Category Archives: 2017 Reading Challenge

Honeybee

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I received this poetry book from Netgalley. I can’t say I know a lot about poetry but I can say this book is gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. In the dark. In my bed. Which was a great location because most of these poems are about a break up, sadness, anger, and many other things that wouldn’t have felt as magnified on a sunny day outside. Trista experiences a break up with a girl she wasn’t really dating. They were friends and yet also more. This girl she was in love with said horrible things about same sex relationships, all the while loving Trista. Or Trista was feeling like she loved her. How can you really know when someone loves you? So she left. Moved to Australia. And tried to forget her first love. There are also some poems about being bisexual and her relationship with her mother. All around it was just so moving. I loved it. It will be released in May of 2018. Put it on your list!

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author

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Spousal bonding

I love my spouse. I love books. However, my spouse does not love the books I love. He loves graphic novels. So sometimes I go on a binge and read lots of graphic novels and suggest he read them too so we can reference them and talk about it. Right now he’s obsessed with Locke and Key written by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King (in case you didn’t know). I got halfway through Joe Hill’s door stop of a book, The Fireman, so I didn’t go in to these books with high hopes. But they’re good!

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I have finished Welcome to Lovecraft vol 1 and Head Games vol 2. There’s a bit of gore and violence so be prepared. Although the illustrations aren’t super realistic so it’s not as disturbing, in my opinion. There are 6 volumes thus far and we’re plowing right along. If you like graphic novels with a bit of horror and mystery these might be for you!

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by an author who uses a pseudonym (Joe Hill is actually Joseph Hillstrom King – I assume he didn’t want to be known straight away as Stephen King’s son, although he doesn’t go so far as to hide it)

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : three books by the same author (I’m currently reading vol 3 so it counts)

 

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Every Note Played

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Every Note Played is the new Lisa Genova book. Lisa Genova of the Still Alice / Julianne Moore movie (and book). Her book Inside the O’Briens is also being made into a movie. I must admit I’ve read all her books – there are 4 before this one – except for Inside the O’Briens. I couldn’t handle the language. But I should try again.

Every Note Played was a great book and reacquainted me with my love for Genova. She is seriously amazing. She typically writes fiction books about a character with a medical issue. Still Alice was Alzheimers, Inside the O’Briens was Huntington’s and now Every Note Played is ALS. She’s so knowledgeable. Listen to this. “Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.” I mean honestly. Have you ever heard such a thing? Good Lord.

Anyway, Richard and Karina are the main characters of this new book. Newly divorced, they are both pianists who met at school and quickly married. At first Richard, the more famous of the two, thinks he just has tendinitis. He is then diagnosed with ALS and instead of telling anyone he goes into denial. By the time he loses both of his arms Karina has discovered and accepts the fact that he must come back and live at their family home. What follows is his quick decline and their changing relationship with each other and their 18 year old daughter. I didn’t know much about ALS, I’m not sure many do past the ice bucket challenge, and I learned so much. I highly recommend this poignant story. Also, I’ve read TWO books from my Netgalley before their publication date. It’s a record! Every Note Played will be released in March of 2018.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by or about someone with a disability

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Dear Fahrenheit 451

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This book is hilarious. Honestly, one of the funniest books ever. You may not think so unless you’re a librarian but I am and it’s hysterical. Annie Spence has written letters to books in her library, books she has read and books she has hated. I particularly loved her letter to the romance spinner. I laughed so hard I cried. She also has a letter to children’s librarians that I found particularly moving. A great stocking stuffer for your local librarian or avid book reader friend. Put in Kleenex too for their happy laughing tears.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book of letters

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The Immortalists

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I’m ahead of the game! I finished a Netgalley that doesn’t come out until January 2018. I am so proud. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin first caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. Then I read the summary and was intrigued. “If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

Four siblings in 1969 go to a witch to hear the day of their death. Some of them take their day and run towards it by doing everything recklessly. Others try and pretend it won’t happen. You follow each sibling leading up to their death. Once the first sibling dies you move on to the sibling who dies next. Generations span in an instant and everything moves very quickly even though 50 years pass. I liked all the characters a lot and I definitely liked hearing each point of view. I didn’t care for the ending so much, and the last sibling wasn’t my favorite, but the plot was interesting and kept my attention. Definitely recommended!

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book that takes place over a character’s life span

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We’re Going to Need More Wine

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We’re going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is hilarious. I laughed out loud constantly. To me, she’s famous for 10 Things I Hate About You. She’s also in Bring it On and has had appearances on Friends, Star Trek, 7th Heaven and many many other things. But her stories are mainly about her life with those acting gigs interspersed here and there. She talks very frankly about many things. She was raped while working in a Payless Shoes when she was 19 years old – I will never go to a Payless Shoes ever again. She talks about that and how it gave her serious anxiety from then on, and even now that she’s 44 years old. She also talks about her and her husband‘s three boys and how they raise them as black men. She has a unique perspective, especially from mine, and I appreciated everything she had to say. I highly recommend it and I guarantee you will enjoy it.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book written by someone you admire (I do now!)

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a juicy memoir

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : a collection of stories by a woman (I never would’ve called this a collection of short stories but the word stories is the subtitle so I guess it is and I’m going to count it)

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Murder on the Orient Express

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I saw this movie preview. Sooo I read the book. I feel like I say that a lot. But I can’t in good conscience see a movie unless I’ve read the book. So I read them. There are also a ton of famous actors in this movie so I’m assuming it will be good.

I thought the layout of the book was interesting, meeting the players, getting the facts, interviews. Each section had a different goal towards solving the case. I can’t say that the way it was written really helped me figure out who the killer was but it doesn’t matter because, spoiler alert, THEY’RE ALL THE KILLER. This I hated. Hated. It will be interesting to see if they follow this in the movie.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book that’s becoming a movie in 2017

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