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Subject: June has arrived! Whatcha reading now?
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 8:34 AM ET
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I'm doing another theme month, "Support Your Local Library." I have so many series I enjoy but have trouble getting here at PBS (or maybe just one book in the series is missing from my shelf) so I'm going to make this a month to catch up with those series. Not exclusively, but making a concerted effort at it. So I'm currently reading The Merchant's Mark by Pat McIntosh, third of a historical series featuring Gil Cunningham in late 1400's Scotland. Loved the first two!

I'm also reading a non-mystery, a classic post-apocalyptic book called Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, which was written the year after I was born. I have been "meaning to" read it for many years and finally decided to just do it!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 10:18 AM ET
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Ha!  I am burning through the Kevin Kerney mysteries.  I checked out five of them ten days ago and I have two to go.  I have to admit that the one I finished yesterday, "Nothing but Trouble" was a bit of a dog.  I just don't like Sara and the entire middle section of the book was her military travails in Ireland. Meh.  I hope the next one is better.

Right now I have a stack of library books beyond the Kerney books that I am working through.  I'm reading (still...I got distracted) The Drifter's Wheel by Phillp DePoy.  I have the second Simon Beckett mystery, Written In Bone, as well as Mad Dog and Englishman, and Margaret Coel's Blood Memory which is her "new" series following another series which I have not read.

My TBR pile from PBS continues to grow but ONLY because WL books keep sifting to the top.  I swear!  I haven't just ordered a book in months!!  I have plenty to read and I will update here as I tick off the titles.  It makes me feel like I've accomplished something when I post my finished titles here!

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I am starting on the Charlaine Harris series (Sookie Stackhouse) I have been hearing so much about.  I have #1-7 in paperback and #8 and 9 I ordered from my bookclub.  I may read them straight thru, we'll see how it goes!

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 4:49 PM ET
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I am reading Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie.  I picked up this series based on your reviews Cheryl-thanks for recommending them!

I haven't made up my mind what to read after this one.  I may pick up a Martha Grimes or a Caroline Graham.  I am a bit tired of Robert Goddard at the moment. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 7:10 PM ET
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I am also reading Deborah Crombie !    I just started  WATER LIKE A STONE ( #11 in the series)

I'm also working on series by Barbara Colley-- I'm starting on #4 WIPED OUT and have #4  MARRIED TO THE MOP waiting in my TBR pile-

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 7:53 PM ET
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I read mostly cozies...and I'm currently reading Murder In Four Parts by Bill Crider.  I also picked up two from the library today:  The Chocolate Snowman Murder by JoAnna Carl and Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae.

I just finished Freezer Burn by D.H. Dublin.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I just finished Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner.  Next up is  Phantom Prey by John Sandford. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I'm actually reading one of my Mystery Challenge books, (the one with "blood" in the title), Written in Blood by Caroline Graham. I really didn't much like the previous book in this series (Inspector Barnaby) so if this one is as slow and uninteresting as the last, I will likely delete this series from my list to be completed.

Cheryl

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/2/2009 6:58 PM ET
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I just finished A Date With the Other Side by Erin McCarthy.  A bit of romance, a bit of paranormal (there's a ghost or two for fun) and some sex too!  Mercy I started that book a 6 last night and zipped through to finish by 11!

I have eight books going and six are WL'd books that I just can't seem to get into.  There's just one new series and another that isn't a series but an author that I've read and liked.  I read the previous books in the series and looked forward to reading these.  I just can't seem to get involved with these.  In fact Leftover Dead is irratating me.  Wanda Nell has married and her husband is honey this and honey that and deferring to her over and over.  She married a teacher who is a writer and he's being portrayed as slightly duh.  She doesn't know how to use a computer and when it comes to researching she finds the information! 

In a way I hope I can settle and get involved with one of these then get on with the rest of them!

Here they are in case you're curious:

The Accidental Human (Accidental Friends, Bk 3) :: Dakota Cassidy , Leftover Dead :: Jimmie Ruth Evans, Murder by Numbers (Sudoku, Bk 2) :: Kaye Morgan, Dying to Be Thin: A Fat City Mystery :: Kathryn Lilley, Goodbye Dolly (Dolls to Die For, Bk 2) :: Deb Baker, The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia and Abby, Bk 5) :: Shirley Damsgaard, Betrayed :: Brendan DuboisNutcase (Kate Holly, Bk 2) :: Charlotte Hughes

Finished them all today, June 13.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:12 PM ET
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I am reading Faithless by Karin Slaughter, and will probably read Beyond Reach right afterwards...plus the library has Undone in the system and shows 11 copies on order!  Hopefully this means I won't have a long wait to read it. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:10 PM ET
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I just finished Batter Off Dead by Tamar Myers. It was interesting, but she made such an issue out of mocking her own writing style/ characters' conversation styles that it detracted from the story.  I also read an anthology, Irish Girls About Town, that was a pleasant read but not a keeper.

Next up: Before Green Gables. I love reading the Anne of Green Gables books so I'll either love this or hate it--there won't be any middle ground, LOL. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 7:13 AM ET
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Geri, maybe you're just reading too many books at once to settle into any of them? I usually have 3 going at a time and that's about my maximum. (I read a hardcover at home, tote a paperback to work and then have an audiobook going to listen to while I'm cleaning or cooking or playing computer games.) Occasionally there'll be four if I'm also reading a non-fiction.

I notice too that a lot of the ones you are reading are cozy....maybe they're all just too similar? I have really gone off cozies lately and only very rarely try a new to me cozy series anymore because I've been disappointed SO many times recently--most have gone DNF. They're just all so similar that I can't even keep them straight in my head. If I'm not interested in a book, I don't stress over it, just repost it and move on. There's too many good books out there to waste my time on books that aren't able to capture my attention and give me enjoyment.

At any rate, I finished up The Merchant's Mark last night and am going to be starting The Lamorna Wink by Martha Grimes tonight when I get home.

Cheryl

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:17 AM ET
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Yeah Cheryl.  After writing yesterday I realized that was my problem.  I couldn't sem to get into a book and kept picking up another.  Last night I picked up the book on the top of the pile on my nightstand and finished it this morning.  One down, six to go!  I should have them gone this week. 

Not bragging, I've started all of them and have about 75 to 100 pages read on each and they're all roughly 300 pagers.  When I finish these I'm on to two or maybe just one.  It could be too many cozies at once that's causing the problem.   

The Time Traveler's Wife  by Audrey Niffenegger or Death of a Red Heroine :: Qiu Xiaolong

Hmmm, maybe I should save Death of a Red Heroine for next year's challenge of a book written in another country since it takes place in China...lol.

I can't believe I have so many books going at once.  Normally, like Cheryl the most I have going is three.  Most times two in the house and I have to have one in the car.  You never know when you might need something to pass the time in the car or a waiting room.

Geri

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:54 AM ET
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You all are better than me.  I usually have at least 10 books going.  Here's my "active" list just for this week:

  1. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff (Left at work in case I need a backup book)
  2. City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams (only a few pages in)
  3. Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh (slow moving, but I might get in 10 pages a day)
  4. Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton (just started in on it, but not a priority)
  5. Turning Point by Lisanne Norman (not sure I like it, slow moving)
  6. A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton (reading it in short chunks)
  7. Rebel Ice by S.L. Viehl (barely started it)
  8. Faithless by Karin Slaughter (my "main" book right now, since it goes back to the library shortly)
  9. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (requested from me and I want to read it before I mail)
  10. Backup by Jim Butcher (just got it from the library, should finish in a couple of hours)
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:20 PM ET
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Well, I WAS reading The Blood Ballad, the last in the Torie O'Shea genealogical series by Rett MacPherson, but I realized about 10 pages into it that I'd already read it. I kept reading for lack of anything else to read (said with a straight face despite at least 2000 books in the house) but I probably will look for something else tonight.

Over the weekend I read Dead Jitterbug, one of the flyfishing mysteries by Victoria Houston. I really do like this series, even though I am not the slightest bit interested in fishing. The characters and the Wisconsin setting are wonderful.

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:38 PM ET
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I was in the middle of The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, when my wish for 7th Heaven by James Patterson & friend (can't remember all his co-writers lately) came through, so I decided to zip through that, I should finish it this evening.  Then I will go back to The Red Tent and then I have Judas Strain by James Rollins and Charm School by Nelson DeMille sitting in the 'next to be read' pile.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 5:33 PM ET
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I'm mainly reading cozy mysteries right now.  I'm almost finished with Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton, and I'm not quite half way through with The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt.  Next up are a couple of Maddy Hunter cozies (I really enjoyed Alpine for You, the first book in her Passport to Peril series).

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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 7:37 AM ET
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but I realized about 10 pages into it that I'd already read it.

Aubrey, I hate when I do that. lol.

I just finished Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie and am starting A Portrait of A Lady by Diane Stuckart. It is for my less than six months challenge. It was published in January, so I need to read it before it is six months old, lol. I have the first book in the series on my WL The Queens Gambit and was hoping I woud get that before reading this one, but oh well.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:28 AM ET
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Kat, the same thing happened to me--I got the second book in that series before the first one. I did finally get the first one, so I'm okay now. I never read series books out of order so it freaked me out to get the second one first! LOL

Geri, I'm glad you finally settled to something. I'll be interested to see what you think of Death of a Red Heroine. I ended up DNFing it after 50 pages--won't mention why just now, don't want to color your experience of it. :-D  I loved the TIme Traveller's Wife, tho!

Cheryl

Subject: Reading this month...
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 7:50 PM ET
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I read another member is reading Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. I too just started reading the series. I zipped through the first one and currently am waiting for the second to be shipped via PBS. Anyone watched the series on HBO? It's definitely...different! LOL

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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:07 PM ET
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I finished Faithless by Karin Slaughter today.  I liked it.  I am starting Beyond Reach this evening. 

I've read the first 3 Sookie Stackhouse books, and I liked them...they have a unique tone.  I am waiting on the 4th, but it looks like it's about to be marked missing in the mail.  Maybe I'll just try the library.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:35 PM ET
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I'm reading Site Unseen by Dana Cameron.  I've always been into archeology.  I'm about 80 pages in and I'm liking it so far.  For anyone that's never heard of them: It's the 1st Emma Fielding book. Emma is an archeologist who stumbles into murders.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Just finished North of Nowhere, the fourth book in the Alex McKnight series by Steve Hamilton. Thanks to LeeAnne's recommendation, I am truly enjoying this series!  I plan to open Lisa Unger's newest, Die For You, in a few minutes.

 

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 10:20 PM ET
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Yea, I've been waiting on the 2nd Sookie Stackhouse book to be sent, which is taking awhile. Frustrating! lol...it's different from what I normally read. One of those series that sucks you in (pardon the pun) and I can't quite figure out why? It hooked me nevertheless. I've had such a dryspell with finding a good book that I've actually been rereading some of Tami Hoag's books. Still love 'em!

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 10:39 AM ET
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I have finishished the Lily Bard series for the challenge and I'm nearly done with the second David Hunter book by Simon Beckett.  The FOL sale is this morning (well, all weekend) so I'm going to see if there is anything worth buying there.  After Cheryl's report last week, I'm not holding my breath!

Anna, I have two books left of the Kevin Kerney series and then I'm heading back to the Upper Penninsula.  I miss Alex!

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