Saturday Miscellany — 1/20/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • Darkside Earther by Bradley Horner — The blurb is too long to try to compress, here’s something the author said to sum it up: “It’s Space-Opera, a YA romance, full of virtual worlds and Space Battles.” Also, I can say that Horner knows his stuff –I read his reviews regularly and he knows his genre fiction — if that familiarity is reflected in this story, it’ll be good.
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown — I thought the Red Rising trilogy ended well, I really didn’t need more in this world — and I”m a little afraid that this is trying to squeeze more out of this story than is good for it. Still, there’s no way that I”m not going to read something that Brown puts out at this point. This takes place a decade or so after Morning Star and has to do with how things turned out after that. I don’t want to know anything else until I read the book, so that’s all I can say 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Amy Sparks and lynnm2018 for following the blog this week (neither of them had a URL to share, either…not often that happens), hope you like what you read.

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Saturday Miscellany — 1/12/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week had just one New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon, but it’s a good one:

  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire — the third volume of McGuire’s Wayward Children series is out and is fantastic. The only reason I haven’t posted about it was that I wrote so much that it didn’t make much sense and needed to get trimmed down significantly. It’s just wonderful.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to 500words, Ethan Bayes and Haden Clark for following the blog this week.

Saturday Miscellany — 1/6/18

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry — a great looking thriller about a bomb maker targeting bomb technicians.
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce — is on the other end of the spectrum — a sweet looking story about music, love and healing.

Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Thomas Neil, JW Bowe, Mar G.-Amorena and Wolfe Butler for following the blog this week.

2017 Best Children’s/Picture Books

I’m not sure why people started sending me Children’s/Picture books. I’m fine with it, don’t get me wrong, I honestly enjoy them — I just don’t understand why people started sending them to me. But I’ll gladly read any sent my way. There was enough diversity in the one’s I received this year that I wanted to highlight those I enjoyed the most. If people are putting out material like this, I think it gives hopes that little kids will be turned on to books the way I was as a toddler.

(in alphabetical order by author)

Snobbity SnowmanSnobbity Snowman

by Maria Bardyukova, Quiet Riley, Jr.
My original post

Fun art work. Some fantastic use of language (especially when read aloud). A nice little story with a good moral. Ticks off every box.
4 Stars

Henry and the Hidden TreasureHenry and the Hidden Treasure

by B.C.R. Fegan, Lenny Wen (Illustrator)
My original post

Was honestly tempted to put this on my 2018 Best Fiction list — I really loved this one, and wish I knew a kid to buy it for. Great imagination that will likely inspire someone else’s.
4 Stars

The Day My Fart Followed Me To HockeyThe Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey

by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson, Danko Herrera (Illustrator)
My original post

Anthropomorphic flatulence — what little kid isn’t going to pay attention to this? Adorable art, cute story.
3 Stars

December 2017 Report

So, here’s what happened here in December, 2017. Good way (generally speaking) to end the year! (I’ll get to the 2017 as a whole thing later today, I hope)

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Talking to the Dead (Audiobook) Briefly Maiden The Squirrel on the Train (Audiobook)
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Death is Not the End The Intern's Handbook (Audiobook) The Cult of Unicorns
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Closer Than You Know A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Between Wittenberg and Geneva
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Elephant Wind Tummy Rumble Quake Set in Darkness
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond Dead Beat (Audiobook) Mink Eyes
3 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
Turbo Twenty-Three The Blackhouse The Twisted Path
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Snobbity Snowman Mechanical Failure (Audiobook) The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Knowing And Growing in Assurance of Faith The Crossing It's Kind of a Funny Story (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Rivers of London: Detective Stories The Wanted Promised Land (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Audiobook) A Plague of Giants Didn’t Get Frazzled
5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
O Death, Where is Thy Sting?            
5 Stars            

Still Reading:

Nothin’, nada, zip, zilch . . . been awhile since I’ve done that!

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

While I Was Reading 2018 Challenge

All right . . . one more.

The blog While I Was Reading (great name, btw), is running a challenge this year, here are the categories:

  • Read a book that takes place in one day.
  • Read a memoir or biography of a musician you like.
  • Read a collection of poetry.
  • Read an audio book with multiple narrators.
  • Read a self published book.
  • Read a book you received as a gift.
  • Read a book about a historical event you’re interested in (fiction or non).
  • Read a book written by an author from the state where you grew up.
  • Read a book recommended by one of your parents (in-laws count).
  • Read a book with your favorite food in the title.
  • Read a book with a child narrator.
  • Read a book you chose based on the cover.

Details/sign up/etc. are here at this page.

I’ll be tracking my reads here or you can see the posts about the books here.

2018 Reading Challenge: Indie-Fever!

One more 2018 Reading Challenge: Indie-Fever!


(text stolen from the sign-up page)

‘Read & Review as many Indie Books as you can!’

Points to Know:
1. Read and Review as many Indie (Self Published) Books as possible during this year.
2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. However, you have to post a review on some site in order to participate. It can be on Goodreads and/or Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble and/or Smashwords.
3. If you are a blogger link up your permalink to the review posts. If you aren’t a blogger, then link up the permalink to your reviews from whichever site you have chosen to post the review on.
4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges.
5. Books read may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
6. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants.
7. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Its never too late to Join In!

Sign Up Here. I’m at least going for the Amateur level, maybe the Lover.

I’ll be tracking my reads here or you can see the posts about the books here.