Day: February 27, 2018

2018: February (Read) & March (To Be Read – TBR)

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In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan 8 or 9 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read. That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…

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In case you’re curious what I read in February, the list is below. I had planned to read nine (9) books and I successfully read them all plus a few more — thirteen (13) books in total… don’t ask me how that happened, but I exceeded my planned TBR and am on schedule, if not ahead, to clear out my queue of books I already own/downloaded. You may see the same cover three times as there were 3 books in 1 binding.

What did Jay read in February 2018?

Apple Turnover Murder
liked it
I’m a committed Joanne Fluke & Hannah Swensen fan. I love the cozy mystery and these novels just have such a calming and positive effect on me. I’m giving 3.5 stars to Apple Turnover Murder, the 13th in this series. It was good and hit a…
Gingerbread Cookie Murder
really liked it
I received Gingerbread Cookie Murder, a short novella in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke, as one of my Christmas presents last year. I’ve a big fan of the series and always look forward to the read. It took me 1 ho…
Origin
liked it
When Origin, the fifth in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, was published last Fall, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I had several ARCS, giveaways, and commitments that forced me to hold off until just this week to read …
Sea, Sky & Skeleton
really liked it
I started reading Carolyn L. Dean’s cozy mystery series over two years ago, but I hadn’t been able to get back to it for a long time. After the holidays, I bought the next five books and committed to read one per month in 2018 until I ca…
Still Me
really liked it

Why This Book

I enjoyed the first two books in the ‘Me Before You’ series, then I won the third one, Still Me, by Jojo Moyes, in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was quite excited and nervous, as I adored the first book but thought th…

What Happened In Vienna, Jack?
really liked it

Why This BookI’m beginning to read more from a few publishers that publish other books I’ve enjoyed, and this author is under contract with one of those companies, Creativia. What Happened in Vienna, Jack by Daniel Kemp fell into my la…

The Whole of the Moon
really liked it

Why This Book

I’ve been reading a few books from the publisher Creativia in the last year. I was looking for something set in a new (to me) location and liked the summary of The Whole of the Moon, written in 2016 by Kevin McM…

Blood Sister
really liked it

Why This Book

I’d heard a few good things about Blood Sister by author Kenna McKinnon from some fellow readers and decided to take a chance on it. It was published in 2015 by Creativia and has a very unique set of characters …

The Devil's Claw
really liked it

Why This Book

I’ve built a good relationship with the publisher, Crooked Lane, who offered Lara Dearman’s book, The Devil’s Claw, the first in her Jennifer Dorey mystery series, as a thank you for all the other books I’ve cho…

Savannah Sleuth
really liked it

Why This Book

I belong to a cozy mystery reader group that offers ARCs of upcoming books through a giveaway contest. I won Alan Chaput’s book, Savannah Sleuth, the first in his Vigilantes for Justice series from Falcon Press,…

His Name Is Joe
it was amazing
I was introduced to this adorable children’s book in early 2018 and liked the premise enough to add it to my TBR. A young boy befriends another kid who happens to be wheelchair-bound. Knowing how awkward life can be for a third grader, e…
Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots
really liked it
This novella was included in a three-story book focused on gingerbread that I received as a holiday present. I read Joanne Fluke’s books, which was the reason I got this one, but I’m getting interested in Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone series…
The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies
really liked it
The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies, a novella included in a 3-story book, written by Laura Levine is a fun holiday cozy mystery to read. It’s an in-between read that’s part of a larger series focusing on Jaine Austen. In this caper, she’…


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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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365 Challenge: Day 347 – Defeat

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Defeat: win a victory over (someone) in a battle or other contest; overcome or beat

defeat

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”–Marilyn vos Savant

Note: I found the quote at this site.

Today’s 365 Daily Challenge is a short message for two reasons: (a) I have been offline for a few days and have a lot to catch up on but I will not worry about getting it all done, and (b) a few friends are battling some issues today and I want them to know defeat is not the answer. To expedite the word choice, I executed one of my infamous Google searches. Luckily, nothing bad returned this time, but I did stumble upon the website that I included as a link above. The quote I chose was the inspirational quote for today, February 27th. When I saw the word defeat, I knew it was appropriate. Whether we’re battling being sick, tired, re-entry, or just having too much to do, understand that defeat is not the answer. Take it slow. Don’t stress as it makes the situation worse. Just know a few things you can accomplish in the time you have available and let the rest go. Don’t watch the clock to get more done than you planned. It’s life. Relax and enjoy. And that’s my only simple message for today.

 

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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