Waiting on Wednesday: June 29

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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spiderlightSpiderlight

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Series: Unknown

Genre: Fantasy Novella

Publication date: August 2

Synopsis: The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen.

Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting…

Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • A great, scary (giant spiders are my worst nightmare!) cover.
  • Sounds like a classic light v. dark story. Hopefully, with a few new tidbits thrown in.
  • I like a good travel story where the heroes have to make a trek to get to their goal.
  • I haven’t read any of this author’s books before and this sounds like it would be a great place to start.

Waiting on Wednesday: June 22

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 in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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an-accident-of-stars-by-foz-meadowsAn Accident of Stars

by Foz Meadows

Series: The Manifold Worlds #1

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: August 2

Synopsis: When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.

There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.

Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.

Can one girl – an accidental worldwalker – really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?

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Why this caught my eye:

  • I like the cover–kind of a retro feel.
  • I like world traveling books. The adventure and trying to figure out a new world.
  • It sounds like an interesting mix of characters.

What books are you looking forward to?

Favorite 2016 releases so far this year

 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 2016 releases so far this year.

Fire Touched

  • by Patricia Briggs
  • Series: Mercy Thompson #9
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: I love this series. I’ve read it since the first book and the series keeps getting better and better!

A Muddied Murder

  • by Wendy Tyson
  • Series: A Greenhouse Mystery #1
  • Genre: Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: I really liked the farming aspect of the book plus the characters are great! And the mystery’s good, too.

Murder in an Irish Village

  • by Carlene O’Connor
  • Series: #1
  • Genre: Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: Good mystery. The O’Sullivan family is so fun to read about. The setting in Ireland is wonderful.

Marked in Flesh

  • by Anne Bishop
  • Series: The Others #4
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: A unique urban fantasy. I always love finding out where the author is going next in this series.

Out of the Blues

  • by Trudy Nan Boyce
  • Series: Unknown
  • Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
  • What I like about the book: A debut mystery by an author with over 30 years experience as a police officer. Well-written with interesting characters. Good mystery.

A Front Page Affair

  • by Radha Vatsal
  • Series: Kitty Weeks #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • What I like about the book: Takes place in NYC in 1915. A female reporter whose job is to report about fashion, but who dreams of writing about the news happening each day. I like Kitty, the time period (World War I before the U.S. gets into the war) and the mystery.

Clouds in My Coffee

  • by Julie Mulhern
  • Series: The Country Club Murders #3
  • Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: Takes place in Kansas City in the early 1970’s–great time period (think Richard Nixon!). The characters are really interesting and the mystery is great.

A Useful Woman

  • by Darcie Wilde
  • Series: Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • What I like about the book: A Regency England mystery. I really like the Almack’s setting for the murder. Rosalind is a survivor and she’s determined to discover who the murderer is.

Skeleton Blues

  • by Paul Johnston
  • Series: Quint Dalrymple #7
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery
  • What I like about the book: Probably the most unique book I’ve read this year. I didn’t realize it was number 7 in a series I hadn’t read before, but I didn’t have too much trouble figuring it out. The book is set in Edinburgh Scotland in the 2030’s. Very interesting setting and society. Good mystery.

The Invisible Library

  • by Genevieve Cogman
  • Series: The Invisible Library #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: An interesting setting with a library and many parallel worlds. The book takes place mostly in a version of London where chaos reigns. Interesting explanations for the different worlds.

What are your favorite 2016 books so far?

Waiting on Wednesday: June 15

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 in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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Arsenic with Austen

by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Series: Crime with the Classics #1 (I think that is what this series will be called)

Publication Date: July 12

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town’s eccentric inhabitants–including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards–she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.

Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt’s property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen’s charming reprobates.

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Reasons this book caught my eye:

  • The title caught my eye so I had to take a look at the book. (This doesn’t have a cover I like very much, however–the cat looks stuffed to me.)
  • The mystery sounds interesting.
  • Next I saw that it takes place on the Oregon coast (one of my favorite locations).
  • And maybe the series will feature different classics?
  • This is a cozy and I hope it’s not a silly cozy!

What books are you waiting for? Excited to read?

Most anticipated books for second half of 2016

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 second half of 2016. Many of these books are from authors I’ve read before.

Science Fiction

arabella-of-marsArabella of Mars

by David D. Levine

Series: Unknown

Pub date: July 12

Synopsis: Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, they proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.Now, one century later, a plantation in the flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby. A tomboy who shares her father’s deft hand with complex automatons. Being raised on the Martian frontier by her Martian nanny, Arabella is more a wild child than a proper young lady. Something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.Arabella soon finds herself trying to navigate an alien world until a dramatic change in her family’s circumstances forces her to defy all conventions in order to return to Mars in order to save both her brother and the plantation. To do this, Arabella must pass as a boy on the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company with a mysterious Indian captain who is intrigued by her knack with automatons. Arabella must weather the naval war between Britain and France, learning how to sail, and a mutinous crew if she hopes to save her brother from certain death.

the-high-groundThe High Ground

by Melinda Snodgrass

Series: Imperials #1

Pub date: July 5

Synopsis: Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Tracy has more modest goals — to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honor. But a civil war is coming and the political machinations of those who yearn for power threaten the young cadets. In a time of intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested as they never thought possible.

a-closed-and-common-orbitA Closed and Common Orbit

by Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #2

Pub date: October 20

Synopsis: Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates. A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

Fantasy

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by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #3

Pub date: August 5

Synopsis: When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there’s more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda’s closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin’s war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.

once-broken-faith

Once Broken Faith

by Seanan McGurie

Series: October Daye #10

Pub date: September 6

Synopsis: No synopsis yet

 

 

Magic Bindsmagic-binds

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Kate Daniels #9

Pub date: September 20

Synopsis: Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Den of Wolves den-of-wolves

by Juliet Marillier

Series: Blackthorn & Grim #3

Pub date: November 1

Synopsis: Feather bright and feather fine, None shall harm this child of mine…Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies…

Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone…

An Import of Intrigue 

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by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: The Maradaine Constabulary #2

Pub date: November 1

Synopsis: Mixing high fantasy and mystery, this is Marshall Ryan Maresca’s second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series, companion to DAW’s Maradaine Novels.The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and uncircled mage Minox Welling. With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the Little East, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And these few city blocks threaten to erupt into citywide war unless the constabulary solves the case.

Mystery

Stalking Groundstalking-ground

by Margaret Mizushima

Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #2

Pub date: September 13

Synopsis: When Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that’s only the first long, dark night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground–where the hunters have just become the hunted.An effortlessly engrossing read filled with tension, excitement, and heart, Stalking Ground, the second in Margaret Mizushima’s lauded debut series, will send a chill down every reader’s spine.

death-comes-to-the-fair
Death Comes to the Fair

by Catherine Lloyd

Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #4

Pub date: November 29

Synopsis: No synopsis yet

 

 

What about you? What books are you anticipating for the second half of 2016?

 

Sunday Post: June 12

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

Family visits

My brother and sister-in-law left this week to make their way slowly back to Oregon. They headed for the Badlands in South Dakota when they left here.

My older daughter came for the weekend. We’ve had a great visit. We got some things for the yard. It was very hot this weekend–in the mid-nineties. We got a wading pool for my daughter’s dog and Bailey had lots of fun jumping in and out of the pool!

We went to see a movie–You Before Me. A good movie, but I cried! I liked the actors.

Allergies

My allergies have been in full mode. Lots of sneezing, itching eyes and runny nose.

The blog

Another busy week and I didn’t do a lot of reading or blogging.

It’s Sunday afternoon and I was busy all morning. Just realized I forgot to post this earlier!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library
  • No new books!

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available next week (June 16 — 23):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

I’m headed to northern Wisconsin next weekend and have several appointments during the week so I expect to have another busy week.

My husband is arriving in less than two weeks! Yay! I’ve decided to fly back to Maryland and help drive out with my husband, my daughter and a sister-in-law. We will have another moving van and our second car so I thought having four people to help with driving would be good.

I have quite a bit to do before I leave for Maryland–some cleaning and a few more boxes to unpack. I suspect the next month will be very busy around here.

Blog posts

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

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

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

envy-of-angels-by-matt-wallce“Envy of Angels” by Matt Wallace
Series: Sin du Jour #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy novella
Setting: New York City
Published by Tor.com, 2015
E-book, purchased
225 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: In New York, eating out can be hell.

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?

Welcome to Sin du Jour – where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.

“Most important rule of working here,” he tells her. “Just when you think you’ve got a handle on how fucking sick the universe’s sense of humor is, it goes and tells you an even dirtier joke.”

and

At some point the ground beneath their feet disappears and all four of them are slipping through.

The entire world has become a child’s playpen.

There’s no bottom.

Initial impressions

  • What a fun, strange book!

The story

  • Lena and Darren are unemployed cooks, because they’re blackballed in NYC.
  • They have to find something soon or they’re going to have to go outside of NYC.
  • They get an opportunity to work for at least a week with an iconic chef.
  • Sin du Jour is a private club that caters to demons. Lena and Darren don’t know demons exist or anything about Sin du Jour before they start working, but they find out!

Pluses

  • It’s ironic and satiric and even silly sometimes. Just a lot of fun!
  • This was a little like watching a reality TV cooking show–maybe Hell’s Kitchen–if there were demons!
  • Funny, but also some horror vibes to the story as I wasn’t sure exactly what was going to happen.
  • Written in present tense–gives an immediacy to the story as though it’s happening right now. Also the story is told with detachment toward the characters. I didn’t feel very close to them so I felt every character was in danger. That really works for this story.

Minuses

  • There’s not a lot of world building. I hope there’s more world building in the next book, because this world has lots of promise.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • The second novella was published in January and the third one is coming out later this month.
  •  Since 2015 Tor.com has been publishing novellas from a number of authors. I really like that they are doing this. I can try new authors and read authors I already like in a shorter version which means I can read more new fiction!

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

Reading Challenges

  • 2016 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge–hosted by the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog– Sci Fi Fantasy Humor

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

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Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Series: Unknown
Genre: Fantasy — Dark Fairy Tale
Setting: New Hampshire at Melete — an artist’s colony
Published by Saga Press
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 17)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.

What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.

Initial impressions

  • Such an interesting and imaginative book! I love the fairy tale within the fairy tale feel of the book.

The story

  • The story of two sisters–one a writer and one a dancer–who attend an artists’ retreat (Melete) together.
  • They have been apart for a number of years. Their mother is worse than any stepmother in a fairy tale and Imogen (the writer) felt she had to escape from her mother before her mother killed her.
  • Marin (the dancer) is more favored by their mother, but she suffered, too, from her mother’s cruel attentions.
  • After the sisters’ arrival at Melete they begin to get reacquainted as they both pursue their art.
  • Slowly they begin to discover that not everything at Melete is as straight-forward as they thought.
  • Gradually they learn that both of them and others at Melete are chosen to compete for a very special prize. And they both want that prize.

Pluses

  • I like the mix of fantasy and modern, mundane everyday life.
  • This is a fairy tale, but a dark fairy tale.
  • I like the strange things at Melete–birds watching, leaves blowing into a room, getting lost trying to find some places in Melete, a bridge built only half-way across a river.
  • Imogen is a writer who has grown up reading fairy tales. She also writes them and the stories are sprinkled throughout the book. This gives the book even more of a fairy tale feel.
  • I like that Imogen is skeptical about Melete. She feels it just sounds too good to be true. Many people who attend Melete become famous and successful afterward. Almost everything she reads about Melete tells how wonderful the place is and how much everyone loves it. She’s very suspicious of that!
  • I didn’t know how the book would end. Throughout the book there is an ominous feeling.
  • Interesting characters in the book. Helena is one of the most interesting characters in the book.
  • The cover gives a brooding, gothic feel. From the descriptions in the book I didn’t feel Melete looked like this. However, a brooding atmosphere does come through in the story.
  • I love the title and the images that arise from that title–Roses (beautiful, flower, colorful, often sweet-smelling, sometimes with thorns, sometimes hidden thorns); Rot (something spoiled, smelly, corrupt, sometimes hidden below the surface, maybe even morally corrupt?) A dichotomy, but maybe the rose is rotten? Provides lots of imagery for the story.

Minuses

  • The ending felt a little too easy to me. The book is imaginative and has a great premise, but I feel it didn’t quite live up to that. Still a good read though.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • This is Ms. Howard’s debut novel. She’s a talented writer and I’m looking forward to reading more books by her.

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

Author info

  • Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel.

Reading Challenges

  • 2016 Goodreads Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge–hosted by Falling for YA
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • New Release Challenge–hosted by Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge–hosted by the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog — Fairy Tale Twist

Waiting on Wednesday: June 8

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 in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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I read the first book in this series–The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet–last fall and I can’t wait to get back to this world and see what’s happening next.

a-closed-and-common-orbitA Closed and Common Orbit

by Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #2

Publication Date: October 20

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

 

Sunday Post: June 5

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

Memorial Day weekend

My daughter, sister-in-law and I drove to eastern Iowa for the Memorial Day weekend. My father-in-law lives there as well as a few other relatives and others came for the weekend including my husband who is finishing up work before he joins me in Iowa. Only about three more weeks before he arrives. I’m really looking forward to him getting here.

We had a barbecue, took dogs for walks and worked on a jigsaw puzzle during rainy periods and at night. It was a bookstore puzzle!

A busy week

My sister-in-law and I were pretty busy all week. We’re having a great time together. One day we went to a craft store which has walk-in craft projects so we both tried fused glass projects. We pick them up next week so I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

We stopped by one of my favorite bookstores and I found some children’s books for nieces and nephews, a book of music for my husband and a coloring book featuring cats in Paris for myself. So much fun to browse in the store and they have a mystery book club once a month. I’m hoping to attend this month.

We also went to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. That was lots of fun, but it was very busy downtown as well as very sunny and warm! There was a half marathon and 5K race going on so it was hard to find a way out of downtown. We got a couple of herb plants, some maple syrup and some delicious strawberries.

We had some fun dinners and lunches, visited a winery and just enjoyed the nice weather.

My brother is driving here from Iowa and should arrive by Monday so it’ll be great to see him. I don’t know how long they’ll stay after that, but it’s fun to have house guests.

The blog

I’ve had some internet issues the last few days so my Sunday Post wasn’t completed until late Sunday morning!

Because I was so busy with activities this week I didn’t do much reading or blogging. I hope to get back on track next week!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Nothing finished
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available next week (June 9 — 16):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

My brother is arriving to stay a few days before he and my sister-in-law return to Oregon. I’m looking forward to seeing him and having them both here for a few more days. We had hoped they might go camping with my daughters and me next weekend, but I don’t know that they will stay that long. I may not go camping either since the temps next weekend are forecast for the mid-90’s . . . and only 70 at night! I’m used to camping in the mountains where it does cool down at night and the humidity is low.

I hope to resolve my internet issues plus finish books, reviews and posts!

Blog posts

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

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