Starting Bout of Books 19 with a Bang

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Today kicks off the wonderful Read a thon Bout of Books 19! Can you believe it? They will be celebrating their 20th Bout of Books later on this year! I am so happy to be a part of this great celebration of reading for, I believe, the third or fourth time. My reading goal this year, considering I haven’t been making time for reading this year thus far, is ambitious for me. I am going to try to read at least four books; with a stretch goal of six! That’s almost a book a day!! I will try to get it together. I want to add to my reading challenge on goodreads. At only three books, I am far behind on my 52 books in a year. I even made a stretch goal of 70. Hopefully, the more I participate in fun read a thons, like this one for example, maybe I can catch up quicker. Besides, my TBR is super long. I need to get on top of that.

I have kicked off the read a thon by starting a book that would have been considered out of my comfort zone a year ago–a sci-fi/fantasy novel called The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley.  Below you will find a brief synopsis from the book jacket. I hope it sounds as interesting to you as it is reading it. I can’t wait to delve in deeper with it tonight. To be honest though, I never thought I’d enjoy a novel such as this one. However, I highly trust the person who recommended it to me. He hasn’t let me down yet! So, here goes nothing! To the outer universe I go.

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling between the stars. Here, in the darkness, a war for control of the Legion has been waged for generations with no clear resolution.

As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

I hope that teaser pulled you in–at least somewhat. Each chapter has amazing epithets from a make believe “Annals of the Legion”. When I saw amazing, what I really mean is inspiring and thought-provoking.

Memory is a meaty and delirious thing, and it makes us prone to false recollections. Stories make memory; it’s merely a matter of repeating the story most beneficial to one’s purpose.

-Lord Moshi, Annals of the Legion

Enjoy the end of the first full day of Bout of Books 19! I’m going to top it off with some more reading for the evening.

Happy reading!

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A Little Known Fact

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Well, hello there everyone! If you have seen my Bout of Books 19 sign up post, you would realize something BIG! I am back! Yes, I made May my “get my life back in order” month. And, boy am I excited. I plan on doing A LOT of activities this month. I will be going back to routines I had given up on too fast and too hard. One of which is this blog. As it was here, neglected, I stopped reading as fervently as I had once done. With only three books under my belt for this year, and an average goal of 52 books to be read this year, my life goals are a little out of order; and, out of practice. Today, as I have unfortunately done so in the past with not much success, I am going to once again solidify my presence. I would like to start Indiereadergirl0329 again with more book reviews; and, just more fun!

Are you ready to join me in this continued adventure? I really hope so. Stay tuned for Bout of Books updates, reviews, and maybe, just maybe, a surprise post. *gasp*

Thank you all for your patience and sticking by me. It is greatly appreciated. Have a good week! Hope to hear from you soon.

-Indie

I’m back to reading…a bout of books

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After a long, long absence, I am recommitting myself to reading and you, my dear readers. To kick off this monumental year that will be 2017, I am participating in A Bout of Books read-a-thon again. I have st a goal of 5 books to read throughout this week. To jump start my reading, I will be finishing Red Queen (Alice #2)  by Christina Henry.

If you are unfamiliar with what Bout of Books is…

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I hope you join me in the fun! I will be trying to get back here every day or every other day for updates, reviews, and for some fun.

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s a great year for you. I see lots of good rading in your future.

 

XO,

Indie

 

Move over paper: E-books and Audio books

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These days, even with books still in print, there are too many different ways to read. I never grew up with e-books, or audio books quite frankly. Now, these two formats are hard to avoid. They are cheap, convenient, and widely available. Of course bookstores are still around; children running around with new toys, or trying to listen to story time; students taking all the available seats, and the floor, too!; adults stroll; with cafes in store, people settle and read magazines. Then, there are advertisements for Nook books, Kobo books at independent bookstores like the one I once worked at. You can browse the limited audio book sections.

 

 

More people are listening to audio books. I am constantly seeing e-readers. I admit I have one, but the power dwindles more than I turn the fake pages. The one format I am having trouble grasping is audio books.

I admit to getting joy of finding great and cheap reads on my Nook. For each gift card, I stretch it out by only getting $2.99 or less books. I have learned to stay away from free, google copied classics. I rather buy a new book than buy it on my Nook. I don’t like that the prices don’t differ as much. You would think with ink being limited, trees untouched, the price would be lower. But, audio books, I have passed on.

I have only read a few audio books. Often though, you will hear my music seeping from my headphones rather than hearing unfamiliar voices speaking Dickenese, Austenian, or any other dialect. When I clean, which isn’t too often, I still choose music. Why, because I don’t want to not hear a novel. I can’t concentrate and focus on the words being spoken. I try to listen to The Wind in the Willows, but it has taken me around six months, or so, to reach chapter nine. What happened during the book, I just don’t know. I can’t quite remember because I don’t think my brain was really listening.

But, I have discovered my problem, narrators! I am listening to The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and absolutely love the narrator! I am enjoying it so much I forget I am listening to it, instead I feel present with the narrator. Other works I have listened to, I just didn’t like the voice speaking to me. When I listened to Peter Pan, a librivox recording, the narrators switched; a new voice each chapter, but not for each character.

For all you audio book fans, what makes an audio book work for you? And, what format do you really enjoy?

I know audio books are not for all, but now I think I will give them a second chance. Unfortunately, I am on a budget, I only listen to the books featured on the 99 cent app on my Iphone and Itouch. Who can pass up unlimited audio books with a one time fee of 99 cents plus tax?

Feeling a book is great. But I have no more room for books. My library is terrible. Audio books just be something I want to keep as a major option.

Happy reading!

For the love of salt “The Giilly Salt sisters” Book Review

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The Gilly Salt Sisters

The Gilly Salt Sisters

by Tiffany Baker

Released March, 2012

Two stars

In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be. Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family’s salt farm, while Claire yearns to flee the salt at any cost; and forcing those around her to do the same thing. But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape, it doesn’t stop Whit Turner, the town’s wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives. It’s Jo who first steals Whit’s heart, but it is Claire–heartbroken over her high school sweetheart–who marries him.

Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband’s pregnant mistress. Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn. What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.
As the two sisters struggle to find their place on the Salt Creek Farm, they must decide who they are and how willing are they to save their debilitated farm?

I was first drawn to this book by the idea of salt and the power it possesses. To think a simple substance we take for granted could be something more intrigued me. As I read the novel, beginning to get deeper into it, I didn’t find myself entirely engrossed and connected. The element of salt almost takes a backseat–like the backseat of Jo’s beat-up truck. It is present, of course, but Baker tries hard to transform the meaning of salt and our preconceptions about it to an unbelievable point. The usage of salt was presented as if it was an addictive, illegal drug trying to get in the wrong hands, causing an abundance of trouble. But, why, you may ask? We use salt for everything. It is because the stuck-up character Claire Gilly-Turner makes it so.

Younger of the two sisters, Claire Gilly has tried to avoid the salt her family makes at all costs. Once she left Salt Creek Farm twelve years prior, she has tried to forget about the substance, yet by trying, and succeeding to convince the people of Prospect of the poison that is Salt Creek salt, she is more tied to than she realizes. Although her food is bland with no salt; the annual December Eve bonfire is not the same without a Gilly sister throwing in salt to see what the year will bring for the little town; and spending more energy on convincing the townspeople of the nasty, psychological qualities it possesses; and trying to disown her sister and the family business, in the end it may be the only thing that can save her. Although she is a Gilly sister by birth, in turn she becomes the poster child of anti-salt usage, trying to start a revolt that affects her older sister, the last Gilly, partly without Claire realizing the consequences. She just wanted to break free from all the superstitions that stained her life, she is clinging to it more than she knows.
She loved once, with all her heart. As she became violently heart-broken, a fire and her sister’s burned skin and glass eye becomes a constant reminder. Unfortunately, the feeling of remorse seemed to be absent for me. Not entirely out of spite, more for longing to leave her life, she marries the only man her sister ever lived, Whit Turner, from the wealthiest family. But, your first love always remains in your heart and as the story unfolds, Claire starts to painfully learn that. “Love wasn’t a list to be kept in the heart. It was the duties you got up to fulfill every day and the sacrifices you made.”
I may not have truly cared for Claire, there was a deepness to her I could identify with. I may not have approved how she went about things with the salt, I could understand her longings to be someone else and want to leave behind a painful past. She learns, as we learn with her.
“How do you tell the difference between carelessness and passion?” Claire asked as they [Jo] paced back along the edge of the marsh.

“Is there one? I mean really, is there any way to love a person without getting the hell beaten out of it?”

Although this was made regarding another character, I found this quote to also be true to her relationship with Jo.
The one person who saves the story is Jo Gilly. As the story develops, and switches third person narrative between the three girls, Jo’s life is slowly revealed where you have nothing but sorrow for her. Yet, that sorrow turns into something else entirely when you see how strong and resilient she really is. She is the epitome of a strong female character. She has no issues about her adversity growing up, and lack of social status. The salt business is suffering, but she keeps going. It is her that fights with the bank to stay open. With one eye and a half-scarred face, she still drives around in her beat up red pickup truck with no care to what people’s opinions of her are. She keeps at the salt, living and breathing it as only a true Gilly daughter can.

Although the novel focuses around The Gilly sisters, there is another character that takes center court as well. Dee is eighteen, a high school drop-out, and a failed waitress at her father’s new diner. Dee is as two dimensional as an author can create. It isn’t so much as lacking dimension, Dee doesn’t want to be anything. Like anything at all. She rather give herself the title of slut, hate herself for it, and never change. And, then there is the creepy obsession with Claire Gilly. She is completely obsessed, wanting to know all the town gossip, listens for Claire’s horse Icicle every morning, and sneaks into her room at night when they begin to live together. It isn’t flattering, the way she goes about it. It really is creepy, especially because of a detail I have to abstain from saying. *spoiler alert*

I didn’t hate Tiffany Baker’s novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it either. It was just OK for me. I had high hopes. Although I did learn a lot about the care that goes into harvesting salt and how it is almost an exact science that takes everything you got, Claire and Dee’s story lines made me more indifferent than a content reader. The book wasn’t entirely bland, as it really picked up towards the end. My time didn’t feel as wasted when I got to around page three hundred or so. Each character came full circle within themselves and within the story line. Claire became more likable. Jo less sharp-edged and more open. Dee also changed, in the only way she could-minimally.

I may not recommend this book to anyone, but if you do stumble upon it and are slightly intrigued, I won’t advise you against it. Just know, for me, it wasn’t a fast read, or captivating enough.

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