Books In the Mail

Books I’ve Read Lately:

I’ve read a fair few books here lately, which is part of why I haven’t been on to post. I’ve gained a handful of books from Red Hook Books/Hatchett Book Group (thanks!), and am working on a few from them, as well as some from the library. My birthday was yesterday, but my Birthday Book Haul doesn’t happen until the end of this month, when I can go to Half Priced Books and go nuts. I’ve got about twenty dollars on my card, and am expecting more cash from family, which will be anywhere from $25 from one group, to another $20 from someone else, and so on. The end of this month is looking to be the best book haul in years! I’ve already got a book list planned!

Anyway, on to the books that I’ve read here lately. Most of the books that I’ve read, I quit midway through because they weren’t what I wanted. While there was nothing wrong with the writing-indeed, a lot of the writing was quite excellent!-it was the story itself that I had no interest in. These are the books that I’ve read:


The Assosiation of Small Bombs-we get stories in the news all the time about bombings, and while the title is what drew me, and the writing style was rather good, I just didn’t want to read about yet another bombing. Sorry.

The Strays-this was another book that, if I had been in a different mindset, I would’ve probably loved. It was a bit more adult than I cared for, and the subject matter wasn’t one I was interested in. Still, the author certainly has a way with words, and I will keep an eye out of her works in the future.

Southern Rapture-This one was actually one of my favorites that I’ve read this past week! While the author rambled a little in some parts, the overall story was full of adventure, passion, and intrigue. Jennifer Blake has always been a favorite of mine, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint!

Moroda-a review for this one is soon to come, as I’m almost finished with it. The author kindly provided me with a PDF file of it, and I am pleased to say that it doesn’t disappoint. If those of you who’ve read Dragonlance and liked that series, this will be one to look out for!

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate-another PDF file that I’m going to review here soon. This one was also good, though kind of an odd detour from what I normally read. While it’s YA, it’s certainly not my usual type of YA. It’s like an odd cross between Shakespeare, and I don’t know what. Weird, quirky, and fun, this was an unexpected delight!

The Universe Versus Alex Woods-this one was provided to me by Hatchett, and I deeply enjoyed it, full of excellent writing, the story was phenomenal, and the characters were unique and cool. Thanks Hatchett!

The Thief’s Gamble-The byline on the cover is what drew me: don’t bet against a wizard, you might win! With that kind of line, of course I had to read it. I picked it up from the library, and devoured it in three and a half hours. I tried to prolongue it, but it was just too good to keep at it! Juliet McKenna is an excellent fantasy author, one that will surely please all fantasy readers.

There’s more, of course. But here is the list so far of what I’ve read in the past month!:

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

Southern Rapture
The Thief’s Gamble by
Ninth City Burning (currently reading)
Queen of Swords by William Kotzwinkle (apparently an underrated book on Goodreads)
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
The Fifth Season N. K. Jemesin (sp?)
The Wanderers by Meg Howard

Moroda by L.L. McNeil

The Beast of Verona by Sheritta Bitikofer

(Sorry for the weird spacing, been having computer issues as well.)

And some NetGalley books coming up as well, along with the Birthday Book Haul, whatever books I happen to pick up in St. Louis, and the next batch of books that I’m expecting to receive at the library. With so much to read, I’m finding it hard to work on my own novel, but with the first draft printed and ready to edit, I’m definitely going to post more about that soon.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks post, and I will try to be more prompt in posting reviews; it’s just been hectic with the last days of summer, as I’m sure you’re all familiar with! Have a great week/weekend, and see ya’ll again next time!



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