July Wrap Up

Well, I’ve been meaning to get this post up for four days. The fact is, I still want to blog, be active in this community, but I don’t know how things are going to turn out. If you’ve been following my updates, you already know some of what’s been going on.

Brief recap of the past month: My father went from not doing great to doing terrible in the space of about two weeks and, after two trips to the hospital, died at home on the sixteenth of July. My sister, who lives out of state, came up for a few days with her husband, during which time we had the funeral.

Now, I work for my mom, I have ever since I graduated high school. Before that, too, technically, because I was home schooled and my mom was the one in change of my schooling, even when she bought a business and started working full time. So, because of all this, and the way my father was, I don’t have the proper paperwork/documentation that I need to get a job anywhere else.

So I’ve been trying to get all that lined up for the past two weeks or so. The week my father died, we were closed except the Monday I worked and the Saturday my mom reopened. The week before that, he was in such bad shape that my mom and my brother both stayed home to take care of him and I worked solo at my mom’s store. Because of this, I discovered that her business is not doing well (because she’s got this mentality that she has to do everything herself and will seldom if ever ask for help). My brother is barely working at the moment and we cannot live on a one person income when the business is so slow. (Also, my father never wanted his kids to get the proper documentation to work – like a social security number and my mom never pushed it, so my married sister is the only one that has one right now.)

I might be able to get a job in September, the way things are set up right now. And I say ‘might’ because I will have the proof of identity and age that I’ll need for a social security number, but if they ask for any documentation to prove I’ve never had a number before…I have nothing to prove that because they mentioned things like school records (which I was home schooled with my parents doing everything so I don’t have those) and tax records (which I never had to pay taxes because I was always payed off the books by my mom). (I’m also going to be trying to convince my brother to get himself a worthwhile job – though our father really screwed things up for his kids but good.)

What that all means to you is that I have no energy for this blog right now and I’m just barely reading. (I’ve finished one book since the 23rd that wasn’t a re-read.) Then, once I manage to get a job somewhere, (I know where I want to work) I’ll probably not have time or energy for this blog for quite a while. (Not to mention the fact that I do not have internet at home and have always done all my blogging and socializing at my mom’s store, so I won’t even have much access to the internet. I hopefully will be able to dump my computer off with my mom occasionally, to at least download new games and record my netflix video’s.

So, that’s the state of things for me right now and I just want all the waiting to be over and to already have my job that I can start next week. Sadly, life doesn’t work like that.

Now, as for my books…Honestly, last week I was looking at a couple of the first books I’ve read in July and I can’t believe it wasn’t months ago that I read them. It seems so long ago. I will say that I reread a lot, knowing that my attention wouldn’t be truly on what I was reading, and I didn’t add those to this recap list. (And when I’m stressed out, I apparently read gay romances.)

Best Book/s of the Month

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Other Good Books of the Month

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Books I Don’t Recommend

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What I’ve Finished Watching

Season one of House of Anubis. It was a birthday gift and the show was really fun. I think I would have liked it more when I was closer in age to the kids, because all their relationship drama was super annoying (though I’d probably have found it annoying then, too) but the plot was kind of awesome. I also watched season one of Killjoys and…liked it a lot more than I expected. I mean, we have a totally awesome woman of color main character in a sci-fi series that was created by a woman. (Who also worked on Lost Girl, which is a show I was already interested in and learning that made it jump several shows in my queue.) Also Killjoys doesn’t have any signs of the love triangle (one woman, two brothers) that I was worried about. (There is some interest/romance between the woman and one of the men, but the other thinks of her like a sister.)

I watched Final Fantasy: XV: Kingsglaive and… Okay, I love Final Fantasy. (Advent Children was awesome, loved the OVA about Zack, played parts of XII and adored it before my PS…broke.) So, yeah, I love Final Fantasy. But, seriously, this movie was bad. So was The Spirits Within. So…I might be done with this franchise’s movies. Also finally watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and…well, I think it took me four days to watch the whole movie. I didn’t like it, though it was still better than the book. (Except the Neville/snake scene was much more awesome in the book than the movie. Though I am glad they didn’t cut it out.) Anyway, HP series – books and movies – finished, so, yay! I also watched G.B.F. The movie was…insulting. But, at least it was insulting to everyone? Also watched Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker and…Cassandra is awesome. I mean, I love her in Inquisition – she’s my favorite Dragon Age woman and pretty much my second favorite character over all – and this movie was so, so perfect. So, yeah, glad I finally got around to watching that one.

Watching & Playing

I usually adore this guy’s music – especially his singles – and this song is one of my two favorites. (The only one it didn’t dethrone was The Remedy and nothing probably ever will.)

I definitely consider myself a Seether fan, but, strangely enough, I don’t ever recall hearing this song before just recently. (August, technically, but who cares. I’ll be playing it on repeat because it’s awesome.)

I’ve not really been playing much for games. I finished up Hercules: Fleecing the Fleece – which is a time management game – and played Wayhaven Chronicles: book one which is a cyoa style computer book/game thing-y from the same otome-style game author as The Lady’s Choice – which I played and is awesome! – and The Crossroads – which I haven’t played. But Wayhaven Chronicles series has started out awesomely and I especially loved the fact that you can have same-sex romances – which is pretty much a requisite for me anymore. I’ve also been muddling along with Borderlands and getting more and more frustrated with the fighting and bored with the lack of a plot and Of Orcs and Men and getting super bored with the fighting on it – though the plot is good. I’ve got about half a dozen games started, but none of them are really catching my interest.

So, there’s been my July. A lot has happened, most of it not good, and if anyone has advice for finding time to blog while holding down a full time job, I’d love to here it. (Because, eventually we will either get internet where we are, or I’m going to move somewhere I can get internet. Maybe move to another town, too, though I’d love to convince my mom and brother to move with me.)

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Top Ten Books that Actually Lived Up to their Hype

Hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. If you know me, you’ll know that hyped books don’t really work for me. I don’t even think it’s because they are hyped and I have these huge expectations that just can’t be met. I think it’s more that popular books – the books everyone loves – are just books that don’t offer me a lot. I think what I like to read is just different from what most other people like that most popular, loved books don’t work for me. (Also, I’ve experienced things that I dislike in books getting talked about by everyone as to how great they are. Usually the poorly handled romance. 🙂 ) (Do note, the first four were the ones I actually thought of on my own before trolling my Goodreads shelves, so…Yeah.)

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Considering how glowingly I’ve been talking about this book since I read it, you had to know it would be here. I passed it for quite a while and I will admit, partially it was because the book is popular and I’ve learnt that usually that means that I won’t like it. I was very happy to be wrong here.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

I definitely need to reread this book. Anyway, I heard a lot of stuff about this book when it was first released and everyone was talking about what a good story it was and the amazing worldbuilding. Well, for once I’d agree with the people about the worldbuilding – and that’s not something I usually need a lot of in my stories. (It’s not a super popular book, but with the circles I traveled in, it was.)

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

This was an odd book for me when I read it. Very much not like anything else I was reading at the time and, against my better judgment, I read it. And promptly surprised myself with how much I liked it. (If you are even vaguely interested in steampunk – which I have been majorly interested in for years – this book is on every list.)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Everyone loves this book, it seems like. And when I decided to read it, still a bit uncertainly, I really was just expecting a light, historical romp. Instead it deals with some pretty serious issues and I can totally see why it was hyped so much.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

This might be cheating a little, considering that I had already read the first three – but at the time of its release, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a book more hyped than this one. I would also like to note that while I loved it when I read it, I’m really not sure I would if I were to reread it. (Which is why I’ve avoided the whole ‘verse since the terrible reaction I had to Stars Above.)

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

While I could probably go with the Discworld series in general (because it’s loved and I have at least enjoyed every book I’ve read) I really have to go with this one because it is both the first Discworld novel I read and still my favorite to date.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Even though I am beginning to have very mixed feelings about this book, (in large part because of the rather awful sequel) and I do believe that I was a little too generous with my four star rating (I think I was swayed by the hype) this book really does have its moments that it’s awesome.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is another book much like Simon and Winter where, were I to read it now…I’m not sure my response would be so favorable. In fact, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be. But when I read it, I loved it and thought ‘yes, the hype was right.’ (Then I read the second book…)

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Confession (and unpopular opinion) time: I don’t like the Harry Potter books. As a series, I just don’t understand the love and as individual books… They run the gamut of everything from one star with The Deathly Hallows, to two stars with The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix, three stars for The Chamber of Secrets and (a probably too generous three stars for) The Sorcerer’s Stone, up to four stars for The Prisoner of Azkaban all the way to The Half-Blood Prince that missed getting five stars from me by a hair. So while I don’t like the series much as a whole, (it would average a 2.7 star rating) I kind of loved this book.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

No list like this would be complete without this book, whose sequel broke my heart, whose sequel singlehandedly drove me away from this author (though I’ve read enough about her other work to be glad I got out when I did). But this isn’t a list for books whose series/author let me down. It’s a list for hyped books that were actually good to read. And, before I read the sequel, I loved this book so, so much.

 

This…was actually so fun that I have plans for the flip-side of this topic later this week: Hyped Books that I Didn’t Like. Stay tuned for that! (BTW: Do you agree with any of these?)

Update

Alright, so if you saw my post last Monday, you have some idea what’s going on. Well, my father died last night/early morning. (If you don’t want to read anymore, I don’t know what’s going to be happening with his blog due to lack of internet at home and me looking for a full/part time job to bring in some more money.)

We (and by we I mean my brother) got dad to the hospital on Thursday, we got him back home on Saturday and for those two days, Hospice was helping us. For those couple of days that he was home, he’s been dosed up on anti-anxiety meds and Morphine. So, thankfully, it was a quiet, peaceful death.

Now, for most of last week I’ve been the only one at my mom’s store. (Usually I just do shelf stocking and the like, so dealing directly with all these customers has been…interesting.) I’ll be here today (Monday) and possibly tomorrow, depending on what mom thinks – because we’ll be closed for awhile.

Mom needs some time to rest after how stressful the last couple weeks especially has been and we’ll just close due to a ‘death in the family’ she said. I don’t know if this’ll just be Tuesday or Wednesday through Sunday, or if she’ll take more/less time off. (And, I’ll be getting some time off, too. Which I do need.)

I have a few things I have to do, then I’ll be searching around the area, finding jobs I can do and sending out resumes. (Because her store isn’t doing really enough to need two people, as I’ve been discovering, and now with hospital bills and funeral bills, I need to be helping out more, pulling in more money.)

So, what that all means for this blog is that I will have less of both time and energy to read. (Last week I was under so much stress, I was only rereading books.) Also, I’ll have less time to blog besides the fact that I do not have internet reception at home. (Which is part of the reason I’ve been suggesting we buy a house in town because right now, we live about eight miles from downtown. (And it’s a small town so eight miles means we are firmly in farmland.) The other reason is I don’t drive and there are no decent public transport systems in town, so I’ll always have to get my mom or brother to drive me to/from work.)

I’ve been searching for free wifi spots, but haven’t found much. Seriously, all I’m getting results for is a hotel in town and McDonalds. (I guess I could just park myself in McDonalds and order fries because it’s about the only thing they’ve got that I think I can eat.)

I’m hoping that by the end of the year, I will be gainfully employed – just not Walmart, please not Walmart – and I really don’t know what’ll happen to this blog. If we do move into town – or if the internet reception hurries up and reaches us, I do plan on returning to this blog. But that won’t be until at least next year, so, for now, this blog (and the whole community) is just going to have to take a back burner.

I’ll be trying to keep you updated, maybe weekly, if there’s anything going on – but for right now, figure I’m going to be absent. (Also, to everyone that I’ve not replied to comments of, thank you so much! I love you guys, this blog and the amazing community that welcomed a newb that was super anxious and had no clue what she was doing. You guys are all seriously the best!)

On Cluttered Blogs

Hosted at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.

Maybe?

For me, there’s two big reasons I would not return to a blog. The first is because the blogger doesn’t read my type of books. The second is because the background is too bright/dark and the font is too bright/dark. There’s little I hate more than trying to read things like yellow writing on a red background – and, yes, I have seen that. I remember one blog that had a black background with purple writing.

Look, I already have enough trouble with my eyes, I don’t need to add to it.

Now, as far as the clutter is concerned… What I don’t like is when there’s constantly add/buttons for giveaways and tours and blitzs. I’m not interested in those things, I’m here to check out the memes and some reviews. So… Is that considered clutter? I mean, I wouoldn’t like it, even if it was laid out nicely.

Of the things listed, I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever come across any of them. I’m not the most interested in photos though, so they might not add anything for me. I usually follow the blog through bloglovin and, if I like the blog enough, I will search for it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blog with too many columns, but the small print would be a pass for me, without a doubt. (Vision problems again.)

Important Information About Me and My Blog

TL;DR
Personal life has gotten rough. I don’t have the energy or the happiness to blog right now. I have only two posts scheduled for the rest of July – those should still go up – but I’m talking a hiatus and I don’t know when I’ll be back. I do intend to come back, but right now, I just can’t do this.

Full Information
My father is old and has been doing badly for awhile. It all came to a head last week – July first thru the eighth. He’s been a lot of trouble and his mind is slipping. We (my mom, my brother and I) finally got him to the hospital – though the only way we could was in an ambulance – and then he wouldn’t stay.

This was Sunday the eighth. We’ve been back about fifteen to thirty minutes as I write this. He’s so bad off that he can’t walk on his own at all, he forgets things you told him five minutes ago, but he could not be convinced to stay at the hospital. (My mom doesn’t have Power of Attorney for him so she couldn’t authorize him staying at the hospital.)

Now he’s back home and no better off than he was. He’s barely eating or drinking. I just – He’s killing us. My mom was nearly in tears on the way home because he wouldn’t stay at the hospital and get better – because he won’t get better at home. Not like this. We’re all losing sleep taking care of him because he wakes in the middle of the night and needs things – or, usually, falls and can’t get up.

My mom and my brother are skipping meals because they get frustrated dealing with him and aren’t hungry, and my mom not eating tends to make her sick. (Meanwhile I’m a stress eater and felt nauseous after all the potato chips I ate yesterday (Saturday).) On the way home I was listening to him not caring how much he’s putting on his family and listening to my mom with tears in her voice calling him selfish – and I suddenly realized how people can be pushed to do drastic things. Because, right then? I could have suffocated him with a pillow.

After all that, my mom and I went back into town to get prescriptions filled and rent a wheelchair and she was literally crying on my shoulder. God, no worse feeling in the world than one parent crying on your shoulder because of the other and I’ve got no idea what to do. I mean, I don’t do nurturing and I’ve never had to comfort someone before so there I am, trying to be steady for her and fighting back my own tears. Right now, I just kind of hate my father.

My sister’s coming up tomorrow (Monday) and hopefully we’ll be able to get him back to the hospital and get him to stay there – but I don’t know how we’re going to do that, because he’s protesting every step of the way. The condition he’s in…Honestly, they said it was his heart and he is really, really bad off and…I just don’t know what we can do. The doctor said that he’d pass out in a few days because his heart isn’t pumping properly and then he’ll be back at the hospital and he’ll have to stay. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. (I might be a terrible person and an even worse daughter, but I was honestly hoping I’d wake up this morning and he’d be dead.)

So, my blog is going to have to wait until I’m at a better place mentally because right now I have no ability to be my witty self in my posts, the thought of reading anything besides the fluffiest fluff makes me shudder and I just…Want to go back to Borderlands and kill things until I feel better. (And re-read books or read fanfiction.)

I do have intentions to come back. I love this community too much not to, but something has to give right now and, unfortunately, it’s this blog.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

My reading has been all over the place this year. I’ve had at least one month that I finished over fifteen books in one month, and another month where I finished less than five. I’ve also been all over in terms of quality, but I think I’m getting better at picking good books out as well as learning how to stop a book that I know I won’t like.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

I have read so many awesome books this year and so many that just missed being rated five stars that this was very difficult – and it was made even worse by the fact that the first few books I wanted to list here fit better in some of the later topics. So, this is actually my favorite book so far that doesn’t better fit into any of the following prompts.

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2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

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This was actually the book I first wanted to answer to the previous prompt, but it is my favorite sequel and, probably my favorite book so far this year. I simply decided to spread the love around a bit.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Really, there aren’t very many new releases that have kept my interest past their release. I’ll be curious to see how many of the new releases for the rest of the year do. But, this book does sound good to me.

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4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?

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While there are several books I’m super excited for, this is the one that I cannot wait for. I have read the two previous books and, despite my worries, have pretty much adored them. So I cannot wait until November!

5. Biggest Disappointment?

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While I did have several disappointing reads this year, I also managed to DNF several of them that would have been one or, at most, two stars. However, this book starts off fairly well, with a whole first contact thing – but, really, the ‘aliens’ are barely described for much of the book leaving me picturing rubber-forehead aliens and the story feels incredibly dated. Like, I’ve read books from the ’80’s that were more progressive than this thing. (Did I mention depressing, too? Because it is.)

6. Biggest Surprise?

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I wasn’t really expecting to like this book much at all. I mean, I did buy it, but I thought that if I finished it it would be a bit of a surprise. (I’m kind of tired of the casual sexism and generally bad romances that YA has.) Instead I kind of loved it.

7. Favorite New Author?

Honestly, there were very few books that I really liked that were by new-to-me-authors. However, I have read three books by E.E. Ottoman and have really enjoyed their work.

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8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I…don’t really tend to crush on characters much. I mean, I have done it, but it takes a really special type of character for me to have a ‘crush’ on them. I guess I’ll go with the two leads in this book.

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London is a delightfully intelligent, witty woman and Bennett is a total flirt of a gentleman and I could totally see myself wanting to date either of them.

9. Newest Favorite Character?

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ATM, Audrey. She’s amazing and brave and smart and she’s just so totally awesome!

10. Book That Made You Cry?

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It is a happy, fluffy, cute book and yet I wept through it because it is a happy, fluffy, cute book. Angst and depression and actual sadness usually doesn’t make me cry, but happiness will make me weep. I’m just lucky that way.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

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While it’s a short story that stars off super slow (the first 20 pages of this 65 page story) there is a very cute, sweet, fluffy romance with topnotch robot love and excellent ace representation.

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

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I’m not going to say that’s because it’s the only one I’ve seen this year but…that’s totally why. Just kidding. (But, really, it is the only adaptation I’ve seen this year unless you want to include the second half of season 2 of Shadowhunters.) Anyway, the movie was fun though I do question some of the changes that were made from the book. And, being truthful, I’m not sure how well the movie will stick around for me, considering that I tried reading Leah on the Offbeat after seeing the movie and kind of hate Leah now. (And that book a little, too, but that’s another subject, right?)

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Ugh. None. I don’t even know what reviews I have written this year. Blech.

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

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I’m honestly quite taken by the covers to this series so far – though I haven’t seen the cover for the third on yet. Also, I deeply adore the covers to the Effigies series, but I haven’t bought any of those books this year.

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

Too many to list. All 36 that I currently own I hope to read before the end of this year, and I’d like to start 2019 with not a huge TBR stack.

2018 Releases (July-December)

I’ve decided that, instead of putting a ‘new releases’ post up every month, I’m going to be doing it bi-yearly. Also, these are ALL the books on my ‘not-yet-released’ shelf that releases this year – even if we’re almost guaranteed that I won’t actually read all these. (Clicking on the cover should take you to the Goodreads page.)

July

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August

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September

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November

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December

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There’s a few here I’m definitely super excited for – like Legacy of Light and, even if it’s a first book, The Disasters, because it sounds right up my alley.

Let me know if you’re looking forward to any of these books and what releases for the rest of the year you’re most excited for!

Five Favorite Reads So Far this Year

Hosted at the Goodreads group: Top 5 Wednesday. This was actually a super easy list for me to put together. All I did was write down my favorite five star books of the year (excluding the one that was a reread) and crossed one book off and I had a top five. I will say that one of the books I’m currently reading (out of the three, though one is an anthology and the other is a trio of novellas) might be some pretty stiff competition for a couple of these. (Countdown style, 5 at the top, 1 at the bottom.)

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Chainebreaker by Tara Sim

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.

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Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth

Seersana University is worlds-renowned for its xenopsychology program, producing the Alliance’s finest therapists, psychiatric nurses and alien researchers. When Jahir, one of the rare and reclusive Eldritch espers, arrives on campus, he’s unprepared for the challenges of a vast and multicultural society… but fortunately, second-year student Vasiht’h is willing to take him under his wing. Will the two win past their troubles and doubts and see the potential for a once-in-a-lifetime partnership?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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A Tyranny of Queen’s by Foz Meadows

Saffron Coulter has returned from the fantasy kingdom of Kena. Threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she’s outgrown, or pit herself against everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by the absence of Leoden, cruel ruler of the kingdom, and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what will happen when Leoden returns?

 

What have been your favorite reads so far this year?

On the Subject of Instagram

Hosted at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Do you have an Instagram account? If so, do you only follow book folks?

No.

lol Sorry, so couldn’t resist that one. Anyway, I don’t have an Instagram account. I’ve thought about it, but haven’t yet for two very good reasons. I fail at social media. I mean, I’m never on twitter, and don’t even do Facebook. (I do pinterest in fits and starts, but I am the most active there – even if everything is for my own writing projects.) The other reason is because I have a really fussy digital camera. I bought one so I could post picture on my blog, and the camera is so sensitive that everything turns out blurry.

Recently I bought a cell phone with a camera (is this what they call a camera phone? le gasp) and the picture quality from it is actually better than that from my camera. (And it cost less, too.) So, the thought has been crossing my mind lately to start doing more pictures and that might expand to Instagram someday.

As for the second half of the question, that’s probably what would happen.

How about you?

June Wrap Up

I don’t know what it is about this month but I seriously feel just ugh about everything. The month started off well, but I feel so drained and keep getting into a bad mood. Honestly, it might have something to do with the fact that I DNFd 5 of the 13 books I read this month. So…ermh. Yeah. I’d also love to have something witty up here to say, but it’s hot and I’m lazy in the summertime.

(Should I start including my DNFs in my wrap-up? I’ve been thinking I might, but then you’d see how terrible I am at DNFing anymore. Like, I do it way too often. And I have started to feel strangely bad that my four star reads are clumped in with my two star reads as ‘other books of the month.’ Maybe something needs to be done there.)

Favorite Books of the Month

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Other Books of the Month

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Between Not Your Villain (which was a HUGE disappointment) and Leah on the Offbeat (which was one of those aforementioned DNFs) and The Price of Temptation (whose second half was awful) this was also kind of the month that killed authors I already knew and liked. (Unless I look at Hale and Hawk, to other authors whose books I’d read before and actually enjoyed their work this time around, too. Man, I read a lot of authors this month that I already knew.)

Watching/Listening/Playing

Let’s see, movies first. I watched Ten Year Plan and got a kick out of the way they kind of played with the typical rom-com tropes. A couple of people even saying that’s how it works in the movies. I also watched Black Panther and, I mean, I liked the movie, but it was just…really odd for a superhero movie. Kind of twisty with the plot. Loved Wakanda though, and adored the way it wasn’t just fake diversity. (And Shuri! I love Shuri.) Finally I watched Love, Simon and…hmm. It was enjoyable, but there’s a few interesting choices how it diverged from the book (like Leah’s relationship with Simon) and it did serve, I think, to make Martin more sympathetic. Otherwise, it kind of suffered from the same issue I had with the book, namely: Blue and his interaction/lack thereof with Simon. A bonus is that everyone is exactly how I pictured them in the book, so yay for the casting!

I finished series one of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and love the show. That was a Netflix watch, but I’ll definitely be buying the other two series and, eventually to rewatch, the first one. I also watched season two of The Fosters. This show is definitely more drama-y than my usual viewing, (or, as I call it, slice-of-life) but it’s surprisingly watchable. Maybe because I do genuinely like most of the characters.

I want to make note here, too, about a couple of Netflix series I tried that just wasn’t for me. (So you guys can view this as a chance to convince me to keep watching if you love one of them.) Jane the Virgin. Honestly, I love the diversity in this show, but it’s just too good at what it does for me: being a soap opera. Sure, there’s some gentle needling at the genre, but it is a soap opera. Switched at Birth. If I’d seen the show when I was first interested in it, I might have loved it, but I’ve kind of reached the point where I don’t usually enjoy teenaged shenanigans, so without a hook besides the deaf representation…Yeah. Seriously though, give me a push with either of them and I might continue. Also I gave up on Schitt’s Creek. It’s just a very awkward show with awkward humor and I do suffer a bit from second-hand embarrassment and this show just tied my stomach into knots. (So, yeah, won’t be watching more of it.)

Usually, right about here, I have some totally awesome song I’ve just discovered and have been listening to non-stop on youtube. However, this month all I’ve been listening to is whatever’s on the radio. (And Neon Trees. So have a Neon Trees song – probably my favorite of theirs.)

Now, as for playing… Steam has been having their summer sale so I’ve actually been buying more games than I have been playing. However, I have recently gotten involved in Borderlands. While of right now, I’ve not gotten very far (I think I’m a level 7, so this is still pretty early in the game) I LOVE the opening theme song and video.

Seriously, I’ll probably watch this thing every time I play the game because it is so awesome.

How has you guys June gone? (And is there a more grammatically correct way to ask this question?)