Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Booked Vol. 5

I honestly thought I was falling behind on my reading {although this is true} but when I look at this post I realize I did get through more than just one or two books in the past month. Is it just me or do you ever get overwhelmed with all the books you want to read? Like, why can't I have multiple sets of eyes to read more than one book simultaneously?

I digress... here's what I read since the last time we got together!

The Scale:     A {love}     B {enjoyed it}   C {ehh}    D {let down}      DNF  
* Received free for review from NetGalley
** Received free for review from Blogging for Books

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Sea Gypsy / Fern Michaels C
I listened  to this right after last week's link up went live. It was free and it was a relatively short audio file. The characters were incredibly annoying, and had no depth. The lead female was incredibly immature and frustrating. She acts like a child because a hot man is perusing her. She also has more conversations with her dog than she does with others in the book. Ordinarily that would be okay, but in a book, not so much.
Recommendation: Pass 


Ashley Bell / Dean Koontz DNF*
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, this book wasn't worth finishing. I absolutely hate leaving books unfinished but this was just so boring. I used to be a big fan of Koontz. He was my first "adult book". This one. I just don't know. It didn't pull me in at all and fro the very beginning I was hoping the pages would fly by and something good would happen. The writing itself wasn't terrible but the story wasn't moving fast enough for my liking, nor was it all that interesting to me.
Recommendation: Pass


What I Know For Sure / Oprah Winfrey A
I stumbled upon this at the library and actually sat down and started reading it right then and there. I've become enthralled with feel good stories about gratitude, thankfulness, and spirituality. They're definite pick me ups and this didn't disappoint. It's a short book about the power of gratitude and the lessons Oprah has learned throughout her life. I found it to be insightful and informative as I learned a few things about her that I didn't know, and I'm sure most people don't know.
Recommendation: Read


I Regret Nothing: A Memoir / Jen Lancaster 
I've been a fan of Jen Lancaster ever since I read Bitter is the New Black. I found this book to be typical of the wit, sarcasm, and charm you'd find in her other memoirs.
Recommendation: Read if you like her or as an in-between


When I saw this I immediately wanted to read it. I don't know what it is about her but I have a crush on Lea Michele. When I first looked at the book online I assumed it was an actual book with chapters and stories. When I got it the first thing I noticed was the gorgeous cover. Once I realized it was in fact an actual journal I was a little disappointed. It's a guided journal to help get you centered and answer one of the hardest questions in life: what do I really want? Michele focuses on four sections: You, Ambition, Relationships, and Happiness offering interactive questions, quizzes, and free space for you to get to know yourself on a deeper level. I don't outright dislike the book, I was just disappointed as I was expecting an actual book. This would make a nice gift though. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Recommendation: Pass


Little Miss Basic / Dan Zevin + B
Little Miss Basic loves her Uggs, her pumpkin spice lattes, and texting her totes amaze Basic B*tches. But when she gets dumped by her BAE, Mr. Douchebag, she feels sad and ratchet inside. How can a Basic bounce back?

How could I not want to read this? It sounded hilarious! This is a parody book {obviously} and it didn't disappoint. Dani  once told me I'm not basic. At first I was a little sad but then I realized that she was right because I'm complex like a margarita cupcake wrapped in a tortilla covered with hot sauce flavored sprinkles. But this book? Basically amazing. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Recommendation: It's totes only like, 32 pages, just read it.



Tomorrowland / Walt Disney Company  B
I figured I'd give this a listen since it was a short audio book based off the movie, which I still haven't seen. I found myself sucked into the story and enjoyed it. It moved along quickly and although brief I was able to keep up with the story and "get" the characters. Recommendation: Good for in-between


All is Calm / Colleen Coble B-
After I finished Tomorrowland I looked for another short audio book. I'm all for long books but I like these short ones because I can finish them in 2 days worth of commute time. This one sounded Christmasy so I went for it. It dove right in with the drama - a horse about to be put down, talk of death, and suspicions of who was to blame - but I could tell right away where the love story was going to unfold. Recommendation: Good for in-between


All is Bright / Colleen Coble  B-
Again, a short audio book to pass the time and get through a day or so of commuting. This book was pretty much identical to All is Calm, just with different characters. Recommendation: Good for in-between




Currently reading: Angels Burning 


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