Currently reading, April 4

I’m a little late with today’s post, but still here! I’m currently reading Fire Watch by Connie Wills. I love Connie Willis. She is a science fiction writer whose books focus more on relationships and how they are impacted by technology than laser blasts and weirdo aliens. This book is a collection of short stories and I’m really enjoying it so far.

I’m also struggling through Jodi Lynn Nye’s book The Unexpected Apprentice. This one was published in 2007, but I feel like it’s kind of showing its age. That’s not really that long ago, but IDK, it just feels a little dated. She’s an author who started around the same time as Willis did, maybe a little earlier, but I always saw her work in anthologies and as a co-writer. This is the first one of her solo books I’ve read, and it’s not bad, it’s just not really good either.

I’m currently listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. This was recommended to me by someone on Library Thing and it’s not what I expected. It’s memoir about the author dealing with the loss of her father by adopting and training a hawk for hunting. It’s kind of a random subject, but it’s been a surprisingly emotional read for me. This week marks 7 years since my dad’s death, so the timing is really perfect.

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

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What Are We Reading Now?

Hey bookies! How was your weekend? We had a fun time around here with a trip to the library, a very nice little session of Dungeons & Dragons, church, and plenty of reading! This week I’m planning another viewing of Black , and I have a new book I want to write! Here’s a teaser – it’s a twist on a fairy tale.

As for what I’m reading right now, I have 3 nonfiction titles going.

The first is from Net Galley and it’s called Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Change and/or Ruin Everything, by Kelly Weinersmith. It’s a little rough to read because the ARC copy throws the formatting off a little. It’s kinda fun, but not compelling or anything.

I’m also reading one called What Wizards Ate and Kings Drank by Krista Bell. It’s also kinda fun, but not the sort of book you want to binge read. I’m falling behind with it.

Finally, I’m enjoying the audio version of The Templars by Dan Jones. Definitely becoming a fan of his.

Sam the cat 🐱 says hi! He survived his first trip to the vet, but we discovered why he has a certain odor about him. Apparently his teeth are bad! So expensive repairs are needed. Super excited about that.

Hope you have a good reading week and tell me what you’ve enjoyed lately in the comments!

Monday – What Are You Reading?

Hey all! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good – time with the kids, made it to church, and my son tried out a new recipe for chocolate cake. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still pretty yummy. Oh, and I finished a bunch of books.

Right now I am just reading one book, The Room by Swedish writer and actor Jonas Karlsson.

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You might be able to guess from the briefcase that this is set in an office. However, even if you haven’t worked in an office, I’m sure you’re familiar enough with the basic environment that you could enjoy the book. I’m finding it really funny. Bjorn is the narrator and he is troubled that none of his coworkers are as good at their jobs as he is. In fact, they are pretty dismal, while he is doing most of the work. Then he finds a secret room at work where he can relax for a few minutes and get away from their annoying habits.

The writer is an actor who has won some awards in Sweden. I think his drama background shows because I could easily imagine this as a play. It works great as a book though. It’s really short, although it has 65 chapters, most are only a couple of pages long. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

What are you reading right now? Are you enjoying it? Let me know in the comments.

Monday – what are you reading?

Hey bookies! How was your weekend? Mine was quiet. I need to do something this week! Besides read, lol. Speaking of which, what are we all reading?

I have a new audio book for my car and it’s super good – Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz. I want to go on a long trip just so I can finish it!

I’m currently reading several books 📚 now, including one for a friend in my writer’s group. Besides that I have a memoir called “Ollie Ollie in come free”, and a re-read of the first Thursday Next book, The Eyre Affair.

What about you? Any books you want to share?

Currently reading, January 4

Hey booklovers! What plans do you have for this year? I set my GoodReads goal at 250 books for the year, which I think I’ll be able to get, and I’m working on my 2018 Category Challenge on LT. I have already finished Elantris on audio and The Way of Kings, both by Brandon Sanderson and The Spinner and the Slipper by Camryn Lockhart.

I’m currently reading a few books. The first is Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. This is one I wouldn’t have picked up on my own, as I really had never heard of this writer/comedian. It’s based on his stand up routines and centers around his love of food. We’re talking about this one tomorrow night for book club. I am liking it, but not enough that I feel compelled to finish it. He has a very conversational writing style which makes it a fast read.

I am also reading Book 2 of the Stormlight Chronicles, The Words of Radiance. It comes after WoK. It’s massive, over 1000 pages, and while I’m enjoying it, I really wish I had bought this one on Kindle. I just don’t need a physical copy of a book this big. And he’s said the series itself will be 10 books long! That is sooooo many pages! It may take me a while to finish this one.

Finally, I’m listening to I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I really like the audio. It’s an interesting book and I really admire her and her family for their efforts on education for girls.

Tell me what you’re reading in the comments!

Currently reading

I’ve been so focused on my writing that I haven’t been reading much this month. But I do have my current books I want to tell you about!

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This one is a true crime story called Goat Castle. It’s about the murder of an heiress in Mississippi. I got it from Net Galley and it sounds really good; however, I haven’t gotten far enough into it to tell for sure. Here’s the description though:

In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery–known in the press as the -Wild Man- and the -Goat Woman—enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, the alleged murderers, shared their huge, decaying antebellum mansion with their goats and other livestock, which prompted journalists to call the estate – Goat Castle.

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The second book I’m reading is by an author I first found through book club. If you follow my blog you know I’m not always a fan of our book club picks, but we read The All Girl’s Filling Stations Reunion by Fannie Flagg and it was so much fun. This one is called Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven and it is set in the fictional town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri and I’m loving it. I’m about 1/3 of the way in. It was one of my thrift store finds this month and I’m glad I picked it up. These are great books for when you’re in the mood for a light, funny read. They’d be a lot of fun on audio too.

Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

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Which brings me to my last book, The Execution of Sherlock Holmes. It’s a collection of five Holmes-inspired short stories. The first one has Holmes kidnapped and awaiting his execution on “crimes” against a criminal gang. Basically it was a locked room escape story, and I really liked it. I didn’t like the second story about cracking some code – boring to listen to – but the rest have been good. I’m listening to this one in the car and it’s been very interesting.

 

 

That’s what I’m reading. I have a few I need to get to soon, including looking through MY book club pick, Daughter of a Pirate King. What are you reading? Are you liking it? Let me know!

Weekend Reading

Hey folks! What are you reading? I’ve been listening to Even Money by Dick Francis in the car. It’s a story about a bookie who’s long lost father returns in time to be murdered. All his books are thriller that involve horse racing in some way.

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Then I’m reading an indy book for review, Afterdeath by Benoit Chartier. It’s about twin sisters whose grandmother has just died. They decide to take a road trip together when things go completely wrong.

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I’ve got a couple of books I need to review on here, so I’m a little behind. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! The weather is great here, much too pretty to stay inside all day. Happy Fall!

What are you reading?

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had a yucky cold! Which means I got lots of reading and gaming done, but not much else. I did go to Winger’s for burgers with my husband, and that was fun. But otherwise it was a slow weekend.

Now for what I’m reading!

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I guess I got on the Net Galley’s good list at last, because I got everything I asked for! I’m happy and stressed, because now I have even more to catch up on. Plus I got an ARC from Library Thing too. Add all my indy review requests, and I really don’t need to go to the library for a month.

Currently reading:

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This is one of the ones I got from Net Galley. I was SUPER excited at that, because I loved The Martian, book and movie. I’ve already finished it and a review is coming soon. My son, who discovered this author before I did, is really jealous. Let me just describe it briefly as a space version of Ocean’s 11.

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This one is my audio book from Overdrive I’ve been listening to while I sew. It’s about the scientists who discovered aspects of evolution before Charles Darwin. It’s interesting, but not so much that it’s keeping my attention. I find my mind wandering and realize that I missed everything for several minutes.

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This book is a different story. The plot and the characters are so well done that I keep wanting to drive somewhere just so I can listen. This one is on audio book in my car on CD and it’s so good. It’s got magic and wizards and hints of evil plots to steal the throne. I think something bad is about to happen and I can’t wait!

I’m also reading a CERTAIN BOOK that I can’t name because it’s SECRET! It’s about to be revealed on Friday and then you’ll have plenty of time to tell your friends to follow my blog and have a chance to win a SIGNED COPY. But it’s really exciting, with an orphan MC, an oppressive government, and a fairy tale twist.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are you reading? Comment below and let me know.

What are you doing this weekend?

What are your plans this weekend? I’m looking forward to some more sewing time. I’ve been going through my Netflix queue and watching some pretty good stuff. I discovered a new Amazon series, Medieval Deaths, which is like Historic CSI.

I’ve also been watching Rosewood, but I can’t decide if I like it. The main character is kind of a know it all, and I really want to smack both him and his partner detective. I like the secondary characters though. Crossing Jordan is the opposite – all about the MC, secondary characters not really engaging at all. But I’m not very far into either series.

541803I do like the Father Brown series. Have you read the books by GK Chesterton? Mostly short stories, and in this case, I think the TV show is better than the books, but the books are free through Kindle Unlimited.

I’ve also been sewing a lot. I have a denim quilt I’ve been working on while I watch TV or listen to my audiobook and it’s close to being done. Then I have another quilt top done and I just need the batting and the backing. It’s a camping/woods quilt.

Here’s my list of what I’m currently reading:

  • Queens of the Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens
  • American Colonies: The Settling of North America (audio)
  • The Queen of Attolia (audio)
  • Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen

 

What are you reading?

It’s Wednesday, what are you reading? I’m reading Forgotten Reflections, a historical fiction set during the Korean War. It’s a little slow, but I’m enjoying it. I’m also listening to Ready Player One, which is awesome! Wil Wheaton narrates it, which makes it funny when he narrates something about himself!

Next month is September, and I always plan an “off the shelf” challenge for September. That means no buying books, no library books, just read what you’ve got. I think this year it’s also going to include all my ARCs and review books. That way I can power through some of them and quit buying stuff. Maybe I’ll limit myself to books I own in print too, except for the review books. My shelves are getting OUT OF CONTROL!