Fang Chronicles: Dimitri

During #readathon, I always try to go back to some of the series written by BlogHer community members that I haven’t kept up with. This time around, it was Fang Chronicles. Fun to read on my iPhone when I want a break from paper or while I’m sitting at my laptop waiting for spam to delete and stuff.

That Dimitri is… powerful. Sheesh.

I’m starting to have trouble keeping the beasts straight — there are so many now. I might need a cheat sheet when I read the next book. Who’s a vampire? Who’s a cat? Who’s a wolf? Who’s a bear? Gah. All the beastkind!

The Harlot’s Tale

The second book in the Midwife Mystery series, The Harlot’s Tale was just as awesome — if not more awesome — than the first one. Oh so clever and I found myself chuckling several times. This troubled TW. She says I laughed more during this book than I did reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (which is probably true since I errr don’t really find The Bloggess as funny as others do, particularly in large doses.)

Anyway — loved it. I did not see that ending coming. The part about Edward, though I should have since it paves the way for Joseph to be… Joseph. Can’t wait for #3.

Graphic Novel Read During #Readathon

I should have known better than to add Mind MGMT (vol 3) to my list for #readathon… TW picked it out. TW does not like graphic novels. TW thought it was about homemaking (eyeroll). It was the third in a series I’ve never read. I’ve heard of it and I’ve thought about trying it so I thought it was kismet or something when TW picked it out.

Alas. I did not enjoy it. Not because I was lost due to it being the third but because it was boring. The art was boring. The people were annoying and I hated them all. Bah. I won’t be going back to read the first two.

7 Books from the Cybils Shortlist (Read During #readathon)

Again, in the order in which I read them:

Home Sweet Horror — not a bad ghost story/Bloody Mary story. The dead mom/ring was a nice touch.

Dragonbreath: The Case of the Toxic Mutants — I liked it. It amused me. If you like those books I recommended last year? Earlier this year? The ones about the amoeba? Heck, what are those called… I’m gonna go look… Squish! then you’ll probably like Dragonbreath.

Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat — I’m a fan of Violet Mackerel but this wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, I just didn’t love love love it.

Kelsey Green Third Grade Reading Queen — was cute. Good for Kelsey for helping Cody, even if her motives weren’t necessarily the best. I hope she learned something, though I’m not sure she did… which is possibly the only thing about the story that I didn’t love.

Lulu and the Dog From the Sea — I loved it. Obviously. I’ve got three darn puppies that I adopted because I had to… I’m very glad it ended the way that it did. ;-)

The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems — I did not like. There were moments when I liked it but a lot more moments when I did not. The Penguin part, that’s when it sealed the deal for me… did not like that.

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K was excellent. I’m very glad I stayed up til after 1am to finish it. The only problem was that I wanted pie and it was 1am!

4 Art/Craft Books from #readathon 2014

Let’s see… in the order in which I read them:

Washi Tape: 101 Ideas… If you’ve never really hear of Washi Tape, used Washi Tape, seen Pinterest ideas for Washi Tape, or have very little imagination — this is the book for you. Super basic, nothing new. Pretty photos, though.

Washi Wonderful is a much better choice for those who have used Washi in the past and want some new ideas or newish ideas that further trigger your imagination.

Just Paint It was a nice book — lots of ideas to try and great photos. I’d be tempted to buy this one…

Making Handmade Marks was disappointing. I didn’t love the tool ideas and I loved the actual pages done with the tool ideas even less. Nothing really inspired me and that’s unusual.

#readathon, 18 1/2 hours — done

I finished every single book I put on my TBR pile and that has never happened during a #readathon. I planned well, didn’t I?

Here’s the final count:

14 books
2,224 pages

Woohoo!

#readathon 17 Hours

Two art books down, 290 more pages.

I’m trying to get one more book in before I give up the ghost… TW and the dogs are already snoring. Hah. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it…

#Readathon: 15 Hours

Six books from the Cybils shortlist DONE. 745 pages.

I’m gonna catch up on some mini challenges and hit the art books, next.

12 Hours of #Readathon and the Mid-Event Survey

1. I’m diving into some books from the Cybils shortlist — first up is Scary Tales: Home Sweet Horror
2. I’ve finished 5 books for a total of 963 pages.
3. Gah. I still don’t have any one particular book I’m looking forward to. Mostly I’m hoping to get through my stack of Cybils and two more art books before this thing ends. I’m looking forward to hitting that goal!
4. I had a rough start — kid issues. My dad called at some point but I didn’t pick up (sorry dad, I’ll call you tomorrow.) Another kid texted me for a bit but that wasn’t much of a distraction. The dogs have been pretty darn well behaved so yippee!
5. I’ve been surprised by the fact that I haven’t given in to my desire for naps. Heh.

Onward, the books await!

#Readathon: 10th Hour

I read Mind MGMT (Vol 3), 175 pages, — unfortunately I hadn’t read vol 1 or 2 so I was a little lost. I was also a little bored. I don’t think I’m going to backtrack and read the first two. Too bad though since I like the idea of the darn series.

It’s time for dinner … veggie samosas and lemon orzo with pine nuts.

I’m moving on to some middle grade fiction, I think.