Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: Photographic by K.D. Lovgren

Title: Photographic
Author: K.D. Lovgren
Published: 2013
Jane O'Reilly lives on a farm away from the paparazzi and press that's inherent with her husband's job. But, those two worlds are about to collide one early morning.

I had the pleasure and honor of reading this delightful debut novel. I absolutely loved it! There are so many parallels in motifs and themes between Photographic and The Odyssey. The motifs of storytelling and disguise, the theme of temptation.... The author did a fantastic job of exploring the grey area in a marriage -- where are the limits of right and wrong, especially when you add in the layers of disguise, temptation and storytelling? Fans of Jodi Picoult's work, Amy Hatvany and M.L. Stedman (The Light Between Oceans) will enjoy reading this novel, as well as anyone who appreciates Homer's The Odyssey. Rich in vocabulary, parallels, and layers, this is a deeply thought-provoking and brilliant first novel. I can't wait to read her next novel. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 of 5.

Available at Amazon.

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


What’s your reading goal for 2014? If it’s to read more books, then this is the reading challenge for you! Last year I wasn't able to read as many books as I had originally planned because of wedding planning so this year I'm challenging myself with three different challenges to step it up. I'm a firm believer in reading. This is the 2nd of the 3 I'll be posting on here. I'd love to have someone join with me. You can also follow my progress on Goodreads here. There have been 500+ readers who have wanted to outdo themselves so far. Are you up for the challenge?

Reading Challenge Details:

Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog. The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2014 than you did in 2013. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.). Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

To join the challenge, grab the 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading. I have decided to forgo the review link-up for 2014. If you plan to review the books you read for this challenge, link them up in your 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge post.


---- Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
---- Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
---- Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
---- I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

2014 E-Book Reading Challenge @ Workaday Reads

January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms. Reading Challenge Details: This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc). You can follow my review at my Goodreads site here. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
CD – 10 ebooks
DVD – 25 ebooks
Memory stick – 50 ebooks
Hard drive – 75 ebooks
Server – 100 ebooks
Human brain – 150 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

This reading challenge is hosted by Workaday Reads. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.