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text 2018-11-13 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 27%
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

and I wish I had some time off work coming to me! If I did, I would be curled up at home right now with my nose buried in this book until I was done!

 

I wanted to read this before the movie comes out. I think it's being released for a film festival first and then it's coming to Netflix, even though it's a Netflix movie.  Anyway, the film stars Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson among others and I know I'm going to be watching the night it's released because this book is something else so far.

 

After messing around for half an hour, I admit defeat and cannot figure out how to add the movie trailer here, so here's a link instead:

 

BIRD BOX MOVIE TRAILER

 
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review 2018-10-20 01:32
Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham
The Lines We Leave Behind - Eliza Graham
THE LINES WE LEAVE BEHIND by Eliza Graham
 
Maud/Amber is a young woman in a secure mental facility charged with a crime. As she speaks with her psychiatrist we learn what led her to the hospital as she “remembers” the past. She was a special agent for the Allies in the Balkans during WWII ….. or was she?
 
Told in flashbacks, this very interesting tale winds itself out in drips and drabs. The infighting between the Partisans, the Chetniks, the Home Guard and the Germans for control of multi-ethnic Yugoslavia is clear as Maud/Amber carries out her assignments.
 
Modern day ethnic strife is foreshadowed as the various parties and their doctrines become clear. The land and peoples of the Balkans are well developed and made clear. The personalities of the various players clash believably.
 
Well researched and well written, this tale is enjoyable and engrossing as the reader tries to determine what is true and what is result of trauma.
 
Family ties, partisanship, politics, spying, secrets, women in war, and mental health treatments are all topics for discussion by book groups. 4 of 5 stars

 

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review 2018-09-02 05:45
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace - Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace is an interesting enough story and maybe my definition of a thriller is different than the author's, but I didn't find one here. There is suspense and quite a lot of dangling carrots throughout that hint at answers, but the pacing is very slow and those answers take their sweet time coming. I realize this is fiction and certain allowances can be made, but this one requires more suspension of disbelief than what I would consider reasonable. To make matters worse, I didn't find Maya particularly interesting. She's rather bland as far as a protagonist goes, other than the sheer number of times she manages to be hurt by Lucas in his many attempts to escape. And that's just one  thing that stretched the imagination. I can't imagine a speech therapist being left alone with a dangerous or violent patient even once, let alone repeatedly. The only saving grace in this one for me was Josiah. His chapters are very well done and are quite compelling, but about halfway through, I realized I was just plunging through hoping for another of his chapters. The author does have talent, but this one missed the mark for me. 

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url 2018-08-06 18:36
New month, new free arc for prime members ("Amazon First Reads," formerly "Kindle Firsts")
I Will Never Leave You - S.M. Thayer
The Storyteller's Secret - Sejal Badani
Hotel Sacher - Alison Layland,Rodica Doehnert
Eraser - Anna Kang,Christopher Weyant
Happy Doomsday - David Sosnowski
Stray: Memoir of a Runaway - Tanya Marquardt

Per usual, all from Amazon's own publishing imprints.  

 

And not now on booklikes yet (I am in progress of adding).

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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text 2018-06-22 12:00
Friday Reads - June 22, 2018
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search - Sarah Perry
The Spirit of '76: From Politics to Technology, the Year America Went Rock & Roll (Kindle Single) - David Browne
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
Welcome to Last Chance - Cathleen Armstrong
If Ever I Would Leave You: A Montana Rescue Prequel - Susan May Warren
Submerged - Dani Pettrey

This week I read Wishing Lake by Regina Hart (my favorite in the Finding Home series...so far), After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry, and The Spirit of '76 by David Browne. I hope to get to reviewing those books over the weekend.

 

Something is screwy with USAFE's e-lending system, so I had to put One in a Million on the backburner until the system is working again.

 

This weekend I want to get Trevor Noah's Born a Crime (borrowed a physical copy from library) and Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer (PRIME lending library borrow) read. I need to write my personal essay and resume for my grad school applications. Transcripts have been ordered (I swear the Air Force loves to make easy, mundane tasks HELLA complicated via the Internet....). Waiting on my mentor/friend for the recommendation letter. Oh man....it's really happening!!!!

 

Next week I want to get to Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1) by Cathleen Armstrong, If Ever I Would Leave You (Montana Rescue #0.5) by Susan May Warren, and Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Petry. The first and last book are Prime lending library reads and it is my hope I can be done with these books and cancel my Prime membership by the end of the month. As if I don't have enough series to keep track of, now I am starting new ones.

 

Happy Reading!

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