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review 2017-07-20 02:40
The Return Journey - Maeve Binchy 
The Return Journey - Maeve Binchy

Adventures of the timid. Bunch does a thing where two people meet, strike up an immediate friendship, and proceed to give one another excellent advice about managing their lives. She does that here,and it is really good, pragmatic advice. Anyway, stories about middle class adults and their working class parents, with some affairs included to keep things dramatic, to amusing effect in Excitement. And no one else has done a better job of portraying just how tiring it can be to be a modern woman trying to keep everyone else happy.

Library copy

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text 2017-07-19 21:55
#24in48 and 2nd COYER Read-a-thons Reading List
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Chaucer's Major Tales - Michael Hoy
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Antoine Dode,Orpheus Collar,Robert Venditti
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

From today through next Sunday, I will be knee deep in read-a-thons. Since the 2nd COYER Read-a-thon rules stipulate that only print books can be read, I decided to make 24 in 48 all physical books as well. Some of the books are new to my COYER reading list, as they can be read for Pop Sugar challenge prompt fillers. I am also hoping that some of these books can be used for the Ripped Bodice Bingo, because I would like at least one bingo on that card.

 

1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar: Set in Wilderness) (Library Love Challenge)

 

2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar: Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was mentioned extensively in one chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford) (Library Love Challenge)

 

3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar: Interesting Woman) (Library Love Challenge)

 

4. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan/adapted to graphic novel format by Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar: Mythology) (Library Love Challenge)

 

5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander

 

6. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray

 

7. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

 

8. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

 

9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

 

10. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings

 

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text 2017-07-15 04:55
My 3rd Free Read Friday - BLopoly
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

 

I'm reading this book as my third Free Read Friday. It was assigned for my graphic novel class. I started reading it today, so it qualifies for both.

 

It's a graphic novel about the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

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review 2017-07-14 16:51
Great Installment in the Harry Bosch Universe
City of Bones - Michael Connelly

 

 

 

I definitely enjoyed "City of Bones." I really enjoyed this look at what it was that caused Harry Bosch to retire from the LAPD. I'm safe to think about what could have been though when you see a more thoughtful and happy Harry in this one.

 

Bosch is still teamed up with J. Edgar in this one (book Edgar still sucks) and they get called in when a bone is found up in the hills. When it becomes clear they are looking at human remains, Bosch is thrown into a high profile case that the LAPD just wants closed and doesn't seem to care about the truth. But long time readers know that is all Harry cares about. 

 

Besides the high pressure case, we also have Bosch undertaking another romance in this one that I liked. Connelly always seems reluctant to me in showing Bosch in a relationship. Even when he does show bits of it, he seems to skip over showing any type of romance. Instead it also seems to fade to black. When Bosch gets involved with a rookie cop named Julia Brasher, it felt like the first time in a while we had him connect with someone.

 

The writing was great and I couldn't put this book down. It was honestly hard to stop. I think that was mostly because I felt invested in finding out who was responsible for the death of the victim in this one, and there was so many other layers to peel back here. 

 

The flow was top notch though the ending felt a but abrupt. 

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