First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (35)

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From The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy.

They should have died three days ago when he dropped a crate of bowling balls on them at the Napa Bargain Mart. They should have died two days ago when he ran over them with a police car in Martinez. They definitely should have died this morning when he cut off their heads in Tilden Park.

Glad to be back on the interwebs! Again, I’m sorry for my absence. Too many hours at work plus sick plus tired. All around yuck. But I am planning on being productive on my day off! Reading this book is one way to do that. Can I just say that the way Mr. Riordan starts his books always gets me laughing. And instantly hooked. I am loving the Heroes of Olympus books!!

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I recently finished reading…:  Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories, a collection of Doctor Who short stories. I would recommend for fans of the show because the fiction is pure fun. Stylistically, several of the authors left something to be desired. I also finished Soulless, the first of the Parasol Protectorate series and only my second serious foray into the world of steampunk! I enjoyed it so much and have already requested the next form my local library.

I am currently reading…: Parallel by Lauren Miller, the second book of hers I’ve read. It’s proving a quick read, but I’m not enjoying it as much as Free to Fall, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it’s still fun. I also need to pick up Van Gogh again. Someone needs to get on me about that.

Next, I plan on reading…: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason — I need to read it before it’s due back to the library! I am actually becoming all sorts of excited to see what adventures it holds.

The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari

Details: e-ARC from NetGalley. This in no way influences my opinion of the novel.
Series: Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne, book 7. (I read it as a standalone, which worked.)
Rating: 9/10

Summary (from Goodreads): Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe’s most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.

A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.

As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they’re drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther’s devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River. Continue reading

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It’s been a slow reading week, though I’ve been enjoying what I’ve been reading. Work is just getting in the way…. It took me 6 days to read just one book. That’s about three times as long as usual, I’d say.

I recently finished reading…: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. This is the one that took me 6 days to read, but I really enjoyed every second of it! Definitely an adventure, though I did get a little nitpicky with Mead’s writing style — her habit of falling back on telling instead of trying to show.

I am currently reading…: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories, the 50th anniversary collection of Doctor Who short stories. UtNS is proving to be a friggin fast read — I only began it yesterday afternoon and already I’m on (Kindle) page 279 of 373! I think I’ll plan to finish it tonight after work.

Next, I plan to read…: Oh, good question. I just took out 3 books from the library, so next up will either be Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) or Parallel by Lauren Miller. Those are the 2 that I requested, so they’ll be the ones I probably won’t be able to renew, if need be.

Luckily, I have another day off of work tomorrow (after taking a sick day Monday and having a scheduled day off yesterday) so I’ll catch up on more reading time. That, and hopefully a doctor will be able to clear up what’s going on — I was in bed for about 14 hours Sunday night to Monday, then I continued to doze throughout the day, plus a mean cough and grossness. Sick is frustrating.

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (34)

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From Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she’d get so close.

I figured it was time to discover what the fuss was about with this series. My bookmark lies on the fourth chapter, and I’m about to dig in for more. I am very intrigued with this world, though I hope I can get a clearer image of it!

Speaking Of… (4)

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Real Job-ing vs. Blogging

 For those of you who blog and hold a full-time, paying job, you know that this is indeed a battle. I’ve got a fairly straightforward retail position, but working 30+ hours a week is proving a death sentence to my blogging if you haven’t noticed. What I would love to know is if y’all have any advice? I love blogging, but I love it because I’ve never had to plan for it — it’s been something I’ve always remembered to do (if it’s a day-specific post) or it’s been something I’ve turned to when I’ve had a little extra time on my hands. Now my days (that is, my 12pm to sevenish times) are consumed by retail and I’m far too exhausted to use any more of my brain power writing a blog post once I’m home.

What are your styles of blogging? How do you all cope with blogging and full-time jobs?

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I recently finished reading….: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, which was such a fun ride, and The Last Letter from Your Lover — absolutely outstanding! – by Jojo Moyes within the last week. My work schedule hasn’t been conducive to my reading cravings, to say the least.

I am currently reading….: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. Both this and her first in the series, Gameboard of the Gods, are really captivating stories to me. If these were to be made into movies, I can very easily picture them done like BladeRunner and Total Recall.

Next, I am planning on reading….: It’ll be time for me to start Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories for sure. I’m craving some short stories, and who better to turn to than The Doctor?