Saturday, October 13, 2018

*Stacking the Shelves* 13 October 2018


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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. 

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

The doG House of Cards by Darrel Frank Loyd
No Matter What: The 10 Commitments of Accountability by Sam Silverstein
Sick Success: The Entrepreneur's Prescription for Turning Pain Into Profit and Purpose by Hilary Jastram
The Ghosts of Mystic Springs by Mona Marple - I snagged this book as a freebie (no longer free), after seeing it shared on Facebook by the author, I think. 
Bombshell by C.D. Reiss - I snagged this book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents). It was part of a promotion to get a $3 credit for a select Kindle book, and I love getting promotional credits from Amazon when I can. 
Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk - I snagged this book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents). It was also part of the promotion for the $3 credit. 
The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown - I got this book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents). It was the third book I bought to ensure my $3 promotional credit. 
A Hope at the End of the World by Sarah Lark - I snagged this book for just $1.99 (after using my $3 credit on it). 
A Down-Home Country Christmas by Nancy Herkness - I snagged this book for just 99 cents (still 99 cents) because it'll make a great read for this years 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge (or maybe next years since I've already got an abundance of Christmas novels to read this year already). 
Threat Level Alpha by Leo J. Maloney
Checking In: Hospitality-Driven Thinking, Business, and You by Stephen J. Cloobeck
The Underground Toy Society and the Annual Toy Drive by Jessica D. Adams - I snagged this as a freebie (no longer free) after getting an email about it being free.
The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson - I snagged this on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I'd gotten a copy of it through Penguin's First to Read program but ran out of time to read it before my loan expired. 
B State: A New Roadmap for Bold Leadership, Brave Culture, and Breakthrough Results by Mark Samuel
Frenzy by Casey L. Bond - I snagged this book as a freebie (still free) after seeing it posted by the author on Facebook. 
You've Got This (Because God's Got You): 52 Devotions to Uplift and Encourage by KariAnne Wood
Seeking Sanctuary by Jodi Ashland
Freeing Linhurst by Al Cassidy

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

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Friday, October 12, 2018

*Platypire Read-A-Thon* October

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So October is already almost halfway over and I'm only just getting around to this, but I am at least finally getting around to updating my list. I don't have super high hopes for getting much accomplished in the rest of the month because I've got a few proofreading jobs on my calendar and those eat up a lot of time (and I've got three mail call posts I need to build yet too), but I'm hoping to get a few reviews written at least as well as reading at least one non-proofreading book. With that in mind, here's where I'm at right now. 

R - Read
C - Currently Reading
T - To Be Read
NR - Needs Reviewed

Read

Reviewed
*Titles link to reviews*

Needs Reviewed

NR - Mary Ting Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (March)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting (GR link) (2017)
NR - Jinxed by Thommy Hutson (September)
NR - The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (June)*
NR - Love's Embrace by Mary Reason Theriot (October)
NR - Charlie Foxtrot by Jillian Ashe (December)
NR - Precious Bones by Irina Shapiro (December)
NR - Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean (November) 
NR - Bound by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (February '18)
NR - Light Between Two Dark Places by Ginna Moran (February '18)
NR - The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul (February '18)
NR - Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (January '18)
NR - The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (January '18)
NR - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (February '18)
NR - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (February '18)
NR - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (February '18)
NR - Crosstalk by Connie Willis (February '18)
NR - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (May)*
NR - Yes Please by Amy Poehler (March '18)
NR - Enticed by Ginna Moran (March '18) 
NR - The Power to Break by Lisa Suzanne (March '18)
NR - Steal the Stars by Jillian Ashe (March '18)
NR - Coveted by Ginna Moran (March '18)
NR - Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur (March '18)
NR - Code Girls by Liza Mundy (March '18)
NR - 180 Seconds by Jessica Park (March '18)
NR - Children of the Fifth Sun: Echelon by Gareth Worthington (March '18)
NR - The Invisible Thread by Lisa Suzanne (April '18)
NR - Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (April '18)
NR - I Know What I'm Doing -- And Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman (April '18)
NR - Alpha Wolf by Emma Dean (April '18)
NR - Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae (April '18) (GR link)
NR - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (April '18)
NR - Mercedes M. Yardley Proofread (May '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Heir of Draga by Emma Dean (May '18)
NR - The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish (May '18)
NR - The Journal of Angela Ashby by Liana Gardner (May '18)
NR - Book of Watchers by Mary Ting (May '18)
NR - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (May '18)
NR - Pirate Waters by Ginna Moran (May '18)
NR - Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger (March '18)
NR - Caught in the Web by Jason R. Davis (May '18)
NR - Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings (June '18)
NR - Magic Waters by Ginna Moran (June '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Heart of the Pack by Kristen Banet (June '18)
NR - Broken Wolf by Emma Dean (June '18)
NR - Bible VR: Understanding VR for Faith Based Education and Entertainment by Dr. Pearry Teo, Ph.D. (June '18)
NR - Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (June '18)
NR - True Connection by Rachel Walter (July '18)
NR - A Nature of Conflict by Kristen Banet (July '18)
NR - Blood Match by Ginna Moran (July '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - For Fox Sake by Emma Dean (July '18)
NR - Forgiveness for My Mate by Terri A. Wilson (July '18)
NR - It Started with a Lie by Lisa Suzanne (July '18)
NR - Soul Promise by Rachel Walter (August '18)
NR - Vintage Perfumes by Jan Moran (August '18)
NR - Blood Rebel by Ginna Moran (August '18)
NR - Halloween Waters by Ginna Moran (September '18)
NR - Ginna Moran Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Sunflowers and Poppies by Stephanie Kelley (September '18)
NR - Wild Pride by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Fire by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Souls by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Love by Kristen Banet (September '18) (Kingson Pride Boxset link)
NR - The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs (September '18)
NR - It Ended with the Truth by Lisa Suzanne (September '18)
NR - Queen of Draga by Emma Dean (September '18)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Terri A Wilson Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by Various Authors (July '18)
NR - Rachel Walter Proofread (October '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads
NR - An Echo of Darkness by Kristen Banet (October '18) 
NR - The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey (September '18)
NR - Mary Ting Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)

Currently Reading

C - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2015)*
C - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2016)*
C - Sweetwater: The Kihn by Rivi Jacks (2015)*
C - The Voyage by Tammie Painter (2015)*
C - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder (2015)*
C - The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop (2015)*
C - Troll by Ashley C. Harris (2015)*
C - The Sanctum of Souls by R.K. Pavia (2015)*
C - The Travelers by Chris Pavone (2015)*
C - Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher (2016)*
C - The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (2016)*
C - Letter's From Paris by Juliette Blackwell (2016)*
C - An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)*
C - River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper (Jan)*
C - The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Jan)*
C - My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni (Feb)*
C - Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Feb)*
C - Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Feb)*
C - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (April)*
C - Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem (Sept.)
C - Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Sept.)
C - The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September)
C - The Christmas Tree Guy by Rainy Stone (November)
C - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern (December)
C - Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (August)
C - Every Dog Has His Day by Jen McKinlay (November)
C - The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez (January '18)
C - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (January '18)
C - Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (January '18)
C - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (April '18)
C - Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (February '18)
C - Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen (May '18)
C - The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (July '18)
C - All I Want For Christmas is a Cowboy by Jessica Clare (October '18)
C - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (October '18)
C - The Gladiator's Downfall by Kristen Banet (October '18)

To Be Read

T - The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias (Feb)
T - Courage to Soar by Simone Biles (March)
T - In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (March)
T - The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (April) 
T - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (April)
T - Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu (June)
T - Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (July)
T - Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale (July)
T - Zoonauts by Richard Mueller (July)
T - Cooking for Ghosts: The Secret Spice Cafe by Patricia V. Davis (July)
T - The Scary Train Ride by Marlene Bischoff (July)
T - Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning by Alese & Morton Pechter (July)
T - Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home by Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. (July)
T - Gerome Sticks His Neck Out by L.S.V. Baker (July)
T - The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel (GR) (July)
T - The Fable of the Snake Named Slim by Doug Snelson (August)
T - How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas (August)
T - Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice (August)
T - Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (August)
T - Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (August)
T - A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones (August)
T - The Border by Steve Schafer (August)
T - Berserker by Emily Laybourne (August)
T - Nemesis by Anna Banks (August)
T - The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (August)
T - Sneak Peek: The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown (September)
T - Lords of the Underworld Sampler by Gena Showalter (September)
T - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Nadiyah's British Food Adventure by Nadiyah Hussain (September)
T - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (September) 
T - A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (September)
T - Sneak Peek: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Origin by Dan Brown (Oct.)
T - A Darker Sea by James L. Haley (Oct.)
T - Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December)
T - A Christmas Hope by Joseph Pittman (December)
T - Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews (December)
T - All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale (December)
T - Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair (December)
T - Christmas at the Vicarage by Rebecca Boxall (December)
T - A Festival of Murder by Tricia Hendricks (December)
T - The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (January '18)
T - Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (January '18)
T - Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears (January '18)
T - The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (January '18)
T - Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (January '18)
T - The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March (January '18)
T - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (January '18)
T - The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (January '18)
T - Indecent by Corinne Sullivan (January '18)
T - The Lightning Stenography Device by M.F. Sullivan (January '18)
T - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (January '18)
T - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (January '18)
T - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (January '18)
T - A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (January '18)
T - School for Psychics by K.C. Archer (January '18)
T - White Houses by Amy Bloom (February '18)
T - The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall (February '18)
T - A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma (March '18)
T - Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell (March '18)
T - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George (March '18)
T - Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (March '18)
T - Six Basic Cooking Techniques by Jennifer Claire (March '18)
T - The Trumpets of Jericho by J. Michael Dolan (April '18)
T - I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (April '18)
T - Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hiller (April '18)
T - Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (April '18)
T - Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird (April '18)
T - The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (April '18)
T - Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (April '18)
T - Dreams of Falling by Karen White (April '18)
T - Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins (April '18)
T - House of Nutter by Lance Richardson (April '18)
T - The Pisces by Melissa Broder (April '18)
T - Vox by Christina Dalcher (April '18)
T - Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (April '18)
T - A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (April '18)
T - Small Country by Gaël Faye (April '18)
T - Sneak Peek: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (May '18)
T - Brave Enough by Kati Gardner (May '18)
T - The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos (May '18)
T - Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal (May '18)
T - Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (May '18)
T - The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntosh (May '18)
T - Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (May '18)
T - Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell (May '18)
T - Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (May '18)
T - The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh (May '18)
T - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin (May '18)
T - Sneak Peek: Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (June '18)
T - Casper and Jasper and the Terrible Tyrant by Tilla Klebenov Jacobs (June '18) (GR link)
T - The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer (June '18)
T - Give People Money by Annie Lowrey (June '18)
T - Just Julian by Markus Harwood-Jones (June '18)
T - Romeo For Real by Markus Harwood-Jones (June '18)
T - Lies by T.M. Logan (July '18)
T - Rule by Ellen Goodlett (July '18)
T - The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March (August '18)
T - Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle (August '18)
T - Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (August '18)
T - Becoming Belle by Nuala O'Connor (August '18)
T - Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (August '18)
T - The Last Palace by Norman Eisen (August '18)
T - The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell (August '18)
T - Be a Better Writer: For School, For Fun, For Anyone Ages 10-16 by Steve Peha and Margot Carmichael Lester (August '18)
T - Letter Tracing Book for Preschoolers & Kindergarten by Letter Tracing Practice Prep Team (August '18)
T - Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh (October '18)
T - Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul (October '18)
T - Weird War Two by Richard Denham and M.J. Trow (October '18)
T - The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (October '18)
T - The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere (October '18)
T - The Revolution of Jack Frost by K.M. Robinson (October '18)
T - Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson (October '18)
T - Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds (October '18)
T - Toxic by Lydia Kang (October '18)
T - War of the Wilted by Amber Mitchell (October '18)
T - Changeling by Molly Harper (October '18)
T - Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge (October '18)
T - White Stag by Kara Barbieri (October '18)
T - The Confectioner's Guild by Claire Luana (October '18)
T - The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross (October '18)

So I added another 17 books that aren't proofreads to my TBR list in the past two months. I really need to develop some self-restraint where books are concerned, but I just don't see that happening any time soon. Hopefully I'll find a good reading rhythm here soon and start actually knocking books off this list without replacing ALL of them. So how many reviews do you think I can get written between now and the end of October? - Katie

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*Platypire Read-A-Thon* August and September Results

Photo Courtesy of Platypire Maribel

August is over and September has ended (and we're about halfway through October already, but we're ignoring that for the time being). I managed to get myself overbooked for proofreading and didn't have time to update my Platypire Read-A-Thon before now, so I'm combining August and September's results, because I might as well. 

So shall we see what I managed to accomplish in August and September?

R - Read
C - Currently Reading
T - To Be Read
NR - Needs Reviewed

Read

Reviewed
*Titles link to reviews*

Needs Reviewed

NR - Mary Ting Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (March)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting (GR link) (2017)
NR - Jinxed by Thommy Hutson (September)
NR - The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (June)*
NR - Love's Embrace by Mary Reason Theriot (October)
NR - Charlie Foxtrot by Jillian Ashe (December)
NR - Precious Bones by Irina Shapiro (December)
NR - Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean (November) 
NR - Bound by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (February '18)
NR - Light Between Two Dark Places by Ginna Moran (February '18)
NR - The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul (February '18)
NR - Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (January '18)
NR - The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (January '18)
NR - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (February '18)
NR - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (February '18)
NR - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (February '18)
NR - Crosstalk by Connie Willis (February '18)
NR - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (May)*
NR - Yes Please by Amy Poehler (March '18)
NR - Enticed by Ginna Moran (March '18) 
NR - The Power to Break by Lisa Suzanne (March '18)
NR - Steal the Stars by Jillian Ashe (March '18)
NR - Coveted by Ginna Moran (March '18)
NR - Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur (March '18)
NR - Code Girls by Liza Mundy (March '18)
NR - 180 Seconds by Jessica Park (March '18)
NR - Children of the Fifth Sun: Echelon by Gareth Worthington (March '18)
NR - The Invisible Thread by Lisa Suzanne (April '18)
NR - Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (April '18)
NR - I Know What I'm Doing -- And Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman (April '18)
NR - Alpha Wolf by Emma Dean (April '18)
NR - Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae (April '18) (GR link)
NR - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (April '18)
NR - Mercedes M. Yardley Proofread (May '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Heir of Draga by Emma Dean (May '18)
NR - The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish (May '18)
NR - The Journal of Angela Ashby by Liana Gardner (May '18)
NR - Book of Watchers by Mary Ting (May '18)
NR - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (May '18)
NR - Pirate Waters by Ginna Moran (May '18)
NR - Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger (March '18)
NR - Caught in the Web by Jason R. Davis (May '18)
NR - Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings (June '18)
NR - Magic Waters by Ginna Moran (June '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Heart of the Pack by Kristen Banet (June '18)
NR - Broken Wolf by Emma Dean (June '18)
NR - Bible VR: Understanding VR for Faith Based Education and Entertainment by Dr. Pearry Teo, Ph.D. (June '18)
NR - Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (June '18)
NR - True Connection by Rachel Walter (July '18)
NR - A Nature of Conflict by Kristen Banet (July '18)
NR - Blood Match by Ginna Moran (July '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - For Fox Sake by Emma Dean (July '18)
NR - Forgiveness for My Mate by Terri A. Wilson (July '18)
NR - It Started with a Lie by Lisa Suzanne (July '18)
NR - Soul Promise by Rachel Walter (August '18)
NR - Vintage Perfumes by Jan Moran (August '18)
NR - Blood Rebel by Ginna Moran (August '18)
NR - Halloween Waters by Ginna Moran (September '18)
NR - Ginna Moran Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Sunflowers and Poppies by Stephanie Kelley (September '18)
NR - Wild Pride by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Fire by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Souls by Kristen Banet (September '18)
NR - Wild Love by Kristen Banet (September '18) (Kingson Pride Boxset link)
NR - The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs (September '18)
NR - It Ended with the Truth by Lisa Suzanne (September '18)
NR - Queen of Draga by Emma Dean (September '18)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Terri A Wilson Proofread (September '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by Various Authors (July '18)

Currently Reading

C - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2015)*
C - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2016)*
C - Sweetwater: The Kihn by Rivi Jacks (2015)*
C - The Voyage by Tammie Painter (2015)*
C - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder (2015)*
C - The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop (2015)*
C - Troll by Ashley C. Harris (2015)*
C - The Sanctum of Souls by R.K. Pavia (2015)*
C - The Travelers by Chris Pavone (2015)*
C - Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher (2016)*
C - The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (2016)*
C - Letter's From Paris by Juliette Blackwell (2016)*
C - An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)*
C - River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper (Jan)*
C - The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Jan)*
C - My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni (Feb)*
C - Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Feb)*
C - Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Feb)*
C - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (April)*
C - Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem (Sept.)
C - Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Sept.)
C - The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September)
C - The Christmas Tree Guy by Rainy Stone (November)
C - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern (December)
C - Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (August)
C - Every Dog Has His Day by Jen McKinlay (November)
C - The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez (January '18)
C - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (January '18)
C - Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (January '18)
C - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (April '18)
C - Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (February '18)
C - Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen (May '18)
C - The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (July '18)
C - The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey (September '18)

To Be Read

T - The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias (Feb)
T - Courage to Soar by Simone Biles (March)
T - In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (March)
T - The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (April) 
T - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (April)
T - Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu (June)
T - Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (July)
T - Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale (July)
T - Zoonauts by Richard Mueller (July)
T - Cooking for Ghosts: The Secret Spice Cafe by Patricia V. Davis (July)
T - The Scary Train Ride by Marlene Bischoff (July)
T - Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning by Alese & Morton Pechter (July)
T - Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home by Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. (July)
T - Gerome Sticks His Neck Out by L.S.V. Baker (July)
T - The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel (GR) (July)
T - The Fable of the Snake Named Slim by Doug Snelson (August)
T - How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas (August)
T - Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice (August)
T - Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (August)
T - Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (August)
T - A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones (August)
T - The Border by Steve Schafer (August)
T - Berserker by Emily Laybourne (August)
T - Nemesis by Anna Banks (August)
T - The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (August)
T - Sneak Peek: The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown (September)
T - Lords of the Underworld Sampler by Gena Showalter (September)
T - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Nadiyah's British Food Adventure by Nadiyah Hussain (September)
T - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (September) 
T - A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (September)
T - Sneak Peek: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Origin by Dan Brown (Oct.)
T - A Darker Sea by James L. Haley (Oct.)
T - Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December)
T - A Christmas Hope by Joseph Pittman (December)
T - Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews (December)
T - All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale (December)
T - Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair (December)
T - Christmas at the Vicarage by Rebecca Boxall (December)
T - A Festival of Murder by Tricia Hendricks (December)
T - The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (January '18)
T - Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (January '18)
T - Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears (January '18)
T - The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (January '18)
T - Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (January '18)
T - The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March (January '18)
T - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (January '18)
T - The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (January '18)
T - Indecent by Corinne Sullivan (January '18)
T - The Lightning Stenography Device by M.F. Sullivan (January '18)
T - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (January '18)
T - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (January '18)
T - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (January '18)
T - A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (January '18)
T - School for Psychics by K.C. Archer (January '18)
T - White Houses by Amy Bloom (February '18)
T - The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall (February '18)
T - A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma (March '18)
T - Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell (March '18)
T - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George (March '18)
T - Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (March '18)
T - Six Basic Cooking Techniques by Jennifer Claire (March '18)
T - The Trumpets of Jericho by J. Michael Dolan (April '18)
T - I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (April '18)
T - Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hiller (April '18)
T - Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (April '18)
T - Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird (April '18)
T - The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (April '18)
T - Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (April '18)
T - Dreams of Falling by Karen White (April '18)
T - Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins (April '18)
T - House of Nutter by Lance Richardson (April '18)
T - The Pisces by Melissa Broder (April '18)
T - Vox by Christina Dalcher (April '18)
T - Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (April '18)
T - A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (April '18)
T - Small Country by Gaël Faye (April '18)
T - Sneak Peek: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (May '18)
T - Brave Enough by Kati Gardner (May '18)
T - The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos (May '18)
T - Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal (May '18)
T - Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (May '18)
T - The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntosh (May '18)
T - Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (May '18)
T - Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell (May '18)
T - Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (May '18)
T - The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh (May '18)
T - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin (May '18)
T - Sneak Peek: Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (June '18)
T - Casper and Jasper and the Terrible Tyrant by Tilla Klebenov Jacobs (June '18) (GR link)
T - The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer (June '18)
T - Give People Money by Annie Lowrey (June '18)
T - Just Julian by Markus Harwood-Jones (June '18)
T - Romeo For Real by Markus Harwood-Jones (June '18)
T - Lies by T.M. Logan (July '18)
T - Rule by Ellen Goodlett (July '18)
T - The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March (August '18)
T - Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle (August '18)
T - Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (August '18)
T - Becoming Belle by Nuala O'Connor (August '18)
T - Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (August '18)
T - The Last Palace by Norman Eisen (August '18)
T - The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell (August '18)
T - Be a Better Writer: For School, For Fun, For Anyone Ages 10-16 by Steve Peha and Margot Carmichael Lester (August '18)
T - Letter Tracing Book for Preschoolers & Kindergarten by Letter Tracing Practice Prep Team (August '18)

So I managed to get 16 books read in August and September, and since almost all of those were proofreads, which require some extra time to begin with, I consider that doing pretty good. I'm disappointed with myself for not getting a single review posted in those two months, but it is what it is. With luck, I'll find some time later this month to knock out some reviews. We shall see. - Katie

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*Book Blogger Hop* 12 October 2018


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:
You are suddenly transported into a future time in which (horrors!) books are unknown. How would you explain books, and how wonderful they are, to the people of that time? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
So this question doesn't have enough information about the future time for me to adequately answer without qualifying myself a lot. Like why aren't books known? Is it because trees no longer exist, or they're so scarce that it's illegal to cut them down and doing so is punishable by death? Is it because society has been brainwashed into being perfect little automatons with absolutely no creativity whatsoever? Is it because at some point in time between now and the future time, books were outlawed and enough time had passed that everyone alive just didn't know what they were? Beyond that, what things do exist in this future time? Do they still have movies and television? Do they have electronically accessible news articles? Do they know how to read, or has society devolved completely to communicating via emojis?

So considering all the questions I currently have about this future time, I'll try to just generalize my answer as much as I can. I'd probably start by trying to compare books to something that hopefully still exists in this time (since I don't know how long I will have been in the future before trying to explain books in the first place). I'd also try to help them relate by asking them what they like to do for fun (this will obviously not be very successful if society is full of automatons) and then explain that in my time, people liked to read books for fun because they could transport us to other times and places. I imagine this might lead to them asking me if that's how I ended up in their time. So unless the answer to that question is yes, I'd have to tell them that I meant figuratively.

Mostly, without some sort of frame of reference for the future dwellers, I don't think I could adequately explain the majesty of books.

This brings me to a somewhat unrelated, but kind of related tangent that I've wanted to talk about somewhere and this is as good a place as any because this question reminds me of a question my son recently got wrong on a reading test. He's nine and in fourth grade and part of their reading tests is reading a short selection and then answering questions on it. Well the question he got wrong, he was supposed to provide evidence from the story to show how we could tell it wasn't set in olden times. The answer, the story mentions a phone book. I don't think my nine-year-old has ever seen a phone book, so I can understand why he wouldn't pick up on that as evidence for what he was trying to prove. And I'm not upset about him getting points deducted for his wrong answer that he'd have no way of knowing, because he did get it wrong, but it does make me think that maybe some of these tests need updating to be relatable.

But back to the topic at hand. How would you explain books to a future society where they no longer existed? - Katie

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