General Posts, Non Reviews

Something Different: The Never Have I Ever Book Tag!

First, the rules:
Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
Link back to the person who tagged you! (Thank you Carol @ Reading Ladies)
Answer all prompts.
Add one more prompt of your own.
Tag at least five people.
Don’t lie.
Have fun!

Never have I ever… read a later book in the series before reading the first book.
I do this, but only if they can be read as standalones!  I do it with detective series like the Prey or Cross books all the time, but books in true series… Very rarely.

Never have I ever… burned a book.
I have really wanted to, but never burned a book 😂

Never have I ever… read a book I knew I would hate.
I have for review purposes, although I have learned how to say no and pick and choose more carefully now!

Never have I ever… written a fanfiction about my favorite books.
Never! I don’t like reading fanfic and have never written any

Never have I ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.
I used to read weird books like The Celestine Prophecies and beat generation writers, now I don’t love those or speculative fiction so much.  My taste in fantasy is pretty much the same though!

Never have I ever… dressed up like one of my favorite literary characters.

I have been Harry Potter and Karigan Gladheon for Halloween before😂

Never have I ever… hated a book by an author I loved.
I have HATED the past two Green Rider books, which kills me because the first four books are my entire life

Never have I ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and came out with many more.
Not so much new books but I have been known to stack up at discount and used places

Never have I ever… read the end of a book before reading the beginning.
Only skip to the end when I start getting bored with thrillers or suspense 😂 not before I start though

Never have I ever… read the book without the dust jacket.
All the time, gotta keep it safe! Put it back on afterwards!!

Never have I ever… skim read half the book.
At that point I’ll just DNF, life is too short

Never have I ever… seen the movie before reading the book.
I have, many times. Sometimes I don’t even realize a movie has a book, most recently Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Never have I ever… had a book boyfriend.
I latched onto Yates from Green Rider,and will NEVER forgive Britain for that.  Also Sevro from the Red Rising books. Also who didn’t want to just hug, then fight besides HP?

Never have I ever… read a history book or a biography for fun.
Oh boy, yeah I read a lot of U S. history for fun

Never have I ever… picked up a book based on the cover alone.
Yes but I DO confirm the synopsis as readable first 😂

Never have I ever… bought multiple books in a series without having started it.
Yes but only because I like to have the first few ready before I start a new series

Never have I ever… kept reading a series even if I didn’t love the first book.
This is happening to me right now, but holy cow is The Great Hunt about a thousand times a better book than The Eye of the World. I’ll keep going until hopefully Sanderson doesn’t destroy it

Never have I ever… kept buying books even though my bookshelves are full of unread books.
Guilty, although right now I’m only buying new books to complete series that I’m waiting on.  99% of new titles are like… Blah right now.

Never have I ever… bought/read a book because of a booktuber/book blogger.
Not booktube but I have a few trusted bookstagrammers that I’ll take recs from!

 Never have I ever… ruined a book for a book blog post, bookstagram picture, or booktube video.
I’ve accidentally dropped a few that resulted in grass smears and once, water damage 😭

Alright seeing as I don’t blog with many people, if you see this you’re tagged 😂

General Posts, Non Reviews

At least 2020 was a good year in books!

The healthcare world might be in a state of total trainwreck, but I managed to have a pretty great reading year in 2020!  I managed to read 150 books at 54,834 pages!  Roughly four thousand more pages than in 2019, and I think I credit the difference to audiobooks while driving so much for work this summer.


I have always been a reader but 2020 was my second full year of reviewing and blogging.  At first, reviewer trends almost turned me off to the entire business, but I managed to find a core of sane reviewers and bloggers to surround myself with that lead me in a better, more focused direction in 2020.  That very small, very loud group of kids that do nothing except scream about content from their high horses….? No thanks.


I found my best ratings this year in adult fantasy books, plus some older YA ones.  Newer YA, with the exception of The Silvered Serpents, and I had a huge falling out this year due to writing and publishing trends.  I feel like quality is out the window in exchange for repetitiveness, sexual expression, and political agenda, which I will die on the hill saying doesn’t belong in YA.  


As far as certain books – I definitely (despite my YA falling out) enjoyed at least half of The Raven Boys books, but Will Patton as the audio narrator had a huge impact on that.  Will Patton literally changed books for me this year because he is such an amazing narrator.  I reread the Harry Potter books with my BF which was pretty special and highly enjoyable.  I also listened to The Golden Compass books again and really, really enjoyed the full cast audio’s phenomenal performance.  

Some other highlights were Jeff Wheeler’s conclusion to The Grave Kingdom series (Christian fantasy), Tears of Alphega by WN Cleckler, and Dragon Blood by Mary Beesley of the same genre.  Other great fantasies this year were Tuyo by Rachel Neidermayer and Ritual of Bone by Lee Conley. One of my last reads of the year, Open Heart by Gregory D Williams was probably my non-fantasy favorite of the year.Screenshot_20201231-133315

Reading some older thrillers was also a thrill – I started rereading my all time favorite Prey series by John Sandford, some early James Patterson, Narnia, and of all things reading the Star Trek: TNG books from the beginning.

The Love Your Shelf Challenge was a huge help in reading older books.  So was the Bookish First monthly Bingo, certain buddy reads, and my stubborn resistance to people trying to tell me what new books to read.

In 2020 I learned that the more that people scream at me to read certain content, the absolute less likely I am to read it.  Just stop, we all have preferences. 

It was also great to have the new blog designed and brought to life!  My own spooktober holiday bingo was a huge success.  Other great fun things were some buddy reads and group reads!

It is hard to talk about 2020 without mentioning my home library finally coming to fruition after four years of dreaming!


Oh 2021, what will you bring? I signed on with a couple of amazing book tour companies and work with some amazing publishers that have my January fairly well booked, but then I want to go back and read my anticipated release books that I meant to read in 2020 😭

Chiefly those are: Igniting Darkness by Robin Lafevers, and Call of the Bone ships by RJ Barker. I have still yet to read Darkdawn, and need to finish up The Conqueror Saga finally. Maybe February will be my Valentine month with these books ❤

All the best and all the power if you are still reading this post, did you meet your 2020 reading goals!!?


General Posts, Non Reviews

A Good Month of Reading.. June Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to the handful of new followers that came off of my Bookstagram giveaway! This is a post about reading in general, one of my first that isn’t explicitly a book review.

What causes a good or bad reading month for you?

I managed to read 14 books this past month, when my average has been 11 so far this year. When thinking about the factors., usually bad weather and time off causes me to read more, but I hit an interesting point in my life this June where I was in between work contracts for three weeks, uncomfortable in a new place, and my horse is injured so she is hanging out in a pasture, not requiring much as much time as usual. Normally I would travel during my time off but I think my anxiety kicked in just enough to keep me productive, but local. One other factor was that I read through two very good trilogies which kept me going through the books a little faster.

This month in books: (Also, yes, don’t get used to this – I don’t normally give out this many stars but the books were mostly amazing this month!

1) Finale by Stephanie Garber – 1*- I read about two chapters a day so I could tolerate it, and finished mid June

2)Siege and Sacrifice (Numina, #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg – 5* – Everything an ending should be. My favorite read this month ❤

3)The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler – 4*- Oh gosh, Owen and Evie

4)The Thief’s Daughter (Kingfountain #2) by Jeff Wheeler – 5* – Tied for favorite book this month

5) Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone – 2.5*- a “thriller” with a lot of potential but did not deliver anything remotely thrilling

6)The King’s Traitor (Kingfountain #3) by Jeff Wheeler – 5* – Love, love, love love love this series

7) Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah – 4*, not my jam but a great book. Bonus points for absolutely NAILING how nurses act in the hospital some times 😀

8) And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White – 4* – A great choice for a buddy read this month. Give me book 2 now please!

9) One Little Secret – Cate Holahan – No spoilers at all, come back for my blog tour spot on July 26th!!

10)A Nearly Normal Family by MT Edvardsson – 3* – a Swedish procedural mystery, was supposed to be a thriller but I was not too surprised or thrilled, but did enjoy the way the book was presented

11) The Phoenix Grail by Helen Savore – I will admit to mixed feelings. I am doing an author interview with Helen here on the blog, on JULY 9TH, so definitely come back for that because Helen is a character!

12) Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – 4* – beautiful overarching theme of enemies to allies and overcoming your (not so) differences. I liked the Viking esque time period!

13)The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen – 3.5* – great start to a thriller series and a thoughtful look at addiction as well

14) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 3.5* -mixed feelings but by no means disliked it.

I would love to talk about any of these books if anyone wants! Some may appear in reviews once I get caught up! Thank youuu and happy July reading!