It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 10 December 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 10 December 2018. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!
 

Thank goodness for quick books that are nothing but pure entertainment. They helped me get through a rather hellish work week. The books I read were exactly what I needed. I hope the streak continues!


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Fire and Heist Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This is an eclectic mix of books, even for me. One heck of a murder mystery, a fantasy novel involving were-dragons, and a futuristic novel contemplating the ethics of body modifications and exploring the lengths to which people may go with CRISPR. Each of them are so very different, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading them. 

I think Fire & Heist is so charming. It is not going to win any awards, and the basic story itself is familiar. Still, I fell in love with Sky Hawkins and enjoyed every minute I had with her. This is book candy at its finest.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is not nearly as entertaining, but boy does it make you think. As long as humans have been tinkering with the human body, there has always been a concern that we will cross an invisible ethical boundary and take such tinkering too far. Ms. Dayton uses that concern to hypothesize just what that tinkering will look like, and it is not for the faint of heart. In fact, her future is downright scary. Her vision will haunt me for a long time to come, which I believe is her point. After all, if we don’t start thinking of these things now, our chance to make a difference and create clear ethical boundaries will disappear.


DID NOT FINISH:

All good here.


CURRENT READ:

The Mansion


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

I will be passing the weeks until the US premiere of the television show continuting to immerse myself in the world of All Souls and enjoying every minute I do.


NEXT UP:

Whatever I want, although I am leaning towards the new John Boyne novel.


So, what are you reading?

Sunday Reflections – 9 December 2018

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Happy Sunday! It is cold and gloomy around here with just a little snow to cover some of the ground. It is not enough snow for my liking though. I want what they are getting in the Carolinas. Damn climate change. It was a very long week in that I did nothing at work but…

One impressive whodunit

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton is a very talented man. He states that in his debut novel, he set out to create an Agatha Christie-style novel crossed with the television show Quantum Leap to produce a unique and entertaining whodunit. In my opinion, he more than succeeds in his quest. I am sure some readers were able to decipher…

November Out

November was not a great month for me. Sure, there were good parts about it, but the lasting impression I have is not a favorable one. I feel like the weather is to blame for a portion of this. Dreary and damp is not my favorite weather pattern. I would rather it snowed every day…

Monday Reflections – 3 December 2018

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Hi guys! Yes, I am still alive and kicking. Things have been, well, a little weird lately. As those who follow me on Twitter know, I suffer from chronic migraines and have since after Holly was born. I went through all the testing back then, and there was nothing physically wrong with me that would…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 3 December 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 3 December 2018. To learn more about each book, click on…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 26 November 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 26 November 2018. To learn more about each book, click on…

Fabulous Friday – 23 November 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things other than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week ending 23 November 2018. ******************** THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS – I may not understand the holiday, but…

When good series go bad

This Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

Initial Thoughts: “I love Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, but I am not quite as in love with this fifth book in the series. I got the sense the story was rushed, with the connections among Irene and her companions forced in a way that is not normal for these stories. I still enjoyed it,…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 November 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 19 November 2018. To learn more about each book, click on…