Books Left Unread #165

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls #1)

I don’t have a good reason for not starting this one other than the length of the book. Books over 450 pages intimidate me a bit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

  1. I drove four+ hours to attend a festival
  2. I left my husband at home and got a hotel room on my own so I could attend a festival
  3. I missed a family gathering
  4. I left my husband with friends and no car
  5. I carried two very large canvas bags weighing about 90lbs
  6. I’ve also carried bags that weighed 85lbs and 70lbs
  7. I’ve stopped following/lost friendships because I didn’t like how someone handled themselves when it came to new books (meaning they were rude that they got an ARC when nobody else really did). I also lost friendships (loose term) because I felt I was being used for my arcs.
  8. I’ve fibbed about how much I really spent on books
  9. I started a hidden list on Amazon for the books I’m quietly keeping an eye on
  10. I’ve ignored adult chores so I could read/listen/finish a book I was highly addicted to.

What have you done for the love of books?

Books Left Unread #164

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, #1)

I haven’t read anything by this author before but I know there is a lot of hype around whatever she writes… maybe that is what keeps me from starting this?

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Review: Heroine

Heroine

This is another book I’ve been struggling to find the right words to use to properly describe. This was such a powerful story that it shook me to my core. This was so many things to me: raw, dirty, gritty, real, believable, gutsy, dark, scary, heart-breaking, terrifying, horrific, beautiful, core-shattering, and so much more. Prepare yourself now because I am going to recommend this to nearly everyone.

Mickey believed she was an everyday high school girl with hopes of playing softball until she couldn’t play anymore. Everything changed when she and her best friend were in a car accident. Mickey had to have reconstructive surgery on her hip and that meant she may not be healed in time for the upcoming training season. She needed to be ready for that training season as she is the star catcher and to the uber talented pitcher. These girls were predicted to win it all so the pressure was on. Mickey quickly discovers the painkillers she was prescribed helped her overcome the hurdles standing in her way. She also discovered that they made her feel good. That quickly becomes a feeling Mickey cannot get away from.

You can absolutely bet your bottom dollar that this story has trigger warnings. This was actually a whole new level of story I hadn’t read before as it was told from Mickey’s POV – the girl who was spiraling into a full-blow drug addiction. Sure, it started out innocent but it quickly – and I do mean quickly – became something so much more. Being able to read the story from that POV was shocking and masterfully done. I swore I felt Mickey’s obsession. It was as if I was right there beside her and I was obsessed with this story. Once I started this, I could not do anything else until I figured out what happened. Mickey was a powerful protagonist. The seemingly innocent high school student and star softball catcher started out with innocent intentions but was soon stealing her mom’s wedding ring and stealing cash out of random people’s purses to fuel her habit. To be able to see that stellar character arc was brilliant. I was simply aghast with everything Mickey went through, said, and did to get her fix while hiding her habit from her family and friends.

Make no mistake that Mickey’s new drug addiction was not the only demon she was facing: she is adopted due to her Mom being infertile, her parents divorced after he had an affair, then her dad remarried and has a new baby on the way. Mickey has to find a way to make this her new-normal somehow. The tensions were high and emotions all over the place. Hence the reason Mickey chased that allusive high throughout the book because she wanted a break from reality, a small chance to feel good for even a short amount time. McGinnis was able to weave all of this together in the most fluid way imaginable.

This is going to be one story that stays with me for a very, very long time and I will not stop singing its praises anytime soon. There were parts that were difficult to get through, but that was a testament to McGinnis’ writing and her mastery of it. I would go into more detail about things that stood out to me but I really want you all to give this a chance. I know it is tough, the subject matter is not idea but I feel it is absolutely necessary. This kind of story happens every single day. This is not new but it is relevant and I am very thankful it is out in the world.

Books Left Unread #163

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Rush by Eve Silver

Rush (The Game, #1)

I believe the fantasy side of this story has kept me from reading it… have you read it?

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Review: Angel Thieves

Angel Thieves

I have a really strong feeling that I was not the right reader for this book. Why do I start my review that way? Simple: I did not understand what was going on and therefore did not enjoy the book. I wanted to because it had everything necessary to make a good story, but it never hooked me. I really believe one of the reasons I did not enjoy this as much was because one of the POV voices was that of a river. You read that right… a river.

I believe this story was about several smaller stories woven together throughout time to make one larger story. Those are difficult to manage and for me it was not successfully done here. There were three voices that I could pinpoint: a river, an ocelot, and some’s life that has something to do with an angel headstone. I know that’s rather vague, but the entire story felt vague. While the strange POV chapters – and I do mean strange, an ocelot as a voice? – felt scattered and flat, the entire story itself was not told in any particular order. I’m a pretty open minded reader but I could not get behind an ocelot and a river going on about how they keep their secrets year over year.

The bigger part of my reader brain really wanted more focus on the historical side of this story – the angel headstone. I wanted that to be the focus and while it was, the writer took the long way around her thumb to get to her elbow. Meaning, she took way too long to get to the point. There were several chapters that felt very unnecessary and went on for much longer than they needed to. I wanted character development… no, I needed it but it was nowhere to be found. I wanted the story and history of why the angel headstone was so bloody important to be given more depth but it was just not meant to be.

While this was a very quick read, it was the most confusing thing I have read in a long time (aside from Welcome to Night Vale). I’m not sorry I read it but I am gravely disappointed by what I read. I know several other readers have read and sincerely loved this book and it makes me wish I could have read it through their eyes. This was just not for me.

Books Left Unread #162

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)

No real reason for why I haven’t read this other than hype that surrounds it…

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