Friday, 18 January 2019

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
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Another week has gone by and I must admit I'm tired. We're working on getting the kitchen reorganised and turning a junk cupboard into a shelved food storage cupboard. All food will be at a good height rather than crawling around on the floor to see into the back of the old one! I got most of it done yesterday and it wasn't as bad as I feared. We'll use the old cupboard to store things like my dad's bird food, bottled drinks and cans of juice and cleaning products. I've cooked a bit more, made soup and smoothies which is part of the healthier eating without starving regime for this year!
 
I did a bit of reading this week and I only have two of my required reads for the month ready to go, and then I can get on with mood reading until the month ends. My challenges are going well, the TBR is reducing, I'm fitting in good TV to watch and getting a few pesky tasks done on the computer. Very productive week! I am a little behind on my regular posts but I'll catch up with that at the weekend, and I'm motoring through the book reviews! 
 
DOWNLOADS:
 
 I picked up Into the Sounds, the sequel to Into the Mist and I'm reading both for my World Reads post next month which features New Zealand. I also found a short story featuring the same characters on an adventure in France. Nice!


 
PAPERBACKS
 
I snagged books 12 and 13 in a spin-off series from the Bug Out books by Robert Boren which I loved. As I've been pretty good overall I treated myself to a new-to-me author and zombie series book one!
 
 

Chuckles Blogging World
I've got a few things to catch up with but I should get that done this weekend. I need to go through my Kindle and note down every book I have on it, as I've already done with the Kobo. I then need to mark off which books on those lists have already been added to Goodreads and which still need to be added and get them uploaded. Ugh. Another job for this weekend!
 
Book Reviews 
 I got a few more off the review backlog done so I'm doing well with that. I'm still aiming to get all or most of last year's books reviewed by the end of this month.

Carrie Vaughn-Kitty in the Underworld #12

Carrie Vaughn-Low Midnight

Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Saves The World

Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's Greatest Hits

Martha Wells-Rogue Protocol #3

Martha Wells-Exit Strategy #4

Regular Posts
I went Around The Blogs to find the latest posts to share from all the blogs I visit. Cover Love looked at Elizabeth Briggs, Top Ten Tuesday was great new authors I tried last year and Books From The Backlog featured Haunted House.
 
Chuckles Cover Love
 
Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday

Books From The Backlog

Discussion Posts
 
Chuckles Chuntering
 
Book Challenges 
 
Reading Challenges Update 2
 
Book Review Backlog Challenge Update 2
 
Tackling the TBR

Special Posts
 none this week

Book Tags/Blog Awards
 
Greek Gods Book Tag
 
Currently Reading/Up Next
I've been busier around the house this week so not as much reading time. I did read The Chalk Man and The Farm as planned, DNFed Alpha Farm which was poor and started on Into the Mists which I'll get stuck into tonight. I plan to read Into the Mist, a sequel to it and a short story with the same character. After that it is mood reading for the month so I'm still deciding what to read!


Book Review: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #4)


The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right? Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it’s caught?

My Review: 
Murderbot has retrieved valuable data at a cost on its personal mission and now it needs to get that information to Dr Mensah. However, GrayCris believe that Murderbot was sent to the facility on her orders and have taken Dr Mensah prisoner for a ransom that her team are struggling to pay. It is now time for Murderbot to come to the rescue its friend which is easier said than done when you are a wanted rogue SecUnit being hunted down by everyone.

“I was having an emotion, and I hate that.”  

Murderbot has just completed a tough mission to a GrayCris facility to gather intelligence about dodgy dealing to ensure that the company doesn't get away with trying to murder Dr Mensah's team. It is trying to get the information to Dr Mensah when it discovers that she went missing during a meeting with the enemy and Murderbot feels guilt at possibly being the cause of the kidnap. GrayCris believes that Dr Mensah sent Murderbot on the mission and they want the data back. Despite the usual anxiety about interacting with humans, Murderbot knows that it needs to make contact with the team and try to come up with a good rescue plan. Our hero's anxiety levels are about to go to infinity and beyond!

“So the plan wasn't a clusterfuck, it was just circling the clusterfuck target zone, getting ready to come in for a landing.”   

Dr Mensah's team are delighted to see Murderbot, making it somewhat more uncomfortable with the situation than it was already, and a plan is formed. They have to get her out of wherever she is being hidden into an open area where Murderbot can get to her. It means relying on the humans to set up a ransom meeting with GrayCris and that could go wrong in so many ways. And even if Murderbot can get to Dr Mensah, how is it going to get her and the rest of the team off an unfriendly world that is teeming with guards and security? Murderbot is gloomy about the chances of success but it is the only plan they have and they are going to run with it. There is also the worry that everyone is on alert for a rogue SecUnit which could lead to its own capture.

"Possibly I was overthinking this. I do that; it’s the anxiety that comes with being a part-organic murderbot. The upside was paranoid attention to detail. The downside was also paranoid attention to detail."

I liked that this book brings the diaries full circle with Murderbot reconnecting with its old team. I had really enjoyed that group dynamic in the first book so it was nice to see a return to that this time. Poor Murderbot is of course very anxious about meeting them again! I liked the action which was nicely spread out. Murderbot's arrival in the area is anticipated and security is swarming all around, which is very tense for our hero. There is also danger when it goes to meet the team and of course the rescue itself. I really enjoyed the plot and of course Murderbot's inner monologue was amusing as always. It is the humour that I really enjoy and it was a fitting end to the diary novellas. I look forward to the upcoming novel as the author is bringing back ART!!!

Read November 2018
4 stars.  

Book Review: Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #3)


SciFi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.


My Review: 
Murderbot has discovered the truth about its murderous past but now it seems there is more it needs to uncover. GrayCris are trying to wriggle out of responsibility for their actions and are causing more trouble, so Murderbot decides there is a need to find more evidence against them, while trying to keep itself hidden as a hunt for the rogue SecUnit develops.

"There needs to be an error code that means “I received your request but decided to ignore you."

Murderbot adopts the identity of Rin, an augmented human security expert to get on to a transport taking it to a planet where GrayCris has an abandoned terraforming facility. Could there be some kind of evidence there about the activities of GrayCris that Murderbot could use against them? The downside to this is the thought of having to play nursemaid again to another group of squabbling humans, which means time that it can't watch hours of newly downloaded media like Sanctuary Moon. It is more difficult to keep its own identity a secret when there is another bot on the transport who could expose it for being a SecUnit which would compromise the mission and its personal freedom. Can Miki be trusted when it seems to be some kind of pet to the humans?

"Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)"

Murderbot is puzzled by Miki. Miki seems to have a level of status and respect from its human owner Abene that seems strange to a killer SecUnit. It doesn't quite get how an owned bot can be treated as a friend rather than an employee. However, Miki is friendly and agrees to keep a few secrets for Murderbot to allow it to get on with a secret investigation into GrayCris in one part of the compond while the humans and Miki have their own mission to complete. Murderbot is alarmed when Miki contacts it to say that there is an unknown entity in the facility heading towards Miki's group and Murderbot feels compelled to go to their assistance. There is something not right about this mission and Murderbot needs to find out what is going on before they are all killed. 

"Rogue SecUnits are fucking dangerous, trust me on that." 

I really enjoyed this book. It explored the more complex issue of AI interaction between bots, and between bots and humans. Murderbot has extreme distrust for pretty much everyone, not trusting the human security to do a job that it can so it feels it has to go and help Miki and the humans. Murderbot also has to deal with Miki and Abene's confusing relationship which is on a friend and advisor basis rather than bot servant. It causes Murderbot to evaluate what it knows about humans and bots, which I found interesting. I loved the angst that our poor hero goes through trying to get its head around everything! Miki is a really great character who is sweet, friendly and dedicated to Abene, and a good companion for Murderbot.

This was quite a tense plot, reminding me a bit of Ripley and the Colonial Marines going to the facility in Aliens, knowing that there could be some kind of danger lurking in the dark. I found it quite intense at times as we waited for things to go wrong and when the action kicked off, it was quite exciting to read. Not much time for Sanctuary Moon on this deadly mission!

I really love these books and I'm so glad that I went outside of my usual comfort zone to read this excellent series. Murderbot has to be one of my favourite book characters ever!

Read September 2018
4 stars. 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Chuckles Chuntering


Wednesdays are meant to be my writing reviews day but yesterday was so busy I didn't get to post anything! I'm doing a new healthy eating regime which is taking up a lot of my time at the moment. I guess I forgot how much chopping and peeling goes into making salads and smoothies and constructing dinners to tempt the taste buds! I was making cheesy carrot and onion soup followed by mango smoothies (I hate chopping mango because of the big stone in it!!!). Then it was preparing a fruit, ham and cheesy potato salad for dinner. I admit I was knackered and barely got on the computer to deal with comments and blog visits!

This morning I made strawberry smoothies and later today it will be ricotta cheese spaghetti which will take more effort but I love the taste of it. Having been a big fan of Masterchef over the years, I've watched the Australian, NZ and Canada versions where there are street food challenges and I love the look of some of that food! I'm waiting on a street food cookbook arriving and I'm really keen to start trying them! I'm not a fan of food with peppers or a ton of veg in them so I'll maybe have to adjust the recipes to my own taste.


There is also more upheaval as I start the next stage of my house clearance. I'm on to the kitchen with my plans. At the moment I have a litchen cupboard for food storage that my dad built but to see into the back it requites getting onto my hands and knees to peer and reach in. I'll be moving this stuff into the built in cupboard where we stored junk, then using the old food cupboard to store cleaning products and bottles and cans of juice to get them off the darn floor where I keep falling over them! It'll give me a ton more room to work with and the top of that food cupboard will become my food prep surface. I'm excited to get started but I can almost feel the aches and pains already! It needs to be done though and before winter ends, my kitchen will be functional for the first time in about a decade!

Do you guys have any upcoming cleaning or DIY projects this year? 


It has been a good book year so far. I'm getting some good books read, DNFing a few and deleting unwanted books from my physical and digital bookshelves. Three bags of books are ready to go to the charity shop for someone else to get the use of. The TBR is moving in the right direction and I haven't bought a ton of books in January (yet) which is also good. I'm working on a project to write down a new list of everything on the two e-readers so I can keep track of everything I have when I'm not on the computer! I've completed the task for my Kobo who is called Myrnin, named after the eccentric vampire in The Morganville Vampires. Now I need to tackle my Kindle who is called Maurice, named after the Closet Monster in the Monster Haven books by RL Naquin. 

I also have a mad plan to look at every rating on every review and adjust them but I'm putting that off for a year or two! I also have to get old reviews done on books I read years ago and have no notes for and go through my Goodreads shelves and get them into the correct categories ie shelves for EMP, nuclear bombs, etc instead of just having everything under apocalypse. *sigh* I want to re-format all the old blog posts which look awful and delete links that don't work but it's such a huge task that I'm putting that off too!

Are you planning any big tasks related to books and computers? Do your e-readers have a name?

The above photo is my new sterio. It has good sound and finally I am the proud owner of a sterio with a subwoofer! I've always wanted to say that! I had to use my savings to get it but at £80 could have been a lot worse. No tape decks sadly but I can plug in my MP3 player so that is ok. Hopefully nothing else will break. I also got my digital TV sorted. I'm on the new upgraded version and I'm pleased with how it is working so far. Now I just need to get the bloody hoover working again or get it replaced...

Books From The Backlog-Haunted House


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  You might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. Go to Carole's blog and add your blog post link in to join in the fun! Hosted by Carole at https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.co.uk/

This seems like a fun feature and I have been planning to take part since Carole launched this so at last, here we go! I have a TON of unread books to choose from in various genres and I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with everybody. 


HAUNTED HOUSE is a sequel to the novels AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE. The survivors from those thrillers are all together, and put through a new kind of hell. Also included is Dr. Frank Belgium, from ORIGIN.

All characters have back stories. In the case of HAUNTED HOUSE, these back stories exist in other books.

While HAUNTED HOUSE can be read as a stand alone, and may be the first Kilborn book read by a lot of people, if a reader enjoys it, he/she can read more about these characters in different novels. And fans of these other novels will enjoy seeing familiar characters show up again in a new novel. 


I loved the first three novels Afraid, Trapped and Endurance so as soon as I read Origin, I'll be getting stuck into this one as I love the sound of it!

Greek Gods Book Tag


This tag was created by Zuky over at https://bookbum.co.uk/2017/04/24/greek-gods-book-tag/ and you can use her graphics if you want as long as you credit her. I'm using the graphics supplied by Genni at https://readysetandread.blogspot.com/2018/11/book-tag-greek-gods-book-tag.html as they are gorgeous! I saw this book tag on  http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/

RULES:
-link back to Zuky
-tag other people!

OK guys and gals, consider yourselves tagged if you are interested!


My all-time favourite book is Stephen King's It. I loved the switching stories between past and present, I loved all the scary faces of Pennywise, the bullies that stalked the Loser's Club and the characters themselves. Great book that I really want to re-read!



I read a lot of books with kickass females! I like a female character that doesn't have to rely on a man to get her out of trouble and who can hold her own in any situation! In this series we have women like Dany, Cersei, Arya, Brienne, Catelyn, Melisandre, Olenna, Margaery, Asha and eventually even Sansa comes to the party. Great strong characters!



I had a long list for this category but after checking, most of the books are not actual author debuts! This was originally self published after being rejected by every publishing house!


 

I read this for a book challenge and found it shocking and compelling. It awoke a love of reading about these dangerous expeditions and I've read a lot of them since this one.



I never recommend a book for 'everyone' as there is no such thing! Everyone has different reading tastes. If you love zombies though, these three series are brilliant fast paced reads!



*grunts* there are a few books I really hated when I tried to read them and this selection are top of the list. 

 


I don't read 'ground-breaking' kind of books really unless they are scary prepper apocalypse books and they certainly don't come under beautiful! I'm going for well written books instead.




I totally love the covers for this series and the books are great as well! Next one is due out the start of February and I can't wait!



I'm a pretty fast reader if I get my teeth into a really good book and I can read several hundred pages in a good reading session. When I first read this series, I read the first four books in a matter of days and have loved the series since.



Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Book Review: Kitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn


Kitty Norville, star of a New York Times bestselling series, is everybody’s favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature. Over the course of eight books she’s fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She’s done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-notgood- then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty’s Greatest Hits not only gives readers some of Kitty’s further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters.

In “Conquistador de la Noche,” we learn the origin story of Denver’s Master vampire, Rick; with “Wild Ride,” we find out how Kitty’s friend T.J. became a werewolf; and in “Life is the Teacher,” we revisit Emma, the human-turned-unwilling-vampire who serves the aloof vampire Master of Washington, D.C.

This entertaining collection includes two brand-new works: “You’re On the Air,” about one of Kitty’s callers after he hangs up the phone; and the eagerly awaited “Long Time Waiting,” the novella that finally reveals just what happened to Cormac in prison, something every Kitty fan wants to know.


My Review: 
As I always do with anthologies, I'll just be listing a brief outline of the plot of each story and what I thought of it.

1) Il Est Ne
Having been exiled from her Pack, Kitty's lonely Christmas at a Colorado diner turns into the hunt for a rogue wolf killer. 4 star.

2) Princess of Spain
Catherine of Aragon is concerned about the strange woman who is visiting the bedchamber of Prince Arthur and making him sick. Nice Tudor story. 4 star. 

3) Conquistador de la Noche
Ricardo is fighting for Coronado and more riches when his old friend Diego lures him to a meeting that will forever change his life. Rick's origin story. 3 star.

4) The Book of Daniel
Daniel's days as advisor to the King of Persia are numbered when he is thrown into the lions. Not sure what this had to do with anything Kitty and why it was written. 2 star.

5) The Temptation of Robin Green
Robin falls in love with a selkie and decides to risk everything to release him from his cell at a supernatural research facility where Rick is also a prisoner. 2 star. 

6) Looking After Family
When Cormac's dad is killed by a werewolf, he goes to live with Ben's family and Ben is soon dragged into werewolf hunting. Nice to get Cormac and Ben's story. 4 star.

7) God's Creatures
Cormac is hired to kill a rogue wolf that is losing control, tracking it to a Catholic Girl's school where the wolf is getting assistance. Hunting with Cormac! 4 star.

8) Wild Ride
TJ gets the news that he is HIV positive but a chance encounter with a werewolf at a race track offers him the chance of a new life. Loved seeing TJ's back story! 4 star.

9) Winnowing the Herd
Kitty is at a vegan buffet hosted by Ozzie at the radio station where a grumpy Kitty considers eating her co-workers. Dumb story. 2 star.

10) Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned
Kitty is watching a popular band in a club who always seem to cause murder and mayhem wherever they go. Fun story. 4 star.

11) Kitty's Zombie New Year
Kitty goes to Matt's festive party and encounters an unexpected zombie guest. 4 star.

12) Life is the Teacher
Emma decides it is time to go and embrace her vampire side, feeding for herself at last when she gets sidetracked with a former crush. 3 star.

13) You're on the Air
Jake is the nerdy vampire working night shift at the Speedy Mart when he suddenly gets the chance to play the hero during a robbery. Fun story! 4 star.

14) Long Time Waiting
Amelia is sentenced to death and her ghost prowls the prison looking for a new body to take over-and then she meets Cormac. Long awaited story of Cormac in prison. 4 star.

Overall a good mix of stories that gives more back story to Cormac, Ben, Amelia and Rick, along with a few fun Kitty stories!

Read September 2018  
4 stars.

Book Review: Kitty Saves The World by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #14)


It’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.

Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.


My Review: 
After the last two padded books which seemed to be delaying the inevitable, finally we get to battle against Roman and his people that we have been waiting for. The Long Game is in play and Kitty and her allies have to stop it and destroy him.

Amelia replies to Roman's online message and with Kitty's agreement, they set up a meeting. Cormac can't go to the meeting as Roman know him so kitty asks Tina, who had just arrived in Denver if she will agree to play Amelia for them. Jessi insists on going with them while Kitty hears that Mercedes is back in the US, which upsets the already skittish Angelo. Without vampire support it is up to Kitty, Cormac and Jessi to protect Tina at the meeting but of course things go rapidly downhill when Roman arrives, leaving them forced to flee and come up with a better plan. It is then that Kitty realises that she can't contact anyone else in her Pack and fears that Roman may have got to them, while Jessi gets word of a fire at New Moon.

Naturally I'm not going to go into details about the plot of the book with this being the last in the series but I can tell you about the characters who are coming for the final battle. Tina has a feeling that she needs to be in Denver and arrives to see Kitty, just in time to reluctantly agree to be 'Amelia' for the meeting. After the first plan goes belly up and they rush back to see what the damage is in Denver and that is where Grant appears to offer his help. Kitty has to try and track down a terrified Angelo who tells her to flee town and save herself and says he has no idea what happened to her Pack. There is also the arrival of a mysterious arrival of a man claiming to be there to offer her a TV contract if she moves to LA or New York, which she instantly finds suspicious. But even Kitty has no idea of who and what he really is or the danger that she is going to be placed in.

My one frustration here is that yet again, Kitty's Pack are sidelined for the action. They are all meant to be capable werewolves yet Kitty has never really trusted them to take part in any of her plans through the series except when she is desperate. It doesn't show a lot of faith in them and it leaves them unprotected. She needs all the help she can get to tackle Roman but instead she goes off with her small posse and leaves them behind again. Kitty treats her Pack more like newborn precious puppies that need to be hidden away and protected rather than used as strong allies, which is a little disappointing when you compare them to the werewolf packs in Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series or Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld. I feel the Pack have been a bit underused in the series.

I liked the new allies that appear for the big battle and they are so interesting that I'd have liked to have seen more of them in the series. The mixture of old and new allies have to face the odds and fight to stop Roman completing the ritual, using the artifact that Amelia and Cormac recovered. I liked the mixture of brawn and magic used in the battle and overall I'd say this was a good story which brings the series to a satisfying end.

Read September 2018
4 stars. 

Top Ten Tuesday-New To Me Authors in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 

I'm taking a look back at new authors I tried and enjoyed last year. I read a lot more than ten so I'm having trouble narrowing the list down. I decided to select authors that I read at least once and have already purchased more of their books to read.

1) Matthew Reilly
I read Contest and The Great Zoo of China which were great standalone thrillers. I have another called Temple that I plan to read soon and two adventure thriller series that also sound good!

2) Martha Wells
Read her Murderbot Diaries and loved them! I'm already looking forward to the upcoming novel maybe next year!

3) Greig Beck
I read Fathomless which was a great underwater adventure that involves a huge megalodon. I already have the sequel and his lost world dinosaur series ready to try.

4) PA Glaspy
I read her EMP trilogy and short story prequel A Powerless World and I've already got hold of her nuclear strike series to read.

5) SM Wilson
Read her two dinosaur dystopia books and loved them. I'm anxiously waiting for the third book which comes out at the start of next month!

6) Carolyn McCray
Read and enjoyed the first part of her dinosaur adventure Neojurassic, then devoured her brilliant shark series Salechii. Looking at another of her series Mass Destruction which I might be trying.

7) Jeff Menapace
Read his swamp family from hell duology which I enjoyed and have another psycho attacking the innocent series to try this year!

8) Vivian Shaw
LOVED the first book in the Greta Helsing series Strange Practice. I already have book two ready to read and the third comes out later this year.

9) Jon Athan
I tried two of his horror books Camp Blaze and Cannibal Creek and I loved them! I have a few others already on my Kindle ready to read.

10) Ernest Cline
I really enjoyed Ready Player One and look forward to the sequel, plus I have Armada still to read.

Honourable mentions to Jeff Strand, PK Hawkins, Russell James, Ryan Graudin, Orlando A Sanchez, Gerry Griffiths and LD Goffigan.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Tackling the TBR


In 2019 I'm making a big effort to reduce my TBR by buying less, getting stuff read and getting rid of the things that I just don't want to read from my bookshelves and my ereaders Maurice and Myrnin! I'll be doing this regular post to show my progress-what came into the house, what I read and DNFed and what was taken off the TBR.

The TBR total shown is the total number of books I own but have not read yet-wishlist books are NOT in my TBR! Re-reads have already been taken off the TBR when I first read them so don't count in reducing the pile but is just here as a note to help for end of year stats! The re-read total is the running total so far for the year, not what I've read each week.

BOOKS IN
-Books in refers to bought, downloaded or gifted THIS WEEK. 
-Books added are books I bought a while back but haven't yet added to my Goodreads TBR so they aren't newly bought, just newly added. Both of these categories together are my 'in' total. 

BOOKS OUT
-Books read and DNFed are obvious. 
-Deleted from the TBR are books I lost interest in reading, or sequels to DNFed books I no longer want to read and have been removed without starting to read them. These three categories added together are my books 'out'.

Sarah over at https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.blogspot.com/ is also trying to reduce her book pile and we hope to keep each other motivated! I'm posting my progress on the 7th, 14th, 21st and final day of the month and noting what is coming in and out of my house. Anyone else is welcome to join in. No rules, set up your your posts how you want and when you want just reduce the pile!

JANUARY 1st-7th

TBR Start Total: 1199 

BOOKS IN:
New Books In: 4
Old Books Added: 0

BOOKS OUT: 
Books Read: 6
Books DNF: 2
Others Deleted From TBR: 12
 
Re-reads: 1

New Total: 1183  
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JANUARY 8th-14th  

TBR Start Total: 1183

BOOKS IN: 
New Books In: 6
Old Books Added: 0

BOOKS OUT: 
Books Read: 2
Books DNF: 0
Others Deleted From TBR: 14

Re-Reads: 1

New Total: 1173