November 5, 2017 by elnadesbookchat
Greetings! It has been a busy week for me, so I haven’t had much time for reading. Because of that there will only be two maybe three reviews this week. There will be three if I can get the book I’m currently reading done before Tuesday. This week is also going to be busy as I am flying off to Phoenix for the AASL conference. It should be a lot of fun this time around as there is a large group of librarians going from my district. We can be a wild bunch when we want so it should be a good time. Plus lots of authors and publishers will be there with lots of free goodies! I will let you all know what good stuff I found next week when I get back.
I was going to do an October wrap up, but I am finding myself a little frustrated with Goodreads right now. It is showing that I only read 6 books this month. There are several that are not showing up on my list, that I know I entered as having read (when I look them up that is what it says anyways) but they don’t show up on the full read list or in the stats for 2017. Any of you have this issue or know what I am doing wrong? It is very frustrating. According to my journal I have read and reviewed 12 books in October. It also looks like I’m missing some from September too. My total count for 2017 seems low at 157 books. I’m considering giving up on Goodreads and just keeping my reading journal and trusting that it is more accurate.
October was a low reading month and once again I find myself behind on my Netgalley reads as well. This happened to me last year around this time so I think it will always be this way. Although last year I think I was six or seven behind, whereas this year I’ve only missed two in October, but I have three this week that I haven’t read yet, so there you go. ACK! I have been finding myself trying hard not to ask for every book that sounds interesting on Netgalley, but to be a little more selective. It is so hard sometimes though. I have only four books from Netgalley for November and none in December, so hopefully I can get them all done before the end of the year and get started on January’s TBR.
Here are the five books from Netgalley and one from Edelweiss that I will be reading and reviewing before the end of the year.
I am such a sucker for a pretty cover. I just love all of these covers and they all sounded like interesting books. Follow Me is a sequel, but that cover is amazing!
I have been pretty lucky this past month. Like many of you, I am always entering contests for books, and this month I won two books! One was from Goodreads and the other was from Book Riot, which is an awesome website for YA books and others as well. They also have a great series of Podcasts with author interviews. I am excited about the book I won from them as it is a sequel to one of the more interesting books I read this year, The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz. I was also thrilled to get a free copy of Wishtree, it was one of my favorite Tween reads this year.
Then yesterday I went to an author event called the Inside Story. This is put on by a local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They do this twice a year and they showcase local authors and illustrators and their new books. I always try to attend and always find a new book or two to add to my school’s collection or my own. I also won a book there too, making it three books this month!
Summary from Goodreads: A young spy gets entangled in an action-filled, whodunit mystery! When Mabel’s parents leave town without warning, she isn’t worried. They’re spies, after all. But when her beloved Aunt Gertie is arrested for leading a smuggling ring, then her obnoxious Uncle Frank and Aunt Stella show up, demanding to be let into the family’s private museum things begin to look fishy. Especially since Mabel hasn’t heard from her parents in days. Tackling a mystery like this one is what she has been training for her whole, short life. Using her self-authored spy handbook, will Mabel be able to find her parents and unmask the real criminal before it’s too late?
I started it last night and so far it is pretty good. Then I bought for myself this book:
Summary from Goodreads: The year is 1818, the city is London, and our heroine, 16-year-old Annis Whitworth, has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.
Annis always suspected that her father was a spy, so following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.
Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on.
She’ll follow the clues her father left behind and discover what befell him.
She’ll prove she can sew an impenetrable disguise.
She’ll earn a living without stooping to become a—shudder—governess.
It can’t be any harder than navigating the London social season, can it?
The author emphasized several times that there was no romance in it even though it is a YA. So of course I had to pick it up. I also liked her last book for middle schoolers, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Chicken Farmer. I just love her titles! You should see if your local chapter of SCBWI does a similar event near you. I always enjoy hearing a little about how an author got an idea or their process in writing a book.
This was a long post! Hopefully you enjoyed it. I hope to have reviews up this week for The Empress by S.J. Kincaid and then two audiobooks, Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares both by Kendare Blake. I had read Anna a few years ago so this was a reread before I went on to the second book. I will review them together. I’m about a third of the way through All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater. This was probably a bad week to read this one. I’m finding myself struggling with it a bit because of the writing style and the plot is kind of weird. But Maggie is one of my favorite authors so I will muddle through it and hope for the best.
Remember if you have any suggestion or thoughts on my Goodread issue, please leave me a comment. Until next time.