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2015 Books: June

Bolded books bare ones I absolutely recommend.
Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
Italicized books are ones I enjoyed and recommend.

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70. Serena by Ron Rash, 371 pages (6/3)
71. The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press, 291pages (6/5)
72. Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear 12: The Hunger by John Whitman, 118 pages (6/6)
73. Vuto by A. J. Walkley, 317 pages (6/7)
74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, translated by Richard Howard, 85 pages (2013 version with foreword by Gregory Maguire) (6/7)
75. The Drafter by Kim Harrison, 422 pages (6/13)
76. Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown, 56 pages (6/13)
77. Permanent Vacancy by Katy Lee, 218 pages (6/14)
78. The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham, 281 pages (6/14)
79. Cursed by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart, 32 Kindle pages (6/15)
80. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, 455 pages (6/20)
81. Geek Girl by Holly Smale, 363 pages (6/21)
82. The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison, 301 pages (6/25)
83. Laudato sí by Pope Francis, 184 phone PDF pages (6/28)
84. Creeping with the Enemy by Kimberly Reid, 237 pages (6/28)

Total June books: 15
It was a good month :)

#71: I didn't even want it and I am so glad I got it at Book Con
#73: One of the 3 books I bought at Book Con. That was amazing
#75: Not as good as her fantasy novels
#78: Historical, fun, steampunk based on real events
#80: Much more boring than the first one
#82: Only if you've read the Hollows books

2015 Books: May

Bolded books bare ones I absolutely recommend.
Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
Italicized books are ones I enjoyed and recommend.

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53. A Series of Unfortunate Events 10: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket, 339 pages (5/2)
54. Super by Aaron Dietz, 244 pages (5/2)
55. A Series of Unfortunate Events 11: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, 325 pages (5/3)
56. Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton, 255 pages (5/5)
57. A Series of Unfortunate Events 12: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket, 355 pages (5/7)
58. A Series of Unfortunate Events 13: The End by Lemony Snicket, 355 pages (5/9)
59. Rogues edited by George R. R Martin and Gardner Dozois, 806 pages (5/15)
60. Prophecies Awakening by Peter Koevari, 277 Kindle pages (5/16)
61. Darke Toad by Angie Sage, 96 Kindle pages (5/16)
62. Before Mako came Yoko by Natacha Guyot, 28 Kindle pages (5/17) (now 26 Kindle pages)*
63. A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars by Natacha Guyot, 83 Kindle pages (5/17)
64. The Lens and the Looker by Lory Kaufman, 247 Kindle pages (5/21)
65. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 8: DH Digest GN, 77 Kindle pages (5/21)
66. The Maze Runner by James Dashner, 374 pages (5/23)
67. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, 455 pages (5/25)
68. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff, 304 pages (3/29)
69. A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton, 380 pages (3/31)


Total May books: 17

It's not that the books this month were bad, but none were spectacular.
I'm glad to have finished the Snicket books, though the end was a bit dissatisfying.

#59 had some good stories and some not-so-good ones.  The Martin and Rothfuss stories were among the best (which makes sense as they were the reasons why I purchased the book).
#62 has an asterisk because I read that with the purpose of editing before Natacha uploaded it for sale.
#63 I read as normal but also edited as I read.  Natacha removed it from Amazon to edit it and to also add more material.
#s 64 & 66 were quite good but there was something that prevented me from thinking them awesome.  I do want to read both of their sequels though.
#60 is similar, but less so. I'm uncertain about reading the sequel.
#68 was a wonderful YA read, but I couldn't really connect with the characters well.
#69 is only great if you're a Merry fan.  I used to like the Merry books less for some reason (probably because the fae aspect was unknown to me) but after the crap going on in the Anita books (like with #56, but that's almost a short story though not PWP like I expected), Merry is much more enjoyable.

Life Update: May 25

After reading shadadukal's life post, I went back to see when I had last written a post.

February, and I spoke about my course.

Well here's the deal.  I received 1000/1000 points in my grad course.  I have an A in one and an A- in the first one.  I have two more to go, one of which I'm taking this summer.  My husband is also taking that course with me.  The crazy man is determined to not take any courses during the school year (except for now, since Summer Session I begins tomorrow and ends June 30) and will bust out all 4 courses in Summer Sessions I & II.  The good thing for him is that the professor I just had is teaching both of the first two courses, so he'll have an "easier" time than I had last summer.
She was not a good professor.

My classes at work are also winding down.  I only teach Algebra 1 and we're not giving finals but requiring a final presenation.  It's an interesting experiment that is causing a tad more work but it's a great way to see how the students actually do understand the material and aren't guessing in a multiple-choice answer.  It's annoying when they don't read the bloody rubrics but that's always the case.  I'm lucky if they read one-sentence directions.

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2015 Books: April

Bolded books bare ones I absolutely recommend.
Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
Italicized books are ones I enjoyed and recommend.

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35. Weird NJ by Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, 267 pages (4/2)
36. A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, 163 pages (4/2)
37. The Buried Life by Carrie Patel, 359 pages (4/4)
38. A Series of Unfortunate Events 2: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, 191 pages (4/5)
39. A Series of Unfortunate Events 3: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket, 215 pages (4/5)
40. The Good Ship Wanderer by Sam C. Stiger, 385 pages (4/10)
41. A Series of Unfortunate Events 4: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket, 195 pages (4/10)
42. Knight of Shadows by Toby Venables, 544 pages (4/12)
43. A Series of Unfortunate Events 5: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket, 223 pages (4/13)
44. A Series of Unfortunate Events 6: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket, 259 pages (4/15)
45. The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, 342 pages (4/20)
46. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, 417 pages (4/24)
47. A Series of Unfortunate Events 7: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket, 256 pages (4/25)
48. Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia, 270 pages (4/26)
49. A Series of Unfortunate Events 8: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket, 257 pages (4/26)
50. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, 328 pages (4/27)
51. A Series of Unfortunate Events 9: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket, 287 pages (4/28)
52. Farscape: The Illustrated Companion by Paul Simpson and David Hughes, 159 pages (4/30)


Total April Books: 18
(There'd have been more if I didn't have to drive to church twice this month due to car issues)

Rereading the ASOUE books since I finally have them all! I'm on #10 now and I haven't read #s10-13.

#35 - Wonderful for NJ people. I want to explore!
#42 - A great twist on Robin Hood that I never heard of before. Others have because of shows, movies and lore.
#45 - This was wonderful! I learned a lot about advances in science.
#52- Decent for any FS fan

2015 Books: March

Bolded books bare ones I absolutely recommend.
Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
Italicized books are ones I enjoyed and recommend.

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22. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin, 978 pages (3/1)
23. Fearless by Brynley Bush, 343 pages (3/4)
24. Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent by Roawn Williams, 84 pages (3/11)
25. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, 959 pages (3/15)
26. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 6: DH Digest GN, 88 Kindle pages (3/15)
27. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 7: DH Digest GN, 80 Kindle pages (3/16)
28. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, 356 pages (3/17)
29. Thr3e by Ted Dekker, 353 pages (3/21)
30. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, 432 pages (3/23)
31. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, 517 pages (3/26)
32. Star Wars Omnibus: Adventures, DH GN, 449 pages (3/28)
33. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, Illustrated by Nate Taylor, 149 pages (3/29)
34. Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin, 456 pages (3/31)


Total March books: 13

#23 was one of the most decent romance novels I've ever read.
#28 & #30 - OH MY GOODNESS I WANT THE 3RD BOOK I'VE HAD IT ON HOLD AT THE LIBRARY FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS WAAAANT. This is a SPECTACULAR series. If you like YA, go. read it now. I was one-third through #28 and still not sure if I liked it but I couldn't put it down. By the end I needed more. moooaaaarrrrrr. I even downloaded the side stories she wrote and I will actually read them.
#32 - the art was not that great overall, but the stories were good.
#33 - only if you've read the first novel in Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles
#34 - I rarely give books 5/5 stars from the start. This was excellent. Magic (of all types), magical jobs (like a Weaver of not only data but of magic, and cryptomancer), supernatural beings, sensitive humans, regular humans, history, rumor...I truly enjoyed it.

2015 books: February

Bolded books are ones I absolutely recommend.
Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
Italicized books are ones I enjoyed and recommend.

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13. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, 969 pages (2/1)
14. Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 2, DH GN, 454 pages (2/3)
15. Supervision: A Redefinition (Ninth Edition, 2014) by Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Robert J. Starratt & Vincent Cho, 199 pages (2/9)
16. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, 1128 pages (2/15)
17. Star Wars Legacy Volume II Book 1: Prisoner of the Floating World, DH GN, 116 pages (2/15)
18. Star Wars Legacy Volume II Book 2: Outcasts of the Broken Ring, DH GN, 116 pages (2/16)
19. Star Wars Legacy Volume II Book 3: Wanted: Ania Solo, DH GN, 116 pages (2/16)
20. Star Wars Legacy Volume II Book 4: Empire of One, DH GN, 112 pages (2/17)
21. When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago, 270 pages (2/20)


Total February books: 9
(I'd blame grad school and work, but it was one 1100 page book and I'm almost done with a 975 page one).

#15 was for school. As far as required grad school reading goes, it wasn't all that bad.
#21 was recommended by a student. It was pretty freaking good.


I did not include the 3 new Marvel comics. I will wait for the series to end before putting them in as a compilation.

2015 books: January

Bolded books are ones I absolutely recommend.
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1. Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt Omnibus Volume 1, Wizard of the Coast Graphic Novel, 404 pages (1/2)
2. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 4: Dark Horse Digest GN, 90 Kindle pages (1/2)
3. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 5: DH Digest GN, 90 Kindle pages (1/2)
4. Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi, DH Trade Paperback, 90 Kindle pages (1/2)
5. Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope, DH TPB, 86 pages (1/2)
6. Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back, DH TPB, 86 pages (1/3)
7. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, 208 pages (1/3)
8. A Double Death on the Black Isle by A. D. Scott, 359 pages (1/4)
9. Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt Omnibus Volume 2, WOTC GN, 368 pages (1/7)
10. A Game of Thrones by George R. R .Martin, 807 pages (1/16)
11. Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 3, DH GN, 416 pages (1/18)
12. Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times Volume 1, DH GN, 342 pages (1/20)


And no, I have yet to finish a book I've been reading for 11 days. Grad school has taken over.

2014 Books Read: December

Bolded books are ones I absolutely recommend.
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186. Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars Volume 3: The Republic Falls: DH TPB, 426 pages (12/3)
187. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, 323 pages (12/5)
188. Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn, 309 pages (12/6)
189. Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee, 353 pages (12/8)
190. Star Wars Omnibus: Droids and Ewoks, DH TPB, 526 pages (12/10)
191. Hold Still by Lisa Regan, 366 pages (12/12)
192. I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus by S. G. Brown, 201 pages (12/13)
193. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth by Ian Doescher, 165 pages (12/13)
194. Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli, 320 pages (12/16)
195. Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume Two, DH TPB, 458 pages (12/19)
196. Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown, 175 pages (12/25)
197. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, 994 pages (12/26)
198. Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume Three: The Lost Suns, DH GN, 116 pages (12/26)
199. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1, DH Digest GN, 86 pages (12/26)
200. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 2: DH Digest GN, 86 pages (12/26)
201. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 3: DH Digest GN, 84 pages (12/27)
202. Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber, 330 pages (12/28)
203. Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 2, DH TPB, 439 pages (12/30)
204. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, 213 pages (12/31)
205. Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral, DH GN by John Jackson Miller, 118 pages (12/31)

Total December books: 20
Thank you comics!

#187 was good, not something I typically read
#189 was magical
#192 was a much-needed reread
#197 - Rothfuss is able to take a story that should be boring and make it fascinating
#199-201 - the Dark Horse Digest Graphic Novels that I've read so far are fun. They're baed off the Clone Wars TV show on Cartoon Network back in 2004 (I think that was the year)
#204 surprised me with how late I waited to read my favourite!
#205 wasn't as good as the other LTOTS stories

2014 Books Read: November

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Underlined authors are ones whose books/series I recommend.
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174. My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins, 321 pages (11/1)
175. Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, 418 pages (11/3)
176. Seaspan by Sharon Powers, 79 pages (11/5)
177. Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown, 58 pages (11/6)
178. Words of Radiance (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson, 1081 pages (11/12)
179. The Soundtrack by Josh Sudarma, 154 pages (11/13)
180. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway, 355 pages (11/16)
181. Sovereign by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, 327 pages (11/19)
182. A World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and Linda Antonsson, 326 pages (11/27)
183. The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose, 347 pages (11/28)
184. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, 323 pages (11/30)
185. Big Mojo by Jack Getze, 163 pages (11/30)


Total November books: 11

#178 - great sequel
#179 - similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, without the letter-style.
#180 - a goodreads win that I gave 5/5 stars to
#182 - BEST BOOK FOR ASOIAF NOVEL FANS!
#185 - like a male, and more adult-style of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series.

2014 Books Read: October

Bolded books are ones I absolutely recommend.
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158. Nightmares! By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, 355 pages (10/2)
159. Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Volume 1, DH TPB, 454 pages (10/5)
160. Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago…Volume 5, DH TPB, 568 pages (10/8)
161. Blood Crime: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel by Kim Harrison, 161 pages (10/9)
162. Master’s Journey by Simon Seth Reede, 210 pages (10/11)
163. Master’s Return by Simon Seth Reede, 236 pages (10/13)
164. DragonLance: The Lost Chronicles Volume III: Dragons of the Hourglass Mage by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, 400 pages (10/17)
165. Star Wars: The Old Repulic Volume Two: Threat of Peace, DH GN, 87 pages (10/18)
166. The City of Secret Bones by Katie McVay, 221 pages (10/19)
167. The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison, 462 pages (10/23)
168. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within by Jon Vornholt, 132 pages (10/24)
169. Made to Love: Carmen and Cooper’s Story by Candace Nicole Werts, 182 pages (10/24)
170. Star Wars Omnibus: Menace Revealed: DH TPB, 478 pages (10/25)
171. Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, 376 pages (10/27)
172. Quinn by Tim Casey, 143 pages (10/28)
173. Hologram: A Haunting by James Conroyd Martin, 219 pages (10/30)

Total October books: 16

#158 was more juvenile than I expected (and desired)
#167 was a wonderful way to end the series
#169 was HORRIBLE. Absolutely horrendous romance novel. I've read better PWP fanfic. I only finished because I won the book
#171 was better than the Circle series (and subseries).  The Christian themes though weren't as noticeable; I only knew to look for them.
#173 was eerily awesome
All the Star Wars ones were great

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