April Wrap-Up

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Hello Friends! I know what you are thinking, “Where is the short story??”

See here is the thing…I haven’t written it yet. I thought I was going to have time and I got called into work. Ugh! This makes three weeks in a row that my two days off have been interrupted. I get two days off, but they are not back to back like they have been scheduled. It’s annoying…but that is life in retail management.

So, instead of getting a short story today (it will come later this week, promise) I wanted to go ahead and do my April wrap up. I am not doing a book haul today, but that will come up this week as well.

Moving on!

April Books

My favorite book this month was Changes by Jim Butcher. It was a fantastic book! My lease favorite was The Legendary Haunting of Quentin Wallis. Nothing wrong with it, it just seemed to drag on. The story was cute though. Also, the author did an interview with me so…I liked it for that fact to. lol

I also listened to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Which again I will say, this book is really up there on the creep factor. I loved it.

I think I did pretty good reading 6 books this month. Though, Waylaid by Kim Harrison was actually a short story, but I am still counting it! I hope to do better in May and get a little more reading done. That is if I can stop just laying around on my days off. I need to find a better place to read during the day. I usually lay in bed to read, even during the day, which causes me to get sleepy. I need to stop that.

What did you read in April? What was your favorite and least favorite book?

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review

There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or you know, whatever…Monday.

For anyone interested to know, I am feeling better! Energy is still super low, but my head isn’t nearly as congested and it is safe to say I will live…not that there was ever a chance I was dying. I’m just super dramatic when I am sick.

Let’s get on to what you all came her for today!

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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This book is so good and messed up! I absolutely love it! And I am almost done with it!

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher

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Since I have been sick I haven’t really been reading much so…I kind of got behind. I am hoping to finally finish this book this week.

I started reading Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson this week.

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It’s actually really interesting. I have been following Shannon’s blog for a while now, I just never read her books. This book came up on sale and I decided to give it a try. I am always a little leery about authors I haven’t read before. Even if I read their blogs. But so far I am really pleased.

I am also reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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Funny story, I found this book at the Dollar Tree. Yes, I paid a buck for this book! I am only one chapter in and it is so interesting. When I bought it I actually had a lady ask me how I knew I was going to like the book. I had just checked on Goodreads to make sure it wasn’t a second or third book in a series. That is the only problem with buying books from Dollar Tree. Half the time they are part of a series and never the first book.

Anyways, the lady couldn’t believe I was paying money for a book I knew nothing about. My answer…”I like the cover.” I admit, I am one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover. I found one of my favorite authors because I liked a cover, and so far I have liked just about everything I bought just because I liked the cover.

That is all today. I am reading way too many books at once. I have a few days off this week and I am kind of hoping to knock these out this week! Before the end of the month!

What are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends!

I almost didn’t want to do this today because what I am reading this week isn’t much different from last week. I hate when I get stuck on a few books.

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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Of course, this will be a month long thing anyways, so it’s not big deal. But this book is so skevy. Yeah, I have read Stephen King books before…he wouldn’t be my favorite author if I hadn’t, but I don’t remember reading any that made my skin craw like this one. Maybe it’s different because I am listening to it instead of sitting down to read it. Either way, it’s still really good and makes me really question Mr. King’s morals. I’m only kind of kidding

What I am reading:

Changes by Jim Butcher
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Like I said last week, this one got put on the back burner for another book I was really into, but last night this book hit it’s mid-point and got super interesting. I am sure I will finish it this week.

The Legendary Haunting of Quentin Wallis by C.K. McKenzie
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This is the author of the month and the one book review I will be doing for The Reading Bud. The whole story has been very intriguing, but I am finding it to be a little long winded as well. It hasn’t lost my interest, I just have to really focus when I am reading it.

Tell me, what are you reading this week?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello friends. Happy Monday. It’s a rough Monday for me. I had to go into work at 5am to 10:30, and now I am about to head back in from 4 to 9:30 pm. And I am just too tired. I hate working split shifts but I never say no to them.

Anyways, let us move on! What are you reading this week?

I just started a new audio book and I am super excited to be reading it!

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
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I am only in chapter 3 and I am already just like…”OMG! Are you serious?” I love Stephen King

I am reading…

Maps, Artifacts, and other Arcane Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
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It’s the last book currently available for the series. I’m a little worried about not having another one to go to after I am finished. But the author does have another series so I may give that a try after this one.

Changes by Jim Butcher
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I know what you are thinking, “Heather, why are you still reading this one?!” But I have been so captured by the Dowser series (mentioned above) that I have been letting Mr. Dresden fall to the waste side. I am so sorry Harry!!

My GoodReads “Currently-Reading” List has one more book, but I am not actively reading it and I am not so sure I want to continue reading it. I just haven’t decided yet. And I have one book that I seriously need to start reading soon so I can have it done and ready for this months author interview. Ugh, I’m falling behind already.

Also, be very proud that none of these are YA!! I had to take a break from the YA world!

What are you reading?