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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: January 2015 - What are we reading now?
Date Posted: 1/1/2015 5:11 AM ET
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I'm reading Geared Up for the Grave / Duffy Brown and loving it.  I'm using it for the coy challenge as a first in series but it can cover any categories in the cozy challenge and it would work in the mystery challenge with no problem.  I haven't finished it and can't wait for the next to appear!



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Date Posted: 1/1/2015 9:23 AM ET
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I was wondering who would be the new year early bird --- yippee for Geri. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 9:58 AM ET
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I'm reading "Book Clubbed"  by Lorna Barrett.  Good read and another challenge book. 

Geri, what on earth are you doing up at 5:00 in the morning??   :)

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 10:00 AM ET
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Happy New Year to everyone.

I just started Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd. It's the second in the Kurtland St. Mary mystery series. I'm enjoying it so far. Lucy and the Major end up in London and become embroiled in a murder. I'm reading it on my Kindle. I just got several brand new ebook cozies that came through at once from the library.

I also just got done at about 2:30 this morning with Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell. This one was a disappointment as I've always liked her books. The story takes place in the 1930's and the writing is slow, laborious, and downright boring at times. The MC, Florence Norris, is a housekeeper who becomes involved in the murder. However, she muses all over the place but shares little insight and the killer is so abruptly revealed at the end that by the time I got there, I didn't care.

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 10:06 AM ET
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Joy ---- Geri does not sleep.  She was also up at 1 a.m. or thereabouts closing out the December thread!!!

I completely forgot to buy my black-eyed peas for today.  Do not know about the luck they supposedly bring considering my last two years.  Perhaps it is best I start a new tradition!!!  Maybe pizza????

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 2:07 PM ET
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Becky, make that a pepperoni and mushroom and I'll come join you.  I'm reading The Sayer Swindle by Victoria Abbott for the challenge.  Slower moving than her first book, and I haven't made up my mind if I like it or not yet.  

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 7:04 PM ET
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Hopefully, today is not an indication of how 2015 is going to go!!  Went out to run errands since it was supposed to get up to 17 (as opposed to single digits the past two days) and I, too, had forgotten the black eyed peas!!!  Got thru three stops and pulled up to the WalMart Neighbor Market.  I opened the car door and was un-twisting the seat belt when the lady parked next to me came up to her car and told me the WalMart just closed because they had lost power.  She was having a problem getting her cart through the slush and I got out to help her and shut the car door....WITH THE KEYS INSIDE!!!!  So, I spent an hour standing in front of the store, chatting with WalMart employees, waiting on AAA!  The entire shopping area had lost power so couldn't even go sit in Starbuck's or Wendys to wait!  Finally got home and threw some black-eyed pea chili together real quick...that will have to do it for our New Year's dinner.

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 7:22 PM ET
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Poor Marla --- The Good Samaritan ended up needing help!!!!  Sorry your day had some hiccups!

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Date Posted: 1/1/2015 9:36 PM ET
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I was awake at 4, did the January thread at 5 and went back to sleep at 6.  I have two books going, Clammed Up and Keeper of the Castle.  Oh, and The Easter Egg Murder on my Kindle.  All for the cozy challenge in one place or another.  My next for the mystery challenge will be Cell / Robin Cook.

We don't have the black eyed peas tradition in our house.  Una, if I'd have known you could have come and helped us with our pepperoni pizza!

We didn't have any snow in the month of December a record from 18 whatever broken.  Warm temps for the entire month and the first day of January is cold!  We got Marla's single digits.

Marla, locking the keys in the car is the pits! 

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 10:20 AM ET
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It is such a horrible feeling the second you shut the car door and know the keys are inside! 

Geri, the MC in the 'Freshly Baked' series by Livia Washburn does smarten up over time! 

Still working on 'Book Clubbed.'  Should have it finished by today. 
 

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Date Posted: 1/2/2015 10:33 AM ET
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I am reading Lethal Bayou Beauty (Miss Fortune Mystery Series) (Volume 2) :: Jana DeLeon

This series is a lot of fun. It will make you laugh. I do recommend starting with book 1

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Date Posted: 1/2/2015 1:32 PM ET
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I really like the Miss Fortune series but Joy I think it has a bit of language so might not be your cuppa.  It's not a lot, just there if I remember right.  I'm not sure who told of the series in the first place but a big thank you from me.  I have the fourth on my Kindle, just didn't want the series to end so I keep putting off reading it.  wink

Still reading Keeper of the Castle, almost done with Clammed Up and a quarter of the way through The Easter Egg Murder.

Today I dismantled one and a half rooms of Christmas decorations and got two boxes downstairs.  Not easy getting them up but I can get them down.  Takes almost four weeks to assemble all the stuff and four days to take it down and clean up the sparkles left behind. 



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/2/2015 2:55 PM ET
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Over in Games is the 2015 Reading Challenge whatever you want to challenge yourself with.  Someone has this and I've decided to try it and thought perhaps others might like it.

Read over 12 months:

A book you have been meaning to read
A book published this year
A book in a genre you don't typically read
A book from your childhood
A book your mom loves/loved
A book that was originally written in a different language
A book that "everyone" has read but you
A book you chose because of the cover
A book by a favorite author
A book recommended by someone with great taste
A book you should have read in high school
A book that's currently on the bestseller list

The first book to come to mind for a book from my childhood is Little Women!  I first read it when I was 10, it was a Christmas present!  What could be more appropriate?  I still have that book too!  And the book mom loves / loved - well she likes anything with an animal in it but the one book that we still talk about is the first Stephanie... maybe.  And the book recommended by someone with great taste... well I've got lots to choose from since you all seem to have good taste in books.  yes

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 2:55 PM ET
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Went back to WalMart today (it was open!) and got home with my keys! 

Have been reading my Christmas books...nothing really noteworthy so far.  Have read the latest Aunt Dimity and the latest Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness...Queen of Hearts.  Also got the three G. M. Malliet Insp. St. Just.  I really think I read those at some point.  The first one was only vaguely familiar, the second I had definitely read (even remembered the perp!).  Just started the third one and am not sure yet if I read it or not, but think I did.  Also got the first five of Andrea Camillari Montalbano books.  Have read three and am not really overwhelmed with them.  Don't like the MC and something about the style of writing bothers me.  Should finish the rest of the Christmas books this week and  can then get to books for the Challenge.
 


 

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 5:27 PM ET
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A book from my childhood--I absolutely loved the Uncle Wiggly stories.  Used to haunt the library whenever my mother would take me (usually during the summer) for them.  A little later on, it was definitely Nancy Drew.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/2/2015 6:12 PM ET
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Believe it or not I have never read a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy or even Uncle Wiggy.  I had Little Golden Books and comic books.  I received 12 books the Christmas I was 10, Little Women to Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe.  I still have those books.

I have to share this one.  On December 16 a book was mailed to me from the west side of Michigan, near Lake Michigan.  I live north of Detroit near Lake St Clair.  Poor book was sent to Warrendale, PA to languish there until yesterday.  Hooray!  Oh, not hooray it's en route to Salt Lake City, UT!  Maybe for it to check it's family tree?  I received one sent from Montana ordered after this before New Year.  Sheesh!

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 6:25 PM ET
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@ Geri - no wonder the post office is in financial trouble! huh? I read lots of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames as a kid - mainly Cherry Ames since I kept talking about being a nurse since I was 3 years old!!!

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 7:27 PM ET
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In one of the swaps, Theresa sent me a book that went from RI to NJ to CA (Los Angeles) then to FL then back to CA (LA) before it made it another hundred miles up the coast to me.

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 9:15 PM ET
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I read Suede to Rest (Material Witness, Bk 1) by Diane Vallere yesterday.  It's the first in a new series.  Overall I enjoyed it and will pick up the second when it comes out.  The MC's name is Polyester because she was born in the fabric store.  I would have hated for that to really be someone's name though I have heard worse.  I was worried there might be too much info about fabric but there isn't.  I also only remember one 4-letter word in it.

I think that I am going to try Bad Things Happen (David Loogan, Bk 1) :: Harry Dolan.  Saw one of his books at the library but it was further in the series.  Ordered it from another PBS member and when it came in the other day, I started paging through it and got drawn into reading it.  Quit after a couple of pages though because I wasn't ready to keep on reading it then.

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 9:59 AM ET
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Marla --- Do you give your husband a Christmas list of books from which to choose???  Perhaps he would feel that was as spontaneous as he would wish, but it might get you books you really want.

I am still reading "Sycamore Row" by Grisham and it is a good book.  In my opinion, it might have been able to be a bit shorter.  Somehow it seems a bit long in getting across all of the story.  He had been off my reading for a while, as I thought they had all rather run together, but this is a good one, if a bit long.

My book from New Mexico is still languishing somewhere outside of Oregon on the way to Delaware!!!!

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 2:13 PM ET
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Thanks for the heads up on the Miss Fortune series, Geri.   I will remember the tale of your poor book the next time a member asks me why the book that was mailed to them 5 days ago hasn't arrived yet!

I finished "Book Clubbed" by Lorna Barrett.  I have to tell you that you will not believe how this one ended! 

Have now started "The Hanging in the Hotel' by Simon Brett, part of the Fethering mysteries.  Very good as all of them I have read so far have been.

Jeanne, I read all the Cherry Ames books, too, and it was these books that partly helped me to decide to be a nurse.  Worked 30 years as a nurse and loved it.  Liked Nancy Drew, never got to the Hardy Boys mysteries. 

My childhood book would have to be "Winnie the Pooh".  I have a hardcover edition that has to be at least 50 years old.  Still in great shape.  Loved reading it to my son umpteen years ago when he was little. 

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 3:08 PM ET
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I, too, read all the Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames books!  And, another series I remember but can't remember the author...the MC was Vicki Barr and I think she was a flight attendant.  My all time favorite book is The Secret Garden.  Read it as a child and it still captivates me to this day. 

Yes, Becky, dh has a list of books I'm looking for!  You have to understand that he will not even attempt to use the computer, so he depends on used book catalogs.  And, he really only orders from one of those.  So the lists really don't do much good!  For the over 40 yrs I've known him, if he gives me books and then discovers I am reading something else, he gets his feelings hurt and decides I didn't like what he gave me!  So it's just easier to read the books he gave me immediately!  Did get some this year I am enjoying...just can't get into the Andrea Camillari books for some reason.

Snowing madly and blowing as well!!!  Dinner in the slow cooker, time to curl up with a book!

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 3:32 PM ET
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If we were to do a survey of everyone's all time favorite book, mine would have to be The Velveteen Rabbit.  Still love it to this day!

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 9:42 PM ET
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Favorite book ever...The Wolves of Willoughby Chase written by Joan Aiken...read it in the fourth grade and it has remained my favorite since then...many, many moons ago!

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 11:05 PM ET
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Finished "Sycamore Row" by Grisham and it was a very good story, just took to long to tell.  The last 25% of the book I skimmed an awful lot of it.  It was easy to tell when I should stop and read given which character was speaking/acting, etc.

Then I also read and finished a book on Kindle for PC, "Trail of Threads" by Kubalek is the last name, first name missing right now.  This is the first in a series of three books about a family that travels from Kentucky to the new Kansas Territory by wagon.  They may be considered Young Adult.  Did not realize that until I was looking at them a little closer on Amazon and it said reading level 8 to 12 or some such.  That may be true, but the story was really well done and based on the author's own family.  They did not seem at all childish to me.  All three of the books are available free on Kindle Unlimited or you can buy them for about $2.99.  The timeframe of the first book is just prior to the War Between the States.

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