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CMBohn is back, and this time it's 2018

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2018 Category Challenge

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Oct 20, 2017, 2:50am Top

Howdy! It's been a while, but I'm thinking I might want to join in next year for the category challenge. I haven't come up with a theme or anything, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm thinking about 10 categories is a good number. Looking forward to next year's reading!

Edited: Jan 24, 6:58pm Top

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Edited: Oct 20, 2017, 9:00pm Top

Category ideas here!

Cold cases - book that have been On the shelf too long

First Timers - new books

Repeat offenders - rereads

Serials - books in a series

Isolated occurrence - stand alone titles

Minor infractions - YA and kids books

Eyewitness accounts - nonfiction books

Advance warning - ARCs

Most Wanted - best books of the year

Petty crime - boring and DNF

Oct 20, 2017, 1:24pm Top

Hi Cindy, welcome back. That's a most "arresting" theme!

Oct 20, 2017, 1:52pm Top

>4 DeltaQueen50: LOL!

>3 cmbohn: I love the crime theme! Glad to see you back in the category challenge.

Oct 20, 2017, 5:01pm Top

Thanks ladies! It's good to be back.

Oct 20, 2017, 6:41pm Top

YES! I love the theme and especially the title of your DNF category. Welcome back! :)

Oct 20, 2017, 8:42pm Top

Thanks! It's good to be back.

Edited: Feb 3, 10:30pm Top

COLD CASES - Books that have been on the shelf too long.

1. A Man of Means by PG Wodehouse*
2. The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears *
3. The Boy on the Bridge by M. R Carey *
4. Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson
5. The Body Politic by Catherine Aird*

(Possible books - A Family Affair - Innes, The Last Lecture, Emma Brown, Complete Poems - Marvell, Warbreaker)

Edited: Feb 28, 12:26am Top

FIRST TIMERS - New authors

1. Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
2. The Lost Spy by Kate Moira Ryan
3. Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose
4. The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White *

(Possible books - Brooding YA Hero, will see more as the year goes)

Edited: Feb 26, 1:56am Top


(Possibilities - Fahrenheit 451, Retribution Falls)

1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, on audio *
2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson *
3. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling *
4. Solstice Day Gifts by Lindsay Buroker *
5. The Thief by Clive Cuddler and Justin Scott
6. I Am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, audio
7. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, audio

Edited: Feb 22, 3:14pm Top

SERIALS - books in a series

1. The Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson*
2. Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker*
3. Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker*
4. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
5. Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker*
6. Honor's Flight by Lindsay Buroker*
7. The Case of the Broken Doll by Alison Golden
8. Starseers By Linday Buroker *

(Possibilities - In the Clearing, Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong, The Maid's War, The Exiled Queen, River Secrets, The Outlaw's Tale, The Crystal Cave, The Witch of Duva, Snake Heart, Two for the Lions)

Edited: Feb 26, 1:56am Top

ISOLATED OCCURRENCE - stand alone book titles

1. The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn *
2. Magpie Murders by Antony Horowitz
3. The Accident by Linwood Barclay
4. They're Watching by Greg Hurwitz
5. The Prince Buys a Manor by Elspeth Huxley

(Possibilities - A Free State, Winter Wheat, The Clever Woman of the Family, Notes from Underground, Cold Mountain, Stories of India, We)

Edited: Feb 18, 2:27pm Top

MINOR INFRACTION - YA and Children's books

1. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by EL Konigsburg *
2. Missing - Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong
3. Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
4. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
5. Calvin by Martine Leavitt
6. Shadowshaper by David Jose Older
7. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

(Possibilities - Everlost, Grandfather's Journey, The Last of the High Kings, The River Witch, When I Grow Up, Ms. Marvel Super Famous, Slaves of Spiegel)

Edited: Feb 22, 3:19pm Top


1. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell - audio - Also counting for BingoDog
2. Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar - audio
3. The Plantagenets Warrior Kings and Queens who Made England by Dan Jones *

(Possibilities - For Times of Trouble, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Unstoppable - Nye, Son of Thunder, Nothing Like it in the World ,Rough Crossings)

Edited: Mar 5, 1:53pm Top

ADVANCE WARNING - ARCS or Early Review books
1. The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey *
2. Chimera Catalyst by Susan Kuschinkas *
3. Ollie, Ollie, in come free by Anne Bernard Becker *
4. Madame Koska and the imperial brooch by Ilil Arbel *
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi*

Oct 20, 2017, 9:59pm Top

MOST WANTED - Best Books of the Year!

No possibilities listed, because I won't know until I read them!

Edited: Mar 5, 1:55pm Top

PETTY CRIME - Boring books and DNFs

1. What I Saw and How I lied by Judy Blundell
2. A Buried Tale by CJ Carmichael
3. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 2:48am Top

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Oct 21, 2017, 2:29am Top

Great application of the theme!

Oct 21, 2017, 9:50am Top

Great theme! And ten categories seems like a good number.

Oct 21, 2017, 10:08am Top

Impressed! Imaginative and anything but boring. :)

Oct 21, 2017, 12:51pm Top

Thanks everyone! I think it will be fun.

Oct 21, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Very interesting setup! I hope it helps with the TBR.

Oct 21, 2017, 4:33pm Top

Great categories! I hope your Petty Crime list is short!

Oct 21, 2017, 6:53pm Top

I'm all excited for January 1!

Edited: Feb 26, 1:58am Top

Adding a list of the Colour Cat months:

January/Black - luvamystery65
February/Brown - whitewavedarling
March/Green - DeltaQueen50
April/Yellow - VivienneR
May/Blue - RidgewayGirl
June/Purple - sallylou61
July/Pink - clue
August/Grey - LittleTaiko
September/Metallic - VioletBramble
October/Orange - virginiahomeschooler
November/Red - MissWatson
December/White - Chrischi_HH

Possibilities: Servant of a Dark God by John Brown, Emma Brown, Slaves of Spiegel by Daniel Pinkwater, Spartan Gold, Redcoat, The Red Right Hand, The Gilded Chain, The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood, Devil in a Blue Dress

Edited: Feb 22, 3:12pm Top

K-9 UNIT - Bingo DOG categories: 15/25

1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional - The Way of Kings
2. Story involves travel The Naming
3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest The Body Politic
4. Poetry or plays
5. New-to-you author - Quiet Meg
6. Autobiography/memoir Ollie Ollie in come free
7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion) The Shape Changer's Wife
8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s
9. Related to the Pacific Ocean - Unfamiliar Fishes
10. Title contains something you would see in the sky Too Like Lightning
11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet
12. Number in the title
13. Book that is humorous Food: A Love Story
14. Book on the 1001 list Persuasion
15. LGBT central character Magpie Murders
16. Book set during a holiday The Case of the Broken Doll
17. Fat book - 500 plus pages - Words of Radiance
18. X somewhere in the title Orphan X
19. Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc...
20. Book published in 2018
21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc...)
22. Originally in a different language
23. Published more than 100 years ago North and South
24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional
25. Read a CAT (middle square) - Edinburgh Twilight

Oct 24, 2017, 12:56am Top

A fairly large portion of these are books that I own that I haven't read, but a few are books that have been on my radar for several years, maybe at the library or someplace. I'm really looking forward to January, but I need to get through NaNoWriMo next month and then the holidays before I am ready to start the challenge. I'm getting lots of requests for reviews on my blog, so I've made a whole challenge category for those. But they do cut into my TBR list.

Oct 24, 2017, 8:58am Top

What's your handle on NaNoWriMo? I'm doing it, too, because there are moments of free time in my days.

Oct 24, 2017, 1:47pm Top

It's the same as here. I have to laugh because it does seem like moments are all we get, right? But I'm determined to finish this time.

What's your book about? Mine is rewrite of a thriller.

Oct 24, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Mine's a crime novel. I can't tell you how much time I've spend pondering on the best way to get rid of a body.

Oct 24, 2017, 9:06pm Top

LOL, me too! Or how to carry a body! And what the FBI does compared to what the local police do, etc.

Oct 30, 2017, 6:40pm Top

I'm looking forward to next year. Right now I'm trying to finish up a bunch of books for review. It will be nice to read something just because I want to again. My review books aren't bad, but they aren't ones I've planned on reading for a long time though.

Right now I'm rewarding myself for pushing through three review books by reading Age of Swords. Then I've got three more review books to read. Sigh.

Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 10:06pm Top

I just had my birthday and of course, I asked for books! Or a gift card, to pick out my own books. Here's what I wound up with::

The Disappearing Dowry by Libi Astaire - my pick for book club next year, a Jewish mystery written for YA - $6.99
In the Balance by Patricia Wentworth .99 - apa as Danger Point - a Miss Silver mystery
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner 7.99 - book 4 in Eugenides series
Too Late the Phalarope by Alan Paton 1.99
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson 9.99 - book 2 in the Reckoners
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography by David Quammen 1.99 - natural history

Nov 5, 2017, 9:31pm Top

Happy birthday! The Song of the Dodo sounds fascinating.

Nov 5, 2017, 10:06pm Top

I really liked Monster of God, about apex predators and their importance in the environment. I hope this one will be just as good.

Nov 12, 2017, 12:47pm Top

Welcome back! Love your theme!

Edited: Nov 13, 2017, 6:03pm Top

Belated happy birthday! And welcome back, I really like your crime theme.

Nov 13, 2017, 9:57pm Top

Thanks to you both! It's good to be back. I can't wait for 2018. This has been a crazy year!

Nov 13, 2017, 11:28pm Top

Love your theme and the 'arresting' comment by DeltaQueen50

Already caught a couple of BBs. I follow and am amused by Brooding YA Hero so will look out for the book. I've just started Megan Whalen Turner's series so hope to get a few more read. Also will be finding out more about Libi Astaire's books.

Nov 14, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Yeah, I'm really hoping the Libi Astaire book is as good as it looks! It's hard to find good mysteries for my book club that aren't too gritty or part of a long series. This is the first one and not exactly cozy, but doesn't sound grim either.

Nov 14, 2017, 3:59pm Top

I just wrote a great post, but LT ate it. Trying again!

41 - Yeah, I'm hoping that the Libi Astaire book is as good as it looks. It's hard to find good mysteries for book club, not too gritty and not part of a huge long series.

Nov 15, 2017, 6:30pm Top

It's good to see you here. Happy reading in 2018!

Nov 17, 2017, 12:40pm Top

I look forward to seeing what books you have nabbed and brought to trial. I will be particularly interested in the Minor Infractions category.

Nov 18, 2017, 9:25pm Top

Thanks a bunch! I'm trying to decide now what I want to read this year and what to save. Anyone else deciding?

Nov 24, 2017, 7:31pm Top

Welcome back. Nice theme. I'm still trying to get the wording right for my challenge but hope to post it later this evening or tomorrow.

Nov 27, 2017, 3:30pm Top

>46 cmbohn: I never plan ahead. It's always "impulse reading" for me. Whatever tickles my fancy.

Nov 27, 2017, 9:32pm Top

47 = thanks!

48 - I like the planning, but I do frequently go by what I feel like too. I'm somewhere in the middle.

Dec 1, 2017, 4:52pm Top

>49 cmbohn: - I'd say I'm about half and half on planning/spontaneous. There are a couple of books that I know I'll read each month, but there are others I'll read just because it sounds good. Helps keep me balanced.

Dec 1, 2017, 6:31pm Top

I love your overall theme and the categories you have chosen.

Jan 1, 4:19pm Top

First book of the year! I actually started this in December, but I finished it about 2 am this morning, so I guess it counts.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. This one is a repeat offender, as it's a reread. I mostly enjoyed the narration aspect, except for a couple of characters which were pretty annoying. But the story is so complex and original that I really enjoyed the book.

Jan 2, 3:55pm Top

Currently reading The Way of Kings also by Brandon Sanderson.

Jan 3, 9:25pm Top

>46 cmbohn: I can't resist planning but rarely go along with whatever I plan. Still, it gives me ideas.

I adore your Bingo dog!

Jan 6, 7:11pm Top

Hey Vivienne! Thanks! I got to meet a real police dog when my writers' group toured the police department last year. It was pretty awesome. I loved seeing behind the scenes.

Jan 6, 7:42pm Top

The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

"The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again."

I read the first one in this series, but I hadn't read the second and it was long enough that I really wanted to reread it. So there's a solid 1800 pages right there!

If you are a fan of epic fantasy series and you aren't afraid of really long books, you should give this series a try. Complex characters, intensely immersive world building, and an unpredictable plot. One thing about George RR. Martin you have to admit that he has changed fantasy by opening up these really long character-filled books and the willingness of readers to engage in some complex plots that writers might have shied away from before. (Not that I'm a fan.) The length of these books lets writers delve into their characters more and not feel like everything has to be accomplished in one book. That sounds like I'm saying these books had a lot of filler, but I don't think they did. There was honestly not a moment when I felt like Sanderson was just padding the book. I loved the whole thing.

Now my biggest decision is do I start book 3 now or closer to the release of book 4?

Jan 7, 9:29am Top

I've never tried Sanderson. Maybe I should.

Jan 7, 7:21pm Top

I'd recommend starting with Elantris or Mistborn rather than this one. They're much shorter but will still give you room to decide if you like his style.

Jan 9, 11:07am Top

Hmm, I do have Mistborn on my shelves!

Jan 9, 5:07pm Top

I'm really excited to re-read it since one of the ladies picked it for book club this year.

Jan 11, 12:17am Top

The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn *

Isolated occurrence - stand alone title

I'm so glad I found this book! I've read some short stories by Sharon Shinn, so when I found this book at the thrift store, I picked it up. The premise really intrigued me.

This is one that I don't want to spoil, but I found it completely captivating. Our young Aubrey is very talented at magic, but he has much to learn about people. He wants to learn the magic of transformation, and there's no better wizard at that than Glyrenden. Aubrey is prepared to work hard and study, he's even prepared for a few personality quirks on the wizard's behalf. He's not prepared for the strange household or the way the town people hate them.

This is the author's first book, but it's still in print and available on the Kindle. If you like fantasy, especially the work of Peter S. Beagle, I would definitely recommend this one. It's a stand alone title and it's not very long, but it's just charming.

Jan 11, 4:13pm Top

>61 cmbohn: Ooh, good review of this one! I've read and enjoyed some of Shinn's other books, most notably Summers at Castle Auburn.

Jan 11, 4:20pm Top

>56 cmbohn: I'd been planning to start The Way of Kings in the next few weeks because I thought Oathbringer was the final one. Hmm if there's more to be written I'm not sure I want to start it just yet.

Jan 11, 7:55pm Top

62 That sounds really good. I wonder if my library has it?

63- It's a tough call, read now or wait. I hear book four is expected in early 2019.

Edited: Jan 13, 3:50pm Top

Currently reading 📚 The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears. Also updated my Bingo Dog. I've already got 6/25 done.

Jan 13, 4:00pm Top

Great work on the bingo!

Edited: Jan 14, 11:54pm Top

Title: The Raphael Affair* - cold case

Author: Iain Pears

Setting: Mostly Rome, Italy 1990s

Source: Off the shelf

“English art scholar Jonathan Argyll was amazed to find himself arrested for vagrancy-while searching for a long-lost Raphael in a tiny Roman church. Although General Bottando of the Italian National Art Theft Squad has little confidence in Jonathan’s theories, Bottando’s lovely assistant, Flavia di Stefano, is intrigued by the idea of a lost classic, and by Jonathan himself. But in the midst of the painting’s discovery and the resultant worldwide publicity, a new chain of events is set into action. First vandalism, then murder, surround the painting. And as new facts about its true nature emerge, Bottando sends Flavia and Jonathan to investigate–little knowing that the pair will be on the run for the truth… and for their very lives.”


I have read other books 📚 by this author and really enjoyed them (An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Portrait) so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, it was a little bit of a mess. So many characters to keep straight , 3 POV and no visual way to tell them apart and some sense description that could have been incorporated into the story much better. I didn’t really like it dislike the characters either. I did enjoy the setting though. I don’t know much about art, but I like reading about it. I can’t decide if I’m going to try another book on this series or not. Maybe if I find one I will, but I don’t think I’ll look for them. Darn.

Jan 18, 1:55am Top

I've been reading a lot lately but I haven't been able to keep up the reviews on here. I thought I would do some short reviews and bundle a bunch of them together so you can see what I've been up to.

Murder among friends

The Accident by Linwood Barclay centers around a man whose wife dies in a drunk driving accident. He can't believe that she would have gotten behind the wheel in that state, but her death starts him asking questions that trigger a rash of violence all around him. I really like this writer - what a page turner!

Short stories

I found The Man Who Would Be King at the thrift store for a dollar. I love Rudyard Kipling, so this little collection of 5 of his best stories was just what I needed. If you can find such a collection (and I think some of them are free on Kindle) this is a great place to start. I loved Kim and Jungle Stories too.

Nonfiction Audio

After finishing my book for book club, I was looking for another good book to listen to from my library. I decided on Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. It's the first book I've read by her and I enjoyed it. This one is about the history of Hawaii, a state with such a rich and interesting heritage that I feel she barely scratched the surface. She has a rather annoying voice though, so I think I'd read it instead of listen.

Edited: Jan 18, 2:04am Top

The other thing that's taken up my time is that we had to say farewell to our senior cat, Tina. We just lost Spooky to cancer in August, so saying goodbye to another precious cat is really painful. But Tina has kidney disease and thyroid disease, arthritis and deafness. She ate all the time - stealing food whenever she could! - and still kept losing weight. It was time to let her go.

Now we have just one cat, Rosie, and she's sweet but not very social. It seems lonely around here without someone yowling under foot when I'm cooking dinner or climbing up to say hello when I'm on the couch. We had Tina for 15 years and Spooky for 12, so everyone is really missing them. It just feels kind of sad around here today.

Here's a picture or two of my girl:

That's one of the most recent pictures of her.

In better days - and showing her support for reading by checking out the library basket.

Sorry, these are really huge pictures but I'm just not up to the math to figure out how to shrink them down to manageable size. Maybe I will figure it out later.

Jan 18, 4:11am Top

>69 cmbohn: I'm sorry for your loss. She looks lovely in the pictures.

Jan 18, 11:36am Top

I'm so sorry for your loss - losing two within a year is so hard. I love how she was supporting the library!

Jan 18, 12:29pm Top


Jan 18, 1:15pm Top

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl.

Jan 18, 1:29pm Top

>69 cmbohn: I usually use the width attribute in the image code. I can't put the angle brackets here (or a real location with the http), but I'll try to show you, how I'd do it:

img src="image.jpg" width="500"

You can adjust the width as necessary. Sometimes I use 350 or 300, depending on what image(s) I'm using.

Jan 18, 2:05pm Top

I'm so sorry. It's difficult to lose any of our furred family, but all the more so when they're the ones who are always following us around and giving love. Sending thoughts your way.

Jan 18, 3:28pm Top

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful kitties. Losing two in such a short time is very sad. Your pictures are beautiful.

Jan 18, 6:19pm Top

Thanks everyone. I'm really missing her today.

Jan 18, 6:51pm Top

I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful cat.

Jan 19, 10:53am Top

I'm sorry for your loss. We had a big green-eyed, grey and white cat named Hodge and even though it's been several years, we all still remember him with great fondness and tell each other the stories of his exploits. May your memories of Tina be as comforting as our memories of Hodge.

Jan 19, 6:20pm Top

I'm so sorry to read of Tina's passing, Cindy. It's always so hard to bid farewell to a loved pet. She was a beauty.

Jan 20, 3:16pm Top

A beautiful cat and a really sad lost for you.

Edited: Jan 20, 10:15pm Top

Thanks everyone. Still getting used to her being gone. I think our remaining cat was missing her last night. She cried for a little while. I was surprised since they didn't get along, but I guess it just got lonely.

Edited: Jan 20, 10:24pm Top

Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
Minor infractions or kid's books

This one was a sort of light hearted romp at a girls school where one of the teachers is murdered and two of the girls solve the crime. I'd heard it was good fun, but I didn't think it was anything special. The Chinese girl, Hazel, seemed to be pushed around a lot by her so-called friend.But I'm not the target audience so what do I know?

Edited: Jan 21, 1:29am Top

Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson

Off the shelf - Cold Case

Set in Regency England, Meg has a titled stalker who's making her life miserable. Enter Charles Cabot, who is handsome and titled, and it all works out. Quick read but not exceptional.

Jan 21, 2:39pm Top

Very sorry to see your news regarding Tina.

Edited: Jan 24, 6:45pm Top

I actually finished this book last year, but I just added the review to my blog today so I thought I would share it here.

Not From the Stars by Christina Britton Conroy

Setting - 1885 England, theater world

Even though I'm not an actor myself and haven't been On stage since high school, for some reason I have a soft spot for books about the theater. Add an historical setting, and I'm there! So this book set in the world of English theatre 1885 sounded really interesting.

Established actor Jerry O'Connell is attracting attention - and not the good kind. Rumors fly that he and his make co-star are a little too close, and the police are taking notice. He tries to be discreet, but when he meets a desperate young ingenue he realizes that they can help each other. She needs a place to live, he needs a cover. Together they set up house and both are their careers take off.

Meanwhile young Elisa Roundtree is torn between an uncaring father and a cruel fiance. She finds a brief happiness at school, but things soon grow more complicated.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was more interested in the actors and their lives than in Elisa. I didn't agree with some of the choices she made. But it was really an eye opener to read about the laws regarding homosexuality. For some reason I didn't realize that this was the first in a series and I expected things to be more resolved at the end of this book. It's not a cliffhanger exactly, but just the first installment of a longer story.

If you like historical fiction, I would definitely recommend this one. It's available on Kindle Unlimited right now so you should check it out.

Edited: Jan 27, 12:19am Top

Practice thing trying to figure out the Bingo Dog thing.

1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional - The Way of Kings
2. Story involves travel The Naming
3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest
4. Poetry or plays out
5. New-to-you author - Quiet Meg
6. Autobiography/memoir
7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion) The Shape Changer's Wife
8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s
9. Related to the Pacific Ocean - Unfamiliar Fishes
10. Title contains something you would see in the sky
11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet
12. Number in the title
13. Book that is humorous Food: A Love Story
14. Book on the 1001 list Persuasion
15. LGBT central character Magpie Murders
16. Book set during a holiday
17. Fat book - 500 plus pages - Words of Radiance
18. X somewhere in the title
19. Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc...
20. Book published in 2018
21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc...)
22. Originally in a different language
23. Published more than 100 years ago North and South
24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional
25. Read a CAT (middle square) - Edinburgh Twilight

Success! I am unreasonably proud of myself for figuring out how to do this thing. I haven't been on LT enough in the last few years to remember how to do fancy things in my posts without looking it up every single time and this is the first year that I've done the Bingo. I'm not even sure I'll get a blackout this year - my goal is just to read and enjoy reading, but it's fun to see if I can get it.

Jan 25, 4:05am Top

>87 cmbohn: Congrats! I also figured out to do stuff like that thanks to LT and it does feel like an achievement. Good luck with your Bingo.

Jan 25, 3:06pm Top

You have a very good start on your Bingo Card (congrats. for figuring it out), I bet you will have a blackout on the card before the year is out!

Jan 26, 1:31am Top

I think you're right! I'm not really ambitious this year. I just want to focus on enjoying what I read, but it's really going well so far.

Edited: Jan 27, 1:50am Top

Title- The Thief Isaac Bell 6
Author - Clive Cussler

I read the paperback edition of this one a few years ago and I remember enjoying it, so when I saw it on CD i got it to listen to in my truck. Darn. All the quirks I didn't notice on the page (because the plot is fun and fast moving) were so annoying when I listened. So much drawing things out, such clunky dialogue. It was really a mess. I'm rethinking my commitment to this series.

Jan 27, 10:18am Top

I missed many things, it seems, but here are two that I want to call out specifically:

- Your theme is adorable, and the pictures are gorgeous and fun to look at. Nicely chosen!
- I'm very sorry to hear about Tina. Loss is hard, and I'm sorry your home life has had so much upset the last six months. She was beautiful.

Good luck finding times for reviews! You seem to be doing great, and it's nice to see what you're up to. I particularly appreciate the note around bullying in Murder is Bad Manners -- I am always surprised when people take challenging relationships for granted and don't try to improve them.

Jan 27, 12:03pm Top

>91 cmbohn: Funny how audiobooks highlight quirks or irritants that you wouldn't notice on the page. It's one reason I sometimes read aloud work I'm editing -- hearing the words spoken can help pinpoint what's wrong with it.

Jan 27, 1:48pm Top

Hey Pammab, good to see you in here!

Jan 28, 12:21am Top

>94 cmbohn: Good to see you too!

Edited: Jan 28, 8:08pm Top

Sign Off by Patricia McLinn, Caught Dead in Wyoming, book 1*

Reporter Elizabeth "E.M." Daniher is way out of her comfort zone, pushed out of her high profile job and into the consumer affairs spot in a tiny affiliate in Wyoming. But even here, she sniffs out a story in the disappearance of a local deputy with an eye for the women and more than a few enemies.

I enjoyed this book. It's a fun fish out of water story and I liked the MC. It could have been better, but I am willing to see where this series goes.

Jan 30, 1:35am Top

Currently reading:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - a reread on Kindle because I love it so much and it's been too long!
Ollie Ollie In Come Free by Anne Bernard Becker for review on my blog

Listening to
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz, which I'm loving

Edited: Feb 1, 8:18pm Top

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I have no idea how to describe this book. It’s really weird. It’s definitely not for everyone. There are those who just love it and those who don’t get it at all. I think if you like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you would probably like this one, but not because they are anything alike. They’re just both really weird.


Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .

Things get much stranger after that. Only LiteraTec SpecOp Thursday Next has the training and the knowledge to track down Acheron Hades and save literature. She’s got some strange hidden skills and a unique family pedigree that can help with this. In the meantime, her return to her home town has caused her to cross paths with her former fiance, her some what half daft brother, a group of John Miltons, and a werewolf-hunting operative who calls himself Spike. This is NOTHING like anything you’ve ever read before.

I love these books. I read the whole series, at one point, then put them up. Now I find that the writer has released new books, so I’m going back to start at the beginning and I can’t wait! I think the next book, Lost in a Good Book, is my favorite in the series.

Edited: Feb 2, 12:39am Top

January Recap

Cold cases -

1.A Man of Means by PG Wodehouse*
2. The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears *
3. The Boy on the Bridge by M. R Carey *
4. Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson

Repeat offenders

1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, on audio *
2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson *
3. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling *
4. Solstice Day Gifts by Lindsay Buroker *
5. The Thief by Clive Cuddler and Justin Scott

SERIALS - books in a series

1. The Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson*
2. Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker*
3. Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker*
4. Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker*
5. Honor's Flight by Lindsay Buroker*
6. Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
7. The Naming by Alison Croggon

Edited: Feb 2, 12:40am Top

ISOLATED OCCURRENCE - stand alone book titles

1. The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn *
2. Magpie Murders by Antony Horowitz
3. The Accident by Linwood Barclay
4. They're Watching by Greg Hurwitz

MINOR INFRACTION - YA and Children's books

1. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by EL Konigsburg *
2. Missing - Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong
3. Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
4. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan


1. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell - audio - Also counting for BingoDog
2. Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar - audio

Feb 1, 10:54pm Top

>98 cmbohn: After reading your review I know I wouldn't get The Eyre Affair, which is really useful to know because Jasper Fforde has been on my back burner for ages. Thank you!

Somewhere I've missed what your * means.

Edited: Feb 2, 12:34am Top

The * is for books I own. I'm really working on reading 📚 books that I have, rather than get from the library. So far, it's going pretty well, but really, who can resist those shiny library books.!? As for the Jasper Fforde he's a super tricky author and you either seem to live him or hate him.

Feb 3, 10:46pm Top

Just finished Orphan X today. Such a great audio book. It reminded me a little of the movie Salt with Angelina Jolie.

I'm other news my depression feels pretty overwhelming right now. I've been sleeping too much and just going through the motions. I'm working through some stuff in therapy but I don't know if I'll make it through the other side of this. I'm ready to just call it quits.

Feb 3, 11:36pm Top

>103 cmbohn: I am so sorry, Cindy. Please hang in there. The world will eventually look brighter.

Feb 4, 9:40am Top

>103 cmbohn: We are here for you, Cindy. Hang on.

Feb 4, 10:51am Top

>103 cmbohn: I have no words of wisdom, but just know you aren't alone.

Feb 4, 11:54am Top

>103 cmbohn:, We're all thinking of you, and sending good thoughts. I've been where you are, feeling-wise, and will be thinking of you.

Feb 4, 4:53pm Top

>103 cmbohn: - Joining the others in supporting you and letting you know you are not alone.

Feb 4, 8:47pm Top

Thanks everyone! I was just really down last night. It really does help to hear from you all.

Feb 4, 9:48pm Top

Good to see you!

Feb 4, 11:55pm Top

>98 cmbohn: I'm definitely among the people who just don't get The Eyre Affair, but the delight in your review is palpable and really fun vicariously. ;)

Feb 6, 2:55am Top

Just to let you know I'm thinking of you and hoping you get through this bout of depression soon. And you will get through it!

Your review of The Eyre Affair is excellent! I always wondered what it was about.

Feb 6, 5:25pm Top

Sending happy thoughts your way, and I hope you feel better soon!

Feb 7, 1:43am Top

Thanks everyone!

It's always something, isn't it? I woke up this morning to my husband telling me that our remaining cat, Rosie, was vomiting and refusing to drink, so he was trying to get her in with the vet. We finally got an appointment for her this afternoon and it took four of us to pry her out from under our bed and get her into the carrier.

After all that, the news wasn't too bad, just gastritis. She got an X-Ray to be sure, but nothing to worry about. My poor daughter got rather bloodied though! Rosie was NOT a happy cat.

So relieved. We just couldn't take another loss. I'm about ready for a second cat, but we've decided to wait until April or May.

Feb 7, 12:14pm Top

>114 cmbohn:, I'm glad to hear your kitty's news isn't too bad! At least she felt well enough to fight you guys on getting her out from under the bed--that in itself means something :)

Feb 7, 5:42pm Top

Glad to hear that Rosie is going to be OK and I hope you are feeling better as well, Cindy. A new kitten will certainly help, I bet.

Feb 8, 12:59am Top

The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife by Melodie Campbell

Del and her brother Dino have grown up in and around the family business. What that business is exactly is never spelled out, but it's not strictly legal, judging by their skill set. Lately their aunt Kitty has decided to use their talents to help in the cause of justice, which is not to say it's legal, and agrees to take on a case recovering a ex-wife's diamond necklace. Things do not go as planned.

Del is an appealing character and I liked Aunt Kitty. The rest are sort of just outlines, but this book is extremely brief, little more than a short story. I would have enjoyed it more if three or four of these exploits were gathered together. As it is, it was a quick fun read that made me smile, but nothing deeper than that. Thanks for the chance to read this one.

Feb 8, 2:27am Top

>117 cmbohn: That could be a Perry Mason title.

Feb 8, 3:26pm Top

It really could!

Edited: Feb 9, 4:49pm Top

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but kind of in a slump. I’ve had a hard time finding something that would keep my interest. But I wanted to share my thoughts, so here’s my list of what I’ve read lately in order of least enjoyed to most enjoyed.

Buried or A Buried Tale (both titles listed on Goodreads, so I don’t know which is right) by C J Carmichael. This is the first in a series about a small town attacked by a serial killer. A writer gets a tip about some old cases that were never solved. I found it kind of boring at the beginning and as I got into it, I didn’t like any of the characters. The MC was a jerk and everyone had secrets that make it hard to trust them. The book was free on Kindle but I just didn’t want to finish it.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. This one sounded more interesting, sort of a YA noir thing about a teenager post WWII, a coming of age story. But it’s hard to remember ever being so naive. Again, I didn’t like the MC who can’t wait to smoke real cigarettes and be glamorous! It was obvious the big reveal was going to be around parental infidelity and maybe murder and I just wasn’t interested in sticking with it. Another disappointment. It won some award, but I really don’t see why. Other books have told similar stories and done it better. Great cover though.

Chimera Catalyst by Susan Kuchinskas, Finder #1 This one was given to be for an honest review by the author, and it sounded pretty different. It’s set in the near future with climate change and gene splicing creating some strange consequences for most. The MC is a private detective asked to find a missing woman. Turns out the missing woman is a ‘chimera’ – mix of human and animal genes designed to be a rich man’s plaything. I liked the deeper issues this brought up, the questions of morality of how these technologies will change society, but while I was interested in the outcome of the story, I found it hard to follow the complicated storyline and sort out who was whom. I think this one needed a little more editing.

Here you go. None that I really loved, but all new authors to me and maybe to you too. I’m currently rereading The Alloy of Law and that’s a good one and a new book by Peter Lovesey that has me guessing at where he’s going. Maybe those will pull me out of my slump.

Feb 9, 6:23pm Top

>120 cmbohn: A new Peter Lovesey book? Is it Beau Death? I have that one up next in my library reading queue :)

Feb 9, 7:59pm Top

Yes! It's been kind of aslow start, but it's starting to pick up. I haven't read much of this series so I don't know all the personalities, but it's quite fun.

Feb 9, 8:28pm Top

>122 cmbohn: Great! I picked it up because of the plotline involving the history of Bath. My family visited Bath in 2015, so I couldn't pass up a chance to revisit it in print :)

Feb 9, 11:05pm Top

I Added A few to my categories up top. I need to update my bingo as well. I'm already halfway done on the Bingo, but my main goal this year is to enjoy reading and not worry about categories or genres or whatever.

I finished The Lost Spy by Kate Moira Ryan. I'm still working on a review, but I was pretty lukewarm on the story.

123- I love the Bath angle! I really hope we find out all about Beau Nash.

Feb 11, 3:32pm Top

>120 cmbohn: & >121 rabbitprincess: I haven't seen any new Peter Lovesey for a long time. Adding this one to the wishlist! I'm currently reading The Circle and enjoying it, although the female sleuth, Hen Mallin, hasn't yet made an appearance!

Edited: Feb 11, 11:41pm Top

The Lost Spy by Kate Moore Ryan

I was give a copy of this book by the writer in exchange for an honest review. My opinions remain my own.

World War II is over. Slim Moran isn't ready to return to the US or to England. She's happy to stay with her lover in Paris, and opens an agency to find displaced persons. She hasn't had many cases when she is contacted by someone from the SOE looking for a missing radio operator, believed to be captured and killed by the Nazis. But there's just a possibility that she might be alive. Will Slim be able to get to the truth of what happened to Marie-Claire?

I wasn't really crazy about this book. It started off with an interesting premise, a good strong setting, but then I got turned off by the number of times people would just sit around and talk and Slim would do nothing at all to verify their stories, to press them, to look for clues. There was a whole lot of nothing happening. I feel like maybe that's not fair, but something about the actual detection part of mystery just didn't work. There were too many times Slim just accepted things at face value.

The tangled relationships made it difficult to care about these characters as well. I liked the introduction of Edith Piaf as a performer and Marlene Dietrich - little touches like that really helped with the setting. But it honestly wasn't enough to save the book for me. I would say if you are interested in the setting, to give it a try. It might also be that it's just suffering from first book blues.

Thanks for the chance to read this one.

Feb 11, 11:42pm Top

125 - I really liked his Sergeant Cribb series too.

Feb 12, 6:26pm Top

>127 cmbohn: Sergeant Cribb is a great series! I also like the concept of his series with Edward VII as an amateur sleuth. I've picked Bertie and the Seven Bodies for my "historical fiction" MysteryCAT book :)

Edited: Feb 13, 2:50am Top

Finished two mysteries today, both good, but neither exceptional. One was set in Regency England, Murder on Black Swan Lane . First in the series. I enjoyed many of the details but I didn't feel a strong connection with the main characters.

The second was a contemporary police mystery set in England, The Case of the Broken Doll by Alison Golden. I liked that one a little more as the ending managed to surprise me.

Edited: Feb 17, 2:06am Top

I have more reviews to add sometime, but I definitely wanted to recommend this one - Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Vibrant and imaginative, it's a great YA read. I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one.

Edited: Feb 17, 9:19pm Top

Currently reading Enna Burning which has me all anxious about how it will turn out!

Edited: Feb 19, 11:27pm Top

Madame Koska and the Imperial Brooch
By Ilil Arbel

After arriving in London, Madame Koska opens a fabulous new fashion house, catering to the many wealthy women who crave that European sophistication. Meanwhile, everyone is talking about the new Russian emigres and the rumor that a stolen brooch belonging to the late Empress has surfaced in the London underground.

This was a light, almost frothy novel with an interesting main character and what sounding like some fabulous clothing! Madame Koska has arrived in London and plans to take the fashion world by storm. Her resilient spirit made me root for her. I also loved the look at the old school fashion world, the culture of the Russian emigres and the challenges they faced. It was such a quick and fun book. The mystery was quite light, and rather unbelievable, but honestly, I still enjoyed the book so much I didn’t really notice the lack of actual mystery. I would have loved some art sketches of the clothing and jewels the author described!

This is apparently based on a character in the 20th century novelist’s Angela Thirkell’s books. I’ve never read anything by her, but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the book. I am curious enough about her books though that I added one to my TBR list. Apparently she is typical of many period writers about stereotypes based on races and religion, so I am a little hesitant about that, but still kind of curious.

Feb 19, 11:31pm Top

Along Came Jones by Victoria Bernadine

I don't read much contemporary romance, like, at all, so I was a little surprised to be approached to review this story. However, I am pretty open about my mental health issues, and I found that angle intriguing enough that I said yes. I'm so glad I did!

I am really not a fan of the insta-love that substitutes for a real relationship in so many new books. Maybe that's because it's primarily YA, but I *so* don't want to read about a couple who meet, fall in love, and fall into bed. I'm not into those books. If you are, hey, good for you, but I want real people who have time to get to know one another before they fall.

So this book was a breath of fresh air for me. I loved the MCs - Ferrin was just so appealing, with his crazy family and optimistic attitude. I can see why Lou fell for him - he's just a great guy. And Lou, she's so real and so much stronger than she has given herself credit for being. I liked that she didn't magically overcome her panic attacks. The pacing felt pretty realistic. The bad guy is just human garbage and I was glad to see them get what they deserved.

If you are looking for a good romance with a great small town setting, I would definitely recommend this one. The author says she's been writing for a long time, and it shows. Recommended.

Edited: Feb 19, 11:36pm Top

I had a good weekend with plenty of reading and the new Black Panther movie. If you like superheroes at all, you should definitely see this one! Then we got a bunch of snow today. ❄

Looking for more comments! My thread is getting lonely!

Feb 20, 8:10am Top

>134 cmbohn: My oldest went to see that yesterday and had nothing but good things to say about it. We don't get to the theater often, so I'll probably have to wait til it's on dvd.

Feb 20, 3:33pm Top

We went with our married kids. My husband and I liked it better than they did, but my son is very picky about movies. I thought the whole film was just great. The overall look was stunning.

Feb 20, 3:36pm Top

Hey folks, so you think it's too late for a new KIT? I don't see a YA category on here. Would there be much interest in that? Is that something we read much around here?

Feb 20, 6:45pm Top

>137 cmbohn:, I don't know if it would be too late for a KIT, but I don't know how much of a hold it would get since we're already this far into the year. That said... I think I remember it being mentioned back when we were organizing/proposing cats/kits, and that the consensus was that most folks read YA or MG books within their favorite genres, so a Cat/Kit might not get much participation. I know I read a fair amount of YA, for instance, but almost all in the fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi world, and I don't really have much interest in reading outside of those genres when it comes to YA books (though, even as I say that, I plan on pushing myself to try John Green next month). I could be wrong, but I feel like a lot of other people felt similarly to how I feel, and that the final consensus was that it made more sense for folks to read YA/MG as they wished to within all of the other cats/kits.

And, I'll add--I'm always lurking on threads :) Don't feel too lonely--I think a lot of folks just read along randomly and chime in when they have something to add. (Or, at least I tell myself since my thread would also be pretty lonely if I just judge by comments!)

Feb 20, 6:56pm Top

>134 cmbohn: I'm glad to hear that Black Panther was good! I'll probably see it in about a year and a half when it finally becomes available for requesting at the library...

Also looking forward to seeing Thor Ragnarok eventually, because Taika Waititi directed it and it's supposed to be very funny.

Feb 21, 1:44am Top

138 - thanks for the input. I think you're right. I read some of CAT discussion thread that I missed and it sounds like there's just not enough interest for a Young Kit. I know lots of people just include their YA reads with other categories. And you're right about the other thing too. I just get an urge to chat sometimes!

139 - I really liked Thor as well! Chris Hemsworth is much funnier than you would expect.

Feb 21, 1:51am Top

I had adventures today! At least, that's one way to out it. I had to take my daughter in law to SLC to the hospital and On our way home I ran over something. We were on the freeway coming home in the dark and I didn't see this chunk of metal until it was too late. By the time I got pulled over off to the side, it was wedged in the tire. Then we got to call for a row and sit in the cold car for an hour.

They towed us to Wal-Mart and I got A good look at the tire. This 5foot long piece of metal is stuck in my tire and there's a giant hole in the tire. I don't know how we didn't flip the car or lose control. I'm still kinda freaked out about it. But my husband came and picked us up and we left the car overnight. Super glad to be home, but it's always something, isn't it? What a day.

Edited: Feb 21, 3:38am Top

What a scary incident! I often wonder at the strange things lying around on major roads. There are so many shoes lying on the sides of the autobahns, and always the right ones...

Feb 21, 11:52am Top

That was a scary story, Cindy. I'm glad that you and your daughter-in-law came through that safely!

Feb 21, 1:00pm Top

>141 cmbohn: Glad to hear you were able to get home safely!

Also, I'm picking up two book bullets from your thread, Madame Koska and the Imperial Brooch and Along Came Jones. I'm with you -- I enjoy romances, but I don't like the insta-love. I much prefer a slow burn!

Feb 21, 2:40pm Top

>140 cmbohn: Ow! Glad everything was OK.

Feb 22, 5:30pm Top

Thanks everyone! I had a hard time sleeping, thinking how it could have been worse. Turns out it was a ramp that has some loose and his against the dark road. Are a chunk of my tire. We had to replace the tire, but not the wheel. I'm headed up to the hospital again today and praying for a safe trip. Still pretty frazzled.

Feb 22, 10:16pm Top

>146 cmbohn: Glad to hear you are OK. That sounded like quite a scare!

Feb 22, 11:15pm Top

Heap House by Edward Carey, Iremonger book 1

What a weird book! I don't remember how this one made it on to my TBR list, but I'm kind of glad it did.

It's sort of a cross between Tim Burton and Oliver Twist. It's set in a strange version of Victorian England. Clod, and yes, the spelling is intentional, is an orphan part of a wealthy but strange family that makes their living exploiting the poor and claiming their trash. It's made them rich but set them apart in the most bizarre ways. The whole book is just really hard to describe.

Clod is definitely the best of a bad bunch though, and I really wanted to see him escape from this horrible life. I loved Lucy, and I can't wait to see how she shakes things up. It definitely ends on a cliffhanger, so be prepared for that.

I am going to finish this series, but I didn't love it enough that I'm just dying to get the next book. I got this one from the library and I didn't like it enough to buy it. I am honestly unsure how kids will like it. I think the kids who like the Tim Burton kind of feel will enjoy it. It's a little Lemony Snicket like, so if you're into that vibe, you'd probably enjoy it too.

Edited: Feb 24, 1:47pm Top

Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Spoiler alert!

Extremely ambitious, I'll admit that. But the ending introduced a whole next level of violence and sexual dysfunction that left me completely disgusted. When I learned Mycroft's story, about how he had been tortured and taught to torture, it made want to vomit. And this is the person the writer wants to be the protector of a friendless child? What the hell did I just read? I do not understand how this book is recommended for the awards. What is the matter with people.
It ends with a child facing either being murdered or being championed by those who have been taught to torture others for political reasons and to find sexual release in doing so

Feb 24, 9:11pm Top

>149 cmbohn: How revolting!

Sounds as though you did everything right to avoid a bad accident. I don't like driving at night, particularly in unfamiliar places.

Feb 24, 9:27pm Top

I admit I was nervous driving past where the accident happened, but they must have cleaned everything up. I'm not crazy about driving at night either.

Edited: Feb 25, 1:49am Top

I finished Children of Blood and Bone today for early review, but I need some time to think about it before I review it. Great timing, coming right after Black Panther.

And I'm currently reading Shadows of Self and The Elegant Universe.

Edited: Feb 25, 7:09pm Top

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not affect my opinion of the book.

I was lucky to get a chance to read this one! It came at the perfect time, right after I watched AND LOVED Black Panther. I had been hearing from absolutely everyone how amazing this book was, how much they were looking forward to it, if they hadn't read it yet, and on and on.

I really liked it.

And that's it. I didn't LOVE it; it wasn't AMAZING. It was good. Maybe really good. But that was it.

It started off really well - this horrible oppressive nation with a rich and complex history. Zelie's back story is really compelling, and the secondary characters were very likable. The magic system is really interesting, and I loved the world building. I would love to see a leopardaire. I loved Princess Amari and absolutely hated her father. He is just horrible!

It was Zelie that I didn't really love. I felt like the romance there was weird and it just didn't work for me. But I could have kind of gone with it, maybe it was just that it was the first book and thinking about it more would have changed my mind. But Zelie was not as a great a character as I was hoping for in the beginning. I felt like she didn't learn and grow much over the book. She was still impulsive, still getting into the same fights with her brother.

When I compared this to Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, which I also read recently, I liked Sierra more. I felt like she really had that moment when she came into her own power and really transformed into this powerful, strong woman who was ready to fight the world and win. Maybe it was because this book was split between Zelie and Amari, but I didn't feel like Zelie had that moment of transformation in quite the same way. Don't get me wrong - I think this was a good book and I'm glad I read it. But I think it could have been even better.

It's possible that it was just me, that I read it at the wrong time and I would have enjoyed it more if I were in a different mood. If you are looking forward to reading this one, I'd say go ahead and give it a try. But I'm not in a hurry to read the next book.

Edited: Feb 26, 4:41pm Top

Currently reading 📚 Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson, in the Mistborn series, The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg, and The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene.

Feb 28, 12:22am Top

Husband's birthday 🎂 today! Dinner out and cake and presents.🎁 I was kinda freaking out over the cake all day but it turned out pretty great. I will get a picture 📷 up tomorrow.

Feb 28, 6:32pm Top

Happy birthday to your husband! Glad the cake turned out. :)

Feb 28, 7:35pm Top

Thanks! And I think we're getting our new kitty on Saturday.

Mar 1, 9:28am Top

>157 cmbohn:, yay for new furry family members! :) My husband and I (accidentally) adopted a new cat in early December, and we were just talking last night about how we can't barely remember what the house/life was like before she joined us!

Mar 1, 2:22pm Top

That's awesome!

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