Monday, January 22, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Books I Really Likes But Can't Remember

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 weeks theme is books I really liked but can't remember much about. Boy is this going to be a difficult post for me because I have a pretty good memory for the written word, so I'm going to tweak it just a little bit and list some books that I've kind of forgotten loving so much. You know what I'm talking about. Those books that you read a few years ago and at the time you thought you'd be recommending them to people forever because they were so good, but then time passed and you found other books that you're going to forever recommend to people because they're so good, and the original books kind of got forgotten. But then you decide to scroll through your Read Shelf on Goodreads and come across that book and think to yourself "Oh my gosh, how could I have forgotten this the other day when so-and-so was looking for book recommendations. This would have been perfect for them." Or maybe I'm the only person that happens to and you'll find this entire post a little bit weird, and that's okay too.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Any time I see this book mentioned on another blog or Facebook, or pretty much anywhere honestly, I immediately think "Oh my god, yes. That book is so good," but I often forget about it's existence when I'm put on the spot trying to offer suggestions to people. My book club in Wiesbaden read this about 5 years ago and I don't think any of us disliked it.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - I actually have mixed feelings about this book at this point after the drama involving the author and a whole bunch of Hatchimals a couple Christmases ago, but I have to be honest and say that I really did enjoy this book, and yet I often forget to recommend it to people (even before the Hatchimal drama happened.) And part of my fond memories for this story may include the book, movie, meal bookclub meeting my Wiesbaden book club had to discuss the book because food is life and the way to my heart is absolutely through my stomach. And the carnival food we prepared for the meal was just so yummy.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - I don't read a whole lot of mysteries, so when people are asking me for recommendations in the mystery genre, I usually come up blank. That is partially because I always forget about this historical fiction mystery that I absolutely loved when my Wiesbaden book club read it years ago. Although part of that could be that I tend to try and think of contemporary books when people ask for mystery recommendations.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - This is one book that I actually feel like I need to reread because more of the details are fuzzy than normal for me. And maybe I was just in more of a rush when I was trying to get it read in time for the meeting, so those little things didn't sink in as well, or maybe it's because so many of the details involve knowing the language of flowers, which I don't, that trying to remember this story is like trying to remember dates of specific events for world history, which in the whole scheme of things are not that important for an understanding of history as a whole.

Intractable Souls by Tricia Daniels - I forgot this book so hard, that I even forgot to include it on my list of series that I need to finish for the Finishing the Series Challenge I'm taking part in this year. And I absolutely still remember what happened in the story, but after I finished reading it, I was waiting so long for the next book that it fell way by the wayside and completely slips my mind any time I'm giving people book recommendations. And that saddens me.

The Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato - This was one of my early Goodreads First Reads wins, and I absolutely fell in love with the story. I don't often have occasion for recommending historical fiction though because most people seem to be more interested in contemporary, and I read quite a bit of historical fiction myself, so it just kind of fell off my recommendation radar. And if you're wondering about the discrepancy in the title, it got a slight wording change for American publication, but I had a copy from the not American publication run.

And at this point we're starting to get into the books that I've blogged reviews for, most of which I remember loving and that pop up occasionally when I'm recommending books to random strangers so we're going to go ahead and pretend that 6 is the new 10 and I'm going to end this post here.

So what about you? What are some books you've loved but just can't really remember, or that you remember but kind of tend to forget having loved the book in the first place? - Katie

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

*Review* Living Ghost by Ginna Moran

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: January 2, 2018
Pages: 339

When a mortifying breakup in the school cafeteria triggers seventeen-year-old Callie White to project her soul from her body, the last thing she expects is to die from embarrassment. As it turns out, Callie isn’t dead but is gifted with the special ability to leave her body and turn into a living ghost. With the discovery of her newfound ability, she learns her world is inhabited by creatures from her wildest dreams—and worst nightmares.

As a genetically altered human, Mason Sullivan spends his life fighting creatures to keep humanity safe. With unmatched speed and strength, Mason is the perfect soldier for the Creature Council, the secret organization that polices the supernatural world. For Mason, one thing is certain, he’ll do whatever it takes, even kill, to guarantee the bad guys never win.

Callie and Mason’s lives collide when she saves him from a man-eating goblin while in her ghostly form. A chance meeting at a hospital brings the two together, but Callie isn’t safe in Mason’s life. Her special ability makes her a desirable asset to the monsters Mason fights against. To protect her, Mason breaks the creature laws he fights to uphold, but even with him by her side, Callie falls prey to the supernatural world’s worst enemy. She’s forced into an unthinkable fate by creatures who treat humans like food and property. No longer under Mason’s protection, Callie must fight for her freedom or risk losing herself to a world so full of horrors against humanity that she’d rather remain ghostly than survive.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

It's becoming clear to me that I really should have written this review when I finished reading the book. I say this because I have since proofread two other books for Ms. Moran since working on this one, and while they are in different series and I have the basic storylines straight in my mind, some of the details are a little fuzzy. So bear with me while I fumble through this and I will strive to do better in the future.

What I liked most about this story was that even though it's a new series, it's a spin-off from a previous series, so I was already familiar with the world, and really enjoyed some of the cameos. Although some of those cameos had me yelling at Callie and Mason for what I felt was their stupidity in how they handled certain things that happened to them. Like if they would have just talked to these people, the problems probably would've been solved super fast. But teenagers are kind of known for making bad decisions (I know I made bad decisions when I was a teenager).

Ultimately I really enjoyed diving back into the world first created in Lost in Dreams, and look forward to seeing what happens next in Callie's life. 4.9874756737 stars. - Katie 

Ginna Moran is the author of an array of both paranormal and contemporary young adult novels including the Demon Within, Falling into Fame, and Spark of Life series. 

She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.

When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing young adult novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.

Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.

Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.

*Review* Artemis by Andy Weir

Genre: Science Fiction
Published: November 14, 2017
Pages: 384

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

"You don't expect J. Worthalot Richbastard III to clean his own toilet do you?"

"The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs."

"I'd have to blow the remaining two at the same time. Please don't quote that last sentence out of context." (I kind of had to, you know.)

"'Goddammit!' I yelled to him. 'Will you stop whining about your problems during my murder?!'"

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I've got to start by telling y'all that I was super excited to get approved for this book because I absolutely loved Weir's The Martian. I didn't enjoy this story quite as much as his previous work, but it was definitely an enjoyable story.

As you can hopefully tell from my favorite quotes, I found Artemis to be rather humorous. The larger cast of characters (as compared to The Martian) allowed more opportunities for witty quips, although it also reduced their frequency as it would be unreasonable for every character to be as funny as Mark Watney. Jazz Bashara had a similar wit about her though, and the story did focus on her, so I spent a fair amount of time laughing while reading.

I think the part of the story that let me down was the action sequences. There was nothing wrong with them, I just didn't want them while reading apparently. So basically I wanted a story with no conflict and that's absurd. I honestly get how weird this complaint is, but at the time I was reading Artemis, the action sequences just didn't do it for me. If I were to re-read it another time in a different mindset I would very likely react differently to them. That doesn't change my current reading experience though.

Overall I give Artemis 4.032674673 because it was funny and while the action scenes didn't do it for me, there was nothing technically wrong with them. - Katie 

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

*Deja Revu* 15 January 2018

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*Stacking the Shelves* 20 January 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. And since I am currently technically a displaced person (all my things are packed up on a boat and I don't have a home to call my own at the moment), I'm not currently buying any physical books. 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. And once again, I lied about the whole not buying physical books thing, because last Sunday I went to the mall with my sister and of course stopped at the bookstore while we were there. 

Celtic Tales by Kate Forrester - I got this book on sale for $3.99 (no longer on sale) because I've always been fascinated by folk tales and whatnot from various cultures. I just think it's so interesting to see how they're similar and different. 
Peace in Flames by Caroline Andrus - This is a pre-order that I was morally obligated to make (I was told if I didn't preorder the book, then I would be a horrible Facebook spouse...also, I'm pretty sure I die in this book, so yeah). I'm pretty excited to read this book when it releases in February (although with my commitment issues it'll probably be more like next February when I read it.)
nest by Anyta Sunday - I snagged this book for free (no longer free) when I saw it shared somewhere on Facebook (possibly on Celebrity Readers' page, but maybe not). In any case, whoever shared it said they really loved it, and for the price of free, I was willing to maybe give it a shot at some point in the future. 
The Gender Game by Bella Forrest - I got this book on sale for $2 (no longer on sale). It's the fourth book in a series and I'd bought the first three on sale last week I think. It's a dystopian series, so I'm likely to enjoy it, and I'm a big fan of getting my books on sale whenever possible. And at the moment I'd rather be out $2 for a book I don't end up reading than spend $5 on the same book because I desperately want to read it (weird logic, I know, but it's mine). 
The Voice Inside  by Brian Freeman - I won an ebook copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. (This always confuses me because these books show up as orders on Amazon, which is nice because it makes the reviews verified purchase reviews but makes me think I one-clicked books that I don't remember one-clicking). 
Broken Prince by Erin Watt - I got this on sale for $2.40 (no longer on sale). I've been drawn to this series since the first book release because of the covers. I haven't read any of them yet, but I want to at some point. 
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman - I got this on sale for $1.99 (no longer on sale). I read a preview of the first book in this duology and really enjoyed it so I'm pretty sure I'm going to want to finish it. And in a fun twist, I bought this book twice this past week (both the ebook version and then grabbed a physical copy at Books-A-Million for $5.97.)
Malicious by Jacob Stone - I won an ebook copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. It doesn't release until sometime in March, so there's a chance I'll have it read before's a very slim chance, but a chance nonetheless. 
The Gender Plan by Bella Forrest - I got this baby on sale for $2 (no longer on sale). It's book six in that series I mentioned earlier in this post (I'm only missing book 5 at this point and may find myself forking over the $5 for it at some point). 
A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne - I snagged this baby for just 99 cents (no longer on sale). I've been buying a lot of Ms. Thayne's books since reading one for my 12 Books of Christmas challenge. Hopefully her style is the same in most of them at least. 
The Gender End by Bella Forrest - I got this on sale for $2 (no longer on sale). It's book seven in that dystopian series. 
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black - I got this book for $2.99 (still $2.99). I'm not sure if that's a sale price, but the book is from the Hatchette Book Group, so it might be. Mostly I love the cover so much I was willing to drop $3 on the book. 

Now onto the physical books I bought this week. 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige - This is obviously a Snow White rewrite, and I'm all about fairytale retellings. 
Four by Veronica Roth - I knew I had the first three Divergent books in ebook form, I didn't remember buying Four (but apparently I had.) Oh well. 
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid - I've seen this book all over the blogosphere and the cover has been calling to me for months...months I say. 
Any Fin Is Possible by Mo O'Hara - My kids enjoy weird books like this, so when I saw this as a bargain book, I had to buy it. 
The Illustrated Children's Encyclopedia of the Ancient World edited by John Haywood, Charlotte Hurdman, Richard Tames, Philip Steele, and Fiona Macdonald - I apparently couldn't leave the store without getting something educational for my kids (and possibly myself). 

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

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Friday, January 19, 2018

*Book Blogger Hop* 19 January 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:
When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
While I'm not the type of person who typically folds the cover back on a mass market paperback, I AM a serial spine breaker, so it doesn't really bother me when I see people doing this, especially if the books belong to them which is more likely with mass market paperbacks to begin with. Honestly, you typically buy mass market paperbacks because they are lighter and easier to hold, and they are even easier to hold if you do it one handed by folding back the cover, so why would I begrudge someone that? And again, I'm a serial spine breaker, even on my autographed books, so I have no reason to cringe over this.

What about you? How do you feel when you see people doing this and destroying their spines? Also, do you think I'm a monster because I admit to spine breaking myself? - Katie

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

*State of the ARC* December 2017

So I'm hooking up with AvalinahsBooks for this newish meme, State of the ARC. According to the lovely Evelina, this is a "fun way to share our ARC (advance reader copy) progress," but near as I can figure, it's just a way to self-shame for being greedy and getting behind on our ARC reading. I'm personally coming to the conclusion that I was born without a shame gene, so this may be an exercise in futility for me, but it's only a once a month post, so why not play along (also when I went on my graphics making spree, I created a header for it, so I've got to use it). 

To start with, I need to bloviate about what qualifies as an ARC for me. Obviously books on Netgalley count (this is scary all on it's own, you'll see for yourself in a minute just how scary). But sometimes I get "suckered" into reviewing non-Netgalley books too (or you know, I'm just so greedy because I want all of the books and the synopses sound good and I have no self-control), so those books should really get a place here too (probably even more than the Netgalley ARCs because they're usually physical copies). I will not be counting the ARCs that I win through Goodreads giveaways however, because I want to pretend that this list is still theoretically manageable. 

I'm onto month three of participating in the State of the ARC meme, and it's currently shaping up to be an exercise in futility for me. Last month (November because I'm super late getting this post built) I increased the number of ARCs needing my attention by three books, and that's kind of the wrong direction. And December shaped up to be pretty much a complete bust for me on pretty much all counts because of moving (it's amazing how much time moving eats up even when other people are packing up all your things). That doesn't mean I stayed off Netgalley though. No, I couldn't have done THAT.

So now after two months where I'm supposed to be whittling down my numbers, where do I stand?


All things considered, even though I added two new books to my Netgalley numbers, I'm still going to count that as a win, because it was only two books. That means I now have...

130 books read. That breaks down to:

8 samples or excerpts.
11 children's or middle grade books.
6 books that I've already started or finished reading.
and 105 books that are just waiting for me to open them up in the first place. 

So my numbers are growing instead of shrinking like they're supposed to, which means that my feedback percentage is getting even worse, and it was already abysmal. I didn't even finish a Netgalley book in December, although I did make some progress on two of them. I actually thought that I'd left my Kindle Paperwhite on the airplane we took from Germany to Atlanta because of that progress (I used my Paperwhite during takeoff, but then switched to a book I had on my phone to read during the rest of the flight, put the Paperwhite in a different pocket of my carryon than before, and didn't remove it when we had to go back through security at the airport in Atlanta). I didn't lose the Paperwhite though, just had myself worried about it for a few hours on the car ride to my parents house.

Physical Books

I didn't see any change in my physical book ARCs again this past month. That means I still have...

6 children's books
and 5 not-children's chapter books read. This is one category that may start to change more regularly now that I'm back in the states. At some point when I get things under control for myself, I'd really like to develop a relationship with at least one of the Big 6 publishers to get on an ARC list like a real proper blogger. But for now, there was no change because I did not get even the kid's books read and reviewed before the mover's packed up our house. I did find room for them in one of our kids suitcases however, so they will not be languishing in boxes until my husband finds us a house. I'm not guaranteeing that I'll be getting them read and reviewed with my children before then, but they at least have a chance. The chapter books are in boxes on a boat right now, so they won't see the light of day until we have a house of our own again. But I have so many books to read for review right now, that I'm honestly not too worried about that to begin with. 

So that's where I'm at. My numbers are just getting worse so far, potentially proving that I really don't possess a shame gene at all. At the same time, I started this meme while heading into a major life upheaval so it wasn't exactly ideal conditions in the first place. Maybe we should just wait and see how I'm doing in like June before we decide conclusively that I can't even shame myself into whittling down my Netgalley hole, okay? Great. 

So my goal for January, which is already halfway over, is to try to review at least one of the children's books, get the reviews written for the Netgalley books that I've finished but not yet reviewed, and read one of my 2018 release ARCs. It's definitely doable if I can just commit. And I'll let you know in a couple weeks how I did. - Katie 

Monday, January 15, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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 weeks theme is bookish resolutions/goals. I'm not sure if I'm ready for this can of worms because there are so many ways I could take this to start with, and I already know I'll fail at all of them, which would almost make this an exercise in futility. But let's give this a whirl and see if I can come up with some bookish things that I'd like to do better at in the future.

I think my main bookish goal is to stop having 33 books started. This will require me to finish several of the books I have currently started that I just can't seem to find the time to get to because I keep getting enticed by new books. My self-control is seriously lacking where books are concerned. Some of them will necessarily have to wait a few months though, because they are physical books in boxes on their way across the Atlantic and I don't know when I'm going to have access to them again.

Another thing I'd like to do better in 2018 is writing reviews right after I finish reading the books. I've gotten really bad about that in the past several months and have something like twenty to thirty books needing reviews right now. That's just kind of unacceptable.

I'd love to develop some self-control where "read-nows" are concerned on Netgalley. I just have such a hard time resisting the lure of books that I don't have to receive approval to read.

And while I'm on the topic of Netgalley, I really need to get better at reading those books in a timely fashion. I will probably (maybe) be posting my December State of the ARC post later today and you can see just how bad I've been on Netgalley.

In 2018 I'm going to try to be more consistent about posting on Instagram. I got out of the habit in like July of last year, so I have a whole lot of books to share at this point. I'm also hoping to settle on a photo style, and with luck my new house will have a place I can designate as my IG photo spot (but it probably won't.)

This coming year I'd also like to do a better job of reading my Goodreads First Reads wins. I spend time bragging about getting the books, but hardly find the time to read them, and I have a whole slew of them that I was super excited about winning that I have yet to get to, but hopefully 2018 will be my year for that.

And finally, I'd like to do a better job of sticking to my reading lists. I have several I could choose from but I sort of consolidate it on my monthly Platypire Read-A-Thon post. If I could just stick to that list, I'd probably feel like I was being more productive with my reading time. But it's just so hard.

And as a bonus, I want to consistently write more reviews than Joood - Hooligan of Platypire Reviews does so that she will have to sing a song every month and I will not.

So what are some of your bookish resolutions or goals? - Katie

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*Platypire Read-A-Thon* January 2018

Photo Courtesy of Platypire Maribel
So it's January, which means I owe y'all an updated Platypire Read-A-Thon list. I'm already in the middle of the month, and I currently feel like I don't have that many books to add to the list, but I'm probably just lying to myself and things are going to get even more out of control than they already were. 

If you've been following my blog recently, you know that I've recently moved back to the states from living in Germany and my life is currently in limbo. At the moment my kids and I are living with my parents in Kansas while my husband hunts for a house for us and works in Colorado. With luck our separation will not last long, but there's really no telling how long the house-hunt will take. With that in mind, I don't know how well I will do keeping up with blogging stuff, but I'm hoping that my parents will be distracting enough (they haven't seen my kids in 4 years) that I will have some extra time to myself to work on getting caught up on blogging things that got behind while we were preparing for the move. Added bonus is that I don't have to cook all the meals because my parents will do some of that. It almost makes me feel like a kid again. 

But without further ado, here is where I'm at on my read-a-thon for January currently. 

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

R - Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean (November) (Review to come)
R - Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson (Oct.) (Review to come)

*Titles link to reviews*
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (December)
How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis (August)

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 - Mary Ting Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Damned by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (July)
NR - ISAN by Mary Ting (2016)
ISAN by Mary Ting (October) (This was a re-read, but it should still count for my numbers)
NR - The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff (July)*
NR - The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor (June)*
NR - Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray (July)*
NR - Son by Lois Lowry (May)*
NR - The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (June)
NR - Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (June)
NR - Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives (July)
NR - Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (July)
NR - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2015)*
NR - It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington (Oct.)
NR - Crown of Draga by Emma Dean (September)
NR - A Very Mer-Merry Christmas by Ginna Moran (October)
NR - Jinxed by Thommy Hutson (September)
NR - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October)
NR - The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (June)*
NR - Artemis by Andy Weir (August)
NR - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (2016)*
NR - Love's Embrace by Mary Reason Theriot (October)
NR - Back Blast by Mark Greaney (2016)*
NR - Charlie Foxtrot by Jillian Ashe
NR - Precious Bones by Irina Shapiro
NR - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
NR - I Know I Am, but What Are You? by Samantha Bee
NR - You Can't Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin & Kurt Anderson (December)
NR - Between This One and the Next by Ginna Moran (December)
NR - Living Ghost by Ginna Moran (November)
NR - Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett (December)
NR - Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur (2015)*
NR - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (December)
NR - The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois (December)
NR - You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki (December)

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 - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (May)*
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 - Ginna Moran Proofread (January) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)

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 - CS Wilde Proofread (November)
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 - Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (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)

So I was right that I was lying to myself about how many new books I would be adding to my list, especially since a couple were added to the currently reading that I left off of the December results because I hadn't started reading them at the end of December. Several of my new books don't go live until late February or later though, and a few of them are double-dips where I won copies on Goodreads but was also able to get copies as read-nows on Netgalley (that provides slightly more incentive for me to read them in a timely fashion). I'm sure I'll barely read a fraction of the new books from my list this month, but we shall see just how poorly I do.

How many books do you think I can read by the end of the month? - Katie