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.