Book Haul – Giveaway Wins

It’s usually once in a blue moon I win a giveaway from Book Riot or Goodreads. What are the chances I won twice on Book Riot around the same time? Well, I guess there is a first for everything.

Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin

Atomic Blonde by Anthony Johnston/Sam Hart

Looking forward to reading both. Hopefully, I will have reviews up soon.  Unfortunately, it’s been so long. You’ll have to forgive me but I can’t remember too much about the books.

 

Here We Go Again…..

35232272So, I’m attempting War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy again. I tried it back in January. It was to be my challenging book for 2017. One of the books I always wanted to read, but got scared of. Why, did it scare me? Not sure if it was the amount of pages or the small print. Or, just the fact it’s classic literature. I’ve read plenty of books that large before. Even the classics.

I hope to do updates as I read it. Plus, it’s a big book. If I’m lucky, I’ll remember everything I read when I finish it.

I think I had issues the first time because of life, stress, etc. Plus, I think it was the translation I had purchased. I purchased a new translation, so we shall see what I think of the new version.

I did get the Audible version back in January, but I think when I started to listen to it; my mind was on other things. That is a book you don’t want to zone out of. I might try it again to help get through the book quicker.

The only issue with the Audible and the book? Both are different translations. I noticed the chapters are a little off, so this could get interesting.

So wish me luck. I’m about to do at least a half hour of it tonight before I dig a hole in my book for book club.

War & Peace

So, I did it. I finished Book One of War and Peace. Or, I think in some editions, it’s Part One? I noticed with the book I’m reading, it says Book One. The Audible version says Part One. Unfortunately, I have many more to go. So far I’m enjoying it. At least from what I can get out of it. There are many characters and a lot of detail.

I really need to stay focused when reading it. It’s one of those books where you can’t let your mind wonder. I’ve learned no TV or music on when reading this one. Like, I mentioned above. I did download it from Audible. The narrator would be perfect for this if it had been an easier book. This one? Again, with all the characters and detail? It makes it a lot harder to focus even with the narrator.

I’m still going to try and listen to it though. So far the best way to listen is when I’m walking Gabby, my dog. Car? My mind wonders. Wait, that sounds bad. It’s more like I lose focus because of the driver in front or behind me. Most of the time, being an idiot. 

I have heard it gets better as the book goes along. So fingers crossed. Hopefully, I’ll have another update soon.

Why Can’t I Live in a Jane Austen Novel? 

Is there ever going to be a day where I’ll want to stop living in a fictional world? There are many worlds I would love to live in. Who wouldn’t want to live in Narnia or attend Hogwarts? 

If there is a world I would love to live in, it would be a Jane Austen novel. I would love it if I could find my own Mr. Darcy. Why him? I ask myself that question many times. Why go for the jerk? Well, he was a jerk at the beginning. His pride taking over. But, who doesn’t have pride? Everyone is guilty of it at some point. If it’s not Darcy, it’s Captain Wentworth. Reunited love, another favorite of mine. 

I always love when people remind me that women were not equals or the fact there were germs everywhere. Yes, I do think about that. I would miss my shower, baths, you name it. But, if I was born in that time I’m sure I would be fine. Right? Hopefully. 

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. At least I hope so. But escaping the real world for the fictional world is a great way to escape expectations one faces. Not caring what people might think. I can be who I want to be. Maybe I want to see things through the main character or maybe just be a character on the side lines. 

Now I’m thinking I should escape the real world tonight before the work week. Maybe escape into the world of War and Peace.

Paris For One

imagesWhen I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I knew I wanted to read something else by her. I loved Me Before You and couldn’t put it down. I knew I would enjoy something else by Moyes. At least, I hoped so. It has happened before where you read something and can’t wait to read the next one. Only to discover the next book is a disappointment. Well lucky for me I loved Paris for One, even it was a collection of short stories with one novella.

I don’t want to take up your time and go over every single story. So I’ll just focus on the one I enjoyed the most. My favorite story would be the title story, Paris for One. Oh, how I wished the story had been longer. That one had been the novella. I really wanted more of this one. The ending felt rushed, but Moyes probably had to do it that way because it wasn’t the length of a novel. Either way, I was happy with the ending. With Paris for One, you do have your girl meets boy story.  With the other short stories, you’ll have a little romance and people living their everyday lives.

Definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointment. I’m ready to read her next book.

The Rosie Project

18015965So for one of my book clubs this month, we read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I gave it five stars on Goodreads. I really liked this one. It reminds me of chick lit. That was nice. It’s been awhile since I read chick lit. Makes me want to read some more.

The book follows Don, who is a professor at a college in Australia. He is working on the Wife Project. He’s looking for the woman he will marry. Along the way, he meets Rosie who has her own mission. She wants to find out who her real father is. With Don’s genetic experience, the two start the Father Project.

I was hooked from the beginning. I did not want to put the book down. I honestly can’t find fault with this one. Don and Rosie were likable.

If you like chick lit, humor, and even science. I think you would like this book.  I could go into more detail, but it’s one of those I’m going to say. Read it. Enjoy it.

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