Book Review: Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison

This book will definitely make you re-think your social media use. I’m not saying it’ll push you off of using it altogether, but it shows the dark underbelly of the companies behind it and how we may be getting used/manipulated without knowing it.

The book is about a man called Sergio who’s been into computers his whole life. His latest job is a social media site called Circles (oddly enough, this book is not related to The Cirle by Dave Eggers). It’s like Facebook, but more connected. They want people to use Circles for everything – bank information, everything social, and eventually voting.

However, an executive is murdered after he learns something the company needs to have kept secret in order to move forward into China. Sergio figures out what the executive knew and is determined to pursue the case on his own. His new friend, Malina, insists on helping.

The action is fast-paced and keeps the pages turning. Sergio and Malina escape death over and over, leaving bodies behind them. The characters are interesting and the reader gets to learn a lot about them throughout the book. Everyone’s history plays a role in the final outcome of the book.

If you’re a fan of The Circle, thrillers featuring computer stuff, or smart action, check this book out.

You can also check out my Goodreads review.

Book Review: Cries in the Night: A Low Country Ghost Story by Lori Roberts

Overall I found this book quite enjoyable. I don’t usually read ghost stories, but it was also a mystery which I do usually read. The combination intrigued me.

Two people move into a house, hoping it will be their dream home, only to find they’re not the only ones living there. The author does a great job introducing us to the characters and spreading their story throughout the book. You want them to be happy and figure out what’s going wrong in their home so they can live in peace. It gets surprisingly suspenseful given that they’re dealing with ghosts and not live people.

While the concept of the book was good, it had some difficulties as well. There were inconsistencies in descriptions (for example, the author wrote that the main character and her friend drove to pick up lunch, but in the next few pages they’re walking back from the sandwich shop) and typos which I found a bit distracting. When you have to go back a few pages to see if you’ve missed something, the books loses the rhythm it developed.

Even with the inconsistencies and typos I found it a fun read and would definitely read other works by the author.

Reading Recommendation: Chick Lit – Jojo Moyes

As part of the 2015 Reading Challenge, I picked up a copy of Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. The cover was pink and black and that’s often all I need to pick up a chick lit book. What I didn’t expect was how moved I was by the book. It was long and emotionally challenging. I cried. Not a little. The story is just that moving. The sequel, After You, has been published and I cannot wait to read it (after the millions of people who are ahead of me on the hold list finish with it).

Since I loved Me Before You, I checked out reviews on other books written by Moyes. All had absolutely rave reviews. I went to check another out at the library and discovered that about a thousand other people had figured out the same thing I had. I finally got One Plus One and read it.

I don’t think I like it as much as I liked Me Before You. However, Me Before You was *really* intense. Almost overwhelmingly so at times. I’m not sure I could have handled that kind of book right now. One Plus One is still serious, but a lot more light-hearted. The writing is still really high quality so I got through the book pretty quickly. For me that’s not usually a sign that the book is bad. I know that it is for some people. They feel like they can’t get any substance from a book that only takes a few hours, but for me it’s a sign that the story is compelling. It usually means I’m too intrigued to put it down.

I am really looking forward to more of her books, especially After You. If you’re in the market for Chick Lit and want something that’s well written and interesting, find your way to a Jojo Moyes book!

2015 Reading Challenge: Update

2015 Reading Challenge

I meant to update this before now, but I’ve been a slacker about reading. I went through a phase where I didn’t read a book for WEEKS. I have no idea how that happened. However, I’m back reading again. I got pretty behind on my goal of reading 100 books this year, so I’ve been playing catch-up and diving into some series. Of course, those don’t exactly seem to be helping my 2015 Reading Challenge question.

Here’s where that stands:

2015 Reading Challenge

  1. A book with more than 500 pages The Time Traveler’s Wife
  2. A classic romance Jane Eyre 1/13/15
  3. A book that became a movie Gone Girl 1/22/15
  4. A book published this year Bring Me Back 5/4/15
  5. A book with a number in the title Fahrenheit 451
  6. A book written by someone under 30 The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy 1/20/15
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book Twisted Sisters
  9. A book by a female author The New Mrs D 1/26/15
  10. A mystery or thriller A Crime of Passion 5/22/15
  11. A book with a one-word title Dubliners
  12. A book of short stories Olive Kitteridge
  13. A book set in a different country The Kite Runner
  14. A nonfiction book Me Talk Pretty One Day, The God Delusion
  15. A popular author’s first book Carrie
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet The Woman Who Stole My Life
  17. A book a friend recommended The Talented Mr. Ripley
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book Beloved
  19. A book based on a true story Eat, Pray, Love 1/14/15
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves Little Women
  22. A book that scares you My Sister’s Grave 5/2015
  23. A book more than 100 years old Frankenstein
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t Catch-22
  26. A memoir Infidel
  27. A book you can finish in a day The Quaker Café 1/6/15
  28. A book with antonyms in the title North and South
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born Cathedral
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy Divergent 1/24/15, Insurgent 3/2012, Allegiant 3/2015
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle Taking Chances
  35. A book set in the future Ender’s Game 1/27/15
  36. A book set in high school Anna and the French Kiss
  37. A book with a color in the title The Color Purple
  38. A book that made you cry Anne of Green Gables 1/6/15
  39. A book with magic Vale of the Vole
  40. A graphic novel V for Vendetta
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before A Temporary Ghost
  42. A book you own but have never read Attorney at Large
  43. A book that takes place in your stateMcNally’s Alibi
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  45. A book set during Christmas The Polar Express
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials Final Jeopardy
  47. A play Hamlet
  48. A banned book To Kill a Mockingbird
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show A Game of Thrones
  50. A book you started but never finished The Inconvenient Corpse

All in all, I could be in a better place, but I have months to get all these read. They are books I would like to read… well, maybe not Game of Thrones so much, but I guess we’ll see.

What are you reading right now?

I review a lot of the books I read. You can check them out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/doseoflyndsy

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

In about October of last year, I discovered that Goodreads has a Reading Challenge built into the page. You pick how many books you want to read for the year and it tracks them for you. You just have to remember to log that you read the book and make sure it has the date you finished the book. I started using Goodreads years ago to avoid reading the same book twice. I was heavy into mystery/suspense thrillers and I sort of got lost in them.

Anyway, since I was starting in October, I decided that 50 books was reasonable. I did not read 50 books from October-December. I went back and tracked what I’d read since the beginning of the year. Because most of what I read were ebooks, it wasn’t hard to recreate a lot of what I’d read.

This year I decided that 100 books was a good target. I also decided to join a couple groups to hopefully get more engaged in reading with some discussion. One of the groups posted the 2015 Reading Challenge, which is a list of 50 categories of book to read.

I decided to be proactive and add a book or two to each item, rather than figuring it out as I go along. My list is below. The titles in bold are books I’ve already read this year with the date I finished the book. I’m currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you have recommendations for the ones I’ve left blank, please let me know!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages The Time Traveler’s Wife
  2. A classic romance Jane Eyre 1/13/15
  3. A book that became a movie Johnny Mnemonic/Divergent
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title Fahrenheit 451
  6. A book written by someone under 30 The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book Twisted Sisters
  9. A book by a female author Saving Grace
  10. A mystery or thriller
  11. A book with a one-word title Dubliners
  12. A book of short stories Olive Kitteridge
  13. A book set in a different country The Kite Runner
  14. A nonfiction book Me Talk Pretty One Day, The God Delusion
  15. A popular author’s first book Carrie
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet The Woman Who Stole My Life
  17. A book a friend recommended The Talented Mr. Ripley
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book Beloved
  19. A book based on a true story Eat, Pray, Love 1/14/15
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves Little Women
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old Frankenstein
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t Catch-22
  26. A memoir Infidel
  27. A book you can finish in a day The Quaker Café 1/6/15
  28. A book with antonyms in the title North and South
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born Cathedral
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy Lord of The Rings
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle Taking Chances
  35. A book set in the future Ender’s Game
  36. A book set in high school Anna and the French Kiss
  37. A book with a color in the title The Color Purple
  38. A book that made you cry Anne of Green Gables 1/6/15
  39. A book with magic Vale of the Vole
  40. A graphic novel V for Vendetta
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before A Temporary Ghost
  42. A book you own but have never read Attorney at Large
  43. A book that takes place in your stateMcNally’s Alibi
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  45. A book set during Christmas The Polar Express
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials Final Jeopardy
  47. A play Hamlet
  48. A banned book To Kill a Mockingbird
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show A Game of Thrones
  50. A book you started but never finished The Inconvenient Corpse

I am really looking forward to working my way through this list. Except maybe for Hamlet. And the book at the bottom of my reading list.