Join me for my five-book reading wrap-up!
“The Land of Roar”
When Arthur and Rose were little, they were the heroes of Roar, a magical world they invented where the wildest creations of their imaginations roamed. Now that they’re eleven, Roar is just a distant memory. But it hasn’t forgotten them.
When their grandfather is spirited away into Roar by the villain who still haunts their nightmares, Arthur and Rose must go back to the world they’d almost left behind. And when they get there, they discover that Grandad isn’t the only one who needs their help.
This enchanting, action-packed novel is perfect for readers who’ve always dreamed of exploring Narnia and Neverland.
Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed “Grump”) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.
At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .
When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He’s bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He’ll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that’s enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.
Is there a Movie or Book Trailer?
I could not find anything about a movie.
I gave this book a 4/5
Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.
They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.
My Thoughts Before I Read the Book
This is a book I was reading with the Literati book club for adults. As I looked over my book options for the month, this one caught my eye. I love a good non-fiction book, so I was excited to read this book.
My Thoughts After Reading the Book
This is the true story of a man and his wife who had had a wonderful life and then lost everything. They had a home and a business, a family and a farm they loved, and through a bad business deal, they were left homeless.
This story details their pain as they try to pick up and move on after a devastating life blow. They are in their 50’s and must start over. They decide to walk the salt path to come to terms with their circumstances.
On their difficult journey, you will learn of their regrets, their hopes, and the difficulties they face along the way. It is an inspiring story of hope when all seems lost. Great story of rediscovery and hope.
I could not find anything related to a movie.
But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.
My Thoughts Before I Read the Book
I received this through a book subscription box. It had gotten excellent reviews, so I thought I would give it a try.
My Thoughts After Reading the Book
Being single myself, I thought it would be fun to read a book about a scientifically selected date.
Sadly this book did not appeal to me at all. I was not crazy about the characters; I could not relate to any of them. Many comments about male and female body parts were supposed to be funny, but this type of humor is lost on me.
There were some good aspects to this book, and I made it about 75% through, but I just did not care, so I DNF’ this book; although I think many of you would enjoy this read it was just not for me.
Is there a book trailer?
I could not find a book trailer.
Is there a movie?
I could not find any plans to make a movie based on this book.
When Marianne’s husband Greg is knocked off his bike and killed on the way to work, she must unpick the life he left behind. Numb with grief, Marianne consoles herself by scouring Greg’s laptop, finding comfort in reading his old emails and tracing his footsteps across the web. Until one day, she discovers that he had been accessing the dark web. Why was Greg, a principled charity worker and dedicated husband, logging on to a website that showcases the worst of humanity’s cruel impulses and where anything is available for a price? Marianne steels herself and logs on. After tentative searching, she discovers her name on a hit list.
In this fast-paced, powerful and exceptionally plotted novel, Marianne must figure out whether Greg was trying to protect her or whether he was complicit in the conspiracy for her murder. As she is pulled deeper into the depths of the underworld that Greg was seemingly hostage to, she gets closer and closer to coming face to face with Sam – the assassin hired to kill her. The dark truths that Marianne uncovers speak volumes about the dark underbelly of our society and forces us to question how far we would go to protect those we care most about.
My thoughts before reading the book
My thoughts after reading the book
This is a stand-alone psychological thriller. The focus is a young woman whose husband is killed while riding his bike. She thinks it was an accident. The as she is exploring her husband’s computer she finds he was on the dark web. Also while she is exploring the dark web she finds that she is on a hit list and finds herself thinking maybe her husband’s accident was not accidental.
This story takes a path with many twists and turns and leaves you to wonder what is going on and what can possibly happen.
Overall this was a good listen on Audible.