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Lillie Loves to Read

Reader of all kinds of books but favorites genres include mystery, sic-fi, romance, thrillers, YA, fantasy, general fiction, memoirs. I'll try anything once.

Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas

Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom - Ken Ilgunas

Book Club pick for October. This was one book I did not want to read. I procrastinated and procrastinated until the day before we were meeting. I just knew I wasn't going to like this book. I mean who really wants to read about a guy with debt and how he got out of it. But I had to read it.


So I did. And it was good. And it was fast. What a different way to live and think about debt. I found it thought provoking. And it provided good discussion at book club.


I liked reading about his adventures and the daily grind. Half of my fellow book clubbers hated the author. One in particular, was very upset with his inaction about a certain situation and how he barely mentioned it. Those of us who liked it, didn't like that part but gave him some leeway as he was a young man who was self involved as only the young can be. Let's just say that, in the end, we agreed to disagree.


Final verdict: Thought provoking journey.

Reblogged from Bright and Shiny Shiny:
"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read."

— Lemony Snicket

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone  - Laini Taylor

Fun! Fun! Fun! I enjoyed this one immensely. Love dystopian societies. Love futuristics. Love fantasy. Love possible aliens. Love kick-ass heroines who are not dumber than a doorknob.


Final verdict: Cannot wait until the next book in the series is out!

Library Haul

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady - Elizabeth Stuckey-French MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood Dream Eyes - Jayne Ann Krentz Daughter of Smoke & Bone  - Laini Taylor The Interestings: A Novel - Meg Wolitzer Dark Currents: Agent of Hel - Jacqueline Carey Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family Book) - Melissa de la Cruz The Gravity of Birds: A Novel - Tracy Guzeman The Lost Husband: A Novel - Katherine Center

You'll hear this from me over and over again--my library kicks ass!! Today I checked out 9! books out, several from the hold service and the others from the new book shelves. I'm so excited! Yes, I know I have at least 65 books sitting and waiting to be read on my nightstand but...


Have no idea where to start as I have a book club book to read before Thursday but I'm itching to start one of these. Sigh. Love my stacks of books. #bookaholic



*Couldn't leave the stack alone. Just finished Witches of East End.

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

The first book of the Inspector Vera Stanhope mysteries. They've been turned into a tv series that I enjoyed very much. I wanted to see if the books were any good. I started off with the 4th one, Silent Voices, a wonderful mystery. This 1st book is different from Silent Voices in that it doesn't focus on Vera Stanhope as much as it focuses on 2 women who are on the fringes (or so it would seem) of the mystery. We get to meet the Inspector and see how others perceive her.


The mystery was good not great. Although I did flip to the end (as I do for all books), I couldn't quite figure out why this person had committed the murders. I wanted to know more. I have to admit that the murderer seemed to come out of left field. For such a long book, we really don't get to know the murderer. And there were a lot of things thrown into the kitchen sink. 


Final verdict: I liked the writing, liked Vera Stanhope but would've liked the murderer to have been someone else.

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Ice - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Maybe this is a series better read far apart. Or maybe it's just not that good a series. I was so excited to read Sherrilyn Kenyon because, though it's been years since I've read her books, I remember them fondly. I have one more coming in the mail. Keeping fingers crossed.

Duchess of Death by Richard Hack

Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie - Richard Hack

Came across this biography on Agatha Christie and was excited to find out about the queen of mystery. Unfortunately, this was boring. Gave it 3 stars because of the wealth information about AC. I did learn a lot but I felt like I was in classroom again.

Sit, Stay, Slay by Linda O. Johnston

Sit, Stay, Slay - Linda O. Johnston

Predictable. I like to pick up cozy mysteries every once in a while and thought this one might be entertaining. Alas, I was wrong. 



The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

Fun supernatural dystopian story. Only complaint is when does book 2 come out? And the author's planning on writing 7 books?

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence

Loved it! It took about 5 days to read it, not because it's a difficult read, but because I didn't want it to end.

There are controversial issues discussed in the book that you should be aware of (drugs, death) but if you're okay with them, then definitely give this book a try. It starts out light but it does delve into more weighty issues as it continues.

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood

I have no idea whether I liked this book or not. Crazy. Cults. Pan epidemics. Newly bio-engineered humans. Dystopian society. Too much going on.

Maybe I needed to have reread Oryx & Crake. Will probably end up reading the last of the trilogy.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Enjoyed it immensely. The mystery kept me going (though several chapters before the end I guessed the correct murderer). And for those who know this about me, I did not skim the ending before reading the rest of the book.

Looking forward to the next in the series.



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The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee

The Typewriter Girl - Alison Atlee

I loved that the setting was in early 20th Century and that it was about a young lady making it out there on her own. Feisty heroine, difficult circumstances, great time period- they all pointed to a great read. Boy, was I disappointed. The writing was beyond comprehension. Felt that the author was trying too hard to be literary. Tell your story in language that can be understood and you've won half the battle. It took me way too long to get through half of the book and it was returned to the library unfinished.


Final verdict: I know that the words were in English but I had a difficult time making sense of the sentences. When you have to work this hard to understand...

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Pattern Recognition - William Gibson

Have nothing for this one.


Final verdict: DNF

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

A fictional look into the lives of the über rich in Singapore. Socialites like Paris Hilton. Fun and easy read.

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

Sweet Talk - Julie Garwood

Used to love reading Julie Garwood when she wrote historical romances. When she started writing contemporaries, the books were a hit or miss. Her stories are interchangeable, they all follow the same structure. It was the same as when she wrote historicals but it worked for me there. 


Final verdict: You know what you're getting in a Garwood. Good beach read.