Exploration of Purgatory: Moristoun by Kevin McAllion

Title: Moristoun
Author: Kevin McAllion
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Pages: 240
First sentence: “Buchan prided himself on giving clients his full attention but it was hard not to let his mind wander as Hogg babbled away while fidgeting in his seat.”
Synopsis: McSorely is at the verge of committing suicide, and Buchan is here to stop him.

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Rating: 2/5

A thank you to sprk.it for sending me this book. I received this book with compensation in exchange for an honest review.

I wish I had enjoyed this more.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

Hello! This is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic on Tuesday, and you get to comprise the list for that topic.

 

BookBub introduced me to a lot of good reads that I’ve been having my eyes on for a while with really cheap prices, so I have quite a few books on my list. CW also got me to make a Goodread account, and I totally didn’t realize how many books I’m already currently reading. Thus, this list will be a mix between books I’m reading and books I bought but haven’t gotten to. You can safely assume that I’m interested in reading all of this.

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Has Potential, but Still a Pity Party: Views from the Asylum by George Hiegel

Title: Views from the Asylum
Author: George Hiegel
Genre: Fiction
Pages:
 157
First sentence: “I have reached another tipping point, or as I like to call it, snapping point.”
Synopsis: A stream of consciousness of a manic depressive middle age man.

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Rating: 1/5

A thank you to sprk.it for sending me this book. I received this book with compensation in exchange for an honest review.

This book reminds me of Diary of an Oxygen Thief. Like that book, it had potential, yet ultimately it fell short on many aspects: plot, characters, and writing style.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Five Favorite Artists, and Five Songs I’m Listening To

Hello! This is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic on Tuesday, and you get to comprise the list for that topic.

I listen to mainstream music very often. For a while, I wanted to be #edgy and #hipster with all of my media intake – I wanted to like what not many people like or have heard of. I soon realized that there’s a reason why pop songs are popular, and I actually do like what’s popular, so there’s no point fighting it…

These days, I listen exclusively to K-pop, so this list will consist of mainly that — though there are other artists as well. I have a lot to talk about these artist in particular, so this list will be condensed for your reading enjoyment.

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Charming and Poignant: Enjoy the Ride by Sandia S. Siegel and S. George Green

Title: Enjoy the Ride: The Crazy Wisdom of Uncle Sammy, a Rascal Sage
Author: Sandia S. Siegel and S. George Green
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Downstream Publishing
Pages: 240
First sentence: “The journey began…”
Synopsis: A recollections of the sagely life advices Uncle Sammy had given to the author and the people who he interacted with.

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Rating: 3/5

I received this book for free from Ms. Erika Cheung in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started reading this book. It’s extremely poignant and beautiful, and offered a new perspective of looking at the elders with dementia. However, the formatting in the book is a little chaotic and unorganized, and I would have liked for Siegel to reflect and talk more about Uncle Sammy other than quoting people verbatim. It was still a good read, in the end.

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Has Potential, but Can Push for More: Inarticulate by Eden Summers

inarticulateTitle: Inarticulate
Author: Eden Summers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
First sentence: “”My sweet Ms. Hamilton, we have a problem.””
Synopsis: A woman who needs no man and only wants sex without attachment meets a man who is silent and also only wants sex without attachment (inevitably, they catch on feelings).

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Rating: 3/5

First, thank you to Ms. Eden Summers for sending me an ARC of this book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book led me on an interesting roller coaster, where I was surprised yet also disappointed simultaneously. It has a pretty cover, though.

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A Tasteful Blend of East and West: A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S. R. Nair

Title: A Perfect Murder and Other Stories
Author: S. R. Nair
Genre: Short story
Pages: 166
First sentence: “Madhubala was conscious of Hiten’s eyes following her as she poked around the vegetables available at the small provision store owned by Viren Shah.”
Synopsis: A collection of short stories discussing the lives of people in the Middle East and South Asia and how those people interact with their own culture and the influence from the West.
Trigger Warnings: Rape

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Rating: 4/5

Review for #ReadThemAllThon – Rainbow Badge get!

I received this book for free from Mr. Nair in exchange for an honest review.

Prior to starting this blog, I read mainly nonfictions and short stories. Nair’s collection has brought back the joy of reading short stories for me, and I plowed through the entire book in one sitting. A collection of 14 short stories, Nair wittingly explores Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures in short and impactful bursts, with topics widely varied such as murder, U.S. green-card wedding, superstitions, and cultural transformation.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Have Been on Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging

Hello! This is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic on Tuesday, and you get to comprise the list for that topic.

I’ve only blogged for a month, so I’ll talk about the books that I’ve bought an extremely long time ago yet I never sat down to read them, partially out of forgetfulness and partially out of boredom. I hope to get to them now, though, when I’m driven to read more and write things down to remember. I’m pretty stoked!

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Choose Your Own Items: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Author: Marie Kondo
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Published by: Ten Speed Press
Pages: 224
First sentence: “In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever.”
Synopsis: A guide on how to choose items to keep, how to tidy up the space you live in so you can better your sense of decision making and find what you truly love.

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Rating: 4/5

Review for #ReadThemAllThon – Thunder Badge get! This book deserves all the hype.

I went in with skepticism, and went out with joy and motivation. Kondo’s opening line does speak to the way that this book may change you, depending on how open-minded you’re willing to be to upheave all of your old tidying and item gathering habits. 

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