Friday, February 23, 2018

The Friday 56 - February 23

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.




Rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
  • (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
  • Post it.
This is from page 156 of a cozy mystery series by A. K. Arenz....

I closed the door behind me, eliminating the only light in the vast entryway. Every blind in the house seemed to be closed, with the curtains tightly shut. It was an eerie reminder of how I started the day by breaking into Zeke Wallace's house. 



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

This is always a tough list to make. It's not meant to offend any authors. Sometimes tastes change or you read the blurb over again and it just doesn't strike your fancy the way it once did. Who knows why it happens, but it does.











Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on my list? Should I reconsider any titles? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

In My Suitcase


The family decided to take a short trip to a warmer place. While the house sitter is taking care of the kitties and the pet sitter is keeping an eye on the dog, I just might get some reading done. Here's what I hope to polish off while we are away...






Have you read any of these? Any of these seem like good additions to your wish list?

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Friday 56 - February 16

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.




Rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
  • (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
  • Post it.

Page 56 from Strong Light of Day was blank, so this is from page 156...

Paz knelt between them, taking a card in hand. "Time to take a good look at your future, amigos. Let's see what we've got here...Hey, it says Judgment. How fitting is that? But do you know what it means?" he asked one of them, flashing the card before his blood-filled eyes. "No? Let's see if this helps?"


Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young

A fascinating story that seems unlikely...but it could happen to someone you love.

Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young finds model student Graylin Alexander embroiled in a sexting scandal that could ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman and former prosecutor Angela Evans team up to seek justice for Graylin, but their differences pose a challenge.

Meanwhile, Angela's boyfriend Dre is threatened by someone from his past. Dre knows his plan of action will complicate their relationship, but in his world it is kill or be killed.

How I have missed Young's books! They are always packed with action and thrilling. As an attorney and former television news writer and associate producer, she knows how to bring home the tough stories that engage you and make you think how easy something can happen that changes your life forever--which makes her books both amazing and frightening.

Abuse of Discretion primarily focuses on the topic of sexting and how laws haven't quite caught up with the technology our kids are using these days. To think of what Graylin endured as a result of normal adolescent curiosity is infuriating. For those of us with kids, this is scary. This is our world. This is our child's world.

The secondary plot with Dre helped to fuel conflict for his already tender relationship with Angela. Poor Angela had issues from all sides in this novel, since she knew something was going on with Dre and she also had to cope with teaming up with an attorney she wasn't overly fond of because it was in Graylin's best interest.

My only challenge with this story is the numerous points of view. Young expertly switched points of view by dedicating separate chapters to different characters. There were just so many characters whose head the reader had to climb into, that it made the flow of the story a bit choppy. That didn't change how much I loved the novel overall, I just would have preferred Dre be the only point of view character for his subplot.

If you enjoy legal thrillers, Pamela Samuels Young should be on your list of must read authors. She delivers consistently great fiction that never disappoints.

Series: Dre Thomas Series, Book 3 (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530528976
ISBN-13: 978-1530528974

I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Beyond the Books: Favorite Romantic Shows and Movies



Beyond the Books is a weekly feature hosted right by Kissin Blue Karen. Beyond the Books is a weekly writing prompt where she throws out a topic (mostly non-bookish) and others blog about it.

Today's Beyond the Books topic is: Favorite Romantic Shows and Movies

I'm not much of a romantic, but I don't mind romantic stories upon occasion. 


While a bit too hyped up for me to watch in the theater--I hate being a follower--Titanic is a beautiful love story between an aristocratic young woman and a poor artist. 


I have to include this one because I married a Greek guy. My in-laws--God bless them--wanted to invite 400 people to our wedding and have a Greek orchestra band playing. We got married six months after building our house and had no money, so we settled on 100 guests and a three-string ensemble. Some of the stuff that happens in My Big Fat Greek Wedding is so true it's hilarious. 


I loved Grease where good girl Sandy falls for greaser Danny. My only challenge with it: Sandy feels the need to change her entire look at the end to catch Danny's attention. 


Dirty Dancing is the story of Frances "Baby" Houseman falling in love with a resort's dreamy dancing instructor. Loved this movie beginning to end. This one is great for its dancing and its characters. 



My mother enjoyed The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough many years before the TV mini-series came out right before Easter in 1983. The book and movie span 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family and center around the youngest daughter, Meggie Cleary, who falls in love with the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart.

What are some of your favorite romantic shows and movies? 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Let me just say that this is an embarrassing list. If I had ever realized how long it would take me to whittle away my TBR pile, I'm not sure I would have requested so many books. Who am I kidding? I can't resist a book with a good cover that sounds fabulous. 


I am pretty sure I won this book. I've had it at least since 2010. Yikes!


Met this author at a writers conference and grabbed this book. It's still sitting in my office unread. 


Bought this at a school book fair when my kids were in elementary. One of the girls is a junior this year. I haven't had this book too long, have I? 


I've had this since a month prior to this book's August 2011 release. The publisher sent it to me. Feeling guilty right now. 


I have had this and the workbook forever. Have I ever cracked them open? (Shakes head)


Think I at least started this one, but don't recall finishing it.


Was impressed by this author's keynote speech at a writers conference so I bought one of her books.


Not my typical read, but it was a Kindle freebie and I love Kathi's work. Downloaded it in 2010. 


The publisher began sending me this series after I reviewed a couple of the books. This is four books ago. I need to get it read. 


I wanted this book so bad. I waited until it was free on Kindle and snapped it up. Four years later it sits on my device waiting for me, crying, "Why don't you read me?"

What books have been on your TBR list the longest? Have you figured out a plan to get them read?