JaNoReadMo 2020

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Gooood Morning 2020!

Welcome all you wonderful folks back to JaNoReadMo.  No reading goal this month, since I took a hiatus last year i kinda want to start fresh.  Just read at my own pace, see where i end up, and make beating whatever i get through this year my goal for JaNoReadMo 2021.

I do have an overall reading goal this year however.  I have a mountain of books in my room that has had some inhabitants in it for almost 10 years!  It is my goal to read through this 80ish book monstrosity by December 31st.  I’ll probably read some for JaNoReadMo this year but I’m not going to truly focus on that until February.

With that, lets begin with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonswan, first up for 2020!

JaNoReadMo 2019 Has Been Cancelled

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Yeah.  No JaNoReadMo this year.  Not much reading at all honestly, I’ve lost the mojo for it.  I’m taking time to focus on other crafty things and various health issues that have popped up between me and my partner.  I will be reading but not as voraciously, and hopefully we’ll be back for JaNoReadMo 2020.

Thank you all and enjoy your year!

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!

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.


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