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Category: Book Reviews

All My Friends Have Issues

2/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for giving me a digital copy of this book to read and honestly review. I have to admit starting out that I got a little excited and requested this book before realizing that it was a Christian book. I decided to read it anyway because it’s a book about friendship, how religious can it be?

Answer: Extremely religious. It’s filled with scripture and religious anecdotes, lots of love for God and Jesus that is no doubt extremely genuine. All of the authors friends seem to be Christian and I’m not sure if the judgy author could even be friends with someone who isn’t.

I didn’t really like this book and starting at about 65%, I skimmed the rest of the way through.

The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins

5/5 stars

A delinquent young man is saved from jail and instead brought to a school? A psych ward? with more delinquent yet gifted young adults. Reading this face paced and interesting novel will answer your questions about who people are and what the place is, but it all will not become clear until close to the end what the end goal of as a “school”.

I read this book in three reading sessions because I simply couldn’t put it down. I found this book to be a dystopian look at the state of corporate profits, pharmaceutical industry and what may or may not be ethical ways of dealing with mental illnesses.

Recursion

I liked Dark Matter so much that I could barely wait to borrow Recursion from my local library. Although it took me a little longer to get into this bok, I did like it just as much as Dark Matter. I really like how Blake is able to flawlessly mix speculative sci-fi with thriller and make me care for the characters that he has created.

This book had a feeling of winding down somewhere near the middle and just when I thought the story would be wrapping up it got even better; I should have known the government would be getting involved in the storyline sooner than later for the amazing memory-traveling technology that is Recursion. Recursion took a heartbreaking turn at the end that makes this story have a romantic twist like no other book I’ve read- I didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be to read the same (non) ending over and over again.

It sounds confusing but once you read the story it’s not so bad. There’s so much I want to say about what happens but I don’t want to spoil it, not even a little since it was such a page-turner. I really enjoyed another book by Mr. Crouch that I had trouble putting down.

Psychology of Time Travel

4/5 stars

I love a good sci-fi book with time travel and I’m very interested in human psychology so this book was right up my alley. It introduced some very interesting time travel concepts and the mystery kept me reading quickly. I loved that time travel was created by four women and it was interesting how they ceased contact with one of their own to save face after sweet Barbara lost her mind while time traveling. It was such a lovely book, I enjoyed everything about it EXCEPT for all of the point of view changes, which did make this book confusing at times.

Hope Never Dies

4/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for giving me a copy of Hope Never Dies to read and review honestly.

This book is a campy fanfiction turned full novel and I enjoyed it immensely. After their second term in office is over, Joe Biden and Barrack Obama go their own separate ways. While Barrack is windsurfing and skydiving around the world with famous celebrities, poor Uncle Joe is home feeling left out by his old buddy Barrack.

Fortunately, they reunite to solve the mysterious death of Joe’s old friend. The antics the boys got into kept me laughing and turning page after page. The best thing about this story is that it is actually well written and decent. My only complaint is that a lot of things said and done by the main characters don’t seem accurate to their real-life counterparts, but I was able to turn off the nagging voice in my head to keep reading.

I hope to read more in a Biden/Obama mystery series!!

The Carhullen Army

3/5 stars

While I did like this book I need to begin this review with why it could have been so much more, which will be difficult to explain without spoilers so please, I do my best to not spoil but tread lightly if you are thinking of reading The Carhullan Army.

The most exciting part of the story was skipped over and while I get that the part I am referring to wasn’t necessarily a part of the story was author was telling, it would have added a nice bit of action and closure to what is truly a lovely story about a woman escaping what her life has become to a life that was her choice and not chosen for her.

The woman we know only as Sister decides to leave her husband in her home in war-ravaged Britain, deciding to no longer live under the eye of The Authority and their oppressive regime and mandatory contraceptive devices. She makes her plan and prepares as meticulously as possible for her escape to the all-women commune in Carhullen. This is the story of Sister’s escape, her earning her place with the “unofficial women” to finally doing what needs to be done.

I just wish that “what needs to be done” was a bit more of the story than the author wrote.

GoodReads Beta App

Were any of you able to test out the new GoodReads app for Android? I’ve been using it for at least a couple of weeks now. Even though I’m not a heavy GoodReads user I have noticed several improvements from their old app including a new modern design, faster loading times and a much better search function.

The search function alone being fixed is enough to make me use the app more. Now the books suggested as I type actually find the books I am looking for instead of nonsense until I’m done tap typing the entire title. What was worse on the old app but is fixed on my new name was that GoodReads didn’t work with my SwiftKey app so I couldn’t swipe type titles and didn’t get keyboard suggestions.

I’m so glad GoodReads finally made their app easier to use.

The Gratitude Diaries

3/5 stars

I was skeptical about reading a book about gratitude from a woman who seems like she has it all, but after reading it I felt judgemental for going in thinking that Janice Kaplan had nothing to offer me. As it turns out, we all have our moments and we can all improve by practicing gratitude. Since reading the book I have brought daily gratitude into my life and I can feel a small positive impact already. Yeah, it’s all in my head, but where else would I want it to be?

Spark Joy

4/5 stars

I like this book much more than The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It was about the same length (from what I remember), but it was packed with more directive information, adorable illustrations and it was a little less oddball. I would say Skip The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up and just enjoy Spark Joy instead. You won’t miss out on anything important, I promise.

Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual

3/5 stars

I kinda feel like a red-headed stepchild after reading this book, but I know my drill-sergeant stepdad only wants what’s best for me. I think it’s fair to note that this book is roughly 1/3 exercise plans which I had no interest in since I already have my fitness plans under control. Not an overly deep book but several little nuggets of “get up and go”.