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March Madness…. I mean Wrap-Up!

This has been a really fun month for me!  My husband treated me to Logan and Beauty and the Beast in theatres.  I loved them both!  I got some weekend days off, so got to be with the O’hana more (just got back from the parent’s house, actually.  Mom cut my hair for me!).  We also rented Sing and Moana.  While I liked Moana, I have to say that Sing was my favorite of the two.  We will be watching A Monster Calls some time next month, and hopefully I will be able to rent Hidden Figures as well when it comes out on the fourth.  (I am ashamed to say that I have had the book since the movie was in theatres and have yet to make time to read it.)

Now, for what I read in March.

From Netgalley:

  1.  The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti, a father daughter novel with a twist.  Five Stars
  2. Ill Will, Dan Chaon.  A psychologist and his family work through something from the past that is coming to haunt them.  Two Stars
  3. It’s Like This, Cat, Emily Neville.  An adorable and well written coming of age story about a boy and how a stray cat helps him come into his own.  Five Stars
  4. The Fall of Lisa Bellow, Susan Perabo.  Two girls witness an armed robbery and one girl gets taken from the scene.  How does the other girl cope with the guilt and pain?  Four Stars
  5. The Missing Ones, Patricia Gibney.  An old children’s home has a lot of secrets- and they are coming home to roost.  Four Stars
  6. The Idea of You, Amanda Prowse.  A woman’s dream of having a child as the last piece to a perfect life, and how that affects her family.  Five Stars

From First to Read:

  1. Gone Without a Trace, Mary Torjussen.  A woman comes home to find her boyfriend gone- every piece of his scrubbed from the house.  As she searches for him, someone is watching her.  Five Stars

My Last Lament, James William Brown.  Aliki, the last lamenter in her Greek village, decides to tell her own story when asked to record her laments by an American scholar.

Books I bought:

1. Pretending is Lying, Dominique Goblet.  An illustrated journal that highlights several parts of the author’s life.  Five Stars

2. The Shut-In, James Patterson and Duane Swierczynski.  A shut-in due to an abnormal disease that makes sunlight prohibitive, Patricia lives her life vicariously through Amelia, her drone.  When she sees a murder, she tries to get help-but it sounds so far fetched.  What’s worse, the killer knows she knows.  Patricia has to end this before she’s the next victim!  Five Stars

3. The End, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois.  Owen Taylor has one more mission with his team before he retires.  What should be easy for them turns into a nightmare as it becomes apparent that the mission was compromised.  They finish the job, but only Taylor remains alive.  He needs answers, revenge, and a fresh start.  Four Stars

4. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur.  An intimate look into a woman’s thoughts and feelings through free verse poetry.  Five Stars

5. The Black Book, James Patterson and David Ellis.  Billy Harney just finished an amazing case only to be targeted.  He, his partner and his girlfriend are shot and left for dead.  Billy is the only survivor and can’t remember a thing!  What’s worse, some people like his for the suspect.  How can you clear your name if you can’t remember the crime?  Five Stars

6. Come and Get Us, James Patterson with Shan Serafin.  A family trip turns deadly when the Cooper’s car is run off the road.  Her husband’s last words before Miranda runs for help?  “Be careful who you trust”.  Five Stars

7.  Engaged in Danger, Barbara Venkataraman.  Book five in the Jamie Quinn books.  I love this series!  Five Stars

My Favorites for the month? 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Pretending is Lying, and Come and Get Us.

The book that most surprised me?

The Idea of You- I didn’t expect to be so moved!

So that’s me for March.  What did you read?

Amber

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