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It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme has had various host over the years and I’ve loved checking in with their different blogs – the newest host is Kathryn and The Book Date. I’m looking forward to following her and participating in this meme again 😉

It’s kind of weird to think that we are already halfway through the first month of the year. Winter has finally decided to make a pseudo-appearance in the DC area – we had a little bit of snow yesterday (not enough for it to really stick) and its ass-biting cold, so i’m curled up on the couch with some blankets, one of the dogs curled at my feet (no idea where the other one is) and the new season of Hell’s Kitchen going on the TV (I love me some Gordon Ramsey). I have to say that this has probably been the slowest start to reading that I have ever had in a year – its the 18th of the month and I’ve only read 10 books (and that includes 2 audiobooks). I know that seems high for some people, but i’m normally rapidly approaching the 20 book mark by this point of the year. That being said, this past week has been a slight improvement over the first week in the year with several books finished (being sick has def. made it easier to relax and read, rather than doing a million other things in the evenings).

Last Week
dangerous womenMy big success of the week (if you want to call it that) was that I finished my designated “first book of the year.” The book, Dangerous Women, is a short story collection from a bunch of popular authors, all with the theme of dangerous women. Overall, the stories were ok, there were a couple that I really enjoyed, like Diana Gabaldon’s story Virgins (about Jamie and Ian pre-Outlander); as well as Jim Butcher’s installment (part of the Dresden Files series) and Lev Grossman’s. And unfortunately, with any anthology there were ones i just didn’t enjoy, specifically for me, it was George R. R. Martin’s – I’m probably one of the few people who hasn’t read his Game of Thrones series (although I have the entire collection on my kindle), but based on my lack of enjoyment for his short story, I’m honestly in no rush to pick it up.

Goodnight tweetheartThe theme of my reading with several books I finished this week was “left wanting more” – 2 of the books that I finished in the last couple of days (Shimmy for Me and Goodnight Tweetheart), I wanted them to be longer. The romances between the hero/heroine felt too short and not well developed; or in the other case, the story was progressing nicely and then it just ended and I was like WTH…so that was kind of frustrating for me. I know that at least one of the books is a popular book among my friends and for some a DIK (aka a Desert Island Keeper), but for me, it was a mere 3 stars – although it was 4 stars up until the very end when I felt the ending just killed the rest of the story.

Before I GoBut on the other side, I had a couple of strong/enjoyable reads this week, specifically, Before I Go and About a Dragon. Before I Go (Colleen Oakley) is the story of a woman in her late 20’s diagnosed with terminal cancer and her goal to find her husband, someone else before she died. I alternatly cried and laughed during her exploits. I’m looking forward to writing my review of it in the near future. About a Dragon is the second book in G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series – this series is one where I had book 1 loitering on Mt TBR for several years before I actually read it at the end of last year and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

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Currently/Upcoming Reading
when it comes to reading this weekend, I’m like the little engine that could, just chugging along – I’ve been alternating reading, watching TV and the mandatory weekend errands (laundry, grocery shopping etc). But I’ve made good progress and am enjoying the books that I have going right now. I’ve gone back to an old favorite, who I haven’t read in a few years (Sandra Brown), as well as a couple of authors that I discovered in the past year (Pam Jenoff and Marina Adair). Here’s to a great reading week!

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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

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First Book of the Year

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This is the second year that I have participated in Book Journey’s feature, First Book of the Year. The goal is simple – tell us (us being all the bloggers out in the world) what your first book of the new year is going to be. It could be a book you have already started, or one that you are holding off reading until the clock says 2016. its totally up to you.

Last year when I participating, I was really excited about the book I had chosen, unfortunately, I took it out of the library too soon and had to return it before i finished reading it, because for the first time in like forever, a non-new release, had holds on it (this happens maybe like once a year!). So I didn’t actually get my first book of 2015, officially finished until like October, when I remembered to re-borrow it from the library.

This year, I am going to do better, because both the book (and audiobook) that I have picked as my first book to read (or listen to), are both slotted into a challenge that only runs for the first 2 months of the new year. I ended up picking 2 books, a book book and an audiobook because my commute is really long right now and I find myself listening to as many books as I have been reading.

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My first two books for 2016 (modeled so lovely by my black German Shepherd, Marie – although I still can’t believe I got her to sit still long enough to take the photo) are Dangerous Woman, an anthology edited by G.R.R. Martin and containing short stories by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series); Joe Abercrombie; and Sherrilyn Kenyon, along with many more. I’m looking forward to this one because even though it is a tome (the print version comes in at around 800pgs), short stories tend to be quick and easy reads that I can do it fits and starts (since that tends to be how my reading mojo is going right now). My first audiobook of the year is Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai – I picked this one because it meets several different challenges that I am doing in 2016, including reading more diverse authors.

Here’s hoping 2016 starts with a bang!

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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in General

 

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Dishing with Dee….Outlander

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I’ve been a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series for years – i think my mom originally handed me book 1 when I was about 15 (her version was called Cross-stitch, rather than the more common Outlander) and I devoured it. Thus launching an obsession with the series. When it was announced nearly two years ago that Starz was going to be making it into a TV show, I was excited as the next person. I mean, I had reservations – would the person they picked for Jamie live up to my imagine (thankfully, yes he does); how will they handle key scenes (like the spanking one). I sought out online facebook groups of fans dedicated to the show and participated frequently…

Then, something unintended happened…I found myself losing interest. i love the show and the work that Ron Moore and his crew are doing, the cast is brilliant and yet, I find myself not wanting to sit down and watch the episodes as they air; leaving them sometimes for weeks upon end before I end up watching. Here is my confession, I didn’t watch episode 8 (which originally aired in December) until right before the second half of the season started back in April. It’s not that the books have spoiled me, but as I started thinking, I think its been my interaction with the other fans. Yes, I know, some of you are probably saying, don’t let other’s enjoyment/dislike ruin your experience, but even if i try to avoid it, it has a profound effect.

Take for example, and I didn’t know this, but for the second half of the season Starz has opted to make the new episode available on demand prior to air time – at like 2am the night before. That is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but personally, the thought of getting up at that ungodly time of morning to watch and episode, in an effort to avoid being potentially spoiled is just distastful to me. I will say that for the most part people are careful about spoilers when they do watch the early release version, but its hard to avoid them completely, unless (as I was advised), I stay off Facebook and out of Outlander groups…that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth – I can understand avoiding after the show has aired officially, but for an early showing…not so much

As of right now, I haven’t even started to watch the second half of the season – which is now in the 5th episode and rapidly approaching the end of the book…hopefully, I can once again find enjoyment in the series, but I’m worried I won’t…

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Dishing with Dee

 

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Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have first-book-series syndrome. Where you read the first book (or first couple) of a series, really like it then forget about it completely because there are so many new and shiny books out there (otherwise known as bight-shiny-new or BSN disease).

That’s why Cassi from Galavanting Girl and I teamed up to do a series challenge, the Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up. And you are more than welcome to join us! Just pick which series you want to catch up on, make a goal and post how you’re doing once a month.

Create a list of series you want to complete during 2014. Share it on your blog, then join us the first Saturday of the month as we share about our successes (or failures) in this series finishing adventure.

My series (and this was much harder than I thought, I have at least 20 in progress):
1. Rizzoli and Isles – Tess Gerritsen (Book 10)
2. Temperance Brennan – Kathy Reichs (Books 13, 14, 15, 16)
3. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (Book 8 – to be released in June)
4. Kari Vaara – James Thompson (Books 3 and 4)
5. Unwind – Neal Schusterman (Book 3 and 4 – book 4 due out in October)
6. Night Huntress – Jeanine Frost (Books 5, 6 and 7)
7. Chicagoland Vampires – Chloe Neill (Book 9)
8. Whiskey Creek – Brenda Novak (Book 6)
9. Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Marr (Book 3)
10. The Agency – Y.S. Lee (Book 2, 3, and 4 – book 4 due out in June)
11. Highland Pleasures – Jennifer Ashley (Books 5 and 6)
12. Barefoot Bay – Roxanne St Claire (Book 4)
13. Fast Track – Erin McCarthy (Book 7)
14. Dark Swan – Richelle Mead (Book 3 and 4)
15. Club Shadowlands – Cherise Sinclair (Books 7 and 8)
16. In Death – J.D. Robb (Books 19 and 20 – ok, so not really getting caught up, but attempting making a dent…and I have the entire series waiting for me, so who knows)

That gives me a grand total of 29 books that I’m aiming for in 2014.

What about you?

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Reading Events, Reading Plans

 

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