A Week of Bookish Days- 2/10/18

Here we again, another week has flown by! A quiet week, which is good, except we had issues with our tv/internet/phone service blinking on and off for several days. It reminded me of the commercial where the man is slumped in the hallway crying after 10 minutes with no internet, ha. We were in contact with the provider, but they kept misdiagnosing over the phone and didn’t schedule our tech visit right away. Finally he came and said that the cable line was getting brittle from constant exposure to cold weather and that’s why it was worse in the evening. So…a temporary line was run and a new one is to be buried in the yard in a couple of weeks, yay!


We aren’t into social media much… still, what an enlightening experience to see that we are so connected to the internet that we were anxious when it suddenly disappeared! We have cell phones so didn’t miss the landline… and even tv was okay right now because my shows haven’t returned yet… but my laptop–ack! I played solitaire and hidden object puzzles, just to be using it. So that’s my week’s low point.


My high was my reading and my new additions to my TBR pile.

Here’s what I’m reading/ read recently:


I’m halfway through Into the Black Nowhere (#2) by Meg Gardiner. I love all the books I’ve read by her- 8 of them – and enjoyed the first one in this series, Unsub (with a killer mimicking the Zodiac Killer), featuring FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. Very intense and enjoyable procedural, hunting for a serial killer who reminds her of Ted Bundy’s M.O. You can jump in here and not be confused if you didn’t read Unsub, so no problem. Recommended for lovers of dark, twisty stories!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that title– I just wanted a change-up due to my mood and switched to Hunted by Meagan Spooner. It’s a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and not the Disney version! I don’t usually read fairy-tale retellings, but I’ve been eyeing this one for a couple of years and decided to take the plunge. Ms. Spooner does an awesome job with this one! Not quite done yet, but let’s just say I was reading in bed until my eyes crossed. Give it a chance; the first few pages were ho-hum typical YA historical fantasy, but then disaster strikes the family and it takes off. I love her creative license with the original plot– recommended for light fantasy readers.

Cover Love!

Then I’m going back to Into the Black Nowhere for sure. Meg Gardiner has an impressive backlist of series and stand-alones available if you’re interested (not to be confused with Lisa Gardner). My favorite books by her were: Phantom Instinct and The Shadow Tracer, recent stand-alones. I also read another stand-alone and some of the Jo Beckett series awhile back, which–be warned– is pretty gritty if I remember correctly.

What I begged/borrowed/bought——->

I borrowed, but put aside:

put aside, not DNF

Fire by Kristen Cashore after reading and loving Graceling last week, and it’s not a sequel but a companion story with new characters, but want to pick up Bitterblue sometime, which would be more cohesive with the first book I presume. It was a library book, so no big deal. They even had Bitterblue there, so maybe I’ll pick up on my next trip. Another library book I’m hemming and hawing about: I, Eliza Hamilton by  Susan Holloway Scott. I want to get into it but only read a couple of chapters for my newer arrivals, but I’ll just renew it from the library if I need more time.


Cover Love!

I bought:

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and Vanished by Karen E. Olson. These are all auto-buy, or at least auto-borrow, authors for me. I had some money left from a class action something-or-other that Amazon and Barnes and Noble were involved with, and some of the refund was going to expire so I got two books with that and bought the other– yay for found book money!


Next ahead for me:

Don’t know what I’ll read after my current two books, probably one of my other 2 new titles. Though I’m guilty of buying new, desperately wanted books…and then putting them aside and picking up something else. How crazy is that? The husband doesn’t understand because he’s not a reader.


———> Care to comment??

  • Do you do that sometimes— buy or borrow a title you couldn’t wait to get and then not read it immediately?
  • Can you read more than one book at a time, even if you are enjoying both?
  • Do you finish off one and then pick up the other, or do you give both an equal share?


Finally, links to blogs who take the time to comment here, and whose blogs I enjoy:

1. Cahleen @ The Alt Story–

a fairly new blogger and interesting choices of books

2.  What’s Nonfiction?

I do love me some good memoirs and historical or sociological nonfiction sometimes!

3. Lark @ Lark Writes…On Books and Life–

an eclectic reader and thoughtful blogger


If you didn’t get the chance yet, please visit an earlier post of mine this week about women in nonfiction, by women authors. Off the top of my head just now: I’m going to read (hopefully) at least 2-3 new memoirs next month, and mention excellent memoirs/nonfiction I read last year, and call it March Memoirs…lol. Sounds like a plan!

~Enjoy your books this week– live vicariously through your characters!~

I link up each week to Kim @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, an awesome place to meet new bloggers, find new titles and share your bookish news!






37 thoughts on “A Week of Bookish Days- 2/10/18

  1. jenclair February 10, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    I can start 3 or 4 books at a time, but then I usually tend to fall into one and finish it. I often read fiction and nonfiction at the same time, dividing the time more equally. I always read nonfiction more slowly and take frequent breaks so it is easier to balance more than one book. 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Maybe that’s what happens when I say I put aside, or temporarily DNF a book. It’s that one calls to me over all the rest and I give in to that one.
      I agree with the way you read nonfiction. I can rapidly turn the pages for fiction, but for non I like to immerse myself and think about what I’m reading carefully.


  2. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks February 10, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    That’s too bad about your connection! I remember there was one time our winte was super cold (and I mean very, very cold. Very negative temperatures, in C), and mom called the cable support, and they said the lines FROZE xD which we really laughed about, cause the idea of electricity freezing. LOL :DDD

    The Eliza Hamilton book looks interesting!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:17 am

      Since Hamilton is causing a buzz with the Broadway musical of his name and the biography floating around, now it’s time for his wife to have some of the spotlight. There is also another book about her coming out soon by Stephanie Dray, a popular historical fiction author.


  3. Literary Feline February 10, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I am sorry about your internet issues. We’ve been having issues with our connection and my husband keeps threatening to change internet providers. I know our problem isn’t because of the cold though as it’s been quite warm here. We’re supposed to get rain later this coming week–I sure hope so! Hunted is on my wish list and so I am glad to hear you are enjoying it. I’m guilty of buying books and setting them aside to read later too. Like your husband, mind doesn’t seem to get it either. LOL I hope you have a great week, Kari!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:11 am

      Hunted is a good retelling. Her creativity keeps me turning the pages, even though there’s no intense scenarios.

      I’m seeing a trend with the answers here, book lovers like to hoard their new books!


  4. Greg Hill February 10, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Ugh internet outages are the worst. Glad they figured it out… but yeah the last time I was down it was an unpleasant reminder how addicted I am to being connected lol!

    Vanished looks really good.

    As to your questions- I do that all the time. I HAVE to have a certain book, and then… it sits. And I do prefer to read one book at a time, but occasionally I’ll have two going…


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Yes! What’s up with book bloggers that we crave a title, then move on? Maybe we want to save it, like a special treat, and then forget about it, lol?

      The Karen E. Olson hacker series (black hat) is really good! It’s a cat-and-mouse type plot, not romantic suspense.


  5. Jan February 11, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I’m glad you got the internet figured out. We’ve had various problems with our internet and I’m always amazed to realize how much of my time using my laptop is because of the internet.

    I love police procedurals, but can’t read the dark, serial killer ones these days so I will steer clear of Meg Gardiner, I guess!

    I talk myself into buying a book–and then it just sits on my Kindle. Sometimes I forget about it until the next book in the series comes out!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 10:39 am

      We were stressed out over losing the internet and that’s a sad thing, because there is so much we can do without being online!

      I also love police procedurals but after reading the Rachel Caine series about the serial killer I think I should find more cozy British or fantasy ones instead. I love Meg Gardiner but she does write a dark story. I’ve given up on Karin Slaughter’s books because she just keeps pushing the envelope with violence against women that it disturbs my sleep.
      Do you have any suggestions for procedurals that aren’t so very gritty or sadistic? Have a good week.


  6. karen blue February 11, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I can and usually do read 2 or more books at a time. I have three I am reading right now. I can finish one book and then jump right into the other one. That explains why I am so far behind on reviews too. Lol!
    I am so sorry to hear about your internet issues. That sucks, but I am glad to hear they are sorting it out.
    I am the kind of person who can’t wait for a title and then I put it aside. What is wrong with me? I have pre-ordered books from 2 years ago that I still haven’t read. That is just sad.
    Thanks for sharing the blog links. I am going to do some blog hopping now.
    Have a great week and happy reading!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Lol, another book lover who puts aside new books that we couldn’t wait for. I think we’re saving them for a special occasion or something instead of just diving in. I usually read 2 books at a time, mostly dabbling in both, then just finishing off the one that I’m more in the mood for.
      I post blogger links every weekend of blogs I really enjoy or just discovered. My way of sharing the blog love.


  7. Laurel-Rain Snow February 11, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Oh, being without Internet for even a day would suck! Luckily (knock wood), we have mild winters so haven’t had those issues. But…there was one day when the Internet was soooo slow. I turned off the computer for a while, and when I returned, it was normal. But now I’m nervous…LOL.

    I enjoy Meg Gardiner’s books, so thanks for the reminder…as I have one still waiting to be read (The Shadow Tracer).

    I loved The Great Alone and Quindlen’s book Miller Valley. I have her newest book, The Alternate Side.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I’m really looking forward to The Great Alone and The Alternate Side (when I can get that one). Miller’s Valley was good, if a bit melancholy.
      We certainly have become dependent on our internet for almost everything, nowadays. I couldn’t have foreseen this happening when it was first made available (yes folks, I’m older than the pc and internet, lol).


  8. Michelle P February 11, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I liked Hunted but didn’t love it. It was the Main Character that I loved the most.
    My kids would go nuts if the internet went out. lol. It’s crazy how important wifi is now and how weird it would be if one day it just stopped. Makes me have anxiety lol

    Have a great week, Kari! Happy Reading!


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      I really enjoyed Hunted, maybe because I don’t read many fairy tale retellings at all, so it was a breath of fresh air for me at this time.

      Yes, a day (or off and on for days) without internet was quite stressful for us!


  9. Mary @StackingM BookShelves! February 11, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Into the Black Nowhere — looks like that would be right up my alley. I have to go check that one out. I hope you have a good week of reading!



    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      I love Meg Gardiner’s books, so don’t know why I’m pushing this behind other new titles I have. I should finish it this week. Nothing wrong with it. Just the mood I’m in and what kind of book I’m looking for at this time. Thanks for stopping by!


  10. carolesrandomlife February 11, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I loved Into the Black Nowhere and do want to read more of Meg Gardiner’s work soon. I have been hearing great things about The Great Alone and hope you have a nice time with it. Isn’t it funny how lost you feel without internet? Glad you got your problem figured out and a permanent fix is on the way.

    I do always have a audiobook and a book that I am reading going at the same time. Sometimes even more than that but usually just the two at the same time. I am really bad about buying books that I am really excited about and then putting them aside to read other things. I don’t even make sense to myself sometimes.


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      I really enjoy all Meg Gardiner’s books. Always so suspenseful, some kind of dark and gritty. At least she writes a bunch of stand-alones and also different series, so readers can choose which kind they like. Hope you get to read my favorite titles, listed in post above.

      I’m glad to know that it’s a habit of a great number of book bloggers/avid readers, to get titles we are excited about and then put them aside to save for later, lol. I feel better about myself now.


  11. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer February 11, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I usually am working on a physical or digital book and an audio at the same time. Sometimes I will have 3 going as long as they are different genres I am golden. Glad the internet got sorted, I work from home and would have been crying myself!


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      I know an internet outage is disastrous for so many! The husband and I are retired so we were only affected by losing out on facebook, blogging, email, etc.

      I feel the same way. It’s easier to have 2 or more books going at the same time if they are from different genres, and even different formats– print, ebook, audio…


  12. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard February 12, 2018 / 11:10 am

    Before blogging, I was a monogamous reader. Now, I often have up to four books going at once, and one is usually an audiobook. I also buy or borrow books and don’t read them right away, even if I’m really eager to read them. Sometimes it’s a time thing — I have ARCs I need to read, and I feel guilty reading something else with those hanging over my head. Sometimes it’s because I want to savor the anticipation for a while, or save the book for when I really need a pick-me-up. And other times, I have no self-control and just dive in, and the heck with the review schedule!

    Thanks for the heads-up on Hunter. That’s one I bought but haven’t started yet.

    Have a great week!


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Ha, like the term “monogamous” for a reader. So true. If I wasn’t blogging I probably would have only one book going at a time unless my attention was starting to wane, signaling a possible dnf. I’m with you– save the title for when you need a special experience or dive right in if you are impulsive 🙂

      Hunted is a good fairy tale retelling, but since I don’t really read the genre almost ever I’m not a good judge of it. For a decent reading time, though, I recommend.


  13. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog February 12, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    I am really excited for The Great Alone. I love Kristin Hannah. ENjoy your books and have a great week!!


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Kristin Hannah writes pleasurable stories with “feels”. I am super excited to read this one, maybe next week since I’m in 2 other books at the moment. Hope you read it soon!


  14. girlplusbooks February 12, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Lame on the connectivity issues. I know they don’t always want to send a tech out immediately if it’s something that can be solved over the phone sometimes it’s like you just want to say, “Will you just send the guy already?” LOL Glad a fix is on the way.

    Glad you’re enjoying Hunted! I’ve seen it around a lot but wasn’t sure about it. So glad you mentioned it being for light fantasy readers because that would be me! 🙂

    I’m so excited for The Great Alone! I put it on hold on Overdrive ages ago so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long. I just adore Kristin Hannah and think she is a phenomenal storyteller.

    The only way I can read more than one book at a time is by reading one (physical or Kindle) and listening to one on audio (typically only during my daily commute).

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      A title we can agree on, yay! 🙂 I might be more of a suspenseful reader, but I certainly do like my contemporary fiction stories, aka women’s fiction, or mainstream fiction. And Kristin Hannah has so many good ones. I’ve read many of hers, but only spotty in the Lakeshore Chronicles series.

      Having a print book and ebook, or an audio in the mix, makes it so much easier to multi-task books.


  15. Trish @ Between My Lines February 12, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I buy books all the time, and then don’t read them for years. I like to wait for just the moment when I’m in the mood for that book. And it’s lovely to have a large selection to pull from. I really want to read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah soon, or you know buy it soon, and read it someday 😀

    I freak out when we lose internet, I’m totally lost without it. Not a good thing, but true.


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      I’m like you, buying or downloading many books that still linger here but won’t go to waste. Someday I’ll be in the mood for it and pick it up and be happy!


  16. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews February 14, 2018 / 3:26 am

    Setting books aside is sometimes necessary. I have read the whole series, and if I remember correctly, Bitterblue does bring back some of the characters from the first book.
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Kari. Happy reading!


  17. Daniela Ark February 15, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Sorry to hear you had issues with your internet and tv services. Good that they found a solution! We just change providers and let’s see how it goes 🙂 I cannot live without internet! So important for us book bloggers right?
    yay you got The Great Alone! I cannot wait to hear what you think of it! I hope you read Educated among the memoirs you want to read! I LOVED it!


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      Oh, I want to read Educated and since I plan on reading several memoirs in March, maybe that will be the one I buy if I can’t borrow it. It sounds so good! I’m ready to dive into The Great Alone by end of the week. Should be a pleasurable read.

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  18. Daniela Ark February 15, 2018 / 11:16 am

    haha what’s wrong with me today? I click Post and then I want to say something else!I do that ALL the time! I read books like I watch TV. at least three at the same time and one episode [chapter] at the time so I’m constantly alternating between books. taking a break from them for weeks, go back to them etc.


    • karireadsandwrites February 16, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Lol, hello again, Daniela 🙂 I like that you can rotate 2 or more books at the same time. I usually have 2 and then finish off one and go back to the other I wasn’t quite in the mood for. Or I can alternate if one if a different medium (print, ebook, audio) and is left in the car for doctor’s appointments, or whatever.

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  19. Cahleen @ The Alt Story February 16, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Hey! I was just scrolling down to leave a comment and I saw my name. Thanks for the link! And thanks for stopping by my new little blog. In answer to your questions, if I buy a book it pretty much guarantees that I won’t get around to reading it any time soon. I hardly ever buy books, so this isn’t too much of a problem. I can’t help but prioritize things with due dates! And I can only read more than one book at a time if one is audio and the other is on my Kindle. If I have two Kindle books going I’ll get sucked into one and keep reading until I finish it, but I always listen to audio when I’m not physically able to read with my eyes.


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