April 10th, 2017

Briana and Aunty Tara

Books 10 & 11 - 2016

Book 10: The Presidents of the United States of America by Frank Freidel – 88 pages

Description from Goodreads:
Single-page biographies with portraits of the forty-six presidents of the United States.

Thoughts:
While at Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library I picked up this book and another about the First Ladies. It outlines every president up to Clinton, with a brief outline of their time as President, particularly the highlights or events they are known for. This was a great book for getting general trivia style knowledge about the long list of powerful men who have held the role of ‘Leader of the Free World’. A good introduction.


10 / 50 books. 20% done!


2211 / 15000 pages. 15% done!

Book 11: Four to Score by Janet Evanovich – 311 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back--and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With then help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike--including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugative--Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.

Thoughts:
Another Stephanie Plum novel. More Lula, more Morelli, more Ranger, more Grandma Mazur, more Stephanie being inept. Another forgettable mystery. I enjoy these books when I’m reading them, but I don’t really remember what was distinct about them afterwards – which is unlike me, as I usually remember the skeleton of every story’s plot. Based on a quick skim, I now remember that this one included a strange plot with a missing ex-girlfriend, and Stephanie doing some under the counter work for said woman’s ex. It’s a good enough story for the style of book that the Plum novels are, entertaining, appropriately paced, and sufficiently complex. The type of stories I would define as ‘airplane literature’. If that’s your scene, then its certainly worth a read.


11 / 50 books. 22% done!


2522 / 15000 pages. 17% done!

Currently reading:
-        My Life by Bill Clinton – 957 pages
-        Reengineering the University: How to be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious by William F. Massy – 280 pages
-        Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System edited by Julianne Schultz and Anne Tiernan – 326 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        Theories of International Relations: Fifth Edition edited by Scott Burchill and Andrew Linklater – 357 pages
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Book 38

Blood DivineBlood Divine by Greg Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Thanks to Netgalley for making it possible for me to read this novel. Receiving an ARC had no influence on my review. Honestly the book hovered between a 3.5 & 4 star review for me but at the end of the day I thought it was a lot of fun so I kicked it up to the four. I’ll also say if you read m/m books only for the romance and sex, this probably isn’t going to be for you. There’s a romantic subplot sure but this is much more full on urban fantasy/horror and I was very happy for that (I’m more UF than romance, what can I say?)

Cooper Causey experienced some trauma in his childhood home in South Carolina and hasn’t been back in some time, even though he is very fond of his grandmother. Cooper’s been living a rather hollow life made up of endless one-night stands (having a large reputation for it) and hiding the strangeness of his life. But when he’s lured back to his childhood home, only to find his grandmother missing, Cooper’s world is turned upside down in so many ways.

The largest of which is that he meets the Anakim, a vampire like race from the Abrahamic traditions (though they, along with the Nephilim are giants rather than vampires in the lure) and learns there is something special about him that they want. This encounter brings him into contact with Betsy, who is also Anakim but working with a group of monster hunters, the members of Jericho, to help destroy her own kind. Cooper is rushed off his feet by the group, barely able to keep his wits about him as he learns all he is capable of doing. Into this mix we add Randy, local policeman and one of the first men Cooper ever fell in love with and could never be with.

It’s a lot of non-stop action and while Cooper learns to control his abilities a wee bit fast for my tastes, it does work. I wasn’t, however, overly fond of the ending and that’s about all I want to say so not to spoil it. I will say (mild spoiler at best) is that for once I’d like to see the love interest and/or friend actually stay out of the fight once they’re told they’ll be a huge liability because we all know what will happen. The bad guys will capture that person and sure enough the hero of the story is distracted. Because it happens every time in a story like this. The other thing that did bug me a bit was that the ‘darkness’ in Cooper came from an African ancestor who practiced voo doo. Yes, it’s pointed out that dark doesn’t mean evil but still, it felt a little lazy at best. Still, over all I enjoyed this and I’d go looking for more by this author.




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