September 30, 2014

Monthly Review: September 2014

  1. Faithful Place by Tana French
  2. Madame Picasso by Anne Girard
  3. Broken Harbor by Tana French
  4. The Secret Place by Tana French
  5. Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Challenge Progress:

How Many Books
39/50 books

 Classics Club
4/50 books

Fairy Tales Retold
1/3 books

September 29, 2014

Short & Tweet: Dear Thief

Author: Samantha Harvey
Publisher: Atavist Books  
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon|Barnes & Noble 
Add To: Goodreads

"You were going to work your way into my marriage and you were going to call its new three-way shape holy," writes the unnamed narrator ofDear Thief.
The thief is Nina, or Butterfly, who disappeared eighteen years earlier and who is being summoned by this letter, this bomb, these recollections, revisions, accusations, and confessions.
Dear Thief is a letter to an old friend, a song, a jewel, and a continuously surprising triangular love story. Samantha Harvey writes with a dazzling blend of fury and beauty about the need for human connection and the brutal vulnerability that need exposes.
Here is a rare novel that traverses the human heart in original and indelible ways.~Goodreads

For my review, I written each section as a "tweet" meaning they are (for the most part) 140 characters.

Note: the breaks in-between fond of and not fond of represent two tweets.

Fond of:

Liked that it was told anonymously, Butterfly was also a mystery so it seemed fitting.

Enjoyed reading the growth of our storyteller and that life goes on even after someone leaves us.

Not fond of:

Dear Thief felt a little disjointed.

An interesting plot but I heard myself saying "wait a minute" numerous times and had to go back to refresh my memory.

Final Thoughts:

Despite the intriguing idea of Dear Thief it was difficult to get through

Have very mixed feelings on it.

September 28, 2014

Frightfall Read-a-thon

FrightFall Read-a-Thon

The Frightfall Readathon has begun, I'll be in Madison two days this week, picking out more faucets and other minute details for the house we are building.  Fortunately, kindle does not make me carsick so hopefully I'll be able to get some reading in during the four hours driving time (there and back again).

  1. The Cucukoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  2. Consolamentum by Rebecca Hazell
  3. The King's Curse by Philipa Gregory
  4. Ruth's Journey by Donald McCraig
  5. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
  6. James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain
  7. Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  8. The Girls at the Kingfisher's Club by Genevieve Valentine
  9. Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
  10. The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  11. Until Your Mine by Samantha Hayes
  12. Assorted Goosebump novels by R.L. Stine

September 25, 2014

Follow Friday: Twitter & Ebooks

A Weekly Blog Hop Hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read 

Q: Book character(s) you'd like to see with their own Twitter page 

  • Elizabeth Bennet because she's witty, intelligent and would love to see her slang to fit in those 140 characters
  • Hermione Granger who I would love to talk to bookworm to bookworm
  • Hannibal Lector because he's clever and crazy like a fox.

Book Blogger Hop

Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Q: How will reading  be in 100 year's time? Will there be any printed books left? How about ereaders? What might they look like?

A: I think there will always be Rory Gilmores who love the smell and touch of a book. (I'm guilty as charged there) Although I love my kindle too, its convenient and has instant gratification for the next book in a series or that new release that you no longer need to rush to the book store for.  Not to mention with the Kindle and Kindle Fire both now under 100 dollars they are much more appealing/accessible.  I have no idea what they may look like in 100 years, I'll be long gone anyway, but I don't see them going away any time soon.

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Thursday Trailer: Gone Girl

While I advocate reading the book before the movie, I really enjoy seeing their adaptations and then critic it mercifully (just kidding!) I've decided to begin a weekly meme to highlight film adaptations I'm looking forward to. For some I have already read the book and others well, I'll see the movie and then read the book later… but in the meantime, I'll share their trailers .

I bought into the hype when Gone Girl was first released and loved it.  Despite the predictability of it, Gone Girl was a good thriller.  Looking back, it had all the elements for a Hollywood Blockbuster.

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

This adaptation looks fittingly dark and grainy.  I typically don't see films starring Ben Affleck as he isn't one of my favorite actors but judging by the trailer he is pretty close to how I pictured Nick Dunne.  My one hope is that Hollywood doesn't (once again) play up Nick's affair, because that would really tick me off, while it can be seen as motive there's a bigger story here. Also, for the predictably there is supposed to be an alternate ending which could be really interesting. Personally, even if this adaptation turns out to be shit (hope not) it will be worth the price of admission to see Neil Patrick Harris as Desi.

Opens: October 3, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Rated: R
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Directed By: David Fincher
Based On: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

*Note synopsis is taken from IMDB