#FridayReads, Red Queen

I am giving the audio book a go. I have heard I’ll either love it or have no real feelings for this.

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#FridayReads, Red Queen

Reading Review, August 2015

Four years ago I read 54 books and I am hoping to get close to that number again for this year. I am currently at 37 books so 17 more books doesn’t seem like much but this time of year is a busy one.

This past month I managed to read 7 enjoyable books with my lowest rating a 3. Here’s the breakdown:

5star
Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility, audio book, 12 hrs and 43 mins

4star
Just ListenIsla and the Happily Ever AfterCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Just Listen, 384 pages

Isla and the Happily Ever After, 368 pages

Cinder, 390 pages

Scarlet, 452 pages (my longest read!)

3star

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)
Anna and the French Kiss 3, 372 pages

Lola and the Boy Next Door 3, 384 pages


There’s my month in review. I need to get focused and get my A to Z challenge back on task. I have read 14/26 authors and 15/26 titles thus far which means I have the last half of the alphabet to read.

I hope September is as successful in reading as the last month. Happy reading, all!

Reading Review, August 2015

Where in the World: Pennsylvania

I am currently reading Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard which takes place in the fictional Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Loosely based on a suburb of Philadelphia, Rosewood is a small town full of wealthy families with a large web of lies spread between most of the citizens. The story is full of mystery and intrigue.

I haven’t had the chance to spend much time in Pennsylvania but it’s on my list of places to go. This location is a lot closer to me (a mere 2 hours) and I would love to explore Philadelphia along with many other places in this state.

M.C.

where in the world has your reading taken you?
Where in the World: Pennsylvania

Where in the World: Nebraska

M.C.

Image. Quote: Mason Cooley.

I saw this quote and thought about updating randomly with the location of my current read. Right now I am in the middle of the United States in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, Nebraska to give you the exact location.

Quintessential Nebraska

I have been to NE a few times (I lived in Missouri, one of NE’s neighbors) and this picture above is exactly what pops in to my head when I think of Nebraska (besides NE football).


between the pages, where in the world are you?

Where in the World: Nebraska

Top Ten Tuesday, Dissecting the TBR Pile

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This week’s topic by The Broke and the Bookish is about books I hope to read one day or have been buried on my TBR list because there is a lot of buzz about them in the interwebs. Basically a whole lot of YA because I’m behind and book series.

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Legend by Marie Lu

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

(a reread) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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It is a problem many bookworms face but making this list has me realizing that no matter how many books I read there will be five to ten more that I add to my to be read list. So many books, so little time.

Top Ten Tuesday, Dissecting the TBR Pile

Luckiest Girl Alive, A Review

Luckiest Girl AliveTitle: Luckiest Girl Alive

Author: Jessica Knoll

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Publication: May 12, 2015, by Simon & Schuster

Format: eBook

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

HER PERFECT LIFE
IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

I don’t even remember when I picked this up or why I wanted to read it. I knew little about this book before diving in. After reading some reviews when I finished the book, I learned it has been compared to Gone Girl which I enjoyed reading earlier this year. This is no Gone Girl and I’m glad I didn’t expect much from this novel beforehand.

At 30 percent I expected to be somewhat interested but it wasn’t until more of the puzzle was complete did this book actually demand to be finished. This is a problem with some mystery books. The readers need enough breadcrumbs sprinkled through the book to dangle us along. Gone Girl, in my opinion, was able to do this–Knoll didn’t execute Luckiest Girl Alive in this aspect.

I hate when I don’t enjoy a book and writing a review is even more difficult. This novel was okay, just not for me. If the synopsis was interesting to you I would recommend giving it a try, but maybe borrow this book from the library or a friend.

Luckiest Girl Alive, A Review

Those Girls, A Review

*I received this book from Netgalley free of charge. All opinions are my own. 

Those Girls
Title:

Those Girls

Author:

Lauren Saft

Genre:

Young Adult / Contemporary Fiction

Publication:

June 2015 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format:

e-book from Netgalley*

Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good?

Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.

from Goodreads

I read through this pretty quickly, it was an easy read. My curiosity was piqued early on about what would actually happen by the end. I think you either like/tolerate this book or dislike it, there’s not much gray area. This is not a warm, sappy, heartfelt tale and I enjoyed that about this novel.

It has been decades since I could call myself a teenager but the author was able to pull me back into the world of high school and the angst that comes with that territory. I grew up in the Midwest so the problems facing the characters I didn’t necessarily identify with but I know in reality these girls exist.

As much as I hate POV switches in a narrative it really worked in this book. I liked the writing style of the author and the interesting take on female friendships especially the triad relationship. After reading this book I wanted to call my best friend to tell her how much I appreciated her. Those Girls is Mean Girls on crack. The book spans the entire school year and is broken into 6 parts. I wish it was organized better. It didn’t need the extra help in chronology. Overall, it was a read that kept my interest. I wasn’t totally invested in the characters but I was curious about the whole picture. Those Girls is like life, a bit rough around the edges.

I recommend it if you’re currently suffering from a book hangover and need something to shock your system so you can move on.

 
Those Girls, A Review

An Abundance of John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

I love John Green and I am almost done with reading all his novels. Each year I pick a new one I haven’t read yet and then get lost in the world Green created. His characters are always so witty and sarcastic. I instantly fall in love with all of them. Each book is full of quotable dialogue, touching relationships, and real issues. The novels fall into young adult fiction but everyone I know is reading Green’s work. So far AAoK is enjoyable and meeting expectations.

An Abundance of John Green

Gone Girl, A Review

Gone Girl

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publication: Broadway Books, 2012

Format: paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced, full of action/intrigue, and I finished over a weekend. Some have complained that the book was too dark while others say it was not as dark as Flynn’s other works. I found it, even though I haven’t read her other pieces yet, quite satisfying.

Flynn dissected each character’s set of relationships like a surgeon. I felt much apart of the hunt to find Amy and her possible killer. I am convinced I am a naive individual because I never thought so many could lie, especially to people they love. After finishing this book my appreciation for the mystery genre has been renewed.

Gone Girl, A Review