Book Goals: The Immortal Crown

*Book Goals is where I give some brief thoughts on the books I’m reading for the year. It will not be including my rereads on the most part. These are not full reviews, just random thoughts and feelings about each book.

 

The Immortal Crown (Age of X, #2)

I am a sucker for books that deal with mythology and this one was no different. I’d read the first book in the series, Gameboard of the Gods last year and while I enjoyed it, this one is so much better. More dealings with the various pantheons. Mead did a good job of tying up some loose ends while still leaving you questions for the next book. She’s not letting all these plots get out of control. And I love that Mae is the physical one and Justin the more intellectual. Not that Mae’s not intellectual, but it tends to run in these kinds of books that the MAN is all macho and is worried about the little woman getting hurt whereas in this series, Justin is fully aware that Mae is stronger than him and is more than happy with her dealing with the baddies.

There was bit of real world meets fiction when Justin and Mae get into Arcadia where women are treated as second class citizens. It eerily resonated all too well on a day like today with the SCOTUS ruling.

I eagerly await the next installment of the series.

 

Book Goals: Sixth Grave on the Edge

*Book Goals is where I give some brief thoughts on the books I’m reading for the year. It will not be including my rereads on the most part. These are not full reviews, just random thoughts and feelings about each book.

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)

This is a weird series for me. I find it lacks the darkness of some of the other series, but makes up for it in smart assery (yep) and fun. It’s the Urban Fantasy better version of Stephanie Plum. Charley is as goofy as Stephanie Plum, but where SP just comes off completely inept, Charley might stumble, but she generally knows what she’s doing. This latest installment tied up a loose end or two, then unraveled a few more. The author has stated on her Facebook that the series is ongoing and she has planned up to #10. With that in mind, it makes me wonder her timeline due to the ending of this book (no, I won’t spoil it). Curiouser and curiouser.

Starting slow

Just back from vacation in Italy and came to the realization that as much as I love my Tumblr, it’s just not doing all the bookish things I want it to. It’s great for pictures, but when I do posts it doesn’t seem to fit as well. I’ve decided to move here and then link the two. *Crosses fingers* It’ll be slow starting since I still have to figure this site out, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

 

For those unfamiliar with my Tumblr I’ve been keeping track of my books read this year in the form of a challenge. It started off as what I had dubbed “The Great 2014 backlist” challenge and has since just turned into “A Lot of Books I Want to Read.” I had divided up my 225 book goal into sub challenges like “read 36 of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list” and “1 Pulitzer Prize winner a month” among others. That got old super fast. I did start the year strong and blew a chunk out of those numbers, but I burned out way before the halfway mark. I wasn’t not reading, I just couldn’t prescribe myself books. Just because something is award winning doesn’t mean I’m in the mood and I found out this year that I have zero interest in A LOT of the books on the 1001 List. So I reread a lot of my favorite urban fantasy series, discovered new to me backlist through Oyster and new books out this year. Basically reading whatever the fuck I want, as it should be.

I think I’ve done pretty well for myself, I’m at 146 out of 225. I lost a bit of time last week due to being on vacation in Rome/Florence, but plan to make up for it this week since I have a week without my kids and the husband will be at work. But I’m not going to push myself. I also have some gaming I want to do and napping will also be high on the itinerary.

My future plans involve catching up on my review copies. Some books have been out for awhile, but I got caught up and never got to them so maybe we’ll have a Week in Review. I also want to explore the short stories genre as it feels like I haven’t given them as much as a chance as I should. Thinking July will be the month of the short story. There are backlists of authors that I would like to explore, Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie for example. I fell in love with Half of a Yellow Sun this year and also have Americanah and Purple Hibiscus on standby. So I’m still keeping plans…just loosing up a bit.

 

Few things trig…

Few things trigger old memories so quickly as authority figures from our youth.

– Kevin Hearne, Shattered

Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)

*Book Goals is where I give some brief thoughts on the books I’m reading for the year. It will not be including my rereads on the most part. These are not full reviews, just random thoughts and feelings about each book.

 

A solid addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. I admit the swapping chapters between Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen threw me a bit since there was no previous indication of which perspective you’d be reading from until you started the first paragraph or so. I immediately liked Owen, he’s not just a stock curmudgeon from Atticus’s past, he’s developing and has layers. Of course the hounds (Oberon and the newest addition, Granuaile’s Orlaith) are great fun as usual.