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2017 End of Year Book Survey


I just realized today that this month marks my 4-year blogoversary!!! Yay me!

Now, on to a look at this year's reading with a survey brought to us by the ever-amazing Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner!

Number Of Books You Read: 44
(I'm hoping to squeeze in one more before New Year's)

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? There were a number of good ones this year, but I'm going to give it to Invictus. This book delivered the time-travel adventure I'd been waiting for.


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Merry Christmas and a Happy Book Year!


Merry Christmas, everyone! It's been a long road to December 25th, but we made it.

Since I last posted, I've finished finals, read a few books, checked out some Philly holiday traditions, and put in extra hours at work (because money).

I'm not going to lie. Finals were rough this semester. I wound up trying to teach myself and a classmate a whole course in a week--after my first exam, but before my last paper. I can't tell you how glad I am it's over.

I squeezed in a few more books during and after finals. I've mentioned a number of times how much I love Anne Bishop's The Others series, right? Well, I happened upon an omnibus paperback of her older Black Jewels trilogy at a library sale and picked it up.

I read all three quickly, but I can't say I enjoyed any of them. It takes place in a seriously messed up world with sexual violence galore, and the story remains focused on a couple of emo super special snowflakes while showing next to nothing of the more interesting side characters. If you haven't read any Anne Bishop, I recommend skipping these and trying The Others series instead. If you've already read The Others and want more . . . a lot of people seem to like the Black Jewels, so maybe you will? But if you can't read sexual violence stuff (including some truly awful characters and their dealings with children), definitely stay away.

On a happier note, I read Vengeance Road, which my super awesome OTSP secret sister Morgan sent, and really liked it! It has that spaghetti western vibe (and dialect), disputed gold, a stubborn-as-a-mule protagonist, and a teensy bit of romance properly playing second fiddle to revenge and, you know, people shooting at them.

In between studying and work, I finally checked out some of Philadelphia's holiday events, mostly light shows.


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November Wrap-Up: What Just Happened?

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A monthly recap of books I've read, posts I've written, things of interest
from the blogosphere, and life.

I'm not entirely sure where this month went. There's a vague memory of school and Thanksgiving and mild panic over papers and finals... Oh! And I made some special plans for Christmas break, so there's that. :)

November Reads:

Dealing with Dragons was amazing! If you haven't read it yet, go do so.

There's Always a Catch was less amazing. Actually, it was a total bust for me, but I can see why others would enjoy it.

November Post:

October 2017 Wrap-Up: Counts, Birthdays, Giveaways & Panels Galore

November Life:
Clearly November was not my best month for blogging. I'm hoping to do a little better (and do a lot more reading) in December once finals are over.

This month feels like it's flown by. I literally have to take out my calendar to figure out what all happened. As I said in my last post, I pulled off hosting my final panel event of the semester. Then followed that up a week later with a "we survived" celebration and e-board elections. Good news: there's a brand new e-board and I'M NOT ON IT! :D I'm still around in an advisory capacity (and let's face it: I'm totally the puppet master lurking in the shadows when I want to be), but I am no longer the responsible person for these events. Whoo!

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