Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Own

aI’m making my own top ten list today because I’m overwhelmed with how many books I want to own. One day this will happen, and it’s going to be EPIC when I fulfill my list. The plan: Marry rich.

  1. Battlemage by Taran Mathuru. This book came out last weekend and I MUST have it one of these days. I was not granted an ARC, I’d had one for The Inquisition, so I have yet to read it.
  2. The Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty. I saw this wonderful woman speak with Taran and I passed up her book, like I did Taran’s, because they were hardcover and I cannot afford da hardcover books right now. Once these two wonderful authors’ books come out in apaperback, THEY’RE MINE ALL MINE
  3. Nevernight by Kristoff Jay. Along with Aime Kaufman, he wrote Illuminae, one of my favorite books. I lent it to a friend and I never got it back, almost a year later 🙁
  4. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. I love love LOVE the cover. I saw iton Black Friday 2016. I was hoping for an ARC but I’ll just go with a finished copy 😀
  5. Poison or Protect, by Gail Carriger, the woman who got me into Steampunk and kept my interest going. She is by far the best Steampunk author I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a few! I almost have her The Finishing School series, The Parasol Proctorate, and Prudence. I need to finish the last two series!
  6. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I know nothing about this book but I know people like it so I’m all for it. Plus, the cover. Sometimes it’s fun not to know too much about a book so every little detail is new and surprising. 😀
  7. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I mean, doesn’t the title say enough?
  8. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I talk to her on Twitter but have yet to read, let alone own this series.
  9. The Prey by  Tom Isbell. It’s the cover that drew me to it.
  10. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus  Sedgwick. The cover is so beautiful.
  11. Also, House of Furies. It look terrifying, right up my alley.

If I didn’t like it, would I stay away?

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
This has happened plenty of times before. As long as I don’t have an ethical problem with the author, then I’d try again. For instance, I read a book recently that I didn’t love but I went ahead and bought the second because I wanted to find out what happens. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked it up again yet, and I’m not sure I will.
I like to give everyone a fair shot at reading, and I know that what I don’t like may be something other people like. For instance, Twilight by Meyers, was such an awful book to me. It portrayed a weak female lead, and I worried about younger girls reading that series and thinking that that’s a proper way for a young woman to behave. Ladies, we’re stronger than Meyers wants us to believe. I think a book like that can be very damaging to younger readers.
Because she doesn’t believe in strong female characters, I’m staying away from her books. I read the whole series in order to see how Bella developed but I was disappointing to find out that the only change in her character happened near the end of the book.
The same goes for Fifty Shades of Grey. I hated the first book, but I’m going to finish the series because I don’t want to judge a book based on what I’ve heard, because, as a book blogger, I want my readers to be able to trust me, and judging a book based on what I’ve heard isn’t ethical.
I want to write a whole post about BDSM erotica in Fifty Shades of Grey and but that’ll come later, once I figure out how to protect it from younger readers who may not be ready for that.
So, the answer to this question is that it depends on both the author and the story, and how I want to represent myself as a blogger.
Happy reading!

I Can’t NOT Rearrange My Bookshelves

 

Book Blogger Hop

Do you re-arrange and move books around on the shelves or move books off of your bookshelves to another area after a certain amount of time or do you just leave them the way they are?

I move my books all the time. No placement will satisfy me more than a few weeks. I get a book high when I rediscover books I haven’t read but want to read. Usually I have a bookcase for (some) of my series and another for #booksfortrade and ARCs to review. On that bookcase I also have books on my TBR.

Right now I can’t figure out how to sort the books because I have too many I should rid of. Those books I know I should #booksfortrade but I just cannot part with them.  They are being wasted, though, sitting on my bookshelves, and I know that they’ll never be read unless I do something about t hat. They should have wonderful new homes. Rearranging a bit more will hopefully get me to pass those on.

Book Mail from March and April

It’s Monday which means that it’s time to showcase the books I got recently. There are many, some of which are ebooks from Netgalley. I’m thinking I’m going to be a wild woman and read more than one book at a time. I got a lot of book mail from Twitter last month, with several more on da way! Here’s what I have so far:

 First, let’s look at my Twitter Book Mail

Netgalley Book Mail

  • A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • Concealed by R J Crayton
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

OwlCrate Book Mail

Other Book Mail

  • Daughter of the Pirate King
  • The Vanishing Throne

Book Sale Book Mail

 
These are the books I picked up at the book sale. I donate most of the books I get from the book sales but there are quite a few I got, thinking I could donate them, then I found out that the Veterans Association here cannot accept hardcover books. I started out by donating them to families overseas but then I realized I couldn’t afford to continue to do that so I opted to just give them to the VA Hospital by my house.
Unfortunately, it turns out that they do not accept hardcover books, which was pretty much all I stocked up on (because hardcover books are so much fun to get!) so I was considering selling them and using the money I get from those sales to buy more books to donate to the kids in African schools and paperbacks for the veterans 😀
Anywhoo, look at all dat book mail and tell me if you have any of these! I super-duper want to know what you thought. You can also link me to your reviews so I can pop on over and take a look.
Happy reading!

Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

top ten tuesday, memeWhat I want to read

I love this question and when I first started this list I thought it would pretty much only be “The cover” and “The title” but it turns out there are many reasons I want to read a books, things that I didn’t realize I was looking for.

Books I’ll look for that I want to read

Now that I’m aware of my likes and dislikes, this is probably going to make choosing books easier, but it also means that I may not pick certain books. Now that I know a little more about me, I hope to expand my reading portfolio and try to want to read books that don’t match what I’m necessarily looking for. That being said, knowing what I’m looking for also gives me insight into what books I should pick. The last two sentences contradict each other, I realize, but they are both true. The former is wishful thinking, the latter is more realistic.

Without further ado, here’s what I look for in a book:

  1. The cover is by far the biggest one
  2. The title is only slightly less important than the cover
  3. When I see a book that reminds me of another I’ve read
  4. A well-known author I’ve either read or heard about
  5. An author I’ve read, even if I didn’t love their books
  6. Anything from a BookTube haul!
  7. Something a non-reader friend likes, though this isn’t as common as I’d like
  8. Often the font of the title and the feel of the book
  9. A blurb on inside of the dust jacket
  10. Something I’ve seen over and over and over and OVER in the blogosphere
  11. Anything with a terrifying cover

How about you? What makes you want to read a book? And what makes you not want to read a book? That list will be coming up shortly.

Here’s a list of future and past Top Ten Tuesdays. Do with it as you will.

Will I read a book that clashes with my personal beliefs?

This is an interesting question b/c I have never come across a plot that clashed with my personal beliefs. Non-fiction? Sure, I’ll put down anything that has an anti-feminist feel. Sometimes, like with Orson Scott Card, I’ll refuse to buy their books new (if I must read them, I’ll get them used).

The plot has never been an issue but I suppose if it is a noticeable difference I probably wouldn’t feel good about it and it would be tossed aside in my “DNF” pile or traded on Twitter.

What would you do?

 

Book Blogger Hop

 

 

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (Review)

15791085Set in a Steampunk Scotland, The Falconer is probably the best book I’ve read in 2017. In other Steampunk novels there’s been less emphasis on the environment but in The Falconer the main character, Aileana Kameron, is deeply in tune with Scotland, with her nation. Because I have no time spent in Scotland I can only trust that the geography is true to that day. Rather than just name major cities, Aileana takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in both the rain and shine.

I kept forgetting that it was a Steampunk novel, even as Aileana was narrating. Not because it wasn’t well done but because it became part of the story. Where in some books it’s the emphasis, in The Falconer it’s just…there. It just is.

One of the reasons I forgot that it was a Steampunk novel was because there was so much emphasis placed on the supernatural elements of the story. Fae, perhaps my favorite group of otherworldlings, are escaping where they’ve been held and it’s up to Aileana and her partner, Kam, to stop them.

To learn that Kam was a Fae, early on in the book, came as a surprise to me, but only just. In the afterlight, it seems natural that this is how the story and the characters would play out. Who better to train this fair lady to kill the Fae than a rogue of their own kind?

Ah, the love triangles, possibly my favorite part of the novel was oh-so-juicy. While the way the story took a turn in this sense wasn’t surprising, the character of the men she must choose came as a total shock to me, when the second gentleman was introduced.

As a reviewer I know I should have paid more attention to the writing but that’s just the thing: I didn’t. I didn’t pay attention to it because it flowed down the stream and took me gently along with it.