Saying Goodbye

I think it’s finally time to say goodbye. I stepped away from the blog back in September thinking I just needed a break to recharge my batteries. A few months turned into 9 months and I’m still enjoying my time away.

Blogging has been a great outlet for me. I started way back in June of 2011 when I was still in college. A lot has changed personally for me since then but my love of reading has never wavered. Blogging was a great way for me to keep track of the books I was reading as well as what I liked/didn’t like about the books.

Now I’m in a different stage of my life where blogging about all the books I read really isn’t a feasible goal. I have other things I would much rather spend my time on.

I do owe all of you out there a big thank you. There are the many authors who contacted me and gave me my first opportunities of professional reviewing. The many, MANY other bloggers who have shaped my reading tastes. I didn’t know you on a personal level but we knew each other enough that I could trust your judgement on books. You introduced me to so many things I never would have tried on my own. As a reader, you all know how special that kind of ‘relationship’ is.

With all that said, I’m not deleting The Cheap Reader. People are still coming across my blog. If reviews can help other readers, I’m happy for them to be found online. Who knows? Maybe in a few years I’ll get the blogging bug again and feel the urge to start blogging again.

Thank you for reading.


Taking a Break

This has been coming for quite a while. I’ve been feeling burnt out and less passionate about book blogging for a long time. My posting has been slowing down. I quickly throw together ‘reviews’ when I think about it. I’ve just been barely participating. As a result, the connection with other readers and bloggers is pretty much gone. Without conversation, blogging is pretty darn boring and lonely.

It’s time to pull the plug and step away from book blogging for a while. I want to read and enjoy a book without thinking about what to say about it. I want to read a book without having other bloggers’ thoughts about the book pestering me at the back of my mind.

I’m not sure if I’ll be back but I hope I do come back. I love interacting with other readers and love talking with others about the books we’re reading.

I’m not completely abandoning blogging. I’ve started a new blog where I’m sharing some of my library work. Feel free to hop over for children, tween, and teen displays, programs, and storytimes!

Book Review: “The Crimson Crown”

 alt=“The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)” by Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Seven Realms books

Summary from Goodreads:

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.


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Quick Thoughts: “The Rosie Project”

“The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)” by Graeme Simsion

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Other Don Tillman books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Taking”

“The Taking (The Taking #1)” by Kimberly Derting

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

GoodreadsOther Taking Books

Source: Gifted

Summary from Goodreads:

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Quick Thoughts: “Altered”

“Altered (Crewel World #2)” by Gennifer Albin

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

GoodreadsOther Crewel books

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

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