What to Read: April 2020 – Post Seven of Stay Home Order

So March was a hard month for me and reading full novels.  I read plenty of graphic novels, but I just couldn’t find the focus for longer narratives of just text.  Until the very last week of the month when Amanda Bouchet’s Nightchaser helped pull me out of the pandemic slump and anxiety.  But it was slow going, and as I mentioned yesterday, I fell to the Animal Crossing bandwagon of fun and joy 🙂  Anyway, here is what I’m hoping to read and shout about this month as time allows.

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End of March 2020 Book Mail – Post Six of Stay Home Order

I meant to get this posted yesterday, but I started playing Animal Crossing instead and had to catch all the butterflies and fish!  So this post is a day later than I had planned.  Oh well.  Here’s what I got in the mail during the second half of March!

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #20 – Post Four of Stay Home Order

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spreading the Love – Post Three During Stay Home Order

I decided that I wanted to create a list that highlights some very awesome books and authors that you could check out during this trying time.  There are so many that could use your support, but I’ll try to keep my list brief and readable.  Likely, I will do more of these in the future as it looks like we have awhile to go before we get to return to normal.

So, in no particular order, I present a list of marvelous books that you should check out if you want to escape this reality for awhile.

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March 2020 Book Haul – Post Two During Stay Home Order

Right before the pandemic, I was working on a variety of trades and won a Twitter contest. The first of the trades have arrived.  I’m very happy to add the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, my favorite of the HP series, and the wonderful special edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses.  Love that gold foil!

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Shielded is the ARC I won from a Twitter contest.  It is signed by the author!  And it sounds so good.  Sweep of the Blade was a delightful surprise from a previous Secret Sister.  I’m sad that I’m not participating this round, but it was best for my current situation.  I’m both glad and sad due to the current situation that this was my decision, but hopefully I can find another way to spread joy during this unsettling time.

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I did some retail therapy when anxiety started spiking, and this is what I decided on.  I love these tiny versions of Throne of Glass, and I now have the first, last, fourth, and fifth.  I don’t need to own them all in this format, but I’m seriously considering grabbing at least .5, second, and third.  Tiny things are so appealing!  And The Last Witch Hunter is one of my favorite movies, so I decided to upgrade my DVD to a BluRay and add the digital version to my library.  And I just discovered this fun Pokemon-esque novel that I really, really want to read 🙂

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I also got a couple of new enamel pins for my Nevernight collection.  I couldn’t help myself and wanted to show off my pin board.  It brings me much joy.  I have a Witchlands corner, a feather corner, a book corner, and a moth corner.  Across the top is my Three Dark Crowns section minus the poison queen pre-order pin, which I’m still hoping to find someday.  And the middle and to the left is my marvelous Nevernight collection.  It’s so pretty 🙂

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And lastly, I wish to share my bracket for the LitJoy March Madness book edition.  The first round has taken place, and I got four choices incorrect.  So, we’ll see how this goes.  It has definitely been fun so far 🙂

Audiobook Review: Meow by Skye MacKinnon – Post One During Stay Home Order

Meow (Catnip Assassins, #1)

Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 9th 2019 by Independently published

I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

I enjoyed the narrator through most of this story. She did a great job adding inflection, which I loved. I did listen to it at 1.3x as regular speed upset me for some reason. Not sure how that works, but I found my sweet spot and it no longer bothered me. There were a few instances where the narrator did something that irked me, but, honestly, I couldn’t explain why. It wasn’t enough to turn me off, just mildly annoying. Not sure why. But there it is.

On to the story part. I loved the combination of shifters, assassins, and murder mystery. I had a couple moments when I was confused. At the beginning, it seemed like our main character didn’t like the murdering and later she said it was fun. I may have missed something while listening, so you may not have that problem. The side characters didn’t get as much characterization being as this was a shorter book, and I’m looking forward to their growth in future installments. The murder mystery was solved by the end of this book, but the introduction of the bigger mystery was definitely not. Leaving plenty to explore and murder in the future!

Summary:

Assassin. Private Investigator. Cat shifter.

Kat is used to killing people, but for a blank cheque, she’s willing to do the opposite and help solve a murder – even though it sounds boring as hell. That is, until she finds some body parts in her fridge, makes friends with the neighbourhood cats and realises there may be an assassin better than her…

Suddenly, things have become purrfectly exciting.

An urban fantasy full of cats, secrets and murders. This is a slow-burn reverse harem where Kat will find her love interests over time. Book one in the Catnip Assassins series.

 

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #19

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Book Review: Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson, #12)

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Ace

 

I LOVE this series! To the point that I requested an ARC from the publisher and was granted an eARC.  I read this back at the end of January because I couldn’t wait but can only now share my review with you.  Big thanks to Ace for sending me an early copy! Which didn’t affect my honest review because, like I said, I already love this series.

This book starts off with a heavy dose of tension between Adam and Mercy.  A bit of leftover from the harrowing events of the last book.  Patricia has always been fabulous at conveying emotion through her writing, which really helps the reader feel fully immersed and committed to the characters.

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