Show Us Your Books Link-Up: May 2019


Wow, I did not realize I read this much this month. Makes me feel a little better- I sometimes feel like I don't read as much anymore but apparently if I'm not spending time doing homework, I can still power through! Usually I read about 2-4 but this month I have NINE reads, which is a lot for me. Unfortunately my summer session has begun so I've got another five weeks of time-suck.


Basics: Father dies possibly mysteriously, step-mother and mystery lady make son uncomfortable and confused.
Thoughts: This book was intriguing, and I loved the plot, but think it could have been written a little better. The book flashes between "Now" and "Then," and the "Then" parts flowed much better and were much more interesting. The "Now" chapters felt a little more stifled. Not an amazing read, but definitely not a regret.
Rating: B+



Basics: Short, simple stories about Norse mythology
Thoughts: I don't know why, but I didn't expect it to be short stories. I guess I was thinking it would be more like Circe, where it was a complete story following a character/characters from mythology. So I was a little put off at first. But it was a good introduction to a set of mythology I didn't know a lot about.
Rating: B+




Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey
Basics: Discussing the way feminism can work within Christianity
Thoughts: Enjoyed it, had some very good sections, but a little hippy-dippy-fluffy in some parts
Rating: A-







Basics: Continuation of The Paper Magician series- new plastic apprentice
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It helps to have read the previous books in the series because you understand the general rules of this wold and the way magic works. But the characters from the previous books are sort of background, it's a completely new character and story. This new character was spunky and smart and highly enjoyable.
Rating: A


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Love Letters to the Dead
Basics: Teenager mourning her dead sister writes letters to dead people, originally an English assignment
Thoughts: A little bit stereotypical of the YA genre, but an interesting look at the way we can idolize people while growing up
Rating: B +






A Study in Charlotte, The Last of August, The Case for Jamie, A Question of Holmes 
Basics: Teenagers Charlotte Holmes and Jaime Watson carry on the Holmes/Watson legacy of solving mysteries and going up against Moriarties
Thoughts: When I read or watch Holmes, I always feel like there are three separate stories- the mystery we think Holmes & Watson are solving, the one Holmes is actually solving, and then some random crazy thing that was hinted at literally no where but Holmes figures out at the last minute. These weren't any different, but I did like it even though I sometimes didn't fully understand what was going on until the wrap up at the end of the book, or the summary of the next book. Also I liked this idea of being unsure how to live up to such strange and intense family expectations, and the push/pull towards those expectations and the people involved with them, and the uncertainty of relationships that are both new yet still fraught with history.
Rating: A


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17 comments

  1. I own A Study in Charlotte which I really do need to read! I kind of love all things Holmes and Watson.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. If you already like Holmes/Watson, you'll probably enjoy it! Definitely work checking out :)

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  2. i think that is the peter swanson book i read, i don't remember as all his titles run together in my mind. but i remember the weird stepmother. i liked it, but agree about some parts being written better than others. i have seen the Charlotte Holmes series around but was on the fence - glad you liked it, i'll add it to my tbr!

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  3. LOL at hippy dippy.

    Overall I like Peter Swanson books even when the writing dips.

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    1. I don't think I've read him before, but I'd be willing to try another.

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  4. I havent read any of these. the Peter swanson sound interesting though

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    1. Worth a try, especially if you like that genre in general. It's one of those you get a little bit of the story at a time.

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  5. Peter Swanson seems to be a fan favorite this month. I have a few of his books on my TBR but haven't bothered to get around to them.

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    1. This one was decent, but I wouldn't necessarily rush to read another.

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  6. The Paper Magician series is on my TBR (I believe it was you who recommended it) but I still haven't started reading it. It would be a good change of pace book for me and I should prioritize it. I wasn't a huge fan of a Study in Charlotte, although I love the switch to Sherlock being a female, but didn't continue the series.

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    1. TPM series is a fun little series...just enough magic to be sort of different but not quite as intense as something like Harry Potter/etc.

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  7. All The Beautiful Lies is on my to read list. I've only read one Swanson book and liked it enough.

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  8. I think I'll always give Peter Swanson books a try because they're nice and twisty and move quickly. A slow "thriller" is annoying.

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  9. I could see that- it was definitely easy to move through and keep interested.

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  10. I've really been interested in the Holmes series and haven't heard much review on them, so I think now I will definitely have to check them out!

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