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.