Weekly Mash-Up #115

I’m a big fan of readathons!  I love setting goals and challenging myself to read more than I usually do.  This past week (3/14 through 3/20) I participated in the  Unexpected Readathon group’s extended readathon, topping out at 1,084 pages and five completed books.   This coming weekend I’ll be joining the 24B4Monday monthly challenge.  I’ve been averaging around 650 pages for this one, but since I have zero plans for the weekend, I think I’m going to try to break the 700 page mark!  I’ll keep you posted!

The Week in Books

Runaway by Peter May — 4 out of 5 stars

One of my March mystery selections that turned out not to be that much of a mystery…but was still a very good read!  While there is a bit of a whodunit at the very beginning and towards the end, the main focus of this novel centers around five friends who leave home and journey to London in the mid-1960’s.  Peter May does a fantastic job of alternating between 1965 and 2015, keeping the storylines moving in both eras.  I did think there were a couple of “whatever” eye-rolling moments, but I wound up enjoying this coming of age tale.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan — 4 out of 5 stars

This is a series I’ve been hearing about for years, and I finally took the plunge and started it, and it was worth it!  One thing I learned is that it truly needs my full attention in order to absorb everything (there were way too many distractions from October through mid-January, I felt like I could only concentrate on a few pages at a time).  But I’m tracking down copies of books two and three, hopefully I’ll be able to start #2 in a few short months!

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist by Darcy Lockman — 2 out of 5 stars

The fact that the author has since earned her doctorate and practices psychotherapy makes me feel sorry for her patients.  Throughout this account of her year as an intern at Kings County Hospital , she comes across as self-absorbed, self-righteous, arrogant (I know, a bit repetitive but that’s how much this author pissed me off!),  and lacking empathy for the patients she deems as “not worth her time” (one in particular was a frumpy woman missing some teeth, yet the author continued to assert that another well-dressed patient had no problems whatsoever because of his grooming and clothes!).  Why two stars?  One for me being able to finish the book without throwing it in the trash, and one star for all the patients she dissed as they all deserved much better that what she delivered.

Novellas, Short Stories and Anthologies

Crossroads by Laurel Hightower — 5 out of 5 stars!

How far would you go to bring back someone you love?   (From the cover of Crossroads)       Wow.  This is one of those stories that throws one gut punch after another, right down to the final scene.  Hightower does a wonderful job of showing the true depths of despair of a grieving mother.  Highly recommend.

Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas by Josh Malerman — 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rounded up to four stars for Goodreads and NetGalley.     The author of Bird Box and Unbury Carol brings to life a strange small town called Goblin, a place with a dark history and some very unnatural happenings.  I’m a fan of Malerman’s writing, and he does a great job of bringing his characters to life.  I was a bit disappointed with a couple of the endings, but I’m going to chalk that up to my personal tastes rather than the writing.  I was also left wanting more!!  Overall, I recommend taking a trip to Goblin…just watch out for the locals!


Until next time, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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