It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 21 May 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 21 May 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Not a great reading week. I am hoping the next few novels are much, much better.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

The Complication by Suzanne Young The Pisces by Melissa Broder Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

I love, love, love how Ms. Young was able to tie all six books in The Program series together in the final novel. Even those that felt like they were stand-alone novels had a purpose. All together, complete with the finale, this makes for one of the most compelling series in YA fiction.

I am struggling to figure out just what Melissa Broder wanted to do with her novel. Was it to shock? Was it to discuss the idea of relationships? Was it to find an excuse to write about sex with a merman? There is nothing sexy about this novel about love versus lust, addiction versus obsession. I can’t even believe I finished it let alone recommend it to anyone.

Jenny Milchman’s latest novel was okay. It was too long; the whole thing could have been shortened by at least 100 pages or more. The story was okay as well. I honestly skimmed most of the story, skipping entire chapters without losing anything, because I wanted to find out what happened but did not have the patience to wade through the minutiae to do so.


DID NOT FINISH:

None of them were bad enough to warrant DNFing, at least for me.


CURRENT READ:

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel


CURRENT LISTEN:

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper


NEXT UP:

May Review Copies:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner Obscura by Joe Hart Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers Onyx & Ivory by MIndee Arnett Tin Man by Sarah Winman Furyborn by Claire Legrand The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen Legendary by Stephanie Garber The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts


So, what are you reading?

Sunday Reflections – 20 May 2018

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Happy Sunday! It’s been a relaxing few weeks here as things have settled down a bit. Connor being home has been a tremendous help with getting the house back in order and in general helping pick up some of the driving. Everyone has been pitching in on cooking and laundry. It has been nice being…

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 12 May 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 18 May 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. ******************** A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING – The weather has finally turned the corner to…

School can be fun

School for Psychics by K. C. Archer

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic. When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police,…

The Oracle Year

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 3 April  2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 14 May 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 14 May 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Four…

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 5 May 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 11 May 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. ******************** BIRTHDAY WEEK – As we head into the weekend, I have to say it…

How a story with little plot can be so profound

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though…