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David Foster Wallace
Kushiel's Mercy
Jacqueline Carey
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Henry Jacoby, William Irwin
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The Mating (Law of the Lycans)

The Mating  - Nicky Charles I downloaded this free e-book because of the high ratings. And I found it somewhat entertaining, though there were many things that drove me crazy. The MC seemed kind of stupid missing obvious clues, and the many many misunderstandings got irritating (just talk to each other already!), and the villain was a bit over the top, but it started out well, and entertained me enough to finish it....
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith Before: Am I going to read this because it's by J.K. Rowling? That's hard to say. It definitely came on my radar because of the hype of the Author being Outed. But then, I never read [b:The Casual Vacancy|13497818|The Casual Vacancy|J.K. Rowling|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358266832s/13497818.jpg|19926990], because at the end of the day, it just wasn't my kind of book.This one on the other hand, seems a bit more my style, though before making a decision I went back and read all the reviews written BEFORE anyone knew it was a J.K. Rowling book, and they were the ones that convinced me. (Thanks to [b:You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself|11709037|You Are Not So Smart Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself|David McRaney|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1311705768s/11709037.jpg|16656588] I know how much we can't be trusted to be unbiased)After: A good enjoyable mystery with great characterization.
Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout (3.5 Stars, rounded up to 4 due do to love of the first 2 books)I have so many mixed feelings about this book, and after a re-read of the first 3 books, about the whole series. It pains me to say that. When I found the Lux series last winter, it was like the Instalove that we all like to rant about.It reminded me a bit, of what it would be like, if after 3 years of marriage, I could go back and glimpse my husband and I in our desperately-in-love-and-can't-keep-our-hands-off-each-other phase. So much of it would put a smile on my face, the sweetness, the giddy happiness, the all-is-suddenly-right-in-the-universe-because-I've-found-the-perfect-partner feeling.But if I'm being perfectly honest, there would most likely be things that would make me cringe a bit with the cheesiness factor. Or I might be tempted to yell to my former-self to stop the PDA because nobody wants to see that! Or to roll my eyes when I see myself giggling at that little quirk he has, knowing that 3 years later it was going to drive me crazy!My point being that many relationships start out in a happy rose-colored glasses place that might be a tiny bit divorced from reality. And that is a bit what I felt re-reading the lux series. Whereas the first time I was just sucked in to an awesome story. This time I saw all the little imperfections that I overlooked the first time. Though the first book is still completely awesome, 5-star-worthy, I have some reservations about the rest, the 3rd & 4th books in particular.There is still time to save this, it all depends on the last book. I can forgive a weaker book in a series of 5. There were parts of this book I enjoyed, finding out more background info (even if it was supplied somewhat through info dumping), and Archer, he was an awesome addition. The thing that most people don't like but is totally spoilery...yeah, didn't care for that either. But I found the ending exciting, enough to give me a reason to look forward to the last and final book.
Promises - Marie Sexton So, I got this as a free download from Amazon, because I wanted to see what the fuss was about, as there seems to be a large percentage of heterosexual woman who read m/m romances. The writing was actually good (I've had too many bad experiences with bad free books that I'm always a bit surprised), and the story was nice and quite sweet. A bit too much sex for my tastes, but I feel the same way about most contemporary romance, some Urban Fantasy and most New Adult.
Onyx (Lux, #2) - Jennifer L. Armentrout 2nd read of 2013 - in preparation of [b:Origin|13644052|Origin (Lux, #4)|Jennifer L. Armentrout|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1373048174s/13644052.jpg|19259997]
Obsidian (Lux, #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout 2nd read of 2013 - in preparation of [b:Origin|13644052|Origin (Lux, #4)|Jennifer L. Armentrout|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1373048174s/13644052.jpg|19259997]
Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes How can a book be so good and yet such so bad at the same time? I was ok with the ending, until I realized that there was not going to be a 4th book. I understand the author's reason for doing it :http://jenniferlynnbarnes.tumblr.com/post/23871987934/faq-will-there-be-a-book-fourBut I'm still left with a...."but what happens now???" feeling.

Kushiel's Justice (Kushiel's Legacy Series #5)

Kushiel's Justice - Jacqueline Carey Bumped it up a star on the 2nd read.2nd Read: 8/24/13Originally read: 4/27/10
Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes I was surprised by how much I liked this, even though I really enjoyed [b:Every Other Day|11750412|Every Other Day|Jennifer Lynn Barnes|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1349024061s/11750412.jpg|13356589]. But werewolves aren't usually my thing, and this book wasn't really loved by a good portion of my goodreads' friends.But I found it an enjoyable read. The premise was, if not completely unique, at the least well done, and the characters were interesting. Yes, Bryn was a bit of a Mary Sue at times, but in the end there is a plausible explanation. All-in-all, this looks to be an exciting series.
Things I Can't Forget - Miranda Kenneally It's funny what personal perspective can do for you. I've read in several reviews that Kate was not a very popular main character. One mentioned hoping she would be stabbed before the last page, another said they wanted to "punch her in the face" for being so judgmental, and yet another found herself constantly rolling her eyes. This kind of shocked me, as I actually felt that some of the other characters were a bit hard on Kate.I suppose given my background as a former fundamentalist it's natural that Kate's story dredges up a lot of memories and fills me with an almost infinite compassion. I spent 10 years of my adult life in a church very much like "Forrest Sanctuary" (but actually stricter and even more insular). I have been through many things in my 39 years on this earth, but questioning my strict Christian faith, and leaving that worldview (which encompassed every aspect of my life), was the darkest, most painful, most heart-wrenching thing I've ever experienced.What those who dismissively call Kate "judgmental" and roll their eyes, fail to understand, is how difficult it is to question something that you've been told is true from your earliest memories. Kate wasn't trying to be judgmental, she was trying to be true to everything she had ever been taught to believe. Because ultimately, Kate was what I think of as a "True Believer", she wasn't a hypocrite, she was honestly trying to live according to her belief set.This book then is really about the cognitive dissonance that she experiences when different aspects of her faith start to contradict each other. i.e. the belief that one should love and support others and help them in their time of need warring with the belief that abortion is wrong and sinful and worthy of God's judgment/punishment So yes, it is accurate to say that Kate was often judgmental, i.e. that she judged people according to her particular set of values and beliefs (ones that she truly believed in). Because Kate had been taught and honestly believed that certain actions were right or wrong, she was understandably confused that people were taught the same things, didn't believe them (or at the least that their actions did not match their attitudes).And her expectations are definitely valid in light of the fact that she is being employed by a church camp and not a secular camp. (I don't think that Kate would have expected certain behaviors out of counselors that make no profession of her particular brand of Christianity).Ultimately I think that those who were not raised in particularly religious homes, or have never lived in the Bible belt, are going to have a hard time connecting with Kate, because the things that she discovers, while amazing revelations to her, will most likely seem obvious and easy to grasp.
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? - Michael J. Sandel For Edx.org Harvard Class, Justice. Justice is an introduction to moral and political philosophy, including discussion of contemporary dilemmas and controversies, taught by Michael Sandel
Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel - Carol Rifka Brunt 4.5 Stars
Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1) - Jacqueline Carey Second Read 8/11/13First Read 4/24/10
I Await the Devil's Coming (Neversink) - Mary MacLane This was a very strange little book. While I found most of it to consist of over-the-top teenage angst, there were a few gems to be found.
Perelandra - C.S. Lewis So I read this back in the day, and think that I enjoyed it (probably a 3 stars worth, but I just wasn't feeling it this time, so am not going to finish.

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself - David McRaney This was an interesting book, however I think that the Author could have been a little more tactful in his pointing out how we are all complete idiots.