Ja No Read Mo 2018: Final Update

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Ok so not bad!  Pulled this year’s Ja No Read Mo outta my arse at the last second, no goal or theme in mind, and I was able to get through 12 books.

But even better, I’m reading again!  Ever since I got my Kobo I can’t seem to stop.  I still have a lot of paperbacks to read through, so once I finish the one I’m reading on there now I am going to have to turn my attention back to them.

Maybe flip back and forth…paperback, ebook, paperback, ebook…

I think a have a reading goal for 2018 now though lol!  Get all my paperbacks read haha!

See ya next year folks!

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Squire by Day Thief by Night

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Ok I promise this is the last one for Ja No Read Mo this year.

Knight Errant is the latest in the Dragon Age graphic novel franchise. I can’t really say which one as there seems to be like 3 different series out there, so I’ll just leave it there as the newest one.

Vaea is a young elven squire to a human knight of Fereldan. A knight who as he puts it ‘served two kings and tells tales for a third’ and owes no fealty to any lord.  Rather he just goes around telling tales and doing his best to make the world a little bit better.

Vaea and her knight crossed paths when humans cut down the tree of her alienage and attempted to slaughter all within when her friends and neighbours took umbrage with the desecration of their sacred traditions.

It would have worked too if her knight had not come along and talked the bloodshed down, taking her on as a squire when he saw her heartbroken at the loss of her uncle, the only family member she had left in the world.

So now Vaea and her knight travel and tell stories, and where they travel Vaea does a little light thievery from those who can afford it and gives it to those who need it. They travel first to Kirkwall to see Varric appointed Viscount (OMG I HOPE THAT HAPPENS FOR DA4!!!!) before the Inquisition steps in and send them off to Starkhaven (I HOPE THAT HAPPENS TOO!!!) to save some agents and some information from falling into the wrong hands.

I really liked this one, but then again it’s Dragon Age so that was pretty much guaranteed. What I liked MOST was the mix of game history and fan hopes, it would be interesting to see what if any of this comes through for the next game installment.

Alright! That’s all she wrote for this year folks!  Thanks for hanging in there and we’ll see ya next time!

Ja No Read Mo 2018

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Good Morning everyone and Happy New Year!

Welcome as well to the 7th annual JaNoReadMo!

For the new folks, I am a serious reader, to the point that I have a minor hoarding problem.  I have a mountain of books in the bedroom waiting for me to read them.  And Ja No Read Mo is my way of ensuring I make some kind of dent in it every year, as every January I challenge myself to read a certain number of books in a month.

First off, no goals this month, or reading goals this year.  My goal last year for the year was like 70 books…I made it to 40. I met my JaNoReadMo goal though!  I set a goal of 13 books and hit 14.

But I noticed something in the last few months of 2017.  I wasn’t reading.  Like at all.  I had zero interest in reading since I completed my Forgotten Realms collection.  I think a part of it was ‘hey if I don’t read them then the series will never end’ because as I noted earlier in the year, there are no new Realms books scheduled for release. And the Realms has been such a huge part of my life for so long, I found myself looking too far into the future and kinda freaking out like OMG what am I going to read now?!?

I actually almost decided not to do JaNoReadMo this year and instead focus on my crafting as I have two babies and a wedding to stitch for this year.

But then I thought to myself I really need to give it a shot.  Yeah my Realms might be done but I still have a lot of other stuff to read.  I might have lost my passion for a bit, but that does not mean it’s gone forever.

So I’m not going to set goals for myself.  As I type this the thought of reading for a month straight and pushing myself to meet some arbitrary goal is not appealing.  I’m going to take it as it comes this time around and hopefully find what has been lost.

On that note, lets kick of this year’s JaNoReadMo with the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward: The Chosen.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

 

Ja No Read Mo 2017: Final Thoughts

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So this was a very successful Ja No Read Mo if I do say so myself!  Met and surpassed my goal of 13 books, juuuuust barely squeaking in 14.

I decided to try a themed month and read nothing but fiction books, and it was a delightful and interesting change.  I think I’ll keep on with themed months.  I’ll probably try another Theme Month or two this year, then maybe in 2018 I’ll do the whole year up.  Romance in February, horror in October, a month of biographies, mysteries, general non fiction even!!!

Oh wow I’m super excited now.  I am such a niche reader this will be a fantastic way to expand my reading horizons…

But, that’s an experiment for a later date.  For now I’ll do what I’ve always done.  Devour my Realms books and sprinkle in a few others to *hopefully* whittle down my To Read mountain to an acceptable level…

Thanks for joining me for Ja No Read Mo 2017 folks! I always hope you have as much fun following my journey’s as I do undertaking them.

Read on!

Fourteen Down for Ja No Read Mo 2017

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6314618Well it was tight, but I did it, and I am super happy that I was able to get through 14 books this Ja No Read Mo.  Last time I read 14 books was in 2014 I think?  And then I think I only made it cuz I read some graphic novels in there, which still count!  But this…kinda counts more?

Anywhoodle…

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown is yet another example of how books are more often than not, better than the movie.  I watched the DaVinci code movie shortly after it was released to DVD, and I enjoyed it so I was like ‘hmm. Lets try Dan Brown books.’

I started DaVinci Code shortly after, but found myself distracted by remembering the scenes from the movie, which was rather odd for me and I couldn’t finish it the first time round.  So I set it aside and moved on to Angels and Demons which I really liked, but it’s taken me almost 10 years to come back round to it, and I’m glad I did.

I found myself still remembering the movie, but more in comparison to the book.  How did it differ?  What was missing?  So I was able to continue on reading it.

I believe it has a well earned reputation as a classic, or at least it should if it doesn’t already.  And it did interest me enough that I am considering moving on to the rest of Dan Brown/Robert Langdon books such as The Lost Symbol and Inferno, but DaVinci Code didn’t really grab at me kinda like I was expecting it to.  Maybe because I already knew the story?  Or maybe because I had such trepidations going into it that my entire outlook was skewed?

I don’t think I’ll ever know, but I do know that I enjoyed it and do not regret finally reading the DaVinci Code after almost a decade of trying.

And that’s all for Ja No Read Mo folks!  Stay tuned for my Final Update and we’ll see ya here again for Ja No Read Mo 2018!

Thirteen Down for Ja No Read Mo 2017

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23847996I DUDDITS!  Reached my goal of 13 books for Ja No Read Mo 2017!  Now let’s hope I can reach my goal of 70 books for the year.

Here we have An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War, the tenth book in the Irish Country series, and I swear I am loving this series more with every book.

It’s a little bit hard to explain everything that happens in this one as the time is split between two very different eras.  First it’s between the ‘current’ time in Ballybucklebo where we finally see our miss Kinky Kinkaid remarry and move out of Number One Main street, leaving her old rooms open for Barry coming back to the practise.  Young doctor Jenny is running a women’s clinic, Mr. and Mrs. O’Reilly are fast approaching their one year anniversary and Kitty has a heartbreaking secret for Fingal, Sue is still with Barry and is trying to make a positive different in the lives of the children of Ballybucklebo.

The other side of it is Fingal O’Reilly’s time in the war, or at least parts of it.  This side of the story begins just as he asks a woman named Dierdre Mawhinney to marry him and she agrees.  Then he is called out of naval reserve status and assigned to the battleship Warspite for the first few years of the war, learning much about doctoring and surgery, and too much about the cost of war.  It doesn’t take us all the way to the end of the war and Fingal returning to Ballybucklebo after the death of Dierdre, but I feel that’s coming in the next one.

But that will have to wait for a bit, as I am going to try and squeeze one more out of Ja No Read Mo 2017.  I honestly don’t think I will be able to make it, but there’s no harm in trying is there?  Either way you slice it, we’ll be (FINALLY!) looking at Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code next, but will it be the 14th book for Ja No Read Mo 2017?  Stay tuned….

6314618An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Twelve Down for Ja No read Mo 2017

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2769328So close…to…goal!

I was actually really disappointed in this book.  I had actually purchased the second book, Tyrant Storm of Arrows from a clearance bin years ago because it interested me.  And I finally got around recently to getting the first book because as we all know you can’t very well read book 2 without reading book 1 first.

The storyline when you look at it as a whole was very meh.  The begining and middle engaged me as the characters were actually doing things, but I would up skimming the entire last third of the book because it was just that boring to me.  Not sure I’ll be reading the second one after this…

Anywhoodle, this is the story of an Athenian calvary officer who is turned mercenary after being dismissed from the army of Alexander the Great and is hired by the tyrant of a small city to train their calvary force and all along the way the main character Kineas has to fight an uphill battel against politics, noblemen who dislike and distrust him, as well as new recruits who think they’re too good to serve in the calvary.

Now as I said in the beginning the first two thirds were interesting.  It was all about Kineas’ past in the army, gathering his mercenary group together, riding forth to the town, training the troops, and finally girding for war when it comes to them.  But then that final third…war is engaged and for the most part nothing happens.  At least nothing that keeps me interested in reading word for word.

There was a bit of a love story in there, but they made the female character so standoffish and their whole courtship so convoluted and complex I just didn’t see the point of it in the end.

Ah well.  Maybe I will read the second one someday, and maybe it will be better.

But now, that moment you have all been waiting for.  The final (?) book for Ja No Read Mo 2017! Ladies an gentlemen may I introduce the 13th book for this month and this year: An Irish Doctor in Love and At Sea by Patrick Taylor.

23847996Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plan to marry sweetheart. Deirdre Mawhinney, and settle down. But those dreams are complicated by the Second World War and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS Warspite, a formidable thirty-thousand-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O’Reilly soon finds himself face-to-face with the horrors of war, tending to the dreadnought’s crew of twelve hundred as well as the many casualties brought aboard. Also a struggle: remaining true to his beloved Deirdre despite temptations abroad…

Over two decades later, life in Ballybucklebo is far cry from the strife of war, but O’Reilly and young colleagues still have plenty of challenges on their hands, from an outbreak of German measles, the odd tropical disease, a hard-fought pie-baking contest, and a local father whose muleheaded adherence to tradition is standing in the way of his son’s future. Now older and wiser, O’Reilly has prescriptions of whatever ails … until a secret from the past threatens to unravel his own peace of mind.

Shifting deftly between two very different eras, Patrick Taylor’s latest Irish Country novel reveals more about O’Reilly’s tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion.

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