***A big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review***
WARNING: Book contains sexual imagery involving both adults and children as well as murder.
It has been quite a while since I have delved into a mystery novel. Though Remember Me by D.E. White didn’t seem to have the hard core murder vibe that I used to love ah-la Mary Higgins Clark, I figured it would possess enough intrigue to make for a fast paced mind binder mystery. I was wrong on all fronts, but wasn’t fully aware how wrong I was until I was deep into the story.
It was at the end of the Month of December that I finally decided that I was going to join a book subscription service, just to see what I would get out of it besides a pile of books. This was of course before the Marie Kondo “30 books” controversy, but I don’t think I’ll let this get too out of hand…I hope.
The premise of Book of the Month is, each month they give you a selection of books and each month you get 1 credit towards any of the books you want. You then can add on additional books either from the current month’s selection or from previous months. They then pack those beauties in a box and ship them to you! It’s like my dream service to be honest.
One of the best things though is that they give you a selection of books that are about to be released. It’s like you get dibs on books before everyone else (though I think the difference in receiving them is roughly a couple of days).
I had been going to their website for a while, but never was quite ready to take that next step and sign up for the service. That changed in January when I had to announce my GoodReads reading goal and decided in order to meet and potentially surpass that goal, I needed many books to choose from. (This is a straight up excuse, I have unread books currently on my shelf, just waiting for me).
I was going to assume that those who know of Mamrie Hart know her from her formative YouTube years, such as myself. YDaD or You Deserve a Drink was and is such a great web series that is chalk full of inspirational alcoholic beverages and over the top “Oh my Wow” puns. This is all brought together by the impressive and hilarious Mamrie Hart whom I have now come to realize has done a hell of a lot more so you might know her from other things and to that I say, “Fuck yeah you do.” She is a hoot and while I would love to say I want to be friends with her, I fear I wouldn’t be able to keep up and that just wouldn’t do for the no-time-to-stop-punning Mamrie.
I’ve Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery is a testament to the wilds (and stamina) that is Mamrie Hart. I was semi-sad to learn that this is actually her second book, as I didn’t read the first, but that will simply have to be rectified. In all honestly I think it worked out better this way. From the sounds of it her first book deals more with her life in the 20s, while this book dives headfirst into her 30s. I felt it was more relatable to my current life, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get a hilarious treat from reading her first, and so I shall…at some point. (Lots of books in that TBR list)
Wow, society really sucks!
This is especially true if you don’t follow the herd, if you don’t live like everyone else, and if you decide to do this, you open yourself up to ridicule and pity regardless of how you see your life. This is the main tenet in Sayaka Murata’s novel Convenience Store Woman. In the span of only 180ish pages Murata had me feeling some kind of way about how we as a society deem the norm. It was eye opening, even for someone such as myself. I’d like to think I don’t run in the pack of norms, but I have to admit I’m not as out there when compared to modern Western society. However, the Eastern culture is vastly different and in the end more strict about what they consider normal (or being a functioning member of society) this is what made this story so compelling.
***Huge thank you goes out to Net Galley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review***
Happy first book review of 2019! How is it that I already feel behind in accomplishing my book reading goals for this year? But at the very least I get to kick off this reading season with not only a fantasy novel, but one I actually enjoyed!
No, The Shadow Kingdom by C.J. Inskon isn’t perfect, but what it gets right is pretty spectacular. The synopsis and idea behind the story is what draws many in. Heck it’s what drew me in and though the details are murky and jumbled especially when it comes to the magic system, had these things been addressed I think the book would have been even greater. From here I think the only thing the author can do is push forward with the series and hopefully fill in those details and small plot holes in order for the series to end on a high note.
Okay, I swear this was not how I planned it. I mean I knew that I would be getting book mail fairly quickly as I ordered the next book to read for my book club, but even I did not anticipate having two book mail posts in a row.
So picking up on the wave of excitement from my last book mail arrival we now can now add two more books and boy am I excited!
I wasn’t intending to have book mail so quickly into the new year, but some times special things happen. My SO a few months prior had backed a project on Kickstarter with the intention of gifting it to me for our anniversary. Needless to say, as with all things Kickstarter,things did not go according to plan.
This is how I ended up receiving my anniversary gift over 6 months later…
We are quickly rounding the corner on the last lap of 2018 and boy was it a dozy of a year. Though I can’t be too critical as there were some grand moments. Namely the list of books I set out to read and did in fact finish. The plan is to keep that momentum going into the new year along with some added flourishes!
Part of my 2019 resolutions will be to read in totality the complete Discworld series. I decided to get a jump on things and read the first novel and I think this is going to be a fantastic experience all around. A few years ago I had read another Discworld Novel, but having zero context as to the world and characters within I felt that I wasn’t able to give it the adequate adoration it deserved. Now, having read The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett I think I can push forward and enjoy each subsequent novel in the series.
To put it simply, it was an adventurous delight.
WARNING: Book contains graphic imagery of violent true crimes committed, including sexual assault, rape, and murder.
Having just moved to one of the cities mentioned in this novel I’ll admit to a brief twinge of fear as I listened to this audio book. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark pulls no punches as to the details of the crimes committed by the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker now Golden State Killer in the late 1970s into the 1980s. I was aware of this serial killer prior to this books creation and therefore was intrigued by its release. However, my hopes diminished quickly at knowledge of the sudden and unexpected death of the book’s author, Michelle McNamara. Having your work, especially a project you’ve been working on for upwards of a decade, be handed off to another voice after you can no longer complete your vision can leave any hopeful reader feeling antsy. This was me as I purchased the audio book from audible.