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The Circle - Dave Eggers

It seems strange writing a review about this book on a reading social media site.  This book explores what the world might be like if a private company had a monopoly on all things to do with the internet -- think paypal, google, facebook, twitter et al . The Circle starts out with good intentions, yet we know that one person's good intentions is another's nightmare.  There is always a debate in my head on how much I should allow of myself to be posted on the internet and this book makes me think even harder about the slow erosion of privacy online. 

 

“There’s this new neediness — it pervades everything,” Mercer says to Mae at one point.  “You know how you finish a bag of chips and you hate yourself?” Mercer asks Mae. “You know you’ve done nothing good for yourself. That’s the same feeling, and you know it is, after some digital binge. You feel wasted and hollowed and diminished.”

 

from The Circle by Dave Eggers

 

These lines brought chills to my spine because I have experience this first hand. There has been so much research done on how to make people more addicted to things like video games, social media etc... and it has created a world of zombies attached to their phones.  I already am hyper aware of the types of tracking a lot of apps and programs have and make sure to turn off all of this.  Now after reading this book, I plan on limiting my social media time as well.

 

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Slammed (Slammed, #1) - Colleen Hoover I needed something fluffy to read since life has thrown me a few curveballs lately. I needed something out of my normal reading comfort zone, so this series perked my interest. This book is so much more then I expected. So many feels!! When you read this make sure to stock up on tissues
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi 2 1/2 stars
A lot of awkward prose. It feels too much like a comic book & the end of this book proves it. Despite this I did somewhat enjoy it. It's the kinda of fluff I need, while recovering from a neck sprain. I will give the series a chance and hope that it's better then the crap that is on TV
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan  Cain This book was insightful & reassuring. It helped me understand myself as well as my partner & daughter more.
Hunted - Luke Daniels, Kevin Hearne I love this series & the audiobooks are funny and entertaining.
Cold Colors - Neil Gaiman Free small audiobook from Audible read by the author himself. It also includes an sneak peak at The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This short story is one of my favourites from Smoke & Mirrors. It always makes me wish that it was a novel instead of a short story.
The Scourge of Muirwood - Jeff Wheeler I really enjoyed this trilogy, but at times the preaching & origin of evil being a seductive woman did make me knock a star off & caused me to enjoy the story less. I don't think having Lia also being the savour of the faithful redeems the author for throwing in Eve and the serpent. Most of the religious symbolism didn't bother me & I saw it more of the "Force"(the Medium") and D&D clerics then what the author may have intended.

I can understand some of the results of the ending like Sowe passing the Maston's test (due to be adopted into by Ciana thus connecting to the medium through their family name and past). It did seem to tie up way to fast and it would have been better the reader could have experienced these plot lines instead of being told after it happened. This made the ending feel rushed into a messy happy bow.

Kate Rudd did a great job narrating and helped me slide into this book easier then if I was reading it myself.
Knitting Under the Influence - Claire LaZebnik 3.5 stars
I purchased this book because I wanted a book outside of my normal reading comfort zone of Sci-fi/Fantasy. I was going for fluffy chick lit with a knitting twist & I got a not so fluffy good book with realistic well written characters that also knit. It was a pleasant surprise & I really enjoyed reading this book.
Requiem - Lauren Oliver I did eat this book up pretty fast. Despite the page turning speed, I found it the storyline annoying & anti-climatic for the last book in a trilogy. It felt like dull and lacklustre just like the characters where feeling. Action there was whole bunch of it but it felt like the author as well as the characters were just going through the motions. It might have been raised a star if there was an epilogue. Another trilogy that just fizzled at the end with the author leaving some room to possibly expand the trilogy. Meh
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare Well that just sucks! The very beginning of my book has a huge spoiler alert!! Whatever you do folks DO NOT read the family tree for the Carstairs, Lightwood and Herondale families in the very beginning of the e-book. I am a little miffed now that I read it not realizing It would contain. Meh.
Okay now that I have finished the book I am less upset about the spoiler. It did cause me to read the book more slowly then I would have if I hadn't known some of the vital plot details. I still enjoyed the book and many tissues were needed. The end did feel a bit like the author was cheating a little (if you have read it you will know what I mean), yet it was a good fit for the characters.
Little Fuzzy - H. Beam Piper This audiobook was included with the updated & rewritten version "Fuzzy Nation" by John Scalzi
3 1/2 stars Will come back to review & compare
Echoes of Betrayal - Elizabeth Moon 4 1/2 out of 5
Eep cliffhanger! I hope the next book in the series comes out soon. I am so happy that Jennifer Van Dyk is narrating this series again! It was so strange that King of the North was narrated by some else. This is get high fantasy and I highly recommend starting from the Pakkenarion trilogy then continue on to this series.
Phoenix Rising - Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris 3.5 stars
It started with a bang, a female agent saving the damsel err gentleman in distress. With characters named Books and Braun this steampunk book was delightfully fun, witty, and full of great snark as the main characters were getting to know each other. Then slightly 3/4 the way through the book I felt as if I was losing my interest when it should be the most exciting page turning part of the book. I keep asking myself when is this book going to be over. I will read the next book in the series because Books reminds me a little of Buffy's Giles and hope that I will enjoy it as much as the first 2/3 of the book.
Kings of the North - Elizabeth Moon 4 1/2 stars
I really love this world and I was happy to see there are more books. My only complaints were due to the narrator was different for this book (8 previous books were read by Jennifer Van Dyk, whom has done a fantastic job). The narrator for this book mispronounced a lot of names, which was confusing and just plain annoying! They should have had her listen to the first book in this trilogy as well a the Sheepfarmer's Daughter trilogy to maintain consistency in the pronunciations of names and places. It did make me giggle that her voice for the dragon sounded a bit like the French guards in Monty Python's Holy Grail. Lol I was waiting for him to start throwing insults.
Ever After - Kim Harrison Even though I am starting to like the cookie maker I am not fond of Trent/Rachel. I like how he is real with some messed up flaws and how he s finally owning up to his stupid mistakes and the horrible way he treats Rachel.

I would love to see Al and Rachel. I love that we learn a bit more about him and see a bit of why he is the way he is.

Hope there isn't too long of a wait till the next book.

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