Day: November 6, 2017

My Very Own “Book Bucket List” – October 2017

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I’ve knocked the 5th entry off my Book Bucket List:  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. You can see the review here. In its place, I’ve added Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak to round out the 12 options for the next vote.

As a reminder, the book you chose for me to read in November is ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas (review to be posted by 11/15). Congratulations to everyone who voted for this book.

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The polls for the December 2017 read will open in a few weeks.

 

Below is the link to the on-going Book Bucket List and a background on what it’s all about. My Very Own “Book Bucket List”  —  Click the link to access everything since the beginning of this post series as well as see the 12 books currently on the list.

 

About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to publish it in early 2018. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 2 -The Next Big Thing In Writing Is Here (Radio Spot!)

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Kudos to the amazing Melanie Mole for hosting Day 2 on the #WatchingGlassShatter book blog tour — and revealing a special surprise about an upcoming radio broadcast for the release of my book. Read her post to find out when / where for my radio debut: Nov 14th @ 6PM EST.

Thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour. You have been amazing since the day we met, introducing me to so many people and opening so many doors.

These questions were fantastic and helped give everyone a sense of who I am. I loved your Artist First radio segment and thank you for helping me get mine set up. What a fun way to promote our books!

Melanie Mole

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If you are really lucky, once in lifetime, you may get within a thousand miles of the next big thing. But, I feel honoured to say, that I believe I have found that in Jay (James) Cudney!

As soon as we started chatting earlier this year, I knew that he had something special to share with us.

He has already achieved so much, but has been working towards his dream goal of being a writer too. As soon as I read his new novel Watching Glass Shatter, I knew that it was something special.

So, I couldn’t wait to be able to share my interview with Jay below, and to be part of his amazing blog tour!

Hello Jay, and thank you for agreeing to visit my blog on your tour.

Thank YOU! I have so much to be grateful to you for, starting with leading me to the…

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Book Review: I run a monthly poll on my daily blog where voters choose a book I read each month from my Book Bucket List. Last month, voters chose Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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Before I get into the review, a few housekeeping items… I do not normally read fantasy or young adult books as a regular part of my reading genres. I tend to prefer historical, contemporary, thriller or mystery fiction; however, I try to branch out each month and read something out of my ‘comfort zone.’ I love Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, and many more, so I do often find myself with top ratings for books in fantasy and young adult. Before I opened Six of Crows, I had been warned the first 50 to 75 pages would be difficult until I was absorbed into the story, given all the background on the fantasy world and the new terms / descriptions; however, I was not warned it was almost 500 pages long. I probably should have put something smaller on the list that voters could have chosen! Let’s get into the review…

The plot, characters, setting, themes and perspectives are intense and beautiful. I could easily see the story unfolding before my eyes as I immersed myself into the new world. It feels like this could grow as popular as some of the other fantasy tomes I’ve read (see above) among various reader groups. It hits all the sweet spots for transferring your mind from the monotonous and ordinary to an explosively and wildly imaginative universe. The way character back stories are woven together, the order in how events unfold and the dynamics between so many of the major and supporting characters is well thought out, planned and developed. Kudos to the author for building such an amazing playground for readers to frolic in.

All that said, I struggled through the book – not because it wasn’t a good one – because it was so different from what I normally read and enjoy. I need clarity on a world when I read about it mostly because I like to figure out the connections and history of what’s going on. I wasn’t sure of the boundaries and parameters here because it could literally have gone anywhere (then again, that’s the point of fantasy, so it seems like an obvious statement). If I put my analytical cap on, I think had I watched this as a film to gain the broader perspective of all the components of the world and the character profiles, I might have had a strong enough baseline to let myself become completely absorbed in the book while reading it afterwards. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible at the moment, so I read it first.

One of the key things I believe in life – especially as a book reviewer and a writer – is to be honest and fair, but to also look at a situation from all perspectives. This is a tremendously good book with a huge and wide appeal for its audience. It wasn’t an ideal match for me as a reader, perhaps right now, or perhaps given its genre. That said, rating it is tough. Ratings are personal and reflect how a reader feels about a book, but as an author, I would hate for someone to rate my book poorly because it wasn’t a good match for them; because a reader doesn’t like it doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic book. It is in that tenuous space that I try to come up with a rating that is fair given all the circumstances. If I loved fantasy and this type of novel, it would hands-down be a 5-star rating. Because this is not something that normally appeals to me with great significance, it’s probably a 3-star rating. To be fair, I think the book deserves a middle-ground to represent the best of both worlds – my personal opinion and that of a critical reader and author.

4-stars to this book… while some may applaud my effort to be fair, others might yell at me for misunderstanding the book or not being creative enough. Either way, I would recommend this to anyone who loves this genre or even wants to explore the genre more. If you’re not a fan of this type of work, don’t start here. You won’t be able to absorb what is probably the true greatness of this book and its appeal until you’ve had a bit more experience in the fantasy world.

Kudos to the author… and hopefully people reading my review see that I did not follow my normal review style in this book, rather I took a step back to find the best approach for me to review it. Thank you to the voters in my poll. I’m definitely open to more fantasy, but perhaps I should start a bit lighter to grow into this genre. I think you voted A Crown of Thorns and Roses for November… here I go!

For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

About Me 
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 239 – Growl (RYDER RANT)

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Growl: the noise I make when I am unhappy

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Growl! And that kicks off this fine Monday morning. First of all, I was promised a walk yesterday, but I did not get one. The lazy a$$ I call Dad 1 kept pushing it off all day because it was raining (and since he just gave me a bath, he didn’t want me to smell from getting wet), telling me to wait just a little longer. It drizzled on and off all day, so by the time the sun began setting, he said it was too late and he would take me today. I was displeased and ensured he knew it last night as I growled at everything: at the people on the roof, at the people yelling on the street which I could hear up here on the 12th floor and at the Dads just to teach them a lesson. Just wait til you find out why I was going on this little walk — not out of the goodness of his own heart, I’ll have you know.

Anyways… I slept in a little this morning, just got out of bed and wandered into the living room. As I look outside, that rain is coming down again, which means I probably won’t get a walk again unless it stops. GROWL. I’m sure you’re asking: “why is Dad offering you a walk a bad thing?” So… let’s roll time back a little bit. My grandparents came over this weekend to visit, as they usually do every other weekend. Dad 2 was away on a business trip so it was just the three of us. Normally Grandma brings me lots of treats and and I get to eat whatever I want when she visits. She did bring me a very tasty peanut butter and bacon treat from her trip to Pennsylvania, which coincidentally is where I was adopted from 10-years ago. I ran around like a whiny little brat (I admit my faults) because it was too big to eat and I wouldn’t let anyone break it into pieces. This went on for 30-minutes until finally Grandpa helped me so I could eat it.

But then a terrible awful thing happened. I heard Grandpa whisper to Dad, “Ryder’s putting on a bit of weight.” Dad looked at me and said, “oh, you’re right, I hadn’t noticed.” It was an amusing few minutes as Grandma teased Dad about him blaming her for giving me all the treats. She whooped him something fierce over it (in a funny way), but I haven’t seen them in 3 weeks so it couldn’t be them. Poor Dad, he got quite a bit of torture from his parents over it. He deserved it though. I admit it. I have put on a few additional teeny tiny specks, as I need to bulk up for the winter. I will fix it and I don’t need anyone to tell me how.

That’s when the terrible awful happened… Dad used the word “diet.” GROWL! I did not get any of their pork roast for lunch. I did not get any of their chicken pot pie for dinner last night. I did not get any other treats. Dad 2 got home and I curled up against him on the couch. I told him I loved him and how mean Dad 1 was. Dad 2 didn’t agree with me. He sided with Dad 1 and said “Yes, I think we need to cut back.” Dad told me I get nothing for 1 week and I am going for more walks. That’s why a walk is a bad thing. It’s not out of the goodness of that monster’s heart. He claims he loves me and doesn’t want me to get sick or to age more quickly because I’m putting on an extra ounce or pound or two pounds… we’ll stop there because GROWL. I’m going back to bed. Please someone do something about this?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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