Posts Categorized: 2013

Favorite Books & Reading Summary–2013

January 2, 2014 2013, Favorite Books of 2013, Favorites, Reading Summary 0

Reading Summary I read 88 books or novellas in 2013–way down from my 2012 total (118 books). I think the main reason for this is that I started my blog which took quite a bit of my reading time. I would like to’ve read at least 100 books which I’ve done for the last several years, but I’m enjoying blogging so I’m going to accept my reading speed plus I read some great books! When I’m reading a book I love I sometimes so down my reading so I can enjoy the happiness and joy of a great book! Over half the books I read (60 books or 68%) were… Read more »

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New Author Challenge 2013 Wrap-Up

New Author Challenge 2013 Wrap-Up

January 1, 2014 2013 0

Happy New Year to Everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and will have a wonderful year. → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → → I participated in the 2013 New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. I’ve really enjoyed the new authors I’m reading this year! The Literary Escapism Blog is hosting another New Author Challenge for 2014. Check it out and join the challenge! I challenged myself to read 25 new-to-me authors in 2013. I won… Read more »

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Sunday Post–December 29

Sunday Post–December 29

December 29, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 6

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it! Last Week Around the House This week was family time. We played games (dominoes and backgammon), watched a few movies (Elf, Despicable Me), walked around the neighborhood especially at night… Read more »

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Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

December 28, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

Deborah Harkness is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year! I think this is my last new author review of 2013! I will write a post wrapping it all up. » » » » » » » » » A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Series: All Souls Trilogy #1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Viking Penguin, 2011 E-book, purchased 579 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar… Read more »

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Review: Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

Review: Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

December 27, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

Poltergeist by Kat Richardson Series: Greywalker, Book 2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc Trade, 2007 E-book, Purchased 338 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died – for two minutes. Now she’s a Greywalker – walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. In the days leading up to Halloween, Harper’s been hired by a university research group that is attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. The head researcher suspects someone is faking the phenomena, but Harper’s investigation reveals something else entirely – they’ve succeeded…. Read more »

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Sunday Post–December 22

Sunday Post–December 22

December 22, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 10

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it! Last Week Around the House My husband came home Friday evening. So glad to see him! Our two daughters arrived from the Midwest ahead of the snowstorm in the Midwest… Read more »

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

December 20, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

Sarah J. Maas is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year! » » » » » » Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass, Book 1 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 2012 E-book, Purchased 432 pages Grade: B Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers… Read more »

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Reviews: Christmas novellas

Reviews: Christmas novellas

December 19, 2013 2013, B, B+, book rating, C-, Short fiction review 2

A set of three short reviews of three Christmas novellas. A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister, #1.5 Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian England) Published by Courtney Milan, 2012 E-book, Purchased 121 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can’t forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her… Read more »

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Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

December 18, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Published by Balzer & Bray, 2013 e-book, purchased 464 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death. Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all… Read more »

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Favorite New-to-Me Authors

Favorite New-to-Me Authors

December 17, 2013 2013, Top Ten Tuesday 0

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I participate in when I can. It’s a great meme and is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my own list, but to read what other people come up with! » » » » » » Since I participated this year in The New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog I was able to quickly find my top ten favorite new authors for this year. I added links to each of my book reviews. Most of my favorite new authors wrote fantasy or urban… Read more »

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