First Line Fridays

We must, by law, keep a record of all the innocents we kill. 

Published: November 2016

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Pages: 435

Genera: YA (kinda SciFi)

Series: First of at least two books

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The anatomy of my bookshelf

I have only one bookshelf.  I would love to have a second, but I don’t want to have 2 half empty shelves.  Solution: buy more books.  However, I’m trying to keep my shelves to books I absolutely love and will read again, and not have a bunch of unread books all over (see my TBR reading goal for the year).  Sure, I have a lot of knickknacks that I can display to fill up more space.  But I have one word in response to that: cats.

Anyway, here is the breakdown of they types of books you will find on my shelf:

92 Adult, YA and Middle Grade books

 Rough breakdown:

     30 Adult (About half are ‘transitional books’ found in the adult section but are very much YA style.)

     51 YA

     11 Middle Grade (my half of the series of Harry Potter books are in here)

12 Children’s books

11 Reference-type books

2 Anthologies (YA)

3 Non-fiction books (2 for school, one bought recently)

7 Textbooks (actually currently holding up my cat tree, not on my shelf)

1 3D image search book (see below for example)

How do you review (9)

Here’s another round of the random thought I have while reading that you really can’t put in a review. 

-You know this book takes place in America when a popping noise or a mild bang brings instant thoughts of guns

-Girl is allergic to cats, and there isn’t a cat in the entire story, but sure, put a cat on the cover!

-Let’s build a school for kids that can’t use their powers properly and then not actually teach them anything about using their powers properly.  Smart plan, guys!

-I really don’t think films use boob mics to record sound.  They use the sound stick.

-Groundskeepers must always live on the grounds in a little hut all by themselves and not in the big building only meters away with lots of bedrooms and things like that.  Always.

-40 minute break was somehow over after a 10 minute conversation.

-Why is it always palm cuts when blood is needed?  Isn’t there a better spot then the hand you will need to get shit done with and is less painful to take from?

-(book immediately afterwards) Seriously why is it always palm cuts??

-It didn’t take me long to learn why I disliked this book the first time I read it.

-I like that the gift of prophesy has a realistic downside in this book, many novels with magic don’t have realistic downsides to using the power.

-All I can think about when Mark talks about pissing outside is the contamination of the planet with earth microbes and how it’s no longer pristine.

-People need to hurry…..so they stand around talking and touring the place for like 30 pages. 

-All this great future technology but noise cancelling headphones still can’t block noise. 

Fifteen more….

Books read:

31. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire     5/5 Stars

32. Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle     4/5 Stars

33. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Charlie Anson)    3.5/5 Stars

34. The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (Scott Brick)     4.5/5 Stars

35. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4/5 Stars

36. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz (NetGalley)     3/5 Stars

37. Breaking Up is Hard to Do … But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell (NetGalley)     2/5 Stars

38. If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men by Matthew Inman (NetGalley)     2.5/5 Stars

39. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by The Awkward Yeti (NetGalley)     4/5 Stars

40. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (various narrators)     4.5/5 Stars

41. Lies We Tell Your Kids by Steve Hoover     2.5/5 Stars

42. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh     4.5/5 Stars

43. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg     3/5 Stars

44. Brimstone By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Scott Brick)     5/5 Stars

45. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child  (Jonathan Marosz)    5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 3.8

Audiobooks: 5.25

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few, up to 5 of them are from smaller publishers

Reviewed on Blog: 0

Bookshelf TBR: 4

Comments:

So this post is so delayed that my ‘next ten’ was almost 20 by the time I got around to this so I split the difference and made it 15.  

These books were a mixed lot.  At the start of this list, I really really loved Down Among the Sticks and Bones and have bought a copy and will be re-reading before the year is done.  But I was also browsing NetGalley and read several comic books, most of which were ‘meh’.  I was feeling sad that I hadn’t really found any new favourites yet this year but boy did that change with the last handful of books.  I thought I was going to be hard pressed to have a top 3 or 5 books this year about a month ago but at this point I’ll have no trouble with finding books, it’ll just be hard to order them from most favourite to not as most favourite. 

4 more TBR bookshelf books were read in this bunch!  I’m really proud of the concerted effort I have made in knocking down my physical TBR pile on my bookshelf.  However, I gained 2 more books from a friend and bough one more and thus I’m still basically where I started, with 11 unread books still on my shelf.  This goal is starting to feel like an epic saga, with a slow start, a push forward then losing ground followed by more progress and lost ground.  Yet despite being more or less where I started at the beginning of the year, the average ‘wait time’ for the TBR books on my shelf has been reduced (I think… now I need to calculate that…).  What’s more is that despite all this gaining and losing ground, I have now read 6 of my original 12 and gotten rid if one of the others, so if I never get to 6 or less by the end of the year, at least I have done that.  Honestly, that makes me very happy.  Also, I discovered a few unexpected surprises on my shelf which is another bonus to this challenge. 

I’ve officially crossed my randomly picked number between 30 and 50 for my Goodreads yearly book goal and rapidly closing in on 50 books this year.  I’m doing way better at this point in time then this point in time last year and am so happy and proud of my reading so far.  Now I am reassessing and considering coming up with another goal to hit but really, I’m reading tonnes and enjoying myself which is the real goal here.  

Would you Rather

I saw this post over on My Bookish Dream and liked the questions so I stole it to do it!

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift-card?

As I prefer to read physical books and I don’t read or buy so many books, I think the $5000 gift card, if it had no expiry date, would be perfect for me.

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

I love Harry Potter, but I really can’t imagine what I would really say to her.  I also don’t read poetry.  However, I’d rather meet a deceased poet as they could give me a refresher course on how to read poetry, insight into whether they actually write all the symbolism stuff English class makes you look for or that is just extra bonus to the writing, how they write poetry, some other people’s works to read, etc, etc.  It would be an interesting conversation I think.

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favourite book for one day?

Tough one, because if I wrote a famous book it would be famous for being bad, but I would be rich.  However, to pick just one world would be hard, then you would have to return and the world I think I would pick would be interesting but possibly deadly.  But I love to travel, so visit the Land of Tortall!

4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favourite fictional love triangle.)

I actually don’t have a favourite love triangle since most are obvious from the start and I almost never oppose the author’s pick of couple.  EXCEPT IN ONE VERY TERRIBLE OCCASION.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Travel.  VE is just not the same as going and experiencing all the places. Also at no cost I would hire a private chauffeur to get to see all the places.