Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Waking Land by Callie Bates || Friday 50/50

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

So, some of that stress has gone away. And I have a couple books that I've received from NetGalley that I can share so I now have a book I can share.

Book Beginning:
I felt safe that night in Laon, safer than I had any night before in the city.

My 56:
"This is the prisoner who claims to be Elanna Valtai, sir," says the officer.

The Butcher leans over me, looking into my face. "You've got yourself in quite a pickle this time," he says to me, shaking his head. "King Antoine would have had you executed tomorrow in Hugh Rathsay's place for all the little stunts you've pulled recently. But our new Duke is the kind who likes to play games. You've been granted a reprieve."


50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

This week is the most Deep/Shallow book in X genre. I'm going with New Adult Contemporary because that's where most authors really try to tell complex stories about taboo topics and succeed, or fail and it becomes drivel.

Until You Find Me (Untamed #1) by Amber Hart - This is the first in a duology. It covers some interesting themes and topics. I haven't read this book in a couple years, so I don't remember 100% of what happened, just what's in the Synopsis. I don't read a lot of Contemporary so I don't really have a large pool to choose from.


Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13) by Abbi Glines - None of the books in this very long companion series are exactly "high brow" but, this book pissed me off to a very high degree. The title is linked to my review which has spoilers, but I want people to know what this book is about, and it's a topic I can't support in any way what-so ever. It's a shameful end to a series and I just can't read this authors books anymore. I can't support her after reading this.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads Freebie:Books I Want to Finish this Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I still have a decent number of books on my shelf that are unread, that I kind of really need to finish, as I have had some of them for over a year now. And one I recently won in a giveaway, I haven't bought any books since, I think, Christmas. And there are about 5 books that have been out for awhile that I really want to buy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Monday: Caravan Palace

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

I am, sometimes, really bad at thinking of interesting things to add to these. I often have no context for why I pick songs, just ones that I like that I have listened to a lot that week or ones I have newly discovered. But this is kind of a throwback to my very first Music Monday, Caravan Palace. Who I have finally found out what genre they belong to, it's called "Electronic Swing". Which makes sense, as whenever I listen to their music I get nostalgic about when I used to go Swing dancing.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

1. Alternate History - Alternate History is a great way to tell a "what if" story. 

2. The Girl Chooses Herself There are dozens of books where a female protagonist "has to choose between two boys". But really a lot of the time I would prefer for her to chose herself over either boy. Sometimes neither is the right guy, and that's okay. It's actually a really good underused message to send to younger girls. A boy doesn't have to define you, you can choose to be alone until you really know who you are as a person. I never see this in books.

3. Books Based on Mythology Other Than Greek - There are so many other mythologies that are just as, if not more, interesting than Greek Mythology. 

4. Less Romance in General - Look, I don't actually care if a book has a romance. I just don't like with it's shoehorned in for no reason. 

5. More Elaborate Worldbuilding - Even if it's an Urban Fantasy book, set in real-world places, there has to be a better explanation to why there is magic in the real world other than "because it is". 

6. More male Protagonists - There I said it. Every really popular book that has come out in the past 5 years has had a Female protag. Aside from the Percy Jackson books, almost every book has had a female protag, and I think there need to be more male characters for guys to relate to so they keep reading. I don't really blame a guy for not wanting to read a YA Fantasy book with a female lead, as 9times out of 10 the romance is at the front of the story and guys don't really want to read romance books.

7. More Self-sustaining Female Characters - A lot of the time when there is a female lead, she starts out as this character that seems to really have her shit together and can take care of herself, but as soon as she meets the prospective love interest, she becomes useless. And that bothers me too. Why does the love interest have to start defining a character? 

8. Maps - Put a dang map in your book. I don't care if the characters hardly travel in the world you created for them, I want to see a map. I am a visual person, and I need to see what's up to get a really good mental image of the world.

9. Less "out there" names - Or at the very least show us how we're supposed to pronounce the name. If an author is going to make up a name for their characters, add a glossary. I'd prefer authors not use names that are so weird I have to guess what their name is. 

10. More Well-rounded Characters - A lot of times, characters come across as just being one thing. A fighter, a rebel, etc. A character that is a fighter, could also have a distaste for extreme violence, a rebel could also struggle with the morality of their decisions. I don't know if there are any current characters like this, but it would be nice to see characters that could also seem like real people.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Music Monday: Surprise songs, and I got a kitty!

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

So, I have had a week and a half. I was previously sick, then my little boy got sick, then The Husband was sick. I am still sorting out things and haven't finished a book in over a month so that part of my blog is still on hold. But sharing music is easy enough, and I do listen to a lot of music.
I also got a kitty this weekend, I was cuddling her the first day I had her and I already felt my stress levels lowering. When we went to the shelter, it took us about 10 seconds to decide she was the kitten we wanted to take home. My little boy likes her, but whenever she tries to get close to him to smell him he runs away. She's asleep in the photo so Dorian felt comfortable getting closer. While we were waiting for the paperwork to go through he wanted to go in the dog room, I informed him he wouldn't like it (Dogs scare him for some reason, not sure why he's never had a negative encounter with a dog) We took two steps in the room and when the dogs started barking he instantly started "noping" back out of the room.
She's about three, and pretty tiny. She was previously a stray so she's a little on the skinny side. We're hoping to get her to a healthy weight soonish. The shelter named her Skye, we like it for her, but I've been calling her "pretty girl"; because she is such a pretty kitty.

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Anyways! This past week I have discovered that Michelle Branch has a new album. Her last one came out when I was in High School, way back in 2003. YouTube wasn't a thing yet and iTunes was pretty new, and none of the streaming options existed either, so finding music was harder than is now. I have been listening to the album and I like a number of the songs, I am sharing the first track on the album.

I initially heard a cover of this song, but I wanted to listen to the original, sometimes covers are better than the actual song... but when I watched this, the original MV, I almost started crying. I don't often cry when watching movies, or reading books. But about half way through I was on the verge of tears.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Going on a Hiatus.

I have had a very stressful time these past few weeks. I know I don't have many followers, but for those that do, and like reading my blog I just have to take a break for a bit.  Not sure how long it will be, but I need to take a break. I haven't had much time to read lately, so I don't have anything to review, I have already "used" all the unread books on my shelf to share for Friday 56, and I have about 6 or 7 unread books that I want to read before I think about getting anymore. It's a rule I made for myself so I wouldn't have a mass of unread books to the point where I wouldn't get through them all.

Anyways, the point I'm making is that this blog might not have any new posts for a while. I might do a tag once a week or something to try and "fill the gap" or whatever, but other book related stuff is going to be limited for a while.

Here's an Otter.