Monday, January 30, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick #4)

The Forgotten Girls The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to pick up this book because it was Barnes & Noble's Serial Read offering for the month. I had no idea it was the fourth book in a series! That being said, I didn't have any trouble nor did it ever dawn on me that I was in the middle of a series.

Please note that this book does touch on the subjects of rape and mental illness. The story drew me right in, but I knew immediately that I would need to borrow a copy of the audiobook version to help me accustom myself with the pronunciation of names and such.Once I became familiar with the pronunciation, I should've read exclusively from print. I definitely do not recommend the audiobook version because I'm pretty sure the accents are not right. I picked up an American Southern accent and an Irish accent I think, which kind of made the the backdrop of the book disappear for me. I'm not entirely sure the pronunciation was right, but I hope it was.

Other than that bit of confusion, the case was very interesting and it kept me wondering what would happen next. Towards the end, I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it, which is a good sign. I did pick up on little clues as to the end but not until the last quarter of the story. Even then, how it eventually played out was a complete surprise.

We got a bit of backstory on Louise, which I appreciated. It seems like we're going to get more hopefully in the next book, as a tidbit to her past was dropped at the end of this installment. I look forward to reading more of the author's work in the future!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has always been my favorite installment in this series, and it's the one that I've read the most. That being said, it's been at least 15 years since I read it last. I'm not sure what about this one puts it on top for me, whether it be the types of activities going on at Hogwarts during this term, or how the bonds of friendship are tested. The movie of this book also is the one that disappointed me the most, because there are so many interesting things that happen in this one that were left out!

I'm not a very emotional reader, but this one never fails to bring a tear to my eye in two chapters of this story. This will always be a favorite of mine and I'm so glad that I finally revisited this one.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

#Book1CoziesClub February Books of the Month

February's selections for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club have been chosen! Links to books mentioned can be found after the break.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Books: December Wrap Up

December was a slower reading month for me, but I still managed to read six things. Goodreads links to all books mentioned can be found after the break.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries #1)

Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #1)Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads): As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for--a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself…

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This was a re-read for me and I have to say that I enjoyed this more than I did the first time around. I didn't remember a lot of what happened, so it was almost like a new read for me. I really enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and her husband. I also found the chapter headers interesting as they tied in to Lucy's day job.

This ebook included samples to a couple of the other books in this series and I will definitely be continuing to other installments.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Recap/2017 Goals

This is a bit of a long one! I got a bit chatty telling you how I did in regards to the goals I set for myself in 2016 and what goals I am planning for myself in 2017. Links to things mentioned can be found after the break.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Books: My Highest and Lowest Rated Books in 2016

My highest and lowest rated books in 2016! This video includes all of my 5 star reads and 2 star reads in 2016. My written reviews for each book mentioned is linked after the break.