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Once Taken

So far I am blowing through my reading challenge for the year. I finished 4 books in January but that is not at all typical. A couple of the books were pretty short and I had a long weekend with 12 hour (round trip) road trip to give me lots of extra reading time.

Once Taken by Blake Pierce is the second book in a series with main character Riley Paige. If you like Criminal Minds, you will like this series. Riley Paige works at the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI and goes around the country working to catch serial killers. She is also trying to keep her already broken family afloat while dealing with some very heavy and personal cases. I honestly didn’t always like her character – she makes some pretty stupid decisions – but I realized that it actually makes her more believable as a character. Real people make mistakes.

If you’re looking for a good psychological thriller this is a good series. I’m not sure if I’ll read all 14 books in the series (yes…14…) but I’ll at least try a couple more.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This book has been on my wish list for a while now and my husband was keen enough to get it for me for Christmas. This was one I wanted an actually copy of, as opposed to having or borrowing on my Kindle like most of the books I read. It has to be added to the Harry Potter collection, obviously!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne is a script for what is now a show on Broadway. If you are familiar with the books and/or movies, they both end 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. Sorry I’m not giving a spoiler alert warning – it’s been 11 years since the lasts book was published and 7 years since the final movie. I also don’t know why you would be reading this book if you weren’t familiar with the books and/or movies and I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyway…the beginning of the Cursed Child should be familiar. Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, and their respective children are gathered at Kings Cross Station for the departure of the Hogwart’s Express. Harry and Ginny’s middle child, Albus, is starting his first year at Hogwarts. I’d say Albus is the main character of this story/show, along with his best friend, Scorpius, but don’t worry – the main characters we know and love are all very involved throughout.

I won’t give any more spoilers, but the story is about how dark magic is still present in the wizarding world as well as what it means to live as Harry Potter’s child, which Albus struggles with. And he ends up on an adventure reminiscent of his father’s escapades while at Hogwarts. I’ve never read a screenplay before but it was just like reading a book. Except a lot shorter. There aren’t a lot of details about internal emotions, facial expressions, or scenery because that’s what you’re supposed to see on stage. So now, obviously, I have to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. Who’s ready?!

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Becoming

This is not a political post, so please don’t comment with anything political. Don’t worry, I have political views and opinions but I prefer to not open that can of worms on my blog. I enjoy reading about people and people’s lives. Everyone experiences life in such different ways, which is what makes us human and the world an amazing place.

Becoming, on the whole, a political book. This is about a woman who started out like so many and eventually found herself in a place that so few had been. Michelle Obama grew up without much in the way of money or material things but worked hard to earn an ivy league education (multiple degrees) and get a great job as an attorney. I enjoyed learning that she struggled to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, even well after finishing school. But she strived to find something that would be fulfilling and also make a difference, as many people strive to do.

This is about a woman who loves her husband. Even as a senator’s wife, she never wanted a life of politics, but she put her own wants aside and put her husband’s first. That is true love – each spouse putting the other first. She dealt with the same struggles that new mothers deal with every day, especially in our country, feeling the tug between career and home.

She goes to write, obviously, about their campaign for the presidency and life in the White House. About how she used her position to address issues that were (are) important: childhood obesity, access to education, and supporting military families. I recommend this book not because of the Obama’s politics or because their eight years in office were perfect, but because Michelle Obama is an inspiring woman who has accomplished much. And although I cannot imagine or relate to many of the trials she faced or issues that caused her anxiety, I wholeheartedly agree with this quote from the book.

“So many of us go through life with our stories hidden, feeling ashamed or afraid when our whole truth doesn’t live up to some established ideal. We grow up with messages that tell us that there’s only one way to be American – that if our skin is dark or our hips are wide, if we don’t experience love in a particular way, if we speak another language or come from another country, then we don’t belong. That is, until someone dares to start telling that story differently.”

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The One That Got Away

My 2019 reading challenge is officially underway. My Goodreads challenge is to read 34 books (two more than I read in 2018) and book number one for the year was The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes. This is a sort of freaky Friday scenario, except instead of trading places with someone, main character Abbey Lahey finds herself living in a world where she did not turn down a date with Alex van Holt. A world where she is no longer working full time, shuttling kids around, and trying to make ends meet while her husband’s business declines. In this world she is the wife of a millionaire running for Congress.

The book was a pretty quick read and was entertaining. There were times when I began to dislike Abbey’s character but she always seemed to bounce back into good graces. Also as a reader, I just kept waiting and waiting for her to wake up. The freak accident that caused this alternate universe – falling off the escalator at Nordstrom – obviously put Abbey in a coma and she would wake up any moment. But the author keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for this outcome.

Does Abbey wake up? Is she really still Abbey Lahey and not Abbey van Holt? How can one small decision change the entire trajectory of your life? You will have to read to find out. 5 stars from me!

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