Me, wondering how I went so long reading mainstream ‘conventional‘ romance instead of listening to super-dirty wolf shifter spanko sex on Audible.
Not much to learn here as a layman except there are monsters among us & there‘s very little you can do about it except identify them early & keep them away from the rest of society.
The nature of Junji Ito‘s brilliant works best in tales such as this. Eerie, creepy, and short, disturbing bursts of otherworldly *strange*.
If you‘re not familiar with his works and curious, start here.
(My last finish of the #SummersEndReadathon! 🎉📖🥂)
I have another reading challenge for next month queued up, this one for SFF180 Space Opera September. I‘ll include a link below. There‘s a Goodreads group if you‘re interested. (The book on the top left is “Downbelow Station”.)
Cool link with info: https://youtu.be/enNE784ZJ60
It took me forever to get through this ARC for “When Rivals Lose: Bayshore Rivals #2” by J. L. Beck & Cassandra Hellman. A decent read, but a bad day. It‘s a reverse harem bully romance, if that means anything to you. If not, just take my word, they are cray cray, often delightfully so.
This was okay. It seemed to put forth plot twist after plot twist for their own sake instead of a cohesive story with any basic verisimilitude. I‘d compare it to American Idol—big on vocal pyrotechnics & most people love that 🐂 but I got better ways to spent my Sundays.
(Yes, I do have a dog named Aiken but he came with that name.)
There are only a few books I own that I‘ll put on eczema gloves to read. This is one of them. The illustrations are exquisite. Too bad I take such awful pictures. It isn‘t one of my prime valuable books but I don‘t want to Cheeto-finger it.
Now for the play itself: it has it moments but I wouldn‘t consider this one of his more feminist-friendly texts. I look forward to viewing a few different versions though. #SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday
I had fun searching for “suggestive hammer man” to add an image here. Hope you enjoy! 👨🏻🚒
I got this as an ARC to review. Loki is my favorite smut writer. This one isn‘t her best, but I enjoy everything she releases. 🙆🏻♀️
And more importantly, this counts towards my #SummersEndReadathon and #24B4Monday goals.
Delightful graphic with real insight into Renaissance-era convent life, inspired by the life of Queen Bess.
Not an especially auspicious day of reading (quantitatively speaking) for #24B4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon but remains, shall we say, one for the books. 🤦🏼♀️
The threads of this story came a bit unraveled towards the end but I still enjoyed it. It‘s a very LA tale both with the locales & ethnic callbacks. I kept thinking Harvard-Westlake as the stand-in prep school because how many schools have a film department?
I admit this book did make me a little sad as my inner little girl always wanted the opportunity to grow up in this environment & with these opportunities.
See, this is why I never try to log my ARC-reading on here—never a listing for them (and, well, sometimes the titles are something I‘d rather not admit to—looking at you, “Cuddling the Well-Hung Cuttlefish”!)
ANYWAY, I just finished the 6-book, 1221-page “Miami Masters Collection” by BJ Wane along with a novella “Daddy‘s Little Liar” by Maren Smith.
Now back to my regularly scheduled, more upstanding TBRs for #24B4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon
Some prep reading for tomorrow‘s #24B4Monday. I long ago vowed to read the entirety of Shakespeare‘s plays. I‘m only up to “A Midsummer‘s Night Dream, but that works about okay since it will qualify as a “Summer” read!
Well, this was interesting if overly laudatory. I vaguely remember hearing about this work (“The Gates”) from my midwestern backwater as source of ridicule. But, *art*, know what I‘m sayin‘?
Did anyone here get to see this? Your opinion?
I was feeling pretty good about this until I clicked over to “Friends‘ Challenges”.
I‘m in the presence of some unholy read-demons over here.
Unpacking these boxes is even better than visiting a bookstore. Looks like I found part of the home library‘s LOC M class.
Also found part of the Native American section while unpacking. Now who‘s going to haul them all upstairs and try to find some open shelf space?
I should have gone with the Litsy reviews on this one: cringe-inducing misogyny & eroticized sexual violence against women. Interestingly enough I'm reading Ian Rankin's 1st Rebus book alongside this, both being published in 1987, both hard boiled British detective novels with similar subject matter. Yet there is little comparison to be made with authorial sexist insensitivity.
Sorry DCI Banks; I'll be sticking with DI Rebus.