Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nothing but Books

It's no wonder I am not getting anything done around here when I look at what I have been doing. And, yes, even though all of these are books I listened to, mostly I listened while sitting on my big butt. That is just the way it is. Winter does that to me. What can I say? I do really hope to take down the Christmas tree today. (don't judge me, it's still up but the decorations are off it. Progress)

This first book Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan was a good listen. The lead character is a high school girl who is living with her aunt and uncle. The uncle is the brother of her dead father. Her mother is unfit to take care of her so she was sent to live with the uncle. The aunt hates her and resents her. And is CRAZY! Emma just really wants to not be noticed and is counting down the days until she can get away from her aunt. But, like all good stories, along comes a boy! And she falls in love. And still tries to hide the fact her aunt is physically and mentally abusing her. The story does not have a neat little bow at the end.  But leaves it open for book 2. I don't know yet if I want to go there. I will give the book 3 ***. It drags some but for the most part is a good story.

Next, I listened to The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel. The leading lady of this story is Freida, along with her little sister Bea. The girls were left orphaned when their mother, the town prostitute, dies. They are taken in by  a kind fisherman, Silver. Silver raises them and teaches Frieda a love for the sea. But Frieda wants to be able to provide more for her little sister. She needs more money than she can earn fishing. So she takes up rum-running during the Prohibition years. It is a dangerous job but she loves the thrill of it. She, too, falls in love. And almost loses it all before she comes to her senses at the end of the book. I loved the story. I love the sea. And I love myself a feisty heroine. This books gets 4****. 

And lastly, I listened to The Dancing Girls by Kylie Brant. This book is a mystery thriller. It is good! I couldn't stop listening. The story starts with the disappearance of a young girl. It closely matches the disappearance of another girl, Kelsey, seven years earlier. The disappearance of Kelsey has ripped her family apart. Her dad is a work-aholic, mom is a drunk, and little sister is socially inept. Whitney, the latest girl who disappeared, is being kept by a monster and made to perform ballet dances for him. When she doesn't get it just right she is severely punished. She finds some papers written by Kelsey and plans her escape. But it is Mark Foster, a detective, who figures out who is taking these girls and manages to save her just in the nick of time. And the monster is caught. And not who you suspect throughout the book. I love these kinds of books. It is a solid *** book. 

Now I really need to get my butt up and put that darn tree away. But, I'll do it while listening to my next book...Allie and Bea by Katherine Ryan Hyde. Until next time..... 

22 comments:

  1. Allie and Bea is on my list, and I'd like to read Pretty Girls Dancing.

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    1. I am listening to Allie and Bea and really, really enjoying it!

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  2. I just finished "Pretty Girls Dancing" last weekend .... good!!! I won't say here who I was suspecting; just happy when I'm proven wrong.

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    1. I'm curious to know who you thought the suspect was!!

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  3. Sometimes you just have to go with whatever feels right. The tree will get dealt with when you're ready.

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  4. Books I listen to, Paula, put me to sleep if I sit and listen. It's the cadence, I think. And a lucky thing for me. I have to be up and busy to add a book.

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    1. Sometimes they put me to sleep to. Then I have to go back and find my place. That is so much easier to do if it is a read/listen book!

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  5. I can understand not wanting to get much done in the winter. I hope as I read this the tree is finally down ;)

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    1. It wasn't! But it is now. Harley and I look it down yesterday while she was home for MLK day!

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  6. I listen to books as well - when I am doing house work and taking walks or drives. When I am sitting I am watching TV - and lately that is all I have been doing - Netflix and Amazon. And not getting any 'reading' done. Five pages of kindle books to read - and probably 15 books to listen to on my phone - and I am watching TV. Hahaha! TV and knitting. My winter activity.

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    1. I have a lot of books, both on the Kindle, the Nook, and my phone. I need to stop downloading them until I have read/listened to some.

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  7. I'm going to have to try listening to books. I've listened a few times, while driving but decided I prefer listening to music instead.

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    1. I have really started to love listening more than reading.

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  8. That's one thing I haven't done in a long time. I normally read old vintage books, but I should catch up and sit on my butt and just read too. Sounds wonderful!

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  9. Aaargh now I have to more books to add to the never ending queue.

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  10. I found that when I listened to the audio books I can only do that, not anything else or I get distracted and have to rewind. I also listen to podcasts on my way home from work and the same thing happens!

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