Thursday, August 17, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Bat (Harry Hole #1)

The Bat The Bat by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie The Snowman and looked up the book it was based on, only to find out it's the seventh book in this series. I don't read series out of order and since the movie looked interesting, I thought I'd check this series out.

For me, this book was good but not very enjoyable. It didn't seem like anything really exciting happened and the investigation dragged. Harry gets intoxicated quite a bit in this book (which I understand is part of his character, but it doesn't make him a likeable or interesting person to me as a reader) and there's a fair bit of foul language. The end was poetic, though I believe it was unrealistic.

I did find it a bit strange that we start this series not in the main character's home land, but in a different country entirely, though I did enjoy the Australian backdrop. I did read the snippet for the next book that was included at the end of this one. It looks like that one is set in another country and I and am interested, so I will be giving this series another chance to impress me.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on A World without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2)

A World without Princes A World without Princes by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I enjoyed the story telling in this book, but I did not enjoy Sophie's character one bit. I don't think she was entirely what made this story not as enjoyable as it's predecessor for me though. The pitting of genders against each other was not enjoyable to me either and the ending of this installment was kind of unsettling to me - Not because I didn't know where it was going, but it's disturbing to me. I can't say anymore on that without giving things away, so I'll stop here.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Crochet: Totallee's Crochet Portrait of Frodo

Most of you know that I've been struggling through The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I've got just one book to go before I complete the series. My friend Lee from the blog has been with me through it all. As you know, they're taking me forever to get through and unfortunately, I've been the one that lags behind on our buddy read of these books.

While Lee was waiting for me to finish, she's been working on a crocheted portrait of Frodo Baggins and it's finally complete! Check out her amazing work in the below video and subscribe to her YouTube channel to see more. Also, if you are a crocheter and would like to create this portrait yourself, be sure to head on over to her blog as the pattern is now available there.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2)

The Two Towers The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was very difficult for me to get through. I knew it would be as I've had issues getting through The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, but this one took the longest to read so far. I am determined to get through this series at least once in my life though and I have not gotten through any of the books in my attempts previously. For me to get this far is an accomplishment for me.

I'm afraid I have an unpopular opinion of this series. The story just isn't grabbing me and I don't feel connected to the characters like I do with the movie versions. There are definite differences between the two and I do find those tidbits interesting, but I was completely able to leave this book to the side for long periods of time. I did great in the beginning, but lost my momentum pretty quick.

One more book in this series to go and I'm hoping that one won't be as difficult to get through as this one was.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was not what I expected it to be, but that's what I get for not reading a synopsis before going in. I especially wasn't prepared for it to have a religious tone to it. It's not preachy (at least I didn't feel like it was), but I felt a little on edge the whole way through wondering if it was going to get preachy. The atmosphere was interesting, a few things happened that I wasn't expecting, but for the most part, this story did not grab me.

Thankfully this installment did end with a bit of finality. I am comfortable thinking on this as a stand alone. That being said, there is still a possibility I will continue with the next volume in the future. As of right now though, I am satisfied with where things left off and will be moving on to something else for the time being.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (Meg #1)

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not into shark movies, but I do enjoy documentaries on sharks and prehistoric creatures so when I heard about this book, I was very interested. I really enjoyed this one. It starts off with a bang and the events through out the book just kept me intrigued. The relationship that happened towards the end was unnecessary in my opinion and kind of curious to be honest. I feel like some development was missing in order to make that relationship believable, but that's really my only issue with the book. The end was fast paced and exciting and I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

#Book1CoziesClub | July Book of the Month

Announcing July's Selection for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club! Come chat with us in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group ^-^ Will you be joining in on this read?

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