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It’s Monday – What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme has had various host over the years and I’ve loved checking in with their different blogs – the newest host is Kathryn and The Book Date. I’m looking forward to following her and participating in this meme again 😉

As the end of 2015 rapidly approaches (am I the only one who finds it insane that 2016 is only 4 days away!), its time to look back at books read and listened. A time to re-evaluate reading and listening goals (2015 is actually the first time in about 6 years I probably won’t make my goal of 365 books and I’m not willing to short sell myself and read a bunch of novellas to get there). A time to think about any reading goals I might have for 2016 (I know reading more diverse fiction is probably going to be one of them). I also know it’s a time to look back at my blogging for the last year, which has been very patchy in places and come up with a plan (or an attempted plan) to try to cover down so that doesn’t happen again. As my mind continues to wander on things I need to think about for 2016, its time to look at what is on my plate for this last week of 2015 and what I read during Christmas week.

Last Week in Reading (and Listening):
career of evilWith my new commute to work that can be anywhere from 2-4 hours round trip a day (although i’ve yet to see close to the 2hr mark, its been more like 3-4hrs), I have had a lot of time to listen to audiobooks (yay!). Last week, I finished listening to both Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I had enjoyed the previous Galbraith books and Career of Evil was no exception, but I also felt like everything was wrapped up too quickly in the end – almost like the author had reached her page count and just wanted to get it done (looking back, I had similar thoughts about the previous 2 books in the series) and holy cliff-hanger at the end – ugh! As for Slaughterhouse-Five – I felt like I was missing something, it was a classic that just didn’t click with me – not sure why, but on the bright side, its another book off my 50 classics in 5years challenge (that I have been seriously slacking on).

burning brightOn the reading side of the house, I finished Angelfall by Susan Ee, Burning Bright – an anthology of Chanukah romances (see my review here, Call of the Highland Moon by Kendra Leigh Castle and finally, Prism by Faye Kellerman and her daughter, Aliza. I have to say overall, it was kind of a disappointing week of reading. None of the books got over 3.5 stars on my personal rating scale, and several were 2 star reads. Which was kind of a sucky way to tie up the Christmas reading break 😦 Here’s hoping this week will have some better ones!

Currently Reading (and Listening)
My current audiobook listen is AD 33 by Ted Dekker and if i finish that up, then my next one is, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. the Inheritance of Loss will likely become my first audiobook listen of 2015 as well (since I signed up to do a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day…even though its still like 60 deg by me).

when alpha purrsReading wise, I’m hoping to finish out the year by reading some favorite authors – right now I’m reading Eve Langlais’ When an Alpha Purrs – if you haven’t read Eve she writes comedic erotic romance with a paranormal theme. I am also reading The better angels of our nature by Steven Pinker as my HTTB (hoity toity thinkin book 😉 ). And my on deck pile includes Rosalind James’ Just in Time; Penny Reid’s Scenes from the City and Jennifer Ashley’s A MacKenzie Clan Gathering

I hope everyone has a great reading week and don’t forget to stop by The Book Date and let all of us know what you are reading this week 😉


Posted by on December 28, 2015 in It's Monday! What are you reading?


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Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

the cuckoo's callingThe Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Series: #1 in the Cormoran Strike series

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

I’ll be the first to admit, I probably never would have picked up this book if it hadn’t been revealed that the author was J.K. Rowling. I’ll also admit that while I loved the Harry Potter books, her other book (A Casual Vacancy) got put aside before I hit 100 pages, because it wasn’t working for me. But after seeing several good reviews from people I trust on Goodreads, I decided to give it a go and I wasn’t disappointed. That being said, if you are looking for a very fast paced mystery, you aren’t going to get one. It would much better be described (and i’m stealing words from a friend here) as a character study wrapped up in a mystery.

The mystery itself was really straight forward – who killed Lula Landrey – an up and coming star, who was believed to have committed suicide. But that honestly wasn’t the most interesting part of the book, in fact, I actually figured out the who-done-it about half-way through (don’t actually ask me how, because I don’t think there was anything that actually pointed to the answer, it was just a feeling), but rather the development of the characters and how they all interacted with each other. In fact, I think one of the most impressive parts of the story was how there were characters who we never actually met (Charlotte, Michael and Cormoran’s father) but who all played significant roles and had profound influences on the intricancies in the storyline. They were often used to highlight weaknesses in characters, or internal conflicts that might not otherwise have been revealed.

While I didn’t enjoy The Casual Vacancy because it was heavy on characterization without much moving the plot forward, I liked The Cuckoo’s Calling because there was a story being told, as the characters were being developed. Overall, I gave Cuckoo’s Calling 4 stars, but like stated above, if you want a fast paced mystery, this isn’t the book for you.

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Book Review


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