Waiting on Wednesday–Dec 30

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking 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 much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer.

Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing one by one—and they are not alone.

………………………………………

Why I want this book

  • I love military science fiction.
  • This is a little different take–the ship says he’s an Admiral, but he seems to know little about military procedures!
  • An interesting cover. Doesn’t really make the book look military, but it does give the idea of being marooned on a strange world.

What about you–do you have books your excited to read?

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

Top Ten

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

Born in a Burial Gown

  • by Mike Craven
  • Mystery (police procedural)
  • A police procedural which takes place in England. It sounds a little grittier and darker than most mysteries I read, but it also sounds very good. The main character–Detective Inspector Avison Fluke–commits a crime so he can get back to work, conceals an illness and soon won’t have a home. Then a body is found buried on a building site and for some reason the dead woman has gone to a lot of trouble to disguise herself.
  • Expected publication date: Jan 1

 

all-the-birds-in-the-sky

All the Birds in the Sky

  • by Charlie Jane Anders
  • A mix of science fiction and fantasy
  • The world’s falling apart. One of the main characters is magically gifted and the other is an engineer struggling to stave off catastrophe with technology. Sounds like a near future story about the coming apocalypse.
  • Expected publication date: Jan 26

 

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 Thicker Than Water: A Monika Paniatowski British Police Procedural

  • by Sally Spencer
  • Mystery (police procedural)
  • Another British police procedural! This is not the first in the series and I will have to investigate which book this is. I like that the protagonist is a female DCI just back from maternity leave. I think it would be very difficult to work as an investigator and be a new mom. I’m interested to see how realistic it is, but I will probably search for earlier books since she must have a relationship with someone…lol
  • Expected publication date: Feb 1

 

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A Criminal Magic

  • by Lee Kelly
  • Young Adult Historical Fantasy
  • 1926 Washington, DC, but with magic! Prohibition in this world is a prohibition against sorcery, but as in our world that creates an underworld–bu in this case of magic complete with mobsters.
  • Expected publication date: Feb 2

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Borderline

  • by Mishell Baker
  • Urban Fantasy
  • The main character botched a suicide attempt and ended up losing her legs. She’s given a second chance to live when she’s recruited by a secret society whose job is to police the traffic between a parallel reality and ours.
  • Mar 1

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Death Sits Down to Dinner

  • by Tessa Arlen
  • Historical Mystery
  • An Edwardian mystery set in London. This is second in the series, but it sounds like I could pick it up with the second book. I like that there are historical characters in the book: the murder happens during a dinner to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday.

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The Courier: A San Angeles Novel

  • by Gerald Brandt
  • Science Fiction (Distopian) with a mystery!
  • “A far-future science fiction debut set in San Francisco—action adventure with a cyberpunk tone.” Yes! A motorcycle courier worth nothing who witnesses a murder and now everyone wants her dead. This is a debut I missed in my “2016 Debut novels” Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Expected publication date: Mar 1

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Central Station

  • by Lavie Tidhar
  • Science Fiction
  • Central Station is an interplanetary hub which connects to everything. Sounds like there’s virtual reality and real life intertwining plus since the city is called Tel Aviv and “it’s a worldwide diaspora” perhaps the main group of people are Jews? And there’s a mysterious group called the Others. Sounds so interesting!
  • Expected publication date: May 10

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Company Town

  • by Madeline Ashby
  • Science Fiction (and maybe a murder mystery?)
  • The main character chooses not to get bio-engineered enhancements and is the last organic person on the rig. She’s an expert in self-defense charged with teaching the Family’s youngest self-defense after they receive death threats–maybe from another time-line!
  • Expected publication date: May 17

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The Invisible Library

  • by Genevieve Cogman
  • Science Fiction (steampunk) & Fantasy, too!!?
  • One of my favorite bloggers Li from Me and My Books talks about this book and that the second book is already out in England. She snapped it up as soon as possible since she enjoyed the first book so much!
  • A spy, a mysterious Library (which harvests books from other realities), stolen books, forbidden societies. “. . . think Doctor Who with librarian spies!” Oh, My Goodness, Yes!
  • Expected U.S. publication date: June 14

 

What books are you looking forward to in 2016?

 

Sunday Post: Dec 27

Sunday-Post

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

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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 Star Wars on Christmas Eve and played Exploding Kittens card game on Christmas! Swedish pancakes for Christmas breakfast, pork loin for Christmas dinner and Mocha Pudding Cake for dessert. We all had a wonderful time together.

My husband and I drove to Illinois on Saturday for our flight home from Chicago on Sunday. Lots of fog and rain. Hard to believe up to 70 when we arrive in Maryland on Sunday.

Television

We caught up on Dr. Who. We don’t get BBC America and my daughter has all the episodes saved so we have watched the current season including the Christmas special. Yay!

The blog

Not much on the blog this week–it was Christmas. I hope to catch up on my commenting next week.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

Radiance by Grace Draven

What I read last week

Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene

“Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

None

Library books

None

E-books

 Stiff penalty by Annelise Ryan

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Audiobooks

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

Tinsel Talk: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR by National Public Radio

Next Week–home & blog

Back to Maryland on Sunday and lots of catching up at home. Can’t wait to see my cats and spend some one-on-one time with my husband.

Hard to believe 2016 arrives next week!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Happy 2016
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Santa could bring me these books . . .

Top Ten

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 Majesty’s Psychic Service #1
  • A science fiction steampunk and mystery

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

  • book 6 in The Old Man’s War series
  • Science fiction–one of my favorite series and authors.

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

  • Time Salvager #1
  • Science fiction and time travel

Fantasy

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

  • The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
  • Young adult fantasy

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

  • The Great Library #1
  • Historical fantasy

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

  • The Elemental Trilogy #3
  • Young adult fantasy–I’ve read the first two books and liked them out.

The Black Wolves by Kate Elliott

  • The Black Wolves Trilogy #1
  • Epic fantasy

Mysteries

Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio

  • Macy Greeley Mystery #2
  • Police procedural set in Montana

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

  • Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1
  • Police procedural set in a small Colorado town

What books are on your Santa wish list?

 

Sunday Post: Dec 20

Sunday-Post

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 leaving on Thursday afternoon and driving part way stopping in Decorah, Iowa for the night. Decorah is a small town, but is renowned for its Norwegian museum, microbrewery–Toppling Goliath–and Luther College. Quite a lot of renown for a town of about 8,100 people!

Friday morning we’re heading to Wausau, WI where we’re staying. The wedding is in a small town nearby on Saturday afternoon, but we have activities for Friday afternoon and evening. Then the wedding on Saturday and reception and dinner Saturday night.

My husband, son and I are driving back to Des Moines on Sunday. Our daughters will arrive a little later in the week and we are all spending Christmas here in Des Moines!

Television

I watched the first episode of Expanse and liked that. I didn’t have time to watch the second episode or anything else!

The blog

I’m behind on my book reviews so was glad to post three of them again this week. Not much reading or commenting done this week. It’s been a very busy week.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

“Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

A Darker Side of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein

What I read last week

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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None

Library books

None

E-books

Threads of Deceit by Mae Fox

Audiobooks

None

Next Week–home & blogMerry-Christmas

We are in Des Moines for most of Christmas week. We have a special treat during the day on Christmas Eve. We’re going to see Star Wars at the IMAX theater in town! We try to see a new movie every year during the Christmas holidays. We’re super excited it’s Star Wars this year.

My husband and I drive to Illinois the day after Christmas and then fly back home on Sunday, 27 December. I’ve loved my time in the Midwest and spending so much time with my children, but it will be good to get home, spend one-on-one time with my husband and see my cats. I’ve missed them all so much!

Since we’re flying on Sunday I’m not sure I will have time to do a Sunday Post.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Christmas!
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

toy-story-by jennifer-crusieHot Toyby Jennifer Crusie
Series: None–part of an anthology
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Setting: United States
Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2006
Paperback, purchased
104 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Get ready for a holiday season you’ll never forget with three of today’s most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You’ll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:
 
JENNIFER CRUSIE
Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game–in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . .

Above her, Madonna cooed “Santa Baby,” the ancient store speakers making the carol to sex and greed sound a little tinny. Whatever had happened to “The Little Drummer Boy”? That had been annoying, too, but in a traditional way, like fruitcake. She’d be happy to hear a “rum-pa-pum-pum” again, anything that didn’t make Christmas sound like it was about getting stuff.

Initial impressions

  • Not my favorite story by Jennifer Crusie. Too short for both a romance and a suspense plot.

Cheers

  • This has the trademark Jennifer Crusie humor. I always like her humor.
  • The romance in the story isn’t my favorite, but I still like it.
  • Trudy meets Nolan a college professor she dated, in a toy store, on Christmas Eve where she’s looking for the popular toy of the year for her nephew. Of course, the toy sold out months ago.
  • Trudy is irritated Nolan never called again after their last date. However, it turns out Nolan is looking for the same toy as he’s a collector. Then a former research assistant of her professor father shows up and they all go on a wild goose chase to try to find the toy.

Jeers

  • The suspense part of the story seems very unrealistic and just didn’t work for me. I wish there had just been a sweet romance especially with such a short story.
  • Trudy’s sister doesn’t have the right toy for her son so Trudy has to go out and fight the crowds on Christmas Eve to try to find the “it” toy of the year?? And when she can’t find it the sister insists she keep looking??? I don’t think so.

hot-toyAnd a few thoughts . . .

  • I bought the paperback when it came out, but hadn’t read it. Now I’ve read Jennifer Crusie’s short story, but not the other two.
  • A new edition of just Ms. Crusie’s short story was published in October.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Jenny Crusie is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of twenty novels, one book of literary criticism, miscellaneous articles, essays, and short stories, and the editor of two anthologies for BenBella Press. She lives in a small cottage on a small lake in New Jersey, surrounded by deer, bears, and dachshunds, where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

christmas-miracles-by-Mary-BaloghChristmas Miracles by Mary Balogh
Series: None
Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England at Christmastime
Published by Class Ebooks Editions, Ltd., 2015
E-book, purchased
170 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: CHRISTMAS MIRACLES brings together three previously published and long out-of-print novellas, each of which demonstrates how the wonder of the season can bring together two would-be lovers or two estranged lovers and create a bond between them that will last a lifetime and beyond.

In “The Wassail Bowl” an aristocrat has summoned his young son to a family house party but is disconcerted when his estranged wife and her illegitimate daughter arrive with him. When he expresses his displeasure, she picks up a large bowl of wassail from the hall table and dumps its sticky contents over his head. The only way for the story to proceed after that is up!

In “The Bond Street Carolers” a gentleman who hates Christmas is appalled when his ears are assailed on fashionable Bond Street by a group of inferior carolers–until, that is, he is rooted to the spot by the pure soprano voice of a young boy soloist. As a connoisseur of music and the arts, he must have the boy to sing at one of his concerts–but the child’s widowed mother will have nothing to do with what she sees as exploitation.

In “Guarded by Angels” an estranged couple are separately marooned at the same cottage by a snow storm and must spend Christmas together without coming to blows. But they have a great deal of assistance from their very different guardian angels.

Initial impressions

  • I really like Ms. Balogh’s Christmas stories and books. The stories have a common theme: people losing faith in themselves, each other and Christmas. How they find their way back to faith is the essence of the stories.

“The Wassail Bowl” — Rating: B+

  • This was my favorite story of the three. I love Mary Balogh Christmas stories which takes place in the country.
  • John, the Earl of Wyndham and his wife Antonia have lived separate lives for several years. The Earl orders his wife to send his son to come to Wyndham Park for Christmas. His wife comes with both her children–a boy and a girl. And the first thing she does when she arrives is to pour the rest of the wassail bowl over her husband’s head! That was very funny. (The story has a recipe for wassail and I can see it would have been very sticky!)
  • John and Antonia must talk and remember the love they had for each other and forgives themselves and each other for the hurts they caused. And because it is Christmas they will!

“The Bond Street Carolers” — Rating: B+

  • A boy is singing with a church choir on Bond Street. A gentleman notices the boy’s beautiful voice and invites him along with his mother and sister to his Christmas concert.
  • The mother, Fanny Berlinton–a widow who lives with her brother-in-law and his family–remembers Lord Heath when she made her coming out. He was considered a rake and she doesn’t want anything to do with him.
  • However, Lord Heath is a true connoisseur of music and feels the boy should have the opportunity to sing to an appreciative audience. He invites the church choir to perform a song and promises a donation. So, of course, young Matthew does sing at the concert! And Fanny and Lord Heath discover they have more in common than they thought.

“Guarded by Angels” — Rating: B

  • This was my least favorite story. There was a supernatural vibe to the story I didn’t like too well, but once I got further into the story I did enjoy it.
  • Elliott Nichols, Viscount Garrett and June Nichols, Viscountess Garrett have lived apart since early in their marriage. Elliott had come home from war damaged by all the killing and though June loved him he frightened her. They married, but June was too young and Elliott had too many demons.
  • This Christmas their relatives have conspired to get them to both come for Christmas. They are both on their way when they are caught in a sudden snowstorm and saved by a grandmother and grandson and invited to stay in their home.
  • Each is surprised to see the other, but they discover they aren’t the same people they were when they married. They celebrate Christmas in this small cottage with the two who saved them and get to know each other and love each other again.

And a few thoughts . . .

  •  Three short stories from Mary Balogh Christmas anthologies published in the 1990’s.
  • I do love the way she writes about Christmas and about young children. They are people in her stories–full of personality.
  • I especially enjoy Katie–Matthew’s younger sister in “The Bond Street Carolers”. Katie has decided Lord Heath would be a good papa, but she’s not sure he will cooperate: “This morning for a few minutes she had even been afraid that they were never going to see him again. She had found herself doing something dreadfully babyish. She had sucked her thumb.”
  • The stories make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Mary Balogh‘s first book was published in 1985 and she’s been writing (over 70 novels and close to 30 novellas) ever since. The latest book is Only a Kiss, the 6th book in The Survivors’ Club series, published in September 2015.
  • She grew up in post-war Wales. She wanted to teach and travel so she took a 2-year contract in Saskatchewan, Canada. After a blind date with Robert Balogh she ended up marrying him and staying in Canada! She and Robert have three grown children. Her dream was to write, but that had to wait until their children were older.
  • When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

you-again-by-JoAnn-Ross“You Again” by JoAnn Ross
Series: Shelter Bay #6.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Setting: NYC & Shelter Bay, Oregon
Published by Catlelough Publishing LLC, 2014
E-book, purchased
172 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: A book nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale…

Meghann Quinn wasn’t always a hugely successful author. Adam Wayne wasn’t always a marine biologist studying whales. Back in high school in Shelter Bay, Oregon, she was the shy book nerd helping the brainiac science guy pass English. Meghann had no idea Adam would turn into such a hottie. Adam has no idea their once-upon-a-time sweet summer romance inspired Meghann’s popular teen novels.

Two shy geeks didn’t have the courage to share their true feelings back then. But now that Meghann’s back in town, they’re pondering life’s important questions. Such as, will Adam ask her to the Snow Ball? And what are they going to do about the lost Orca who shows up on Christmas Eve? And can two nerds get past their initial insecurity to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?

You Again also will appear in a Home for Christmas Duet with Jessica Scott.

Initial impressions

  • A fun, fast read about two people who meet again after 10 years.

Cheers

  • Adam and Meaghann are characters I would enjoy knowing.
  • Meaghann tutored Adam in English during high school and they liked each other, but lost track of each other when they went off to college.
  • Meaghann is now a successful young adult author. Adam is a marine biologist living in their home town of Shelter Bay, Oregon.
  • When she’s invited to Shelter Bay for a fund-raising event, Meaghann arrives a couple of days before Christmas. And she and Adam both want another chance at love.
  • I loved reading about the Christmas parade of boats. And all about the orca (killer whales). I thought the author did a good job making them part of the story.
  • Even though I haven’t read any other books in this series I didn’t have any trouble picking up this book and knowing what was going on.

Jeers

  • The story is quite short and Adam and Meaghann decide they love each other very quickly. But it is home-for-christmasChristmas!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I bought “You Again” last year as part of the Home for Christmas e-book along with Jessica Scott’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
  • I read this novella as my December review for Wendy’s TBR Challenge (see below).

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • When New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross was seven-years-old, she had no doubt whatsoever that she’d grow up to play center field for the New York Yankees. Writing would be her backup occupation, something she planned to do after retiring from baseball. Those were, in her mind, her only options. While waiting for the Yankees management to call, she wrote her first novella — a tragic romance about two star-crossed mallard ducks — for a second grade writing assignment.
  • The paper earned a gold star. And JoAnn kept writing.She’s now written around one hundred novels (she quit keeping track long ago) and has been published in twenty-six countries.
  • Although the Yankees have yet to call her to New York to platoon center field, JoAnn figures making one out of two life goals isn’t bad.
  • Currently writing her Shelter Bay series (set on the Oregon Coast, where her high school sweetheart husband bought her a bag of saltwater taffy, then proposed), along with a River’s Bend Murphy Brothers trilogy spin-off (set in Southern Oregon ranching country, where she grew up), and her award winning Irish Castlelough series, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs, who pretty much rule the house, in the Pacific Northwest.

Reading Challenges

Fav books of 2015

Top Ten

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 my favorite books of 2015. It was difficult to choose just 10 so i have a number of  honorable mention books, too! Here they are and in no particular order (and all the links are to my reviews of the books):

Science Fiction

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  • I loved the gamer vibe and the game world within the world even though I’m not really a gamer. I also loved that the main character had to become an expert in 1980’s culture.

The Martian by Andy Weir

  • The ingenuity and perseverance of astronaut Mark Watney is what stands out when I think about this book. And since I listened to the book the great narration of R.C. Bray is also a standout.

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi–Old Man’s War #2

  • I love this series by John Scalzi. I read the third book in the series this year, too, but reading about the “Ghost Brigade”–the special forces of the human military was my favorite.
Fantasy

Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan–Generation V #4

  • This has been such a good urban fantasy series. The vampires are different and Fort (short for Fortitude) as the youngest vampire in his family is a great character. And Suzume is so much fun.
  • I was sad to read this might be the last book in this series.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs–Alpha & Omega #4

  • Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I think I’ve read all her books. I love both this series and the Mercy Thompson series which are both set in the same urban fantasy world.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

  • This is the first book I’ve read by Naomi Novik. It’s a stand-alone fantasy and completely different from her long-running fantasy Temeraire series. I plan to start reading that series, too!

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

  • Another author who has written a number of books, but this is the first book I’ve read by her.
  • When I think of this book the unique setting and unique character of Karen Memory stand out.

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells–The Books of the Raksura #3

  • Such a wonderful series and this was such a good finish to the trilogy. (Though I’m excited to see that Ms. Wells is expanding the series and book 4 will come out in 2016.)
  • The world created in these books is unique and I love reading about both the Raksura and the many different groups of groundlings.
Mysteries

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie–Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James #13

  • I love this series. I started reading them in 2014 and read five of the books this year. It’s hard to pick a favorite in the five I read, but this is certainly one of my favorites!
  • I love these police procedural mysteries and the way Ms. Crombie often weaves in the present day with the history of the area she writes about in England.
  • I’m equally a fan of the relationship between Duncan and Gemma.

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern–The Country Club Murders #2

  • Julie Mulhern is one of my favorite new to me authors this year and I read both books in this series.
  • It’s a good mystery series with interesting mysteries and good characters.
Honorable Mentions

The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Science fiction, a short story and the first book I read by Ms. Kowal.
  • I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I really enjoyed it and the way the story was complete in such a short format.

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch–Peter Grant #5

  • This is one of my favorite series.
  • The books keep getting better and better. It’s a combination of police procedural and urban fantasy.

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron–Heartstrikers #2

  • I love this urban fantasy series. The dragons and other characters are unique and fun to read about.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (I haven’t reviewed it yet)

  • Such a fun and interesting science fiction. I love all the characters and species in this book.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

  • Ms. Kearsley writes such interesting historical fiction which bring the history to life for me.
  • Her books are actually kind of hard to categorize–there’s romance, paranormal elements, history and the present day all in her books. And her writing just brings the setting and characters to life.

Lock In by John Scalzi–Lock In #1

  • Another John Scalzi book I read and the beginning of an interesting new science fiction series set in our world in the near future.
  • This first book has a police procedural vibe as well as the medical condition called the Hayden Syndrome and the way the society has managed it. That makes this new series so interesting and unique.

What are your favorite books this year?

Sunday Post: Dec 13

Sunday-Post

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

Mid-December already??!

Hard to believe it’s the middle of December already. The weather has been in thchristmas-treee 50’s most of the week and it just doesn’t feel like December.

A quiet week here in Iowa where I’m spending most of the month. My daughter was gone to a conference most of the week and my son was working every day on his computer here at home. We went out to dinner with the next door neighbors one night and that was fun.

We did get the Christmas tree up and decorated which was fun. The tree is so pretty with its multi-colored lights and decorations.

Television

Big Bang Theory was so good this week!

The blog

I’m behind on my book reviews so was glad to post three of them this week. I especially want to get the Christmas books I’ve read reviewed before Christmas!

Blog posts

What I’m reading

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

“Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

A Darker Side of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein

What I read last week

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

None

Library books

None

E-books

Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

She’s Leaving Home by William Shaw

Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart

Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce & Jim Levene

Radiance by Grace Draven

Audiobooks

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

Next Week–home & blog

We are all heading to a wedding in Wisconsin next weekend. My husband is flying into Chicago and will meet us in Wausau, Wisconsin where we are staying. My husband and son and I drive back to Des Moines next Sunday for Christmas. My daughters arrive later in the week.

I’m not sure I will have time to do a Sunday Post next week.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • You Again by JoAnn Ross
  • Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?