Saturday, June 7, 2014

20 Books of Summer Challenge

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting a personal 20 Books of Summer Challenge to help her tackle her TBR mountain.  I have 20 books left to read of my TBR pile unless I acquire more books.  hehe a bad habit of avid readers, I know.  Given the coincidence, I'm game to join her on her challenge from now to September 6.  The timing even works for me cause I will be leaving Alaska shortly thereafter and need to have my box of books read by then as I do not want to haul it with me to the next location.

  1. Turn Your Passion into Profit - Walt Goodridge
  2. Become a Better You - Joel Osteen
  3. The Story of Stuff - Anne Leonard
  4. First Family - David Baldacci DID NOT FINISH
  5. Cleaning Nabakov's House - Leslie Daniels DID NOT FINISH
  6. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  7. Domestic Violets - Matthew Norman FINISHED
  8. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
  9. The Book of Joe - Jonathan Tooper DID NOT FINISH
  10. A Walk Across America - Peter Jenkins
  11. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  12. The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck
  13. One Lavender Ribbon - Heather Bureh - ebook
  14. The Theory of Opposites - ebook
  15. Moving Day - Jonathan Stone - ebook
  16. Happily Ever After - Susan May Warren - ebook
  17. The Widow File - S.G. Redling - ebook
  18. Fools Rush In - Janice Thompson - ebook
  19. Mint Juleps and Justice - Nancy Naigle - ebook
  20. Hidden - Catherine M - ebook
    If you look at the box closely, you will see that there are more books in box than I listed.  The reason is I have read a few already.
    Ok, game on, Cathy.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Thoughts: Hypocrisy by D.M. Annechino

This My Thoughts segment is part of a book tour for iRead Book Tour.  Thank you, Linda Fabiani for forwarding book to me.

Because the author posed several questions to readers in the back of the book, I'm going to follow his specific questions.

The Gist:
"Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients....Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to..investigate Dr Crawford's murder.  The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford's death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts."
 The Questions:

Did you find the book engaging - did it make you want to turn the pages?
         For the most part, I was engaged in the book.  I didn't want to quit the book at any point.  However, I did not find it to be the most engaging of books.  A few places were redundant.  I would have liked a little less predictability. 

Were Dupree and T.J. fully developed?
          Yes, the characters were very developed.  I liked their back story almost more than I liked the plot of the novel.

Who was your favorite character?
          My favorite character was Maggie Hansen.  She's one badass bitch.

What did you think of the plot?
          I liked the premise of the story.  I found it interesting that the climax, the part in a murder mystery where I read as fast as possible, happened a few chapters from the end of the book versus as the very end.  I enjoyed the wrapup that Annechino did at the end.

Was the story plausible, original?
           I know nothing about the medical world so I would say Yes I found the story plausible and parts of it original.  There were some instances that seemed like any other murder mystery but I've found that with other novels as well so I don't count that as a flaw against the book.  You can only have so many completely original stories.  With all the novels out there in the world, stuff is going to overlap.

Did any plot twists surprise you? 
          Yes the epilogue surprised me.  At first, I suspected it but then completely dismissed it.  Then Wham, there it was.  And I can't tell you what "it" was or the story will be ruined.  You will have to read the book.

Overall, what did you like or dislike about Hypocrisy?
           Overall, I did like the book.  Will it be on my favorites list for 2014? probably not but it was enjoyable and easy to read. I would be willing to read another by Annechino.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Alaskan Library

Today was a great day!  I got my first Alaskan library card sans the actual card.  I was really surprised that the little tiny community that I'm living in has a regular library.  Granted it's attached to the school and is open limited hours but IT's A LIBRARY in the middle of nowhere.  Yes!  And it's a fairly well stocked library.  Plus they let seasonal workers have access.  Bonus!

My first borrowings:

My Absentism - A good reason

Here are some reasons why I've been absent from my blog.  It is really hard to read when the beautiful Alaskan mountains are staring me in the face everyday. 

I'm starting to get use to the view so my reading life is picking back up.  I finally finished a book yesterday which I'll post about tomorrow.

For now enjoy my daily view.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Thoughts: Monday Monday - Elizabeth Crook

Monday Monday.  What a great title for this book.  It parlays the whole essence of the book.  Mondays are a dreaded day for most people.  They invoke mixed feelings.  The story within this book did the same thing. 

The Gist:  In 1966, the first mass shooting of civilians on a college campus in America occurs.  "Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets; and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims.  On this searing day, a relationship begins that will eventually entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years.  Reunited decades after the tragedy, they will be forced to confront the event that changed their lives and that has silently and persistently ruled the lives of their children."

My thoughts: I read this book in 2 days.  Granted I wasn't working but I still would have devoured this book.  It's good.  Crook tells a story that is gripping.  I did not want to put it down.  Although the story was excellent, I got frustrated with it.  Frustrated in a good story telling way.  I wanted to jump into the story and tell the characters what to do.  Shelly, no don't do that.  Wyatt, why are you such an idiot?  Jack, oh Jack.  I want more books from Crook.

I received this review book from Leyane Jerejian at FSB Associates.  She's amazing at picking books that fit me.  It's like having my own personal book shopper.  I love it.  She has exposed me to so many thought provoking books.  I can't thank her enough.  Many of these books I wouldn't have picked up without her offering them.  Thank you.

Recommendation: A definite Yes.  Read it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March Madness Final Update: a little late


I'm a little late to post this update.  Last month, I was going strong with my posting, then I fell off a table and hurt my back (short but interesting story, I'll tell you later).  The pain threw me off schedule in so many ways. 

Regardless of my lack of posting, I finished strong in March Madness.

Thank you, Cedar Station for hosting this event that got me over my reading slump.
  1. Don't Know Much About History - Kenneth C. Davis - non-fiction
  2. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day - Matt Kepnes - non-fiction
  3. Dream Save Do - Betsy and Warren Talbot - non-fiction
  4. This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer - fiction
  5. High Five - Janet Evanovich - audio fiction
  6. You Deserve to Love Your Job - Alexis Grant - non-fiction
  7. Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada - fiction
  8. Hot Six - Janet Evanovich - audio fiction
  9. The Publicist Book One and Two - Christina George - fiction
  10. The Song Remains the Same - Allison Winn Scotch - fiction
  11. New Worlds for All - Colin G. Calloway - non-fiction
Now, I need to write about them.