Top 5 Books of 2017 So Far

All the cool kids are mentioning their favorite books of the first half of the year, so I might as well jump on that dandy little train because who doesn’t like good book recommendations?!

In no particular order:

  1. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  2. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  3. Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop
  4. The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown

 

I’ve been going hard at epic fantasy this year and I hope to continue. Usually this time of the year and into fall I start hitting Urban Fantasy hard. Not there is anything wrong with that but I have a lot of series I need to catch up on before I begin new ones. (This is what I tell myself but it never works out that way.)

Pills & Chocolate

With my coworker on vacation, I’ve logged overtime this past week and there will be plenty more next week. With zero baking time and limited reading time, you may only be getting drowsy evening rants for the next week and a half. Good thing most of you follow me for my witty antics alone.

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Counting pills by day, eating chocolate, reading and ranting by night. This week should get interesting.

Currently reading:

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Kings of the Wyld – Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

Goblins, wyverns and manticores, oh my!

This novel hit me with some serious World of Warcraft nostalgia.

“Matrick plied his knives like a parade drummer, his rhythm so fast his enemies didn’t know he’d murdered them until their god asked them if they took milk in their tea.”

I’m stretching the classes with this but bear with me:
Clay = warrior
Gabe = paladin
Ganelon = death knight
Matrick = rogue
Moog = mage

A melee heavy group of friends quest together through the dangerous Heartwyld, fighting in dungeons, gearing up for the big raid. At times they faced vicious creatures of the horde, but by working together they conquered their enemies and won new friends to their side.

If you’ve ever played World of Warcraft, you’ll never un-see this comparison now. You’re welcome.

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*cough cough* Just had to sneak that in there.

This story literally had it all. Bizarre creatures, princesses, kings, treacherous lands, mercenaries, airships, gladiator arenas, giants, bounty hunters, friendship, love, disastrous relationships, adventure and humor.

“They do look like trouble, at least until the wizard trips on the hem of his robe. He stumbles, cursing, and fouls the steps of the others as he falls face-first onto the mud-slick hillside.”

There is not a single good reason to not read this book. In fact, if you don’t, we can’t be friends anymore.

New House Book Haul

I penny pinched for seemly forever to get this house, so I splurged a little and bought myself some new books as a house warming present. I still don’t have much time for reading but that should be changing in the next week or two, I may as well have a mighty selection to choose from. Of course, after a weekend of doing things, I’m kind of regretting my splurge, but I cannot undo the past. >:D

On the Kindle:

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Physical copies:

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I’m about to finally finish Kings of the Wyld and then I’ll be picking up Red Sister as it’s my Goodreads group’s Book of the Month. Super excited to start it though because I love Mark Lawrence.

Queen of the Wyld

Ahoy there pilgrims! Sorry for the absence. We moved into our new house this weekend and that was a metric butt-load of work. Of course Comcast, because they’re Comcast, also screwed up our set up date so  we were without internet for 3 days. The upside to that was at the end of every rigorous day, there was plenty of time to read before I passed out drooling onto my pillow. I’m making headway on my current read and awesome giveaway from Goodreads, Kings of the Wyld.

I am quite ready to be done with the stress and enjoy the summer but of course, our old place would really like to screw us as much as possible before we leave so that means another week of high stress, racing to clean it out and turn in the keys and pretty much hope that we don’t get screwed too hard without lube. I am so utterly relieved to never rent again.

I can’t get enough of the new place and precious little moments like having coffee with my cat at the dining table.

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Off to catch up on all your lovely blogs! ❤

Dear Kathy Griffin,

Please go home. You made the decision to go big or go home and you lost. You knew this photo shoot was going to be controversial when you were doing it and now you’re crying crocodile tears. Do you know why you lost this battle? Because you caved to pressure. You apologized when you shouldn’t have. Stand by your convictions or stop standing up for things if you can’t take the heat.

The Trump family is bullying you? Big surprise there, but let’s be honest, this is how many families would react when a family member is insulted. They rally the wagons, right or wrong. Let’s be honest again, Kathy, you’ve been a bully to other people a number of times over the years, doesn’t feel too good to be on the receiving end now does it?

Death threats? Again, how did you not see that coming? Trump has an incredible amount of orc-shit crazy supporters. Apparently, no one warned you about poking crazy people.

Throwing metal bands who have been criticizing politicians for eons under the bus? Cowardly. Don’t blame other protesters for getting away with things that you couldn’t. You tried to make it about the fact that you’re a woman and they’re men so they didn’t get punished. No. They didn’t get punished because they have the backbone to stand up to their actions and suffer any consequences. Example: GWAR’s response was 100% GWAR; “GWAR doesn’t apologize. Ever.” 

Lastly, the picture wasn’t even good. The metal bands all did it better.

High on Paint Fumes

The entire weekend was spent at our new house painting a few rooms. One thing I can’t stand is white walls in every single part of the house. This is a home not an insane asylum. We’ve had the house for less than a week and already had to break into it. Apparently, unknown to us, one set of keys doesn’t work and one does. We left the good set inside the house since we were coming back the next day to continue painting. Upon discovery, much frustration ensued. We ended up cutting out a screen and being able to open the window to the bathroom, so my husband shoveled me through the small window and the day was saved. Adventures in home ownership have begun.

The dogs took to the new place pretty well. We’ve been worried about the younger one, Samus, because she’s only ever lived in once place. Turns out, she took to it faster than our older dog who has moved with us one million times over the years. Maybe he’s just overwhelmed to have his very own yard finally.

Here they are exploring the new place before we started painting:

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