Tag Archives: reading

Lies That Bind Us

28 May

I’m so excited!  I finally read and actually finished a book.  First time in a long time.  Well I guess that’s not entirely true, but first time I’ve read a book for the sheer entertainment value.

Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart sounded like the perfect read as I get ready to go on vacation soon.  This book was one of the Kindle First options for May 2018.  As I read the description I saw that the book was about a group of six friends going back to Crete for a reunion of sorts and it sounded like the perfect thing to get me into vacation mode.

 

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Lies That Bind Us is about six people (three couples) who originally met in Crete (Greece) in the year 1999.  During their initial vacation when they met Jan and Marcus, Simon and Melissa, and Brad and Kristin all decide that in 1999 days they would get together for a reunion of the first time they met.

We soon find out that Jan and Marcus are no longer dating but decide to go, separately, anyway.  When they show up in Crete there is a 7th wheel in the group, named Gretchen.

This book quickly turns from a fun vacation setting read into a mysterious who-done-it and why.  I love mysteries and found myself constantly trying to figure out who did what and why they did it throughout the book.

This book is one that is written in a way that different chapters are set in different times, past and present. I really enjoy reading books written like this because it adds to the suspense of trying to figure out the motive behind what is going on.

I won’t give too much away in my review but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  If you’re still reading this in May 2018 and you haven’t chosen your free Kindle First download yet, and you enjoy a good mystery/thriller, then I say you should give this one a shot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

1 May

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I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve had so many of my Facebook friends reading this book in a matter of hours and giving it rave reviews. I hate to admit that I think I’m on the other side of the fence from the majority on this one. I started out knowing very little of what this book was about, only that it was popular, and someone did mention the fact that it was about dominates and submissives; bondage if you will.

The book starts out great, Anastasia Steele heads out to interview Christian Grey for her sick friend, the editor if the college paper. I love Anastasia’s inner voice, so much like my own. I love that she’s clumsy like me, nervous around boys, etc.

But, as the book progresses we read to find that Anastasia has been asked by Mr. Grey to become his submissive. What we the reader, and Mr. Grey, don’t know is that Anastasia is a virgin. Here is where the story gets unbelievable. I find it hard to believe that a virgin….one that has never even had a relationship with a boy/man would even consider signing a contract to obey every word, from a practically unknown man, or face being beaten for “not following the rules”.

As the book ends Anastasia has left Christian because she realizes just how “fifty shades of fucked up” he is and that he can never love her the way she loves him.

But, there are two more book to go in the series so I’m guessing she’s going to decide to give it another try…or possibly she’s just as fucked up as he is now with her hostile introduction into the world of sex.

As much as I didn’t love this book, I hate to admit that I’m curious to see what happens. I think Anastasia’s character is strong and I hope she stays that way, sticks to her guns and doesn’t give up on what she truly wants in life, someone to love her. Because, after all, that’s what we’re all looking for in this life.

The Wind Through the Keyhole

25 Apr

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Stephen King’s latest addition to the Dark Tower collection just became available for download to kindle on April 24th at midnight. I already had it on pre-order and I stayed up late specifically to download the book. Even though I was in the middle of King of Thrones I couldn’t help but start reading. Today, two days later, I finished the 320 page book (which we all know is extremely short for any King publication but especially for a Dark Tower book.

The setting for The Wind Through the Keyhole is to fall between books four and five, making this book 4.5 as some are calling it. We once again meet with our old friends Roland, Eddie, Suzanna, Jake, and one of my personal favorites Oy! Jaime DeCurry and a small boy named Tim play a large part of this book.

One portion of this book is about the search for the “skin man” and the other part is Roland retelling a story his mother used to tell him as a child, appropriately named “The Wind Through the Keyhole”.

I loved every minute of this book, but like any Dark Tower book it left me wanting more. In my opinion this was way too short. The entire book covers what would be a small tangent in the other books. The other thing that left me wanting more was the fact that most of the story is during Roland’s younger years so we don’t get to see much of the other characters we have grown to know over thousands of pages.

I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to stop reading about these characters or their quest for the dark tower. I can old hope that there will be more .5 books to come in the future! If you’re a Dark Tower junkie like I am, this is a must read!

The Passage

28 Feb

imagesI just finished reading The Passage written by Justin Cronin!  It was amazing.  Literally the best book you’ll ever read, that you’ve never heard of.  I think so anyway.  I had never, heard of this book until I came across someone’s blog who had mentioned that it was a great read, and that it was nearly 800 pages long.  I did some research and read some reviews on amazon.com and decided it was worth it to give it a shot, so worth it!  I still haven’t heard anyone else mention this book before.  It seems that it hasn’t quite caught on with people yet…but it will!  I have no doubt about it.

The Passage is set in the future, but not too far into the future.  The story is about vampires, although they really never use the word vampire.  They have their own names for the creatures that were created and who changed the entire planet.  It’s nothing like Twilight, or any other vampire story you’ve ever read.  This book gave me some crazy nightmares.  The other person I know who’s read it had nightmares too.  I’m telling you, it’s quite a book that can get inside your brain like that.

Justin Cronin manages to get you attached to so many of the characters throughout the book.  My favorite is a girl named Amy, who you learn about at the beginning of the book.  I liked the first couple hundred pages of the book the best.  There is a part after that that is kinda dry and a bit hard to get through.  Mainly it is trying to get a grasp on several characters that get introduced pretty much all at once, and with strange names to boot.  After that though it gets really good.  I literally spent most of the last two days doing nothing but reading so that I could find out what was going to happen.  I literally could not put the book (kindle) down!

A friend of mine also read this (she finished it first) and we both came to the conclusion that the author left it wide open for a second book.  After looking online I found that it’s supposed to be a trilogy, and they are making a movie(s).  I can’t tell you how excited I am for the next book(s) to come out!  I wish I had an idea of when they are going to be released, but I have no clue.

I really can’t say enough good things about The Passage!  If you don’t believe me, you’ll just have to find a copy for yourself and see what you think!

The Girl Who Played With Fire

28 Jan

This is my second attempt at writing this blog, which as I’m sure you can imagine, is annoying in itself. I uploaded the first one, it was there, and then it wasn’t. No idea what happened to it. But anyway, here’s my attempt at re-writing it.

I finished reading the second book in the “Girl Who” series last night! Such a good series so far. I even started right in on the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It’s nice that it starts off right where book two left off.

I’m not sure which book I liked best, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or The Girl Who Played With Fire. They are both really good. What I liked about the second one was that there wasn’t such a slow start. Pretty much action-packed the whole way through! The ending literally had me holding my breath. It’s that good. I hope number three is as good or even better, and I really hope that the story gets wrapped up in some way. Since the original author died it would be impossible for someone to take over writing these stories. It just wouldn’t be the same.

I’m still a total fan of Lisbeth Salander! I want to be her when I grow up. Except for the fact that she’s 4’11” and I’m already a foot taller than that and weigh forty more pounds than she does. She kicks so much butt. I mean, if you were to come across two motorcycle gang members would you fight or run? Yep, me too, I’d totally run. Not Lisbeth!

If you haven’t started the series yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s so good! Start now…do it!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

16 Jan

So, here I sit avoiding doing the homework that I know I need to do.  I just don’t even want to get started on it.  I’m dreading it especially because technically the quiz I need to take, I’ve already taken.  I know that sounds like it doesn’t make any sense, but the instructor screwed up and I’m the one that gets to pay for it.  Actually me and one other schmuck who gets things done too early too.  I managed to finish quiz two for my Crime, Grime, and Fear class last Monday.  Thursday night I got a message from the instructor (a “doctor”) who said that the link was screwed up and that it was the wrong quiz.  For my hour of effort he’s giving me one whole point!  Can you believe the luck?  Yeah, I’m totally being sarcastic if you couldn’t tell.  Total rip-off.  Anyway, onto the real story.

If you haven’t yet read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I totally recommend it!  I know it’s a best seller and some people stay away from those just because they are popular, but it really is a good read.  The hard part about the book is that it starts off so incredibly slow.  I even texted my mom after I had been reading for quite some time because I thought it was horrible and I couldn’t get into it.  She told me to keep reading because it gets better.  So true!  It gets way better.  I love the strong female main character, Lisbeth Salander.  She gets victimized but her revenge is better than you could even imagine, and I just love that.  That and the fact that she’s super smart but everyone thinks she’s a complete idiot, she’s got most people fooled!  She doesn’t let anything get her down for long or stop her from doing what she wants to do.  There are some real tense moments which keep you on the edge of your seat, and some very surprising twists and turns.  I never expected it to end the way it did, and that’s always nice when you can’t predict the outcome.  I just started The Girl Who Played With Fire!  I hope it’s as good or better!