It’s been awhile since I shared with you my reads. I have been flying through my Audible books but I also have been doing some Podcasts. As you know, picking up a book and sitting down to read is not always the easiest for me but I can listen too books in the car, as I clean the house and falling asleep at night so this is how I get these books read (so quickly too!) I choose Audible to read. You can get three free months today!
Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see another’s prospective from their suffering and how it affects those around them. It reminded me a lot of Inside the O’Briens (which I liked a lot more!)
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.
At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan. I admit I did not finish this. I did not prefer the narrator (so perhaps I had would have done better if it was not an audio book.) My daughter was reading the book at the time and I was reading it with her to guide her, she did not need me so I feel behind. She is now on Book 4 so it has taken a back seat for me, but I know it is a VERY popular series and she is in love with Percy Jackson and his friends. If your child is a fan, also have them try Gregor the Overlander Series.
After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. So much better than the movie – isn’t that always the truth. I saw the movie (a long time ago) and I know it was a bit disturbing but the story of this family’s life (beyond tragedy) is amazing. It truly shows how events and personalities frame and shape a family and their relationships. I really liked this book!
PAT CONROY has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina low country as well as the dusty glitter of New York City, The Prince of Tides is PAT CONROY at his very best.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Ehhh, unless you are a huge Kate and William fan, skip. In fact, if you are a big fan, skip. It will only make your real life royalty and fictional fairy tale get all mixed up. I was ready for this book to end. Some might like it though, as it gets good reviews – 4 1/2 stars.
American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.
House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure. I read this book because I liked The Paris Architect a lot. It was a good book but I am someone that gets frustrated when the primary character is going through situations they cannot control. That probably means I was very connected with the character. It is a good read though, if this type of suspense doesn’t bother you.
In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. The take better include some cash too ―the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over.
With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross’s entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down ―and for his family to go down too.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I love Harry Potter so I though I would be a fan, but truthfully I wasn’t. I think it might be because it was the same narrator as The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson) and the voices killed me. The novel takes all you know to be standard truth of science and possibilities and twists it into a story line that is, well…. Peculiar describes it just fine.
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
The Book Thief by by Markus Zusak. So this book has been in my library for awhile and having though I had finished/read it, I saw the movie – dang, big mistake. I hate when I ruin a book with the movie. I am fine the other way around. Anyways, the movie was great and the book will always be better. It’s on my, must read next.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book has been in my Wish List for awhile and Audible just alerted me it was on sale so I got it yesterday. Not sure if it will be a keeper but it holds a good 4 1/2 stars.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
In between novels, I have enjoyed some Podcasts. We recently moved so it has been nice to listen to something for quick bursts of unpacking. I must have been a lawyer in a previous life (only kidding about that) because most of my Podcasts are crime driven. I shared with you in behind the scenes in February 2016, my Podcast (Serial) featuring Adnan Syed. A boy (now man) accused of killing his girlfriend. Since that time, Baltimore has given him a new trial (due to the publicity of the podcast and public push) so that will be coming in the future.
*If you look back at March, I really enjoyed If You Find Me – I had JUST started reading it upon writing the post.
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