HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Arrr! (Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day) Thar be a hunt for treasure, Mateys!
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
  • LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

MickyFine Swashbuckles Through 2017: Second Voyage

This is a continuation of the topic MickyFine Swashbuckles Through 2017: First Voyage.

This topic was continued by MickyFine Swashbuckles Through 2017: Third Voyage.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

1MickyFine
Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 6:37pm Top


Who doesn't love the Dread Pirate Roberts?

I'm Micky, I'm 30, and despite the theme for my thread, I'm actually super law-abiding. :D I'm a collections librarian for the public library system in Edmonton and as a result I read a growing chunk of non-fiction as I select it for work every day. This year, I'm also on the team at work that selects the short list for the Alberta Reader's Choice Award (ARCA) so I'll be reading a lot of works by Alberta authors in the first half of the year. Outside of that my reading is a wide mix of genres but there's usually a healthy dose of YA, romance, fantasy, and historical fiction in the mix. In addition to books, I'm likely to discuss whatever I'm watching on TV, my cat, Smee, and occasional awesome life events on my thread. Posters and lurkers alike are welcome.

January
1. Devil Take the Hindmost - SG Wong
2. The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher
3. Shift - Kelly Shepherd
4. Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas
5. A Floating Phrase - Trent Portigal
6. Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
7. Across the Floor - Natasha Deen
8. Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics - Jason Porath
9. Crosstalk - Connie Willis
Favourite read(s):


February
10. Scandal in Spring - Lisa Kleypas
11. A Wallflower Christmas - Lisa Kleypas
12. A Worthy Pursuit - Karen Witemeyer
13. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls - Hope Nicholson (ed.)
14. In My Wildest Dreams - Christina Dodd
15. Son of France - Todd Babiak
16. Love on the Mend - Karen Witemeyer
17. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes - Brad Ricca
18. The Husband Maneuver - Karen Witemeyer
19. The Book of Human Emotions - Tiffany Watt Smith
20. Kalyna - Pam Clark
21. How to Pick Up a Maid in Statue Square - Rea Tarvydas
22. A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie
23. Maybe This Time - Jennifer Snow
24. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition - Gretchen Schultz & Lewis Seifert (ed.)
Favourite read(s):


March
25. Shylock Is My Name - Howard Jacobson
26. Rodent - Lisa Lawrence
27. Snow White - Matt Phelan
28. Paper Teeth - Lauralyn Chow
29. Gatekeeper - Natasha Deen
30. Ticker - Lisa Mantchev
31. Worth the Wait - Karen Witemeyer
32. A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn
33. Difficult Women - Roxane Gay
34. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
35. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (re-read)
Favourite read(s):

2MickyFine
Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 6:28pm Top

April
36. Mine Till Midnight - Lisa Kleypas
37. Mitzi Bytes - Kerry Clare
38. The Angry Tide - Winston Graham
39. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely - Lisa TerKeurst
40. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
41. The 13 Clocks - James Thurber
42. Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare
43. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After - Jenny Colgan
Favourite read(s):


May
44. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab
45. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
46. The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
47. Fanning the Flames - Victoria Dahl
48. The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time - Keith Houston
49. The Marriage Bureau - Penrose Halson
50. The Circle - Dave Eggers
Favourite read(s):


June
51. The Improbability of Love - Hannah Rothschild
52. No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering - Clara Bensen
53. In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming
54. Overturned - Lamar Giles
55. Heartstone - Elle Katharine White
Favourite read(s):

3MickyFine
Edited: Apr 1, 2017, 5:26pm Top

My rating system:

/ = Ran screaming in the other direction (aka did not finish)
* = Suffered through it for reasons I'm still not sure of
** = Had far more flaws than virtues
*** = A read I don't regret but could use some improvement
**** = A good, solid read that I might revisit
***** = Loved it beyond reason and will probably re-read in short order

4PawsforThought
Apr 1, 2017, 7:02pm Top

You nearly killed me with that thread topper! There is nothing quite like young Cary Elwes.

5PaulCranswick
Apr 1, 2017, 8:07pm Top

I can see that having a dashing pirate atop your thread is going to be something of a magnet for some of our pals!

Happy new thread, Micky.

6cbl_tn
Apr 1, 2017, 8:39pm Top

Happy new thread! And now you have me wanting to watch The Princess Bride.

7drneutron
Apr 1, 2017, 8:46pm Top

Happy new thread!

8katiekrug
Apr 1, 2017, 11:47pm Top

Happy new one, Micky!

9MickyFine
Apr 2, 2017, 8:35am Top

>4 PawsforThought: I know what you mean, Paws. So swoonworthy.

>5 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul.

>6 cbl_tn: Watching The Princess Bride is always a good idea, Carrie.

>7 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

>8 katiekrug: Wotcher, Katie (I'm not sure why you brought out my inner Tonks, but there it is).

10msf59
Apr 2, 2017, 8:46am Top

Happy New Thread, Micky! Happy Sunday! I also just finished and enjoyed Norse Mythology. This guy can do no wrong.

11scaifea
Apr 2, 2017, 9:46am Top

Happy new thread, Micky!

I have loved The Dread Pirate Roberts for a long time. One of my first true loves, I think. *sigh*

Speaking of...

So, Tomm and I finished that third Sherlock episode last night. I haven't formed a concrete opinion on Moriarty yet. Still mulling...

12jnwelch
Apr 2, 2017, 1:01pm Top

Happy New Thread, Micky!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

13alcottacre
Apr 2, 2017, 1:05pm Top

Happy Sunday and Happy New Thread, Micky!

14MickyFine
Edited: Apr 2, 2017, 1:51pm Top

>10 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'm a solid Gaiman fan although I have to admit I prefer the film adaptation of Stardust to his novel.

>11 scaifea: I didn't watch The Princess Bride until high school but I immediately adored it. As for Moriarty, he's probably one of my favourite villains ever just because of Andrew Scott's performance (and weirdly enough, I just rewatched the episode last night so everything is fresh). He's so charmingly unhinged in that final scene. If you're fence-sitting on your reaction, the second season should definitely cement your opinion of him one way or the other. :D

>12 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It's probably going to balance out to be a good weekend. I've got some spring allergies acting up that are waffling on whether they're going to turn into a cold but it's restraining itself to mild sniffles (with the aid of some Claritin) for now. But on the awesome side, I've got a mother-daughter date today with a group of friends and our moms to go see the new Beauty and the Beast and then go out for dinner.

>13 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia. Hope it treats you well!

15scaifea
Apr 2, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>14 MickyFine: I think there's definitely potential there with Moriarty, especially with how the two of them will play off one another. I'll let you know how it goes.

16Kassilem
Apr 2, 2017, 11:56pm Top

*waves*

17ronincats
Apr 3, 2017, 12:27am Top

Ooh, indeed a dashing pirate!!

18foggidawn
Apr 3, 2017, 9:30am Top

Happy new thread! I just watched The Princess Bride last night, actually.

19MickyFine
Apr 3, 2017, 11:02am Top

>16 Kassilem: Hi Melissa!

>17 ronincats: We like those around here, Roni. :)

>18 foggidawn: Thanks, Foggi! Always a good viewing choice.

20MickyFine
Edited: Apr 3, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Book 36



Mine Till Midnight - Lisa Kleypas

Amelia Hathaway, a self-declared spinster at 26, is working hard to keep her elder brother, Leo, in check as he deals with his grief over the loss of his fiancee by drinking excessively and gambling the funds of his newly inherited title. At the same time, Amelia is also trying to ensure the safety of her three younger sisters. On one evening, attempting to retrieve Leo from one of his latest binges, Amelia encounters Cam Rohan, the half Roma manager of the most in-demand gambling club in London. While Amelia has no desire to find love again and Cam is entirely uninterested in committing to the lifestyle of non-Roma, the sparks that fly between them are too hot for either of them to deny.

As always, a very enjoyable historical romance from Kleypas. Amelia and Cam are equally charming characters and it was interesting to see Kleypas the realities of what a relationship between an upper-class British woman and a half-Roma man might actually look like. There was a mild paranormal element included in the novel that I wasn't expecting with Kleypas and that only sort of worked, thus dragging down the ratings a star. However, I was very pleased to see several characters from Kleypas' Wallflowers series crop up in this novel as well. I'll definitely be picking up the rest of the books in this series.

Rating: ***

21jnwelch
Apr 3, 2017, 12:36pm Top

How was Beauty and the Beast? We're probably going to go at some point.

22MickyFine
Apr 3, 2017, 3:27pm Top

>21 jnwelch: I love it. This was my second viewing. But I'm also a die-hard fangirl for all things Beauty and the Beast. The animated film was the Disney movie I could watch on repeat as a kid and I've seen the stage production 4 times.

23aktakukac
Apr 3, 2017, 3:30pm Top

Happy new thread! Great choice for your thread topper :)

24MickyFine
Apr 3, 2017, 4:24pm Top

>23 aktakukac: Thanks, Rachel. It's a pretty good face to look at on a regular basis. :)

25lkernagh
Apr 4, 2017, 7:19pm Top

Happy new thread Micky! I see that the "swashbuckling" theme continues.... ;-)

26MickyFine
Apr 4, 2017, 9:35pm Top

>25 lkernagh: Oh yes. I'll be swashing and buckling for the whole year. ;)

27BBGirl55
Apr 5, 2017, 8:09pm Top

Oh new thread yay!

28leahbird
Apr 5, 2017, 8:38pm Top

Happy new thread!

29MickyFine
Apr 6, 2017, 6:13pm Top

>27 BBGirl55: Glad it excites you, Bryony. :)

>28 leahbird: Thanks, Leah!

30MickyFine
Edited: Apr 6, 2017, 11:59pm Top

Book 37



Mitzi Bytes - Kerry Clare

Sarah Lundy's life looks pretty simple from the outside. Happily married to her husband with two rambunctious daughters and a circle of close friends she loves it appears uncomplicated. What no one knows is that Sarah is also Mitzi Bytes, the author of a long-running popular blog in which she recounts tales from her life with biting humour. But one day Sarah receives a threatening email from Jane Q who knows that Sarah is Mitzi and threatens to reveal all and potentially imperil the quiet life Sarah loves so much.

I picked up this novel as it was being billed as Harriet the Spy for grown-ups with a digital twist. And while it is that it's also so much more. Exploring marriage, motherhood, the power of female friendships, and the rather large question of whether it's ever possible to truly know another human being this novel really packs it in. Utterly enjoyable and solidly recommended.

Rating: ****

31MickyFine
Apr 7, 2017, 2:44pm Top

I've been home sick the past couple days and have binge watched all of Galavant (and may have started watching it over again). Given my pirate-y theme thought I'd toss in the Galavant pirates around here.



32norabelle414
Apr 7, 2017, 8:12pm Top

I thought you would enjoy the pirates :-)

33MickyFine
Apr 7, 2017, 11:50pm Top

>32 norabelle414: I also find it hysterical that Hugh Bonneville (who doesn't seem all that pirate-y generally) has played one on Doctor Who and on Galavant.

34aktakukac
Apr 8, 2017, 10:39am Top

Sorry you've been sick! I loved the first season of Galavant, but haven't seen the second yet. Hope you feel better this weekend!

35foggidawn
Apr 8, 2017, 7:49pm Top

Feel better! I suspect I would enjoy Galavant, though I haven't tried it yet.

36MickyFine
Apr 8, 2017, 9:58pm Top

>34 aktakukac: Thanks, Rachel. I'm doing pretty ok so far this weekend. And you should definitely watch the second season of Galavant. It's got a lot of great songs.

>35 foggidawn: Thanks, Foggi. I'm pretty sure you'd like it. I suggest nudging it higher up the Netflix priority list. :)

37PaulCranswick
Apr 8, 2017, 10:31pm Top

Get better soon Micky. Those pirates should cheer you up. And if not:

38MickyFine
Apr 8, 2017, 10:50pm Top

>37 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. :D

39ChelleBearss
Apr 14, 2017, 10:55am Top


Hope you have a great Easter weekend!

40MickyFine
Apr 14, 2017, 12:58pm Top

>39 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle. It's shaping up to be good even with all the snow we're getting.

41MickyFine
Apr 14, 2017, 5:36pm Top

Book 38



The Angry Tide - Winston Graham

In this seventh entry in the Poldark series, Ross begins to adjust to life as an MP, he and Demelza work to figure out where their marriage stands in the wake of Hugh Armitage's death, and Ross continues to feud via proxies with George Warleggan. In addition a major shake up in Morwenna Whitworth's life has ramifications for Drake Carne, Caroline and Dwight suffer a heartbreaking loss, and George and Elizabeth continue to grapple with George's insecurities and the effect they have on their marriage. All while an upstart named Buonaparte is shaking things up on the continent.

There are a lot of things going on in this novel but it felt like not much happened in the first half and I was dragging myself through reading it. Of course, as is typical with the Poldark novels, once things kick off they suck you in and make for compelling reading. While I predicted the big final event of the novel based on the blurb on the back cover, there were still several plot developments I didn't see coming. As always, I remain thoroughly invested in the lives of these characters and will continue to work my way through the remaining books.

Rating: ***

42MickyFine
Apr 14, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Ditched



Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin - Ann Patty

I wanted to like this memoir about Patty's quest to learn Latin after her early retirement but while the tales she weaves around her Latin classes are interesting enough, she goes into dense and confusing detail into the Latin lessons themselves. After skimming more paragraphs than I was reading, I am Pearl ruling this one. It may have greater appeal to anyone who has ever studied Latin but for me this one was a dud.

Rating: /

43jnwelch
Apr 15, 2017, 7:37pm Top

I don't think I told you, Micky - we saw Beauty and the Beast, and loved it.

44MickyFine
Apr 16, 2017, 1:05am Top

>43 jnwelch: Glad to hear it, Joe. I thought it was super enjoyable. :D

45MickyFine
Edited: May 20, 2017, 3:56pm Top

Book 39



Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely - Lysa TerKeurst

While occasionally a bit too folksy in style, this Christian reflection on dealing with rejection in all of its many variations had some really profound thoughts to add to my experience that made this book a worthwhile read for me.

Rating: ***

46Familyhistorian
Apr 16, 2017, 9:51pm Top

Happy newish thread, Micky. I love your topper theme.

47MickyFine
Apr 17, 2017, 10:26am Top

48MickyFine
Apr 18, 2017, 12:10am Top

Ditched



The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen

I picked up this novel because I like the tv series that was adapted from the novels but was pretty disappointed. None of the strong female friendships that are what I love about the show are anywhere in evidence (in fact Isles doesn't even appear in this first novel). Instead all there is is a mediocre crime novel filled with flat characters and a mystery that I didn't care enough about to read to the end to find out the resolution.

Rating: /

49MickyFine
Edited: Apr 21, 2017, 2:06pm Top

Book 40



A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

Trying to summarize this one is a bit tricky. There's magicians, a thief, four cities that exist in different worlds but are all named London, a plot to alter the very nature of magic, and one truly fabulous coat. Suffice it to say if you like fantasy and any of those elements intrigue you, you should definitely pick up the novel. This is one of those cases where I like the book so much it's hard for me to talk coherently about it. I adored the book from the first page, fell in love with the characters and the worlds, and seriously, I desperately want Kell's coat.

Rating: *****

50MickyFine
Edited: May 20, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Book 41



The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

In a castle filled with clocks that no longer run lives the most evil Duke there's ever been with a princess whom he loves to torture by killing her various suitors. One day a threadbare minstrel comes to town who turns out to be a prince who might just foil the Duke's evil plots.

I added this book to The List after reading Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Seats where he sung its praises. The book is charming and as a children's book it's not a painful read as an adult but my socks remained firmly on my feet when I had expected them to be knocked off. Possibly more enjoyable if you are a child or have a child to read it to.

Rating: ***

51scaifea
Apr 22, 2017, 7:48am Top

>50 MickyFine: I did love reading that one to Charlie...

52MickyFine
Apr 22, 2017, 12:26pm Top

>51 scaifea: I can definitely see that. :)

53MickyFine
Apr 23, 2017, 1:59pm Top

Book 42



Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare

Pauline Simms has a hard but predictable life in Spindle Cove where she works as a barmaid in the local tavern and dreams of one day earning enough to get her sister and herself out from under her father's roof. Griffin York, the Duke of Hanford is desperately trying to get his mother to stop setting him up with eligible women she wants him to wed. When the Duchess drags her son to Spindle Cove to choose a young woman to turn into a duchess, Griff chooses Pauline in the hopes that his mother will finally give up. What neither Griff nor Pauline imagine is that two such different people might be a perfect match.

This book won me over from the opening page where Griff accidentally feels up his own mother's ankle. Griff is a complex hero with a delightful, meddling mother. Pauline is a strong, bright young woman who never loses sight of reality as difficult as it sometimes is. Funny, sweet, and tied up with a thoroughly happy ending, I highly recommend this historical romance to anyone who enjoys the genre.

Rating: ****

54katiekrug
Apr 23, 2017, 10:45pm Top

>53 MickyFine: - Checking my libraries for that one!

55leahbird
Apr 23, 2017, 11:41pm Top

>49 MickyFine: I feel the same about that book and that amazing coat! ;)

56MickyFine
Apr 24, 2017, 11:17am Top

>54 katiekrug: I was thinking of popping by your thread to recommend it to you directly. Hopefully one of your libraries has it. :)

>55 leahbird: Such a great coat. I've got the second book sitting on my nightstand at home and I'm looking forward to Kell and Lila's further adventures. And getting more time with that coat. ;)

57katiekrug
Apr 24, 2017, 12:07pm Top

I am on the wait list at two of them for it :)

58MickyFine
Apr 24, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>57 katiekrug: Woohoo! Hopefully you like it as much as I did.

59katiekrug
Apr 24, 2017, 12:44pm Top

I see it's part of a series, but I get the impression the books don't need to be read in order?

60MickyFine
Apr 24, 2017, 12:45pm Top

>59 katiekrug: As with most romance novel series, not really. Unless you're super concerned about knowing that couples from previous novels got married. Shocking, I know. :P

61katiekrug
Apr 24, 2017, 1:21pm Top

Heh. Yup. I'm not usually concerned about order for romance. Not much chance of spoilers!

62archerygirl
Apr 25, 2017, 7:21am Top

>53 MickyFine: I've added that one to my list at the library :-) I've read a couple of Dare's Castles Ever After books and loved them, but I haven't tried any of the Spindle Cove books yet. Clearly, I need to rectify that!

63MickyFine
Apr 25, 2017, 12:09pm Top

>62 archerygirl: This was my first Tessa Dare but I really enjoyed it and I'll definitely be hunting down some of her other titles.

64leahbird
Edited: Apr 25, 2017, 6:34pm Top

>56 MickyFine: The second one didn't work for me as well as the first but it's still good. And it made me really desperate for the next book, A Conjuring of Light, which isn't available from my libraries in audio yet.

ETA: Oh, I lied! My podunk local library has it even when my big city and government libraries didn't. But I'm number 17 on the wait list now. ;(

65MickyFine
Apr 25, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>64 leahbird: Hopefully the queue moves quickly for you. :)

66MickyFine
Edited: Apr 26, 2017, 12:20pm Top

Book 43



The Little Shop of Happy Ever After - Jenny Colgan

When the local council closes the public library branch where Nina Redmond works in Birmingham, Nina isn't sure what she's going to do. Nina has only ever wanted to be a librarian and her favourite thing is to match readers with the perfect book. But then she runs across an ad for an old, massive van that's for sale and suddenly Nina is seriously contemplating pursuing her daydream of running a small mobile bookshop. The only catch is the van is in Scotland. Nina uproots her life and moves to the Highlands where she finds true community connections, the opportunity to connect readers with books, and the chance for a romance that takes place outside of the pages of a novel.

Be warned: reading this novel may leave you with a serious desire to leave your life behind and move to Scotland. Sweet, charming, and a delight for any bookish reader, this is a lovely gentle read. While very little of the plot is surprising, it's a wonderfully cozy read to indulge in. My only quibble is that as a librarian around my own age, Nina's abhorrence about anything other than books in the library is a little weird. Even the most bookish librarians in my age group (of which I would number myself) have accepted the realities of computers, other media and formats (DVDs, video games, audiobooks, etc) and digital technology in public libraries. But maybe it's a cultural difference between North America and the UK. *shrug* That minor concern aside, I do recommend this read to anyone who likes a cozy, bookish, light romance.

Rating: ****

67katiekrug
Apr 26, 2017, 2:16pm Top

I want to read that one! It was published in the US as The Bookshop on the Corner - just FYI for anyone else looking for it over here...

68aktakukac
Apr 26, 2017, 2:32pm Top

>66 MickyFine: I felt the same way about that one :)

69MickyFine
Apr 26, 2017, 3:35pm Top

>67 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. Canadians get trusted with British editions far more often. Joys of being part of the Commonwealth I guess. :)

>68 aktakukac: Yay!

70katiekrug
Apr 26, 2017, 4:35pm Top

Your cover is also way nicer 😀

71MickyFine
Apr 26, 2017, 4:43pm Top

72msf59
Apr 26, 2017, 7:45pm Top

Hi, Micky! Looks like I have not been by in awhile. Bad Mark? Hope you are doing well and I hope those books are treating you fine.

73alcottacre
Apr 26, 2017, 8:14pm Top

>30 MickyFine: Adding that one to the Black Hole. Thanks for the recommendation, Micky!

74MickyFine
Apr 27, 2017, 10:32am Top

>72 msf59: Hi Mark! It's always nice to see you. The books have been treating me very well lately.

>73 alcottacre: Oh good! I was hoping that one would strike someone else's fancy. :)

75archerygirl
Apr 27, 2017, 10:46am Top

>43 jnwelch: I read that earlier this year and loved it! Colgan writes lovely gentle reads that are perfect when I need a bit of a comfort reading pick-me-up.

I agree that Nina's abhorrence for anything non-book in a library rang a little odd, but then again, every time I go back to England I notice how far behind my old local library is compared to my library here in Canada. My mum complains about it a lot, too, mostly because it means their digital book catalogue is woeful. She has a library membership here and keeps using it for digital when she's in the UK because the service there is so awful. I hope other counties are better at this stuff! Then again, with all the budget cuts, they probably can't afford to be :-( There is a strong trend towards the idea of books being the last thing you'd find in a library, because the budget cuts mean they need to justify having a library at all and thus expand their services, so maybe Nina isn't completely off-base.

Did I make any sense at all there?

76MickyFine
Apr 27, 2017, 11:23am Top

>75 archerygirl: Lots of sense. I know it's very tough over in library land in the UK - the closures and constant replacement of trained library staff with volunteers is enough to make anyone angry. I was just surprised Nina (who is my contemporary) wouldn't have any experience dealing with tech and other services in a public library, or at bare minimum have been exposed to it during her library school training even if it didn't appear in her local library branch.

77rosylibrarian
Apr 28, 2017, 2:45pm Top

>49 MickyFine: Yes to Kel's coat. I need to continue on with that series.

78MickyFine
Apr 29, 2017, 1:38am Top

>77 rosylibrarian: Right? I'm about a quarter of the way through the second book and enjoying it thoroughly.

79MickyFine
Apr 30, 2017, 3:23pm Top

April Summary




Numbers in parentheses are for year to date.

Books read: 8 (43)
Books ditched: 2 (8)

Fiction: 7 (34)
Non-fiction: 1 (9)

Library: 8 (31)
Mine: 0 (1)
Borrowed elsewhere: 0 (11)

Re-reads: 0 (1)

Female authors: 6 (33)
Male authors: 2 (11)

Adult fiction: 7 (29)
YA fiction: 0 (4)
Children's fiction: 1 (2)

Pages: 2,894 (12,885)

Average rating: 3.6 (3.59)

Average time to read book: 3.1 days (2.74 days)

Favourite book(s): There were several reads I really liked this month but I'll give the prize to A Darker Shade of Magic for being so awesome.

80MickyFine
May 2, 2017, 11:35am Top

Book 44



A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

Note that this review will contain spoilers for A Darker Shade of Magic

Four months after Lila walked away from Kell near the docks of Red London to hunt down her own adventure in a world completely new to her, she is about to return to the city. Having spent four months at sea Lila has begun to hone her magic wielding skills and the allure of the grand international magic dueling competition, the Essen Tasch is too great a temptation for Lila to resist. Meanwhile, Kell and Rhy are grappling with the realities of the bond created between them when Kell saved Rhy's life as they prepare for the tournament. And in White London a change is occurring that will threaten more than just that world.

I loved this second book in the Shades of Magic just as much as the first novel. The characters, world(s), and magic system remain fascinating and Schwab creates a truly entertaining magic tournament (and a much better one for spectating *looks pointedly at JK*). I'm so attached to the characters at this point that even if the plot were a little wobbly, I probably wouldn't care. However, be warned that this novel does end with a cliffhanger so you may want to have the third book at hand rather than having to wait for the holds queue like I do. Highly recommended once you've read the first book.

Rating: *****

81PaulCranswick
May 7, 2017, 3:21am Top

>80 MickyFine: I must start that series.

Have a great weekend, Micky.

82MickyFine
May 7, 2017, 11:29am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: It's a gooder, Paul. :)

83archerygirl
May 8, 2017, 9:20am Top

>80 MickyFine: I read it last year and there was much gnashing of teeth at that cliffhanger! Must put the sequel on my hold list at the library pronto...

84MickyFine
May 8, 2017, 11:30am Top

>83 archerygirl: Good plan. I've currently got holds on both the ebook and print copy and will happily read whichever one comes in first. :)

85MickyFine
Edited: May 8, 2017, 11:33am Top

This Buzzfeed quiz is pretty fun. Tell it what kind of cup of coffee you'd make and it'll suggest your next read. I don't drink coffee at all but after making up some stuff based on the faux coffee I typically drink it suggested Difficult Women to me, which I've already read, so not terrible recommendations at least. I'd love to hear what the results are like for actual coffee drinkers.

86katiekrug
May 8, 2017, 11:34am Top

>85 MickyFine: - I got The Underground Railroad, which I will be reading this month for a book club :)

87PawsforThought
May 8, 2017, 12:01pm Top

>85 MickyFine: Oooh, a Buzzfeed quiz I hadn't already taken. I was recommended The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - I recognise the title but haven't read it. Sounds pretty interesting.

88norabelle414
May 8, 2017, 1:07pm Top

I got The Hate U Give too! I need to email these results to my library because I've been trying to get that book for ages but I'm only at #15 on the wait list.

89PawsforThought
May 8, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Haha! I sometimes wish there was a "send to library" button on various websites (just like there are button for sharing on FB, Pinterest and the like). Would be very convenient.

90MickyFine
May 9, 2017, 11:20am Top

>86 katiekrug: Rather prescient. :)

>87 PawsforThought: I've been seeing good things about that one.

>88 norabelle414: #15 isn't so bad. I put a hold on The Handmaid's Tale because I want to read it before I watch the series (I know, I know, I'm a bad Canadian reader for not having read it already) and I'm #158.

91norabelle414
May 9, 2017, 11:38am Top

>90 MickyFine:


(I searched for "shocked Canadian gif" and this is what I got)

92MickyFine
May 9, 2017, 12:47pm Top

93aktakukac
May 9, 2017, 3:05pm Top

>85 MickyFine: I also got Difficult Women. I tried it twice with a few different answers the second time. My choices were pretty basic and simple, so I don't know what's so difficult about that ;)

94MickyFine
May 9, 2017, 3:45pm Top

>93 aktakukac: It's a great collection of short stories. I really enjoyed it when I read it earlier this year.

95lkernagh
May 9, 2017, 11:34pm Top

>80 MickyFine: - Oh, I spy a 5 Star rating!

Hi Micky!

96MickyFine
May 10, 2017, 1:08pm Top

>96 MickyFine: Hi Lori! So far that trilogy has been 5 star reads all across the board. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the final book. *silently urges holds queue to move faster*

97MickyFine
May 11, 2017, 3:22pm Top

Book 45



Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres

Largely a WWII novel set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the occupation by the Italians told from a wide variety of perspectives but largely orbiting the lives of Pelagia, a local girl, and the charming Italian Captain Antonio Corelli who comes to the island as part of the occupying forces. I picked up this novel after seeing the film as amidst the terrible accents and overstrung moments of the adaptation I saw the great narrative possibilities of the source material. And while it took some getting into, the novel does deliver. Getting through the initial chapters which are densely written and filled with five dollar words there is a beautiful narrative of life on a small, old island which is completely shattered by war and modernity. Worth picking up if you like historical fiction set during WWII or liked the film and wished for a version without Nicholas Cage's abominable Italian accent.

Rating: ****

98Heather19
May 11, 2017, 3:47pm Top

Hello! I took the buzzfeed quiz and got Uprooted by Naomi Novik, a fantasy, as it says I need "a break from reality". Well that sounds pretty spot on, although I've never heard of the book before.

99MickyFine
May 11, 2017, 8:21pm Top

>98 Heather19: Glad to see you found a recommendation that intrigued you.

100leahbird
May 12, 2017, 12:37pm Top

>98 Heather19: Uprooted is fantastic!

101swynn
May 12, 2017, 7:26pm Top

>49 MickyFine:
>80 MickyFine:

I enjoyed both of those last year, though I thought the second fell off a bit, too busy setting up the third to really do its own thing. (But that first chapter is terrific!) I have the third on my "soon"shelf which I'll get to ... yeah.

102MickyFine
May 12, 2017, 11:03pm Top

>101 swynn: I'm pretty sure it was your review of the first book that made me put it on The List, so thanks!

103MickyFine
Edited: May 12, 2017, 11:20pm Top

Book 46



The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

Molly has had 26 crushes but has never been kissed. And isn't really sure how people actually get to the kissing part of a relationship anyway. Her twin sister, Cassie, doesn't have that problem as is obvious by the string of girls she's made out with. But during the summer before senior year Cassie makes it her project to get Molly some kissage and Molly tries to really put herself out there for the first time ever.

This YA romance is super cute on a lot of levels. Molly is sweet and her feelings of being left out of the knowledge of how you go from liking someone to telling them you like them is pretty relatable. The book should also get an awesome award for its fantastic representation of LGBTQ characters. Fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith should definitely give this one a whirl.

Rating: ****

104PaulCranswick
May 13, 2017, 4:22am Top

>97 MickyFine: I agree entirely with your view of Captain Corelli. Very good book but didn't you think that the ending in the movie was better than the one in the book?

Have a great weekend, Micky.

105MickyFine
May 13, 2017, 11:25am Top

>104 PaulCranswick: It was definitely a more Hollywood ending. :)

106Heather19
May 13, 2017, 1:02pm Top

"The Upside of Unrequited", huh? That sounds interesting, and I do love YA books. Might have to put that on my wishlist. Glad you liked it!

107MickyFine
May 13, 2017, 9:25pm Top

>106 Heather19: It's definitely a solid YA read. Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it. :)

108MickyFine
May 15, 2017, 11:36am Top

Book 47



Fanning the Flames - Victoria Dahl

I picked up this romance novella because I wanted something I could finish in the hour or so before I went to sleep as I failed to actually crack open the book I meant to start reading this weekend and I've got a bunch of library holds incoming. A fast read on the smuttier side, it was refreshing to find a romance where the leads are in their 40s. Also, as a librarian myself, I now kind of want to work in a library attached to a fire hall. You know, for safety reasons. ;)

Rating: ***

109norabelle414
May 15, 2017, 12:02pm Top

Why hello there.....

My local library is not technically 'attached' to the fire station, but they share a parking lot. You should move here!

110MickyFine
May 15, 2017, 1:11pm Top

>109 norabelle414: As tempting as that is, I think I'll stay on this side of the border for now. ;)

111MickyFine
May 20, 2017, 4:14pm Top

Book 48



The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time - Keith Houston

If you enjoy book history and/or discussions of the book as object, you should definitely pick up this book. Divided into four sections (the page, the text, illustrations, and form), Houston explores the history of the book from its early roots to its current form. He covers thousands of years of history with thoroughly enjoyable writing and occasional dashes of humour that had me laughing out loud. The book is also a gorgeous object on its own (I highly recommend picking this one up in hardcover), with lovely high quality paper and, as evidenced from the annotations on the cover, it also highlights the technical terms for the content in a fun way. Solidly recommended if you enjoy the subject.

Rating: ****

112MickyFine
May 20, 2017, 6:47pm Top

It's a long weekend here (Victoria Day) and I had 3 highly anticipated holds come in during the week. I'm thinking of trying to read a book a day but it won't be a hard goal. I've got some other stuff to do and 4 DVDs out from the library as well so I'll read what I read and we'll see. :)

113bell7
May 20, 2017, 9:03pm Top

>112 MickyFine: Sounds like a fantastic long weekend! Enjoy.
I have A Darker Shade of Magic on my TBR list and really should move it up (after I read a few off my current stack...).

114MickyFine
May 21, 2017, 11:29am Top

>113 bell7: Lovely to see you, Mary.

A Darker Shade of Magic is great and I think you'll really enjoy it (once that stack shrinks a bit).

115PawsforThought
May 21, 2017, 12:12pm Top

>112 MickyFine: Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! Hope it's been good so far and you've got just as much reading as you felt like done.

116msf59
May 21, 2017, 12:39pm Top

Happy Sunday, Micky! Hope you are enjoying your long weekend.

117MickyFine
Edited: May 21, 2017, 3:20pm Top

Book 49



The Marriage Bureau - Penrose Halson

In late 1938, Heather Jenner and her friend, Mary Oliver decided to open a business that had never been done in London before: a marriage bureau. Matchmaking clients of all classes, occupations, and backgrounds, Heather and Mary began with no idea of how popular their service would be, the wide variety of people they'd see and stories they'd hear, or the way it would alter their experience of the war years. Halson's recounting of the first decade of the marriage bureau (1939-1949ish) is fantastic filled with tales of fascinating individuals, frequent humour, occasional heartbreak, and, of course, lots of happy endings. I got particular delight out of the appendix which highlights some of the more delightful requests from both male and female clients about traits they wanted in a partner. Highly recommended, particularly to fans of Downton Abbey and/or Call the Midwife.

Rating: ****

118MickyFine
Edited: May 21, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>115 PawsforThought: It's a been a great weekend so far, Paws, and I'm doing exactly as much reading as I want. And amazingly for Victoria Day weekend, it's been gorgeously sunny and pretty warm (it's a standing joke around here that we get a last spring snowstorm more often than not on May long weekend :P). I wandered around the Legislature grounds yesterday afternoon for a bit and amongst other sights snapped a picture of these gorgeous tulips.



>116 msf59: Thanks, Mark! It's been pretty great so far.

119swynn
May 21, 2017, 3:58pm Top

>111 MickyFine: BB! Only, I went to add that to the Swamp only to find it was already there. I ought to fish that one out soon...

120PawsforThought
May 21, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>118 MickyFine: Sounds like a great weekend, Micky! We've had amazing weather, too. First proper summer heat of the year, and clear blue skies. I've been reading and got a bit of a tan.

121jnwelch
May 22, 2017, 5:44am Top

Hi, Micky. Thumb from me for your enticing review of A Darker Shade of Magic.

122aktakukac
May 22, 2017, 12:58pm Top

Hi Micky! The Marriage Bureau is going on the list, and the tulips are lovey!

123humouress
Edited: May 22, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Hi Micky! Just dropping by to catch up (finally). I got hit by a few BBs as I whizzed through Darker Shade of Magic looks good, for one. I'll have to come back again soon and look for more titles.

124MickyFine
May 22, 2017, 10:52pm Top

>119 swynn: It's worth moving further up in the pile, for sure.

>120 PawsforThought: It continued to be gorgeous the whole long weekend. However, I woke up Sunday with the beginnings of a cold so I spent the rest of the weekend babying myself and hung out on the couch. And now we're getting warnings for some seriously miserable weather (heavy rains, strong winds, etc) starting Tuesday night.

>121 jnwelch: Aww. Thanks, Joe!

>122 aktakukac: Yay! I'm surprised at how little notice The Marriage Bureau is getting right now but according to the jacket blurb there's likely an adaptation coming soonish so it'll probably surge in popularity if that happens.

>123 humouress: Hi Nina! Always happy to share the BBs.

125PawsforThought
May 23, 2017, 2:16am Top

>124 MickyFine: Aw, no! Typical. It almost never fails that when we have a long weekend or the weather's supposed to be nice, I get a bad cold or something, and spend the time fairly miserable. I got lucky this weekend and stayed healthy. Sorry you weren't as lucky.
On the other hand, terrible weather *is* perfect for reading and TV marathons...

126MickyFine
May 23, 2017, 2:57pm Top

>125 PawsforThought: This is true but right now the cold remedies I'm taking are good enough to keep the cold in check and let me go to work. So it'll be me and my wellies on the walk to work tomorrow in all likelihood. :)

127PawsforThought
May 23, 2017, 3:10pm Top

>126 MickyFine: Sounds good.

128MickyFine
May 24, 2017, 11:53pm Top

Book 50



The Circle - Dave Eggers

OK, that's it. The next time someone I trust tells me they didn't like a book I'm going to listen to them and just skip it. I spent probably the last 200 pages of this one hate reading and I have no one to blame but myself because I was warned.

The premise is relatively simple: Mae goes to work for a large technology company, everything seems utopian initially, and then slowly the reader realizes that things are actually really terrible. My reading experience was pretty much the same: everything started off well and compelling and then it went downhill. The reading constantly feels breakneck and exhausting as there are no chapters just occasional hard enters between sections. The novel is an exploration of what happens when we willingly give up our privacy for the easier life provided by technology that collects more information than it needs. Which is fine. Working in the field I do, I'm a huge privacy advocate. But 200ish pages in the point has been made and there's no end in sight. Our central character Mae never really comes across as a person and is just a stick figure to hang millennial stereotypes on. Also, if you like having a metaphor built up and then being beaten over the head with it for 40 pages this is the book for you *glares loathingly at the stupid shark metaphor*. Not recommended.

Rating: **

129lkernagh
May 26, 2017, 6:37pm Top

Stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend, Micky and taking a BB for The Marriage Bureau in the process. Good thing you do not recommend The Circle. Now I can stop agonizing over whether or not I should read that one. ;-)

Beautiful tulips!

130saras.library
May 27, 2017, 8:35pm Top

Hi! Nice reads so far. :)

131MickyFine
May 28, 2017, 12:06pm Top

>129 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori! It's been a really good weekend so far. Glad to see The Marriage Bureau struck your fancy. I think it would be a great read for you. :)

>130 saras.library: Sara! So nice to see you! Must hunt down your thread.

132MickyFine
Edited: May 31, 2017, 6:54pm Top

May Summary




Numbers in parentheses are for year to date.

Books read: 7 (50)
Books ditched: 0 (8)

Fiction: 5 (39)
Non-fiction: 2 (11)

Library: 7 (38)
Mine: 0 (1)
Borrowed elsewhere: 0 (11)

Re-reads: 0 (1)

Female authors: 4 (37)
Male authors: 3 (14)

Adult fiction: 4 (33)
YA fiction: 1 (5)
Children's fiction: 0 (2)

Pages: 2,792 (15,677)

Average rating: 3.7 (3.65)

Average time to read book: 4.1 days (3.42 days)

Favourite book(s): Definitely A Gathering of Shadows because the Shades of Magic continues to blow me away.

133saras.library
May 31, 2017, 10:38pm Top

>131 MickyFine: It's nice to be seen. :) Actually, I've kind of forgotten about my thread, but I do add items I've read/watched/listened to to my catalog. Maybe one day I'll get serious about my reading again.

Congrats on all your progress so far! As always, I'm super impressed.

134MickyFine
Jun 1, 2017, 2:06pm Top

>133 saras.library: Thanks, friend!

135MickyFine
Jun 3, 2017, 7:57pm Top

Book 51



The Improbability of Love - Hannah Rothschild

Beginning with the night of the auction of the painting The Improbability of Love, a lost masterpiece from the 18th century, this novel then skips back six months to when the painting is first found by an amateur chef, Annie. It then tracks the lives of all those at the auction as well as Annie (with occasional interjections from the painting itself) up to the night of the auction as intrigues, romances, and mysteries arise.

I honestly don't remember how this one ended up on The List so I'm not sure what struck my fancy about it in the first place. The writing is well done, the characters are well-rounded and believable, and the exploration of the art world and how we value art is artfully done. And yet despite the fact that I can't find any flaws with the novel, this one wasn't quite a hit with me. It might just be that it took me longer than it normally would to finish a novel of this length that has brought down my rating on this one. If the description strikes your fancy I'd say give this one a whirl but I can't emphatically recommend it based on my reading experience.

Rating: ***

136The_Hibernator
Jun 4, 2017, 8:49pm Top

Hi Micky! It looks like you've had a couple mediocre to sucky books in the past couple of weeks. I hope your next book is better!

137MickyFine
Jun 5, 2017, 11:30am Top

>136 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel. My current read, which I'm hoping to finish today, has been really good so my string of mediocre to bad books is finally broken. Huzzah!

138MickyFine
Jun 6, 2017, 12:22am Top

Book 52



No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering - Clara Bensen

In the wake of a mental breakdown, Clara Bensen had just started rejoining the world when she decided to sign up for OKCupid on a lark. Through the website, she met Jeff, a college professor with an adventurous and spontaneous streak. A month into their relationship Clara agrees to join Jeff on a three-week, 8 country trip to Europe. The only condition: neither of them would bring any luggage.

This memoir is utterly engaging from the first page. Blending gorgeous travel writing with the tale of her unconventional romance with Jeff and reflections on her mental health journey, there's a lot of compelling reading here. While I could never imagine undertaking a trip with a single outfit and the contents of a small purse, it was utterly fascinating to explore such a trip. Highly recommended for both fans of travel memoirs as well as dating/relationship memoirs.

Rating: ****

139katiekrug
Jun 6, 2017, 9:18am Top

>138 MickyFine: - That one sounds like fun, Micky. And my library system has it!

140MickyFine
Jun 6, 2017, 12:52pm Top

>139 katiekrug: Woot! It is a lot of fun, Katie. I was surprised at how few collections it was in here on LT when I added it. I hope you like it.

141ChelleBearss
Jun 11, 2017, 9:51am Top

Happy weekend, Micky! Lots of reading going on here :)

142MickyFine
Jun 12, 2017, 10:58am Top

>141 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! Glad it looks like lots of reading from the outside. It feels like I've been moving through books slowly lately.

143MickyFine
Jun 13, 2017, 11:54am Top

Book 53



In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming

When the new Episcopalian priest in Millers Kill, Clare Fergusson, discovers a baby left in a box on the steps of her church she has no idea of the drama that will unfold afterward. When the baby's mother is found murdered days later, Clare and local police chief Russ Van Alstyne find themselves trying to determine who in their small community could possibly be responsible. As Christmas approaches, the bodies and murder attempts begin to pile up and it quickly becomes clear this small town may not be as quiet as it seems.

This book ended up on The List after reading about it in a reader's advisory article in Library Journal - the same list that led to my discovery of the excellent Lady Julia Grey books. Sadly, this book was not such a hit with me. For a cozy mystery, I didn't feel as pulled into the narrative as I would have expected. The characters are well-drawn but the plot moves on a little too slowly. Also, I definitely rolled my eyes when the single black character to appear in the book was named Ebony. I mean, really? Even for 2002 that seems... unfortunate. I think this book (and the rest of the series) could definitely be a hit for some readers around here, but it just didn't work for me.

Rating: ***

144ChelleBearss
Jun 14, 2017, 9:20am Top

Sorry to see your latest read wasn't up to snuff. Have you tried the Aunt Dimity cozy mysteries?

145MickyFine
Jun 14, 2017, 10:54am Top

>144 ChelleBearss: I haven't done Aunt Dimity but I do have several other cozy mystery series that I regularly visit. :)

146MickyFine
Jun 14, 2017, 11:01am Top

Life Update

Seeing as I've posted about this on Facebook, I figured I should also share it over here. As I've mentioned around here a few times over the past year, I did have a subscription to eHarmony and had been dating more actively since last summer. Hysterically, a couple weeks before my subscription expired my best friend (and her husband) set me up with her husband's friend/co-worker. After almost a year of none of the eHarmony guys really working out, this one stuck. So I might occasionally make references to The Boyfriend now. :D

And because this is LT and I know some of you will ask, yes he is a reader. Not quite as hard core as me but a reader nonetheless. He's currently reading Norse Mythology on my recommendation and really liking it. Meanwhile, he's loaned me his copy of Ready Player One because he's of the opinion I should definitely read it. So that one will show up around here a couple books from now.

Thus endeth the life update.

147drneutron
Edited: Jun 14, 2017, 11:26am Top

Congrats on The Boyfriend! Glad he's a reader. And since he got you reading RPO, he's welcome on my thread anytime. :)

148scvlad
Jun 14, 2017, 12:04pm Top

OK, here's my only comment. DON'T be put off if you don't like the same things. My wife and I read completely differently but we get along just fine (now that we're used to the fact that making reading suggestions for the other is completely pointless). But I suspect you're mature enough to have the superficial difference thing figured out, and it sounds like this might not be a problem anyway ...

149PawsforThought
Jun 14, 2017, 12:58pm Top

>146 MickyFine: Congrats on the boyfriend, Micky! Good to know he's a reader (and based off the titles you mentioned, one with good taste to boot!)

150_Zoe_
Jun 14, 2017, 2:43pm Top

Yay for the life update!

151ChelleBearss
Jun 14, 2017, 3:24pm Top

Love the life update!!

152humouress
Jun 15, 2017, 2:19am Top

>146 MickyFine: Woo woo! Congratulations.

153scaifea
Jun 15, 2017, 6:36am Top

Yay for Reading Boyfriend! Woot!!

154MickyFine
Jun 15, 2017, 10:42am Top

Thanks for all the congrats, Jim, Steve, Paws, Zoe, Chelle, Nina, and Amber. We're pretty happy and he survived meeting my parents and brother's family yesterday so things are generally good. :)

>148 scvlad: This is good advice. Thanks, Steve! :)

155saras.library
Jun 16, 2017, 3:40am Top

>146 MickyFine: I'm so happy for you, Micky!! *throws confetti* :)

156msf59
Jun 16, 2017, 6:42am Top

Happy Friday, Micky! Congrats on the new beau! Hope everything else is going well too, along with those current reads.

157MickyFine
Jun 16, 2017, 10:45am Top

>155 saras.library: Thanks, Sara! *picks confetti out of hair* ;)

>156 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Life is generally good right now. And there is a decent read in progress that I'll likely finish today. Yippee!

158lycomayflower
Jun 16, 2017, 11:50am Top

>146 MickyFine: Excellent life news!

159MickyFine
Jun 17, 2017, 12:53am Top

>158 lycomayflower: Thanks, Laura!

160MickyFine
Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 11:34am Top

Book 54



Overturned - Lamar Giles

At sixteen years old, Nikki Tate hasn't had it easy for years. The daughter of Nathan Tate, famous poker player and former death row prisoner, she's spent the years her father was in prison helping her mother to keep the family's Las Vegas casino afloat. But just after Nikki's dad is released and it looks like Nikki might finally be able to focus on her life for once, everything falls apart and Nikki is left trying to find out why without losing her life in the process.

This is a solid YA mystery novel. On the grittier side of the spectrum, it delves into the realities of living in Las Vegas as a teen. Nikki is a complex character who is fascinating to follow through this world as she works to solve the central mystery of the novel. She's surrounded by a cast of well-developed supporting characters, which make the world believable. While I was a couple steps ahead of the whodunit, it was still an enjoyable mystery. Also if you're doing a diverse books challenge this one is an excellent option as Nikki is African American. Overall, a fast-paced read with a mildly gritty edge.

Rating : ****

161lkernagh
Jun 18, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>146 MickyFine: - How lovely! Congrats!

162MickyFine
Jun 19, 2017, 11:35am Top

>161 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori. :)

163archerygirl
Jun 21, 2017, 7:21am Top

Congrats on the life update! And you got me with The Upside of Unrequited. My library doesn't have it (yet) but it seems like one they *should* have, so I've put in a request :-) They're generally pretty great about getting books so hopefully I'll get to read it *and* our library's stock will have more LGBTQ rep. Win win!

164MickyFine
Jun 21, 2017, 10:18am Top

>163 archerygirl: Thanks! I'm glad The Upside of Unrequited hit you. It's a pretty adorable YA novel. :)

165aktakukac
Jun 22, 2017, 1:29pm Top

I love the life update! How exciting!! I've also placed a hold on No Baggage and have heard good things about Overturned, so I may have to add that one to the list.

166MickyFine
Jun 22, 2017, 2:20pm Top

>165 aktakukac: It is pretty exciting, Rachel. We're pretty happy about it anyway.

Yay for No Baggage! It's a great summer read, especially if you want a vicarious vacation. If you read Overturned I'll be interested to see your point of view on it as someone who works more in the YA side of things. :)

167MickyFine
Jun 23, 2017, 1:12pm Top

Book 55



Heartstone - Elle Katharine White

It's a Pride and Prejudice retelling with dragons! Now before that single sentence makes you say, "Umm, no thanks, I don't do dragon books," let me just point out that normally neither do I but this one charmed me enough to put a Staff Picks sticker on it before I returned it to the library where I work. In this version, Aliza Bentaine lives in a small community being threatened by gryphons. When the lord of the manor calls in a group of Riders to rid the neighbourhood of the plight, amongst them is Alastair Daired and his dragon Akarra. Translating the classic plot of P&P to a fantasy setting is a unique approach and it's as much fun to see how White renames characters, reinterprets them mildly in some cases to better fit the setting, and adds in a ripping climax to the novel without moving so far from the source material to bother this die hard Janeite. Recommended if you enjoy a P&P retelling, regardless of your general fondness for dragon books.

Rating: ****

168lkernagh
Jun 26, 2017, 1:19am Top

>167 MickyFine: - It's a Pride and Prejudice retelling with dragons! Talk about a perfect sentence to catch my attention! ;-)

169humouress
Jun 26, 2017, 2:36am Top

>167 MickyFine: Ooh, yes please.

170The_Hibernator
Jun 26, 2017, 11:13am Top

Hi Micky! Glad to hear that you've found yourself a reader. That's great. I've had no luck at all with eHarmony. Met one guy, and that's it. All my matches are super-duper religious - to the level of being too conservative politically for me. I'm not sure how that happened. Not that I mind religious people, but I'm talking church every day sort of things.

POF and Tinder have worked much better for me. Especially POF. Though, of course, I've had no luck with any of them sticking, lol.

Wow. Book 54 sure does look interesting!

171MickyFine
Jun 26, 2017, 4:38pm Top

>168 lkernagh: Glad that caught your eye, Lori. :)

>169 humouress: Enjoy!

>170 The_Hibernator: A lot of my matches on eHarmony were super outdoorsy, which I am decidedly not. I didn't attempt POF or Tinder mostly because I didn't want to deal with all the trolls looking for hook ups, which is not at all what I'm looking for.

Overturned was good. If it intrigues you even a little, I say give it a whirl.

172archerygirl
Jun 27, 2017, 7:24am Top

>167 MickyFine: You got me with P&P with dragons! It's gone on my library list :-)

173MickyFine
Jul 3, 2017, 6:14pm Top

174MickyFine
Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 6:43pm Top

June Summary




Numbers in parentheses are for year to date.

Books read: 5 (55)
Books ditched: 0 (8)

Fiction: 4 (43)
Non-fiction: 1 (12)

Library: 5 (43)
Mine: 0 (1)
Borrowed elsewhere: 0 (11)

Re-reads: 0 (1)

Female authors: 4 (41)
Male authors: 1 (15)

Adult fiction: 3 (36)
YA fiction: 1 (6)
Children's fiction: 0 (2)

Pages:1,716 (17,393)

Average rating: 3.6 (3.63)

Average time to read book: 5 days (4.21 days)

Favourite book(s): Heartstone was a very fun reimagining of Pride and Prejudice so I'll give it the prize this month.

175MickyFine
Jul 3, 2017, 6:45pm Top

And with that, I'm wrapping up this thread for the quarter and moving on to new digs. Follow the link below to sail on to new waters!

176humouress
Jul 5, 2017, 12:08am Top

Did I tell you I love your thread topper?

177MickyFine
Jul 5, 2017, 11:45am Top

>176 humouress: I am going to miss dear old Dread Pirate Roberts. ;)

Group: 75 Books Challenge for 2017

420 members

172,368 messages

About

This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.

Touchstones

Works

Authors

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 128,814,392 books! | Top bar: Always visible