Tuesday, February 10, 2015

January Book Review

Year after year I set a reading goal for myself of 50 books. I've only actually reached my goal once. I usually top out at 35 - 40 books in a year. Not my goal, but still pretty respectable considering I work 40+ hours at a corporate job, have another time-intensive hobby, and have a husband and child that would like dinners on the table and clean clothes to wear.

So far this year I have started out strong and am right on track for the year. Here's a quick run-down of what I've been reading:

My first book for #26bookswithbringingupburns (No. 6 - Author I haven't read before) Forfeit by Caroline Batten My two second review: okay, but not great. Seemed about a 100 pages too long. Daisy constantly getting drunk and wasted got old way before the 
#forfeit by Caroline Batten

I receive a daily email of ebook deals, customized to my interests (mystery and contemporary romance) which are usually free, $0.99 or $1.99. I admit that I'm pretty quick to judgement... if the book cover art looks "homemade" I probably won't even read the 4 or 5 sentence description... and I'm pretty cheap... I'll give the free books a try before spending a buck or two on something that may be a flop. So over the last couple of months I've only picked up a handful of books, and this was one of them. What caught my attention with this book was the integration of social media to the story line. Overall the book was okay. Kind of a far-fetched story, and the main character constantly getting drunk and wasted got really old really quick. And it felt like the book was about a hundred pages too long. Would I read this author again? Maybe... if it was free, and I didn't have anything more interesting in my to-be-read pile.

Second book finish of the year. And no. 7 on #26bookswithbringingupburns list: book by an author you love. My two second review: third book in the John Puller series, good action, went quickly for 470 pages, and I enjoyed getting to know Puller's brother 
The Escape by David Baldacci

John Puller... what can I say? Yes, Jack Reacher will always be my number one military cop, but Puller is a close second. And this time we finally get more information on John's brother and what got him locked up in Leavenworth. So far I've loved everything I've read from David Baldacci... Puller, King and Maxwell, Will Robie... and maybe this year I'll get started on his Camel Club series.

Book 3 of 2015 is in the books 😉 Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. And item no. 26 on #26bookswithbringingupburns - a book based on a true story. My two second review: I really enjoyed it. Fun to get a bit of the back story on some of my fa 
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

This one has been on my to-be-read list since it came out a couple of years ago. And I'm so glad I finally checked it out from the library. St. Elmo's Fire, West Wing, Parks & Rec... I really didn't think I could adore this guy any more after watching him in some of my favorite movies and tv shows, but after this book I have a whole new appreciation for him as an artist a businessman.

Book 4 of 2015 - A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth. And item no. 12 on #26bookswithbringingupburns - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe. What better witch than Glinda! My 2 second review: a fun and funny book. I'm glad I finally checked it 
A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

Finishing Rob Lowe's book must have sparked a desire in me for celebrity autobiographies (and there will be one more in my up-coming February update). Kristin had me giggling out loud with a perfect mix of southern sass, family stories and 'industry' insides. Finishing Kristin's and Rob's books back-to-back makes me want to binge-watch The West Wing on Netflix.

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