Monday Mash-Up #015 A Belated Happy Easter!


I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  It was quiet here, just the three of us enjoying the beautiful spring weather and a nice Easter ham dinner.  And coloring eggs, of course!!!  I don’t care how old I get, I will always love coloring eggs!  😀

Since I didn’t post any of my recent read updates last week, here is the full scoop from April 10 to April 21.

From Red Earth by Denise Uwimana — 5 out of 5 stars!

Wonderful story!  A full review coming soon!!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman — 4 out of 5 stars!

A great start to a YA dystopian fantasy trilogy.  It may take me a bit before I can get to the next book, but I am definitely hooked!

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger — 4 out of 5 stars!

I’m going to have to read a couple more from this series before I proclaim it a new favorite series, but I have to say I am totally impressed!

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut — 4 out of 5 stars!

A classic that, quite honestly, I was surprised I liked as much as I did.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson — 3 out of 5 stars

This was one that had been sitting on my to-read shelf forever so I finally said this is it, now or never.  Well, I could have gone with the never.  It wasn’t terrible, but it just seemed to drag on without really saying much.  Johnson can write, I give him that, it’s just that a good book consists of more than just a bunch of pretty words strung together.

Educated by Tara Westover — 3 out of 5 stars

My review from goodreads:

I know I’m in the minority, and I know people will tell me how little I know about this topic, but let me put one thing to rest—-I am more than familiar with families living off the grid, stockpiling everything, not trusting doctors or the government. My family tree has it’s share of isolated extremists (however, back in the day they were considered eccentric). I currently live in the middle of nowhere, nearest small town is 10+ miles away, we all own firearms and we all know how to preserve produce (other than peaches, what the hell with all the peaches?!?!).
One of the reasons I wanted to read this book was to see someone rise from the ashes, take control of her life, and all that crap. I was more than excited when I found this copy at the library…what luck!!
I should have known better.
“My strongest memory is not a memory. It’s something I imagined, then came to remember as if it had happened.” Page 3
Shades of A MILLION LITTLE PIECES anyone??!!??
I kept reading, keeping my cynicism in check, rooting for Tara to get the hell out of her personal inferno. Then, I got to page 165. The page I knew I was being punk’d on a literary level.
“(Classmate Vanessa) said she wouldn’t give me her notes but that we could study together….’Don’t worry about your notes” said Vanessa, ‘they’re not as important as the textbook.’
‘What textbook?’ I said……’I don’t have a textbook.’
‘Sure you do!’
‘Oh that,’ I said. ‘ I looked at that.’ ……..It hadn’t occurred to me to read the art book…… ‘I thought we were just supposed to look at the pictures.’
Reading the textbook turned out to be excellent advice. On the next exam I scored a B…..”

REALLY????? You supposedly taught yourself with TEXTBOOKS and you didn’t think that your college classes would require you to do more than look at the pictures? The author lost ALL credibility with me with this passage.
Yet I continued to read.

Overall, it does tell a great story of overcoming one’s past, going forward in the face of adversity, and finding ones identity. For that, I give this the three stars.

Still, I drank the koolade and I’m left with some indigestion.

Houston Noir — 3 out of 5 stars

One of the latest installments in the Akashic Noir series, and definitely not one of their stronger showings.  There were a couple of really good stand-out stories; overall, though, most were just okay to meh.  Too bad.  I still look forward to the next in the series!

Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay — 3 out of 5 stars

Another title in McKinlay’s Library Lover’s Mystery series, one that is growing on me.  While it follows the cozy mystery routine and is pretty predictable, it still makes for a fun, quick weekend read.

Now that I’ve caught up on my reading, it’s time to tackle the yard work!!  Until next week, as always,

Happy Reading!


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