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Book Review: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Pages: 309
Published: July 11, 2009 (First Published January 1, 2005)
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Rating: 5/5

This is the third book I’ve read from McCarthy and he never ceases to disappoint. A crime thriller that follows a man named Llewellyn Moss when he discovers the left overs of a heroin deal gone bad in the desert. Now on the run from both parties involved, Llewellyn has to decide if the decisions he has made thus far are worth it.

Told through multiple points of view, No Country for Old Men was absolutely fantastic. I had a little difficulty getting used to the writing style McCarthy used in this novel as he wasn’t a huge fan of punctuation. But after the first chapter it became increasingly easier to read and I flew through it. If it weren’t for McCarthy’s work I don’t know that I would ever have picked up novels with a western US setting. Now I’m hooked.

I loved this one.

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Book Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Author: Lisa Genova
Pages: 292
Published: December 16, 2014 (First Published July 6, 2007)
Genre: Contemporary, Psychology, Adult Fiction, Medical
Rating: 5/5

One of the most difficult things I’ve ever read. I picked up Still Alice for a project during graduate school and never expected to love it as much as I did.

Alice has been a linguistics professor for Harvard for years. Known as a prominent academic and strict mother, Alice and her husband are well known in their fields. One day while jogging, Alice forgets where she is. This starts a downward spiral of forgetfulness, mistrust, and eventually leads to a career ending diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s. While Still Alice is a work of fiction, this novel read too much like a real life account of what someone may experience with this diagnosis.

Told entirely in Alice’s perspective, the reader follows Alice as her world crumbles around her and she struggles to find a way to cope with being treated like a child by her friends and family.

Gut wrenching and brilliant, Still Alice is a fantastic novel that I highly recommend.

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Book Review: Ask the Dark by Henry Turner

Author: Henry Turner
Pages: 256
Published: April 7, 2015
Genre: Mystery, YA, Thriller
Rating: 4/5

Billy is known throughout his small town as a trouble maker. But now that his father told him they might lose their house, Billy is doing everything he can to make money in time to save it. That is, until boys start going missing.

Billy has his hand in a few odd jobs around the town, but has been so focused on saving his money that he didn’t realize he had uncovered clues to who was kidnapping the boys. That is, until he is confronted by the kidnapper.

Ask the Dark will take you on a crazy journey with Billy and his family as he tries to change the towns opinion of him, save his family home, and solve a kidnapping/murder at the same time.

I really enjoyed this story but sometimes the dialogue took me out of it. At one point near the end Billy is engaged in a sort of inner monologue that felt a little too cliched. But overall I highly enjoyed reading about Billy. Henry Turner wrote the entire book almost in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way where the reader is inside Billy’s head.

This mystery novel will keep you guessing up until the end. A fun new read for any thriller fan .

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Clean Out Project

Hi world!

So at least twice a year I get into a huge clean out mood where I have to go through all of my stuff and eliminate things that I haven’t used. Since Christmas I’ve been going through everything in my apartment including my books.

In May I’ll be graduating with my masters and shortly after we’ll be looking for a new apartment. Well recently we had a talk about moving overseas and that got me thinking about the amount of books that I physically own but haven’t read yet. Which then got me into a get rid of everything and buy all the ebooks of books that I want to read but haven’t yet.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. As a result I’ll be having giveaways going. There is currently one going on my twitter. And then a bunch of other books I’m giving to my sister for her birthday.

I’m reading a bunch of books at the same time and then am going to decide if I want to keep them or not.

Just a quick update.

-Keeley

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Getting in the mood…

GAHH I need Descent in my life so bad!!! 😀 😀 I can’t wait for all your new projects!!

L. A. Starkey Author

Well, that has a few connotations, doesn’t it? I’m getting in the mood to write!!

Sometimes it takes a bit of inner pressure to sit down and commit yourself to write 85,000 words over a two week period, but much like all things that take consorted effort, a new book brings crazy amounts of joy and a huge sense of accomplishment once done.

So what’s on my plate the next two weeks in terms of my writing?

1. Decent, Soul Keeper III. The final book in my debut trilogy will be my main focus. I’m going to sit down and bang it out over the next few weeks. It’s been moved to a late February 2015 release namely because I’m working with my book manager at BookTrope to figure out timing now that the trilogy has been picked up by them. I’m super stoked at where this book will take…

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Upcoming Book Stuff

Hi world! So here’s an outlook over the next few months for me in the book blogging world:

1. Eventually get caught up on all written reviews
2. The Indie Book Club has started!!! January’s feature book is: Seed by DB Nielsen
Want to join? Check it out here!: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/151595-indie-book-club
There is also a twitter account for the book club: Indie_Book_Club

3. I have a ton of stuff going on in my personal life (i.e. turning 24 this month, 6 year anniversary in March & trip for spring break, boyfriend’s 25 birthday and then graduating from graduate school in May)

4. HUGE book buying ban once again – related to all of the big events happening within the next few months. I’ve been compiling a list of books that I will absolutely be getting but outside of this list I’m going to be utilizing my public library.
Absolutely Buying: Jack by Liesl Shurtliff, Cloud Riders 2 by Nick Cook, Magic-Scars by CL Schneider, Descent by LA Starkey, any books for the Indie Book Club that we decide to read,  and I know there are more I’m just blanking at the moment.

5. Taking a step back from making videos – I’ve made a ton of videos in the last few weeks for my #25DaysofIndie project which was a HUGE success (Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with that project!). So because of that I’ll be toning it down a lot – videos related to the book club & reviews will be posted but I’m not going to do many others at this point.

6. A few read-a-thons in the coming months (This month will be the underhyped reads read-a-thon again and then in February I believe is the next Harry Potter book/movie-a-thon thinger that I’ll be participating in)

I think that’s about it!

Thanks,
Keeley

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#25DaysofIndie Winners!

Howdy!! So since I’m away with family I can’t film any videos for Day 25 but figured I could at least make a blog post!

Here are the winners of my giveaways (I will contact you through youtube or twitter to let you know if you won):

Day 1: Soul Keep Series
Physical Copy: AshleyReads
Ebooks: Mistral Dawn & Musicbookoholic

Day 4: Witch in the Woods
Physical: Rebecca Gatzlaff
Ebook: Musicbookoholic

Day 5: Crown of Stones
Physical: Musicbookoholic

Day 6: Saving Yesterday
Ebooks: AshleyReads & Mistral Dawn

Day 9: Crystal Deception
Physical: Musicbookoholic & Mistral Dawn

Day 10: Shadow Rises
Physical & Ebook Combo: Musicbookoholic

Day 11: Seed
Physical: AshleyReads
Ebook: Mistral Dawn

Day 19: The Golden Merra
Physical: Musicbookoholic
Ebook: Mistral Dawn

There have been some repeats in winners because the same few people entered to win most of them. Congrats winners!!!!