Thursday, June 30, 2016

"I had a dream."  That is what Yeong-hye told her husband when he found her in the kitchen throwing out all the meat.  Before the dreams, Yeong-hye filled her days being a good, complacent wife. 
She announces to her husband and then her parents and sister and brother that she doesn't eat meat.  This puts her family in an uproar, where they try to force their will on her.  The Vegetarian tells Yeong-hye's show of independence that eventually progressed into her mental illness, from the perspective of her husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister. 

This is a dark novel that delves into what people expect from us, and how our past can effect us.  When you do something out of the norm is it someone else that has the right to make decisions for us and how we want to live, even if what we are doing is not healthy for us.  I'm not really sure how I feel about this novel, but it definitely is thought provoking, and I believe it will stay with me for a long time.  I wasn't sure how to rate this but for now I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.  I may go back and lower it at a later date.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

                                       May Wrap-Up

The month of May was a fair reading month for me.  I finished 8 books this month, with only one 
that I considered a real dud.  

The first book I finished was:

 The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.  This is the second book of the 5th Wave trilogy.  I liked it pretty well, and really want to see how he ends this in the 
next book.  It did have some slow moments but overall it went pretty quickly.  I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

This is a short novella about a breakthrough treatment for cancer.  It was really interesting, and seems like it has a lot of promise.
I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

 This is 3.5 of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  I enjoyed getting Lavana's back story, and helped me see that even though she had a hard childhood she is inherently evil.  It made me hate her even more.  I gave this one 3 stars on Goodreads.

 Perfect Peace by Daniel Black is a compelling story of a woman that wanted a daughter so badly that she almost destroyed her whole family and drove herself to madness to get one.  This was my favorite book of the month.  I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

This is a sweet second chance Amish story of a widow looking for meaning in her life after losing her husband.  She has always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle and tries to find herself in their community.   I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was a story of a girl held captive by a coven of vampires.  I thought the story line was weak, and the characters not fleshed out.  When she is captured she just seems to accept the whole idea of vampires, and then the leader of the vampires just falls for her instantly, which really irritated me.  This is the first of a long series of books that I will most definitely NOT be continuing.  I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

I already posted my review of this book, so I won't say much here about it, except it was not my favorite.  I gave this one 3 stars on 

For a prepper novel, this was not bad, but I wasn't crazy for it.  I may just be burned out on this genre.  The writing was pretty good, and believe me that is a major problem with this genre.  I will probably try more of this authors work in the future.  I gave this one  3 stars on Goodreads.

       Well, that was my month.  Not a bad one, but only one real stand out book.  I am doing well with my Goodreads goal of 75 books for the year, and should make it by August if my reading continues and the pace I am going now.  So far for June I've read 8 books and there is still a week to go, so hopefully I can squeeze in a couple of more books!    

Monday, June 13, 2016

              It's been awhile...

 I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted anything.  It has been as hectic month, but
that isn't a good excuse!  I did go on vacation, and did a lot of driving!  We went to Arkansas to see
my son and his fiance, then to the beach.  It was a good but exhausting trip.  I did get to visit a great bookstore in Arkansas called the Dickson Street Bookstore, in Fayetteville, AK.  It was so cool.  I didn't buy any books there, but would love to go back when I have time to really look around.

The month of May was an okay reading month.  I ended up reading 8 books.  That's a decent amount of books, but it's a little less than I have been reading.  So far in June I'm not doing any better.  Hopefully the last half of the month will be better for me.

I'll be doing my wrap up in a day or two, and I will also tell you of the few books I've gotten.  So far I haven't fallen into the trap of buying bunches of books.  I have so many books now, it's hard to rationalize buying more.