the kids at the library.  She is a fun character that is pretty easy to pull together for a costume, just think more is more.
  2. The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) Rachel could be fun.  Get some kick-ass boots, leather coat, splat gun (paint-ball) and carry around some charms to invoke.  Of course one of the demons from this world might be fun too, perhaps Newt or Al if you were a guy.
  3. Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)  Pam from the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Had to have one vamp on the list and Pam was always one of my favorites.  You could go all goth like she is at work or pick one of her day off outfits.  Personally I like the day-off ones better,  so fun to picture this tough smart-ass vamp in pink sweater sets.
  4. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)  The dark-hunter world has so much potential for Halloween costumes.  I would probably pick one of the Greek Gods or Simi might be fun with her horns and crazy outfits.
  5. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) I’ve gone as Elphaba from this story before.  I think I freaked more kids out with my green skin then the year I went as a vamp.
  6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) If I was a guy Arthur Dent would be an easy costume to pull off.  You could wear almost anything you want and carry around a bath towel along with a copy of the book.
  7. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Alright this one has been done before, there are tons of young girls going around as Katniss for Halloween.  Personally I would rather go as one of the citizens from Capital city, their outfits are more fun.
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) This is another one that has been done, but might be fun and easily recognizable.  Pick a house and dress in those colors.  After all who didn’t want to be Hermione?
  9. Matched (Matched, #1)  If you happen to have a green ball gown hanging around Cassia would be an easy fun character to dress up as.
  10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) If you could find a blue wig and some fake teeth you could easily pull off Karou from this series.