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review 2018-06-14 19:37
Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz

This installment of the trilogy was a let down. Coming off the cliffhanger that ended book two, I was expecting the action to continue. Instead I got life in Puritan Salem, MA for 85% of the book, interspersed with present day happenings that slowed down the plot, including a weird unrequited love of Thor towards Ingrid. I find Puritan history boring on the best day, this was more so. This book was kind of a mess plot wise, but still keeping true to the characters from book one and two, which made it any easy and fast read. The ending helped prop up my rating; I thought it was a fitting and gave a good foundation for a spin off series if the author chooses to do so. Just a lackluster ending to an addictive series for me.

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text 2018-06-03 23:11
Reading Progress: 30%
Salem's Vengeance - Aaron Galvin

Much better.  I needed something I could really get into after that whole anthology argh.  So far I'm really liking this book...

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text 2018-06-01 17:20
Friday Reads - June 1, 2018
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz
One in a Million - Jill Shalvis
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak

Spent the day after Memorial Day at the doctor's, as my son came down with Strep Throat (must be his yearly need for amoxicillian, lol). Counting down to summer vacation (son has 8.5 days left and daughter has 4 days) and the reading for our library's Summer Reading Program started today. I wish I could read faster, but my seasonal allergies are a doozy this year and I am either in a sneezing fit, sinus pain, or blacked out due to allergy medications. 

 

I ended up finishing the Ann Rule book yesterday; luckily, I picked up the last book in the Beauchamp Family series, so I am reading Winds of Salem first. I am also going to buckle down and read The Sleepwalkers, even if it is just 50 pages at a time every day. For next week, I plan on reading One in a Million (last book in the last trilogy that forms the Lucky Harbor series), When Summer Comes (third book in the Whiskey Creek series) and Wishing Lake (third book in the Finding Home series).

 

Happy June and the beginnings of summer (which means daylight from 4 am to 11 pm here in England) or winter depending on which side of the equator you live on.

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text 2018-06-01 17:02
June 2018 TBR
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz
One in a Million - Jill Shalvis
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
Welcome to Last Chance - Cathleen Armstrong
Submerged - Dani Pettrey
The Bounty - Beth Williamson
The Icecutter's Daughter - Tracie Peterson
All I Am (A Farmers' Market Story) - Nicole Helm

COYER and my library's Summer Reading Program are now live. I want to continue or finish some of my series reads and get through that one WWI book that is a door stopper. I want to read all the books I borrowed from Prime Lending so I can cancel my subscription over the summer (I just don't feel like the benefits are worth the ever increasing price). 

 

TBR:

1. Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

2. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

3. Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart

4. When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak

5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

6. Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer

7. Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1) by Cathleen Armstrong

8. The Spirit of '76 by David Browne

9. Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Petry

10. The Bounty (Malloy Family #1) by Beth Williamson

11. The Ice Cutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water #1) by Tracie Peterson

12. All I Am (Farmers Market #2) by Nicole Helm

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text 2018-03-04 13:07
Go big or go home?

I've not been able to read for a month or so, but I just read a short poetry book, so that felt nice. :D I have a really hard time focusing and also can't seem to just pick up the book and go. That's executive dysfunction for you.

 

However, I really want to find my groove again. I get better when I get into a routine of some sort. I've started Salem's Lot by Stephen King, but I also think I want to tackle a bigger book after Salem's Lot, as the bigger books are the ones I've always put off because of my lack of focus. Les Miserables and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (Both over 1000 pages) are both on my list to read.

 

I've actually put them off for over a decade, despite really wanting to read them. Should I ease myself back into reading with a bunch of small books or slowly chip off chunks of a big book?

 

Any other chunkers worth reading? I'm also on the lookout for more Gothic literature, so if you have any recommendations, that would be great.

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