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A Better Late than Never Contemporary-a-thon Wrap-up

From February 10 until the 16, I participated in the Contemporary-a-thon. This is the first time I participated in this read-a-thon and quite enjoyed connecting with the other participants. I even found several new bloggers to follow. My overall goal was to complete at least 1 book during the week long event. I picked 3 books to chose from. My TBR included:

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Tinaca Jones by Matt Boren
Crashing the A List by Summer Heacock

Unfortunately I decided to DNF Tinaca Jones and Crashing the A List, as I couldn’t get into their plots. So I decided to pick up:

Snowfall and Secrets (Omega Mu Alpha Brothers, 1) by Kimberly Loth

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Books Completed: 1

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I completed The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary during the read-a-thon and I also made great progress on Snowfall and Secrets by Kimberly Loth.

Prompts Covered

1. Read a contemporary book with green on the cover. (See plant and green door)
2. Read a contemporary book from a new to you author.
3. Read a diverse contemporary. (Although we don’t learn exactly what background Leon is, it is mentioned that he is multicultural.)
6. Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover.
7. Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community. (Beloved by Heather: Bookables.)

I am looking forward to participating in the Contemporary-a-thon, again next year.

Did you do this read-a-thon? If so how did you do?

Book Reviews · Recommendations

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Daisy Jones and the Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: March 2019
Published by: Random House Audio
Format Read: Audiobook, Audible
Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Cast List: Daisy Jones, read by Jennifer Beals; Billy Dunne, read by Pablo Schreiber; Graham Dunne, read by Benjamin Bratt; Eddie Loving, read by Fred Berman; Warren Rhodes, read by Ari Fliakos; Karen Karen, read by Judy Greer; Camila Dunne, read by January LaVoy; Simone Jackson, read by Robinne Lee; Narrator/Author, read by Julia Whelan; Jim Blades, read by Jonathan Davis; Rod Reyes, read by Henry Leyva; Artie Snyder, read by Oliver Wyman; Elaine Chang, read by Nancy Wu; Freddie Mendoza, read by P.J. Ochlan; Nick Harris, read by Arthur Bishop; Jonah Berg, read by Holter Graham; Greg McGuinness, read by Brendan Wayne; Pete Loving, read by Pete Larkin; Wyatt Stone, read by Alex Jenkins Reid; Hank Allen, read by Robert Petkoff; Opal Cunningham, read by Sara Arrington

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

Daisy Jones and the Six was one of the most hyped up releases of 2019 and as soon as I read its synopsis, I knew it was the book for me. A music related novel about a band from the 1970s was right up my alley. It is safe to say that with a 5 star rating, Taylor Jenkins Reid, didn’t disappoint.

I had a hard time deciding whether to read this book or listen to it in audio format. After seeing many reviews from other readers, I decided that listening to it would be the best choice for me. Although I do plan to eventually purchase a physical copy, because it was just that good. The all star cast did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life. In fact, I often got so lost in the audio that I forgot I was listening to a fictional story, and not a behind the scenes feature on a real band. It felt so real, raw and took this listener on an emotional roller coaster. The song lyrics were so captivating and made me long to be able to really listen to them.

Weeks after completing Daisy Jones and the Six, I still feel hung over as it is one of the best books I’ve listened to/ read in a long time. I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook and I can’t wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Somebody make this into a movie, already!

Books Hauls

Audiobook Haul: November- December 2019

Here are the audiobooks I added to my Audible collection between November and December 2019.

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Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons by Ashli St. Armant (Narrated by: Bahni Turpin)

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You Can Thank Me Later: A Novella by Kelly Harms

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Conviction by Denise Mina (Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron)

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64th Man by Bryan Tucker & Zach Phillips

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The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward (Narrated by: Andi Arndt & Sebastian York)

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Buried Deep by Margot Hunt (Narrated by: Therese Plummer)

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The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand (Narrated by: Lewis Black)

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Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins (Narrated by: Xe Sands, Lori Gardner & Suzy Jackson)

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The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

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The Mother-in-Law
By: Sally Hepworth

Published: January 2019
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.

The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.

Who could possibly want Diana dead?

Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

I picked up Sally Hepworth’s The Mother-in-Law, expecting it to be a fast mystery thriller. The cover describes the characters in this book to all have something to hide, so I anticipated suspenseful reveals. In reality, I would categorize this novel as more of a contemporary, family drama. It was however, a quick read and made for a good selection for a read-a-thon.

Discovering the truth behind Diana’s death kept me engrossed, but I found the interactions and reactions of the characters throughout to have been strange. It was hard to figure out which character we (as the reader) were supposed to sympathize with, as there were questionable qualities about every single one. I welcomed the Australian setting, as I have read very few books from that country.

My thoughts are conflicted about The Mother-in-Law, even though I couldn’t put it down. I’m interested in reading reviews from other readers to see if they felt the same as I do. I would recommend it to those who enjoy family dramas and I would consider reading more from Sally Hepworth.

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Contemporary-a-thon TBR

Are you participating in Contemporary-a-thon? If so what do you hope to read this week?

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Charlie’s Corner: Kiwi Box Subscription

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2020

NOTE: I apologize that the formatting for this post is off. I was having technical difficulties, but wanted to get my wrap up posted anyway.

Every year I try to take a set approach to my reading. For example in 2019, I focused on reading at least 1 new release and 1 book from my TBR Jar each month. Unfortunately because I was so strict with keeping to those goals, I missed out on reading a lot of books that had caught my eye. I also found myself stuck reading some books that I wasn’t as interested in, because I wanted to get through them. So for 2020, I decided to throw the schedule out the window and read what I want. I plan to pick up books as they interest me and if I find them lagging, then I will DNF it. As you can see from my wrap-up below, it is going well so far. Here is my reading progress for the first month of the year.

Total Books Read in January: 4
Total Books Read in 2020: 4

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Then Came You (A Bradford Sisters Romance 0.5)
By: Becky Wade

Genre: Novella, Christian Fiction, Romance
Rating: 1/5

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The Mother-In-Law
By: Sally Hepworth

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5

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Daisy Jones & the Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook, Audible
Rating: 5/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3
Total Library Books Read: (1 book borrowed from my mom)

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

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