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A Hope Divided (The Loyal League)
Alyssa Cole
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The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Mystery (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries)
Leonard Goldberg
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Kylie Logan
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Sarah Woodbury
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The Sunne in Splendour
Sharon Kay Penman
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Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Friday Reads 9.8.2017

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny Just Killing Time - Julianne Holmes The Legend of Sleepy Harlow - Kylie Logan Boiled Over  - Barbara Ross By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman

My reads for this weekend and the upcoming week.

 

Two weeks out from the wedding so reading is slow going but almost halfway through How the Light Gets In.

 

The others are lighter cozy reads, I need something light right about now. 

 

And of course nursing The Sunne in Splendour.  It's still excellent, no surprise.

 

Busy weekend, packing up things to move into our new home, last minute shopping planned.

 

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

 

 

Body on Baker Street

Body on Baker Street - Vicki Delany

This was a nice second installment to this series. 

 

I enjoyed the characters best, that seems to be the make or break it for me. I will put up with a lot if the camraderie is good.

 

And this book tested me. 

 

It implied that police wouldn't know that the value of an autographed book would go up if the author died. As the MC explained, they do not know the business side of things.

 

This... No. Just no.  I do not believe they would be ignorant of this fact. I did NOT buy into this and I knocked it a star just for suggesting it. Don't know why that bugged me so but it did. 

 

This aside, I did enjoy the rest of the book, the characters were strong and the mystery had enough red herrings to keep me guessing. 

 

Overall, recommend. 

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 46%.

The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman

While the action has slowed down a bit, it's still very interesting.

 

I'm down to one book. It's three weeks til the wedding and I can only concentrate on one at a time apparently. I feel so scatter brained. 

 

Happy reading! 

Friday Reads 8.25.2017

Body on Baker Street - Vicki Delany How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) - Bethany Blake A Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn

Happy Friday!

 

So I'm about a quarter of the way through of Body on Baker Street and I am enjoying it a lot. It's a  light read which I need between The Sunne and the Splendour giving me a heart attack  and How the Light Gets In wrecking havoc on my emotions. Oh Louise Penny, what you do to me... 

 

If I finish that one before the weekend is through, I will read Dial Meow for Murder. The first in that series was a surprise hit for me, so I'm eager to crack open the sequel.

 

I also got approved through Netgalley for the latest in the Lady Speedwell series. I loved the first book and had mixed feelings about the second. The synopsis for this last one leaves me scratching my head but I'm willing to give it a chance. This will be the make it or break it book for me in the series though.  I may throw that one in the mix or get to it next week.

 

Other plans include enjoying the beautiful weather and a MLB game. The fiancee is a huge fan.

 

Happy reading everyone! :) 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 371 out of 936 pages.

The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman

Read this for about 45 min this morning while screaming at various characters.  If you heard someone yelling:

 

"Nononononononono!!!!"

 

and 

 

"What are you doing?????!!!!"  - it might have been me.

 

I think having minimal knowledge of the War of the Roses adds to my freakouts. 

 

Have just started the "Anne" section. Maybe Penman will give me a chance to breathe...

Slow going...

This Side of Murder - Anna Lee Huber

... but it may be my mood, putting it aside just in case it is. 

 

I just really want to read other books on my pile other than this one. Maybe if I eliminate the competition this one will have a chance. 

 

 

Friday Reads 8.18.2017

By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman This Side of Murder - Anna Lee Huber How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) - Bethany Blake

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore has left a book hangover since I found it disturbing. Guess I won't be re- reading that. So I didn't read much this week. 

 

Still working on The Sunne in Splendour. Its 900 pages long so it'll be with me for some time I think. Need to dive back in...

 

I'm torn between three books right now- 

 

This Side of Murder  - Love this author. I started the first chapter. 

 

How the Light Gets In - Need to catch up on this series.

 

Dial Meow for Murder- The first book in this series pleasantly surprised me with how good it was so I'm looking forward to this one.

 

No big plans for the weekend for once. I'm going to enjoy the down time.

 

Happy reading! 

 

 

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan

Author: Matthew Sullivan

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

 

Book Blurb:  When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.‚Äč

 

Whilst I was surprised at the turns this book took and am impressed with how well Sullivan took characters that you would expect to find in cozy mysteries - bookstore owners and workers, librarians, doughnut shop owners, quirky townspeople - and put them into a fully realized violent mystery/thriller, I normally do not like books this dark.  

 

The book left me with an overall unsettled and queasy feeling. Not something I look for in my reading. 

 

It's different, I will give you that. 

 

I guessed the murderer through pure process of elimination about half way through - but was clueless as to motive and kept reading for the clues that would satisfy my curiosity. The book is definitely a page turner. But again, dark.

 

Would I recommend it? If you like that sort of thing.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 309 out of 936 pages.

The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman

Ok, had to explain to my fiancee why, when he came back from swimming, I am sitting there at the beach visibly upset over the fate of people that lived how long ago? 

 

Poor Johnny. 

 

I got so emotional. 

 

Onward...

Friday Reads 8.11.2017

The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan This Side of Murder - Anna Lee Huber

Busy weekend. Just wedding planning and reading basically. 

 

The Sunne in Splendour is so good. I have to read all this woman's books.

 

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore surprised the heck out of me. It's the quite the page turner. I keep reading it every chance I get. Looking forward to reviewing this one.

 

If I get done with Midnight, I am definitely starting This Side of Murder. Anna Lee Huber of the Lady Darby series is starting a new series! I did not know this! When I saw it on Netgalley I screamed like a 4 year old, requested it and then was distracted til the approval came in.  This needs to be read ASAP.

 

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and Happy reading!!!!

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan

Solid read so far.

 

It's weird, it's like reading a thriller where all your characters are librarians or book people. 

 

The mystery is engaging, the changing points of view - Enjoying it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan

So this book is making me want to cancel my plans and just read it. 

 

I thought it was a cozy mystery... it's not. It's a mystery though. Well more of a thriller- actually I don't know how to classify it. Probably why it's so interesting.

Reading progress update: I've read 281 out of 936 pages.

The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman

Again, amazing. 

 

So sorry I kept putting this off.

Friday Reads!!! 7.28.2017

By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson

Happy Friday!

 

These are my reads for the upcoming weekend. 

 

I am about 100 pages into The Sunne in Splendour. Penman hits the ground running and hooks  you. I was holding my breath during Sandal Castle and thought, why do I not read more of this woman's books? So good.

 

The Clockwork Dynasty is a Netgalley read about mechanical beings that exist undetected among us... but actually takes place in 1725 Russia - I'm botching the blurb but it's different enough to be intriguing.

 

Getting dressers for post- wedding apartment and saying goodbye to my little brother who will be moving across the country on Monday. So emotional weekend ahead.

 

What are your weekend plans?

 

Happy reading!

 

 

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5 stars

 

Book Blurb: Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.

 

What a gem!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great commentary on the bitterness that comes with never standing up for yourself and living your life in fear of displeasing everyone. Not that any of this novel wasn't predictable,  but the story and it's lessons are worth thinking about.  The humor is solid, making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.  I want to reread the book to fully appreciate the craziness that is Valancy's colorful family. And frankly just to appreciate Montgomery's wit. 

 

Highly recommend.