Bout of Books 19 Day 2

Bout of Books

My update for BoB19 Day 2:

I successfully read 1 chapter of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont.
I finished The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

I just need to finish one more book this week to make my goal, so I’m wondering if I was too lenient.  But then, I did unexpectedly have more time yesterday than I thought I would, AND yesterday’s book turned out to have been published last year instead of earlier this year, so there were some surprises that made this goal easier to achieve (so far – we’ll see how things go from here on out).

Review – Closer to the Chest

Closer to the Chest (The Herald Spy, #3)Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar’s Herald Spy, has been developing a clandestine network of young informants who operate not only on the streets of the capital city of Haven, but also in the Great Halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. In his own established alternate personas, Mags observes the Court and the alleys alike, quietly gathering information to keep Haven and the Kingdom safe.
His wife Amily is growing into her position as the King’s Own Herald, though she is irritated to encounter many who still consider her father, Herald Nikolas, to be the real King’s Own. Nonetheless, she finds it increasingly useful to be underestimated, for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven and up on the Hill. Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia— and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Someone is targeting the religious houses of women, too, leaving behind destruction and obscene letters.
But who? Someone at the Court? A disgruntled Palace servant? One of the members of the Collegia? Someone in the patriarchal sect of the god Sethor? Could the villain be a woman? And what is this person hoping to achieve? It isn’t blackmail, for the letters demand nothing; the aim seems to be the victims’ panic and despair. But why?
Mags and Amily take steps to minimize the damage while using both magic and wits to find the evildoer. But just as they appear to be on the verge of success, the letter writer tires of terror and is now out for blood.
Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind. They must thwart whatever plans have been set in motion, and quickly—before terror turns to murder.

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Bout of Books 19 Day 1

Bout of Books

Bout of Books Day 1 has been and gone.

I successfully read 1 chapter of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont.
I also got a bit over half-way through The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.
And I started and finished Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey, but that’s a bonus book since it doesn’t count towards my stated goals for this week.
ETA: I lied, Closer to the Chest WAS published last year!  So one down, two to go (for this week).

I hope everyone else participating is doing well!

Review – Rosemary and Rue

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Synopsis from GoodReads:
October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.

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Beat the Backlist April Update


So this month wasn’t so good for Beat the Backlist mostly because I didn’t have time to read between two plays and Camp NaNo and just other life stuff.  But here’s my (sad) update.

My goal for Beat The Backlist 2017: read and review 50 books from my To Be Read list; all ‘random’ grabs count but not towards the 50.

Read: 3 books, all published before 2017, all from my TBR (I’m counting Glitter & Mayhem since I grabbed it for a story that was on my TBR list)

Total: 22/50 (+1)

Well, it’s not half-way through the year yet and I’m inching towards the halfway mark of my goal, so go me.  But I still feel really down about how little reading happened this month.  Hopefully May will go better.