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text 2017-06-25 00:41
Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (June Progress)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
  • Items in bold were completed this month. I'm going to put this challenge on hold until after COYER.

 

  • Recommend by Librarian                                   
  • On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky                             
  • Book of Letters - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin                                 
  • Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                               
  • POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello                                  
  • 1 of 4 Seasons in Title - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester                             
  • Story within a Story                               
  • Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)                             
  • Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan                          
  • Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly                                  
  • Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb                           
  • Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O                     
  • By/About a Person with a disability

Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

  1. Subtitle
  2. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. Mythical Creature
  4. Re-read a shelf keeper - Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  5. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. Career Advice
  7. Non-human Perspective - Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
  8. Steampunk
  9. Red Spine
  10. Set in Wilderness
  11. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. Interesting Woman
  19. Book with setting in 2 different time periods
  20. Month/Day in title
  21. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 2017 movie adaptions
  24. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. First Book in Series - Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
  26. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. Recommended by an author you like
  28. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. Family member term in title - Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  30. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. Genre never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. More than 800 pages - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  33. UBS find
  34. Book mentioned in another book
  35. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Based on Mythology

About an immigrant or refugee

Book with eccentric character - Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday

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review 2017-06-24 21:17
Life in the country isn't always as boring as it seems...
A Second Harvest - Eli Easton

David Fisher's lived his life according to everyone else's dictates. His father and then a wife and two kids, following the beliefs of the Mennonite church. But now his wife's passed away, his kids are grown and off at school and David's all but turned away from the church. David finds himself really just going through the motions of running the family farm.  Every days basically the same until the day he meets his new neighbor, Christie Landon.

 

Christie's escaped the city after leading life in the fast lane for years. A friend's close call when he overdoses causes Christie to re-evaluate his life and head for the country where he plans to sort out things at his aunt's house that he's inherited upon her death. Christie's looking to slow down, regroup and re-evaluate his life until he meets his new neighbor, David.

 

David and Christie are total opposites on the surface. David's closeted. He's lived his life in Lancaster County never travelling anywhere or seeing anything of the world. He's dreamed of if...his collection of National Geographic magazines can attest to that. At 40 years old not only does it seem like his life is over...it never really got a chance to start. While at 30 years old, Christie's a college graduate, he's got a solid career as a graphic designer, he's partied, walked on the wild side, seen a bit of the world and reached a point where he just wants to put the brakes on.

 

Neither of these men are really looking for a relationship but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants and common sense doesn't really factor into it. 

 

I liked the slow burn on this one. Seeing David and Christie build their relationship over food and farm work. Watching as Christie slowly draws out David's awakening sexuality until David neither can nor wants to deny it.

 

I really liked both David and Christie. David for me was someone who was thoughtful,  strong and honorable. He stuck by his convictions regardless of how hard it was...when he was confronted by members of the church or his own children he didn't automatically do the easy thing and capitulate to what they wanted. While Christie was out and proud he was also a kind, caring and compassionate person. 

 

"A Second Harvest" had all the makings of an incredibly good story and while I enjoyed it.  It didn't make the same connection for me that other books by this author have. I'm honestly not entirely sure why this one didn't totally work for my but I do think at least part of that was due to the narration. I was fortunate to be able to listen to the audio book for 'A Second Harvest' which was narrated by Will Tulin, who is a new to me narrator and unfortunately for me this narrator just didn't quite work. His voices for the characters weren't the same as how I had imagined they would sound and I found this to be a bit distracting. While he did check off my basic checklist of 'what I look for' in an audio book, the voices just didn't work for me. So I have to caution that this is a very subjective opinion being expressed here. 

 

"A Second Harvest" is a story not just of two men discovering each other but themselves. Other than my issue with the audio, I'm not sure why this one didn't work for me...maybe it wasn't quite the type of story I was looking for at the time...who knows sometimes things work, sometimes they don't and this time was just ok and not 'howl at the moon awesome'.

 

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An audiobook of "A Second Harvest" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-23 22:37
Faith (rocks)
Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine - Pete Pantazis,Jody Houser,Dave Sharpe,Stephanie Hans,Joe Quinones,Andrew Dalhouse,Michael Spicer,Francis Portela,Marguerite Sauvage

This was so worth the read. I can totally see Rebel Wilson playing Faith in a movie of the Renegades. She was so relatable, funny and plain real. Finally, a superhero that's curvy and into things real people are. She works at a Buzzfeed type social media company like so many other modern journalist, she loves sci-f and complains about traffic. This is a real hero for real people.

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review 2017-06-23 22:33
Surprisingly up my alley
Archangel #1 (of 5) - William Gibson,Tula lotay,Butch Guice

War stories and thrillers aren't usually my dig, but I was into this. I will definitely seek out the rest of this to see how it ends. Time-traveling soldiers, mystery, the end of the world. Yeah, it got me thinking. Worth the read. 

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review 2017-06-23 20:51
I'm thinking this ones on me...at least partially...
Chief's Mess - L.A. Witt

So far I've really enjoyed this series both 'Just Drive' and 'Fear of Flying' were stories that I really enjoyed and I basically knew what this story was about going in to it. 

 

Noah Jackson is a member of Anchor Point's military police. He's got a stressful job and unfortunately his solution for dealing with the stress of his job comes from a bottle and he sees no problem with this. As a matter of fact he's so on board with this that when a problem results from his drinking his solution is to make his life accommodate the drinking...can't drive home because you've had too much to drink...take a cab...problem solved because drinking less or not drinking doesn't even ping his radar as a reasonable solution. Noah is what is known as a functioning alcoholic. Unfortunately he's not as functioning as he believes people like his best friend and superior officer, Senior Chief Will Curtis see what's happening. I'm sure most of us have met or had someone like Noah in their lives at one time or another, I know I have. 

 

While we weren't introduced to Noah in 'Fear of Flying' we did meet Anthony. Anthony is the supportive brother of Curtis's ex-wife. There was a lot about Noah's behavior that I understood in regards to his mildly paranoid behavior about how much Noah drank. I got that and I remember being so cautious about people in my life and how much they drank wondering how much and how often they truly drank. Honestly, it's not fun living like that doubting and never fully trusting until you're sure really sure that it's safe to trust that person because they aren't going to crawl into a bottle every chance they get.

 

Noah and Anthony start out as a hook-up one night of hot sex. But one night becomes a few more until Anthony has to go home. As time passes Anthony and Noah begin texting and then as they get to know each other and each remembers how good the sex had been they decide to take a shot at a long distance relationship. 

 

You see the fact is that while I've known Noah, I've been Anthony...been part of the rubble left behind when the landslide stops. I've lived through the lies, the deceptions and justifications, the heartbreak of knowing you can't fix them. That they're the only person who can fix themselves and not until they're ready to.  The frustration of knowing that you've reached the point where the only thing you can do is walk away and save yourself.

 

The one real issue that I had with Anthony in fact actually goes back to the events of 'Fear of Flying' and Anthony's lack of basic compassion and understanding for his brother-in-law Curtis. Logically I knew where it came from, but, I still can't say I liked it.  

 

The concept for this story was good and while I liked it, I think maybe for me it came just a little to close to a reality that I've known which was a big part of the reason that I didn't enjoy 'Chief's Mess' nearly as much as the first two books.  However, I am looking forward to the next book in this series...'Rank & File' is Senior Chief Will Curtis's story and while we did get a bit of Will's background in this book, I'm hoping that 'Rank & File' 

will give us a all of Will's story and a peek at how things are going for the other men of 'Anchor Point'.  

 

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A copy of "Chief's Mess" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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