Wrap Up

January 2019 Wrap Up

Good Morning Everyone,

This is the first wrap up of 2019. I feel like I started the year off pretty good I mean 9 books isn’t bad. So let’s see how this month went. So I thought I would change things up a bit and add in some stats (this also makes it easier for me in the end).

Books Read: 9
Total Pages Read: 2,301
Total Audio Hours: 24:47

Now to break that down  a little more

Backlist Books: 6
Added to my TBR in 2019: 1
Borrowed: 2

2019 Goals (only this months numbers)
Finish or catch up on 3 Series: 0
10 Books I want to read in 2019: 0
Read 3 Tomes: 1
Read more backlist books: Yes

Year-end 2019 Goals
Finish or catch up on 3 Series: 0/3
10 Books I want to read in 2019: 0/10
Read 3 Tomes: 1/3
Read more backlist books: 6/9

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster | 4.5 Stars |Add to Goodreads
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan |4 Stars |Add to Goodreads
Fire Falling by Elise Kova |5 Stars |Add to Goodreads

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski |3 Stars | Add to Goodreads
The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon by Christopher Paolini |4 Stars |
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Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life by Niki Brantmark |3 Stars | Add to Goodreads

Soulless by Gail Carriger |5 Stars | Add to Goodreads
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire |4 Stars | Add to Goodreads
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris |3 Stars |Add to Goodreads

All in all, I am very happy with what I accomplished in January. I expect February to have much less on it due to starting a new job and how tired I am while doing this post.

So how did January go for all of you? Are you happy with what you read? Talk to me in the comments below.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? January 21, 2019

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Last Weeks Books
The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon
by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia.

It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.

This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist . . . penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself!

Relish the incomparable imagination of Christopher Paolini in this thrilling new collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle. Includes four new pieces of original art by the author.

the last wish
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
3 Stars
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Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority … but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He’s a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin – his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.

As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are merely, and none are quite as they appear.

Current Reads:
I am going to be working away on this first book during the rest of the month.

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Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right:
The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life
by Niki Brantmark
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Uncover the secrets of the Swedish philosophy of life called Lagom – meaning ‘just enough’. At its core is the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything.

This delightful book, written by Niki Brantmark, founder and curator of the award winning interior design blog, My Scandinavian Home, gives a taste of the philosophy behind Lagom and shows how to include some of the principles into our daily lives. Inspirational and fun ideas to help you achieve balance, well being and a more sustainable existence.

The book is divided into three sections. Introducing Lagom to your personal life includes ideas for decluttering your home, conscious buying and embracing ‘slow design’. At work take time to balance your day with a proper lunchbreak and a gadget free Sabbath, while outdoor staycations in remote settings can offer relaxation you never knew possible!
Lagom at home and with our families explains the art of simple pleasures – bring a dish entertaining at home, of shared craft activities with our children and less stressed homework time! And finally there’s Lagom in the wider world and the principles of living sustainably – as IKEA have pledged in their Live Lagom campaign -make some small changes like using LED lightbulbs, taking shorter showers and upcycling and you are living a Lagom life, a rewarding but responsible life; not denying yourself or sacrificing what you love, while not taking from the planet more than you need. It’s just the right amount!

Soulless (Illustrated Edition)
Soulless
by Gail Carriger
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Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London’s high society.

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

a discovery of witches
A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness
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Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.

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2019 Goals

Hello Everyone!

I thought I would put together a post for my 2019 goals. I have decided to do this for two reasons, first so that I can hold myself accountable and second so that I can see what I accomplished once we get to the end of the year. This year I will be starting a new job and I am not sure what all will be coming my way so I am not sure how much reading I will get done.  I read more in 2018 than I ever have in one year but I am hoping to do half as well this year.

I learned a few things this past year regarding my reading first I do not have to purchase all the new releases and read them to be relevant. Some of the books that I was most disappointed about this year I only picked them up because they were popular. I also realized that big hardback books scare me if they are in paperback it does not bother me as much. Crazy I know but I’m working on it.

Goodreads Goal
I am setting my Goodreads goal to 15 books. I find this is a good number because there is no stress to hit it and I mostly just like being able to go back and see the list of books that I read throughout the year.

Physical TBR
I started this year with a physical TBR of 236 I really want to get this number down to at least 175. I really want to get my backlist of books down.

My 2019 10 Books I want to read
Setting up TBR’s is not generally a good thing for me because I am such a mood reader. So what I have done is I picked out 10 books that I am excited about but they keep getting pushed down my pile because of other books. The plan is to help keep these books on the top of my pile of books.

  1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman | Add to Goodreads
  2. Timekeeper by Tara Sim | Add to Goodreads
  3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Add to Goodreads
  4. The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen | Add to Goodreads
  5. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey | Add to Goodreads
  6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Add to Goodreads
  7. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb | Add to Goodreads
  8. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton | Add to Goodreads
  9. The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl | Add to Goodreads
  10. Now I Rise by Kiersten White | Add to Goodreads

More Specific Reading Goals
I want to either finish or catch up on at least 3 series.
I want to read at least 3 tomes (books over 500 pages).
Purchase less books.

What are some of your goals for this year?

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Deceit
The thrilling, genre-bending conclusion to Lady Helen’s demon-hunting adventures, set in the glittering Regency world.

Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force and defeat their enemy.

In the final book of the trilogy that began with THE DARK DAYS CLUB and continued with THE DARK DAYS PACT, the intrepid Lady Helen’s story hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of action, heartbreak, and betrayal.

Expected publication: November 20th, 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

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Review: Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal

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Time Crawlers
Time Crawlers
 by Varun Sayal
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Synopsis
Billions of universes run slightly parallel to our own universe; worlds full of infinite possibilities. There are many humans living in those parallel worlds, leading their lives, in a very similar way to how we are leading ours. But their respective realities differ from ours in some very peculiar ways.

Inhabitants of some worlds have already been visited and are being ruled by aliens. Some traveled through time, back and forth, and some have taken their space exploration to advanced stages using their powerful spaceships. Some created ruthless artificial intelligences that are fulfilling dark, human desires. Some developed advanced weapons technologies thousands of years before we did.
I believe a writer’s brain can somehow tap into this multitude of universes and take a peek into the events happening in each of them. This book, comprised of six stories, is my attempt to narrate to you tales from six different parallel universes. These stories are events that my brain somehow tapped into and captured in detail.
Let me know if your unconscious mind visited the same universes as mine.

Eclipse
No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shape-shifting aliens being hounded by an eclipse?

Death by Crowd
The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background – an advanced artificial intelligence?

Genie
He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entirely sci-fi take on the djinn myth.

Time Crawlers
There are individuals who existing in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….

The Cave
The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector.

Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.

What I thought
Time Crawlers is a short story collection consisting of six short stories.  I was gifted a copy of the ebook for an honest review.

I have been wanting to try more books in the Sci-fi genre. Before picking up the collection my only exposure to sci-fi was steampunk, which I absolutely love.  So I though that a short story collection was a great place to dip my toes into. This story collection was not bad.  There was only one story that I could have lived without, not because it was bad but I just did not like the content so that one is solely on me.

Eclipse 3 Stars
Death by Crowd 2 Stars
Genie 3 Stars
Time Crawlers 3 Stars
The Cave 3 Stars
Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon  3 Stars

Four of the six stories are told in an interview style, purely dialog, not sure if that is the right term for it. Personally I do not enjoy that format for the whole story.  I like a good setting, and that is the main reflection in my rating.  All in all they were not bad and this is a debut publishing for this author.

If parallel universes and aliens are your thing check this collection out.

My Rating: /53 stars

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Review: The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesik

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The Coven Princess
The Coven Princess
by Lily Luchesi
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Your blood does not define you.

Synopsis
Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.
She’s not human, she’s a witch.

Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?

What I thought

Let me start by saying that I received a copy of the eBook from the Author for an honest review.

When I saw this book I thought the synopsis sounded awesome and after reading the first chapter I decided to purchase a physical copy, because I read ebooks very slowly. I only explain this because if you go look on amazon (where I was asked to leave my review)  its a verified purchase even though I was gifted a copy.

Writing this review took me a while because I want to be honest and respectful to the author. I also had trouble thinking of how to put everything down so parts of this will read as a list. Not my normal format I know but its what I am working with.

The one positive thing that I can say about this book is that the writing was good. However, the content of the story I did not like.  Now hear me out this book has a 4.6 on Goodreads. And the exact reason that people seemed to love this book is why I could not continue after page 82. This story is strongly influenced by Harry Potter and I found the more I looked back at what I read I found more and more similarities that just bothered me. By the time I put this book down I felt like I was reading the highlights of the first two Harry Potter movies. I  understand wanting your story to be in the same realm as some this like Harry Potter, but there is a line and for me it was crossed. Here is a small list of all of the main points that I was writing down while I was reading it.

  • Harley’s parents are killed in a home invasion.
  • Harley is adopted by non-magical parents that fear her abilities.
  • Harley is wicked away to a magical school.
  • Once in the magical community, the family she is staying with has multiple kids all with strawberry blond hair. Older brothers that have already moved out are talked about. There is also a set of twins.
  • There are dueling lessons because of the danger.
  • There is even a Lockheartish teacher. Who is just as useless during the dueling lessons.
  • Those that are dying are non magical born. And no one knows who or why. They suspect this dark group that formed…you see where I am going.

This is all in the first 80 pages!

I am not saying it’s a bad book. I wanted to know why it had such a high rating on Goodreads so I released down through some of the reviews. What I found is that those that loved it, loved it for its similarities. So I’m not saying not to read it but it was not meant for me. I have too much love for the world of Harry Potter and for me there is just too much we borrowed.

My Rating: /5

DNF

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Waiting On Wednesday: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

Expected publication: November 6th, 2018 by Jimmy Patterson Books

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