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#45 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Celticlady's Reading Room

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers. Meet Kathleen, an avid reader and blogger behind the Celticlady's Reading Room blog. 

 

Follow Kathleen on BookLikes: http://kathleenkelly.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

I just started reading Rip Current by Amanda James. I just started it so it is hard to tell
 
 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. I remember the See Spot Run books in school and I remember loving Black beauty.
 
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Why reading is important to you?

 

Reading has always been an escape for me but I love sharing my love of reading with others.
 
 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Anything by B.A.Paris , The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir and too many to mention. I am a fan of historical fiction.
 
Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. ParisJane Seymour, the Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens) - Alison Weir
 
 
Your blog name indicates Irish roots. Does the Irish history influence your book picks?
 
I would have to say yes it does when I see a book's description and it takes place in Ireland  or it is an Irish author, I always take a look at it.
 
 
What’s your reading plan for 2018?
 
In past years I read 150 books a year but since I had open heart surgery in December, I have had to cut down on the reading, my mind has not been able to focus as much. They tell me that is temporary.
 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

I used to have two or three going at the same time but now it is usually one

 

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Do you review all books you read? How does your review process look like?

 

I usually do review all of the books as I participate in a few book tours. I really don't have a process, I finish a book and just write the review, pretty simple.

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

Since I review books, I get most of my reading material from author's or publishers so it is rare that I go to either.

 

 

Your Shelf presents various types of books. Do you have a favorite genre or you simply don’t limit yourself only to one?

 

I love a good psychological thriller and historical fiction
 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I love all the covers...lol

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I am comfortable with both.
 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

Usually whatever book I happen to be reading at the time
 

 

Favorite quote?

 

"Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

I can't drink alcohol anymore but if I did it would be wine, now it is coffee or hot chocolate or iced tea, depending on the weather.

 
 
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
I have bookcases all over the house!
 
Thank you!
 

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The Walker Papers Series by C.E. Murphy Comes to an End
The Walker Papers Series by C.E. Murphy Comes to an End

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on June 15, 2018.

 

I started reading this series back in 2012. Now that I have finished it, I am going to miss reading about Joanne’s road to self-discovery and some amazing male characters — who didn’t take over her story or act like assholes.
 
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May 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

A pleasant surprise! I was expecting the lead couple would jump into bed immediately but I liked how the author took time to let the relationship develop. I also appreciated how they were willing to sacrifice their vamp/human nature for each other but decided on a compromise. I will definitely be reading the others.

 

 

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Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson

 

Funny and sad as usual. Funny because Betsy is so not what everyone expects her to be. She is a monarch who doesn’t wanna control the lives of her subjects. She doesn’t judge people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation etc. Hell, she is friends with the Devil’s daughter. Sad because she remains lonely or “unwelcome” almost everywhere. She is willing to put her trust in people and learns otherwise after they have hurt her (or tried to kill her). Her husband is the king of vampires and even though he loves her, he is still a cold bloodsucking…well vamp! Betsy is a misfit and I like her all the more for it.

 

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Overwinter by David Wellington

 

I don’t do why I keep doing this to myself. These books scare the heck outta me but I just can’t stop reading anything written by David Wellington. The Laura Caxton series was the same way and I finished it. Then, I went after this duology. There is another about zombies I think. I am going to die trying and I don’t even like horror! Oh, and the covers are so delicious.

 

 

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Unseen by Rachel Caine

 

Like it used to be with Jo from the Weather Warden series, Cas is a punching bag. Everybody thinks they can use her and then throw her away. She also doesn’t know when to quit or give up on people. She manages to be a kickass even when she had all her Djinn powers taken away from her. It won’t be a surprise if I said those were also the reasons why I like her so much.

 

Another good thing about this series is how violent things get. The big bad is brainwashing kids, arming them with the power to control the elements, and unleashing them on the world. That means there needs to be violence at a level that suits the events. It horrifies you and makes you sad at the same time. Cas does her best to remember that these kids might be mindless soldiers but they are still kids. Tough line to walk!

 

 

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Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

 

I love books that show us how love for your family gives strength to face the world. My family has always been my rock, so it figures. This book is about a girl who does her best to protect her family from a supernatural threat. She almost loses the man she loves because of it.

 

I also like the light steampunkish vibes that this series has. In this particular installment, the main characters can’t decide if they actually felt something for each other or if it was due to a demonic deal the guy struck. It was fun to see how they untangled that mess. Oh, and the bad guys are really bad, so that was good too!

 

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Truth by Julia Karr

 

Just as cringe-inducing as the first one and I mean it in a good way. Even so, the writing could have been better. Like the whole feminist agenda could have been handled in a more subtle way. The author promised a third book sometime ago but I don’t think its coming. Well, another series wrapped up…good enough for me!

 

 

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Saving the Sammi by Frank Tuttle

 

A short story set in the same world as the previous book. The protag is a headstrong girl with a chip on her shoulder. She sets off to rescue a family who are in danger of being smashed to bits when their airship crashes. Not bad I’d say.

 

 

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Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

 

This YA series is more about sexual awakening than fantasy. It just doesn’t resonate with me the way I thought it would. The sense of foreboding created doesn’t let up until the very end. But I felt like nothing major happened that would qualify. The main character is constantly bombarded with visions and she fails to connect the dots until she is betrayed by a person she trusts. What I did like was the authentic portrayal of class differences and how vicious teenage girls can be to each other. If you’ve read this series, it won’t surprise you when I say that I didn’t sympathize with any of the characters, including the protagonist. However, I think that was deliberately done and made her feel more real to me. It is the same with her friends: one is rich, shallow, and dealing with effects of sexual abuse; the other is poor, unsure of herself, and constantly dreading her future. I will be reading the next one soon.

 

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The Beauty, Vol. 1 & 2 by Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley

 

Imagine a viral STD that leaves half of the population looking model-like beautiful. Then imagine the rest protesting it as unreligious and unnatural. Sometime later, it is discovered that the virus is causing people to implode. That is the world these comics are set in. They are also full of gory deaths and an evil government. The art is pretty and the message about superficial perfection isn’t subtle. I like it!

 

So, this is what I did in May. What did you read?

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on June 4, 2018.

#42 Follow Friday with book bloggers: KatiEllenReads

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Kati a booktuber with a crave for a lemonade and YA reads. 

 

Follow KatiEllenReads: http://katiellenreads.booklikes.com/

 

 

1. What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

I've nearly finished The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz  . It's reminded me why I really enjoyed her Blue Blood Vampire series. The story is written with multiple view points so something is always happening. It's historical fiction with magic, she's blended the world's brilliantly.

 

 

 

2. When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

I loved reading as a kid but then kind of fell out of it. Harry Potter got me reading again, but it wasn't till my late teens I really discovered how much I love books. I stumbled across The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce and that was it, I think if I hadn't of found those I may not have kept reading.

 

 

3. You’re mainly a booktuber now although we can spot some reviews published on your blog some time ago. Why have you chosen to become a booktuber?

 

I'd done Booktube before but wasn't that consistent with it. I feel with Booktube I can be more expressive, passionate and silly, I find it hard to write my personality into a book review. Plus working full time I never really had the time to just sit and write a review, although filming and editing is just as hard but I find the time. 

 

katiellenreads.booklikes.com

 

 

4. How different is talking about books from writing about books?

 

Like I said above it's all about my personality. You'll see me lose my train of thought, ramble on or get stupidly excited. Whereas with writing I feel like I need to sound more professional. On the flip side, because it takes me longer to write a review I would probably say more about the book. 

 

Kati's Shelf

 

 

5. Why reading is important to you?

 

Such a hard question!! I just love it. The same as watching an amazing film or TV series, I love being sucked into that world. Seeing how it all develops and expands. I can't imagine sitting on my lunch break or train to and from work without a book in my bag.

 

 

6. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Ones that get me passionate. Recently I've been raving about the Sin Eaters Daughter, that book had me gasping out loud and making some very embarrassing faces I'm sure on my train, but I was totally hooked. If a book has me reacting out loud that's a book I can't wait to recommend. Another books I'm nuts about is the Half Bad Trilogy. It was the first male lead book I'd read after HP, it was completely unexpected and amazing. I cried so much in the last few chapters of the final book. I'm really looking forward to reading her latest release The Smoke Thieves.

 

 

 

7. How do you find new books to read?

 

I've found a lot of books via Amazon, it's recommendations from what I've bought. But recently Instagram and Goodreads. Sometimes I'm not even sure how I stumble across new book, but somehow I do. 
 
 
 

8. Your bookshelf reveals your passion for YA and fantasy reads? Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?

 

At the start if the year I try and pick a real mix of books to keep my interest going. That way when it comes to each month I've got some variety to pick from. I try to reread at least one book/series from when I was younger, I like to revisit the books I loved or ones I might not have fully understood 10+ years ago. 

 

 

9. What’s the most surprising book you’ve ever read?

 

Probably the Half Bad trilogy. I never expected that level of emotion from a male lead book. It got me really emotionally invested, not just between the war between the black and white witches but with Nathans personal anguish. The relationship between him and Gab is possibly the best thing I've ever read, Nathan is just a ball of anger and pain and Gab will do absolutely anything for him, no hesitation. Second to that, Peter Pan. I'd read a lot of reviews about the book but I actually found it a creepy, I want to revisit it again though to see if my view on it has changed. (two separate photos)
 

 

 

10. Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

When I was younger I used to swap between three books every week. Somehow I kept the stories all straight and everything made sense. Prior to the job I'm at now I would have a book at work and one at home. Currently I'm just reading one at a time. But I find it easy to read multiple books. 

 

 

11. A library or a bookstore?

 

Always a bookstore. My high school library was brilliant, but when I went to college it was all educational books and that really deflated me. I think I've only ever been to my local library once and that was for an essay at college. 

 

 

12. What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Do you understand how hard of a question that is?!?! There are way too many to pick from, I won't lie I'm a cover addict. The three I've gone for are ones I'm currently in love with. 

 

 

13. A paper book or an e-book?

 

Always and forever paperback. I do own a kindle, because I'm slowly running out of room. Plus it's great for holidays and books I'm uncertain I'll like but want to give ago. 
 

 

14. Three titles for a holiday break?

 

Any of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, they're so fast paced. Such a guilty pleasure read for me, I love history. Stardust by Neil Gaiman, it's far too short but it's so beautiful. Finally The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Oh my goodness this book!!

 

 

 

15. Favorite quote?

 

I actually don't think I really have one. I don't know how people have them. I wish I did though.

 

 

16. If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

I'm so boring I drink a lot of water!! But the wear has been so sunny of late so let's say a cocktail!! Lately I'm a lover of raspberry gin and lemonade.

 

 

17. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My bookshelves will never be complete. I'm always removing and reorganisating them. These are my favourite two bookcases.

 

 

Thank you!

 

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6 YA Fantasy Books for Your June Reading List

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Have a look at six most anticipated YA fantasy books to read in June. Have you already added them to your reading list?

 

What are you reading and waiting for this June? 

 

 

 A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir  

Out: June 12th 2018

Buy it->

 

 

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
 

 

 

Smoke in the Sun - Renee Ahdieh 

Out: June 5th 2018

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After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

 

 

My Plain Jane - Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton 

Out: June 26th 2018

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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

 

 

Court of Shadows - Madeleine Roux 

Out: June 26th 2018

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After the frightful events of last autumn, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton has settled into her role as a maid at Coldthistle House, but she has not settled into what that means for her humanity.

As Louisa struggles to figure out whether she is worthy of redemption, the devilish Mr. Morningside plans a fete— one that will bring new guests to Coldthistle House. From wicked humans to Upworlders, angelic beings who look down upon Mr. Morningside’s monstrous staff, all are armed with their own brand of self-righteous justice.

Even a man claiming to be Louisa’s father has a role to play, though what his true motive is, Louisa cannot tell. The conflicts will eventually come to a head on the grounds of Coldthistle House—and the stakes include Louisa’s very soul.

 

 

The Emerald Sea - Richelle Mead 

Out: June 26th 2018

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Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court's hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

 

 

The Bird and the Blade - Megan Bannen 

Out: June 5th 2018

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As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

 

 

What are your June reading plans?

 

 

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If you love romance stories, you should check 12 Royal Wedding Books Reading List ->

#41 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JoRead

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Joanna, an avid reader and romance books fan, who prefers reading than eating and sleeping. Obviously. 

 

Follow JoRead on BookLikes: http://joread.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

I hardly ever read more than one book at once but right now it happens that I’m reading two. The first one is a lovely ARC by the always amazing Katharine Ashe called The Prince and I’m loving it. I’m also reading Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London but only a few chapters in on that one so it’s too early to tell ;)

 

The Prince (Devil's Duke) - Katharine AsheBad Bachelor - Stefanie London

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

Very early in life. I was the girl that would rather spend her time inside reading a book instead of playing outside with kids my age.

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

At first it was sort of an escapism. Books would take me to a different place, different time, and sometimes even different worlds. Now I’ve realized that books, regardless of genre or whether is fiction or non-fiction have always something new for me to learn. Books have taught me to understand people better because in a way I’ve been inside other people’s minds.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I think people need to give romance books a chance. Romance is more than “smut” or “mommy porn,” which by the way, are terms that I loathe with the passion of a thousand suns! Romance is a genre that’s been empowering people in general (women in particular) for centuries. Depending on your tastes you could try authors Lisa Kleypas for historical stories, Penny Reid for some fun contemporary reads, and Jennifer Ashley for adventure with paranormal creatures.  

 

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You short bio says: “If it wasn't because life gets in the way, I could spend all day reading”. How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Dear me, hours I tell you! Hours! But who needs to eat and sleep is overrated anyway… :)

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

Besides Booklikes I’m part of several book groups in Facebook and Goodreads. Like-minded people tend to recommend the best books.  

 

 

We can find many romance titles on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?

 

I read romance the most because it’s what I like the most but I do enjoy all genres. I’ve read from Leo Tolstoy to the beautiful crafted Japanese Manga. A book is a book is a book and each one has something new to teach the reader. 

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

I try to stick to one at a time but there are times when I cannot take my print with me so my handy eBook reader comes to the rescue. For instance, currently I’m reading Bad Bachelor in print and The Prince in eBook.  

 

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Your bookshelf has got many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re a well organized reader?

 

I try to be. My digital shelf is organized so because if I ever need to “pick” a book with a certain theme I can just check that shelf and voilà! All at the click of a key :)

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Eek! I have lots! No way I could choose only 3. How about I give you the three that come to mind right away ;) 

 

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith ThompsonLady in Red - Maire ClaremontWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. Well, I love prints and if I’d have more place at home all of my books would be in print but I love the simplicity of format of an eBook. You can literally have hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

 

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Favorite quote?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

I’d read Jennifer Ashley’s Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage while sipping Earl Grey tea. Yep, that would hit the spot.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My apartment is really small so most of my books are in boxes *sad face*

But here is a pic of the books I have on hand because I’m planning on reading them or have read recently.

 

 

Thanks! This was lots of fun! 

 

Thank you!

 

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April 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

 

This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.

 

Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.

 

The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!

 

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Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged by Brian Michael Bendis

 

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The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.

 

Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:

 

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Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:

 

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Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:

 

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I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.

 

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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #1 by James Ninness

 

Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.

 

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 (1&2) by Meredith Finch

 

So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.

 

 

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Downward to the Earth Vol. 1 & 2 by Philippe Thirault

 

This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:

 

I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?

 

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 7 - Death Beneath the Waves by George Mann & Vol 8: Time Trials: The Wolves of Winter

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The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!

 

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The alternate covers are amazing!

 

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The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol

 

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The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:

 

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There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:

 

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Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

 

Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:

 

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Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson

 

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Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.

 

 

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 

One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

 

Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:

 

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I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.

 

And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!

 

As I said, I liked it!

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.

 

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Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1-6 by Louise Simonson

 

Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:

 

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This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.

#39 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Line Bookaholic

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Coraline, a book lover from Belgium who loves sipping beer when reading ;) Check out Coraline's beach reads, cover love and her French bookshelf. 

 

Follow Line Bookaholic http://line.booklikes.com

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

I just started reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It has been on my shelf for ages because I've heard many great things about it and I finally decided to pick it up. I am only 32 pages in but I feel like I'm going to like it a lot. 

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana  Hunter 

Harry Potter definitely got me into Fantasy. But I really started reading a lot after reading Amélie Nothomb for the first time. She is a writer from my home country and I really love what she does. It is really different from what I usually read though. (Stupeur et Tremblements; Fear and Trembling in English)

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?

 

I started blogging a few years ago when I discovered Booktube. I found it totally amazing that so many people were loving the same books I was and I decided to start a blog. What I enjoy the most is interacting with other book lovers. Not many of my friends are readers and it is amazing to be able to share so much with other readers and discovering new books.

 

 

http://line.booklikes.com ->

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It is mostly a way to escape reality. When I read I stop thinking about all the rest (money, work, chores, world problems...). But it is also really important because it makes me think about new things. It helps me understand a lot about the world and it gives me new perspectives. Also, it helps improve my English (but this will be for next question!)

 

 

In your short bio we can read you live in Belgium. In what languages do you read? Does the book language influence the reading experience?

 

Yes, I'm from Belgium and I do speak French. I mostly read in English though, but sometimes also in French (when the author writes in French, I do not like reading translations). My main problem with reading in English is the "cultural" stuff, I do not always get all the references, but I learned a lot about American/English cultures through books and I am really thankful! Also, classics are trickier because the language is more difficult to understand.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I would definitely recommend everyone to read Amélie Nothomb. I know that she is not as famous in non French speaking country but her books are all translated in English and she is truly fantastic. Also, read any Sarah J. Maas' books, whether you like YA or not, I think you may enjoy it :)

 

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana  HunterA Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

I used to find new books by watching Booktube videos. Now, it's mostly through newsletters or thanks to Instagram. I also follow a lot of my favourite authors on social media and they often recommend books by debut authors.

 

 

You’re a fantasy and sci-fi YA lover. Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?

 

I tend to stick to my favourite genres. I sometimes try to get out of my comfort zone by reading classics or books in French but most of the time I'm not really adventurous in that sense.. I try to force myself to do it more often because I'm never disappointed!

 

 

So far you’ve read 29 out of 80 books in your 2018 reading challenge. How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

I read every single day; sometimes even 3 pages but I can't go to sleep without having read during the day. Sometimes I read 2 or 3 hours, sometimes only 20 minutes; it really depends on my mood and on my activities.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

Most of the time I read one book at a time, but sometimes I read one book and listen to an audiobook on my way to work.

 

 

Your BookLikes Bookshelf presents a French Shelf. Why do you enjoy French literature?

 

French is my mother tongue and I think it is a really beautiful language. Most of the books I read in French were for school as a teenager but I try to read more classics because there are a lot of amazing French speaking writers out there! I really love Emile Zola, who is a naturalist author from the 19th century. I learned a lot about French society thanks to his books.

 

2018 Reading Challenge Page

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, Phobos by Victor Dixen, Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo   

 

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnisPhobos (Phobos, #1) - Victor DixenNight of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) - Laini Taylor,Jim Di Bartolo

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I love reading e-books but I definitely prefer paper book.

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

Any of the Anna and the French Kiss book, When Dimple Met Rishi, Ready Player One. Holiday means contemporary for me and Ready Player One is just a really funny and enjoyable book.

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

 

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

I would say tea. But for the moment it is sunny and I love to have a really cold beer while reading in the sun (I’m from Belgium after all).

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Here are my regular shelves and my Harry Potter shelf.

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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#38 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JUNIPER GREEN

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Juniper, a science fiction lover who recommends a bunch of amazing titles not only for sci-fi readers. Keep on reading. 

 

Follow JUNIPER GREEN's blog on BookLikes: http://junipergreen.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

Right now I'm using the time between two fiction books to read some short fiction. I've just finished Calved by the always amazing Sam J. Miller. The short story is set in Qaanaaq, eponymous floating city of Miller's recent novel Blackfish City, and follows Dom, an ice boat worker, at his desperate attempt to mend his relationship with his estranged teenage son Thede. It's well imagined cli-fi – science fiction dealing with the consequences of climate change – as well as a gut-punching tragedy. “Crushing” is probably the most fitting expression to describe it. That I anticipated the ending quite early on just made it worse. (In case it isn't clear: That's a compliment.)

 

Gypsy Sexuality - Jud Nirenberg,Bill BilaApart from that, I'm reading a non-fiction book, Gypsy Sexuality: Romani and Outsider Perspectives on Sexuality   a collection of essays, studies, and interviews edited by Jud Nierenberg. It's less about sex and more about Romani civil rights and relationships, dealing with such diverse topics as the self-image of Romani women, the objectification of Romani by outsider media, the difficulties in Romani / non-Romani relationships, and also about atrocities like the forced sterilization of Romani women. I think it's an important book and deserves to be more widely read. It could use a more professional editing, some contributions seem a bit haphazardly translated – on the other hand, that lends them a certain kind of authenticity.

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

 

I can't remember a time when I wasn't a book lover. When I was little, I wouldn't go bed without a bedtime story. I was lucky enough that my family encouraged my love for books and stories. I grew up surrounded by books. My parents read to me, children's books and fairy tales and comics, and when they didn't have the time, my grandfather would make up stories about a heroic Saint Bernard called Bello and tell me about his adventures. 

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?

 

I started writing book and film reviews for our local newspaper when I was a teenager. I've been reviewing books (and films) on and off ever since. I enjoy writing about what I've read, about what I did and didn't enjoy. Reviewing helps me to analyse why certain things work for me while others don't. It also helps me remembering more details about what I've read. I've used Goodreads for a while, but couldn't really get into the community. Booklikes' blogging structure seems a bit more suited to the way I actually review, and also allows me to blog random stuff about music and films.

 

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

Reading is a mind-expanding experience. I can examine different points of view, giving my empathy-muscle some work-out.

 

 

In your short bio we can read you live in Germany. Do you read both in English and German? Does the book language influence the reading experience?

 

Whenever possible, I try to read books in their original language. Most books I read are in German and English though, and occasionally I will read a book in translation, if I can't find a copy of the original or if the translation is much cheaper (yeah, I'm somewhat of a cheapskate. And I love vintage paperbacks). When reading in German, I can more easily lean back and relax, getting into the flow of the story. Reading English or another foreign language means more work for me. The language barrier creates a greater distance between me and the text, I have to work harder to form a connection with a story and its characters. But putting more work into it also means the book will stick with me longer.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I have so many books to recommend, it's hard to narrow it down. Especially because I don't yet know what my followers here prefer to read. But here are some of my favourites:

 

Falling Out Of Cars by Jeff Noon. British SF and weird fiction author Jeff Noon's most lauded work is Vurt  his breakthrough novel first published in 1993. I love Vurt, but I like Falling Out Of Cars even more. It's the weirdest thing I've ever read, without exaggeration. In this dystopian novel, people are falling prey to a disease overflowing the human mind with static, making it impossible to tell signal from noise. Marlene Moore tries to navigate this world, following a mysterious job, picking up enigmatic passengers along the way. This book is her diary, a nightmarish road-movie borrowing motifs from Alice in Wonderland (as Noon is wont to do), creating something  complex and haunting.

 

Falling Out of Cars - Jeff NoonVurt - Lauren Beukes,Jeff NoonTales of Nevèrÿon - Samuel R. Delany

 

Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany, the first book in the Nevèrÿon series. Delany uses the sword-and-sorcery genre to examine power from all angles – sexual, political, economic, you name it, it's here. He also explores themes like language, desire, gender, psychology, the nature of civilization. Also also, he tells a rip-roaring story about a couple of gay lovers leading a slave-revolt. Also also also, dragons.

 

Schilf by Juli Zeh  (In Free Fall (US) or Dark Matter (UK) in English). Zeh combines physics, love, and murder into something that's not quite a mystery. Oscar and Sebastian are friends since their days at university. After Sebastian's marriage, the relationship has grown tense. When Sebastian's son Liam appears to be kidnapped, events spiral inevitable downwards. “Physics is for lovers”, and this book is for everyone who likes to read literary mysteries.

 

Schilf: Roman - Juli ZehIn Free Fall: A Novel - Juli ZehDark Matter - Juli Zeh

 

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

Lots of different sources. Recommendations by trusted reviewers, following favourite authors and publishers on Twitter, stalking their blogs, professional reviews...

 

 

You're a sci-fi fan. Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genre?

 

As a younger teenager, I used to be a very loyal reader of horror (Stephen King) and vampire stories (Anne Rice). When I got my first library card, it expanded my reading-universe immensely. I used to pick up books solely going by cover and title, discovering many great authors this way, even some all-time favourites (José Saramago, most importantly). I still read pretty widely, including lit-fic, noir, science fiction and fantasy, weird fiction, and some horror, but currently I'm focusing on catching up with science fiction and noir classics.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

I try to stick to one book at a time. Reading more turns too stressful for me. But sometimes I'll read a fiction and non-fiction book parallel to each other.

 

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You’re an editor, a journalist and a lecturer. Does your book related occupation influence your reading list?

 

Sometimes. I teach linguistics and semiotics, and I find myself drawn to book dealing with these topics. Sometimes I can even use books I've read for fun in class.

Being an editor – copy editor for non-fiction texts – influences my reading in less pleasant ways. Spotting mistakes in books really annoys me, and I can be extremely nit-picky.

 

 

Your BookLikes Bookshelf presents many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re an organized book lover?

 

Oh, no! Not at all! My shelves are mostly named by association, and sometimes even I can't tell any more why I put a certain book on a certain shelf. My shelves at home are organised by colour and my Kindle isn't organised at all.

 

There's a German saying: “Ordnung ist das halbe Leben” (order is half of life). Well, I prefer the other half.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. I haven't even read the book yet, but I love the cover. It's so corny, and so neon – absolutely spectacular.

 

The Poem Skull by J.M. Hushour.  A very fitting cover. Weird, zany book, too.

 

Recently I find myself in love with the UK edition of Sam J. Miller's Blackfish City, the next book I plan to read. I like the neon-coloured US-edition too, but the UK cover with its crisp ocean colours and contrasting pink letters really stood out to me.

 

Inherent Vice - Thomas PynchonThe Poem-Skull - J.M. HushourBlackfish City: A Novel - Sam J. Miller

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Firmly both. I like my Kindle for practical reasons; it's easier to travel with, and I can adjust the font size to my convenience. But I also like the look and feel (and smell) of paper books, of books brand new from the factory as well as of vintage paperbacks which have already traveled a bit, gaining personality and having more than one story to tell.

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

For your Eurovision holiday party (May 12th, don't miss it!): Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. I mean, Eurovision in space!

Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente 

 

For a day (or a month) at the beach: Der Schwarm (The Swarm) by Frank Schätzing. Biological thriller featuring everything (EVERYTHING!) you ever wanted to know about marine wildlife. Plus a few things you didn't want to know.

Der Schwarm - Frank SchätzingThe Swarm - Frank Schätzing,Sally-Ann Spencer

 

For people who don't like holidays: Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. The sun shines too brightly? The birds sing too chirpy? Your life's too damn groovy and you need something to bring you down? This is the perfect book for you. A veritable antidote to happiness, darker than sunshades and as soothing as a rainy day in November.

 

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti,Ray Brassier 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Der Mensch ist ein Loch im Nichts. // The human being is a hole in nothingness.

~ Juli Zeh, Schilf (In Free Fall/ Dark Matter)

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Something with caffeine. Coffee in winter, in summer diet coke with lots of ice.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don't collect books. Usually I donate or re-sell after reading. So I don't have that many shelves I could show you. But here's a look at my less than impressive, and somewhat chaotic, library and at my Kindle content.

 

Thank you!

 

 

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The 6th and Last Update for Readthon’18
The 6th and Last Update for Readthon’18

Readthon’18 Mini Challenges

 

So, the bloggers participating in Dewey's Readathon also create mini-challenges that you can do while you read. A big thank you to those bloggers because the amount of work they put into designing these challenges and hourly updates is ah-mazing! 

 

So, I did some of the challenges:

 

Anthology of Interest  wanted to know about an anthology you'd like to see

My answer: an anthology about taboos

 

Vague Recollections asked to describe the current in the vaguest of terms

My answer: The book where one of the characters has a brain the size of a planet (Hint: Its a trilogy in five parts!)

 

Book Workout asked for a picture involving books and exercise

My answer: 

 

 

Bookish Playlist wanted a song from your playlist and the book that goes with it

My answer: Shinedown's All I Ever Wanted would go with most vampire books because of the lines, "I lie here alone and wonder why; That I come alive, just before I have to hide!

 

Perfect Pairings wanted a pairing of a book with a snack.

My answer:

 

 

Pen Pal asked about a character you'd like to be pen pals with

My answer: Kate Daniels because she wouldn't have the patience lol

 

Covers from Memory wanted us to design a cover for our current read

My answer: 

 

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I had a lot of fun even if I didn't read for 24 hours straight. Do you like Readathons?

Mini Challenge
Mini Challenge
Readthon’18 Third Update
Readthon’18 Third Update
Finished my first read. Now onto this one!
Finished my first read. Now onto this one!

Currently reading

My Cousin Rachel
Daphne du Maurier
Progress: 36%
Dracula Audiobook (Timeless Classics)
Bram Stoker
Hellblazer n. 3
Jamie Delano, John Ridgway
Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (Smart Pop series)
Yellow Blue Tibia
Adam Roberts
The Bone Season
Samantha Shannon
Her Fearful Symmetry
Audrey Niffenegger
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
Progress: 53%

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Kingdom Come
3 of 5 stars
tagged: graphic-novel, read-in-2015, and 1997
A Mere Formality
4 of 5 stars
tagged: missing-shelf, read-in-2015, shorts, singles, and 2008
Chickenfeed
3 of 5 stars
tagged: premissing, uk-author, 2006, read-in-2015, serial-killers-and-other...
Dark Blood
1 of 5 stars
tagged: missing-shelf, 2014, abuse, read-in-2015, series, and middlers

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