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New Release! Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

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I am so excited for this day! Reginald Pole has been the most fascinating person that I have had the pleasure to study. I admire him in so many ways, and, while part of me wishes he had been a bit more ambitious, another part has to admit that is one of the characteristics that makes him so honorable. I hope that you enjoy reading this novella as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

 

 

Source: http://mybook.to/PrinceOfYork

6 scary books for Friday the 13th

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Read them if you date! Challenge accepted? 

 

Unnatural Creatures

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Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified.

 

Review by Lora's Rants and Reviews

 

This is a collection of mostly excellent stories edited by Neil Gaiman. Naturally the quality of writing is set to a high bar and I enjoyed most of them very much... continue reading

 

 

Broken on the Inside - Phil Sloman 

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Phil Sloman’s BROKEN ON THE INSIDE presents a quintet of macabre mentality in: Broken on the Inside; Discomfort Food; The Man Who Fed the Foxes; There Was an Old Man; and Virtually Famous.

 

Review by Char's Horror Corner

These stories were all heavy hitters and combined, make up this powerful narrative as a whole. I enjoyed it as entertaining storytelling on one level, but it also caused me to think deeply about life as we know it and how we go about living that life. Every single person in this book had problems-addictions and obsessions. They were broken on the inside. This led me to thinking about the people I know and even myself. Aren't we all BROKEN ON THE INSIDE in one way or another?... continue reading

 

 

They Feed - Jason Parent 

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A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they'll settle for some old-fashioned revenge. But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger. The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.

 

Review by sherrysniderfundin:

OMG. Everything, the title, cover, the woods…makes me eager to begin my ‘hike’ through the pages of They Feed by Jason Parent. I am a huge fan of Jason Parent and his ability to scare the bejesus out of me. He did not fail to do so in They Feed. I love book covers with the trees and woods on them and this cover is so eerie, I know there is some badness in them there woods... continue reading

 

 

Final Girls - Riley Sager 

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to--a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

 

Review by christina's book corner:

This book was crazy this is about Quincy and 10 years ago escaped being killed while all her friends died at pine cottage then one of the final girls died and another final girl shows up at her door. who is kinda fucked up and tries to get Quincy to deal with her pain of pine cottage . I loved how it had flashbacks to pine cottage going up to the killing of her friends and I will say I did not see what came coming... continue reading

 

 

Obscura - Joe Hart 

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In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses. Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission.

 

Review by Andreya's Asylum:

This book. This book is worth the hype. All of it. I had no clue what it was about going into it, which as someone who has read way too many reviews that give away the entire premise, I considered a win. I like Joe Hart, possibly because I may have confused one of his books with Joe Hill when I bought it, and liked it anyway. I knew that he could write with The Exorcism of Sara May. I've realized that he is on my must-read list after this.

Obscura hits all of the right notes in all of the right areas, which is a real diamond amongst books... continue reading

 

 

Survive the Night - Danielle Vega 

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Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless. Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.

 

Review by Hooked on Books:

 

That was pretty intense... Great book if you like YA monster horror.

 

 

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Happy Friday the 13th!

 

What are you reading: Summer of Spies

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I cannot imagine my Summer time without good mysteries and fast paced thrillers. And now I have to add spies. All because of BookLikes bloggers' trend in summer reading. It's called Summer of Spies. Hop on board, we'll give you a tip how to find a good old spy story! 

 

How to find summer spies books? 

 

1. TAGS

 

Use the book search as a tag search. Type in Summer or Spies or Spies and click TAGS. Voila. A library of summer of spies at your fingertips! Click the covers and +Shelf the spy books you need to read this summer. 

 

 

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It's time for a reading challenge!

 

2. READING LISTS

 

Go to Reading Lists sections (main menu -> apps -> reading lists) and use the search box on the right: type in spies and you'll see the lists tagged as spies or having books with spies in a title. 

 

 

If you love mysteries, make sure to check these summer spies reading lists:

 

2018 Summer of Spies, created by Wanda's Book Reviews

 

 
 

 

 

Women of Intelligence, created by Themis-Athena's Garden of Books

 

In tune with the 2018 BookLikes "Summer of Spies" and my "Women Writers" project, a few books on spies and spying written by women ... and a few books on woman spies written by men.

 

 
 
  
Inspired by Wanda's original list of Summer of Spies and Moonlight Reader's equally inspiring authorised copy of Wanda's list, I'm also tempted to read some spy fiction - but only on the side. I have no illusions of finishing all of the titles on this list but wanted to have a pool of titles that I know I already own or can get from the library.
 
 
 
 
 A somewhat narrower list of spy fic for my Memorial Day to Labor Day festival of espionage in 2018. For series books, I've just included the first book. I've also just included one book per author, although I made read additional books if I enjoy the representative selection.
 
 
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35 books for a desert island recommended by book bloggers

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It's summer time! If you plan an intriguing trip, a long flight, a dangerous adventure, an escape to a silent and quiet place, like a desert island here's your survival kit. BOOKS. 

 

For the last year we've been interviewing BookLikes book bloggers and gathering reading recommendations. Have a look at 35 reads picked by an amazing group of readers and reviewers, and stay tuned, more is coming!

 

You can also read the interviews with the readers - interview links are attached between the book recommendations. All 46 interviews can be viewed here:

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35 BOOKS FOR A DESERT ISLAND

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling  

 

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

 

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

 

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…

 

Lessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma WildesLessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma Wildes  

 

The Duke of Rolthven's new wife, Brianna, is the perfect aristocratic bride. So what would society say if they saw her with a copy of Lady Rothburg's Advice--a courtesan's lessons for the boudoir? When his innocent wife suddenly becomes a vixen in the bedroom, the proper Duke is truly astounded by her seductive powers. Following a courtesan's advice might lead to trouble-but will it lead to Brianna's ultimate desire: winning her husband's love?

 

Read a full interview: #1 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jennifer's Books

 

Dreaming of You - Lisa KleypasDreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas  

 

She stood at danger′s threshold-- then love beckoned her in. In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven′s dangerous world. A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London′s most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world...

 

Branded - Scottie BarrettBranded - Scottie Barrett  

 

Slade Dalton's partner has just dispatched their latest quarry, a member of the notorious Purdy clan. Slade's certain there will be retribution and he's certain that he's damn tired of the bounty hunting business. Returning to the family's cattle spread in the Colorado Territory, he's relieved to find his brother Grady has not claimed ownership of the ranch in his absence. But there is a troubling, new addition to the Lazy Heart Ranch, an irresistible, raven-haired English beauty.

 

Beau Crusoe - Carla KellyBeau Crusoe - Carla Kelly  

 

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe—a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival! Scandalous! Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence—until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful widow wanted to help him heal the wounds of the past—but what secrets was this glorious man hiding?

Read a full interview: #2 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Punya Reviews…

 

The Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre Dumas  

 

Young, honest and loyal, Edmund Dantes, about to be promoted as captain of his ship, is accused of treason, and condemned to imprisonment in the isolated Chateau d'If. He endures years of suffering before making a dramatic escape. Newly liberated, he discovers the identities of his accusers, and intent on revenge he assumes a new identity for himself.

 

The Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) - Tim PowersThe Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) - Tim Powers  

 

Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.

 

Quick Service - P.G. WodehouseQuick Service - P.G. Wodehouse  

 

When rich and imperious American widow Beatrice Chavender eats a forkful of inferior ham at her sister's country house near London, it affects the lives of everyone around her - her sister, her brother-in-law, her sister's butler, her sister's poor relation Sally, Sally's fiance Lord Holberton, and, most of all, Mrs Chavender's own one-time fiance, 'Ham King' J. B. Duff, whose rotten product spoils her breakfast.

Read a full interview: #3 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Tigus 

 

Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto,Megan BackusKitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

 

Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. 

 

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. Rowling  

 

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Read a full interview: #4 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Nicole Reads

 

Spectred Isle - KJ CharlesSpectred Isle - KJ Charles  

 

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

 

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William GoldmanThe Princess Bride - William Goldman  

 

 

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.

 

Are You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman,Danny WallaceAre You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman,Danny Wallace  

 

After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching, funny story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession.

Read a full interview: #5 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Silence in the library

Magic Bites - Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites - Ilona Andrews  

 

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

 

Read a full interview: #6 Follow Friday with book bloggers: That's What I'm Talking About ->

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle  

 

Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in "The Final Problem", and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character's eventual revival. In 2003, the book was listed as number 128 of 200 on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novel." In 1999, it was listed as the top Holmes novel, with a perfect rating from Sherlockian scholars of 100.

 

Arcadia Falls - Carol GoodmanArcadia Falls - Carol Goodman  

 

Financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take recently widowed Meg Rosenthal and her aloof teenage daughter, Sally, to Arcadia Falls, a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage they’ll be calling home feels like an ill omen, but Meg is determined to make the best of it. Then a shocking crisis strikes: During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire, one of Meg’s folklore students plunges to her death in a campus gorge. Sheriff Callum Reade finds the presumed accident suspicious, but then, he is a man with a dark past himself. 

 

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen,Anna QuindlenPride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

 

Mr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters at Longbourn in Hertfordshire. Jane, the eldest, falls in love with Charles Bingley, a rich bachelor who takes a house nearby with his two sisters and friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is attracted to the second daughter, Elizabeth.

 

 

Read a full interview: #7 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sailing in a Sea of Words ->

 

Exes and Goals: A Slapshot Novel (Slapshot Series Book 1) - Heather C. MyersExes and Goals: A Slapshot Novel - Heather C. Myers  

 

Harper Crawford is a big fan of the Newport Beach Seagulls, despite their abysmal previous season. It's been a year since Ken Brown's murder and Seraphina Hanson, Ken's youngest granddaughter, just survived her first year as the new owner and manager of the national hockey team. Barely. The last year was dismal to the point where Seraphina is making drastic changes. Like hiring Harper as their official blogger. Harper gets to travel with the team, write character pieces, critiques, game summaries, and the like. It's her dream job.

 

Rules Of Prey - John SandfordRules Of Prey - John Sandford  

 

The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport--a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare--is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

 

Dark Lover - J.R. WardDark Lover - J.R. Ward  

 

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

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

 

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley,Maurice HindleFrankenstein - Mary Shelley

 

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

 

Arabella - Georgette HeyerArabella - Georgette Heyer

 

To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there. Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London season with her mother's wish in mind: snare a rich husband. 

 

Gardens of the Moon - Steven EriksonGardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson  

 

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

 

Read a full interview: #9 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Midu Reads [Nominated]

 

Immortal in Death - J.D. RobbImmortal in Death - J.D. Robb  

 

When Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a top model, she is putting her career on the line, because the prime suspect is her best friend. Eve's investigations lead her into the glamorous world of high fashion.

Read a full interview: #10 Follow Friday with book bloggers: The Book Gourmet

 

The Terror - Dan SimmonsThe Terror - Dan Simmons  

 

The bestselling author of Ilium and Olympos transforms the true story of a legendary Arctic expedition into a thriller worthy of Stephen King or Patrick O'Brian. Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of The Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison before they open them, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. 

Read a full interview: #11 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Book Cupidity [Nominated]

 

 

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen KingSleeping Beauties - Stephen King, Owen King  

 

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. 

 

Darkhouse - Karina HalleDarkhouse - Karina Halle  

 

There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. 

 

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

 

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Ross MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Shika MacKenzieThe Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Soji Shimada

 

Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a macabre murder mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage tragedy, challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the final curtain.

 

The Changeling - Victor LaValleThe Changeling - Victor LaValle

 

When Apollo Kagwa was just a child, his father disappeared, leaving him with recurring nightmares and a box labelled 'Improbabilia'. Now a successful book dealer, Kagwa has a family of his own after meeting and falling in love with Emma, a librarian. The two marry and have a baby: so far so happy-ever-after. However, as the pair settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Emma's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, until one day she commits an unthinkable act, setting Apollo on a wild and fantastical quest through a suddenly otherworldly New York, in search of a wife and child he no longer recognises. 

 

Read a full interview: #13 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Obsidian Blue

 

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories - Francis King,John Blackburn,Richard Marsh,Michael McDowell,Stephen GregoryThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

 

Spanning two hundred years of horror, this new collection features seventeen macabre gems, including two original tales and many others that have never or seldom been reprinted. 

 

Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt GodfreyBlackwater - Michael McDowell, Matt Godfrey  

 

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations. Some of those who observe her rituals in the river will never be seen again ...

 

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

 

The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiThe Best We Could Do - Thi Bui

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman  

 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

 

Read a full interview: #15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!! ->

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See you next Friday! 

SPOILER ALERT!

June 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Shaman Rises by C. E. Murphy

 

Read my series review here. Meanwhile here are two of my fave quotes from the last book:

 

 

 

Don’t you just love it when a favorite author of yours quotes/alludes to the work of another favorite author?

 

I saw Morrison’s face twitch like he couldn’t believe I was baiting the Master, and also like he couldn’t believe that he couldn’t believe it. It was Schrödinger’s twitch, neither believing nor disbelieving until we got out of here alive.

 

But then that is how Jo does things! She dares where she shouldn’t and that is one of the reasons this series was fun to read.

 

 

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Soulless by Gail Carriger (Manga)

 

Some books are just too beautiful and the manga series for the Parasol Protectorate books is one of them! I love how the characters are drawn. Ms. Carriger’s wit shines brightly in each dialogue. Mostly, I have trouble believing I have these books in my life and on my shelf. Thanks to my sister who would get me the moon and who visited Seattle, I do! I intend to savor these three books and so am taking my time reading them.

You can check out the covers on my Instagram.

 

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Tarnished and Torn by Juliet Blackwell 

 
 
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Juliet Blackwell's giving me major @judypost vibes. Her books have the same patient way of deepening into interesting plots and create a homey feeling that keeps you reading long into the night!

 

 

This succinctly explains why I keep returning to the series. A few weeks will have gone by and I’ll suddenly think of the next book to read from this series. That is all it takes for me to start reading!

 

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Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

 

I dunno what it is but Yelena has started to piss me off. It could be her attitude towards others or her magic. Either way, I am finding it more and more difficult to like her with each new book I read. Valek, on the other hand, has become less of the token YA hero and in the process of being fleshed out into an actual character. In this book, we are shown how life has been for him and the training he has received to end up where he did. I have always liked the connection he has had with Ambrose. Yet it seems to be coming to an end and quick. The supporting characters were their usual entertaining selves. We are also introduced to a new character with a history of having been abused. She comes across as prickly and immature at times but I liked her tenacity.

 

Would all this be enough to get me to read the next book in the series? Let’s find out!

 

 

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Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

 

I don’t even know where to begin. Okay, wait I do:

He is a liar!

No, he loves me!

He is a murderer!

No, he loves me!

He is a traitor!

No, he loves me!

This goes on until the very end, which happened on a happy note. Not impressed. At all.

 

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Sleepy Hollow #2-4 by Marguerite Bennett

 

I found these to be all right.

 

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Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Much better than the last one. I am only reviewing this one because I enjoyed reading it. The lead couple seemed beyond redemption but that was the only cliched part. The time they took in coming closer, discovering each other, and initiating physical contact of any sort seemed realistic.

 

Another thing that I liked was how hard the author worked to show us how Arrows lived their lives. Simple kindness was a concept unknown to them because they had never been on the receiving end of it. The main characters connected with the shifter alpha and conveyed how inept they were at this. Small changes that slowly lead to better lives for these soldiers were fun to watch.

 

Ms. Singh expertly introduced another shifter pack in this book and took us just a little deeper into the world of the water changelings, as well. There are no signs of this series ending, especially with all the characters to be written about.

 

What I didn’t like was how quickly the problem of the bad guy was solved. Yeah, I know he wasn’t the Big Bad but the story had been setting him up that way. So much evil and all it took was half a page of writing to extinguish it,

 

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Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

 

So many reasons for me to have loved this book:

 

The Humor

 

 

Galina, of course, is a ghost who is trying to help a caged Mercy from a golem or rather The Golem. All she manages to do is roll around the head of a decapitated vampire. It was funny. You had to be there, okay?

 

The Mercy

 

She was completely herself…outmaneuvered, overpowered, and with no chances of escape. Once or twice, she even took out some time to wallow in self-pity but that didn’t last long. Mercy is used to being the weakest player in any supernatural game. So, she doesn’t let that hold her back for long.

 

The Adam

 

The book gave us Adam’s POV, which I loved. Another thing was how Adam was pitted against people who were stronger than he was. He was out of his depth and couldn’t afford to start a war with the vampires. While all of that was happening, Mercy was far away from him, having been kidnapped from right outside their home. In short, he was putting up with shit that Mercy has had to deal with all her life lol

There is also his acceptance that Mercy is going to be drawn wherever trouble brews. In fact, she doesn’t realize this truth but he does and had made his peace with it. This is how the scene goes when they are finally reunited:

 

Start of Spoiler

 

(show spoiler)

“I killed the Golem of Prague—for real this time,” I told him. “After I used him to kill all the vampires. I don’t know how many he killed. Lots, I think. Mary figured out how to mass-produce vampires, though I gather they had quite an expiration date. The problem was he didn’t want to stop with the vampires. Your help was the only reason all of the people in the Jewish Quarter aren’t dead.”

(show spoiler)

 

End of Spoiler

 

A guy who doesn’t lose it after being faced with such an information overload is someone who has already accepted life with Mercy is going to be exciting!

 

The Relationship

 

The faith he had in Mercy being able to take care of herself was one of my favorite things about this book. It was the same trust that Mercy placed in him. That didn’t stop them from taking action where needed. I think they have never been stronger than they are in this book.

 

The Surprise

 

Oh boy! I mean it made complete sense when it was revealed but I loved the juiciness of it. I am so glad I didn’t let the previous book keep me from reading this one!

 

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Black Magick, Vols. 1 & 2 by Greg Rucka

 
Okay, this was equal parts scary and intriguing. I haven’t yet started connecting with the characters but I am liking where the story is heading.
 
 

 

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

 

I just love how poetic Flavia sometimes gets even with such a scientific mind. Look at this piece of writing:

I want to know who I am before it is too late — before I am no longer the same person — before I becomes someone different. Although there are days when this seems a furious race against time, there are others when it seems to matter a tinker’s curse.

Combined with the reticent father she has had for a parent, her mom’s death, and her sisters’ scathing behavior towards her, it is words like these that make the reader feel deeply for Flavia.

 

Dogger will remain my fave character from these books. He is broken too just like Flavia is but in a completely different way. Below is a sample from a conversation he has with her:

Do you have any brothers or sisters, Dogger?

Yes I do, Miss Flavia. Do you wish me to tell you about them?

No.

Thank you.

I love how he looks out for Flavia without seeming to; it could be why her father can pretend not to care about the trouble she regularly gets into!

 

Flavia also says things like:

 

 

Oh, and the ending just broke my heart even though I saw it coming. Can’t wait to see the direction this series will take now!

 

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Vallista by Steven Brust 

 

Remember the thing that I said at the beginning of the post? Here are the opening words:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a human assassin in possession of an important mission must be in want of a target.

 
 As you can expect, I got a chuckle out of it.
 
While Vlad spends his life acting like an idiot, what makes these books worth reading are two things:
 
The repartee between Vlad and his familiar, Loiosh. I find it really funny. Consider this scene where they have spotted a huge white monster disappearing around a corner:
 
Are we going after it, Boss?
After it? Are you nuts? What if we caught it?
I love it when you break out in common sense.
(I kept walking.)
Boss, you said…
We aren’ going after it. We’re just going in the same direction.
 
Vlad believing that he is a tough guy who doesn’t stick out his neck for anyone and yet that is exactly what he manages to do every time! He gives a damn, which is why he is a likable character.
 
 
 
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The Black Tower by P. D. James

 

Typical Dalgliesh story that kept me hanging on every word until I finished it!

 
This is what I have been up to in June. What have you been doing?

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. I remember the See Spot Run books in school and I remember loving Black beauty.
 
kathleenkelly.booklikes.com
 
 

Why reading is important to you?

 

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

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

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

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

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

 

 

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

 

I love a good psychological thriller and historical fiction
 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I love all the covers...lol

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I am comfortable with both.
 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

Usually whatever book I happen to be reading at the time
 

 

Favorite quote?

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

I started reading this series back in 2012. Now that I have finished it, I am going to miss reading about Joanne’s road to self-discovery and some amazing male characters — who didn’t take over her story or act like assholes.
 
Above is an infographic on why I loved this series the way I did!
SPOILER ALERT!

May 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

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

 

 

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Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson

 

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

 

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Overwinter by David Wellington

 

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

 

 

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Unseen by Rachel Caine

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

 

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

 

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

 

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Truth by Julia Karr

 

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

 

 

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Saving the Sammi by Frank Tuttle

 

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

 

 

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Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

#42 Follow Friday with book bloggers: KatiEllenReads

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

katiellenreads.booklikes.com

 

 

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

 

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

 

Kati's Shelf

 

 

5. Why reading is important to you?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

7. How do you find new books to read?

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

11. A library or a bookstore?

 

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

 

 

12. What are your three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

 

13. A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

14. Three titles for a holiday break?

 

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

 

 

 

15. Favorite quote?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Thank you!

 

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6 YA Fantasy Books for Your June Reading List

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

 

What are you reading and waiting for this June? 

 

 

 A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir  

Out: June 12th 2018

Buy it->

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Smoke in the Sun - Renee Ahdieh 

Out: June 5th 2018

Buy it->

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

Out: June 26th 2018

Buy it ->

 

 

 

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

Or does she?

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

 

 

Court of Shadows - Madeleine Roux 

Out: June 26th 2018

Buy it->

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

The Emerald Sea - Richelle Mead 

Out: June 26th 2018

Buy it->

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Bird and the Blade - Megan Bannen 

Out: June 5th 2018

Buy it ->

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

What are your June reading plans?

 

 

P.S.

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

#41 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JoRead

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

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

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

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

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

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

 

JoRead's Shelf

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

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

 

joread.booklikes.com

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

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

 

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

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

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

 

 

Thanks! This was lots of fun! 

 

Thank you!

 

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SPOILER ALERT!

April 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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The alternate covers are amazing!

 

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

 

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The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:

 

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

 

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Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

 

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

 

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Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson

 

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

 

 

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 

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

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

As I said, I liked it!

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

#39 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Line Bookaholic

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

 

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

 

 

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

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

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

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana  Hunter 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

http://line.booklikes.com ->

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

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

 

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

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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What are your three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

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

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

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

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Here are my regular shelves and my Harry Potter shelf.

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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#38 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JUNIPER GREEN

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

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

Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

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

 

Thank you!

 

 

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