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text 2020-06-03 18:31
DNF
Dockside - Susan Wiggs Just not in the mood.
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text 2020-06-01 16:18
Reading Wrap Up: Stay at Home Edition March, April, May 2020
The Final Days - Carl Bernstein,Bob Woodward
War on Peace - Ronan Farrow
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth - Sarah Smarsh
Pox: An American History - Michael Willrich
Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War - David A. Nichols
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
Golden in Death - J.D. Robb
The Girls of Mischief Bay - Susan Mallery

So here is my reading wrap up for March, April, and May. 

 

March

1. Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb - 4 stars

2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera - 3.5 stars

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - 2.5 stars

 

April

1. Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich - 4.5 stars

2. A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin - 3 stars

3. The Scandalous Suffragette by Eliza Redgold - 3 stars

4. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - 5 stars

5. Beauty Queens by Libby Bray - 4 stars

6. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby - 4 stars

 

May

1. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - 1 star

2. Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War by David A. Nichols - 4 stars

3. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow - 5 stars

4. Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles - DNF

5. Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine - 1 star

6. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh - 4.5 stars

7. The Dead & the Gone (Last Survivors #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer - 3 stars

8. 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal - 3 stars

9. The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery - 4 stars

10. A New Life (West Meets East #1) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars

 

Goals and Challenges:

GoodReads: 40/125 (32%)

Library Love: 17/24 (70%) - I am thinking of moving up my goal to the next level

 

Participated in BoB28

Participated BL's Snakes & Ladders 2020

Participated in Dewey RAT

Participated in 24 in 48 Stay at Home RAT

 

 

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text 2020-05-30 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Dockside - Susan Wiggs

Several years ago, my mom was addicted to this series by Susan Wiggs. It's set in a small town on Willow Lake, so it fits my current Booklikes-opoly prompt perfectly. The series alternates between winter and summer, so I picked this one because it's one of the summer books. 

 

Susan Wiggs, Debbie Macomber & Robyn Carr all specialize in this sort of series - romances which feature one specific couple that is part of a small-town ecosystem, with each book focusing on one pairing. The first one I read was Macomber's Cedar Cove series, which I read for years, although I think I petered out around book 5 or 6.

 

I stumbled on Robyn Carr's Virgin River series when I bought a cheap omnibus for my kindle, in the early days. It was either the first 3 or 4 entries in the series, which has now been adapted for television. I ran out of steam on this one, too, but it's been adapted for a Netflix series that looks pretty entertaining. 

 

The things that make these series charming are also the things that make them annoying. The small town setting is charming, but the books are universally centered around a couple finding love, as required by the genre conventions. Usually, they are white and heterosexual. They are frequently previously unlucky in love and can be a little bit older (widows, widowers, divorced parents, and single career women rethinking their lives are all staples)- these aren't the typical historical romance, where the female half of the coupling is usually very young. Like a Hallmark Christmas romance, this relentless centering of coupledom can become wearisome. They also aggressively tap into nostalgia for a small-town Americana that never really existed - and if it did exist, it was only available to a select (read: white, heterosexual, affluent) few.

 

What I like about them is the sense of community that they can demonstrate. They are basically soap operas, in book form, with long-form story telling. This intrigues me. They generally lack the moral complexity and dimension that would be required to make them really interesting, though. There is very little actual poverty - which you would find in a real small town. There is "picturesque" poverty - like the plucky, single mom who can't afford to buy her gorgeous teen daughter the newest and most popular fashions and has to scrape by, but always has soft, beautiful hair and a perfect teeth.

 

The problems featured in the books are usually easily resolved in one book - the stalker who follows the pretty new resident to town; the abusive ex-husband who needs to be dispatched by the hero; the angry step-child who just needs to be won over by the new, and better, companion, the financially troubled bakery that needs the marketing talents of the ad executive who has opened an office in town. Everyone is always very attractive. I can't help but wonder if a series that took a more complicated look at a small town would even sell, although I think I would be much more interested in that sort of thing.

 

This is a long post and I'm just rambling now. I'm not sure if I'm going to finish this book or not.

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text 2020-05-29 21:39
#FridayReads - May 29, 2020
Because He's Perfect: Anthology for the Movember Foundation - Danielle Dickson,Anna Blakely,Ally Vance,Alice La Roux,Renee Harless,Sienna Grant,Claire Marta,Lexi C. Foss,Tracie Delaney,Dani René,K. L. Humphreys,Elle Boon,Carrie Ann Ryan,Victoria James,Samantha Lewis,Lexxie Couper,Anne Joseph,Victoria-Maria MacDonal
This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sisters by Choice - Susan Mallery

Not a lot to say other than my heart goes out to the Floyd family and the protestors in MN. Kansas' governor is sick and tired of everyone complaining about stay at home orders, so she is now leaving it up to the counties and city government to set limits for re-opening. I'm parking my ass at home for the summer regardless of how "safe" it is to venture to places that can amass a crowd. 

 

So for this last Friday in May, I am continuing my read stories 5-7 in Because He's Perfect, then onto my book for BL-opoly turn This World We Live In. Finally I hope to get through Sisters By Choice, which I had a hold on and it came through on Tuesday. 

 

COYER hosts are hosting read-a-thons within the greater COYER, and this next read-a-thon is the Diversity Read-a-thon. So for the next two weeks I will be knocking out the novellas on my summer list that fit the theme. 

 

I will be back on Monday. Taking a break from social media this weekend.

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text 2020-05-26 01:38
Master Post: Snakes & Ladders Game 2020 - It. Is. Finished.
A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin
The Scandalous Suffragette - Eliza Redgold
The Final Days - Carl Bernstein,Bob Woodward
Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War - David A. Nichols
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History - Molly Caldwell Crosby
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2) by Pfeffer, Susan Beth [Hardcover(2008/6/1)] - Susan Beth Pfeffer
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth - Sarah Smarsh
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal

 

 I am Finished!

Nine rolls.

Eight prompts filled.

Five books off my physical reading shelf read.

No ladders, yet also no snakes. 

 

 

 

Previous Rolls

1. Space 1: Author is a Woman

A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin, 355 pages (worth 2 rolls) - Finished 4/9/2020

 

2 You rolled 2 dice:

6 5

Timestamp: 2020-04-10 00:43:11 UTC

Space 11

 

You rolled 2 dice:

3 5

Timestamp: 2020-04-10 00:44:57 UTC

Space 19: Set in UK

The Scandalous Suffragette by Eliza Redgold, 234 pages, set in London, Manchester, and the Kent countryside (worth 2 rolls). Read April 9th-14th. 

 

3. You rolled 2 dice:

2 3

Timestamp: 2020-04-15 13:56:05 UTC

Space 24

 

You rolled 2 dice:

3 1

Timestamp: 2020-04-15 13:57:14 UTC

Space 28: Written between 1900 and 1999

 

The Final Days: The Classic, Behind-the-Scenes Account of Richard Nixon's Dramatic Last Days in the White House by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, originally published in 1976 (456 pages without the index). Worth 2 rolls when completed. Read 4/16-4/22.

 

 4. You rolled 2 dice:

1 3

Timestamp: 2020-04-23 00:31:33 UTC

Space 32

 

You rolled 2 dice:

5 4

Timestamp: 2020-04-23 00:32:04 UTC

Space 41 - Characters involved in politics

 

Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War by David A. Nichols (286 pages without notes or index). Worth 2 rolls when completed. Read 4/17-May 11.

 

 5. You rolled 2 dice:

1 6

Timestamp: 2020-05-12 21:04:28 UTC

Space 48

 

You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2020-05-12 21:04:48 UTC

Space 59 - Book published more than 10 years ago

 

I am using a book that I read during the game. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby (285 pages without notes and index). Read 4/25-4/27. Worth two rolls.

 

6. You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2020-05-15 01:35:41 UTC

Space 70

You rolled 2 dice:

2 1

Timestamp: 2020-05-15 01:36:02 UTC

Space 73 - Categorized as YA

 

Another book I read during the game is Beauty Queens by Libby Bray (396 pages; I listened to the unabridged audiobook). Read 4/25-26th. Worth 2 rolls.

 

7. You rolled 2 dice:

3 2

Timestamp: 2020-05-16 14:56:03 UTC

Space 78

You rolled 2 dice:

3 1

Timestamp: 2020-05-16 14:56:24 UTC

Space 82 - Urban Fantasy

 

The Dead & the Gone - 309 pages.  Read 5/15-16. Worth one roll.

 

8. You rolled 2 dice:

6 6

Timestamp: 2020-05-19 00:27:52 UTC

Space 94 - Nonfiction

 

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Read 5/13-14. Worth 2 Rolls.

 

9. You rolled 2 dice:

2 4

Timestamp: 2020-05-19 00:41:19 UTC

Space 100 - Right on the nose, how 'bout that?

 

1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal (234 pages of reading material).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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