Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: May 23, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker.  This is a weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

This book has been on my TBR for a long time.  I wish I had picked it up sooner! I'm really enjoying both the writing and the history

11.22.63 by Stephen King

“Coincidences happen, but I've come to believe they are actually quite rare. Something is at work, okay? Somewhere in the universe (or behind it), a great machine is ticking and turning its fabulous gears.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You was one of our Shereads.org book choices for spring.  I chose this title because I loved the teaser and was interested in reading the story of this little family in the hopes that it would have a happy ending.

Synopsis from Amazon:

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good. So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

This isn't the entire teaser but it was all I really needed to pick it up. I wasn't disappointed.  While the story wasn't an edge of your seat page turner, the author was able to stir my emotions and pull me into the lives of Violet and Finn.  I felt complete heartbreak for Violet, maybe because I am a mom myself and couldn't imagine have my children taken from me.  I wanted desperately for her to be reunited with Bear.  I had mixed feelings about Finn that ranged from anger to pity depending on which part of the story I was reading at the time.  For Caitlin, who was Finn's friend and in a good part of the story, I felt mostly irritation.  I would have liked her to be smarter and less concerned with herself.  For me to invest in the characters in this way, I know that the writer did a bang up job.  I didn't need excitement or action to keep reading into the night and there were enough little surprises to keep me guessing about how the story would end and if Violet would find her son.

Did I like how it ended? I'm torn.  No spoilers being given away, I think if I were in Violet's position, I would have had a different perspective on my future.  However, the story wrapped up nicely and I was glad this was my book choice.  Great spring read.  :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

#BoutofBooks Readathon Goals and Updates

I have participated in the Bout of Books read-a-thon four times now and had a lot of fun. It's a great opportunity to catch up on my reading. It's a little bit harder throughout the school year when I work so I'm keeping my goal manageable at 3 books.  Below, I will post my goal books and my updates and they will also be at #boutofbooks and #sixtybooks on Twitter. 

I also get the added bonus of being a #BoutofBooks expert this time around so you'll be seeing me a lot on Twitter and commenting on your blogs. I'm excited to meet some new readers that I may not already follow.  Let the reading begin!!

Books I hope to read this week:

Bonus book if I can get to 4!


Reading: Almost Missed You
Ended on page: 102
Audiobook: 1 hour

Reading: Almost Missed You
Ended on page: 96
Audiobook: 1 hour

Reading: Almost Missed You
Ended on page: Finished!
Audiobook: 1 hour

Reading: Nothing, son was sick. :(
Ended on page:
Audiobook: 1 hour

Ended on page:

Ended on page:

Ended on page:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. May 2nd

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. is hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea and is all about sharing the first paragraph or two from a book you are about to read. I'll be finishing both an audiobook and a print book this week so I'll be ready for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for the start of #Boutofbooks 19 on Monday. It will also be #24 in my #Sixtybooks challenge for 2017.

Neverwhere (prologue)

"The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself. He had begun the evening by enjoying himself: he had enjoyed reading the good-bye cards, and receiving the hugs from several not entirely unattractive young ladies of his acquaintance; he had enjoyed the warnings about the evils and dangers of London, and the gift of the white umbrella with the map of the London Underground on it that the lads had clubbed together to buy him; he had enjoyed the first few pints of ale; but then, with each successive pint of ale he found he was enjoying himself significantly less; until now he was sitting and shivering on the sidewalk outside the pub in a small Scottish town, weighing the conflicting merits of being sick and not being sick, and not enjoying himself at all."

Would you keep reading? I'm really looking forward to this one. :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bout of Books 19 is Almost Here!

It's back! Bout of Books 19 starts next week on May 8th.  This will be my fourth time participating and is a great opportunity to re-focus yourself on your reading goals and have some fun!  Never joined before? Don't know what it is?  Well, here's the basic info:

Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, hosted by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @Reading the Paranormal. It begins at 12:01am on Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th. Bout of Books is low-pressure. You can make a goal to read just one book or ten!  It is completely up to you. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

Don't miss it! I'll be sharing my progress at both #boutofbooks and #sixtybooks. It's going to be a lot of fun!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Jane Steele

Often as I finish books, I mentally classify them according to how much I like them.  One of my categories is "top books of the year" which I'm sure many other readers have as well.  It takes a lot to get into this grouping since I usually only choose a top ten.  I can say however, that this book will definitely be making it into this category.

Jane Steele hooked me from the very first sentence... 

"Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important." 

How can you not keep reading?

Described as a gothic retelling of Jane Eyre, this book is, in my opinion, the perfect combination of historical romance, mystery, and horror. Jane Steele, the main character, is a strong and engaging heroine who is also a murderer. We meet her when she is still a young girl and find that the joys and tragedies that she experiences during her childhood and adolescence shape who she becomes as she grows into a woman. She has few friends but truly cherishes the few people she allows to touch her heart. She doesn't tolerate those she cares about being wronged and as she ages in the story, the body count begins to rise.  I have to say that each person she ended completely deserved it and I enjoyed the anticipation as I waited for her to make her move.

Fabulous storytelling. I really enjoyed the author's style from the Jane Eyre quotes at the start of each chapter to the way she made me feel fear, loathing, anger, joy, and love right along with Jane.  I was rooting for her from the beginning until the end and I will definitely be buying a hardcover copy for my bookshelves.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Week in Reading, April 26th

This week in books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found and is meant to share what we have been reading this week and what we think we might read next.

I just finished a fabulous audiobook.  I may even buy a hard copy to keep on my shelf.  If you are a fan of the classic Jane Eyre but love a murder mystery, try Jane Steele.  I went into it hesitantly but adored it.  

I also finished Ensnared, which is a book I received from Netgalley.  This one is a unique futuristic twist on Beauty and the Beast.  It was a quick fun read and I enjoyed it.

Next up in my audiobook list is a witchy cozy mystery titled Jinx and Tonic.  It is the third in the Magic and Mixology series and I'm quite engaged by them.

And in print, I've just started reading Almost Missed You, a book I was given by the publisher for my Shereads.org book club network.  I'm really liking it so far and can't wait to figure out the origins of what happened at the start of the story.

That's it for me!  I never finish more than one or two a week because I work full time but I've picked some good ones so far this year for my #sixtybooks challenge!

What are you reading?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday, April 25th

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's question is:

Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly 
NOT Want to Read a Book

This is a hard question because it takes a lot for me not to want to read.  There are definitely some things however, that will deter me from picking up a book...
  • If I know it is a huge tearjerker. I don't mind crying in a book but I don't like to finish a story and feel depressed or cry through the entire thing. A sad part or two is fine but if it is more than that, I stay away. 
  • If an animal dies. Not just any animal but an animal that is a main focus of the story. So, there is no Old Yeller or Love That Dog for me. No thanks. 
  • If the characters on the cover are half naked with their facial expressions in the throes of ecstasy. I'm no prude but this just turns me off completely, even if I have heard the book is fantastic. 
  • If the print is so tiny, I can barely read it. I have decent vision but I deplore teeny tiny print. Is is hard to focus and unattractive. 
  • No meaningful relationships. It doesn't have to be romance, but some sort of relationship deepens a story. I find books without them to be bland. 
  • Horrible grammar. Unless it is purposeful, I have no interest in books that have a ton of grammatical errors. 
  • Books about sports. Boring... 
  • Books with a ton of bad reviews. I may read it eventually, but not until someone convinces me that it is worth picking up. 
  • Books of poetry. Just not my cup of tea. 
  • Overdone love triangles. I don't mind it for a few chapters but please don't spread it over the whole book or series. I hate that. 

How about you?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WWW Wednesday, April 5th

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Just answer these three questions to share what is going on in your reading life and to give others some great book recommendations. 

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I always have one print book/kindle book and one audio book going at the same time.  Right now, I'm reading The Bone Witch and I'm listening to Jane Steele.

I just finished listening to Witchy Sour.  This is book 2 in the Magic and Mixology mystery series.  I'm really enjoying this series.  It's light and fun.

I have a few books waiting in the wings. I plan to read Jinx and Tonic, which is the 3rd book in the Magic and Mixology series. I'm also planning to start Neverwhere and Almost Missed You.

What are you reading?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: April 1st

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. This includes books you buy in the store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  In my case, it includes audiobooks too because I love them and listen every day on my journey to and from work.

Not too many added to the shelves this week but I do have a few:

I'm excited to read all of these.  Witchy Sour and Jane Steele are both audiobooks for my commute.  Almost Missed You was given to me to read and review for SheReads.org, and I just heard such great things about Neverwhere and The Lost Girls that I picked those up on my own.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Ghostly Echoes

Ghostly Echoes is the third book in William Ritter's Jackaby series that follows R.F Jackaby, Abigail Rook, and their friends, as they try to solve mysteries in late 1880's New England.

I love this series and a large part of what makes me love it are the characters.  Jackaby and Abigail are so well written and likable that you can't help but continue to turn the pages to see what happens next. Over the three books, their backgrounds have slowly been shared so that, as a reader, I feel like I know them and I am invested in their lives.  Even Jenny, Douglas, and Charlie have captured my heart.

There are a couple of mysteries being investigated simultaneously in this third book.  We have the ongoing mystery of what happened to Jenny plus an additional investigation that actually ends up connecting to Jenny's story.  It's all very engaging, with a mix of drama and quirky humor and just a tiny bit of romance.  I'm really looking forward to the next book.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intro, March 21st

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and is all about sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that you are reading or plan to read soon. I'm almost finished with the book I am reading so I'll probably start this one next week and I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, it will not disappoint. 

"It's been sixty-four years.  That doesn't feel so long, strange though it may seem to you, but Mother is dead, and Father, and Lilith; I am the last.  When I am gone, it will be as though that summer never happened.  I've thought about this as I sit in my chair on the porch, as I take my evening walk up to the bridge, and as I lie awake listening to the water shifting in the dark.  I've even taken to sleeping in Lilith's and my old room, in the small bed that used to be mine.  Last night I watched the moonlight on the ceiling and thought of the many nights I have lain there: as a child, as a young girl, and now as an old woman.  I thought about how easy it would be to let all of it pass from the earth."

So, based on this passage, would you keep reading or pass on this one?

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's Monday, What are you Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by 
Kathryn at the Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and are about to be reading over the week and it's an opportunity to visit, comment, and add to that ever growing TBR pile! 

What I finished last week:

What I am reading this week:

Next week, I will most likely still be working on these two books but when I finish them, I do have my next two books waiting in the wings.

Looks like I am going to have off from work tomorrow due to the snowstorm here in the mid Atlantic region.  Extra reading time for me! Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

I had seen The Woman in Cabin 10 on a lot of book blogs and on Amazon with mixed reviews.  However, some people said a lot of good things about it and a friend of mine had a copy and was willing to let me borrow it, so I decided to give it a go.

What did I think? I would probably give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.  If you don't want spoilers, stop here.

To begin, I loved the cover.  The water droplets are slightly raised so not only did it look pretty, it felt cool too.  The plot was interesting.  I liked the idea of a woman on a cruise who is sure she witnessed someone thrown overboard even though no one on the passenger list is missing.  It seemed intriguing. Lo was perfect for the main part, having past emotional issues and blatantly displaying her alcohol problem, it was easy to see how people had difficulty believing her story.  I also liked Ben's character even though he was a little bit full of himself.  He was really the only one who genuinely wanted to help.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of things that bothered me.  First, Lo's character was a little bit too much like the main character in The Girl on the Train.  Past issues, an alcoholic who is kind of lost in life, with people around her who just don't believe her story.  I would probably have liked this book more if I hadn't just read TGOTT only a few months ago. Second, I think there were some holes in the story. The ending was a bit rushed and while I know it had to be Carrie who wired the money to Lo's account, I don't see how she had access to Richard's money or to Lo's bank numbers.  I also felt that it was a bit far fetched that they actually found Ann's body in the middle of the North Sea.

I didn't dislike the story.  It was enjoyable enough and if you like a mystery with minimal action but a few interesting twists, give it a try. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WWW Wednesday, March 1st

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading.

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I have two books right now.  One on Audible and one in print.  On Audible, I just started listening to The Watchmakers Daughter, which is fun so far, and in print, I am reading The Woman in Cabin 10.  I'm liking it but it has taken me a few weeks to finish because I'm not loving it.

I just finished Eleventh Grave in Moonlight.  This is book 11 in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones and it was just as good as all the others in the series.

Next, I have a couple of books in line, both from Netgalley.  The Bone Witch and Ensnared.  Hopefully, I can finish The Woman in Cabin 10 this week and move on. 

What are you reading?