Monday Book Madness

I missed last week, so I’m including it this week.

Last week I read:

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I don’t know how the heck I missed this one when I was a kid! Seems like it would have fit right in with my Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock mysteries for young people phase! The author skillfully handles a large number of characters, and while I wasn’t loving it in the beginning, by the end I was!
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Fast-paced, twisty, and much better than I had anticipated. A nice (and much needed) vacation from reality. 

This week I read:

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This one was good, but for some reason I had trouble keeping the characters straight, and I felt underwhelmed at times. There was no urgent need to find out what happened next – the tension to keep me glued to the pages just wasn’t there.

 

All Your Twisted Secrets
I feel like I waited forever for this one to be released. All the hype had me salivating over myself once I finally had it in hand. I enjoyed it, and it had everything it needed to have – tension, twists, high stakes, the imminent threat of death – but ultimately I felt a litttle disappointed, which, in the author’s defense, usually happens when a book is built up so much for so long. I’d read more by Urban, I just wouldn’t spit on myself to do so. 😛

 

I just started:

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Monday Book Madness

This week I read:

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I guessed it, then I changed my mind 5 times, then I changed it back. Not a five star read, but it was twisty and held my attention.

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I can’t say enough good things about this book! I couldn’t put it down! Well crafted and suspenseful, it grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let me go until I reached the last page. I feel like I’m still catching my breath. Highly recommended!

Next up:

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Monday (Book) Madness

This week I read:

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This book had ALL the feels. It grabbed me by the throat and pulled me along on an emotional rollercoaster, keeping me breathless and slightly dizzy. I couldn’t put it down – even though the most eventful part happens near the beginning, I had to keep reading. Right book, right time. 😍

 

Drowning With Others
An interesting premise, well written, but I didn’t connect with or care about any of the characters, and the stakes never seemed quite dire enough for me. While I wouldn’t not recommend the book (it kept my attention and I enjoyed it), I feel like I liked the idea of the plot better that the book itself. 

 

I just started:

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Monday (Book) Madness

This week I read:

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I almost didn’t make it through this one. If it hadn’t been short stories, and if I hadn’t held out hope that one of them would be a gem, this would have been one of my rate DNFs. Some of the stories had potential, but I found them overwhelmed with unnecessary details and I was underwhelmed by the endings. I found myself frequently wondering WTF. I hate being negative about a book, so I will say this one made me think.

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Does Tiffany D. Jackson write anything that isn’t a brutal, addictive onslaught to the emotions? Her books are SO good, but they make me feel so bad. Couldn’t put this down but glad it’s over.

And I finished my first audiobook:

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My first audiobook . . . which has me wondering if I’m cut out for audiobooks or not. I enjoyed the story, the narrator was great, but I feel like I missed out by not reading it. A good mystery, but if I had read it, I suspect I would have liked it even more.

I just started:

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Monday (Book) Madness

This week I read:

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I almost didn’t read this because of a few bad reviews on Goodreads. It got off to a bumpy start, and it wasn’t entirely unpredictable, but it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. By the end it was uplifting.

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I read “Heroine” by this author and loved it so much that I decided to give another of her books a shot. This one was completely different, and not at all what I was expecting. Not bad, just not my ideal cup of tea. There’s no denying that McGinnis is a talented author, and while I didn’t love this book, I did enjoy it.

I just started:

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Monday (Book) Madness

Last week I read:

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Great ‘YA book with a purpose’. The MC always knew she’d need a liver transplant… someday. She just didn’t expect someday to arrive her senior year of high school. Mad props to the author – totally didn’t see the ending coming! (On a side note, I met this author once years ago before she was published and she wrote MG fiction, and she was so incredibly nice and friendly! So happy for her success!)

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I’d heard a lot about this book (both good and bad) so I had no idea what to expect when I started it. It’s not my preferred genre, but I’ve been slowly trying to expand my comfort zone – a little dystopian here, a little sci-fi there – and while it wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read so far this year, there’s no denying that I did enjoy it. Some beautiful prose, some vivid (nightmarish) descriptions and an engaging story made this one a win for me.

I just started:

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Monday (Book) Madness

Last week, I read:

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The trilogy is over 😭 A satisfying conclusion to a great series! Suspenseful, craftily plotted and insanely well thought out. On the plus side, the blister on my fingertip (from turning pages so fast) will get to heal. But . . . I’m going to miss my fictional book friends.

 

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I”m a sucker for an homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None! It wasn’t the best written book, but I enjoyed the plot and the author either hit her groove or I got used to the slightly bumpy prose by the time I was halfway in. Better than the Goodreads rating would suggest.

I just started:

The Arrival of Someday

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Shannon Hollinger, Author

Transmutation (Because It Sounds Cooler Than Metamorphosis)

2020 is the end of an era. Literally. When I started this blog (almost 10 years ago), I knew that I wanted to write. I just wasn’t sure what.

Looking back through my archives, I see book reviews, hiking adventures, recipes, quotes, memes, writing advice . . . I was all over the place. But the important thing, the only thing, really, is that it got me putting words on the screen.

Behind the blog scenes, there were magazine articles, nonfiction stories, and a ton of short fiction created. And that is where I found my writing home – in the land of make believe.

Fast forward to the present. I’ve written dozens of short stories and have a stack of finished novel manuscripts. I’ve had an editor tell me no one would ever publish the story I submitted to him only to have it accepted the same month by Suspense Magazine. I’ve had agents ignore my queries, request my manuscripts, reject my manuscripts, refer me to a colleague who they felt the manuscript would be perfect for only to never hear from said colleague . . . and still, I write.

I’ve felt my skin thicken from tissue paper to paperboard. I’ve cried my way through the bad writing days, laughed my way through the good, and stopped myself from punching a wall countless times during edits.

It’s been a long, sometimes painful, often frustrating journey. A building an author platform as an adult mystery author, realizing that all of my novels had teenage characters and it was those characters who I most enjoyed writing, expanding my reading list and develoving an ABSOLUTE love affair with YA novels, realizing that at my core I am a YA author and whoops, now I have to start all over again kind of insanity.

So . . . here I am. This is my year, so stay tuned. I hope to have some big news for you coming soon.

Shannon Hollinger, Author

 

 

 

 

Poll: What Book Format Do You Prefer?

Last poll I asked “How Do You Choose Which Book To Read Next”, and as usual, I’m in the minority and surprised by the results (below). I’m a sucker for ‘daily deal’ and ‘read next’ suggestions myself, but these options are geared more towards Kindle readers, which made me wonder . . .

There was a time I was a die hard paper book in hand kind of girl – the look, the feel, the smell – but times, they are a changing. There’s something about being able to bring hundreds of books with you, all in the palm of your hand. For this week’s poll, I’d like to know what book format you prefer:

 

The results of the last poll are as follows:

By word of mouth/publicity. 33.33%  
By reading back covers/blurbs. 33.33%  
By authors you’ve read before. 16.67%   
By genre. 16.67%   
By discounts/daily deals. 0%   
By cover. 0%   
By ‘read next’ suggestions. 0%  

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