Friday, May 12, 2017

๐Ÿ“šWEEKEND READS ๐Ÿ“š

     As of right now, I am about 40% into Percy Jackson and he Battle of the Labyrinth on my kindle. I hope to finish it today. MG books I can usually read in a day or so, but this weekend I am really excited about the books that I have lined up to read.

1. The Fireman by Joe Hill, this will be the 3rd book by Mr. Hill that I have read and I'm hyped to get into it. I have the audiobook for my libraries' overdrive app.  Kate Mulgrew does the narration and I just can't wait, she brings a fantastic voice to his books. (Loved her in NOS4A2)

2. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, this is the newest and latest installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I have just finished A Feast of Crows last night (⭐⭐⭐⭐) and I just need to finish this now, I don't want to make the mistake of waiting too far between books, as to not forget what has happened in this high fantasy series. I am going to need Mr. Martin to stop playing with my heart and go on and ahead and publish this new book.

3. Blood Colony by Tananarive Due is the third book in her African Immortals series. I started this series in October of last year, with My Soul to Keep (⭐⭐⭐⭐) and The Living Blood (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)which I just read in February for #readsoullit. (click on the titles to see my reviews on the books)

Let me know what you're reading for the weekend down below. Latas

PEACE ✌

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MAY TBR

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      For this month, I'm going to try keep it real simple this month. I have a national test to stuff for. *fingers crossed* Well anyway let's get to it.

      First and foremost I will be reading the fourth book in The Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast of Crows. I don't know how this one is going to hold up to A Storm of Swords, because that one became a favorite of mines about 1/2 through the book. It was so damn good. So yes, A Feast of Crows is next on my list, I won't put too much time between books ever again. I just want to get this series done (while I wait for the next installment). I have an idea of what is going to happen in this book, but I'm not entirely sure. Who will live and who shall die?

*update* Finished ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


     I will also be finishing the Sookie Stackhouse series with Dead Ever After, and its pretty bittersweet how I feel about this series. I still love it, it's one of my favorites and all will be. I have some high hopes for this one, since Deadlocked was so good, I'm just curious to see who Sookie will end up with #TeamBillCompton all day. Lets just hope that she lives by the end of this book.

*update* Finished ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5



    I had gotten an E-Arc from Netgalley for this new short story by Ben Aaronovitch, called The Furthest Station, which I AM ABSOLUTELY hyped about. Ben Aaronovitch is the author of one of my newest favorite series The PC Peter Grant/ Rivers of London series, it is somewhat like the Jim Butcher series with the Wizard PI...The Dresden Files, but in my opinion its better. I read the first book in that series and I didn't care for it. I liked the concept but the delivery wasn't for me. So when I heard this was coming out I just had throw my hat in and see if I could get it, and poof! Here it is.




     And last but not least, is Lilth's Brood (Xenogenesis Series books #1-3) by Octavia E. Butler. I'm just on a roll with her books and I figured why now try a series by her and not a stand alone.  I have no idea what this series is about, but in all honesty I'm okay with that. I like knowing very little about the books that I want to read, just knowing some key words used to describe it was all it took for me to pick it up. I know it deals with an alien invasion, post apocalyptic and it's sci-fi in genre but that's it. I'm trying to get more comfortable with sci-fi, slowly but surely.

*update* Finished book 1 Dawn: ⭐⭐⭐.5/5


     Let me know what you'll be reading this month of May ๐Ÿ‘‡down below๐Ÿ‘‡, who's excited for Star Wars day?! Who's hyped about Free Comic Book Day?!  Latas

PEACE✌

APRIL WRAP UP

 
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    I don't know what came over me this month, but all I wanted to do was read Sookie Stackhouse. So that's what I did. All month, I read about her adventures. And I had realized that I had never actually finished this series. The last three books were a complete mystery to me and I was HAPPY to finally get my hands on the audiobooks from my library #supportyourlocallibraries. I have just on last book to read in the series and that is on my May TBR list. Might as well finish it out strong. While reading these books, I realized that pretty much after book one, they (HBO) did whatever they wanted to do with the TV series. I wished they had kept to the books, I think it would have made for a better turnout.

     Also this month, I had to finish A Clash of Kings (⭐⭐⭐⭐/5), which is the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin and was completely motivated to read the third book, A Storm of Swords (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5). Which only took me about a good 10 days to read, very proud of myself on that matter I can certainly say that A Storm of Swords is my favorite book in the series so far. That ending was crazy, the whole book was crazy, and I loved it. The next book, A Feast of Crows is also on my May TBR list (post coming soon). I realize that I want to read all the books that are out in this series before the next season of the show comes on in July. Now will Mr. Martin have the next book out in July as well? Probably not, but now, I'm not sure if the book, The Winds of Winter will mirror the show of be on its on accord. My favorite character POVs are: Jon, Jamie, Brienne, Tyrion and Dany. I think if you like the show, I HIGHLY suggest you check out this high fantasy series.

     This month I took it upon myself to read another Octavia E. Butler book. Having read Kindred (check out my review here) a couple of months ago I wanted to read another one of her books, and Fledgling was calling to me. Fledgling is another Vampire tale but it is different than what you would expect, Shori is a young vampire (a 53 year old vamp) who's entire family is killed and she has lost her memory. But I think it's the appearance of Shori is what off sets not only readers but other vampires in the book. It was a really good story. I had read that this books was an influence to Mrs. Harris while she was writing her Sookie Stackhouse books, I can see it and I'm really happy that I can make that connection.
   
     Allegedly (⭐⭐⭐⭐/5) popped up on my reading radar this month because the audiobook became available from my library #supportyourlocallibraries (review here) And I was stunned. I didn't know much about the book besides it being about a young girl who was convicted of killing a baby and her trying to figure out the truth, it was waaaaay more than that, and it made me mad. Like I'm still a little pissed that this book because of the emotions it made me feel while reading it.

     The last book I want to talk about is a book I brought from my daughters Scholastic Book Sale she had at her school (I got books for her too don't worry, but when I saw this book, I just had to get it.) It's called Love is by Diane Adams (review here). It's a children's picture book, but it was so freaking cute and I brought a copy for my bestie who is having her first baby pretty soon.

Love is nudging, gently tugging
coaxing baby from the nest.
It's getting to the edge and hoping,
letting nature do the rest.
Love is missing, reminiscing,
wishing things could stay the same.
It's understanding even ducklings,
like the seasons, have to change. 

- Love is by Diane Adams



     Okay, that is all that I read for the month of April. Now it's on to my May TBR. Let me know down below what you have read in the month of April, let me know if you're a fan of Game of Thrones, lets chat about these characters and how unsafe they are in the hands of their creator. lol Latas

PEACE ✌

     P.S. I totally forgot to add that I also read three J.D. Robb books on my kindle in the In Death series. I read Naked in Death(⭐⭐⭐⭐/5), Glory in Death(⭐⭐⭐⭐/5) and Immortal in Death (⭐⭐⭐.5/5. It's a police procedural series following Lt. Eve Dallas in the year of 2059, think Blade Runner with it's futuristic advancements and sounds and The Woman's Murder Club mixed together.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Currently Reading ๐Ÿ“š

     This week I'm currently reading two books, even thought my Goodreads page say's I'm reading three, I just haven't started on the third book.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
     This is my second Butler book and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It was little crazy to get my head around a certain thing in the beginning of the book, if you have read it you know what I'm talking about, but I don't want to spoil anyone who has yet to read it. But so far, so very good.

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris is the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I had this undying urge to re-read this series and I have. Just this and one more book to go and I have finished this series for the second time.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin is the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I read the first book late last year and the second book I finished just about a month ago. This books pretty much parallels the third season of A Game of Thrones and out of the two that I have already read, this one is the best so far. I'm about 50% done and it's so good.

What are you reading? Let me know down below๐Ÿ‘‡

PEACE ✌

APRIL HAUL MCKAYS DAY TRIP

     So a couple of days ago, I realized that I had the 40 dollar burning in my pockets and since it was a beautiful day and I could have only spend it in one place I hitched up my wagon (my RAV4) and drove to McKay's. Here in TN this is a one stop shop. They have used books, used movies, tapes, gaming systems, vinyl records, board games, all of it and at really good prices. I got all the items in the picture for less than 40 bucks. That was the best damn 40 bucks I have ever spent.

If you are ever in Tennessee they have three locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.

My next trip there will be later in the summer, I'm going to go over all my books shelves and see what I can trade in for some other goodies.




     So yeah, I'm really happy with what I got. The Addy books were 1.50 each (old America Girl books). The Janet Jackson CD was the best 2 bucks ever spent. And yes, what you see is the whole Fifty Shades of Grey series, it was a 2.75 for all three, couldn't pass that up (Say what you will about the books, me no care, I think they are some of the best trashy books that I have ever read). I'm always looking for some new Walter Mosely to add to my shelves. Aretha Franklin vinyl for less than 5 bucks with all her best songs? Yes please. And I am not a shame to say that I am a Veronica Mars fan. Have you see that show? Its perfect.


That's all folks, let me know if you have ever read any of these books, or if you're a Marshmallow! Latas!

PEACE ✌

Tuesday Talks- Favorite Female Authors

   Tuesday Talks is a Goodreads group run by Janie at the Bookworms Buddy and Janelle at MrsJRodsReads and every Tuesday they have a new topic for us to discuss and this week the topic is:

Favorite Female Authors

     I have a few favorite female authors and most of them are my auto buy authors. I also tend to read a lot of books by female authors, but I haven't read enough by them to add them to this list, so if you don't see someone hit me up below and I'll see if I have ever read anything by them. But here is my list of my favorite female authors and a short reason why I like them so much. I HIGHLY SUGGEST you check them out of yourself. 

J.D. Robbhas recently hit the list with her In Death Series, I just love the way it makes me feel when I read them. I love a strong woman police officer, but sometimes they don't always hit the mark. For Example I like the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson and Co. but I like these books more. They are set in the future, 2059 or so and reading these books gives me that Blade Runner feeling which I can't get enough of and the audiobooks are spot on.

Charlaine Harris: I am a HUGE Sookie Stackhouse fan, and I have recently set out to re-read the entire Sookie Series (as of today, 4/26/17 I am on book 12 in the series, Deadlocked) And I am so happy that I decided to read them again. One I get to realize how different they are some the it's TV adaptation, but how much I love all the characters in this series. Quinn, the were-tiger, would have made a great show if it was adapted properly.

Octavia E. Butler: Is a newer addition, I read Kindred and as of today am about 40% done with Fledgling, and other hit of hers. I love how unapologetic her characters are. Even in Fledgling, the youthfulness of Shori, doesn't stop her from being a woman and exploring her sexuality and all that in tells, even if the images it brings isn't one "normal" people think about.

Nnedi Okorafor: I fell in love with Akata Witch as soon as I read the back of the book. Since then I have read five works by her and I just love them. What I like the most about her writing is that they take place in Africa, Nigeria mostly. And the fact they are Sci-fi in nature is what really has me excited to pick up more from her.

Tess Gerritsen I love her Rizzoli & Isles Series. When I was pregnant with my daughter in Japan, I found I had some extra time on my hands and since I didn't have TV I couldn't catch up on the show, so I read ALL the books instead. I love them so much I found my daughters name in one of the books. She was a murder victim, but the name was still beautiful and I will forever be reading these books until she decides to stop writing them.

Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club touched my heart.  That is all.

Bernice L. McFaddenI can't read her books fast enough lol. They might not all have happy endings the ones that I have read from her don't but they do touch my soul, and have at times made me cry. Her books span time and also cover a wide range of taboos in the black community and also the heartbreaks that come with loving in some no so well to do areas. I love reading her books, forever an auto buy author.

Tananarive DueI love her style, and the African Immortals series is one of my favorites. The first books from her that I read was actually Casanegra, a Tennyson Hardwick book and it was okay, gave it three stars, check out my review here. But then I picked up My Soul to Keep and it was a done deal. 

Valerie Wilson Wesley: My mother set me on her path, and I have read a good chunk of her catalog and I can't get say how much I really love her books. Tamara Hayle is probably on of my favorite Female PI's. 

Beverly Jenkins: Her historical romances are THE BEST!!!

Honorable mentions: 
Britt Bennett, Meg Cabot, Jennifer Latham, Tiffany McDaniel, V.E. Schwab, Pamela Samuels Young,  and J.K. Rowling. 

     That's all that I can think of, but this since I am prone to read my books by females than I males, I'm sure I'll have some more to add to this list in the years to come. Latas! 

PEACE✌

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MARCH MYSTERY MADNESS WRAP-UP ๐Ÿ”Ž

     I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mysteries ๐Ÿ”Ž. And I did pretty good with my reading for this month, coming in with 8 1/2 (9) books. Were they all on my TBR? NOPE, but that doesn't matter. I read them and enjoyed them some of these even hit some of the challenges that were set out for us this month and I wasn't even trying. I even had some great convos with the ladies over on twitter (doing reading sprints and meet ups) So yeah, lets get to it. This is what I read during the month of March:

     I think the book that took me for the greatest surprise was definitely Dark Matter by Blake Crouch which I gave ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars! It was such ass crazy book. And I think if you're a fan of the shows like Sliders (a 1995 tv show), Quantium Leap (a 1989 tv show), or even Multiplicity (a 1996 film) you will enjoy this book. Did I just show my age? But anyhow, this one is a keeper and I'm glad I picked it up with my Book of the Month Box ๐Ÿ“š (check out my link below). 
     The rest of the books that I read where really good too, and I'm always happy to participate in this readathon. But I'm not gone lie, I kinda burned myself out a wee bit in the end. SO I'm happy that next month is all about the comics. Gives me a chance to catch up on all my favorites, and start some new ones. 

     Let me know what you read in the month of March, did you take part in #MarchMysteryMadness๐Ÿ”Ž?  What were some of your favorite reads of the month? Hit me up, ๐Ÿ‘‡down below ๐Ÿ‘‡. 

PEACE 








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