Personal reading challenge – Book list

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Here are some of the books I will be reading in July:

RL Bookclub assignments:

1# The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1) by Douglas Adams

2# Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Continuation of book series:

1# Night Broken (Mercy Thompson book 8) by Patricia Briggs

2# Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles book 7) by Kevin Hearne

3# A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry book 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton

4# Red and Her Wolf (Kingdom series book 3) by Marie Hall

5# The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus book 5) by Rick Riordan

6#A Perfect Blood (The Hollows book 10) by Kim Harrison

7# Opal (Lux book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Finishing books from June:

1# Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades book 2) by E.L. James

2# Les Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard

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Library Wild Card:

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

Books I want to add to July reading:

Finishing Buffy and Angel graphic novels I have on my shelf

Wish me luck!

Personal reading challenge – July 2015

Since last year I have found my reading lacking. Some of it is due to lack of time and some are caused by general grumpyness I feel towards some aspects of my life.

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In order to wake myself up from this reading dryspell I decided to challege myself to read the books I have been putting off for far too long! Most of the books I will include in this challege are part of a book series I read for years and all of them are on my shelves and waiting to be picked up. While deciding to procede with caution and make an easy goal I remembered that the reason I’m stuck in the first place is that I’m too easy on myself. That is why this time I’m choosing a wilder and bigger goal.

Personal reading challenge – July 2015

1# Read three books that belong to a three different book series I already own!

2# Read all the books for the RL bookclub

3#Make time to read at least 50 pages every day

4#Read 15 or more books in July

5#Finish a book series or bring it up to date

6#Make at least 5 book reviews for the blog

7#Finish all the reading in progress books by the end of the month!

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Monthly reading review – June 2015

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Monthly reading review – June 2015

This June I have read:

Log Horizon Vol. 1 (manga) by Mamare Touno, Kazuhiro Hara ★★★★
The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest (An Unlikely Husband: Book 1) by Mary Campisi ★★★
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer ★★★★
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut ★★★
The Enduring Library: Technology, Tradition, and the Quest for Balance by Michael Gorman ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

In June I’ve read all together 6 books. Five of them I finished in the first two weeks of June. 

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in June? Any scenes or character that made a lasting impression?

Weirdly the best book I read in June is a children’s book Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer. It was inspiring read really!

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

 There were no bad books in this June! I’m not so sure thats a good thing either! I know that I didn’t have a good reading month when I can’t point out a bad or even a really good book for that month!

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I’ve read what I had to for my book clubs but haven’t really made any other plans. I feel like I’m barely moving with how little reading I’m doing each month. Perhaps it is time to make some really wild reading plans for July!

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

In June I made absolutely no progress with any of many book series I read. For this reason I will be challenging myself for July!

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

From June there is only one recommendation that is completely clear to me: READ MORE BOOKS, ANY BOOKS!

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Reading in progress from June to July:

Les Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades of Grey book 2) by E.L. James

The Enduring Library – Book review

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The Enduring Library: Technology, Tradition, and the Quest for Balance by Michael Gorman

Interesting book about strugles and issues libraries find themselves in the “age of information”. I believe some issues to be slightly outdated but most of the book is very much in the current topics of disscussion. This book is dedicated to library professionals and those who are in the library business. Mostly it is a guide and advice to dealing with problems libraries across the world are finding themselves in.

Issues-deskThere were some points that I liked a lot about how author presented the changes that affect libraries today. Most important one of them is that once again we need to be reminded how the changes were always present. We think too highly about ourselves while experiencing said changes and panic while doing it. We should be more humble and panic less. The prophecies on ebooks and digital data taking over the libraries or even making them obsolete were greatly exaggerated.

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There is one thing from this book that made me wonder about our paterns of behaviour. The issue of “Information overload”.

Information Overload, or “Information Fatigue Syndrome (IFS),” occurs when we over-expose ourselves to media, technology and information. Our brains have trouble keeping up with everything that we are feeding them, and the distorted-spin EMF energy fields we’re being exposed to don’t help the case (generated by cell phones and wi-fi). We end up having headaches and being exhausted and end up making mistakes and wrong decisions. The main point is, when exposed to too much information and technology, we tend to shut down.

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Afternote:

Lately I get tired very easily by loud music and miss some piece and quiet away from the Internet, mobile phones, tehnology and even noise….

This might me part of the reason I have been away for last three weeks…

Book covers all around the world – Anita Blake

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I love good looking book covers. This doubly applies for book series I read and buy. Some of the more long standing ones I follow for more than a decade. One of the series I am a fan of for a very long number of years is also Anita Blake the Vampire Hunter book series by Laurell K. Hamilton

There is one edition of these books whose cover art was done by Luis Royo. It is sort of limited edition. And YES it is on my wishlist!

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I have bought first four books as a box set. A little coffin box set actualy.

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Here are some of the book covers for first book of the series Guilty Pleasures. First there are some editions in english. Since the series started going out in the 1990-ies they vary in cover design.

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I like this style the most!

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This is the cover of Marvel’s graphic novel edition

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Since I don’t speak some of the languages this book is translanted into there might be some other books from the series as well!


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Unfortunately Anita Blake series has never been translated into Croatian.

What are you favorite book covers?

 

 

Monthly reading review – May 2015

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Monthly reading review – May 2015

This May I have read:

Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill ★★★
Four Nights with the Duke (Desperate Duchesses book 8) by Eloisa James ★★★★
The Governess Affair The Brothers Sinister: Book 0 by Courtney Mila ★★★★
Sacrificed to the Dragon Stonefire Dragons by Jessie Donovan ★★
Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft ★★★
The Pleasure Hound (Book 1) by Ines Johnson ★★★★★
The Pleasure Hound (Book 2) by Ines Johnson ★★★★
Judita by Miro Gavran ★★★
The Tin Drum Danzig Trilogy: Book 1 by Günter Grass *NF*

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It has been a very long time since I’ve managed to read all I wanted for the month!
This May I have a NF (Not finished) book. And I’m trying to let that one go…

1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
This May I’ve read 8 books. It has become standard for me to read just a bit under 10 books a month.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in May? Any scenes or character that made a lasting impression?
Pleasure Hound by Ines Johnson was a nice surprise. I did not expect anything from it and was blown away with how good story and characters were to me.
Also Eloisa James with her Four Nights with the Duke was as good as expected and I did have big expectations from Desperate Duchesses series!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan was great at first but I ended up horribly disappointed by it. The idea and the introduction to UF alternate reality was really good, but it all was pushed into background of a cheesy predictable love story with erotic elements :(

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
One third of the books I read was due to some reading group or a challenge. I’m still trying to balance it all out
I allways have more books I plan to read than I actually get to read and this May I couldn’t find the time for a manga (!) Log Horizon Vol. 1 (manga) by Mamare Touno, Kazuhiro Hara

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
Got The Desperate Duchesses series up to date! Lately I’ve been strugling with ebooks that are avaliable in parts. I’m still not sure to count them as book series or not. Still have plenty backup series to continue

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
This month was all about trying to relieve stress with romance books – don’t laugh it works! Therefore instead of recommending a single book suggest Desperate Duchesses series or any other romance book avaliable

For June I have planned:

Log Horizon Vol. 1 (manga) by Mamare Touno, Kazuhiro Hara
The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest (An Unlikely Husband: Book 1) by Mary Campisi
The Enduring Library: Technology, Tradition, and the Quest for Balance by Michael Gorman
Les Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I’m always scouting for books to mess up my plan with!

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Pleasure Hound – Part One and Part Two Review

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Pleasure Hound (Part One and Part Two) by Ines Johnson

First of I would like to clear something out! This “novel in parts” format is a bit annoying. Parts are under 100 pages long and together they make a whole book. It might be an excelent way of sampling a book but it is also the bane of people who hate clifhangers.

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Pleasure Hound is a Kindle freebie I downloaded while looking for something to take my mind from The Tin Drum that was sucking my life energy away. I really had no expectations and haven’t even read what it is about.

When I strated reading I was pleasantly suprrised and enjoyed the fascinating world the author created. While reading the first part I was awake long into the night.

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Pleasure Hound is a story set in the future. The future where the humankind has brought destruction to most of the world. As it turns out most of the knowledge of past is lost. Men are blamed for all the destruction. Women rule superior and are treated as blessed beings. Worship of the ultimate female Goddess is practiced.

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Female babies are rare and women are revered for their supernatural abilities. Women are alinged with the Goddess and their presence makes land fertile and food avaliable. This book is an example of my least favorite genre – future dystopian.

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Main female character of this story is Chanyn, a young woman whose mother decided to leave civilized world when she was pregnant and live alone in the ruins of the old world. Growing up with emotionaly cold mother and basicaly touch starved she knows nothing about how the world outside her home looks like. She cares for her mother until death. Few months later Chanyn’s solitary life is disupted by two men who search the apparently deserted ruins of Chanyn’s home for some type of a cure. Chanyn is a resorcefull young woman with a love of books, a firing weapon and wild look about her.

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I’m not a fan of word by word reviews on books because I don’t like spoilers. This is why I will stop here with the introduction to the story. There are some warnings for future readers. This book is for mature audiences only. This is one of the rare freebies I’ve found with a topic of bisexual relationships within the futuristic genre. I like the characters and the fact that each has a background. I am delighted with authors worldbuilding.

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What I really appreciate about the Part One, besides the first chapter of Part Two, is a link at the end. It gives you a contact to the authors site and provides a free Part Two. I’m still a firm believer in not buying ebooks under 100 pages. I make exceptions for novellas of favorite authors and series I love and collect. Here I’m actually thorn between supporting an author by buying her book since the 75 pages kindle edition is a bit pricey. Even with authors and series I love books this size are almost twice as cheaper.

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