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Top Ten Tuesday: The Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018

My TBR pile is the size of mount Everest.

Between the unread physical books on the shelf, Kindle freebies, books on my TBR shelf on goodreads, ongoing series, new releases I didn’t know I wanted to read till I was researching for this post, ARCs I have requested that are number #11 in a series I only read the first 2 or 3 installments (yes, plural), ARCs requested and unread, and goodreads discussion groups read ahead, the LIST NEVER ENDS. And you know what? I wouldn’t want it other way.

Well… maybe being a little more organized with my ARCs archiving dates… Sure, winning the lottery would be nice too, but although it would give me more free time to read, it would also allow for me to have a castle full of books, which means I could add all the books to my TBR… and unless I could have a time-turner to create reading pockets, I would turn into a poor rich girl, crying ugly tears because I have all the books in the world and no way of reading them all. *slaps shelf*

We can’t have that.

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 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Which would be more accurately translated as the Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018. Specially because some of the ARCs do not correspond to the book in the series Im currently at, meaning there’s a bit of reading required to get there.

Hi, my name is Sonia and I have a NetGalley addiction. It has been 3 days since my last request.

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NBRC October BOMs

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UF Wednesdays

 

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New Releases

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NetGalley

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Anything on my list that strikes your fancy?
What’s your TTT?

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On the Harpie’s Nest #2: Guilty Pleasures

It’s confession time here on the Harpy’s Nest, and the hot topic of today is… Guilty pleasures!

And no, I don’t mean chocolate. As much pleasurable as chocolate is, I don’t feel any guilt when having it. Specially the luscious-melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. It’s indulgence at its best. Sinful. Almost erotic due to the moans and expression of delight it causes. But never EVER guilt inducing.

I’m talking about those books I actually feel guilty of how much I enjoy reading them. Either due to mentality reasons… like admitting you actually like porn when society dictates you should think it’s gross… or because it’s embarrassing… like farting in the yoga class… or because it doesn’t meet standards, like gorging on fast food till your are so full you’ll throw up if you move, and you know that is not good food, but you love it anyway.

And since we’re talking about pleasures, it’s LIST TIME. I do love me some lists. And I feel no shame or guilt admitting it.

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1) The Twilight series

I don’t know what guilts me the most. The way I trash-talk the books, calling it (with a snobbish tone) “that sample of sublime literary work”, that I disliked the first one so much, me thinking books #2 and #3 are oh-so-boring or the fact that I got so completely obsessed by book #4 that I re-read it/listening to it so many times I actually know each line, each pause, each breathing and each freaking intonation and emphasis. I still get back to the series once in a while. And just when I though it couldn’t be worse? We have the movies. That not only I set myself to watch EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. it shows on TV, I also want to buy them… desperately… *ashamed*

Me and my sister have this little addiction to identify two recurrent things during the whole Twilight movie. If we turn it into a drinking game, we’d be throwing up before the vampire baseball game. You don’t believe me? Fine. Follow instructions bellow choosing one of the options (or both if you’re feeling really hard-core):

  • Prepare the vodka or tequila or a beverage of choice and shot glasses.
  • Get Twilight the movie.
  • Hit play.
  • Drink a shot every time Edward shows a stalking behavior or stalkish reference
    or
  • Drink a shot every time Edward looks constipated/nauseous.
Which curiously enough is every time he smells Bella, is near her or talking about her feelings for her. Because nothing says I love you like having to plug your nose to avoid taking a whiff at you.
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2) The Fifty Shades series

What, you weren’t expecting it? Seriously? It started as a Twilight fan-fic, so OF COURSE it had to be part of this list. Although this particular one, is hard to swallow. Because there’s a LOT of things I have to say about it:

  • It sells a completely dysfunctional and abusive relationship as romance. ROMANCE. Now, as much as I love books with alpha-male over the top with hard to define boundaries, Christian is an ass. The excuses used for his behavior don’t stick, and instead of a powerful dominant personality I end up looking at him like a petulant teenager that throws a tantrum every time things don’t go his way. And I refuse to call something romance when one of the participants is actually scared of the other. Because she CRINGES every time his mood changes. That is not healthy.
  • The writing is poor. Sure, I don’t expect some erotic novel to be worthy of a Nobel – I actually stopped reading one, because the style was too Oxford English to me – but, I do expect editing, correct spelling, and grammar rules to be applied.
  • The Subconscious and Inner Goddess. Oh my gosh. It started as funny, but quickly enough turned silly and annoying and… PLEASE STOP SOMEONE KILL ME NOW. Good thing their appearance diminish from book to book, because otherwise we needed to change the title to the Wanna Be Dominant Man-Child and the Multiple Personalities Chick.
  • The unreality of the…. of everything, actually. From how much money he makes an hour, to her reactions, the secondary characters, not to mention the so called BDSM lifestyle.
  • The Twilight/Fifty Shades analogies. Okay, it was originally fan-fic. But that was the first book, right? Right? Heck, there was even a Grey book like the intended and never published Midnight Sun. Let me guess… it was already written and they waited till the twilight 10th anniversary to publish it… isn’t it a bit too much?

That being said. I listened to the 3 in a row.

And I … enjoyed it.

Actually, I liked the “story” so much that I promptly proceed to read them in ebook format, to make sure I hadn’t lost anything due to the audio. Which make me think about what was I reading. By the time I reached the honeymoon, I was ready to set them on fire. And I still…read.. Grey when it came out… WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

I also watched the movie. Twice.

What? Naked Jamie Dornan… enough reason. Which reminds me I need to watch the second one.

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3)Mushy Romance and Angsty books

In real life, mushy romance makes me want to puke. In books? I ate it by spoonfuls. Seriously, things like managing to get invited to a family thing because you know it will be a hard time to your love-interest and you want to be there for support? Or the little cute nicknames and little gestures?

IT BRINGS JOY TO MY HEART.

And I love…love… love ANGSTY books. The ones that make you cry ugly tears mixed with snot while they rip your steel bleeding heart out of your chest and leave you a pitiful mess on the floor gasping for air and sometimes feel actual pain because of all the emotional meltdown.

I know, awful. How can I do that to myself.? And more important,why?

But at the same time, IT’S FREAKING AWESOME AND I. JUST. LOVE IT.

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4)Uber possessive alpha males

You know the type, the dominant I know what is best for you and the you’re mine and I’m going to tie you to the bed for you to stay put and nobody gets to look at you type. And if they’re alpha werewolves/shapeshifters that go ape crazy with the need to claim? SHEER PERFECTION
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5)M/M Smutty Romance

I did start this post by mentioning porn, right? I used to feel embarrassed by admitting I enjoyed M/M Romances. Better yet, that I liked to read some very hot, steamy & graphic novels about two (and sometimes three) hot guys going at each other. Now? I still don’t announce it to the Universe, but, I post reviews, and even mark the books on goodreads. I still feel a little uncomfortable, but I also think people should read what they enjoy reading. And if you add 3 + 4 + 5 in the same book, you’ll get a very Happy Harpy and that’s always a good thing.

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Do you have embarrassing readings?
Any guilty pleasure you want to share?

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Magic For Nothing: A long time overdue review


Magic for Nothing
by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

I have some explaining to do. Because how can I read a book and than wait SIX months to review it? Good question. Well… I wanted it to be PERFECT. I wanted it to be AMAZING. I wanted for it to be WORTHY of the excellent masterpiece I read and borrowing a line from one of my guilty readings, I needed new and better words to describe it.

Well, sadly, I didn’t learn them. But, my awe for the book hasn’t changed during all this time. And revisiting the blurb, only makes the wait for the next installment so much harder.

Anyway, if you’re an Incryptid fan – and if you’re not, what are you waiting for? – you know that every once in a while, we change main characters and POVs. We also get to first see the future main characters from their siblings eyes. Which causes for building an image about said characters that gets all shattered and revamped when we finally met them.

So, here we have little Antimony, which we kinda look as a spoiled brat, that stays home brooding and has her revenge putting spikes on her pit traps to make them look cooler. Which means I was all giddy with excitement to know another side of Antimony. So, imagine my surprise when she turns out to be… exactly as her siblings saw her! What? Seanan what are you doing to me? That can’t be… and the mission? What type of parents send her younger daughter to the other side of the Atlantic to act as a spy? Really? Whinny and bratty Antimony? And what kind of secret organization is SO FREAKING EASY TO FIND AND ENTER?! Those were the concepts we learn from the synopsis and that the author actually feds to us when we start the book…. And then the story continues and…

Okay, so six months passed, so this is what I recall:

1) The Covenant is SCARY as HELL
2) We should not EVER doubt Seanan McGuire. NEVER.
3) Antimony is my favorite character/Sibling.
4) Aisling Mice are da best, and I would want a colony of my own, but sadly my cats disagree with me
5) This series is freaking amazing and the previous five were just a sample of the awesomeness we had in store…
6) This book destroyed me. Al this time and I can still remember every twist, every expression, every painful thing that was said, and written that happened… My heart breaks all over again, my outrageous voice sounds and my need for the next one is as strong as it was when I first read it.

Is it March yet?

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NBRC event: The Great Library Cross Promotion


Ask Rachel Caine a Question (Link to Thread) — we’re keeping it open till the end of the week.

Ash & Quill Buddy Read (Link to Thread)

Read & Review Corner
Read the Book and post a small review on the thread:
Ink and Bone
Paper and Fire
Ash and Quill

Review doesn’t have to be too detailed, a small one counts as long as it’s more than “great book”. Since we’re cross promoting the author, if you also review the books on goodreads, It would be awesome.


Cumulative, meaning you can get both coins and tower team points.

Coins: 
Rainbow Gem Coins
Ask Rachel Caine a Question
Tourmaline Coin – 1 Tourmaline Coin

Ash & Quill Buddy Read
Same as BOMs. DQ spots are already taken, but you can still win participation points.

Read and Review:
Citrine Coin 1 citrine coin –> Ink and Bone
Citrine Coin 2 citrine coins –> Paper and Fire
Citrine Coin 3 citrine coins –> Ash and Quill

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Ask Rachel Caine a Question
30 points for participation (ONE question per team)

Ash & Quill Buddy Read
Same as BOMs. DQ spots are already taken, but you can still win participation points.

Read and Review:
Ink and Bone –> 10 points
Paper and Fire –> 20 points
Ash and Quill –> 30 points.

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Top Ten Tuesday #15: How to Hook a Harpy

I almost skipped today’s TTT post. I know, blasphemy, but they are the only types of posts that I am doing lately… which kinda makes the blog look meh, and it also makes me feel like a cheater that only uses others’ ideas to talk about books. Which is stupid because 1) my TTT posts rock and 2) I have a list of ideas all jotted down and ready to fly. Some of them even were outlined on my brain BEFORE being noted down…which also means that I forgot around 80% of the outline, but I digress…

This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book, aka an impossible topic to skip by the Broke and the Bookish. Well done ladies, well done!

So… time to grab the popcorn and find out what makes me call books my precious before I even read them, or, as I like to put it, How to Hook a Harpy:

1. Steven Says ReadIt!

Because a deal is a deal, and I promised Steven I would read whatever he chose for me. And I’m totally planning to. Even if it doesn’t like it. Or it takes me a whole year (or a decade) to pick them up.

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2. Paper Fury’s Seal of Approval

I love all of Cait’s posts. Her pretty pictures, the way she writes, what she writes, her obsession with cake or other baked delicacies… I love baking, so I can relate, and I’m biased to all things chocolate so… But when she talks books, people listen (read(?) ), and her reviews usually have me checking online stores (and bank account). I don’t even check the book on goodreads… because she’s that good.

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3. Ilona Andrews

Read. Rea-read. Buy. Borrow. Trade internal organs for. Make an altar on bookshelves. Anything that duo writes has one (sometimes all) of the reactions.

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4. Drool worthy book

Yes, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And want another cliche? Size DOES matter. Sure, hardcovers have their qualities. Me? I love paperbacks. If they have the right feel. The right size. The right font. It makes me want to grab them and never let go. If they are unique.. I’m drawn to them and I’m lost. I have to have them. I have to read them. I have to love them… Want one example? UK’s paperback edition of Wintersong. It is perfect. And magic. (And I need to pass the 160 page mark soon). Another example is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (also UK’s paperback edition).. the books look so perfect on my hands that I have to read them and have them… even when I like the movie adaptation better, but it is okay… I’ll survive.

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5. Shapeshifters, vampires and magic

What can I say, I’m a sucker for urban fantasy books. And if it has an unique take on any of the above, I’m doomed.

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6. Kick-ass/sass/foul mouth

Rose Hathaway, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Ty Grady… you get the drill.

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7. Angst

And I mean, rip your heart out and make you cry so much that your soul feels sore for days angst… You better give me a hint of an HEA though… I don’t like my characters to suffer for no reason… I like their pain to be worth it. Think Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run, #7) and you’ll know what I mean.

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8. Tease and Banter

I also like cheesy romances where main characters will tease each other, have hot banter, and moments so hilarious that make you laugh so hard that your cheeks hurt and you’ll need to wipe tears. Like with Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1).

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Anything on my list that strikes your fancy?
What’s your TTT?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Weird reinvents by authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Readand I basically am going to interpret it a bit too freely and discuss WEIRD REINVENTS BY AUTHORS

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1. Sparkling Vampires

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Vampires that walk in the sun are… rare.. but not unheard of. Bran Stoker’s Dracula was said to be able to be out during light time, although weaker. Also, Louie from Interview with the Vampire fed from animals to avoid losing his humanity. Now, Stephanie Meyer decided that combining the two wasn’t enough. Nope, she made them go into the sun, feed from animal blood, and then took their fangs out (word emasculate comes to mind) plus the worse insult of all: made them sparkle like diamonds in the sun. Why? How? I just…. have no words. It makes no sense to me… however… It helped the book. Because those who weren’t caught in the twilight fandom were bash trashing it… and one of the reasons was the sparkling skin.

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2. Zombie Reversing

Warm Bodies by saac Marion

I’m going to be completely biased here. First, I don’t like zombies, they creep me out. Unless they’re the voodoo kind, controlled by a necromancer or witch. And second, I DNFed Warm Bodies.  But I couldn’t.. it didn’t make any sense. I had to let it go. Okay, so… eating brains works on the I Zombie TV show or in the White Trash novels as a holy cure. In the Revivalist series, she had to take some shots, otherwise she would start to rot and liquefy… but in Warm Bodies… it was so… weird… because it wasn’t eating brains.. it was THAT particular brain… and it was contagious? The part that makes me sad is that I was enjoying the book, with the strange zombie base, and the marriage, and the zombie kids and school…. but then we had dry humping zombie sex and a human girl hiding in plain zombieland and then a brain that refuses to let go, so the zombie that ate it has weird memories and starts looking… less dead…. It was just too much for me.

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3. Lucrezia Borgia as Evil Queen

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Nobody can accuse Gregory Maguire of lack of imagination. No sir. Think with me: Lucrezia Borgia as Snow White’s stepmom/guardian.. should I repeat? Yeah, probably not. Having it said once was too much already. BUT, if you think that is the weird thing we have on that book… think again. We have Snow White’s dad going into a holy graalish quest, the dwarfs are a mix between rocks/dogs/living beings that are hard to understand, and Snow White has to be taken away because Lucrezia’s brother was having a special interest for the child. Yes, child, she was TEN… I think. Maybe younger. And then she turns into sleeping beauty, because when she finds the dwarfs she falls into a sleep that makes them turn back into rock and mute life around them till she wakes up. I kid you not, this one gets the cup of Weird Reinvent.

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4. Zeus Talking Like a Teenager

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Well, the concept is interesting. It really is. The whole book is about the greek myths told by Percy Jackson. But the teen speech Is. Just. Overwhelming. First you may think is refreshing and new… after 100 pages you want to bash Percy’s head against a column till he starts talking like a normal person. Not to mention he messes with one of my favorite myths of all time. But again, I may be a little biased because the first Percy movie already had a go at it (And I will never forgive them… how dare they to make Hades look like a wimp and turn Persephone into a male eater?)

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5. Bi Curious Marines

Sidewinder Series by Abigail Roux

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some GFY novel, with lots of doubts and It can be rights, because angsty feelings and awesome banter and teaser. And I love my Cut&Run boys to pieces. But somehow, the spin-off doesn’t work as well as the original sounds. Maybe because we never saw the bi-curious side of Kelly… and so the easiness he goes into a catcher role without being a pitcher first… it sounds a bit… forced. I still buy them and devour them, of course… it’s Abi Roux.

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Of course, there are some crazy ideas that work. And they work perfectly. For example:

 

6. Is Not Killing If Life Doesn’t End

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

Neil Shusterman gives us a chilling and amazing story, that has as starting point the consequences of the second civil rights war. Abortion is a crime, and life is untouchable from the conception till the age of 13. Then, all bets are off and teenagers can be set to be unwound: the harvest of all organs and cells to be transplanted to those in need of donors… which technically means life never ens, hence no crime. The whole concept… the character’s mindset, the worlbuilding… as I said.. chilling and amazing. Not for everybody, though.

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7. Marilyn Monroe and Katrina

Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter

Vampires, Shapeshifters, Witches and more in this amazing Urban Fantasy series. Vampires come out of their coffin when Marilyn Monroe was staked on the oval room when caught trying to turn JFK. Witches are victims of prejudice since popular belief think that Katrina was either their fault, or the result of their failure. Those are just some samples of Faith Hunter popular series, and if you are an urban fantasy fan, make yourself a favor and pick it up. I know I have Steven to thank to make me read it, because those books are great!

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Any weird reinvents I should have here?
What’s your TTT?

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FanGirling: Ilona Andrews

Yesterday I was watching some mindless TV with my sister – no reading mood, remember? – when out of the blue she says “Ask Ilona a question”. It was the goodreads marketing message due to a new release coming soon. I commented something about White Hot being released in May, and subject died.

Early today I finally checked on goodreads, and there it was the same message. Being that Kate Daniels is just my favorite series of all times and forever, makes sense. What also makes sense is that the question I have is “How on Earth will I survive in a world without a new Kate release?”. Because next Kate, will also be the last….Excuse me while I sit in a dark corner wailing in despair.

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Ahem… Good thing that everything Gordon and Ilona write is pure gold, and I have a couple of series to look for. Even if their Hidden Legacy series is supposed to be a trilogy only… which leaves me with only the Inkeeper Chronicles and maybe some Grey Wolf shorties… and… what is the world coming to?????

Anyway, that made me think I had no clue what was happening in Ilona’s world, since I have been away of all things online lately. But first thing first, time to turn computer on to pre-order white hot. After some hard and short internal debate of physical versus digital copy, the latest won. Not only due to the waiting period but also because I’m not that big of a fan of the Hidden Legacy covers. They kind of remind me a Harlequin romance cover. Okay, I get the why, specially being published by Avon, but they’re more than that. They’re so much more than romance. The plot, the worldbuilding and the characters are so rich, that discarding this books as romance is a CRIME. They’re so, so good.

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As a result, I ended up pre-ordering both White Hot and Wildfire, and buying Burn for Me and Origins: Alphas. No, I don’t need an intervention. One does not need an intervention when it relates to favorite author.

I also applied to a Blog Tour for White Hot. My first blog tour try, so chances are very slim, but I’m trying anyway. And it’s not even for the chance of getting a free ARC since I applied for dates after the release date to ensure I had a copy available.

After stalking Ilona’s website (and spend a while reading freebies and excerpts) here are the news:

  • There’s going to be a Hugh novella and it may be in serial format!!! *happy & deranged fan dance* . And here are some snippets.
  • Gordon is going to write some Rogan’s POV’s
  • White Hot has a Kirkus review
  • Kate #10 is going to be released in May 2018 – Bittersweet news, because it’s going to be worth the wait, but it also means a LOOOOOOONG wait.
  • Inkeeper Chronicles has a special edition signed and limited (and also a little expensive, hence not being ordered as we speak)

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And that’s all for now… time to curl on the nest and cope with the reading of White Hot Excerpt and having to wait two months to know the rest

 

The Harpie Wants To Know

Is there an author you’re totally obsessed with? Am I the only one?