Thursday, August 18, 2022

Who Wants to Marry a Mormon Girl?

This is a quick engaging read that's framed around The Bachelorette premise. 

On girl. Twenty guys. And things get intense fast! 

And it's a love triangle. 

Overall it's a fun read. You do need some basic Christian/Mormon (they don't go by that anymore) culture knowledge to understand what's going on. But don't let that stop you. It's helpful but not imperative. 

There is mention of alcohol and recreational drug use. 


One elegant leading lady and twenty hot guys. What could possibly go wrong?

Michelle knew she wouldn’t meet her forever husband on a reality dating show. This was just for fun. You never know what might happen when surrounded by twenty hot guys, none of whom shared her values.

Running from his past, Ashton rides the waves to the pinnacle of his career as a professional surfer. He’s just arrogant enough to think he stands a chance with the elegant leading lady playing the part of bachelorette on the dating show, Love Letters.

Until he figures out she’s a Mormon.

Even before he makes the mistake of calling her out in front of the other guys he knows she’ll never choose him. Good girls don’t choose bad boys and there was no way he could hide his secrets from Michelle. Or could he?

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Neither Here Nor There

Mr. Bryson's books are funny and a good way to pass the time. This audiobook kept me entertained on a roadtrip. 

Great way to escape to Europe for a bit. Not was funny as some of his other novels. 

A few swear words. 

Bryson brings his unique brand of humor to travel writing as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet and heads for Europe. Travelling with Stephen Katz - also his wonderful sidekick in A Walk in the Woods - he wanders from Hammerfest in the far north, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.  

As he makes his way round this incredibly varied continent, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before with caustic hilarity. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Screaming Staircase

This is my first read by Mr. Stroud and it won't be my last. 

A friend recommended this to me on audiobook for a long drive and it was the perfect read. 
Plenty of intrigue and mystery. Great witty banter between the characters. Great fun trying to guess the twists and turns ahead of time and trying to work out how the characters would get out of their scrapes. 

Excellent narrator. 

Clean writing, as in no swearing. A few violent moments but that is to expected when dealing with the supernatural and it wasn't graphic or gratuitous. 

Good for the middle grade set and up. 

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood and Co., a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood and Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Listeners who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally bestselling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood and Co. series.