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The Son - Philipp Meyer

This might be a good book, maybe if I was reading instead of listening to the audiobook I would have liked it, but I gave it two days and it just couldn't hold my interest.

Harry Potter Group Read hosted by LitChick's Hit List

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 The Return to Hogwarts ...

 

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The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Pretty sure I'm gonna go ahead and read everything she ever writes.

Legend  - Marie Lu

Although it started off a bit slow I found this book picked up and then I was racing through to the end. The first half took 3 days and the 2nd half I finished in one afternoon. 

 

The alternate universe with the strict controlling government was pretty standard as is the girl who grows up not knowing anything else and has her eyes opened to what her world is really like.

 

I still found it pretty entertaining and I enjoyed the "awakening" that June had, realizing slowly what was actually going on, although as the reader I caught most of the "twists" before they happened. 

 

Spoiler-y comments on the romance in the novel hidden below:

 

The main thing that baffled me was the romance between June and Day. I understand of course instant attraction and lust and the sort of tingly, excited feeling you get when you meet someone and just instantly click. And for most of the book, that's how this felt, however right at the end, they're talking as if there's no doubt that they will basically spend every moment together for the rest of their foreseeable futures. It just didn't seem that they had that much of a connection. There was attraction sure, but no build-up, and we weren't witness to any meaningful conversations. They just thought about kissing each other a lot. 

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These comments feel very negative to me and it sounds like I didn't enjoy the book, however I base my star rating on how I feel about the book near the end, and my instinct was to rate this book 4 stars. That may change when I rate the sequel, especially if it's significantly better and yet not quite up to the 5 star mark.

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The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

I put this book down 10 minutes ago and I already miss the characters. Don's character really kept this from being a typical romantic story and I found his rules, his schedules and his thought processes to be fascinating. I liked the focus on the positives of having Asperger's rather than any disadvantages. It seemed that Don felt that the benefits of organization, memory abilities and stability in his life outweighed the social problems and it was nice seeing things from that side.

 

It was also refreshing to see two character meet and slowly fall in love as opposed to having two people fall in insta-love or having characters who previously know each other suddenly wake up to the fact that they want to be together.

 

I don't normally read romance and I'm not sure that that is what this novel would be characterized as. There was not a detailed and exciting story line so much as a gentle story that seemed to progress fairly naturally, reminding me a bit of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in that way. I will definitely be checking out any future books by this author. A well-deserved 5 stars from me.

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Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde

These books are such a treat. This is the fourth in the series and just when you think the world could not possibly get wackier, they introduce things like the Superhoop, a championship croquet game where each team has lawyers who file complaints (during the game) to try to disqualify the other teams chances. Or fictional characters who try to take over the world. There wasn't as much book jumping in the one, and it was kind of a nice change to get back to the "real" world, even though things aren't much saner there. I'm looking forward to continuing on with the next one. 

The Big Reap - Chris F. Holm By far the best of the series so far.
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And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini 3.5 stars.
Tales From the Pantry: Random Rants & Musings of a Stay-at-Home Mom - Shari Owen Brown

Got this as a Kindle Freebie after a bunch of ladies in one of my Goodreads groups raved about it. Now I'm really wondering why I would choose to read it. It goes into enormous detail on what its like to be a stay at home mom of two young children. It seems mostly written as a bit of a personal rant for the author and maybe as validation to the other moms out there who know what a hard job it is.

 

I have to mention, I do not have kids and have been on the fence for awhile now as to whether I ever want to have them. This book definitely made the case for not having them, although I do not think deliberately. 

 

Overall it was an easy and quick read, and it didn't cost me any money so it was worth my time for entertainment value. I laughed a couple of times for sure.

Blankets - Craig Thompson

I finished this almost-600-page-book in 2 sittings. Just couldn't put it down. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it just felt a little unresolved. Of course I understand its a memoir and there is no resolution in real life. Sometimes relationships just end that way, but it felt unsatifying.

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

My first Neil Gaiman and I definitely enjoyed it. He created a whole London Underground world living parellel to the one above. One man lives happily in the one above, only to have a chance encounter with a girl from below change his entire life. 

I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.

April Lady - Georgette Heyer

Cute little book, my first by Georgette Heyer, which I've heard praised on a blog I follow, The Captive Reader. I enjoyed it, although dunno if I'd say I loved it. It had many misunderstandings and scheming and bad ideas, and ended with the MC and her husband realizing that they did love each other. Good to pass the time

Ask Your Mortgage Broker: The Most Practical Guide for Canadian Homebuyers and Homeowners - Blair Anderson

Decent starting-point advice for someone like me, who knows nothing about mortgages.