Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"The Philosopher's Flight" by Tom Miller

Disclaimer: I was given a free advance ecopy of this book via NetGalley from the publisher, Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. My opinion remains as forthright as ever.

If you've ever dreamed of flying, have I got the book for you! The Philosopher's Flight is set in the early 1900s in a bit of a different world from our own. Society is matriarchal instead of patriarchal (i.e. women go to work and war, have the most influence, and generally rule the roost, while men stay home [for the most part], take care of the kids, and get catcalled on the streets). It's refreshing to read a fantasy book that doesn't have a patriarchal society, especially when it's alternate history. I find some books with your typical Tolkien-style worlds so true-to-history as far as misogyny goes that they're difficult to read (I'm looking at you, George R.R. Martin).

The first half of this novel is the most difficult to get through due to a complex magic system that involves science, therefore making this a bit of a sci-fi book. I had issues initially imagining it, but as the book went on the magic system made a lot more sense and I really began to enjoy it. Philosophers in this book are a bit like scientific magicians: to them, it's simple science to be able to fly, heal people, and transport things and people across vast expanses, but to those who don't understand the science it seems a lot like magic.

The Plot (As Seen on Goodreads):
'The Philosopher’s Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. 
'Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.
'When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women. 
'Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.
'In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher’s Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.'

As someone born and raised in Montana, I expected this book to fail miserably on that end of things, but the setting where Robert Weekes grew up was spot-on for the area (though I did feel like the inclusion of Parmly Library would've amped the setting up a notch). Of course, due to this being alternate history, would the buildings have been the same? I am beginning to doubt that.

The central theme in this book is overcoming obstacles and adversity, along with how diversity should be considered a strength rather than a weakness. Although this book is a lot of fun to read, it does delve deeply into philosophical topics that don't involve magic. The last half of the book I read so speedily I worried I may have missed some of that depth, but when you love a character and their life is in danger, you kind of need to know if they survive that paragraph.

The Philosopher's Flight has the perfect fun to worldbuilding ratio of any book I've read in the past six months. The characters fly off the page at you and you find yourself a bit too invested in their well-being for them to be fictional. I am surprised that this is a debut, because it seems like someone who writes this well has had at least one book under their belt, but stranger things have happened. If you want an immersive fantasy experience that combines all of my favorite genres, The Philosopher's Flight may be the book for you. 

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars for an exceptionally exquisite alternate history debut!


Age Advisory: Ages 18+ for sexual content, swearing, racial epithets, and philosophical catastrophes!


Page Count: 432 pages

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Fortnightly Update #43: Time Flies


I hate to write the same ol' generic post again, but it seems time has escaped me once more! My procrastination gene appears to be fully functional, because I've been meaning to write up a few posts... and then neglected to execute the task. However, I do have a clean-ish house, so there's that.

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

the-pile Additions:

None!



the-invisible-pile Additions:



I love books on history, and I love books about history involving women, so I snatched this one up as a Daily Deal.


The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
I have yet to read anything by Le Guin, but this book of hers (along with the next), seemed interesting. 


I've been thinking a lot about death lately (you know, sometimes spontaneous choking on your favorite foods causes that reaction) and what I intend to accomplish before I go. I think this book will help clarify a few more of my aims, because lately they've become a bit more intangible rather than solid.

Currently Reading:


I am really enjoying this. The heroine, Teddy, is a bit of an antiheroine, which I also like. I just hope it ends well.

Finished These Books:


I am halfway through the review for this, but needless to say I enjoyed it. I think anyone who loves fantasy and historical romance will fall hard for any book in the Embraced series.

In My Life:

I am out and about without my trusted companion, Handsome (that is, my cane) because my knees have stopped buckling so often. It feels strange, because a few months ago I felt like I was ready to procure a wheelchair due to my legs being so weak at times. As I discussed in my four year blogiversary post, I really don't know what changed to make me "better" but I am blaming my insistence on trying all the things they suggested in my Facebook syrinx groups for the improvement. If you have a chronic illness, it doesn't hurt to network (although some days, it does, but most days, it's nice to know that you're never alone).


Which books are you reading this spring?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Four Years...


...of writing this book blog/weirdly personal symptom diary.


I can't say it's all been rosy, but I think my little blog has given me plenty of reasons to persist in my endeavors, even when everything looks hopeless. After all, publishers love giving "established" blogs free books, and four years worth of book blogging (and God only knows how many reviews[!]) makes my book critiques an easy sell.

On the weirdly personal side of things: it's a book blog. There is no impartial reviewer. Of course things get weirdly personal here. The things I never expected to share, though, were my medical abnormalities: from fibromyalgia to syringomyelia, I have a lot of strange things happening with my body (and let's not even start on my mind). My life is complex without a book blog, but with it, I am more organized, more empathetic, and more connected to the world in ways I never dreamt possible.

Bad News:


For a variety of reasons, I don't feel like doing a giveaway this year. But know that I will try my best to comment spree any blogger who comments on this post (and though I try to do comment-for-comment, I have no expectation of that in return). Sometimes comment sprees can be one of the funnest parts of book blogging, and blogging in general.

If you're in the mood for book giveaways, you should probably sign up for the Shelf Awareness Pro newsletter- that's the one place I've been having luck with getting books.

Good News:


I have had some improvements in my health recently that I feel prudent to share: my legs have regained most of the feeling that was lost for so long. My left leg almost feels "painful" because I'm so used to not feeling any vibration/slap of foot against the floor- my left knee feels almost painful because I'm not sure I've been using it right for the past year and three quarters. I barely use my cane in the house, because we have plenty of walls and doorjambs for me to lean against if my leg buckles again.

What have I done for such a marked improvement?


I wish I could say definitively it was x, y, or z, but I believe it was a combination of any of these factors:

-Thoracic (AKA the part of the spine involving the rib cage) stretching and yoga was suggested to me by someone with a thoracic syrinx, EDS, and disc issues. I have a syrinx from my cervical spine (neck) to the end of my thoracic spine, and an extruded disc in my thoracic region. I seemed to worsen when I went to Physical Therapy and they began making me lift weights to improve my muscle tone, but prior to that I was briefed on basic thoracic stretches, so I knew how to do those exercises correctly and safely at home. I began trying this in February (or at least I think it was?). I never, ever skip stretching my legs and back at least once per day.

-Due to multiple factors, I've lost about 30 pounds. I'm nauseous from my (much needed) high dose of antidepressants, I have issues with swallowing (which is suspected to be something to do with the syrinx), and I just don't find most foods I used to love appealing because they're too hard to swallow. Therefore, I have been on a high protein diet with absolutely no carbonated beverages (which I choke on, now). I've been drinking green and herbal tea instead of Diet Dr. Pepper, which would make my 2016 self grimace.

-We had a water filtration system installed. Our house was built in 1903. Could it have something funky in the water that my blood tests didn't pick up? It's possible.

-My Savella was doubled, my propranolol was upped. It was suggested on the syrinx group page that people with POTS (something I am strongly suspected of having, but for various, misogynistic reasons, I was never tested for) have issues walking because of disorientation. Propranolol, though intended for my PTSD/anxiety, is also a treatment for POTS. Propranolol is one of the few drugs I've never had any *true* side effects for, so if your doctor suggests it, I would consider it more than others.

-I currently take a daily walk in the daylight hours (even if it is just a block). After, I usually do more stretching. I'm not sure it's helpful or not- sometimes, the walking makes my legs temporarily numb again, but it's better to use what I still have than sit around and mope about it.

Although it's possible that I will get worse again in the future and be more reliant on my cane again (currently, it's only being used for long distances and outside time), I am hopeful that this turn of good fortune with my health will last if I stick with my unofficial, un-medically supervised program. Of course, I'll be seeing my primary care doctor again soon to puzzle out my swallowing issues, but until then, I am satisfied with my results.

Thanks for sticking around, and if you have an opinion, please vote on my Disqus commenting avatar for guests:



Happy Reading!



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fortnightly Update #42: Life, The Universe, and Everything


It has been a good two weeks. I have yet to enact my plans for world domination, but those things take all sorts of time, and so far I haven't lost any of mine. My plant minion army is progressing steadily, although I have thrown it a few wrenches by clumsily dumping over one of my units of tomato seedlings. It's been raining here, and I must admit the earthworm per square foot ratio is grossly abundant.  

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

the-pile Additions:
Won/Bookmail:


Future Shock (Future Shock #1) by Elizabeth Briggs
Future Threat (Future Shock #2) by Elizabeth Briggs 
I think I signed up for these from one of Shelf Awareness's newsletters, but I'm not sure- but they arrived quickly and I hadn't expected them. These are both YA, but futuristic YA with time travel elements, and I hope I'll enjoy them as much as I like the covers. The third book in this series is being published April 1st of this year.

Leia inspecting the book mail- it met with her eventual approval

the-invisible-pile Additions:

None!

Currently Reading:


Expected publication: March 27th 2018
I'm hoping to read and review this before its publication, but who knows if I'll make it!

Finished These Books:



The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I'm feeling much more book-blogger-ish now that I've finally started reviewing books again, starting with this one, which was my second five star read of 2018 (and I've only read three books so far, so...).

In My Life:

Let's address the black hole in the room: Stephen Hawking. 

Stolen from Barnes & Noble's FB
When I first started having trouble walking (and as I began to mentally adjust to it) I looked for examples of people who kept going and loving life with their disabilities to model myself after. Stephen Hawking was one of those people- and as much as I hate to inspiration-ize him- looking at his life and how he kept pursuing his passions with significant disabilities? It helped me a lot, especially when his disabilities (physically, at least) were more limiting than my own. I will miss him.

In addition to Stephen Hawking's death, lately I've acquired another issue: eating.

My brain-shaped Irish Soda Bread
If you know very much about me, you'll know I'm a fan of food- specifically baked goods like bread and cake. For St. Patrick's Day I made myself a loaf of Irish Soda Bread and fully expected to enjoy it. Although it tasted good (really good, actually), I could barely swallow the small pieces that I was able to eat. Once my mom got home, I asked her if it was difficult for her to swallow. It wasn't.

I've actually had this problem for a while now (a while being since July, at least), but I've been putting off going to the doctor over it, because, well.... doctors and I have issues, for one. Secondly, even if I have had issues swallowing, it didn't seem to affect my weight (which I knew would be thrown in my face to discredit me). I've actually lost approximately 30+ pounds since October, so I suppose that theory is also out the window. 

I've finally decided it's to the point I need to re-see my doctor (which I hate doing) because people in my syrinx group have told me that there are no real home remedies for this sort of thing other than avoiding sticky/dry/dense foods, and it can get dangerous (you can get aspiration pneumonia). My least favorite pastime is visiting with my doctors or being tested for things by them because I also have lovely memories of spending most of my teen years waiting for a cure that never came. But still, as I regret to inform myself every time my symptoms worsen- doctors are my only hope for a semi-normal life, so I must see them sometime.


In other news, my new Kindle Fire cover matches my bathroom decor. I only found that out when I brought it in there for the first time. Ah, mint green, violet, and white make for a relaxing retreat.



Also, this pup:


...is ten human years old. She acts more like she's six human years old. For her birthday, she received a nice stuffed log with three little chipmunks. Leia promptly commandeered every chipmunk, and left her with the log. Luckily, Torrie is not one to complain, though she did begin dismantling the log.


If you were wondering what picture guest comments on my blog end up with, it's this one- Gustave DorĂ©'s Depiction of Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost c. 1866. That's not because I think my commenters are evil, but rather because this is the only Victorian-esque public domain image I had on my hands when I set up my Disqus. I am taking suggestions for any public domain image to use as a "guest commenter" image, and I will host a poll during my blogiversary month to see which one is favored. Since my blogiversary is in April, if you have a suggestion, please comment it below (public domain images only)!

Here are some more illustrations that I favor:


"The Raven" by John Tenniel, from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, in which I am the man standing at the window, and the commenter is the raven, disturbing my reverie.


"Geraint and Enid Ride Away" by Gustave DorĂ© from Idylls of the King by Tennyson, in which I am the Ent-ish tree in the background, clinging to the hill while the commenter rides away with their true love on a feisty-looking mount.

Have you gotten any book mail lately? Which images do you suggest for the guest commenter avatar?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic Prequel)" by Alice Hoffman

Disclaimer: I was given a free advance ecopy of this book via NetGalley from the publisher, Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. My opinion remains as forthright as ever.

Well, it's time to think back to all the things I loved about The Rules of Magic, because letting it sit without a review irks my perfectionism to no end, especially when the book was as powerful as this one is. It follows three siblings through their adolescence and into adulthood- choosing their own paths, while still trying to avoid the family curse.

I have read many of Alice Hoffman's books. This one, for me, was the best of the bunch- the only two that come close are Turtle Moon and The Dovekeepers. I think the reason this one is 5 stars while the others I mentioned only garnered 4.5 stars is because I read this one precisely when I needed it. My grandmother passed away last year on October 3rd, and I'd only begun to read this book a few weeks prior (and slowly, as I was trying to savor it). This book has themes of death, grief, and injustice that resonated with me as I side-stepped through my own familial dramas.

The Plot (As Seen on Goodreads):
'Find your magic
'For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
'Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
'From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.
'The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.'

What the future would be was yet to be discovered. As for the past, they already knew it too well.
            ~The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, 73% Kindle edition

Whether you love, hate, or feel some sort of apathy toward your family members, they shape the way you grow up, and The Rules of Magic explores that avenue. I developed an immediate like for Franny and Jet, and a disgust for Vincent, who does typical teen boy stuff (or at least, what some of the typical teen boys I knew did). All of them are a bit lost in the world, and they cope with it in different ways, but in the end I found myself relating more to Vincent than any of the female characters (which I consider quite the miracle due to my initial dislike of him). 

Another of my favorite parts of this book is the fact that all of the Owenses have their own distinct plotline- and yet I never got bored or disinterested, even when most of their behavior was predictable. There was something delightfully operatic about this book that kept me reading even though some of the themes felt a bit too painful for me to touch at the time. Ms. Hoffman brought tears to my eyes and made me smile, even when I didn't want to.

The Rules of Magic is the sort of book you need when you don't know what to do. It is not, by any means, a self-help book, but it helped me nonetheless. Sometimes fiction is a much easier medicine than nonfiction to share ideas and stories, and I feel that is the case with The Rules of Magic. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you want to read it or not. Too bad, it's now my favorite, and therefore will be ruthlessly mailed as a gift to acquaintances and friends near and far for all occasions. 



Rating: 5 of 5 Stars for an extraordinary novel that helped me navigate 2017!


Age Advisory: Ages 16+ for sexual content, drug use, violence, swearing, and themes of grief.


Page Count: 369 pages

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" by J.R.R. Tolkien

I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited for the first time this month because they were running a special (the first two months for $0.99) which I couldn't pass on, given Elizabeth Hunter's Irin Chronicles books are available on it. But then, I noticed The Hobbit was also available on it (a book I've always wanted to read) so I chose to read this one first.

I was a bit ambivalent about reading this book because though I love Tolkien, it was also my father's favorite (and he and I are not friends). Luckily, though, it seems the charm of Tolkien's writing and the audiobook narration (which was free with Kindle Unlimited) really helped overcome my negative feelings about this book. It's fairly hard for me to dislike any book, regardless of reason, if it's well written, and I will say the same of this one. The Hobbit is phenomenally composed and sweepingly atmospheric.

To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf's hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more.
              ~The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, page 21 of the Kindle edition

The Plot (As Seen on Goodreads):
'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
'Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.'

I always thought I was most like Eowyn or Galadriel in Tolkien's books, and while I may have some similarities in personality to those feisty women, I am also very like Beorn and Smaug. Beorn is a Skin-changer who can take the form of a black bear, has control over animals, and is surprisingly a vegetarian! I'm not a vegetarian, but I do have fairly good control over my trio of beasts, and I'm also less than enthused with guests like Beorn.

Smaug, on the other hand, is technically the villain of this book. To be honest, though, Tolkien paints him rather neutrally- Smaug is just being a dragon, and dragons kill people and animals and collect shiny things. I may not kill people, but I certainly keep to myself and I notice when my shiny things are touched and dislike it immensely. It was just a joy to read and hear the conversations between Smaug and Bilbo!

The Hobbit is an epic journey in one small, unassuming book. It's often hard to judge a book by its page count, but this one seems like it's longer than it is even though it's a short read (in a good way). If you've ever wanted to follow a wacky heist with a bevy of strange characters, this book may be for you.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars for a book that made me feel like a dragon again!


Age Advisory: Ages 12+ for violence, general reading comprehension, and tricksy hobbitses.


Page Count: 366 pages

Saturday, March 17, 2018

One Lovely Blog Award

A doe and her fawn I came upon while walking, circa Montana years

Thanks to Stephen (of Stephen Writes) for nominating me and tagging me! Although I still have more (older) tags to attend to, this is a nice short one that I could finish more quickly.


Rules


Thank the person who nominated you for the award;
Share seven facts about yourself;
Nominate 15 other bloggers and inform them.

Seven Bookish Facts About Me




  • Every "which literary character" are you quiz ends with me being Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games fame, even though she's not exactly my personality type (my personality type being INTJ). I think it's probably something to do with the fact that we had gritty childhoods and will do anything to survive, but I could be wrong.



  • Although I am obsessed with J.R.R. Tolkien, for years I had only read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yesterday I read The Hobbit and it was another of my 5 star reads of 2018!





  • I remember after reading and watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I decided I would write my own books. I was 12, so I've been a book writer for 13 years! Before that, I was a short story writer who wrote about unicorns living in a subterranean environment to get extra credit for 4th grade English class.



  • I would love to go to author signings, etc., but I'm afraid the crowds might freak me out. Of course, this year I went to the Killers concert and waited in line for an hour with a bunch of people, so maybe my fear is less relevant than it used to be.





  • If I could only choose one book to bring to a desert island with me, it would be the Bible. Basically, although I find parts of it grotesque (i.e. parts of the Old Testament) I really enjoy the variety of stories it offers- and it's technically one book.



  • Although I read a ton of romance, I'm a bit of a coldly logical person when it comes to romance IRL. Sometimes it makes me feel a bit like a robot/female Spock, but I don't believe most couples will be together forever and ever... but it's nice to read about that happening!




  • I haven't read any poetry since I was about 18ish until 2017, when I started to read Rupi Kaur's work. It's powerful!


My Nominees


Since rules are made to be bent, I am going to just leave this open to anyone who would like to tag themselves. If you tag yourself, feel free to drop a link to your tag in the comments!

Which books have inspired you? Have you gone to any author/bookish events?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fortnightly Update #41: Let's Try This Regularly Blogging Thing Again!


I may not be the most efficient blogger, but I feel like blogging (particularly about books) helps keep me on track with my goals and helps keep track of my health, so I'd better start again. Lately I've been on an ARC-acquiring binge because it gives me something to look forward to (even if the publication dates have begun passing me by on a few of them).

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

the-pile Additions:

Some to speak of, but I'm too shaky-handed to take decent pictures now.

the-invisible-pile Additions:


Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
An anonymous blogger is threatened with having their gender fluidity outed in this YA book- I just thought it was an interesting topic. Because of my past, I sometimes find YA books triggering, which is why I typically avoid them, but of course, not all YA books are that way for me.


Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue
I feel like if my aunt were alive, this would be something that she'd read. She was very neo-pagan-ish for a Catholic woman.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, & M.S. Handler
I have a movie about Malcolm X's life, but I think the autobio ought to be more fascinating. He was an incredibly complex man.


Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Both this book and Dear Martin are YA, which as I stated above, I typically avoid, but... the descriptions of these both made me want to read them. This is about a girl who allegedly killed a baby.


Dear Martin by Nic Stone
This YA also revolves around crime and justice, this one more involving the current state of affairs between the public and the police.


 Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie
The worst thing (by far) about being a book blogger is that if you see a book mentioned enough times (positively or negatively) and you're curious, you'll probably want to read it. This one is one of those for me- I've seen positive and negative reviews and I'm very curious about which end of the spectrum I'll end up on.

NetGalley:


School for Psychics (School for Psychics #1) by K.C. Archer
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018
I couldn't resist this one's description- and as a twenty-something, I must read books about my fellow twenty-somethings sometimes.


The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
Expected publication: May 29th 2018
This is supposedly lighter historical fiction with a romantic bent about the relationship between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark- I was intrigued, so I clicked Read Now.


Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Expected publication: July 17th 2018
I'm not into thrillers... but something about the description of this one hooked me. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

Currently Reading:


I am very slowly munching on this book, but I'm still loving it. It's a hard book to read, in some ways, because the magic system is intricate. I don't like to compare books (especially across age ranges), but it does remind me of Harry Potter.


Expected publication: March 27th 2018
I read the first in this series, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced #1), last year, but I haven't read the second yet. Although I skipped one in the series, it still makes sense to me, though if you plan on reading this series (which is fantasy/paranormal romance) I would recommend starting with the first one and reading sequentially.

Blogger Event:

From Here

In case you're looking for a challenge, Let's Book About It and That One Girl Who Reads are hosting a Lost-A-Thon in April from the Twitter account OurLostLibrary and from That One Girl Who Reads's blog. It looks like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure if I'll be up for the challenge.

P.S. If you have book blogger events that you'd like me to share, feel free to contact me to put them on my Fortnightly Updates. I try to share book blog posts, but sometimes fibro-fog is just a beast!

In My Life:

Pictures Taken From My Kindle (AKA not the best, but...)
I am tending to my minion army, which I started back in February. I was upset at George (the cat) because he decided that my schizanthus flowers I put in the back room were his to play with (or rather, destroy). I've started over with the schizanthus and also started tomato seedlings (which are more sensitive to frost). I'm hoping everything will turn out well.

Are any ARCs sparking your attention?


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