Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winters Respite Readathon 2018

I woke up the other morning and saw Michelle's e-mail about the sign up linky being posted for the Winter's Respite Readathon.  I didn't sign up for the Christmas Spirit Readathon as I thought I would be too busy with work and such, and turns out I was correct.  It has been a year for me to reflect on, and a good start to my year is to continue doing what I love to do, and that is to read.  My lovely wife and son had invested in the new Kobo E-reader for me and I absolutely love it.  No eye strain, and customizable fonts, allows me to read as long as time will allow me.  I am super excited to join Michelle's Readathon this time around as my wife is also joining for the first time.  Yaaay Diane!

I woke up this morning and created my not to ambitious TBR list for #WintersRespite 2018.  You can view it here: Winter's Respite Readathon 2018 TBR List...and here is the books I am looking forward to devouring ... starting on January 1, 2018.. 12:01AM.

TBR List

Book 1: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin   I am not much of a romance/love story reader, but this is a novel I've wanted to read since I saw the trailer to the movie.  Starting my reading with a little bit of romance and a lot of survival drama... I hope.

Book 2 : The Last Mile by David Baldacci (Book 2 of the Memory Man Series)  I read my first Baldacci book in December 2017, and this series has me hooked.  Well written and the twists kept coming.  I think I have found one of my new favorite authors.  In the Memory Man, Baldacci introduced me to an extraordinary detective, a man who can forget nothing.  This is book two in the Amos Decker series.

Books 3 and 4 The Source of Magic / Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony  I read the first book in the Xanth  series many years ago, and then 6 more times throughout the years, because I enjoyed it so much.  I am going to read all 41 Xanth books this year and will start with the Source of Magic which is number two in the series, and will continue through Winter's Respite Readathon and beyond....

Audio Book 5 Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King   I have been wanting to read this book since it came out in September.  There will be times where I will not be able to hold my Kobo and read, and during those times I have scooped an audio copy of Sleeping Beauties from the library.

There you have it.  That is my mishmash of hodgepodge reading that I have put together for #WintersRespite Readathon.  If you would like to read along, please don't hesitate to join in.  It's free and we all share the same thing, which is the love of reading.  Just go here to sign up or click on the pic below.  Stay warm and keep reading.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring into Horror Readathon Book 1

The HarvestThe Harvest by Scott Nicholson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was one of my choices for the #SpringHorror readathon I was planning on reading. I have never read anything by Scott Nicholson, and this promised to be a fun horror story. Truth be told, it really was hard for me to actually finish this book. The characters are one dimensional at best. This is a big problem when the whole story depends on your feelings for these fictional people who are going through something very bizarre in their lives. And their very lives are on the line. The heroes themselves are never really fleshed out, and in doing so, you don't really care much about them at all. As I was going through the book, after reading the graphical demise of different characters, I felt myself uncaring and emotionless, and was essentially wondering where is this going to lead? and when? Hopefully soon. Finally, near the last 4 chapters, there was an attempt at resolution to the problem and some actually very good action scenes. I found it very hard to focus on the story and found the cast of characters, needlessly, too high in number. Even though the author seemed to go through great lengths to gross the reader out, which I thought was done well, I was treated to a great visual climax, which proved the author can keep my attention in his writing style. If you can get through the first 3/4 of the book, you may like this story. The book could have been so much more, but it seemed to want to be many things at once and failed in doing so. There are very few writers that can master that kind of storytelling. I will still give this book a 3 stars, and recommend it to a select audience, after all, it was a fun horror story.

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