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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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text 2018-05-24 17:28
Friday/Holiday Reads - May 24, 2018
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
Harmony Cabins (Finding Home Series Book 2) - Regina Hart
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark
He's So Fine - Jill Shalvis

I have a four day weekend, courtesy of a Family Day (military's way of adding days to holiday weekends so to give servicemembers time off) and Memorial Day. I plan on doing an extra shift at the library, then take the kids to our local pool tomorrow. Saturday through Monday I am just chilling out at home, reading, playing more Stardew Valley, and cross stitching. 

 

I am halfway through I'll Be Gone and I am loving it despite the non-linear storytelling, which is surprising that I can still follow what is going on. The crimes around the Sacramento area weirds me out a little, as we were stationed at Beale for five years and know the areas pretty well - in addition to my husband being a native of Sac. For a true crime book, it is fairly light on graphic descriptions of the crime scenes....or I have read too many In Death books to be affected by descriptions of said scenes.

 

To give myself a break from rape and murder, I am looking at putting more time into Harmony Cabins and get that completed by Monday and start He's So Fine. I am also trying to put in some time to The Sleepwalkers, but it is great at combatting my seasonal insomnia.

 

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend to my fellow Americans and happy Bank Holiday to my UK peeps.

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text 2018-05-01 12:00
May 2018 TBR
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
Serpent's Kiss - Melissa de la Cruz
Harmony Cabins (Finding Home Series Book 2) - Regina Hart
When Snow Falls - Brenda Novak
He's So Fine - Jill Shalvis
The Miner's Lady - Tracie Peterson

Reading more from my WWI reading list: To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild and The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark. Then I am taking the summer off from reading WWI nonfiction.

 

Bout of Books Cycle 22 (May 14th-20th) - going to focus on reading more of the short books on my NOOK and Kindle. Sign ups started yesterday.

 

I am the second person in the que for I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, so I hope to at least get it before the month is done. 

 

Going to try and work on some series:

1. Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz

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

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

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

5. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson (a holdover from April)

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-26 05:29
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

I have to start this review by saying that I have never really liked Patton Oswalt, but his tweet about how America is more sexist than it is racist sent me from dislike to hate. His connection to this book combined with the subject matter had me convinced I would never read it. 

 

And then a coworker recommended it to me several times and I had some vacation, so I did end up reading it and now I know that true crime is not the genre for me. The book is very well-written, but honestly so scary. I felt really unsettled for several days after reading it. Just knowing this guy was still out there freaked me out so so much. 

 

I'm writing this review today because today they finally caught the Golden State Killer. Maybe now the many questions the book brings up will be answered. 

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text 2018-04-25 21:16
So about today's news conference
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

Welp, I just put the book on hold on both OverDrive (4th in line) and RB Digital (9th in line).*

 

There better be a whole lot of media coverage thanking Ms. McNamara for her work.

 

*Edited to add: I checked my library system's physical catalog and put in an ILL request. Should have the book sometime next week.

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