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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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Reason I Chose It: Randomly Chosen from To Read Folder

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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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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

Emma’s just moved to a new state with her nieces. She’s struggling but can’t handle taking help from others. Kevin is a pediatric dentist who likes things just so and jumps to conclusions about people. When Emma and the girls move in next door, his life totally changes.

Prejudice Meets Pride is an excellent mind vacation book. It’s predictable in all the ways you want a beach read to be predictable. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read something fast and fun.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 136
Pages Read in 2017: 37,009
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (P in OPAL)

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Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

Meg is devastated when her horse dies of a ruptured artery right under her. She decides to spend the summer on an island working at a B&B. There, she begins training an appaloosa mare and meets an amazing guy, too.

Appaloosa Summer is a sweet story. Sometimes the conversations didn’t sound realistic and there were a handful of editing mistakes. I didn’t enjoy the parts giving the details about training the horse, but I am sure a horse lover would like it. I recommend this book to YA fans and people who love horses.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 134
Pages Read in 2017: 36,590
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (A in OPAL)

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Any Way You Dream It by Monique McDonell

Lucy needs a fake fiance for her high school reunion. Chase says he’s not the relationship type, but he’s willing to pretend for a weekend.

Any Way You Dream It was completely predictable and ended exactly how I wanted it to. Unfortunately getting to that end was somewhat painful. The book is in great need of an editor. There were occasional stretches that were fine, but then there’d be several errors a page for a while. Occasionally I had no idea what the author even meant. Things went on a bit too long, too, like the author was just trying to stretch the length. It’s the second in a series, but there is no need to read the first book first. I only recommend Any Way You Dream It to people wanting a total mind vacation who don’t mind grammar and spelling errors.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 130
Pages Read in 2017: 35,499
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (A in SAPPHIRE)

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Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

Kat and Scott are grieving the loss of their 17-year-old son. A woman from Kat’s past, Sarah, hires Scott as her lawyer. Sarah is recently widowed and inserts herself back into Kat’s life, helping her through the grief.

The end of Intrusion was a complete shock. Everything I thought was wrong. It was one of those rare books where a couple days after finishing it, I still felt a little disturbed. The story moved very slowly, focusing on character development rather than action. It is quite well written.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 129
Pages Read in 2017: 35,303
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in SAPPHIRE)

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