It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 23 January 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this 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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

To say I am disappointed with yesterday’s NFC Championship game would be an understatement. However, the Packers had so many key players injured that I always felt they were playing on borrowed time anyway. I guess their time was finally up for the season. Now, they can all get healthy again.
How did everyone do during the 24-in-48 readathon?

FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Stephanie Garber’s novel is getting a ton of attention right now and for good reason. Her story about a magical game is highly addictive. It is not a perfect novel – the characters are weak, the plot moves at a ridiculous pace, and there are more questions than answers – but I honestly did not care one bit and devoured it in one sitting. I even read this one while the Packers were playing, something that never, ever happens.

Some would call the J. P. Delaney novel a cat-and-mouse thriller. I am calling it the best kind of mindfuck. Two very different women, one exacting house, and one even more autocratic landlord – what unfolds is not something you can predict, nor would you want to do so. Watching the story unfold is half the fun in this new psychological thriller. I found myself wishing my lunch breaks were just a wee bit longer so I could squeeze in a few more pages.

Anna Mazzola’s debut novel is a fascinating glimpse into the unfairness of the criminal justice system of the pre-Victorian era. Based on a very real crime involving James Greenacre and Sarah Gale, Ms. Mazzola blends fiction with fact to bring the reader back to this dirty and harsh world.


CURRENT READ:

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I’m making progress. More than halfway now!


UP NEXT:

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles


So, what are you reading?

Sunday Reflections – 22 January 2017

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Happy Sunday! I am still riding the high from all of the pictures and stories from yesterday’s Women’s March. I could not march in person but I was there in spirit with each and every person who did. For the first time since November, I feel hope for our future, and I am actually rather…

Fabulous Friday – 20 January 2017

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** Given what is happening in DC today, we need all of the fabulousness we…

Two Days Gone but totally worth it

Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Genre: Fiction; Mystery Publication Date: 10 January 2017 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts…

The Second Mrs. Hockaday is not who you think she is

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 10 January 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely…

The Burning Page – Librarians and Fae and Dragons, oh my!

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Genre: Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 10 January 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another ‘tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,’ (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City. Never judge a book by its cover… Due to her involvement…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 16 January 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this 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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! It is one week into the new year. How are you doing…

Sunday Reflections – 15 January 2017

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Happy Sunday from Phoenix! The boys are busy running their marathon. Holly and I will be going out to cheer for them in a few minutes. It has been wonderful putting the coats away for the last day and exploring totally new terrain for all of us. This week felt a bit rushed as we…

Fabulous Friday – 13 January 2017

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** By the time you most likely read this, I will be on a plane…

Frostblood – A fiery new series

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 10 January 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “The Frost King will burn. Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and…