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My 2015 Reading Log

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While I’m no longer in the book review world, I still love to read. That was with me way before the 3-year (awesomely fun) reviewing stint in my life, and it will remain with me for the rest of my life, no doubt.

I used to read a lot more than I am able to now, thanks to a small child and early work hours. I’m usually spent by the time I crawl into bed, and since that’s the only time I have to read, it’s not typically a marathon session by any stretch.

But looooooooook! I have almost completed my Goodreads book challenge for the year! I am 2 books away from 50, and I know I will beat that as I’m almost finished with my current read, and my audiobook will no doubt be finished by next week. Rad!

Audiobooks have saved my reading goals. I would only be able to read half this amount if it was regular ole reading. They also save my sanity on my commute to and from work. I really get into the book when there is a good narrator, and there are some brilliant narrators out there!

My 2015 Challenge Books

Currently reading and will be finished by year end.

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) George

Read in 2015

 

         
    
        

I plan to do Book Bingo in 2016, which will help me try new genres. I also hope to stick to my massive collection of books, for the most part. I’ve done real well about not collecting new books like I used too, but I could do better. It is hard to stay away from new releases, but I’d prefer to binge read the series once they are all released.
At least, this is what I keep telling myself.
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Book Reviews

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

Let us first pay homage to these strikingly beautiful covers. The vivid colors, the mesmerizing eyes, the sense of wonder and awe they make you feel. The cover people at Little, Brown knew what they were doing when they created these incredible works of art. I’d hang them on my wall,  I would.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bones series by Laini Taylor was an incredible journey into fantasy world-building at its finest. It makes me flaily. Jelly arms flaily. I’ve read a lot of young adult fantasy and I have never come across such vivid imagery. The world that the author built is so unique and interesting that I’m quite sad I will no longer be visiting Karou, Akiva and their entourage of misbegotten and chimera. Days after finishing the last book in the series, I am still thinking about the characters and their plight. And not just the great, amazing characters in the series, but the evil, malicious ones, too. They all still live vividly in my thoughts.

That is great writing, methinks. 

I also had the wonderful opportunity to listen to these books via audio, which was narrated by Khristine Hvam. For those of you who have not yet discovered Hvam’s amazing talent, give her a shot. I wrote in my original review of the first book that “Her inflections, incredible accents and all-around tone and speech were sooooooooooooo fantastic. Damn, now I want to make a fan page.” She is truly incredible at her craft and I would listen to her read the daily news. Well, I guess that’s kinda silly and possibly creepy, but you catch my drift.

This series is full of surprises, magic, fantasy, beast and angel. It’s full of love, sacrifice, camaraderie, loyalty. And it has Zuzana, one of the best secondary character to grace the pages of literature. And Hvam’s portrayal of this fiesty little lady is pure gold!

I guess what I’m tryinig to convey in my nonsensical way is that this series is worth a try. It might not be for everyone, but everyone I’ve spoken to has been wowed by it. So go wow yourself!

And I mean that in the nicest way possible.

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Blogging · Books · Paper Crafts · Parenting · Social Work

I knew I wouldn’t stay away for long.

It was inevitable.

I ran a book review blog from 2010-2013 and totally loved it. It’s no longer live but it was called Smash Attack Reads. It brought much joy and entertainment to my life, but blogging became less and less important when my sweet baby boy was born.

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Blogging took up much of my spare time, as most serious blogger’s can attest to. And as most parents can attest to, you have little, if any, spare time when you become a parent…especially in the beginning!

But it was inevitable that I would return to blogging one day. I just have too much to say.  Whether my words are worth reading is purely up to you, dear reader, but I shall peck away at my keyboard regardless.

I plan to use this blog to write about books (duh), being a parent, my work as a social worker with youth, paper crafting, food, and any and everything else I care to share. It will be a smorgasbord of the things that make me happy, angry, sad or frustrated.

I would love for you to join me in my rambles.

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