Friday, March 7, 2014

Books I read in February

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) by Janet Evanovich

I had to reread this for my book club.

Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery

It is funny that I've never read this book before, even though I love Anne of Green Gables. The next book is of course in my "to read" pile.

Alice in Wonderland: The Vampire Slayer (Book #1) (Vampire Wonderland Series) by J.J. Maddox

This is a short story, kind of Buffy:the Vampire Slayer meets Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Luckily it was short, because it jumped around in the story and I really couldn't get into it.

Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas - Book 1) by Anita Valle

A short story, almost too short. I couldn't get a good feel on the author's writing, so I am not sure if I want to buy the next part of the story, which is also a short story.

New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book I) by Louise Bohmer and K.H. Koehler

Another short story. The plot was good, but felt unfulfilled, maybe because the story was so short, but I probably won't be getting the next part.

The Stumpwork Robe (The Chronicles of Eirie) by Prue Batten

Do not read this book if you have trouble reading rape scenes. There is pointless rape scene in chapter 4, honestly I couldn't finish the book.

ODDILY (Oddily Series #1) by Linda Pohring

This book was a bit blah. There is no explination for the girl's, Oddily, name. The most developed character is Maxim and really most of the story is about him and not about Oddily. Oddily is such a flat underdeveloped character. The narrator goes on and on about how Oddily is different, but it is never shown, just the bullying is. I will probably not buy the next book in the series.

Reckless Magic (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 1) by Rachel Higginson

This book was pretty good, and you can't beat the price of free. There are a few times that the main character, Eden, does just plain stupid things, not reckless. I understand that the character is 16 years-old, but that doesn't explain away ignorant things she does, but if you can get pass those few moments the rest of the story is pretty enjoyable.

Ship's Boy (The David Birkenhead Series) by Phil Geusz

Another free book. This one was really enjoyable. A review I read said that David is a genetically altered bunny, but I must have skipped over the genetically altered part some how. I did know he was a bunny/rabbit. The reason for have altered bunnies as slaves isn't explained in this book, but hopefully it will be. I would describe this as a cross between Watership Down and an epic space opera book. I will be buying the next book in this series.

Takeaway by Catherine Sampson

A short story who-dun-it. I'm of two minds about this story... no probably just one mind. To me it was very obvious who the killer was, from the very beginning of the story. The other part of me does not like this story because while the author did study Chinese, at Leeds University even, and live in China it just reeks of exotifing and fetishizing Asian people. There are two other books featuring the character of Detective Song Ren, but they are luckily out of print.

Thirst (Ava Delaney #1) by Claire Farrell

Another free book, about a daywalker. Nothing new to the mythos of daywalkers, but an entertaining story.

Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

I tried to read World War Z at the end of last year, but I was turned off by the style of writing. This is a bit in the same style, journalist style of question and answer (as a journalist myself I do not like this style of writing), but some parts are narrated and a few of the characters or their family members are carried on, I think it makes the style a bit more personal than what is seen in World War Z. What I think is especially great is that the author, Daniel H. Wilson, has a doctorate in robotics, but his story isn't full of technical jargon, so there is a believability about the robot uprising, but put in a way that the average nontechnical person can understand.

Books read so far: 9 1/2 January plus 11 1/4 February equals 20 3/4 books so far this year.

Currently watching:Inspiring Generation - 감격시대 I can only seem to watch one drama at a time, so I am a bit behind on this.

Currently reading:

Avalon Revisited by O.M. Grey

I am not sure about this book.

Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
I made $20 in gift cards for the month of February.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

5 March wants

It is funny. The humidity is much higher here in Leeds, but my lips are very dry and cracking right now.

My lips aren't the only thing dry. My skin is horribly dry. Normally I don't use an exfoliant, but it is needed right now. Luckily I do have my Italy Towel and use it on the rest of my body.

Needs something cute to hold the hair back while scrubbing the dry skin off.

Maybe a moisturizer would help with the dry skin. I don't know, but it'd probably smell good.

Then I'd need a sunscreen to finish it all of, 'cause yes, even in a place like Leeds that barely gets any constant sunlight you should still wear sunscreen.

Currently watching: Screening Humanity 인간극장 . Love this show. It shows real Koreans living in Korea. Not Korean idols and Kpop.

Currently reading:

Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

The same sort of journalist style as World War Z, but since a few of the characters are connected it was much more interesting and easier to read to me than World War Z, which I tried to read in December, but I just never could get into the story.

Swagbucks it is how I make money for amazon gift cards!
So far I've made $15 in amazon gift cards with Swagbucks and it is only the 22nd of February.
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