Aug 24 2018

Exciting Readathon #Reading and #BookReview Results on Challenge Days 2 to 5 of #boutofbooks 23


Challenges:
Day 2=

Book Plot Emoji

Tell the plot of a book with emojis.
See below!

Day 3=

Literary Villain

Who are your favorite literary bad guys?

  • Maven Calore
  • Ryzek Noavek
  • Aro, Jane
  • The Eyes in the Shadows
  • The Chandrian
  • Dexter

Day 4=

Book Trip

Share books set in places you want to visit.

Day 5=

Bookish Playlist

What’s a song that always reminds you of a certain book?



Day of the challenge: Day 2
What I read today: Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
Day of the challenge: Day 3
What I read today: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Day of the challenge: Day 4
What I read today: Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
Day of the challenge: Day 5
What I read today: Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1)


Total number of finished books: 5
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston
Zodiac Binding by Arya Karin




My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 5 book reviews



Book Reviews:

Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
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I don’t know enough about these artists or their work, though I imagine fans would greatly enjoy this book. The “pork chops that make you crazy” and “coffee cured filet mignon” sound especially delicious. Not as many recipes as other cookbooks, perhaps, but more of fun sort of compilation. Lots of heart. Great trivia.

I haven’t read this book before and, given the country music theme, I certainly would call it something “new” to me.

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A hearty Kungaloosh to you! Sometimes in life you don’t get a choice. But in this book, you totally do! (Unless you stay in a maybe-haunted castle, more of a turret, in Ireland.)

What an incredibly fun read! My NPH fandom stems from my huge, deep, throbbing (I went there) HIMYM fandom, though I also enjoy several of Neil’s other works. Or Dr. Howser’s. Or Dr. Horrible’s. (Or maybe it’s Thunderbolt Howser, or Baron von Sexy A… Some readers of this book will get this joke.) I’m also in the Choose Your Adventure fandom, so really, this book was a total win for me.

Telling Gideon and Harper the story of how I became a bro… Legend-two scoops of ice cream straight from the- dary. 😉

The optimism speech was really good, and everyone (or anyone not suffering from genuine medical depression) ought to read it and consider giving it a whirl.

Spider-Man’s name has a hyphen because Stan Lee wanted to distinguish him from Superman. (Grammarphobia, Syfywire, Twitter) Detective Comics No. 27 says THE BATMAN on the cover but hyphenates it inside. Batman got a comic in 1940 with no hyphens to be found. (scifi.stackexchange) And now NPH can sleep soundly. #YouAreWelcome

Darn shame that David hates bowling and a guy in Laurel Canyon… Wait, not that ending!
There is a HEA ending, as anyone paying attention to the entertainment world already knows. If you get there depends on the adventure you choose.

Line I LOVED:
“The ‘truth’ about a person’s sexual preference is often revealed through a long journey of tiny steps, and acceptance is one of the last ones.”

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and, amazingly, a try something new as I haven’t read any of his other books.

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Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Let it not be said that my friends don’t have a sense of humor. Upon finding out I was reading the NPH autobiography, this book showed up in a birthday email.

It was a pretty good book. Decent amount of heat. It was just fiction, right? Ha ha. After reading the book, the title seems like a great way to get promotion for the book, which is totally something the main character would do.

Why does the book have this title? Because of lines like:
“The studio wants someone who’s stable. Someone like Neil Patrick Harris…”
He’s referenced a few times.
“Are you really using Doogie Howser as the example of why it’s safe to come out in Hollywood?”

Twilight is also referenced. And then there’s a line, “he was totally and irreconcilably in love.” About one thing I am absolutely positive (ha), that a very similar word choice is in a book where someone named Edward is a vampire who thirsts for the blood of someone named Bella.

“Dante Moretti sat on the can,” is a bold choice for an opening hook. But it worked, maybe because it’s just so unusual. (Or because I know some writers who have had discussions about books where characters use the bathroom. Not that the character is using it for 💩 that.)

The character name falls to the typo “Dane” in chapter three. A “has” instead of “had” and “is curled” instead of “was curled,” makes me think the author changed the tense of the book at some point.

It’s a light, fun read about two actors with a HEA.

I haven’t read anything by this author before.
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Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1) by Arya Karin
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A fun story with an interesting concept. It goes by very fast. Several spots could have been expanded upon. I’d personally like a bit more setting, though the opening one and ending one were good. An entertaining and steamy HEA. There’s even some fast-paced action in here, for which I was grateful.

I had a feeling about what kind of shifter Caine was, and I was right.

There’s a bit of telling rather than showing in the beginning, like when the character thinks about having grown up in Arizona with her Aunt Jess and that her coyote dad dropped her off in a basket. Will that come up again later in the series?

I find the idea of a thirteenth zodiac sign to be interesting. (The astronomical constellation Ophiuchus, ruling from about November 30 to December 18, is something I knew of before reading this book.)

The book’s editor really dropped the ball, which is a shame because the story deserves better. Little things like this:
“And I he didn’t want…”
chose instead of choose
A shift from first person to third (Her words died as she eyed a…)
“…they treating you superior treatment like pouring…”
And everything indicates a dragon could best a lion, except one line. Likely one name was switched for another.
There were also a few missing opening quote marks.

But, beyond that, the story was good and I would read the next book in this series because I’m curious as to who else will join the main cast. I really want to know if there will be another coyote. If certain types of shifters will be saught. And if she’ll make more choices, or have them be made for her, essentially. Also, it is implied that she’ll eventually have an important role in their “government,” so I’d like to see that play out.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic
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(If I had chosen astrology or shifters instead of weather for my trope challenge, I’d be a book ahead.)


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2 comments

    • vvb on August 25, 2018 at 12:21 PM
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    I like the NHP picks in your reading pile 🙂

    1. Thanks. I’m a fan.
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