TBR Challenge 2019

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

TBR Challenge 2019

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge was “Something Different”, an unusual setting, sub genre you don’t read all the time, etc. I chose The Calculating Stars because I haven’t read a lot of science fiction lately, it had a lot of positive buzz, and I had bought it during an ebook sale but had yet to read it.

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Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

This is an excellent book. I picked up the audio book version (almost 36 hours of listening time) because, it seems like everyone else on the planet, I was curious after hearing about the musical “Hamilton” that was based on this book. I have not yet seen the musical, and I have only heard about half of its soundtrack, but yes, the book does make me want to see and hear it all.

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Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

This is an interesting book. I had some Audible credits to use up, so I downloaded this without many expectations. I usually listen to audiobooks while I walk my dogs or do housework, so usually I “re-read” a favorite book while doing something else. That means that if I miss something, I don’t lose track of the narrative. In this case, I had heard many positive reviews and thought I would give it a try. With the Audible credit, it worked out to be cheaper to purchase as an audiobook rather than an ebook.

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TBR Challenge 2019

Review: On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

TBR Challenge 2019

Review: On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

This month the TBR Challenge is to read a book that is part of a series. I wanted to like this book. I have read and enjoyed each of the earlier books in this series and have rated them a B or a C, but this book bored and frustrated me right from the beginning. The first scene is of the hero interrupting a wedding (you don’t find out whose wedding until much later in the book), and right from that point I was not really feeling the love for the plot. I am not a fan of books where people are embarrassed or made to feel less than others, and it felt to me that this is what this book was all about. The heroine deserved better than this.

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Review: Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

Review: Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

I loved Mary Stewart’s King Arthur series, starting with The Crystal Cave, when I read them as a teenager in the 1970s. I am not sure if I ever read any of her romantic suspense books then, but when there was a sale on ebook versions of them last year I bought a few because I knew she was a great writer and trusted I would enjoy them. Madam, Will You Talk? finally drifted to the top of my TBR this week and I decided to read it. Yes, I was reminded, she really is a great writer. This was a very good book.

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Best Reads of 2018

Best Reads of 2018

The following are the best books I read in 2018. Some of these books were not published in 2018 (some, in fact, were published a long time ago), but they were the best books I read for the first time in 2018. They are listed in no particular order. All of them are worth your time.

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

Once again I am behind in my blogging, but the #TBRChallenge is getting me back into the groove. (I have been reading, but have not been writing and posting reviews.) Luckily, the theme this month is Series – book that is part of series, and I just happened to be reading such a book: Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner. Free Fall is part of the Fly Me to the Moon series, an alternate history version of the

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