This Week in Reading

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[08.17.2020] >> Busy Weekends, Reading Slumps, and New August TBR Addition

I’ve been reading “The Milan Job” in pieces throughout last week and managed to get through 50% of the book just by occasionally glancing at my phone [on a mobi reading app] throughout the day at work. It feels like nothing major MAJOR has happened just yet so I’m intrigued on what the remaining 50% has in stock for me. So far, I’m impressed and I have quite a lot of thoughts on the book already, but more on that for the actual review. I had saved this weekend to finish up the book, but things got extra busy on my end for both Saturday and Sunday…I think I need a break from my break 😂

WoT has been on the back-burner for a couple of weeks now…I hate that it’s giving me the slumps because I was just so excited to get into this series. I’ve seen this book mentioned on countless forums, booktweets, and on booktube as one of the “must reads” of fantasy. When I got the notification that it was ready for pick up at the Amazon Locker, I jumped up and rushed out to grab it. I don’t hate the book in any way and I’m actually adoring the writing style so I can’t figure out why I’m so…stuck…
The formatting (mass market paperback) might be a contributing factor to why I’m having such a hard time with “The Eye of the World” or maybe it’s because I’ve been simply too busy to read a physical book, but whatever the case…I’m hoping to get the train rolling again soon.

Lastly, I have a new addition to my August TBR list, “The Existence of Amy” by Lana Grace Riva! The author had reached out to me, via email, a little while back to see if I was interested in reviewing the book (I said yes) and the book arrived about a week ago. I’m so excited to read it. WoT has been my only physical book since Reaper: Drone Strike back in May (…wow!) and being a Mass Market Paperback…the font is so small and crammed together that when I opened up “The Existence of Amy” my first impression was “Wow I love the font” :’). I’ll make a separate reading update post about the book once I get started on it.

Any hoots…I am getting restless and pumped to read again so I’m hoping this upcoming and brand new week is the one to break me out of reading slump jail!

Toodles my sleepy peeps…keep cozy and keep sipping tea.
Remember to stay hydrated!

Current Reads [07.28.20]

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*Chugs enough caffeine to overdose on*
*Inhales*
HAPPY MONDAY!
*Exhales*

Usually on Fridays, I treat myself to a little drink (either Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Bubble Tea) as a “Good job for surviving your hectic work week” but the last few Fridays had involved lots of rain and I rather not trudge out into chilly mushy wetness just to grab an iced drink when I’m already cold and drenched enough. Today during break, I finally returned victorious with a medium cup of Vietnamese Iced Coffee ready to deal with more work.

I’ve been thinking about this drink all weekend and I’ve never been more excited for Monday to roll around than today. Thanks coffee.

July Reading Goals: 3 books
Current Count: 2 books read, 2 books in current reads

I had the perfect plan at the beginning of the month; I would read two smaller books (200-300 pages each) and have the remaining days in July to get through WoT. I picked up and finished the 2 smaller books (“An Invisible Client” and “The Family Journal”) and indeed had plenty of time to tackle the first book of The Wheel of Time, “The Eye of the World.” I can power through contemporary fiction (and mystery thrillers) in days but when it comes down to epic fantasies, it always takes me almost a month (sometimes more!) because I just want to enjoy and slowly let the tour bus and guide cruise me through the worlds; “And here, to your left, you will see the colors worn by the men of this village, but only during festivals! To your right, you will see lots of braid tugging ladies and in some places, braided hair means you’re of marriageable age.” I had gotten through the first half of my plan and I was perfectly on track until my train derailed down a small canyon and currently awaiting the SOS of an air rescue team.

So I picked up a 4th book off of Netgalley (because that’s the logical thing to do when behind on reading). Don’t get me wrong, WoT has been amazing so far. It’s engaging and I’m capable of following the events; I’m not feeling lost like I do with some fantasy books that just drop you in the middle of nowhere with just a granola bar of information to keep you company. In just the first few chapters I can see why there’s a lot of love to the series, but the book I had nabbed off Amazon was the mass market paperback copy; ~800 pages of small print squeezed into a 4.2 x 7.5 inches book; it was a brick…and bricks don’t fit into my work purse. No WoT during breaks for me (which is the most mentally active point of my day as I tend to leave work pretty tired) :[

Most likely WoT#1 won’t be making it into my July wrap up. But hey! No rush! I’m liking the book too much (so far) to rush through it only to hate myself for rushing through a book and barely knowing what happened. If I don’t meet my July goals, so be it! No need to turn a hobby into another piece of anxiety inducing deadline, right?

My latest/new current reads is:

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Cover from Goodreads

Book Name: The Adventures of an Air Force Medic
Series: [Standalone] Book # N/A
Author: Dave Ives
Book Type: Ebook > Doc (Netgalley)
Obtained: Netgalley > Read Now
Pages: ~416
Genre: Fiction > Historical Fiction, Romance
Start Date: 07.22.2020
End Date: 07.31.2020

I went on NG to look for a book that could serve as a more portable way to get my reading done; to hopefully meet my July reading goals. I would have something fun to do during the hour on break and then I would have another fun little something to look forward to when I get home! Nothing was sparking my interest until I hit this one and I think it was the title that drew me in and then the cover that solidified my decision. I was expecting a quick and easy read (200-300 pages), not realizing it’s a 400+ page book, but so far I’m adoring it! It’s written in a very easy to digest way without fancy words or overcomplicated plots. The writing is humorous and I’ve had a good few laughs already, so I’ll be looking forward to the rest of it soon.

Currently Reading [07.05.2020]

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I was ordering something from Amazon a few days ago and finally decided to try out this Amazon Prime thing that the site kept nagging me about. Lo and behold it comes with reading benefits, though different than the Kindle Unlimited that I also see all over the site.

I ended up with two new books on my Kindle (one of which included audio which I didn’t realize until I fired up my phone Kindle app). With the book mail that I received a few days ago, this month I have three TBR/Currently Reading books and I hope that I could complete at least one of them during today’s long car ride. Seeing as I easily get “see-sick” the audio book should come quite in handy!

The Family Journal

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Book Cover from Goodreads.

Book Name: The Family Journal
Series: [Standalone] Book N/A
Author: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle
Obtained: Purchased
Pages: 296
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary
Start Date: 07.02.2020
End Date: 07.08.2020

I didn’t realize that this was a romance when I first picked it up. All I got from the summary was how fed up a newly divorced single mother is with her teenage kids and that she needed to move back to her childhood home where she can spend more quality time with her children, hoping to improve their behavior. Somewhere between “aww family bonding” and Lily (the mother) finding an old family journal, I managed to miss the line, “The house comes with Mack Cooper, high school teacher and handsome longtime renter.” It has been a long time since I’ve read a romance as it’s my least favorite genre [of all time]. However, so far, it’s not so bad so far. I’m hoping to enjoy the book as the blurb sounded interesting enough and it’s pretty short read.

An Invisible Client

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Book Cover from Goodreads.

Book Name: An Invisible Client
Series: [Standalone] Book # N/A
Author: Victor Methos
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle (Comes with audio)
Obtained: Purchased
Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Legal Thriller
Start Date: 07.02.2020
End Date: 07.12.2020

I was scrolling through the Amazon “Read Now for Free” list that came with Amazon Prime (called Prime Reading) and came across this one before I even saw “The Family Journal.” It sounded interesting enough and I can’t recall ever having read any legal thrillers before (though I have watched legal dramas before namely “Suits”). Being even shorter than “The Family Journal,” I’m hoping this will be a fun and quick read. The biggest surprise, though, was that when I went to open the Kindle book, there was an audio option. I’ll be listening to this on the road during today’s car trip.

The Eye of the World

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Book Cover from Goodreads
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Most of the Mass Market Books I’ve seen had the [left] cover, but mine came having the Kindle edition [light blue above] cover art instead

Book Name: The Eye of the World
Series: The Wheel of Time Book # 1
Author: Robert Jordan
Publisher: TOR Books
Book Type: Physical > Paperback > Mass Market
Obtained: Purchased
Pages: 814
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy > Epic Fantasy, Fantasy > High Fantasy
Start Date: 07.04.2020
End Date: Currently Reading

I spent the better part of the last week deciding on what book I should get more as my first book mail [in a long time]. I was on a book mail self-ban because I couldn’t stand having to move all those books when we move houses…but…I really really missed having book mail…

The decision was between “The Thousand Names,” “The Way of Kings,” or “The Eye of The World.” I spent 90% of the time flipping between the two series latter series and ended up with “The Eye of the World.” I heard so much about this book, have passed it in bookstores several times, and have yet to actually pick it up. The deciding factor to try it out came after I finished writing my Tacticians Inspired TBR post a little while back and now…it’s arrived. It’s here. In my hands. It’s so cute…like a little blue brick :’) Out of the three, I’m most excited to dig into this one.

Currently Reading [06.10.2020]

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Mad River: Virgil Flowers Series

Book Name: Mad River
Series: Virgil Flowers Book # 6
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle
Obtained: Amazon
Pages: 418
Genre: Fiction > Mystery > Crime, Thriller
Start Date: 06.03.2020
End Date: 06.28.2020

Continuing on with the Virgil Flowers Series, my next VF book is book 6: Mad River! I believe there are now 12 books in the Virgil Flowers series and sitting on the 6th book, I’m getting nervous. I am slowly running out of books in my favorite series. Sure, it’s still ongoing (to my knowledge), but once I’m current and on book 12, it’ll be a waiting game to get my hands on the next book. It’ll be like waiting on the next manga chapter update but even longer (Demon Slayer is oooveerr *sob*)!

I didn’t pick this book up for any special reason other than continuing on in the series. There never needs to be any sort of excuse for me to pick up a VF book. Sometimes, picking up a Virgil book is even a treat for finishing up books I don’t want to finish! In fact, if I run out of books and can’t figure out my next read it’s my default series to go to. Virgil has yet to fail me in the 6 books I’ve read so far (I’ve read 1-5 & 11) so I’m expecting another great read up ahead!

Sorry I Missed You

Book Name: Sorry I Missed You
Series: Standalone Book # N/A
Author: Suzy Krause
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle (Doc) > ARC
Obtained: Netgalley > Read Now
Pages: 330
Genre: Fiction > Womens Fiction > Chick Lit, Contemporary
Start Date: 06.04.2020
End Date: 06.25.2020

My next book is a read I picked up from Netgalley. This time, I was simply scrolling and hoping to come across a good random read. My last womens fiction left a fantastic impression after I finally broke out of my usual tiny list of favorite genres. I wanted to give this genre another go and eventually landed myself with this book, “Sorry I Missed You.”

Three women move into a rental home and they all have something in common, they have all been ghosted by someone important to them: Sunna’s best friend, Mauve’s fiancé, and Mackenzie’s sister. All up and disappeared without an explanation.

I honestly thought this was a mystery at first but the cover was orange, colorful, and cute and it was listed as a quirky and humorous book. I don’t know…when descriptions read “gone with no explanation” I immediately get a “missing person” vibes. But since it’s supposed to be humorous (with a side of ghost too!), I guess I can breath a sigh of relief that its not as scary as I make it out to be. Who knows. I just can’t wait to dig in.

Currently Reading: The Day She Came Back by Amanda Prowse [ARC]

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Book Name: The Day She Came Back
Series: Standalone Book #: N/A
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Expected Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle (Doc) > ARC
Obtained: “Read Now” on Netgalley
Pages: 306
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction [?? Maybe?]
Start Date: 05.20.2020
End Date: 05.31.2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Second ARC since starting this blog! My first Netgalley read! I kept hearing about Netgalley on IG and Book Twitter and while I had a general glimpse of what the site was about, I didn’t really know know (ya know?). So after pondering for a while, I finally made myself a Netgalley account. After almost an hour of technical difficulties (where I didn’t read how Netgalley books were apparently DOC files and not Kindle files & I couldn’t figure out why it successfully downloaded to my Kindle phone app but not on my Kindle Fire…oops?) here we are. With a current Feedback Ratio of 0% I figured a “Read Now” would be more suitable (and slowly build my way up).

The most attractive thing about this book were the reviews, genre, and the cover. The summary was about a women named Victoria, whose lived with her gram her whole life, after losing her mother to overdose. She never got to even know her mother. When her gram passes, while attending her funeral, she meets a woman who claims to be Victoria’s mother. The reviews on Netgalley said that it was a beautifully written story (multiple in fact) and I just couldn’t resist.

I paged through the first few scenes yesterday (I didn’t even make it out of the first chapter yet as I’ve been busy) I could see, already, why everyone was saying that it’s beautifully written. Just from the first chapter alone, the words and sentences are masterfully crafted together to bring this rich and vibrant language that I can’t really describe. I almost cried…already!

As for the genre…I’m pretty poor at sorting things into genres and generally rely on the oh so wonderful Goodreads to guide me, but it’s fiction (that I know). It might be considered women’s fiction maybe? But I wanted to venture out a little bit from my norm. I am obsessed with the mystery/crime/murder thrillers and suspenses and fantasy. I’ve only recently started to look up other genres to read, including sci-fi. This book sounded like an amazing first step out of the house of safety and so, like all books, I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll let you know how it goes soon!

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: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️