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review 2018-04-21 02:34
Invisible City
Invisible City - Julia Dahl

First in a series is tough. Making the jump from journalist to novelist is tricky. 


Invisible City is a solidly plotted murder mystery that reads more like a police procedural than a cozy (though our main girl is a journalist not an officer of the peace).   While better than many first novels, there's plenty of room for growth.  In particular, I felt like the book was a hodge-podge of thinly veiled elements from a number of recent sensational news stories rather than being fully original. 


Like the main character, author Julia Dahl has a Jewish mother and a Christian father.  While it's always difficult to write about insular communities without a true in, I felt like a lot of Ms. Dahl's personification of the Ultra-Orthodox characters was built on stereotypes.


I'm counting this as an IRL bookclub read because Julia Dahl will be speaking in my community about book #3 in the series (released about a year ago) on Sunday.  I read Invisible City because Conviction was checked out of the Library and I wanted to have read something by the author before I went to brunch.

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text 2018-04-13 15:17
Quarterly 2018 Library Savings


My Quarterly 2018 Library Savings


I LOVE my library!! Its saved me so much $$ money this year. Now, even though I LOVE my library it doesn’t mean I still haven’t gone out and bought a book in one formate or another. I’m still a book enthusiast and will buy those books I’ve loved, but I can’t resist saving $$ money on books I’ve been wanting to try.


Below you will find a list of all the books & movies I picked up for myself in 2018 from my library. Now I may not have read them all, but that’s one of the beautiful things about the library – no guilt if you don’t get too them. And, you can borrow them again if you want.


  • This list shows title, formate, & price I would have paid. The list doesn’t included all the kid books I picked up. 
  • Featured are the prices off Amazon. For books, I did Mass Market Paperback pricing, for eBooks I did eBook pricing, for movies I did the rental price off prime if no rental available then I did the price to buy, & last audiobooks I did Audible pricing. These prices are what I would have paid in that formate If I hadn’t used my library to borrow.


**Please take note that prices do and can change on Amazon.


  Title Price
1 Hostage to Pleasure – Audio $19.59
2 Branded by Fire – Audio $19.59
3 Blaze of Memory – Audio $19.59
4 Blade Bound – Book $10.20
5 Fuel For Fire – Book $5.98
6 Runaway Vampire – Book $6.79
7 Judgement Road – eBook $7.99
8 Can’t Hardly Breathe – Audio $19.96
9 Can’t Let Go – Audio $19.96
10 Bonds of Justice – Audio $19.59
11 The Warlord Wants Forever – Audio $2.99
12 Silence Fallen – Book $7.99
13 The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum – Book $7.99
14 Darkness Unbound – Book $7.98
15 Memory Zero – Book $7.99
16 Reckless in Texas – Book $7.19
17 Immortal Nights – Book $5.78
18 Flash of Fury – Book $7.99
19 Blades of Illusion – eBook $3.99
20 At Wolf Ranch – Audio $19.96
21 Play of Passion – Audio $19.59
22 Runaway Vampire – Audio $21.55
23 Night Myst – Audio $14.50
24 Fantasy Lover – Audio $22.04
25 Kiss of Snow – Audio $22.04
26 Scorch Trials: Maze Runner – Movie $3.99
27 Justice League – Movie $5.99
28 The Maze Runner – Movie $3.99
29 Man of Steel – Movie $3.99
30 Ant-Man – Movie $3.99
31 Spider-Man Homecoming – Movie $18.99
32 Batman v Superman – Movie $3.99
33 London Has Fallen – Movie $3.99
34 Pirated of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Movie $3.99
35 Alien Convenant – Movie $14.99
  Total Library Savings $396.71


Go out and support your local libraries!!



I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/04/quarterly-2018-library-savings
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text 2018-04-09 15:18
2018 National Library Week April 8-14


The 2018 National Library Week Celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.



Fun facts for National Library Week (chiff.com)


• There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. — a total of 17,566 including branches.


• Nearly 100% of public libraries in the U.S. provide Wi-Fi and have access to computers at no cost.


• The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is the largest library in the world, with more than 155 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.


• America’s first lending library was established in 1731 in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin, paving the way for the library systems we use in North America today.


Famous librarians throughout history include Mao Zedong, Golda Meir, Laura Bush, Marcel Proust, Lewis Carroll, Casanova, and Jorge Luis Borges.



Celebrations during National Library Week (ala.com)


  • Monday, April 9: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. #nlwd18
  • Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. #bookmobileday2018
  • Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day. #fundlibraries


Show some love and support your library!



This month (April) we got my son, who is 6-years, his first library card. He is so excited to have his own card. As you can see he checked out 13 books/movies with his new card. 



As most of you know the #LibraryLoveChallenge is going strong and sign-up is open all year long. We’d love to have you join in the challenge. 




Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/04/2018-national-library-week-april-8-14
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review 2018-04-09 03:19
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I did not like Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail very much.  I just couldn’t get past Cheryl Strayed’s unpreparedness for long-distance hiking and found her a distasteful person who I didn’t particularly want to spend time with.  I also found the narrative disorganized and the insights she gained from her journey pedestrian. If Wild hadn’t been the selection for my office book club, I probably would not have finished the book.  As it was, partway through I stopped reading and started skimming.


Several of my co-workers also didn’t like Wild very much either, including one person who said that she expected much more from the author of Tiny Beautiful Things (which I have not read).  A number of others hadn’t finished, but had seen the movie, so we spent as much time comparing the book to the movie and discussing other wilderness journey movies as discussing the book itself.


In other news, the office book club appears to be turning into a book-to-movie club, which isn’t actually such a bad thing. Our first selection was Room, our second was Wild, and our next choice is The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a re-read for me (I listened to the audiobook a few years ago). I’m looking forward to re-reading it and  I’m interested to hear what the others think. And we’ll see how the scheduling goes, but we’re also starting to kick around the idea of a movie night where we watch the movies and talk some more.

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text 2018-04-05 01:10
February and March 2018

Round-up of books read in February and March that I don't intend to write standalone posts for.


The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin  The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin  


My favorite of the books I've read recently were probably Books 2 & 3 of N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy.  I typically don’t like to read books by the same author or in the exactly same genre right in a row.  But this trilogy benefited from keeping the characters and situations very fresh.  If you like speculative fiction, I definitely recommend 2016 Hugo Winner The Fifth Season and the solid sequels The Obelisk Gate  and The Stone Sky.


Cast in Shadow - Michelle Sagara West,Michelle Sagara  Cast In Courtlight - Michelle Sagara  Destroyer - C.J. Cherryh  


I restarted the Cast In ____ series by Michelle Sagara and continued the reread of C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner Series with volume #7.  Ms. Sagara’s writing isn’t anything extraordinary, but I’m enjoying the multi-species world and their interplay (with DRAGONS!).  Cast in Shadow and Cast In Courtlight  are definitely light reading unlike the convoluted language used by Ms. Cherryh in Destroyer, but there's a place for both types of books.  


We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie   A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah 


And while I haven’t made much progress on I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, the Flat Book Society selection, I’ve read some non-fiction during February and March including:



  • Ishmael Beah’s  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, which was assigned to my 10th grade son.  I think A Long Way Gone was groundbreaking when first published in 2007, but I found it rather dry and not particularly well organized,  As the world continues to spiral with horrors, I hope they can come up with something better edited to represent the child soldier experience. 


I'm currently on-pace for my goal of 52 books read this year, despite my other responsibilities, which makes me happy.

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