My Secret Life

It's not as exciting as it sounds or as secret.

In Session - M.J. Rose

This contains short stories from some popular fictional characters interacting with sex therapist Dr. Morgan Snow. It was good. Reminded me of how much I enjoyed the first Cotton Malone book, I'll have to continue with that series when I'm done with the Gabriel Allon one. I liked Snow too, now I want to read hers!

Moscow Rules - Daniel Silva Just as good as Silva is with his other Gabriel Allon books. Great ending & loved Phil Gigante as the narrator of this audio!! Excellent! Since not commuting to & from work, I've gotten out of the habit of listening to audiobooks & have just been reading. I had forgotten what a true pleasure it is to listen to a well narrated, good book. This was the perfect one to get me going again.
Immoral - Brian Freeman Well, I didn't see that coming! This mystery had me completely fooled. I was way off in who I thought was guilty. Can't wait to read more in the Jonathan Stride series. And I loved the Duluth setting!
The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5) - Courtney Milan Wow!! This was so well written! It read like prose instead of a typical historical romance. One of my new favs. I'll definitely be reading more from this author!
We Don't Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore - M. David Blake Interesting short story! I loved the title so had to read it.
Moonlight Madness - Megan Hart Fun little short story. Great writing from Hart as is usual. A lil bit horror, suspense, & romance all wrapped up in one!
Moonlight Madness - Megan Hart Fun little short story. Great writing from Hart as is usual. A lil bit horror, suspense, & romance all wrapped up in one!
San Francisco Serenade - Ginger Voight Wow! What a surprise! Thoughtful, very well written, & a wonderfully sweet love story that every girl with a teen rock star crush wishes was her happily ever after!
Bargain in Bronze - Natalie Anderson Cute.
Santa Wore Combat Boots - Barbara Witek A sweet, short story filled with the innocence & spirit of Christmas. A perfect read the week before the holidays!
The Kill Order - James Dashner Although this is listed as a prequel to the Maze Runner series, it does not have any of the characters from Maze Runner except the last 3 pages - which is really unnecessary. The first 2/3 of the book is well developed & descriptive. Unfortunately the end of the book seems rushed & the author in a hurry to wrap things up with a simplistic ending thats anticlimactic at best. But after reading the whole series, I should have realized that as Dashner's weakness. He did the samething in book #3 of the trilogy.
So You Call Yourself A Man - Carl Weber Wow! Not what I was expecting & not sure how to classify it. Not even sure if I liked it or how I feel about it. One things for sure, there were times I couldn't put it down.
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness What can I say? I freakin Loved this book!! The world building was on going as information was needed not all overwhelming you at the beginning. Great, unique conflicts & problems with the disease that caused the Noise. & I loved the Noise & how it was handled in the book. The writing & editors spacing & font selection really brought to life how it feels to be inundated with people's thoughts, animals thoughts - everyone's thoughts except women's, of course! Loved the relationship between Todd & his foster fathers & his best friend, Manchee the dog. Loved being able to hear Manchee's thoughts, even when they were simple & redundant "poo. Poo Todd"! It really showed the great relationship between boy & dog. Plus I always suspected my dogs had similar thoughts! ;)I loved having a man/boy as the protagonist I found his voice resonated with me & loved seeing how he thought about a events being on the cusp of manhood. Ness showed Todd wavering between wanting to go back to an earlier time when he was a boy & life may have been annoying, but simple & being forced to take on the responsibilities of manhood that were thrust upon him by circumstances & his choices. I also like the theme of Hope being a thing that almost takes on a life of its own. Just when Todd & Viola thing there is no Hope left, or at least it's been beat out of them......well, you'll find out. And Viola! I really enjoyed how their relationship developed thru the story, particularly since Ness wasn't in a hurry to advance their relationship too far, too fast. Instead it bloomed in depth. I also like the fact that it (so far) is not a romantic relationship. There is no sexual tension, which I would find seriously creepy given their ages. Even if it is a whole nother planet! I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! I can't wait to see how Ness handles the other themes of power, family, & discovering our individuality. I enjoyed this so much more than The Hunger Games! I actually found it on a recommended What to read after The HG list. I can't wait to give this to my nephew, he enjoyed the HG & I think he will absolutely love this!!
SPOILER ALERT!
Bared to You  - Sylvia Day

Nothing pisses me off faster than a terrible ending to what was pretty much an intriguing book. Day just ended this at the end of a chapter! Right after two new conflicts reveal themselves to the main characters! Ummm,,,,, hello! No HEA (which is fine w me as long as there is a resolution & good explanation of loose ends), no resolutions, no reveals, nothing!! Terrible, terrible, terrible! Shame on Day & her publisher for such a gross abuse of readers who spent 230+ pages getting emotionally involved w Eva & Gideon's issues with no ending!! Sorry, just taking a shower & driving away in a limo for the night to avoid a confrontation w a major secondary character the heroine lives w is not an ending. Very disappointing! I will not be buying the second book, Day & publisher don't deserve it. Although this book is better written than 50 Shades of Grey & deals with similar issues, I would not recommend it. The author ends the book without resolving a single one of the conflicts & issues!! The book just stops at the end of a chapter! Christian Grey & Gideon do have alot in common, handsome, rich business men who like to stalk their lady loves, not to mention a shared history of childhood sexual abuse. I did like how the abused is handled, explained, & the emphasis on needing to get help to get better. I know/love so many adult survivors - it was definetly very realistic & I like how it was treated w dignity for such a terrible subject. I just hope he isn't magically "cured" like happens in a lot of books. Cuz I can tell you from experience that crap doesn't happen! Sexual abuse affects every part of their lives forever. The more I reflected on the book though, it just made me more & more angry! It just left every loose end loose! So you have to buy the next book. It just quit @ the end of a chapter. No resolution for the Cary orgy, Cary's boyfriend, why Gideon's so effed up, why's his bro's a dick, how can 2 childhood sexual abuse survivors have a real relationship, etc!! Really pissed me off & I loved Gideon! I really felt for him & how much therapy he was gonna need before he got over/thru what happened to him.Basically, if you want any type of closure or resolution to Eva & Gideon's story you have to buy the 2nd book in the series, because not a single thing is explained in book 1. Shame on Sylvia Day!!

Avoiding Commitment (Volume 1) - K.A. Linde

Ugh! This book is driving me crazy! How can the alpha male hero have won best villian award?!? Oh, yeah, that's why he drives me crazy!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand What an inspiring book! I loved the authors writing, making Louie's life come into sharp focus before your eyes. What an amazing man, one I would love to meet. His zest for life is infectious even when told thru a book. No wonder WWII vets earned the name " The Greatest Generation"!

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Christy has read 125 books toward her goal of 150 books.
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