Sep 25 2017

#TackleTBR WrapUp 2017

Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017 #TackleTBR

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings. It runs from September 11th through 24th 2017 with the goal of diminishing our to-read pile of books. All books in any format and source count and you do not have to be a blogger to participate. There are challenges and giveaways as well. You can sign up through September 23rd. Read all the specific details here.

Next years RAT will be from September 17th – 23rd 2018

During the RaT this year, I published my debut novel. This gave me slightly less time for reading, unless you count reading my own book (proofing) three more times.
Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner

Wrap Up Post

September 2017

Books Started: Lifers by M.A. Griffin

Finished Books:
Caught in Between (The In-Betweens Book 1) by Alison L. Perry
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
It’s illegal, but it’s Okay: The adventures of a Brazilian alien in New York Cityby Emilio Boechat

Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner


Find a book that begins with each letter of your initials.

Justice for Jessica
Lovers and Liars: Manhatthan
Dragon (The Clan Legacy Book 4)

#tackletbr Initials book challenge

Duo Color Book Challenge
Pick two colors of books and using at least three books either take a picture of them or list them:
Blue and Gold

Fractions of Existence
Carve the Mark
Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon

#tackletbr Duo Color Book Challenge Blue and Gold

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #DebutAuthor #NewToMe2017 — I haven’t read this book before, and it was Dan’s debut.

#188 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Alternative History
#203 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
#219 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel

I’m not sure how Amazon puts books in these categories… but I wouldn’t consider this to be Alternative History or Time Travel.

This book is magic realism and portal fantasy. It takes place in our current time. The main character is a performer in Las Vegas who is very good at stage magic. He’s recruited to go on a journey, which is all very secretive, and leads him through a portal to another world where there is real magic, which he might have (it’s likely but not proven beyond the shadow of a doubt in this first book).

I admit that I had very high expectations going in. Do I know Dan? No, not personally. But he did defeat me in a WriteClub battle a few years ago. (A well-deserved win. That short story was fantastic. He ended up as the champion that year.) I’m glad to see his stories, characters, and worlds in print.

This story had a bit more technical knowledge than I’m used to reading. (Which, if you like lots of details about weapons and fighting, you’d love this.) There were some lines that I didn’t understand the purpose of the explanation (example: “the stone was as solid as he could have wanted”), but that is probably more to do with me than anything else.

My favorite part, due to the humor in an action scene:
“He’s not a (*spoiler).”
“I figured that out when I saw his submachine gun.”

The last 30% percent of the book is worth five stars. That’s when everything is established, the story really picks up the pace, and the twists start slamming in.

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
It’s illegal, but it’s Okay: The adventures of a Brazilian alien in New York Cityby Emilio Boechat
#DiversityBingo2017 #DebutAuthor #NewToMe2017 — Immigrant MC, Own Voices Latinx MC, Visially Impared MC / This is the first book (play) published by this author. / I have not read this, or anything else, by this author before.

The author states in the introduction that “the people who lived in New York could be so rude sometimes even when they were trying to be polite.” Which, I feel, is an accurate summary with which anyone who has spent more than a week’s time in NYC will agree.

Fagner faces various problems while living illegally in NYC. His downward spiral into crime is presented with varying degrees of humor as the play goes on.

There are so many social issues brought up in this that it’s difficult to keep track. An excellent philosophical discussion could (and should) be held after concluding this.

The second character, a color-blind man from Iran named Oman, is a Catholic Republican who doesn’t look or sound like a “white American,” which is the source of most of his problems in the script. Anyone who has ever been mistaken for a culture, nationality, religion, or such to which they do not belong will easily relate. That’s what I enjoyed about this.

1 comment

  1. Reading those books and doing challenges while publishing your own…. That’s just awesome! Thanks for participating and good luck with your book!
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