It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 16 October 2017

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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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Thank goodness for road trips. The long, boring drive to and from Ames, Iowa afforded me hours of reading time. It is the only way I was able to finish three books this week.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Pataki siblings’ novel is dense, almost too much so at times. The story has a tendency to plod, especially in the beginning. Eventually though, it picks up and becomes a decent story about the seedier side of the French Revolution. Interesting stuff.

Jesmyn Ward’s newest novel is a beautifully written story, but I am afraid I struggled to finish it. It took a turn into magical realism that had me scratching my head. The fault lies with me though. Until that point, I was thoroughly immersed in the story.


DID NOT FINISH:

Yay!


CURRENT READ:

Fever by Deon Meyer


CURRENT LISTEN:

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

This does not appear to be one of Uncle Stevie’s horror novels, but it still makes for a difficult read at times given the blatant misogyny he intersperses throughout the story (for a reason, people, for a reason). It is a different type of horror, if you will.


NEXT UP:

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land


So, what are you reading?

Fabulous Friday – 13 October 2017

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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. ******************** MY BOY – After Holly’s dance classes tonight, we are heading to Ames to…

Fierce Kingdom hits hard

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Genre: Suspense & Thriller Publication Date: 25 July 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of…

Applause for Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright

Genre: Nonfiction Publication Date: 7 February 2017 Source: Mine. All mine. Synopsis from the Publisher: “A witty, irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio―and a celebration of the heroes who fought them In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was…

Beware The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult Publication Date: 24 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 9 October 2017

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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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE: Gin Phillips’ latest novel was wonderful and difficult…

Sunday Reflections – 8 October 2017

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Happy Sunday! The week did not start out well. Waking up to news about the largest mass shooting on US soil was both horrifying and disheartening. Horrifying because it happened and disheartening because I knew it meant listening to those in DC saying their thoughts and prayers were with the victims but not doing a…

Fabulous Friday – 6 October 2017

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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. ******************** DANCE CONVENTION = GIRLS’ WEEKEND – A new dance studio and competition team means…

Become enchanted by The Waking Land

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: 27 June 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Lady Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna…

Ringer is worth the wait

Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult Publication Date: 3 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the world outside of the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and Lyra, infected at Haven with a terrible disease, finds her symptoms are growing worse. When Caelum leaves without warning, Lyra follows him,…