Book Review, NetGalley

Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

This book is being released tomorrow!

This story introduces the reader to the world of CIA counterintelligence and Russian sleeper cells.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House – Ballatine, and Karen Cleveland for allowing me to preview this book.

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When I picture a sleeper cell, I think of a container where a baby take a nap. Or a sleeping bag for a child’s sleepover. And maybe counterintelligence means anti-smart?

As you can see, I am ignorant new to these terms, so I had to look it up. Wikipedia defines counterintelligence as “information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons or international terrorist activities.”

And a sleeper cell is a secretive group of spies or terrorist agents that remain inactive within a target population until ordered to act.

Now you know. Fascinating! Continue reading “Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland”

Book Review, Musings

**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

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Eric’s rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Format: Audible

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Today I am proud to welcome my husband, Eric, to be my very first guest on my blog!img_3412

Eric is a new user of Audible. He listens to books in the car while traveling for work. I have a feeling that this new feature will have him listening to more audio books going forward.

Spoonbenders has been on my TBR list since it was published. It travels up and down my TBR but I’ve always wanted to read it. I told Eric about this book, and he was intrigued.

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This is a story about a con man falling in love with a genuinely powerful psychic, family, loyalty, and getting mixed up with the Chicago mob.

The Goodreads synopsis:

A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.

As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life? Continue reading “**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory”

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Release Date: January 9, 2018

I am so, so excited. This book is being released TOMORROW!

Thank you to Edelweiss, Putnam Books, and Chloe Benjamin for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the story of the Gold children, who are the offspring of Jewish immigrants, and their visit to a “fortune teller” one hot and sticky summer day in New York City in the summer of 1969.

Usually, fortune tellers predict information about a person’s life, give advice about personal matters or address evil matters or curses. But this fortune teller is very different. She tells each customer their date of death.

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Musings

[Let’s Chat] Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

2018 3This month we all make New Year’s resolutions that we just won’t keep. And, every year, we keep trying. This yearly tradition reminds us that we can change things with sheer willpower. I ran across this fascinating Popular Science article that explains New Year resolutions, why they’re so hard to follow, and how it comes down to the way our brains work.

The article explains that we usually focus on goals that we haven’t been able to achieve in the past year, and that making them requires no action. The idea satisfies our instant gratification, and in the moment, just thinking about doing something makes us feel good. Also, usually your resolution is about something that you don’t want to do, because tasks are more easily accomplished when we like doing them. OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE TRUTH. Continue reading “[Let’s Chat] Bookish New Year’s Resolutions”

Book Review

2017 Bookish Reflections

 

2017

2017 was huge! I unexpectedly accomplished so many bookish things. I didn’t even make any bookish resolutions at the beginning of the year other than to read some books. I certainly didn’t expect to be writing a post on bookish reflections for my very own blog!

Here are some of my milestones:

I became a member of NetGalley.

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One day as I was adding a review to my Goodreads account, I stumbled upon some NetGalley mentions and I thought, “WTH is that?” and then I googled it. Lo and behold, welcome to one of THE COOLEST resources EVER for book lovers, avid readers, and recreational writers. This is a real place where you can pick books, read books for free, write your opinions on them, and then someone might actually care to read what you wrote? It’s TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

I ended up reading 21 books for NetGalley this year.

I surpassed my planned goal on Goodreads.

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Goodreads is such an awesome, amazing, friendly, and supportive community. Did you know that they are owned by Amazon? I hope that someday they can create a button that posts your Goodreads review to Amazon books. That would be very handy.

I set a goal of 35 books and surpassed this goal. I think I’ve been reading a book per week as time permits. I read mostly in the evening, specifically before bed, so I can only devote about an hour of reading or so per night. It’s how I relax.

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I started THIS BLOG!

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Book Review

Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars3 Stars

Publish Date: January 31, 2017

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Synopsis

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, and on a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar. David makes work very interesting for Louise.

Then Louise meets Adele, who’s new to town and happens to be married to David. Louise and Adele become fast friends and Louise is torn between her new friend and her attraction to her new boss.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but there is so much more than meets the eye…

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Book Review, Musings

Book Review: Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: August 1, 2017

Class Moms gets an A in my grade book!

Laurie Gelman takes your average class mom’s experiences and kicks it up 1,000% with laugh-out-loud hilarious insights. You will be entertained by the wide range of characters in her world, inside and outside of the classroom.

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This book is about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom, Jennifer Dixon – and the unexpectedly cutthroat terrain of classroom and parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom.  She has (mostly) raised two college-age daughters by herself, and she’s a grizzled veteran class mom. She has a five year old son Max and a loving and supportive husband and father, Ron, by her side.  This year, she is serving as the primary parent coordinator for Max’s kinder class.

This colorful funny story involves a lot of emails, an old flame from high school, a quirky personal trainer, a hyper-sensitive-allergy mom, a hot kindergarten teacher, chick fights, and hi-may class parents causing problems at every turn. The job quickly becomes much more than she signed up for. Continue reading “Book Review: Class Mom by Laurie Gelman”