Book Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Just One Day by Gayle Forman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

First book in the Just One Day series.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for a review copy of this book.

This book was lovely. The story unravels like petals on a flower, each layer bring it’s own complexity and beauty. Rich characters and locations.

I read this in one day.

Spoiler: The downside is having to wait for the next book.

Read: April 27, 2018

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Book Review: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reread from anthology “Sensational Tales of Terror Penny Dreadfuls”.

Not what I remember, and nothing like the myriad adaptions for stage and screen.

Very Victorian in language and gothic moodiness. Uses letters and diaries as a means to back into the story from different directions. I’ll admit I prefer the linear works of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens; however, I love the language and turn of phrase of R.L. Stevenson, so I will continue to read his works (and reread…).

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Book Review: This is How I Save My Life by Amy B. Scher

This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try AnythingThis Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything by Amy B. Scher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to GoodReads, the author Amy B. Scher, and @Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster for this Advanced Readers Copy to review.

Over the years, several people have told me I should write about my journey with Lyme disease and chronic illness. Now I don’t need to, Amy Scher has told a story that mirrors mine, except I’m hoping to try stem cell therapy in the next year or two; it’s something I’ve been researching since I was first disabled in 2009. Almost ten years later, I’m almost ready to try it, and this book comes out. Synchronicity.

What she writes could be a page out of my life (pg 163):
“I could never do what you are doing.”
Honestly, I’m no superhero. You could totally rock this too, if you had to. In fact, we could all do anything if we absolutely had to. I once thought I could never do what I’m doing either, except for now I don’t have a choice and that’s exactly how I’m doing it in the first place. Some nights when I go to bed, I think to myself ‘I cannot do this, not for one more day.’ Eventually I fall asleep…and then…I wake up with a life that is just waiting for me to wade through all over again. You do it because even when — especially when — you think you can’t you’re somehow still making it happen. And you do it every minute of every day — no breaks allowed — because if you don’t every single thing that you’ve barely been holding on to might fall apart too.

The writing in this book is outstanding. The honesty is heart wrenching.

I’m done, because I don’t have the energy to type any longer.

If you’re chronically ill, or know someone who is chronically ill, you should read this book. If you have Lyme disease, this is a must.

4/11-23/18

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Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby TeethBaby Teeth by Zoje Stage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a review copy of this book.

I love reading author acknowledgements, this book has a fine example.

Unputdownable. (Is that a word? Why, actually, it is! “adjective, informal, (of a book) so engrossing that one cannot stop reading it.” Oxford English Dictionary, online:https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/def… )

But I digress.

And to digress again, this excerpt sums up chronic illness perfectly, “She resented her body’s betrayal. She Still couldn’t express how insecure it made her, how she lived on a precipice. The most basic parts of her could fail, and there was nothing she could do to stop it.” (p. 154)

This book kept me up all night, trying to read through all in one sitting.

Wow. Tragic. I hope you… enjoy?

Read 6/4-5/18

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Book Review: Flashmob by Christopher Farnsworth

Flashmob (John Smith, #2)Flashmob by Christopher Farnsworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

Second in the John Smith series. This was a Goodreads Giveaway, I’d like to thank the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and GoodReads for the opportunity to read this book.

In preparation for reading this, I read Killfile, the first in the series. I could not put it down and highly recommend it. Flashmob has a great premise, but didn’t hold my attention as much. Though, after saying that, I did read this in two days.

Read: 6/6-8/18

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Book Review: Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth

Killfile (John Smith, #1)Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

First book in the John Smith series. Got it because I’ve gotten the second book in the series as a giveaway, and I don’t like to read books out of sequence if I can help it. Especially second books; so much character background is typically included in the first book of a series that is missed if that book isn’t read.

My first impression, that remained throughout the book, is that the voice reminds me of Dean Koontz, but grittier, sharper writing.

This was a page turner, I finished in one sitting. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Read: 6/6/18

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Book Review: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3)The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

The great Forsyte Saga… I’m so glad I’ve finally read it. Some books deserve to be classics. John Galsworthy caught the essence of the periods he was writing about while telling a captivating story.

After a false start in 2015, I read parts 1 & 2 10/17-12/5/16 and part 3 4/16-25/18.

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