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#32 Follow Friday with book bloggers: So it goes

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers!

Meet Ella, a newbie blogger with an impressive library and an avid reader of many different book genres. 


Follow Ella's "So it goes." blog on BookLikes: http://ellamc.booklikes.com/



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


I’m very slowly reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski  in a group read led by the author. I’m loving it and it’s very hard to stop myself at the points he covers, but I want to get input from the author, so I’m going very slowly. At his pace I’m not sure we’ll ever finish, but I’m determined to stick with his reading schedule.


On my own I’m currently reading In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, a memoir by Tom Malmquist. He’s a Swedish writer, so it’s in translation, but it’s incredibly sad. It’s basically about a man who suddenly loses his pregnant wife and is left with a baby. Sounds as sad as it is, but it’s also very good. Then again, I tend to fall in love with many good books as I read them. We’ll see in a year how I really feel about it.


House of Leaves - Mark Z. DanielewskiIn Every Moment We Are Still Alive - Tom Malmquist,Henning KochWe're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True - Gabrielle Union


Also listening to We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union  (read by the author.) I can already tell it’s an uneven book, but it’s very fun. She reads conversationally and it’s a bit like sitting down with a girlfriend to catch up on all the gossip.



When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


Very early in my life. I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read. I loved to read as a kid and family lore about my reading ability gets more incredible as I get older. I’ve been told I read in nursery school, but who knows? By the time I can remember, we had a big tree in the backyard. I climbed it with a book and stayed there all day. Nobody ever found me. I read every single Hardy Boys book from that tree, as well as the entire Little House series, Anne of Green Gables and many more.



You’ve mentioned you’re new to blogging. How do you like it so far?


I love the BookLikes community. I don’t really know how to review. (I keep meaning to read some articles about doing it), but I like to talk about the books. I hope I’ll remember a lot more of the books I read if I do it this way. My goal in joining BookLikes was to find a replacement for Goodreads, but it turns out to be so much more. I do find myself with an ever-growing TBR list, but that’s not a bad thing.




You’re blog name is "So it goes." Can you tell us more about that quote and why have you chosen it for your blog name?


The phrase “so it goes” appears in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five 100-plus (maybe 106?) times. It appears every time there is a death. (Lots of death in a wartime novel.) He does it comically, tragically, every way you can imagine. By the end it conveyed to me both the randomness and inevitability of death extremely well, not to mention both the stupidity and extra meaning given to the act of dying in a war (like people have much choice about it.)


While the book is about war, I think the lesson can work for life too. We never know when death is coming, but we know it will eventually come. It’s not trivial, but it’s constant. If I was a better person, I’d tell you I think about it and it changes my reactions to humanity, but that would be a lie. For many years I thought I’d get a tattoo of it, but I’ve changed my mind about that. So when BookLikes asked me for a name for my blog, it was the obvious choice.



Why reading is important to you?


It teaches me about life. It also keeps my very easily agitated mind calm. It gives me a sense of perspective and allows me to learn more about the full experience of being human. At its best it stimulates me to think in a way I’d not previously imagined. I think that’s why books read as a teen or young adult leave such a huge impression. At its most basic, it means I don’t turn on the TV for many months at a time and I learn vocabulary words, if not always how to pronounce them. I find myself asking “is that how you pronounce it” fairly often because I’ve only ever read the word rather than heard it in speech.



What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?


It’s funny. I never really think I have a favorite genre. But when I started to catalog my books or use book websites, I learned that I do, in fact, have favorites. It turns out most of my favorite books live in a few categories: mystery, espionage, “literary” whatever that means, dystopian and fantasy. Also “realistic fiction.” So that covers almost everything, I guess. In college I was told I “read like a man” -- which I guess meant I didn’t always read what we’ve now call “chick lit” but I’ve read a lot of that through the years too, and I can’t bring myself to get rid of my boxed set of Ya-Ya Sisterhood books.


Why I like them is harder. I love spies. When I was little (in my tree), I read Harriet the Spy and followed neighbors around, carefully noting what they bought at the grocer and whatever I saw them doing. Only in later years did I learn everyone knew what I was doing, if not always why. When my sister explained that I was crazy and read it in a book, they just didn’t care!


I’m not all that genre-specific beyond my espionage needs. All of these are ways to live in a world that I’ll never actually inhabit, but that’s what books always are.


Reading challenge page->



How do you choose your next book to read?



If it comes in at the library and I’ve put it on hold, I read it before it’s due. Only this year have I decided I must read the books I own and unless I’m planning to reread or loan, move ‘em out! I own literally thousands of books, which is way too many for my smallish home. Weirdly, that means I’m picking up a lot of books I have copies of that I actually hope to dislike. That’s insane, but true. I’ve already given a few away this year, and I always have a box filling up for donation. The problem is that I try to only buy books I hope to love, so the process doesn’t work as well as I planned.



What are you three favorite book covers?


Argh - This is an impossible question! I really love the basic Penguin original style, but I’m constantly replacing my old copies of things with the fancy new covers they now make. Here are a few I’ve purchased recently:


This copy of Paul Auster’s famous New York Trilogy  makes me happy. The best part of this is the back cover though.


The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster,Luc Sante,Art Spiegelman


I love these Vintage Classics covers. Here’s War and Peace for an example. They have quotes on the back covers and are beautiful.

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear 


And I just paid way more for a copy of this one because I loved the cover so much. Gorgeous! Whole cover attached.


The Master and Margarita: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) - Mikhail Bulgakov,Christopher Conn Askew,Richard Pevear,Larissa Volokhonsky,Boris Fishman 



You’ve read over 70 books in so far, I mean in 2018 - WOW! What’s your reading goal for 2018?


It started as 30, so I could make sure I met it. I think I changed it too 100, but I’m honestly not trying to meet any goal beyond keeping track. I’d guessed I read somewhere around 200 books a year, but when I looked at my library list from last year (the USA keeps track of what we borrow,) it was closer to 500. As I looked at the list, I’d read a lot of what I borrowed, and I won’t tell you how many I bought.


I don’t speed read or skim. I do take tons of notes in margins or on paper. I just read fast. I’ve had many years of practice. I took a test once that told me I could read War and Peace in 12 hours. That seemed crazy to me. Recently I’ve been borrowing the audio from the library even if I have the physical novel handy. Audio is too slow, even at a high speed (I get pages ahead and tune it out,) but it’s a great way to “read” when I’m driving, cleaning or doing anything that doesn’t require my full attention. Now if only I could figure out a way to read when I’m supposed to be listening to other people!



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Argh! Everyone should read what they want, when they carve out the time!  But I’ve picked up a few books from this series, so I’ll add a warning and give you some titles. WARNING: I liked it, but your mileage may vary!


I adore David Foster Wallace, and while I know Infinite Jest isn’t everyone’s cuppa, I’ll recommend his nonfiction, specifically A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again  . The book is worth the cost for the title essay alone. That essay finds David Foster Wallace, a socially-awkward introvert genius and hero of the American Literary Media Hype Machine, stuck on a cruise ship for a glossy American magazine. He also goes to a State Fair in this book (Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All,) sent by Harper’s Magazine, who called it “pure cocaine” - or at least I wrote that in my margin notes. He’s empathetic, kind, aware, wickedly funny, has a great BS detection system, writes detail beautifully and well - he was worth the hype.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt 


Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby 

Another great nonfiction book, but this one is about books and all of the things books are about. Hornby writes like you’re talking to a good friend, and his nonfiction is better, in my opinion, than his fiction. (Though I’ll never learn. I keep buying his fiction.)


A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again - David Foster WallaceThe Secret History - Donna TarttTen Years in the Tub - Nick Hornby



Do you read one or several books at a time?


Several. Usually I have one essay or short story collection on my ereader, which fits nicely in my briefcase or purse, one audiobook on my phone and one physical “big book” in some sort of process which usually takes me a while because I can get a bit obsessive about looking things up and taking notes.



How much time do you spend reading daily?


Embarrassingly, I think I probably read about 8-10 hours a day. This is because I don’t sleep much. My best friend remarked, years ago, that it was unfair for me to have sleep trouble because I spent my sleeping time becoming “well read.” She’s still upset about this and we’re in our fifties now!


A paper book or an e-book?


I prefer physical, and I like to wait for the paperback copy. If I love a book, I buy the paperback copy even if I own the e-book. I’m weird like that.


Three titles for a desert island?


Infinite Jest  (purely because I think you could read it 100 times and find new things every time. Also, it’s time-consuming!)


Eloise: The Ultimate Edition  (this is cheating because the first four ‘real’ Eloise books are all in it.)


And probably the complete Shakespeare, because if I’m stuck on a desert island, I may as well read all those plays I “should” read.


Infinite Jest - David Foster WallaceEloise: The Ultimate Edition - Kay Thompson,Hilary KnightWilliam Shakespeare: The Complete Works - William Shakespeare



Favorite quote?


“I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
― J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


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


Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh or Bernard Sampson from the ten-book series by Len Deighton. I simply cannot choose between the two.



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


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 12, 2018.






The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Find my review here







Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Review here




Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 My review





Dune by Frank Herbert

FirstSecondThird, and Fourth parts.





All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak

The review







The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters

I love reading books by this author because they portray human interaction in all its forms. They bring out what most of us would prefer that it remained hidden the darkest corners of her hearts. The stories show how people are capable of kindness in the unlikeliest of situations. But they also show what we’d do when we think no one is watching. With issues like the mistreatment of transgenderschild rape, and oppression of women, these stories hit you like a sledgehammer. You realize there is nothing fictional about her fiction. This story is no different. It deals with the fragmentation of a person’s psyche after returning home from a war. War breaks something inside you, no matter which side you are on.







Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Really fun book!





The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

I don’t remember much about this one but the fact that it makes fun of everything that has become cliché in epic fantasy.








Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Sedaris books are funny af.







How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous

An old review:


Loved this book!
the book is about people belonging to a city that is the first line of defense for humans. If the werewolves ever tried to take over the human empire, this would be where the first battle would take place. Naturally, the people living in such a place have to be extraordinary-always alert and ready to defend. Add to that a king who would do anything to ensure his people’s survival and warriors who worship him. Could it be more awesome?Yes, it can. The king not only wants to win every war, he also plans to make the werewolves fear him and his warriors. The tricks and maneuvers that the king uses to instill fear in the werewolves are just.. wow! Then there is Cada Varl- the coolest immortal you’ll ever read about. He’s the best and yet he never gloats but just goes on being his rockin’ self! And of course, the 6 Helluvan warriors (poor 7th best warrior) were just that..one helluva adventure!





Zombie Killa by Jason Z. Christie

I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review:
I started the book and almost gave up right then. Not only did it start slow-but then Shaun of the Dead did too-it also had a lot of jargon and big nerdy words that I couldn’t get at all. And the first mention of Router wasn’t all that, either. Then the book picked up its pace and proved me wrong. Zombies, Pirates, Ninjas, Nerds, Smart-mouthed women..the story had everything! And it was exactly the right length. The humor was just my type and despite some (okay, many) references that I didn’t get, I loved it! Zombie fans, you just can’t miss this one!

Oh, I almost forgot “F**k you, High-C!”

#31 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Broken Tune

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers!

Meet BT, known and Broken Tune on BookLikes, a moody readers who's not afraid of exploring new literary lands! 


Follow Broken Tune on BookLikes: http://BrokenTune.booklikes.com



What are you reading now? How is it?


I usually read several books at a time, all appealing to different moods or interests. At the moment I am enjoying I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong, which is a buddy read with our Flat Book Society. I have also started two biographies – one of Arthur Conan Doyle and one of Phyllis Bottome. I am not sure, yet, what to make of the ACD biography as it seems to be brushing over his biography rather than investigate it, but the Bottome biography is very interesting. It appears that Bottome is yet another author that had an extraordinary life but who has been largely forgotten.


The Flat Book Society Book Club



When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


Very early on. My mother and grandmother have always had books around the house and some of my favourite early memories are of bedtime stories and falling out with my cousin when we couldn’t agree on which book my gran should read to us when we stayed at her house for weekends or holidays. To this day, I cannot stand Heidi (my cousin’s favourite choice), but still love The Count of Monte Christo and anything by Jules Verne.

As you can tell, my gran and my mom did not believe in restricting storytime to children’s books, and I am glad they didn’t.



In your bio you write “I'm an eclectic reader”, can you tell us more about your reading preferences?


I like the word “preference”. If there is anything I have learned from being around the Booklikes community, it is that there is not really any genre that I will not try. For example, I used to think that I do not enjoy books labeled as “Horror” because I can’t stand descriptions of gore or gratuitous violence, but then Char inspired me to try a few different authors, and I actually became a fan of one of them - Michael McDowell. (Seriously, check him out!)


So, while my preferences are now less defined by genre, and my reading is more diverse or eclectic in that respect, I prefer books that are intellectually engaging, that are plot driven, and that work magic with their use of language. And to keep things a little more contradictory, I like psychological plots but don’t like popular thrillers, and I like classic mysteries but don’t like books that try to copy classic mysteries.




How did your blogging adventure start?


It started mostly by curiosity. A couple of RL friends had sent me an invite to join GR some years ago, so I did. While my RL friends left it again quite quickly, I was intrigued by the facility to have a space to share thoughts on books with others.


The real joy of blogging came, however, when finding Booklikes. It was so much easier to compose and expand on thoughts about books and all sorts of other topics over here. And the Booklikes community is just fabulous – so welcoming and encouraging to share ideas and events, recipes, travel, and posts on random other topics. 



Why reading is important to you?


Reading is important to me because I love exploring – whether it is new places, new ideas, cultures, different times, ... whatever the topic I will find something that catches my interest. Books are a fabulous way to explore the world within and around us. I mean, I love travel, too, but with books you can also travel through time, and to galaxies far, far away, and of course, there is fiction, too. ;)


Apart from a thirst for exploring, I also love that reading can completely change your state of mind – it can calm you down, and it can rile you up. It can offer an escape from your day’s events and it can draw you more into the world and motivate you to engage with other people. There really is something to be said for the idea that books are “uniquely portable magic”.



How do you decide what to read next? I’ve spotted you take part in numerous reading projects, like The Suffrage Movement, Sherlock Holmes buddy read, Reading Agatha Christie


I am a huge mood reader. While I do have some set reading lists this year in order to chop down Mt. TBR and have a few reading projects going with the Suffragettes, Sherlock Holmes, and the ongoing challenge to read all of Agatha Christie’s novels, most of my day to day reading is decided on which mood I am in and which book appeals most.

The problem with this is that it can take a while to choose a book. I can literally stand in front of my shelves or stare at my kindle for quite some time before a book speaks to me.



What are you three favorite book covers?


That’s a tough one. I am way too easily swayed by gorgeous book covers. I don’t think I have favourite book covers, tho. Last December, I read Gladys Mitchell’s Murder in the Snow  and I had to leave the book on my currently reading shelf for a couple of days after I finished it because I loved the cover so much. I am also very partial to the covers of Gilded Needles and A is for Arsenic, which may also be partly due my loving the books themselves just as much as the covers.

There is just something very pleasing about the simplicity of the covers.


Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery - Gladys MitchellA is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup



We’ve spotted the 2018 Mt. TBR Project. What’s your reading plan for this year?


There isn’t that much of a plan. A plan doesn’t really work for me because my reading depends on my mood so much. However, I needed to do something about the stacks and stacks of physical books that I have at home. The book collection has long exceeded my shelf space, so some of them will need to go.

That’s why I decided to try and focus on reading the books I already have at home this year. I tried this a few years ago, and it helped to keep my physical shelves under some control. Last year, I decided to have a year of free reading and book buying...and I ended up with way too many books.


So, the Mt. TBR Project had to make a come-back this January. I can pick any of the books off the stacks, read them in any order, but the goal is to read them all by the end of the year...and not buy more than I read in the process.


Reading list: BrokenTune's 2018 Mt. TBR



You’re reviewed over 600 books on BookLikes. What’s your book review process?


It really depends on the book. It appears that I find it easier to write reviews for books that I did not like, while the books I love are the most difficult to write about because I know I will never do them any justice in a review.

I mostly make notes while I read that will remind me of quotes and ideas and thoughts that occurred while I read the book. Then it will usually take me a few days to gather my thoughts together for a review. I type the review, post it, and instantly remember another two or three things that I would have loved to write about... So it goes.


Reviewed Shelf



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I find recommendations very difficult because it really depends on who the recommendation is made to and what I know of the likes and dislikes of the reader.

However, I do find it exciting when I get to recommend books that are important to me or that have had a big impact on me. So, I am always thrilled when people try a book by Ali Smith or Ruth Ozeki or even one of the lesser-known travel writers like Ella Maillart.

With every recommendation, however, there is also some anxiety that accompanies the excitement – Will they like the book? Will they not like the book and wonder why I recommended it?


Recommending a book is just not that easy.




Do your read one or several books at a time?


Several. Always. I usually have a selection of different formats and different topics that I can pick up to respond to whichever mood I might be in.



How much time do you spend reading daily?


I probably read about 2 hours a day on average. If I travel with work, I read a lot more. There is nothing I like better than to read while being stuck on a train or a plane. And of course, the weather and time of year also have an influence on the time I spend with books. I hardly ever switch on the tv, so if the weather is “dreich”, a good local word, and I don’t have be somewhere I’ll turn to a book.



A paper book or an e-book?


Both! And let’s not forget audiobooks! I love all formats of books, but not all books will work in all formats. I prefer paper for non-fiction, but ebooks or audiobooks for fiction.



Three titles for a desert island?


Well, how long am I stuck on the island for? If it is for a long time, I may want to pack something practical such a survival guide by Bear Grylls... I am kidding. I have no interest in that, and his books generally aren’t long enough to be of use on a desert island.


I’d have to take The Count of Monte Cristo, because it is long and features an escape from an island. I’d also take a book by Ayn Rand, either The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged, because, again, they are excessively long and that might be the only circumstance that I would actually read them.

Lastly, I would take something like Ovid’s Metamorphoses  or one of Homer’s books that can be read over and over and will still offer something new to be discovered.



Metamorphoses - Denis Feeney,Ovid,David Raeburn


Favorite quote?


Oh, so many... Let’s go with this one:


‘Right! Let’s do some good!’ she said, to the universe at large.


Terry Pratchett - Maskerade




If you could meet one author, who would it be?


Oh, this is a tricky one, too. If we are narrowing this down to living authors that I have not met yet but would like to, I would have to say Ruth Ozeki or Stephen Fry.



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10 books by female authors recommended by book bloggers

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There's no better way of celebrating the International Women's Day than reading books written by female authors. We've looked through the book catalog, your posts and reviews, and women writers tag, and picked 10 great titles written by woman recommended by BookLikes community of book bloggers.


What's your favorite title written by female author? Share your suggestions in the comment section below! Happy reading!


Tell The Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka BruntTell The Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt  

There is only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen year old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter, Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life-someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.


Book review: My real-life book club is indulging in a year of reading young adult literature, and this is our March selection. I am also using it to fulfill the “book about grief” selection for my 2018 PopSugar Challenge and the entry for B in my Female Authors A to Z challenge. What a great portrayal of life in all its messiness! If you’ve lived through some family rifts or somehow found yourself further away from a sibling that you ever believed possible, you will find something to hang onto in this novel. The relationships were realistic, not melodramatic or overdone... keep on reading on Wanda's Book Reviews blog



Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi  

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy.


Reading in progress note: Wow. The action is not letting up at all. I don't know how this is going to end but am watching between my fingers that Zelie and her brother Tzain make it out okay. The writing and world building are so freaking fantastic. I can picture each character and setting in my mind. I am just craving some art though. This book practically sings for a graphic novel adaptation... keep on reading on Obsidian Blue blog



Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng  

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.


Book review: ...this will be my book of the year. A high-octane literary tale of the highest order, Celeste Ng tackles heady topics like racism and classism and morality and societal rebellion in smart, tactful strikes. Like the best literary fiction, this one unfurls slowly while keeping the reader totally engaged. I read this one in two sittings, my mouth agape and my hair on fire... keep on reading on Cody's Bookshelf blog



Anything Is Possible - Elizabeth StroutAnything Is Possible - Elizabeth Strout  

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.


Book review:It is a melancholy book, and getting a little too caught up in the stories and reading them all in two sittings got to me a little. But it is also a book full of compassion and understanding for its characters (most, though not all, of the protagonists are compassionate and understanding people themselves), of human connection and love, of wisdom about what makes people tick. It is very well-written and got me quickly invested in the characters and their situations... keep on reading on Merle blog


What We Lose: A Novel - Zinzi ClemmonsWhat We Lose: A Novel - Zinzi Clemmons  

From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age--a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor--someone, or something, to love


Book review: I wasn’t quite sure what I was reading when I read this novel, was this a work of fiction or a memoir? The main character was personally reflecting upon her own life, the death of her mother and the aftereffects. As I read, I also had a hard time understanding some of the chapters as they didn’t feel connected to the storyline and they seemed to come out of nowhere. I have mixed feeling about this novel as I thought the storyline was good but... keep on reading on My Never Ending List blog


The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore - Kim FuThe Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore - Kim Fu  

For the girls at Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Bursting with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan through--and far beyond--this fateful trip. We see the survivors through the successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to understand how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways.


Book review: This book reminded me of my years working at a camp for disabled children. I loved this book. This book was very intriguing... keep on reading Heather's Book Blog



The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly BlackThe Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black  

ude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

Book review: This book got so much hype and I must say the hype is well deserved, in my opinion. I really enjoyed this book and everything about it.  It is well written, fast paced and fun, thrilling roller-coaster ride. I loved the world that Holly Black has created, an awesome mix of faerie land with yet a touch of the modern world as we know it. We get a great deal of fairie and its daily life which at times does not seem so different than ours. School, work, politics and the daily grind is the same in fairie as it would be here. Just a bit different and with different views on life, mortal or fae... keep on reading on SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews



A Treacherous Curse - Deanna RaybournA Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.


Book review:I love Veronica Speedwell.  Her character is almost everything I admire in a person, with the exceptions of her penchants for collecting butterflies, necessitating her killing them, and her need to verbalise her sexual liberty.  This isn't hypocrisy on my part; I think it's distasteful when men make their sexual needs topics of casual conversation, and it's no less so when a woman does it.  Boundaries.  Good fences make good neighbours and all that. But these are very minor niggles.  Everything else about Veronica is excellent and Stoker doesn't suck either... keep on reading on Murder by Death blog



An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret RogersonAn Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson  

Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.


Book review: This was stunning. Not just a good read. A new favourite. Reminds me of the first time I picked up Holly Black's Tithe, or Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely. Gamechanging, fresh and classic at the same time. Excellent, lush worldbuilding. Compelling, surprising characters. A story that twists and yet... keep on reading on YA Fantasy - K.A. Wiggins blog


The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor  

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?


Book review: First, I must say this novel has the potential of becoming a good screen psychological thriller. I was held captive once I began reading.  This story is intense and gripping.  Nothing is what it seems and with all its twists and turns, stopping at the end of a chapter wasn't an option. Tudor didn't skimp on the characterization... keep on reading on My Reviews My Words blog


What's your recommended female author book? 



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


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 6, 2018.






Magno Girl by Joe Canzano

An old review:


What I Thought:


the book was about a female superhero…but the book was not from the superhero’s POV but the guy dating her!


some of the jokes and situations were too funny and silly — I loved them! — but the jokes did get tiring at the end


I enjoyed every conversation that Magno Girl had with her mother. They were all laugh out loud funny! It also made sense that Sandra would use the issues that Magno Girl had as a curse.


All kinds of discrimination were made fun of and I liked how the author made us see the silliness when it comes to advertising, pregnancy etc. but the MCs continuously joked about the short stature of one of the villains.


The character of the teenage girl who became increasingly vapid was fun to read about but her curse was made into such a big deal and then it was solved just like that!

Legalman was my favorite character — he would find a reason to sue you even if it killed him you!


I do not know what it was but I kept wanting to put the book away and could not gobble it in one go. I kept wanting to enjoy it and get hooked but that didn’t happen. That is why, I am rating it 2.5 rather than 3 stars. However, if you want to try something unusual and funny, Magno Girl is a good idea!






Botanicaust by Tam Linsey


Another old review:


What I liked:


the concept this story was based on was really interesting and it didn’t disappoint, as I read ahead

the cover--suited!

all three races, if they can be called that, were as different as day and night but the most advanced ones-I forget what they’re called- were the scariest!

the author did research and it showed-I loved the part about telomerase and the chloroplasts, as well as the part about Ripening.

the ending wasn’t impractical-it was quite realistic

I sort of threw a tantrum when one of the little girls was taken by the cannibals-I’m pretty sure we’ll see her again, if there’s going to be a sequel but still!


What I didn’t like:


the whole people turning into cannibals part wasn’t too well-thought. If plants will grow in one place, surely people will work to grow them elsewhere.


If you want to read about photosynthesizing people, cannibals and an apocalyptic world, give this one a try-it doesn’t disappoint!






Eona by Alison Goodman


Epic YA fantasy that is fun, not just about winning the boy, and about an imperfect protag. She also happens to have powers that have been denied to women of that world ever since the beginning of time. This series broke tradition in another way i.e. by not being a trilogy but was instead a duology! I devoured it and then reached for the second one. Recommending it recently to a friend made me realize that its magic remained in place!





World War Z by Max Brooks


Huh, so I did write a review for this one back when I read it:


This book is all kinds of good. I love the scope of the book since it gives you a global perspective of a zombie apocalypse. It also follows the progression of the zombie infection as it spread universally. Moreover, it sketches a situation that has its roots based on reality, when talking about the aftermath of the infection.


An addendum:

Looking at the world today, I think it wouldn’t be remiss if I objected that the two countries to start a nuclear war would be Pakistan and India. The rest of the world presents us with more likely candidates!






The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


People have called it verbose and boring. But I found the writing lyrical and the magic of love…well magical! The book made quite an impression on me.





Zombie Nights by Tom Lichtenberg


An old review:


This is a highly entertaining short story and instantly made me want to start reading other books by the same author. The author didn’t waste time in describing things that weren’t important to the story and I loved how he was able to let us feel how dangerous the bad guys/bullies were, even while laughing at them. All I’m saying is I want more!





Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Another one:


Okay, so I want to rate this book 4 stars but what stopped me was my pet peeve-unnecessary details involving characters who weren’t important to the story. Other than that, the book is amazing for several reasons:

the vampire is a little girl (almost)-who wouldn’t want to read about that, right?
the vampire kills and there’s no covering that up-no sexy smooth talking vegetarians here.

you connect with both the kids intensely-when Oskar gets bullied, I wanted to go save him.

the violence and the sadness and the loneliness just gets to you..chokes you up and keeps you reading.

be warned, you WILL need Teddy Bears if you want to get through this book with the least bit of depression

the ending..well it takes the cake!


I haven’t seen the movie yet (any version)and will add to my review once I do.





Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


This one too:


Loved this book!!

The story opened in the perfect way.

I loved every bit of the action and of course, it had one of my most favorite things in it-a kick ass, smart-mouthed heroine.

I did not like Bones right away. But gradually, he became awesomer and more awesome.
Another thing which always tips the scales for me is good humor and this book had that down pat.

I also loved Spades and would want to read more about him and meet Ian.

There was no one big bad wolf until the very end and I liked that–it made the story more interesting.

Oh and I hated the mom’s guts like I was supposed to.

It was only the too-typical ending that kept me from rating this book 4 stars.


Onward to the next one!


So, I’ve read that the Heart-Shaped Herb from Black Panther is being labeled a lily. I disagree because it looks more like Ipomoea pes-caprae, which is a member of Convolvulaceae and not Liliaceae.

Picture 1 

Picture 2


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



Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 3, 2018.






The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross


I don't much remember what went on in this book, except there being a plot to replace the Queen with an automaton clone. Must have made an impression on me because I rated it 4 stars on GR. Oh, and the covers in the series are beautiful! I recently and reviewed the second book in this series.





Must Love Hellhounds by Various Authors




GR tells me that I loved most of the stories from this anthology. Must have been a good collection. I remember trying it out because it also included a story by Ilona Andrews -- a favorite author couple of mine.





Frostbite by David Wellington


If you don't yet know that an awesome vampire series by David Wellington's exists, then you haven't been paying attention. Like the Laura Caxton series, this one is creepy AF. My GR review tells me I recommend it to:


                         people who like werewolves without the romance and cheesiness


I loved it and I don't even like horror much! Here, let my gushing adoration convince you that you need to try Wellington's books.




Stray by Rachel Vincent


When I first read it, one of the most annoying things about this series was its heroine. She was a whiny, selfish brat who didn't care about the consequences of her action. One of the best things about it, as I continued to plod along, is how she changed! By the end of the series, the events have transformed her into the alpha her father always knew her to be. If that doesn't float your boat, maybe stay for all the violence and the gore? Oh, and did I mention that the series is complete? You can binge read it!





The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan


Maybe I have a soft spot for tortured, lonely werewolves or maybe it's something else. Either way, I just completed this series. While the first had impressed me, the second and third fell short. All I'm saying is that even with the cliffhanger at the end of the first one, it can easily be read as a standalone.






Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


I have had much to say about the second book in this series on this blog. All good things, I promise. Therefore, it won't come as a surprise that I loved the first one, as well! The ending blew me away even when I have become so jaded about last-minute twists that change everything. Check this one out!





He was a Hero, He Shouldn't have Died by Kenneth Mugi


If you asked me to describe this book in a word, I'd probably say weird. But wait, this is what I said in my review:


I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.


This book is very different from the plethora of Paranormal novels out there- it turns the idea of Dorian Gray’s picture on its head.


What I really liked about it was that the touch of fantasy/paranormal elements didn’t overwhelm Kasumi’s story.

Another thing to like was that if the new edited version had any errors, I couldn’t find them.


There is enough humor to balance the darkness in the story.


I would have liked to see more of Morgan but watching Kasumi grow into her powers would be exciting too.


Hoping that there are some fight scenes in the next book!


This book isn’t for everybody but if you’d like to read something unique, give this one a whirl.




The Gods Among Us by D.C. Belton

An old read, an old review:


The author was kind enough to give me a free review copy.

You know those books that you just don't wanna put down? Not because there's something exciting happening in the story or it is a good story...not only that but mostly because the writing flows and the story is being told so smoothly that you just read on and on. This book was such a book.


The parts I loved the most began when Pallas is aboard the ship and meets the crew. Their humor, lightheartedness and loyalty towards each other made them lovable.

I also liked that we're set up to hate Elena in the beginning of the story but we find out she has more depth and understands political intrigue much better than her younger sisters give her credit for.


Othello, I feared and hated just like I was supposed to. Even when I laughed at his antics, I wasn't less creeped out by him!




About the gods and their machinations: a) I'm not yet sure if they're actually deities and not humans who know what opposable thumbs are, b) they just don't care whose life they ruin, do they? Even Pallas who claims not to believe in gods & goddesses can't escape their schemes!


Pallas keeps mentioning how her father must miss her and I couldn't shake the feeling that there's something wrong there. Poor Pallas!


What would have made the book even better was a little more world building, maybe? Or a map, so we could understand what this world is like even better.




Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lovely, fun at times and sad at other times, quirky as heck read. I liked it, maybe you would too?


Well, those were my faves from the past years. You can also find reviews of books from 2018 that stuck with me. 

#30 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jodi's Classroom Favorites

Reblogged from BookLikes:

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers!

Meet Jodi, a lovely reader, who spreads book love among children. Keep on reading! 


Follow Jodi's blog on BookLikes:  Jodi's Classroom Favorites - http://jodislackey.booklikes.com/



How did your book love begin?


My love of reading truly began when I was in fifth grade with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling . After that, I was hooked! Reading became my favorite past time, and still is today!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré 


How did your blogging adventure start?


My blogging adventure began as a classroom assignment (Hi Mrs. Gilmore!). I am currently enrolled in the Elementary Education program at the University of Montevallo. The goal of the assignment was to allow future teachers to become familiar with online resources for finding books to use for lesson planning. I have thoroughly enjoyed this assignment, and will continue to use BookLikes because of it.



In your short bio you write “A collection of my favorite picture, short story, and chapter books that I hope to house in my classroom library” Can you tell us more about your profession?


I am currently employed at a preschool, and I am preparing to become an Elementary Educator. BookLikes has allowed me to find wonderful books that I have already implemented while teaching!



How do you encourage children to read books? In your book reviews your include tips on how to use the titles during the lessons which is really great! 


I think the best way to encourage children to read is by making it a meaningful experience for them! By providing real life connections and experiences, children are likely to retain the information they have read. Hopefully this will inspire them to seek more opportunities to do so on their own. I also think that children learn so much from what adults model. I recommend that anyone trying to encourage young readers to devour more literature should do so themselves!



Reviewed Shelf



What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?


I love to listen to stories being told, so my favorite genre is fairy tales! I love how lavish and detailed these stories tend to be. I have discovered so many spins on classic fairy tales as well. It is always exciting to have a fresh perspective on and old topic. My most recent discovery is Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood!


Interstellar Cinderella - Deborah Underwood,Meg Hunt 


What are you three favorite book covers?


My favorite book covers include: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Illustrated by Ron Barrett, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Illustrated by Dr. Seuss, Let Me Finish Illustrated by Isabel Roxas; They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to reading - I often do!


Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. SeussCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett,Ron BarrettLet Me Finish! - Minh Lê,Isabel Roxas



How much time do you spend reading?


I am constantly reading! Whether I am reading for class, reading for pleasure, or reading to my students, I am immersed in text. I might be late to the party, but I just finished Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It is phenomenal!


Turtles All the Way Down - John GreenThe Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak 


Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers? 


I am so excited for readers to discover The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. Young readers love to have them read aloud to them, as it provides an excellent time to poke fun at adult



Do you read one or several books at a time?


I tend to stick with one book at a time. By brain is too busy to consume more than that!



What’s your reading goal for 2018? 


I want to read 100 new children’s books this year, especially those titles that celebrate diversity!


A paper book or an e-book?


Paper - for sure.


Three titles for a desert island? 


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Holes by Louis Sachar, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. RowlingHoles - Louis SacharThe Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman


Favorite quote? 


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.

What is essential is invisible to the eye.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


If you could meet one author, who would it be?


I would love to meet J.K. Rowling. I grew up with Harry, and he was a friend to me when I had none. I would love to thank her for providing me with that experience!


Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)




Thank you!


Have you missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:


You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.


See you next Friday!


Book titles are tags - finds book reviews and book posts

Reblogged from BookLikes:


Writing book reviews is great and very important -- it's the reader's way of expression the view about the book and recommending (or not) the title. But what about other ways of describing your bookish experiences? 


As much as the book reviews, we also love reading updates, book quotes, and other posts that pop up on our BookLikes Dashboard.


On BookLikes book titles work as tags.


If you wish to look through all kind of posts about a given title, type the book title in the book search box and choose TAGS. 


The book title tag search will show you ALL posts about a given book, and not only the book reviews. 



This is also a great way of discovering who else on BookLikes is reading the book you're enjoying.


If you wish to know the person behind the blog post/review better, hover over the avatar and you'll view the following information:


1. Blog name - click to go to a blog page and Follow (in the right upper corner of the blog page)

2. Number of books on BookLikes shelves

3. Number of followings and followers on BookLikes

4. Compare books - click to see if your reading preferences are similar.

4. Currently reading - the book cover is the book the person is reading right now. 



You may also want to read:

BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization is back

6 tips for BookLikes newbies

Blogging about books - additional blog post options


What to write on your book blog next?

6 ways to blog about books


Happy reading! 


February 2018 — A Wrap Up


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




Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill


Several things about this book annoyed the heck outta me, including:

I have begun to detest Jamie who is a Mary Sue if there ever was one!


Talbot stared at Jamie, admiration on his face. “Bravo”, he said. “There are men and women a lot older than you who fail to understand that. You’re absolutely right…”


He is the youngest this and the smartest that while also being the best at everything! Oh, and he actually left his female friends behind because he “couldn’t bear if anything happened to you”. One of them is a vampire with superstrength and other powers. Both of them are members of a covert organization that keeps the supes under check. They are at least as old as Jamie is.


The worst part: they let him They understood he was just worried about them. Needlessly worried but Jamie’s just so sweet, y’know? Ugh!


There are at least two instances of a character who looked as if about to say something but “then the door rolled shut with a loud thunk.


Every development was repeated endlessly. If one character found out about it, they’d tell the others and we’d be there for every conversation!


We are almost 65% into the story and a new character who is supposed to be dead shows up. And I am not even talking about the other character who also died in the first book and showed up in this one alive. At least, that guy had the decency to arrive right from the start!


We also spend a lot of time learning about people who have nothing to add to the story. Seemed like filler so the book would swell up to 560+ pages.


So yeah, bad experience! Read my review of the first book here.



The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett


During my second visit to Discworld, I discovered the following to be true:

Luggage is my favorite character:

“The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.” 

And then there is all the Pratchett-ness to love and laugh at:

“It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as ‘slightly foxed’, although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.” 





A big part of that is because he can poke fun at almost anything. Have a look at his disregard for the Asgardian deities:

In fact the Gods were as puzzled by all this as the wizards were, but they were powerless to do anything and in any case were engaged in an eons-old battle with the Ice Giants, who had refused to return the lawnmower.

Also, I finally figured out that I am Twoflower. Evidence:

It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate beauty, he just appreciates it in his own way. I mean, if a poet sees a daffodil he stares at it and writes a long poem about it, but Twoflower wanders off to find a book on botany.

That Rincewind will stay true to his character. Even when he has a chance to be less cowardly, he does the expected…or the unexpected!

A fun book and quickly finished.



The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán


One of the complaints that I had after reading the first book:

Insufficient dino-action. Yeah, that complaint wasn’t reirst bmotely true for this one. Epic dino-battles shook the world like literally!

A quote that stayed with me:

Through the trees on the far heights emerged a colossal silvery-grey shape. Even the Companions gaped: it was a Tirán Rey, a bull Tyrannosaurus rex, most feared of all Aphrodite Terra’s dinosaurs. Even at this range Jaume could see the monster dwarfed Falk’s albino adolescent Snowflake.
“Beautiful,” murmured Rupp. “He must weigh seven tonnes!”
Jaume found a smile inside himself. “You shame us, my friend, finding Beauty where even we find only terror.”

The other complaints, such as the princess being a pain in the butt, remained as they were. In fact, she was even more of a pain in this one. She is improving but her getting her friends killed in every scene can get tiresome!

We finally get to see the Grey Angels in action and it is pretty much horrifying what they can do. I loved every bit of it!

I wanted to rush in to read the next book in the series immediately but found out that the author recently passed away.  Sad sad news but it made me want to save the last book to read later. Because there will be no more Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park hybrids for us!



Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde


Thursday Next steals people’s hearts and I am no exception. She gets into all sorts of literary trouble but handles it in a no-nonsense way. She is into solving problems and not whining. Next also isn’t afraid to ask for help or doesn’t judge people by their looks, species, gender, or whether they are real or not. I like her; it is likely that you will too!


Plus, the humor in this series is decidedly Douglas Adams-ish! Next named her son Friday Next. Has a pet dodo whose son is a hooligan and doesn’t have the decency to go Plock. He goes Plick just to be contrary! This book also had cameos by the Cheshire Cat, Hamlet, and many other literary darlings.



Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones


I was reading reviews for this book on GR and people seem to think it was dull, cheesy, and repetitive. I don’t get how it can take them 8 books to realize that! Since I will be reading it anyway, why bitch?



Endurance by Jay Lake


I wonder how I ever got along with the protag from this series — well enough to have completed the first book! She is annoying, reckless, rude, manipulative, and as if that wasn’t enough, she also thinks she is better than everybody else! Should I explain it all away by saying that is how teenagers are? I don’t think I should!


There were other issues that made this a difficult read, such as the copious amount of foreshadowing. If only she had known…if only she had done that…and so on! Aptly placed and lightly done foreshadowing is always welcome but this book didn’t have it.

The only part that made me laugh:

though five centuries past this had been the very pinnacle of architectural taste in Copper Downs.
A good education never went to waste. If I did die here, at least I would have the comfort of knowing I’d passed on amid high style.

The only part that stayed with me:

I wondered how it had been for the miners, back in the morning of the world. Had they broken open the crust of the world only to find a population of haunts and legends already awaiting them? Or had they brought their fears with them on first creating the Below?

Some readers might like the endless descriptions of everything that was around the protag at any given time but I didn’t!

So, there. If I do read the next one in the series, I wouldn’t be reviewing it.



Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs


An okayish installment since I wasn’t too worried about anything bad happening. After the horror stories we were told about Underhill, a visit to the place didn’t have that intensity or scariness.


Then there is the Walking Stick. I think the author got that it was turning into a deus ex machina and got rid of it — even if it took her the whole book to do that!


And, of course, Mercy didn’t shift. Not even once.


The good things about this one:

1. No Stefan. I have no idea why he was even introduced in the series


2. Adam finally realized what his pack had been doing to Mercy since like forever. I mean what he did next was the worst thing he could have done but at least, he opened his eyes.


3. A Doctor WHO reference!



4. The scary-ass little not-really-human but not-fae-either kid that the pack had to provide shelter to! He broke my heart by being so broken.


I hope the next installment is more exciting!



Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman




The book refers to a backstory that I read and reviewed before. You will find the review here.



The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross


Something about this series makes me think not-YA. It could be that the main characters are struggling with darkness and the struggle is real. Whatever it is, while the story failed to wow me — and I could see the major reveal coming from a mile away —, I still liked the book.


So, this is what I did in February. What have you been doing?


The Drab Side of the Nightside Books


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 28, 2018.





Here is what is wrong with this series — and not just with the two books in question:


1. John’s third eye and the powers that come from it are a huge deus ex machina plot device. I don’t think there is any way around it though since Hell to Pay is the 7th book in the series!

2. The prose is repetitive. Each place is the worst place on earth. It is always so bad that sane people avoid it like the plague.
The same is the case with all the villains that show up. Really bad and scary but John still manages to one-up them.
And then there are all the sexual fetishes. Nightside is all about gratification. We know that. But the descriptions of the less than civil proclivities of its denizens and tourists are becoming one big blur. For instance, the way all that naughtiness that happened in Hell to Pay was written made it seem like a rehash of a previous book — the one with the nightclub singer, Raven.


3. Time travel and the confusions/paradoxes associated with it.


4. Suzie Shotgun. I dunno what to make of her. The way John tells it, she would sell her own mother if it served her purpose. So what is it that attracts him to her? Why does she stay with him?


5. The previous books were all preparing us for the big event. The showdown between John and his otherworldly parent — well one of them — Lilith. She was ultimate world-ending bad news. I’ll even buy that he managed to defeat her and save the world. Now what? Everything seems paler in comparison now that Lilith was taken care of. It seems like the author intended for the series to end after the 6th book but couldn’t make it stick.


6. Which villain will the next few books be setting us up for? Oh right, the devil. Doesn’t seem too original though, does it?


7. The mysterious people who controlled Nightside were exposed to be ordinary obscenely rich men with inflated egos and no clue about the kind of bad news that Lilith could prove to be. How is that even possible?


8. And now that they are gone, Walker just takes over and easily replaces them. Not buying it, dude!


Why do I keep reading you ask? Because of the humor! It is funny as heck and the saving grace in face of all the problems I have with the series. Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I will!

Book adaptations to read before watching: 9 books and movies for the Oscar night

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We're book lovers but also movie fans! When it comes to books vs. movies the winner is always the same. The book. But that doesn't discourage us from watching after reading. And the Oscars time is just perfect timing for seeking new book-and-movie inspirations.  Just remember: Read before watching! 


What are you reading and watching?



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Painfully Rich: J. Paul Getty And His Heirs by John Pearson 

When John Paul Getty died in 1976, he was the richest man in the world. This text examines the impact of the Getty legacy and its attendant pressures, family intrigues and destructive greed on the rest of the Getty family.



All the Money in the World

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Nominated for 1 Oscar.



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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? BY Philip K. Dick 

World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal - the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.



Blade Runner 2049

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Nominated for 5 Oscars



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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman 


Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.



Call Me by Your Name

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Nominated for 4 Oscars. 



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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan 


In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm?a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not?charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.




Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Nominated for 4 Oscars. 


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Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing by Jeff Bauman

Jeff Bauman woke up on 16th April 2013, in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs. Just 30 hours prior, Jeff was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet. When Jeff awoke, rather than take stock of his completely altered life, he ripped out his breathing tube and tried to speak. He couldn't. So he wrote seven words, 'Saw the guy. Looked right at me,' setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history and beginning his own brave road to recovery. 




Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.


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The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero,Tom Bissell 

In 2003, an independent film called The Room - starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau - made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as 'like getting stabbed in the head', the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Over a decade later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising and thousands of plastic spoons.



The Disaster Artist

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Nominated for 1 Oscar.


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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner 

A description of Gloria Grahame's last days recalls her past in New York and her eccentric life in a trailer and her life in Liverpool, where the author and his family cajoled, comforted, and wept with the dying Hollywood star.



Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.



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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung 

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.



First They Killed My Father

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.



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Molly's Game: Inside the Wolrd of High Stakes Poker by Molly Bloom 

When Molly Bloom was a little girl in a small Colorado town, she dreamed of a life without rules and limits, a life where she didn’t have to measure up to anyone or anything – where she could become whatever she wanted. She ultimately got more than she ever could have bargained for. In Molly’s Game, she takes you through her adventures running an exclusive private poker game catering to Hollywood royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, athletes, billionaires, politicians and financial titans. With rich detail, Molly describes a world of glamour, privilege and secrecy in which she made millions, lived the high life and fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs – until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government.



Molly's Game

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Nominated for 1 Oscar.


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#29 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Red Lace Reviews

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Hello Friday! Hollow Follow Friday with book bloggers. Meet Cat, a bloggers behind Red Lace Reviews blog, a lover or horror books who dreams of meeting Stephen King! 


Follow Cat's blog on BookLikes: http://redlace.booklikes.com/


How did your book love begin?


Cirque Du Freak - Darren Shan,Takahiro AraiIt actually began one Christmas morning, when I was in the middle of opening gifts in my jammies and fluffy slippers. The first thing I noticed about this particular present was the black cover, followed by the coolest image of a spider I'd ever seen! It was red, and gave the whole thing an exciting, yet eerie feel. I was immediately interested, and if you're not familiar, the book was Cirque Du Freak, the first of the Darren Shan Saga. It's the adventures of Darren that ignited my love of books, especially those involving supernatural beasties.



How did your blogging adventure start?

It properly started this past January, when I decided to take the next step. I'd tried before over the years, but it just didn't stick, for no fault other than my own lack of motivation. This time I've poured a lot of time and effort into it - I ventured beyond my comfort zone and started consistently writing book reviews every week. I've also reached out to more readers and authors, and it's honestly been a blast!




Why reading is important to you? We can read in your short bio “I like being transported to new worlds”


I'm the sort of person that stresses over everything and anything. Having social anxiety, I can get worked up over the most basic of tasks, such as going to the dentist. However with reading,  all those worries disappear. It's a time I can truly relax and allow my imagination to explore the numerous carefully crafted worlds where anything is possible.



What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?


Right now my favourite genre is horror. I just love to feel uncomfortable and shocked at what I read on a page. I don't scare easily, but when it happens, I treasure it. Within the genre itself I enjoy it all; extreme, cosmic, psychological, paranormal, you name it! I find that the horror community is especially welcoming and friendly, which makes it all the better.


Read Lace Reviews' Shelf



You’re Irish. Does it affect your reading preferences?


Not in the slightest!



What are you three favorite book covers?

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan - Sentimental value!

The Awesome by Eva Darrows - I just adore the art style of this one! It's so colourful and funky!

High Moor 3: Blood Moon by Graeme Reynolds - Again, the art of this trilogy is amazing, and I happen to love werewolves!


Cirque Du Freak - Darren Shan,Takahiro AraiThe Awesome - Eva DarrowsHigh Moor 3: Blood Moon - Graeme Reynolds



What do you do when not reading? You write you’re interested in drawing and gaming. Can you tell us more.

I loved gaming on consoles growing up, starting with the Sega Master System. Jump forward a few (okay, maybe more than a few) years and I was questing my way through Azeroth. I actually met my significant other in an MMORPG.

As for my other hobbies, I enjoy trying to create art, and failing miserably! I binge watch Netflix, drink a lot of coffee and wine, and look after my six pets.



What’s your reading goal for 2018?


At the moment it's to read thirty books, however I think if I can keep up the pace I can maybe double that.



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

I really love recommending books and authors that aren't so well-known. For instance, I make the effort to read novels that are self-published, or published by independent publishers. What I'd recommend right now, would be What Hides Within by Jason Parent and The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson, both I think deserve more attention.


The Devoured - Curtis M. Lawson,Jason Sprenger




Do read one or several books at a time?

I used to! Nowadays I focus on a single book, because I feel less overwhelmed that way.



How much time do you spend reading daily?


I try to read a hundred or so pages a day, which takes me around two hours to do (I timed myself recently). I don't consider myself a quick reader; I often go back to re-read passages, and may put the novel down to contemplate something that happened regarding the story.



A paper book or an e-book?

Whilst I much prefer physical copies of books (there's nothing like holding it in your hands and sniffing the pages), I read both paperbacks and kindle books.


Three titles for a desert island?


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss  . Everyone needs a lengthy, yet superbly written fantasy in their lives.

John Dies at the End by David Wong. If I'm all alone on an island, I'd need to laugh at something.

How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Tim O'Shei  . Well, I'd need to survive somehow!


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick RothfussJohn Dies At The End - David WongHow to Survive on a Deserted Island - Tim O'Shei,Al Siebert


Favorite quote?

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

― Frank Herbert, Dune





If you could meet one author, who would it be?

Probably the KING of horror himself!



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)



Thank you!



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You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.


See you next Friday!


Shōgun (Asian Saga #1) by James Clavell is Full of Quotable Quotes!







I already have the second in the series, Gai-Jin, which I bought at the KUBF'18. This is the edition I own:




Have you read any of these doorstoppers? What did you think of them?


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 23, 2018.

Blogging about books - additional blog post options, part 2

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Writing on BookLikes is super fun, right? We've already mentioned 6 ways to blog about books (click to read more), and the side bar menu in the text edition (click to read more). Today we'd like to continue the topic of the text editor features.


When you click the Text, Quote, Photo, Video, URL on the upper bar on your Dashboard, you'll be moved to the text editor with some additional options at the top. Let's have a closer look, beginning from the first icon on the left: 



1. Embed

Embed your tweets into your posts. Just copy the code from a tweet, paste into the embed box and voila


Go to any tweet and click Embed Tweet from the menu on the right. Copy the code.


Go to your post. Click the Embed icon in the text editor, paste the code and click OK. 

In the editor the embedded tweet will look like a plain text but once you publish a post, it will look like this:


Did we mention you can embed any tweet? Yes, you can! Try it out!


2. Blockquote.

Use this to highlight a quote in your text. 


Write your post. Mark the passage which should be highlighted and click the Blockquote icon. The text will be given additional space on the sides. Just like that.  


3. Spoiler

Hide a passage not to reveal the book ending! 


Write your review, decide which part to hide, mark it and click the SP icon. The text will receive addition markers in the text editor and will be hidden once published online. 

(show spoiler)



4. Text options

Decide how to write: in bold, italics, underline your most important sentences or cross them out. 
Mark the text and choose the property. 



5.  Text layout

Align your text to right, left, center or justify.

Mark the text and choose the property. 



6. Make lists

You can easily make list in your text. Mark the text and decide which list format to choose:

  • bullet list or
  1. numbered list



7. Insert image

If you'd like to add an image you can use either the Add photo+ under the editor box or the Image icon on the top.



The Insert image icon works for image URL only. You can also edit the image with some advanced options, like style or additional border. 


8. Add link

Add link to your text.

Mark the text and click the link icon to insert the URL.




9. Page break

Add "read more" to your post. 

Write your article or review and decide where to add the READ MORE button. Put your cursor in that place and click Page break. The READ MORE button will be added to your text .


10. Source code

You can add more formatting to your text.

Write a full text and click the source code feature, add more features, like different font or color, etc.



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