Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very impressed with the show Hulu made so i had to re-read this one. Scary but excellent.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Stephen Florida

Stephen Florida Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't love this book as much as a lot of readers seem to. The protagonist was such an ass it was just kind of difficult. What carried it for me was the quality of the writing and the genuineness with which the story was conveyed.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This felt like it ended abruptly, mainly due to my Kindle saying I was 77% in, the rest was taken up with notes and credits. Interesting story. I feel really bad for the families that are still suffering from this mess.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar

Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting format, memoir in a short story collection. Some of this was a little shocking, some was laugh out loud funny. I love that she called David Copperfield a wizard.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: City of Miracles

City of Miracles City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a bit worried I wouldn't remember enough from the last two books to figure out where the story was going, but there was just enough recap to keep me straight. This is a very well thought out and imaginative trilogy. You can tell a lot of time was put into the history, even if it wasn't included in the tale outright. The only criticism I can offer is that it feels like dialogue gets sacrificed for action. And I have to be honest, I don't even know that that is a bad thing with these books. I guess only if you really like to read conversations. All in all, it's a fun and unique series and it is worth reading.

This review is in exchange for a free copy from bloggingforbooks.com.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

These books borrow a lot from other stories. There's a little Snow White in this one and the exodus tale from the Bible is very blatantly borrowed. And also Passover. And also The Iliad. The more I read this book the more annoyed I get at this scavenging.

I'm so happy I don't have to read this anymore. If I hadn't invested the time in the other two books, I would not have read this whole thing.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: Beartown

Beartown Beartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Most books are about plot or characters, this book felt like it was about emotion. It's the strongest most powerful thing about this story, the emotions the characters feel and those you feel as a reader.
This is much, much darker than Backman's other books. Not at all what I was expecting.
Heartbreaking story.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Into the Water

Into the Water Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hawkins's writing is consistently good. This book didn't grab a hold of me like Girl on the Train, though. I think that is because that book had a very strong central character where this one was told from multiple perspectives. Worth the read if you like the genre.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: The Vorrh

The Vorrh The Vorrh by B. Catling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I was reading this, I was thinking how appropriate was the quote from Heart of Darkness at the beginning. You could really feel the connection to that story. Then it took a turn in the direction of H. G. Wells....

Lots of bird imagery and references.

I just read a review that compared this to Pan's Labyrinth, very apt.

Strange and wonderful. I had borrowed this from the library but I'll have to get a copy for my collection.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Caraval

Caraval Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had a lot of elements that felt familiar but they were all woven together in something pretty new on well played. I'm looking forward to seeing where the author goes with book two.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger The Gunslinger by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book over two decades ago (man, that makes me feel old!) and I didn't really remember anything about it. I got curious again since they have the movie coming out soon. I have to say the majority of this book is pretty boring, interspersed with gross violence. I didn't really get interested until the last thirty pages or so. I do have a copy of the second book in the series so I will have to follow up, just not right now.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I knew more of the actual history so I could compare the narratives. As it's still a bit of a mystery, I guess that's just not going to happen. As it was, this was an interesting, if gruesome story. The was the tale was unwound was very well done and made me curious to learn more.

This review is in exchange for a free e-galley from netgalley.com.

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Review: I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety

I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia B. McConnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Turns out, my dog is normal. Good to know.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review: Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection

Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection by Tom Hine
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I'm pretty bummed out this wasn't a how-to book. It's a collection of very short essays that are kind of funny, if you appreciate humor that is mean spirited. I tried to give it a chance but since I fall in to all the groups that are made fun of, it just wasn't worth the effort after a while. Even though I choose to believe it was written with sarcasm at heart, I gave up after the essay "Save the county, close the libraries."


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting perspective on a private man. It threw me at first because she refers to Price as her husband most of the time, not her ex. Heartbreaking to read to full story about what happened to their son.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I watched wrestling back in the days when it was still WWF. It's been years though so I'd never seen or heard of AJ before. I read a preview of this book though and though she sounded pretty awesome. I'm still under that impression. She's led quite the life, and she's still so young! Very well written with some good laughs.

This review is in exchange for a free copy received from bloggingforbooks.com.

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Review: The Girl Before

The Girl Before The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The descriptions of the fish almost made me sick.

The use of the word "goes" in place of "says" really grated on me. It's always been a grammatical pet peeve.

Not bad otherwise. I wasn't always sure where it was going to go and that is a good thing.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Dear Reader

Dear Reader Dear Reader by Mary O'Connell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Couldn't get in to it. Didn't care for the characters and a lot of dialogue revolved around Wuthering Heights, a book I've never liked.

This review is in exchange for a free copy received from Goodreads giveaways.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book took me a long time to read as I kept getting library books pop up as available. It was a long read anyway but a very interesting idea. On reflection, now I'm done, it doesn't feel like a lot happened plot wise but still an interesting story.

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Review: Idaho

Idaho Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A lot of mention of the color yellow, usually a positive color symbolically (most likely meaning hope here). Really stands out in such a dark story.

Very heavy read. I had to take lots of breaks while reading this one. Has an incredible structure.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown by Catherine Burns
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

What I really like about listening to The Moth is that the stories all feel so intimate. Even though it's broadcast radio it still feels like it could be someone telling a story just to you over the phone or around a campfire. There's also a grittiness to the stories that is very compelling. They are not short stories of nonfiction, they are tales of truth. This book is a wonderful collection of the type of narrative you hear on the show.

This review is in exchange for a free copy received from bloggingforbooks.com.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Dead Things

Dead Things Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not a huge fan of noir. The way the characters talk is always so unnatural I can't get past it. But since the plot of this story was also unnatural, it was more bearable and kinda worked.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Being Vegan

Being Vegan Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So apparently I'm not really vegan. I'm a total vegetarian or vegan in transition. Lesson learned.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I admit I didn't read all of this book, but the author says you don't have to in the beginning anyway.

Probably the least helpful book I've read on this topic, and I've read quite a few.
Don't bother.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Return of the Continuums

Return of the Continuums Return of the Continuums by Jennifer Brody
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another awkward middle story. This one borrowed just a bit too much from Lord of the Rings for my taste. One of the characters was a very blatant Gollum rip-off. Just not as good as book 1. I hope book 3 brings it back around.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute and sweet. It's nice when you have a story that is familiar enough to feel like home but with new twists to keep it relevant and still told well enough that it doesn't make you feel like something from your childhood has been ruined.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Waking Gods

Waking Gods Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good book but it has the awkward middle bookness. The new and exciting stuff was revealed in the last book and the resolution is yet to come. I really do love following on the journey though.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful edition. I'd like to get all the others in this format also.

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Review: The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very interesting book. As this is the first real biography of the man, I can say I didn't know much about him before reading this. The first half of the book was mainly the story of the man Rorschach himself. The second half, which takes off after his early death, is the story of the evolution of the test. Where it went after he died, its progress, its recession, its evolutions.... Quite interesting all around and not so intellectual that you have to have a working knowledge of psychology to understand any of it.

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