Depending on my body's capabilities (but likely nonetheless) I will be in Montana when this is posted. I've been prepping for the trip for the past week- writing up post ideas (though not entire posts in one sitting), cleaning the house, making sure every scrap of clothing I own is clean so I can wear or pack whatever I wish. It's always nice to have a clean house to come home to. As per usual, I procrastinated on writing posts/reviews so this will be the last until I've recovered from traveling.
Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):the-pile Additions:
See "Better World Books" Haul Round 2 if interested. Also, for cat vs. dog goodness from my own clan- on video.
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale HurstonSince I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God, I decided it was paramount to collect anything and everything she wrote. I was browsing the "About" page on her website and was shocked to learn although she did achieve fame in her lifetime, she went without a headstone for 13 (freaking) years. Thanks to fellow author Alice Walker, her work was put into the spotlight again, and she got her headstone.
Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani
Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2) by Intisar Khanani
Since I enjoyed Thorn (but haven't reviewed it... yet), I was thinking of looking up the author's other works and adding them to my Amazon wishlist (which is filled with all the things I want to buy, but I wait until they go on a really good sale). As it happens, her books were already in "Litha Must Buy" territory at the price of $0.99 each (although Memories of Ash is a preorder). If you're interested in her books, you may want to head over to La La in the Library for her Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Memories of Ash: there's also an interview with the author.
NetGalley Approved Requests:
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
Expected Publication: June 14th 2016
The blurb name-dropped both Alice Hoffman and Anne Bishop. I don't expect much of it yet, but I couldn't resist hitting "request".
Currently Reading (As of Friday):
Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy #3) by Robin Hobb
This one is so addictive, I intended to make progress "packing" and instead read the first two hundred pages today in one sitting. My poor animals felt neglected by the time I looked up and realized it was their supper time.
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
Rating: 4 Stars
This has a review, but the short summary is I enjoyed it, despite it's graphic content and characters I was slightly ambivalent to. It takes you on a time-traveling journey through the ages of China, but there is NO time-traveling involved, just reincarnation and past life biographies written by a mysterious stranger who claims to be another's soul mate.
To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons #5) by Julia Quinn
When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons #6) by Julia Quinn
Rating: 3ish Stars Each
I gathered two of Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series that I hadn't had the pleasure of reading prior, and read them both in short order. I really don't have any physical historical romance books (that I know of- most are historical fiction), so I devolved from my "physical book only" phase to read them. No one would really know from looking in my library that I like historical romance- I'm mostly a non-romantic fiction hoarder (although, truth be told, most of the books that constitute my classics collection could be considered romantic).
One Scandalous Kiss (Accidental Heirs #1) by Christy Carlyle
Rating: 2ish Stars
I was disappointed by this one due to the ending- it seemed to drag on forever. There's a certain point in some of the historical romances I dislike when I start muttering along to Katy Perry's ridiculously addictive "Hot N Cold" song, and then I know it's pretty much a given that I won't rate it above 3 Stars, if even that. Something about imagining that music video set in the Regency era appeals to me, though the lyrics would have to change.
Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) by Robin Hobb
As I professed to the Twitterverse, I haven't read an epic fantasy this good (AKA amazing) in too long. It reminds me of the good ol' days when I would read every day in summer from noon until midnight. Lately I've had a lot of focus problems with reading- I like the books, I just can't focus on them enough to read more than an hour at a time, but with this book that didn't factor in, as evidenced by my inability to sleep before reading the "finale".
Also, major plus: there was a wolf puppy/cub in this book.
Rating: 5 Stars
Heather @ Based on a True Story reviews Bitch Planet. I want it, and a foam finger too.
Guiltless Reader posts on #BookmarkMonday (238): Colouring bookmarks from @BookDepository!... you know, just in case you need incentive to buy books.
Erin @ The Paperback Stash reviews Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews, a Kate Daniels series novella I haven't gotten around to yet.
La La in the Library hosts a Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Memories of Ash, Intisar Khanani's newest addition to her Sunbolt Chronicles. As it turns out, the author and I have some favorite books from our formative years in common.
Becca @ A Little Penguin's Bookshelf posts her thoughts on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, a book I've been considering adding to my wishlist.
In My Life:
Unit #1 of the Minion army is beginning to assemble, Unit #2 (nicknamed the Flower Children due to all of them being flowers) needs a little more time to fully deploy.
These pictures were from Day 10 (March 15th) and both of Unit 1 but I didn't have time to run down there and take and edit photos like I normally do. Anyways, I'm super happy with my plants so far, and I'm so excited to see the colors I get with the rainbow varieties I've planted (both rainbow heirloom tomatoes and rainbow coleus).