Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Books of 2017


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

Here it is- the top ten books of 2017, me version. As always, these are the books I liked the most, my 5 star reads for 2017.     

Lost Girls

Dark Matter

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, #2)

Radio Silence

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)
One Of Us Is Lying
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
The Secret History of Us

 Warcross (Warcross, #1)

The Shark Club

Tuesday Tagline #69

Lying About Last Summer

you can't hide the truth forever  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Reading Challenges Scorecard

Pick Your Genre

Well it's time for me to take stock of how I did on my reading challenges for 2017. I did three challenges this year- the Pick Your Genre hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup, the Cloak and Dagger challenge hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!, and the Dystopia challenge hosted by Cornerfolds. So how did I do? Well... I did just fine on the latter two, but the Pick Your Genre- not so well. I picked urban fantasy because I wanted to read more of it this year, and for whatever reason I failed badly! So let's break it down below. 

Pick Your Genre- my goal was 12 UF's and I read... 5. Yup only 5. For some reason I noticed that I read 4 of them early in the year, and my reading focus changed I guess as the year went on. The only reason I got 5 was because the 5th one was a sequel and I basically read it right when it came out. Zounds. 

Here's what I read:

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky 
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
The Pack by Kate Ormand

So that's it... FAIL. 

Cloak and Dagger- this is a mystery/ thriller challenge. I went with Detective level (16-25 books) and I made it. Easily, since I read a ton of thrillers this time. 25!! I was actually close to the next level, but I'll take that. Here's what I read in this category. 

Lost Girls by Merri DeStefano
How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
The Winter Over by Matthew Iden
Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
Blood Tide by Claire McGowan
Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
Missing by Kelley Armstrong
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
What She Saw by Gerard Stembridge
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Grit by Gillian French
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
The Secret History Of Us by Jessi Kirby
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Good Neighbor by A.J.Banner
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Wreck by Ferris Fleur
The Breakdown by B.A.Paris
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

Dystopian- here I went for Rebel (6-10 books) and was right in the middle with 8 books. Only 8 dystopians- all year?? That surprised me a little. I did okay on the optional bingo category, with  7 entries (I almost got a bingo but missed by one). Here's what I read.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Rising Tides by Katy Haye (Bingo- natural disaster)
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Bingo- set in space)
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz (Bingo- zombies)
Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent 
Starship by Brian Aldiss (Bingo- one word title)
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (Bingo- scary)
Warcross by Marie Lu (Bingo- swoon worthy romance)

So... this was the year of the thriller for me apparently. But I enjoyed what I read so it all worked out. I don't normally do challenges and I probably won't in 2018- too much to keep track of- but it was fun this year. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday Post #223

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Snow! We got about 5 inches on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning, and the roads were terrible- but it sure looked nice! Looking like Christmas around these parts. The neighborhood is pretty much lit up, too. And on Tuesday we had serious blusterage! I've included a video below showing the waves on Lake michigan. I personally loved how blustery it was, it had it's own wild beauty with leaden gray skies and the wind howling around the house.  

Also this week I binged all ten episodes of TURN: Washington's Spies, which just hit Netflix. Although I wasn't crazy about the ending, I thought it was the best season yet. 

Last week I reviewed 0 books (yay me) but I am reading The Hunger Games, and *gasp* enjoying reading again. And I wrote another installment of On The Run, sorta going back to the beginning, so maybe things are returning to normalcy here?      

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Song of the week


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Wild Bird  

Last week I posted some of my favorite art from Artur Rosa so I thought I'd showcase a little more this week. Some of these you may have seen before as a few of them have been inspirations for some of my flash fiction. Let me know which ones you like!  

The Exit Alternative (used as inspiration for A Beautiful Day)  

Lingering in the Golden Gleam by ArthurBlueThe Colony of Sigma Draconis by ArthurBlue
The Exit Alternative by ArthurBlue
The flaming circle of our days by ArthurBlueCaves of Tau Ceti by ArthurBlue

Here's that waves video I mentioned up above.

This looks kinda good? 


fantasy gothic castle - Recherche Google

Pinterest Steampunk, some books, and lots of cats. 

- Julie Dillon

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


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"I can foresee very little of your road; and how your task is to be achieved I do not know. The Shadow has crept now to the foot of the Mountains, and draws nigh even to the borders of the Greyflood; and under the Shadow all is dark to me. You will meet many foes, and some disguised; and you may find friends upon your way when you least look for it."

Prophecies play a big role in a lot of stories, fantasy stories in particular. From The Lord of the Rings to more modern epics, we often get a foretelling or a warning, a prediction perhaps, of future events. Or of things to avoid, or that need to be done. It's often connected to the well-worn "chosen one" trope- and there can be a lot of variation in them, ranging from very simple to rather complex. One thing prophecies seem to have in common though is the mystery of them-  are they true, where do they come from, can they be changed?

I don't mind a prophecy in stories as long as they're done well and it feels right. How about you? Do you like a good prophecy, or do they annoy you to no end? I certainly think they can be overdone, less is definitely more when it comes to these things. I'd like to know what you think, and I've shared a few prophecies below that I find interesting. Let me know which ones are your favorites, or which prophecy you would add.

"Do not pursue him! He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man will he fall."

Glorfindel from Lord of the Rings.

The castle is always empty... Even the ravens are gone from the rookery, and the stables are full of bones. That always scares me. I start to run then, throwing open doors, climbing the tower three steps at a time, screaming for someone, for anyone. And then I find myself in front of the door to the crypts. It's black inside, and I can see the steps spiraling down. Somehow I know I have to go down there, but I don't want to. I'm afraid of what might be waiting for me. The old Kings of Winter are down there, sitting on their thrones with stone wolves at their feet and iron swords across their laps, but it's not them I'm afraid of. I scream that I'm not a Stark, that this isn't my place, but it's no good, I have to go anyway, so I start down, feeling the walls as I descend, with no torch to light the way. It gets darker and darker, until I want to scream. 

Jon Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire, having a prophetic dream.

All that is gold does not glitter, 
Not all those who wander are lost, 
The old that is strong does not wither, 
Deep roots are not reached by the frost, 
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, 
A light from the shadows will spring, 
Renewed shall be the blade that was broken, 
The crownless again shall be King. 

The Lord of the Rings 

Top Ten Bookish Settings I'd Like To Visit


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is Top Ten Bookish Settings I'd Like To Visit. *rubs hands together* This one is kinda fun. Because all the places.   

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)


The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Rivendell. There are a lot of places to visit in Middle-earth but this would top my list. Here's one of my favorite images of Rivendell. 

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Coruscant- the city- planet. There'd be lots to do??

The 100 (The 100, #1)

Mt. Weather! I mean it's The 100 right? HAS to be on my list. Every place is kinda screwed up though, because you know- apocalypse. But Mt. Weather is nice. 

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

Seriously- anywhere in this universe? Just hanging on the Wayfarer? And that lounge area... 

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

I want to play 

Bespin. Nice vacation area