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December 2016 Book Pick-Ups

December 2016 Pick-UpsThe Deliberate Reader

Christmas is always a great time for new books. Most of the year I get books through Kindle deals, and thrift stores. But December is a time where I can count on getting a few new physical books. The last couple of years this means coloring books too. Although, it’s a big fad now and every publisher is trying to get one out for all their IP’s, I never gave up on coloring and have enjoyed it as a hobby since I was a child.

For Kindle:

The Destroyer
Why I got it: I’m on the author’s email list and he said the book was being offered for free so I thought I would check it out. Sounds like it has a lot of graphic sex in it though, and I may decide to abandon it, because that’s not really something I like in books.

The Missing
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for the month. Which I now regret because most of the reviews are bad, and a mystery without a likable lead is not my cup of tea.

Ocean’s Justice: The Little Mermaid Retold
Why I got it: The Little Mermaid retold sounds awesome, and it was free.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: The follow-up to Ocean’s Justice, it was also free. I found out about both through the author’s newsletter.

eARCs:

Mirain
Why I got it: This sentence “The princess drags her unwilling guards to investigate the reports of monsters in the far off corners of the realm.” That and it’s from Ravenswood Publishing and I have really enjoyed the experience of being part of their reviewer team.

Queen of Chaos
Why I got it: The 3rd book in the Forth Element Series. I read books 1 and 2 earlier in the year (read my review), and was offered the third as an ARC. I can’t wait to finish this exciting series.

ARC:

A Morning with Grandpa
Why I got it: I won it in the November batch of Early Reviewers books from LibraryThing.com. It’s a children’s book from a publisher that specializes in multicultural books for children. I haven’t had a chance to look it over, but it sounds interesting.

Book Fair:

I bought several of these book as gifts.
I bought several of these book as gifts.

A Bad Kitty Christmas
Why I got it: We love Bad Kitty, maybe a little too much. But well the book fair was right before Christmas, so we had to get it. Right?

Avatar The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One
Why I got it: We also love Avatar, and I enjoy a graphic novel from time to time. But seriously if you haven’t watched Avatar the Last Airbender you are missing out.

 

Coloring Books:

Serenity Adult Coloring Book
Why I got it: A gift from my sister. 🙂 Was the only Firefly themed gift I got this year, despite having the card game and Yatzee on my wishlist.

Dot-to-Dot for Grown-Ups
Why I got it: A gift from my mother-in-law. While Dot-to-Dots aren’t really my thing this was it pretty interesting.

Misc:

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Just a couple of the Shakespearean Insults.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: I love Heart and Brain, and my husband knows what I love, so he got it for me as a Christmas Present.

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Why I got it: Actually this was a present for my husband, but he’s doesn’t really enjoy Shakespeare the way I do.

The Wise Man’s Fear
Why I got it: Because I needed it… I have been waiting to read this book for an eternity, and finally just decided to buy it for myself.

2017 Inspire Daily Desktop Calendar
Why I got it: My MIL gave it to us for Christmas.

Review: The Last Treasure of Ancient England

The Last Treasure of Ancient England by MJ Colewood
Pages: 412
Date Finished: Dec 8, 2016

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  • I received this book free from the author

Synopsis:

It is 1066 and in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings the lifeless corpse of King Harold has been looted. The disappearance of a particular item enrages Duke William, and only one of his knights knows its whereabouts. In his remaining years this knight has to make a decision: will he ever share his secret, or take the greatest enigma in English history to the grave? Centuries later, when Chester Bentley arrives at his new Devonshire boarding school, he is unprepared for the mystery it conceals. The discovery of an age-old riddle lures him and his new friends into a quest to uncover the secrets safeguarded by the stately manor house. Hidden somewhere in the county is an extraordinary treasure and the school holds the puzzling key to its surprising location. But something is lurking in the dark, shadowing them each time they venture out from their dormitory at night, and a ghostly legend puts fear into the bravest of pupils. In their last year at the remote school time is running out; so can they succeed where others have failed, and even died, in a chilling hunt to reveal the last treasure of ancient England?

Review:

You’ve probably heard a book claim to be the next so-and-so. You know the next Narnia, or new Lord of the Rings, or next Nancy Drew. Well I often dismiss those claims. Especially since I’ve been let down so many times because the comparision didn’t live up. However, I will dare to make a comparission here… This Chester Bentley Mystery is the closest I’ve come to reading something that captures, as an adult, the feelings I had when reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a child.

There is a real sense of wonder, mystery and discovery as you read this book. I felt like I was going on the adventure with Bentely, Montague, Iona, Zara and Q. The pace is much slower than a traditional mystery, yet there is a palpable sense of urgency building through out the book.

The book has three separate story lines that all take part in different times. I was really impressed with the one following the Norman invasion of 1066. I have read multiple books about this time period and never had a Norman character that was as compelling as Richard. Usually the Normans are all cast as bad guys with a serious case of blood lust, and there are those characters too, but Richard is not like them. It was nice to see a character that was three dimensional, and thoughtful.

The only problem I had with the book is what I call the “Harry Potter Effect,” where the book basically praises and reward children for breaking the rules. In fact, if they didn’t repeatedly break the rules the mystery would never have been solved. Add to that, the fact that some of the adults are bumbling and clueless and others are out to get the children, and you have a bad mix. This is just one of my pet peeves. I want to see books set a better example and for writers to find more creative ways to move the plot ahead.

Bottom Line:

A really good book that mixes a historical fiction of the Norman invasion with a mystery at a boarding school. The mystery had plenty of surprises (in fact I had not guessed which “particular item” it was that disappeared,) the characters were warm and likable, and the pace well thought out. I hope to read more of Bentley’s adventures in the future.

Purchase:
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Review: Elemental Secrets

Pages: ES368

Date Finished: Aug 20, 2016

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Synopsis:

Valerie Moore was a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for over-analyzing).

With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.

But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.

SECRETS are revealed…

…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…

But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…

Review:

This story is 8 parts high school drama and 2 parts super natural. The high school drama is that of a Navy brat who is living with her Aunt while on her dad is deployed. She trying to fit in as the new kid at the high school, although she’s not too new because she was with this same group of students for 8th grade during another of her dads deployments.

It has the typical love triangle with the new girl having to choose between the hot, loud mouth, popular jock and the quiet guy she just can’t get out of her mind. The drama part is only made interesting because you are kept guessing at the motivation of a couple of the characters.

Soon you find out that there are two factions in the town and that Valerie has accidentally gotten caught between the two.

As she discovers more about what is really going on in the town the action finally begins to ramp up, but the transitions between scenes begin to fall apart. There are times when things have happened in one scene which should be game changers, but have NO bearing or impact on the next one. For example she gets shot, twice, and the next day goes out to breakfast and then to school. Seriously, it was like nothing happened. Like you would expect getting shot to be a major event in her character arc, but the day afterward it has had no effect on her.

It’s really on the transitions that the story lost me. It felt like it could have been a good read, but that it wasn’t tied together well enough.

Bottom Line:

I have had so many mixed feelings about this book that it’s taken me a long time to post this review. It has some compelling elements but jumps around too much and some of the transitions between settings are so jolting they take you out of the story. I wanted to like this book. I hope that it will see a cleaned up second edition.

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Review: Rags and Ruins

by Bob Dixon
Pages: 292
Date Finished: Sept 9, 2016

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Synopsis:

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Review:

Rags and Ruins is a fantasy story that takes so much of what we think we know about fantasy tropes and turns them on their heads, in the best way possible.

Hargo, is a good-hearted, hard working goblin. Calin is a loving, protective mother goblin. Ladin is a fun loving, adventurous gargoyle. With the Man in the House to keep watch on him and the landfill where they and other “creatures of darkness” live. Rags is really lucky to have them all in his life. A boy never had it so good from so many “bad characters.”

The main story line is about a prophecy that Rags and a twin brother are destined to fulfill one day. Of course, as happens with most fantasy stories there is a magical council working behind the scenes to make sure that the “child of darkness” has as little training as possible and that the “child of light” as much as possible. Their plan is to stack the odds so that come the day of fulfillment evil will be easily overcome. But they are wrong… wrong about Rags, wrong about his brother, wrong about the true meaning of darkness and light, and wrong about themselves. (Telling you this is not a spoiler, you’ll see this coming from a mile away.)

Luckily Hargo and Calin have seen the truth of things and Rags’ love of music is no accident.

This isn’t rooting for the bad guys the way some dark fantasy and urban books have you rooting for the vampire with a soul, or the brooding bad guy. Rags and Ruins has a deep message about stereotypes but brings it out with a light touch.

Bob Dixon can weave a tale. Rags and Ruins is a masterpiece, a must read for fantasy fans.

Bottom Line:

I loved it! From the first page to the last, I thought this book was adorable and the characters truly likable. It’s hard for me to imagine that in 2016 I will like another book more than I liked Rags and Ruins. I think I have found my book of the year.

Purchase:
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Review: Blood of the Prophet

bloodprophetThe Midnight Sea and The Blood of the Prophet 
by Kat Ross
Pages: 326 and 337
Date Finished:  Aug 24, 2016 and Sep 04, 2016

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  • I received this book free from the Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest option.

Synopsis:

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

Review:

I loved both of these books. Because I read them back-to-back so I’m going to review them as one here.

The Forth Element Series is a great example of a fantasy series that uses existing mythology to build its fantasy world, but does it in a really exciting new way. I don’t believe I’ve read another fantasy book set in the ancient empire of Persia, using some of the mythology of the area and weaving in the origins of Zoroastrianism. The setting alone is something to love!

I recently read the Greek play The Persians, and that perhaps was the perfect build up for a fantasy story set in the same empire. (Although the author does make note that the story is not an alternative history, it just borrows heavily from history.)

The stories center on Nazafareen, the The Midnight Sea starts out being a fish-out-of-water story about her leaving her nomadic tribe and coming to live in the palace of a Satrap while learning how to be a Water Dog (a warrior bonded to a deava, a being who can control the 3 elements of water, air and earth.) Each Water Dog is able through their bond to control the deava, so that they only use their powers when needed to fight demon called the Druj.

When the old deava’s break out of their prison Nazafareen, her bonded Darius, and their squad are sent after them turning the story into a fantasy quest that continues into Blood of the Prohpet. Things are not as they seem however and as the world around her begins to unravel Nazafereen experiences betrayal, love, loss, and finds in herself an inner magic she never imagined.

Between the two books there are lots of twists and turns and mysteries that lead into deeper mysteries as the lies that held the empire together unravel and enemies close in on every side.

Bottom Line:

It’s EPIC! I can’t wait to see what the next book brings. I love the rich and exotic world and characters. I am very excited to learn more about Bactra and the origins of the daevas. If you want a great original epic fantasy read pick up The Forth Element Series.

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July/Aug 2016 Book Pick-ups

July/Aug Pick-UpsThe Deliberate ReaderSo July was busy, with a trip to New Mexico for a music department reunion, but it pale in comparison to August which was plain crazy. We had some family stuff that came up and took about 90% of my time and energy. That situation is still unfolding, so if I don’t blog as often as I had previously it’s because we are still working out a changing family situation. Buuuut on the up side I did end up with a lot of great kids books in the last couple of month.

For Kindle:

Rage
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for July. The picking haven’t really been up my alley for a while, but I guess if I need a mystery I have one more waiting on my Kindle.

Black Rain
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for August. August was frankly a blur and I don’t remember why I picked this.

ARC:

Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingMy husband likes watching astronomy videos on YouTube and is always trying to get Little Bug interested in space. While dinosaurs and ocean life are still her favorites she has been more interested in planets lately, and this dictionary looked very cool.

Prince Noah and the School Pirates
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingI got this book to add to the summer reading for little Bug. It’s a little long for her, but it’s possible that now that she’s a 1st-Grader her tolerance for longer books will probably get better. (And it’s not really the length so much as it is the amount of words on each page vs. the action/interest of the pictures on the page.)

eArc:

Elemental Secrets
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Oct 20th for Elemental Secrets.

The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1)
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Sept 21st for the two Forth Elements books. **Review SPOILER: I LOVED THEM!

Misc:

Flutterby Fly
Why I got it: Thrift store Serendepity book will be a yes every time. I love the Stephen Cosgrove, Robin James combination. These books are brilliant!

Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water
Why I got it: The author/illustrator of this book was at the Oregon State Fair. The Little Bug likes everything ocean themed so I picked this one up for her. (Signed Copy)

Sixteen Cows
Why I got it: The author/illustrator above also illustrated this book, a very cute cowboy/cowgirl story in light rhyme. (Signed Copy)

Curious George Around Town (6 Volume Set)
Why I got it: This set was deeply discounted for Amazon Prime day, It ended up being a little over $1/book. We love Curious George and didn’t have any of the books in this set so WIN!

Apples Grow on a Tree (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow)
Why I got it: Amazon’s big Prime day sale include 20% off of one book. This series is absolutely excellent and I’ve been trying to collect all of the books, but since they are a little expensive I used the sale as an excuse to get one. If you have kids and want to teach them how their food grows get this series!

Top Ten Tuesday #13 BONUS

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.toptentuesday

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher.

This week topic was so good I had to come back to it. And reading all the other posts really was creativity fuel. So here is a bonus top ten back to school list.

Top Ten Book That Were Required Reading…

  1. The Odyssey – Because of a fluke I didn’t get the senior reading list until 2 weeks before the school year started. So I ended up having to read the Odyssey in 2 weeks because there was going to be a test on it the first day of senior AP English!
  2. The Heart of Darkness – I fully admit to being a fan of Joseph Conrad and the Heart of Darkness was only the tip of the iceberg. Due to the same fluke that caused me to get my reading list late I ended up taking 2 senior English classes and we covered this book in both.
  3. Hamlet – I ❤️ Hamlet. I’m so glad that we had to study this in high school. And I’m so glad that the Kenneth Branagh movie adaptation came out about the same time because it added another layer of depth to the my learning. (I also read Romeo and Juliette, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and Macbeth in high school.)
  4. The Canterbury Tales – Okay so we didn’t read the whole things, just the prologue, the Knights Tale and the Wife’s Tale. But more importantly we had to memorize the first 14 lines in Old English which has served me well to this day as I often quote it to give kids a taste of Old English when I do classroom visits as Queen Anne.
  5. A Tale of Two Cities – The opening page of this book blew me away. The character and setting in the book are both really rich and real. It got me interested in a part of history I had never considered before.
  6. The Joy Luck Club – I have always had an interest in China but probably would have never picked up an Amy Tan novel if not for it being on our reading list. I am not always a fan of contemporary literature or chick-lit, but I really enjoyed this book and have read a couple of her other books as an adult.
  7. Medea – Enter a lifetime love of Greek plays in 5,4,3,2,1. While the Odyssey is great it doesn’t have the same feel of plays like Medea, Electra or Prometheus Bound (my personal favorite.) One thing you learn in these plays is that Greek women probably invented revenge, and if they didn’t invent it they perfected it. DO NOT CROSS a Greek Woman.
  8. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Okay not really a book, but thanks to reading EBB during a poetry unit in high school I found my favorite poet. Also as I studied her for a college project I found out that her first published work was a translation of Prometheus Bound which is how I came to read what has become my favorite Greek Play.
  9. Sign of the Beaver / Hatchet – Going back to Middle School on these two. Again a these stories opened up my world to new genres to read. I thought that adventure books like these were probably just for boys (although I had already read the Hardy Boys books.) However I got a real interest in the YA survival adventure genre after reading these (and Island of the Blue Dolphins.)
  10. The Forgotten Door – Also going back to Middle School. I vividly remember this book. It’s strange that it was a school book because it’s kind of a mystery, sci-fi, fantasy story. But I enjoyed the book and it obviously made a mark.

Book Blitz: The Lost Eye of the Serpent

The Lost Eyes of the Serpent
by Jeremy Phillips
(The Rose Delacroix Files, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 8th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

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Welcome to my first book blitz (and to my newest book blog emoticon… “Meet A New Book.” He joins his brothers from my book rating scale.) I only recently joined Xpresso Book tours, and this is the first book that stood out enough for me to request to be a part of the Blitz.

The book has several things I enjoy, a Victoria setting, a retelling of a classic (with a twist- Sherlock Holmes is a women) and a good heroine.

It’s also interesting how book trends work because this month I had also put in for a First to Read copy of A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas. It seems like to the season for feminine Sherlock Holmes retellings.

Charlotte Holmes takes us on an adventure under the assumed name, Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

It may sound crazy, but Jonathan Delacroix is certain his sister Rose really is Sherlock Holmes…

Girls are not detectives. But in the summer of 1893, in the small western town of Hope Springs, Rose Delacroix is bound and determined to prove them all wrong. When the famous Emerald Serpent Jewels are stolen from the Delacroix family hotel and the blame lands solely on her older brother Bill, Rose recruits Jonathan as her Watson-like counterpart to solve the case.

Proving your brother innocent is difficult when the evidence keeps stacking up against him…

Before Rose and Jonathan can properly start their investigation, another robbery is committed. The rusty revolver purported to have once belonged to Wild Bill Hickok has been stolen from the general store and found hidden amongst her brother’s belongings. With Bill in jail, and the owner of the Serpent Jewels planning to sue the Delacroix hotel, Rose knows she has to find a lead, and soon.

A witness comes forward claiming they saw Bill steal the jewels, but Rose isn’t about to be bullied into ignoring the facts…

Rose and Jonathan must put their sleuthing skills to the test or witness their family fall to ruin due to…

…the lost eye of the serpent.

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Bottom Line: 

I don’t know yet. The book sounds great, but since this is a promo blitz without a review copy I’m going to have to wait to find out how good it is. But for now it’s goes onto the TBR list.

Find out more about the author Jeremy Phillips.
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Top Ten Tuesday #12

I STILL Haven't Read Yet...toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf (Or TBR) From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet…

Well seeing as how I started tracking and reviewing the books I read on MySpace in 2006, and then moving them to each new system… the “before I started blogging” clause is going to be ignored. 10 years is a looong time and I haven’t kept close track of my TBR shelf that whole time. So this list is just going to be of books I’ve had on the TBR for several years, one’s I’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t managed to read yet.

I am participating in the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. I encourage you to take a look at that post. And maybe this will kick start me towards digging a little deeper into the TBR.

Top Ten Books I STILL Haven’t Read Yet…

In no particular order…

  1. The Borrowers – I remember the TV show from when I was a kid, so we picked up a couple of the books years ago at a thrift shop. I really have no excuse for not reading this book, except for I’m not sure where it’s at. I know we have it, but it escaped from the YA TBR shelf.
  2. The Kitchen Gods WifeI really enjoy Amy Tan, but somehow this book sunk to the bottom of the pile and has stayed there. One of those ones I know I’ll enjoy if I ever get around to it.
  3. Casino Royale (And the rest of the James Bond series) – My sister bought these for me, one at a time over a couple of years (of course she read each one, before sending them to me.) I feel bad because she sent me the WHOLE series and I’ve read one of them. 🙁
  4. The Forth Turning – I talk about this book ALL the time. If you ever mention anything about generations to me, I will bring up this book. It was a cornerstone of the curriculum when I did a church internship. But we only had excerpts. I keep telling myself I’ll read the whole thing one of these days. It’s really an important book and has a ton of good stuff in it. Maybe I should go get it off the shelf now…
  5. The Wizard of Oz – Yes, it’s true, I have not read the Wizard of Oz. And it’s been sitting on my shelf for a least 5 years. The only excuse I have is the other 200 or so books overflowing the TBR shelves.
  6. City of Illusions / Left Hand of Darkness – This time I actually have an excuse. I got these books before reading EarthSea, and well they have stayed on the shelf because EarthSea kinda ruined me on Le Guin (even though Lathe of Heaven was super fantastic and I still think about it every now and them.) I know that these are important sci-fi books that many TV shows, etc have been inspired by. I keep them around hoping I’ll feel like picking them up one day.
  7. Childhood’s End – Another important sci-fi classic that I just haven’t gotten around to. I think this one suffers from the same sort of fate that the Le Guin books do and that’s that I felt burned after reading the Rama series (my advice read Rendezvous with Rama, it’s a sure fire classic, and none of the rest.) I know the end of the series wasn’t written by Clarke, but still the let down of the Rama series was immense.
  8. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – Another sci-fi classic that’s been on the back burner because of a different piece by the author. My husband and I both read The Long Dark Afternoon of Earth, and thought it was fantastic. So we sought out other Aldiss books. I wish I had read this before his short story collection, Super Toys Last All Summer Long (which the movie A.I. is based off of.) Unfortunately other than the title story the books is a bunch of veganism propaganda, which makes me afraid to read a book he wrote about 4 million years of man kinds future.
  9. A Princess of Mars – After reading Burroughs lesser known Venus series I meant to read the Mars Series, I actually loaded them all up on my kindle (it’s kind enough to remind me) in April, 2012. Until I was looking through my lists today, I had forgotten I had them. Oops! 😜
  10. King Solomon’s Mines – Let’s say ditto for this one, put it on the Kindle and then forgot about it. This despite the fact that my sister is a fan of H Rider Haggard I haven’t read any of his books.

 

June 2016 Book Pick-Ups

June Book Pick-Ups

The Deliberate ReaderSo many books… June has been a crazy month for book pick-ups. From A christianbook.com sale, to a ton of Kindle pick-ups, to my father-in-laws estate, we were just getting books right and left this month.

For Kindle:

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure: A Christian Historical and Inspirational Romance of World War Two
Why I got it: I don’t actually remember getting this book, but since it’s in my Amazon history… I’m guessing free from BookBub?

Journey’s End (Gilded Promises)
Why I got it: This month Kindle First choice. I haven’t really been into the Kindle First choices the last few months. I use to be, if not excited, at least mildly interested, but not these last few months.

Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons Book 1)
Why I got it: Someone suggested this author to me, and this is the first book in his dragon series. So got to begin at the very beginning, right?

Firefly Island
Why I got it: Same author as above, but not the same series. A stand alone fantasy book that sounded really good.

The Dragon Chronicles
Why I got it: A free collection of fantasy novels about dragons.

Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure
Why I got it: Another free collection, this time of sci-fi stories.

LEGENDS: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery
Why I got it: And yet another free collection, do you see a trend here?

Spirit Legacy
Why I got it: This was free from BookBub and sounded really good. Again a book where dreams play an important role, plus it’s a coming of age story, two wins for me.

Call of the Herald
Why I got it: I’ve got to stop opening up BookBub emails. My TBR list is already overflowing, but I can’t seem to resist a free fantasy story, especially if its a coming of age one. And when the description says, “Catrin unknowingly triggers powerful, ancient, magic and fulfills a prophecy that says she will destroy entire nations.” Well that sealed it now I really want to read it.

ARC:

Called to Community
Why I got it: It was actually the tagline that made me request this book, “The Life Jesus Wants for His People.” This is something that has been on my mind, so I’m interested to see what the authors, it’s a collection of essays, have to say about it.

eArc:

Rags and Ruins
Why I got it: I recently joined the early reviewer team at Ravenswood Publishing and they ASKED me what I’d like to review next! What an awesome opportunity! I choose Rags and Ruins because it seems to be a fun twist on an old story. A fantasy story where the main character seems to be a human child raised as a goblin. Look for a review coming soon.

Coloring Book:

Creative Haven Peacock Designs Coloring Book
Why I got it: My husband is a great guy and when we saw this at the mall, he suggested we buy it. Because he knows how much I enjoy both coloring and peacocks. 🙂

Estate:

Classic Young Adult Titles

As with the pick-up from my grandparents there are too many books to list here, so I’ll just give you a few highlights. (Plus all of the classic young adult books pictured above.)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Why I got it: My husband picked this one out, but we are both interesting in Lewis and Clark (it’s an Oregon thing.)

The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea 1914
Why I got it: A 1914 adventure books for boys. This one has obviously seen some use. And I believe this is the sequel to the Last of the Mohicans.

All Dressed Down and Nowhere to Go
Why I got it: One word: Dilbert.

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic
Why I got it: My husband is the one who bought this for his dad. They both shared a lot of mathematics.

Cosmos
Why I got it: Carl Sagan’s classic is one we didn’t have yet.

Mysteries of the ancient world
Why I got it: A Nat Geo book that looks pretty interesting.

IMG_634575 Scrambles In Oregon: The Best Non-technical ascents
Why I got it: My father-in-law will most be remembered for his love of hiking.

Super Bowl XI Program Guide
Why I got it: My father-in-law went to this super bowl. And although we were in hope that his ticket would be inside(it wasn’t) it’s still a neat piece of family history.

Taekwondo Tigers Series:

ATA Tiger-books

Why I got it: Little Bug has been taking Taekwondo class since last July. Recently our school has launch a new program for the Tigers class (4 to 6 year olds.) This new program includes a cast of characters for the different belt ranks. And each character has their own book. Score for bookworms! (Note: We are still waiting on the last book Baron to come in.)

Kindergarten Readers:

Kinder Readers

Schools out for the summer! And guess what the newly minted 1st Grader came home with? A stack of books from school. They were getting rid of some of the old practice and phonics readers (most are 8-10 pages long) and like a good little bookworm little bug brought home a stack including: old Five Little Ducks, Whose Baby?, Dune Bug, Look, Mom, No Words! , In a Dark, Dark Wood, White Rabbit’s Color Book…

Christianbook.com Sale

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals)
Why I got it: I’ve heard good things about this Christian dystopian series and the prices was ridiculously low.

Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge
Why I got it: I thought this would be a series that my mom, my grandmother and I could share and enjoy. However the book is HUGE! So big I can’t imagine my 90 year-old grandmother holding it to read. Even looking at it I am imaging getting carpel tunnel from trying to read the thing. But I enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick, and the book was only $1.99 so it’s waiting for me on the TBR shelf.

Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam, Landon Snow & The Island Of Arcanum, Landon Snow & The Volucer Dragon, Landon Snow & The Auctor’s Kingdom
Why I got it: They were .99 cents each and I am always on the look out for the next Cooper Kids adventure series to share with my nephew.

The Bernstein Bears God Bless Our Country
Why I got it: For Little Bug because, #1 she has discovered the Bernstein Bears books this year and loves them, and #2 because we have been talking about the 4th of July and what it means.

The Bernstein Bears’ Harvest Festival
Why I got it: Again I got it for Little Bug because she has totally fallen in love with the Bear of Bear Country this year.

Curious George Time for School
Why I got it: This book is really cool, the has a fold out practice clock that you use as you read the book. Makes teaching time extra fun and it’s practical.

Misc:

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t)
Why I got it: Staples had this book in the back of the store and marked down to $1.97 because the paper cover was torn.

Before You Go: A Daily Devotional
Why I got it: I am working on writing a e- booklet for my client Forever Changed International and their missions trips. (Ok so it’s been on my to-do list for 6 months, but I still plan to get to it sometime.) My business partner, Bradley suggested this book to help me get the creative juice flowing.

The Ghost Bride
Why I got it: We’ve recently re-opened the Carnegie Library for Saturday hours, so to help promote our newly expanded hours the Library Foundation had a booth at the nearby Farmers Market where they gave away old ARCs from the Library. This was the one I picked.