Top Ten Tuesday September 25: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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September 25: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

1) Maureen Johnston. While I really wish she’d complete the Shades of London series, I also want to read Truly Devious

2) “Robert Galbraith” a.k.a. J.K. Rowling. I have had the The Cuckoo’s Calling on my TBR pile since it was revealed that Galbraith is really Rowling. Just keep putting it off. Now I am too busy listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks since it it the 20th anniversary.

3) Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy. I love her other two books Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea. Two of my favorite historical fiction stories, so I should move this up the TBR pile.

4) Scott Sigler, Alone. I bought it around the time it was first released and it’s the conclusion of The Generations Trilogy. I’ll have to review my notes of the first two to refresh my memory.

5) Jane Austen. I have only read and listened to Pride and Prejudice. I want to read or listen to all her other books. Especially Emma, which Clueless is based on.

Top Ten Tuesday September 18: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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September 18: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

Currently I am revisiting the Harry Potter series. I have been listening to them on Audible and am currently midway through Order of the Phoenix.

I’ll continue till I finish Deathly Hallows, but also today I will start reading…

1) Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

I also want to finish my NYCC 2017 TBR pile.

2) Year Zero by Rob Reid

3) After On by Rob Reid

4) Age of Myth The Legends of the First Empire 1 by Michael J. Sullivan

5) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I also plan to listen to a bunch of scary themed books in October. This is very ambitious and I don’t think I’ll really get through all of these, but here is my list anyway.

6) The Shining by Stephen King

7) Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

8) Nos4a2 by Joe Hill

9) Dracula by Bram Stoker
I tried reading this once and gave up after 40 pages. But I saw B. J. Harrison narrates the audiobook and since I loved his narration of The Count of Monte Cristo I thought he could make Dracula interesting.

10) I am Legend by Richard Matheson
I read it before and downloaded the audiobook.

11) Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wolstonecraft Shelley.
I read this in high school and want to revisit the original story.

This is very ambitious of me already but we’ll see. After all I will post the reviews.

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

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Five very different sisters team up against their stepbrother to save their kingdom in this Norse-flavored fantasy epic–the start of a new series in the tradition of Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Robin Hobb.

FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN.

They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift–or a curse.

But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.

I received an ARC of Daughters of the Storm when I purchased After On at NYCC 2017.

Daughters of the Storm is the first book of the Blood and Gold series.

I actually finished the book about a month ago and have not had any time to review it, so this write up will be short.

What I really liked about DotS is that it’s a story about strong, flawed, complex women.
It’s a good story about sisters with their loyalty and their differences with each other.
Each woman has her own strengths and weakness that set up the foundation for character development.

I like the world building. There is the term Space Opera – this is a Medieval Opera, thought set in a fantasy realm with magic.

If I were to give one critique it’s that it drags a bit in some places, but never to the point where I was so bored it felt like a chore to read.

I certainly am interested to read the next book and see where the cliffhangers lead.

4 out of 5 Swords.

Top Ten Tuesday September 4: Bingeworthy TV Shows

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September 4: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies (The new fall TV season is starting up this month, so let’s talk about what shows everyone should watch when they’re not reading!)

I am not much of a binger. In fact, I am trying to cut down my TV schedule to have more time to read, listen to audiobooks and work on my artwork.

These are the few shows I have binged.

1. The Crown – Netflix, currently two seasons.
I am going to miss Claire Foy and Matt Smith. They had the best chemistry. And John Lithgow in the first season as PM Churchill was the best unexpected perfect casting I have ever seen. And Queen Elizabeth’s and Princess Margaret’s costumes… divine.

2. Stranger Things – Netflix, currently two seasons.
I love all the 1980s references. And it’s a great suspense story.

3. Westworld – HBO, currently two seasons.
I binged the first season when I had HBO. Loved that twist! Did not see that coming! Now that I don’t have HBO anymore I have to find time to get the free trial of the app to binge season 2.

4. Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series) – Sci-Fi, Ended with 4 seasons.
This was my first binge! I caught the season 1 finale on TV and was intrigued. Then I started watching the second season but was confused so I waited. The I got the DVDs for the first season and binged to catch up. It was a great mix of sci-fi, action, mythology, politics, and drama. I have all the season on DVD and always say I am going to do a rewatch binge but then get too busy. One day.

5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network, Netflix, Disney Streaming. Ended with 6 seasons.
It’s coming back!!!! It was prematurely cancelled when Disney took over prompting the hashtag Save The Clone Wars. Well it worked and in 2019 we’ll get 12 new episodes of Season 7 to be released on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

So I better plan a binge rewatch of the first 6 seasons plus the Lost Episodes!

6. Star Wars: Rebels – Disney XD – Ended with 4 seasons.
I did not appreciate this show so much in the beginning. I was still angry The Clone Wars was cancelled, but I grew to love the characters. Especially Hera and Sabine, who are strong female characters. I feel I should go back and watch the early episodes to relive all the characters’ developments.

7. Looking forward to binging A Discovery of Witches – Sundance Streaming in the US, Currently 1 season.

In September this will air in the UK on Sky One. In the US we have to wait until early 2019 where it will stream on a Sundance TV service. I really want to see it so maybe I can get a free trial. All 8 episodes will be available at once.