Friday, October 5, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - Meg


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: Meg by Steve Alten

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It Begins: 
MEGALODON

Late Cretaceous Period, 70 Million Years Ago
The Coast of Asiamerica-Northern Landmass (Pacific Ocean)

From the moment the early morning fog had begun to lift, they sensed they were being watched. 


On Page 56:
As the helicopter approached the aft deck, Jonas immediately recognized the large reinforced-steel winch attached to the ship's transom which had been used to lower the twenty-five UNIS submersibles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Verdict:
I wanted to read this since it was the basis of the movie The Meg starring Jason Statham.  It was a really good read and it is the first in a series. I don't know if I'll read more books but now I can't wait to watch the movie and compare the two. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - October 1


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: Meg (MEG #1)
Author: Steve Alten
Date Started: September 27

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

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30

Finished Reading:

Title: Singing on a Star
Author: Ellen Klages
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: September 26
Stars: 3 of 5

Title: Cottage by the Sea
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: September 26
Stars: 5 of 5

Title: Leverage in Death (In Death #47)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: September 25
Stars: 5 of 5

Title: The Broken Vow (Spill Zone, #2)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Date Finished: September 21
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Your Black Friend and Other Strangers
Author: Ben Passmore
Date Finished: September 19
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Ice Cream Man Vol. 1
Author: Maxwell W. Prince
Date Finished: September 19
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Jackalope Wives
Author: Ursula Vernon
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: September 13
Stars: 5 of 5

Title: Harry Potter Series
Author: J.K. Rowling
Date Started: August 30
Date Finished: September 18
Comments: Reread because I was going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts 1 and 2.  It was fantastic!

Title: Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C# min, Op. 66
Author: Carlos Hernandez
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: August 30
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Date Finished: August 29
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Ashes on the Moor
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Date Finished: August 23
Stars: 3 of 5

Title: Multo
Author: Samuel Marzioli
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: August 22
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World
Author: Jennifer Palmieri
Date Finished: August 20
Stars: 5 of 5

Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - August 20



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: Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World
Author: Jennifer Palmieri
Date Started: August 17

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

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30

Finished Reading:

TitleThe Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Date Started: August 13
Date Finished: August 17
Stars: 4.5 of 5
Review: Loved this book, but there was just one plot resolution I wasn't a fan of...hence the 1/2 star loss.  Can't wait to get my hands on book #2

Friday, August 17, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - A Princess in Theory


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: A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole

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It Begins: 
Sender: LikotsiAdelele@KingdomOfThesolo.the
Subject: Salutations from the Royal Family of Thesolo

Dear Ms. Smith

I hope my letter finds you well.  I, Likotsi Adelele, assistant to Hist Royal Highness, have sought you out high and low over the last few monthsm, at the behest of the most exalted - and most curious - Prince Thabiso.


On Page 56:
Thabiso debated what to do. He'd removed the salmon from the man's lap earlier. Was he supposed to retrieve the ice?


Verdict:
Really enjoying this book, sadly I haven't had time to really sit and read so I'm reading a chapter here, two here and awaiting until I can open the book again. I can't wait to get my hands on book two, A Duke by Default. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? August 13



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: A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Date Started: August 12

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

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30

Finished Reading:

TitleThe President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
Date Started: August 6
Date Finished: August 12
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: Not my normal read, it took me awhile to get into the story but once I really got into the meat of the story I was hooked.  I thought I had it all figured out, nope I was wrong! 

Title: The Last Cheng Beng Gift
Author: Jaymee Goh
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: August 7
Stars:  4 of 5

Review: Loved this depiction of the afterlife.

TitleThe Season
Author: Sarah MacLean
Date Started: July 30
Date Finished: August 6
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: Really cute YA Regency Romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in.

Title: Sea Girls
Author: Daniel Wallace
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: August 2
Stars:  4 of 5
Review: Really enjoyed the description of the mermaids and the story.

Title: Bidding on the Bachelor (Saved by the Blog #2)
Author: Kerri Carpenter
Stars:  3 of 5
Review: I read this book as part of a judging role, my results have been turned in so I wanted to finally share my thoughts - A little cheesey with the social media gossip posts, but a cute quick read. I'll be going back and reading book 1 before I move onto book 3.

Title: Conflict of Interest (The Walker Five #1)
Author: Marie Johnston
Stars: 2 of 5
Review: I read this book as part of a judging role, my results have been turned in so I wanted to finally share my thoughts - This book had potential based on the summary, but there was just way too much going on in this book for anything to feel like it got the right amount of focus to make it satisfying.

Title: A Hummingbird Christmas (Glacier Creek #1)
Author: Karen Foley
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: I read this book as part of a judging role, my results have been turned in so I wanted to finally share my thoughts - Again, made me think of a holiday movie. I'l probably check out the next book in the series.

Title: Christmas with Her Millionaire Boss
Author: Barbara Wallace
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: I read this book as part of a judging role, my results have been turned in so I wanted to finally share my thoughts - Cute story, made me think of those holiday movies my mom likes to watch.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - The President is Missing


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: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President Is Missing

It Begins: 
Thursday, May 10

Chapter 1

"The House Select Committee will come to order..."


On Page 56:
A hit of realization comes to the Speaker's expression. He leans back against the couch like a man who's holding all the cards. "You're saying out hearings will interfere with what you're doing."


Verdict:
I'm not a big Patterson fan, but this author pairing intrigued me so I had to put it on hold.  I'm slowing making my way through it and it's good so far...the president hasn't gone missing yet but there are a couple avenues that could lead to his missing status. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? July 30



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:



Date Started: January 1
Finished Reading:

TitleAtlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Date Finished: July 26, 2018
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: It was a good story, but I could have done with an abridged version.

Title: Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience
Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: July 25
Stars:  4 of 5
Review: Great story of past experiences and getting lost in virtual worlds.

Title: My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Author: Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
Date Started: July 18
Date Finished: July 24
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: I didn't read all the paths, but loved what I did read so much I had to go out and buy this book.  I'll be picking it up the rest of the summer for a quick fun adventure.

Title: Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Started: July 21
Date Finished: July 22
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Really enjoyed this book in the series. Liked that Poppy finally is getting her feet under her and trying live her life. Also liked the brief crossover with a few characters from The Point.

Title: The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #1)
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Started: July 9
Date Finished: July 17
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Book Club Selection.  I was surprised by how much I liked this book.  I had read Practical Magic and didn't care for it too much, as I had seen and loved the movie.  I'm going to give Practical Magic another shot. Loved finally getting the connection on how Sally and Gillian are related to the Aunts and learning more about the family.

Title: Archival Quality
Author: Ivy Noelle Weir
Illustrator: Steenz
Date Started: July 15
Date Finished: July 16
Stars:4 of 5
Review: It was a good ghost story and library/archive story. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - My Lady's Choosing


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: My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Roma…

It Begins: 
"Move that leg, girl!" the dowager Lady Craven hisses as she prods you with her cane.


On Page 56 (I went with page 57 this week):
Seriously, cripes.

Do you try to defeat the evil spy lady? If so, turn to page 84.

Or do you  hold back? Ollie, unlike you, is a trained spy, and he can probably handle himself. If so, turn to page 119.


Verdict:
I'm having so much fun reading this book! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? July 16



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: Archival Quality
Author: Ivy Noelle Weir
Date Started: July 15

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: Cowboy Pride
Author: Lacy Williams
Date Started: July 10
Date Finished: July 11
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: This is the current Big Library Read selection.  Cute retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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.

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? June 25



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: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Started: June 24

Title: I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Author: Michelle McNamara
Date Started: June 16

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: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4)
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Started: June 22
Date Finished: June 23
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Good end to this series. I'm happy all the guys faced (are still) facing their demons but have their strong ladies beside them helping them through it all. I'm assuming it's the end since we've gotten all the band mates and the cross over with the Hard Play series.

Title: The Fliers of Gy
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: June 22
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Interesting story with biological details of the changes, so much description of the Gy changing.  Looks at how it is considered a misfortune to gain wings while other (the reader) might not originally see it that way in the context of other SF stories.

Title: Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss #3)
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Started: June 19
Date Finished: June 22
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: I started off not liking Noah, especially with the way he treated Kit, but he grew on me, he really did care for her and just had a shitty way of showing it.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - I'll Be Gone in the Dark


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: I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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It Begins: 
Prologue

That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter's playroom.


On Page 56:
A bloodhound following a scent trail had brought him to the spot. The trail began at a child's bedroom window, continued over a fence and through a field of weeds, stopping at the curb. Shelby knocked on the nearest door and looked across the field toward the victim's house, a distance of about two hundred feet. He wished away his unease. 


Verdict:
As a true crime lover this case East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker was always on my radar. I've listened to countless podcasts and was glued to the news the day they finally arrested him. I've been on hold for this book FOREVER and it's great to finally read it. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 18



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: I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Author: Michelle McNamara
Date Started: June 16

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: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One
Author: Nick Abadzis, Cavan Scott, George Mann, Rachael Scott, Adriana Melo
Date Read: June 14
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: What a crossover! Since it collects issues from other storylines it wasn't always perfect, but I enjoyed it too much to lower my star rating.

Title: Kim Reaper Vol. 1
Author: Sarah Graley
Date Read: June 13
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Kim is a college girl just trying to get through her classes with a part time job. Typical story except Kim's part time job is a grim reaper. She gets into a bit of trouble when cute girl Becka takes a liking.  Things go over the top, but it was really fun.

Title: My Boyfriend is a Bear
Author: Pamela Ribon
Illustrator: Cat Farris
Date Read: June 13
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: So very cute! The author looked at her bf one day and was like he's kinda like a bear...and there you go the background to a very cute story.

Title: The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel, #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Date Started: June 11
Date Finished: June 12
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: I really liked the story, Sophie was great. Didn't care too much for King and I felt like I've seen his broody back story a lot before.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Thoughts about Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

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Title: Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2)
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication Date: June 12
Rating: 5 Stars
Read: March 9-11 (eARC)

Synopsis: Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy... 

Review: Another great entry into this series. Nalini Singh builds a world with such detail that sneaks up on you in ways. After I read this book I went back and reread some of my favorites in the series. I started to notice small mentions of Black Sea that show up in this book and it made me love this book even more.

I have always liked Bo, so it was great to get to know him more and Kaia was just wonderful. The best part of his book was getting to know more about Black Sea, and there are still so much we don't know about them!  I'm hoping we get to visit with Black Sea some more in future books.

Monday, June 11, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 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 Rouge Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Date Started: June 11

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: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Date Started: June 6
Date Finished: June 8
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: Wow. Aza's anxiety takes her monkey brain on a spiral of internal worry.  It was less dramatic than some of his other books but still heart-breaking. As someone who struggles with anxiety I could see some of myself in Aza and truthfully when Davis was talking about space, my own monkey brain spiral caused a panic attack.

Title: Black Betty
Author: Nisi Shaw
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: June 7
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: This was a very emotional story about a dog and her journey to finding her place. Oh and the dog can talk.

Title: Uncommon Type
Author: Tom Hanks
Date Started: May 26
Date Finished: June 5
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: An enjoyable collection of short stories. They were fun, serious and a few were just out there.

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 4



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: Uncommon Type
Author: Tom Hanks
Date Started: May 26

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 Stuff (Hot Zone #1)
Author: Carly Phillips
Date Started: May 30
Date Finished: May 31
Stars: 2 of 5
Review: I've had this series for awhile, and at one point I think I enjoyed it but now I'm not thrilled with the book. It either doesn't hold up well or my taste in romances has changed.  I enjoy the sports concept, but it lacks some character development and is all jump right into a relationship. The secondary story of sabotage is a little far-fetched for me to believe. 

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Date Started: April 22
Date Finished: May 25
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Yes it took me over a month to read, but I stopped to read a book discussion selection.  That said, this was a really good book. I kept looking into the mythology the book is based on and going down a rabbit hole of gods, demigods, and other Greek mythical figures.  This is a great story of a woman on her own, facing everything thrown at her and rising to her own power and finally deciding on her own future.

Title: Money Tree
Author: Nalo Hopkinson
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: May 24
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: A special live episode of the podcast. A touching story about a close brother and sister. When her brother disappears while searching for treasure a sister must come to terms with his disappearance and put her life back together. 

Title: Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Author: Helena Kelly
Date Started: May 7
Date Finished: May 22
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: Jane Austen book club selection that had mixed reviews with the group. I enjoyed the book, mostly because it was easily readable. That said, she makes a lot of assumptions based on sketchy evidence that isn't completely founded. Ideas aren't original even though they are shared as if they are original arguments that haven't been made before.

Title: As Good As New
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: May 10
Stars: 5 of 5
Review: A special live episode of the podcast. This was a charming story of a post-apocalyptic world where a girl who may be a rare survivor finds a 'genie' in a bottle. She's smart and plans out just how to make her wishes in order to protect the world/universe.

Title: Uncharted (On the Island #1.5)
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Date Started: May 6
Date Finished: May 7
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: A follow up to her novel On the Island. When Anna and T.J. were on the island, they discovered the remains of a person. This story answers the question about who those remains were and how they came to be on the island.  It was an enjoyable read that gives you a view of Anna and T.J.'s life post-island.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - Uncommon Type


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: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

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It Begins: 
(This is from the short story Three Exhausting Weeks)

Day 1

Anna said there was only one place to find a meaningful gift for MDash -- the Antique Warehouse, not so much a place for old treasures as a permanent swap meet in what used to be the Lux Theater.


On Page 56:
(This is from the short story Christmas Eve 1953)

Compared to many other guys in those hospitals and on the ship home, Virgin felt like he had won the 1945 Irish Sweepstake. All he really wanted back was his wedding band, which had been lost somewhere in those woods in Belgium.


Verdict:
I'm really enjoying this collection of short stories. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: May 25th - 31st



Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?

I don't but it was probably either a Dr. Suess book, a Little Golden Book or an Amelia Bedelia book.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: May 11th - 17th




Could you ever pick a favorite book or is it like choosing your favorite child?

It's like choosing my favorite child.  Now if you said what's my favorite Nora Roberts book easy, Divine Evil.  What's my favorite children's book(s) The Amelia Bedelia Series.  If it's a more direct favorite question I can answer it, but there's no way I can pick one over the others.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - Jane Austen, the Secret Radical


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: Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

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It Begins: 
England in April. Even here, in Southampton, in a town full of soldiers and sailors, in a country at war, April is still April.


On Page 56:
Henry Tilney is highly educated, highly literate, a self-confessed lover of novels ("I have read hundreds and hundreds"). He's an expert reader. He boasts that he finished Udolpho "in two day"; that's two full days of uninterrupted reading. 


Verdict:
I'm not done, but so far I'm really enjoying this deep dive of Auten's work. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Blooger Hop - Week of May 4-10


Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?

Yes, both fiction and nonfiction books have had an impact on my life.  I'm never surprised by nonfiction books, because I tend to pick up ones that I want to learn something from, it's always a surprise when a fiction book makes me stop and think about a life choice or how I view the world.  I don't know why it surprises me, as an author you want your work to impact the reader in some way, and if my work of fiction can get someone to think about a topic or themselves in a better light then didn't I do my job if they were also entertained?

Monday, May 7, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 7



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: Jane Austen, the Secret Radicial
Author: Helena Kelly
Date Started: May 7
Note: Jane Austen book club selection

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Date Started: April 22
Note: Book of the Month selection

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 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Shoeless Joe
Author: W.P. Kinsella
Date Finished: April ??
Stars: 4

Title: Before We Were Yours
Author: Lisa Wingate
Date Finished: April 12
Stars: 4
Note: Book Club selection

Title: The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
Author: J. R. Ward
Date Finished: April 19
Stars: 4

Title: Dead After Dark
Author: Various
Date Finished: April 21
Stars: 3
Note: Read for the Sherrily Kenyon and J.R. Ward short stories.

Title: Phantom Lover (Dream-Hunters 0.5)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: April 27
Stars: 3

Title: A Hard Day's Night Searcher (Hunter Legends Series #10.5)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: April 27
Stars: 3

Title: Hard Ever After (Hard Ink #4.6)
Author: Laura Kaye
Date Finished: April 28
Stars: 3

Title: Bite Me If You Can (Argeneau #6)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: May 1
Stars: 3

Title: Knit Tight (Portland Heat #4)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Date Finished: May 3
Stars: 4

Title: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Date Finished: May 6
Stars: 4

Title: Danced Close (Portland Heat #6)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Date Finished: May 6
Stars: 4

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: April 27th - May 3rd



Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel?

YES! I read 1 novel by this author and loved it, so when I saw another novel by her at a book sale I picked it up expecting another great story.  Welp, it started off great. Girl gets a chance at love, and all this other great things...AND THEN SHE DIES!

I have never picked up another book by this author. I have re-read and will recommend the first book I read by her, that books still wonderful.

I won't post it all here but reach out to me and I'll tell you which books. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

#2018BibleRBR 1 Samuel 13-31

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Really falling behind in my reading/posting, but I'm not going to give up, I'm going to power through and read this thing!

So instead of focusing on this whole half a book, I'm just going to focus on the story of David and Goliath.  I've always liked the story, the story of an underdog who can overcome. That's how this story is presented time and again.  Then I saw the following TED video from  Malcolm Gladwell and it blew my mind. Now having read the story, it really isn't the story of an underdog. It's the story of a skilled shepherd using his known skills to take down a bigger opponent.





It's still a great story, and we can still pull some useful stuff from it to apply to our everyday lives, but it's not the way we originally heard the story.  It's not the story of an underdog, it's the story of a boy who used his skills to take down a foe. Use your strengths to accomplish feats and not think you have to be or act a certain way to take on challenges.  It also helps us understand that some challenges aren't always what they appear to bu, just like Goliath may not have been as big and mean as he was presented.

Oh and also this chunk of the book also had a lot more mindless killing of innocent people who just happened to not believe the same things the 'heroes' of our books believe in, so you know they all have to die. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: April 20-26




How do you organize your books for review?
Does it work for you or have you had to change it up?

Most of my books are ebooks so I just have to remember they are on my devices.

On my Kindle, I have a collection titled "ARCS" so I know those books will have to be read sooner rather than later and at some point reviewed.

Otherwise, they live next to my bed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book Blogger Hop Week of April 13-19




Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in?
What makes it appealing?

Probably any small town that Nora Robert's has written. I really like the idea of a downtown area, knowing the people I'll see everyday and having people know who I am.

The idea of being a small town librarian has some appeal. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 16



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: Before We Were Yours
Author: Lisa Wingate
Date Started: April 12
Note: Book club selection

Title: Shoeless Joe
Author: W.P. Kinsella
Date Started: April 10

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 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: With this Kiss: The Complete Collection
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: April 10
Stars: 3

Sunday, April 15, 2018

#2018BibleRBR - 1 Samuel 1-12

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The next section my reading schedule has lined up for me is 1 Samuel with sections of Psalms interspersed.

This book is broken into three sections and this post will look at the first two sections. They cover the last of the judges and the establishment of the monarchy.

I. History of the Last Judges, Eli and Samuel

Samuel is another special late in life child.  Hannah wanted a child, she prayed to God and then found herself pregnant with a son.  She gives him over to Eli to serve God.  I love the story of 1 Samuel 3 where the Lord calls to Samuel and he goes off to see what Eli wants and after a few times Eli realizes that it must be the Lord calling to Samuel. He teaches Samuel how to pray by saying "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

Since the Lord has spoken to Samuel and told him what will happen, Samuel is acknowledged as a prophet. Then is a story about Samuel's standing of the last Judge and a prophet.

II. Establishment of the Monarchy in Israel

So the people of Isreal want to be like everyone else around them and have a monarchy. So the Lord tells Samuel that he will appoint the first king.  God isn't thrilled but realized he needs to listen to the people, but he has Samuel warn them about this choice.   He tells Samuel that he will send his chosen first king to him, and that was Saul.

Saul is anointed king by Samuel and then sent back home.  He tells no one what happened and waits for Samuel. Samuel calls for all the Israelites to gather, then he calls forward the tribe of Benjamin. Then he called forward the clans of the tribe picking the clan of Matri which was Saul's clan. Then Samuel called Saul forward as king, and the people weren't happy.

Samuel explained how this monarchy would work and the laws. Even with that set before them, the people were not happy with Saul.  But then the Ammonites were threatening them and Saul charged in and saved the day and then the people were happy. Well as happy as this group of people seems to be, they still feared the Lord.