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text 2017-06-02 01:54
May Books

It's already a couple of months into the year, but I like seeing other people's monthly wrap-ups, so I've decided to join in. Better late than never.

 

I read 27 books this month which is a lot more than I would have guessed. Of the 27 books, 7 were graphic novels and 11 were audiobooks. While I had a handful of bad reads, the majority were pretty great.

 

 

5 Stars

The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian 

 

 

4 Stars

First Test - Tamora Pierce  Rebels Like Us - Liz Reinhardt  Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner  Allegedly - Tiffany D. Jackson  Page - Tamora Pierce  Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples  The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein  Star-Crossed - Barbara Dee  Clean Room Vol. 2: Exile - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt  Goldie Vance Vol. 2 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig  Squire - Tamora Pierce  The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You - Lily Anderson  We Are The Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson  

 

3 Stars

Love is Love - Various,Phil Jimenez  All Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Rebirth) (Batman - All Star Batman (Rebirth)) - Scott Snyder,John Romita Jr.  You Don't Know My Name - Kristen Orlando  Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith  Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi  Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo  Rebellion - Kass Morgan  

 

2.5 Stars

Tohyo Game, Vol. 1: One Black Ballot to You - G.O.,Chihiro The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich 

 

 

2 Stars

Black Widow Red Vengeance (A Black Widow Novel) (A Marvel YA Novel) - Margaret Stohl The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes Novel) - Brittany Cavallaro 

 

1.5 Stars

Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth) - Bryan Hitch 

 

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review 2017-06-01 16:43
White Hot / Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

Not only did I read this book a second time, I couldn’t wait to do it.  So, I bought the book on Tuesday and read it on both Tuesday and Wednesday.  Slightly slower the second time, to appreciate the details more.

 

I must confess, I was a teeny-tiny bit disappointed with Nevada’s inner dialog and the exchanges between her & Rogan—there were not so many wonderfully amusing lines like there were in the first book.  I actually had a pen & paper at my side as I read through the second time to record my favourites and found only a couple.*  In any series where romance takes the centre stage, it is difficult to maintain the romantic tension when both parties admit that they are interested. 

 

However, there is still Nevada’s wonderful family—Grandma the heavy duty mechanic and her tanks, Mom the sniper, Bernard the hacker, and the sisters and cousins with hinted-at-but-undisclosed magical powers.  Leon, in particular, shows some worrisome tendencies in this book and I will be interested to see where the Andrews are headed with him.  Nevada’s paternal family who must be dealt with are also introduced and will undoubtedly provide significant problems ahead.

 

My suspicions from the first book about Nevada’s talents were confirmed many times over in this book and her way forward to deal with them will no doubt figure prominently in book three.  Overall, I have to say I am very eager for Book 3 in July.

 

*For example:  “Do you remember that big speech I made in your garage?”
“Which one?” I sighed. “You’ve made several. I’m contemplating installing a personal soapbox with your name on it.”
“The one where I said you would beg to climb into my bed?”
“Ah. That one. How could I forget? I kept waiting for you to pound your chest like a silverback gorilla.”

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review 2017-06-01 15:53
Best Book Read in May
If We Were Villains: A Novel - M. L. Rio

Looking back at the month of May, I am astounded to find that I read 24 books.  Even better, only one of them was a dud.

 

But this book, this book stood out from the crowd.  An excellent, twisty mystery, lots of Shakespearean drama, and a surprising ending.  For a first novel, it is amazing, but since the author holds a Master's degree in Shakespeare Studies from King's College in London and Shakespeare's Globe and was herself an actor, she seems uniquely qualified to write this fabulous tale.

 

I would highly recommend it.

 

Happy June, everyone!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-31 16:57
May 2017 — A Wrap-Up

 

 

 

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I have been reading this series with huge breaks in between. That means, every time I start a new book from it. I am surprised anew by Dexter’s razor sharp wit and the efforts he puts into seeming “normal”. It is a good way to read this series, if you ask me. You can see both qualities in his character being used to their fullest this way. Look at the following two examples. These are from a part of the book where Dexter is called to the scene of murder of a cop. I love how hard he struggles to appear like the rest of the people and how much he has to work on things that most of us take for granted:

 

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The reason that I didn’t rate this book higher is the fact that Dexter’s monologues never seem to end. This technique works in some places and completely bombs in others.

 

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This was as much fun as I hoped it’d be. Of course, I imagined Tom Hiddleston’s voice to be Loki’s as I read the book. Loki is charming, detestable, and pathetic in turns as he narrates his own story. He also kinda has a point lol For instance, here’s what he had to say about the other deities:

 

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 The humor is threaded into the story well, so it keeps you from actually feeling the horror when horrifying things happen. Life and death don’t really matter when you are immortal-ish. The quote below describes the death of a hunter who dared to defy the Asgardians (who are described as pensioners in it):

 

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I also learned a new word:

 

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Loki’s Image

 

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Boy, this was a painful read! Not because it wasn’t good; quite the opposite. You will find my detailed review here if you’re interested.

 

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This book started off well but became too repetitive after a while. Here are some of the quotes that I liked:

 

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There are some beautiful descriptions, as well. Here is one such passage where the author describes the effect of moonlight on the jungle:

We need daylight and to that extent it is utilitarian, but moonlight we do not need. When it comes, it serves no necessity. It transforms. It falls upon the banks and the grass, separating one long blade from another; turning a drift of brown, frosted leaves from a single heap to innumerable flashing fragments; or glimmering lengthways along wet twigs as though light itself were ductile.

I think Bigwig was one character who showed a lot of growth as the story progressed. He went from being just the brawn around the leader to a rabbit who started thinking for himself. One of the many funny exchanges between Bigwig and Hazel is featured below:

 

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Here’s a picture that reminded me of Bigwig:

 

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This one was about Dexter having an affair with a movie star while being married to Rita. I liked two things about this instalment in the series:

 

One, we get to really “see” how much of a sociopath Dexter is. He doesn’t feel sorry for going against his marriage vows. Also, the only reason he goes to save his daughter is that somebody tried to take something away from him.

 

Two, we are shown more about Astor being exactly like Dexter. She doesn’t feel, loves the power she has over a pedophile, and expresses minimal sorrow over Rita’s death.

 

I have also started to worry about Dexter’s youngest now. With Rita gone, what kind of a persin will she grow up into? Did she ever have a chance to be a human being with feelings? Interesting thoughts!

 

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It would be a rare Roald Dahl book written for kids that I wouldn’t enjoy. The Witches wasn’t one of them. I loved how the grandmother dealt with every twist with aplomb. Kinda reminded me of my own grandmother who isn’t with us anymore.

 

I found the part where the little boy is reassured that he won’t outlive his grandmother and says this:

 

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One of the best things about RD’s books is how “real” they seem. The example above seems so natural; grandkids are insanely in love with their grandparents. Another example is something that many of us have felt on one occasion or the other. It is from a scene where the boy watches a doorman whistle:

 

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Oh, and I found an instance of “greased lightning” in the book! Lol

 

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The series came to an end with this book. I must say that this instalment annoyed me a lot. Dexter bumbled around like an idiot through most of it. I kept thinking that the author was going to give us a reason behind Dexter’s stupidity: mass hallucination, flouridation of the public water supply, anything! Didn’t happen. Even so, I am glad I stuck with the series until the end.

 

Two things that I liked:

 

One, mention of a certain cartoon that Astor and Cody were watching, featuring a platypus. I am going to assume it is this one:

 

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and because there would be no Perry without them, these guys:

 

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Two, Dexter’s thoughts when he gets into his lawyer’s Bentley:

 

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This is why I will always be a fan of Dexter’s razor sharp wit!

 

So far so good for the month of May. Here’s what is happening in June:

 

Currently Reading

 

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This book will mark the end of my Work Bingo. I hope it is as good as the first one was!

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text 2017-05-31 16:10
Books I Read This Month (May 2017)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Hope everyone had a great reading month!

At this point I am almost at the 59 percent mark for my reading goal for the year! At this point in time I have read 199 books/comics/graphic novels.


 

This month I read 46 books. Believe me that is all due to me going on vacation to Ecuador. 

 

My favorite book for the month of May was "The Hate U Give". Seriously, go read it. It's really good. A close runner up was "Always and Forever, Lara Jean." My least favorite book was "Solitude Creek." I am still mad I wasted my time on that series. 

 

5 stars

 

Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael ConnellyBlack Rose by Nora Roberts

American Gods by Neil GaimanCome Home by Lisa ScottolineAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanCrimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Burn Marks by Sara ParetskyAngels Fall by Nora RobertsGwendy's Button Box by Stephen KingThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Desire by Amanda QuickGuardian Angel by Sara ParetskyThe Hollow House by Janis Patterson

 

 

4 stars

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickThe Ghost Brigades by John ScalziMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyWho Do You Love by Jennifer WeinerStill Life by Louise Penny

Total Recall by Sara ParetskyEnchanted, Inc. by Shanna SwendsonHouse of Reckoning by John SaulWindy City Blues by Sara Paretsky

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

 

3 stars

 

Blood Shot by Sara ParetskyHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieThe Witches by Stacy SchiffOnce Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. JamesJust Wait Till You Have Children Of Your Own! by Erma BombeckTrouble in Mudbug by Jana DeleonPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

 

2 stars

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad RiccaTrigger Warning by Neil GaimanMuch Ado About Magic by Shanna SwendsonDon't Hex with Texas by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

 

1 star

 

This Lullaby by Sarah DessenSolitude Creek by Jeffery DeaverMr. Maybe by Jane GreenNo Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson

 

DNF

 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 

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