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Reading: Cerulean Sins, Demon Lord of Karanda, It Sleeps in Me, The Jewel in the Skull.
Finished: The Lady is a Vamp, NOS4A2, Fall of Giants, Rithmatist, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Illusion, Lady of Avalon, Awakened, Time Untime.
Kicked to the curb: Ready Player One.
Judye / maysied
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1. Ghosty Men Franz Lidz
2. In Falling Snow Mary Rose MacColl
3. Above Isla Morley
4. Hollywood Stuff Sharon Fiffer
5. Buddy-- How a Rooster made me a man Brian McGrory
6. West of Kabul, East of New York Tamin Ansary
7. The Apple Orchard Susan Wiggs
8. Vinegar Hill A. Manette Ansay
9. Mirror Lake Thomas Christopher Greene
10. NYPD Red James Patterson
11. Boondocking Tricia Bauer
12. Slipknot Linda Greenlaw
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Finished this month: Seems to be a month to get back to series that I'd started.
The Web by Jonathan Kellerman --- Dr. Alex Delaware has been invited to come to the Pacific island of Aruk to help Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland get his papers in order to publish. At least that's what Alex thinks he's been invited for, but it turns out to be something much more than that. Bizarre, seemingly unrelated deaths are woven together to make this a very compelling [and frightening] story.
Murder at the Smithsonian by Margaret Truman-- I always learn so much about Washington, DC and our government by reading Truman's books. Dr. Lewis Tunney has been murdered during a reception at the Smithsonian. Captain Mac Hanrahan has been assigned the case and finds Dr. Tunney was about to reveal an international art scandal. Interesting reading and Truman always writes a great who-done-it!!
The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim--- The small town of Alpine, Washington's newspaper publisher, Emma Lord, and Sheriff Milo Dodge, have two dead women [at least parts of one woman] and along with Emma's brother, Father Ben, and friend, Vida Runkel, investigate their murders, but first have to find out who they are and why they have come to Alpine. A fun "cozy" series.
The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun--- One of the earlier "Cat Who..." that I'd missed reading. Qwilleran, KoKo and Yum-Yum move into a new apartment in a boarding house where Qwill finds an old "flame' living with her husband. When she disappears, along with the houseboy, Qwill's mustache and KoKo tell him something sinister is going on.
Blind Descent by Nevada Barr --- Anna Pigeon has to overcome her claustrophobia in order to go into a cave to help rescue a friend. Lots of technical info about caving and all the equipment and techniques used that are hard for the uninformed to follow, but a tense story line. As always, Barr writes a vivid description, she had to have used a lot of this knowledge herself as a forest ranger.
Nothing But the Truth by John Lescroart --- Dismas Hardy's wife is in jail on a contempt charge when she wouldn't answer questions during a grand jury probe. As he works to get her out he also uncovers clues about the murder that the grand jury is about and related murders. Well-written plot that takes the reader into the world of big oil companies and politics.
Ghost Moon by Heather Graham --- Finished the Bone Island Trilogy.. A very good para-normal read. Kelsey Donovan comes back to Key West to deal with her grandfather's estate, only to find herself involved with Liam Beckett, the cop who found her grandfather's body. Lots of spooky ghost things and murders to solve.
Currently reading: Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper
Up next: ???
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The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck. this is a sequence of stories that are loosely connected and all set in the same locale. got it from the library. I was hoping they might have The Log of the Sea of Cortez but alas no luck.
Wolves Eat Dogs--Martin Cruz Smith, 5th book in Renko series. Really like series and this is a good book too.
A Student of Living Things--by Susan Richard Shreve. Kind of different and not really flowing but given circumstances in story kind of makes sense. So far okay but will have to see how ends to know if will like it or not. Ending a little different too but overall interesting.
Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series--by David Pietrusza. Time period I have not read or studied much about & is interesting.
Harry Potter book 2. Finally getting this series read and enjoyed book 2.
NY PD Red2--by James Patterson & Marshall Karp. Good book & good start to this series, will have to continue with it.
Innocent Blood--by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantwell, 2nd book in series. Both book in series were okay, some interesting stuff & ideas but just too much out there stuff. Just okay for me.
Racing While Black--Leonard Miller & Andrew Simon. A group of African Americans starts a stock car racing team w/ AA driver also. Good read in trying to get sponsors & moving up the stock car circuit.
Going Away Shoes--short stories by Jill McCorkle. First couple stories were good. Still working through book.
The Counterfeit Agent--Alex Berenson. Next in John Wells series, just getting started.
The Old Man and the Sea--Ernest Hemingway, been too many years since read this so figured time to do so again.
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Audio: The Storycatcher by Ann Hite Interesting, some parts better than others. Of course.
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford. Very good but I think I preferred Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore.
Print: Twelve Little Cakes by Dominka Dery Oh, good Lord, if I weren't reading this for a challenge I would have quit 200 pages ago.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo A bit repetitive, and I am mostly ok with throwing out my stuff or donating. But the sections on how to fold and load drawers was eye-opening and worth the read! I am actually redoing the drawers! Cannot believe the space I've gained. And convenience.
Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell. Whoa. Crazy people but damn good writing.
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"the case of the beautiful beggar" by Erle Stanley Gardner - 3.5 - 4
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay. 3.5-4
Dry, A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs - I don't think anything will top this one for August. We'll see. 4.5 - 5
Finished Pastures of Heaven by Steinbeck. not world class literature but fairly enjoyable. The library has In Dubious Battle by Steinbeck. I might check it out and read a little of it to see if I will like it. I have several choices at the moment and I'm really undecided what to read next. I have a short baseball novel called The Sun Field by Heywood Broun that I should read while baseball season is going on.
What the heck is going on with posting and fonts. I just added a book to my previous post, and I made sure I highlighted the entire post to choose font and size so it would be equal throughout. My new post is bold and italicized though it doesn't show it during edit, so I cannot change it. I notice this in other places also. Any thoughts?
Justice for Sarah by Erica Spindler - pretty good 3.5
Ritual by Mo Hayder - very good but not for squeemish - 4 -4.5
almost done with - Delores Claiborne by Stephen King - like it alot, a little different than the movie
I just finished: Before you know Kindess by Chris Bohjalian. I am not really sure what the point of this book was supposed to be. Usually his novels have some sort of point about our contemorary culture but if this one did it must be about the Animal Rights activist scene. Who knew you could buy plastic wing tip shoes? I liked his other novels better.
Before You Know Kindness (Random House Large Print)
ISBN-13: 9780375434181 - ISBN-10: 0375434186
Posted: 8/12/2015 6:13 AM ET
Book Type: Hardcover
I also just read The Fifth Season by Robert C. S. Downs. It was a tear jerker for me as caretaking my elderly parents has been my work for the past year. Very well done from this point of view. And his folks are actually harder to deal with than mine because they are older by ten years and even (if it is possible) more stubborn. I am not sure that this book would have meant anything to me before this personal experience. Nonetheless, it is well written and very real life.
Finished Delores Claiborne.
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus. - good story but the German names are hard to pronounce. Doesn't take away from enjoyment of the story. Lots of character's too, so i have to really pay attention. I like it alot so far.
Kathleen, Delores was one of my favorite King movies and books. Of course, it starred two of my favorite actors! Bates and Stratharin. And I have always enjoyed Judy Parfitt (love her in Call the Midwife). But I really enjoyed the audio version of this book.
Pamela, I couldn't finish Before You Know Kindness...at least I think it was that. Until I recently listened to Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (read by his daughter), I haven't liked anything he's done since Midwives.
I'm reading Gathering Prey by John Sandford. The character is Lucas Davenport. If you want to try the Prey series, you should read them in order. I think this is the 24th book in the series.
I finished 2 books by Adrian Phoenix, Black Dust Mambo and Black Heart Loa. They're good but you need to read one after the other as Mambo ends but Loa picks it up right away. It's like it was supposed to be one big book she cut in half to make 2 books.
I found an old time reading program edition of The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary at a library sale today. It's been so long since I read the book I probably won't remember much of it. This is the last book in a trilogy. It's probably the most popular book in the trilogy but I think the first book is the better book. That one is Herself Surprised. That is strictly my own opinion. I never can remember the 2nd book.
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
The Martian by Andy Weir
Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn (non fiction)
The Cannibal's Guide to Ethical Eating by Mykle Hansen (wonderfully written small press book, highly recommend)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (non fiction)