Book boners {May Edition}

  • May 09, 2017
  • By Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky
  • 24 Comments

Work tends to ruin things but if it's one thing I rarely do is forgo reading.  When things get really busy, I have to employ my 50-page screening process (if by page 50 the book doesn't reel me in, back to the library it goes) and while this made me ditch quite a few books, a few passed the test.


Mean Streak - 4/5.  I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did; in fact, how much I really liked it surprised me.  It's one of those 'beach reads' where the adventure of the story keeps you engaged with unexpected plot twists that I actually finished this book in a day and a half.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley - 4/5.  Saw this reco from Jana and how much she liked it so when I was able to get this right away from the library, I delved into it and this did not disappoint.

Murder House - 3/5.  Meh. I remember James Patterson books being a lot more engaging but it passed the time just fine.

A Dog's Purpose - 3/5.  This book was good in some parts, dragged/uneventful at others but just as I felt the story was going somewhere, it ended!

Lethal - 4/5. When I really like a book, I tend to stalk the author and find every book he/she writes and this one did not disappoint either.


Did not finish:

Ready Player One.  I tried to like this book; really I did.  I'm a former gamer so I thought I would naturally love this but nope. This is the 3rd time I've tried to read this but I can't seem to get past the first 4 chapters.

In Farleigh Field.  I went through a big WWII phase where I gobbled up every WWII book I could get my hands on so I thought this would be good because it involves code breaking, message interception and covert intelligence...those things are ingredients for a good book but it was boring and drawn out and at this point in my life, I have no time for that.

Britt-Marie Was Here.  I loved A Man Called Ove so seeing that this is probably the female version of Ove, I naturally assumed I would love it. Wrong.  The best description I can come up with is "dry"...because that's what this was...dry and boring and just no.

What have you been reading lately?

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24 comments

  1. I think I remember seeing In Farleigh Field as an Amazon First Reads pick, so I'm glad I didn't choose that one because I'm usually not a fan of things being drawn out. Britt Marie seems to be people's least favorite Backman novel. I just got Beartown from the library so I'm hoping to start it soon.

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  2. I think I might check out Mean Streak from my library since I've seen it recommended twice now. Sounds really good. Twelve Lives is definitely on my list. I keep seeing great reviews of it. I've put off reading Ready Player One because I'm not sure if I'd get the references to 80's games.

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  3. Bummer that you didn't like Ready Player One since I've heard such great things about it! Jana had some great things to say about The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and I've also heard good things about Mean Streak so I'm hoping to read those soon. I think that I'm too much of a dog person to like A Dog's Purpose. Reading Marley & Me nearly killed me!

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  4. Okay, FINE. I'll read Sandra Brown. Have seen lots of good things about her this go round. And I totally agree about a Dog's Purpose.

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  5. i enjoyed ready player one a lot, but i'd say if you've tried 4 times, it's not gonna happen lol. i loved mean streak as you know, so you'll have to let me know if her other books are as good when you read them!

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  6. I'm still bummed that I returned 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley before I got a chance to read it. On the flip side, I also know it's worth going back on the wait list. :D I did not like Murder House. The implausible parts drove me nuts (framing whatever his name was, he being unwilling to have his mistress alibi him, etc). I used to read a ton of Sandra Brown and her name has popped up several times during this month's link-up. I need to revisit her. I'm not sure I could read A Dog's Purpose; I bawled like a baby during the trailer at the movie theater. Yup, got some strange looks. :D I am surprised, however, to hear that it is a big dry. That I wouldn't have expected.

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  7. I've never read any Sandra Brown books but I'm really interested in Lethal after checking out the description!

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  8. I was glad to hear you liked Ove but didn't like Britt-Marie. I didn't like Britt-Marie, so I figured I wouldn't like Ove. I will reconsider now. :) I also want to read Twelve Lives and Mean Streak. I actually read a Sandra Brown book this month too! Haha.

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  9. I knew myself well enough not to try Ready Player One. Also, I didn't like Ove so I likely wouldn't try that author again.
    I don't do books about dogs. They always make me sad, which is weird.

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  10. I'm not done with Narnia's Silver Chair. I'll surely read these.

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  11. Going to check out those Sandra Brown books!!

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  12. Player One is on my list for a long time and I never did get around to it. Wonder how I would feel about it?? Maybe not so much. I already added Twelve Lives and Sandra Brown to my list earlier today. Glad you gave them raving reviews as well!

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  13. Bummer on the DNF reads but now I feel like I need to add Mean Streak to my TBR list. So many of you guys have said good things about it!

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  14. I like your strategy for paring down your reading stack/list. Glad it's working for you. I have heard that Britt Marie is not as good as Ove. I just got a copy of Ove and am excited to read it. I cannot even with sad animal books. The two Sandra Brown and Twelve lives sound good. Glad that reading doesn't fall off your list even when you're swamped. For me I can read when work is stressful and busy, but when I have too many social plans there isn't much time for it. Which was April, and will probably be May. : / Oh well, I'll do my best. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  15. Work gets in the way of pretty much everything *blah*, but I'm super impressed at how much reading you're still able to accomplish. I need a good beach read, so I'm going to check out Mean Streak.

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  16. I loved Samuel Hawley too.

    I used to read Sandra Brown. I forgot about her. Someone else had Mean Streak on their list yesterday so I added it.

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  17. No one could pay me enough to watch or read A Dogs Purpose. Nope nope nope. I dont do sad animal books/movies. My heart cant handle it

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  18. I used to be obsessed with James Patterson books but now I can't get back into them. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  19. I've had A Dog's Purpose on my list for so long. I need to get that from the library ASAP.

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  20. Excited to see so many recoomendations for The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley this month - it's definitely going on my list! And I read Ready Player One recently but am not someone who was ever into gaming or 80s stuff - I wonder if that made me find it more interesting, since it was all new to me?

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  21. 12 Lives seems to be getting a ton of good reviews!

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  22. I'm so glad you loved Samuel Hawley!! Sad about Ready Player One since it's one of the few sci-fi books I actually enjoyed.

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  23. I will have to try the ones you finished, bummer about the WW2 book.

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  24. 12 Lives has been on my list forever! I hope it comes in soon! I will have to check out Mean Streak too!

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