Monday Mash-Up #002

Happy Monday everyone!

I am still working on my formatting and styles for my future posts, as well as searching through WordPress for Dummies for technical help and hints.  If you see something you like or have a suggestion for me feel free to leave a comment!

Here is my book pile I am currently working through:

While making progress on Food and the City and The Dinosaur Lords, I also recently started these other titles:

The Orphan’s Tale–I picked this up last night and didn’t want to put it down!  Great storytelling so far, I have a feeling I may need a kleenex or two before the end.

Naked–A collection from one of my favorites, David Sedaris.

Valiant–YA fantasy set in New York, dark and fast-paced.


Last week, the rain and cold returned to my little corner of the Pacific Northwest, giving me plenty of opportunities to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book.  Here are the titles I finished this past week:

The Ritual— 4 1/2 stars out of 5!!!  I loved this book!  The build-up in the first half was fantastic!  There were a few slow and awkward moments that slowed down the momentum, otherwise a great addition to the horror genre!  Highly recommend.

The Sound and the Fury— 3 1/2 stars out of 5.  I reread Faulkner’s classic for a Goodreads group monthly selection.  I do have a better appreciation for it now than when I first read it in high school.  Would I recommend it?  Maybe, depending on your level of patience and need for a good challenge.

Everything I Never Told You— 4 out of 5 stars.  Definitely one of the more depressing books I’ve read in awhile, but one I couldn’t put down.

Wild East— 3 out of 5 stars.  A bit of a disappointment.  The historical aspects were interesting, as were the current political and socioeconomic commentaries.  However, the author’s personal experiences were boring and came across as whiny.  She seemed to complain about everything, be it food, weather, or local sporting events.  The only time she seemed happy was when she was hanging out at bars with other expats.  The factual writing saved this from being a two star read.

Sunset City— 2 out of 5 stars.  Another disappointment.  I thought this would be more of a mystery/thriller.  Instead you have a main character who drinks too much, snorts too much coke, then sleeps with everyone she meets (oh yeah, she’s upset about her best friend’s murder, almost forgot about that).  You could probably head straight to the last 20 pages and have a better reading experience than slogging through the entire mess.

The Big Sleep (not pictured)— 5 out of 5 stars!  The classic by Raymond Chandler introduces us to hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe and I think is a must-read for any mystery or noir fiction fan.

Have a great week, and as always, Happy Reading!



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