Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Sunday Post #33 (Library Fun)

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Morning and Happy Sunday!  It has been another one of those weeks that almost passed by in a blur.  Busy busy and all that!  I've been working lots of overtime hours squeezed in wherever and whenever I can fit them in.  The kids are right in the middle of sports seasons so we usually have something going almost every night of the week.  And then I wonder why it feels like I never get any reading done.  LOL! 

I was able to finish one book this past week and it was a good one.  I also went to the library and brought way too many books home to go along with the R.I.P. reading I'm planning on doing.  This week looks to be just as hectic as last week so I'm savoring a quiet day at home today.  It's always good for the soul to spend time with my family and just relax!  But back to the books.  Last week I finished reading the following:

A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn - This is the 2nd book in Littlejohn's Gemma Monroe mystery series.  Last year I read and adored the first book which was Inherit The Bones.  I've been impatiently waiting to read this one and am happy to report that it was just as good as the 1st book!  I won't be sharing my full thoughts on this one until closer to the release date.

I'm now currently reading the following books:

I is For Innocent by Sue Grafton is my current print book.  It has been WAY too long since I last read a book in this series.  I'm already loving it and I've been squeezing in reading time with it every chance that I get.  On kindle, I'm getting ready to begin Beneath the Skin by Caroline England.  I was browsing through my NetGalley review copies trying to figure out which ones I needed to read soon when this one caught my eye.  I love that cover!  I haven't actually begun reading this one but will be very soon.

Here is the library stack that I brought home to add to my R.I.P. reading possibilities pile:

So many great sounding books here!  I'm thinking that my next print read will end up being one of these.  I'm off to work on writing up a few books reviews.  I also need to work on my never-ending laundry piles.  Other than that, the plan is to veg on the couch and watch football all afternoon.  A nap is sounding really good right about now.  Definitely some quiet reading time to round out the day!  How was your week?  What have you been reading lately?  Do share!

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (thoughts)

Summary from Goodreads:

"Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…"

My Thoughts:

Wow!  To say that I really enjoyed this book seems kind of wrong considering how dark it was overall.  After only reading two books by this author I have to say that she isn't afraid to make her readers cringe at times.  She also writes some very compelling, hard to put down books!  As soon as I read the above summary, I knew that I wanted to read this book.  Reading through the summary again, it's funny how much that summary doesn't tell you (which is a good thing).  I kind of went into reading this book expecting one thing and what I got was completely different.  I've got to say that I found this book so hard to put down!  This book starts and you've got this instant sense of something bad is just bound to happen and you are just waiting for it.  It created this layer of suspense that really doesn't let up throughout the entire book.  I found myself almost tense while I was reading just waiting to see what was going to happen next.  I also really loved how this book was set up but I can't say more than that without possibly being spoiler-ey.  I do want to say that there is some difficult subject matter and graphic scenes that may be disturbing for some readers.  Hence why I said that Slaughter isn't afraid to make her readers cringe.  She doesn't shy away from including violence and graphic detail in her books which is one of the reasons that they seem so dark.  

The mystery portion of this book was very well done.  It was almost two mysteries in one as there are some questions remaining of what happened so long ago to the Quinn family and then also the mystery behind the recent tragedy in Pikeville.  I'm trying really hard here not to spoil anything so forgive me for being so vague.  What else can I tell you without giving anything away?  This book is really, really good and has a good chance of making my top reads list for the year.  I found myself reading late into the night because I just didn't want to put it down.  I also found that these characters aren't ones that I will be forgetting about any time soon.  I would actually love if this author wrote more books and turned this into the beginning of a series!  Even now I'm really excited to see what other readers thought about this book.  I usually try to avoid reading reviews of books until I write my own so I'm definitely planning on checking out those reviews now.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with this book even when it was way darker and more intense than I had expected.  I've seen a lot of hype on this book and think that it is well deserved!  I myself am eager to go back and read some more from this author's back-list.  This book would be perfect R.I.P. reading if you are looking for reading suggestions.  Just be warned that there is some difficult subject matter included that isn't always easy to read about.  Highly recommended but with that warning to go along with it.

Bottom Line:  A dark and compelling read that I couldn't put down!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barne s & Noble

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Sunday Post #32 (R.I.P Reading)

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Football Sundays are here!  This is the beginning of my favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler temps, watching football, and of course spookier reading.  The annual R.I.P. reading challenge is here and I'm super excited to begin reading for it.  I've already pulled off two stacks of books from my own shelves.  I'm itching to get to the library though and grab a few from there as well.  LOL!  So consider this my official sign up post!  I plan on reading as many as possible but I'm officially signing up for Peril the first which is just four books.  I've actually already finished reading one book that I'm counting towards this challenge so three more to go!

Other than spooky reading, we've just been busy with games, practices, and school.  I feel like I'm reading more than I have been but my reading numbers are just so far behind what they usually are that it doesn't seem to be making a difference.  37 books.  I'm going to need September to be an amazing month of reading to give me any hope of reaching my goal of 75 books for the year.  It may not happen, but it is fun to try!  Since my last reading update I've finished two books.  I finished the following books:

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo - This counts as my first official read for the RIP XII challenge.  I first heard about this one on the Read or Dead podcast as there is a movie coming out soon based off of this book.  I've got to say that I'm looking forward to the movie now!  This was dark and twisted - probably not for all readers but I really liked it.  This is my first time reading this series but it won't be my last (and I actually have a couple others in this series already on my shelves).

The Lost Girls by John Glatt - This was one of the most disturbing and difficult books that I've read in a long time.  Made even worse by the fact that everything was true as this is a nonfiction read.  What these three women went through was horrible!  I took long breaks while reading this one because it was just all so hard to read about.  I definitely won't be forgetting about this one any time soon!

I'm now currently reading the following:

I'm currently only reading one book as I haven't yet settled on a new print book to read.  I love having an open schedule and being able to choose whatever I like for my next read.  That being said this means that I'm also struggling on deciding what to read next.  #Readerproblems....LOL!  I'm enjoying this one so far even though I'm only about 20% in.  I'm hoping to spend some quality time with it this afternoon.

New Additions:

All are review copies thanks to NetGalley and the publishers.  Am I the only one that is struggling with the fact that some of these are 2018 releases already?!?  Crazy!  I'm really looking forward to reading all of these but especially the Jennifer Harlow book as I loved the first book in this series!  My kindle is overflowing with goodness!

Now I'm off to spend the afternoon watching football and probably eating too much food.  I've got laundry piles calling my name as well.  I'm also going to try and settle on what my next print read should be.  (If you are interested in some of the possibilities check me out on Litsy - Samantha.1020)  I'm also hoping to write up a few reviews and get some reading time in.  Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!