Friday, October 20, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Dance Upon the Air


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.

I just finished reading The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. I really enjoyed it but when I got home from my book discussion Wednesday night I wanted a comfort read and not one of the 10 books currently checked out from the library. So I opened up the OverDrive App (great library service) and searched for what Nora Roberts titles were avaliable and ended up seeing that book 1 of the Three Sisters Island trilogy was free. I don't think I've re-read this series so it had to be checked out!

This week the book Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts caught my eye.

Dance Upon The Air (Three Sisters Island, #1)

It Begins: 
Prologue

Salem Village
Massachusetts
June 22, 1692

In the dark green shadows of the deep woods, an hour before moonrise, they met in secret. Soon the longest day would become the shortest night of the solstice. 


On Page 56:
"Nell, this is Ripley, Zack's unfortunate sister. As she's come in for lunch we can safely assume hell has frozen over."

"Kiss ass, Mia. Nice to meet you, Nell. I'll have a lemonade to go with that."

Yes. All right." Nell shifted her gaze from face to face. "Right away," she murmured and ducked into the kitchen to put the sandwich together. 


Verdict:
Even though I'm reading an ebook format, I did go to page 56 of the paperback and thankful that I did. This interplay perfectly shows the dynamic between the three main women of this trilogy.

I'm enjoying this reread and I'm wondering why I haven't picked this series up as part of my rotating comfort reads. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?



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.

Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor
Currently Reading:

Title: Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor
Author: Roz Warren
Date Started: October 16



Currently Listening:

TitleAtlas Shrugged
Author: Any Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 31
Note: On part 3 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Date Finished: October 3
Stars: 5
Comments: This was a case when I loved both and the movie. The book was so full of detail and was a great read of the true timeline about things and giving names to so many more women.

Title: Dragonworn (Dark-Hunter #28)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: October 7
Stars: 3
Comments: I'm still enjoying this series, but it's changed so much from the first few books and all the mythologies are starting to get a bit confusing.

Title: Tall, Dark & Hungry (Argeneau #4)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: October 9
Stars: 3

Title: Secrets in Death (In Death #45)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: October 15
Stars: 4

Title: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)
Author: Dan Brown
Date Finished: October 15
Stars: 5
Comments: This one kind of freaked me out a bit. But just like all his other books it pulled me and I didn't want to put it down!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Origin


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 the book Origin by Dan Brown caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
As the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him. In the distance, built into the face of a sheer cliff, the massive stone monastery seemed to hang in space, as if magically fused to the vertical precipice. 


On Page 56:
"You sat in that monastery's sacrosanct library and told a bishop that his entire belief system is delusional!" Langdon exclaimed. "Did you expect him to serve you tea and cake?"

Verdict:
I'm on page 179 of 461 and I'm hooked. Dan Brown has a way of sucking me into his stories. His books are serious but there are bursts of quirky humor (at least to me) like the killer's get away car being an Uber and one of the characters reminding Langdon to remember the wise words of Princess Elsa and to just Let It Go.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - October 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.

So apparently I haven't posted since like the middle of September. I also haven't read a whole lot, but here's what I've read in the last month or so.


Currently Reading:

Title: Hidden Figures
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Date Started: September 20

Currently Listening:

Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Any Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 31
Note: On part 3 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: No Man's Guns
Author: Elmore Leonard
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: September 12
Stars: 3
Comments: Episode 12 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: The Cookbook Collector
Author: Allegra Goodman
Date Finished: September 13
Stars: 3
Comments: Jane Austen Reading Group

Title: Alex & Eliza
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Date Finished: September 17
Stars: 4

Title: Better When He's Bad
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: September 22
Stars: 3

Title: Better When He's Bold
Series: Welcome to the Point #2
Author: Jaw Crownover
Date Finished: September 24
Stars: 3

Title: Single White Vampire
Series: Argeneau #3
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: September 26
Stars: 3

Title: Better When He's Brave
Series: Welcome to the Point #3
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: October 1
Stars: 3

Title: Back to Buckhorn
Series: Buckhorn Brothers #6
Author: Lori Foster
Date Finished: October 2
Stars: 3

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? September 11

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 Cookbook Collector
Author: Allegra Goodman
Date Started: September 11
Note: CNJ JASNA Reading Group

Currently Listening:

Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 31
Note: Listening to Part 2 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Author: Timothy Snyder
Date Finished: August 30
Stars: 5
Comments: Short read. Must read.

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Date Finished: September 1
Stars: 2 1/2
Comments: It was okay, a bit over the top for my tastes.

Title: The Paper Menagerie
Author: Ken Liu
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: September 1
Stars: 5
Comments: LeVar Burton Reads

Title: Devil's Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: September 3
Stars: 4

Title: Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
Author: Sarah Jaffe
Date Finished: September 4
Stars: 3
Comments:  Book 3 for the 2017 NYPL Reading Challenge

Title: Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What "Making a Murderer" Gets Wrong
Author: Ken Kratz
Date Finished: September 7
Stars: 4

Title: The Collector
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: September 11
Stars: 5
Comment: Reread

Monday, August 28, 2017

It't Monday! What are you reading? - August 28



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.

This was a slooooow reading period for me. So my last post was on the 15th and as you can see below, I finished the book I was reading 2 weeks ago and 1 other book.

Currently Reading:

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Author: Sarah Jaffe
Date Started: Aug. 15
Note: Book 3 for the 2017 NYPL Reading Challenge

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Date Started: Aug. 27

Currently Listening:

Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: Aug. 23
Note: I tried to listen to this a few years ago and it was dragging. I've started again and found that it's a great listen when I'm playing World of Warcraft.

Finished Reading:

Title: Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
Author: Fay Weldon
Date Finished: Aug. 21
Stars: 2
Comments: Read for #AustenInAugustRBR

Title: Navigators
Author: Mike Meginnis
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: Aug. 23
Stars: 4
Comments: Episode 10 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: Any Dream Will Do (New Beginnings #4)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: Aug. 26
Stars: 3
Comments: This is a stand alone title in the New Beginnings series, you don't have to read the first 3 to enjoy this book.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - August 15



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.

Again I missed Monday, so here is my post on Tuesday.  It was a slow reading week for me!

Currently Reading:

Title: Letter to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
Author: Fay Weldon
Date Started: August 3

Finished Reading:

Title: To Wed a Wicked Prince (Cavendish Square #2)
Author: Jane Feather
Date Finished: August 13
Stars: 3
Comments: This was technically a reread but first time tracking on Goodreads. I consider this series  comfort read books.

Title: A Wicked Gentleman (Cavendish Square #1)
Author: Jane Feather
Date Finished: August 12
Stars: 4
Comments: This was technically a reread but first time tracking on Goodreads. I consider this series  comfort read books.

Title: The House on Mango Street
Date Finished: August 8
Stars: 5

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - August 8



It's been like 2 weeks since I posted one, so this week's post is going to be a bit longer.

Currently Reading:

Title: The House on Mango Street
Author: Sandra Cisneros
Date Started: August 7

Title: Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
Author: Fay Weldon
Date Started: August 3
Note: Austen in August hosted by Roof Beam Reader, Jane Austen Challenge

Finished Reading:

Title: Have You Seen Marie?
Author: Sandra Cisneros
Date Finished: August 7
Stars: 4

Title: Wired
Author: Julie Garwood
Date Finished: August 7
Stars: 3
Comments: Buchanan-Renard #13

Title: The Godfather
Author: Mario Puzo
Date Finished: August 6
Stars: 5
Comments: Honestly this book and movie are one of the only times you'll hear me say that I love both equally. The movie is such a good representation of the book and the story is just great.

Title: The Second Bakery Attack
Author: Haruki Murakami
Date Finished: August 3
Stars: 2
Comments: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Date Finished: August 2
Stars: 4

Title: Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: Ted Chiang
Date Finished: August 1
Stars: 4
Comments: NYPL Reading Challenge

Title: Henchgirl
Author: Kristen Gudsnuk
Date Finished: July 30
Stars: 4

Title: Love Bites
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: July 29
Stars: 3
Comments: Argeneau #2

Title: A Quick Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: July 28
Stars: 3
Comments: Argeneau #1

Title: Chivalry
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date Finished: July 27
Stars: 4
Comments: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: Silver Silence
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Finished: July 27
Stars: 4
Comments: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1, Psy-Changeling #16

Friday, August 4, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Letter to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen


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.

So Adam over at Roof Beam Reader is hosting year 5 of Austen in August. So this month I'll be feature books I'm either reading or want to feature for Austen in August.


This week the book Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Jane Austen caught my eye.

Letters to Alice on first reading Jane Austen


It Begins: 
Letter One

The City of Invention
Cairns, Australia, October
My dear Alice, 
It was good to get your letter. I am a long way from home here; almost in exile. And you ask me for advice, which is warming, and makes me believe I must know something; or at any rate more than you. 


On Page 56:
She is neurotic.
You are nervy
I am perfectly normal, thank you.


Verdict:
I'm enjoying the book so far. As a lover of Jane Austen, a lover of literature, and a writer, it is full of joy and wit for me to read. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - The Godfather


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.

About a month ago I got into a Twitter discussion about The Godfather. We were discussing how great both the book and the movie were. This conversation revealed that one of the participants hadn't read the novel.  It has been a number of years since I read the novel and here I was saying how great it was. I wanted to reread it to make sure I had my suggestions right.


This week the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her. 


On Page 56:
So Hagen started again, speaking in the most ordinary voice. "Look at my card," he said. "I'm a lawyer. Would I stick my neck out? Have I uttered one threatening word? Let me just say that I am prepared to meet any condition you name to get Johnny Fontane that movie."


Verdict:
Well, if you know the movie or the story you know that this Hagen speech only does so much good. The man Hagen is talking to, Jack Woltz, gets a rude awakening a little later in the story.  I'm not that far into reading the novel but I'm enjoying it and yes I still think the novel and the movie are both excelent. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 24


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: Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Started: July 24

Title: The Godfather
Author: Mario Puzo
Date Started: July 24

Currently Listening:

Title: Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: Ted Chiang
Date Started: July 18
Note: NYPL Summer Reading Challenge

Finished Reading:

Title: Rodeo Rancher (Rodeo, Montana #2)
Author: Mary Sullivan
Date Finished: July 23
Stars: 4
Comments: Really enjoyed this novel. Liked that they were older (mid 30-early 40s) with kids. Want to go back and read the first book in the series.

Title: The Rancher's Baby Proposal
Author: Barbara White Daille
Date Finished: July 23
Stars: 3
Comments: Cute romance but so much seemed forced.

Title: Love Me Again (Hope #7)
Author: Jaci Burton
Date Finished: July 20
Stars: 4
Comments: Kinda of falling out of love with this series, but only as a series not as stand alone romances.  Does this make sense?

Title: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Author: Lynne Truss
Date Finished: July 17
Stars: 4

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 17

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: Love Me Again (Hope #7)
Author: Jaci Burton
Date Started: July 16, 2017

Currently Listening:

Title: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Author: Lynne Truss
Date Started: July 12, 2017

Finished Reading:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Finished: July 11
Stars: 4

Title: All He Needs
Author: Shirley Hailstock
Date Finished: July 11
Stars: 2

Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (short story)
Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Date Finished: July 12
Stars: 4
Comments: Listened to the titled short story on LeVar Burton Reads. I have picked up the whole book and will be reading it to finish the full collection.

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Finished: July 12
Stars: 4
Comments: A little dry, but totally worth the time invested in reading it.

Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: July 14
Stars: 4

Title: Second Change in Laguna (Finding Forever in Laguna #1)
Author: Claire Marti
Date Finished:July 16
Stars: 1

Friday, July 14, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Come Sundown


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 the book Come Sundown by Nora Roberts is my current read.

Come Sundown
It Begins: 
Prologue
- Western Montana, 1991 -

Alice Bodine relieved herself behind a thin screen of lodgepole pines. 


On Page 56:
He had the novices on a couple of reliable hacks - though the bay they called Biff could be as lazy as a teenage boy on a summer morning. He plodded along under the man while the nervous giggle rode the cooperative Maybelle.


Verdict:
This novel is broken down into four parts. I'm about halfway through the second part and enjoying the story. I've already got my suspicions about things, but knowing Nora I can't be sure if I'm right or not and probably will find out when she tells us.

She paints such a great picture, I miss my brief time in Montana!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 10, 2017


This was a slow reading week. I'm plodding along with Princes at War and hoping to finish it up soon. I had a week off from listening to One Summer because my digital checkout through the library expired and I had to wait for another copy to become available so I could pick it back up.

Currently Reading:

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal FAmily in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017
Note: Reading this on my lunch breaks so it's slow going.

Title: All He Needs
Author: Shirley Hailstock
Date Started: July 9, 2017


Currently Listening:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017


Finished Reading:

TitleEmpty Places
Author: Richard Parks
Date Finished: July 5, 2017
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast. 2 parts

Title: Audubon, On The Wings Of The World
Author: Fabien Grolleau
Date Finished: July 8, 2017
Note: Loved the artwork, wasn't thrilled with the pace of the story. Also it always makes me a bit sad to know that while Audubon loved animals he killed so many birds to make his prints.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - beachcombers


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.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book beachcombers by Nancy Thayer caught my eye. It was on a display with a sign that was a picture of a beach with the world 'escape' on it. Nancy Thayer is like the queen of beach reads so the display had a number of her books and I just randomly picked this one. I might be checking this one out on my way out of the library today!

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It Begins: 
"Look," their mother said to them.
     It' was late October, and Danielle had brought her daughters to Surfside, the beach that faced, unprotected by bulkhead or harbor or jetties, the immense sweep of the Atlantic Ocean.


On Page 56:
Jim introduced her to everyone. "This is Marina Warren. She's from Kansas City. She's renting our cottage for the summer and she wants to learn all about the island."


Summary:
Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent emails begging her to return home. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, devastated after losing her high-powered job and breaking up with her fiancĂ©. Also, Lily is worried that the beautiful, enigmatic woman renting their guesthouse has set her sights on their widowed father. The Fox sisters closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother, but seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock.

Over the course of the summer, the sisters’ lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents off the New England coast: Abbie breaks her own rules in the name of love, type-A Emma learns a new definition of success, and strong-minded Lily must reconcile her dreams with reality. At summer’s end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices—and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves.

Monday, July 3, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 3, 2017

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:

TitlePrinces at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017

Currently Listening:

TitleOne Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

TitleEmpty Places
Author: Richard Parks
Date Started: June 27, 2017
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast. Part 1 was released this past week and Part 2 will be released later this week.

Finished Reading:

TitleThe Best We Could Do
Author: Thi Bui
Date Finished: June 26, 2017
Stars: 5
Note: Book 1 for #ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Title: The Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Daisy Johnson
Date Finished: June 26, 2017
Stars: 4
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Date Finished: July 1, 2017
Stars: 4

Title: Building the Perfect Daddy
Author: Brenda Harlen
Date Finished: July 2, 2017
Stars: 4

Friday, June 30, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Princes at War


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 the book Price at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWIby Deborah Cadbury caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Prologue

20 May 1910. The Streets below Windsor Castle were filled with crowds waiting for a sight of the gun carriage. Every window, roof top and ledge was commandeered to watch King Edward VII's coffin complete the final stage of its journey.


On Page 56:
...papers across the world with pictures showing Wallis resplendent, all Gloriana, her adoring ex-king in tow, and Hitler almost rubbing his hands in glee, his often despondent expression transformed.

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 26, 2017

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: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017

TitleThe Best We Could Do
Author: Thi Bui
Date Started: June 25, 2017
Note: Book 1 for #ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Currently Listening:

TitleOne Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

TitleBound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Finished: June 19
Stars: 4

TitleThe Things About Love
Author: Julie James
Date Finished: June 22, 2017
Stars: 4

TitleSpill Zone (The Spill Zone #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Date Finished: June 25, 2017
Stars: 3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Challenge Accepted!

This year's summer reading theme is Build a Better World. For this challenge NYPL has come up with 3 categories and a few suggestions for each category.  They say, "If you read one book from each suggested category below in June, July, and August, you'll have knocked out three great new-to-you books before the fall."

Cover image for The best we could do : an illustrated memoirFirst up is to try a book about immigrants or refugees.

I'm going with their suggestion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.


Cover image for Stories of your life and othersNext is to try a book about an unlikely friendship.

Again I went with a NYPL suggestion of Arrival by Ted Chiang.

This is a collection of short stories and contains the story Arrival  that the recent movie was based on. The book was originally published in 2002 under the title Stories of Your Life and Others,  which is the book I've got on hold at the library.


Cover image for Necessary trouble : Americans in revoltNext is to try a book that's nonfiction, about an issue that's important to you.

There are so many issues important to me, but since I went with NYPL suggestions for the first two books I decided to pick one of the three they suggested. At the root of all the important issues, speaking out and speaking up are at the core of what I want to get motivated to do more. So one pick was perfect.

That pick is Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe.

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 19, 2017

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: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Author: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant
Date Started: June 12, 2017

Title: Bound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Currently Listening:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

Title: Animal Attraction (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5)
Author: Lori Foster
Date Finished: June 13, 2017
Stars: 3
Comments: Read for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.

Title: Kin
Author: Bruce McAllister
Date Finished: June 15, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Short story read by LeVar Burton on his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

TitleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers
Author: (various)
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
Stars: 3

Friday, June 16, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Option B


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 the book is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
It Begins: 
Introduction

The last thing I ever said to him was, "I'm falling asleep."


On Page 56:
{prior to this she describes the poem "Footprints in the Sand"}

I used to think there was one set of footprints because my friends were carrying me through the worst days of my life. But now it means something else to me. When I saw one set of footprints, it was because they were following directly behind me, ready to catch me if I fell.


Verdict:
I lost my father 16 years ago, from that moment forward our lives were drastically changed. This book is about what Sheryl learned after the unexpected death of her husband. As I read this book, I'm understanding my mother better and I'm also learning about myself. It's about taking that moment you never dreamed would happen and yet it just happened, now what do you do with it? You find a way to move forward and this is sort of a guide in how you can do that. She mentions several times that it might not work for you, but here's why it does work for people. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 12



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

TitleAnimal Attraction
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 9
Note: Reading for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.


Finished Reading:

TitleThe Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Finished: June 10
Stars: 2
NoteWould have been more stars if not for the graphic description of the sexual abuse of a young child.

TitleWinning the Wallflower (Fairy Tales #2.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitleStorming the Castle (Fairy Tales #1.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitlePractical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Finished: June 7
Stars: 2
Note: Movie better than the book. Maybe had I read the book first I would think differently.

TitleAll the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Finished: June 6
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 5



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 3
Note: June book club selection

Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Started: June 4
Note: I had no idea this was a book until last last week! Friends of mine all said they enjoyed the movie more than the book, and I can already tell its very different.

Currently Listening:

Title: The Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Started: May 24

Finished Reading:

Title: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Finished: May 23
Stars: 3

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Date Finished: May 29
Stars: 4
Comments: Got this as an ebook ARC from Netgalley and completely forgot about it until I saw the book had come out and then was mad at myself for forgetting about it!

Title: Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: June 2
Stars: 3
Comments:  While not a part of her Darkhunter series, it is in that world as they mention a lot of characters and other things related to that series. While I still enjoy the stories, she really starting to lose me in all these other mythologies and how she merges them all together. But I'm still hooked so I'll keep reading

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 22


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: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Started: 5/17/17
Note: No it hasn't taken me this long to read it, I started it and then forgot it at work.

Finished Reading:

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
Date Finished: 5/19/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I found some helpful information, but the lack of citations bothered me.

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Finished: 5/20/17
Stars: 5
Comments: Audiobook was great, hearing Jenny read her words added a level of enjoyment.

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Finished: 5/21/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I enjoyed the story, but the format bothered me and made it difficult for me to get into the book.

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - May 15


Yea still plodding away at these books. For some reason I'm reading really slow for me.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20


Finished:

TitleKindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date Finished: May 7
Note:  I've read a few of her books and when I saw that this edition was having all proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation I purchased it. I hadn't finished a book in so long, I just wanted to feel like I finished something so a short story was in order and this was the newest purchase on my Nook so it seemed perfect.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Killer Chef


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.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book Killer Chef by James Patterson with Jeffrey J. Keyes caught my eye.

Cover image for Killer chef
It Begins: 
It's a whisper past 10:00 p.m. in New Orleans' famous French Quarter, but it might as well be the middle of the day. The narrow streets were bustling with tipsy tourists and locals alike. From every bar and club waft the sounds of clinking glasses and tinkling jazz, filling the hot night air. 


On Page 56:
"I'll tell you anything you want to know about my ex-husband." Andrea says, pouring steaming water for a fresh pot of black tea. "I read about his death this morning in the paper. I was stunned. But I won't life to you, Detective. I wasn't sad."


Verdict:
So I'll be checking this book out of the library tonight. While I'm not a huge Jame Patterson fan, I'm really liking these Bookshots. Since I'm behind in my yearly reading goal, short books like this are perfect for a little catch up.  I also just got back from a vacation to New Orleans so the cover image and the plot got my attention. This is going to make a nice weekend read! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 1


I've been on vacation the last week and while I brought my book and a few others just in case, I really haven't had a chance to really read. I believe I've read a total of 2 chapters. One chapter in two different books.

I'm writing this on a very rainy Sunday afternoon. It's the perfect time to curl up and I think I'll be doing just that once I finish writing this post.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 24

Hi! *waves enthusiastically* it's been nearly a month since I've posted.  It's been a weird month of stress and anxiety.  So, basically this is a big list of what I've been reading and listening too recently.

I got back into audiobooks! I missed them but podcasts seemed to take over my car trips, but now I get more time to listen at other times so audibooks are back in my car!!

Currently Reading:

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Currently Listening To:

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Finished Reading:

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: April 3
Comments: This was a reread, I needed a comfort read and Nora Roberts is my go to comfort author.

Title:  The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Date Finished: April 4
Stars: 4
Comments: This was for my book club. Not my normal pick of genre, but I enjoyed the book and it says it's book #1 so I'll try the next book.

Title: Leveled (Saints of Denver 0.5)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: April 5
Stars: 3

Title: The Chosen (BDB #15)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: April 7
Stars: 5

Title: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Date Finished: April 6
Stars: 5
Comments: Must Read!!!!!

Title: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Author: Shannon and Dean Hale
Date Finished: April 18
Star: 4

Title: Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
Author: Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
Date Finished: April 16
Star: 5

Title: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Editor: Kelly Jensen
Date Finished: April 24
Star: 5