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Subject: August hot reads - and maybe some not so hot
Date Posted: 8/1/2015 1:22 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2015 1:24 AM ET
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Well, it's a rainy night in Phoenix. Actually it's been raining most of the day, which is good. We really need it, and it's not a deluge that just runs off. 

I got a book package in the mail today. The sender had notified me that it was mailed July 10, but the postmark is July 27. Naughty, naughty! Actually, back in Shakespeare's time "naughty" used to mean very bad. 

The Worst Thing is definitely one of the "hot" ones. Well written, much in the first person, there's a little humor was well. Very satisfying. Big surprise at the very end. 

 



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Marla, this may sound like a sacrilege, but, have you though of simply tearing your huge book into sections so it will not be so difficult to hold???  If you are needing credits and it is on a wishlist, possibly not a good idea, but otherwise why not???  Then just recycle the sections!!

BOOK IS GONE!!!!  Is anyone here wishing for "The Vanishing Thief" by Kate Parker???  I read it in one day yesterday, well almost, it was a bit after midnight when we went to bed.  Let me know and I will happily send it along.  Will wait a couple of days to post.

All of you PBS helpers:  is there function I am missing where one can search all of their friends wishlists at one time rather than have to check each one individually????



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Becky ~ what you can do is click on post the book...then a list of your friends will come up that is wishing for that book. You can then pick and choose. If you aren't ready to post the book at that time and just want to see who is wishing for it, you can click on the backspace.

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Date Posted: 8/1/2015 11:57 AM ET
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And, that's the easiest way to see who wants your book Becky.  Connie why aren't you a tour guide?

I'm reading my the oldest on my TBR not the oldest book I have.  Dream Man / Linda Howard.  Starts off a little slow in chapter one and chapter 2 picks u the pace.  Now I don't want to put it down, why am I here?

On Kindle reading Debits and Credits / Lyn Fraser.  Nice cozy it is available as a mmpb with 8 wishers here. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2015 1:41 PM ET
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Becky...Hadn't thought of that, but would probably work.  It's old and not a WL'd book.  I have a real problem throwing out a book if it is still readable.  When we moved, there was a box of dh's books in the basement that I had forgotten about.  One summer some little field mice got in and they had nibbled on them.  He said "toss 'em"...they are still sitting in the closet in the back bedroom!  I mean the only thing wrong with them is that the edges got nibbled on...you could still read them!  Actually, I had some crazy idea of tearing out the pages and decoupaging "something"...just haven't figured out "what"!!

Started Visions/Kelly Armstrong last night.  So far, am liking it better than Omens.  Maybe because I found Omens took awhile to get into and, even then, was somewhat confusing.  Now that I understand a bit about Cainsville, this one is an easier read.
 

Date Posted: 8/1/2015 3:09 PM ET
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Okay --- Was I supposed to hit "post this book" before I put the stars in to add it to my BIR list???  If so, I did not.  So I went to the page for the book and hit "post this book" and a list of friends did pop up and I chose one.  SO, if anyone else was interested, the book is gone.  So sorry.

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Date Posted: 8/1/2015 4:42 PM ET
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Becky, just go to your TBR, hit post this book.  You get the list and can see which of your friends has the book on their wl.  Then just hit the back arrow and you go back to your TBR.  That way you can do what you would normally do, add to you BIR list, whatever.  Then you can post it since now you know that a friend would like to have the book.  Or hold off to see if someone who wasn't on the list asks for it.

Date Posted: 8/1/2015 5:25 PM ET
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Okie Dokie --I knew I did something wrong, before I could choose my friend I had already posted the book.  It worked out okay, because Una did want the book, but now I know how to do it next time. 

It does not matter where you click post this book, it is the same process, now I REALLY understand.



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I haven't been getting any reading done.  I've been dealing with some health issues. You would think that you would get a lot of reading done sitting around waiting rooms and hospitals but I end up people watching or talking to someone. Or listening to other people talk.  Man, there is a lot of Sad out there.  Or I go sit by the fountain in the sunshine and just vegetate. I did reread a couple of things,  Shakespeare's Christmas and Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris.  My two favorite Lily Bard mysteries.  That's it.  Becky Masterman's Rage Against The Dying made it home from my sisters so I may try that.  She said it was meh which is a good sign.  We never like the same books as she is into spies and explosions and horror and stuff I don't care about. 



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Bronwyn, sorry to hear you are having health issues. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Becky, You did nothing wrong the first time. That is the easiest way to find out who on your friend's list is wishing for your book. In answer to your question, it doesn't matter whether before or after you post the book if you want to check on the stars and place it on your BIR list. To place it on your BIR list just go to the More Options list on the book page and click + Books I've Read. I just did that today to a book I posted yesterday because I forgot to.

LOL, Becky you posted just a minute after I did.

Going to begin reading Geared For the Grave by Duffy Brown for Alice's challenge.

 



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Date Posted: 8/2/2015 7:35 AM ET
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Bronwyn --- Sorry to hear you are lurking in hospitals and waiting rooms --- hope everything gets put right very quickly.

Yesterday I started reading the first tome in the latest Penn Cage trilogy by Greg Iles, "Natchez Burning".  It is a hardcover book and is large and weighty.  Historically I have really enjoyed this Penn Cage series, but after reading 101 out of 784 pages I am feeling it is taking too long to tell this tale.  It is a flashback sort of book between present day and the 1960s in Mississippi --- read that as the terribly violent, scary racial angst of the time.  A time when reasonable whites and all blacks lived in constant fear.  I will plod on for a while, but am wishing I had the Reader's Digest Condensed version (hee hee).  I almost think listening to these huge books might be better, but I simply cannot stay awake unless I am driving.  This series would take several cross country trips!!!!  Also in the wings is the second in the series and it may be bigger and heavier than this one!!!!

Date Posted: 8/2/2015 2:29 PM ET
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Bronwyn...Hope everything comes right with your health issues.  I'm like you...when I am in that sort of "waiting" situation, I find I can't read.  Too much going on in my mind and too much going on around me and I can't seem to focus.  I. too, liked the Lily Bard series.  Have you read her Harper Connelly series?  I liked those as well.

Becky...Maybe you could get the audio version of the Iles book and you and the puppies could go for a drive everyday!!!  cheeky

Finished Visions/Kelly Armstrong.  Not sure I really know what is going on in Cainsville after two books, but this one seemed to be an easier read than Omens.  There is a third one out (or coming out shortly).  May give it a try at some point.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2015 3:40 PM ET
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Brownyn, hope your health issues come out okay!  I loved the Lily Bard series too.  And, I agree with Marla you might like the Harper Connelly series.  I'm sorry there weren't more written.

It's taken me forever to finish Mama Does Time / Deborah Sharp.  Not a bad book just similar to Becky's car book.  When I'm sitting on the sun porch I read it.  Seems like something I didn't do much but finally got the book in the house instead of the porch and finished it off. 

I have Dream Man as the book that's been on my TBR the longest, published in 1995 and just been sitting there waiting for me to pick it up.  It's a romantic thriller.  New category to me.  It begins as a thriller, the MC has a vision of a murder.  She is psychic, doesn't want to go to the police with what she's "seen" but does.  There is typical romance style girl meets boy and instantly doesn't like him and boy is madly in lust.  They end up working together and sleeping together so if that bothers you this is not the book for you.  There is the mystery, who has killed two women and caused a suicide?  The thriller is when the killer discovers who the witness was - the psychic.  But the absolute best part is reserved for all the women who have gone through child birth.  At the end the MC and detective have married and he has suffered with every ache, pain and morning sickness event that can happen in a pregnancy up to and including labor pains.  His final words as he is holding their son - he's going to be an only child!  HEA  I can only say I'm sorry I waited so long to read this.  It wasn't really gruesome but the killer uses a knife and they talk about the wounds a little.  It did provide a laugh here and there and that's always good.

The horror!  I received my third Kate Ellis book An Unhallowed Grave and grabbed it.  I'm zipping through it, almost halfway through but though I have the fourth on the way to me I'm going to have to hold off.  Getting a bit burned out.  I read two in July and now this one.  That's not my style so I'll have to taper off a little darn it.  70 books on my TBR and don't know what to read!



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Date Posted: 8/3/2015 8:11 AM ET
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Bronwyn - Hope your health problems turn out to be minor, and easily cured. 

Just a few more pages to After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman. As with all her books, this one is set in Baltimore, and it's a standalone. A man who runs a numbers game is indicted by the feds, and while waiting for his appeal, he decides to disappear - hence the title. He leaves his wife, the lover of his life, and three daughters. He also leaves a mistress, who ten years to the day the man disappeared, also disappears. Many years later she's found dead. The story jumps back and forth in time, but each chapter gives the dates, and the effect of the man's disappearance is told from the point of view of each of the women. The murder, now a cold case, is being re-investigated by a retired cop who works as a police consultant, and we learn his back story as well. Like most of Lippman's  standalones, this one is a bit depressing. However, the writing is very good, and the story holds my attention. I have no idea whodunit.



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Date Posted: 8/3/2015 2:41 PM ET
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Oh me, I was just looking at Amazon and they have a new book Bushel Full of Murder.  When I first spotted it my mouth dropped open because I misread the title as Bulls**t Full of Murder!  Honest I got new glasses in March!  Actually it's the size of the type and the font that threw me off.  Hmmm To Brew or Not to Brew is another new one.  I must call my BA sponsor - that's an organization similar to AA only books .  devil  If there is such a thing I do NOT belong.  cheeky

Let's see I finished An Unhallowed Grave and now have #4 The funeral Boat / Kate Ellis.  I'm resisting reading it though.  Don't want to suffer burn out!  I envy every one that can glomm.

I have my books laid out all over the house.  Grave Writer / Mark Arsenault (hardcover chair);  In the Drink / Allyson K Abbott (bed); Blown Away / Nancy Mehl (exercise) and one that's old when I happen to plop in the rocker on the sun porch The Debt Collector / Lynn S Hightower.

On Kindle Debits and Credits / Lyn Fraser for cozy lovers this is pretty good.  I just didn't read my Kindle yesterday.  Too many small distractions on and off all day.  

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/3/2015 3:50 PM ET
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I just finished In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott on my Kindle today. This one was really good with the quirky murder and ending. 'Nuff said about that one as I see Geri's reading it.

Also finished I, Ripper by Steven Hunter. Wasn't overly impressed with the two points of view. Of course, it was gory as the facts were based on the actual killing, but the rest was fiction. I just thought it was an okay read.

Trying to read some of my 400+ Kindle books in between paperbacks. I finished Sage Advice to Cover up a Murder by Phoebe T. Eggli. This was a freebie and I won't bother with any more in the series. It read like a high school student wrote it. Takes place on the Outer Banks and the MC owns the Kill Devil Delicacies bakery. Also read With Baited Breath by Lorraine Bartlett. That one was nicely written with a nice little mystery

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I have With Baited Breath by Lorraine Bartlett on my Kindle.  Gosh, I haven't read a Steven Hunter in years.  I devoured his Bob Lee Swagger books.  I think gory might be the reason I stopped.  I know I tried something other than a Bob Lee Swagger book and didn't care for it.  Have no idea which since it was so long ago.

Date Posted: 8/3/2015 6:26 PM ET
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By doing absolutely NOTHING yesterday, I am now on page 591 out of 784!!!  I am now going to finish, too much time put into at this point, but I do believe the story could have been told in fewer pages.  These are not pages like James Patterson with  2-inch margins and large type.  They do not have large margins and quite small type!!

Had some banking issues today that took 3 hours to get straightened out --- they were at fault!!!  Then went to the chiropractor and then treated myself to manicure for my trip to Vermont!!!  As of this moment, the closing is still scheduled for this Friday!!

Date Posted: 8/3/2015 11:14 PM ET
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Finished I Remember You/Yrsa Sigurdardottir tonight.  I have read her series set in Iceland with the attorney, so thought I would try this one.  It is a stand-alone, also set in Iceland.  Three friends are going to renovate a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location in the dead of winter.  It is only accessible by boat and there is no one living anywhere in the area.  The village had been abandoned years previously and the remaining houses are only used as summer cottages.  Meanwhile, in another town a doctor is investigating the suicide of an elderly woman  and discovers she was obsessed with his young son who vanished three years previously.  These stories do collide.  UK reviewers compared it to Stephen King's books and consider it a horror novel.  I don't agree with that.  It does have a ghost, a rather nasty one.  It is a different sort of mystery, but I didn't find it all that scary.  I think the three people renovating the house just irritated me...they obviously have no idea what they are doing, for one thing; they lugged all these supplies from the boat to the house and then, when one of them gets a blister on his foot, discover they didn't think to bring any bandages; then they decide to go to another cottage that has been renovated for the night, trek over there and realize nobody thought to bring the keys!!!    OK, so I am the type that has a couple of bandages in her purse and, when I travel, always throw a few bandages and a small tube of antiseptic cream in my suitcase...so maybe I am the one that is weird!!!  But, if you like a somewhat grim and spooky book, you might like it!!

Date Posted: 8/4/2015 4:00 AM ET
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Geri - I have I Remember You on my WL and I'm looking forward to reading it. Several years ago I renovated a house here in Phoenix with the help of two young men. When one of them almost sliced off a piece of his finger using the table saw, I had no first aid available. He just wrapped it in a paper towel and kept on working. When my then boyfriend and I, along with his dad and dad's girlfriend went on a Memorial Day weekend camping/fishing trip, I didn't bring TP, so it was drip dry for three days. Yup, there's a lot of us out here!

Becky - I read that Greg Iles planned Natchez Burning and the next two books in the Penn Cage series after the car accident in which he lost a leg and his dad was killed. He knew the story was too long for a single book. And based on the number of pages in Natchez Burning, he was right! I am looking forward to tackling this tome in the future. 

I'm reading Down to the Bone by Karen Harper. MC is an Amish widow. She's being pressured by one of the older Amish men whose wife took off wants to marry him. She would prefer to work her farm alone so that her young sons can someday take over it. She meets a younger "English" man who restores barns and there's a lot of chemistry going on between them. There also seems to be some paranormal stuff going on relative to the barn. The book is a romantic mystery I'm reading for the Challenge. I don't think it's as good as the Linda Castillo Amish mysteries, but it's not as violent, and it has held my interest. 

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Mary I didn't like I, Ripper either. I did enjoy With Baited Breath. I enjoyed the characters.

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Marla, I read all but one in the Icelandic series. Some are better than others and several are rather grim and dark, but I liked them all.

Date Posted: 8/4/2015 12:44 PM ET
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I finished a series on Kindle that I have had for a while, The Agency series, written by Chautona Havig and started another one that she has, The Hartfield Mysteries.  Finished the first book in that series this morning. I don't usually read straight through so many books by the same author but I am really liking her writing style.  Going to read the second in that series as I have it on hand already.  They are Christian fiction mysteries.  If anyone has a Kindle and would like to try one, I can loan them out. Just let me know.

At home I am trying to read The Final Reveille but it is slow going. About halfway through it.

Peaches and Scream was a DNF for me.  Just never could get into it.

Received a call from the library this morning that The Bones Will Speak (A Gwen Marcey Novel Bk 2) :: Carrie Stuart Parks is in and I can pick up. Looking forward to reading it to see if it is as good as the first.



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Mary M C I just finished In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott on my Kindle today. This one was really good with the quirky murder and ending. 'Nuff said about that one as I see Geri's reading it.

I just finished it and mercy!  I simply don't know what I'd do in her situation - 'nuff said so we don't spoil it for others!

I struggled to finish Peaches and Scream, so many said they really enjoyed it.  I thought maybe I was in a mood. I thought I might give book 2 a try if there is a book 2.

Marla, I don't think you're weird.  When I travel I carry a small first aid kit in my luggage.  Bandage, antiseptic cream and aspirin.  But, that's when I travel never have a bandage nearby when I'm doing any type of renovating or work outside.  sad

Let me see did I mention I finished An Hallowed Grave.  The fourth Wesley Peterson is here and calling to me but I'm resisting!  I have book 5 ordered and 6-7 and 8 are on my wl.  Wonder how long it will take since I'm #1 for 6 & 7 and #2 for 8.

Got my shipment of August pre-ordered books from Amazon.  I have no idea when I ordered them I didn't cancel cause it takes too long to find them in my orders.  Getting better, not pre-ordering so many.

Oh dear, I set all those books out to read with a world of good intentions but dang these books are calling to me!  I gotta shush the.  devil  Which is yelling the loudest, food in the form of Fudge or Onions, reading in the Parlor or a Renovation...  I'll let you know.

 

 

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