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text 2017-07-22 19:23
#24in48 Read-a-thon Check In #2
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
How to Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb
Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan

Six hour mark and finished The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I'll write reviews after the read-a-thon, but suffice to say that I want to buy a million copies of this book and just hand it out randomly. Such a great work.

 

I had twenty minutes left of my 3 hour block of reading that I knocked out chapter 3 of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (I read chapters one and two yesterday). I like it so far, but it doesn't live up to the hype.

 

Whenever my darling son and daughter manage to clean up their rooms, my next order of read-a-thon business to set aside my personal reading and read to them. We borrowed a copy of one of the Wimpy Kid books and a couple of Pokémon graphic novels from the library. Once the darlings of my life are safely tucked in for the night, I am going to dive into A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander.

 

Hour Twelve Question: 1) which three audiobooks you’d recommend for a roadtrip and why, OR 2) if you could take a roadtrip to any three bookish locations, what would they be?

 

I would choose option one. First audiobook would be one for the entire family, so I would choose the first How To Train Your Dragon book. Second, for when the kids are fast asleep (just like their mom, car trips make them drowsy), would be Naked in Death so that my husband would finally give ...In Death series a shot. The last one would be Jim Gaffigan's Food: A Love Story which is tame enough for the kids but funny enough for the adults.

 

More from me at hour 9.

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review 2017-07-22 00:43
Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli
Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli - Diane Kelly

Not my favourite of the series, but not bad.  It had fewer mini-plots running concurrently, in fact, there was only one, and I missed them.  Kelly is really good at those multiple mini-plots and they keep the story moving and lively.  Without them, this one dragged a bit.

 

Tara is undercover here, working directly for the mobster's wife in her restaurant and the scenes with the wife were probably the best in the book.  I liked the dynamic between her and Tara.  Unfortunately, the rest of the storyline failed to catch my complete interest.  Tara didn't do much in the way of investigating at all and that's some of my favourite parts of past stories.

 

It was still a solid read and hopefully in the next book the author will have Tara back to juggling her usual caseload.

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages:  325  

$$: $9.00 (location multiplier)

 

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review 2017-07-20 03:51
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Gary Younge
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives - Gary Younge

Timely.  One day in America, 10 gun deaths on that day.  This is not a book that will leave me.  I cried.  I got angry.  Written objectively.  He gives you the information and allows you to decide if it is good or bad, right or wrong.  I hated the fear-mongering that occurred early in the book coming from an NRA convention.  I sobbed with Jaiden's story.  I felt bad for the ones left behind.  Very straightforward.  Sad reading but I am glad I read it.  Definitely a book that changes one and opens one's eyes.

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review 2017-07-20 02:38
Reunion in Death
Reunion in Death - 'J. D. Robb',Nora Roberts

Holy crap...this book has what has to be the best "Eve takes down the baddie" scene EVER. I literally had to put the book down to punch the air in glee. Then I reread it. It was that good.

 

There were also some extremely difficult moments as Eve travels back to Dallas and has to face her past. I cried as she relived the horrible abuse and trauma she suffered during her first 8 years of life. My heart broke for the child she was and the incredibly strong woman she is now, and also for Roarke as he watched the woman he loves more than anything go back to the night her--and I hate to call him her father, because he's so utterly vile--father died.

 

Eve admitting she'd never be able to face her past without Roarke and his steadfast love, and Roarke's helpless fury as he (and we) finally get the full scope of just what Eve suffered had me crying again.

 

Peabody got some great character development, as she was allowed to work a cold case on her own. We also met her parents.

 

Above all, my favorite parts of these books remains Eve and Roarke and their ever deepening and ever strengthening relationship. No matter what happens between them or how big their argument is you never once doubt that these two love each other beyond all reason, and they will work things out and be even more united because of it.

 

(Though, Roarke did irritate me in this one by going over Eve's head to her superior about something, and she ended up getting informed about it in front of her team. Fortunately after Eve--and Peabody in her way--called him out on it, he realized his massive misstep and apologized.)

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text 2017-07-19 22:54
Witness in Death - J. D. Robb

A solid story all around. It's interesting that the murder takes place during a live play that Dallas is watching. The story is easy to follow and the interpersonal relationships are engaging, unlike Loyalty in Death. The interactions between Peabody and McNab feel drawn out, like Robb is trying to spread their hook-up as a couple over multiple books when it could have been handled in one or two. Still not feeling the spark between them. I like how smoothly Robb makes the story wheels within wheels within wheels, and how it slides together when the killer is revealed.

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