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text 2020-06-01 11:01
BL-opoly: Playing the Robot Card
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd
Odyssee - Homer,K.F. Lempp
Sylvester - Georgette Heyer
The Village - Marghanita Laski
Miss Silver Intervenes (Miss Silver Mystery) - Patricia Wentworth
The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
They Found Him Dead - Georgette Heyer
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Leper of Saint Giles - Ellis Peters

These are all books from my physical TBR:

 

1. Himself by Jess Kidd

2. Odyssee by Homer

3. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

4. The Village by Marghanita Laski

5. Miss Silver Intervenes by Patricia Wentworth

6. The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes

7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

8. They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer

9. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

10. The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters

 

 

Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd 

 

Nice! I´m really excited for this book.

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review 2020-05-17 21:58
Great Story and Characters
Legacy Found (Hell's Valley #4) - Jillian David

Following a traumatic accident in the Army, Kerr Taggart returns to Hell's Valley to come to terms with the man he’s become, so he can take the biggest chance of his life . . . asking the beautiful and forbidden Izzy Brand out on a date. But even if he achieves Mission Date Izzy Brand, Izzy’s family remains intent on destroying the Taggart family, and remains aligned with the rising supernatural creature plotting to steal Taggart land.

This was really good, right from the beginning. I really liked Kerr (although there were a few times I wanted to smack him upside the head) right off. I liked Izzy too, however for about the first half of the book I was really questioning her thought process. I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series, but it was pretty easy to catch on about the family dynamics. At this point, I plan on going back to read the first three! I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2020-05-12 13:51
Mudlarking
Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - Lara Maiklem

by Lara Maiklem

 

Non-fiction

 

This was a rather interesting book about an activity I hadn't known about before, though it seems an obvious thing to do now. Mudlarking is searching through he shore of a river, in this case the Thames, at low tide to find valuables and artefacts the higher tide might have washed along. This can include some fascinating historical pieces from buttons to jewellery in the Thames.

 

I enjoyed reading about the different segments of the river and how the patterns of the tides differ from one to another, as well as the bits of London history that are revealed from the various finds. The personal connection the author expresses about the river really adds character to the narrative and makes me want to get a pair of wellies and go see what I can find myself! Though I'm not sure I would be up to the task in the end.

 

A fascinating narrative about a too little known activity. I just hope it doesn't result in inspiring so many mudlarking tourists that the lifelong hobbyists get crowded out!

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text 2020-04-27 01:23
REVIEW⤏ WHERE THEY FOUND HER BY KIMBERLY McCREIGHT


SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS⇣
At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.
Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.
 
 

BOOK TAGS

 
 WHERE THEY FOUND HER DIDN'T REALLY MATTER ALL THAT MUCH??? 
 MYSTERY
⤏ BABY MAMA DRAMA AND THEN SOME
 SECRETS, LIES & BETRAYALS
 TWISTY-ISH, I GUESS...
 

BOOK DETAILS⇣

 
AUDIO PERFORMED BY Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch,  & Therese Plummer
NARRATION RATING  3.5/5
SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 11 HOURS

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣ 


Too many characters, too many POVs, too many time jumps, and too many babies Mama's, Daddies, and whatnot.  I couldn't keep track of it all.

It was awesome that it had additional narrators for each POV and most are really good narrators, a couple of them sounded the same, and I never knew who's head I was in...except for the Journalist, Molly, and that's because she was narrated by one of my least favorite narrators, Tavia Gilbert.  All these additional POVs did for me was confuse me, honestly.  By the end, I didn't know who did who; and who got who pregnant.  The question section on the book's Goodreads page cleared some of that up for me or at least told me I had it all wrong.

Then to top it off, the twist at the end was literally out of nowhere...I just can't with this book...or this bucolic town of Ridgedale...more like Drama-dale.
 
 

MY RATING ✰STARS✰

 

BREAKDOWN⇣ 

Plot 2/5
Characters 2/5
The Feels 2/5
Pacing 3/5
Addictiveness 3/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.5/5
Twisty-ness/Mystery 3.5/5
Believability 2/5
Ending 2.5/5
 

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review 2020-03-08 01:17
A Man and His Cat (manga, vol. 1) by Umi Sakurai, translated by Taylor Engel
A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1 - Machiko Sakurai,Taylor Engel

Fuyuki Kanda is a widowed music teacher who decides to buy a homely one-year-old cat at a pet store. The cat, who he names Fukumaru, is worried that his new owner will take him back or abandon him, but luckily for him, Mr. Kanda adores him.

This series is sweet, gentle, and warm, and I absolutely love it. I found out about it via a review on The Manga Critic, and then I kept coming across it via other sources until I finally broke down and bought it. I'm so glad I did.

This had some of the usual things you'll find in cat manga: a newbie cat owner who has to learn some of the basics, shopping for supplies at the pet store, and kitty antics, like scratching on things they're not supposed to, being goofy, and inadvertently making a mess. However, this first volume was as much about Kanda as it was about Fukumaru, and watching these two lonely characters love each other, become accustomed to each other, and form a little family together was a treat.

There were flashbacks for both Fukumaru and Kanda. Fukumaru's showed him as a kitten - remembering his mother and gradually realizing that no one wanted him. Kanda's showed him and his wife, and what their lives had been like over the years. They'd intended to get a cat together but never got around to it. They had children, and readers haven't yet been given enough information to know whether they just live too far away to regularly visit or whether Kanda's estranged from them. At any rate, he lived alone, and it was apparent that both the cat and the man had become a little depressed before they came into each other's lives.

A few other character POVs popped up here and there: Kobayashi, Kanda's dog-loving childhood friend, Yoshiharu Moriyama, one of Kanda's energetic young coworkers, and Miss Sato, the pet store employee who assisted Kanda. They all provided different views of Kanda and/or Fukumaru, which I appreciated. For example, Moriyama saw Kanda as the epitome of cool elegance and idolized him, while Kobayashi knew the loneliness his friend had been going through and appreciated the joy that Fukumaru added to Kanda's life, even if he didn't personally understand what Kanda saw in Fukumaru.

I loved the artwork. Fukumaru's cartoonish looks were initially a bit odd, but I got used to it. And oof, Kanda. It was easy to believe that his younger male coworker would idolize him and younger female coworkers would crush on him a bit.

I absolutely plan on preordering the next volume. I'm looking forward to seeing Fukumaru and Kanda make each other happy, and I'm interested to see what Sakurai plans on doing with this series.

Extras:

A couple pages of full-color artwork and a full-color four-panel comic, as well as a one-page comic-style afterword by the author.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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