What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Since this is such a long post, I will stick to the first two questions this week.
What I’m reading:
Wow. I have seen Colleen Hoover‘s name around, but I didn’t imagine that I would fall in love with her book too.
November 9 follows Fallon O’Neil and Benton James Kessler. These two witty (and neurotic) teenagers meet after Ben carved a fake relationship with Fallon in an attempt to protect her from her self-centered father. Too bad he finds Fallon, the girl of his dreams (aka, books with a sense of humor), the day before she is set to move across country. As Fallon does not “believe” in falling in love before she turns 23 and Ben is unwilling to keep Fallon from her dreams after an amazing, but short first date, they agree to meet every year on November 9 until they turn 23.
This story is wonderful. It only covers their November 9ths (and relevant surrounding time), but it transitions beautifully and I have the hardest time paying attention to anything when I’m listening to this. I am amazed that I may have found a new favorite author.
My only complaint is that the speakers (yes, there are two!) on the audio book speak at different speeds. I listen to the woman at 1.6, but have to change the man down to 1.4.
John Smith is a private consultant for the rich and powerful. He is extremely successful due to his gift (curse?) of being able to read the minds of those around him and even perform small alterations once inside.
I haven’t made it far into this book as I have not had a good chunk of time to sit aside for this book (and know if I start, I will have a hard time letting it go). Essentially, he takes a case that gets out of hand and causes him to go on the run and John must use his abilities in order to survive.
I decided to start Last Light (Ashley Bell, #0.1) by Dean Koontz this week after we suffered from downed networks at work this week. While I wasn’t exactly impressed with Ashley Bell, I couldn’t imagine reading the novellas or short stories listed on the various goodread’s lists. (Both of these are necessary for my 2016 challenges, otherwise I wouldn’t bother.) Turns out that Last Light (Ashley Bell, #0.1) is listed as a novella and Final Hour (Ashley Bell, #0.2) is listed as a short story. I’m pretty sure this is a technicality, but it is the happiest way to complete the challenge. Enough about me…
Last Light follows Makani Hisoka-O’Brien, a surfer who can sense a person’s dark desires during physical contact, after she meets the yin to her yang. Too dramatic? Sorry. She meets another who has the same skill, but uses this skill for evil and is hell bent on hunting Makani down – after a few games of cat and mouse. So far, he is winning.
So far, the connections between Ashley Bell are the introduction of Pogo and the killer. (Which makes SO much more sense… I was very annoyed while reading Ashley Bell that the killer’s ability to find Bibi.)
What I finished:
I first encountered Michael Phillip Cash‘s writing with the netgalley read Witches Protection Program. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the story, but I enjoyed his writing. So, when I saw Monsterland on netgalley, I just had to read it.
There is no way around it: Monsterland is the Jurassic Park of monsters. (Don’t tell anyone, but I liked it much more than I liked Jurassic Park.)
I had high hopes for The Body Finder (Body Finder, #1) by Kimberly Derting. The premise is wonderful. The murdered leave imprints on their murderers as well as echo their own into the world. Most people cannot sense these echoes, but Violet Ambrose isn’t most people. When a serial killer begins striking close to home, Violet can’t help but be wrapped into the investigation – she may be the only one who can catch him.
The problem I had with The Body Finder is that the serial killer took second place in this story. The primary focus was on Violet’s relationship with her bff Jay Heaton. Overall, I want to read the next in the series, but hope they are more murder-centered. We’ll see.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter is a gem, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. When Paul is murdered during a robbery gone wrong, his wife, Claire, does not know how she will continue on. Paul’s business partner asks Claire to send him Paul’s work files soon after the funeral. An inappropriate favor, but Claire doesn’t mind as it keeps her busy. That is, until she finds the snuff porn hidden on her husband’s computer.
In shock from the funeral, Claire doesn’t know what to think, but knows she has to keep digging. She soon finds out that their mostly perfect life isn’t as perfect as it seems.
Slaughter has no fear when it comes to grisly details. No fear when it comes to the complete deterioration of a person. It’s impressive and uncomfortable.
A Scone to Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, #1) by H.Y. Hanna is one of the first cozy mysteries I have read – took me long enough to read this sub-genre! Gemma Rose took a chance by moving back home to Meadowford-on-Smythe. She left a successful career in order to pursue her passion – running a tearoom.
Starting a new business isn’t easy, but life gets a lot more complicated when a customer is murdered at her tearoom with one of the scones from her kitchen. Gemma takes the investigation into her own hands – first out of curiosity, but soon out of necessity. Customers are afraid that the tea room had something to do with the murder (more than as the weapon and location) and Gemma’s tearoom wont survive a full week without business.
I thought this was a cute read. The overly emotional side of Gemma was weird for me. I understand that the first meetings with an old lover are awkward and emotional, but Gemma’s reactions are a little much. (If I were her old lover, I would RUN.) But, that is a side story and I’m getting distracted.
While enthusiastic, Gemma is a very amateur sleuth. Thankfully, she uncovers so many clues that we can see multiple motives, but nothing really sticks until she figures it out for herself.
Modern Romance is a nonfiction overview of how romance is handled in the modern day. It discusses the differences between how we used to find love and how we do so today as well as tips and tricks for dating in the modern world.
I adore these types of books as is, but for Aziz to put a spin on it unique even against books like Freakonomics makes the read so much more enjoyable. Okay, I lied.. I’m biased and think Aziz is wonderful.
What bothered me about this book is that he talks a lot about boning. Sex doesn’t bother me, but apparently the word “bone” and all variations of it used in a sexual sense bother me. (Hello, new pet peeve.)
That said, this audio book made me LOL and excited to go back to work in order to finish it.