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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 2018-06-07 19:26
3.5 Out Of 5 "sharp-shooting" STARS
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Gunslinger Girl

Lyndsay Ely

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Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six-shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great...

 

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Gunslinger Girl is more Dystopian than Western…it's really a somewhat near-future USA devastated by wars and such, with a western feel or flair to it.  Think Annie Oakley (Pity does a sharp-shooter show) in a Revolution (the TV show) type of setting.  With plenty of intrigue and action, it sounds like this could be super cool.  

 

Which is exactly how I felt...but, I don't know what it was exactly, because I didn't connect with the story or the characters all that much.  Basically, it was okay, but it didn't blow me away.  It could be a case of "it's not you, it's me, though.  I have been feeling sorta reading-slump-ish lately.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3.3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 3.8/5  Cliffhanger~ not really…

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Book Cover~ It's cool…

Narration~ 4 -Christie Moreau, she wasn't bad…

Setting~ Cessation, Future USA

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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text 2018-03-08 21:54
Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 3)
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson

 

 

 

 

I'm playing the Victim card today for The Gunslinger in honor of "the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West, Serendipity "Pity" Jones.

 

(Read a book where the main character carries a gun)

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quote 2018-03-04 05:51
....worry is a poor expenditure of life's currency.
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson

This quote from Chapter 14 just resonated with me. It's so true- I love it! 

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text 2018-02-28 14:07
Books I Read This Month: February 2018
The Gunslinger - Stephen King
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

 

 

 

Well a few things. I hit my book goal for 2018, I read 50 books a few days ago, so cheers to that. Now I can ignore the reading challenge for the rest of the year and not feel like I am behind like I usually do. 

 

I managed to finish 23 books this month. For the most part I had some good reads (check out the 3 to 5 star books I read this month) though I had a couple of doozies. Looking at you Dean Koontz. 

 

I also managed to finish up a book that fit The (Mostly) Dead Writers Society 52 weeks challenge (that was "A Mother Like Mine"). 

 

On another note, it came up last night during a Twitter discussion that many authors of color out there want to see more reviewers of color review their books. See tweet thread here:

 


I have been better about trying to read more books by POC, but I am going to step it up even more. I found Justina Ireland and Dhonielle Clayton's comments about this to be really good discussion topics last night and of course I hard cringed at reviewers who were white who popped up crying reverse racism (please stop that people). What is good though is that I had a lot of people reach out to me last night and ask about how to follow me on Booklikes and Goodreads. So hopefully this means we get to see some new faces around Booklikes! 

I do have an account on NetGalley, but I am terrible about not using it. Char has pushed me to go there and I finally did after an author reached out to me last year about reviewing her book. For me I think that I like to either buy the book or borrow from the library so no one can try to claim that my review is biased. I am going to use NetGalley and even went in this morning (hey my password still works!) and requested some interesting looking books. 

 

5 stars

It Happens All the Time: A Novel - Amy HatvanyNow and Then Friends: A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel - Kate HewittA Mother Like Mine (A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel) - Kate HewittPet Sematary - Stephen King

 

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

 

4 stars

 

The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs - Dana BateRainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel - Kate HewittThis Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan JerkinsSugar - Kimberly Stuart

 

Bombing in Belgravia - Samantha Silver

 

3 stars

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate, Stephen GilpinA Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry ThomasAn Irish Country Practice - Patrick TaylorChristmas at Tiffany's - Karen Swan

 

For Better or Hearse - Laura DurhamThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

 

2 stars

Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie KinsellaDune Messiah - Frank HerbertWhere the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir - Amy TanA Million Little Things - Susan Mallery

 

Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery

 

1 star

 

The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

 

DNF

 

Read, Write, Love at Seaside - Addison Cole

 

My favorite book for this month will be "The Gunslinger" and my least favorite that mess of a book, "The Silent Corner."


Happy reading folks!

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