Monday, September 18, 2017

September 11-17th Wrap Up

September TBR and 11-17th Wrap- Up
Current TBR List: 31
Currently Reading: 9
Books Finished in September: 12

I felt like this past week was very slow for me reading wise. I still managed to finish four books but I feel like I am falling into a slump. Could be that I have a billion books started… I have severe book commitment issues.

I finished Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.

I really enjoyed this story! Sebastian Rudd does not fit your typical lawyer description. He does not sit in a fancy office with nice d├ęcor with a pretty secretary. His office is a heavily armored van and his secretary is his partner/law clerk/bodyguard/gold caddy/chauffer’s mom. Sebastian defends people that other lawyers avoid. He believes everyone deserves the right to a fair trial, even if he has to cheat his way into one. I thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian’s character and it was a fast read. I liked seeing a different perspective of a dirty but fair lawyer and how he sticks to his morals that everyone deserves a fair trial.

I then read The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales by Mark W Ginnis, a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.


I enjoyed the drawings and most of the morals. My main problem laid in the names given to the characters, I did not understand how most of them related to the stories and they were over the top silly to the point they were not amusing. I also failed to understand a majority of the stories. I did enjoy a couple though. 2.5 stars for the drawings and the stories and morals I enjoyed. I wanted to like the book more.

Then I finally read Inferno by Dan Brown.
 
I saw the movie several months back and I enjoyed it. I like the idea of hidden codes and messages leading you on a wild goose chase. I think that while it’s a stretch, it could potentially still be believable. Inferno follow Robert Langdon as he wakes up with a gunshot wound to the head not knowing where he is or what happened over the last couple days. He know he woke up muttering something that sounded like “very sorry” and having haunting visions of a woman asking him to “seek and find”. The movie and the book tied out to the very end, then they diverged a bit and I can understand why. I do not think a movie or a movie audience would like the ending of Inferno as it was originally written since it is so dark and raises huge moral questions. Definite worth the read if you like history and thriller. It is terrifying to think if something like this is possible.

I ended the week with Bakuman Volume 3.

I am still really enjoying this series! The two friends are still striving to make it to be number one and are learning various lessons along the way. They want to be more mainstream but they are finding out they are not well suited for the style. They are able to help their rival and its ends on the note that lack of communication is causing frustration on both ends. Can’t wait to see how this plays out in the next volume!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

September 4-10th Wrap-Up

September TBR and 4-10th  Wrap- Up
Current TBR List: 31
Currently Reading: 7
Books Finished in September: 8

Another great week of reading!

I started The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, book one of the Percy Jackson series, and I love it!

It is a middle grade novel so the writing is for a younger group but I still enjoyed myself immensely. Percy is struggling to survive school since he is labeled the trouble maker. On a school trip to a museum he swears that his math teacher turns into a harpy and tries to kill him and he is saved by a pen that turns in a sword. This is the beginning of his adventures to half-blood hill where he learns more about himself and who is father really is. It enthralled me and I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series.

I was then able to finish The Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I received a free e-book from First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

This book was told from multiple perspectives and though it was slightly drawn out in the middle kept me interested. Past and present collide as teenagers attend a party and a spell to recover lost things is cast. Everyone lost something during the party, we all lose something every day. I like the idea that not all lost things are terrible, sometimes they are even good. The ending was woven together fantastically but since most of the story was a bit dragged out for me I gave it a solid 3 stars.

Drumroll please! I finally finished The Count of Monte Cristo by Alxandre Dumas. Officially the longest book I have ever read, and probably will ever read.
You can tell the age of the story but it was no less epic and it was easy to see why this remains a classic. A young man is wrongfully imprisoned because he loves the wrong girl, after being held for years he manages to make his escape and that is where the adventure really starts. A must read for those that love coming of age stories, just be ready to invest a lot of time!

After finishing such a hefty read as The Count of Monte Cristo I fell into Bakuman volumes 1 and 2 by Tsugumi Ohba for some quick easy reading.

I really enjoyed these. It is about middle grade kids who want to become manga artist and the story was unique and the art is beautiful.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September TBR and 1-3rd Wrap- Up

September TBR and 1-3rd  Wrap- Up
Current TBR List: 31
Currently Reading: 6
Books Finished in September: 3


Starting with the books already completed:

When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman.



Five plus years ago I read the 16th book in this series, I didn’t know it was the 16th one. I enjoyed that story and have wanted to read the series since then. My goal by the end of 2018 is to clean up my TBR list that I added to GoodReads in 2012 (I will probably, maybe post this goal when it gets closet to 2018?) Anyways, I discovered Overdrive and downloaded When the Bough Breaks and I loved it! Lots of trigger warnings for this book, so be aware if you are a sensitive reader.

It was unique starting this series as an audio book on my smart phone. The novel was first published in 1985 and the technology and concerns regarding technology were interesting to read about. Moving into the meat of the story, Alex Delaware is a recently retired, young, child psychologist. A huge case caused burnout and he left his field to relax the days away after then main suspect in a huge child abuse scandal was found by him in his office with his head blown off. Early retirement though hardly works for the highly driven and curious people and when Dr. Morton Handler, another psychiatrist is brutally murdered and the only witness is 7 year old Melody Quinn Delaware is dragged out of retirement by the police. As he works with the young girl he finds that her current nightmare is linked to his own recent experiences.

The plot was steady and the twists and turns came out of nowhere, no surprise why this was an Edgar Award for Best First Novel! I cannot wait to pick up the rest of the series.

I then finished Loud Music by Gloria Geiger.



I was given a free copy of the e-book in exchange for being part of a book tour with @happylilbooknook (Instagram). I will save information for those dates! Look for it September 10th-16th.


After Loud Music I was sucked back into Overdrive and borrowed The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon.



This was a super cute book and easy listen. The plot kept moving following a young duo as they meet for the first time and experience a relationship over the course of one day.

Natasha is an illegal immigrant who came to the states at 8 years old. She loves science and just wants to be able to go to college and study, but she is being deported in 12 hours. As she heads into the city to fight for her family to stay she gets caught up in things outside of her beloved facts.

Daniel has always been the good kid, not as good as his brother, that is until the recent disgrace. He wants to be a poet, a dreamer but his Korean family has chosen for him to be a doctor and he has to attend his admission interview. As he is on his way he sees Natasha, dancing to her music, lost in another world. Fate, destiny, whatever you want to call it has aligned and he was meant to meet her.
Science, every moment brings us to a single moment while a million untold futures still lie ahead. What can the future hold for a girl forced to leave soon and a boy with a mapped out future with no choices left to be made?

Now drum roll! The September TBR! This will have some updates because the CBB will be meeting towards the end of the month and we will be picking our books and categories for the upcoming months.

Source
Format
Week
Start
Finish
Title
Author
B
A
1
8/24/2017
9/1/2017
When the Bough Breaks
Jonathan Kellerman
BT
E
2
8/29/2017
9/4/2017
Loud Music
Gloria Geiger
B
A
2
8/30/2017
9/4/2017
The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
B
P
9/27/2016
The Beauty Myth
Naomi Wolf
P
P
6/29/2017
Requiem for a Dream
Hubert Selby Jr
P
A
7/9/2017
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
GR
P
8/22/2017
Pineapple
Mia Castle
B
P
8/28/2017
Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell
F2R
E
8/29/2017
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Moira Fowley-Doyle
P
P
My Friend Leonard
James Frey
P
P
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Diane Ackerman
P
P
Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
P
P
Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham
NG
E
Saving Paradise
Mike Bond
NG
E
Fox
Kelly Oliver
NG
E
The Ninth Circle
C.A. Harland
B
P
Odd Thomas #7 Saint Odd
Dean Koontz
B
P
Dresden Files #3 Grave Peril
Jim Butcher
B
P
Carry On
Rainbow Rowell
B
P
Bakuman Vol 1
Tsugumi Ohba
B
P
Bakuman Vol 2
Tsugumi Ohba
B
P
Bakuman Vol 3
Tsugumi Ohba
F2R
E
Reincarnation Blues
Michael Poore 
F2R
E
Beasts Made of Night
Tochi Onyebuchi 
B
P
Wonder
R.J. Palacio 
P
P
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie 
B
P
Flowers in the Attic
V.C. Andrews
P
P
The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jeffries
P
P
It
Stephen King
B
A
The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
F2R
E
Don't Let Go
Harlan Coben

Source:
A = Amazon Top 100 Free
B = Borrowed/Library
BT = Book Tour – Honest Review
F2R = First to Read (Penguin) – Honest Review
G = GoodReads – Honest Review
NG = NetGalley – Honest Review
P = Purchased
Format:
A = Audio
E = E-book
P = Physical

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August Wrap- Up

August Wrap- Up
Current TBR List: 39
Currently Reading: 9
Books Finished in August: 14



What another great reading month! 14 books down and only 25 left on the never ending TBR list as of the end of August (stay tuned for September post, I know I am running late but it was a holiday weekend!).

Source
Format
Start
Finish
Title
Author
B
A
7/14/2017
8/2/2017
The Weekenders
Mary Kay Andrews
F2R
E
7/27/2017
8/3/2017
The Bookshop at Water’s End
Patti Callahan Henry
B
P
8/9/2017
8/9/2017
El Deafo
Cece Bell
B
P
8/1/2017
8/12/2017
All The Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
F2R
E
8/2/2017
8/14/2017
The Library of Fates
Aditi Khorana
B
P
8/12/2017
8/15/2017
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
B
P
8/17/2017
8/17/2017
Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur
B
P
8/15/2017
8/20/2017
Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell
B
P
8/22/2017
8/22/2017
Fruits Basket Vol 1
Natsuki Takaya
B
A
8/3/2017
8/24/2017
Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
BT
E
7/30/2017
8/25/2017
The Darkening Dragons
Sarah Everest
F2R
E
8/14/2017
8/25/2017
The Dying Game
Asa Avdic
B
P
8/25/2017
8/27/2017
The Romantics
Leah Konen
F2R
E
8/25/2017
8/29/2017
The Readymade Thief
Augustus Rose


In the final days of August I was only able to complete one book, The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose. Please check out previous posts or my GoodReads accounts for more details on the other books read!



The Readymade Thief was a Penguin First to Read ARC e-book in exchange for an honest review. 


Even though the books plot moved forward slowly, there was a lot of the same things happening page after page that I was still kept interested in the story. There were fantastic stretches when it came to looping science and art together. It was interesting but felt like an over blown Da Vinci Code. I loved the Da Vinci Code though so this was a solid read for me. The characters were hard to connect with though and they did not seem to follow their own personal codes unless it was easy and satisfied the plot. Due to the difficulty of liking the characters I went from solid 3 stars to 2.5 rating.

A = Amazon Top 100 Free
B = Borrowed/Library
BT = Book Tour – Honest Review
F2R = First to Read (Penguin) – Honest Review
G = GoodReads – Honest Review
NG = NetGalley – Honest Review
P = Purchased


Source:
A = Audio
E = E-book
P = Physical

Format:
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