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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TBR Jar Draw September 2017

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After finishing the last TBR Jar Draw from May in a lot longer than expected I took my time with pulling out the new titles for reading. No doubt that my little reading project is going rather slowly if taken into account that I skipped on it for the last few months. I’m considering indulging and reading some books off my shelves that strike my fancy as well as those titles I pull from the jar to compensate for these few months. Lately some of the books on my shelves caught my eye.

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The last book I was reading for the TBR Jar Draw was Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice. I’m very pleased with finishing it and I made a short review of my reading experience that can be read HERE.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

 # The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1) by Jennifer Bell, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator)

# Angel Souls and Devil Hearts (Shadow Saga #2) by Christopher Golden

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1 # Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner

I love these urban fantasy short story collections. This one has many exciting authors for me to try out. I bought it a long time ago and even forgot about it. All the stories in this collection share a topic of supernatural birthdays. I think I’ve read the one from Charlaine Harris long time ago somewhere. This would be a nice pick to read!

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2 # Necroscope (Necroscope #1) by Brian Lumley

This is one of the gems from the eighties. This book was praised by H.R. Giger whose macabre masterwork art inspired many. This book series is one of the first i got interested in when I started exploring the vampire themed literature. I got first two books of the series but never actually got to reading them. Interesting pick for sure.

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3 #  Naamah’s Kiss (Naamah Trilogy, #1) by Jacqueline Carey

This book is actually part of a longer series. Before this trilogy there were two others which I’ve read years ago. I got this Naamah trilogy as a whole. What kept bugging me was that the editions were different from the first two trilogies and looked just awkward on the shelf. As much I enjoyed first two trilogies I loved the main characters and had doubts on how I was going to like this one. I’m still unsure since I want to like it :/

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Again I am reminded at some books that I’ve completely forgotten about. I kept being surprised by why I find on my bookshelves. While all three books have their merits I will have to think and choose one carefully. Right now I’m leaning towards Many Bloody Returns or even Necroscope.

Taking on my TBR pile

I am finally set to do something about my pile of TBR (To-Be-Read) books! Big part of the problem are the books I hoarded over time. I believe the Japanese even have a word for this apparently not so uncommon hoarding disorder – tsundoku!

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Mostly all were and are still the books I am genuinely interested in reading. Some of them were collected since they simply fit the profile and genre I like to read. Some were the books I heard enough about to get me interested to get them and put them on my TBR. Some are gifts and I’m not so sure about those :/

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One of my goals is to cut this pile to be closer to 300. I know it doesn’t seem like much but most of the books I end up reading every month are not already in my TBR pile. I usually read two books a month for my RL book club. Those are mostly books that come as a group choice and offer a variety of genres and authors I don’t normally read.

Also, since I work in a bookstore there are always new arrivals that grab my attention. Reading those can be a part of the job. (Almost a dream job there :p )

Type of books I mentioned above take up almost half of my reading for any given month. These are not the books I can always count on or expect in the form of the time that it takes me to read them trough.

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The books I can do something about are those that are already on my bookshelves. Right there! (right behind my computer screen, right of my desk, left of my desk, on the shelf by my bed, on the shelf by my BFs computer…)

I have gone trough my GR TBR list and sorted out the books I already own. I wrote the title of each on a little pink piece of paper. On the list were lots of books that were part of a book series. With those I only wrote down books that were first in the series or those that continue on the books I already read. I took all the little pink papers and put them into a glass bowl.

IMAG0404I realized too late that since the glass is dyed turquoise I should have used blue or green paper :/

As it turns out there are exactly 82 little pink papers with titles of books that are waiting patiently on the bookshelves in my room for their turn to be read.

Starting this month I will draw three titles from the bowl and pick at least one of them to read in the current month. The ones not chosen for the month will go back into the bowl, and if by chance I draw the same ones for three times I will forgo the choice and read the one that has been drawn the third time!

First three titles I’ve drawn are:

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1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase

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

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3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

 

I am actually pleasantly surprised by the titles I’ve drawn. For now I will keep all the choices until the end of the month. I’m undecided which one to start first. Since one of them is a manga I might go and read more than one! I’m just too damn pleased with what I’ve drawn right now 🙂

Hopefully this will start a habit of reading more of the books I already own 🙂

Wish me luck!

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Reading at the moment update February

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I’m always in the middle of reading a book or two or three…

Here are books I’m in the middle of reading this February!

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Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Jurjevič Ljermontov

I have skipped reading this book on two occasions. First as a school assignment and second time as a part of a book challenge. Third time’s the charm! I hope I finish it this February and finally cross it off my reading list! So far I’ve read foreword and the first chapter. Wish me luck!

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Delayed Penalty (Dartmouth Cobras book 5) by Bianca Sommerland

This book is a bit longer than the first four in the series. Also I find it is a slow read. I don’t know why but this one just can’t hold my attention as the first four did. I’m a little over 50% into the book. Hopefully I’ll find motivation and time to finish it this month as well.

Searching for more books to read this month!

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Since it is a month with a “love in the air” theme to it I’m planing to find some mushy historical romance with dukes and rakes and the likes to fill in the romance category for February. Also tomorrow I have a RL Book club meeting where we will be discussing Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides we were reading for the past month. After that we will be choosing another book to read until our next meeting in March. Hopefully it will be something I like!

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Book stats – August 2014

Here are my book stats for August 2014!

Books I read:

The Spark and the Flame (Constantine Vol. 1 The New 52) by Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes ★★★
Gods Among Us (Injustice: Vol. 1) by Tom Taylor ★★★
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Edward Connell ★★★
Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) by Shayne Parkinson ★★★
Jasmine Plays Her Hand (Fantasy Guild No. 1) by Anwen Stiles ★★★★
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco ★★★
Like Water for Chocolate (Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies) by Laura Esquivel ★★★
Until You (Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas ★★★★★

 

I have read 8 books this month – less than I wanted but this was a busy month for me

DNF? (Did Not Finish) Had two DNF – I ran out of time

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1 stars: None as usual, but had no 2 stars either!

5stars I had one five star read this month Until You (Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas

Genres: historical romance, historical mystery, contemporary romance, erotica, graphic novel, SF and fantasy, mystery

1. Were you happy with the amount you read?
I like to keep my reading score above 10 per month so this was below my goal. I had planned to read twelve books for August. I read eight and I’m in the process of reading two more. It was a busy month and I ran out of time.

Reading in progress:

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Fly Me to the Moon by Alyson Noël

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Kingdom Come by Mark Waid (Author), Alex Ross (Artist), Todd Klein (Calligrapher)

2. If you had a 5 star read, what was it and why?
My 5 star read for August is Until You (Fall Away Series) by Penelope Douglas. It is second book in the series and I loved character interactions. It was YA steamy drama and I liked that about it as well! I will continue to read this series in ebook form and will get to reading next book in line when I buy it!

3. If you had a 1 or 2 star read, what was it and why?
I had no 1 or 2 stars books in August. Most of my reading was plain OK for the genre in question.

4. Any new book boyfriends?
None this month – this may be part of the reason why I haven’t reached my reading goals!

5. Any new jerks?

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James aka Jimmy from Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) by Shayne Parkinson! That’s just a real a$$hole and jerk! I had a horrible time even reading about him in the books since it was plain to see what kind of character he is from the start! UGH! Also his sister Susannah was quite a jerkette as well!

6. Did you start any new series?
Woah I started 4 new series this month…how did that happen?

There were two graphic novel series

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The Spark and the Flame (Constantine Vol. 1 The New 52) by Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes – I would like to continue

AND

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Gods Among Us (Injustice: Vol. 1) by Tom Taylor

One was historical romance series

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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) by Shayne Parkinson

I’m curious to continue

and the last one was erotic romance series

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Jasmine Plays Her Hand (Fantasy Guild No. 1) by Anwen Stiles

which was a fun read I might continue.

7. Did you find any new authors that you loved?
No new authors but Penelope Douglas moved to favorite authors !

8. Any book you would recommend?
Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas for all who love good drama YA series with steamy romance see more about it HERE
and
Fantasy Guild series by Anwen Stiles for some fun sexy reading

See books two and three!

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