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?

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

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Publication Date: July 26th, 2016

From the jacket:

“Are you happy with your life?” 

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter is a heart stopping, brain bending, expertly plotted, roller coaster of a scifi thriller. It blew my mind at every turn, and made me stop on multiple occasions to reflect upon my attitude about my own life and choices that define it. I inhaled it in a single sitting, all adult responsibilities and sleep be damned, while whispering unintelligible exclamations to myself as I pressed on, captivated, well into the wee hours of the morning.

This book is everything and Blake Crouch is a freaking genius. It’s impossible to say much more without spoiling plot points.

I’ve had Dark Matter for a few months now, sitting innocuously on my nightstand. I went in knowing nothing about it, unsure of what to expect, and came out cursing myself for waiting so long to read it! Now when I look over at it, I can almost see it thrumming with energy, trying to contain the unbelievable story inside.

It satisfied all of the nerdiest parts of me, with fascinating explanations of quantum mechanics and a multiverse 4th dimension that humans have thus far not figured out how to tap into (that we know of). It also got me right in my heart parts, with a powerful love story at the core of it.

What would you do if you could go back and make a different defining choice for your life? And if you could, would you really want to know the outcome?

Final Thoughts: If you love scifi, and you can only read one book this year, make it THIS book. I want to yell from the rooftops about how much I love this book. If you’ve been within a 1 foot radius from me within the last few days, chances are I’ve shouted incomprehensibly to you about it. Hands down, Dark Matter is my favorite book of 2016. It comes out on July 26th, so do yourself a favor and pre order it 5 minutes ago.  I’ve already scoped out everything else that Blake Crouch has written, and added them to my Amazon wish list. You can read more about the author here.

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Favorite Characters: Jason, Daniela,

Memorable Quotes: I read this one at breakneck speed, not even pausing for a moment to make note of quotes or passages that stood out to me.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Limetown – Two-Up Productions

From the website:

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.

In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?

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I’ve only just recently discovered my love for podcasts. It started with Serial last year (which is amazing in every way and you should totally listen to it right now) but I only discovered fictional podcasts about a month ago. I’ve always enjoyed audiobooks, but never like this. The sound effects make them this completely immersive experience that really doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve encountered.

Limetown was my first fiction podcast, and it’s set up very much like Serial is. The host, Lia Haddock, is an investigative journalist who tells the story through a series of interviews, phone calls, and personal experiences. This podcast is done so well that I forgot it was fiction on more than one occasion. The voice acting is believable, and I didn’t find any of it contrived or cheesey (as has been my experience with other podcasts). There is also some news footage and a 911 call that make this feel so realistic! I’m not really into scary stuff – the scariest movie I’ve seen lately is Hocus Pocus. For whatever reason, this medium is a bit easier for me to handle. It helps that I’m normally listening in the middle of the day from the safety of my car. Despite that, some of the scenes were downright creepy, and had me looking over my shoulder. One part in particular will stay with me probably forever.

I’ve already told several friends about this and so far none of them have been disappointed. I’m really grateful that this was my first fictional podcast experience, because it was so well done that I immediately googled podcasts like it, and have been listening on a daily basis ever since. Side note and unexpected benefit – my house has never been cleaner! It’s amazing how many boring and unpleasant tasks one can accomplish whilst listening to a podcast. I cannot wait for season 2 of this one! One weird thing… the synopsis bills it as a seven-part podcast, but there are only six episodes…not really sure what is going on with that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Despite all of that, this podcast is flipping awesome and you should listen to it as soon as possible.

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