It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 4/20/20

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is doing okay and getting a lot of much-needed reading done and rest.

This week I’m going to read a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, a book from one of my favorite authors, and a book about music festival mayhem.

What are you reading this week?

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Solstice- Lorence Alison

44211405. sy475 A music fest goes wrong in this comic YA thriller as selfie-mad concert-goers wake up to realize their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.

When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance to her parents’ law school dreams.

But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival’s trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.

And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.

Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos—and she’s in a prime position to put together the clues to who—or what—is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?

Check your privilege at the door—before it gets you killed. This is one vacation you can’t escape.IMG_2250

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity) #1- V.E. Schwab

28696452. sy475 There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different- Chuck Palahniuk

52500766. sx318 sy475 Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing.

With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a”kitchen-table MFA” culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more.

Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, Consider This is Palahniuk’s love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

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Born A Crime- Trevor Noah

Thanks to my Secret Santa for the book and to Kelly for these fabulous book lights!

“Revenge is truly sweet. It takes you to a dark place, but, man, it satisfies a thirst.”

Trevor Noah is the genius who hosts the new Daily Show. He’s blunt, doesn’t give a shit, but will listen to what you have to say before destroying with his beautiful words. 

Trevor was born a crime. His dad was white and his mom was black, being born during Apartheid he ran the risk of being treated different. His mum just wanted to have a kid and just wanted the sperm donor. His dad took a lot of convincing and nine months after agreeing, out came Trevor. 

From a young age he found out he could get away with a lot since he looked white. Raising hell and creating fire. His two favorite hobbies. 

Growing up in a community with barely any money, you had to make your own luck. That’s where Trevor came in and made his own living. Selling homemade CDs and reselling anything he could get his hands on.

Making it on his own and dealing with an abusive step-dad was anything but ordinary. Nothing out the fear in him more than Abel. His Mum sold her life for him and he repays her in the most horrific way.

These stories you can feel are close to Trevors heart. He lets it spew and doesn’t look back. I’m hoping that continues to write. He just has led a very interesting life, that pulls you in and could be made into a movie. 

Maybe he’ll write a book about putting ignorant viewers in their place. Whatever he decides, it will probably be legendary.

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Shockaholic- Carrie Fisher

What you’ll have of me after I journey to the great Death Star in the sky is an extremely accomplished daughter, a few books, and a picture of a stern-looking girl wearing some kind of metal bikini lounging on a giant drooling squid, behind a newscaster informing you of the passing of Princess Leia after a long battle with her head.
Talk about cuckoo, messed in the head, woohoo, wacko…. this is the life lead by Carrie Fisher.
This will take you here, there, up, down and everywhere all at once and it all comes out from the far beyond.
Carrie Fishers life has never been normal. Her parents were famous, her step-mom was Liz “fucking” Taylor for a few seconds and she was always surrounded by the rich, the famous and the downright disgusting.
Having monkies in her brain lead her to electroshock therapy, so her memory is a wee bit foggy. Especially when it comes to the most juiciest of stories. Just when a story is getting somewhere and some major plot twist to the world will be revealed, she forgets what happened or switches to something completely off the wall different to make you forget.
She is one tough hilarious cackling nut. This book had my one eyebrow raised constantly and with a stupid little smirking laugh escaping me.
This was my first experience with a Fisher book and it will not be my last.
If you need a good pick-me-up then this is your only hope!!!