For What It's Worth

Monday, February 17, 2020

My Monday Musings…



*whispers* I’m still reading and blogging ahead…

It has been well over a year since I’ve felt this motivated to blog or relaxed about reading and I feel like if I get toooo excited it will stop lol

Here’s a quick recap of last weeks reading and what’s coming up.

READ:

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon ~ Goodreads Super sweet (& hot) romance between a male nanny and whip smart, heart surgeon, single mom. I was a little dubious about Simone sleeping with the nanny (after all her previous nanny had just walked off the job and Rafe was a last minute find – should you risk that?) but these two were so mature and always put the kids first so I bought into it. Super low angst – almost all the dram comes from Simone’s ex but Simone and Rafe are solid. The end was an HEA but kind of abrupt. However, Weatherspoon added a totally satisfying – look ahead- epilogue.



Dread Nation by Justine Ireland ~ Goodreads A really inventive and complex look at institutional racism through an alternate history – at the brink of the Civil War – the dead rise and change the course of history. While slaves are considered *free* and given educational and job opportunities, this is little more than window dressing. The former slaves are instead sent to finishing schools to learn proper etiquette and to oh…kill zombies for the wealthy white people. Jane (bi racial) is smart, pragmatic protagonist. The zombie scenes are pulse pounding but infrequent. I listened to this on audio and the narration by Bahni Turpin was great but I was never really hooked. The story jumps from crisis to crisis and touches on a lot of things without much follow through. The supporting cast is super interesting (especially frenemy Katherine), with their own (non cliché) motivations, but under utilized and flit in and out of the story. I did like this one – and I think it depends more on what your looking for – more action? Then maybe skip it. But if you want more of an alt-history, but realistic look at oppression, a little lighter on the zombie angle then definitely pick it up!

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa kaye Adams ~ Goodreads - This one was an arc so I'll have my review coming up soon but I enjoyed it a lot!

READING:

Graveyard Shift (Not Dead Yet #3) by Jenn Burke ~ Goodreads This is the third book in Burke’s Not Dead Yet trilogy. I always enjoy her books and am finally getting to this one. This started out as a second chance romance between a ghost and a PI but has escalated into quite the messy set up of ghosts/Gods/vampires/shifters and I’m excited to see how it all ends.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper ~ Goodreads The publisher sent me this one one (unsolicited) and I’m going to give it a go.  Social media journalist, Cal, is forced to relocate when his NASA pilot father is selected for a mission to Mars. He falls for Leon, another son of an astronaut and I guess there’s an investigation into the NASA program and drama…I’ve read mixed reviews for this and opinions about Cal – so we’ll see.


And maybe Girls with Razor Hearts ~ Goodreads after that.

And just a quick TV rec!

Troop Zero on Amazon Prime was just the sweetest movie I’ve seen in a long time. Not gonna lie – there’s some bullying and that was hard to watch sometimes - but its's so funny and has an old fashioned sweetness and is so inclusive. Both Kevin and I loved it.


 


What are you reading this week?

20 comments:

  1. I could say that you're blogging because I'm not LOL - I have several scheduled posts - but I'd rather think we found a balance and the universe is not going to crumble for that! 😂

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    1. *fingers crossed* lol

      I'm sure I'll run out of steam at some point.

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  2. I put Rafe on my Amazon wish list right after I saw you mention it last week. It totally appeals to me. And now you mentioning the epilogue seals the deal. I’m a sucker for a good epilogue. LOL Troop Zero sounds super cute. :)

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    1. I was a little irritated at how abruptly it ended but the long epilogue won me over lol

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  3. I can't believe Dread Nation was my most anticipated read when it came out (2019 I think!) and I STILL haven't gotten to it! I think it's the Zs! I promised I was not going to care there were Zs on it because everything else about it sounds so good and I still don;t come around to read it LOL I should read it before February ends! Black history month) :)

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    1. I've had it for years so I get it lol

      The second book just came out so the plus is that you wouldn't need to wait.

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  4. I'm in a total slump and not really wanting to read anything. Concentration is lacking! I was excited about the idea of zombies in the Civil War but reviews indicated that it was more about race with few zombies so I gave it a miss.

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    1. It has a lot of history as it's backdrop but not a whole lot of zombies. What's there is good but it's more about Jane solving a mystery and dealing with asshole people.

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  5. I have read another book by Stamper, which I liked. I feel like I would enjoy his new release, as well, because science and stuff.

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    1. For some reason, I thought he was a debut author. I'm so out of the loop lol

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    2. I actually was looking at a list of debuts for this month, and saw him, so I checked the book I thought he wrote, and, um, he didn't write it. So, yes, you are right. He is a debut author (don't mind me, I'm old)

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  6. I was randomly sent The Gravity of Us as well, but it was on my wish list, so I do want to give it a go!! I haven't read any reviews for it yet though so I'm not sure what people are saying. I do want to watch Troop Zero - glad it was good!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Some of Troop Zero hurt because I hate when people are picked on but it was also SO cute and ultimately uplifting.

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  7. I need to get Girls With Razor Hearts- I loved the first one. Is it out now? I better look. I've seen a lot of good things about Dread Nation and Undercover Bromance just looks fun lol!

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    1. I have the arc. I think it comes out next month?

      the Bromance series is such a funny premise.

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  8. OLd fashioned sweetness sounds good to me :)

    ALso bromance! Need to try

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    1. I'm really curious what you think because of the heroines lol

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  9. Woohoo on still blogging ahead! My mission this weekend is to get some posts written for blogging ahead... It'll help take the pressure off knowing there's something in the bank for when I hit a slump or get too tired.

    I love the idea of Dread Nation. I keep telling myself to read it but I'm such a wimp when it comes to zombies...

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  10. I keep getting ads for Troop Zero on Facebook and it does look good, but I don't have Prime. Do Prime movies release to DVD? 😀

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  11. I am happy that blogging and reading has been going so well for you lately and you have been enjoying doing it! That's the way I have been feeling about my channel and blog too lately ^.^

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