December readings | Personal Development, Dystopia, Thrillers & Smut

Title: The Lost Daughter
Author: Elena Ferrante
Genre(s): Contemporary, Cultural, Literary Fiction
Page count: 140 pages
Published: 01 March 2008

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Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Genre(s): Post Apocalyptic, Fiction, Dystopia
Page count: 333 pages
Published: 09 September 2014

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Title: Killing Floor
Series: Jack Reacher 1
Author: Lee Child
Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime
Page count: 524 Pages
Published: 25 April 2006

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Title: The Bullet Journal Method
Author: Ryder Carroll
Genre(s): Self-Help, Productivity, Personal Development, Journaling
Page count: 336 Pages
Published: 23 October 2018

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Title: Cold Fire
Author: Keegan Kennedy
Genre(s): MM Romance
Page count: 428 pages
Published: 29 Junes 2017

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Title: Home Invasion!
Author: John Valjean
Genre(s): Adult, MM Erotica, Taboo, Dubcon, Fiction
Word count: 8920
Published: 16 April 2019

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Title: Daddy’s Construction Workers
Series: Forced Assault
Author: John Valjean
Genre(s): Adult, MM Erotica, Taboo, Fiction
Word count: 6600
Published: 17 October 2019

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Book Review: The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

From the author of The Days of AbandonmentThe Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante’s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle-aged divorcée, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrante’s language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.

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How was it?

I went in blind and for some reason taught or was about a big tragedy, not the thought provoking book that it is.

The book is well written, it flows nicely, so it’s very easy to read but I didn’t connect with the book. I understood the story but it didn’t speak to me. That might be the case if you’re not a parent and/or a woman. I’m not trying to label this book but I don’t think that I’ve had enough of a similar life experience to fully connect with what’s discussed here.

The book feels like reading a private journal with the innermost thoughts of this woman – Leda – alone on vacation, reflecting on her past and newfound independence. It feels raw and maybe too honest considering that most of what is said might not endear her to some readers.

It’s an interesting book that I might have to circle back to when I’ve lived a little more.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Runebinder | Alex R. Kahler

Runebinder by Alex R Kahler published 14 November 2017
When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity. But greed and thirst for power instead caused mankind’s downfall. Now, once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.
They are losing.
Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.
If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

How was it?

I was looking for something to start the year with and I chose this one. The first thing I immediately liked about the book was the unapologetic way some characters were introduced and treated. It’s not justified, they are who they are, and do what they do, it’s refreshing. What happens to the main characters doesn’t necessarily raise the stakes right away but does give you a healthy fear for the ones you start to like. It also makes the story feel realistic while stirring away from the archetype/ stereotypical characters in a group dynamic.

Tenn, the main protagonist, is a little winny and a bit of a reluctant hero but he never gets annoying. The more time I spent with him the more I liked him. He was smart, daring, and cared for the people around him. Runebinder is entertaining and worth the read, but I doubt that the story will have a lasting impression on me, anyone else feels this way?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My year in books (2018)

Some of the books I read in 2018

Why am I looking back at my year in books now?

Because when I looked at my year in movies, I was shocked at the number of times I went to the movie theaters last year. It was much lower than previous years and much lower than what I thought. What changed? The number of books I read last year. I read 217 books last year, yup this number is for real, and I feel into a romance novel pit.

I had planned on supporting LGBT+ movies by trying to watch any of them that played in theaters but then I thought why not books. So with a help of a few friends and a serious hit on my wallet I discovered an array of original, fun, and…sexy stories. I have new favorite stories and book series but mostly I found new favorite authors. So on this Valentine’s day I want to thank them for entertaining me. 😘