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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Summary: "Forced to live according to her motorcycle club father's strict gender code, 17-year-old Violet takes matters into her own hands to protect her younger brother when their father is killed carrying out gang business, a situation that separates her from the boy she loves and causes her to be targeted by a rival club."

Long Way Home is the third and highly anticipated installment in the Thunder Road series by Katie McGarry. I could NOT wait to get my hands on this book! Violet and Chevy (characters we meet in the previous books) finally get their own beautiful story, and it was amazing! I never wanted it to end; it almost felt too short, even though it's 408 pages! Characters from Katie's Pushing the Limits series were also interwoven with Chevy's story, which was amazing! However, I wish all the characters had interacted much, much more.

I hope she continues this series!

408 pages

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Summary: "High school senior Cara Sweeney gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in earth's first intergalactic high school exchange program."

Melissa Landers is such a fun and relatable author. Her characters are real, flawed and intriguing. Their personalities really jump off the page! I enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing the series.

344 pages

Tea with Jam and Dread (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #20) by Tamar Myers

  Tea with Jam and Dread (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery # 20) 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Magdalena decides to expand advertising for her Bed and Breakfast, Penn-Dutch Inn, to Europe. Her best friend Agnes arranges for the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their children to be guests. Agnes tries to prompt Magdalena in all things British and aristocratic and Magdalena learns that maybe her regular guests really aren't that annoying. Then tragedy strikes and one of the Earl's sons disappears over the edge of a cliff during a picnic. Did he fall or was he pushed and just where is the body?

Tamar Myers recovers here, from whatever happened to her storytelling in books 18 and 19 of the series. 

Pages: 217

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Reliquary Trilogy by Sarah Fine (3 books)

Reliquary (Reliquary, #1)Reliquary by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a dark and twisty adult paranormal novel. The characters are salty, and the story is spicy.

It continues to prove that Sarah Fine is an excellent writer with a head full of strange ideas and stories that I always enjoy reading. She has a real knack for pacing and plot, which I don't typically recognize until after I have raced through another of her stories. They all read so easily that I rarely pick up something by her and don't finish it the same day.

Also, the audiobook reader (Carly Robins) is excellent, and she has to deal with a wide variety of personalities and even accents in this series.

Pages: 306

Splinter (Reliquary, #2)Splinter by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 2 is also excellent, though I at times wanted to shake the MC for her thought, actions, and behaviors. She just handles things in a way that is quite different from me, though that should be expected, as she is not me.

This book suffers under the illusion of a love triangle, though it's clear one point of the triangle doesn't belong in the equation.

Pages: 306

 Mosaic (Reliquary, #3)Mosaic by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not the last book in the series. I don't accept that is the case, based on the ending. If it is, then my rating should lose a star.

However, despite Fine's penchant for trilogies, I don't think she's done with this series, which makes the end of book 3 completely logical and understandable. Fine has a way of ending series that is complete and satisfying, so I think perhaps this series needs 1 or 2 more books, as we don't seem to have come to the end of the Mattie's story.

I remain hopeful and will patiently wait for Fine to write book 4, even though that might not have been the publisher's original intention for this series.

Pages: 310

Thursday, February 23, 2017

By Your Side by Kasie West

Summary: "When Autumn finds herself accidentally locked in the library all weekend with Dax, a loner with a bad reputaton, she is surprised at the connection that develops between them."

Trapped in a library! Everyone's daydream, no?! Well, this was almost a really cute story, but it didn't quite live up to my lofty expectations. I would have liked more interaction in the library itself! But overall, the story was just as cute and fun as Kasie West's other books; it just didn't quite make the leap from good to great.

342 pages

Strength & Compassion: Photographs and Essays by Eric Greitens

  Strength & Compassion: Photographs and Essays by Eric Greitens

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published in 2008 long before Eric Greitens became the Governor of Missouri, this title not only shows the reader some of his award winning photography, but also gives you a glimpse into how he views the world and all of its people and the experiences that led him to this viewpoint. As the title implies he believes that one needs both strength and compassion to not only be a good leader and person, but in some cases just to survive horrible events. The photos are from his research and documentary photography work with children and families in Rwanda, Albania, Mexico, India, Croatia, Bolivia, and Cambodia and even though some show the horrible side of humanity there is also hope. 

New York Book Festival, Winner for Photography and Grand Prize Winner
Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Gold Medal for Photography
2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Winner for Photography
Silver Medalist for the Nautilus Book Awards for Art/Photography Book
Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Best Photography Book

Pages: 172

The Glass is Always Greener (Den of Antiquity #16) by Tamar Myers

 The Glass is Always Greener (Den of Antiquity #16) by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Abigail Timberlake's current adventure occurs when she goes with her best friend, Rob, to one of his family gatherings as "moral support." Unfortunately, Rob's aunt who is hosting the party, treats everyone cruelly at the party and a short time later is found dead by Abby. Of course, since she is not a relative and she found the body she is the top suspect. Can Abby not only clear her name, but help Rob and his mother mend emotional fences?

Pages: 279

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia (Magonia, #1)Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased this book 2 years ago, then almost immediately decide it was probably just another book with a gorgeous cover that wouldn't actually be that good. So I set it aside out of fear of disappointment. I then crossed paths with the book almost every month, and even downloaded the audio version from the library no less than 8 times, without ever once even starting to read a single sentence.

I am an idiot.

Typically, when I do this, I set myself up for failure, as the longer I worry about and delay reading a story (due to a sudden influx of low expectations), my expectations for it actually rise. I only forced myself to pick it up last night, as 3 other people recommended it to me this past week. I promised myself that if I just started it, I would allow myself to quit reading when it became awful.

Again, I am an idiot.

Here's the bottom line:
This YA fantasy novel is so unique and gorgeous that I still don't even understand 1/100th of the world in which it occurred, and yet I am head over heels in love with it. It's a refreshing read, that feels a bit like a bizarre dream, and I will be starting book 2 ASAP.

Pages: 309

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Death of Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #19)

 The Death of Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #19)

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The title is a play off the book and movie title, the Life of Pi, but has nothing to do with that story.

This book follows Butter Off Dead in the Penn-Dutch series. The events and timeline of Butter off Dead were confusing to say the least. I thought I had missed some books in the series but other events seemed to happen right after the previous book and a few even prior to the previous title. Then along comes, Death of Pie, to explain that the last book was a tell-all about the townspeople from a mystery novelist who was a guest at the Penn-Dutch Inn. This book is supposed to be the mystery of who killed the author to get even. But it meanders badly, the limited clues are all there in the first few chapters. Had I known I would have skipped Butter Off Dead all together. It is not necessary to read it for this story at all. Really hope the next story is better or the author ties up this series and moves on.

Pages: 200 

Butter Safe Than Sorry (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #18)

 Butter Safe Than Sorry (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #18)

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

This book was quite confusing. Events happening in this book were years later than the previous title in this series and yet in this story somethings that happened earlier were happening again. Perhaps author was rushed to wrap up the series? Something went awry. 

Pages:  259

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another great story and fantasy novel concept, with 3 strong and unique female leads.

The concept: triplet queens are separated from age 6 and trained (in quite different ways), until they reach the age of sixteen, at which time, one will kill the other 2 with her powers and ascend to the throne.

The story is told in 3rd person, but it follows all 3 stories separately, until they start to combine.
My only minor complaint is that when listening to the audiobook (which has an excellent reader: Amy Landon), there is nothing to mark the changes between the 3 separate stories. I often found myself suddenly flailing, when it would transition to a new batch of characters, without warning. The confusion would sometimes turn me into a poor listener, and I would get distracted trying to sort out what was happening, then have to rewind.

In addition, there is a character called Madrigal in one world, and another called Mirabelle in another. Since those 2 worlds tended to always follow each other in the story, this confused me about 30% of the time, for about 50% of the book. I think it’s a simple author misstep of giving 2 somewhat prominent characters’ names that are way too similar. Don’t get me wrong. I like both names. I just found myself constantly rewinding and confused each time we switched perspectives. This could just be me being a bad listener, and maybe those who read the story in print won’t have any difficulties with this similarity.

Despite this, I still enjoyed this story and really invested into these characters, even some of the side characters. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel, accompanied by a dose of angst.

One final thing to note is that there is (from my perspective) an obvious twist in this story, though I am an avid reader and expect some readers will not see it coming. However, despite the sly clues about the upcoming twist, I was still happy when it finally occurred, so it wasn’t a situation where I saw it coming and was therefore bored. It’s more like the author was clever about dropping only the tiniest hints, which had me expecting this twist throughout, but I continued to be unsure if and when it would ever occur. At one point, I even started doubting myself, so I didn’t mind this in the way I mind stories that are painfully obvious without reason. This story had its reasons, and overall, that worked for me, particularly since it made me hope for something that changed the game in an interesting way.

Pages: 398

Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #17)

 Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #17)

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Magdalena is happily married and expecting her first child. But she feels the new police chief, Chris Ackerman can use her help when one of their own dies at a church breakfast after eating pancakes. Just when she thinks she has it figured out, her prime suspect also ends up dead. Now, what is she going to do?

Pages: 263

As the World Churns (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #16)

 As the World Churns (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #16) 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Magdalena has finally married the man of her dreams. As mayor, she is asked to emcee the first annual Hernia Holstein competition. Then Magdalena's long-time friend, Doc Shafor is knocked unconscious and her husband Gabe and their adopted daughter Alison go missing. With the help of her best friend, Agnes, Magdalena is determined to find her family.

Pages: 260

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More, please, and thank you.

This YA Sci-Fi novel captured my full attention, with it's fascinating premise (an engineered assassin poses as a regular human to attempt to save the life of her beloved master during a political upheaval), and fast-paced plot.

The characters were layered and grew throughout the story, which is kind of about the inhumanity of those who prioritize power and privilege above all else, and also about the humanity lurking in those who are believed to have none.

This book stands completely alone, as a full story, but I hope it's the start of a series. I definitely want more of this world and these characters.

Pages: 416

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This concept is brilliant. I adored this book. I liked the story so much, that I'm actually going to tell you about the concept, which I rarely do.

Nadia lives inside the walls of Canaan, where every 12 years, The Forgetting comes, and complete chaos ensues. Think fear, violence, and complete panic. Think babies abandoned to cry in the street, while their mothers stand off to the side. Think absolute confusion. Sheer terror. Traumatic accidents and strong emotions that lead to violence. Bewilderment, mistrust, and isolation.

Before The Forgetting, it's a day of no remorse, which brings out the best and worst in people, but by the end of the day, nobody remembers anything. Every part of their identities is gone in an instant: their names, their families, their friends, what they love, what they think, what they do, their biggest accomplishments, their greatest mistakes. Everything.

Some people feel it's a blessing, a chance to start again. Others feel it's an opportunity to commit any sort of crime or revenge, for which there will never be a punishment. Some feel a deep loss, but it is hard to mourn the loss of something that you can't even remember.

In the span of a Canaan day, all is lost, and when The Forgetting passes, the only resources people have to help explain what has happened, who they are, and how to survive, are their personal books of truth, which they must carry with themselves at all times.

Obviously, there are a few catches (potential spoilers ahead, so if you prefer to read a book knowing as little as possible, you might want to stop reading here):

1. If you don't have your book, you become one of the lost, fated to a miserable life (or perhaps death). You will never know who you are, or who you have been, and nobody else will either. The lost are blamed for their fate and separated from society, as everyone is taught to write truths at all times and to never part with their book.

2. People try to cheat the system before The Forgetting comes by changing truths or writing lies in their books (and/or in other people's books). For 12 years, you may have been happily (or so you thought) married to John, but after The Forgetting, if your books says your husband Adam died years before, you become an immediate widow.

2.5. Sometimes, people even try to steal or destroy someone else's book, so that person becomes part of the lost.

3. Supposedly everyone forgets, but in true dystopian fashion (SPOILER ALERT)-- du du duhnnnn--- Not everyone forgets, though nobody has ever admitted to remembering.

This book is fascinating and intense from start to finish.

Pages: 403

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (A Chocoholic Mystery, #3) by JoAnna Carl

  The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (A Chocoholic Mystery, #3) by JoAnna Carl

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Lee McKinney helps her aunt run TenHuis Chocolade in a tourist town. For this year's 4th of July they  debut chocolate frogs in a variety of sizes. The only person to buy a large frog is also the town's most annoying citizen and it's the first time he has ever bought anything from them instead of asking for samples. When he disappears Lee's boyfriend is the prime suspect, even though he has no real motive. But there are others who do... relatives who need the money, investors in a secret land deal, and perhaps some folks who have just gotten tired of him looking through their windows.

Pages: 227

Peaches and Scream (A Georgia Peach Mystery #1) by Susan Furlong

 Peaches and Scream (A Georgia Peach Mystery #1) by Susan Furlong

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Nola Harper returns to her childhood home in Cays Mill, Georgia to help run her parents peach farm while they enjoy a free vacation. But she soon learns that things at the farm and in the town aren't going well. Several poor harvests has the farm's accounts strapped for cash. Then her brother-in-law is accused of murder and he may very well be guilty.

Pages: 289 

Baroque and Desperate (Den of Antiquity #5) by Tamar Myers

 Baroque and Desperate (Den of Antiquity #5) by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Abigail Timberlake, antique dealer and owner of Charlotte, North Carolina's Den of Antiquity, is called upon to use her expertise to assist wealthy member of the Latham family, Tradd Maxwell Burton. His Grandmother is setting up a family treasure hunt and this year it's inside your antique filled-manor. Each guest only gets one guess at what the valuable item is and they are allowed to bring another person to help them. Accompanied by her friend C.J., they arrive at the estate to an icy reception from the rest of the family. Then the maid is stabbed with an antique kris and everyone is accusing C.J. Can Abbey find the real killer before C.J. is charged with murder?

Pages: 250 

Tiles and Tribulations (Den of Antiquity #10) by Tamar Myers

 Tiles and Tribulations (Den of Antiquity #10) by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Abigail Timberlake Washburn is forced to attend a seance at her friend, C.J's new home. She is certain that her house is haunted and that the spirit is even doing repairs around the house for her. C.J. hires a psychic and with a group of retiree friends of Abby's Mom tries to find out why the spirit is still there. Abby figures out early on that the psychic isn't all she appears to be, but when Madame Woo-Woo is found dead, Abby becomes a suspect.

Pages: 340

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History by Jon Morris

 The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History by Jon Morris 
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

I read a special, limited edition of this title, available through LootCrate, a monthly subscription service. It is an abbreviated edition with 124 pages. This collection describes villains from a variety of comic book eras who were weird, comical, incompetent and some are even dangerous. This collection affectionately showcases oddball criminals.

Pages: 124

The Gluten-Free Slow Cooker: Set It and Go with Quick and Easy Wheat-Free Meals Your Whole Family Will Love by Hope Comerford

The Gluten-Free Slow Cooker: Set It and Go with Quick and Easy Wheat-Free Meals Your Whole Family Will Love by Hope Comerford

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

This cookbook can help you enjoy your gluten-free meals, whether your family has to follow a gluten free diet for celiac's or other health issues or you are trying to eat healthier in general. Trying to find delicious, easy recipes that the whole family will enjoy is difficult. This recipe book provides you with meals that can be ready in your slow cooker when you get home from work. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

176 pages

I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki

I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A classic of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is one of the author's best-known novels. This novel was written over the course of 1904 to 1906. The main character is a cat who is never given a name but lives with a middle-class family. Cat tells the reader his observations of human behavior and Japanese society during the Meiji era in all of his cat snarkiness.

Page Numbers: 470

Monday, February 13, 2017

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with UsIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*expletives redacted*

I had no idea what this story was about. I just started it, because I read everything Colleen Hoover writes. No. I don't just read her stories. I drink them down and dwell inside them. She creates characters and worlds that cling to you, that make you face all your hopes and fears, that put you through the full range of emotions.

Anyway, long story short, I was completely unprepared for how a book with such a pretty cover could contain such ugliness, pain, and suffering. I mean, the destroyed flower probably should have been a warning sign . . . Regardless, it's still a gorgeous story, in the kind of way the embers of a fire are beautiful, after the flames have just destroyed something.

Be sure to read the author's note at the end of the story.

Pages: 376

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me longer to settle into this one than it did Everything Everything, maybe partly because the fast changes of POV at the start, but it did suck me in, once I wrapped my brain around who the characters are and why I should care about them.

Basically, Natasha (17) meets Daniel on the same day her family is to be deported to Jamaica for being illegal immigrants (came to America at age 8), and they have an immediate, shocking connection. Despite being so different, and almost opposites in many ways, they are drawn to each other in a way that surprises them both. As a result, they become part of each others' lives through a very difficult day.

The story shares some interesting thoughts and messages, especially in light of recent politics, and the writing is beautiful, as you would expect of Nicola Yoon. The characters are individual and diverse, and even though the story takes place in the span of a day, you get to watch them evolve.

Overall, it's a mash-up of many different commentaries and small story lines on love, race, culture, and the fine line between fighting for your dreams and being responsible to and for those who love you. It gave me different ways to think about life, which is harder for a book to accomplish than you would think, considering I'm an avid reader.

I like it a lot. I just don't love it enough that I need to clutch it to my chest and begin immediately rereading it, which is why it only got 4 stars, instead of 5, despite being an excellent story.

Pages: 384

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

FurthermoreFurthermore by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a unique, imaginative, well-written, adorable middle grade fantasy novel. I'm obsessed with Mafi's writing, so there was no doubt that I would read this book. It also has a gorgeous cover, sounds great as an audiobook, and reads like a colorful dream. I almost feel like music should pour from the book when I crack it open, which is just a testament to how delightful it is.

Pages: 416

Friday, February 10, 2017

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) TeenBeing Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook of this memoir, which was very good, because it is so conversational in voice and tone.

This is an engaging story, and I found Jazz's journey (so far) to be fascinating. I especially appreciate how overwhelmingly positive, encouraging, and confident she is. It's also honest and upfront about topics such as depression.

That being said, I don't think her journey would be considered typical for most transgender teens, so while it's so wonderful to see how much love and support she has had since she was very young, I appreciate how it is noted that other trans kids and teens have not all had the same level of acceptance and support. This is not to say her life has been without hardship, because she has had her own set of struggles.

The book mentions important areas of concern for the trans community, such as the high suicide rates and the increased risk of being the victim of violent crimes. It balances a very hopeful message with reminders that the lives, stories, and struggles of other transgender people can be very different. Regardless, almost all people want to be themselves and to be accepted for who they are, and for someone so young to have such insight is impressive.

I'm still, quite honestly, not a huge fan of memoirs, but this one is short, held my attention well, and provides a lot of good information that will hopefully make the world a more understanding place.

Pages: 272

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Drag Teen by Jeffery Self

Drag TeenDrag Teen by Jeffery Self
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is like cotton candy, which tends to be a lot of fun, but it can be a bit too fluffy and sweet for me at times. I would probably give it only 3 starts, but it has drag queens, some excellent humor, and a few touching moments, which all add up to a 4th star.

I enjoyed this roadtrip-to-enter-a-contest-to-win-a-scholarship story (a popular trend in YA these days), but it's probably not a story that will stick with me for long, despite the interesting journey.

I did appreciate the diversity in characters, and there were a few unexpected viewpoints that caught my attention and made me stop to think. All in all, it's a good book.

Pages: 256

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's not bad. The characters are pretty naive, in a beautiful way, but my jaded side sometimes had trouble swallowing that. I confess I wanted it to run just a bit deeper than it does. You are also going to need to be able to suspend belief to really love this book, as actions and events don't always occur in ways that are logical and realistic. You have to let go of any inner-critic and just try to enjoy an unexpected ride.

The message is solid and valuable, assuming you are into the kind of fiction that teaches a life lesson. There were a lot of things I love about this story, but some of the stuff is so over-the-top that it's hard to forget that you're reading about fake people. I prefer to be completely folded into the characters' lives and world, and to feel like they're completely real, which wasn't possible for me with this book.

I was always aware that I was reading a quirky book about unlikely characters, surrounding a hypothetical situation. Nothing ever felt fully real to me in this world, which is why despite the interesting ideas and gorgeous sentences, I don't love this in the way I wish I did. It was good for me but not great.

Also, there is something about the voice that feels very middle grade, despite this being a YA novel.

Pages: 186

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is adorable. Absolutely everything written by Kasie West seems to be adorable, and heartfelt, with enough depth to run you through the gamut of emotions, leaving you perfectly satisfied at the end of the story.

The characters are well-developed, and the concept is sweet. This is the ideal book for a quick read or for dealing with emotional exhaustion (due to either other books or to life), because it returns more to you than it takes from you.

Pages: 330

Monday, February 6, 2017

Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles, #3.5)Day Zero by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novella - Book 3.5

This is a good companion novella for someone who is obsessed with the series. It reads like a guide to the characters, followed by short backstories about many of them before, during, and after the flash.

I really enjoyed the short stories, because I am fascinated by the characters.

If you are not a fan, this is obviously not for you. Make sure you don't read it until after book 3. It can be read between books 3 & 4, which was the intention. It can also be read after book 4, if you somehow skipped it.

Pages: 174

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Gilmore Girls made me read this, and they never lead me astray. This book, in equal parts, makes me want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, AND it makes me NEVER want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which is the perfect combo.

The audiobook version, read by Bernadette Dunne, is excellent.

Plus, it probably should be noted that sometimes I don't take well to nonfiction, particularly to memoirs that progress like fiction novels . I will read some of them, on occasion, and I will love some of them, on occasion. The love is rare enough that I typically hesitate to pick them up, so anytime one of them speaks to me, its a definite win.

Pages: 315

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire

A Beautiful Funeral (The Maddox Brothers, #5)A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 5: The Maddox Brothers Series

I love how this brought together all the characters from the whole series, but at the same time, after not having read the series in awhile, it was a bit of work to keep everyone straight and try to remember everyone's backstory. This would probably be better if you would read the entire series straight through, because coming back to this book after a gap of time left me feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Still, I love these characters, so it was an enjoyable read, despite my forgetfulness.

Pages: 238