Wifey by Judy Blume

Sandy is a bored 32-year-old housewife. Her children are at camp for the summer and her husband is just terribly predictable. A man from her past encourages her to make life a little more exciting, but dangerous.

If Wifey is at all accurate in depicting housewives of the 1970s, that is very unfortunate. The book is pretty much entirely about masturbation and sexual affairs. I suspect it’s one of the books that contributed a lot to Judy Blume’s (not always positive) reputation as an author. While the book does draw you into the story (possibly due to the train wreck value, possibly due to the talent of the author), it’s not a book I would really recommend reading.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 143
Pages Read in 2017: 38,919
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Forsake Book Blitz – With a Giveaway!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Forsake by Andrea Pearson. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz takes place on 19 October. See the tour schedule here.

By Andrea Pearson
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult, New Adult, Adult
Release Date: 18 October, 2017

Vicious shifters are on the hunt and will devour anything that stands in the way. And getting in the way is exactly what Nicole must do.

Nicole Williams hopes for nothing more than to Restart like any normal Arete and gain access to the magic she’ll possess. But when she does Restart, she’s accused of gruesome murder, and she learns she must travel halfway around the world to save her best friend’s life.

Knowing that the evil Hounds of Tindalos are hot on her tail and that they’ll stop at nothing to kill her before she hides her best friend from them forever, she invites her boyfriend, Conor, to come along as backup. But Conor’s plans may not line up with hers.

Danger, intrigue, and harrowing fights with evil await you in Forsake, a Mosaic Chronicles novel. Start reading now to immerse yourself in the adventure!

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You can buy Forsake here on Amazon!

Andrea PearsonAbout the Author:
Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

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Dear World by Bana Alabed

Eight-year-old Bana Alabed spent six years in a warzone. Known for tweeting during the siege of Aleppo, Dear World is her story of growing up in Syria. It’s written quite simply, sometimes with an overabundance of optimism (she is only 8 after all!). Every once in a while there is a bit written by her mother inserted that explains things Bana didn’t know or understand. Her mother’s parts are written as if it was a letter to Bana. Dear World is heartbreaking and horrifying and also hopeful all at the same time. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 142
Pages Read in 2017: 38,615
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Forsake by Andrea Pearson

Before she had to save the world, Nicole was just an 18-year-old anxiously awaiting her restart. At a party thrown by her parents, she learns there is a prophecy about her best friend and then she gets accused of murder. In order to put off the evil Hounds of Tindalos from destroying Lizzie, she must travel to England accompanied by her new boyfriend, Conor, to find a magical object.

Forsake is the prequel to the Mosaic Chronicles. It sets up the upcoming series set in the world with Aretes, but focusing on Lizzie this time. I could barely put the book down, finishing it in just two sittings. It is full of action and is very well-written. I only noticed a handful of mistakes (usually a short missing word so it was easy to tell what was meant). I very highly recommend Forsake and the entire Mosaic Chronicles series! This one can be read alone or either before or after reading the rest of the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 141
Pages Read in 2017: 38,390
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Reason I Chose It: I really like the Moasic Chronicles

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Don’t You Know Who I Am? by Tony James Slater

Tony James Slater travels around the world and writes books about his crazy (always so crazy) adventures. But before he got the travel bug, he tried to become an actor. That didn’t work out so well, but he, of course, had some crazy adventures along the way. Don’t You Know Who I Am? is full of typical self-deprecating Tony humor. He has a way of telling a story that makes you literally laugh out loud. It is well-edited with just a handful of typos (though American readers may “see” more than that since British English and American English have quite a lot of differences). I highly recommend reading this book and all of Tony’s other books, too. You won’t be sorry (though you may have to explain, repeatedly, why you are laughing)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 140
Pages Read in 2017: 38,240
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Reason I Chose It: I like Tony’s books


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Last Shot by Mike Faricy

Dev Haskell is a private investigator who is more interested in beautiful women and drinking than investigating most of the time. After he refuses to take Desi on as a client and then she’s found shot to death, he decides to find out what is really going on even though he won’t be paid for it.

I always grab the Dev Haskell mysteries when they are free on Kindle. They are pretty funny, though quite repetitive. I found this one to be rather boring, though, and often chose to read something else instead. It’s decent enough as a mind vacation, but I don’t really recommend this one. There are other books in the series that are much better.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 139
Pages Read in 2017: 37,755
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (L in OPAL)

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza has OCD. She gets stuck in thought spirals and had trouble doing normal teen stuff. Daisy is her best friend. She writes Rey-Chewbacca fanfic. Davis is the son of a missing billionaire. He met Aza at a camp for kids who had lost a parent. Turtles All the Way Down is a snapshot of a few months in their lives.

Ever since Turtles All the Way Down was announced, I’ve been looking forward to it. I can honestly say it did not disappoint and was totally worth the wait. My best friend shares some characteristics with Aza, particularly the health-related thought spirals. Because of this, I really identified with Daisy. In fact, I highlighted this quote and shared it with my best friend:

“…What I want to say to you, Holmesy, is that yes, you are exhausting, and yes, being your friend is work. But you are also the most fascinating person I have ever known, and you are not like mustard. You are like pizza, which is the highest compliment I can pay a person.”

That is exactly how I feel. It is work to have a best friend dealing with mental illness, but it’s totally and completely worth it.

Unlike some of John Green’s other books, Turtles All the Way Down wasn’t overly heart in a blendery (the end is kind of heartbreaking, but not on a TFiOS or Looking for Alaska level). It was, however, raw and honest. I don’t think an author without OCD himself could’ve written those thought spirals and Aza’s actions to be so real. I highly recommend this book to YA fans and pretty much everyone else. It’s really an excellent book.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 138
Pages Read in 2017: 37,489
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Reason I Chose It: Because… John Green

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