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text 2018-11-08 17:18
The Goodreads Choice Awards

I love to read, but The Goodreads Choice Awards makes me realize that I don't read a lot of current books.

 

I tend to read a lot of older books, and I love to reread books. I was able to vote for two categories.

 

There were a few authors I liked and books I had on my TBR and while I was tempted to vote for those based on my like of the author/thinking I would love the book, I refrained. That would not be fair!

 

Do you think people voted for books they haven't read? What do you think about voting/rating a book you haven't read?

 

Here are the categories. I will put a photo for the ones I voted on, but for the ones I did not, I am still going to choose one book to showcase.

 

Best Fiction:

No votes... although I did read the first few chapters of An American Marriage and liked it. I got side tracked and never finished it

 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Mystery & Thriller:

No votes...none of the books are even on my TBR

 

The Outsider by Stephen King

 

Historical Fiction:

Again...no votes. I don't often reach for this catergory

 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

 

Fantasy:

Nothing... I used to read this category all the time, but haven't done much as of late. There are a few I'm curious about

 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

 

Best of the Best: [This category is a grouping of winners from past years]

I voted for The Martian. I also read Catching Fire and The Fault in Our Stars" though I did not read any of these this year

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

Romance:

Eh... meh, nothing. I don't reach for romance that much. There are a couple I might be interested in, nothing actually on my TBR

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 

Science Fiction:

Nope

 

Head On by John Scalzi

 

Horror:

No, nothing. I really do like horror, but I need to follow through more on actually reading it

 

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

 

Humor:

Nothing and I could sure use some humor in my life!

 

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

 

Nonfiction:

No, but I want to read more nonfiction

 

Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

 

Memoir & Autobiography:

You guessed it... no

 

In Pieces by Sally Field

 

History & Biography:

No, however, I want to read the book about Robin Williams and the book about Mr. Rogers. (I almost cheated and voted for one of them, because I love those guys and the were a big part of my childhood.)

 

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell KingRobin by Dave Itzkoff

 

Science & Technology:

No

 

Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson

 

Food & Cookbooks:

No cookbooks for me

 

Baking All Year Round by Rosanna Pansino

 

Graphic Novels & Comics:

I voted for Hearding Cats (a 4/5 star rated book). Several more in this category is on my TBR

 

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

 

Poetry:

I like poetry, but haven't read anything on the list, so nope

 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Debut Author:

Congrats debut authors... I just suck keeping up with the times, so nothing for this catergory. Several are on my TBR though

 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

 

Young Adult Fiction:

Nothing here, either

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

Or here, but some are on my TBR

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

 

Middle Grade & Children's:

I failed one of my favorite catergories. Nothing. Children books are so comforting, reminds me of a better time

 

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Picture Books:

Nothing here and I do read picture books

 

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

 

What books on the Choice Awards have you read and what books did you vote for? Please recommend any books from the Choice Awards that you loved and think I might like!

 

Click here for The Goodreads Choice Awards

 

And remember, it doesn't matter what you read, how much you read, or even if you take a long time off, you are still a reader!

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2018
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text 2018-10-31 03:35
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 352 pages.
The History of Bees - Maja Lunde

I'm putting this one on hold, actually, it's been on hold. I am having difficulty connecting to any of the characters and story lines. (All story lines are at a different time periods). I really thought I would like this book.

The story line follows bees, from farmers who built beehives and depended on bees, to people who hand pollinated flowers and more to ensure they bloomed and produced food since bees were extinct. I'm big on gardening, so i do love my bees and other pollinators flying around my yard. So I don't think it's the story itself. It is translated, but it seems to be a decent translation. But, the going back and forth between time frames and characters seems to be bothering me. Each section is short, but there's like 5 time frames the author is switching to and from. Kind of difficult to get to know the characters and follow each story line.

 

 

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text 2018-09-20 10:58
Do You Have Goodreads? Are We A Match?

Reaching out to those of you who have and are active on Goodreads. I need some more variety in my feed! So please add me as a friend! I feel really awkward about adding people, most are random people from Booktube, or people whose reviews I've liked. What if they don't add me back? What if they think I'm creepy?

 

Sure, some of these people, I really like and wish they would notice me and take me under their wing, but it isn't like I binge watch their videos for hours or something. *cough*

 

 

Goodreads is like Tender for book lovers... 9 times out of 10, I don't get a match. (I've never used Tender. I'm married, plus I'm Asexual. What do I know?)

 

Don't mind me. Making friends as an adult is hard. You know, I'm just a tad bit sleep deprived. Some nights I just can't sleep. It is almost 6am, so tired, so headache... ugh. So snorey husband!

 

I'm lonely. There. Said it.

 

 

Leigha's Life [My Goodreads]

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text 2018-09-06 17:57
Happy Go Read A Book Day!

Today, Sept 6 is "Read A Book Day."

 

Don't you know every day is a read a book day!? *cough* unless I'm "procrastinating". Go read a book! I finished a book, so I successfully celebrated the holiday. lol

 

It is also funny that today is also "Fight Procrastination Day" (Success here, too, considering I finished my book!)

 

The book I finished today was Bad Moonlight by R.L. Stine for the Horror Aficionados Goodreads group: R L Stine Fear Street Challenge group buddy read. There aren't very many of us doing this buddy read. I'm sure we'd all like more fresh blood reading along. We've got books picked out for the rest of the year and are probably going to continue to read books next year. I'm always the one behind on the challenge, but I'm caught up now!

 

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Other random holidays of today:

 

Barbie Doll Day (Barbie first went on sale on this day in 1959.), Coffee Ice Cream Day, Great Egg Toss Day, and on a more serious note, Stillbirth Remembrance Day.

 

Interesting history of this day:

 

1870 - A Woman casts her Vote in the US for the first time.

 

Louisa Ann Swain voted during state elections in the state of Wyoming. Although women weren’t extended the right to vote in the US until 1920, the governor of Wyoming, John A. Campbell, had signed a bill that gave women the right to vote on December 13, 1869. This meant that women could vote in local and state elections, but not country-wide elections.

 

 

For some reason, I ended up looking up random things and here we are. You're welcome.

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review 2018-08-22 17:49
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

 

*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary

 

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*** BOOK BLURB ***
 
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.
 
 
*** REVIEW ***
 
Oh my... This is the kind of book that makes my heart soar. Eleanor Olephant is more than fine, she's amazing!
 
It is such a rich, awkward but interesting and twisty book. It just phenomenal. One of the best examples of character building I've read in years. Quirky characters with a soul.
 
From the very beginning it intrigued me. It felt like I was observing a behavior of some newly found specimen previously unknown to me. And all that observation paid off. I was totally invested in Eleanor's life just after a few chapters.

It might be strange, but even during the hard times I felt no pity for her, only sympathy, because of her admirable courage. Eleanor isn't conventional character, she's a true oddball. But that is her charm.
 
This book took me on a real emotional roller coaster: I laughed out loud, I had to stop more than once to think about my own life and actions, I even shed a tear.
 
Unquestionably the best book I read this year.
 
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