March Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – March 2020

This March I have read:

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1) by Joanne M. Harris  ★★★★

The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri  ★★★★★

Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women edited by Angela Carter  ★★★★

Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay, #2) by Dean Koontz  ★★★

Incubus Caged (The Incubus, #1) by A. H. Lee  ★★★★★

Incubus Bonded (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee  ★★★★

Shutdown (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #22.75) by Laurell K. Hamilton  ★★★★★

Ice (Dragon Clan #1) by Skye Jones  ★★★★

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels, #6) by  Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

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

This March I’ve read 9 books. I only stated reading more actively in the second part of March and even posting about it so I’m happy at how my reading month turned out.

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

I have read a fair amount of Kindle freebies this month and even bought some Kindle books. From all of them I enjoyed The Incubus book series by A. H. Lee the most. I bought first two books from the series and loved them. I loved reading Shutdown from Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton and I was inspired to go trough some Anita Blake books and might even prepare myself to reread some. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas arrived and it was so good I devoured it in a few days of reading.

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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?

Seize The Night by Dean Koontz was a book club assignment reading that was a bit hard to read. I started on the Croatian translation which had so many issues with the actual translation and the very small font. I ended finishing the book in English on my tablet reader. It was supposed to be a thriller horror but I feel a sleep quite a few times trying to read it…

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

Lately I’m doing good on all my reading challenges and I slowed down on some of my planned reading in March.  Five of the nine books I’ve read were not planned. Still I managed to read enough to keep up with my reading challenges and I feel good about that.

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

The Incubus book series by A. H. Lee is definitely a series I would like to continue. Also Loki series by Joanne M. Harris is something I would like to finish.  This March I have found a new interest in rereading Anita Blake book series and I will see how that idea pans out.

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

In this time of the world wide epidemic many more books are becoming available to readers everywhere online. I recommend you check out what is available and find some new author to try out!

Final thoughts on March 2020 reading

My reading count is slowly picking up and I did a bit more reviews in the second part of March. I hope I can continue with the posting and reading in an interesting and enjoying way for myself and the occasional readers of my posts.

I did three book reviews in March and you can check them out:

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1) by Joanne M. Harris  ★★★★

The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri  ★★★★★

Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women edited by Angela Carter  ★★★★

Happy reading everyone!

July book wrap up!

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Getting back into the reading experience for the summer was not as smooth as I made it appear to be. There were some sandy dunes on the way and now it is time to make a monthly reading review for July!

Monthly reading review – July 2019

This July I have read:

I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod ★★★

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto ★★

Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks ★★

Devil in Winter ( The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

Devil’s Daughter ( The Ravenels book 5 ) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan ★★★★★

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

I’ve read in 6 books in total. One of them was a manga novel and I’m happy with the positive feeling I get when I’m getting to read more.

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

Lisa Kleypas and some favorite characters have made an impact on me to read more this summer and remember how much I enjoy reading. Devil in Winter is the book I ready usually once per year and is one of the rare books I am willing to read over and over again.

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

After finally getting to read some of the books that I own for years on I’ve gotten to some books that made me curious about the theme or a genre. This month some of those did not as enjoyable as I hoped they would be. Sigvald by Darius Hinks did not rise to my expectations and it left me with no better understanding of Warhammer Fantasy world.

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

I started on a reading challenge for the summer – you can check out all about it HERE. I’m picking most of my books according to that challenge and so far I’m down 4 books out of fifteen. I expect to read more books from the challenge in August.

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

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas was the last book that continues to portray some of my favorite characters from a few series the author writes in continuation. I like the updates and will check out the books that have those characters in it. Also I’m glad I can remove The Demon Prince of Momochi House from the shelf as it did not thrill me enough to continue the series.

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

I love going back to Rick Riordan and his books just provide that warm fuzzy feeling for me with just enough humor. If you have the chance try some of his books!

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Reading in first half of 2019!

I’m gonna make a breakdown of the books I’ve read in 2019. up until today. Thanks to the Goodreads site I can track the books much easier and I need all the help I can get to win in this apathy struggle I’ve gotten myself into.

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For some reason reading takes more effort for me as of late. I’ve set the bar for reading books challenge relatively low and the results are even lover that that so far.

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There are only 15 books I’ve read this year and I will go trough them one by one:

First book I’ve finished in 2019 was a graphic novel Perzepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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I’ve often used graphic novels and mangas to cut corners at getting my reading numbers higher. But the truth of the mater is that I honestly enjoy graphic novels and mangas. While I will not jump at a book with a more serious topic, graphic novels with documentary or biographical theme interest me. I love the visual representations that provide me with more honest and personal understanding on the topic and I choose graphic novels often for that same reason.

Second book of 2019. was a book club assignment Pohvala starosti by Pavao Pavličić.

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The title loosely translates into ” the praise to getting old”. The beginning promised some humor but the book was mostly frustrating since I did not agree with most of the things author wrote about. For every promising idea and thought provoked there were another 4 that just irritated me since I could find real life cases to dispute the author. It made for a good book club discussion in general because it gave some general topics on the process of growing old and elderly in general. Did not enjoy the reading experience because I found the book not serious enough to tackle the topic and not humorous enough to be entertained.

The third book of 2019. was Burn Bright (Aplha & Omega Series) by Patricia Briggs.

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This is one of the book series that made me love and enjoy reading in my free time. Urban fantasy genre just simply does it for me! I love when an author can tackle an urban setting and characters with relatable shortcomings and flaws while keeping it up with technological and other more modern issues. I loved this book and the glimpses into so many characters that did not have the opportunity to shine in previous instalments. I love the character growth and plot advancement.

The fourth book of 2019. was The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.

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While my reading in the book club has been highly irregular in the last year or so this was one of the books I was very excited about to read and discuss. It is a thought provoking book with plethora of moral issues to talk about and it gives ample opportunity for the reader to think about the past, the present and the future. While some issues are specific to the aftermath of World War II, this book offers a new perspective to our own human judgemental nature and pride.

The fifth book I’ve read in 2019 was a short story collection Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges.

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This book had a certain reputation and standing among my fellow students while I was in college. It took me a decade after graduation to actually get to reading the book. I was surprised it was a short story collection. The themes were interesting but I did not enjoy the multitude of names and references I was not that familiar with. I had a hard time separating the South American and Muslim references in particular and following the metaphors. It was a very difficult and challenging reading experience. The documentary style was not something I particularly enjoyed and made the short stories hard to follow.

The sixth book of 2019. for me was the All Souls Complete Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

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I’ve read the first book sometime last year so I can freely enjoy the TV adaptation on HBO. After a few months pause I decided to watch the TV series again and got inspired to read the book series trough. I had some issues finding a second book in the edition I wanted so one night I finally caved and got myself the whole trilogy Kindle edition. It took me a few months to finish it all up due the considerable number of pages but I’m happy and pleased to have it finished and I’m awaiting for the second season of the show guilt free!

The seventh book of 2019 by my Goodreads account is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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While I’ve read the whole series as a trilogy I’ve found the third book on my TBR list on Goodreads and went to fix it. In an attempt to motivate myself at not failing the reading challenge this year like I failed last year I went back and added it as a separate book in my Read books section. Is that cheating or not I do not know or care. As far as I’m concerned I’ve read three books and put down only two and I’m still one book short for the counting purposes if need be!

The eighth book in 2019. was Comme un roman by Daniel Pennac.

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The English title of this book is The Rights of the Reader and it’s taken from the second part of the book where the Rights of the reader are listed. This is not a story but more a testament to reading. It is my big wish to find this book in Croatian and buy it but sadly there was only one edition in the nineties and they are very hard to come by. It is a book that inspired a many librarian’s projects and helped to promote and understand reading as an activity, life choice and necessity.

Ninth book I’ve read in 2019 was The Treasure Keeper (Drakon book 4) by Shana Abe.

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I have the best boyfriend ever and one day he decided it is time to raid my Book Depository wishlist. Among the book we ordered was The Treasure Keeper the fourth book in the Drakon series I have only nice memories of. It is for once a fantasy series in a sea of urban fantasy I usually prefer. I like the idea of dragon shape shifters and how this author writes them. It might not be the best fantasy out there but it is a guilty pleasure of mine! I would have loved to have bought the edition with the cover on the left instead the right one. The shiny and gaudy is very much part of the charm for these books!

The tenth book I’ve read this year is Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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This was a bit unusual pick for my mostly very serious book club. And it came from one of the more serious book club members. This book made me feel old and tired at times. The truth is I love YA books and while the fast paced dialogues and witty remarks that go with them I had trouble with keeping up with the account of a teen life in the age of social networking and mostly well off western teenager to young adult view on life. I had a revelation that I prefer my books and stories a bit more darker and angstier that this one was…

The eleventh book in 2019. was The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

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I’ve got my eye on this book ever since it came out and one of my friends at Goodreads loved it. I liked the idea of actually reading about She-Hulk and some other Marvel heroes in a book as opposed to watching the movies and reading graphic novels. The book had it’s bright moments at that but in the end it was more in lieu of Bridget Jones Diaries than expected Marvel hero action. I sure like the design and the cover. The spine and the rest of the book is bright green and it poops out nicely on the shelf!

The twelvfth book in 2019. was Pretty Reckless ( All Saints High book 1) by L.J. Shen.

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This one was another Kindle spur of the moment buy that provided much needed dose of drama and angst for a period of PMS and opened a door to a period of more reading for me. I’ve checked out the rest of the books in the series but I’m not all that interested in them as of now. Looking into this book on Goodreads I realized that I’ve missed to count another short story that came out as a prequel to this book series!

Thirteenth book and one I missed in the first count was Defy ( All Saints High book 0,5) by L.J. Shen.

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A short and smutty prequel to the All Saints High book series. The main characters are actually the parents of the main character of the Pretty Reckless book. Most of the books that feature the characters who are into sports are not that appealing to me and I still have trouble visualizing all that comes with American football. In my country people play soccer…

Fourteenth book I’ve read in 2019 was Devil’s Daughter ( The Ravenels book 5 ) by Lisa Kleypas

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This one was a must have since it features my favorite characters. I am very picky when it comes to historical romance as a genre. In case of Evie and Sebastian I do not miss the opportunity to read more about them and their children and grandchildren in this case. I’m very happy with how the author finds ways to revisit favorite characters and include them in the new books. It inspired me to once again read the source material as well!

Fifteenth book I’ve read in 2019. was Devil in Winter ( The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas

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One of my favorite books ever and the characters I like to revisit each year. While I rarely choose to reread books with so many unread on my TBR already this is the book that has found a way to my reading schedule at least once a year. While the last reading was inspired by reading the newest book by the same author it has also inspired me to finally but the physical copy in English. I already poses the said book in Croatian but I prefer reading it in English.

And by the corrected counting the last and the sixteenth bok I’ve read in 2019 so far is
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod

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From all the editions of this book and theme I’ve seen so far this one is the most hideous one. I was not at all pleased with the cover of my edition – the artwork looked very much in the opposition with the main character and it bothered me a lot. As for the story – I enjoyed learning the story behind Strahd von Zarovich. It all inspired me to go back to my Ravenloft RPG books and get ideas for a some campaign that will probably never come to life …I am now even more interested in the rest of Ravenloft novels! There are few things that were missing in this book! The most important one was a map for me to enjoy the geography of Ravenloft and Barovia. I hate when the production of the book is not well made!

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I am currently playing around with some creative ways to inspire myself to make more choices for reading books instead of some other activities. Soon I’ll post more about that!

Sorry not sorry about the long post!

Monthly reading review – March 2018

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Monthly reading review – March 2018

This March I have read:

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas ★★★

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ★★★★★

String Theory (Wayward volume 1) by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings et all ★★★★

Ties That Bind (Wayward volume 2) by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings et all ★★★★

Out From the Shadows (Wayward volume 3) by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings et all ★★★★

Fringe: Tales from the Fringe by Various ★★★

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

This March I have read two books and four graphic novels. As the amount goes I had better months for reading than this one…

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

I am still reeling from the movie adaptation for Ready Player One and I keep going trough some of the scenes I loved in the book but were left out of the movie. I loved the character of Aech and was not too fond how it was presented in the movie.

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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?

Romance novel Suddenly You did not deliver on the standards I’ve used to from this author. It was OK but my expectations were higher. I keep feeling the strain of some of my book club reading toward my choice of reading.

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

I had high hopes for my March reading and it all fell down with March book club pick Little Women which I still did not finish…It turned out so bad actually that I am again considering dropping out from the book club entirely. I did managed to read trough my TBR pick of the month though…

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

I’ve read all the Wayward graphic novel volumes I own and while browsing my bookshelves I found some other books I’ve recently acquired and are parts of beloved series…in short I am again way behind on my reading 😦

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

Ready Player One was an excellent homage to many pop culture franchises of the eighties. It has left an impression on me and I hope I get to talk about it with my friends soon since I’m still waiting on some of them to read the book. Again I recommend it!

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Final thoughts on March reading

My reading was seriously slowed down by reading Little Women which I am still unhappy about. I have yet to finish it and it hogs most of my reading time. I am still standing with A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm and did zero progress on that front. To make matters worse I already have the next book for the book club rolling in and it has already dampened my reading mojo…

On the other hand I have posted review on all the books I have finished reading in March and one I finished back in February. Which makes it a total of five reviews:

Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★ REVIEW

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas ★★★ REVIEW

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ★★★★★ REVIEW

String Theory (Wayward volume 1) ★★★★

Ties That Bind (Wayward volume 2)  ★★★★

Out From the Shadows (Wayward volume 3) ★★★★

by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings et all -> joined review HERE

Fringe: Tales from the Fringe by Various ★★★ REVIEW

With all this being said I hope to post more about some of the things I did do this March other than reading and I wish all those that celebrate it a Happy Easter!

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Suddenly You – Book Review

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Finished reading

Suddenly You

by Lisa Kleypas

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Expectation

I was intrigued by bits and pieces I’ve heard about this book. This is not my first Lisa Kleypas book. I am a great fan of her Wallflowers book series. This book came up a few times I was looking up for historical romance books. I was drawn to this book by the somewhat different introduction for historical romance genre – “old spinster” hires a male prostitute for her 30th birthday…

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Summary

Admittedly, the back of the book introductions sounded quite cheesy and scandalous. A thirty year old unmarried woman author in 19th century London decides to hire a male prostitute and experience what making love feels like.

As much as I find this – treating yourself for your own birthday thing – endearingly powerful and logical, the gift in itself was remarkably thought out as much as an unmarried spinster of that time could devise it. The plot twist was interesting enough to keep me going.

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I made quite a few breaks while reading and I can partially put the blame on that my feeling that this book felt big in the sense of all that has happened trough the story. Some characters made me suspicious for being to nice and that made me feel bad about how jaded I seemed to myself.

What keeps me interested in these historical romances is usually the drama and this book had drama aplenty. What was different though was how some life altering events gotten blown over with almost no drama at all.

Had I not recently had a heated discussion on a topic of historical romance genre I might have had a completely different review of this book. What changed and came into focus were historical romance imperative – a must have happy ending.

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Happy ending aside there were some serious themes that were provided with less page time than the steamy sex scenes. This was done in such an obvious way that I just had to stop and wonder at it. Some themes made me cry a bit and the offset and complete contrast between the two made me uneasy. This has not made the reading of this book an experience I hoped it would be. And sure there were some occasional comedy thrown in to the mix but not nearly enough comic relief by my opinion.

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Conclusion

I liked many parts and themes this book introduced. Some were quite serious and heavy but were maybe gotten over with too lightly…I had a sense that for some reason I did not think it was well rounded in the topics it brought out. Book seemed a bit short for everything that happened in it

Maybe it is a blessing when one can pass the difficult themes in as lighter way as it was portrayed in this book…

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Monthly reading review – February 2018

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Monthly reading review – February 2018

This February I have read:

Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

Lord of the Flies by William Golding ★★

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James ★★

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

I read only four books this February. I have been working on some new projects I will soon post about in more detail. I also have some very exciting books waiting for me on the shelf and while I’m not exactly happy with the amount of books I’ve read in February I have a good feeling about my March reading.

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

I loved going back to some of my favorite authors and characters in February. Strange Candy was on my reading list for years and reading short stories set in the world of Anita Blake made me feel really good.

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

Devil in winter is one of my favorite books and I managed to promote it for book club reading in March. I re-read it in Croatian translation and was horrified how bad the translation was.

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

Reading the Lord of the Flies was a strain on my nerves for most part. On the book club meeting I did not part well with that book and I feel bad just thinking about it. Even with reading only four books I managed to get all the book club reading and TBR Jar Draw in time. Maybe it is time for more challenge?

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

Finally finishing with the Fifty shades series made me feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. This book gave me way to much grief and the first half felt like wrestling a sumo fighter. It got a bit better toward the end but not enough to make up for all the pain and trouble.

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

I needed to remind myself more about reading the books written by authors I love. This is an excellent time for me to go back to some of my favorite authors and book series I need to finish up

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Final thoughts on February reading

I did not made any reviews of the books I’ve read in February. I will be posting a review on Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton collection with short thoughts on each story.

I have made some nice progress on A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm and hope to finish it next month!

I am becoming more confident about posting my thoughts and projects that are about my other hobbies and not just reading. I am still considering making changes to the blog in general to accomodate these posts.

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Reading in progress February 2018

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It has been a while since I was reading this many books at the same time. Reading more books at the same time was something I used to do a lot more while I was working in a bookstore. The frequency of the books I had on hand and information on them was higher and I was like a bee buzzing around with my nose in few different books a day even. Sometimes it all got too much and I had clearing phases to finish out the books I had dragged on for few months at a time.

This time I am in the middle of reading of five different books. Here are the books I am reading at the moment:

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Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James

I have been dragging this book out from the start of the year. It should be an easy read but I’m having trouble going trough it. I have passed 150 pages mark and hope it will go faster from now on…

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Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book is my TBR Jar Draw for February. I picked it out since I miss reading about some of my favorite characters from Anita Blake universe. So far I have read first two stories out of fourteen in total. I like that each story has an introduction by author and I am making little notes for each story so I can post a short review on each.

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Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas

I have managed to push trough this book for my book club reading at the beginning of March. It has been four years since the group picked out a romance book to read and I did a lot of work for it to pass as a reading suggestion. I am currently reading it for the fourth time and enjoying it immensely. I am also looking out for some book club fun ideas to make the meeting memorable for everyone. I have a tough crowd to please and I’m pulling out all the weapons I know! Oh and while I was meaning to buy the whole series in English one day my boyfriend bought a translated copy for me yesterday! English set is still on my wishlist though.

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A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

I have actually made progress with this book recently and I’ve passed the third of the book. I’m dealing with an older translated edition and some footnotes are giving me trouble. Reading this book takes all my concentration and sometimes I go back and reread some paragraphs. I’m taking notes as well and then look for English versions and it is all time consuming…

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book is another book club project and this one is due in a week and a half. I was looking for a translated copy of this book but have been unsuccessful for now. While I still have some options for obtaining a copy I will try to avoid reading it in digital form and before bedtime since it kinda scares me….

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Reading five books at the time is not even my personal best but I will try to keep things moving a bit more faster and finish all of these by the end of the shortest month of the year!

Neglected May update

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This May my reading and posting has been severely neglected. As it happens lots of things did not go as planned this May. What I did managed to do is read last month’s TBR Jar Draw.

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The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison ★★

I had such high hopes from this book and series in general. For some reason I had trouble keeping up with the plot and characters. While it started out awesome for some reason my inability to focus on the book and the long time it took me to read it trough made me not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. The characters are still there and I like them. The romantic involvement of two main characters have had the desired squee effect on me. I’m honestly not sure what went wrong with the process of reading…

 

As soon as I finished The Undead Pool I jumped at the Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance proved to be funny and delight to read. I liked the quirky heroine but had to avoid any deeper contemplation upon reading the book. While parts of this book were unbelievably cliche, reading it have replenished some of my energy and I had a great time with this book. I’m very glad I’ve bought it and reading about older versions of Sebastian and Evie was nice.

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Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas ★★

For my TBR Jar Draw I picked out Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni. For a while it was a close choice between it and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3) by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator).

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I’m still adjusting to wearing glasses. My eyes feel quite tired most of the time. The artwork in this graphic novel is proving to be a bit of a strain on my eyes and I’m forced to read  it during the day. Also I did not expect for it to be chunky and quite a bit heavy to hold while reading. I’m still intrigued by the cover and hope to get sucked into the story soon.

New books for me!

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I have been slightly busy with getting some new books lately. It makes me giddy and happy getting little bookish packages in the mail. So without further ado here are some of the newest books I get to call mine 🙂

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Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso

It has been years since I’ve watched the anime series. I was never that happy about how it ended though. After seeing that manga is still going out even after the anime ended I decided I wanted to read them. This one has been on my wish list for a few years now. When I saw it being on sale I had to grab it. I’m looking at it and I know I made a grave mistake buying only first volume. Should have taken at least first three…

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Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

This has been one of my favorite UF book series for so long now. I’m glad to see it is still going strong and has not taken a downward spiral that most book series do after a while. Characters are still going strong and there are still so much about the Mercy Thompson world that still makes my eyes glued to the pages! Also this is one of those book series I love for their cover artwork. Daniel Dos Santos is doing an awesome job with them and I can’t understand why would anyone buy any other edition other than these beauties ❤

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The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire by Trisha Telep

This is a book I picked up earlier this year in the bookstore where I work. I bought it as a addition to my vampire stories collection. It was cheap so I was happy about it. What I noticed is that lately I’ve been slacking on reading the short story collections I own. Hopefully I will read one of those in April!

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Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising (Mass Effect: Andromeda #1)

by Jason M. Hough

OK, technically this one I bought for my boyfriend. He pre-ordered the game at Christmas and has been happily playing it ever since it arrived. I bought him Mass Effect books before and he loved them. I wonder how long will it take for him to read this one and if he will like it as much 🙂

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Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is actually a pre-order. The hardcover came out last year but I’ve been collecting them in mass market paperback edition. This is by far the longest book series I’m reading and buying. It had its ups and downs. Last few books were on the up side. I’m really looking forwards to this one and I must admit I’m a bit worried how will the first trip to Europe look like for Anita Blake.

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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri by Kuroda Yasushi

This is actually a card game and not a book! But I’m adding it to the list since it is rather complex and it tells a fascinating story. The story is about a girl in a coma and her psychic friend who is trying to help her to wake up. It is as dramatic and crazy as it sounds. One player is the comatose girl and the other a psychic detective. There are puzzling dream cards and ill fated ravens to beat in this quirky game! I have yet to try it out with my boyfriend – it caught my eye while I was looking for a two player board game for us. In the last six months he’s been collecting board games like crazy so this is my little edition to the collection.

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Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas

And the last addition I will present here now is a historical romance I wanted to get my hands on as soon as I read the excerpt. It is a romance by my favorite author Lisa Kleypas. One of the characters is a son of my favorite couple from the Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by the same author. That is one of exactly two books I reread more than two times in the last few years! The whole Wallflowers book series is on my wishlist. What made me order this one without reading any other books from this particular series, aside the stuff I already mentioned is that the female lead is looking for starting a business with board games rather than marrying a handsome rake that is chasing her. Part of the plot is marriage of convenience so that’s a plus as well!

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Monthly reading review – February 2017

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Monthly reading review – February 2017

This February I have read:

Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet ★★★★

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy ★★

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James ★

Married By Morning (The Hathaways #4) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★

Factotum by Charles Bukowski ★★★

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

This February I’m back at a reading pace of around one book per week. It is generally a good number but I get greedy for more.

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

From all the books I’ve read in February I’ve liked a historical romance Married by Morning the most. Aside from being a work of one of my favorite authors – Lisa Kleypas, it was by far the happiest read I’ve had all month.

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

From five books I’ve read three of them are set in English countryside and one in French! The scenery was very much the same but the characters were not. Turn of the Screw was a baffling read for me. I gave it one star mark on GR for more than one reason. The topic and how the work was presented were at best confusing. I felt like the author wanted to write a novel that was modern at that time – ghost story and just threw few ideas on the paper without making an effort.The whole story just felt boring and out of balance.

“Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

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

Three out of five books were for my RL book club! This is seriously turning around my reading habits and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Other two books were a random picks in the spur of the moment. I had plans for reading more books I already own, but aside from Tess of the D’Urbervilles which I bought for the purpose of reading it for book club (!) not one other of the books I’ve read in February is actually owned by me.

As plans go, I’m not pleased.

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

From the five books I’ve read in February only Married by Morning is a part of a book series. Since I jumped in with book 4. from the series I’m interested in reading some other books from The Hathaways book series.

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

Much of my February reading has been done out of book club obligation and it is about time to take my own advice and read more books for fun. I don’t think I would have made it out of my February reading without Lisa Kleypas and her HR romance series. Bukowski was painfully sarcastic and reading it now when I’m older is a completely different experience that it was when I was younger. I would recommend it as a reading that gives perspective on life better than any sugarcoated self help book could do.

Final thoughts on February reading

All that stayed with me for reading classics these last two months is that I prefer reading my funny, trashy, romance and fantasy books more and more!

I like keeping track of my monthly reading in this manner because I keep getting surprised by my own reading habits. It felt good getting all the required RL book club reading done in time. Turning around I feel I miss my free reading more and more. Again I’m thinking about book club required reading becoming a chore instead of a favorite hobby. It gives me something to think about while I pick out books for March.