It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 24 September 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 24 September 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Jim did not return from his business trip until the middle of the week, and you can see my reading took a hit with his absence. A demandingly playful puppy makes it highly difficult to read. Hopefully, as we settle back into our normal routine, that will change this week.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Prudence by Gail Carriger Temper by Nicky Drayden

Holy hell. Gretchen McNeil’s novel is amazing – good, old-fashioned gory horror complete with messed up rules and an entirely unique premise. It was SO intense that I did something I have never done before in my life – I skipped to the end and read the last few chapters. Then I went back and enjoyed the story because I was not so obsessed with what would happen to these characters. Plus, there is a sequel. This fact is squeal-worthy in my mind.

Continuing my audiobook feast of all things Gail Carriger, I started her Custard Protocol series with much excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, there are one or two continuity issues that bother me. The most egregious in my mind is the fact that Ms. Carriger changed the name of a key character. Rather, she starts using his real name rather than the nickname she used through the previous five Alexia Tarabotti books. Since this is an important character in this series, the change is jarring. The rest of my concerns have more to do with the narrator than Ms. Carriger’s writing. Moira Quirk picks up the series where Emily Gray left off, and you can tell the two did not discuss anything. Nor did Ms. Quirk listen to the previous audio performances. Her pronunciations of names differ. She provides an accent to a character who never had one. She adds levels of imperiousness to Alexia and makes her sound like an absolute harridan rather than the pragmatic and unemotional but loving woman she is. These changes were almost enough to make me want to stop listening, even though I chose to continue. I finish the audio and move on to the next one still not happy with the choices Ms. Quirk makes as narrator, but the story is still charming, and I love catching glimpses of Lord and Lady Maccon. Plus, they are fun and easy listens, so when I have to constantly listen in snippets, I can pick up the story where I left off even if having listened to a few minutes at a time.

Nicky Drayden’s new novel is just as quirky as her previous novel. I cannot say I enjoyed it as much either. There are shifts in narrator perspective which are abrupt and difficult to discern at times. Plus, the point of the story is not very apparent at times. You have to wade through a lot of detail to understand what point she is trying to make. Still, I continue to give her props for something completely unique as well as highly inclusive and diverse.


DID NOT FINISH:

Still going strong.


CURRENT READ:

The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness


CURRENT LISTEN:

Imprudence by Gail Carriger


NEXT UP:

August Review Copies:

Vox by Christina Dalcher Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

September Review Copies:

Sigh.

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan  Foe by Iain Reid Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum Transcription by Kate Atkinson


So, what are you reading?

Sunday Reflections – 23 September 2018

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Happy Sunday! The sun is shining. The windows are open. The temperatures are fall-like. Jim is home and is on dance duty. The chores are done – well, except for laundry, but that doesn’t count. Football will be on TV later. Groceries are ordered and will be ready for pickup later today. Wisconsin won. Iowa State…

Fabulous Friday – 21 September 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week ending 21 September 2018. ******************** REST ‘EM – Jim is back home. The high school…

The better real Lolita story

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 7 August 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11-year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52-year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank…

There were never such devoted sisters

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 31 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Serina Tessaro has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It’s her chance to secure a better life for her family, and…

Need a scary book that pretty much covers everything?

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Thrillers and Suspense Publication Date: 24 July 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 17 September 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 17 September 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! With…

Wherein Sarah Knight teaches me how to not give a f*ck

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Genre: Parody; Humor; Self Help Publication Date: 29 December 2015 Source: Mine. All mine. Synopsis from the Publisher: “Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a f*ck. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic…

Fabulous Friday – 14 September 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week ending 14 September 2018. ******************** WE’VE GOT MORE SPIRIT – Tonight is Holly’s second poms…

A glimpse into the family dynamic of a child sociopath, or is she?

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Publication Date: 17 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother,…