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2013- Year of the book series

Updated on May 16, 2015
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Library Pool - 'bet' on it

How many books do you thik I'll read this year?

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More like Allergic to my own mind

More like Allergic to my own mind
More like Allergic to my own mind

Broken Heart, Ok Series

http://www.michelebardsley.com/

I'm the Vampire, That's why

Started: January 1st - Finished: January 6th

Even if you are not one for vampire stories, this book will at least have you cracking up weather you are a mom or not.

On another side... the character Jessica I swear has got to be my long lost twin (sounds like stuff I'd think or say of what comes out of her mouth!)

As I was reading one night I had to slap my hand over my mouth a few times not to laugh so i wouldn't laugh so loud to wake up the other residents of the house. Another cool part of this book, you learn Gaelic & some German words & phrases. Don't worry there's a glossary in the back. The Vampire Patrick & His Brother Lorcan (which is werewolf now) are Irish and the legendary Brigid is also among the Vampires.

What does one do when they are a mother & they are turned to live for eternity knowing eventually you're kids will die before you, not to mention that what's left of your small town has been being bought out by these vampires & parapersons (without you knowing it) to make a safe community for themselves. Everyone's lives get turned upside down having to turn the town into a night community, including school for the kids.

having Finished the book, I think this is my 2nd favorite series. (so far my Yasmine Galenorn series is still #1) but Michele Bardsley is definitely another favorite author now.!

This is my friend Jane from England's blurb on the book :

This is the first in the Broken Heart series by Michelle Bardsley. For once, our heroine is not mere mortal or vampire hunter, although she does start out as human, but is attacked in the very first chapter while putting the bins out! Subsequently, she is 'turned' so becoming one of the 'undead'.

This is real chick lit with supernatural characters It's fun and quirky and very easy to read. You don't need to think about what is going on.

So, if you are into a supernatural chick lit, with some great humour, I thoroughly recommend this book.

I for one can't wait to read the next Broken Heart series. Thanks to my friend Kim for introducing me to this series.

Don't Talk back to your Vampire

started January 6 - Finished January 9 (5 days ahead of schedule)

This book is about Eve, a friend of Jessica's and mother to Tamara. Her & her daughter may remind you a bit of Rory & Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. They seem to have their own language but, they just use a word of the day chart, and are from a family of librarians.

While this book I was surprisingly able to finish faster than the first, (probably because the other one with Jessica's sword for a tongue had me laughing ever other page) I wasn't as keen on. I missed Jessica! Not to knock the characters in this book but, they just weren't as fun as Jessica. They were still funny and witty in their own way. This takes place I think it was 3 months after I'm the vampire that's why. The Consortium is still razing buildings & erecting new state of the art new ones. Eva LeRoy has a very rare vampire power that only she & one other vampire share. Not to mention that the turn-bloods powers are moving along at a faster pace than usual. Eva has some 'Snow White' or Cinderella effect on the animals, they for some reason drawn to her. Meanwhile someone is running around Broken Heart without the consortium's knowledge, however a Roma (lycans that can only turn during the full moon as well as Vampire Slayer) is on the hunt for this 'unseen' force. Someone is infecting the vampire population on purpose with the 'taint' (the ONLY way a vampire can get sick. Usually they end up crazy then death

Becaue Your Vampire Said so

started: January 9th - Finished January 13

(I'd say I'm doing good! 3 books within 2 weeks!) In the 3rd book we meet turn-blood Patsy who is the towns beautician and has a rare vampire gift (depending on your Point of View) basically she's a Ghost Whisperer! She also has a teen son Wilson who's into drugs and such and already seemed to have joined the dark side without becoming dead. Like Jessica and Eva, Patsy's soul mate finds her, and they just happen to be part of a prophecy (don't worry I won't ruin it) In this we learn how each of the ancients were turned and what the family power is. We have a battle between two sides, as one of the ancients has turned droch fola (bad vampire).

Before I forget, I think I will add here that (in case I have not yet mentioned) another reason I like the series so far. You get to learn another language (or 2 even if its only a few words an phrases) plus some rare words most of your friends and family probably do not know! (know someone from Harvard or other Ivy league school? Test this one out on them! Panjandrum (it means self important person of rank someone especially an official who is pompous or pretentious. )

Wait Until your vampire gets home (Currently reading)

As I read this I think I'm burning myself out with the reading; as for the book...

A family of paranormal investigators having heard rumors about the town, show up, and the daughter ends up in the cemetery watching someone planting some flowers. Then all undead rotting corpses break loose, then the big scaly grill comes blasting through. I think this is my 2nd favorite book of the series, Vampires + Dragons= ? Wouldn't that equal snake? (I mean the fangs + the scales.. lol mmm) what will happen when paranormal researchers come to town? How does a vamp dad take care of twin boys, and how to we get some of these cool sounding gadgets? I think one might be a bit more tame compared to the others but we find out what happens to a nasty ancient! This was another book with great flow to it, an interesting look into some dragon myths and so on.

My progress of the series


Start/ Finished January 1st - February 4th (of the books I had)

1-7 ~ Book 1 ~ 1 day

8-14 ~ book 2 ~ 4

15-21~Book 3~ 2

22-28~ book 4 ~ 4

29- Feb 3 ~book 5 -1 day

feb 4-10 ~ book 6 ~ 0 days (started 23 finished 29th)

feb 11- 17 ~Book 7~0 days started 29th - February 4th

"The Night I died, I was wrestling a garbage can to the curb.."

Banked Days= 12

Broken Heart books 5-7

Over my Dead body

Started January 17- 22

(I fell behind reading this as I was not feeling myself, but still came from behind to finish a day ahead)

This is Simone Sweet's story. The Mechanic of Broken Heart, is not what she seems. Most don't think she has an angry bone in her body, & they're wrong (She just quells it better). She had an abusive husband, that she finally escaped... and now against her better judgment getting the warm fuzzies for Brady. She has a daughter who has not spoken since the night they escaped. The town is getting ready for a big festival to usher in and make official among the lycans, Patsy as Queen. For this, the town is trying to install an invisi-sheild, with thanks to Brady having nabbed some tech from his previous job for the technology for it. There's something unknowingly lurking around town. Simone has seen a man in a black suit in the woods, then there's Rainer who gives her the creeps as well. .

Come Hell or High Water

Started Jan 23 - 29th

In the 6th book we meet Pheobe who has a 4 year old son, Danny, who is away with his human dad. She has the power to summon demonkin and send them back as well. Phoebe has to get some sort of talisman for her new demon bedmate Connor, to keep Lilith (yes THAT Lilith) who is his step-mother and other demons from storming Broken heart.

This is my least favorite of the series. We have spent most of our time in hell (literally) with Pheebs & her Demon husband who tricked her in to marrying him. (She didn't know he was part demon). For me It's also been a bit of a bore compared to the previous stories of the series. Besides that there were a few typos that messed me up reading & parts that {maybe I just missed something (& hope it was just me) } seemed like parts of the story were missing. I don't think it was to hide anything like lost would. You would just read from one Paragraph about say Jessica & Patrick then all of a sudden a character seemed to be talking to someone else that doesn't get mentioned later in the paragraph. Or the scene suddenly changes like a bad script & editing job in a movie.

Cross Your Heart

Started january 29th - Finished February 4

Meet Elizabeth Bretton, the undead heiress of the Silverstone estate. She has a vengeful ghost seemingly out to kill her, and a 150 year old mystery to solve. Enter the homicide detective were-jaguar 'Tez'; short for Tezozomoc, who she describes as egotistical, presumptuous vulgar & rediculously hot. Queen Patsy & mate Gabriel are making renovations to the Silverstone estate; & come across a dark forboding force. Is this force the same thing that's haunting Elizabeth, o ris it something else altogether?

So far this one is better than the last book. This one is more entertaining and flows more smoothly.

Apparently it seems as though all the 5 founding families of Broken Heart, have buried something very bad. Could it be something to do with the curse? Ellie Bee or Princess as Tez calls her & Tez travel to her family home to rummage through her great grandfather (or was it uncle)'s things. She is sure there has to be something among his belonging to help them out. While 'Ellie' is juggling this with Tez.. he came (invited) to Broken Heart originally to checkout they were cat pride as their Alpha was dying. He tries to avoid Tawny one of the wear cats & The Alpha's #1 is flirting with Tez and he wants nothing of her tawdry self.

This was a cool Scooby & the gang kinda mystery (& I note that purposely.. if you read it you'll get why)

Series information

There are at least 2 more books in the series

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard are not your regular fairy tales so muggles beware!

Unlike your Grimm fairy tales which have been made sacrine by Disney, some of these may just knock even the Brothers' Grimm over the head.

Professor Dumbledore includes footnotes analyizing the stories.

I think my favorite is of the warlock who swore off love, as well as the one of the 3 brothers and the Deathly Hallows.

 

Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling

I couldn't remember if I finished reading it, so I just re-read it again as I figured it wouldn't take long & and didn't only 2 days.

I read it being as I'm a bit stalled being I finished the other series so quick and need to get to the book store to get my copy of Haunted Moon.

Look as though I may have to start on the next series before I get that book.

Also it may snow enough that I might have to cancle my appointment this Friday (8th), but we shall see what happenes between tonight and Friday morning.

Banked 5 days

a "Celebrated space trilogy' - by C.S. Lewis

I can't seem to find a name for the Trilogy, so I just noted what it said on the covers. I have no idea how long I've had these, but it must be a bit as I cannot recall where or how I procured them. I'm sure I bought them just because of the author's name as well as the first is as least older than me,(they are from 1974, 1978 & '1979) plus I liked the cover of the 2nd book.

These may be diffcult to read, only because the first one at least the glue on the spine dried up and the cover & some pages are pulling away. Ok Trying to read the first book and if it were not fo rthe darn thing being in the shape it is, I would have probably been finished with it already.

I'm not much for purely sci-fi books but I've read a couple here & there.

Book #1 Out of the Silent Planet started Feb 9-17 it may say 'beloved' on the cover but so far over 3/4 of the way through & the writing does not flow. I can imagine the writer reading it in some monodrome tone and aside from the adventure of it (& the will & drive) to get through it (& the other 2 books) I would have probably stopped reading it long ago! So I may end up having to use one of my banked days to finish. Edit that.. make that used 3 days, Part of this could be the condition of the book that took me so long to finish it as even as I ead it the middl eof the book would fall out, another page would come away from the spine, and even more of the outside of the spine would disintegrate. I'm hoping Paralandra the 2nd book will be easier as well as NOT falling apart

annoyed because the pages keep falling apart between my fingers & I should have been able to finish this within 3 days.

Not sure what to make of the story...but I had to use some of the extra days. SO with that.. in short was not happy with the writing and I'm not really into Sci-fi I don't mind the occasional one. This one was for be quite humdrum. I like details and such but this was just headache inducing as trying to (in a round about way) exlain things from our world to those of another. This one I give a D+ as I could almost see in my mind the Landscape of the other planet.

Book #2 Paralandra started Februray 19 Feb 23rd... (Incomplete) Did not finish..'peanlized' myself by cashing in 3 of the banked days & will not read Book #3 of the Trilogy "That Hisdeous strength. It wasn't just the first book falling apart. It was the writing of the book, it may be well detailed to paint a picture in your mind of being on the planet and such but for me if a book of this size (just a bit over 200 pages.. while the first was 100+) should not take me longer to read than 7 days. Being I had to use 3 days to finish the first.. that should not have happened. For me reading this second book was one of those teddious chores that you half ass the job and rush through. I'm not sure weather I was doing this on purpose or not but I noticed I would skip over parts or re-read others when I took a break. For me the writing just does not flow as I'd like for me to be able to read it. I think any insomniac however by my point of view would love the trilogy as I think after reading about 5 pages I'd have to take a break myself this would probably put them to sleep. I'm sad to give up on reading it as I do not like quitting, as well as it was a good story.

One good thing that came out of the first book at least... it inspired me to write a poem! (I was hoping soemthing in these other 2 would get me 2nd & 3rd stanzas to the poem but I just can't do it (unless I read the last half of the 2nd along with reading another book as I've done before but defeats the purpose of having a 7 day deadline to finish each book etc.

My apologies I was not able to find a cover the same as the 3rd book, but I also included 2 options for buying the set together. (Check the used versions they're cheaper)

Learn more on C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis bibliography

Series Notes

Out of the Silent started Fabruary 9 Ended 17

used 3 of the banked days to finish reading between the book falling apart & the writing didn't flow to me.

Recommend a book

March of Dimes Reading Olympics - OH MY GODS! I cannot believe I found one of these on ebay.

I did a search for the reading Olympics I participated in inmy younger grammar school years. (somewhere along from 2nd to grade 4) I came upon this and see how much they wanted for one I was floored! OF course this is really only here for show.

The ribbon part on mine, looks a lot less dirty and raggedy. (but then I've had it hanging on my hutch in my bedroom since I won it.) I won the gold medal in the Reading Olympics and the only book I can remember reading for it was a shazaam book!

I wish they had given us a patch or button as well to put on our book bags or something for participation at least. (If they did I would still have it)


When i post, I'll have to see if I have some sort of picture of it instead

Banked tracker (Long)

Total Banked start= 21

Dark Visions: The Dark Power +2

The possession +1

The Passion +3

Dark Gold -2

Dark Nights= -1

Current # Banked (as of 7/21)= 25

Books Read=22

#books earned= 4

Rewarded -2

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Good luck on your journey! I''ll check back to track ur progress! Happy New Year

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @greentiger11: Thank You greentiger11 to hear .. Errr Read that.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good luck to you on this year long quest you've set for yourself. By the time you are finished, you won't want to pick up a book or write a word about books for a long, long time! haha!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Hope your quest goes well for you! I'm trying to read a book a month this year, and plan on reviewing each one on Squidoo, to boot! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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