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review 2018-07-12 19:32
Living and Dying
The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Didion, Joan 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)] - Joan Didion
A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
Missing Mom - Joyce Carol Oates
About Alice - Calvin Trillin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter - Sherwin B. Nuland

So, I've been off BL for a long, long time. A lot has happened, I got pregnant and had a daughter. My mom got sick and passed away. I had to clear out and sell my childhood home and all the contents while trying to balance all of that and my full time job. It's been...something.

 

For a while, not long after my mom died (3 days before Christmas 2016 when my daughter was only 5 months old) I started searching out and reading books that dealt with death and grief. I read a lot of Joan Didion The Year of Magical ThinkingBlue Nights. I read When Breath Becomes Air and About Alice and A Widow's Story. I started Missing Mom and couldn't go any further because it was too hard and How We Die.

 

The Bright Hour is one of the most beautiful books I've read, ever. I can't possibly describe it except to use it's full title--The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying. It is so full of life, all the messiness and happiness and tragedy and humor and it faces death and mortality head on, unflinching. 

 

I recently reread it, now a year and a half since my mother passed, it still has such power and peace. I can't recommend it enough.

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review 2018-06-18 15:10
"I Am Missing", by Ty Patterson
I Am Missing - Ty Patterson

Book #3, in the Gemini series

We are following twin sisters Meghan and Beth into one captivating tale full of twists and turns as they bring us deep into the jungle of Vietnam looking into the disappearance of a man who exists and yet doesn’t. Cole Pattern is the client and says he is missing and wants the twins to find him….

Entertaining read as always. The story goes back and forth in time between the present and during the Vietnam War as the twins try to get to the bottom and find out what may have happened to their client. Fast-paced, full of action, betrayal and lies and two protagonists that can’t stay out of trouble what more can we ask. I am grateful the author always includes some background regarding his characters without overwhelming us with too many details so we can situate ourselves or pick up the series at this point. 

This adventure is thrilling and one hard to put aside. Once into it I just zipped through it in no time totally immersed not only with the twins’ saga but with the descriptions of Vietnam during the conflict. Tunnel rats at work and what they had to endure made for a fantastic read. Well-written thriller, populated with exciting and warm characters and an exciting plot.

Well done Mr. Patterson thank you for providing a copy of this book

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text 2018-06-14 13:19
The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
The President is Missing - Bill Clinton,James Patterson

The president of the United States faces impeachment whispers as he refuses to answer one important question; did he or did he not contact a terrorist threatening the US? But before he can answer that question in front of Congress, the leader of the free world goes missing.


DNF @ 34%

Needless to say, this book does not feature the current president.

Regardless, I couldn't finish it. I stopped just when the author(s) started on their I'm-the-president-from-Independence-Day fantasy (you know, kicking terrorist ass, saving the world, yadda-yadda-yadda).

Still, I could've borne even that if the book wasn't so goddamn slow. Nothing really happened until bullets started flying (just when I stopped reading), it was too slow, too wordy, did I mention it was slow?
And the fact the president bits were written in the first person POV (while the rest wasn't) provided just one more proof of the living out the aforementioned fantasy, while also making for a rather jarring reading experience.

Or maybe I simply wasn't in the mood for such a book.

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text 2018-05-30 22:25
May 2018 Reading Wrap Up
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
The Case of the Missing Cross - Felicia Rogers
Alejandro's Sorceress: A Cardinal Witches Novella (The Cardinal Witches Book 1) - Alyssa Day
He's So Fine - Jill Shalvis

Bout of Books 22 jolted my reading and my NOOK is feeling lighter. Worked my way through some series and knocked out one WWI reading list book. I challenged myself to read 100 pages a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day (99 days if my math works); so far, so good. 

 

One week to the start of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash (June 9th) and my base library's Summer Reading Program starts the 19th, but reading from the first of the month counts. 

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 61 / 75

Pop Sugar: 3/50

BoB 22: 12; 607 pages read

SBTB GR Quarterly Challenge: 15/15 prompts filled a month before the challenge ends!

 

Read:

1. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson - 3 stars

2. Harmony Cabins (Finding Home #2) by Regina Hart - 3.5 stars

3. When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak - 3.5 stars

4. He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis - 4 stars

5. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild - 5 stars

6. Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars

7. White Witch (Texas Devlins #0.5) by Lyn Horner - 3 stars

8. Stardust (Circus Macabre #1) by Kristen Strassel - 2.5 stars

9. Katie and the Marshal (Montana Women #1) by Nancy Pirri - 3.5 stars

10. Pride of Africa (Hotel Safari #1) by Tori Knighwood - 1 star

11. Hunter of the Night (Lark Nation #0.5) by Clara Coulson - 3 stars

12. A Bride for Carlton (Sun River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 1 star

13. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 4 stars

14. Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence (Star and Sixpence #1.5) by Holly Hepburn - 2 stars

15. Alejandro's Sorceress (Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day - 4 stars

16. Dialing Dreams (Sweethearts and Jazz #1) by Jessica Eissfeldt - 1 star

17. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers - 4 stars

18. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern - 2 stars

 19. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - 4 stars

 

DNF: None this month

 

 

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review 2018-05-22 16:00
The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers
The Case of the Missing Cross - Felicia Rogers

A great mystery and romance set in Regency Bath. I love the work partnership of Justin and Magnolia and the budding romance between the two is the right amount of angst for me. I still feel burnt out on Regency romances, but this one was different and I want to continue reading the series. The main mystery is solved, but there is a bigger conspiracy going on, which leads into book two. 

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