Thursday, November 19, 2020

Where Is Your Bookmark? (Sci Fi Fairytale, December Wedding & Must Read Series by New to Me Authors)

I currently am immersed in How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles #1) by K. Eason, and oh my gosh, I am loving it so far! 


How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles #1) by K. Eason 
First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera—The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia. Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium. 
Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.
When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince. 
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history. [Goodreads Summary]



A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the amazing Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

They named the child Rory, because the firstborn of every generation was always a Rory, and had been since the first of that name had cut his way through the cursed briars on the homeworld and saved the kingdom of Thorne--and, incidentally, the princess--from the consequences of poor manners. 

That the latest Rory was a girl and not a boy came as a bit of a surprise. The medical mecha scans had been clear. That little flicker on the screen had been proof of Rory's masculinity. And yet, out she came, the blood-slick product of ten hours of hard work, and the little flicker was nowhere in sight on the flesh-and-blood baby. [opening paragraphs of How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse] 

Initial thoughts: My first thought after "I'm really going to like this book!" was that it is a good thing Rory is a neutral name. 




A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.


"My father's up to something," he told the back of her hand, as he brushed his lips across it in a gesture performed especially for the recording devices they both new were concealed in the gym bags left carefully open, just so, all over the room. [excerpt from 56% of How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse]

My thoughts: I have not yet reached this moment in the book, and so am not sure what is going on. But I cannot help but wonder what his father is up to and why the listening devices? What is whoever is recording them hope to learn? 


Does this sound like something you would enjoy reading? What are you reading right now? 

Following the example of  Maria from ReadingMaria who started 
the Last Year I Was Reading feature, I will be looking back to what 
I was reading around this time last year and comparing it to what I am reading now. 

You would think I must not be in a very festive mood given how differently my reading this year is from last year at this time when I had already read several holiday-themed books already. My winter holiday intake has come in the form of movies most recently, I guess you could say. My next book will definitely have more of a holiday-theme to it. 

I am enjoying every minute of my current book, How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse. It's funny and entertaining--at least what I have read so far. K. Eason's book is a YA Science Fiction novel, quite different from the Winter Holiday-themed Romance I was reading last year at this time. I loved A Wedding in December when I read it last year--Sarah Morgan has a way with crafting stories and characters I easily fall in love with and hate to leave. Even though I am not a huge fan of the cold or snow (other than to admire it from a distance, in film/photographs or through my reading), I longed to be in Aspen, Colorado, perhaps staying in one of those resort treehouses. It still sounds heavenly, in fact.



What were you reading at this time last year? How does it compare to what you are reading now?

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What I was reading five years ago at this  time:

Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini

Connect Five Friday is a weekly meme where readers share a list of five books, 
read or unread, or bookish things, that share a common theme. 
Hosted by the  Kathryn of of Book Date.

Last week, I featured five books by new to me authors I have read this year that I would like to read more by--that aren't a part of a series. This week I thought I would highlight five of the series I started this year by new to me authors that I cannot wait to continue. There are more than these five I am eager to continue, but I tried to narrow it down to my absolute favorites of the bunch. I have a little problem of starting new series and falling in love with them. Which means I am in the middle of so many series that I cannot keep up. Is it only me?

[The covers are linked to Goodreads if you want to read the books' summaries]

Had anyone told Honorable Harrington Sackville that the investigation into his death would make the name Sherlock Holmes known throughout the land, Mr. Sackville would have scoffed. ~ Opening of The Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1) by Sherry Thomas

Books ran when they grew restless, when they grew unruly, or when they grew real. ~ Opening of The Library of the Unwritten (Hell's Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith

Charlene Morris may be impulsive sometimes, but crazy she was not. ~ Opening from Mrs. Morris and the Ghost (A Salem B&B Mystery #1) by Traci Wilton


Saturday morning, I was lounging in my backyard and enjoying a little sun. ~ Opening of 15 Minutes of Flame (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery, #3) by Christin Brecher

My aunt lay dead and I was lost in her life. ~ Opening of In My Attic (A Magical Misfits Mystery. #1) by Lina Hansen

Reading has been a struggle at times this year given everything going on in our world and my country. I have found the most comfort and escape in cozy mysteries, and so it is no surprise their presence is heavy on this list.

Who are some of the new to me authors of series you read this year? Do you find yourself gravitating towards one type of book more than others this year or has your reading stayed relatively the same? 


 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!


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40 comments:

  1. I've heard of How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse but haven't read it. The title is catchy, and I always thought the story sounded interesting. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

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    1. Breana - I think it was the title that first attracted me to the novel. I am enjoying it so far. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. I've been seeing How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse around and first of all, love the cover and the title. Now the plot sounds interesting as well. I'll have to get a copy of the book - glad to hear that you are enjoying it.

    The Library of the Unwritten also sounds interesting. I love books with the word library in them. They rarely go wrong.

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    1. Athira - If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it! I really enjoyed The Library of the Unwritten. I have the second book in my TBR pile and hope to read it soon-ish. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Wow! What a wonderfully eclectic selection. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse certainly sounds like the kind of book that would capture the imagination.

    A strange year reading wise...as it has been just about everything else ... to my surprise I've found myself reading more sci-fi/fantasy.

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    1. Felicity - I am enjoying it so far. :-)

      Yes, a very strange year reading wise. It's been so hard to focus for long on much of anything. I am glad we've found books we can enjoy even so.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  4. I WANT How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse! The "consequences of poor manners" can be serious. :)

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    1. Jenclair - If you do give How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse a try, I hope you enjoy it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Your first feature today is not for me, but I have seen it doing the rounds. A study in Scarlet Women (actually on my TBR), Hells Library series and Mrs Morris and the ghost (ALSO on my TBR), suits me just fine.

    Hope you will have a wonderful weekend! Here's my Friday Fives #1

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    1. Elza - I hope you enjoy A Study in Scarlet Women when you read it. It's a good one. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Your current read sounds like a fun adventure. I share your love of new series--I find them irresistible. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Catherine - Too irresistible sometimes. LOL Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. thanks for sharing all the great looking books
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  8. Great excerpts. I also love the look of In My Attic.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel- Rain - In My Attic was so much fun. I look forward to future books in the series. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I'm so glad the Rory Thorne book is going well so far; it's one I really want to read. :D

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    1. Lark - I hope you enjoy it when you read it. I haven't made much progress--it's been so busy--but I read it every chance I get and I'm still enjoying it. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  10. I'm definitely curious by your selection this week! Happy weekend!

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  11. I love the What Were You Reading and Connect the Five memes. I'm going to dig into those a bit more!

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    1. Gilion - I don't think Maria is doing the What You Were Reading Last Year feature anymore, but I thought it was fun so am continuing it on my own. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. I love the idea of looking at what you were reading a year ago and five years ago. I do want to read the Sherry Thomas series too. I think I did start the first one but I'd need to read it again. I do have a lot of series I like and once hooked I have to keep up with them. I really haven't started any new ones this year except maybe a beachy kind of one by Jan Moran on audio that I will finish out.

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    1. Kathryn - I enjoyed the first Sherry Thomas book and hope to dive more into the series. I'm so bad about starting series and keeping up though. I think because I keep starting new ones . . . Thank you for visiting!

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  13. Great post with lots of wonderful books I will be checking out.

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    1. Beverly - I hope you find something you like! Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. Rory Thorne has been getting such great reviews! I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. The teasers have my interest. I'd give this one a try.

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    1. Yvonne - I hope you like it if you do! Thank for you stopping by!

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  16. This is a new book and shows a lot of great purpose. 15 minutes of flame sounds great as well.

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  17. I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse. It's one I'm eager to read. Hope you have a great week! :)

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    1. Ashley - I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  18. I have read so many new authors this year, I couldn't keep track of them all. I have The Library of the Unwritten to read (a new author) and am looking forward to getting to it. Have a great week.

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    1. Carla - I hope you enjoy The Library of the Unwritten when you get to it. Thank you for visiting!

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  19. I keep hearing good things about the Rory Thorne book so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it. I really want to read The Library of the Unwritten too.

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  20. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse sounds like both a fun and an intriguing read. The setting and the characters already had me curious.

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  21. I've been loving my cozy mysteries this year and really enjoyed 15 Minutes of Flame. I don't think I have the mental or emotional energy for something more emotionally involved then a nice cozy murder! I haven't even been reaching for my usual holiday reads this year.

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