Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Currently Reading...Everything?

Do you ever have those times when you start reading many books all at once and then get distracted by other books and then have a bunch of partially started books?

I hope that makes sense to other readers, too, and not just me. Because honestly sometimes it makes me feel a little scattered. But, hey, there's just so many books that I want to read that I want to read them all--all at the same time.

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I've been reading the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling, which is fabulous! But since I know what happens already, I keep setting it down as other books come by. Hoping to finish this one soon, but I'm guessing it'll drag on in to the summer.

Also, one of my coworkers lent me Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. It's also very good, but I'm only reading it on breaks at work, so it also is taking quite a long time to get through. I'm hoping my coworker is okay with the long-term lease! Having listened to Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic on audio book, I must say, his humor comes through much much better in the paper book.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm getting the feeling that I would've enjoyed The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson better as a paper book than audio book. I'm finding it hard to get drawn in by this one.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1 Audiobook

The performance was given mostly four star reviews, so I think maybe it's just me not doing a great job of listening to this story.

You can listen to a sample here. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: "Life After" by Katie Ganshert

Image result for life after katie ganshertIn the Christian fiction romance novel Life After, a bombing of a Chicago train ends the life of 22 people, but inexplicably leaves one alive. Autumn Manning still struggles with the questions of why a year later. Her obsessive need for the people who died to be remembered leads her to revisit their graves, track newspaper articles, and search for photos of their lives. In the unlikely new friend, the young daughter of one of the victims, Autumn finds new purpose: creating a video memorial. In befriending the daughter, Autumn comes to know Paul, her father, and a complicated romance forms between the survivor and the widower.

Life After is a story of finding a way to move on past tragedy with faith as a guiding principle. Author Katie Ganshert does a nice job of weaving God into the heart of the story, but keeping it very natural and unforced.

As a former Chicago resident, I enjoyed hearing about the places that I was familiar with; of course, the premise of the book with the bombing also made it a little difficult at first because I took the train every day to work. It's a scary premise, but it was addressed respectfully in a way that explained the bomber's mental illness and it focuses not on tragedy, but on the hope of the future and healing through God.

The plot was captivating and the characters were well-rounded and a pleasure to get to know through the book. I appreciated the fast pace and various threads of plot that all moved together seamlessly.

I received a free copy of this book, but was not required to post a positive review.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How is it already March?!

I just realized I've been totally neglecting my pages...

I've had by "Read in 2014," "Read in 2015," and "Read in 2016," up, but here it is three months in to 2017 and I hadn't compiled a list of the books I've read thus far in 2017!

Needless to say, that has been remedied. Introducing, "Read in 2017"!

Check it out now for links to my reviews and a comprehensive list of what I've been up to reading-wise!

What have you been reading in 2017?