Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reading Life: Back on Track

After 7 years, I am finally reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  Considering I haven't read hardly anything this summer, I am super excited to already be half way through this mammoth tomb.  While I loved the rest of the series, I'm finding this book a little draggy.  Did anyone else think this way?  I remember devouring the other books. I'm determined to finish and continue with the next book before I leave Alaska.  I have 5 weeks left.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

20 Books of Summer Challenge Update

Alaska consumed my life.  I failed miserably at this challenge.  *hanging my head*

My stats:
Finished - 1
Skimmed - 1
Did not finish - 7
Did not start - 11

(and I discovered I really don't like reading books on my phone)

I'm still in Alaska but a little more settled and ready to hibernate for awhile. I'm already 1/3 of the way through the chunkster A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon.  Woohoo

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 - SKIMMED
  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 DID NOT FINISH
  7. Domestic Violets - Matthew Norman FINISHED
  8. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson DID NOT FINISH
  9. The Book of Joe - Jonathan Tooper DID NOT FINISH
  10. A Walk Across America - Peter Jenkins DID NOT FINISH
  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 DID NOT FINISH
  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

  21. 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.