Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2

Should they stay or should they go? This week's contenders: Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy, Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, Pompeii by Robert Harris, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, and Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She's since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!


How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven't read yet, so I'm going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I'll move on to my Amazon list next!

The Books:



Lady in the Tower by Jean PlaidyLady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy

Date Added: June 18, 2009

One of history's most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the legendary Jean Plaidy.

Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike.... 


Although his queen was loving and loyal, King Henry VIII swore he would put her aside and make Anne his wife. And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come. (Goodreads)

While I'll always have a soft spot for King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, I think I've had my fill of the family for now.

VERDICT: Let It Go


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Book Review: After I've Gone by Linda Green

After I've Gone by Linda Green revolves around Jess, who discovers her future via Facebook condolence messages! How does she die? Is there anything she can do to prevent it?
Title:  After I've Gone
Author:  Linda Green
Release Date:  July 27, 2017
Publisher:  Quercus
Source:  Amazon Vine

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn't got long left to live. She doesn't hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and friends and family start posting tributes to her, following her death in a terrible and mysterious accident.

At first, Jess thinks this must be a sick joke by a colleague jealous of her handsome new boyfriend. But as the posts continue and it becomes clear that no one else can see what she can, Jess is forced to confront that her impending death might be all too real... (Goodreads)


Review:


After I've Gone reminded me a little of The Future of Us in that the main character gets a glimpse of their future via Facebook. Only instead of a bright future, Jess sees condolence messages on her timeline. Because she died. Whoa! Talk about future shock!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Amazon First Reads for November 2018

Amazon First Reads

Amazon First Reads program is an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

As per the website:  The Amazon First Reads program gives Amazon First Reads members the opportunity to download a Kindle book from our editors' picks each month before the official publication date, for $1.99 - Prime members receive it for free. Customers can also shop editors’ picks in hardcover at exclusive prices. New titles are announced on the 1st of each month. (source)

I'm always surprised when I find out that people aren't aware of this program, but it's well worth signing up! Granted, some month's picks are better than others and I sometimes skip a month, but it's a fun way to discover new titles! And did I mention that it's FREE?


Here are November's First Read titles:



Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley
Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley

Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden - even from one another - have led to Danny’s abduction?

As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son before he’s taken from them forever. (Amazon)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My Brief Flirtation With Kindle Unlimited

Where I try Kindle Unlimited for 3 months but ultimately decide it's not for me

Kindle Unlimited is one of those programs that I was vaguely aware of but not really interested in learning more. Then I was offered a 3 month membership for only 99 cents! Never one to turn down a good deal, I decided to see if it was worth joining.

So far as I knew, Kindle Unlimited was an online lending library charging $9.99 per month. I was partially right.

While Amazon claims there are over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks available, they fail to mention that the selection is limited and doesn't include very many bestselling authors.

Want to read Stephen King? Sorry, not available, but can we interest you in Stephen R. King? (sneaky!)

Want the latest James Patterson? Nope. John Green, Lee Child, or John Grisham? Nada. Dean Koontz? Yes! Sorta.... There's a short story called Ricochet Joe and Oddkins, a children's book, but that's it.

While I did find several good reads, none of the titles on my TBR list were available. And I have a LOT of titles on my TBR list!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Book Review: Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer

Book Review:  Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer
Title:  Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer
Release Date:  January 8, 2018
Publisher:  Publisher's Lunch
Source:  netGalley

Our biannual Buzz Books captures all the excitement of the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute and takes it much further. Start off a year of new reading discoveries with substantial excerpts from 40 talked about Buzz Books due to be published in the months ahead. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Buzz Books are one of my favorite ways to discover new books! Here are the titles from this edition that caught my eye:

How To Walk by Katherine Center


This one sounds sad, but left me wanting more. Margaret has her whole life ahead of her with a loving fiance, dream job, bright future, but then it's suddenly ripped away. How will she cope? What will she do next? Will she be able to go on?

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall


Not my usual type of read as I'm not a big fan of stalkers or jealous ex-boyfriends, but the writing grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go! Mike and V used to date, but now she's marrying another man. To be honest, they both sounded like jerks. But V doesn't seem to know that Mike doesn't believe they really broke up and is just waiting for the right moment to "rescue" her. Just like the bar game they used to play, where he'd be the jealous boyfriend chasing off anyone flirting with her. Now I'm wondering what Mike will do next? 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My Book Haul 1-23-2018

The One by John Marrs, Fresh Ink anthology, Wicked Magic anthology, All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay, Midnight Line by Lee Child, Fate's Fables by T Rae Mitchell, Steampunk Fairy Tales, Steampunk Fairy Tales Vol 2, Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews, and Getting Things Done by David Allen
This looks like an awful lot of books, but I haven't done a book haul in awhile. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

NetGalley:


The One by John Marrs
The One by John Marrs

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner - the one you’re genetically made for.

***

Fresh Ink anthology
Fresh Ink anthology

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: The Accidental Mermaid

Book Review: The Accidental Mermaid
Title:  Accidental Mermaid
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Release Date:  October 1, 2017
Source:  eARC provided by the author

Esther Williams Sanchez is busy living her life the way she’s always done. Spending time with her pets, working as a divorce mediator, and enjoying her newly renovated cottage on the beach.

Learn to swim with a bunch of babies and toddlers? Easy-squeezy, right? Er, no. As Esther leaves the pool after her very first lesson, she sprouts a magnificent tail and fins. Oh, and hair the color of a rainbow. Lots and lots of luscious hair. 

Lucky for her, the OOPS girls are on site, and as they set about finding out how this happened to Esther, they run into a hunky Australian merman named Tucker Pearson who happens to be the key to Esther’s problem. But Tucker has problems of his own, and they include being kicked out of his family’s bottled water company, booted from his pod, and accused of embezzling over a million bucks.

Oh, and killing someone… OOPS, here we go again! (Goodreads)


My Review:


Despite this being book 16 in the series, it was pretty easy to follow once you got your feet wet. The author dumped us straight into the deep end of the pool and it was sink or swim. Luckily, sorting out who was who wasn't hard and soon things were going swimmingly once more.

Sorry. The story really got its hooks in me and....

I'll stop now.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TTBA's Bookish Secret Santa 2017

My friend Michelle over at The True Book Addict hosted a Bookish Secret Santa Exchange on Facebook. I love swapping with my fellow book lovers, so was very happy that Michelle decided to host again this year!

This past holiday was a comedy of errors from beginning to end, including this swap! I get so many emails that I sort the ones I want to keep into folders for easy access. So when I was ready to go shopping for my Secret Santa, I went to my swap folder to take notes on what to buy. So I took notes. Bought gifts. Wrapped them up and shipped them off. Sent Michelle the tracking number and all was well...until it wasn't.

Received a very polite, diplomatic note from Michelle after Christmas letting me know that my Secret Santa had not received anything. Doofus Me had pulled last year's Secret Santa email by mistake! Major duh! 

Michelle is a much nicer person than I am and didn't point out my doofus-ness. I felt so bad that my Santee hadn't received anything for Christmas that I hit Amazon as soon as I got Michelle's email! My face is still red! Major oops!

But alls well that ends well and she seemed to like her delayed gifts. Sorry again, Bev! 

My Secret Santa was not a doofus and I received my package well before Christmas!

Secret Santa Goodies
Opened the box before Christmas, but was good and waited to unpack everything until Christmas morning!

Monday, January 1, 2018