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review 2018-09-01 19:21
The House of the Scorpion
The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

Another one from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf.

 

I've owned this book forever. My grandma gave it to me, and I just never got around to reading it. It would not have appealed to me as a kid, and I had to resort to skimming several times because the story was too graphic.

 

The writing felt inconsistent. Sometimes it was great and I was really immersed in the story. Other times it was so boring it felt like a slog to finish. The pacing was equally inconsistent. There are so many interesting ideas in the book that went nowhere.

 

If I hadn't challenged myself to complete it, I would have quit reading about 100 pages in. I'm not mad that I've read it. I guess I'm just confused why it keeps ending up on best of lists. Has no one written a better kids cloning book since 2002? Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of sci-fi. Maybe I'm just not getting it.

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url 2018-08-25 19:49
100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating and Drinking
All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China - Carolyn Phillips
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food - Mark Bittman
Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food - Gordon Ramsay
Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated - Librairie Larousse
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories - David Lebovitz
The Fannie Farmer Cookbook: Anniversary - Marion Cunningham,Fannie Merritt Farmer,Archibald Candy Corporation
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays - Ree Drummond
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine - Madeline Puckette,Justin Hammack
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook - Thug Kitchen, LLC
The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant - Judy Rodgers

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review 2018-08-13 20:22
Review: “Edge of Forever" by Barbara Elsborg
Edge of Forever - Barbara Elsborg

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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text 2018-07-28 18:24
Reverse Dewey Read-a-thon
Mystic Park (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
The Hens: The Third Day - Merry Farmer
The Johnstown Flood - David McCullough

Update #2

Got the last of July's reviews done and read 15% of The Johnstown Flood. 8 hours done. Signing off as I have laundry to do tonight, so reading will continue even though the read-a-thon will be over.

 

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Update #1

 

Finished Mystic Park and wrote 8 reviews/linked to COYER last night. Finished The Hens this morning and ran errands. Now reading The Johnstown Flood, which is on my list for August so I get a head start. 

 

Opening Survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

                     Brandon, Suffolk (East Anglia), UK
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

                     Finishing Mystic Park
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

                     Didn't plan food or drinks for this go around.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

                      I am back to reading fiction after my six week non-fiction binge. Second time this year it has happened.
5) This is our VERY first Reverse Readathon! How does it feel in your time zone?

                       Honestly, this was easier to do than starting at 1pm on a Saturday. Friday night to Saturday night gives me more wiggle room to get household chores done and still read.

 

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? 

                The Johnstown Flood
2. How many books have you read so far?

                   2, but both were started before the read-a-thon. Total of 5 hours and 50 minutes.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

                  Getting a head start on Flood to jumpstart August's reading.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

                   Pre-planned interruptions, so I made sure to bring a book with me.
5. What surprises you most about the Reverse Readathon so far?

                     How quickly the hours are going by.

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review 2018-07-28 16:47
The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer
The Hens: The Third Day - Merry Farmer

I usually like Farmer's works, but this story was just a miss for me. The heroine, Liu Meizhen, had a interesting back story but she acted too much like a giggling schoolgirl rather than a woman who journeyed so far to 1) find her brother (who is an asshole) and 2) be a mail order bride. Woody Burnside was a great beta hero who was a bit Dr. Doolittle but was very needed and wanted in the town for his talents with animals. The hens are Woody's pets and they were more of a help to him than the heroine was. The pacing dragged, especially in the beginning. It was just alright to me.

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