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Kingdom of Exiles: Pokemon for Adults

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I was one of those kids who grew up watching Pokemon.  So when I read Maxym M. Martineau's Kingdom of Exiles, an adult paranormal romance book full of magical creatures with special abilities you have to charm/capture and imprison in an alternate dimension to be called upon as needed...


I immediately thought of Pokemon.

Technically there's a whole fantasy world with other elements thrown in and not everything revolves around the magical creatures.  In fact, most things don't, and there are other regular animals.  (Which reminds me, did we ever find out what the hamburgers in Pokemon were made of?)


And there's a little romance here.  Not the most compelling I've ever read, but at least it moved beyond Pokemon's "guy with unrequited feelings" gimmick.

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June Recap: BookCon, Big News and Blog Bewilderment

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It's been a while again. Where to start?

Big news:  I found a post-clerkship job for September. Very excited to have that covered. Now I just need to find my next apartment and we'll be all set.

Other June stuff:  The whole family got together for a week in Florida. I finally met my new niece in person, took many walks on a lovely beach, and even hit a few tennis balls. I got to a barbecue and a pizza night, and otherwise it's pretty much been work, sleep, and a very little cooking.

Also, my ancient smartphone gave me a scare: the dreaded "question mark" battery power. Yeah. A good night's charge seems to have it back to normal, but it might be nearing time to order a replacement.

Book stuff:  My feet survived a day at BookCon, and I grabbed a few books!


The super cute picture book, How to Make a Monster Smile, went to the niece. I thought Crush was a fantastic middle grade graphic novel!  Kingdom of Exiles was fun, although I wanted a little more detail on the world-building (definite Pokemon vibes here), and I wish the progression of the main relationship had grabbed me a little more. I haven't read the rest yet. So many books, so little time, as always.

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April-May Catching Up

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First things first: in case you didn't see, I passed the Pennsylvania bar exam! Whoo! Super happy!

In other news, I hate to say it, but it's a little hard to get back into the habit of blogging after taking a couple of months off. It's not entirely surprising. About 99% of my daily energy goes to work and job hunting, and I haven't read many books this year that have wowed me (or that I've hated with enough of a passion to rant, haha). So I'm sitting in this awkward middle ground where I don't feel like I have a lot to say, but I want to reengage and get back in the blogging habit...


Book News:
I'm coming up on the end of a Kindle Unlimited trial. It has some good reads, but I haven't seen enough of them to warrant the $10/month price tag, so it'll probably be good-bye after this.

And I am going to one day of BookCon in June!


I don't have a schedule planned yet, but I'm trying to keep it fun and loosey-goosey. If you want to say hi or hang out or need an emergency food/coffee drop while you're waiting in a ridiculously long line (I am making an empanada run at some point), let me know!

Oh, and I randomly started messing with my Goodreads ratings, which I will probably come to regret. But I had all these 3-stars from this year, and they ranged from "really liked it and just a few things brought it down" to "I only liked half of it" to "it just barely made it out of meh territory." That seemed useless, so I bumped a few up to 4 stars. Now I'm debating whether I need to go back and make similar fixes with all my past ratings. Which would be a lot of work. I probably won't. I mean, a 3-star rating hasn't kept me from rereading or recommending something I liked, and sometimes I find myself rereading things I didn't love the first time around and not rereading things I loved on the first read. All that to say, I make no sense. Anyone else have similar experiences?

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When a Mood Makes You Put a Book Down

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I'm back to blogging! Quick recap: the Pennsylvania bar exam is over--just waiting on results. My clerkship ends in August, so I'm in job-hunting mode. Otherwise, it's the usual: work, reading, a little TV, a little exercise (need to work on that), and messing around with a story idea. And now blogging again, too!


Today, I want to chat about how sometimes a story doesn't work for me because I'm in a particular mood or headspace. It's a weird place to be because I'm still interested in the story, but I just can't deal with how it's playing out? Which makes me sound like a mess (which I probably am, haha), but basically I reach a tipping point where frustration outweighs enjoyment, and I want to enjoy what I'm reading for fun. Or at least not want to throw things. ;)

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