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Quite the Wondering Selection

I read. I read pretty much anything. Mostly Stephen King, but I read the classics. I read young adult, especially the dystopian series. I read the free Amazon Prime eBooks of the month which are usually suspense. Everything.

Currently reading

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn (Spenser)
Ace Atkins
Ratf**ked Why Your Vote Doesn't Count
David Daley
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Tips for Living
Renee Shafransky
Scott Sigler
The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms
Sara Horowitz

Decent Read, View into Race Relations

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

So starting out, I felt the story very contrived.  Almost a Boyz in the Hood for the 21st Century.  You have your girl leaving the ghetto to go to a rich, private school.  As the story goes on, it does get better.  I enjoyed seeing the interactions after the shooting with the lawyer and how the character has to get the strength to go before the Grand Jury.  I like seeing the family move to the suburbs to save themselves, but then for the white boyfriend to go with her to protest back in the city.  Decent read.

Another quick listen...marriage and family gone awry

Rough Weather - Robert B. Parker

Interesting conclusion, I am thinking, to Spenser's relationship with the Gray Man.  A spoiled rich girl's wedding gets ruined when Gray Man comes to shoot her would-be husband and then you find out he is the father who kidnapped his daughter.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time - Mark Adams

Great read!  Loved the alternating chapters of Bingham's expeditions and then the author's, Adams' expeditions in present day.  Great to see how people lived along the Inca Trail then and now.  Loved all of the descriptive discussions about how one travels along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


Typical Spenser, Atypical Story

Painted Ladies - Robert B. Parker

Spenser books are great just when you need something to listen to and not think much about.  In this one, we see an art heist and murder and then putting the pieces together.  The Otto/Pearl (dogs) side story I could've done without, but I did like the story with the mother and daughter and the 'father' coming back into the story and the Holocaust tie in.  I would've like to hear that developed further.


A Decent Stand Alone Prequel for Maze Runner

The Kill Order - James Dashner

Going into this read I did not think it would capture me.  Seems like the 2nd and 3rd in most of these YA dystopian books do that to me.  Hunger Games.  Divergent.  Most of these series tend to get worse with age.  With The Kill Order, however, I was pleasantly surprised.  I like the characters, although former military Alec was a little cliche.  I liked the flashbacks of the sun flare events and how the characters holed themselves up in the skyscraper in NYC.  And then their quest to find out what was going on and the crazy, zombie-like infected people around Asheville.  I greatly anticipated how this group would be connected to Thomas and Teresa, and guessed correctly that Deedee was indeed Teresa.  

Great resource to use for K-2

Google Apps for Littles: Believe They CAn - Alice Keeler, Christine Pinto

Great practical resources and links to templates for K-2 teachers wanting to go Google.  Not just G Suite templates, but also the good extensions from Alice Keelor.

2018 Book Challenge

32 of 60 read


Sixkill - Robert B. Parker Good listen. Quicker than usual. Liked seeing the backstory of Sixkill.


Neighborly - Ellie Monago, Cristina Panfilio, Amy McFadden What is with all these Gone Girl type books? Switching narrators, almost jarring. I was interested in the story, just the struggle of the couple moving to the expensive neighborhood. I could deal with someone leaving notes. But then the swingers club? Which ended up not being a big plot point? And then the poisoning of the toddler? Meh.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower - Stephen King Great! 4th or 5th time through and gets better every time. Each time I notice more, understand more, laugh more.

The Best of Roald Dahl

The Best of Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl Always like reading this unique collection of stories.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells Decent read. Liked the interactions with the Invisible Man and the other characters, especially the innkeeper. Didn't care for his violence too much.

Broken Escalator

Broken Escalator - Christopher Munroe Interesting unique take on the disaster genre. Why not make a total parody out of it. Love how quickly mankind collapses.

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan - John Marrs Wow. What a disturbing, twisting book. I thought Gone Girl was bad, but that was just the tip of the iceburg. So sad to imagine people out there like this. Great twists back and forth between the suicide hotline lady and the guy posing as a client who was really the husband of a girl who committed suicide. Johnny's death was a little too abrupt for me, but I like picturing the daughter getting even with the mom as the book would move on.

Invisible Man

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison Decent and unique read. I relate it to books in the spirit of things like Catch 22. Loved the whole Mr. Norton part on the drive, the slave house, and then the bar. Some of the New York part, with the Brotherhood got overdone in my opinion, but good read as a whole.