I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.
You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)
Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:
Challenge Friday 5/12
Book Spine Rainbow
Red Lifers M.A. Griffin
Orange Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley Adams & Seibold
Yellow Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Green The Perihelix Jemima Pett
Blue Glass Sword Victoria Aveyard
Indigo Carve the Mark Veronica Roth
Violet A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill Lemony Snicket
MY DAY 4 PROGRESS
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38 Free in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Romance
#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance
This book is new to me, as is the author. #NewToMe2017 (I’m going to assume that this is a debut, as the listed author has no other attributed works. But, honestly, we all know this is the handy work of a ghost writer.)
Give Mom her true heart’s desire this Mother’s Day—a family meal and a romance novel featuring Colonel Sanders. pic.twitter.com/WHJNL9kRqn
— KFC (@kfc) May 4, 2017
Oh my (*insert voice of George Takei here). Judging by the cover (which we all know to never do), I expected a corny, hilarious story mixed with some romance. Also, the main character doesn’t wear jeans, but rather is from the era of corsets and dresses covering hoop skirt petticoats. I’m willing to overlook that because the artwork, as hokey and unrelated to the story as it is, is what drew me in. Actually, this was just an ordinary alternative-history romance. (I’m assuming it’s alternative history.) There is only a vague reference, near the end, to the chicken chain.
I’m giving it four stars because it’s a fine book, but I’m not going running to social media to insist all my friends read it. (Even if such insistence is how I end up reading most of these cisgender romance novels about Europeans.) It’s low on the heat scale, probably so conservative readers can enjoy it too. A privileged young lady runs away from an arranged marriage, pretends to be a commoner to get a job, and meets a guy. (Was there a spoiler in that? It’s basically a “reforming the rake” romance plot.) And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s even done well.
There’s a character named Caoimhe— gotta love that.
The chicken-making author has two typos/formatting issues (“womenin” and “womaninto” ), and there’s always a debate in the grammar world as to if “alright” is an acceptable word (instead of all right).
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #NewToMe2017 (I haven’t read the book before.)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649 in Books
#19 in Books > Teens > Romance > Science Fiction & Dystopian
#134 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
#134 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction
I would go mad if there wasn’t another book in this series. This rollercoaster of emotion and action that fills the pages ends on a note that’s like being struck by lightning.
Like Red Queen, I find the book, a fantasy story which seems to have a setting of future Earth, to feel very much like the present day. There’s a line, “He never got to teach me about the Divide, the ancient moment when silver blood split from red,” which feels to me like the way Americans talk about being divided now. (Rich versus everyone else, healthy versus anyone taking any prescription ever for anything, races, religions, etc.) There’s a line in the book, “Sickness with easy cures, but no money to buy the medicine.” This is a fantasy world where there are people who can heal almost anything with just a touch… but they only treat the richest, the silver bloods. It’s those tiny mentions in the book that hit too close to home for my heart and head.
In this fantasy world filled with people who have super powers, it’s still the psychic, Jon, who gets questioned. Calling lightning and commanding electric, sure. Healing with a touch, okay. Seeing a few minutes into the future, you bet. But seeing time, seeing days ahead… that’s where the characters get skeptical. I found Jon and his power, and the reactions the others had to it, to be very amusing. To quote, “chose to trust what they could understand, rather than what was true.” Those are more than words in a book. There’s wisdom leaking out, which is what I love about this author. A paragraph later explains the fantastic covers of these books, the crowns dripping with blood. I love when the reason for a cover becomes obvious in the pages.
I’m pretty sure I know what Farley’s question is, the one to which Jon tells Mare that the answer is yes. It’ll be the next book before I know for 100% sure, but I’m 99% betting that I know.
I’m also going to mention quickly how fun the acknowledgment was to read.