Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Started: 10/23/18
Finished: 10/29/18
Year: 2017
Pages: 444
Genre: Fiction
Grade: B
Reason for reading: participating in bookring through Bookcrossing.com
Blurb (from book jacket): "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police office. Khalil was unarmed.
"Soon afterward, Khalil's death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr's best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr's neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
"But what Starr does-or does not-say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life."
Opinion: For a debut novel, this is intense. The dialogue reads like you are in the different communities and reacts accordingly. A powerful book.

Intent to Kill by James Grippando

Started: 9/10/18
Finished: 10/26/18
Year: 2009
Pages: 375
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Grade: B+
Reason for reading: off the TBR shelf
Blurb (from back cover): "Accidents happen...Ryan James' promising baseball career was derailed before it even got started-when a hit-and-run driver killed his wife, Chelsea, leaving Ryan alone to care for their beautiful little girl. Now, three years later, he's a popular sports radio host in Boston, still haunted by a tragic crime that was never solved.
"But this was no accident Then, on the anniversary of Chelsea's death, Ryan receives a chilling message from an anonymous tipster: 'I know who did it.' The shocking revelation that it may have come from Chelsea's autistic younger brother sets Ryan on a twisted path toward a shattering truth that threatens Ryan, his daughter, and everyone around them."
Opinion: I continue to enjoy reading Grippando's works. Even though it took a while to read, it was still fast paced and gripping. Life got in the way of my reading it quicker.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

Started: 8/28/18
Finished: 10/21/18
Year: 1991
Pages: 631
Genre: True Crime
Grade: A
Reason for reading: grabbed off TBR shelf
Blurb: David Simon was hesitantly welcomed into Baltimore's Homicide Division for a year. This is his account.
Opinion: When I discovered the TV Show "Homicide" several years ago, I loved it. I enjoyed the writing and saw David Simon's name attached. I discovered that he had written this before the show. This makes readers feel like they are with the homicide detectives when they are called for a new murder and the attempts that they take in order to solve the mystery. If you are a fan of police procedural TV shows, you should take a look at this book.

Monday, September 17, 2018

D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

Started: 9/12/18
Finished: 9/17/18
Year: 1990 (this edition)
Pages: 229
Genre: Mystery
Grade: B
Reason for reading: Alphabet title bookring, reread
Blurb (from back cover): "It was late October, the day before Halloween. He introduced himself as Alvin Limardo, which wasn't his real name.
"The job he hired Kinsey to do seemed simple enough...until his cheque bounced.
"By the time she caught up with him he was dead and Kinsey had collected far more than shed bargained for..."
Opinion: A slightly different twist to this mystery series. Lots of motives, lots of suspects. I'm glad that I'm reading the series in order including rereading the ones that I've read years ago.

Friday, September 07, 2018

C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

Started: 8/23/18
Finished: 9/6/18
Year: 1990 (this edition)
Pages: 243
Genre: Mystery
Grade: B
Reason for reading: reread, part of a bookring through Bookcrossing.com
Blurb (from back cover): "Kinsey met Bobby Callahan in the gym on Monday morning. By Thursday, he was dead.
"He was convinced someone was trying to kill him and it turned out to be true, but no one figured it out in time to save him.
"Kinsey had never worked for a dead man before and hoped she wouldn't have to again. This report was for him…"
Opinion: This book shows a more raw characterization of Kinsey. And as much as I enjoyed it, it didn't seem normal. I had remembered parts of this book when I reread it years prior but it had been long enough that I didn't remember whodunit. Several people could have been the one to arranged the murder which adds to the solid mystery.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Started: 7/24/18
Finished: 8/31/18
Year: 2015
Pages: 525
Genre: Suspense
Grade: B
Reason for reading: grabbed off TBR shelf, saving for Author Alphabet ring
Blurb (from back cover): "'Wake up, Genius.' So commands deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn't released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein's unpublished work...including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris's release thirty-five years later, he's about to discover that teenager Peter Saubers has already found the stolen treasure-and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance…"
Opinion: What is it with Stephen King writing characters about crazed fans of authors? Similar to the craziness of Misery but takes it to a different level. Some good levels of suspense and hard to stop reading.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food by Arlene B. Englander

Started: 8/19/18
Finished: 8/27/18
Year: 2018
Pages: 169
Genre: Self-Help
Grade: B
Reason for reading: review for MyShelf.com
Blurb (from book jacket): "Readers will learn how to become aware of the difference between eating in a healthy way and eating emotionally-neither to satisfy hunger nor for enjoyment, but in a desperate attempt to distract oneself from painful thoughts and feelings. Diets don't work for people who eat through their emotions. Instead, learning to recognize the stressors that lead to emotional eating and to address those tensions through other methods besides eating is the goal. When we handle stress well away from the table, we're free to relax and savor out food when we choose to eat. proven techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are presented in an innovative, easy-to-remember way. Learning to eat mindfully, for health and enjoyment, becomes the goal, and Arlene B. Englander walks readers through table techniques designed to make mindful eating easier, habitual, and ultimately second nature.
"Allowing for both fun food and health foods, Englander's approach emphasizes eating healthfully and being aware of best practices and the behavioral objectives of coping with stress, exercising regularly, mindful eating, good nutrition and hydration, and controlling overeating situations. She addresses late-night eating, parties, vacations, and other situations where overindulging may be a risk. She concludes with a prescription that is meant to last so that readers can love their food for a lifetime."
Opinion: This is a straight forward look and approach to emotional eating. It isn't a diet plan and it isn't meant to be. A more complete review will be posted on MyShelf.com.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

Started: 7/24/18
Finished: 8/20/18
Year: 1986 (this edition 2007)
Pages: 363
Genre: Mystery
Grade: B
Reason for reading: reread, part of a book spiral on Bookcrossing.com
Blurb (from back cover): There was nothing about Beverly Danziger to cause Kinsey concern. She was looking for her sister. There was a will to be settled. She paid up front. And if it seemed a lot of money for a routine job, Kinsey wasn't going to argue.
"She kicked herself later for the things she didn't see-Beverly Danziger did not look as if she needed a few thousand dollars and she didn't seem like someone longing for a family reunion. But just as Kinsey begins to suspect foul play and start asking questions, Beverly Danziger pulls her off the case and fires her..."
Opinion: In rereading the series in order, it is nice to see Kinsey's character development. The plot for this book was a good one with a good plot twist at the end.