Sunday, April 28, 2019

GoT: What I Want to See - Brienne

As I sit anxiously awaiting this week's episode of Game of Thrones (The Battle of Winterfell), I'm spending a lot of time thinking about what I want to see happen, especially for Ser Brienne of Tarth. Since I'm pretty sure she's on the chopping block in this upcoming episode (did you see how happy she was when Ser Jaime knighted her?!), I need to get these hopes out to the world now before they are rendered completely irrelevant.

I've seen a lot of talk since last week's episode (S8:E2) where people talk about how they're pretty sure that Brienne is in love with Jaime, but I just don't see that. I think Brienne respects Jaime as a soldier, much like she had such great respect for Renley Baratheon because of how he treated her and what he did for her at her birthday party when she was younger. Remember, everyone thought she was so devoted to Renley because she was in love with him, but she told Jaime she knew he was gay. Instead, she was devoted because when all the other boys at her party made a joke out of treating her kindly, Renley was truly kind. And let's face it, when all is said and done, Jaime Lannister is every asshole that made a joke out of Brienne. But before he lost his hand defending her, he was a damn good knight, and that's something, along with his defense of her honor, that she can respect deeply.

But maybe I'm wrong and she really does love Jaime. I hope not though, because I'm pretty sure that relationship would turn toxic real quick. For one thing, now that Jaime has lost a hand, Brienne is easily the better knight, and while Jaime can be okay with that at the moment, do you really think he wouldn't start to resent Brienne in a romantic relationship? She's even the reason he lost his hand in the first place. And when he starts to resent her prowess, he'd just chime in, "You're only a knight because I knighted you and it's your fault I lost a hand." About the only thing Jaime would really bring to that table is the ability to make pretty babies. So for anyone currently shipping Jaime and Brienne, I hope you don't get your wish.

I know I'm not alone in shipping Brienne and Tormund, and I still desperately want Brienne to recognize what she could have in Tormund. Tormund is a man who has been enamored with her from the second he saw her for being exactly who she is. He loves her size, he loves her strength, and he's astounded that she wasn't already a knight. He was the first one to suggest that she should be and mean it. Brienne deserves a man who will love her for being who she is, and Tormund does that. I even imagine he'd brag about her being a better fighter than he is; it would be a source of pride for him.

But I understand why Brienne would be hesitant, and even why she would seem repelled by his actions. For one thing, as a wildling, his etiquette by nobility standards is sorely lacking. But more importantly, it's not a whole lot different from the assholes at her party. They made her believe they were truly interested in her just to make a joke out of her, and I'm willing to bet that's not the first or last time that happened. So Tormund acting interested in her would naturally be a turnoff at this point in her life. It's safer not to trust him and get her hopes up. I just want her to realize that he's being genuine, and that maybe, just maybe, she could be really happy with him.

So what do you think? Are you team Jaime or team Tormund? Or are you team "she's dying anyway so it doesn't matter anymore"? - Katie

Saturday, January 26, 2019

*Stacking the Shelves* 26 January 2019


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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too, which covers the books I receive through Netgalley. So my STS post will feature all the books I've been one-clicking on Amazon. 

I skipped the past two weeks of STS due to being overwhelmed with work and not feeling like I had the time to build the post, so this is three weeks worth of one-clicks. All Goodreads First Reads ebook wins unless otherwise specified.

Because I Said I Would by Alex Sheen
Little Hands Praying God's Wisdom for Myself by Hope McCardy, Lisa Bastian, and Brooke and Lee
Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt - I had some Great on Kindle credit expiring so I used it to buy this book. 
The Five Horsemen by Shawn Raymond Poalillo
On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights by Andi Simon
Threshold by J.M. Kaukola
Lucy by Thea Ramsay
Journey to Territory M by L.J. Epps
Absolution by Ellen J. Green
Valentine's Days and Nights by various authors - I snagged this book as a freebie (maybe still free) after seeing it shared by I think Penny Reid either on her page or in her fan group. 
Fulfillment: A Journey Through a Spiritual Life by ICA ICA
The Long Hot Summer by Steven Wilkens
The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham
Death by Dog Show by Arlene Kay
Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball - I snagged this audiobook for just $2.95 as an Audible Daily Deal because I'm a big fan of celebrity memoirs as audiobooks. 
War of the Wilted by Amber Mitchell - I grabbed this book on sale for just 99 cents. I'd been approved for it through Netgalley, but not gotten around to reading it yet, so when I saw it for so cheap, I just bought it. 
Code 47 to BREV Force: CRACKO by F Barish-Stern 
Sherlock Holmes and the 12 Days of Christmas by Roger Riccard
Outcast by Darren Greer
A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot
Alice Rackham: Obsession, Death and a British Film Star by F.R. Jameson
The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success by Teresa A. Taylor
The Horn Mansion by Brady Ridgway
I'm Here by Christy Chafe
Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson - I snagged this book as a freebie (no longer free) because I'm absolutely in love with the cover. 
Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner - I grabbed this book for free (no longer free) after seeing it shared on the author's Facebook page. 
The Voyages of Trueblood Cay by Suanne Laqueur - This is a preorder that went live on Thursday. Even though I'm so behind on reading Laqueur books, I know I'm going to want this one. 
A Thread of Darkness by B.E. Stefanko
Hearts Among Ourselves by A. Happy Umwagarwa
Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft Suites by George A Santino
Speaking in Tungs by Karla M. Jay
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman - I snagged this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I occasionally enjoy reading non-fiction and medieval Europe appeals to me. 
Everything Trump Touches, Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever by Rick Wilson - I had Great on Kindle credits that were getting ready to expire, so I used them to splurge on this. 
Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene
Dancing in the Shadows of Love by Judy Croome
Broken Beauty: Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early-Onset Alzheimer's by Sarah B. Smith
The Social Edge: The Power of Sympathy Groups for Our Health, Wealth and Sustainable Future by Anthony Costello
Feed by Mira Grant - I grabbed this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale) because it just looks really interesting. 
Silent Holy Knight by Todd Houchin
The Soul of a Team by Tony Dungy
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh - I snagged this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale). I've had my eye on this book for a while so I was excited to see it on sale. 
Hauntings by Various Authors - I snagged this anthology for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). It's been a while since I've read a horror, so hopefully I'll find some time for this soon. 
Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age by Various Authors - I got this book for just $2.99 (still $2.99). Based on the reviews, the stories aren't particularly scary, but I enjoy historical fiction too so...
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby A.H. Wilkinson - I snagged this on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). This could be a great resource for a research paper in the future, maybe. 
Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski - I got this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I'm a big fan of dystopian novels, so this should be right up my alley. 

And that is all the new books I picked up over the past three weeks. Compared to some of my weekly hauls leading up to Christmas, this is kind of pathetic, but it's also good to see that I can slow down sometimes. 

What new books have you added to your shelves recently? - Katie 

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 25 January 2019



We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
According to Goodreads, in 2018, I read 105 books, which is five fewer books than I read in 2017. This number is somewhat misleading however because I work as a freelance proofreader. Not all of the books that I proofread (especially towards the end of the year) are even listed on Goodreads yet, so I read more books than I was able to claim credit for. Not many, but at least a few.

While I would like to say that my goal this year would be to surpass the number, as I get busier with proofreading which takes more time than just reading, I don't see that as being possible. But beyond that, I look more toward the number of pages read than the number of books completed. I could go on a short story or children's book kick and read 100 books in just a few days without really adding many pages to my numbers at all. And while I would have read more books, in the end I would have read less overall (especially if I were reading children's books which have fewer words per page than the average novel). And while I'm on the topic of pages read...even though I read five fewer books last year than in 2017, I read 400 more pages (and that's just with the books I've been able to count).

So no, I'm not really worried about surpassing the number of books read, and will instead simply strive to read more pages if at all possible.

What about you? How many books did you read last year and are you going to try to read more this year? - Katie

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Monday, January 21, 2019

*Top Ten Tuesday* Books I Meant to Read in 2018 (But Didn't)


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This week’s theme is books I meant to read in 2018 but didn't get around to. Now I'm sure I'm really ready for this list, and if I included all the books that I didn't get around to reading in 2018 but wanted to it would be WAY longer than ten. I am a mood reader (when I'm not proofreading at least), so I will add books to my list to read on a whim, but by the time I have the time to sit down and read them, they're no longer drawing my immediate attention. And I do that a LOT. Add in books that I win from Goodreads and my TBR is literally never-ending.

So I'm going to try to focus this list on books I meant to read in 2018 that I'm going to really try to get around to in 2019. With that in mind, here we go.


How to Walk Away by Katherine Center


A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong


The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox


Vox by Christina Dalcher




Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson


White Stag by Kara Barbieri


The Pisces by Melissa Broder


The Trumpets of Jericho by J. Michael Dolan

As I already mentioned, this is just a fraction of the books that I'd intended to read at some point in 2018 but never found the time for, but these are near the top of my "I really need to read this soon" list for 2019. 

What are some books that you wanted to read in 2018 but never found the time for? - Katie 

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 18 January 2019



We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
Is there anything that drives you bonkers when you're reading a book and makes you want tell the author a thing or two? (submitted by C. Lee @ cleemckenziebooks)
Yes and no. Is there anything that drives me bonkers when I'm reading a book? Absolutely. I am really bothered by books with a lot of grammatical errors in them, and I'm more particular about it than most people seem to be. This does not however make me want to tell the author a thing or two personally. For one thing, because I work as a freelance proofreader, I think me approaching an author directly about excessive errors in their book could easily come off the wrong way: not as someone simply trying to suggest they should get another set of eyes on the book, but rather as someone looking to make a buck by being that set of eyes. But beyond that, I don't feel like it's my job to tell an author directly about those types of issues in their books (unless they've already hired me to proofread for them, in which case they are asking for it!) I do still include comments about excessive errors in reviews when it's applicable (which I'm aware could also come off the wrong way with me being a freelance proofreader, but I can point to my reviewing history to show that I was doing it before I started working freelance at least).

So while grammatical errors drive me bonkers when I'm reading, it doesn't make me want to tell the author a thing or two.

What about you? - Katie

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Friday, January 11, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 11 January 2019



We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
What is your first book of the year? - (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
The first book that I finished in 2019 was a book that I was proofreading. Vesuvian Books will be releasing it later this year. It was a fun novel featuring spirits seeking redemption.  The first book that I started reading in 2019 was A Night of Redemption by Kristen Banet (another proofread). It is the final book in The Redemption Saga and releases February 15th. This is an interesting paranormal, reverse harem series featuring druids and magi. And while I started working on the series partway through (so I haven't read the first two books), I would definitely recommend it (I have every intention of eventually carving out some time to read the first two books on my own, but also really enjoyed books 3 & 4 even though I started mid-series).

What was your first book of the year? - Katie

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

*Stacking the Shelves* 5 January 2019


(Titles link to Amazon via Amazon Affiliate links)

Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too, which covers the books I receive through Netgalley. So my STS post will feature all the books I've been one-clicking on Amazon. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week. All Goodreads First Reads ebook wins unless otherwise specified.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe - I snagged this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale) while it was a Kindle Daily Deal. If you've followed my blog at all, you should know by now that I'm a bit obsessed with all things WWII, so getting this book was an obvious for me. 
Legendary by Stephanie Garber - I grabbed this book on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale). This book and Caraval are all over the blogosphere as being amazing books, so I know I probably need to read them. Getting this on sale is just a bonus. 
Rebel Preview by various authors - I grabbed this for free (still free). I'm not sure exactly where on Facebook I saw it because I'm FB friends with two of the contributing authors, and I know they are both tight with the Celebrity Readers and ladies at Platypire Reviews, so there's at least four different places I may have seen this shared. 
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester - I got this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). It's another book set during WWII, so when I saw it, I knew I needed to buy it. 
How Long 'Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin - I grabbed this book on sale for $4.99 (no longer on sale). I'd recently seen a comment somewhere about this author comparing her to Octavia Butler for some reason (I don't even remember what now, but it was very shortly before I saw this book on sale). And while I haven't read any of the Octavia Butler books that I've one-clicked yet, those recommendations came from a trusted source so I figured I'd give this author a try as well, and the premise of the book intrigued me. 
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul - I grabbed this book on sale for $2.99 (no longer on sale). I'd gotten this book through Netgalley as a "read now" and haven't had the time to read it yet, so when I saw it was on sale, I decided to buy it. 
Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Jeffrey Gitomer's Sales Manifesto by Jeffrey Gitomer
Mouth Care Comes Clean by Ellie Phillips DDS
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie - I grabbed this audiobook on sale for just $1.95 as an Audible Daily Deal. It looks like it might be a good audiobook to listen to on car rides with the kids. 
Zero G by Dan Wells - I grabbed this audiobook as one of my free Audible Originals for being an Audible member. It definitely looks like a good audiobook to listen to with the kids in the car. 
New Family Values by Andrew Solomon - This was my second free Audible Originals pick for last month. I choose it simply because it was one of the longer audiobooks available in the selection and it appealed to me more than the Alien book. 
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown - I got this book on sale for just $2.99 (still on sale). It actually ended up being free for me because I also had Great on Kindle credit available and it's a Great on Kindle book. As I'm 35 now, and still don't feel like an adult, I figure maybe it's time to figure this whole adulting thing out. 
Urgent Justice by John Etzil 
The New Race: The Old Versus the New by Dermot O'Hanlon
Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle by Cindy Wilson 
Alex Was Here by Christopher Francis
The British Frontline by Thomas J Eyre
The Snow Gypsy by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford - I grabbed this as one of my two free Kindle First Reads books for January (and yes, I've already made my selections for the month. You should be shocked by that). 
Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg - This was my second free Kindle First Reads selection for January. Literally none of the other books available really appealed to me at all. 
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross - I grabbed this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). Guys, I found another Christmas book on sale after Christmas! Do you have any idea how excited I was by this?
Outer Red: Part 2: The Three Little Peggs by Jeff Walker
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang - I grabbed this book on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I'm pretty sure I've seen this book around the blogosphere a fair amount (or maybe I'm just confusing the cover with another one, I don't know for sure). 
The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs - I grabbed this audiobook on sale for just $1.95 as an Audible Daily Deal. I know this would be a good audiobook to listen to while the kids are around. 

So that's all the new books I picked up over this past week. What new books have you added to your shelves recently? - Katie 

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