Monthly roundup – March 2022

My March reads. Caught up on all of Ruby Dixon’s blue alien/abducted human stories, and after trying (and disliking) another author’s monster romance, I started Dixon’s dragon series. I didn’t get very far into the third volume of the Wheel of Time. Looks like my one volume a month streak is broken.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️:
Porn Land, by Kevin Shamel
Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings
Bad Guy, by Ruby Dixon
Tender is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica
The Lobotomist’s Wife, by Samantha Greene Woodruff
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️:
Fire in His Blood, by Ruby Dixon
Gone to See the River Man, by Kristopher Triana
Toilet Baby, by Shane McKenzie
White Trash Zombie Gone Wile, by Diana Rowland
When She Purrs, by Ruby Dixon
When She Belongs, by Ruby Dixon
When She Dances, by Ruby Dixon
Worse Guy, by Ruby Dixon
Pretty Human, by Ruby Dixon
⭐️⭐️⭐️:
When She’s Bold, by Ruby Dixon
Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, by Eric LaRocca

On the agenda for April is the third Wheel of Time book, more of Ruby Dixon‘s dragons, poetry, and more horror. And one normal book club book. I have four ARCs with April deadlines and a couple without deadlines. I also have a couple audiobooks obtained from William Pauley III‘s website, Doom Fiction. Quite frankly I’m surprised there were any unclaimed codes. I don’t like to claim codes and then sit on them, so keep an eye out for those reviews. I also want to review a Matt Clarke bookBut first, a book borrowed from my friend and fellow zombie enthusiast, Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament. Check out his blog, Chapin City Blues.

It looks like a big list, but a lot of these were novellas (250 pages or less). Still, it’s a lot. Mostly I read for fun and relaxation, but recently I got it in my head to resurrect this blog and write reviews. So I signed up for NetGalley and watched my favorite Facebook groups for authors offering ARCs. Porn Land was my first one. Fortunately the book was great, so reviewing it and sharing that review was a pleasure. They won’t all be good, but I will be fair.

My rating system is close to the tooltips on the stars on Goodreads. My friend and I were discussing ratings the other night and how a lot of people consider ⭐️⭐️⭐️ to be a low rating. You can look at any book on Goodreads and see 3 star ratings on reviews from people who didn’t have anything good to say the book. However the tooltip on the third star says “liked it”. So when I click that third star, it means I liked the book but didn’t love it. Would recommend, with caveats.

⭐️ did not like it

⭐️⭐️ it was okay

⭐️⭐️⭐️ liked it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ really liked it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ it was amazing

While I do follow a star system, I don’t have any real criteria for my ratings. I rate based on how I feel when the book is over. I don’t reserve my 5 star ratings for great works of literature that will go on to be taught in Intro to Lit courses. I dole them out freely to books about people having adventures in porn websites and human women getting it on with sexy blue aliens. I am not a book snob.

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