Updates On Reading: Well My Reading Challenge Went Terribly

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Wow my blogging and reading took a nosedive. After my last post I fell ill and was coughing, wheezing and had a low grade temp. I am still Covid free, thankfully, but I am also still coughing like no tomorrow. I’m attempting to read as I’m I’ll but it’s hard to focus when you’re coughing that hard! Let’s see. I think that I read a whopping 4 books. Yeesh. No, wait, 5 books. Kaikeyi was a reread. Here’s what I’ve read:

What I’ve Read:

My two favorite books were easily Kaikeyi and Alone Out Here which for those that don’t know is pitched as a Lord of the Flies but in space YA book. While the ending was a bit a cop out, I otherwise gave the book 5 stars as I did for Kaikeyi. Rise of the Mages was a dnf as I did NOT like the main guy character at all. He was in his twenties yet was constantly acting like a whiny bratty eight year old. Plus, the plot and world building didn’t seem new to me. Rafe was fine for writing and the characters were okay but I felt bored by most the book. Bright Ruined Things was also a dnf and just not for me at all.

Currently Reading:

I’m eager for these and I have here my stats:

Wake the Bones: 25%

Maker of Swans: 10%

What Souls Are Made Of: 30%

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting: 10%

The Darkening: 10%.

Next Reads:

Next up are a few ebooks. I might have a few physical books too, but I’m not sure what I’ll pick next. I’m just hoping to cram as much reading in as possible. Now that I’m mostly better from that bought of crap that came out of nowhere I’m trying to catch up. I’m in the middle of several books at once and I hope to get back to frequent updates. Feel free to suggest some books in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts on which books should be high on my priorities!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: I Posted Earlier But I Want To Try More Frequent Posts!

Hello Everyone,

Okay as the title says I posted earlier but I am in a blogging mood! I promise not to become spammy or anything like that. Two, maybe three posts a day. Hopefully!

I have a reading update! Did I finish anything? No. But I started several things and set them aside for later. Have y’all done that often? Or is it just me? I’m trying to figure out what sort of book I want right now and I honestly have no clue. 🤷 I just want to read which is a nice feeling to finally have again!

Currently in my kindle I have these I just grabbed and I’m eyeing Daughter of a Dead Empire next. Possibly I might start Bright Ruined Things too.

I have a bunch of old freebies that have sat in my kindle for ages that I very much am in the mood for! I adore romance novels so I’ve really got no excuse for not picking these up! Thoughts? Suggestions?

And then there’s the indie fantasies that I’m trying to muck my way through! So much goodness! I’m hoping to start another book as soon as I post this! 😊

Just checking in to see how much I’ve read:

Kaikeyi 45%

Sabrina and Corina anthology set aside for now

Unlimited Futures set aside for now

Rise of the Mages 25%.

Making progress!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: A Few Things Here and There

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I haven’t done one of these in a while, so thought I’d share with how my “reading fifty in a month” is going. So far, pretty good!

Such a beautiful cover! 🔥

I’m in the middle of Kaikeyi and this is just beautiful. As it’s over 500+ pages it is taking me a while to finish and I’m rereading it immediately so that I can give a good detailed review. I should be finished by the end of the week. And it’s fitting that RF Kuang, one of my most favorite authors, blurbs it on the front!

Currently Reading:

Two are paperbacks and the other three are kindle books. I have started Bright Ruined Things which is a Kindle book and Bone Shard which is a physical library book.

Up next:

I’m trying to knock out as many as I can before I lose steam. I’m hoping to finish Priory first as I’ve had it on my tbr for ages. And I *think* it’s the biggest in that batch. Should be good enough to knock all these out within a few days!

How’s your reading going? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

July TBR 2022: A Hefty Batch of New and Old Titles

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I’m feeling ambitious as usual but I figured out how to lock my computer so I can get off that and read more, mwahaha. As I don’t watch tv, I’m setting a challenge to read 50 books (again) and I’m determined to actually do it this time! Last time I managed exactly half. This time I’m aiming for a successful month to read all I can. Big or small, I’m eager to get through this hefty tbr! Let’s get to it shall we?

I know, I know. Many of you are probably screaming at me that I haven’t read any of these. I’ve put them off and put them off. Well no more! This isn’t the whole pile, fyi. I’ve a crapton of Kindle books I hope to get to also. And a few of these have been on my tbr again and again. I hope this is the last time, I really do.

My plan:

  • Three books a day unless it’s over 500+ pages
  • Write those reviews as soon as I finish reading
  • If I can’t stand the book, dnf at 100 pages
  • Read at least three hours a day (I’m a fast reader)
  • No computer, no tv until I finish a book, with exception of the news at nine pm as I catch the weather there.
  • If I successfully do this I earn an expensive $50 book of my choosing as a reward!

And that’s my goal for the month of July. It’s already July fifth and I’m currently reading Kaikeyi and loving it. It’s well over 500+ pages so it is a bit dense and taking me a bit to get through. Plus I had to pause for a family get together though we weren’t celebrating much in all honesty we were just talking about the future and enjoying good food. So. Fingers crossed that this works.

Are y’all reading anything this month that’s on my list? Let me know! I’d love to chat about it with you!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

June Wrap Up: I Read 20 Books

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This is the lowest amount I’ve read all year I think, but to be fair I got rather busy. Only 20 books but that’s still not bad and I hope next month will double the number as I am at 130/350 for my Goodreads goal, yikes. Here’s what I’ve read for June!

I started out strong with my reading then kinda hit a slump and I barely read anything this month. 20 is a low number for me and these are some of the covers that I cobbled together for y’all.

The standout books for last month are Kaikeyi, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Love and Saffron and Alone Out Here. I also enjoyed the first half of the German Bride, and Outrun the Moon. The rest were all mostly “meh”.

I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging but it’s proving difficult in having the motivation as well as enough signal to actually post as I don’t have internet where I am due to expenses.

I also read a hefty classic this past month:

This book was a thousand pages long and took me almost two weeks to read. It was thick, a struggle to understand with the olde English and easily one of the hardest books I’ve ever read. I gave it 4 stars, as it dragged a bit in the middle but I loved the poetry.

But otherwise that’s basically all I read. I’m hoping my reading will pick up again in the next month.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Current Reads: A Bit of Everything

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Tis I, the infrequent blogger returned once again! I feel like I haven’t posted a bit of what I’ve been reading so here. Lemme fix that! As there’s a historical readathon going on and Realmathon (which I’ve been sadly failing at) I hope to get more reading done soon! Here’s what I have open at the moment!

Look at me trying to make my own stickers!

Historical Fiction I’m reading:

These are just some of my hopefuls but I don’t know that I’ll get to all of them. And now onto my fantasy shelf!

Fantasy Novels I’m Reading:

All of these are huge, well over 300 pages but I hope to get through a few of them at least. I’ve been on a historical romance kick here lately and I’m flying through those for the historical romance readathon as that’s only a week long while Realmathon happens all month long. I’m barely into 50 pages for Grace of Kings, and I’m just starting the Hacienda. Both look to be good reads.

I’d love to know what you all are reading. Are you participating in any events? Readathons? Do let me know in the comments. Hit the like button and if you read this far I’d love it if you subscribed to my blog.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: The Far Pavilions

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Not the best cover but not the worst!

Book Title: The Far Pavilions

Author: MM Kaye

Series: Book One of Two

Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical, Adventure, Romance

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Page Count: 1000

Goodreads Summary:

A magnificent romantic/historical/adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny. The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents. It is a story about and English man – Ashton Pelham-Martyn – brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess. It’s a story of divided loyalties, of tender camaraderie, of greedy imperialism and of the clash between east and west. To the burning plains and snow-capped mountains of this great, humming continent, M.M. Kaye brings her quite exceptional gift of immediacy and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.

My Thoughts:

This book took me a solid week to read! Long winded, lots going on, a bit sexist here and there but those were the times, and I felt as though I would never finish reading this book. I learned there’s a part two. I’m not sure I’m going to read that, lol.

My Review:

This book was a struggle for me right from the start. While I was liking the adventure and the characters, it felt as though it went on and on and on. A 1000 pages of epic adventure, romance, and historical fiction at its best. While people adored Gone With The Wind this was the epic I wanted! The writing was lush, beautiful, and detailed.

I know a lot of newer book reviewers might not be enthusiastic about reading this 1000+ page time, but I’m insisting that it’s worth it! The ending is bittersweet, and the characters and setting will sweep you away. From India to England there’s something new to devour from each page.

The story starts with a premature baby being born in winter and the mother dying due to her not used to the fiercely cold winds. The story expands. It touches to n war. Cholera takes the baby-main character-father and uncle’s lives. More are lost. Travels are had.

This book does have it’s horribly sexist moments. While it’s a relic of the time it’s set in, there are certain things that are hugely sexist in the book. There’s dry spells here and there when it feels like nothing happened. And the ending was a slow burn that felt bittersweet; exactly as those on Google and Goodreads both have stated.

I feel as though this, while a hefty tome, is well worth the effort in reading. Especially if you’re a fan of Gone With The Wind and Outlander. This is equally as huge and well written as the pair.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

April Mid-month Check In: 20 Books Read(!)

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As I’ve begun increasing my read tbr by the month I decided I needed to get to do mid month wrap ups. I’m trying hard to keep up my reading pace, but also not forcing myself into a slump by not wanting to read. Thanks to the holiday weekend, I’ve managed to read a bit more than usual and I’m surprisingly keeping the slump back by reading small things here and there. I’ve managed 20 books! And it’s only mid April! I’ve read a lot of really good books this month. A handful I want to buy they were that good! Let’s dive in shall we?

Look at me, reading huge 900+ page books! I’m going to hopefully manage to get another big batch of books before the end of the month. I couldn’t get images for every book I read, unfortunately. But I did get the biggest ones.

My favorite books of the month? You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood, These Silent Woods, and Traitors Blade.

My least favorite books? The Best of All Possible Worlds, Hunting Game, and The Circus Infinite.

Biggest Book Read? Shadowmarch by Tad Williams 900 pages

Smallest Book Read: You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

April 2022 TBR: Allllllll the boooooooooooooks!!!!

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I’m in a reading mood! Finally I’ve been seriously crushing my tbr! So I thought I would have a massive tbr (as always 😆) and share with you just what all I want to read. I’ve embraced that I’m a heavy mood reader so really anything may be chosen for April. Here’s some of what I have to read:

These are all my library books; a couple are not library books but ones that I own!

My TBR Cart:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

The Heartbreak Bakery by AR Capetta

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

I Must Betray You by Ruta Septys

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

The Red Palace by Jane Hur

A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

As if that’s not enough, though some I can just fly right through, I’ve also got these!:

I adore historical romance, can you tell?

I’m not going to list titles for all the historical romances there, but some authors are my favorites including Kerrigan Bryne, Kinley McGregor, and Sabrina Jeffries. Others I haven’t yet read from but recognize their names. I’m eager to get to at least some of these! (And if you want to recommend me some of your favorites, just let me know in the comments who think I should read next!)

Of course I’m not done yet! Did you really think that was it? Lol, not quite!:

Look at all the fantasy!

So many of these I’ve put off for ages! I’m hoping to finally get to these as I’m in a reading mood at last! I really want to read more hefty fantasies this year, and April seems the perfect month for it!

And finally, I learned how to make a collection on my kindle! I made a collection of my tbr of all the books that I haven’t read. And um. Guys. 380 books. 😬:

Clearly I’m not going to show every book in my kindle. That just takes up too much space, but I’ll list a few of my top priorities:

The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (possible re-read)

First Riders Call by Kristen Britain

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak

I hope to get some serious reading done this month. In between all the things that I’m doing for my family, I’m sure that I’ll be able to squeeze some books in! How’s your April tbr going? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

March 2022 Wrap Up: I Failed to Read 50 Books (But I Read 25!)

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March sucked. My mother got a broken arm, and I am basically the only person who isn’t seriously injured and able to do things and that seriously cut down on my reading time towards the last end of the month. Amazing what happens when I’m the only one at home not with a serious injury and I gotta suddenly take care of a lot of responsibilities. I don’t mind doing so, of course. It’s family, but wow did March suck. Glad April is here (and no, none of that was an April Fool’s joke. I’m trying to ignore April Fool’s there’s enough drama going on here lol.)

While I failed my goal of 50 books I decided to push that to April instead, as the last half of March really left me with little reading time. However I still have managed a good chunk of what I wanted to read-my library holds being in transit still. Here’s what I read in March!

I couldn’t find pictures for all the books that I’ve read. I think almost every author was a woman author, at least ten books were translated, and a couple are lgbt. Not bad at all. I’m hoping to get more organized and more reading done next month but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

How was your reading month? Good, bad? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book