January Tbr 2022: Fantasy, Series Starters, and #BeattheBacklist returns!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the new year of 2022! May it be more forgiving than 21, especially in terms of reading slumps! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had fun with your family. Now no more traveling please. Stay home, stay safe!

This year I plan on seriously tackling series. I want to read a lot of things this year and actually lower my tbr. I’ve got several Reading Challenges I’m interested in but not firmly joining. The only one I’m firm on is the #BeattheBacklist challenge. Here are some of the books I’m interested in for January!

I know this seems a lot, but I generally average out about 20-35 books a month with a few dnf’s here and there. I’m sure that I can easily get through most of these despite their size so long as the dreaded reading slump goes away. What are you all reading for January? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: A Necessary Murder

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Title: A Necessary Murder
Author: MJ Tjia
Series: Book 2
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Page Count: 280
Publisher: Legends Press
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 2/5 stars
Notes: I wish I had book one to start with!

A Necessary Murder drew me in by its beautiful cover. Sadly, when requesting it on Netgalley, I didn’t realize that it was actually book two of a series. I mucked my way through about half of the book before giving up. My mind wasn’t in the mood for a mystery it seemed, even though this seems to be along the same lines as mystery author Victoria Thompson and/or historical fiction author Anne Perry.

Its a well written book, but I just had no connection to the characters. I wanted to-they were all likeable enough, but I’m not sure if I just wasn’t in the right headspace for this kind of novel, or what the issue was. I just didn’t care for anybody in particular at all.

I’m sorry that this isn’t a more positive review. I wish it was. I really wanted to like this book, but it just fell flat for me. I hope others enjoy it more than I did, and as it stands I’m giving this book 2.5/5 stars, mainly for the cover and the interesting description of plot.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley, but I think this is a series that I’m going to pass along to someone else from now on.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Here and Then

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Title: Here and Then

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Mira Books

Page Count: 250

Type of Book: Paperback, Loaned

Rated: 5/5 stars

This was a fun, quick, entertaining read. I loved the character Beth, and how she handled her situation, though I did think she was awfully quick in jumping into bed with Mr. Too Handsome Too Stand Near Without Fireworks Going Off.

This was a time travel romance, which is my favorite kind of trope, and I really liked how this was done, though I wished it would’ve explained more of the science behind it than the necklace just somehow taking Beth back into time again and again. I understand why the science wasn’t explained, but I feel like it could’ve been.

I did enjoy the banter between Beth and the Sherriff. I also enjoyed when she took him to her time period, and introduced him to pizza, the television, cars, and much better coffee than what he’s used to. There’s some satisfaction in showing him around, and letting him see that she’s from a time period where women are allowed to vote, wear pants, and act mostly like men.

I will warn that this book has men that are preset in their thoughts about women being helpless, weak creatures. Women aren’t allowed to vote in that time period that Beth finds herself in, after all. Women were also not allowed to play poker/cards. They couldn’t wander the streets in trousers/pants because it was unseemly for a woman to do so. They couldn’t swear, they couldn’t drink, and most of all, they couldn’t own land. We’ve certainly come a long way, though it still makes me outraged at the unjustice of it all, the unfairness. It’s still, sadly, going on today, but things are slowly getting better.

I really enjoyed this, despite the way women were treated back then, and despite certain comments that were made. I do warn readers that there is one attempted scene where a banker tells Beth that if she doesn’t sleep with him, he’ll ruin her and make sure she’ll never have money again, but aside from that nothing to violent in the book. It alludes to events of the first book, which I hadn’t realized that this was a series, but now I am going to go and hunt down book one, and see if there are others in the series, because it’s too fun not to read.

5/5 stars!

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.}