Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon - October 21st, 2017


It's that time of year! I've lost count of which read-a-thon # this is for me, but that's not the important part anyway! I will update throughout the day here with what I'm reading and with challenge answers. Have a great day everyone!




I'm getting a late start this morning, but that extra sleep was definitely needed! First up I'm going to finish the last 50 pages of Charmed to Death. - finished!




Next up, I have this from Netgalley and it will be coming out soon so I need to get busy and finish it!



Time to procure some lunch! Since the husband is having to work here at home, I'll be listening to my current audiobook, Origin while out and about!



Taking this Doctor Who short story with me for waiting on lunch to be ready, featuring Doc #9, The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson



I took a break from black and white and electronic to get some graphic novel color in front of my eyes for awhile!
Challenges:

10 years, 10 books - Submit one book recommendation published in each year of the Readathon (2007-2017)

2007: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
2008: Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1) by Ann Aguirre
2009: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
2010: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
2011: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2012: The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie
2013: Indexing by Seanan McGuire
2014: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
2015: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
2016: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
2017: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Wrap up:

I read for 8 hours and 13 minutes, and read 516 pages total, including my audiobook and graphic novel.  I'll take it!  Thanks to the Dewey's Team for another wonderful read-a-thon, and I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Sunday Post #10



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


Nothing much going on thankfully, I had Book Club hosted by our local library today, yes, the one I was spying on before. I really enjoy it, I'm so glad I started going, officially! ;)  Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is next Saturday 10/21, so I'm looking forward to that!



Let me see, this is going to cover a lot of weeks since the last time!

Reviews:

No review this time, just lots of voting below!

Features (otherwise known as ALL THE VOTING!):

The Winner of My TBR List for October is Charmed to Death!
 
Polls:
 
I've started a poll feature to last from now until the end of the year where you will help me pick what my best reads were!  Each week I will have a poll that lists the books I read in a particular month for you to vote what my best read that month was.  At the end of the year, I will run those 12 in a poll against each other, and when we have a winner I will host a giveaway for that book!

So I was going to close it last week, but I have a tie, so I'm going to leave it open until I don't!:  January Best Read Poll

Here is February, which I posted last week and it will stay open through today, it could use more votes!:  February Best Read Poll

And the new poll for March Best Reads, please check them out and vote, I'm interested to see how this month turns out, some interesting books pitted against each other! March Best Reads Poll

Please Vote! 



Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is next Saturday, I can't wait!




Only one ARC from the library book club meet up this time:


I was looking everywhere for a copy of Practical Magic, apparently so was everyone else!  I finally ended up getting it from Audible!


I received these through my subscription boxes (Uppercase, Owlcrate and Pagehabit):


Physical books I bought:

None this week, thought it was a near thing, I did go in a bookstore and not buy anything myself!

Kindle deals and freebies (which may or may not still be freebies or on sale):






My Best Reads of 2017 - A Poll Off - March Reads

It's always hard to decide what the best books you've read in a year are.  We can look at our ratings, but those may change depending on our mood. It's really hard to compare some of those books against each other, especially when you've read them months apart, or they are on completely different subjects.

I'm going to have a friendly competition between the books I've read this year and see what YOU think was my best read in 2017.  I'm going to post a poll for each month of the year, with the books I've read in one list for you to vote on, so that by the end of the year, I'll have 12 books for a final poll to decide what the best book I've read this year was, according to you! There may even be a giveaway at the end!

Starting the first week of October, I will post a month's worth of books every week to be voted on, with the winner for that week going on the final list.

Here are the books I read in March, covers and links to Goodreads will be below the poll itself so you don't have to scroll if you already know your answer!  It's okay if you haven't read any of them, just pick the one that sounds the most appealing to you!


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by Jeff Dixon
by Amie Kaufman
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
by John Lewis
by George Saunders
by Katherine Arden

by Jacky Donovan

by J. K. Rowling


by Maggie Stiefvater

by Jackie Kessler

by Chimimanda 
Ngozi Adichie

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My TBR List Winner for October 2017 - Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard

Book Synopsis:

Ophelia Jensen's good witch granny Abigail revels in her paranormal powers. But Ophelia never asked for her bothersome psychic abilities -- especially since they proved worthless when the thirty-something librarian's best friend Brian was murdered by a still-unknown assailant.

Now, five years later, another friend is gone, killed in almost identical fashion. Even dear old Abby isn't safe, distracted as she is by her fight to prevent a massive, mega-polluting pig-farming operation from invading their small Iowa town. And Ophelia can't count on her snarling, scoffing nemesis, police detective Henry Comacho, to get the job done, so she'll have to take matters into her own hands. Because a common thread to the crimes -- and a possible next victim -- is suddenly becoming troublingly apparent . . . and it's Ophelia Jensen herself!

I'll be spending some time with Ophelia and Abbey this month! This is number 2 in a series I've needed to get back to for a long time. I love these covers, the whole series is neat looking! The Ophelia and Abbey series



44% of the votes


33% of the votes


23% of the votes

Sunday, October 08, 2017

The Sunday Post #9



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


It's been almost 3 months since I did a Sunday Post!  Things have happened!

We took the last full week of July off as vacation, and then I broke my arm badly enough to need surgery the day before I was supposed to go back to work. Go me! I ended up with another month and a half off from work, which was weird, but nice, but also not because I was one-armed for quite a bit of it.  I'm mostly mended now and back to work, and able to write which was one of my big fears.  I broke my arm, but at the wrist, and you don't realize how many things take that twisting and bending ability until you can't do any of them suddenly!  But I'm just about back to full power! ;)

While I was off, we went to see Pentatonix, which was a fantastic show, but also sad since Avi is leaving and I'm not sure what they will do next.  I'm so glad I got to see them when it was still the 5 of them as I've grown to love them. Here is their cover of Imagine, so beautiful!  There was a bright meteor that flew overhead as they were singing this one!


I also went to an author talk! Douglas Preston, in addition to being a thriller writer, did some actual adventuring and wrote a non-fiction book about it called The Lost City of the Monkey God.  Being an archaeology fan I'm very interested to get into that one!  It sounded quite hair-raising!




Let me see, this is going to cover a lot of weeks since the last time!

Reviews:

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley - I received this from Netgalley.  It's a historical, magical realism, adventure in darkest Peru!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia - I received this one through Owl Crate and zipped through it, a great read about online web creation and fandom compared to real life.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee - I received this through Netgalley and while I wasn't super bonded to the main character Genie, it was an interesting and exciting storyline that incorporated some Chinese Mythology that I'm interested in pursuing at some point.

Odd & True by Cat Winters - Another Netgalley read, I was very drawn in to a previous book by Cat Winters, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, so was excited to give this a try.  It's a great story that is somewhat supernatural, but really focuses on the relationship between the sisters.

A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray - From Netgalley, this is a time travel romance/mystery that I initially thought was a cozy mystery but is being billed as romance.  It was the second in the series, but it stands alone okay, and even makes me interested to read the first one.

House of Ash by Hope Cook - From Netgalley, a haunted/possessed house story, just in time for October!

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas - This was my August TBR List Meme pick that I didn't get through until the end of September!  It was great, I enjoyed the twist on Sherlock Holmes and her Watson is a great character as well!

Features (otherwise known as ALL THE VOTING!):

TBR List Meme: My theme this month is Black Cat Covers, please vote on which I should read for October!  My TBR List October Poll
 
And even more polls!
I've started a poll feature to last from now until the end of the year where you will help me pick what my best reads were!  Each week I will have a poll that lists the books I read in a particular month for you to vote what my best read that month was.  At the end of the year, I will run those 12 in a poll against each other, and when we have a winner I will host a giveaway for that book!

Here is January, which I posted last Sunday (which will close tonight!):  January Best Read Poll

Here is February, which I have just posted today and it will stay open through next Sunday:  February Best Read Poll



I don't really have a plan at the moment, other than announcing the TBR List Meme choice for October and posting the March Best Read poll next Sunday.


So many new books have come into the house!

I borrowed a couple more ARC copies from the library book club meet up:


I bought some audiobooks with my monthly credits from Audible:


I received these from a swap exchange:


I received these through subscription boxes (Uppercase, Owlcrate and Pagehabit):


Physical books I bought:


And finally, some Kindle deals and freebies (which may or may not still be freebies or on sale):






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