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Review: The Rogue Not Taken

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean

From Goodreads: The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.

ROYAL ROGUE’S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.

WAR? OR MORE?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

Jennie’s Thoughts: I am a huge Sarah MacLean fan, though I only discovered her in the last year or so. But I’ve binge read all of her books, and couldn’t wait until it was my turn at the library for her newest.

The Rogue Not Taken is the first book in MacLean’s newest series, one that I’m certain I will be gobbling up. Not only was the drama high (society outcasts and gossip papers and carriage road trips!) but the characters were fabulous in their own right. A bruised guy with a big heart and the youngest sister of a collection of dramatic sisters. Plus, a super mysterious doctor (I really want his novel soon!) and a collection of hilarious and fantastic secondary characters.

I think it is the characters in her novels that make me the fan that I am. (Confession: I am such a sucker for characters over plot, which I think is why I like reading series so much…I get to follow characters along for a long ride.)

Oh, and there is a cross-dressing heroine which is reason enough in itself for anyone to read this book!

A Reading Funk

I could feel it coming. I would binge a few great books and then stare at my library pile with apathy. Indecision meant starting multiple books before setting them aside.

I was in a Reading Funk.

The fact that reading keeps me sane means a reading funk is no good. I picked up a few quicker romance reads and that kept me going for a few more weeks.

But then I was back to aimlessly staring at covers, my fingers slipping over the spines but ending up empty handed. It was time of the big guns.

The only thing that can save me from this situation is a good old fashioned reread.

Sometimes it only takes one more trip to Paris with Anna and Etienne to pull me out of my funk, but this time it felt bigger than that. I needed a series reread, but Anna wasn’t calling to me.

Sookie Stackhouse was calling to me instead. In the past few days I’ve read the first and second, and am starting on the third. I needed something fast, dramatic, and familiar, and this series gives me exactly that. I don’t know if I’ll reread the entire series (though that would surely help me recover from my lackluster beginning of the month) but I figure I’ll reread until I see an unread book on my shelves that jumps into my waiting hand.

What do you do when you hit a reading funk/slump? Power through? Take a break? Reread?

Review: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

From Goodreads: You can’t spell truth without Ruth.
Only Ruth Bader Ginsburg can judge me.
The Ruth will set you free.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she was just trying to make the world a little better and a little freer. But along the way, the feminist pioneer’s searing dissents and steely strength have inspired millions. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, created by the young lawyer who began the Internet sensation and an award-winning journalist, takes you behind the myth for an intimate, irreverent look at the justice’s life and work. As America struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stays fierce. And if you don’t know, now you know.

Jennie’s Thoughts:

I am a total fangirl of RBG and I am not ashamed. When I found out about this book, it immediately went on my wish list. I’m pretty sure I legit squealed when I opened it over Christmas. All this to say that I had high expectations.

And those expectations were exceeded. This book was phenomenal. It contains such awesome depth, from biographical details of her early life and marriage. To humorous artwork and Notorious BIG lyrics as chapter headings. (Seriously!)

And, there are numerous timelines and charts that give a great overview of the entire feminist journey, providing the reader with a history of many of the disgustingly outrageous biases towards women. One of my favorite aspects is the legal briefs that include notations to explain the meanings and intentions behind the words RBG wrote.

Basically, after finishing I started googling how one could juggle law school and children. I highly, highly recommend this if you’re interested in RBG at all. Really, everyone should read this. So, just go read it, please!

Review: Illuminae

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

From Goodreads: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Jennie’s Thoughts: I love Amie Kaufman’s Starbound trilogy, so when I saw she was co-writing another science-fiction series, I was all over the library hold button.

And man, oh man, does this book bring the suspense and drama and hilarity. The characters, even though we only see them through written communications, are real and snarky and funny and quirky. The relationship between Kady and Ezra made me laugh and swoon and squeeze with suspense.

And the plot, was heart-racing, and I mean that literally. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted more, more, more with each page. It was some of the best science-fictiony elements all together in one awesome book.

I hate that I have a year to wait for the next in the series. BUT, don’t let that stop you from reading it right now, because I need to talk about how crazy awesome it was!

Review: The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

From Goodreads: Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.

After all, she was a normal American herself, once.

That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.

In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.

Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.

But Carolyn can win. She’s sure of it. What she doesn’t realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she’s forgotten a great deal about being human.

Jennie’s Thoughts: That is the longest GR summary I have ever seen, but I had no clue how to manage it in my own words. So, if you’re still reading after all that, here are my thoughts.

This book is gory and sickening and twisted and weird and suspenseful and intriguing and crazy. (See this is why I didn’t attempt to rewrite that GR summary shorter…) But, I highly recommend it, which maybe makes me as twisted as some of the characters in the book, but oh well.

I picked this up because Julie at Book Hooked Blog informed me that I had to read it. And when Julie says something is a must read, I obey. And she’s rarely (if ever, honestly!) lead me astray. This book was NOTHING like I’ve ever read before, and even when things got gross (my stomach LITERALLY hurt at parts) it was still something I could not put down.

But, a word of wisdom, do NOT read this alone at night unless you’re braver than I am. It was a bit unsettling to leave this world between the closed book and try to go to sleep without jumping at every little sound.

Review: HONY: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

From Goodreads: In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over twelve million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he’s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.

Jennie’s Thoughts: If you aren’t following HONY somewhere in the social media conglomerate, please start now. This review will wait, go and click that like or follow or whatever button it is that you need to see these amazing stories every day.

This book is very similar to the daily posts featured on HONY’s pages each day. Some of the stories in the book were past posts, actually. But, seeing the photos in person and reading their words on print…it’s even more powerful.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a glimpse in another’s shoes, or get your heart broken and then reglued and then rebroken over and over, read this. It will destroy and restore your faith in humanity again and again. But I think it’s a thing we all need to see; a chance to hear stories we otherwise wouldn’t know and to see that our lives aren’t the only struggles and successes to be lived.

Review: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

From Goodreads: From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

Jennie’s Thoughts: I’ve had this book on my shelf since it was first published, but kept passing it over for some reason. When I did pick it up, I was almost immediately engrossed, both loving and loathing Jobs as I read.

It’s rather interesting to get such a detailed biography of someone who impacted the world during my own lifetime. I’m used to reading biographies of people that founded or presided over our country, or of people who haven’t directly impacted my own life, but I’m typing this on a MacBook with my iPhone next to me, my iMac in the other room, and an iPod stuffed with music somewhere in this house.

The insight into the creative process left me flabbergasted and awed. Learning more about Steve Jobs as a person left me a little queasy, but not enough to turn me off from ordering to new iPhones last night. :)

This is a thick book, but I highly recommend it for anyone who’s a computer geek, tech nerd, or anyone else, because Jobs impact really did change the world.

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