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Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!


And also partner in crime with Moonlight Murder. 



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The Boss
Abigail Barnette
Progress: 67 %
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Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

I'm probably going to finish this because I'm a little incredulous at the ridiculous relationship at the core of this book. Neil pouts, loves Sophie, and acts like a besotted teenage boy. Neither one of them are as slick as they think and the sex scenes are now not even interesting me. This whole books reads similar to The First Time book and it's just highlighting the same issues I had with that book. There's some sqwaking going on concerning a bunch of people leaving the magazine and my eyes glazed over. 

Reading progress update: I've read 44%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

Eh now I'm bored. I guess we went from the most perfect sex ever to Sophie realizing her new job may be doomed due to what Neil and his best friend and I henchman Rudy are doing with regards to the magazine. 


"Look, it wasn’t that I wanted to think about bunnies getting lipstick smeared in their eyes, but I also didn’t want my job to go down the tubes. If word got out that the magazine was going cruelty-free, we were going to lose a lot of ad revenue."


It's such a weird juxtaposition. Also the Neil being a Dom but blushing when Sophie says things or alludes to things is old. He's almost 50, at this point it seems odd he's acting this way. 


The formatting is jacked up in several places too (I hate that).


Just like with Penny's roommate, Sophie's roommate seems quirky and there's no depth there. We know she's a model, is super thin (but eats like a linebacker) is into boys and girls and even was in a three way relationship with a married couple in college. Oh and was in love with the George Washington bridge? She's the same age as Sophie, which is 24 so excuse me for rolling my eyes right now. You don't have to throw all of this stuff at one character.


There's an aside that Neil has been with men, but Sophie is all cool and I can masturbate to that later.


I think what's killing me is that real people would talk and discuss this. It's super cool the author writes all these people into so many things and there is nary a problem, but come on. 





Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

Sex scenes are okay. I'm just not feeling it. He brings up being dominant and her submissive and she's all sure why not I'll try anything once.


I'm trying not to laugh at these for saying be discrete at work and she's now sitting at the edge of his desk with her legs open while he eats sushi. 

Reading progress update: I've read 17%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

“You can’t do that,” I reminded him. “We’ll get found out. Also, it’s in the employee handbook, under ‘sexual harassment policy.’ The words ‘zero tolerance’ are mentioned.” “Point taken,” he said dryly. “I have six people coming in this morning to throw shoes and scream at me.”


I just need this book to be over soon. These two people are exhausting. 

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

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“At lunch today, I may have given you the impression—” “That we didn’t have a chance in hell of anything happening between us?” I supplied for him.

I thought it might make him laugh. It didn’t.

“I must admit, the age difference between us does make me uncomfortable. It made me uncomfortable back then, as well. I’m not the kind of man who needs to date younger women to be happy. It’s not a status symbol for me. And I’m not the kind of person who picks up strangers in airports, either.”

“Neither am I,” I said, maybe a little defensively.

His face fell, and he took a slow step toward me. “I wouldn’t care if you were. What I’m trying to say is, this is completely new to me. I spent that night with you six years ago because I genuinely liked you, Sophie. You were so cute and direct and a bit odd. And we did have an awfully good time together.” He smiled tentatively. “It does trouble me that you’re the same age as my daughter. But you’re not my daughter. And that night was... it was one of the best nights of my life.”


It sure does sound like he wants to be with a younger woman for the status symbol part of it. Maybe if I could even sense a glimpse of chemistry between these two, or we got a prologue of how they met. But as I said in one of my comments. This book reads just like First Time to me with Penny as Sophie right now. Both of them were beautiful but odd. The Sophie in that book was strong, self assured, and it felt like she was older and had more sense than this. This Sophie just reads like Penny. And Neil reads like Ian. Since I had a glimpse of what this relationship would be based on what Sophie reveals to Penny, I am just not feeling her or Neil at this point. 


Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

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She lied to him about her age six years ago so now he knows she was 18. At least he had a reasonable reaction to that. But she's more upset to hear that he has a daughter her age since it means he may cheated on his wife. And....I am going to go look for some chocolate so soothe me until I can go home. 

Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette


She has just told her boss that she is attracted to him and he to her, so why don't they just see each other???

And this fool giggled. Giggled! And is all we must be discrete around the office.


At this point I hope this book becomes Sophie suing him for sexual harassment because a freaking billionaire (of course he is) should have enough sense to know that having sex with someone who works for you is a really stupid thing to do and hey let's pretend that Roger Ailes is not a thing right now. And why is he even attracted to her? He has to be what almost 50 at this point? I guess he loves it that a 20 something is into him. This whole thing is head desk banging inducing. 

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Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

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I just did the math and realized that if Sophie was 18, six years ago she is now 24. And nope, still creepy thinking about her and her boss Neil. I just can't with this book right now. The stupidity of the main character is killing me. She and her boss are now at lunch where he apologizes for giving her a somewhat false name, that he stole her plane ticket, and left her $4,000 on the nightstand.



A Terrible Memoir where the Author Shit Talks Everyone

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition - Sean Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

ebook, 256 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Scribner (first published December 1964)
Too bad that I didn't finish this in enough time to have it count towards my Literary Birthday book reads for 2016. I should have just DNFed it since it didn't do anything besides bore and annoy me in equal measure.

So this is a memoir by Ernest Hemingway, where he talks about writing and then shit talks everyone else.  I think the only people that Hemingway could stand was his wife at the time and his son. And even then I have questions about that since he mentions how their cat used to Bumby (that was what he nicknamed his son I am guessing) sit and they would leave him alone to be cat-watched. I wish I was kidding here.
Hemingway seemed to be jealous and annoyed by all that came near him. He seems to have some weird falling out with Gertrude Stein and I don't know if it's because she was calling someone "pussy" in an affectionate tones, or maybe he disapproved of her being gay. He has some really weird asides about homosexuality in this book and apparently thinks that men were just looking to assault one another so you had to be on your guard against those type of people. I just don't know.
This book had no flow to it at all. It also read very sterile to me except it would come alive when he would be talking about his dislike of women, Zelda Fitzgerald and Stein. 
"Under questioning I tried to tell Miss Stein that when you were a boy
and moved in the company of men, you had to be prepared to kill a man, know how to do it and really know that you would do it in order to not be interfered with."
"There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers."
Seriously though, most of this book seemed to be about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. There is jealousy here and there about how well he could write, and it seemed that Hemingway liked to show that Scott (as he called him) could not take his drink and was a bit of a hypochondriac. There is even an embarrassing scene where Scott tells him that his wife Zelda has said that he is not normal (length wise) and Hemingway tells him average is okay and let us go and look at some statues. I actually put the book aside for a second because I was hoping this was just a joke. 

The memoir eventually peters out and we are provided early drafts of the beginning, and fragments of stories. 

Romancing the Dragon

Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1) - Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey

Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Del Ray (first published 1968)
I initially got this book to participate in The Dead Writers Society genre challenge for July. I unfortunately got a PDF version of this book through my library (did not realize it until it came out of hold for me) and then just bought it. Unfortunately, that all happened after the month passed for the read. I have to keep in mind when I am doing group reads that I should see if there is a version of the book available for free or for a price that is lower than $9.99.
I have never heard of this series before, it seems like a lot of readers have though. A lot of people have told me that this series gets better and that some of the books should be skipped. I think the hardest part for me was not the names of every person, or that a planet exists where dragons roam. It was the fact that the two main characters were not that likable, things got left out of the book all over the place, but referenced later (which is weird to me) and we have one of the most mind boggling things that go on towards the end of the book for the story to end the way that it does.
The book starts off with F'lar and other Dragonmen going off on a "Search". Now I can't really tell what that Search was about, it doesn't get referred to later in the book after he meets Lessa and she is back living with him and training on how to be a Werywoman. 
Lessa is pig-headed and doesn't listen, though she thinks that she knows all, and even admits numerous times that she doesn't know all, but think that F'lar should just tell her things so then she won't go around getting in trouble all of the time. Sigh. I don't know. I wanted a book with a strong hero and heroine and I kind of disliked both of them.

It doesn't help that later on in the book it's told in a kind of throw away kind of way that F'lar often forces Lessa and if only she understood he would be gentle? Yeah. I get that this book was written in 1968, but come on. There was way too much of that going on. 
I don't like the fact that due to Lessa becoming joined to the Queen dragon, that meant that whatever male dragon rider who mated with her Queen therefore became her mate. I think I rolled my eyes a million times. I would have liked it better if she had any say in things. It felt like she didn't. F'lar liked her being jealous, and apparently it's okay in this society for him to sleep with whomever he wants, but not her? I don't know. I refuse to go back and look up those parts in the book.

There were so many characters that I just won't name here. I actually felt the worst for a now dead woman married to the character Fax. It's shown that Lessa could have eased this woman and maybe she wouldn't have died, but she doesn't pay any repercussions for what she did not do and for her also forcing F'lar's hand in order to kill someone. 
The writing was okay. I thought the dialogue a lot of the times was terrible though. I think it's because the author would introduce a new subject and the way it would be explained was that was something he/she discussed months ago and I would scratch my head and say huh. For example, I had no idea that F'lar and Lessa were even having sex or sharing the same bed quarters. We go from their dragons mating, him kissing her, to F'lar worrying about "Threads" and then a throw away line about how she's never a bed and I went huh. 
The flow was not great at all. The big threat is the "Threads" and not really anyone else because this group has dragons. Why anyone would screw with them baffled me. So the whole book is waiting for the "Threads" to happen, and when they did, the author didn't really describe them or what they did or would do that was terrible. Or at least I didn't get it. Maybe I am not that smart. It just didn't make any sense to me.

The world building I had some problems with too. Who the heck would forget that a natural or whatever this thing was disaster comes every couple of years (turns) in this world. It was dumb for anyone to think it wasn't going to happen and even when it did people were still sitting around blaming each other. The time travel aspect made absolutely no sense at all. I had a lot of problems with it and just kept screeching paradoxes to myself while reading. 
The ending I think was supposed to end on an uplifting note, but instead it made me think of The Sopranos when the show just abruptly faded to black. 



Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

“I know.” I nodded miserably as I took my next hit. “But who has anal sex with someone and forgets all about it?”


So I'm gathering Sophie's in love with one night stand guy ie her boss and I am wondering if I can sneak to a bar right now to get a drink because this book is killing me. 

Reading progress update: I've read 4%.

The Boss - Abigail Barnette

I am giving this book to 25% before I DNF. This feels a little like The Devil Wears Prada only the main character in this book is floored because the man she slept with 6 years ago (when she was 18 and he was 42) is now her new boss and doesn't remember her. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition - Sean Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway

I was bored throughout. It just reads like a very boring gossip magazine that talks crap about Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and the Fitzgerald's. 


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JOINT POST: OBP & MR talk Pumpkin

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories - William L. Hedges, Washington Irving Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge Halloween - Walter Scott, William F. Nolan, E. Nesbit, Peter Straub, Tina Rath, John Shirley, Charles de Lint, Esther M. Friesner, Gary A. Braunbeck, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Norman Partridge, F. Paul Wilson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Peter Crowther, Joe R. Lansdale, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Ste
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There are a number of different ways to fill this square: pumpkin on the cover, someone whose pet name is pumpkin, a book where the characters eat pumpkin pie. The easiest to find are the ones with pumpkins on the cover, and a lot of those tend to be cozy mysteries, for some reason! You can find a good compilation of possibilities in Murder By Death’s Pumpkin Square post - title of post links you to the original!




This was a fun one for me. Pumpkins pretty much equal Halloween.

Also I had no idea until recently how many books out there have pumpkins on the cover or deal with a pumpkin. Is the book loving world obsessed with pumpkins? I swear doing this bingo has me falling into all kinds of research black holes. I will be thrilled when we start in a few days.

So here are my three suggestions plus what I chose to read for the bingo.

1. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie. The book cover has a pumpkin on it. The central mystery/murder occurs on Halloween, there are mention of pumpkins and bopping for apples. I was actually tempted to re-read this one since it is one of my favorite Poirot books.

2. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The cover has multiple pumpkins on it. This book also has Halloween tales, fits the horror square, and the young adult square too.

3. Halloween by by Paula Guran (editor). This is a collection and has stories from Stewart O'Nan, William F. Nolan, Walter Scott, Peter Straub and more. If it wasn't so long (528 pages) I would just pick it and read it for the bingo. The reviews I saw mentioned that the editing wasn't so great, so check it out via the library if you can if you are inclined to get this one.

My pick is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I keep reading rave reviews about this book so I am really excited to read it. This book also fits the Halloween square since it takes place on Halloween and is considered horror for those who are still looking for a horror book to read.




In addition to those books, these will also work:


1. The Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet. This is the fifth of the Max Tudor series, and is the second set in the fall. This series has a strong seasonal theme. I know it isn’t the first in the series, but it’s the only one with a pumpkin on the cover, and sometimes I just don’t feel like I need to start at the beginning


2. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. This is book one of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. I’m not going to lie - I stumbled on this one when I was searching for books to fit this square, but, honestly, it sounds charming. It’s a middle grade mystery. The plot summary from Goodreads:


Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.


With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”


3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This one is pretty obvious, I’ll admit, strongly featuring a pumpkin at the end of the book. It’s also a very fast read, and there is a wonderful audio version available on audible that is only $6.95 (even for non members) and is narrated by Tom Mison. This would be a fantastic way to fill a square in an hour and fifteen minutes! Link to audible version here.

I will be re-reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, unless I decide to give Absolutely Truly a go.


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