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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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review 2017-11-01 01:08
It Takes Two to Tangle
It Takes Two to Tangle - Theresa Romain
Henry is recently returned from war. Having suffered an injury, he is learning a "new normal." His has a devoted brother (Jem) and sister-in-law (Emily). Emily is friends with Caroline. Caroline happens to be the most popular in social circles, so Henry decides that he must court her to win Society back over. Frances, is Caroline's cousin and companion. 
Frances "gets" Henry and what he is going through. She also has lingering guilt over something she did when she was first married (I personally didn't think it was a big deal considering a woman's place in society). My issue with Frances is she let Henry think someone else was writing him letters for way too long. She had many, many chances to come clean- and didn't. 
Both characters are likable and "fit" together well. I really liked Caroline and look forward to her book.
 
 

 

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text 2017-10-13 08:05
Cover Reveal - Duplicitous

 

 

#COVERREVEAL #COMINGSOON #NEWRELEASE #DUPLICITOUS

 

Title:  Duplicitous (Decent into Madness: The Breaking of Theresa Varghese, #1)

Cover Design: Stacy Ane with Q Designs

 

 

It was meant to be an easy job; go to my sister’s and update her security system. But nothing is ever easy, is it?

 

My sister lives the epitome of the perfect life, but, when her husband announces he’s filing for divorce, I know nothing will ever be the same.

 

Things begin to spiral out of control, leaving me reeling as I struggle to make sense of what he’s told me. After waking in my sister’s bed, covered in blood, I’m left struggling to piece together the mystery of what happened before I go mad.

 

Or die trying.

 

#MadnessComesWithAPrice

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-22 23:53
A memoir about apple farming and all the pesticide woes...
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir

 

 

Book Title:  The Orchard

Author:  Theresa Weir

Narration:  Ellen Archer

Genre:  Memoirs

Setting:  Iowa (I think)

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3.5/5 

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

 

 

 

I don't read much non-fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was a winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck. 

 

Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more.  It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me.  I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all.  I even teared up, a little.

 

Will I read more from this author?  I don't know, most likely not.  I even own a book by her on my Kindle…it was a freebie.

 

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