Posts Categorized: 2015

The rest of the short reviews from 2015

February 12, 2016 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, C+, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I’ve finally finished all my reviews for 2015 with these last six shorts. Three of these are short stories, one is a book of short stories and the other two are novels. I have two science fiction, three fantasies and one contemporary fiction. These are very short snippets of reviews…lol. At least I have a post about them which makes me happy! “Earth and Fire” & Earth 2788 by Janet Edwards “Earth and Fire” is a prequel novella. It’s a story about Jarra when she learns to fly a plane (takes place before the trilogy Ms. Edwards wrote). I enjoyed the glimpse into Jarra’s life before the books began. Grade:… Read more »

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The Leftovers–Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews

The Leftovers–Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews

January 30, 2016 2015, 2016, B+, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Another set of mini-reviews from books I read in 2015 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet #1 Published 2014, 518 pages Science Fiction (space opera) Action-packed and fun, rollicking science fiction space opera. I read this book as part of Sci-Fi Month 2015 and a read-along in November and even though the last part of November (Thanksgiving) kept me from participating in weeks 3 and 4 of the read-along I loved talking with others about this book. You can check out my week one and week two posts. However, if you plan to read the book watch out… Read more »

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Mystery Reviews

Mystery Reviews

January 22, 2016 2015, 2016, B, B-, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I have a few books I read in 2015, but didn’t get reviewed. I’ve decided to group them together in three or four posts. Mysteries come first! A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson A Very English Mystery #1 Published 2015, 306 pages Historical Mystery–England, 1953 I really enjoyed this mystery. I haven’t read too many books written in this time period. Real events are the background for this historical mystery. Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess defected to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1951. They were both part of what later became known as the Cambridge Spy Ring because they were recruited in the 1930’s when they… Read more »

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2015 reading challenges–How’d I do?

2015 reading challenges–How’d I do?

January 21, 2016 2015, 2016, Audiobook Challenge, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, TBR Pile 2

2015 Reading Challenges I only completed 3 of the 8 challenges for 2015. However, I was 85% or better on 3 more of the challenges so I feel pretty good about that. I’m doing challenges again for 2016–some of the same challenges as the ones below and some new ones. I have fun trying to complete the challenges! Audiobook Challenge — 85% Goal–20-30 audiobooks How many I listened to –17 audiobooks Books reviewed by the end of 2015– 16 books We traveled a lot in 2015 and when I travel I don’t listen to books as much. I’ve signed up for this challenge again. Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge —… Read more »

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2015 reading summary

2015 reading summary

January 2, 2016 2015, 2016, books, Reading Summary, Year End Wrap-Up 11

Infographic My 2015 reading summary is on an infographic this year. I decided to make an infographic, because one of my goals with my blog is to learn new technologies for my blog. This is the first infographic I’ve made and it was fun and quite easy to make using the Piktochart site. There are tutorials and templates which make it quite easy and they even offer to chat with you and help you if you need it. The hardest part was trying to decide what information to include and then how to show it. I hope to make more infographics in the future. Did the infographic work? According to… Read more »

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Waiting on Wednesday–Dec 30

Waiting on Wednesday–Dec 30

December 30, 2015 2015, Waiting on Wednesday 4

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to coming out in the next few months. Check out Breaking the Spine for more information. Admiral by Sean Danker Series: First in a new series Publication Date: May 3 Genre: Military Science Fiction Synopsis (from Goodreads): “I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.” He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as… Read more »

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2016 most anticipated new-to-me authors and their books

2016 most anticipated new-to-me authors and their books

December 29, 2015 2015, 2016, Top Ten Tuesday 11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with! This week I’m talking about the books I’m most anticipating in the first half of 2016. I’ve decided to just list the new-to-me authors and their books since I have so many new authors and their books I want to read! Born in a Burial Gown by Mike Craven Mystery (police procedural) A police procedural… Read more »

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Sunday Post: Dec 27

Sunday Post: Dec 27

December 27, 2015 2015, Sunday Post 7

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it! 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. Last Week–home and blog Christmas! My husband, three kids and I were all together for Christmas this year. So nice. Doesn’t happen so often when the kids are grown. We even had a bit of snow for a white Christmas! We saw… Read more »

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Santa could bring me these books . . .

Santa could bring me these books . . .

December 22, 2015 2015, Top Ten Tuesday 6

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with! This week I’m talking about the books Santa could leave for me under my tree. These are all books published this year that I have wanted to read, but haven’t bought yet. Science Fiction Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper The Glittering Edge #1 Science fiction adventure story The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod Her… Read more »

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Sunday Post: Dec 20

Sunday Post: Dec 20

December 20, 2015 2015, Sunday Post 6

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it! 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. Last Week–home and blog Wedding–Here we come! My youngest daughter, my son and I are headed to Wisconsin for a wedding on Saturday. One of our favorite nephews is getting married and we’re so happy for him and his bride. We are… Read more »

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