Mindful Mondays :: Question of the Day

Question of the Day: Do you write in your books?

My answer: I honestly can’t bring myself to do that except for a class or project.

I would definitely not write in one an author signed for me.

Let me know in the comments. This is something I want to start doing more often. Get to know each other.

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Sums Up Sunday :: My Reads So Far

I’m gonna try something different. The post will will sum up what I have read so far and what has been added to my ever lasting list of to be read. This also helps cause it’s been hot and rainy lately…gotta accomplish something other than devout laziness.

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Finished book:

I’ll Give you the Sun by: Jandy Nelson

Summary from Goodreads (cause lets face it, I’m not good at summarizing).

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their

I started this audio book with mixed emotions. There is just so much to say about this book that I will probably wind up spoiling it. That will be in a later post, so don’t worry about that, yet.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed the story when it came together. I’m not a fan at all of prolonged scenes that really start to lose its interest and mine. The writer told a great story between two people. 4/5 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

I started this book a few weeks ago and I just made it to chapter 13. I originally made a plan to have a July reading list and I took a poll. This one won as one of the four books I was going to finish by the end of this month. So far…this is the only one. Oh well. Can’t say I didn’t try.

So to summarize with the help of Goodreads:

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

There is a lot more to that but the summary was insanely long so I thought this would be the general gist. This one is the first book of the series. I’m not quite in the middle of the story but I have gone through Blue and her mothers physic abilities and Gansey kind of being a douche at the moment.

I really like Maggie’s way of writing this story. Each chapter isn’t the same narrator so you got a bit of Blue and Gansey and other characters. I’ll update more when I get further.

Anticipated Reads:

This is bad on me, but I bought two books. One was intended for a read a long but I missed the deadline and the other cause it just caught my attention.

The Kiss Quotient by: Helen Hoang

This one was supposed to be for the read a long. I wanted to read it anyway, so no big deal.

Summary from Goodreads:

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

This caught my eye all over Instagram so I’m very excited to start this.

The Earth, My Butt, and other Big Round Things by: Carolyn Mackler

This book was an impulse buy. I’m not a skinny person. I have curves. I loved Dumplin’ so the summary of this book really caught my attention.

Goodreads, if you please.

Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.

I couldn’t help myself. Target has a good book selection and although I try to only buy from my local bookstore…I just couldn’t help it. I just wish they wouldn’t put those damn stickers on the cover.

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I hope everybody has a good Sunday. Tell me about what you’re currently reading or your most anticipated read.

Book Review: Game Keepers by Steve Dressing

Title: Game Keepers

Author: Steve Dressing

Published: May 14, 2018

Baseball is supposed to be fun for the young ones. Well, much like dance moms, there are baseball parents. The parents are ruining the fun for their children to where baseball is not fun at all.

One day, after trying to escape the parents fighting with coaches, George and other teammates come across a manhole. It leads them a whole other world where they can play their game and still have fun. There the keepers of the world and there are rules to follow.

Just have fun!

I’m not a baseball fan. In fact, I’m not a sports fan. I really liked how this world was constructed. At one point when Allie, George’s sister, finds the place she doesn’t see a field. She sees a piano and concert hall called Music Land; the world constructs on your wishes.

It’s very simple and to the point. This is a YA book for kids so it reads like one, but that didn’t make it less enjoyable.

The funny thing about it is that while these kids are in this world (nick named Down Home) their parents are sort of under an illusion that their kids are at home doing something else like chores.

Part of me wished there really was a place like this to escape for a while and just forget the world.

This is my first time reading Steve Dressings work. It was very cute and well put together. It shows how much he enjoys the sport and how kids just want to have fun with it.

4 stars. Even if you’re not a sports fan like me, the book was a good read and makes you wish that these Be Keepers had this world for you when you needed it.

Book Review: Go Home, Afton (Book 1) by Brent Jones

Title: Go Home, Afton

Author: Brent Jones

Published: June 25, 2018

Afton Morrison has suppressed some dark and violent impulses her whole life. Her inner voice, now more of less takes the shape of Afton herself sometimes named ‘Animus’ and urges her to kill a known but not convincted sexual predator. Afton works in a library and had dinner every week with her brother. It’s hard to kill someone when you’ve never done so…and when there’s someone in the shadows watching your every move.

As you all know, I just reviewed the first book in the Dexter series so I was real excited when asked to review this book first in its series. Yes, this is almost a female Dexter. There were talks of the next Jessica Jones but since I don’t know anything about that series, I’m going with what I know from Dexter.

This book was so difficult to put down. It’s not a long book, about 140 or so pages, but the story is so compelling. Afton is an amazing character who does indeed struggle with an incident in her past. That doesn’t make her any less of a badass. Animus is her dark passenger but instead of it just being a voice, Afton sees her as almost like an evil twin. Yikes.

The series was written by Brent Jones. I enjoyed how he told this story. It’s told in Afton’s point of view but she’s not struggling to fit into a normal life. The woman retaliates when an idiot kid vandalized the library! That part was so funny. The only complaint is that it left with a cliffhanger and I have to wait for the second book!!

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4 stars. I will say there are mentions of sexual assault and abuse. It’s not overly detailed but it is there. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.

Book Review: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Published: May 5, 2004

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I am sorry that it took me so long to write this review. I finished it a few nights ago and life just kind of pulls me out of my bookworm world. Anyway, I wanted to do this from different points of view. One as someone who has never seen the show, and the other as someone who has seen the show. BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!

I made this post as a current read a while back, so if you haven’t read that post, here’s the summary of the book.

Dexter Morgan is a blood analyst for the Miami Metro Police by day, and closeted serial killer by night. The book is told from Dexter’s point of view. He talks about being two people, Dexter and his ‘Dark Passenger’. The ‘Dark Passenger’ is a need in Dexter to kill. He doesn’t feel any emotion as any other human does. He doesn’t kill just anybody for shits and giggles, he has a code. This code is set by his foster father, Harry, who teaches Dexter to use it for good instead of…well evil.

The first book is basically an introduction and circles around a plot to catch a serial killer who is kidnapping hookers and draining their blood. No, not vampire. He drains their blood and cuts them up into pieces and leaves them in plain sight – and his sights are apparently set on Dexter.

So you have Dexter, who tries (in my opinion a little too hard) to act normal around other people, including his sister, Deborah. Deborah is a beat cop who wants desperately to transfer to homicide.

My review on the story AS A BOOK:

The story as a whole was a pretty good start to a series. As I said, Dexter tries WAY too hard to fit in as someone who doesn’t feel much of anything. This also means flirting back with one of the detectives who has an unhealthy crush on him. Migdia LaGuerta is a female detective and while she takes her job seriously, she’s not exactly the best detective. Dexter describes her as one who knows how to play the political game more than being a detective.

Deborah relied WAY too much on Dexter to solve this murder case for someone who wants to be in homicide. She was almost too needy and too desperate to where it was hard to like her, even when she gets into trouble. I have the second book so I hope that her character better develops with the next story.

I do like Lindsay’s style of writing and how he has Dexter telling the story from his view and his ‘Dark Passenger’. Dexter does his research before going after a kill. This story he killed a priest who kills little boys and a man who kidnapped teenage girls for trafficking. Not that I condone killing, but at least it’s not someone completely random and not without some merit.

I’d say the start of the series is a 3.5/5 stars. Just so you can get into the introduction of Dexter and be just enough curious as to what is in store for him in the second book.

My review on the story from the show! So beware of possible spoilers for both book and TV show from this point!

I mostly started this because I’m binge watching the show and I’m on the final season. I had no idea it was a book series, so naturally, I jumped on it. I don’t like that the cover is replaced by the show cover, but that was what I could get so I sucked it up and got it.

The first book covers the first season. There are a lot of differences, however.

Migdia LaGuerta is MARIA LaGuerta in the show and she’s a Lieutenant not a detective. She’s also pretty damn hateful especially toward Deborah. She is in the show, but not as much in the book.

Dexter doesn’t try as hard in the show to be normal as he does in the book. He doesn’t flirt with anybody when they flirt with him (Thank God they didn’t do that story line with him and LaGuerta in the show). In the book, she comes onto him…by grabbing his crotch! Can we say sexual assault!

Deborah is less annoying and less needy in the show than she is in the book. Again, I hope that changes in the second book, which I will read and review.

Rita, Dexter’s girlfriend (and really she’s only there to make him seem normal) doesn’t make much of an appearance in the book as she does in the first season. So many story lines in the first season and I’m almost disappointed they aren’t in the book. The book is just 285 pages long, so I didn’t expect a lot.

See, something like this always gets my hopes up. I watch a show or movie and find out it was a book first and then I get the book and my expectations are set high. That’s one of the reasons I refuse to watch Ready Player One because I want to read the book first. Although, I do need to see Love, Simon, because Simon Vs. The HomoSapiens Agenda was a really good book.

The book was a good start. I’m definitely going to read the second book. The series is great if you’re not setting your hopes on it after watching the show. If you are interested, I would definitely read the book (or all books) first before watching the show. IF anything, Michael C. Hall is an amazing actor. And he narrates Stephen King’s Pet Semetary – I am definitely listening to it mostly to hear his voice.

Good starter to a book series, and the show is just as good. If you like to watch one guy kill the bad people while he helps the police hunt for them as well, definitely worth it.

Current Read: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by: Jeff Lindsey

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first of an eight book series. It was also the inspiration for TV show Dexter that starred Michael C. Hall.

If you’ve never heard of this series or the show: Dexter is by day a blood analyst working for the Miami Metro Homicide and by night…serial killer.

But he’s a serial killer killing the bad guys. What makes him different? Well, he has a code that was taught to him by his foster father. Dexter has what he calls a Dark Passenger and feels the need to kill.

Rather than get him help, Dexter’s foster father teaches him to channel the need by only killing the guilty.

Dexter does his research before he kills. His first kill in the book is a priest who killed children. Dexter makes them face what they did before he kills them.

I’m binge watching the show and I’m on season 7. I just picked up the first two books. I’m almost halfway through the first book.

So far there are small differences from the book and show.

Dexter makes more of an effort to act normal in the book.

LaGuerta is a detective in the book. I still haven’t met Dokes just yet.

I’ll be sure to update more when I get further in the book.

The book is in Dexter’s point of view. Technically so is the show, but you still have character backstory.

I love the show. I’m not overly fond of seasons 7. To me, the story is kind of weak and things seem to happen in a span of time that sometimes the show just doesn’t explain.

Like Angel having a sister suddenly. Or a year has gone by between seasons. That annoys me sometimes.

Anyway, so far the book is good and I’ll be sure to review it more when I’m done.

Book Review: Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury

Between the Sea and Stars by: Chantal Gadoury
Publish date: June 19, 2018
Little Mermaid retelling

Who doesn’t love mermaids? If you don’t…well you’re entitled to your wrong opinion.

So, I had the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of this book. I enjoy Gadoury’s stories. This one was, of course, no exception.

Lena is a merrow (mermaid) helping her brother take care of their father. They aren’t rich or poor, but they get by with Javelin’s (brother) sell techniques for the market and Lena’s hunting skills. Lena dreams of exploring the human world. She hears stories of the merrow queen and how she traded her fin for legs for the love of her life. Tragedy strikes, however, when Lena must flee from the sea to avoid punishment, or worse, death. With the help of the merrow queen, Lena is bestowed a pair of legs and must leave her only family.

Lena is taken in by a poor family and begins working at an inn. Lena soon finds that not all humans are evil, like other merrows believe, but there are some that are truly awful.

First and foremost, do NOT go into this book thinking it’s based on Disney. Disney did not write The Little Mermaid. Although the artwork is beautiful and the songs are catchy, it’s not the original story. It is a Little Mermaid retelling, but not Disney. So there will be no crabby sidekick, lol.

I loved Lena. She was headstrong and while she had to adjust to whole other world, she was still the same Lena, just heart broken and trying to manage. Merrows have the same views for female merrows. They are expected to marry and bare children and be taken care of. While Lena toyed with the idea when she is proposed to by an old family friend, she’s still hesitant.

Lena meets Edwin, a blind old man who can read cards…and knows what she is. We like Edwin, so don’t judge. Jace (young son) was the one who found Lena on the beach and brought her to the inn. I’ll try to stop there so I don’t spoil anything.

I love Gadoury’s writing style. You get a clear picture of Lena as a merrow and as a human and what she experiences, good and bad. There are these connections to Lena’s life that involve the merrow queen, and her mother. You have to read the story.

My only complaint…

I must wait for a second book!! Oh well.

Grab this book and experience a new story under the sea.