FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – JUNE

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



The Deep by Alma Katsu

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Everyone knows the story of the Titanic. But, do we really?
This tantalizing tale weaves horror and suspense through the decks of the unsinkable ship.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylorsmoke and bone

If you like the Maas’  or Shinn’s tales, this might be a series you want to check out.

Karou is a normal, human, teenage girl. But she was raised in a world that no other humans know about. The demons she considers her family are a secret from the rest of her human world. That is until mysterious black handprints begin appearing on their portal doorways. The Angels have come.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


 Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Book Two of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

 

 

 

 


Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner Unsub

Boy Howdy, does Gardiner know how to write a page-turning thriller.

This is Book Two in the UNSUB series. You definitely need to read them in order. Check out Book One in April’s Issue.

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren The Honey

 

I have yet to meet a Lauren book that I didn’t like. This one is a little on the nose with its star TV remodeling couple. But I still loved it.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

 


The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdich 

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The goal is too read every one of Erdich’s books. I’m slowly getting there. I don’t know how to describe this one… so you get a little blurb from the back cover.
From National Book Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Louise Erdrich, a profound and enchanting new novel: a richly imagined world “where butchers sing like angels.”
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

 


When We Were Vikings by Andrew David McDonald

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This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Do yourself a favor…

The End.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 3 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 


Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs 419YpOEZqnL._SY346_

Book Twelve in the Mercy Thompson Series. Read them in order. They are pretty great.

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

 


Sage Volume 6-9 by Brian K Vaughan51I3xxRK-EL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

*Huge Mature Content Disclaimer Here*

Something no one told me when I started this series is that there may not be more to come. Which is upsetting. While I have LOVED Saga, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend knowing that it may not continue.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor:  5 out of 5 Teapots


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen51Dn2vq+WfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

This isn’t Marvel’s version of the Viking gods, of that I can assure you. But it does stay true to the legends as far as I can tell. I recommend it if you are looking for some ancient gods and their tales of heroism.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 


The One and Only by Emily Griffin 41oceu+LKmL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

I picked this book up simply because I needed a quick romance to bury my head in. Imagine how thrilled I was to learn that there was football too! This novel took me through a range of emotions that I was not expecting. And that, I think, is a sign of wonderful writing.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor:  1 out of 5 Teapots

 



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – APRIL

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Saga Volumes 1-5 by Brian K. Vaughan51iUNDapNML._SY346_

Okay….. *Huge Mature Content Disclaimer Here*

I had been told so many times that I would like these Graphic Novels. And… everyone was 100% right. I LOVE THEM. The story is gripping, as is the artwork. There are 9 volumes published currently. I am trying to draw out the last four… but I am not a patient woman.

As for a description, I would say Romo & Juliet meets epic space war meets memoir.

*Shout out to Ryan Johnson for the loan!*

Love Factor: 10 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 10 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly 514NoKH2sDL._SY346_

This book is billed for 5th to 9th grade. I just. I don’t know about that.
David is 12 years old and still mourning the death of his mother as his father gets remarried. When he hears his mom’s voices beckoning him, he follows it to a confusing world of dark fairytales.
*Also, shout to Ryan Johnson for this Christmas Gift!*
Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


UNSUB by Meg Gardiner51qPy8RtPQL._SY346_

I am sure I heard about this one on a podcast, though I have no idea which one. Ironically, this story takes place over Easter – which happens to be the week I was reading it.

Caitlin’s father, a police detective, had been consumed with catching the serial killer dubbed The Prophet. With only six months into her own detective career, The Prophet makes a dramatic re-entrance. As much as Caitlin and the team of investigators need to keep the case professional, The Prophet gets personal. And Caitlin struggles just to keep her head above water.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans41kuOQ1OVIL

Read all of Evans’ work. ALL OF IT. Some of you may remember the huge popularity around the Film, of the same name, in the 90’s. Maybe that is why I held off on reading this once. I was foolish.

A tragedy befalls a girl and her horse one winter morning. While neither should have lived, they both came out of it emotionally and physically damaged. Only the Horse Whisper can help the begin to heal.

Love Factor: 10 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots.


Crescent City by Sarah J Maas51YjGqYZJ+L

The long-awaited new series from Maas. *Insert Hallaulueh Chorus here* Huge Thank You to Victoria for loaning me her Advanced Reader Copy, even though I didn’t really start it until a couple of days before it was officially released. 

I admit. This one is vastly different than her other two series, and it did take a few minutes to get into it. But the end is WORTH IT. And I cannot wait for the next novel in the series.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots.

 



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – MARCH

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson 51KgPQMgigL

Our favorite cranky and yet so loveable sheriff returns!
Walt Longmire houses a female prisoner in his jail for a neighboring county. The woman has confessed
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 

 


Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

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A missing finger, an unlikely love affair, and some junkyard dogs that just might take a chunk out of you – The sheriffs and deputies have their work cut out for them.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson 

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When convicted prisoners escape in his county, Longmire has to track them and their hostages deep into the Bighorn Mountain range. Walt goes head to head with a deep winter blizzard and begins to lose his grip.

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 



The Institute by Stephen King

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*Trigger Warning* – This book includes the physical and emotional abuse of children on a corporate level.
Luke is a child genius prodigy, applying to Cambridge 12, is kidnapped in the middle of the night. He wakes up to a room that is almost identical to his own. The other kids he encounters keep warning him about the shot and dots. Luke can’t help but wonder what surreal hell he has fallen into.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



Dangerous Alliance by Jennifer Cohen

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Please note, this is not a book written in a Jane Austen style, as Shades of Milk and Honey is.
is obsessed with Jane Austen novels and strives to live her life as the heroines in those beloved books would. But as her family begins to dance a tightrope between ruin and stability, she finds it increasingly difficult. Even more so when Victoria learns that only her marriage to a wealthy and influential man can save her family.
Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – FEBRUARY

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



The Hunger by Alma Katsu51OAG1KRnuL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

The Donnor Party meets monsters in the night. That’s the description that got me to read it. That and Stephen King’s recommendation.
I would love to read more by this author.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Summer Sisters by Judy Blume 517LAZtveaL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_

This was my first Judy Blume book and I found it delightfully written.

Two girls grow up together and form an unbreakable friendship. But that friendship isn’t immune from the growing pains that make up our lives.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

 


Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren51Dy0VzNVYL

I love Christina Lauren books. LOVE. This one was no exception. Though, it is not my favorite of Lauren’s tales.

The title really tells it all. Two people fall in love, hearts are broken, and then 14 years later they are forced to deal with the tragic tale of their love.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

 


The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson 519PFFTCtgL

People have been telling me that I would love the TV series Longmire for years now. And then I learned that they are books. AND I LOVE THEM!

Walt Longmire is the cantankerous sheriff of a small county in Wyoming. The relatively quiet community is shaken by the murder of a young man who had happened to be involved in a rape case years prior.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Death Without Company by Craig Johnson51RwUXXwPVL._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_

Book two of the Longmire Mystery books.

Johnson brings back our favorite sheriff and his host of wonderful characters to look into the simple death of a woman in assisted living. However, the previous sheriff of Absaroka County is convinced she was poisoned.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 


Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson 51We6seZcwL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

Book Three!
Longmire finds himself in the great city of Philadelphia visiting his lawyer daughter when the unthinkable happens – Cady is attacked and left in a coma and her supposed boyfriend seemingly commits suicide shortly after. Longmire is sure there is more going on than meets the eye.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 


Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson 51OGmFgkmVL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_

Book four! Okay. One of the many things I love about these books is that they are decidedly not the old, tired western stories of dull gunfights, stampedes, and ridiculous prejudices. The characters WONDERFUL. The stories are thought-provoking and challenge a reader to think outside of the box. I cannot say enough good things about them. It’s a sure bet you will see more of the series in the coming months. I also think my dad would have really enjoyed this series.

Walt Longmire is reminded of his time in Vietnam when a young Vietnamese woman is found dead along the interstate and only one suspect seems likely. But crime isn’t as simple as it appears.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – JANUARY

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 

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Book one of what is currently an eleven book series.
MacKayla’s life was perfectly normal and exactly what she wanted – until her sister is murdered while studying abroad.  When the authorities and her parents except that the case is cold and will never be solved, she travels to Ireland to find her sister’s killer. But as her own ability’s turn magical, MacKayla realizes that she might need help.
Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

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The long await sequel to the AMAZING Children of Blood and BoneDefinitely read it before picking up this one. But you should probably read them both. ASAP. 😀 

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 



The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 419TWZk7luL

If you read this one, AND YOU SHOULD, make sure you check out the author’s note at the end.
Sequel to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments takes place 15 years following the beginning of this powerful tale. Gilead is showing signs of rotting from the inside out.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 



The Golden Son by Pierce Brown 

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Yet another sequel! Make sure you read book one, or you will be pretty lost in this series.

Shout out to my cousin, Anna, for turning me onto this series – even though it’s taking me a while to continue it.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 



The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan 

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I bought this book based entirely on this line of the book blurb: In the aftermath of World War II, two women with unusual gifts must protect a mysterious baby in a poignant tale of family, sacrifice and magic.
Granted, I should have read the rest of the description, as it was very different than I thought I would be. However, it was still an excellent story and very well told.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!