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May 2021 Rewind: I Read A Total of 31 Books

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  Hello, Friends. I hope you're all having a great week. Today is a rewind of May, which was a whirlwind of a month. I read a total of 32 books and pretty sure absorbed more unread books so my TBR grew leaps and bounds. Sigh. I'm still loving my pace and my Goodreads 2021 Reading Goal stands at 139/150. I did post my Mid Month Update , which shows the first 19 books I read.  T H E  R E S T  O F  M A Y Long Bright River by Liz Moore. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.  I posted a review of this book here yesterday.  The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.  It's been a while since I've enjoyed a Christina Lauren work, so thank goodness!  Sweet Talk by Cara Barstone. ⭐⭐⭐⭐. This is a free one on Audible. I'm a new fan of Ms. Barstone, so one of these days, I will try to gobble up her back list.  Call Me Maybe by Cara Barstone. ⭐⭐⭐⭐. This is a re-listen. Still freaking good the second time around.  The Code Breaker by Isaac Walterson. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Y'all know how much I loved this one. Rea

Book Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

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 I'm no Thriller expert, but you're probably better off not going into this book expecting it to be an at-the-edge-of-your-seats type of read. I would say it's more drama, and the cases of murdered women is treated kind of like a backdrop to the sibling dynamics between Mickey & Kasey.  As in practically every family in history, there is always one that lives on the path of straight and arrow, and another that strays. In the case of the Fitzpatrick sisters, Mickey got the better end of the stick, while Kasey lived on the streets in the company of her demons. Their relationship is kinda like a big game of hide and seek: Kasey goes hiding, then Mickey goes seeking. Because Mickey is a cop, she's always especially anxious when yet another body of a murdered woman gets found. There is a discernible anxiety that the readers can feel as Mickey takes in the news of a dead body.  You can just imagine how jittery she was on the inside as news after news of dead bodies turnin

Book Review: Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

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  Permission to ask for you to suspend your disbelief for a moment. Imagine that we are now living in a world where animals have been purposely erased from existence. A virus that turned them feral and inedible swept the land that we had no choice but to kill every single one of them. (Never mind that the balance of the eco system actually depends on animals, but I didn't write this so...) We then turned to other people for meat and protein. (No idea why this world does not have plant based protein in existence, but here we are.) The government, wanting to curb murder and cannibalism, then made it legal to farm "humans for humans' consumption". This is the entire premise of this book and how we, as human beings will do just about anything to destroy what we have, bite off our nose to spite our face, and knowingly plunge ahead into our own moral demise.  Listen, it's not only because people were being butchered like cattle that churned my stomach. It's the  nig

On Audio [3]: Audible $5 Sale

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  Audible got me again. They had a $5 sale promotion for a bunch of audiobooks so I decided to take the plunge. Here's what I got:                                                                               Forgive me for the formatting. I'm not the most patient when it comes to uploading pictures on my post. *facepalm*  Crave by Tracy Wolff.  I'm actually pretty surprise to see this book on that list, considering it's fairly new. But I guess it's a way for people to get hooked on the series. Based on the reviews, it sounds like a Twilight copycat so we'll see how it goes.  Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn . I borrowed a copy from my library but I didn't get to read it before it expired. This book is well loved by a few of the bloggers I follow so I was happy to find it.  You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria . This also a well loved Romance so I'm excited to listen to it.  Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski . I have this in my TBR forever so I'm

Book Review: The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

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  Walter Isaacson is truly the biographer's biographer. From Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs, his style of retelling someone else's story lends for some compelling and compulsively readable reads. There is something very timely about his latest, though. First, the subject is still alive. For another, it wasn't just another important person's life he wrote about. In light of the Coronavirus epidemic, this person's contribution to Science is astronomical.  What if Science could somehow figure out how to give instructions to a cell that could effectively destroy an invading virus? Imagine the possibilities! Cures for diseases and corrective therapies that could help babies with congenital diseases! On the other side of this discovery is that Scientists need to figure out how approach it ethically. After all, how easy would it be if the military to create "super soldiers" ala MCU's Winter Soldier? Or healthy human beings wanting to use i

Book Review: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes

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 Fresh from her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton stood on the precipice of a fork in the road. She could either let bygones be bygones and forget the contemptuous back and forth between her and Obama during their respective campaigns, or she could wait her turn and sit it out until 2016. A few years later, she would become not only one of Obama's influential cabinet member, as a Secretary of State, the post would also cement her stature in the annals of American politics.  The journey there wasn't easy; and it's not because she run into trouble getting her nomination. In fact, it was an overwhelming 94-2 votes in favour. It was because the animosity between the Clinton and Obama camps linger for at least a year after he became the President.  Granted, Obama gave her free reign in choosing her team while she's the Secretary of State. But that doesn't mean she wasn't met with opposition from the rest of the White House team. Oba

Hoarders [10]: Mid May Book Haul & Reading Update

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  Legacy by Shannon Messenger | Flashback by Shannon Messenger | Nightfall by Shannon Messenger | Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby | Later by Stephen King | A rsenic and Adobo by Mia. P Manansala | Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee | The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner | Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth | Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  Hello, friends. In my defence, four of these books were ordered before I decided I wasn't going to buy any books in May. And then Mother's Day happened and my family gifted me with some gift cards to spend at the bookstore. So here we are. I realized that the only way I can avoid buying books is if I avoid reading blogs. We all know that's not going to happen so I think I'm just going to gird up my loins every weekend because that's when I usually give in and drag my husband to go book shopping. Lol.  L I F E   L A T E L Y So what's been up with me besides reading like books are going

Book Review: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

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  I've looked forward to reading this book since learning that this is a one-night-stand, got-blindingly- drunk, woke-up-married-in-Vegas Romance trope. The best part? It's a Sapphic romance. I have read my fair share of queer romance, but admittingly, not too many f/f. Surprisingly enough, I got more than what I bargained for.  With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that. This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summ

On Audio [2]: Library Loot

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Our libraries are closed again, unfortunately. We are officially on third lockdown orders. Hubby and I are still going to work, but the kids are in-home learning again. One of the advantages for a book nerd when our entire province goes on lockdown is that your borrows are extended automatically -- for physical copies at least. But for the e-books and audiobooks, we are given more allowances as to how many books you can either put on hold, or borrow. So that's what I've been doing. I've been giving my Libby app a good workout.  L A T E S T   B O R R O W S      HRC | The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener         Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie | Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby | In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado I have physical copies of these books except for In the Dream House and Agatha Christie's book. I sometimes like following along while I listen to the audio. It makes me focus more.

Book Review: Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden

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  For those who have echoed the Right's rallying cry of "Where's Hunter?", this book was written specifically for y'all. Hunter aims to disclose exactly where he has been while his father was on a campaign trail. But he begins with the tragic story of two brothers who were arms and arms through the early heartbreak of losing their mom and their sister. Joe, Beau, and Hunter's relationship besides that of being familial, was also a  euphoric, idyllic brotherhood, one that's forged in tragedy and strengthened by love and loyalty. Don't get me wrong, Hunter's descent to drug and alcohol abuse is far from 'idyllic'. All I'm saying is, we all could use the kind of love these three share. Knowing that regardless of our frailties, we have the kind of sibling support and fatherly love Hunter's been bestowed upon.  I don't think I've read a memoir of a book where you see two different sides of the same person. There is the accomplish

April 2021 Rewind

 Hello, Friends. April, glorious, April! I'm actually pretty excited that we're inching closer to the Summer. Which means, my allergies will hopefully be gone as well. It hasn't been too bad, to be honest. Last year, I got hives. This year is more normal: itchy, burning eyes, sneezing, and itchy throat. So far, so good.  Let's break down my month: I read a total of 30 books, with a couple of re-reads because: Abby Jimenez. Audiobooks are still my saving grace, as well, Kindle Unlimited. I'm also making good use of my Libby app and have borrowed some books from the library. Unfortunately, the physical copies went unread before they expired. Sigh. Here are the books. I won't talk about them much -- just the rating: How Much of these Hills are Gold by C. Pam Zhang ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Neverseen, Keeper of the Lost Cities, #4 by Shannon Messenger ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quidlen ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Law