Midu Reads




Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–December Edition


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 7, 2018.







Another review from the past:


What I liked:

the story was fast paced and flowed beautifully-this felt much more natural than the first book by the author

the concept was pretty interesting & kept me engrossed

the indiscriminate hate that the Decider had for everybody-he didn’t need a reason, he just hated.


What I didn’t like:

the multiple POVs were fine but at the end of each such POV, the author hammered the upcoming events into the reader-delicate foreshadowing, I’m all for it but this wasn’t it.

after reaching the last quarter of the book, the POVs suddenly began with a quote or an excerpt from some book-that might have worked, if the author had done this from the very start.

Steady storyline & an interesting MC–if Joe can be called that-you might want to try out this YA novel.




I loved this one but I read it a long time ago and sadly, that’s all that I remember about the book!




Here’s my mini-review from way back when:


What I liked:

the whole concept-I guess, I’m not a Zombie purist & I loved every bit of it

the gruesome descriptions-an added benefit while reading from a rotter’s POV.


What I didn’t like:

the whole jumbled up part that probably was in Jessie’s mind about Death & extinction etc-the ending was to my liking but the path leading to it, I mostly skimmed.

Give this book a try if you’re looking for an original take on Zombies — beware of ickiness!






My review says it all!





Find my review here!




This would be a fun book to read, if you can let go any expectations about there being a plot. A whole lot of randomness but I liked it!


January 2018 — A Wrap Up


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 1, 2018.




Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan


This is the third and last book in the series, Dark Heavens. It has problems, I admit. All the books are in severe need of editing. For instance, the author describes the characters as stiffening at least hundred times. If they do replace the word, they go for rigid. That is the extent of the expressions these characters show! The story doesn’t flow smoothly from event to event either. It is chunky, which puts off many people. The protag does something extraordinary on every page. I mean, she can’t even poop without gold nuggets coming out (not literally but you geddit). Then the books have a bad case of deus ex machina, as well.


But I find them enjoyable reads!


I don’t know why I like reading these books though. Well okay, the humor is good. I like the characters too. So, maybe those are the things that keep me reading. You’d have to find out for yourself, if this is your cup of tea or not!




Blood Rites by Jim Butcher


Harry Dresden is a sexist piece of shit. Besides that fact, the books in this series are a lot of fun to read! This is the 6th installment and while it wasn’t as enjoyable as the others, I still didn’t wanna put it down.


Two quotes:



“I’ll talk you through”, Kincaid said. “Dresden, better take her gun and cover us.”

“Hey,” I said. I’m in charge here. “Kincaid, talk her through it. Murphy, give me yoru gun so I can cover you.”




The Beast by J.R. Ward


The 14th book in the series, Black Dagger Brotherhood, is a replica of the thirteen that came before it. Since I voluntarily torture myself by continuing, when it comes to criticizing the books’ many faults, I don’t have a leg to stand on. Cheers!





The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan


The 4th book from the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, was darker. The books have been going down that road for a while now. But, I like it! Unlike, Grisham in Theodore Boone, Riordan understands that kids deal with a lot of shit. Parents getting divorced, drugs, sex, peer pressure, and god knows what else. Most of the time, their innate resilience kicks in, and they even make it. So, why wouldn’t they be able to deal with the ending of the world? This series shows that if the bad guys win, there will be serious consequences.


Another thing I love is how the protag, Percy, is written. He makes mistakes but he does his best to learn from them. He acts like a kid and then makes up for it by dealing with it in a mature way. He manages to stand out like a sore thumb — even at a camp for demigod children who routinely fight monsters — yet he fights with and for them anyway. I’d say, he makes a good role model.


Also, he might have a thing with Annabeth, the daughter of Athena. I found some cool fanart to go with that theory:


Image result for annabeth


A fun quote:







Bad Yeti by Carrie Harris


This was a short story that I read so I could say I’d completed the series. A boy rescues magical creatures from a mad scientist…





The Abduction by John Grisham


The 2nd book in the Theodore Boone series is a letdown. Grisham puts another pair of kid gloves over the ones he was already wearing while writing for kids! There isn’t even a “bad guy” that we are supposed to be scared of. There was barely a mystery and the language has been oversimplified. It needs more oomph, if it is to attract kids to reading it is all I’s saying!





Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Brant


The previous book might have been similar to Ms. Heyer’s work but this one was on a level all by itself! Check this out:


It featured a heroine who had had her HEA in a previous book.



Who married an older reformed rake who died because well…he was OLD!




Who falls in love again.



And that too, with a man younger than she was.



The man she likes understands that she will never stop loving her first husband and acts like a mature adult about it!




Need I say more?




Warriors by Various Authors


You can find my review here.





By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan


All the negative things from the first two books came together to make this one! Each character sounded exactly the same. Werewolf, human, or vampire — they all ranted. They all wanted the same thing i.e. to describe sex as graphically as possible. And the ending was so bad that it made me want to hit Talulla!


On the plus side, here are some things that stayed with me:













I love the covers in this series! This book was much better than the first one. After reading Etiquette & Espionage, I had begun to think the razor sharp wit and the amazing sense of humor was just a one-time thing. I’d loved the Parasol Protectorate series so much but the first book ruined it all. This one brought back the stifled giggles and the snorting of liquids at inappropriate times. I loved it!! Here are some parts from the book:

Since the protag was a spy-in-training, she would be using all the weapons at her disposal:




Asked by a bewildered suitor:



Sophronia’s wit:



Sidheag’s vast knowledge of the male sexual apparatus:


The sarcasm, oh the sarcasm!



The unflappable yet crippled by anxiety Dimity:





A simple murder mystery of a book that I enjoyed reading. It described the heartbreaking poverty and widening the chasm of class distinction in Accra beautifully. Here are some things that stayed with me:


The mention of Ananse or Anansi took me back to American God’s Anansi. What an entrance, eh? I also found this cool sketch of the deity:




A surprisingly unsurprising omission from the western history books:





A unique way of reporting murder:


The country’s reputed emergency numbers 1-91- and 1-9-2 could be so unreliable that it was sometimes more effective to call a radio station, which would then broadcast the emergency in the hope that the appropriate personnel were listening.




Brief review of the first book here.




Less funnier and original than the first one but since this month was all about catching up on the many series that I’ve started, I finished it.




Read my review of the first book here. It’s clear that the first book made an impression. The second one was okay. One of the things that I liked about the main character was how he behaved towards the inevitable ending of the world. Since he had no control over that, he focused on a task that was manageable…mostly. He continued solving his case. The repercussions of there being no law were described well too. People losing their shit and going “bucket list” was another thing that made the story more real to me.


What I didn’t much like that every time the protag needed saving or something, it appeared magically. Like sisters arriving in helicopters to take him to the hospital, former cop rescuing him in the nick of time, and an internet connection when he needed to search for a guy.


I’ll let you know how I fare with the last book.




Again, while I remember liking the first book in this series, the second one was meh. Some of it is just me because I really don’t know how to deal with teen angst. Another thing that turned me off was talk about protected sex in the story while the rest of the book read like a YA. The main character can get really annoying in places even when you know that she is just learning how to be a monarch. Even so, there are so many things that are obvious to the reader yet she remains oblivious of them.


For instance, the identity of the secretive adviser to one of her opponents at court. Anybody with half a brain could figure out the guy was an assassin at the very least. But not the queen, not her. She is basically TSTL because she keeps taking walks in the garden or the catacombs when half the world is trying to kill or kidnap her. She also gets healing powers when she needs to save someone and then promptly loses them.


Lastly, at first we are told that the magic power stems from a special gate that can only be found by someone in possession of a stone. The queen risks everybody’s life to get there and then destroys the gate. Suddenly, she realizes that the power is everywhere and the destruction of the gate doesn’t matter. I was like dude, would that be the gate that people have tried to find for millennia so they could take over the world? How could it not matter!?


So yeah, not too crazy about this one!


As you can see, all my January reads were about continuing the many series that I’ve already started. It is safe to say, the trend continues into February. See you then!




What to do with a new book?

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Shelve, read and review. You know the drill. You can add the book to your additional bookshelf, e.g. new 2018 releases.



If you decide to make it a separate status, it will be visible just under Read/Planning/Currently menu. 


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There's nothing better than a new book, right?! Make sure your readers and followers know your opinion about the title. Write a short post or a review, share a quote or a book trailer. Make sure you're honest about your review, no matter whether it's positive or negative. It's you who read the book, right? :)



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Remind your friends and readers that the book is finally out! Add the title to the release calendar and invite other readers who would be interested in the title. 



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How to enter giveaways on BookLikes

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Giveaways are presented on the Giveaways page (menu->Giveaways).



The giveaways on BookLikes are free - you can run your giveaway or/and request to win the giveaway free of charge. 



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If you'd like to request the book and have a chance to win your own copy, you should follow the steps:


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3. Good luck! Wait for a notification that you've won a book. 


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Hey, I am already on BookLikes!

Hi five! If your bookshelf and blog is filled up, he to-do list is short. 


1. Log into BookLikes

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Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–November Edition


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 18, 2018.



You know where to go for the November 2017 reads!





Kaijus? In a book? Sign me up! Read my review here.







Another classic that, like Frankenstein, changed the literary world forever!




Review here



My latest review will clue you in as to how I feel about this series and why I keep reading it!



Review here




This is a scary ass book! I am going to read the next part in the series and then review it here soon!



A favorite. I loved the book and I loved the movie!



A very cute book that had me laughing a lot. If you like rogue fairies who fall in love with felines, then you need to read this!





Ask me what made me love this book and I won’t be able to tell you. But that’s alright. It is the same way with Clifford Simak’s Grass. They are both written in a simple manner and yet they have engaging plots that kept me hooked.



Review here.






Another weird one for the list!



This book affected me more than it normally would have. Maybe I was in the right frame of mind to read it. Or, it was something else. Either way, I now count it amongst books that made me cry — in a good way!



Before there was Jorg, there was Kylar. While the last book isn’t as strong, this first installment is a good one. If you like epic fantasy and wetwork, then you’d probably love this!



Charley Davidson is the Grim. She is in love with the Devil’s son who is broody and violent but mostly reciprocates. She also has the weirdest sense of humor. Add to that, a staunch belief that every life but her own is worthless, and you will have a handle on what the book is about.




Magical realism and good writing made this one a win for me.


An urban fantasy series from the heyday of UF books. All I can say is that I knew I was into this series right from the first book.




Jo is a Weather Warden. Who loves a Djinn. She is also a punching bag for all the baddies out there. She has a horrible sense of fashion. But I like Jo. I also like that the author ended the series when she should have!





Another book that made me cry…a lot. It had its problems but it was still unique enough for me to remember it after all this time!



I loved this one right from the start! Enough to go read the second one, as well.




My review 




A bit late but at least, I got around to it! 



War Robot-Manning Persons, Fighting Dukes, and Bioengineered Religious Soldiers — A Review of The Warriors Anthology Edited by G. R. R. Martin

Warriors - George R. R. Martin (Editor),  Gardner Dozois (Editor)


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 17, 2018.



The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland


3 Stars

A Viking adventure with all the gore and blood that you could ask for. If only I could have been made to care for the characters…


Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman


3 Stars

Soldiers learning to maneuver robots in the war have to do as part of a hive mind. Pretty soon, real life cannot compare with the virtual one that they lead with the other members of the hive.


The Triumph by Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb



4 Stars

A retelling of the myth of Marcus Atilius Regulus, a Roman Consul. In the story, he is tortured by Carthaginians before his death. Everything in the story is actually setting up the reader for the way he dies.


Clean Slate by Lawrence Block


3 Stars

An abused child grows up into a sociopath. You can guess what happens next!


And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams


3 Stars

It isn’t that bioengineered soldiers haven’t been done before. Here though the author makes it all about religion.


Soldierin’ by Joe R. Lansdale


4 Stars

A black man joins the army in the eradication of Native Americans. The story remains localized and makes no claims about the big picture.


Dirae by Peter S. Beagle


3 Stars

A coma patient becomes an avenging spirit with a special soft place in her heart for kids.


The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon


4 Stars

I have been wondering if I would like Gabaldon’s writing and I wonder no more. This story is based on a skirmish between the French and English soldiers on Canadian soil.


Seven Years from Home by Naomi Novik


4 Stars

Nature and “people” come together in this story to save the land. I liked this one because plants featured in it.


The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor


3 Stars

POVs change as we see Carthage fall and a Roman general plays mind games with the Carthaginians he will be selling off to slavery.


The Pit by James Clemens/James Rollins


4 Stars

Canine gladiators and sibling love made this story one of my faves!


Out of the Dark by David Weber


4 Stars

An alien race tries to take over the planet and humans band together to stop that from happening. They also have help from the unlikeliest of sources.



The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn


3 Stars

Women have faced discrimination whenever they have dared to step into a profession. Flying planes during a war isn’t any different.


Ancient Ways by S. M. Stirling



4 Stars

A mercenary is hired to rescue a princess who didn’t really need to be rescued. The princess was a pleasant surprise.


Ninieslando by Howard Waldrop


3 Stars

A utopian dream to unite the world while a war goes on outside. Didn’t take too long for it to unravel.


Recidivist by Gardner Dozois


4 Stars

AIs rule the world. Humans don’t stand a chance against them yet they won’t give up fighting back or remembering how life used to be.



My Name is Legion by David Morrell


3 Stars

Sometimes, the enemy on the other side of the border is your friend. In this story, soldiers who trained together are forced to fight against each other when France daren’t go against Germany.


Defenders of the Frontier by Robert Silverberg


3 Stars

Soldiers have been manning an entry point into their empire for years now. No reinforcements have arrived for some time. The absence of enemies starts to make them think. Does the empire they have been defending even exist anymore?


The Scroll by David Ball


3 Stars

A bully of an emperor keeps an architect alive just to torture him. The ending was a letdown.


The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin


3 Stars

A tale of Egg, the squire who isn’t a squire, and the knight he serves.


I’d say, you won’t be missing much if you didn’t read this anthology. But that’s just me…

#24 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Kat's Books

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All book lovers know that cats and books go well together. Meet Kat, a true avid reader and a cat lover with an amazing book box library ;)


Follow Kat's Books blog on BookLikes: http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/



When did you discover you’re a book lover? 


I've truly been a book lover all my life; I was the kind of child that loved going to the library, and got into trouble for bringing my book to the dinner table, and loved organizing my bookshelves. My parents were (and still are) avid book readers, so I'm sure that played a huge part in it. I even fell in love with a series of books about boarding school (by Enid Blyton) so much, that I got my wish to go to an English boarding school (we lived in Hong Kong at the time). Bonus points for looking up where I went: Battle Abbey. 



How did your book blogging adventure start and how did it affect your (reading) life? 


I started doing reviews, and then started receiving more ARCs, and discovered BookLikes. I enjoy posting reviews and organizing my books online, and hopefully others will read something I wrote and it will help them decide what to read or buy next. I guess it makes me more conscious of what I read next.   



What are you reading right now? 


I'm reading the ARC for a book called The Afterlives byThomas Pierce, which is a book that almost defies description. It's fascinating, and it's out January 9th, '18. I've also just taken on an epic 'buddy read' of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss  , which is 752 pages long (what am I thinking?!). I hope at some point to just focus on that one though. (I've got it on audio too, though)   


The Afterlives: A Novel - Thomas PierceThe Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss


Do you read one book or several at a time? 


I usually only read one at a time, and generally take 2-3 days to finish a book if I'm not too busy and if life isn't too crazy. I like being able to focus on one book, so I can really grasp the story and characters, and only sometimes take on another. I find it's easier to take on a second if it's a different genre, or it's in a different medium (ie audiobook/ebook).   



You wish to read 100 books in 2018 - we keep our fingers crossed! How much time do you spend reading? 


Well, I only really started tracking my book-reading last June, and I read 69 from June until the end of the year. I usually read several hours late at night (I kind of have an insomnia problem) when it's quiet, and when everyone else is in bed. But I also have MS, so sometimes when I'm not feeling good, and I'm having a good rest, I get in extra reading time. I think I can take on 100 this year!   


Kat's Books - Reading Challenge page



What are your favorite book genres? Why are they special? 


I like a lot of different genres and read a lot of different kinds of books: thriller, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, literary fiction, memoirs, YA or otherwise. The only genre that doesn't grab me is romance. Can't do it! Sometimes it feels more appropriate or special to do certain ones at different times of the year though.   



You’re a cat lover and a photographer <3 Would love to see some pics ;) 


I could actually show you my photos all day (see attached, for a few), and you can also find me here:  http://kamoorephotography.com   


All photos Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography



In your short bio you write “I'm usually busy taking cat photos at a cat rescue” - tell us more about it.


I've been a volunteer photographer at the same cat rescue for about 7 years now, here in Seattle, and I take photos of cats who especially need photos that need that extra awesome photos from me to get them noticed, ie senior cats, special-needs kitties. I sometimes do private home sessions, families and events too, but I do photos at the rescue every week like clockwork, edit them and get them up on our site.


All photos Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography



I also design our annual calendar (still for sale! http://bit.ly/CatCalendarKAMoore)  I used to work in film production, on movies, and have a degree in film and video, so have always had a penchant for storytelling, but I went back to still photos after I found out I have MS and to slow down a bit. 


Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography



What are your three favorite book covers? 


EVER?! That's so hard! There are so many book covers these days and who doesn't pick up a book because they love the cover? 

- One of the ALL-TIME best is a children's book – Where The Wild Things Are; it was my son's favorite book when he was little and he was even Max for Halloween when he was 3 (I made his costume). 




- My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix  (Paperback): it's made to look like a VHS casing/cover, and it is genius. The design is actually by a comedian Doogie Horner and it caught my eye immediately. I also loved the book!

- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada; I happen to love the book to death, and is one of my top books of 2017, but when you realize what the cover art represents, along with the vibrant simplicity of it, it is unbeatable as a cover design. 


My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady HendrixThis Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada




How do you pick your next book to read? 


I usually set out a bunch for the month because I include ARCs I have (that may have review deadlines), plus I participate in some challenges on Litsy, so sometimes it depends on those two things, but I'm very much a mood reader when I'm picking my next book to read. 




Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers in 2018? 


- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh  (out next week! I actually also have been written into the sequel too, in a teeny part) 

- My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows  (I loved My Lady Jane so this is a must) 


Reign of the Fallen - Sarah Glenn MarshMy Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Cynthia Hand,Jodi MeadowsMy Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand



- The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson  (sci-fi genius) 

- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager  (who wrote 'Final Girls) 

- The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (a genderbent reimaging of Beowulf) 


The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza - Shaun David HutchinsonThe Last Time I Lied - Riley SagerThe Boneless Mercies - April Genevieve Tucholke



What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :) 


My favorite place is actually in bed, or on my bed, with my cats, and dog. In winter it's snuggly and warm, and in the summer, it's where my fan is. 





A paper book or an e-book? 


I love paper books, both new and good-condition used books, but I also have a Kindle Fire, and I love being able to read on-the-go and I receive ARCs on there, have Amazom Prime, as well as borrow books from the library that way. 



Three titles for a winter evening? 


- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (everyone must read this! It will make you think) 

- The Princess Bride by William Goldman  (the one romance/comedy/adventure I truly love, and I can't believe I waited so long to read after loving the movie so much) 

- Invictus by Ryan Graudin (time-traveling adventure that will take you to Roman times, to the Titanic, and beyond; you'll have so much fun reading this)


Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake CrouchThe Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William GoldmanInvictus - Ryan Graudin


Favorite quote? 


Actually, my favorite is an animal quote:

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France 


If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 


I guess he's not really a 'literary' character but after reading and then 'hearing' Trevor Noah's Born A Crime (and if you haven't heard his audiobook yet, you must!), I so would love to meet him.

And Garfield. 



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :) 


Don't laugh! I had to give my big bookcase to my book-loving son when we moved into a smaller place, so now my books are in limbo, mostly in open subscription book boxes. Someone give me a wall bookshelf system!


Thank you!




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Hello 2018! Hello Books! What you've read in 2018, so far

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Hello 2018, hello books. Here's a little sneak peek into what you've read so far and how to use tags to find more 2018 reads!


Happy reading!


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Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally BeaumanRebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman 


Rebecca starts with the narration of a sweet, naive heroine. Maybe not so naive anymore after being exposed to the pains of life, but still shy and quiet, a regular and unremarkable woman you can find in any place. This book is not about her. Our heroine is the narrator. It's life from her eyes we're seeing. And yet, everything is Rebecca. Rebecca, that was perfect in every way. Rebecca, that was the most beautiful creature to ever walk earth. Rebecca, that died before the story even started, and yet still manages to be the protagonist. Manderley is still all hers, even months after her death. Little pieces of her perfection are spread all over the house, and her presence haunts our protagonist, that fears she can never be viewed as Rebecca once was. And she can't... read a full review



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The Immortalists - Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin 


The novel begins in 1969 with Gold family--Saul, Gertie, and their 4 children Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon--living in New York City. One afternoon the 4 kids go to see a psychic who will tell them the dates of their deaths. And from there we follow each of the kids' lives. How accurate was the pyschic? How does her prediction affect each of the kids in their life choices and career decisions? The 4 kids live very different lives in their daring, their career and educational choices--how much of that is a result of the predictions? ... read a full review



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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini SinghRock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini Singh 


I loved the portrayal of Charlotte and her journey to self-confidence after a horrific incident with an ex-boyfriend. Readers get hints about what happened, but I was not prepared for the details which made me admire Charlotte even more. She is intelligent and shy though she also has a spine of steel when pushed too far. There are many moments where she could have retreated back into her enclosed world, but she kept going and showed how strong she really was. The aforementioned T-Rex whose real name is Gabriel Bishop is a former professional rugby player who is now known for bring businesses back from the brink of disaster. His first few days at his new company results in staff overhauls and plenty of tears... read a full review





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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnultyThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnulty 


Lightning Girl is 12 year-old Lucy Callahan’s screen name in the math forum she loves. Ever since she was hit by lightning at 8 years old, she’s been a math genius. She’s also been homeschooled due to her academic differences and her OCD tendencies. When Lucy’s beloved uncle visits, he and Lucy’s Nana realize that, as smart as Lucy is, she’s missed out on part of her childhood. And so Nana insists that Lucy drag herself away from her computer and experience normal life for 1 year. Lucy’s germ phobia and repetitive sitting behavior don’t make fitting into middle school easy, but luckily, she quickly makes one friend who doesn’t seem to mind her oddities. As Lucy navigates the tricky middle school social world of cafeteria tables and group projects, she will eventually learn the meaning of true friendship, and find out just how far out of her comfort zone... read a full review



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Sitting Murder - A.J. WrightSitting Murder - A.J. Wright 


Whoo, what a ride! Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit.  I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life! The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you’ll be wrong... read a full review







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Double Take - Abby BardiReckless Behavior - L.A. Witt,Cari MeisterOh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country - Craig Pittman

Wood: A PsyCop Short - Jordan Castillo PriceLook for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa GardnerTruly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry DearyThe House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros




How to set up your 2018 BookLikes Reading Challenge

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There's no better way of celebrating a new year of reading with a new reading goal! If you haven't set up a reading challenge yet, we encourage you to take part in this fun way of reading motivation and friendly bookish competition. 



How to set up a reading challenge on BookLikes?


Log into your BookLikes and use the upper menu, select Goodies and then The reading challenge tab.



Decide how many books you want to read this year, type in the number of books and click Save.



The notification about your reading goal will be published on your Dashboard - this means that your BookLikes friends (bloggers who follow your blog) will see your reading commitment. 



By clicking the Reading challenge link in the Dashboard notification you can also enter the reading challenge page and view the previous reading years and charts. 



The link to your reading challenge page is added automatically to your blog page. 



You can change the link name in Settings, the Pages tab.



To spread the news about your 2018 reading challenge, use the Reading Challenge widget and add it to your BookLikes blog and other webpages. 


Go to Goodies (menu->Goodies), Widgets tab, find the Reading challenge widget, copy the widget code and go to the customization tab -- use the green link underneath the code box. 



Paste the code in the Widget Area and click Save.



The widget will be visible on your blog page. If you have other blogs, webpages, author pages, feel free to use the reading challenge on all of your www pages. 




How to update your reading challenge?


If you've taken part in previous reading challenges on BookLikes, click the challenge heading on your Dashboard to update your goal for 2018.



Then click update your reading challenge on the right to select a new reading goal for 2018. 



You can also update your reading goal during the year if you decide the number of books for 2018 is too big or too small.


You should also update your reading challenge widget as well as a reading challenge link on your blog. Make sure the link says 2018 Reading challenge in Settings, Pages tab.




How book are added to your reading challenge?


Please remember that only the books with filled up reading dates will be counted to your reading challenge. Make sure you add the start and end reading dates for your reads. Here are 3 easy ways to do this:


1. Use the Finished button on your Currently reading widget on your Dashboard. The Currently reading spot presents all your books with the currently reading status. 


Write the dates once you finish reading your book.



2. To add the dates, click +Shelf advanced and fill up the reading dates in the Read status


Remember to save the dates. 



3. Use the shelf table view to fill up the reading information.

Go to your Shelf page, press the table view icon and add the reading dates in the Read Date spot. 




What's your reading goal this year?


How to set your Booklikes 2018 Reading Challenge

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
— feeling nerd

To set the reading challenges you're likely seeing post to your dashboard from your followed booklikers, it's at http://booklikes.com/goodies/readingchallenge .  If you lose this post/link, it's under "goodies" on the main menu (so is the Reading Challenge widget code for your blog, direct link http://booklikes.com/goodies/widget ).


Click the "read more" if you're in dashboard view and you'd like creenshots (you'll still stay on booklikes without being redirected to another website/blog):

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Source: http://booklikes.com/goodies/readingchallenge

Blog Tour: Hypatia of Alexandria by Laurel A. Rockefeller with Excerpt and Giveaway

Reblogged from SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews :

Today’s stop is for Laurel A. Rockefeller’s Hypatia of Alexandria. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 

Teacher. Philosopher. Astronomer. Born in 355 CE. In the aftermath of Constantine's reign Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Rome Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages. As libraries burned, she dared defend the light of knowledge.


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Spring yielded to summer and summer to autumn. The starry sky wheeled around Alexandria and Hypatia grew into womanhood. Listening to her father lecture his students on Hipparchus of Nicaea, Hypatia sat quietly at a table within the Serapeum, her pen scraping against the blank papyrus as she carefully copied Aristarchus’ “On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon.” Pulling out a small measuring device she copied Aristarchus’ diagrams precisely as she delighted in the beauty of his geometry, her mind half listening to her father’s class as she worked. Aristarchus taught a heliocentric explanation for the motions of the planets and stars using elliptical orbits for the Earth and the celestial wanderers. Yet Hipparchus, writing only a few decades later, found the logic behind Aristarchus’ calculations lacking. After all, Nature only allowed for perfectly circular orbits; the idea of an elliptical orbit was utterly absurd! Everyone thought so too. And so, Hipparchus resolved the conflicts created by Earth centrism with a simple tool thought of by Apollonius of Perga: the epicycle. With epicycles the sun, moon, stars, and wanderers travelled in a small circle as they each travelled in a larger circle around the sun. And besides, under Aristarchus’ heliocentric model, the universe became a vast, almost infinitely large space, something Hipparchus absolutely could not accept. For what could man mean to the gods if the universe was vast and expansive? Would not humanity become too insignificant for the gods to care about? Though her father’s lecture spoke only of Hipparchus and his innovative use of triangles in astronomy, Hypatia found herself wondering: what if the problem with Aristarchus was not in his observations, but in the fear by Hipparchus and other devotees of Aristotle’s earth centric philosophy that perhaps the gods cared less about humans than the priests taught—if they existed at all? And if the gods did not exist, what then? Was the human reasoning so cherished by the gods sufficient to prosper and thrive without religious belief? Could humans control their own destinies instead of fearing the world around them and yielding authority over their lives to gods and the priests who claimed to speak for them? Was it even safe to contemplate any realm of life where the gods did not rule over every thought, feeling, or decision to be made? Or were her contemplations of an Earth moving around the sun and a world ruled by logic and reason simply begging the gods to strike her down? As the sun set beneath the horizon, Hypatia could only wonder.

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.   With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.   In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.


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December 2017 — A Wrap-Up!


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on December 30, 2017.




A fun book and a tribute to These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. It was a fun read.



You can find my review here but here are some fun quotes from the books that I didn’t mention in it:







Roman blinked again and smacked Aspid’s nose with his hand. “What did I say about kisses? No kisses unless invited.”
Aspid’s tongue contracted. He pulled Roman into his mouth.
I sprinted.
“Yes, I love you, too,” Roman said from inside the forest of teeth. “I need to go now. Come on.”
The dragon opened his mouth and put Roman back into the mud.



Review and the status of Project Frankenstein over here!



Reviewed here




Reviewed here



Much too short, even for a short. I can’t wait to get started on the next instalment from this series!



Okay, so I liked this book but that might have just been because I was imagining Emma Watson in place of the main character. I say this because the story introduced no novel concept. Whatever there was, it already had been done many times.



Much better than the previous book from this series!



This next part contains pictures from our visit to Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. Go ahead, if you’d like to see what a mall based on the different ancient civilizations of the world would look like!



























Follow Friday with book bloggers: 21 Shelfies

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2017 is nearly over and our Friday interviews with book bloggers will continue in 2018, staring in January. Now let's take a sneak peek at the bloggers shelves - it's shelfie time!


If you missed the previous interviews it's a perfect timing to catch up with the book blog talks & meet other bloggers on BookLikes. You can also nominate your friends for the future interviews -- if you'd like to nominate your blogger friends for a talk, leave a short note withe the blog's URL in the comment section below. 


We're looking forward to your shelfies! Add photos of your bookshelves with shelfie time tag and we'll be thrilled to share them among the BookLikes community:) 


See you next Friday!



#1 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Jennifer's Books

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but if I had to point to one book that changed that love of reading into a need to read, it would have to be The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton...

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#2 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Punya Reviews…

Oh, I don’t really remember what the first book I ever read was but I do know that  reading books was something that has been instilled in me from childhood. My first book very well may have been a nursery rhyme or a fairytale. But I can tell you the first book that introduced Romance to me. It was a translated copy of Victoria Holt’s On the Night of the Seventh Moon. Yes I loved the title of this book enough to go in search of more Victoria Holt books. It sure did make me a Romance novel lover..

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#3 Follow Friday with book bloggers:

As I was growing out of that series for young readers, I jumped to one of two Agatha Christie books lying around the house--And Then There Were None --and that really hooked me on Mystery novels...

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#4 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Nicole Reads

I remember finding it in a bookstore; I was maybe 9 or 10 years old, where my mom left me for five minutes while she went to a store next door. I sat down in a corner and started reading it. My mom came back to get me, and I made her buy me the book... 

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#5 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Silence in the library

I read every day. If I’ve not taken at least half an hour to enter a fictional world then I start to get antsy. But generally I spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours reading a day. If a book is really good I’ve been known to stay up long past the pumpkin hour to finish it, even though I know I’ll be like a zombie at work...

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#6 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
That's What I'm Talking About

I blog as a hobby, and my blog is a project of love. I do spend a lot of my free time reading, listening to books, writing reviews, and posting to my blog. So yes, it has a huge impact on my world. As far as the impact to my reading life, I am more open to trying and enjoying books outside my normal genres ...

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#7 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Sailing in a Sea of Words

My love for reading was most definitely fostered and encouraged by my parents. They read to me as a child and I began reading on my own at a very young age. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t love reading. It’s a core part of me and without it, I would have a hard time recognizing myself...

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#8 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Momma Says to Read

Honestly, I was resistant at first. Seriously, who was going to read myblog? Once I started, I found that I really enjoy the blog and when I see the numbers on views, I get excited. So, I suppose you could say that blogging turned out to be a happy surprise for me...

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#9 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Midu Reads [Nominated]

I asked my mom if I could buy some books and she said, she would pick out a few for me. The next day, she returned with this boring book with the least glamorous subject matter and the most unattractive cover. Lets just say, I didn't receive the gift with much grace. She sat me down and told me to give the book a try anyway. I did and as I read, I fell in love with the story. I have never stopped reading after that...

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#10 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
The Book Gourmet

Books have been an integral part of my life since I can remember. My mom claims to have read fairy tales during her pregnancy, and the shelves in my room were always filled with books (fairy tales, fables, children's literature). Then, in elementary school, I got my library card and haven’t stopped reading ever since...

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#11 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Book Cupidity [Nominated]

Before I began book reviewing/book blogging, I remember that lonely, frustrated feeling of not being able to share how a book made me feel with people who 'got it'.  I wanted to talk about books with other people - writing about books seemed like the way to join the conversation...

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#12 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
99 problems, and a book ain't one

My love affair with books began when I was a child. We had this great used book store by my house and I remember riding my bike up to it frequently and finding so many great books. They used to do trade-ins too so once I was done reading I could go right back and trade them in for something new. Clearly before my book-hoarding days lol...

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#13 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Obsidian Blue [Nominated]

Due to blogging I found a lot of authors that I have never heard of before and fell in love with due to recommendations from fellow bloggers that I must stop what I am doing and read this book. I found myself also reading a lot of different genres due to seeing what fellow bloggers are reading and them making the book/author sound awesome...

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#14 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Char's Horror Corner [Nominated]

There weren’t a lot of other children around where I grew up, but there were a lot of elderly people. The bookmobile would come around so that those without transportation were able to get something to read, and in the summers I would stand in line with them. I loved to check out mysteries from Agatha Christie and other authors, and then I discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the great Edgar Allan Poe...

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#15 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Bookish thoughts!!!

Reading slowly became more and more of a part of me. A huge part, the part that kept my brain quite when my anxiety got to much. Just an escape that I really needed. But I don't have anyone around me that is really into books and I couldn't just keep bottling all my book feelings up...

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#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers:

I was not allowed to have regular books. I had the bible, a dictionary, a set of encyclopedias and a set of bible stories. I was not allowed to go to the library either, ever, for my entire childhood. A few times when a friend gave me a book they thought I would like my parents took the books away before I could read them. I went to this same school until I was 18 when I refused to go anymore. I left home and got my diploma through correspondence. At that point, the first REAL book I read was a book a found in a waiting room. It was V by A.C. Crispin and I still have it...

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#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Lost Girls Reviews

We love to share and discuss the latest books we are devouring, and also wanted a way to keep track of our favorites. We love reading reviews and recommendations from fellow book lovers who introduce us to books we may never have discovered otherwise. Also, we've met some wonderful authors and reviewed their ARCs. It is always such a thrill to walk into a book store and see a finished copy of a book we reviewed and loved months ago finally gracing the shelves in all their glory...

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#18 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Leigha's Little Library

Books have always been a huge deal for me. They were my escape when I was sad or lonely. It was only natural that I would want to start writing reviews and other things about the books I read...

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#19 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Wanda's Book Reviews

I usually read in my living room, in a recliner where I can put my feet up.  I have my trusty tray beside me for the cup of coffee or glass of wine necessary and I have my wonderful new blanket (but I have to be careful of it—it tends to put me right to sleep and I don’t get much reading done that way)...

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#20 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Murder by Death [Nominated]

I went for decades wondering if I was the only reader left on Earth because I never knew anyone who read for pleasure and enjoyed talking about books.  BookLikes changed that, and I find the only thing better than reading is buddy reading!  Whether you both like/hate the book, or you each have opposite views, the discussions add another dimension to the read...

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#21 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Mary's Books

When I was little, my mom would take us to an old library in Newport, KY. It was one of the Carnegie Libraries. The children's selection of books was in the basement and I loved to borrow books from the library and would sit for as long as my mother would let me look at the books...

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You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview!

Leave the blog's URL address and a short note in the comment section below.


25 last chance giveaways & how to enter the giveaway contests

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Make yourself a gift and win some awesome free books from BookLikes authors. There's not much time left - all of the following giveaways end before January 1st 2018. Don't miss your chance and request some new titles for your 2018 reading challenge :)


New to BookLikes?

Remember to fill up your bookshelf with at least 11 books and publish one review on your blog in order to unlock the giveaways for your BookLikes account. 


The main Giveaways page (menu -> Giveaways) presents the sneak peek into each giveaway with some core information. 



When searching the giveaways, remember to pay attention to the countries the book is available for. If you've found your next read, press Enter to win.


The next steps depend whether the book is a paper book or a digital copy.


If it's a paperback/hardcover/mass market paperback you'll be required to fill up the postal address and hit Request button. Please add your correct data, otherwise the author won't be able to mail you the book you've won.



If you've chosen the digital copy (e-book or audiobook) you'll be asked to confirm your e-mail address (the same as the one your BookLikes account is created on). Hit I want this book and Request if the e-mail address is correct.


Please make sure to use the correct and up to date e-mail address. Otherwise, the author won't be able to send you the book you've won. If you want to update your e-mail address you can do it anytime in the general Settings (menu->Settings).



A regular BookLikes blogger?

Click request on the giveaway page, then confirm your e-mail address, type in your snail address or write a short note why you'd like to win the particular title (the options depends on the giveaway format and the winner selection). 


Good luck!



A Love Relentless Giveaway

Rohan is the son of an Athabaskan chief. At twenty-six, he is more focused on amassing his fortune and preserving the land of his ancestors. So, when he learns the large parcel of acreage adjourning his property has been left to a woman who has no interest in preserving their customs, he sets out to convince her to sell. But Rohan finds the independent beauty irresistible and sets out to win her. Elizabeth, proud and self-sufficient, soon discovers that the man of her dreams is part of the culture she abandoned. Can they each find a way to meet the other halfway between his life and hers?



Jewel-Less Crown : Saga of Life Giveaway

This fascinating novel exemplifies the material raise and moral fall of Gautam and Sneha and also the poignant end of the latter and the spiritual rise of the former that is after the fall. Besides, this piquant story depicts the tragic life of their son Suresh Prabhu and his eventual redemption through love for and of Vidya. 



Crossing the Mirage : Passing through youth Giveaway

If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road.
As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment.



Glaring Shadow : A Stream of Consciousness Novel Giveaway

Glaring Shadow in a stream of consciousness mode is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life. 



Stories Varied : A Book of Short Stories Giveaway

Stories Varied delve into varied possibilities of woman’s life in Indian social milieu. Beginning with Ilaa’s Ire that takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, this collection of twelve stories ends with Twelfth Tale that underscores her quest for power.



Onto the Stage Giveaway

A compendium of the author’s stage and radio plays - while 'Slighted Souls' deals with the rebellion of the downtrodden, 'Men at work on Women at work’ is about sexual harassment at work place and even as 'Castle of Despair' is built on the ground of man's urge for success, the radio play 'A Love on Hold' depicts the drama of love and possession.



Skin Food Giveaway

When the hater dies, the hatred may endure, and torrents of rage may engulf the earth. Tyson and Lana are on a summer break in Seoul. They link up with Sam and Steve, and the cheerful reunion of college friends turns into a wild, out-of-control night out. Lana and Tyson try the Korean spirit soju, and Sam tries his luck with Mimi, a spirited Korean. However, Steve is in a dismal mood and disappears into the night. The morning after is a sobering wake-up. Gangshi rise from the dead and take to the streets of Seoul—with Steve among them. Mimi, Sam, Lana, and Tyson vie to escape the city alive and in one piece—with their humanity intact.



Defeating the Demonic Realm Giveaway

In Defeating the Demonic Realm, author and preacher Bill Vincent takes readers on a spiritual discovery of biblical principles that will help the reader understand evil and the Demonic Realm. Is something blocking your life and ministry? What curses may be affecting you, and how do you break demonic Spirits and Curses in order to hasten your healing? Being consumed by demonic energy is not the only option--but rather, dealing with evil when it crosses your path can help one grow. 



Destroying the Jezebel Spirit Giveaway

After writing "Defeating the Demonic Realm" Bill never thought he would be releasing a book this powerful again concerning spiritual warfare. We need to understand failure to address the weaknesses and sinful responses have wreaked havoc in the lives of men and women everywhere. The Jezebel Spirit must be overcome before it destroys you!



A Dubious Device Giveaway

Can nanobots be used for good and evil? You can the find out the chilling answer in A Dubious Device. While he is on vacation, Colton Banyon is suddenly arrested on a charge of multiply murders and hauled off to jail. During his interrogation by Detective Haleigh Taylor, he finds out that someone is using a book he has written to kill death row inmates at several Nevada prisons. Eventually he is cleared of the murders and is asked to help solve them.



Planning Christmas Giveaway

Christmas is coming. Fast. Too fast for Type-A over-stressed, Paige, who is planning the ultimate holiday. This year, Christmas has to be perfect. This year, she is meeting Aaron’s parents for the first time. Armed with a list of to-do’s, she is ready to tackle every detail from finding the biggest and best tree right down to choosing the type of font on the Christmas party invitations. Unfortunately, Aaron does not see the “big deal”; after all, “it`s only Christmas”. Therefore, Paige must enlist the help of her best friend, Jack if she is going to get everything done in time. With all of her planning, what could possibly go wrong?



Leaving Kate Giveaway

No big chances, and no big changes. This was Kate’s motto. With her father out of the picture, and a mother who had quit being “mom” a long time ago, Kate finds herself floating through life under the shelter of her brother and best friend. Afraid of rocking the boat and having to face the world alone, she makes every effort to keep her circle tight. That is, until she meets Eric, the charming Southern boy from Texas who stands out like a sore thumb in the bustling city of D.C. Eric has suffered much in his past, but, unlike Kate, he has learned to grow from his experiences instead of run from them. 



The Broken Mirror Giveaway

Tom and Cynthia's divorce saw an end a once-upon-a-time happy family and the beginning of discord in the lives of their identical twin daughters---Sophia and Cindy. Having been raised separated by the estranged parents living far apart, Cindy, who would always take sides with her mom, before and after the divorce, ended up hating Sophia, Tom's favourite. The cancer they carried affected their friends, particularly Daniel, who would live long enough to write the account.



The Christian Matrix Giveaway

The array of 'Christ-friendly' stories that bring about the determinant known as The Christian Matrix…From children to adults, the stories told not only reflect the ordeals of Christians but also people of the secular world. The Christian Matrix is a collection of short stories intended to entertain readers from all ages (not only Christian readers) to enjoy the stories contained therein and see Christ in a different light - the lover of those who diligently seek him.



Saved by His Grace Giveaway

It is a fusion of a play and fiction. It narrates the sermon, in the form of testimony, made by Reverend Xhosa whose life was transformed from being a menace to society to God's chosen vessel. His message and testimony, 'Saved By His Grace', was in great demand in Atlanta, USA, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. However, the devil sought his downfall by using his friend-turn-foe, the co-founder of Fountain of Truth Church, Pastor Bode Cole. This co-founder used the weakness of Dan, his only son, to take him out of the leadership sphere of the church so that he could take charge. 



7 Mistakes Christians Make And The Benediction Giveaway

The recognition, titled "7 Mistakes Christian Make in Churches and The Benediction (The "last days" prayers for all Christians)" is a self-help, spirituality-and prayer-based and ministry-empowered Christian gift which acts as a watch dog; searching the lives of Christians, identifying certain wrongs and proffering bible-based remedies to them. It is makes vivid the various mistakes depicted by Christians in many churches. By extension, it identifies these acts as being portrayed by the so-called men of God. With the use of bible-based scriptures and true-to-life stories and instances, the work piece is aimed making readers see crystal-clear the mistakes Christians are fond of making-knowingly and or unknowingly.



Understanding Heaven's Court System Giveaway

There has been a change in the Christian religion which isn't good. We have lost our way and forgotten who God is. But we have to remember that God is the one who delivers justice to us in the end. He is the one who will decide what happens to your soul when you die. And if you do things right in this world, then He will make sure that you are cared for in the next.



The Wrestler Giveaway

The Wrestler-Nicolaus Martin has always loved wrestling. Everyone called him Nicky. As a child, he and his brothers would wrestle around as they watched the WWF, WCW and NWA. No matter how poor their lives were wrestling would make it all better, even if it was for an hour. Nicky and his family were very poor. Every winter there was at least a month with no electricity at their home. The Wrestler-Nicky was bullied starting at the age of thirteen. The more he got picked on the tougher he got. Nicky and his buddies had such an imagination. They made up their own wrestling in a little town in Illinois. They made their championship belts out of cardboard and aluminum foil. By age seventeen, his toughness got him noticed by a small wrestling organization. 



The Angry Fighter's Story Giveaway 

Bullied at a young age, David develops a hot temper and needs an outlet to challenge his aggression into. When he learns about his Uncle's past, David decides to follow in his footsteps and become a champion fighter, but it won't be an easy journey. Can David live out his dream?



The 12 Terrors of Christmas Giveaway

Award-winning author Claudette Melanson offers eleven new and original stories to make your skin crawl at any time of the year. 



Teggie Wants a Hippo for Christmas Giveaway

Christmas is coming fast and Teggie, a very sweet bunny, wants an unusual present delivered by SantaBun this year. His brother and sister have doubts since this very large gift might eat them out of house and home--if what Teggie wants even fits in their home! Will Teggie find his fondest wish on 'Chrissamas' morning under the tree? Children will love this whimsical Christmas story of the little bunny who wishes for the most impractical of presents to make his holiday happy and bright.



Romance Regrets Giveaway

Romance Regrets is a book full of true stories of real people's tales about missed opportunity of love experiences. This book is great for anyone looking to remember those moments of regret.



A Closer Relationship with God Giveaway

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to have a meaningful relationship with God? Bill Vincent's powerful study will help you discover for yourself how such a rewarding relationship with God is possible.



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Project Frankenstein Comes to an End with this Latest Review

Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth (Popular Culture and Philosophy) - Nicolas Michaud


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on December 28, 2017.



The book might have been repetitive but it did leave me with some interesting ideas, such as:

Sewing human parts together doesn’t rewrite their DNA, so any monster children will be built on normal human DNA.

The context here was the theory that if Victor was clever enough to make a human being, he surely could have created a woman who couldn’t conceive. So, his reason for not making a companion for the monster wasn’t that sound. To which I thought, what was to stop the monster from forcing Victor to make another female — one who WOULD conceive once the former had given in? Or, franken-children, the next time?

If the monster is that brilliant, he should be able to construct a woman himself and then sail off with her in his home-made submarine.

This part is from a chapter that insists that Victor fears the genius of the monster, which is the actual reason behind his refusal to build a franken-woman. After all, the monster was clever enough to teach himself to talk — one might add, in quite lyrical prose!

Then there was a chapter on Frankenfood (GMOs) and how certain scientific progress can be likened to what Victor did, such as genetic engineering:

biotechnologists often select organisms’ features aiming at enhancing their natural beauty

as well as, electroporation:

cells’ membranes are destabilized by means of electric shocks (an echo of what breathed life into the Monster?)

In the novel, Mary Shelley insinuates an untoward relationship between Justine and the Baron after the death of Ms. Moritz.

Really? How did I miss that? Did anyone else notice this?

It might be that Victor was changing some parts of his story for Walton when he related his tale.

It does feel surprising how we all just take Victor’s word for what happened. Could he have not been lying? And while we are on that subject, what is the deal with Walton going gaga over him? Isn’t the monster supposed to have a silver tongue? Why is what Victor saying affecting Walton on such an intimate level? What did he do to inspire such loyalty?


On the subject of “rogues”, a part of the philosophical book by Jacques Derrida on how we love alienating others from the general population. Anyone who doesn’t fit is labeled a rogue:

a monster which is foreign, strange and misunderstood are trying to point out that which is other to them represents a threat.

This fits beautifully with the way people have reacted to an influx of Syrian refugees into their countries. Furthermore:

using a twisted logic that says more about him or her than it does about the Other.

This brings me to something that I have been meaning to look into. Transgenders have been looked down upon and denied a voice, rights etc. for centuries. When did society start blaming them for being other? How did being born this way become their fault? I think I might have come across a book about transgender history on Instagram. Worth a revisit, right?

who think they are in the right because they are in the majority have a power and strnegth in numbers and in traditions and habits, giving themselves a sense of authority to judge someone outside of their group.

What do I need to say to that that hasn’t already been said? Maybe this:



it causes a normative, indeed performative, evaluation, a disdainful or threatening insult, an appellation that initiates an inquiry and prepares a prosecution before the law.

We all know what an “inquiry” can do!

a judgment that goes beyond calling someone “wrong”; it shows hatred and ill-intent.

a system of judgment where the monster can never be “good.”

(calling ourselves humans) through language, thus in the very way that is denied to those who are being labeled(otherwise).

creating an enemy for themselves, and in turn become an enemy to someone who already feels threatened.

Brings to mind the many times Islamophobia has resulted in people getting hurt!

In the same way, a foreigner who looks like a native citizen presents a threat that a readily identifiable foreigner does not. 

Easy to single out the other when they have beards — or not. I’d also like to mention the Bangladeshi revolution here and the atrocities committed by both sides! Then there is also the Holocaust that is never far from our imagination.


The quotes that stayed with me:




And some funny parts, including:

regularly enchanted by nature, to the point that Clerval goes into aesthetic rapture at least twice a day, when the sun rises and sets.



And the new terms I came across:



Here are some transhumanistic advances for you to enjoy.



This brought me to an important question:



As I end Project Frankenstein, I come to the conclusion that the monster isn’t just a villain. He can be used as an analogy for a myriad of topics. That can only be true because:



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My Eleven Good Reads for 2017. Bring It On, 2018!


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on December 27, 2017.



I left behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge in the dust this year. How did you do on yours?



2017 was a good year for me when it came to finding amazing reads. I was lucky enough to find not one or two but NINE of them. Here they are in all their glory:




A book about the Holocaust that will take you there, making you sympathize with the unlikeliest of people! Find my review here.




This is a non-fiction read but I enjoyed the heck outta it. I tried something new while reviewing this amazing book. I did an infographic!




A brief review of these two issues can be found here. What draws me to this comic is the innocence of the main character. He is literally just a kid albeit an undead one who is trying to figure out right from wrong. He depends on his mother to help him make that distinction but her pain makes her “slightly biased” lol.




I think the fact that I binge-read this whole series in one go just says it all. If you do have doubts, you can find my review here.





Find my reviews for both these amazing comics with female leads who struggle with who they are and right and wrong just as women in real life do. Find my thoughts here.




I decided to do a re-read of this old favorite and see if I had fallen out of love with it. I have never been more wrong. The links to the different installments and other interesting stuff can be found here.  Oh, and here are pictures of me with the Shai Hulud:






Another semi-fictional book that I loved this year. You can read my review here.




With this book, Kate and Curran are back to what made them so great in the first place–solving real-life problems as a couple should. They aren’t perfect, they argue, and then they make up. I like that much better than the needy thing Kate had become in one of the books or the shiny can-do-no-wrong couple the two had become in another. The humor and Kate’s struggles with divinity made up for one fast-paced book. I don’t think I put it down even once.




I will be reviewing this one in detail later. Suffice it to say that I had a lot of fun reading this doorstopper!


How was 2017 for you? Did you read good books? Share your faves with me!

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)
Othermoon (Otherkin Book 2)
Nina Berry
Yellow Blue Tibia
Adam Roberts
Her Fearful Symmetry
Audrey Niffenegger

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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
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