Saturday, February 25, 2017

#MarchMysteryMadness : Challenges & TBR

A video version of the challenges for the 2nd Annual March Mystery Madness Readathon including the books I have chosen to fit the challenges. No promises that I'll stick to this list though, as you may or may not know, I am terrible at sticking to a TBR! Let me know if you'll be joining us for our readathon in March!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Books: January Wrap Up

I think I'm finally coming out of my reading slump! I read 3 novels and 10 volumes of manga in January. Really been enjoying manga lately and I still have a lot of it out from the library. If you are only interested in the manga that I ready, you can skip ahead to 17:11

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Books: March Mystery Madness Challenges Announcement

March Mystery Madness starts a little over a week from now! If you are a part of our Mystery Madness Goodreads Group, you have already seen the threads, but if you aren't a part of the group yet, here are the challenges that we have for the month of March. Hopefully these will help you put together your To Read list for the month, if you don't already have a few books lined up already! Most of these are self-explainatory, but if you have any questions, please let me know.
  1. True Crime or Thriller
  2. Classic Mystery - any mystery published before 1967 counts!
  3. First in a Series or Sequel - start a new mystery series or read a sequel in one you have already started. If you are participating in #Book1CoziesClub any of those selections counts for this too!
  4. New To You Author
  5. Paranormal or Futuristic Mystery
  6. Kid or Youth Detective
  7. Diverse Character - read a mystery with a character that has a different background than you. This includes race, sexuality, religion, etc. We'll leave this up to your own personal interpretation.
  8. Cozy Mystery - again, #Book1CoziesClub selections are a fit for this challenge!
  9. Read 8 Bonus - complete 8 mysteries in the month of March
So, those are the challenges we have for this round of #MarchMysteryMadness and I hope you will be joining us. We will also be hosting a giveaway at the end of March. There are two ways to gain entries into the giveaway and each person can gain a maximum of two entries. The first is to create a TBR and either tweet it to us or post it in the TBR Thread in our Goodreads Group. The second way is to create a post in our Finishing Line thread in our Goodreads Troup. This entry can only be earned in the Goodreads Group. After you finish each book, note it in your personal Finish Line post. You don't need to post each time you finish a book. Just update your post every time you finish a book.

I hope to interact with you either in our Goodreads Group or on our Twitter page! We are planning to host some reading sprints there, so if you would like to take part in those, please follow us. Our sprint schedule will be announced soon. Please also subscribe to my co-hosts channels, LizzyfayeLovesBooks and Troi Towel for other announcements. Let me know if you have any questions and if you are planning on joining us in March.

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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P.S. Go check out my co-host Troi's blog post here for some extra fun challenge descriptions!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really don't know what took me so long to read this book! You would not believe how long I’ve had it sitting on my shelf. I originally bought it because I saw the movie, not realizing it was based on a book. Of course, once I found out, I immediately went to purchase a copy of the book and then I let it sit on my shelf for ages. I think part of my hesitation in reading this was because I had enjoyed the movie so much. I know the saying is that the book is always better than the movie, but over the last year, I have found that not to be 100% true, at least in my case. I am very happy to say that this book was so much better than the movie!

I am so glad that I was able to buddy read this with a friend. You really go through a roller coaster of emotions as you follow Holly trying to cope with the death of her husband. You can feel Holly's pain and the grief she carries, but you also get flashbacks of her husband Gerry and their relationship before and during his illness. Not only do we get Holly's perspective, but we get to know Gerry as a live person and we get a glimpse into what motivated each letter. Having those moments made the story feel complete for me.

We also see Holly's interactions with her friends and family and how Gerry's loss not only is affecting her, but them as well, even though she doesn't see that they're grieving too. These little realizations come in all the way through the story and really add to Holly as a character and the relationships she has with the other people in her life. There are conversations that Holly has with her friends and family that really put into perspective both sides of the situation. I could really understand where both parties were coming from and these conversations were heart wrenching for me to read. I have said before that I am not a very emotional reader. Though I did not shed a tear while reading this, there were moments that were painful to read because the situation just felt so real.

This was the first book that I have read by this author. I have a couple of her other books and definitely look forward to reading them, especially after the experience I had reading this one. Highly recommended!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#Book1CoziesClub: March Book of the Month

I only picked one book out of the jar this month, so we can all participate in March Mystery Madness! Links to the selection are after the break:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Books: March Mystery Madness Announcement

Get ready to join us in the 2nd Annual March Mystery Madness Readathon!

Elizabeth from LizzyfayeLovesBooks

Troi Towel

March Mystery Madness on Twitter

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group

The blanket shown in the closer was hand knit by me.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Second Street Station (Mary Handley Mystery #1)

Second Street Station Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the end, I did enjoy seeing Mary work through this case and kick some butt while she was at it, however, the things that bothered me about this book will stay with me for a while.

I picked up this book because I received a copy of the second book in this series for review. I do not like to series out of order so I had to read this first. I had prepared myself before starting this for it's view on women due to the time in history where this story takes place. I hadn't prepared myself for it's statements regarding Chinese immigrant workers. Granted, due to the time period, I probably should've prepared myself for all aspects, but I didn't and those parts of this story bothered me a lot. It makes you wonder how the author comes up with such hateful phrases. I understand this is a work of fiction, but I have to wonder if he heard something like what he has written from someone else in his life, did he make it up himself, or is it how he actually feels? Also, there is a derogatory name for a Chinese person used in this book which shocked and disgusted me. Having the Chinese character's storyline in this book is merely a way to explain how Mary learned jujitsu, I feel. The narratives were uncalled for and unnecessary in my opinion because the story would've been fine without the mention of those characters. In fact, I probably would've rated this higher if those sections had been excluded.

Mary is a great character. I really enjoyed seeing how she dealt with situations and the work place bullying she faced. The mystery was interesting also and I did enjoy seeing other historical figures pop up in this story, though their portrayal was not very nice. This book does portray drug use by several of the characters also. Overall, I did enjoy the parts that didn't have to do with the Chinese people, but the sections of this book that bothered me will stay with me for a while. I will be reading the next book since I did receive it for review, but I will need to distance myself from it for a bit first.

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