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text 2018-07-31 18:40
July Re-Cap
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson
Obscura - Joe Hart
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

 

 

It was a good month of reading with 17 books total read and listened too, actually, a lot of those were Audiobooks.  I've found something new I can do while listening, it's an app called Sandbox and I have it on my Samsung tablet, so easy to do while listening, especially since I'm always icing my foot.  The reason I'm always icing is foot is because I went back to work two weeks ago (only 4-hour shifts, though) and it's kicking my ass.  I just finished my last book of the month today, even.  (I had this post all drafted up and had to add it in at the last minute...)

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Finish Date:  07/02

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Kindle eBook) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/03

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle ebook) The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  07/07

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Obscura by Joe Hart

Finish Date:  07/08

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook Novella) Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/09

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/11

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Finish Date:  07/12

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Crossed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  07/16

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Finish Date:  07/17

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Finish Date:  07/18

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Finish Date:  07/19

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  07/21

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Finish Date:  07/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Finish Date:  07/24

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/26

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  07/27

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Into the Light by Aleatha Romig (review pending)

Finish Date:  07/31

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

17 Books Total, 12 Audiobooks, 5 Kindle eBooks, one of the ebooks was a novella and No Netgalley eARC's this month.

 

Plus 1 book that I DNF'd (Audiobook) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Not because it was bad per say, it just wasn't for me...

 

 

From my Goodreads Pages Challenge

MY GOAL FOR 2018: 42,000
MY TOTALS: 31,676/42,000

 

JULY PAGES READ: 5,225

07/02 {345} The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian☆3.7☆
07/03 {210) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster☆3.3☆
07/07 {284} The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson☆4.7☆
07/08 {348} Obscura by Joe Hart☆4☆
07/09 {104} Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin☆4☆
07/11 {496} Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin☆4.7☆ 
07/12 {225} Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell☆4☆
07/16 {346} Crossed by Eliza Crewe☆4.7☆
07/17 {256} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion☆4.3☆
07/18 {373} The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie☆4.7☆
07/19 {277} Damselfly by Chandra Prasad☆3.5☆
07/21 {342} Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller☆4.8☆
07/23 {352} Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott☆3.2☆
07/24 {242} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart☆3☆
07/26 {238} Jackal by Tarryn Fisher☆3.2☆
07/27 {433} This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada☆5☆
07/31 {354} Into the Light by Aleatha Romig☆4.8☆

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Folsom (End of Men, #1) by Tarryn Fisher The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) by Rachel Higginson Obscura by Joe Hart Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5) by Ryan Graudin Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Crossed (Soul Eaters, #3) by Eliza Crewe Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie Damselfly by Chandra PrasadDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Jackal (End of Men, #2) by Tarryn Fisher This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig
 

 



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review 2018-07-10 03:42
4.5 Out Of 5 "opposites really do attract" STARS
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Difference Between Us

Rachel Higginson

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I'm cursed.

 

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

 

I'm tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I'm tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

 

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it's me. I'm the problem. I'm shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

 

So I've decided two things.

 

The first? I'm giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

 

The second? I'm going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

 

If I couldn't hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can't swim in his deep end. He's too successful. Too intense. He's all man when I'm used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He's everything I'm afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

 

So he'll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He'll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

 

It can't be me.

 

We're too different.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is the second book in the Opposites Attract Series and I think I liked this one more than the first one (The Opposite of You).  Apparently, a lot of others felt the opposite of me, though…huh, the irony...

 

For me, Molly was a great heroine, quirky, funny and oh-so insecure, and yeah, she did have a tad to much inner dialogue, but she felt real…and I was hoping she would learn to stand up for herself.  She really was the complete opposite of Ezra.  I even ended up liking Ezra too…I didn't know if I would, he came off rather untouchable in the first book…but damn, he's not half bad once you get to know him.  I'm really liking this series so far…mainly because it doesn't have any over-the-top drama and the relationships have a slow build to them.   There's no using sex as a plot here...

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Series~ Opposites Attract #2

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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text 2018-07-01 16:46
June Re-Cap
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey
X: A Novel - Kekla Magoon,Ilyasah Shabazz
The Surviving Trace - Calia Read
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
Disturbed - Jennifer Minar-Jaynes

 

 

 

 

So many books this month, probably won't have as many next month, though. Unfortunately, I have to go back to work sometime this coming month.  June has been a fairly mediocre reading month for me.  I'm pretty sure my average is around 3 stars...maybe I'm just getting more discerning.  I did end the month with a couple 5 Star reads and added two books to my favorites.

 

 

 

 (Audiobook) Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Finish Date:  06/05

 ☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Opposite Of You by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  06/06

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  06/08

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eArc) Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

Finish Date:  06/10

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Finish Date:  06/11

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Finish Date:  06/14

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Surviving Trace by Calia Read

Finish Date:  06/17

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Wake Of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Finish Date:  06/19

☆2.7☆STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Finish Date:  06/20

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Novellas KU) by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  06/21

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes

Finish Date:  06/21

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Mermaid by Christina Henry (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/24

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Finish Date:  06/25

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) In Her Skin by Kim Savage

Finish Date:  06/26

☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Audiobook) Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  06/28

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Simple Wild by KA Tucker (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/29

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

10 Audiobooks, 2 Novellas, 2 Kindle eBooks, and 3 Netgalley eARC's, 17 books total.

4,910 pages (including Audio) 

 

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review 2018-06-11 00:00
The Difference Between Us
The Difference Between Us - Rachel Higgi... The Difference Between Us - Rachel Higginson For fans of:
Insecure heroines (I don't always think that's a terrible thing)
Weird reading audience breaks for humor (I just read this in another book and was ok after I got over it)
Strikethrough as a mechanism for conveying hyperbole and sarcasm-talk about pulling me out of the book.
Some good humor and a peppy, though unpolished writing style.


So, the heroine doesn't have her shit together and the hero does. Cool. The heroine is being sexually harassed at work and side note here-I can't tell if there's some shallow feminist stuff going on or what, but basically explains she is a feminist, but you know the reasonable kind...and I really felt like it was a weird jab at women in corporate America....and women...and feminists.

I did enjoy the hero's method of wooing. His game was pretty strong and subtle enough. What I hated? That the heroine didn't use the hero to challenge her to make her better, but to tell her she's better. Including validation for her work-cause he'd hire her above all others. ugh, c'mon. Bore. Speaking of boring, the declarations? It read like a laundry list and is certainly no "Wednesday by Wednesday, week by week, I have loved you." Or insert your favorite here.

I'm waiting on that romance where the person isn't talented or ambitious and the person who loves them doesn't give a fuck.

I got off on a bit of a ramble. I think it is cause in the end, I found this book to be a bit of a vapid waste of time. It had potential, she can write snappy humor and sweet nothings. The attempt for social commentary on sexual harassment was a bit too heavy-handed (though well done in the beginning for its evolution) BTW DOCUMENT DOCUMENT TAPE RECORD. Anyway, so it all seems a bit of a shame chore waste. (See what I did there, so clever)
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review 2018-06-10 23:50
4.3 Out Of 5 "if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen" STARS
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Opposite of You

Rachel Higginson

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I’ve sworn off men. 

 

All men. 

 

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it. 

 

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions. 

 

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd. 

 

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five-course monstrosities.

 

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me. 

 

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him. 

 

I want the opposite.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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An excellent contemporary romance that's actually not bogged down by unnecessary drama.  The beginning 1/3 of the book felt like it could have been going in a cheesy direction and felt repetitively tedious at times…but the last 2/3's were compelling readable.  In fact, I read that portion of the book in one sitting.  I liked the characters so much that I do believe I want to read the second book soon.  The witty banter between the H and h was well written and their chemistry was quite hot.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Series~ Opposites Attract #1

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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