What I Read: February 2017

1. Second Hand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell- I enjoy cozy mysteries and I also enjoy magic so I thought I would give this series a go. Basically you have a witch running a clothing store and lots of shenanigans, mix ups, and general spookiness occur.  I got this book on audio book and I think that might have been a bad choice. While I liked the narrator's southern accent a lot it was a bit distracting over all. Still the book was pleasant enough and while predictable I wasn't expecting it to be a hard core mystery in the first place. All in all it passed the time just fine.


2. Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink, Jeffery Cranor- I love the podcast Welcome To Nightvale. It's strange, creepy, and utterly hilarious. I love the randomness of each episode that while they don't connect it all falls into place in the end. This book was the first few episodes along with the backstory of how each one was created. I loved seeing the creative process of how the episodes formed and how the characters came alive. This one is a pass if you aren't a fan of the podcast but if you have yet to dive into the world of Nightvale this book would be a great read along with it!

3. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch- I admit I picked this one up because of the cover and the title. The cover reminded me of a Rainbow Rowell book and the title just appealed to me because I love Gelato and I love love. This book was cute. I liked the little mystery in it and I love the setting. It is geared toward a younger audience but if you like cutesy love stories set in foreign lands, you'll like this one. It did take a bit for this one to pick up however so if you can power through the first few chapters (about 50 pages) then you should be okay. Also I have no idea what is so strange about graveyards to people....maybe it is because we have lots around here and my husband even grew up next to one...it just doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother people.

4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman- I adore mythology. I took three years of it in high school and two more in college. I powered through so many books on myths and legends that my local library ran out of material for me. So when I see a book about mythology I get really excited. When I see that the author is an author that I also adore? Yep. Sold. I picked this one up on Audible and was happy to learn that Neil Gaiman is also the narrator of the stories. This book was a quick one but I loved the way that Gaiman retold the old tales of Norse mythology. He brought to life the characters and made the stories as true and real as possible to the original tellings that were only told by word of mouth. I appreciated all the work that he put in to making this as authentic as possible. I really great read and would recommend to anyone with any interest in myths and legends of the Norse culture! 

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  1. I've seen that cover for Love and Gelato around and always liked it too. But this is the first review I've seen and it's good to see it lived up the cover. I'm going to add it to my TBR because it sounds like a good read for in-between intense books. I've heard really good things about Gaiman's latest too. I grew up in Minnesota in an area heavily populated with Norwegians. One of the big (for us) nightclubs at that time was called Valhalla. :D I'm adding it to my TBR as well.

  2. Love & Gelato sounds like a cute, fun read. I need to pick it up sometime. :)

  3. I love the title Love & Gelato. Sometimes I pick books up purely for the title as well.

  4. Glad you liked Norse Mythology - I'm curious about that one!


  5. Love and Gelato sounds really cute! And what an adorable cover!

  6. Love & Gelato does have the cutest cover! I'm hesitant to read a YA novel, but there are so many positive reviews on Goodreads and I know I will enjoy the Italian backdrop. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Agreeing with your comment about graveyards, I actually love graveyards and find them peaceful.

  8. I want to read all of them! I have only read one Gaiman, but I would like to read more! Mythology is so interesting! Here from SUYB! XO - Alexandra

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  9. I'm like 50 episodes behind on Night Vale but I do enjoy it. I read the book they published last year but didn't know they did one on the backstory for the first few episodes. Going to have to read that at some point!

  10. hmmm secondhand spirits sounds cute, but i will skip the audio. i have learned that i do not do well listening to southern accents. love & gelato is in my library pile and due back in less than a week so i have to get on it. i have no idea what it's about though, graveyards?! scary! haha. i'm not good with graveyards, i just don't like to be reminded of death (i realise this is stupid). i don't know much about norse mythology but i will pick that book up!


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