I was waiting for something like this, folks. Netgalley is becoming my favorite ARC supplier - good variety, good quality and a cool graphic do things to a girl - and Edelweiss has a hugeass catalog to peruse at will, albeit a bit chaotic.
Listen, I'll give you the long version in about a moment here, but hear me out: all this could be condensed in a tiny little statement: drop everything you're doing and start flipping pages right now. ...Yes, it's that good.
As I was saying on Twitter a few days ago, my reading pile is growing! 😀 In theory, it's a bad thing - books are piling up! Oh noes! I can't see the ceiling anymore! (metaphorically speaking) - but truth be told, the more I store away, the happier I am. I tend to think of myself as a nerdy version of Smaug: all snuggled up in my cave, billion words tucked under my wings and looking for more.
The pile of work to do has become so big that I can't even look at my computer without freaking out, but I really want to be lazy today. Procrastinating is fun, after all. So, instead of being reasonable, I decided to look around for nice book tags. When I found this one on Lynn's Book Blog, I knew it'd be challenging enough to keep me entertained for a long time.
Isn't it ironic how I keep telling you guys that I'm a quick reader when it took me a while to read a good portion of the books I've reviewed so far? Truth be told, I am a quick reader, at least when I'm inside the bubble of my comfort zone: give me some supernatural baddie, violence, gore and sex --Urban Fantasy has been my jam for the past 20 years-- and I'll read your book in a heartbeat. The rest? I need time to adjust.
I really, really like stories that take place during the 18th/19th centuries - Europe, America, Asia, it doen't matter, any location will do - and it's obvious that Judy put a lot of thought behind her characters. CWL is the third installment of A Plains Life series, but there's plenty of reference or explanations throughout the book that following along is quite easy. To be honest, I'm sorry I coulnd't read the other two before starting this one.
When I was 5, I had my little address book where I'd written down all the people I needed to call in case of emergency. A couple of years later, I had to cook and shop for groceries on my own. At 10, I was obsessed with translating into Italian all the Latin sentences in The Name of the Rose, and I enjoyed doing my best friend's trigonometry homework. If I try to recall memories of me as a teen, I don't think I ever acted like one. I've never been able to be my own age back then, but I sure did love kids and teen literature. Even now that I'm a grownup --sort of--, I still have a soft spot for this kind of stories, so when John Peragine asked me to read Max and the Spice Thieves, I was more than happy to accept.
It’s an odd one out, this book. It met my expectations to a T and at the same time, it didn’t. I’m still puzzled and wondering about the hows and whys, which is not bad thing - I mean, writing a story that stays with the reader is maybe one of the greatest accomplishments for an author.
Book & writing challenges, that's what!
What month is this? January, you say? Nope. It is Veganuary! Which might not be a big deal for someone who's been vegan for almost half her life like yours truly, but it might be a frightening experience for those who approach a plant based diet for the first time.