Oh man…do I ever suck at timing. This is a Christmas tag and here we all are on the Ides of March. Except for the time travelers. They’re wherever they hell they want to be. Even though I’m late, I’m still going to have fun doing this tag from Ignited Moth, and hopefully she’ll put in a good word for me with Santa.
Received an ARC and not reviewed it?
I haven’t received too many ARCs, but I did make a point to review them (I think…).
Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley?
Huh? I mean Netgalley sounds kind of familiar, but like a decade ago familiar, and I certainly don’t recall receiving feedback on it.
Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?
No, I’m actually pretty good at reviewing books on Goodreads. I don’t think I’ve said I was going to come back to do a full review and reneged on that promise.
<–The State of the Reader: 12/19/18 The State of the Reader: 1/16/19–>
A weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Books Obtained: 8
Books Finished: 2
Title: Angels’ Blood
Series Title: Guild Hunter
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Added: May 11, 2017
Date Started: November 2, 2018
Date Finished: December 27, 2019
Reading Duration: 55 days
Media: Paperback (Library)
This book was everything I wanted and more. It is exactly how I love to see angels portrayed: dangerous, mysterious, and sexy. There are so many vampire stories out there, and there are so many where vampires are compared to angels, but this one was unique as it made vampires and angels distinct entities, but gave them an integral connection. I’ve already bought the next book in the series (as noted above), and it’s the next one I plan to read after I finish my current fiction/fantasy.
<–The State of the Reader: 6/20/18 The State of the Reader: 7/18/18–>
Books Purchased: 4
TSN is super pissed about Being and Time. I bought it because Heidegger is referenced in Final Fantasy VII, and you all know I’m interested in studying anything my favorite game references. The real deal even looks a bit like the character in the game…and he was a Nazi 😡 Granted he’s a dead Nazi (the only decent kind), but I’m still annoyed. Granted, there’s a good chance none of the money I paid is going to go towards that terrible ideology, but it’s just the icing on the tombstone of this week where I argued with a combination Holocaust denier and flat earther. Yep, your dear TSN got a two for one on nonsense.
Books Finished: 4
Title: Peddling Doomsday
Author: Petra Jacob
Date Added: June 6, 2018
Date Started: June 18, 2018
Date Finished: July 3, 2018
Reading Duration: 32 days
If you want to delve into the machinations of how a cult can draw in and take over “normal” people, this is the book you want to read. Looking at it from the outside, it’s easy to see what’s going on, but if you really want to believe something because you have nothing else, you will. That’s how these kinds of people prey on the most vulnerable. This novel is a disturbing journey, but that’s what makes it worth the read.
<–The State of the Reader: 8/16/17 The State of the Reader: 8/30/17–>
A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy. I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case. If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Samples Read This Week
- Traitor’s Blades by Sebastian de Castell: Kept – This wasn’t a hard sell for me at all given the series is called Greatcoats, and I love greatcoats in general (nothing beats a Badass Longcoat). It was also an easy sell since it was also really cheap.
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: Kept – I had no idea The Giver was the first book of a quartet. This is a definite must-read.
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner: Kept – More revamped fairy tales. This time it’s Beauty and the Beast.
- Santa Took Them by William Malmborg: Passed – I’m pissed about this pass. Maybe this was the author’s intention, but I hated all of the characters introduced in the first chapter. The dad was a douche. The mom was annoying. The kids were irritating, but them I gave a pass, because they were just normal kids. I guess it’s more I hated how they were written, and there was a really bad pussy joke (not as bad as the Game of Thrones one, but still pretty awful). Anyway, this is about murders that took place on Christmas Eve 2005, and the sole survivor is released from a mental institution ten years later when they start again.
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Kept – This is one of those books I added because I loved the title, and it doesn’t seem as if the text is going to disappoint. Starting off as a series of letters exchanged between a boy and a girl, its foundation seems to be young love, heartbreaking rejecting and re-reconnection through adventure.
- In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker: Kept (RWTR) – I would’ve bought this if it wasn’t over my $2.99 insta-limit. Intertwining the concepts of time travel and immortality with a sense of greed and a lack of bio (or really any) ethics is one clear way to get me interesting in a novel.
- A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer: Kept – In my grand tradition of reading subverted stories (like the Flipped Fairy Tales), this novel takes place in a world where male children are rare and therefore coveted. The main character, the oldest male with around 28 sisters, only has one use: to be sold off to marriage for to the highest bidder. It’s a painfully common trope for girls, and it doesn’t make it any better when the tables are turned, because Jerin’s world has always been this way. I wasn’t quite certain about it initially, but it was interesting enough to go on my library shelf.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: Kept (RWTR) – Holy fantastic opening line. It’s brutal, raw, and reminds me of ASOIAF.
- Bull by David Elliott: Passed – Disappointing to say the least. I love retold stories, especially fairy tales and myths, but I didn’t like the style of this.
Books Purchased This Week: 3
Title: Traitor’s Blade
Series Title: Greatcoats
Author: Sebastian de Castell
Date Added: March 5, 2017
Date Purchased: August 17, 2017