Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading
Top Ten Tuesday / February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Reading. It’s hard for me to look at books on my To Read list and decide to cut them. I prefer to talk to my friends and get recommendations I trust rather than trust the reviews and rating on Goodreads. That said, I am certainly capable of deciding on my own whether or not I wish to pursue a series. My twist on this week’s TTT is I will focus on what series I have decided to stop reading. Without further ado… All titles below are links to the book series Goodreads page. All book covers are for the next book in the series I would be picking up, should I continue reading.   Top 10 Series Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Reading   Cirque Americain by Gwenda Bond The first book in the series, Girl on a Wire, is a Romeo and Juliet retelling. I was really looking forward to this Kindle First book. However, it just fell short for me. While I enjoyed the…

Geekarella
Book Review / February 14, 2018

Title: Geekarella Author: Ashley Poston Genre: Retelling Publisher: Quirk Books Release Date: April 4th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 320 Source: Library Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again? Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a…

And I Darken
Book Review / February 8, 2018

Title: And I Darken Series: The Conqueror's Saga, #1 Author: Kiersten White Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Listening Library Release Date: June 28th, 2016 Format: Audiobook Pages: 475 Source: Library – OverDrive Narrator: Fiona Hardingham No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books which have the Longest Shelf-Life on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books which have the longest shelf-life on my TBR You know what I learned doing this TTT? I learned that I created my Goodreads account on April 22nd, 2012. Which, honestly, is much later in life that I thought I had created it. I feel like Goodreads has been around since the beginning of my use of the internet. But, the date makes sense. It’s after I moved to Madison and started reading heavily again. So, I’m not surprised with the date, it just feels like life could not have existed without Goodreads. Due to this, and due to my horrible memory for details, the list you see below is a list of books I added on April 22nd, 2012. No, these are not necessarily the oldest books on my To Read list. But they are the most easily accessible list of amazing books I could come up with. Now, without further ado… All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books which have the…

January 2018 Month in Review
Month in Review / February 1, 2018

Newsworthy January started out with a BANG. David and I attended two New Years Eve parties and had more fun at NYE than we’ve had in years. It was the perfect start to a wonderful year. This month, we went to see Rent the Musical. It’s hard to believe Rent is 20 years old! But, that was obvious in the theatre when a parent around me had to explain how old-school answering machines work (“You can hear them speak in real time and then pick up the phone to interrupt their message and talk to them immediately…”) and what the AIDS epidemic was. Yup. Rent is now a period piece. Last week, I was in Orlando Florida for an Operational Excellence Convention. I learned a TON and I’m looking forward to sharing that back at work. Meanwhile, I obviously went to Epcot, read on all my flights, and took lots of photos of palm trees when I was there too. It was great to have so much time dedicated to reading. Unfortunately, I came back from this convention with some sort of bug. Cold variant? Who knows. All I know is that it’s bad. I’ve spent the last few days…

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