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E-book Lending On the Kindle

For those of you who own a kindle but might not be able to "borrow" e-books from other people that you know who also use a kindle there is a website to help those of us out!

BookLending.com is fairly simple to use. It allows you to borrow and lend e-books with other registered users. The only drawback to it that I've found so far is that you have to own a kindle. I've never played around with the kindle reading app before but it's possible that you might be able to get by with just using that instead. On the different book pages on BookLending.com there are links next to the book covers for borrowing, lending and buying. For all of the complete details on borrowing and lending check out BookLending.com's FAQ page here.

September's Books of the Month

September's books of the month are Base Instincts by Larissa Ione and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.






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What books of the month do you plan on reading for September?

Book Review: Throne of Glass

As part of I.B.C's new side challenge, Lengthy Books Challenge, I opted for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas as my first book in the challenge. Throne of Glass is the first book from the Throne of Glass book series, which is a young adult series.

After reading Throne of Glass I now understand why this fantasy-romance series is raved about by so many people (of different ages). Maybe I loved it so much because I didn't go into reading it with high expectations or maybe not. If you're an adult who doesn't care much for young adult books it could be worth reading just for the humor in the bantering in the book alone. 

A bit of a warning, though.... there is definitely a love triangle in this book. As I've said before I HATE love triangles but it seems Sarah J. Maas has this talent for crafting love triangles that you just can't help but get into and can't wait to find out what happens next. Would I rather if there wasn't a love triangle? Yes, definitely, but there's also something about this triangle that just draws you in. Hopefully it doesn't last throughout the entire series but if it does then I'm going to do my best to put my trust into Sarah J. Maas's amazing writing skills.






Be taken away into a world full of magic, legends, myths, things that go bump in the night, battles involving medieval weaponry and of course let's not forget romance.

"You'll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet."

"What Book Am I?" Game

A new game has been posted in the "Games" thread on Insomnia Book Club's group page on GoodReads.com. To access the "What Book Am I?" click here.


Here's the run down on how the game works....

For "What Book Am I?" in this discussion/game thread members can post either a picture or type out a paragraph from a page of the book/e-book that they own. You can post on any day that you want whenever you want.


Example:

Person A: *posts pic of book page(s) or types out a paragraph*
Person B: "Is it Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon?"
Person C: "Is it Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling?"

Members can guess the answer as many times as they want. The person who guesses the correct answer will then post their "book picture" or "book paragraph".

New Side Challenge!

Starting today Insomnia Book Club has a new side challenge for all of those lovely and lengthy books. The decision to join is optional as always.

The Lengthy Books Challenge is simply a side challenge for fun to see how many "lengthy" books you can read in a set period of time. The challenge will last for a total of 6 months. You can read however many books you want, just read as many as you "comfortably" can. Be sure that you don't burn yourself out!

There is only one rule for this challenge. Each book that you read can't be any shorter than 300 pages. The sky is the limit for how long it is!



Discussion thread for Lengthy Books Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17310951-i-b-c-s-lengthy-books-challenge

Lengthy Books Challenge on GoodReads.com: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/3636-lengthy-books-challenge

P.S. If you don't use GoodReads.com or don't wish to participate there feel free to participate by making your comments below.


Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A long while back I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas but put it down halfway through and fell into other miscellaneous books for the most part during my way too long book rut. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book to Sarah J. Maas's new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. At 416 pages it took me a little while to force myself into reading it since a lot of the books that I've been reading are much shorter. But.... I actually wish the book was longer, especially with the way it ended! It was such a great read and let's not forget impressive. That was my first book by Sarah J. Maas but do plan on reading her Throne of Glass series.



"We need hope, or else we cannot endure." 




For those of you who really dislike love triangles A LOT (like myself) there is a love triangle feel to A Court of Thorns and Roses later on in the book. Very, very, very rarely am I ever torn been two people in a love triangle in a book, however Sarah J. Maas did it! She completely tore my reader's soul apart with A Court of Thorns and Roses! There are so many characters in this book that I wish the best for in the end and hope that they don't die at some point. The world building is amazing. Based on the synopsis alone you wouldn't think the world would be built up so much to the extent that it was. It was complex, magical, and almost like a whole new universe. Something to note is that while this book may be a young adult novel it did not always read as one. It reminded me of The Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost in that sense.


"I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into 

him, and let myself burn."




A Court of Thorns and Roses Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.












Another Random Health Insurance Rant

Yet another rant on personal troubles with Obamacare and the Healthcare Marketplace. So, United Healthcare through Obamacare usually gives issues with "receiving" a payment. Payments have been made through their website, on the phone, and through the bank but yet they still say that they didn't receive a payment almost every month even though there is proof that it was paid as well as a confirmation number. Sometimes if f you're one of the unlucky individuals you can end up paying double whatever your monthly premium is just so they don't cancel your insurance. The monthly premium is already the price of a very high car note. When making a complaint directly to the healthcare marketplace about this the only answer that is ever received from them is, "Oh, really?".

Three new (new for me) things were found out about the obamacare as well. I don't know how true they are. It's been said that if your insurance through obamacare gets canceled for any reason then you are no longer eligible to purchase insurance through the healthcare marketplace. On top of that there is supposedly a special tax placed on those who have insurance through the healthcare marketplace, which is paid when paying your end of the year taxes. The third thing is that health insurance rates were suppose to jump drastically in price, some as much as 60% of the current monthly premium payments, but it was pushed back to 2017 instead of 2016.

Yes, Obamacare was originally a great idea, one that I was very excited about (especially how people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage and wouldn't be penalized simply for having a health problem) until Obamacare officially started and it was absolutely nothing like we, the Americans, were told it would be. Unless you make little money good coverage and affordable health insurance has gone right out the window. The only thing that I like about the new health insurance laws, etc. is that people with pre-existing health problems can't be refused health insurance.

One last thing, they are always talking about how many more people are now covered due to Obamacare, etc. Yes, many are and those who are extremely lucky do receive it at affordable rates but they forget to mention that so many more are covered now mostly due to the fact that medicaid expanded in a lot of states and that the purchase of health insurance in mandatory. Some go without health insurance for now and pay the penalty at the end of the year for not having health insurance simply because it's more affordable to pay the penalty than to have insurance (at least if the penalty doesn't skyrocket higher than annual insurance rates).

Dystopian Romance Adult Books

Those who enjoy books from the dystopia genre range greatly in different ages. It's much easier to find young adult dystopian books, where the main characters' ages usually range from 15 - 18, than adult dystopian books. Because of that I compiled a short list of adult dystopian books. All of the books listed are novella length except for Nightfall by Ellen Conner. If there are any books that you feel are missing from this list feel free to comment below. Happy reading, Bookworms!



Nightfall by Ellen Conner (Dark Age Dawning series)
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Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. 

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong. 

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.



Born by Jenna McCormick (B Cubed series)

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Born: Natural born humans are precious few and dwell in darkness.
Bred: Genetically engineered slaves who are the protectors of the Born.
Borg: The cybernetically enhanced enclave that split from the Born humans.
These three factions are all that remains of the human race after the world stopped turning. Scavenging in the darkness for what little is left, the war between them rages on though few know why. It begins with a child’s prophesy and can only end when they unite. Or die.

From the moment he spies her silhouette cast by the bonfire, Cormack understands what it is to yearn for something he will never possess. Breds are made to provide for the natural born humans, dig their homes deep beneath the surface of the earth and to protect them from the ever-present cyborg threat. A Bred who reaches beyond his station will be recycled immediately, yet Cormack cannot get her visage out of his mind. Until he unearths a box, buried long before the earth stopped spinning.


Task Mistress Allora has no wish to brutalize the Bred worker she finds hoarding treasure, but as a servant of the colony that raised her from infancy, she is duty bound to report anything unusual to the Overlord, even if it costs the blue-eyed man his life. Yet something about the way Cormack watches her forces Allora to reevaluate her understanding of right and wrong. For this genetically engineered soldier is her only protection against the cyborgs who seek what they have discovered, a journal written by the prophetess Cassandra and a way to end the warring between the factions forever.



Book Review: Maybe This Time

Just finished Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie. It was a randomly purchased used paperback book from a long while ago. Maybe This Time is a standalone novel (3 cheers for that!) and falls into the contemporary genre with supernatural mixed in due to the ghosts in the story. Not only are there ghosts but there's a divorced couple, a new fiance, two very hard to handle orphans, and a variety of amusing and not so amusing characters. With all that said it was definitely a great read. I've read a few other books by Jennifer Crusie in the past and all of the ones that I read were enjoyable.






Take a ride with real life issues as well as ghostly supernatural issues with Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie.

"You were the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me. Nothing else like you in my world before or since."


Meet North. A workaholic who is financially wealthy with a loving, though dramatic and hard to deal with at times, family. He is glued to his work desk so when he becomes the guardian of two problematic orphans he unintentionally enlists the help of his ex-wife. A nonbeliever in ghosts who learns that the impossible can be possible in both the supernatural and real world.

"I'd talk to Satan to get cable."


Meet Andie. A woman full of life who has grown up over the years. After what she thought was a good marriage she is now engaged 10 years later to a man that adores her but disapproves of her taking the job on as caretaker to her ex-husband's orphans. A nonbeliever in the supernatural of ghosts or spirits she begins to see things for what they really are all while falling a little more every day for the troublesome children she agreed to care for temporarily.