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Subject: March Already --- What are you reading???
Date Posted: 3/1/2015 8:03 AM ET
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Good Morning Mysterious Friends --- I am STILL reading my Imogen Robertson book by the bed, but really am down to just a few pages.  I just keep going to sleep!!  Off to clean up for church.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2015 11:01 AM ET
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Hi Becky

I'm still reading Dire Threads and Brownie and Betrayal on Kindle.

Today I got an eye exam, something I've been putting off a bit too long.  Slight change and a big bill!  I need all the anti-glare, tints, transition blah, blah I can get to keep my eyes as healthy as they can be.  Sigh.  Frames were inexpensive, the lenses, phew! 



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Date Posted: 3/1/2015 11:54 AM ET
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Hold onto your hats and don't fall over in a faint--I just ordered my first non-cozy book.  Historical fiction at that, and I'm NOT a history buff--my most hated class in school.  I ordered Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I love her quilting series so thought I would give this a try.  We'll see how it goes.

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 1:49 PM ET
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That is a terrific book, IMHO, Una - great choice!!!

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Date Posted: 3/1/2015 2:37 PM ET
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I liked Lady of Ashes / Christine Trent for an historical.  I have the second waiting for me.  Historical is not one of my favorites but this was a good one and cozyish.  I don't care if that's not a word. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 2:57 PM ET
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Wow, Una!  I'm shocked and amazed!  :)  

I finished "The Ape that Guards the Balance' in my Peter's series and am now reading "The Falcon at the Portal" the next one.  I'm finding that I don't remember a lot of each story, so it's kind of like reading them anew.  :) 

March 1 ~ can't believe we have finally reached it.  I didn't think January & February would ever end.  Of course we are expecting a little snow tonight and a bigger storm on Wednesday, but I feel like we are on the uphill climb to spring at least.  :)

By the way, Una, I checked out that Jessie Crockett series and have put all three of them on my wish list.  She also has another series started about the Volunteer Fire Chief of a small town in NH.  Put that on the list too.  The title is "Live Free or Die." 

 



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Date Posted: 3/1/2015 8:24 PM ET
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I did it --- I finished "Theft of Life" by Imogen Robertson and I also finished "The Path of the Wicked" by Caro Peacock.  Tonight I am going to start a Walt Longmire, the next to the most current one I think --- no title comes to mind right off the bat.

We are covered with frozen rain and sleet tonight, but supposedly rain is coming tomorrow to wash it all away.

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 9:35 PM ET
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I just finished reading Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James.  I enjoy reading this series even though to me they are a slow read.  I guess that I really like Diesel the cat the best.  Included in the back of the book was a very short story of how Charlie met Diesel which I enjoyed.  I think this was the 6th book in the series and I had never heard it mentioned anywhere how they got together.

I've got a Christian fiction fantasy book going on my Kindle which I'm looking forward to finishing.  Never thought that I would get into fantasy books but the last year I've read several that were CF.

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Date Posted: 3/2/2015 4:57 AM ET
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March is National Reading Month!  Okay everybody grab a book.

I finished Dire Threads and Brownies and Betrayal.  I have the next Thread book waiting in the wings and have the next Sweet Bites also.

Now on to Death, Bones and Stately Homes / Valerie S Malmont and A Killer Collection  Ellery Adams on Kindle.  I have a pile of others that I'd like to get into for the various sections of my personal challenges.  I really should just read what I have but found if I stand in front of the bookcase I'll pass over the old and grab a new.  Setting up the challenges for myself makes me grab an old instead.  I'm trying to whittle the oldies from my TBR stash.  

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 8:55 AM ET
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The only mystery I'm reading at the moment is still The Devil's Edge by Stephen Booth which is, I think, #10 in the Cooper & Fry series. Diane Fry is still driving me nuts but I really enjoy the series otherwise. Other books I'm reading, in audio, listening to a non-fiction book called Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach which I'm thoroughly enjoying (she has a weird sense of humor and I really liked her other books.) and on my Kindle I just downloaded The Osiris Ritual by George Mann, which is the second in a steampunk adventure series--which is sort of a mystery too.

I worked this weekend so have three days off now--have some errands to run today, as we're expecting half a foot of snow overnight into tomorrow with high winds, so not great driving weather. Planning to hibernate until I go back to work on Thursday. :-D

Cheryl
 

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 8:26 PM ET
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I know I'm probably showing my age, but what is steampunk?
 

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 9:16 PM ET
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Here is one definition Joy:

Steampunk:  1. a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world. 2. a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.

Top Definition. steampunk. Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting.

I have one steampunk book on Kindle that I haven't started on yet.  It is Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices, Bk 1) :: Shelley Adina.  My favorite part of the steampunk books are the covers.  They have some really neat looking ones.

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 10:48 PM ET
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Thank you for asking, Joy.  I had no clue either.  Now just to let those cozies know I haven't abandoned them, I just finished A Chili Death by Jessica Beck.  It was a short, easy read--only 187 pages, but I do really like the characters, and can see  where the author can go off on many tangents so the story line doesn't get dull .  I have A Deadly Beef, so will be reading it soon also.  

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Date Posted: 3/3/2015 7:42 AM ET
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I am reading Bloom and Doom (Bridal Bouquet Shop, Bk 1) :: Beverly Allen. I fun little cozy. I love the discussion about flowers.

Alice

Una I read Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker, quite enjoyable a good story.

I love Steampunk I read a lot of it.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 8:47 AM ET
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So rather simply put, Steampunk is Historical Science Fiction/Fantasy.  Interesting.  Although I see folks here speaking of it, I have never tried any.

I am just about finished with "Murder at the Breakers" by Alyssa Maxwell.  It has been an enjoyable book, an historical cozy set in Newport Rhode Island.  One of the "lesser" Vanderbilt female cousins is the amateur sleuth.  I actually liked it enough to look into other in the series, assuming they exist.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 10:31 AM ET
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I read that one, Becky, and the one after it. Liked them both.

Another series similar to that one I read on my Kindle was Guilded Death: A Newport Mystery by Anne-Marie Sutton. This is the middle one. I have the third one, but haven't read it yet.

I started Blood and Doom and gave up on it. The characters and subject matter just didn't appeal to me.

I'm currently reading Sweet Suspects by Jessica Beck. I wonder sometimes why I continue to read this series. Suzanne is such a know-it-all and pushy that she's hard to take. She acts like she's the cop and people better answer her or else. Each book makes her more and more unlikeable.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 10:39 AM ET
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If you've read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, that is the very earliest steampunk-type book, although it wasn't called that when they were written, of course. It is more adventure (and mystery) than true sci-fi/fantasy, and is typically set in the late 19th century/Victorian era. This is typically among my least favorite historical periods for reading 'regular' books, but have found I'm really enjoying the steampunk sub-genre. Lots of cool gadgets, gears, robots, machines and some diabolical criminals. LOL

All right, finished the Cooper & Fry I had been reading, now am starting #2 of the Barker & Llewelyn historical series, To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas. I quite enjoyed the first one.

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 3/3/2015 2:06 PM ET
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Cheryl --- I love the thought of Jules Verne knowing his novels are "steam punk"!!!!  Very recently I read the first of the Barker & Llewelyn books and found I enjoyed it.  Have put the second on my list to read one of these days.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 5:25 PM ET
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If anyone wanted to try steampunk, Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices, Bk 1) :: Shelley Adina is free for Kindle.  It's rated almost 4.5 stars on Amazon.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 10:51 PM ET
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I still read a lot of romance and I picked up one of those independently published ones.  It will probably be my #1  romance read of the year though I would be delighted to find one even better.  (Love Hacked by Penny Reid). Then I looked at my TBR, thought heh, and read it again.  Finally pried my fingers off of it and picked up Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland. I really, really enjoyed it.  It is a British procedural though definitely different from any I've tried before.  I'm now well on the way through her second book, Murder In Retribution.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 10:54 AM ET
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I'm currently reading A False Mirror by Charles Todd. Even though I read all of them out of order due to getting them for my Kindle from the library (which didn't bother me at all), I've really enjoyed this series. I'm finally all caught up and even read the newest one a couple of months ago.

I also only have a few more to finish and I'll be caught up on the Eve Dallas series. I was way behind on that one. I have all those in regular books as I keep them as I finish them.

Nice to finally be clearing some of the books that have laid around for ages. I'm using many of the books on my Kindle and ones laying around the house to do the challenges here and on Goodreads. Starting to finally see a few spaces here and there although I know that won't last long.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 1:40 PM ET
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Just finished Murder on Washington Square by Victoria Thompson, #4 in her Gaslight Mysteries series, which I just love. Excellent mysteries with just a touch of humor and romance. Very entertaining.

Anyway, at the back of the book they offered a "preview" of Savage Run by C. J. Box. I haven't read any of his so I decided to check it out. Well, I read the first paragraph and couldn't stop laughing. I think it's the best first paragraph in a book that I've ever read. It goes:

"On the third day of their honeymoon, infamous environmental activist Stewie Woods and his new bride Annabel Bellotti were spiking trees in the Bighorn National Forest when a cow exploded and blew them up. Until then, their marriage had been happy."

I just couldn't stop laughing. I had to read it to DH and he started laughing too. Here we were giggling like a couple of pre-teen girls... It just seemed so hilarious. Now I have to read the book.

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Date Posted: 3/4/2015 2:19 PM ET
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A few more pages of Death, Bones and Stately Homes / Valerie S Malmont and A Killer Collection  Ellery Adams on Kindle.  Death, Bones and Stately Homes was published in 2003.  Not quite as dated as some, cell phones are in use but not like today.  Sadly there hasn't been another written.  

Since yesterday was a snow day I read a book rather than the Kindle.  Today I did all the errands and more that I didn't do yesterday.  Mercy that was nasty snow.  When I took the garbage out to the curb I was crunching on the snow so I guess we had some rain or the temp dropped enough to freeze the snow.  My snow guy showed up a 10 pm.  Clean driveway.  Hooray!

And, maybe in two weeks I'll be using a smaller type.  I had an eye exam and there is a change so part of the errand was buying myself new frames to go with those new lenses.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 6:13 PM ET
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Geri --- Hope your new glasses help you once you get them all settled and sitting on your face!!!

We have another snow storm coming tonight --- so they say.  One never knows.  Some of their predictions this winter have gone awry.

Leslie --- That is a funny paragraph about the cow blowing up.  Just this minute I cannot remember the name of the main character in those books.  I read the first one but did not continue with the series.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 8:08 PM ET
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I was up late finishing Murder In Retribution.  Very enjoyable though parts of it require Olympic levels of suspension of belief.  But that's why I read fiction.  I'll be out and about the next couple of days so I have Laura Morrigan's new cozy, Horse of a Different Killer, for my purse and the newest by Stacey Ballis for home.  (not a mystery, I think it is classified as women's fiction)

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