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What Are You Reading?

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As I get my life back under my own control again, it’s time to continue our regularly scheduled features. Friday, as always, is What Are You Reading day. Me, I’m more than halfway through Jim Butcher’s Furies of Calderon epic fantasy novel. So far, I am finding it absorbing and filled with characters I am becoming invested in, though I can’t say it pulls me in like Butcher’s Dresden Files series does. But then, that’s my favorite urban fantasy series of all time, so not much does.

I just finished reading False Awakenings by Callum McLaughlin, and will be reviewing that soon, and I’m starting on Pack Princess, by Aimee Easterling. Will be reviewing that one soon, too, if I’m allowed a bit more reading time next week than I’ve been getting lately. So stay tuned for new reviews and updates on various other bookish things.

Now it’s your turn. What are you reading? As always, inquiring minds wanna know! Let us hear from you…

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What Are You Reading?

 

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It’s not Friday…I missed that, sadly…but I figure it’s never too late to let you know what I’m reading, especially when it’s something really, really good. So, here it is. This week, I’m reading Jen Rasmussen’s Ghost in the Canteen, and it’s brilliant! Jen’s writing is strong, sharp, funny, and engaging. And great goobley-oobley! This story is scary! Horror fans will love it, for sure, and anyone who likes ghost stories, tales of the supernatural, and unique world building will, as well. Plus, you might learn a thing or two you didn’t know before. Like…what is a switchel ring? In fact, what is switchel? Do you know? I didn’t. But now I do!

Ghost in the Canteen is so good, I’m going to recommend you go right ahead and buy your copy today, even before my full review comes out next week. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Now, it’s your turn. What are YOU reading this week? Inquiring minds wanna know!

What Are You Reading?

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A day late, and a dollar short, as they say, but you’ll have to excuse me. A bad back has kept me away from my computer more than I like, so I’m running behind on everything. But another thing they say is, “better late than never,” right? So here’s Friday’s What Are You Reading post. For better or worse. And that’s entirely enough old sayings for one morning. 🙂

I’m well into D. B. Jackson’s 3rd book of the Thieftaker Chronicles, A Plunder of Souls, and enjoying it nearly as much as the first two. I won’t say it is the best urban fantasy ever, but I will say that Jackson’s mixing of real historical characters from the pre-Revolutionary days of early America, is deft, and a great deal of fun. (Not to be confused with “daft,” which is more what I am on any given day.) I really enjoy our conjurer, Ethan Kaille, as he tries to solve yet another magical assault on the city of Boston, while mixing it up a bit with the likes of Samuel Adams and other names from history. I’ll be reviewing this one in detail later, for sure.

Now it’s your turn, as always. What are you reading this week? Also as always, inquiring minds wanna know.

 

What Are You Reading Today?

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It’s that time again…time to tell the world what you are reading. I’ll go first, shall I? 🙂

I just finished Book 2 of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater, and will soon be doing a review on that. Assuming I can find the words to describe how powerful her writing is. She astounds me. I’m on the opening page, literally, of the final Rachel Morgan/The Hollows book, Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name. Been holding off on it for a couple of weeks, because I really hate to see the series end. I also have reviews coming up for Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews), and The Winter Long (Seanan McGuire. Not to give away too much, but all of these rated 5 stars with me, so I can’t wait to get the reviews up for you.

Now it’s YOUR turn! What’s new on your Kindle, or your reading table? As always, inquiring minds wanna know, so share! I’ll be taking notes, here.

What Are You Reading?

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It’s Friday again…LATE Friday, but still…it’s Friday, and Friday is What Are You Reading Day. Me, I’m about half way finished with Book 2 of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves. I finished re-reading The Raven Boys a few days ago, and started right in on this one, and with every single page, I’m reminded yet again what a powerful writer Maggie Stiefvater is. Lots of folks write pretty good YA books and fun Urban Fantasy series, but very few people reach the level of writing Stiefvater does. She can lay open a character’s soul more efficiently than a boning knife, and often, with equally painful results.  I want to say more, but I’m restraining myself. I’ll be reviewing these two books soon enough, so no need to go farther at this point.

Your turn, though. What are you reading, and are you enjoying it? Let’s ask that, too. *tapping my foot, here, eager to know*

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What Are You Reading?

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It’s Friday again, and time for What Are You Reading once again. I know I’ve been remiss for a couple of weeks, but you’ll have to excuse me. The last six weeks or so have been totally out of control. Travel, illness, family drama, and other pressing issues got in my way, but…to paraphrase a certain spooky someone…I’m baaaaaaaa-aaaaaack. More or less. 🙂 So on to the burning question of the day.

I’m re-reading Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, Book 1 in what I think is a trilogy. I have Book 2 waiting for me, but I realized I really wanted to revisit Book 1 before starting it. This is a complicated tale, and I had forgotten some bits and pieces. I also had forgotten how completely beautiful and compelling Chapter 1 of The Raven Boys is. Maggie Stiefvater is an enormously gifted writer. Not just capable of telling great stories, but of using words, phrases, and imagery like no other. She’s who I want to be when I grow up. Her words pull me into her books like no one else’s, and they just don’t let go. I can’t imagine anyone reading the graveyard scene in Chapter 1 and not being caught hook, line, and sinker. I’ve already reviewed this book here and as soon as I finish re-reading it, and then reading the second book, The Dream Thieves, I’ll be reviewing that one, as well.

Now it’s your turn. What are you reading? As always, inquiring minds want to know, so don’t be shy. Let me hear from you.

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It’s Friday, Again…What Are You Reading?

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Time once more to find out what everyone is reading this week. Me, I’m doing double duty, trying to catch up after having been sick for over two weeks. I was way behind on clearing out my TBR stack, anyway, and now I have to read two books at once to make up for it. 😀 Okay, I know that’s really not any faster, but sometimes, it’s fun. I’m half way through Anna Celeste Burke’s latest Desert Cities Mystery, A Dead Sister, and well into the newest Chicagoland Vampires book by Chloe Neill, Blood Games. It’s kind of nice reading a “normal” mystery in the morning, and switching to the world of vampire intrigue (and love, of course…let’s not forget the uber-sexy Ethan Sullivan & his Cadogan house Sentinel, Merit) at night.

Now it’s your turn. Stop by and tell us what YOU’RE reading this week. Inquiring minds wanna know. Come on, now…tell!!

It’s Friday Again: What Are You Reading?

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Another week gone by, and time to find out what everyone is reading this week. I’m still working on the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, my first true Fantasy book, and I have to say, I’m really enjoying it. If Sanderson isn’t the most lyrical writer I’ve ever read, he’s certainly one of the most imaginative, and his world-building is so much fun. Even the scary bits!  I’m well into the last of the three books, and hope to finish in time to review this next week.

Now it’s your turn. Don’t be shy! What are YOU reading this week? As always, inquiring minds wanna know. 

What Are You Reading?

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If it’s Friday, it must be What Are You Reading Day! Me, I’m still working my way through Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy. I finished Book 1, and am closing in on the halfway  point of Book 2. Still enjoying it very much, though I’m worried about some of the characters. Having already lost one I really liked, I’m not sure who else will survive all the way to the end of Book 3. All in all, I’d say it’s a pretty good introduction to a fantasy epic.

Your turn, now. What are you reading this week? As always, inquiring minds wanna know. (And some of us are taking notes!)

What Are You Reading?

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Happy Freya’s Day, everyone! It’s that time again…what are you reading this week? Me, I’m finally getting around to reading an actual, straight-on fantasy. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. Guess what? I’m loving it, so far. It’s really a fun read, with fantastic world-building, though I think it could possibly take me the rest of my natural life to finish it. The first book, itself, is very long, as are the other two in the trilogy, which I downloaded in a “combo-pack.” I’ll be reviewing it when I finish, of course…if I can still remember how to type by then. 😉

Your turn! What are you reading? Inquiring minds wanna know, as always!

What Are You Reading?

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Time once again for Friday’s feature, What Are You Reading? As always, I’m nosy, and I take notes! 🙂 Me, I’m reading a freebie paranormal mystery/romance called Along Came a Demon, by Linda Welch. Pure escapism, with no visible redeeming social value…my favorite kinda book these days. I’ll be reviewing it soon, along with Nora Roberts first two books of the O’Dwyer series, and a creepy, dark, disturbing, and totally compelling little urban fantasy called Summoned.

Your turn! What are you reading? Inquiring minds…as always…wanna know, so let us hear from you! And happy Freya’s Day!

What Are You Reading?

Better late than never, I guess. Somehow in all the excitement yesterday of doing the Blog Tour and seeing Swamp Ghosts come out in print, I managed to forget my Friday What Are You Reading post. So, here it is, for those who enjoy it.

I just finished (last night) a very dark, unusual, and compelling book called Summoned by Rainy Kaye. I’ll be reviewing it soon. Suffice it to say, it was unlike any story I’ve ever read, and I have very mixed feelings about it. Most are good, though.

Now it’s your turn. What are you reading? As always, inquiring minds wanna know!

What Are You Reading?

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Happy Freya’s Day! And you know what Fridays are around here…why, What Are You Reading Day, of course! As usual, inquiring minds wanna know!

If you were visiting here at any time on Monday, you can probably guess what I’M reading…Skin Game, of course. Catching up with what the heck is happening in Harry Dresden’s ever-expanding world of madness, mayhem, and things that go bump in the night. Our Wizard, who has become so much more than just that, is in a mess once again, thanks to Mab, the Winter Queen of the Fae, and all-around cold-hearted, tough as nails, bad-ass ruler of her realm. Now that she has made Harry her Winter Knight, he has no choice but to obey her every command, grumbling and snarking every step of the way as he may. Between her and that parasitic thing he has growing in his head, Harry is changing. And some of his friends aren’t sure it’s in a good way. The book is EXCELLENT so far, and the only bad thing about reading it is that once I’m done, I’ll be waiting another LONG year  or more for the next one. Oh, that Jim Butcher torments his fans so!

Now, your turn. What are YOU reading this week. I’m sitting here, pencil in hand, ready to take notes. Let us hear from you! 🙂

Friday: What Are You Reading?

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Today is What Are You Reading Day, as always. Inquiring minds wanna know. Let us hear from you. (Some of us take notes, you know. 🙂 )

I’m reading several things at once, this week. Just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, am working on Dana Mason’s Dangerous Embrace, and Anna Celeste Burke’s A Dead Sister. Will be reviewing the O’Dwyer books soon, and hoping to wrap up the others before long. I’ve got Skin Game coming next week, and nothing shall get between me and Harry Dresden! Nothing, I say! 🙂

Your turn. What are you reading?

Life is Back To Normal…Mostly.

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Daughter and Grandbaby headed back to Destin yesterday, and today seems awfully quiet. I guess it’s good for me to get back into my normal routine. It’s certainly less tiring than trips to the zoo and all the other fun stuff we did this week. But it’s pretty lonely, too. I miss those kids…both the 13-month-old one, and his mom, who will always be MY baby. 😦 However, I’ll be heading up to the panhandle myself in a few weeks to spend some beach time with them, so it’s all good.

Time to get things going here on Bookin’ It, now. Tomorrow is Monday Giveaway Day, so be sure to tune in to see what you might be able to win. And Wednesday is the first of my Author Interviews. I’ll be posting them every Wednesday, for as long as I can find writers who’d like to participate. This week, my guest will be Aimee Easterling, author of the Shiftless YA paranormal werewolf series. On Friday, I have a bonus Author Interview with Anna Celeste Burke, author of A Dead Husband, the first of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mysteries. Friday is What Are You Reading Day, as usual. Your chance to tell us what books are on your bedside table each week, and how you are liking them. Sunday, I plan to start a new feature: Blogger of the Week. It will be a chance for me to give a shout out to someone whose blog I really enjoy.

And of course, I’ll be fitting in my book reviews here and there, as well. So, hope you’ll stop by often and see what’s happening! Have a great week, everyone!

Spring Is Here For Sure!

What a glorious day it is today. You can tell by the flowers in my header, I’ve been in the yard for several hours. I picked up two hanging baskets and they inspired me to get up from this computer and get out in my garden. How could I resist, with colors like those? Did you ever see anything more cheerful in your life? 🙂 I put a basket at each end of my back porch, and I can see them from the patio, as well.

I missed What Are You Reading Friday, yesterday, so I thought I’d take a break from planting my coleus, and touch base with you guys for a change. (MUST get back to my blogging again. I really miss it!) I’m a bit over halfway through Kim Harrison’s latest, The Undead Pool, and loving it, so far. Although, I must say, Harrison is toying with our emotions in this one. At least those of us who have been fan of Trent since the beginning of the series. She’d better deliver before this book is done, or I just might start to lose patience, here. It’s definitely time for the relationship between Rachel and everyone’s favorite elf, “Cookie Bits,” as Jenks the pixie calls him, to get it on, for Pete’s sake. I’ll be reviewing the book as soon as I finish, which takes a lot longer lately. (Writing has a way of consuming every minute of my days, any more.)

So, your turn. What are you reading this weekend? Inquiring minds, and all of that…??

What Are You Reading?

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Better late than never, I always figure!  Time for What Are You Reading, once again. I’m on Book 4 of the droll and amusing Victorian Steampunk series, The Parasol Protectorate. When I finish the last book, #5, I’ll be sad. The books are so funny, I can hardly wait to review this one. 

So what are YOU reading? As always, inquiring minds wanna know!

What Are You Reading?

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(My 8-year-old granddaughter, Tabitha, reading to
her cousin, my 8-month-old grandson, Kaelen.)

Just realized it’s Friday again! Where did this week go? Oh, yeah. It was Christmas! That explains it!  Don’t know if any of you have time for reading right now, but I thought I would ask. I was in the first 1/3 of Changeless from the Parasol Protectorate series when I realized it was Book TWO! Now I’m starting over on Soulless, the first one. A very amusing, steampunk/urban fantasy kind of series. Will review it when I’m done.

So what are YOU reading this week? Or are you “resting your eyes” until after the holidays? 

What Are You Reading?

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I’m afraid I won’t have time in the morning to get my Friday What Are You Reading post done, so I’m popping in here to do that right now. I get more good book ideas from this post each week, so I don’t like to be too busy to ask you guys: What are YOU reading?

I’m about halfway through a short novella, I guess it would be, by Eileen Wilks, called Originally Human. It ties in with her World of the Lupi series, but so far, all the characters are new ones. However, they are currently on their way to see a very familiar character from the Lupi books, Cullen Seaborne, so there is going to be some sort of crossover stuff going on. I’m enjoying this story very much, and will be reviewing it when I finish.

So…YOUR turn. What are you reading this week? As always, inquiring minds wanna know.

What Are You Reading?

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It’s Friday, once again, after a month of Fridays that got lost in the shuffle around here. So, let’s get back with the program. Time for a What Are You Reading post. I’m about two-thirds of the way through a very creepy book called The Room Beyond, by Stephanie Elmas. I thought I was choosing something fairly ordinary in the way of “regular” fiction, but oh, no. Even when I don’t intend to, I find myself reading weird and creepy stuff. I’m enjoying it, so far, and can’t wait to find out the rest of the mystery, though some of it is relentlessly dark. I’ll do a review as soon as I finish.

Your turn. What are you reading this week? And what’s next in your To Be Read pile? As always, inquiring minds wanna know.

What Are You Reading?

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Got so busy with my FREE-ky Friday Lunch Time Giveaway that I forgot to ask the requisite Friday question…what are you reading? As always, inquiring minds wanna know, even when we forget to ask!

I’m two-thirds of the way through Lee Child’s Latest Jack Reacher book, Never Go Back. As always, I am in awe of Lee Child’s ability to make Jack Reacher so interesting. You’d think that after 18 (yes, that’s 1 and 8) books, I’d be tired of Reacher, but you’d be wrong. There has only been one Reacher book that I got annoyed with, and that was purely because it became too political for my taste. The other 17 have each been riveting to me, and this one is, as well. I stayed up until 3:00am reading last night, and even though I’m paying for it today, it was worth it. I’ll be reviewing this one soon.

So, tell me…what are YOU reading this week?

What Are You Reading?

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Since I missed my chance to post this question on Friday, I’m asking this morning! Inquiring minds still wanna know, even a day late. What are you reading today? Or what have you read in the last few days?

I’m half way through Tin Swift, the second book in the Age of Steam series, by Devon Monk. I simply love this series. This book is even better than the first one, Dead Iron. I can’t wait to review it, and start the third, Cold Copper

Your turn now? Tell us what’s got you turning pages today?

It’s “What Are You Reading Time” Again!

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Yet another Friday has rolled around. Strange how that happens, isn’t it? Almost like the calendar was planned that way! 😉  And we here at Bookin’ It (I’m using the Literary “We”, of course), want to know what you are reading this week. Tell, tell! How else am I supposed to keep my To Be Read list at the current level, which is somewhere between “An Awful Lot of Books” and “An Amount of Books Impossible to Be Read In A Dozen Lifetimes?”

I am just getting started on the latest in the Chicagoland Vampires series, Biting Bad, a series I have been following since the beginning. I have to say this book isn’t grabbing me as quickly as some in the series have done, probably because there is an awful lot of Mallory in the first few chapters. I don’t know about you other fans of Chicagoland, but I do not like Mallory. Never have. Probably never will. No matter how hard Chloe Neill tries to make her likable, forgivable, or even interesting (I’m over the blue hair, btw), she just doesn’t work for me. Luckily, there’s Merit who is forgivable, even when she’s being a dope, and Ethan, who can do no wrong in my book. Or Chloe Neill’s book, if I’m being accurate, here. Ethan Sullivan is one of my favorite vampity guys, in a world filled with a veritable GLUT of them to choose from. He stands out in the fangy crowd, to me, and thus I will finish the book, even if I have to read about the infinitely whiny Mallory, blecch. Merit and her Liege are worth it.

So, what are YOU reading that I need to know about? My last 2 books reviewed, Dead Iron and Libriomancer, were suggested to me by a fellow blogger, so I’m interested in knowing what your bookmark is resting in today! Share, please! And happy reading!

It’s Friiiiday . . . What Are You Reading?

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Well, it’s that time again! Time for me to be nosy and ask, what are you reading? I just love finding out what’s holding your interest this week.

For me, I’m discovering the fun of Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. It’s an amusing romp through the world of magic as practiced by those with the gift of being able to reach INTO books and pull objects out, including at times, creatures and characters that would be best left between the pages. Because of the misuse of this magic, the world is filled with a lot of things that really oughtn’t be here, like many species of vampires, as created by various authors . . . to include one of the oldest forms, Sanguinarius stokerus, and one of the more modern forms, Myerii, or Sparklers, as they are called. I can’t wait to review this one. It has made me laugh out loud numerous times, already.

So . . . where’s your bookmark parked this week? As always, inquiring minds wanna know. 

It’s Friday . . . What Are You Reading?

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Time for another What Are You Reading post. Inquiring minds want to know. 

After taking a break from urban fantasy to read an interesting anthology and a novel that didn’t quite do it for me, I’m now almost done with Faith Hunter’s latest Jane Yellowrock  book, Death’s Rival

Next, I’ll be starting the newest Odd Thomas book by Dean Koontz, Deeply Odd. I can’t wait to find out what the endearing Oddie has been up to.

So, what are you reading?

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