TBR Hopefuls (2021) Physicals

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“4 books read”
“4 books behind schedule”

That’s what Goodreads told me when I went on last night.

I’d been using the site for a brief glance at blurbs and genres, but have mostly stopped using Goodreads. Occasionally I’d drop a review down (when there was one), but it’d been a long time since I last sat and looked through the website. I knew I was behind because I’d been bogged down by work in the last few months, but 4 books is a lot of books for someone whose brain maxes out at 3 a month.

I figured, time to crank down and read. No time like the present time, right?

Tomorrow’s End

by G.R. Morris


The first book I wanted to get into is Tomorrow’s End, a giveaway book I’d won. I was in the middle of a sci-fi phase when I saw this book and was in a gods, angels, heroes, and prophesies craze so here’s to hoping to book satisfies that very specific itch of mine that even I can’t identify.

Blurb

Do you have free will?
He never asked to be a hero, but the universe didn’t give him a choice.

Kevin Knight never wanted to be the one to save the galaxy. But when tragedy upends his life and demonic forces steal his soul, the fate of time and space are sealed. Until a scaly, trench-coat-clad alien appears and gives him a glimpse into the true nature of all things.

Astounded, Kevin learns the world he knows is merely an illusion created by alien beings who control humanity’s every move. With an invasion imminent, he must defeat the blackness and perfect his powers before the bloody battle begins.

Which prophecy will Kevin fulfill… the one of darkness or the one of light? 

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande


A lovely gift from Jenny over at JENJENREVIEWS (thank you!) I rarely read nonfictions, but I came across this one when watching a documentary (also called “Being Mortal“) and I was drawn towards it because death is something I’ve always thought about and Atul’s documentary really spoke to me. I figured his book would too.

Blurb

In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Dome City Blues

by Jeff Edwards


This book has been sitting in my shelf forever. It’s another giveaway book that I received and then lost during a major move (to another city). It popped up (again during another move this time even further away). I’ve already read the first few pages and it’s looking like a pretty good read so far. Too bad, when I come across a highly anticipated read, I tend to leave it for last because I want to be extra cozy and prepared to read it. I can’t be the only one who does this right???

Blurb

For fans of William Gibson, Phillip K. Dick, and Jak Koke…

Los Angeles: 2063

David Stalin was one of the best detectives in the business, running head-to-head with data-jackers, organ thieves, and the tech-enhanced gangs who ruled the shadowy streets of Los Angeles. He could do no wrong, until what seemed like an easy case got out of control, and left his wife dead among the abandoned ruins of old LA.

After four years of self-imposed retirement, David suddenly finds himself back on the job, struggling to unravel a crime far worse than murder. This time, he’s not the hunter. As he’s about to discover, the past isn’t finished with him yet.

John Sandford

I’ve slowly started to collect physical Sandford books alongside my Kindle ones. Deadline, Shadow Prey, and Ocean Prey are my latest purchases (separately) for this series while Buried Prey has been there forever. Since I already read both the Prey and Virgil Flowers series out of order, it’s all good with me (though I intend to reread everything in order in the future). I’m hoping to pick a month this year just for these books.

Despite being one of my favorite authors, I still have a good ton of his books I have yet to read because I keep treating them as my “in between treats” or my go-to books if I was truly in a major slump. Sandford is like…my emergency having-a-good-time ration 😂

Blurb: Deadline

It’s Virgil Flowers! And this is one of the thrilling novels in the #1 “New York Times” bestselling series.

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to a personnel issue. “Issue” is the correct word. It’s also an understatement. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is unanimous, five to zero in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter!

Blurb: Buried Prey

A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they’ve been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.

In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls’ disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn’t just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

Blurb: Shadow Prey

The #1 New York Times bestselling series. Lucas Davenport goes on a city-to-city search for a bizarre ritualistic killer.

A slumlord and a welfare supervisor butchered in Minneapolis . . . a rising political star executed in Manhattan . . . an influential judge taken in Oklahoma City . . . All the homicides have the same grisly method — the victim’s throat is slashed with an Indian ceremonial knife – and in every case the twisted trail leads back through the Minnesota Native American community to an embodiment of primal evil known as Shadow Love. Once unleashed, Shadow Love’s need to kill cannot be checked, even by those who think they control him. Soon he will be stalking Lucas Davenport — and the woman he loves…

Never get involved with a cop: Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has been warning women for years, but now he finds himself on dangerous ground with a policewoman named Lily Rothenburg, on assignment from New York to help investigate the murders. Both have previous commitments, but neither can stop, and as their affair grows more intense, so too does the mayhem surrounding them, until the combined passion and violence threaten to spin out of control and engulf them both. Together, Lucas and Lily must stalk the drugged-out, desperate world of the city’s meanest streets to flush out Shadow Love — not knowing they are now the objects of his deadliest desires….

Blurb: Ocean Prey

An off-duty Coast Guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behavior from a nearby boat. It’s a snazzy craft, slick and outfitted with extra horsepower, and is zipping along until it slows to pick up a surfaced diver . . . a diver who was apparently alone, without his own boat, in the middle of the ocean. None of it makes sense unless there’s something hinky going on, and his hunch is proved right when all three Guardsmen who come out to investigate are shot and killed.

They’re federal officers killed on the job, which means the case is the FBI’s turf. When the FBI’s investigation stalls out, they call in Lucas Davenport. And when his case turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers.

Books Of My Childhood

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I was tossing and turning last night wondering why I couldn’t sleep (probably the dozens of tea and coffee cups I’d been sipping on all day) when Corduroy’s picture flashed into my head for all of 2 whole milliseconds before disappearing. I then laid there, at a vampiric 2am, pondering about all the books that made my childhood an amazing one.

Here’s a fun fact; I was in ESL for nearly 2 years as a kid. English isn’t my first language and I was having a hard time keeping up in class. I’m sure we read plenty of things in ESL class, but it was cute little Corduroy, a teddy that’s come to life, having a grand adventure as he looks for his lost button, that stuck with me the most.

And as a dedication to Children’s Book Week; today’s post will be about some of the books and series that I loved dearly as a kid.

Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne never failed to take me to the grandest of adventures. Putting a literal meaning to when books transport you to other worlds, we followed siblings, Jack and Annie, as they’re whisked back into different parts of history. These books were amongst some of my favorite childhood chapter books! Coming in much earlier than when I started the American Diaries, the Magic Tree House series was probably my first taste of historical fiction.

Dear Dumb Diaries

I spent a good chunk of my childhood reading fictional diaries and amongst them was Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton. The diaries follow the daily life of Jamie Kelly through her middle school days talking about middle school problems, her family, her dog, Stinker. The illustrations were always hilarious and never failed to bring a smile to my face.

Geronimo Stilton

There were a few books off this list I had to dig out my memory cavern (and some I even had to poke my brother for) but if there were any books that always came straight to our minds it’d be Geronimo Stilton.

You want the perfect way to engage an audience? Do you want a way to represent the words of a page without focusing it all into a a single drawing (which were all wonderful too)? How about making your words dance? Make those clip art dreams come true?

One of my absolute favorite series of all time as a kid, this fun and very colorful book was known for bringing its text to life. Fast action verbs were italicized to look like it was zipping across the page. The word “cheese” was yellow and cheesy, the sentence about stairs would climb the paragraph! Geronimo holds a very special place in my heart and even to this day, I wouldn’t mind grabbing a copy just to read it all over!

Corduroy

A children’s picture book by Don Freeman, Corduroy is my most vivid memory of my childhood. It tells the tale of a teddy bear who wanders a department store after closing hours in search of his lost overall button. The end is very heartwarming and the whole book just exudes happy and safe vibes. If there was anything to start up my English book life…it’d be this book. I have so much love for this book and for Corduroy ❤

My Favorite Childhood Horror Duo: Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I hated scary stories as a kid and I still hate them now, but like anything bad for you, I somehow kept gravitating back to them. While I no longer read much horror, these two books were the thing when it came to scary stuff for kids (the latter is a bit questionable). Everyone knew about Goosebumps. My imagination was vivid enough, and it did not help when Goosebumps because a show. It was just the right mix of absurdity to give you…well…goosebumps! But, alas (and thankfully) it wasn’t enough to give me lasting nightmares.

The Scary Stories collection, on the other hand! Oof! It wouldn’t have been half as scary if it was not for the illustrations, but even without them the books and the shorts were terrifying enough. I mean have you see the horse?!? Look at that cover! It’s like Eldritch horror when I didn’t even know that was a thing! (Apparently it ended up getting banned in school libraries?)

Did I always get scared and drop them like hot potatoes? Yes

Did I always get this undying urge to pick them back up again? Also Yes.

Did I get nightmares? Oh definitely yes.

Do I still love them to pieces? A more quieter “Yes”

Will I ever pick them back up? No thanks. Goosebumps, maybe. Scary Stories? I’d like to keep my sanity thank you.

Amelia’s Notebooks Series

All of the other books were books I’d pick up whenever I happened upon them in the library. If I saw them, I’d most likely walked out with them. There was only one series that I actively hunted down (other than Geronimo) and that was the Amelia’s Notebooks series. I loved the illustrations. It was special even amongst other diary typed series and most of the time it was always hardcover so it REALLY felt like I picked someone’s notebook off the ground (or in this case, a shelf). The books always felt way too short and was one of the few that I would constantly reread because I just couldn’t find new ones.

Dear America Diaries

One of my favorite series as a kid is the Dear America Diaries (as well as the spin off series The Royal Diaries). Learning history through the eyes of these fictional journals never made learning more easier. I devoured these and loved most if not all of the books because learning didn’t feel like learning. I especially loved the end sections that had pictures to accompany the books.

A Little Princess

One of the few books that I reread from cover to cover over and over (and even more so than the Amelia books) was “A Little Princess” a classics book. It follows the story of Sara Crewe during her stay at a boarding school. When her beloved papa passes unexpectedly she uses her imagination to carry through the tough times under the cruel headmistress. I’m not sure why I was SO drawn to this book besides how much I loved the ending and how little Sara always was so graceful no matter what happens.

A beautiful story that’s won my heart and is one of my most treasured reads of all time.

Honorable Mentions for Fun Childhood Reads…Ahhh the Nostagia!

November 2020 TBR Hopefuls

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After an entire year of not being able to find a house, we finally managed to get lucky. Moved and mostly unpacked now, I get to rejoice at being able to kick back and relax with a cup of tea and a good book. It’s a small little something that I’ve been looking forward to for a while seeing as the months leading up to the house closing had been pretty rough.

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Ahhh. The book that broke my self-imposed book ban. An omnibus that comprises of the first three books in the series, I’m hoping that I can at least tackle the first book in November. Funny enough, I’ve actually read this book before, on my kindle (not realizing I had purchased the omnibus Kindle version rather than the first book alone). I had reached the end of the first book, completely lost and having no idea what the heck I just read, but proud that I made it to the end of the book at all only to look at my table of contents and seeing that I was only a third of the way in 😂.

Seeing that I have the time now, I’m going to re-tackle book one and hopefully a re-read will help me understand the book as from the little bits of what I did understand, I actually really enjoyed. After watching a couple of review videos on this book, I think I’m ready again. This is the book that I’m most interested in reading out of the three I have lined up for November.

Goodreads Summary:

Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead.
Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more…
This omnibus edition comprises The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose―the first three novels in Glen Cook’s bestselling fantasy series.

Mordecai’s Ashes by Arlana Crane

Now if you’ve read my September “Stay At Home” Book Tag post, you’d know that this book has already appeared once in the “What Are You Currently Reading” questions section. I had initially started this book, rotating with a few other books only to inevitably drop every single one of them because things got hectic.

Cover from Goodreads. Link to the book’s GR page >HERE<

Evidently, it seems that books I tend to look forward to more, I have a harder time picking up and starting them. I think that it’s the expectation of the book being very good that intimidates me. I want a perfectly hot cup of coffee and the perfectly fluffed pillow beneath my head first before I can enjoy this book. A review request book, this is one of the few books that I have backlogged that I really need to start on reading and get a review out for. I’m loving the cover art!

Amazon Summary:

Karl Larsson is an out of work roughneck, home from the oil fields of Alberta and back on the coast for the first time in years. His wife has left him and his future looks bleak. Becoming a detective is the last thing on his mind, but when Karl learns that he has inherited his estranged grandfather’s agency he decides to take a chance.

River Queens: Saucy Boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson

Another book that I’m looking forward to is another backlogged review book, “River Queens: Saucy Boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America” by Alexander Watson. 2020 is truly the year that I’m branching out into different genres, huh? I hardly ever read nonfictions and this would be my second nonfiction this year.

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Cover from Goodreads. Link to book’s GR >HERE<

Goodreads Summary: Two men and a spotted dog restore a vintage Chris-Craft motor yacht and launch across the American Heartland from Texas to Ohio. The restoration, the people they met along the way, and life in an America which few know exists are the story of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America.

First Line Friday

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Happy Friday! (It’s finally Friday *sob*)

This long week is nearly over!
I’ve been a bit sparse with posting on social media and on my blog lately (work and life) but I figured I could at least drop in to throw up a quick post to celebrate the upcoming weekend!

For First Line Fridays, all you have to do to participate is to grab a book, find the first line/sentence, and share it with others! Remember to put up the titles and authors so others can find the books too!

For this week’s First Line Friday, we are taking a peek at Red Hail by Jamie Killen! Take a look at the book’s GR page >HERE<

Anza stood at the window and watched her father’s truck bump down the driveway.

Goodreads Summary:

Professor Colin Ayres has spent years researching the strange story of Galina, Arizona, a sleepy border town ripped apart by violence and paranoia after the outbreak of a mysterious illness in 1960. Colin is certain the Galina Incident was simply a case of mass hysteria. But when his partner, Alonzo, starts exhibiting strange symptoms, Colin is shocked to realize they are the same as those that emerged in Galina decades ago.

As Alonzo’s condition worsens, Colin scrambles to piece together what really happened during that terrible summer in the past. He uncovers a story of murder, corruption, and fanaticism. The deeper he digs, the more he becomes convinced that what happened in Galina wasn’t mass hysteria after all.

When others start to develop the same eerie symptoms, Colin must confront the possibility that someone—or something—is driving the plague. Guided by rumors of a person who found a way to stop the plague in the sixties, Colin races to find answers before the disease destroys Alonzo and everyone else it touches.

That’s all for this Friday! I hope you have a lovely weekend with lots of books to keep you company (>*v*)>📘

Stay At Home Book Tag

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I spent 9 years (almost 10) in Buffalo before moving back to the city I grew up in. Now I’m closer than ever to (half) of my family and I can’t even visit many of them. 2020 has been a long and hard year, but I don’t think anyone needs me to say that 😣. As an office worker, I was able to work from home for a couple months, having since returned to the office back in June. It was during the lockdown that I was able to start Cozy with Books and read more than I ever had in a year!

Thank you so much to Nikki for tagging me! Go check out her awesome blog and post too!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you!
  • Answer all the questions (listed below).
  • Pingback to the creator (Ellyn @Allonsythornraxx).
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag (listed at the end of this post).

What are you currently reading?

I wanted to put The Eye of the World here because I’ve been trying to get past the first few chapters since I started the book maybe 1-2 months ago (ahhaha), but at this point, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve given up and it’ll get read when it…gets read…

My current reads now for now is a mix between new books, older books (rereads), and an MS (a request). The current read I’m most excited to get through would be Storm Front, the next book up in the Virgil Flowers series and honestly, with the libraries opening back up, I was just excited to have an excuse to go to the library again. Virgil Flowers is my excuse to everything.

The New Books:
Mordecai’s Ashes by Arlana Crane
The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse
Storm Front by John Sandford

The Rereads:
Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
Prisoner by Megan Derr

What is your favorite “can’t leave the house” activity?

Besides the very obvious reading 😉? I enjoy playing video games on my switch (shoutouts to Dragon’s Dogma and Coffee Talk, I love you both!). I also enjoy making a cup of tea, forgetting that I made the cup of tea (for hours), and then sipping the now cold tea……while doing nothing but scrolling through my phone. Hey! Twittering is an activity, right??

What is a book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

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I have been meaning to start Gardens of the Moon by Steve Erikson since forever and ever ago. I have the Kindle copy and it just sits there. I picked this book up back when I was simply looking for a fantasy book, not knowing how big, complicated, and popular it was. To me, it was just scrolling through GR and landing on a cool looking fantasy. I have heard it’s complicated and complex to read and I’m just…intimidated by it. I’m sure I’m just overthinking it and all I really need to do is “just do it,” but I’ve been stalling…uh for uh…years.

What is an intimidating book on your TBR?

Well…oop! Gardens of the Moon would’ve fit this question perfectly, huh? Good thing I’m scared of multiple books on my TBR 😂

My next most intimidating book would probably be The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. It would be my first introduction to Sanderson and I’ll be ready to read it…someday. Honestly, it’s a tome and the only thing stopping me isn’t the fear of a large book…but the lack of a comfortable reading position for I have no proper desk, couch, or even a sofa where I currently live.

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What are the three top-priority books on your TBR?

Of course, things like review request books or Netgalley reads are obviously the books I ought to be tackling first… however, outside of that, these are the top three books I want to get started on right away!

The Thousand Names by Wexler, Django
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft (this was the top recommended book when I had asked for a read similar to Bloodborne, the game.)

Recommend a short book!

I couldn’t find a book shorter than 300 pages on my list of books (that I liked enough to recommend) so I’m going to have to throw out a graphic novel instead. Having watched the anime first and then jumping into the manga, I recommend reading Blood Blockage Battlefront by the creator of Trigun, Yasuhiro Nightow. It’s been a long time since I last read a manga and I throughly enjoyed the book and anime. If you want a quick summary, a portal has opened up between the netherworlds and earth. Taking place in New York City, humans now have to learn to coexist with the demons, monsters, and the otherworldly creatures that have crossed over.

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Recommend a long book!

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child is my first introduction to Child and his Jack Reacher series. Nabbed off the “Free! Take me!” cart at my college’s library, it was just a random cool looking book. Plus. Free. Duh.

This book was fast paced and exciting and I really need to dig it out and reread it. I loved it from the first page to the last and was the book to kick start my years worth of reading slumps. Between this and Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, it is also one of the books responsible for me falling in love with my favorite genre: mystery thrillers.

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What do you plan on reading next?

As I’ve never really finished a series before (not even a trilogy!) I look forward to completing my first: The Shattered Sigil Trilogy. I’ve read the first two books with me flying through the first book. The second book was a little harder to get through, but it was still a pretty good read! Now I look forward to reading the last book: The Labyrinth of Flame by Courtney Schafer.

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Currently Reading: Reaper Drone Strike

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My next book up is a book I received from Goodreads Giveaway:

Reaper: Drone Strike by Nicholas Irving with A.J. Tata. I’m a little nervous because I’m going to, off the bat, assume it’s going to have a lot of military slang/terms that I won’t understand and I’ll probably end up glued to Google half the time. However, I noticed another reviewer had mentioned the same thing and said that what jargon there is is usually explained to the reader, so I’m not too too worried.

The spine of the book says the book is on sale May 2020 and Goodreads states it’s to be released May 12th, 2020, but Amazon has it as “This title will be released on July 21, 2020.” Which ever the case, I’ll try my best to finish and review this book before the May 12th date.

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Book Name: Reaper: Drone Strike
Series: The Reapers Book: # 3
Author: Nicholas Irving with A.J. Tata
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Book Type: Physical > Paperback > ARC
Pages: 354
Genre: Fiction, War
Start Date: 05.04.2020
End Date: 05.16.2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite Series (Including Trilogies)

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First and foremost…I still have yet to finish a whole series of anything. This includes books, tv shows & movies, and video games. I have not even finished the bare minimum of a series; trilogies or even books with a single sequel! But for those I’ve read multiple books to a series of, here are a few that are amongst my favorites! Especially useful after extinguishing the last of books I have on hand. Whenever I’m stuck on my next read, I simply pick up the next book in a series and roll with it. Sometimes, these books are the rewards to myself for finishing a book I almost DNF’ed.

Dark of the Moon (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 1) by [John Sandford]

The Virgil Flowers Series
By: John Sandford
Latest Book in Series: Book # 12 [Bloody Genius]

My favorite series is the Virgil Flowers Series.

This series follows the protagonist, Virgil Flowers, otherwise known as “That Fucking Flowers.” He is an agent for the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) of Minnesota. Thrice divorced and not willing to make himself a fool a fourth time, Virgil has a penchant for sleeping around with the ladies while on cases; sometimes with the local female deputies, sometimes even with key witnesses or potential suspects! Described as a medium-tall man with gray eyes and blond hair too long for a cop’s, he could pass as a surfer and is often seen with his t-shirts featuring indie rock bands, rather than a suit. He never carries his arms with him unless he finds it absolutely necessary. He’s an outdoors man who likes to tow his boat with him, even when on duty. Virgil has a side gig writing and photographing for outdoor magazines. He works under Lucas Davenport, who is the protagonist of John Sandford’s main series.

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The Riyria Chronicles and The Riyria Revelations Series
By: Michael J. Sullivan
(The Riyria Chronicles consists of 5 books, 5th not yet published and Revelations consisting of 6 books published in 3 volumes).

My first high fantasy series! I can’t even recall exactly where I got my first book, only that I fell in love with the book’s two protagonists: the warrior turned mercenary, Hadrian, and his partner in action, Royce. It didn’t occur to me that there were two related series (I always just referred to them as the Riyria series) and ended up all over the place reading a book from Chronicles, then moving to a random book in Revelations, and then back to a Chronicles book, etc. My first book was Volume 1, “Theft of Swords”, which contained both “The Crown Conspiracy” and “Avempartha” where we have Hadrian and Royce pair up to steal a sword owned by Count Pickering, only to find the dead body of the King and subsequently framed for his murder. The dynamic between Hadrian and Royce fit so well together, despite their opposing personalities; Hadrian, who has a strong moral sense and Royce, a professional thief and the orphan who grew up in poverty. Truthfully, I need to return to this series that I keep throwing out to people (I’ve successfully reeled in 1 new reader so far), because I, myself, have forgotten a lot of the content.

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The Shattered Sigil Series
By: Courtney Schafer
Triology

Ah, my first triology and the closest I have ever gotten to finishing a series. Having read books 1 and 2, I just need that one last spark of motivation so I can finish this one off and officially say that I have finished something, yeah?

This trilogy follows the adventures of main characters Kiran and Dev, as well Cara, who becomes more and more important later into the triology. Dev is a charms smuggler with the perfect cover job as an outrider, a guide who helps scout out better and safer routes through the treacherous Whitefire Mountains for merchants and their caravans. An expert climber, Dev’s new smuggling assignment, this time around, is quite different than his previous simple smuggling of charms. This time, he needs to smuggle a person, Kiran. Kiran is on the run from his master, one of the most powerful mages out there, a bloodmage. He will do whatever it takes to get away and take refuge in Alathia, where his master’s magic can’t reach him. However, the way there…is long, hard, and full of dangers.

Curiously enough, Dev’s chapters are always written in first person, while Kiran’s are written in third person. The first two books were fantastic and fast paced. I got through book 1 in a few days, though book two dragged a little bit more (for me). There isn’t much traditional “fantasy” in this other than the lore and laws of the world. There is Ninavel, the country where magic is quite common and then Alathia, the country where magic is mostly prohibited and outlawed. No orcs and elves here…but expect a lot of climbing techniques, terminology, and imagery. The author knows her stuff when it comes to climbing!

Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War): Lawrence, Mark ...

The Red Queen’s War Series
By : Mark Lawrence
Trilogy

Another exciting trilogy, this one follows the adventures of Prince Jalan and the Norse Warrior, Snorri. I’ve only read the first book and the first few chapters almost had me DNF this book only for it to pick up pace towards the middle. I ended up absolutely loving this book and the characters, especially Jalan. A drinker, gambler, and seducer of women with extraordinary…luck? (I wouldn’t quite call it luck honestly).

Prince Jalan is one of the sparse few people who can see the Silent Sister. When he manages to just barely make it out alive from a death trap created by the Silent Sister, his life is, very literally, intertwined with the warrior, Snorri. Snorri fights for revenge, for vengeance, and he travels so that he can rescue his wife, taken from their home after their village is pillaged and Snorri (and the other warriors) left for dead. Jalan is the biggest coward on the face of [that] earth with such surprising luck in which each time he runs away from a situation, it always somehow makes it look like he’s a hero. I don’t understand it. It’s just hilarious. He’s known to go berserk and blank out when he desperately needs it. For others, these bursts of power indeed makes him look like he’s the almighty warrior and not Snorri. But Jalen doesn’t know that, he just remembers blanking out and thinking Snorri did all the work :’)

One last remark, Mark’s writing is fantastic. The pace is smooth and written in an easily digestible way. Jalen is a smart-ass and the words are crafted perfectly. It’s humorous, fun to read, and flows very nicely.

And that’s four! There were a few other series that I loved based off a few books, but I just don’t know enough about them or their characters to fully judge. I mentioned how Sandford is my favorite author and his other series, the Prey series (Otherwise known as the Davenport series) is also one I like, but I’ve only read the first book and currently reading a second book and haven’t made a proper judgement yet. So here below are my honorable mentions:

Amazon.com: Rules of Prey (The Prey Series Book 1) eBook: Sandford ...

The Prey Series
By: John Sandford
Lucas Davenport is an agent of the BCA. He’s pretty up there in ranks and is Virgil Flower’s boss.

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy (1)): McClellan, Brian ...

The Powder Mage Triology
By: Brian Mcclellan
When steampunk meets fantasy!

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The Gentleman Bastard Series
By: Scott Lynch
Elite con artists of a tight-knit group. I cried during the first book.

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The Legends of the First Empire Series
By: Michael J. Sullivan
A separate series by Michael Sullivan following the adventures of Raith.

Postmortem (1) (Kay Scarpetta): Patricia Cornwell: 9781439148129 ...

The Kay Scarpetta Series
By: Patricia Cornwell
The series starts off with Dr. Kay Scarpetta being the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia.

34419392. sy475

The Montague & Strong Case Files Series
By: Orlando A. Sanchez
When the detective world meets the paranormal.

Amazon.com: Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) (9780515153651): Child ...

The Jack Reacher Series
By: Lee Child
A crime thriller series following Jack Reacher who roams the US taking on odd jobs and investigating suspicious incidents. Carries nothing on his person besides what can fit in his pockets. He hates suitcases.

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