Week 35 – 2015

I’m way behind. I’m just going to jump right in. I need to go to book club shortly, so this may end up being a work in progress….

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The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the Boston Public library. It is Amelia Peabody #5. In this installment Amelia and Emerson solve a murder at the British Museum. This is fun, as are all of the books in the series. I definitely recommend this series. This installment is getting 3 stars.

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Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is Temperance Brennan #3. In this installment Tempe must solve several murders and disappearances surrounding an international biker gang. These are always good. It is sort of disorienting to try to compare them to the TV series, but, as with other series of this nature that have become TV shows, it is definitely easier (especially in this case) to treat them as a completely different thing. I liked this one and I’m giving it 3 stars.

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The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I liked this. It is the coming of age story of Willa, who comes to find out the truth about her unconventional family. It is also the story of Layla, who has been disowned by her father and must find a way to support herself. Jottie is also a major character and she needs to deal with the past and decide what she wants for her future. It is set in West Virginia in the 1930s. Layla is working on a history of the town as part of the Writers Project. The historical aspect was well researched and interesting. I’m giving it 3 stars.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the BPL. My sister recommended this to me. There are so many feelings in this book. It’s hard to drive and listen to this at the same time. I definitely recommend waterproof mascara. I definitely devoured this. It is a YA love story between the title characters. Eleanor has a rough time at home and Park is mixed race and has a complicated reputation at school. I would, in turn, recommend this to anyone. Rainbow Rowell absolutely killed it this time (or if you prefer baseball metaphors, she really knocked one out of the park). I’m giving it 5 stars.

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Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is Virgin #2. I really liked this book. It is the second Ellie book. In this installment, she has decided to try online dating and casual sex. She goes on a few dates and then meets someone IRL and has a ONS. This book is likely categorized as New Adult, and it makes me feel a little old, as in I am certainly no longer in this stage of my life. This character is really easy to relate to and she addresses a lot of the issues that many girls are afraid to talk about. I love how open she is and some of the situations she finds herself in are pretty hilarious. It is also sort of “The Devil Wears Prada,” but online and British. I would definitely recommend this, especially to female millennials. I’m giving it 4 stars.

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The Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman – This was a free download that I got from Amazon, but never read because my original Kindle didn’t like it. I don’t normally read graphic novels, but this is Neil Gaiman, so why the heck not give it a whirl, right? It’s good. I liked it. It is nearly impossible to explain. Basically, an occultist traps Morpheus, then shit goes awry. Try it. It’s only about 45 pages and there are pictures. Sold. I’m giving it 3 stars.

So there you have it. Week 35. I’m just as random as ever, it turns out.

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