Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year and 3 Book Reviews

Happy New Year to all! Wasn't it just yesterday we were wishing each other a Happy 2017? And now we are already at the New Year again. 2018!! Hard to believe. But it is what it is.

I have been listening to audio books lately. I listen as I work around the house. I listen as I sit and work on my 2018 Bullet Journal. I listen on my way to sleep (and sometimes am kept awake by the book I am listening to). So, therefore, I have three new books to review. And I liked them all. 





 The first book is Good Behavior by Blake
Crouch. This book is three short stories about Letty Dobesh. Letty is a thief. And a drug addict. The stories are quick and fascinating, to say the least. I , also learned, there is a TV series connected to this character. The TV show is on TNT and in season 2. There are 20 episodes so far. I am going to have to see if this in on Netflix and maybe see if I like the TV show as much as I liked the book. In the first story Letty is in the midst of robbing a man in a hotel room when he and another man return to the room. She hides in the closet and hears the man hire the other man to kill his wife. Letty feels the need to warn the wife. She might be a thief but she has some morals. LOL! In the second story Letty is paid to go to the mansion of a very rich man to steal something but finds that the real reason she is there is to provide some 'hunting' fun for the owner who is to report the next morning to prison. In the final story, Letty is going to help take-down a casino in Las Vegas. This was the best of the three, in my opinion. Between each story the author talks about his reason for writing each story and a little about the TV series. This is good! I give it a solid *** stars.

Next on my recent list of 'listen to's' is Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. This is a
psychological thriller and a good one. The main character, Milly, is the daughter of a serial killer mother. She is living in the home of her therapist and he is preparing her for the trial. Most of the people in her new life don't know her past. As the story develops Milly has to decide if she is going to follow her good side or her bad side. Another book with a solid *** stars.

Lastly, I listened to Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This book is on the 100 BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ  list that I occasionally pick books from. After all, if everyone should read them, why not? Right? This book was published in 1969 but it is about the end of World War 2 when the title character, Billy Pilgrim, is captured by the Germans and survives the intense air raids of Dresden by hiding in a slaughterhouse freezer. The book is really dealing with Billy's thoughts on the war and the mental illness it has created in what we would now call PTSD. In the book he 'time travels' between the war and his current and past lives. I can't believe I enjoyed this book so much. And "so it goes"...... A solid *** stars here too.

Have you read or listened to any of these. What is your thoughts?? And what are you doing to celebrate the New Year?

25 comments:

  1. Interesting books!

    Happy New Year to you, Paula!

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    1. They were interesting! Happy New Year to you my friend!

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  2. Yes, I recall hearing about Slaughterhouse ... but like so many "should's" it doesn't capture my interest. On the other hand(!) I love psychological thrillers and #2 sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I really only chose Slaughterhouse because of the shoulds but I did enjoy it Myra!

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  3. I read the slaughterhouse one back in the day. I got kissed by a llama today (see my blog) as I visited with my neighbor, Joyce. I will try to find the list of the 100 books I should read, thanks for mentioning that.

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    1. WOW! Kissed by a llama. Off to see what that is all about!

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  4. Great reviews Paula. I can't listen to books in bed - I end up falling asleep and then I have to rewind!

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    1. Most of the time I fall asleep too. But these were good and kept me awake for the most part!

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  5. Hi Paula - Happy New Year to you and the family - and yes I must read more in 2018 - cheers Hilary

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  6. I've read Slaughterhouse 5 several times, and Billy Pilgrim is a hero of mine, for surviving. Dresden was literally flattened by that unnecessary fire bombing.

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    1. Yes, Billy is definitely a hero type! I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would!

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  7. We watch the Good Behavior TV show, I wasn't aware it was a book to be honest. It's good but it's a little different than most shows. You want to root for them, but they do so many bad things that they make it hard.

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    1. Good to see you Jeff. I am going to check into the TV series. Happy New Year.

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  8. Those all sound like good books! I will add them to my list! I've promised myself that I am going to read more this year. That's as close as I got to a New Years resolution! Happy New Year!!

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    1. It's a good resolution to have Jeanette!

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  9. I'm thinking that audio might be a better way for me to get books under my belt this year. I'm curious, do you subscribe to Prime Audio for your books? Maybe that's the way I should go. I like the thought of multi-tasking. I love to read but all the things I should be doing nag at me the entire time I am sitting down to read. I could also walk my dog while listening to audio. I have not read of these books you reviewed but they are all up my ally. thanks for the reviews!

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    1. I haven't checked into Prime Audio yet. I have been a previous customer with Audible but I have just recently become a member of Amazon Prime. I need to check it out. With Audible it is $14.95 a month and you get one credit. Most books are one credit. I think that is pricy! But I will look into Prime Audio.

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    2. I just looked up Prime Audio and it looks like it costs the same=$14.95. I get a lot of the books to listen to much cheaper through Kindle app! Check into that.

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  10. I saw a little of the first episode (first two episodes?) of Good Behavior. (My father is a fan.) If you watched Downton Abbey you'll recognize the lead. Anyway, from what I saw, the series follows that first story. I have no idea if it's the whole season or just a few episodes, but it starts with her in a closet and the two guys talking about killing one's wife.

    I think I saw the movie version of Slaughterhouse Five. Maybe just bits of it. It's weird. But weird is good, too.

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    1. Slaughterhouse is a weird book but I liked it. I am going to be looking into Good Behavior!

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  11. 3 new reads to start me off in 2018. Thanks

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  12. I have not read these, but will add Slaughterhouse Five to my goodreads list. I just reactivated Goodreads last night. I've been off it for a while, so now I'm looking to fill my list!

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    1. I enjoyed Slaughterhouse Five. I will have to see if I can find you on Goodreads

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