Monday, July 9, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 9



So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Started: July 9

Date Started: January 1
Note: Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 7 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Author: Pénélope Bagieu
Date Started: July 7
Date Finished: July 8
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: Great little bios of some amazing women. Simple yet beautiful graphics. Must Read!

Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Date Started: July 5
Date Finished: July 7
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Not as good as The Martian, but a fun science fiction story. I like that it's more science based and seems more realistic than a lot of other SciFi I've tried.

Title: Divinity: The complete Trilogy
Author: Various
Date Started: July 3
Date Finished: July 5
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: I don't remember putting this on hold, but it must have been highly recommended by someone I trust. It was an interesting read especially into today's political climate. Great artwork.

Title: Speak: The Graphic Novel
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrator: Emily Carroll
Date Started: July 2
Date Finished: July 3
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: This story and it's message are still so powerful and now as a graphic novel, the art just adds to the emotions of this story.

Title: The Price and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Date Read: July 2
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Cute fairy tale type story solidly based in real social biases.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - Artemis


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week I'm reading: Artemis by Andy Weir

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It Begins: 
I bounded over the gray, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble. Its airlock, ringed with red lights, stood distressingly far away.


On Page 56:
I smacked him on the back of the head and he jerked away from the microscope. He smiled like a child seeing a beloved aunt. "Oh! Hi, Jazz! What's up?"


Verdict:
So far I'm enjoying the game!

Monday, July 2, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 2



So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: The Princess and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Date Started: July 2

Date Started: January 1
Note: Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 7 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Hot Number (Hot Zone #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Date Started: June 20
Date Finished: July 2
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: I liked this a bit better than the 1st book in the series, but again there are a lot of stereotypes in play.  Also the whole subplot of the who's setting them up and screwing with things, wasn't necessary and it would have just worked as a who's the daddy plot line.

Title: I'll be Gone in the Dark
Author: Michelle McNamara
Date Started: June 16
Date Finished: June 29
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: Fulfills 'A book of true crime' for the Book Riot 2018 Read Harder Challenge.  Great look in her obsession with the ONS/EAR. This is one of those cases I had heard about, and anytime anything came up I read, but I wasn't very familiar with a lot of the investigators and theories about the killer.  This was a great read in how her obsession helped her pool all this information and bring the case back to the forefront of the nation.

Title: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Started: June 24
Date Finished: June 26
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: This book really isn't for everyone, it starts off with a mass shooting and then moves forward into the lives of the main characters and how that day propelled them into the rest of their lives.  Then in true Nora Roberts suspense fashion, it all comes back to haunt them just as they are falling in love.