Ok, so it's been like two weeks so I have a lot. Bear with me...

Completed
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1) by Alexandra Bracken: Alexandra Bracken's first book did the extremely, extremely rare feat of getting rated 5 out of 5 stars on the first read. Typically, a book has to withstand a second reading with the same euphoric reaction to rise from a 4 ("I Loved It") to a 5 ("One of my favorite books"). Brightly Woven bowled me over so much, I couldn't picture the book being any more perfect so I just gave it a 5 right off the bat. The mumblings I'd been hearing about this her second book were slightly less positive, so I started it with some trepidation. Ms. Bracken ventures away from fantasy into the dystopian sci fi YA that is so popular at the moment. I was like, oh no, she's copy catting! But, you know, by the time I finished this book, I loved it. She is still the best writer of YA romantic relationships I've ever come across and I could read her books ad nauseam, which I think means she needs to become a much, much quicker writer. Like practically light speed.

Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate, #4) by Gail Carriger: Oh MY! This was back to the glory of the first book. I liked the intervening books, but thought they were weaker than the first. This was not. The romance between the husband and wife was once again engaging and the story was equally engaging. Love. 

Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1) by Carolyn Crane: This book conflicts me. It's got a unique, engaging hook. But Carolyn Crane doesn't commit!! It should have been either a serious take on the Superhero Genre, say an X-Men approach or it could have been a more light-hearted sendup, but instead it waffles in the middle, mostly serious with a few really incongruous details that pull you out of the story. Seriously, the secondary love interest WEARS A BERET AND A CAPE. You're supposed to be thinking this whole time how sexy this guy is and I spent all my time trying to visualize a sexy beret. We know it wasn't worn like a Green Beret on the side of his head (which I could have justified as sexy enough) as his stated reason to wear the beret was to "protect" the back of his head, so now I'm stuck pictured a back positioned beret and all I can think of is a mime or a 20th century French poet in black skinny jeans and OH MY GOD I CAN'T PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING ELSE. That said. I'll try the second book, maybe the guy will lose the beret or, more than likely, the girl will just lose the guy. He is only the secondary love interest after all...

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh: Just to get this clear: the cover makes me want to run screaming into the hills, so I'm glad I read this on my Kindle. I loved the first Nalini Singh book I read. This one I liked. Solidly liked. Not head over heels but I'm still a Nalini Singh fan. (FYI, Big Kid Book)

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love By Numbers, #2) by Sarah MacLean: I enjoyed my way through this book. Good characterization. Solid like. (Big Kid Book)

Fire and Ice (Buchanan, #7) by Julie Garwood: It was pleasant... The last several books in this series have been just that. Pleasant. Not gripping like the early books in the series but pleasant reads.Somehow, even though this book was a full 400 pages, it still felt like a short story in the area of the romance development. You've got to have enough romantic development to plausibly justify why they are getting engaged by the end. Eh well. (And another Big Kid Book).

Enslave Me Sweetly (Alien Huntress, #2) by Gena Showalter: I'm not a huge Gena Showalter fan. The first book in this series I liked well enough, but this one I couldn't get into. I have a high tolerance for schlock and improbability, but maybe I'm getting old. People getting blown practically to bits and then getting out of bed after 12 hours and a full month less than the doctor ordered and just "pushing through it" make me want to scream THAT JUST MAKES A CONCUSSION WORSE, IDIOT! Which just ruins the romance because I'm imaging their potential future children being left orphans in about 20 years or so when both parents succumb to brain disease. Told you I'm getting old...

Currently Reading
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal (20% Done): I bought this book for myself at Christmas and I finally found time to start it! I LOVE FRANS DE WAAL. That is all. 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (20% Done): I'm not the target audience for this series, but I still kinda like it. Not sure I'll read another after this, we'll have to see how I feel when's it's all done...

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (45% Done): Rather proud of myself on how well I'm getting through this one. A lot of it is very sad : /

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen (55% Done): Ok, I'm finally back up and trucking on this one. Ok, so 3% isn't a huge gain but, hey, forward movement is half the battle!
 





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