Busy past couple of weeks – making some progress on the new book, but still in the drafting phase.
Saw the new John Wick movie this weekend – it’s as good as, and maybe even better than the first. The ending leaves an exciting setup for a third movie, with Wick up against seemingly insurmountable odds.
I read out of order, but I finished In a Small Compass by Karen Oberlaender, a marvelous collection of short stories – a full review will be posted soon.
Bought: 1 (preordered the final book in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series – if you’re a fantasy fan, seriously, you need to be reading this)
I’m late to the party with this, but have you seen The Secret Life of Pets? We watched it for the first time the other night and had some great laughs – they really nailed the behavior of pets. I saw so many aspects of my cat in Chloe. If you’re an animal lover, don’t miss this one!
Was anyone else as disappointed with the Super Bowl commercials as I was?
Do any of you get ARCs to review from Edelweiss? Over the past few years or so, I’ve been fortunate to have received approval to read and review several books and I have a 100% feedback ratio. I currently have eight pending requests dating back to early September – is anyone else having this problem?
Big Announcement Time: Last week I signed a contract with Black Rose Writing to have my second book published! I’m still in the drafting stage, so it probably won’t be released until winter 2017. This one is a YA sci-fi/fantasy with a working title of Gemini Connection and involves twin brothers, dreams, and portals. Updates to follow.
Now on to the TBR. I’m so frustrated because it’s never taken me this long to read a book – especially one as good as A Gathering of Shadows! I’ve also been reading an ARC of Alone by Scott Sigler (if you’re a YA sci-fi/fantasy fan, you really need to be reading this trilogy) and feel like I haven’t been making much progress – real life getting in the way, I guess. According to Goodreads, I’m four books behind schedule for my reading goal this year. In the middle of all this, I also read a fantastic manuscript for a friend that I think any literary agent would love to get their hands on. I’ll let you know when she gets published – and I mean when, not if.
But I finished A Gathering of Shadows – another fantastic, compelling novel by Victoria Schwab, and the final book in the series comes out later this month. I’ve mentioned this in another post, but I’d love to spend a day in Schwab’s head just to see how her mind works.
I added two books – Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – it had been preordered for a while. I also bought Type and Cross by Staci Troilo, which just won Book of the Year at the Rave Reviews Book Club. Very worthy additions to the TBR pile.
Totally off the subject, but is anyone watching A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix? My son and I started it yesterday and it’s fantastic! Neil Patrick Harris is incredible and the series has captured the spirit of the books perfectly. Completely binge-worthy.
On to the TBR – I finished A Cold Tomorrow and the full review will be posted tomorrow. If you’re not reading this supernatural mystery series, add it to your own TBR today!
No difference in the numbers this week. I went into a discount bookstore and you can probably guess what happened – at least it was only 1 book, right? I think that shows incredible restraint on my part.
My 2016 Goodreads goal was to read 70 books – I surpassed that goal at 89 books. Good news, but only 21 of those were from my TBR pile. I didn’t even want to calculate the number I bought, but with the information below, you can see I still have a lot of work ahead of me. But is it really work to read a book? For some maybe, but for me – pure pleasure. As a comparison, when I first started keeping track on February 22, 2016, the TBR was 98. So much for reducing the danger of the towering pile.
Anyhoo, I read several over Christmas – and we’re taking a long weekend vacay later this week, so hoping to finish at least a couple more.
The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney – Enjoyed the writing, characters, and story line, but this novel didn’t grab me like I thought it would; however, I think that’s more me than the book. Not realizing it was the second in a series, I didn’t feel as invested in the characters. It wasn’t difficult to follow the plot as the author did a good job of mentioning key points from the first book in this one.
Macabre Sanctuary – an anthology – Yes…just yes. My review will be posted either this week or next.
The Eighth Day Brotherhood by Alice M. Phillips – Excellent historical thriller and the review will be posted soon.
The Risen by Adam J. Smith – Descriptive writing and a good bit of action, but with the story beginning in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, I was hoping for more answers than this book offered. Perhaps the author plans a sequel.
Will O’ the Wisp by C.S. Boyack – Enjoyable characters, suspenseful story – the full review will be posted next week.
I have a couple of books I need to finish for NetGalley before I can get back to the TBR, but this is where we are right now.
Well – it’s been months since I’ve posted an update on this – been a little busy with the release of Sarah. Good news and bad news – the good news is that I’ve read a lot of books, but not necessarily in my TBR pile. I crushed my Goodreads challenge months ago. The bad news (but it can’t really be considered bad news to buy books) is that I’ve added to the pile.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo was released in September, but I held onto it until Thanksgiving to treat myself – I read Six of Crows at the same time last year. This is undoubtedly at the top of my list of favorite series – richly detailed world-building, distinct and unforgettable characters, and an intricate plot that holds constant surprises. I just loved everything about this book.
I also finished Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene (review here) and Food for Poe by Mae Clair (review here) – both well-written and entertaining books by indie authors that would make excellent Christmas gifts!
My next reads will be an ARC I received from an agent and some books I bought or received during Bad Moon Rising – I’d love to get these reviews posted by the end of the month.
Can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve done one of these posts! After having a long Labor Day weekend at the beach, I made some progress on the TBR pile – and I haven’t added to it in several weeks. That being said, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo comes out later this month, so buying that is a given. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a fantastic series with phenomenal world-building.
So – while at the beach, I read out of order, but finished the following
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: This author is remarkably gifted at world-building and I’d love to spend a day in her head to learn how her mind works. Well-drawn characters, intricately layered plot – just a joy to read from start to finish.
Submerged by Cheryl Kaye Tardiff: A quick, easy read that I enjoyed. The review will be posted later this week.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne: I’ve seen reviews in which readers were displeased with some of the characterization, saying it wasn’t consistent with other books. For me? I was just thrilled to spend a little more time in this world with some of my favorite characters.
Yep – we’re back to downsizing this week. Which is a good thing because I’ve got several books I need to read for reviews, I’m getting ready to post for participants in Bad Moon on the Rise for the month of October, and there could be some big news on my own book. Stay tuned.
I finished Morning Star by Pierce Brown. This has to be one of my favorite bloodydamn series ever. Loved this world, the characters, the action – and such a satisfying ending.
TBR pile: 99
Bought: ZERO (figured I did enough damage last week)