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.
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:
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.
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
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!~
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