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”

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, 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”

Musings

Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away

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I call myself a NetGalley fangirl. I am a very happy user of NetGalley and I’m ARC obsessed.

But, when I’m declined a request to preview a title on NetGalley (my current approval percentage is 64%), it seems to increase my desire to read that book.

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It makes me want to read that book even more than ever. Being rejected for a book makes me interested in it – reverse psychology, perhaps? You always want something that you can’t have, right?

Of course, my declined titles are usually really good books! After getting rejected, I usually end up tracking it on Goodreads, monitoring the rating, and reading the reviews. My thoughts are usually correct – most of them score high Goodreads ratings.

Continue reading “Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away”