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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.

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