Monday, August 25, 2014

What I Read in August

As I have mentioned before I read quite a bit. Sometimes I read good books with decent stories that make me think, and sometimes I read smutty stories that make me laugh and tingly at the same time.
This month I have read 14 books which, give or take a few,  is the usual for me.
Yes, I do stay up till all hours to finish a book and I will carry it from room to room and to the playground, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. I'm Obsessed -- I get it.

I read the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.
 
I will not post spoilers about any of these books but I will say that I liked the first book the best and the other two pissed me off.  I do like the idea of the books and I am excited to see what the movie makers do with them.  I enjoyed reading these stories about Tris and 4 and, let's face it, after watching the movie, I can imagine what 4 looks like and it ain't too shabby. These books, however, made me post mean things on Facebook at 4am because I was so pissed off about the ending. 
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

I read the 5th book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead called Silver Shadows.

This author also wrote the The Vampire Academy series that I liked, so it was a no brainer that I read the next series that ties into those books.
I really like this series because I like the paranormal and this book is something you can read and go right to sleep without thinking about it too much. It doesn't upset me or get me all worked up, but it is interesting enough to keep me up all night to finish it. It has witches and alchemists and vampires, "Oh my!"

I read a really racy  BDSM series by Kallypso Masters called the "Rescue me Saga."
 

I have never read a series that dealt with BDSM and it was interesting to see what it was about. I thought it was interesting that the author didn't just write about the sex but also explained that the Master and Submissive relationship also helps with victims of abusive relationships. Let's face it, though; I didn't read it for the psych lesson. This is all about Marines opening up a club where they work through their PTSD issues and, of course, there is always a leading lady who you want to see find a happy ending. Adam, Marc and Damian are the heroes in this book and I did get invested in finding out how it continues.

I read "The Spectacular Now" by Tim Tharp

I liked this story. I liked the movie better because I really like Miles Teller, and also, the movie had a better ending than the book.  I just hate stories that don't tell you how they end or leave you wondering.  After I read the book I watched the movie and then made my kid watch it because I thought it was good for him to see how alcohol can really screw shit up.  All in all, a good coming-of-age story.

I read the latest book of the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich called "Top Secret Twenty One."
 
There really isn't much to say about this, except tgat I always laugh my ass off at Stephanie's and Lulu's disastrous attempts at trying to catch perps;  even though nothing new ever really happens, I still like them and will read them till there are no more because they are highly entertaining. 

I read Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo.
 
I have read quite a few books about the subject of near death experiences and what people experienced in the short time their soul left their bodies. I am believer, and while this child certainly did not lie, I do think that his father interpreted his own belief a little too much in what his son said. It was a short read, and I am not upset that I spent the money, but I wouldn't recommend it. 

And last but not least, I am reading a series by Rose Pressy about Halloween Laveau.
 
This is a really cute series, and it reads really fast at only 200-300 pages; I don't usually bother with a book if it is under 400 pages but this a fun read.  I think the author would do better to stretch out the story to more pages, because sometimes she is all over the place with this story and it seems rushed. 
The gist of the story is about Halloween Laveau, a witch who can't do magic to save her life and usually screws up her spells. One day, she inherits a book of magic that turns her into the leader of the underworld, where she has no clue what she is doing. Like I said, if you like paranormal stories this is a cute little series to read. With 4 books in the series so far, it will keep you busy for a while. 

What have you read lately?

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