Top Ten Tuesday! January 30th, 2018

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This is a meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week it’s all about 10 books I can’t believe I read.  For this, I will only be dealing with books I finished and not my DNF pile.  Let’s start with the books I read so that I could see the movie without feeling bad. winter's tale1.Here’s a couple weeks worth of my life that I will never get back.  I wanted to see the movie- it looked so good and the premise of the story was one that I was really, really interested in.  The author was jumpy and erratic, could not stay on topic, and went on forever about things that simply didn’t matter.  The movie took like 2/3 of the book away, and it was better for it.  700 pages, and I wanted to throw my tablet by the 200th page.  Just watch the movie.

 

 

2.the martian  Okay, I am pretty rough on this one.  My husband wanted to see this movie so badly.  I had to read the book first.  The premise is good, the writing style was fluid and the characters were engaging.  This is something Warren calls hard science fiction, though, and apparently that is not for me.  TMI.  Weir would go on tangents about the workings of things- or the math behind it.  I don’t care!  It took me out of the story and bored the heck out of me.

 

 

the princess bride3.  I loved this movie- I loved it so much and I still love it.  I made my husband watch it the week we moved in together.  Great characters, high adventure, hilarity, true love and huge ass rodents.  What’s not to love?  The book.  I hate Goldman.  Harsh, I know, but he couldn’t stay on topic.  We’re getting along in the story, the plot’s great… and then we are at a hotel pool where’s he’s ogling some hottie?  Nope.  Not interested.  Just watch the movie.

 

 

 

hidden figures4.  This could have been so good, but it read like a text book.  There was no spark and I found it terribly dull.  The movie was everything I had hoped the book would be.

 

 

 

 

 

catcher in the rye5.  This book was required reading at every high school I went to (3) for different grades (which was strange let me tell you).  I hated it the first time.  It wasn’t any better the second time.  I gave up the third time and threw in my towel.  Holden’s a little shit.  He’s unrealistic and unlikeable.  There were other required reading that I didn’t love, but none I hated like this.

 

 

 

fifty shades of gray6. And…. I am about to be unpopular.  I wanted more plot.  There was a lot of sex and kink, some was way too detailed.  I don’t need all that.  What makes a book sexy to me is the play between characters- the chemistry.  I wanted… more.  Of everything but the sex.  Thankfully I waited in line for the library’s ebook instead of buying it or I would be truly pissed.

 

 

 

gone girl7.  The premise was interested and there was so much hype it was unreal.  I feel like the execution failed.  I couldn’t get a good feel for the characters- both unlikeable and irredeemable.  The writing was choppy and it just didn’t hold my interest.  I wouldn’t say it was awful…. but it certainly didn’t make me go buy her other books.

 

 

 

I actually think that’s it for my list.  There is my DNF pile…. but that’s another story.  What’s on your list?

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Down and Across, Arvin Ahmadi

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Title: Down and Across

Author: Arvin Ahmadi

Pages:  336

Genre: YA, contemporary fiction, coming of age

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date: February 6th, 2018

Summary:

Scott Ferdowsi is amazing at quitting- the tar, the great American novel…. just about every school club.  This summer, he has an internship that goes the way of the tar.  Something has clicked- Grit.  His dad talked about it before his parents left for Iran.  Is this really the key to success?  Where can he get some?  His friends have their futures mapped out- they have goals and plans.  Him… nada.  What’s a guy to do?  Run away of coarse!

There’s a professor in DC that specializes in Grit.  Who better to teach him the basics?  His first real adventure kicks off meeting a beautiful stranger on the bus.  Ballsy and gorgeous Fiora Buchanan, crossword puzzle creator extraordinaire.  What was meant to be a one day trip snowballs into the craziest few weeks of his life.  Political bartenders, picking up chicks at the zoo, and learning the true meaning of not giving up.

My thoughts:

I loved this book.  It was fast paced and entertaining with great characters.  I felt for Scott even when I wanted to strangle him- let’s face it, some of the stuff he did was pretty dumb.  But that’s growing up right?  All his life his parents have been over protective, and his father has pushed for him to go into high profile, high paid jobs.  There’s a lot of stress there for a young man with zero clue what he really wants out of life.  All he knows is that he wants to know.  He wants to be passionate about something, so move forward.  That in and of itself interested me; the way he went about trying to find his passion- his grit.

I will admit that the ending made me just a bit crazy.  It was too clean.  Just too easy, you know?  I felt a tiny bit let down.  For me this was a four and a half star book.  I loved it, but it wasn’t stellar.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating2000px-Half_Star_Yellow.svg

On the adult content scale, there’s some language and alcohol.  It’s nothing major and I would let my niece read this one (actually, I am probably buying her this one).  I would give it a three.  General.svg

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  first to read

The book comes out 2-06-2018, are you ready?

Link to book:

Amazon

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White Chrysanthemum, Mary Lynn Bracht

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Title: White Chrysanthemum

Author: Mary Lynn Bracht

Pages:  320

Genre: historical fiction

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  January 30, 2018

 

Summary:

     In a little island town in Korea during World War II two sisters are torn apart to lead very different lives.  The eldest, Hanna, taken by Japanese soldiers, the youngest, Emi to survive with the guilt and pray that she finds the sister she loves again someday.  Traveling back and forth from 1943 to 2011, a story of love heart ache and strength of spirit unfolds.

My thoughts:

           This book is not a quick read.  It will break you, wreck you.  It is beautiful in it’s description of savagery.  I loved it.  The characters were well done and glorious.  You ended up enthralled by their stories.  I loved the way the Haenyeo were described and the absolute devotion the sisters had to one another.  There was so much to adore with this beautifully written book!  I will admit that I had to take time to digest before reviewing this book.  Some of the events really hit me hard.  For me, this is a five star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale there’s violence, abduction, rape and language.  I would not recommend for a teen reader.  I give it an eight. adult content rubber stamp

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks!  first to read

The book came out today!  Is it on your TBR?

Link to book:

Amazon

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Look what I got the other Day!!!!!

A little bit ago I reviewed an eARC I received for Take Me With You, Andrea Gibson.  I had loved it so very much that I immediately preordered the paperback copy.  I promised myself I would share some of my favorite pieces…. and it may have gotten a wee bit out of hand.  I chose to just take pictures of the book because I don’t have a scanner (and did not want to risk my book’s binding) but I wanted the pictures that Sarah J. Coleman brought to the book.  So, without further ado:

 

Talk To the Paw, Melinda Metz

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Title:  Talk To the Paw

Author: Melinda Metz

Pages: 272

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  January 30th, 2018

Summary:

Jamie has devoted many years to the needs of different men: the non-committal, the self-absorbed, the forgot-to-mention-I’m-married…. it’s all left her pretty on edge about the whole dating thing.  When her mother passes, she is offered an inheritance and a once-in-a-life-time chance.  For just one year, she can stop work and spend it on her.  This is The Year of Me.  She wants to find what she is passionate about (besides guys).  She and her cat MacGyver move into a new place and get ready to really live.  Between dodging set-up attempt by well meaning neighbors, Jamie quickly finds that Mac has a problem.  Her adorable tabby is an escape artist, a thief and…. possibly a match maker?

My thoughts:

I have mixed feelings here.  The chapters are given one of several POV’s: Jamie’s, David’s and MacGyver’s.  I really liked the first two- they were well developed and flowed smoothly.  MacGyver, for obvious reasons, was less cohesive.  I mean, he’s a cat, and the author definitely did not want you to forget it.  As such, there was much talk about the “bonehead” dog, and sensing/ tasting his human’s mood (and the moods of those around him).  I understand what we were doing here, but felt like there may have been a better way.  Going into Mac’s mind was always jarring.

As far as the two main characters, there were times I wanted to shake them.  I loved them individually, and I adored their chemistry but some of the choices they made were painfully awkward- better suited to a teen than a thirty-something year old adult.  That said, they each had their issues and their romance seemed very believable and sweet.  I loved them.  I also really liked the other characters- even laughing at the “bad dates” that I was probably not meant to like.  Hud was a hard sale for me, mostly because I found him annoying…. but I feel like that was intentional.  All in all this is a four star book for me.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, there’s some of sexual innuendo and a tame sex scene.  There is, though, quite a bit of language.  I give it a four, if she was interested I would let my niece read it.  General.svg

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Kensington books in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  pro_reader_120

The book comes out on the 30th, is it on your radar?

Link to book:

Amazon

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The Fast and the Furriest, Sofie Ryan

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Title: The Fast and the Furriest

Author: Sofie Ryan

Pages: 304

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Is this part of a series?  Yes, book #5 of the Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Publish Date: February 6th, 2018

Summary:

Before things even begin to settle from the Angel’s last case, life is heating back up.  A woman from Mac’s past has come to find him, and has important things to say.  Before she can see Mac, though, she is killed; leaving Mac as the obvious suspect.  In order to clear his name, the ladies need to delve deeper into his mysterious past and find out who might want him out of the way.

My thoughts:

I love this series.  I love the characters, and their interaction with one another.  I love the different plots, and how each book allows you better insight into a different character.  Being obsessed with Mac (a hot, sweet, intelligent Mr. Fix-it), I was super excited about this one.  He’s got some skeletons in his closet that seriously surprised me, but made me like him better as a character.  The ending leaves things up in the air a bit as far as this character goes, but I have hopes that we will continue to see him.  For me, this is a five star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content side, there’s some violence, but it isn’t over the top considering this is a murder investigation.  Like the rest of the series, there are some innuendoes and light ribbing; but no sexual content and no language.  It’s a very clean, entertaining and fast read.  I give it a two tops.  General.svg

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  first to read

The book comes out 02-06-18.  Are you ready?

Link to book:

Amazon

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Wrap up from the 12th on….

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Personal life:

We have been super busy and while I try to keep up on other’s posts, my own has really fallen behind.  My brother in law is staying with us on a prolonged visit for a bit while he tries to get into the college of his choice to start his master’s.

We found out that Spooky (Boo) hates her carrier.  She rammed her 6 lb body against it until it began to topple again and again.  To make her feel better we have gotten a harness and pet sling (pictured above) and a kitty car carrier (basically a box that attaches to her harness and the car seat so that she can see everything, but be safe).  She is other wise very sweet, curious, and energetic.  Sassy Britches hates her.  Luckily, all Sassy has to do is make noise and Boo allows her to have her way.  I was worried at first, but they have both started living normally if not cuddling each other.  I am calling that a win.

Lastly, I am still trying to understand politics.  How did we get to this point?  And what does a government shut down really mean?  What will it mean for my customers (soldiers, WIC, food stamps….)?  I have no answers and hope it all gets fixed before we find out.  I hate that I feel this way… that I don’t understand these things.  You go and google it though?  You get a lot of information on how the national parks are closed.  I hate that I don’t understand, it confuses me and I feel like less of an adult.

Bookish life:

I have been reading a lot, but not reviewing for a couple reasons.  First, I broke my tablet screen so it’s been harder to start reviews on the go.  I have an old walkin book that I can read my ARC’s on, but that’s about it.  I have two ARC’s I need to review and will try to get to them today, but I also have things to do in the outside world.

I have also been on a Cozy Mystery run because they are light, fun, fast and great for when I don’t have much time to devote to a book in one go.    I have read Janet Evanovich’s Wicked series, which was good and I plan to continue with ( I do prefer “could be a wizard” Glo to “used to be a ho” Lula) but it wasn’t stellar.  The plot is interesting, the characters are good, the dialogue is usually hilarious…. but as with the Stephanie Plum series, after you read one you basically know how all the others are going to go.  They are the tabloids of the book world and bless them for that.  Sometimes I just want light, hilarious fun.  I just don’t know if I should review them because all I could say would be the same for each one.  Also I would have to say too much about the plot and give too much away.  I feel like I would here because, well, what else do you talk about here?  Shortest… reviews…. ever.

In the same boat as the Wicked series are a group of books revolving around former-nurse-turned-fraud-investigator Pauline Sokol.  I like the stories fine, and I love most of the characters- though Jagger is getting on my last nerve as far as a love interest goes.  Still, while venues change the rest often seems to be the same.  She gets a case, she has to go under cover as a (you guessed it) nurse- or one time a patient.  She gets herself into trouble.  Jagger decides to help her, but demands help for his own thing as well.  Goldie tells her not to fall for the guy because he’s no good in relationship settings.  Some other hot, smart guy is interested, but she can’t get over Jagger.  She ends up basically tripping over the answer to her case.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It is fun and interesting and well worth the $8, but not exactly stellar literature.  I guess what I am asking myself is this:  together they come out to seven books that would get about three star reviews.  Is it even worth the effort of doing as each one would basically say the same thing- love the characters, tired of Jagger, a good time was still had by all.  What do you guys think?

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