bookjunkie57

bookjunkie57

Hi I'm Shannon and I'm a book-a-holic. OK so I know it is not a word but its so true. I love reading and I have a serious book buying/borrowing problem. I read everyday and there is no such thing as no time to read for me, but I always feel like there is not enough time to read.

I’ve decided to start a little Tumblr called Read With Me. It will be updates of the book(s) I am currently reading with full on spoiler reactions to the pages as I read them and perhaps a review at the end. We’ll see how this goes.  Read With Me

Review
3 Stars
Whiskey Chick
Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom

Whiskey Dick, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Remi Kay :
Adam Barclay:
Jenn Barclay

The Story:


Remi is a hot mess. But, she’s a mess that has finally found the right track. I found this book to be laugh out loud funny in some parts but I didn’t get the same engagement that I had with the first book.


The Random Thoughts:

Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry, they probably just saw me. On top of my bed. Doing a striptease. And they probably think I’m by myself.”

The Score Card:

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3 Stars

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5 Stars
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
Gmorning, Gnight!: LIttle Pep Talks for Me & You - Lin-Manuel Miranda

I Picked Up This Book Because: I been inspired by these tweets quite often.

Though I’m glad I got the audiobook and I can hear every nuisance behind the words as Lin intends them, I will say audio is not the way to go. These nuggets are probably best digested over time. I can see waking up in the morning flipping to a random page and maybe being inspired to start the day. In fact that is what I intend to do once I purchase a hard copy of my own.

Overall it was lovely to hear Lin’s voice wish me a ton of Gmonrings and Gnights, can he call me everyday?


The Random Thoughts:


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5 Stars

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3 Stars
Shadow and Ice
Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter
 
Gods of War, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I love Gena Showalter books.

The Characters:

Knox of Iviland :
Vale London of Terra:
A billion other monsters

The Story:


An interesting start to a new series. I’m not going to lie I found it extremely easy to drift off while listening to this book. So much so that I probably missed two of fourteen hours, not all at once. I never felt the need to go back and catch up either.

I am disappointed that I don’t feel more love and adoration for this book. It’s perfectly well written but it just didn’t ensnare me.


The Random Thoughts:


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3 Stars
 
 
 
Monthly Run Down - October 2018
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Neil Patrick Harris The Cad and the Co-Ed - L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - Dante Fabiero How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - D.L. Hughley Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Whiskey Dick - Ryan Ringbloom Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Life Style for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - Don Colbert Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story - Shannon Hale Ever After High: Hunter Huntsman's Story - Shannon Hale



Books I Read:

 

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know - 4 Stars - Retta is my cousin, she doesn’t know it but I’ve adopted her.

 

The Second Story: The Magic Misfits - 3.5 Stars - I like the way this series is going.

 

Ashlynn Ella’s Story - 3 Stars - Ugh what a sad story she is signing up for.

 

The Cad and the Co-ed - 4.5 Stars - I loved these characters.  

 

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - 5 Stars - Super cute.

 

Hunter Huntsman’s Story - 3 Stars - A little ridiculous and a lot cute.

 

How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - 3.75 Stars - Gave me a ton of emotions and supported a conversation that needs to happen across the country no matter how unwanted.  

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 5 Stars - ReRead:  I had so much fun rediscovering this fabulous book.  It still stands as my favorite of the series

 

Whiskey Dick - 4.5 Stars - I really enjoyed getting to know this couple. Their story was funny and sexy.

 

Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - 4 Stars - Full of yummy easy recipies






DNF:

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Put on hold until I can get the audio version.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly…. still.

 

Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter - listening to the audiobook

 

Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom - Thanks to my sister’s KU

 

Snowbound with the Single Dad  - Cara Colter - Thank you Netgalley




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

October: 10 books

 

2018: 86 books

Review
4 Stars
Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy and Feeling Great
Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Life Style for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - Don Colbert

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: I had already started considering a Keto Lifestyle and this book seemed like a good resource.




Good information giving upfront even if it was a bit “selly”. The recipes seemed as easy as the title suggest and I can’t wait to try a few.


The Random Thoughts:


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4 Stars

Review
4.5 Stars
Whiskey Dick
Whiskey Dick - Ryan Ringbloom

Whiskey Dick, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: 80% the title of the book, 20% good reviews

The Characters:

Paisley Lavender Robbins:
Jaxon Richard Kay:
Remmi Kay, Karie

The Story:


This story was fun. Paisley and Jax have a hell of a road trip after a canceled flight. I laughed a lot and enjoyed myself.


The Random Thoughts:

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4.5 Stars

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5 Stars
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

 
Harry Potter, Book 4


Re-Read:
October 18 - October 25

I had forgotten SOOOO much. I’m so glad I’m rereading the series via audiobook. I am full of joy and squee and love for this series. I’ll spare you the rambling.

Review
3.5 Stars
How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People
How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - D.L. Hughley

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity


The Book:


I’ve had a very difficult time writing this review. All I can think clearly is that this book made me feel. Injustice, sadness, anger, amusement, righteousness, indignant, low self esteem. I wish this was a book that didn’t need to be written. That we could just flip a switch and people would see that we are all made of the same things. Unfortunately that is not the world we live in.

Since I don’t want to leave this review on a negative note. I’ll say DL did a great job injecting humor into a topic that is inherently humorless. I hope many people read/listen to his words and it makes them think about their own character and how things can change in the world.


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3.75 Stars

Ashlynn Ella’s Story
Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story - Shannon Hale
   
Ever After High, Book .5

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Ashlynn Ella:
Her woodland friends

The Story:

Ashlynn Ella stands to inherit a pretty sad story however she seems mostly resigned to her fate. I hope her prince turns out to be a lumberjack.


The Random Thoughts:



3 Stars

 

Review
3 Stars
Hunter Huntsman’s Story
Ever After High: Hunter Huntsman's Story - Shannon Hale

 
Ever After High, Book .6

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Hunter Huntsman:
Mr and Mrs Huntsman:


The Story:

Hunter seems very sweet and sensitive and I really hope that he and Ashlynn Ella find a way to be together. They seem perfect for each other.

I do understand Hunter’s animal concerns but the adult in me says that his is messing with his family’s livelihood and that I can’t abide by.


The Random Thoughts:



3 Stars

Review
5 Stars
Slothilda
Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - Dante Fabiero

I Picked Up This Book Because: Totally sucked in by the cute sloth on the cover


The Story:

This book Killed Me Softly. Really, it tells my whole story with its words/drawings. This is super cute and funny. It’s not often I wish I had a hard copy of a book but I definitely wish I had one of this one and a coffee table to display it on.



The Random Thoughts:

I'm so tickled that she has a dog named Peanut.


5 Stars

Review
3.5 Stars
The Second Story
The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Neil Patrick Harris

The Magic Misfits, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Lelia Vernon:
Mr Vernon and The Other Mr Vernon:
Carter, Riley, Lizzy, Olly and Sandra

The Story:

While this was a great story and revealed so much about Mineral Wells and the history of the Misfits, I didn’t love it as much as the first book. I’m not sure if it was the change in perspective, the new narrator or just the subject matter I just didn’t feel as engrossed.

Overall it was a good story. Lots of mystery, twists and of course magic. There were a few characters that were surprises and a few I can’t wait to see in the next book.



The Random Thoughts:



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3.5 Stars

Review
4.5 Stars
The Cad and the Co-Ed
The Cad and the Co-Ed - L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

Rugby, Book 3

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Bryan Leech:
Eilish Cassidy:
Patrick Cassidy, Monkey Sean Cassidy

The Story:

Can I just watch this family grow forever? They are just so cute and fun and funny and the chemistry! Yes they had a rough start and both Bryan and Eilish can be stubborn as heck but I think they can make it for the long run.

I absolutely LOVE little Patrick and I love how all the adults in his life love him so much too. Also how is Monkey Sean not the cutest nickname.

Okay all I have is gushing, mushy love for this book, I’ll spare you the rest of my rambling.



The Random Thoughts:

Rugby should be a “thing” in America. #ijs

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4.5 Stars

Review
4 Stars
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don't Even Know
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious



If our backgrounds had been more similar I would be sure Retta and I are related. Her love for TV reminds me of 80% of my conversations with my cousin. What I wouldn’t give to have her sit in on a break down of Vampire Diaries or Grey’s Anatomy with us. And the time she spent talking about Hamilton, I agreed with every word! I sadly haven’t met Lin-Manuel, Daveed, Oke or Leslie nor seen the show multiple times so I’m hella jealous. And should I even bother to talk about the lazy club??? HA!

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I’ve already recommended to my like minded bookish real life friends. And this babbling review can serve as a recommendation to my virtual bookish friends. Read it! Or better yet listen to the audiobook. It was great.



The Random Thoughts:

SN: I’ve always wanted to go to a pro hockey game. Now I know I need to sit on the glass. ;-)

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

Review
4 Stars
China Rich Girlfriend
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

  Crazy Rich Asians, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

The cast of this book is legion, just like the last one. Though we do spend time with Rachel and Nick, Astrid, Michael and Colin, Charlie Wu and newcomers Carlton and Colette.

The Story:

I’m not sure we can even classify this as a book. It more like a mini epic. All the characters, multiple plots and

Writing: Excellent. With so many characters and stories I never once felt lost.
Forward Motion: Great.
Overall Interest: Very good.
Length of Reading Time: Not too bad.
Re-read-ability: Probably not.

The Random Thoughts:



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4 Stars

Monthly Run Down - September 2018
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe Sexsomnia - Sleepless in Manhattan - Anya Omah The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Darynda Jones Immortal Nights - Lynsay Sands Alex and Eliza: A Love Story - Melissa  de la Cruz, Cassandra Campbell China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel - Kevin Kwan Lies: The Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Take Your Breath Away - T.M. Logan

 

 

Books I Read:

 

This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - 4 Stars - Interesting

 

Sexsomnia: Sleepless in Manhattan - 2.5 Stars - It had its moments.

 

The Monster: A Story of Neverneath - 4 Stars - I can’t wait for the next part to be published.

 

Immortal Nights - 4 Stars - It was so good to visit with the Argeneaus again.

 

Alex and Eliza - 4 Stars - Greatly enjoyed

 

China Rich Girlfriend - 4 Stars - Wow






DNF:

 

Lies - T.M. Logan - Lots of buildup but took too long to deliver. I lost interest.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Finishing up the trilogy




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

 

2018: 76 books