Spies and Recipes!

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't usually read spy novels but after seeing the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation, I was intrigued enough to give it a shot. Very pleased with the tale and the character development. The only thing that I had a problem with was the choice of POV. Having different POVs jumping around within the scenes was distracting at times. The addition of the recipes at the end of each chapter made me smile nearly every time. Now I'm off to start the second book in the series.

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Review: The Mothers

The Mothers
The Mothers by Brit Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was a lot that I liked about this book. I enjoyed the developing and changing relationships between Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke. The other characters in the book added a lot but didn’t take over in any way. I thought the writing was very good and I loved that, unlike most mainstream books I’ve read, being Black was the norm and the only time the race of an individual was mentioned it was to introduce a white character. It was refreshing.

I wish the book had ended differently and I wish the narrator of the audio book had sounded more natural for the parts of Nadia and Aubrey. The dialogue in those sections was great but the narrative was stiff and the words were over-enunciated.

I certainly enjoyed the story and would even think about reading it again at some point, but with my eyes.

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Unboxing November’s Science Fiction PageHabit Package

I get pretty excited about books. Books have been a very big part of my life since I was old enough to read. For the past decade of so, I’ve been consuming almost solidly non-print books – ebooks and audio – but I do miss holding and smelling a physical book sometimes. My issue is having the time to indulge. With ebook and audio books, I can listen (text-to-speech apps for ebooks) so I can read anywhere while doing lots of different tasks. And then there’s the issue with reading small print in books… But for the coming year, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to get back to reading print books. I’ll never read as many books with my eyes as I do my ears but maybe one book a month will be doable.

Gearing up for some good eyeball reading, I decided to give PageHabit a try. I’m a sucker for getting packages in the mail and bookish things so it seems like a perfect treat for myself. And some of the money goes to charity so there’s a nice bonus! I did a quick unboxing video if you’re interested in what I received.

If you’d like to give PageHabit a shot, you can use this link and we’ll both get something out of it. You’ll get $10 off your first box and I’ll get $10 off my next one.

Review: In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m happy I finally read this book. The way Capote uses imagined dialogue and scenes involving the killers made very unsympathetic people/characters somewhat sympathetic. Once I felt that at least one of the men, Perry, was a kind soul who couldn’t possibly be the one who pulled the trigger, Capote hit me with what actually took place. The whole murder scenario was a punch to the gut after taking his time building the characters into real human beings, the victims and the murderers.

It’s a story that will stick with me for a good long time.

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