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    1. Usually when I watch the live adaptation I'll avoid reading the books because it ruins the reading experience for me. I enjoyed The Expanse more than I thought I would have and after hearing that the books continue beyond where the series went, I decided to give the books a try.

      There wasn't a whole lot of surprises from the television series, but I do see Miller much differently now. I feel as though his character had a lot of time in the show but I didn't understand his motivations nearly as well as I did after reading the book. He became my favorite character. The other characters are fine, but Miller was the most compelling of them all.

      It's a quick and easy read, but that doesn't mean there aren't bigger themes and ideas to chew on here. Within this story you start asking yourself what you would do in this situation and instead of thinking of right now thinking beyond into the future and what your choices could mean to everyone else. The world is very well established, especially for a space opera. I do think knowing so much about the world from the television series helped me have a grasp on the different factions but the book does a great job laying things out at a steady pace. It's very focused on a certain set of characters and their journey, it doesn't juggle as many story lines as the television series does right out of the gate. This is a great series to chat about, so I'm glad I'm on this journey with other readers.

      Sometimes the humor had a little too much cheese in it and I found myself rolling my eyes but most of the time it lightened the tone. The villain in the story was much more terrifying in the books and I had a much better grasp on it and it's backstory, too.

      Sounds like a 5 star read, right? Well... there's just something missing from this book that doesn't push it over the edge into 5 star territory for me. The thing is I just can't put my finger on what it is. It is just missing something.

      I'm not huge into science fiction but this is a really great gateway drug for anyone wanting a science fiction story that is easy to follow.

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    2. Happy July Everyone! 🎆

      Just wanted to check in and give an update on what books I read in June and my plans for July!

      First, I did take a break from my Monthly Mariana schedule. I will probably pick that back up in August. I just have so much going on and group reads that I am participating in, so my re-reads have had to take a back seat to that. I am hoping to be back to that in August with Rhythm Chord and Malykin.

      June was a month of mood reading for me. It was fun to read just whatever I felt in the mood for. It prompted me to join in on some fun new book clubs. Most of "the list" went out the window for the month. Here is what ended up happening in my reading world:

      I found some fun romance book tubers that are new to me and started some book clubs, the first is Smut Club lol...I thought "why not? sounds fun"

      Smut club was started by Oheyitsmichae and That Tall Book Girl and the first book was:

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      Sounds scandalous, eh not really. I guess it was ok. But not really what I thought it would be based on what was promised. For a "smut" book the smut level was actually pretty low.  I did like some of the side characters and the idea of the story was fun, it just didn't land for me. It also did the thing that is sort of a pet peeve for me in contemporary romance. Diversity box checking. I have talked about this before, but it sad to me when an author just inserts a sort of diverse idea or character just to check off that box that they included something diverse without it contributing to the story in any real way. I am all for these ideals in my reading, but it seems insulting when it feels like it's just added to check a box and it doesn't really add to the story.  I am looking forward to keep going, and the July book for Smut Club is In Flight by R.K. Lilley.

      Here is the spoiler filled discussion about Kink Camp Hunted:

       

      I also decided to read along with Michea's Out of Bounds book club too.

      June's book was:

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      This is a forbidden romance club. So this forbidden romance was a priest romance. I have never read a priest romance before. I liked the story and really liked the characters. It was just a fun and taboo read, exactly the kind of romance fun I was looking for this month. From what I understand though it was not as taboo as most priest romances (according to the ladies in the discussion) Seemed pretty scandalous to me though! I'm having fun getting out of my comfort zone a little with these books. July is Cruel Black Hearts by Candace Wondrack.

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      This was heavy and dark. The writing, the world building, political intrigue, and moral grayness of characters, whoa! Very complex with a lot going on. I think I may have missed some things.  @Steve has a great non spoiler video on his channel and I found that Slowly Red has a good spoiler filled review on his channel. Both really helped me to understand some of the complexities in this world. They both really have a good way of getting me excited for the next one. Link for both of those below:

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      This was not my favorite Witcher book. I spent a lot of time confused in this one. I did have to go to my son and ask for explanations about what was happening. A lot of it could have just been the head space I was in when I read it. It was during a time of the month that I was pretty distracted with life things. But I do always enjoy the discussion that I get to have with my son and the passion he has as he explains the story,  he just loves these stories so much.

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      I usually really love a Lauren Rowe book. I can usually count on her for some funny romantic comedy. This is the first in a trilogy. The main character is Reed Rivers, who in previous books is kind of known as a jerk, not the fun loving funny hero that I have read in previous Lauren Rowe books, (the Morgan brothers are hilarious). I will continue with the series, not much happened in this book one, just a lot of set up. 

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      This book moved a little slow for me. Usually I find that Brittany C. Cherry writes a heartbreaking love story with struggle and loss. When I read her Elements series I cried...A LOT. This was good and a fun read. Just not the emotional ride that I come to expect from her.

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      This was a fun, quick, horror read. It wasn't as scary as I expected. I really feel like Daniel Barnett has ruined me for other horror sometimes. His books got in my head so much that I measure most horror against them. But I  did find The Only Good Indians to be a fascinating story with some weirdness that I really liked. There were some scenes that I found to be a little long winded, going on way too long. Only my second SGJ books, but I am looking forward to reading more of his books.

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      I ended my month with Carrie. I have decided to go back and read Stephen Kings works in publication order. This was first on my list. It was so good. I did an immersion thing with the audiobook, narrated by Sissy Spacek! I watched the movie years ago, but have never read the book, so listening to her read the audiobook added an extra level of creepy for me. It was such a fun read.

      I know we are already into July, my plans for July....

      The Indie Accords Read-a-Thon! I have joined The Dark Knights team. I don't really have a TBR for this, But I do have a list of indie books that is quite large that I just plan to pull from throughout the month and hopefully fulfill some of the prompts for the read-a-thon. I will also try to make a blog post to review the books I am reading for indie accords in July.

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      It's going to be a fun month!! What are you all reading?! Have you read any of these books? What Indie books have you read that you love? I am always open for suggestions!

      Hugs! 🤗

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      Amanda Feeser
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      I don't know how many of you are planners, but I am.  I think I started planning in a rebellious way because I grew up in a house that had no plan.  My mother worked as a beautician out of our house, so she was able to pretty much set her hours, but that also meant that she didn't have a set time to start and end work.  She just worked when she had clients (which was pretty much all the time).  Anyway, so we had no real schedule.  We didn't plan for big trips because we didn't take any.  We didn't even plan for weekend vacations because we didn't take any.  I think that because of that, I learned that if I don't plan things and put them down on paper or on an online calendar, then they don't get done and I don't get to go places and explore like I want.  So, I'm a planner.  That was a lot of words to get to the point, but that also kinds of sums up my whole life. 

      Anyway, I wanted to talk about some of the future plans that I have for my person life (lots of movement happening around here this year), and some thoughts/ideas that I've had for my YouTube channel.  I try to focus on one thing a month/quarter if I can.  Sometimes things overlap, but not always.  Here is a breakdown of my year.

      January
      - Move my body more
      ---Batch my content so I can focus more on my clients.

      February
      -Go to sleep!
      ---Solidify my batch week and establish this as a habit.

      March
      -Price turns 18! (Waco trip)
      ---Prep for April plans

      April
      -Don't start anything NEW!
      ---Do one video a day (a month in my reading life)

      May
      -Get house ready to be packed/get Price's stuff separated 
      ---Rest from April and dream/also batch for June

      June
      -Move to Alabama/Move Price to Arkansas
      ---Stay Consistent with videos

      July
      -Unpack and settle in/establish new places for all appointments
      ---Get batch week back where I want it and set up office for filming location

      August
      -Prep for Disney/move Price into dorm
      ---Batch any extra videos that need to be done for Sept.

      September
      -Disney Trip
      ---Do nothing new

      October
      -Rest and Recharge
      ---Rest and Recharge

      November
      -Thanksgiving in Arkansas/Chyna's wedding
      ---Prep for 2023

      December
      -BIG client month/Chyna moves to South Dakota
      ---Do NOT do Vlogmas! ;)  

       

      Okay, that's it.  My word of the year is MOVE.  I want to move my body, we are moving from TX to AL, my oldest son is graduating High School and moving to AR for college, and our daughter is graduating college, getting married, and moving to SD.  So, lots of moving this year! :) 

      Also, this makes me realize even more that at the end of this year, I'm only going to have one kiddo in my house.  It is bittersweet because I love watching them grow and go out on their own and at the same time it is a profound sadness to say goodbye to a piece of your heart.  And you can tell yourself that it won't be as bad as you think and they will still be able to call and everything else, but it just isn't the same.  The little background noises that they make just existing in the same space as you aren't there anymore and as much as you try to fool yourself into thinking a phone call is almost as good as them being home... it's just not true.  So, most of all this year, I'm going to enjoy the time I still have with my Price.  He was my miracle baby and the one who made me a momma, and he'll take a huge part of me with him when he goes.

      Well... now that I've made myself cry, my work here is done. 

      I was excited to do a blog post when I realized we could, but I had no idea what I would talk about.  It was nice to get all my thoughts out like this because I hadn't thought through every month like that before.  I liked it.  Thanks for indulging me and providing this space to get all my thoughts out.

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      Stacyejaye
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      Hello Friends and Happy New Year!

      Once again we find ourselves at the beginning of the month contemplating all the books we want to read. As part of my 2022 goals, I will be keeping my TBR lists fairly short for each month. Hopefully this will help keep me motivated to finish my priority reads, but still have room for my mood reading. 

      Let's first talk about my buddy/group reads planned for the first month of 2022.

      You may or may not know that last year I started an informal monthly 24hr readathon with the "Council of High Ladies" and you can find all the information about our 2022 plans on the discordhttps://discord.gg/av6RbtWhfH . Each readathon is kicked off with a live stream including games, reading sprints, and many other shenanigans. This is something I look forward to every month and it never fails to be a great time. For January we are reading Daughter of the Forest.

      1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

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      This is Jolien's favorite fantasy book and it is also the first book in a highly rated fantasy series. If you like fairytale retellings, this might be a book for you as it is a retelling of "The Six Swans". I am not familiar with this fairytale nor do I know anything about this book. But even if I didn't have Jolien's recommendation, I would probably read this for that cover alone!

      2. City of Blood by Daniel Barnett

      City of Blood: Nightmareland Volume Five (Nightmareland Chronicles Book 5) by [Daniel Barnett]

      This is a re-read for me, and I am not absolutely certain I will actually read it again entirely. I will probably skim through it and re-read my favorite parts in preparation for the live stream discussion on Saturday the 8th. If you haven't read any books in the Nightmareland Chronicles, you need to stop what you are doing and download Nightfall from Kindle Unlimited right now! This series is the best horror I have ever read. It is full of amazing characters in a world that is literally plagued with darkness. 

      3. Dark Sea's End by Richard Nell

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      After reading the Ash and Sand trilogy, Richard Nell became a favorite grimdark author. This book is the first in a spin off series that includes some new POV characters. The events take place immediately after the prior trilogy, so it is recommended that you start with Kings of Paradise. Richard Nell is a genius with world building and character development. Every installment in the original trilogy was a 5 star read for me.

      4. Wolves of Calla by Stephen King (Dark Tower Book 5)

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      Reading the Dark Tower series has been a wild ride, but so worth it. Now we move on to the 5th book in this iconic series and I am really looking forward to discussing it with my ka-tet. I don't know anything about what to expect this book. I haven't even read the synopsis, and I like it that way. So not much to say about it.

      5. More Than a Vampire by J.R. Carrel

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      Immortal vampire hunter, forbidden love, political intrigue, plus that cover is awesome! Since watching Steve's interview with author J.R. Carrel, I have been looking forward to this buddy read. The live show for this one is January 22nd, so you still have time to join. The book is available with a Kindle Unlimited membership, or buy the ebook for only $3.99!

      6. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

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      That's right I will be tackling this long series, or at least giving it a solid chance. I have seen so many excellent booktube videos about this series and even the negative reviews have me interested in trying it out. The most intriguing and very common opinion is that the reader is dropped into the story with no hand holding. I love that! The good news is that we are taking this slow and only reading one book every two months. This will definitely be helpful when (if?) we get to the longer books in the series. 

      7. The Justice for Kings by Richard Swan

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      This is the only book on my TBR that is not a buddy read, but it is still a big priority. I have a new goal in 2022 to read and review ARCs. I was approved for 3 last year and I still haven't read them. I don't think this is fair to the author or the publisher, especially because I requested them! So, I am committing to review any I request before they are released. I am really excited about this book because it is one of my anticipated releases. It is a fantasy murder mystery, two of my favorite genres!

      That completes my official TBR for January and if I finish these 7 books I will also be on track for my Goodreads goal of 90 books for the year. However, I would like to fit in 2 more if time permits, and some possible options are:

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      Have you read any of these? Which do you recommend I try to squeeze into January?

      Thank you for taking the time to read my very first blog entry. I really enjoyed putting this together. Please share your thoughts on the books I mentioned in the comments, and let me know what you would like to see in my blog in the future.

      I hope you all enjoy your January reads! Until next time...Bye

       

    3. We had another casual draft at Mind Games in Burnaby. There were 7 of us, including 4 newer players. They were teens, and this was their first ever draft. They knew generally how to play the game, but we had to walk them through a bit of the process of drafting and deckbuilding.

      My first pick was a Kaya's Wrath (nice!). I took Sharktocrab with my second pick, and I wanted to stay a bit open. With newer drafters, I wasn't sure if signals might be messed up. I did waffle a bit (my bad habit), though I did pick more Simic/blue than Orzhov cards in Pack 1. My opponent on the left accidentally revealed his first pack as the Sunder Shaman, as he didn't know he was supposed to hide his picks. I guess I know what direction he wants.

      After a few bumps and misordered packs (nothing major), we got things worked out.

      Pack 2, my first pick was Kaya, herself... *urk*. Should I abandon Simic and switch to Orzhov? I was not seeing much good Orzhov in Pack 1. I picked her for value, but was second-guessing myself. I must have saw something good for Simic in pack 2, because I pretty much abandoned Orzhov soon after that, and ended up with a low-curve tempo deck with lots of tricks.

      Oh, pack 3's rare was Hallowed Fountain. Took for value :P

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      Round 1 - Played one of the new kids. He had a Gruul deck, and actually drafted quite well for his first time. He picked on-colour cards, had a good mix of spells, and stayed focus. I did beat him 2-0, in part because his deck was a bit sub-optimal, although he had me down to 2 life in Game 1. After the round, I helped him re-build his deck a bit (he had too many spells, not enough creatures, and didn't include one of his better tricks). He seemed to be better off afterwards. 

      Round 2 - Played against an experienced player with an Orzhovy-Esper control deck. He had the stupid mythic that made illusion blockers, which made it hard for me to get damage through on the ground. I won game 1 thanks to having 2 bounce spells to swing for lethal. He won game 2 because of his removal. Yeah, his deck was like half-removal... we ended up drawing because he kept killing my threats and he couldn't push through enough damage after I countered his mythic Benthic illusion thingy (can't recall the name). I sided in Eyes Everywhere for a slow matchup.

      Round 3 - Played the other experienced player who had a Simic deck, too. His splashed white and had a multi-colour theme. With the Guildpact artifact, he was drawing a LOT of cards off of his multicoloured spells. He also had 3(!) Pteromanders... 

      I took game 1 thanks to the most aggressive curve my deck could draw into (even after a mull). Game 2 was a loooong affair, and he drew most of his deck. I somehow managed to slog through and wait out his Mystic (since I could play at instant speed a lot). Eventually, my adapters got bigger and just wore out his army. 

      Final Result: 2-0-1. A very casual draft with newer players, so this isn't for bragging rights so much as relaxing and enjoying the draft format. Again, I keep ending up in blue :P  

       

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    • By Steve in Steve's Talks Books 0
      Usually when I watch the live adaptation I'll avoid reading the books because it ruins the reading experience for me. I enjoyed The Expanse more than I thought I would have and after hearing that the books continue beyond where the series went, I decided to give the books a try.
      There wasn't a whole lot of surprises from the television series, but I do see Miller much differently now. I feel as though his character had a lot of time in the show but I didn't understand his motivations nearly as well as I did after reading the book. He became my favorite character. The other characters are fine, but Miller was the most compelling of them all.
      It's a quick and easy read, but that doesn't mean there aren't bigger themes and ideas to chew on here. Within this story you start asking yourself what you would do in this situation and instead of thinking of right now thinking beyond into the future and what your choices could mean to everyone else. The world is very well established, especially for a space opera. I do think knowing so much about the world from the television series helped me have a grasp on the different factions but the book does a great job laying things out at a steady pace. It's very focused on a certain set of characters and their journey, it doesn't juggle as many story lines as the television series does right out of the gate. This is a great series to chat about, so I'm glad I'm on this journey with other readers.
      Sometimes the humor had a little too much cheese in it and I found myself rolling my eyes but most of the time it lightened the tone. The villain in the story was much more terrifying in the books and I had a much better grasp on it and it's backstory, too.
      Sounds like a 5 star read, right? Well... there's just something missing from this book that doesn't push it over the edge into 5 star territory for me. The thing is I just can't put my finger on what it is. It is just missing something.
      I'm not huge into science fiction but this is a really great gateway drug for anyone wanting a science fiction story that is easy to follow.

       
       
    • By Steve in Steve's Talks Books 0
      Obsidian Awakening is one of those books that feel easy to read, but when you look back you realize how much depth it had. How much you've learned about the world, the politics and the characters without feeling like you at the time.  The characters and world are so clear and defined that you feel like you've read a few books in the series already.
      All of the characters have something they struggle with or something that happens to them that changes them in a positive or negative way. How they deal with what happens to them is so fascinating. There are some absolutely heart breaking scenes but they happen for a reason and serve the story. It's established pretty quickly that anything can and will happen, nobody is safe and the characters you begin to latch onto won't be spared. All of the characters get enough time that you get to know all of them, they are all flawed and are dealing with trauma.
      The world is lush and vivid. Lots of maneuvering and politics, making you wonder what will happen next or what is really going on and what everyone's motivations really are. Sienna Frost also explores the cost of survival and civilizations. What leaders must do to keep order, to keep everyone fed and alive. How do you rule over so many people and keep them motivated? Would you trade freedom for security? Would you rather be safe behind walls and part of the machine or be free and vulnerable to the many dangers in the world?
      So many details I'm sure I missed on the first read, this one is just begging for a re-read. Not because it's hard to follow, but because there are so many details sprinkled in that will be relevant later in the series.

       
       
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 0
      Happy July Everyone! 🎆
      Just wanted to check in and give an update on what books I read in June and my plans for July!
      First, I did take a break from my Monthly Mariana schedule. I will probably pick that back up in August. I just have so much going on and group reads that I am participating in, so my re-reads have had to take a back seat to that. I am hoping to be back to that in August with Rhythm Chord and Malykin.
      June was a month of mood reading for me. It was fun to read just whatever I felt in the mood for. It prompted me to join in on some fun new book clubs. Most of "the list" went out the window for the month. Here is what ended up happening in my reading world:
      I found some fun romance book tubers that are new to me and started some book clubs, the first is Smut Club lol...I thought "why not? sounds fun"
      Smut club was started by Oheyitsmichae and That Tall Book Girl and the first book was:

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      Sounds scandalous, eh not really. I guess it was ok. But not really what I thought it would be based on what was promised. For a "smut" book the smut level was actually pretty low.  I did like some of the side characters and the idea of the story was fun, it just didn't land for me. It also did the thing that is sort of a pet peeve for me in contemporary romance. Diversity box checking. I have talked about this before, but it sad to me when an author just inserts a sort of diverse idea or character just to check off that box that they included something diverse without it contributing to the story in any real way. I am all for these ideals in my reading, but it seems insulting when it feels like it's just added to check a box and it doesn't really add to the story.  I am looking forward to keep going, and the July book for Smut Club is In Flight by R.K. Lilley.
      Here is the spoiler filled discussion about Kink Camp Hunted:
       
      I also decided to read along with Michea's Out of Bounds book club too.
      June's book was:

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      This is a forbidden romance club. So this forbidden romance was a priest romance. I have never read a priest romance before. I liked the story and really liked the characters. It was just a fun and taboo read, exactly the kind of romance fun I was looking for this month. From what I understand though it was not as taboo as most priest romances (according to the ladies in the discussion) Seemed pretty scandalous to me though! I'm having fun getting out of my comfort zone a little with these books. July is Cruel Black Hearts by Candace Wondrack.

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      This was heavy and dark. The writing, the world building, political intrigue, and moral grayness of characters, whoa! Very complex with a lot going on. I think I may have missed some things.  @Steve has a great non spoiler video on his channel and I found that Slowly Red has a good spoiler filled review on his channel. Both really helped me to understand some of the complexities in this world. They both really have a good way of getting me excited for the next one. Link for both of those below:

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      This was not my favorite Witcher book. I spent a lot of time confused in this one. I did have to go to my son and ask for explanations about what was happening. A lot of it could have just been the head space I was in when I read it. It was during a time of the month that I was pretty distracted with life things. But I do always enjoy the discussion that I get to have with my son and the passion he has as he explains the story,  he just loves these stories so much.

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      I usually really love a Lauren Rowe book. I can usually count on her for some funny romantic comedy. This is the first in a trilogy. The main character is Reed Rivers, who in previous books is kind of known as a jerk, not the fun loving funny hero that I have read in previous Lauren Rowe books, (the Morgan brothers are hilarious). I will continue with the series, not much happened in this book one, just a lot of set up. 

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      This book moved a little slow for me. Usually I find that Brittany C. Cherry writes a heartbreaking love story with struggle and loss. When I read her Elements series I cried...A LOT. This was good and a fun read. Just not the emotional ride that I come to expect from her.

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      This was a fun, quick, horror read. It wasn't as scary as I expected. I really feel like Daniel Barnett has ruined me for other horror sometimes. His books got in my head so much that I measure most horror against them. But I  did find The Only Good Indians to be a fascinating story with some weirdness that I really liked. There were some scenes that I found to be a little long winded, going on way too long. Only my second SGJ books, but I am looking forward to reading more of his books.

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      I ended my month with Carrie. I have decided to go back and read Stephen Kings works in publication order. This was first on my list. It was so good. I did an immersion thing with the audiobook, narrated by Sissy Spacek! I watched the movie years ago, but have never read the book, so listening to her read the audiobook added an extra level of creepy for me. It was such a fun read.
      I know we are already into July, my plans for July....
      The Indie Accords Read-a-Thon! I have joined The Dark Knights team. I don't really have a TBR for this, But I do have a list of indie books that is quite large that I just plan to pull from throughout the month and hopefully fulfill some of the prompts for the read-a-thon. I will also try to make a blog post to review the books I am reading for indie accords in July.


       
      It's going to be a fun month!! What are you all reading?! Have you read any of these books? What Indie books have you read that you love? I am always open for suggestions!
      Hugs! 🤗
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    • On 6/14/2022 at 9:10 AM, Stacyejaye said:

      I am so behind on your blog! It is amazing that you keep this going even when I know you aren't feeling 100% or even 90%. *hugs*

      Anyway, I had a mediocre reading month in May. I just couldn't shake a reading slump that may have been brought on by a bit of burnout. I decided to take it easy in June so we will see how it goes. Anyway, I didn't read most of the books that I was supposed to read with you, but you rated them all 5 stars so I will be making them a priority this month. 

      I have never read Carrie and I also want to read more SK. Maybe I will try to get the audiobook and listen to it in June as well. I was watching Stranger Things 4 last night and I was getting Carrie vibes with what was happening to Eleven in California. 

      Speaking of Stranger Things. Do you watch that show? I haven't finished season 4 yet, but so far I think this is the scariest of the shows history. Which is saying a lot. I have been watching a lot more "TV" in the recent weeks as I slowed down on my reading. Mostly reruns of favorite shows, because I don't feel like investing in anything new. :P

      I am going to wrap up my comment by sharing the only 2 books that I really enjoyed reading in May. The first one I gave 5 stars was Book Lovers by Emily Henry. It was so good. As an avid reader (and fan of Gilmore Girls), I could really relate with one of the characters (I will let you guess which one). But it is also an enemies to friends to lovers romance and it was done soooo well. I highly recommend.

      The second book I gave 5 stars was Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher. This is a fairytale type fantasy that felt like a Grim Brothers story. It is a stand alone (I think), but I wouldn't mind more books about these characters. This book is really about the strength women have. Not physical, but emotional and mentally. Women endure more than we succumb and I think that this story puts that on display. It is also funny and heartwarming while exploring dark themes and atmosphere. I loved the writing style and will definitely be reading more of T. Kingfisher's fantasy. I also recommend the author's horror novel titled The Hollow. I read it last year and really enjoyed it as well. **Note: also humorous, but very dark

      Anyway...thank you Brandie for continuing your blog admit your personal struggles. I really enjoy reading them every month. Cheers to you!

      I am just now seeing this! I am so behind on my blog too, as you can see... LOL

      I did an immersion thing with Carrie. I got the audiobook from the library and it was narrated by Sissy Spacek, I loved it. I am so glad that I read it.

      We just started the new season of Stranger Things, we are 2 episodes in and so far it seems good. This season is feeling a little more scary to me.

      I added Book Lovers to my goodreads list! Thank you for the rec! I can't wait to check it out. I love Gilmore Girls! Looks really cute. Also adding Nettle and Bone too, sounds right up my alley.

      Thank you for following the blog, when I find time it has been pretty therapeutic to get some thoughts out there and have something that is just a little extra fun that I can look back on later. Especially since I have been so bad with my reading journal...I really need to get caught up on that lol.


    • I am so behind on your blog! It is amazing that you keep this going even when I know you aren't feeling 100% or even 90%. *hugs*

      Anyway, I had a mediocre reading month in May. I just couldn't shake a reading slump that may have been brought on by a bit of burnout. I decided to take it easy in June so we will see how it goes. Anyway, I didn't read most of the books that I was supposed to read with you, but you rated them all 5 stars so I will be making them a priority this month. 

      I have never read Carrie and I also want to read more SK. Maybe I will try to get the audiobook and listen to it in June as well. I was watching Stranger Things 4 last night and I was getting Carrie vibes with what was happening to Eleven in California. 

      Speaking of Stranger Things. Do you watch that show? I haven't finished season 4 yet, but so far I think this is the scariest of the shows history. Which is saying a lot. I have been watching a lot more "TV" in the recent weeks as I slowed down on my reading. Mostly reruns of favorite shows, because I don't feel like investing in anything new. :P

      I am going to wrap up my comment by sharing the only 2 books that I really enjoyed reading in May. The first one I gave 5 stars was Book Lovers by Emily Henry. It was so good. As an avid reader (and fan of Gilmore Girls), I could really relate with one of the characters (I will let you guess which one). But it is also an enemies to friends to lovers romance and it was done soooo well. I highly recommend.

      The second book I gave 5 stars was Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher. This is a fairytale type fantasy that felt like a Grim Brothers story. It is a stand alone (I think), but I wouldn't mind more books about these characters. This book is really about the strength women have. Not physical, but emotional and mentally. Women endure more than we succumb and I think that this story puts that on display. It is also funny and heartwarming while exploring dark themes and atmosphere. I loved the writing style and will definitely be reading more of T. Kingfisher's fantasy. I also recommend the author's horror novel titled The Hollow. I read it last year and really enjoyed it as well. **Note: also humorous, but very dark

      Anyway...thank you Brandie for continuing your blog admit your personal struggles. I really enjoy reading them every month. Cheers to you!


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