Friday RNR 2/5/21

Happy Friday everyone!

I had a good reading month in January and am riding the momentum through this month. So let me dive right into it! Here are the books I read this week:

Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files Book 1) by [Sylvain Neuvel]

Sleeping Giants By Sylvain Neuvel
Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Blurb:

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

This is a re-read for me. I never completed this well -reviewed sci-fi trilogy and I want to.

With my memory, I knew I definitely needed to read this book again before diving into the second book. I alternated between the eBook and the audiobook. The audiobook is extremely well done, complete with a full cast so I definitely leaned more towards listening. The “nameless interrogator” described in the book blurb was probably my favorite character. Snarky, sarcastic and mysterious. This book had an underlying, dry humor I liked as well. The mystery behind the artifact definitely keeps you turning the pages and I like that the series is complete and I won’t have to wait long for the resolution to that cliffhanger … I’ve heard the second book is fantastic and I plan on reading it in March.

The Flatshare: A Novel

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Blurb:

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you’ve never met.

What a pleasant surprise this was!

I liked that the story was about so much more than the romance. The abusive ex – boyfriend storyline was handled particularly well. Tiffy’s realization and handling of the abusive relationship was realistic and emotional. As for the rest of the story, it was easy to care about all the secondary characters- they were quirkly, funny and seemed like just nice people to have around. I alternated between the e-book and the audiobook – the audiobook was very well done with two narrators. An enjoyable, easy read.

Villette (04) by Brontë, Charlotte [Paperback (2004)]

Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Progress: Page 53 of 546

I am slowly making my way through this one. Enjoying it so far. It’s very readable. The little girl in the beginning of the novel, Paulina, seemed very adult for her age. And to be frank, got on my nerves a little. Lucy seems like a steadying force- to head to London with little money and make her way? Respect. I have the Penguin Classics (Black Spine) edition of this book. Nice edition, floppy paperback – my favorite kind of paperback.

The Secrets We Kept: A novel by [Lara Prescott]

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

I DNF’d this book. It was not for me. It was a Library read.

Happy reading everyone!

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