Aidee’s List of Books Read from August 2018 through June 2019

I am a terrible, overwhelmed human being, so here is my list for the last year. As you will probably realize, I’ve done a lot less reading, and a lot of re-reading. I’ve put an asterisk “*” by the books I’ve re-read.

*Tinker by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B
*Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B+
*Elfhome by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B
*Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B
*Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B+
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost (audiobook) B+
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) A-
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (audiobook) B
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare B | will be reviewed
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) B+
Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer (audiobook) B
+Lock In by John Scalzi (audiobooks \– there are two versions of this available, narrated by different narrators) A-
Unlocked by John Scalzi (audiobook) A-
The Darkest Warrior by Gina Showalter B+
Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh B
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (audiobook) B
+Head On by John Scalzi (audiobooks – there are two versions of this book, narrated by two different narrators) A-
Throne of Oak by Dana Marie Bell B-
Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell B-
Power of Five by Alex Lidell (DNF)
Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper (audiobook) B
Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance B
Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance B+
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (audiobook) B+
Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan B+
Down and Dirty by Rhenna Morgan B
Claim and Protect by Rhenna Morgan B
Stand and Deliver by Rhenna Morgan B
Tempted and Taken by Rhenna Morgan B
Wild and Sweet by Rhenna Morgan B
Part-Time Gods by Rachel Aaron (audiobook) B+
Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski (audiobook) A
Spacer’s Cinderella by Adria Rose B+
Fireworks by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) B
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh A-
Syncopation by Anna Zabo B
Counterpoint by Anna Zabo B-
Thrown to the Wolves by Charlie Adhara B
The Wolf at Bay by Charlie Adhara B
A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale B
Forever Wolf by Maria Vale B-
Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter B
In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston B+
In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington A
Play it Again by Aidan Wayne B+
Writing Her In by Holley Trent B+
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy B
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear B+
An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole (audiobook) B+
Angel by Holley Trent B
Beauty and the Viking by Holley Trent B
The Demigod’s Legacy by Holley Trent B
Elder by Holley Trent B
Maker by Holley Trent B
The Norseton Wolves Mate Call Collection by Holley Trent B
Scout by Holley Trent B
Seer by Holley Trent B
Turning Pointe by Katherine Locke B-
The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber B+
Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal by Forthright B+ | will be reviewed
The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander B
Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) C+
Pain by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve (audiobook) B-
The Kinsmen Universe by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) B+
Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron (audiobook) B+
Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes (audiobook) A-
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (audiobook) B+
Bountiful by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) B+

I asked Aidee what her favorite book of the bunch was, and this was the one selected!

burnout by Emily Nagoski book coverThis groundbreaking audiobook explains why women experience burnout differently than men – and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Burnout. Many women in America have experienced it. What’s expected of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world are two very different things – and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between them. How can you “love your body” when every magazine cover has 10 diet tips for becoming “your best self”? How do you “lean in” at work when you’re already operating at 110 percent and aren’t recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a sexist world that is constantly telling you you’re too fat, too needy, too noisy, and too selfish?

Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Instead of asking us to ignore the very real obstacles and societal pressures that stand between women and well-being, they explain with compassion and optimism what we’re up against – and show us how to fight back.

In this audiobook, you’ll learn:

What you can do to complete the biological stress cycle – and return your body to a state of relaxation
How to manage the “monitor” in your brain that regulates the emotion of frustration
How the bikini industrial complex makes it difficult for women to love their bodies – and how to defend yourself against it
Why rest, human connection, and befriending your inner critic are keys to recovering and preventing burnout
With the help of eye-opening science, prescriptive advice, and helpful exercises, all women will find something transformative in this audiobook – and will be empowered to create positive change. Emily and Amelia aren’t here to preach the broad platitudes of expensive self-care or insist that we strive for the impossible goal of “having it all”. Instead, they tell us that we are enough, just as we are – and that wellness, true wellness, is within our reach.

You can buy a copy here.

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