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Posted by on July 17, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: If you could have dinner with one author alive or dead who would it be?

I know this is a play on the party game type question about any famous person but I still think it is a little bit of fun. I had to think about this one for a while and I am sure if you asked me again tomorrow I would have a different answer. Today, though, I would pick Julius Caesar. I will pause for any laughs about the fact he is a historical person. He is, of course, but he is also a writer and I have read the Gallic Wars several times. I think it would be very interesting to sit with him and see how his mind worked. He was such a genius in so many ways and yet he missed some very large red flags at the end didn’t he? I would say lets have that meal in modern times, I don’t think I want to try Dormouse.



Posted by on July 14, 2017

The tale of Myranda Celeste, a young woman orphaned by a century long war, and her chance discovery of a fallen soldier’s priceless cargo. The find will change her life, sending her on an adventure of soldiers and rebels, wizards and warriors, and beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step will bring her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.


This is one of those books that I just really am not sure what I should say about it. The book was not bad by any means, but it also was not what I would call a good book. Overall for me this one just came up as a bit meh and forgettable, sorry if that sounds a little bit harsh but there we have it.

The first chapters of this book were very boring to me. There were many times in fact that I wanted to just delete it from my device and not worry about it any further. I am glad that I didn’t do that as I really am not a big fan of DNF but it does happen. This is a book that I am glad I finished, but beyond that I really just could not feel a connection with any of the characters. It just feels as if none of them really fully formed enough for me to like them or “feel them”. There were a great many errors in the book which does tend to happen a lot with self published work. I try not to judge authors for that because I know I don’t write perfectly and it is incredibly brave to put your work out there. However, in this instance it was bad enough for me that it began to interfere with reading the book. Myranda was not the character I hoped she would be, I just wanted to tell her to get with the program and light a fire under her butt.

So for me, I wouldn’t say to read it, but I also wouldn’t tell you not to read it, maybe you will like it better than I did. Perhaps characters get better fleshed out in later books, I am not sure I will carry on past this one to find out.

 

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on July 11, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I haven’t finished this one yet it has been a bi of chaos around here. That is alright eh? I don’t mind a bit of extra time spent with Uhtred and his companions. This quote won’t be to everyone’s taste, but this passage always makes me laugh.

“Your mother didn’t give birth to you,” I told hint, “but farted you out of her shrivelled arsehole.”
“Frightened or not,” Asser said, “you’ve taken Peredur’s silver, so you must fight them now.”
“Say one more word, monk,” I said, “and I’ll cut off your scrawny balls.”
― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman



Posted by on July 10, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Are you able to read when your in pain or do you find it hard to focus?

I suffer from Fibro and end up with high pain levels from it and some other things if I am not careful (like sensitive teeth thanks genetics) so I have a lot of time to think about this one. For me it depends on how bad the pain is. If if I am on the upper end of my pain register I want to read and distract myself from the pain but it is just not happening. It tends to be a curl up and just stare blankly at things type of situation. If things are only moderate I can usually focus on reading for a little bit. How about you?



Posted by on July 8, 2017

Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

 

I was so excited when I was approved for this book on Netgalley, it has been a while since I have visited there and this book caught my eye. Sadly the excitement for me didn’t last very long. It isn’t the worst book I have ever read, but it is not anywhere near a favorite either.

The ingredients for this being a solid and even great read. The idea of special humans isn’t new of course but the premise on this one focused on kids and trying to come off as normal. Of course they were in High school, yeah it wasn’t great the first time around. Anyways for me this book just kinda never took off, it was just okay I didn’t find myself feeling connected to any of the characters.

All the lust and waffling that came from our main character just had me wanting to pull my hair out. If you like more then a little teen angst and a lot of whiplash you might like this book. For me however it just wasn’t all that great.

 

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on July 4, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Happy 4th of July to my American friends and family. Happy Treason day to all my British friends and family. Happy random day in July to all my friends and family from other places around the world, lol. Did I cover everyone?

And just because its my blog and I do what I want… I will use a rebellious Saxon Dane looking hunky on a Gif as my celebration image: LOL I am also re-reading the second book in the series.

“Life is simple,” I said. “Ale, women, sword, and reputation. Nothing else matters.” – The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories #2)
by Bernard Cornwell



Posted by on July 3, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you follow book release dates and eagerly await a new arrival? Or do you just kind of check things out in a more casual manner?

I used to watch release dates for all my favorite authors and even just some of my favorite genres like a hawk. I would nearly be drooling while I waited for ALL the wonderful stories to come out. These days I have less time then I would like to reading and other things so I am more casual about it. There are a small few that I still watch like a hawk (come on Jim Butcher I’m talking to you) but beyond that I just kind of go with the flow. Chances are I will see a favorite author or genre release not to long after it’s been released.



Posted by on June 27, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

So busy week last week I am still working on the first of the Saxon series re-read but that’s okay cause I mean who wouldn’t want to spend extra time with Uhtred right? I mean remember….

“I have a theory that kitchens, once they reach a certain level of complexity, attract new gadgets into their orbit, like planets. Only this can account for the fact that I own two melon ballers.” – Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1)
by Kerry Greenwood



Posted by on June 26, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite spot to read during the summer?

Well all have our favorite spots to read. I don’t know about anyone else but my favorite spots tend to change around the season and weather. I adore reading outside but summer in Tucson is very bad for that most days. My favorite reading spot in the summer tends to be on a couch with a fan looking out a large window. How about you?



Posted by on June 20, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

So busy week last week I am still working on the first of the Saxon series re-read but that’s okay cause I mean who wouldn’t want to spend extra time with Uhtred right? I mean remember….

“What happens to you, Uhtred, is what you make happen. You will grow, you will learn the sword, you will learn the way of the shield wall, you will learn the oar, you will give honor to the gods, and then you will use what you have learned to make your life good or bad.”
― Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom

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