Hardly Obsessed

A totally unoriginal blog about anything and everything

Book 51: Racing Savannah

Book: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kennealy
Goal: 51
Rating: 1/5

Things I liked: It was compulsively readable. It has potential. Horses.

Things I didn’t like: Basically the whole book. I looked up Miranda Kennealy fully expecting her to be a 16 year old girl because there’s just something about this book that is so juvenile. Savannah’s thoughts just skip all over the place and don’t make any sense.

Some good thoughts here and more on how I felt about her writing style here.


Book 50: The Long Game

Book: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Goal: 50
Rating: 4/5

I almost rated this 5 stars and then I remembered I wasn’t quite as enamored by the first half of the book so 4 stars it is! I thought the first half was a little too repetitive and adjective heavy. I wasn’t really sure why Ivy was investigating the terrorism plot at first but I was really engaged in Emilia’s story line and I’m glad we saw more of her. Love that she was part of the group hug at the end! But holy shit, the second half of that book was intense. And Henry! I died a little inside. I hope him and Tess work it out because they’re just adorable together. Sad that the rest of the side characters didn’t have as large of a roll in this book (Adam, Bodie, Asher, etc) but I guess that was to be expected given the story line. JLB is just an excellent story teller, thinking about it now, I can see all the hints in the book but I totally glossed over all of them while reading. And I still appreciate that she shows how traumatized her characters are by past events.  A more spoilery review here.

Book 49: Betrayls

Book: Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Goal: 49
Rating: 3/5

Sadly, I’m starting to fall out of love with Kelley Armstrong. Or her editor. She really needs someone to tell her to cut to the chase. Too much love triangle. Too much Liv misinterpreting Gabriel’s thoughts/emotions/etc. Basically, there is too much of Liv thinking in this book, too much useless thoughts and dialog. I actually found her pretty annoying.  I don’t enjoy the fae story line/mystery. I find it confusing because I always forget what is going on in between books. But I did like that there were more Ricky/Gabriel POVs, they were infinitely more interesting to me than Liv in this book. And Ricky… I just love Ricky. But I hope that the next book is the last one because I’m tired of this series.

Some good thoughts here.


And some notes on editing because I thought this book could have been about 100 pages shorter.


Book 48: Jurassic Park

Book: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Goal: 48
Rating: 3/5

I’ll just say it: the move was better. The movie will always have a special place in my heart and I tried to keep an open mind on the book, but it just wasn’t as good. The writing was clunky. I thought the characters were better developed in the movie, especially the female characters. I didn’t find it very suspenseful and I didn’t have any investment in who lived and who died. But maybe I read a different book than everyone else because all the goodreads reviews say it’s amazing.

And totally wondering about Q1.2 here.

Books 46 and 47: Harry Potter 1 & 2

Book: Harry Potter 1 & 2 by JK Rowling
Goal: 46 and 47
Rating: 3.5/5 and 3.5/5

First of all, I feel absolutely traitorous by not loving these books. They were ok; they were fun, and easy to read but they weren’t great. Had I not already known what was going to happen, I probably would have been more interested but most of the time I just slogged through so I could move onto the next book. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll love the later books as there is much more depth to them.

Good thoughts here.


Book 45: Moneyball

Book: Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Goal: 45
Rating: 5/5

I don’t know why, but I have such a soft spot for Michael Lewis. I read Boomerang and since then I’ve had him on my “must buy” list at used book sales. I was little worried that his books wouldn’t live up to the expectations in my head, but fortunately they did! He’s such an approachable writer. He takes subjects that I have almost no interest in and makes them exciting. For example, baseball. I loved the movie and wasn’t really sure what to expect from the book, and while the book was different, it was equally as engaging. Billy Beane and Paul weren’t as central to the story as I was expecting and I enjoyed the depth that the book gave to all the other players, especially Hatty, which made it feel like an even better underdog story.

Good review here.

Book 44: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Goal: 44
Rating: 3/5

I thought parts of this book were super helpful to me, but when she told me to get rid of my books I stopped reading for a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever start greeting my house when I walk in the door, but I thought she gave a lot of good suggestions on how to decide what to keep in my house. Now, time to purge!!

Book 43: Undone

Book: Undone by Katey Wolfe (aka, Kelley Armstrong)
Goal: 43
Rating: 2/5

This started off well and then quickly went down hill. It didn’t feel quite up to par with KA’s usual writing. The love story got in the way of the rest of the story, Declan was running around trying to find Jess and all he was focused on was hit potential relationship. Pay attention, dude. Find her first and then start questioning her feelings for you. I wasn’t rooting for them as a couple at all and I thought their hookup/getting together felt a little abrupt and actually quite awkward. It was almost like instalove even though it wasn’t. I wish the story had more of a focus on the shooting, it takes place in like the first chapter and then all of a sudden, it’s like an afterthought. It feels like all the serious stuff in the book, including Declan’s brother and the cage fighting, turned into an afterthought. And it just got so silly towards the end.

Book 42: A House In the Sky

Book: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Goal: 42
Rating: 4/5

This ended up being a really good book. Most times I put a book down part way through and I never finish it, or I have to force myself to finish it, I put this book down numerous times and every time I was still eager to pick it up and it was just as engaging as it was before. The writing was very approachable, especially for someone who doesn’t typically enjoy non-fiction. Definitely a book worth reading.

Book 41: Every Word

Book: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Goal: 41
Rating: 4/5

I pretty much felt the same reading this a second time. Watts/Mycroft are the best and basically make the novel for me. A huge improvement in Ellie Marney’s writing over the first book.