What I’m Reading: Mischiling

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I finished up the audio book Mischling by Affinity Konar.  As soon as I had seen this book listed on my on line library I grabbed it and put it on my holds listing.  I was eager to get to the book as it sounded like something I would like.

Happily I did enjoy the book.  It seems like more and more books are out there that are Holocaust themed.  I have read so many and think there can’t possibly be more out there but then again, I find another and another.  This one, unlike most that I’ve read is fiction.  There were events that happened during the Holocaust that inspired the book but the actual people didn’t exist.  That’s a relief.  The Holocaust stories are all so hard to read but something in me keeps me reading and listening to them.  It’s strange but I almost feel that by listening to their story, door open towards the authors healing….silly I know but I figure it’s the least I can do…listen to their story.

This one focus’ on Joseph Mengele and the awful tortures he did in the name of science and Hitler.  I didn’t know a lot about this but tins were taken to him and he would “experiment” on them doing one terrible thing to one and other terrible things to the other.  Then he would compare the twins.  UGH.  YUCK.  I don’t know how a man like that could live with himself.  Anyway…

Here’s what Amazon had to say, [Read more...]

What I’m Not Reading: To the Bright Edge of the World

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I just quit listening to the book To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey.  I had this book on a waiting list and was really anxious to listen to it.  The book sounded like my sort of book…
historical fiction, exploring the frontier, the story told from more than one perspective….All good things.

For some reason, I did’t love it.  I think part of my problem was that the book was super descriptive but I was chasing a time crunch.  The book was about to expire and I wanted to get to the end….but all these descriptive words were in the way.  Does that make sense?

I  debated about trying to renew it but again, I wasn’t loving it so why?  I ended up not finishing it.  I didn’t like the male reader in the audio book version.  I think the book would have been way better had it been read.  I don’t know if the text the male read was so clinical or if it was the voice of the reader or both.  Either way, when he talked, I felt myself being disconnected to the story.  I ended up not finishing the book.

Then I went to Amazon and read the review.  It made me second guess myself…Here’s the description… [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Missing Presumed

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I finished listening to Missing, Presumed: A Novel by Susie Steiner.

I got this from my on line library.

I swear, I’ve been getting dud books lately.  I want a good book.  I want one that I think about after I’ve read it.

This book sadly, isn’t a book you need to run out and purchase.  It’s slow.  I don’t know why I finished it.  There are bi-sexual relationships in the book. I didn’t get attached to the characters. I often like mysteries and “who dun it books”.  I thought this might be a good one…wrong.  When I don’t care about the characters it leaves me lackluster.

Anyway…here’s what Amazon said about the book, “At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.”

I am kicking myself.  As I was writing this review I checked Amazon and readers only gave the book 3.8 stars.  AH!!!!  Why didn’t I read the review before I wasted time on the book?!

I honestly found myself trying to think of things I could do so I wouldn’t have to read the book.  That’s when I should  have delete the book but this time, I didn’t have any other books available on my on line library and I’ve been trying hard to be patient and not burn up all of my Audible credits.  Lesson learned.  Burn the Audible credits rather than waste my time on a bad book…In fact, I just went to Audible and upped the amount of credits I get and now I’m off to find Hubby and tell him that he’s off the hook for any Valentines present for me as I added Audible credits…(don’t remind him that we don’t ever get Valentine gifts for each other)  As much as I love books, spending a little more money on a hobby I so enjoy isn’t a bad thing.

What I’m Reading: The Secret of Sarah Revere

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I finished up reading the book The Secret of Sarah Revere  by Ann Rinaldi.  I am  a huge fan of the author.  HUGE.  I’ve read most of her books.  She is actually a young adult historical fiction writer.  Many of her books focus on the time period of the Revolutionary War or the Civil War…both time periods I love.

This is book I actually read.  I had more or less given up reading.  My glasses having the bifocals and sitting in bed just doesn’t mix the best.  I finally decided to give it another try.  My solution…take my glasses off and read without them.  It worked.  I’ve missed reading before bed.  I’ve actually gotten in the bad habit of looking at my phone before bed.  That doesn’t relax my brain or my roaming mind at all.  The book was just what I needed and plan to continue doing.

I don’t read much as all…a chapter and that’s it..and that’s okay.  It’s brought book reading back to my life and it’s what my mind needs.

Anyway…back to the book…. [Read more...]