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Subject: It's April--no fooling! Whatcha reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:06 AM ET
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I'm still working on The Sweet Golden Parachute by David Handler which I need to read to get to the next in series, my "CH CH CHanges" Challenge book, The Sour Cherry Surprise. That won't be for awhile yet though. And just started a non-mystery, sort of a memoir I guess called Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. So far it's okay...she isn't a spectacular writer, but it's certainly interesting stuff. The title sure is long and clunky! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 6:13 PM ET
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I am within 30 pages of the end of Scavengers by Steven F. Havill and then I will move onto whichever Chris Grabenstein book I have in my library bag.  It's the next one in the John Ceepak series...I think I'm on Hell Hole.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 8:12 PM ET
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I finished The Beekeeper's Apprentice (really enjoyed it and have the 2nd book on the way). I'm now reading Carl's The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle (I'm not reading these in order), and sort of interspersing it with a WL book I found and posted today about the women in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (Buffalo Gals)...not mysterious, but fairly interesting. I think I'm going to try to read the Nancy Bush books this weekend.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 8:47 PM ET
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I am reading The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:21 PM ET
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Last night I started a book  for the  Beam me up Scotty Challenge  The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin. This book is very different from what I usually read but I'm really enjoying it. 

Happy reading every one !

Tammy

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Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:19 AM ET
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I just started our New Book Smell fcategory or the Challenge. I am reading A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin. Really, really good so far. This is book 4 in the Mistress of the ARt of Death Series.  I am also reading I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer Fleming. She is one of my favorite mystery writers. The chemistry between her main characters is wonderful.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:27 AM ET
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I started Kiss of the Bees by J. A. Jance, which I think is one I will use for the challenge. Haven't gotten too far with it yet, as more company arrived yesterday, but it definitely looks promising!

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Date Posted: 4/2/2010 4:53 PM ET
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I just finished A Curious Affair by Melanie Jackson.  Meh.  It wasn't my cup of tea and I found myself skipping very long descriptive parts.  It seemed like she kept repeating herself.  Almost at the beginning she has the main character telling us that since she was struck by lightening cats talk to her.  Throughout the story it seems she keeps repeating that she was struck by lightening and cats talk to her.  Okay, since a cat is almost the secondary figure we can certainly keep that in mind.

I finished up a non mystery - On the Way to the Wedding by Julain Quinn.  I it's the last of the Brigerton romance series and I just had to see the youngest son get married off - and have nine children. lol

Now I'm reading Ghouls Gone Wild by Victoria Laurie.  Book 4 and I couldn't wait to get it.  I'm hooked on the series at the moment.  I'll start Dog on It tomorrow.  Who knows I might have three books ready to be picked up Monday. 

Happy Easter everyone!

 

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 8:55 AM ET
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I just started The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, finally. I got this as an ARC to review months before it was released, but after reading the first one, which was "okay, but disappointing" I haven't been able to make myself read this one. Hopefully it's better than the first. Honestly, I think if the author hadn't died when he did, this series would never in a million years gotten all the publicity and hype it did.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 11:58 AM ET
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I'm in the middle of Greenmantle by John Buchan - an oldie but a goodie.  It's on my "Read TEN mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year" challenge & is on someone's WL. 

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Date Posted: 4/3/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Well, finished up Ghouls Gone Wild and Dog On It.  I think I better get on my challenge list!  I've fallen behind.  Time to get on it.  Maybe Blame it on Chocolate by Jennifer Greene or The Chocolate Snowman Murder by JoAnna Carl.  I'm on chocolate overload because of the dratted Easter bunny.  

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 1:18 AM ET
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I finished Edwin of the Iron Shoes yesterday.  It started kind of slow for me but by the end I really enjoyed it and Sharon McCone started to grow on me.  I will probably read more of the series in the future. 

Last night I started One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and finished it tonight.  This is the book I'm using for the re-read category of the challenge.  I knew it would be a quick read (I'm not a big re-reader) and I thought I would brush up in case they really do decide to make the movie.  I was really surprised at how much I had forgotten about the book, but then it has been over ten years since I read it.

Haven't decided what's up next.  Maybe one of the new books that came in the mail today.  I grew impatient for a couple of really slow moving wish list books and bought Mad Mouse, the second book in the John Ceepak series and The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer.  I've been wanting to read this book for a while. 

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Date Posted: 4/4/2010 6:56 AM ET
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I stayed up to 1 am last night to finish Ariana's Franklin new book A Murderous Procession. It was really good. Generally she has only had Henry II and Eleanor Of Aquataine as the main historical figures in her books. Fro this brook she brough in their sons, Young Henry and Richard the Lionhearted.  Here characters grow deeper and more interesting with each book. Bummed I have to wait until next year to read teh next one. Oh yes the mystery was good too although easy to guess who the killer was. If you haven't tried this seires yet it is excellent.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 8:52 AM ET
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I read two of J.A. Jance's  Joanna Brady books yesterday that I'd sort of shuffled to the bottom of the stack - Devil's Claw and Outlaw Mountain. Still have a couple more to finish out this series. I do enjoy these, although not as much as the Beaumont books. Still hope to get to the Nancy Bush books in the next day or two.  

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 8:56 PM ET
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I finished "Hell Hole" this morning and have just embarked on a new series for me, the Logan McRae mysteries by Stuart MacBride.  I "found" this title at SYKM and picked it up at the library.  It takes place in Aberdeen, Scotland and is being called "Tartan Noir". LOL!  I'm only about 40 pages into this one but I think I'm going to like it.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:32 PM ET
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I must have heard Judge Knott calling to me in my sleep last night.  I started Hard Roe by Margaret Maron this afternoon.  This is probably my favorite series.  I try to space them out but unfortunately I am close to being caught up on the series.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:07 AM ET
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LeeAnne, I think you will like the Logan MacRae series...I've read that first one and have the next couple here I think....

I am going to be starting A Hard Ticket Home by David Housewright at lunch break today, which is my Home Sweet Home challenge book. Other than that, still working on other things I've posted about before. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 3:38 PM ET
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I am beginning Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. This book has been on my TBR for ages. Can not wait to get into it.
Date Posted: 4/5/2010 6:50 PM ET
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Oh, Michael...you are in for a treat!! I absolutely love that series! One of the few I'm caught up with and waiting for the next one to come out.

I started A Hard Ticket Home today. I'm peeved though, because within the first couple pages, there was a major typo and/or misspelling that drew me right out of the story. It was a brand name even, and it was spelled wrong! Argh! You know Sorels, those super-duper winter boots that are so common here in the north? He spelled them Sorrels...like the herb, sorrel. I am such a stickler for spelling and such that having that mistake there is going to color my whole view of the book, I'm afraid. I mean,c ome on!! If you are going to use a brand name like that, you HAVE to spell it right! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:34 PM ET
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Maybe those Sorrels were purchased at LLBeen.  Didja ever think of that??  Huh??

 

LOL! :D


I just dealt with that in a DNF book that I can't even remember the name of.  The cover made reference to "Patrick Hill Station" a number of times but throughout the book it was "Partick Hill Station".  Drove me nuts! (Partick Hill is correct!)



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Date Posted: 4/6/2010 6:38 AM ET
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Readers make the BEST proofreaders! Unless of course, they actually write in the book!

Didn't get to the Nancy Bush series yet.

My reading choices are limited lately, certainly not by the number of available books, but by the fact I've been reading by the pool. The humidity and the heat pretty much requires that I only read "keepers." So, I read Promise Me by Harlan Coben yesterday, I like the Bolitar series and now have only Hold Tight on my TBR, but I'm sort of "rationing" that one.  Actually, since I've done a poor job of actually looking at the books I receive when I get them, I've found that many actually are unpostable, but I don't find that out until I'm actually reading them, otherwise that would give me a lot more I could read while outside.

Re-reading the Francis book for the discussion will be today - I have all of those as keepers! :-)

 

Date Posted: 4/6/2010 12:43 PM ET
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Nearly halfway through the Stuart MacBride book and really enjoying it. 

I am also listening to "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins on a playaway from the library.  I'm new to this playaway thing but it's pretty cool.  It's an MP3 player with the entire unabridged book on it.  All I need to listen is a AAA battery and my iPod head phones.  Pretty cool. The book is interesting too though the woman who is reading is not.  She's driving me nuts.

On the cozy and fluffy side, I am also reading "Biggie and the Poisoned Politician" by Nancy Bell.  This is a "southern fried" cozy that takes place in a very small town in East Texas.  The narrator is an eleven year old boy.  It's quite funny.  I'm about halfway through this one too.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2010 4:21 PM ET
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LeeAnne, I really liked the reader for The Hunger Games! (Is it Carolyn McCormick reading the version you're listening to?) I thought she did a good job. I just finished listening to Catching Fire, the second in that series. Can't wait for the finale!

I haven't tried the Biggie series, I really should, been hearing about them for ages. 

Also, LOL about "LLBeen." I haven't found any other boo-boos in the book and am actually liking it a fair bit, although it seems like the author is really "piling it on" the main character--he's killed two people, found another dead, and had another couple of deaths in his wake. Wow, I don't wanna be his buddy! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/6/2010 4:56 PM ET
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Jodi, I know what you mean. Found out my copy of Underdog had a torn page when I was reading it this weekend. <sigh>. Oh, well...

Have been on a Lucy Stone kick. Finished Back to School Mystery and about 3/4 of Valentine Mystery.

Date Posted: 4/6/2010 5:16 PM ET
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Yes, Cheryl, the reader is Carolyn McCormick.  To be fair, this is only the second book I've ever listened to, the first being a Harry Potter book read by the inimitable Jim Dale, so I don't have a lot of experience or reason to judge.  McCormick's voice for Katniss is too simpering for my taste and all the male characters sound the same.  I must be getting used to her because as I'm getting further into the story, she isn't getting on my nerves as much! LOL!

I went out and purchased C.J.Box's new book, just released today, so I will probably suspend everything until I get that read.  He will be at a local bookstore on Friday and I like to arrive with the book completed.

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