The A – Z Book Tag

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A | author you’ve read the most books from:

Without doing too much math, and referring to just my blog posts: Christine Feehan.

B | best sequel ever:

I really loved V. C. Andrews series Ruby. Every book was good and furthered the storyline.

C | currently reading:

Malleus Maleficarum by James Spenger
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
The Greek Gods by Evslin, Evslin, & Hoopes
The Complete Works of Confucius
Jeff Edwards Military Thriller 3 Book Box Set

D | drink of choice while reading:

Honestly, I don’t have a go-to drink for reading. Whatever’s handy. I drink water, Diet Dr. Pepper, Tea, or Iced Coffee.

E | e-reader or physical book:

I do both. I like having a physcial book, but sometimes its just easier and handier to have an ebook on my phone or ereader. Some books I prefer to have the physical copy, but most of the time it doesn’t really matter.

F | fiction character you would’ve dated in high school:

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t date in high school. Life is complicated. So my initial reaction is: nobody. I wouldn’t have dated in high school, it was my choice not my parents. But if I would have to answer: Steve Rogers. I think he would have been supportive and wouldn’t pressure me into things I wasn’t comfortable with.

G | glad you have this book a chance:

I typically do not read non-fiction books as a rule. I use books as entertainment more than a source of information. However, I was tempted to read The Total Money Makeover and it has literally changed my life.

H | hidden gem book:

I was pleasantly surprised by The Cousins O’Dwyer series from Nora Roberts. It was suggested by my aunt who doesn’t normally give me book recommendations. Since she usually doesn’t do this I took her suggestion and enjoyed the entire series.

I | important moment in your reading life:

One of the more important moments was when I discovered Goodreads. To this day it is the easiest way for me to keep track of what I’m reading and my personal library.

J | just finished:

Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Evslin, Evslin & Hoopes

K | kind of books you won’t read:

I really want to say that I’m open to any book from any genre, but I do know that some areas of my library are distinctly lacking. I don’t read many Westerns (I really should they’re my mom and brother’s favorites), and I don’t ready many biographies (I do own some but have yet to read them).

L | longest book you’ve read:

I , too, have read The Stand by Stephen King; but for the purposes of this blog: I’m currently read Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and Malleaus Maleficarum by James Sprenger; both of which are monstrously sized.

M | major book hangover because of:

I’m currently attempting to read a 3 Book Boxed Set by Jeff Edwards. Each of these books are fairly substantial, and I’ve made it through one earlier this year, and did try to get started on the second one – but had to take a break.

N | number of bookcases you own:

Currently I have 3, but because of life and other reasons not one of them is full and I need to buy more.

O | one book you’ve read multiple times:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

P | preffered place to read:

I have a few places: the bathtub (with a bubble bath), in bed, or in a comfy chair/recliner.

Q | quote that inspires you/gave you all the feels from a book:

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

R | reading regret:

10 Tips for Writing Your First Book by Joe A. Rector

S | series you’ve started and need to finish (all books are out):

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan – I actually have most of the books but it’s been so long since I’ve read them I’m going to have to start over.

T | three of your all time favourite books:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Mort by Sir Terry Pratchett

U | unapologetic fangirl for:

Stephen King and the majority of his work. I even like the majority of his movies, even the bad ones.

V | very excited for this release:

I really don’t keep track of new releases. It’s just not my thing. Occasionally I’ll have a look at Stephen King’s website but that is it.

W | worst bookish habits:

I skip around in some series (see Christine Feehan) where the timeline doesn’t matter as much. I also don’t read every day and can skip between current books I’m reading.

X | x marks the spot! start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Cold Case by Kate Wilhelm

Y | your latest book purchase:

I really haven’t bought much for books this year thanks to the pandemic, but I suppose we can include the free books I “purchased” from Amazon and they’re all by Tai Sheridan.

Z | zzz-snatcher book – last book that kept you up way too late:

It was probably the last book I read by Christine Feehan: Dark Prince.

What do you think of my book choices?

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The Throwback Thursday Three

Time for another Throwback Thursday Three! This time it’s the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy from Nora Roberts! I know this looks decidedly similar to my Series Reviews, but this is different in that I’m not reviewing these books as a series, just as a series of posts, enjoy!

This entire series was recommended to me by my wonderful Godmother, who is also my aunt on my mom’s side. She reads a bit, but mostly travels, and while traveling together and reading on planes, she suggested “the witch series” to me.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts Each book focuses on one of the cousins O’Dwyer: a brother and sister from the UK and a cousin from the States. The Stateside cousin is up first, and of course they’re all witches thanks to Grandma.

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts The male cousin is up next and in all the books the featured cousin finds their true love, but they also do battle with an ancient evil that their ancestors also fought.

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts The female cousin is last because of her on-again, off-again relationship with her lover. It also is the final confrontation with evil, and the end of series.

I really should reread this series, I’d almost forgotten about it since I read so much. But it really was very good, and Nora Roberts certainly knows her genre.

Keep reading little book worms!

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The conclusion to the Cousin’s O’Dwyer Trilogy is not what I thought it would be. Well, I did figure that the last couple would finally get their heads out of their butts and make a go of it, and I did figure that the main plot line would be resolved, but the little details that turned up I didn’t think would happen.

This trilogy is set up to follow three couples, so of course they end up engaged by the end of each book. No big surprise there. And because this couple are both witches, some rather exotic play time occurs. As with some of the other reviews on Goodreads, Branna does do a lot of cooking, but she did a lot of cooking in the other books too. We just get more of it since we’re focused on her now.

Anyway, as a wrap up, I like witches and sorcerers (even if they are named the Irish version of Kevin) and magick, and demons. So I liked it. It was fun to read about all the things they were doing and how they did it. Some of it was even based on what modern witches do. I liked that too. I’d read it again for fun sometime.

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series but I have an idea now after reading this second book by Nora Roberts. Three cousins – three romances – three books. I’ve noted this theme in other book reviews and here it is again, with a bit of a twist, witches.

Our sextet takes another swing at the dark evil hounding them, this time from a man’s point of view. Two life long friends discover their friendship is much more than either thought, and with their newly laid plans to end the terror of an ancient sorcerer everything is in place.

Except there is a third book in this series. It’s not over yet.

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Pegasus by Danielle Steel

PegasusPegasus by Danielle Steel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Danielle Steel but I like that her novels, while romantic in nature, don’t specifically focus on the romantic elements of her storylines. They more so tell a story that encompasses many lives and generations, eventually completing a circle that she started at the beginning.

I also was deeply interested in the horses of this novel. Lipizzaner. As someone who has grown up with horses I love that this element was weaved into the lives who’s stories unfold here. While some of it is not entirely realistic, I respect that it was used to prove how important the horses were to the lives of the characters.

I have other books by her, maybe I need to read a few more of them.

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book and a series recommended to me by my godmother. I’ve read Nora Roberts before, but never anything like this. Never about witches. The story takes place across generations, ending with the return of one to the homeland, Ireland.

This is a series about 3 cousins, each with their own book, and their own path to romance. The overall plot is a typical good versus evil story. Even with this fairly common storyline, I enjoyed the writing, the animals, the witchcraft, the magick, and even the setting.

I have the rest of this series and will be reading them.

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With Open Arms by Nora Roberts

With Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother's KeeperWith Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother’s Keeper by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a set of two short stories: Song of the West and Her Mother’s Keeper, collectively called With Open Arms.

I willingly admit that I liked Song of the West more than Her Mother’s Keeper. I have a couple reasons for this. One, I was raised on a farm, rode horses, and worked around cattle most of my life. I identified with the characters and the setting. The story was believable, I liked it.

Her Mother’s Keeper… well I couldn’t get into it like I did with Song of the West. One of the main characters is a writer, and as a writer, I liked him. But her…she was a terrible daughter. The main premise (spoilers!) is that the man lets her believe that he is involved with her mother, yet she has no willpower to stop kissing him even though she believes he’s with her mother. Yeah. Couldn’t wrap my head around that one.

Anyway, I liked Song of the West, wasn’t impressed with Her Mother’s Keeper. I received this book from a co-worker as a gift, otherwise I’m not sure I would have gone out and purchased it on my own.

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