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I'm A Book Shark

Freelance copyeditor to all amazing self-published and independent authors. Check out my editing page for more information. <3 Mickey is the blogger behind I’m A Book Shark. She really wishes there was a better explanation for why she’s a book shark. A new twitter name was needed, and it had to be about her favorite hobby: reading! For whatever reason, sharks also came to mind, and a book shark was born. Besides reading, Mickey is a natural reddish-headed, late-twenties, tattooed, entertainment-of-all-kinds lover, wife of husband, mother of reptiles (and a cat and two puppies, all spoiled), student, employee, boss, and (mostly) raw vegan. Oh yeah, and she likes to blog. www.imabookshark.com

Currently reading

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
Dalai Lama XIV, Howard C. Cutler
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
Joseph Bruchac, Kersten Hamilton, Sara Zarr, Mitali Perkins, Mari Mancusi, Stasia Ward Kehoe, Ellen Hopkins, Dave Roman, Don Tate, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Caridad Ferrer, Jessica Lee Anderson, Melissa Walker, Carrie Jones, Charles Benoit, Jo Whittemore, Mariko Tamaki, Jenn
Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors
Jenny Baranick
Budget Savvy Diva's Guide to Slashing Your Grocery Bill by 50% or More
Sara Lundberg
The Edge of Never
J.A. Redmerski
Camouflaged
Selena Laurence
Shopgirl - Steve Martin This was a truly pleasant surprise. I wasn't very sure what this book was even about (I don't like to thoroughly read descriptions; plus it is Steve Martin!) but it is short so I took a chance. If you love Steve Martin's movies, don't expect to love this book unless you have an open mind.

This novella is a very interesting character study - older and younger men and women and the relationships between them. Martin really gets into the minds of his characters in ways that can ring true with just about everyone. It's such a bittersweet story, where Ray and Mirabelle misinterpret conversations as typical people might and progress in an unidentified relationship that turns into what it's always meant to be. It made me laugh and broke my heart. I hoped for things to work out but in the end we always get what is better for us. A tad predictable, this book still takes a path you aren't completely expecting. The use of present tense always gets my attention, and I love its feel of uncertainty of what is going to happen next. Martin does throw in hints of what happens in the future, but present tense for the story is wonderful. Definitely one of my new favorite books!

Side note - Only 4 stars because of minor grammatical mistakes and continuity errors. Those things do matter to me! So maybe it would be 4.5 stars. Excellent story with some slight distractions. Also, I listened to the audio book version of this, read by Martin himself. Definitely a recommended way to take in this story!