Monthly Wrap Up: May 2019

I started off strong, but towards the 10th I read barely anything. Then around the 15th I picked up books again, and just sped through several in a row. At the end of the month, I wound up finishing 25 books (counting Tor’s free short fiction + graphic novels), which is pretty awesome. Here is the list of books with the page count and rating attached!

My Favorites:

 

Least Favorite:

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Books Read:
The Bride Sale by Helen Scamp; 400 pages, 4/5 stars
The Prince of Shadows by Curt Benjamin; 500 pages, 5/5 stars (re-read)
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Sacasa; 200 pages, 4/5 stars
The Vampire and I by J. P. Bowie; 400 pages, 4/5 stars
The Aliens and Their Omega by Tabitha Austin; 300 pages, 3/5 stars
The Omega Prince by Lia Cooper; 300 pages, 2/5 stars
Scorched by Mari Mancusi; 300 pages, 5/5 stars
Lachlan by Hazel Hunter; 300 pages, 4/5 stars
Courage to be Counted by Eleri Grace; 400 pages, 3/5 stars: DNF at 65%
The Ventriloquists by ER Ramzipoor; 600 pages, 3/5 stars DNF at 35%
The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn; 300 pages, 2/5 stars
The Time for Murder is Meow by TC LoTempio; 300 pages?, 3.5/5 stars
Little Witches by Leigh Dargoon; 150 pages, 4/5 stars (graphic novel)
Through Lya’s Eyes by Justine Carbone; 100 pages, 3/5 stars (graphic novel)
Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson; 300 pages, 5/5 stars
The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams; 400 pages, 5/5 stars
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler; 300 pages, 4/5 stars
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden; 200 pages, 4/5 stars
Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling; 300 pages, 4 /5 stars
We Hunt the Flame by ; 500 pages, 2/5 stars
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin; 900 pages, 5/5 stars (re-read)

Free Tor Short Fiction Read:
Where Would You Be Now Carrie Vaughn 4/5 stars
Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman; 3/5 stars
The Martian in the Wood by Stephen Baxter; 3/5 stars
One/Zero by Kathleen Ann Goodman; 3/5 stars
Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson; 4/5 stars

And those are the books and short fiction that I read for the month of May. It was a good reading month, and I hope to do better for June. I hope all of you did well too, and if not better luck next month!

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Blog Updates for Jan. Weeks 1-3

This post will be a bit something different, as I’m attempting to be a bit more organized about what all I’m doing. So, there will be a handful of charts, a list of ARCs unread of last year + this month, and some revelations about the upcoming changes for Pass Me That Book.

January Book Mail Received:

A Gleam of Light (Book One) by TJ and ML Wolf
The Dragon’s Glare (Book Two) by TJ and ML Wolf
Beyond the World (Book Three) by TJ and ML Wolf
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty*
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

*YASSSS, BOOK TWO IS HERE!!!!!
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Books Read In January:

1.Arabella of Mars by David Levine 4/5 stars
2.The Witch, the Worm, and the — by Christopher Paolini 5/5 stars
3.The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by — 4/5 stars
4.A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor 4/5 stars
5.The Ruin of Kings by — 5/5 stars (Netgalley Arc)
6.Last Things by Jacqueline Carey 5/5 stars (Edelweiss Arc)
7.Gift of Griffins by V.S. Escalada 4/5 stars (Tor Arc)
8.Terrier by Tamora Pierce 5/5 stars (re-read)
9.The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso 5/5 stars
Upcoming Book Reviews:

1. Conspiracy of Lies
2. Watch Over
3. Lying Beneath the Oaks
4. Trouble on the Books
5. Families and Other Seasons
6. Sparrow Squadron
7. A New World: Contact (LGBT Pick of the Month)
8. The Rise of the Watcher
9. Between Before and After
10. Little Darlings (Anticipated Read)
11. Murder at Belgravia
12. Shadows of Leia
13. Finding Katrina M. (Anticipated Read)
14. Prince of Air and Darkness
15. Upon a Burning Throne (Anticipated Read)
16. The Obsoletes (Anticipated Read)
17. The Things We Cannot Say
18. The Next to Last Mistake (Anticipated Read)
19. Romanov (HUGE Anticipated Read)
20. From Suffragete to Homesteader
21. The Spitfire Girls
22. A Danger to Herself and Others (HUGE Anticipated Read)
23. The Little Book Cafe
24. The 19th Bladesman
25. Blackberry and Wild Rose (Anticipated Read)
26. The Daughter of Temperance Hobbs (Anticipated Read)
27. The Ventriloquists
28. Heir of Ra
29. Fog Season (Sequel to Favorite Read of 2018)
30. Courage to Be Counted
31. The Winter Sister (Anticipated Read)
32. The Grass People
33. A Dress For the Wicked
34. The She Wolf of Kanta
35. How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
36. The Winter Road (2018 Anticipated Read)
37. Thin Air
38. Freezing Point
39. A Baker Street Wedding (Retelling/Anticipated Read)
40. The Confectioners Guild
41. Skylark’s Song
42. Cogheart
43. Ragnarok Unwound
44. A Spark of White Fire
45. The Glory of the Empress
46. Salt
47. The Letter for the King
48. Rellania
49. A Kingdom of Copper
50. A Gleam of Light

Fifty book reviews behind, egads, how did it get this bad?! I blame December, I slacked off quite a bit, and I suffered three family deaths back to back, so it’s reasonably understandable why I suddenly really didn’t feel like reading much of anything. I hope to get all these posted within the months of Jan./Feb./Mar., and get rid of all the arcs on my Netgalley lists ASAP, because they’ve been lingering for ages. The shame! The horror!

Upcoming Guest Posts:

The Quiet You Carry Author Guest Post Discusses Her Book
The Bold Mom Drops in and Discusses Halloween Reads for Valentine’s Day
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*trying to get more guest authors/bloggers to drop in, if interested comment below!

Aside from that, it’s been productive. I’m working on writing my own books and I have plenty of other projects going on at the same time as well, such as many short stories, learning graphic design, and enduring the upcoming cold weather that’s about to hit the house again. I hope to do more updates like this daily, and keep track of all the ARCs and books that I’m reading. If you like it, let me know in the comments please!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

What I Want to Read in April

I already have most of a list picked out. My goal is to average a book a day (or at least half a book a day) during any bit of spare time that I have, when not working on my own writing. This month will be more for reading than writing, I hope. Anyway, these are some of the books that I want to get to this month!

I’m gonna try to read all of these in three weeks. Let’s see if I can’t keep the schedule. There’s a few new releases coming out, and other books too that I’m also interested in finishing. Don’t Look at Me is also the Indie Read of the Month that I’m hoping to finish. I’m a couple of chapters into it now, and am enjoying it so far!

But those are the picks for the month at the moment, with a handful of others that are waiting on the sideline.

Aside from that…

Happy Easter and April everyone.

Now,

-Pass Me That Book

Upcoming ARCs

I’ve gotten a fair few ebook ARCs in my gmail lately. Some I’ve requested, a few of them are from authors who asked me to review their books on Amazon-and I’ve been getting a lot more of those kind of requests. Most of the time the books are good. But there are a rare few that I just didn’t care for at all. These are the books that I’m going to hopefully read soon and post reviews as promised. Two of which I needed to write reviews for before the end of December, but at the rate that I’m going, that’s going to be an epic fail. Sigh. Anyway, here’s the list:

1: Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather

2: Witchy Eye by D. J. Butler

3: Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

4: A Summer of Witches by M. Ganendran

5: Dragon Bone by Aldrea Johnson

So yeah, those are going to be the next books that I concentrate on. Some of the covers don’t look very appealing, and a couple of them look nice. It varies. The stories all sound interesting, though, now its just a matter of choosing which one to start with. I’m at least hoping to finish all of these before the end of the year and post reviews at that time as well. Other goals I have are:

*review every book on my shelves at home (that’ll take a while)

*make my blog a bit more organized in finding the books you want to read the review of

*somehow gain more traffic on my blog, to draw in more publishers/authors

 

And that’s what I’ve been up to lately. In between all of that, I’m still working on finishing my first book. It’s a YA epic fantasy novel, and one that I think is really good. I’ve got an editor looking it over now. I’m hoping to have it up sometime next year. Anyways. That’s all for now.

Happy holidays everyone,

Now-

Pass Me That Book!