January Wrap-Up

January was my best month of reading in a long time. I read a total of 15 books, 10 print and 5 audio. My favorites in print were Scythe and The Woman in Cabin 10. For audio, Shadowshaper and the first two books of the Firebird series were really great. I had really high hopes for both Blankets and Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, but both were underwhelming.

 

 

Sand – 4 crowns

Bad Feminist – 4 crowns

Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday – 3 crowns

Eleven Hours – 4 crowns

Blankets – 3 crowns

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line – 5 crowns

Shadowshaper – 4 crowns

Mr. Kiss and Tell – 5 crowns

What She Knew – 5 crowns

Scythe – 5 crowns

The Diabolic – 4 crowns

The Woman in Cabin 10 – 5 crowns

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Book 1)- 4 crowns

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird Book 2) – 5 crowns

The Hypnotists Love Story – 5 crowns

 

I’m currently reading The Nix by Nathan Hill and listening to The Raven Boys on audio, and absolutely LOVING them both!! What is everyone reading?

Veronica Mars The Thousand Dollar Tan Line – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

thousand-dollar-tan-linePublisher: Vintage

Publication Date: March, 25, 2014

From the Jacket:

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

I was a HUGE fan of Veronica Mars growing up and watched the television show religiously. Like many others, I was devastated when it ended, so it surprises me to no end that I only just saw the movie a few days ago. I blame the fact that I have 459 children to tend to. The movie was perfect and watching it made me want to binge watch every episode of the show again, and to find out if there were any other plans for the future. In that search, I discovered that the show’s creator co-wrote two books, the first of which begins right where the movie leaves off.

I went to the library the very next morning and checked both out. I finished The Thousand Dollar Tan Line in less than a day. Thomas and Graham capture the characters as perfectly in print as they do on screen. I could hear Kirsten Bell in every quip and quirky one-liner. The same holds true for the other characters. The plot itself was intricate and fast-paced and kept me guessing until the very end. Fans of Veronica Mars will not be disappointed and should go out now and grab a copy. I read that the audio version is narrated by Kristen Bell who does a fabulous job. I wasn’t able to get my hands on that, but was still pleased with the print version.

I’m about to start the second book, Mr. Kiss and Tell, and I hope there are more to come in the future. If you like Veronica Mars, you’ll love this book. If you have no idea what Veronica Mars is, please rectify that immediately. If you’re a mega fan like me, please comment below so we can fangirl together.

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Favorite Characters: Veronica, Mac, Keith

Memorable Quotes:

There weren’t many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable and still believe you were strong.

The twin pillars of outrage journalism: slut shaming and victim blaming.

No doubt, what with all that graft and corruption filling your schedule.

 

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

201506-summer-reading-12-949x1356Publisher: Berkley Books

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2011

From the Jacket:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

I started this book at the very end of December, fully intending to take it into the new year with me. I’ve already read 60 books this year and had hoped to finish on an even number. The two other books I’ve read by Liane Moriarty were entertaining, but I wasn’t overly impressed. I was pleasantly surprised when instead of an easy, slow read, I found a funny, touching, unputdownable book that I devoured in less than 48 hours. It made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion, other parts were unbearably sad, but perhaps most surprisingly was how thought provoking it was. I have not had this much fun reading a book since Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

Moriarty is masterful at keeping readers in suspense. I stayed up far too late two nights in a row just trying to get to the part in the book when I finally learned who the frig Gina was! After being underwhelmed by her previous work, I’m so glad I gave this one a chance. I’ll definitely check out her other stuff, and whole heartedly recommend this one. It’s a perfect book to take on a trip, but be prepared to be completely sucked in.

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Favorite Characters: Young Alice, Frannie, Elisabeth, Olivia

Memorable Quotes:

They would think she was savoring the taste (blueberries, cinnamon, cream-excellent), but she was actually savoring the whole morning, trying to catch it, pin it down, keep it safe before all those precious moments became yet another memory.

She was busy thinking about the concept of forgiveness. It was such a lovely, generous idea when it wasn’t linked to something awful that needed forgiving.

He’s the first person I want to tell when somebody upsets me; my foot pressing on the accelerator, desperate to get home from work just to tell him, the moment I tell him, the moment his face lights up with fury on my behalf, it’s better, it’s fixed.