Monday Mash-Up #013 New ARCs Arrived This Week!

There’s nothing like hiking down to the mail box and finding packages!

A huge thank you to Plough Publishing House for a copy of From Red Earth  and to Akashic Books for an ARC of Houston Noir!  I look forward to starting both this week.

Overall, this was a great week for reading:

In A Different Key:  The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker — 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!  

Full review coming soon!

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide-Lindqvist — 4 out of 5 stars!

Wow!  Not what I expected, but I loved it!  Dark, creepy, with a couple of unexpected twists thrown in.  Be sure to put this on your Halloween reading list!

Bossypants by Tina Fey — 4 out of 5 stars!

I’ve been a fan of Tina Fey for some time, and was happy to find this one at the book sale last week.  It truly was a laugh-out-loud read, really enjoyed this one.

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway — ??? out of 5 stars  :/ 

I really don’t know how to rate this one.  It wasn’t completely terrible (believe me, I’ve read my share of terrible stories), but it didn’t have any real point.  Adam Strand is a teenager who has successfully killed himself 39 times, always coming back whole and unaffected.  How?  Why?  There are no consequences (other than his family and most of the town starting to get annoyed by the whole reincarnation thing), and the only reason he gives for his actions is that he’s bored.  As someone who has lost several beloved friends to suicide over the years, I felt that Galloway’s story was a bit of a slap in the face, diminishing the real reasons and emotions behinds someone’s choice to take their own life.  I think the author’s heart was in the right place, trying to raise awareness, but I thought it totally backfired.

Spring showers have arrived in abundance around here so it looks like a good week for curling up on the couch with a pot of tea and a great book…….or I may just binge-watch some episodes of Schitt’s Creek and Happy! (now that is one twisted show!!).

So until next time….Happy Reading!

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