Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I'm Joining the #SciFiSummer 2018 Readalong!

I've been absent (again) for a while, but I am popping back in to announce my goals for the annual Sci-Fi Summer reading challenge hosted by Rachelle of Fortified by Books. Below are the levels and rules:

Red Shirt – 1 to 5 books
Viper Pilot – 6 to 10 books
Jedi – 11 to 15 books
Time Lord – 16 or more books

"Any book of at least 100 pages that is classified as Science Fiction, including any Sci-Fi subgenres, qualifies for this challenge.  That means audiobooks, physical books, ebooks, library books, free books, other borrowed books, anthologies, and graphic novels are all acceptable options.  You may also count any Sci-Fi book that counts towards another reading challenge.  On June 21st, I’ll post the link up for your reviews, and it will stay open until September 28th."

For this year's challenge, I'm shooting for Viper Pilot (which I think I generally always shoot for, but given my reading rut this year, may in fact be a challenge). Here are some of the sci-fi reads that may be among my picks for this year's challenge:

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
I started reading this earlier this year but got into a bit of a funk and couldn't finish (2018 must be my funky year). The plot is basically a man's dreams becoming reality and the consequences of that.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
I picked this one up this year because the buzz is huge and the price was right. I hope I love it as much as everyone else seems to!

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie
This is another buzz book I've never gotten around to from the sci-fi genre, and I'm hoping it proves as amazing as its cover looks.

Which books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fortnightly Update #46: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere (But No Brandon To Be Found)

Since May 16th, I have been preoccupied with helping my mom around the house. She had a successful knee replacement surgery and only spent one night in the hospital. I am so grateful I didn't have to use my power of attorney privileges to decide anything serious and it seems she is well on her way to having full mobility again. I've also retained the full use of my legs, so I'm a relatively happy camper these days.

Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):

the-pile Additions:

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
Expected publication: October 2nd, 2018
This is from a giveaway I came across in the Shelf Awareness Pro newsletter- and my second historical fiction involving one of the Kennedys this year. There must be some nostalgia for political dynasties going around because I really don't remember this much historical fiction being penned about the Kennedys in previous years (or maybe these are just better promoted?). This book revolves around Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy's life in London in 1938.

the-invisible-pile Additions:

As I am a fan of medical memoirs, I figured it was prudent to add this to my list of them. The extra layer here is that the patient was a doctor first and noticed the difference in perspective (as far as matters of life and death) from doctor to patient.

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix
I recall this book being all the rage when I was in middle school, so I may as well do some remedial reading now and see if I would've liked it.

Many bloggers are fans of this book, so I may as well catch up with the fad on the interwebs too. Also, sci-fi is usually a win with me as long as there's some form of alternative thinking.

This one has been on my wishlist on Amazon forever and it is finally on sale (at least, the US Kindle version is). I can't recall who recommended this one to me, but I am a fan of the author's tweets, so that's something.

Currently Reading:

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
I am on the first few pages so no "true" impression yet, other than that I love the cover.

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Since this is a short sci-fi book, I decided to start this one too. So far I am enjoying it.

Finished These Books:

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
Expected Publication: May 29th, 2018
With some luck, I may have a review up for this one on the 29th. Although I thought I would enjoy it more, it turned out to be less of a political historical fiction and more of a celebrity historical fiction that erred on the side of romance. It is still a solid read, but manage your expectations if you think it will be more about JFK and less about Alicia Corning Clark.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Expected Publication: July 17th, 2018
Normally, I would never request a thriller, as they aren't my usual genre and they tend to disappoint me. However, Baby Teeth kept me on the edge of my seat and bordered on horror, so it was a win. If you're a thriller fan, consider requesting it if you still can.

This was a historical romance that I picked up last year. Someone mentioned on Twitter that the hero had ADHD and I was intrigued by that, so I finished reading it. Although it was interesting and I liked it, I wouldn't consider it among my favorites. I did enjoy one of the secondary characters, Phoebe, more than the main heroine, so maybe that was my issue with it.

In My Life:

Flowers, flowers everywhere, and lots of pollen to boot.

Ah-choo, my garden and some of my minion army (see upper and lower right)
This year has been easier on the garden-front for me- although I did raise most of my annual flowers from seeds, many of the perennials we've planted require little to no care. The exception to that were the rosebushes (I believe we have 16 now) which I had to prune back and fertilize back in April. I guess I've become so accustomed to growing things and caring for them now that if I didn't have plant seedlings every year, I would need to find a more intensive hobby. Gardening is not for the faint of yard.

Which hobbies are you excited to partake in this summer? Are any of my reads on your TBR list?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fortnightly Update #45: Mother's Day

Things have been quiet in my life lately, though I am managing to maintain my progress as far as walking goes. In the coming days I will be relegated to the caregiver role again, as my mom is having knee replacement surgery, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to read or blog. Still, the blog will go on (and hopefully I'll be back to replying to comments soon!).

Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):


Currently Reading:

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
I'm not sure why I thought this would be more historical fiction than historical romance (maybe because it's based on real people?) but I am at 30% and it seems more historically romantic than I had anticipated. I do like it, it's just a different kind of book than I expected it to be.

Finished These Books:

Most of the books I've read were covered in my short adventure with Kindle Unlimited post. I caught up on many of the Irin Chronicles books, and also did some YA reading to polish off my subscription.

In My Life:

It's a quiet Mother's Day here. I made my mom an Italian Cream Cake and dyed the cake pink and the frosting violet-ish. It looks like it's supposed to be strawberry cake or something, but I just was tired of making the same cake over and over again (it's my mom's favorite).

I am on Season 6 of my Psych watch-a-thon, and I must say I love this show more with every episode. Although I was a frequent watcher of it for a while, I lost track of the characters and stopped watching somewhere past the sixth season (in other words, please no spoilers!). I think the best part about it is the mix of zany sit-com and detective show... but also the fact that Cary Elwes (of Princess Bride fame) has a recurring guest role on it.

Happy Reading!

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