Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Week in Reading - August 31


It's Sunday which means it's time to link up with Kimba over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer to talk about what went on this week.

What I Got:

NetGalley:

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan - I swore that I wasn't going to make any requests this week but when I came across this one I couldn't resist it!  Especially since I had just listened to The Great Gatsby.

Snow Angel Cove by Raeanne Thayer - I'm already swimming in Christmas books and it's only August!  I've heard good things about this author so I'm looking forward to giving this one a try.

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman - My favorite biographies are always about people I have never heard or know very little about.  This is a book of short biographies about women behind their more famous relatives - Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Edna St. Vincent Millay's sister, Oscar Wilde's niece and others.


The Texan's Christmas by Tanya Michaels - I almost didn't request this one because the cover features a very pregnant woman.  Now I don't know if I did pregnancy wrong but romantic wouldn't be the word I would use to describe it.  Especially as pregnant as the woman on the cover is.  However, I really loved the previous book by Michaels so I figured I'd try and get past the baby issue and give this one a try.

Other:

A Novel Way to Die by Ali Brandon - a cozy set in a bookstore.  I was thrilled when I got this through paperbackswap.

Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray - Kindly sent from the author for review.  I'm looking forward to reading it.

The Bone Room by James Viatrius - I enjoyed the first two chapters of this one when I read them a few months ago and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with characters.  I'm thinking this paranormal mystery set in a hospital with a vampire twist will be great for Halloween!

Currently:

Reading: Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie - this is the 2nd Poirot book and I've been enjoying starting at the beginning with him.
Death in the Dolomites by David Wagner - a murder mystery set in the Italian alps.  Expect the review tomorrow.
Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan - I've finally gotten around to trying Milan and so far she doesn't disappoint.  Review Wednesday.

Watching:  I'm still watching CSI:NY on Netflix.  My summer shows are starting to end.  Perception and Who Do You Think You Are? both had their finales and I don't think Unforgettable has too much longer.  I really enjoyed all 3 this year.  I'm looking forward to some on the new fall shows - particularly NCIS: New Orleans.  I like Scott Bakula and I'm excited about a show set in New Orleans.  I spent a lot of time there when I was younger.

Listening:  I'm finishing up The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  I've been enjoying it but I'm not sure how I feel about long books in audio form.  I get a little impatient.  Next up I have The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.

Off the Blog:

This was one of those weeks that felt like it was all back and forth.  Between appointments and errands and loose ends I feel like I was mostly going in circles and got nothing accomplished.  This weekend is birthday weekends.  We celebrated my mother's yesterday with family from out of state that I don't see nearly enough.  I always make baked good for her birthday which is fun.  It gives me an opportunity to try some of the interesting recipes I see on Pinterest.  Today is my husband's birthday so we're going to dinner and doing cake and presents later.

We're ordering Emma's cap and gown which is just weird.  It's hard to believe that she'll be off to college next year and then Paul will go the year after.  It's definitely going to be strange to be down to 1 child for most of the year.

On the Blog:

What Happened This Week:

The 3rd book in Donna Kauffman's  romance series set in a little town on the coast of Maine
My Top Ten Tuesday list - the books I want to read but don't own yet
Sarah Jio's Goodnight June a fantastic book with an inside look to the writing of Goodnight Moon
A new mystery from Kate Dyer-Seeley with a great setting and a fun premise!
My Friday linkups featuring excerpts from Great Expectations - I'm scared!
My review for the Chopped Cookbook

Next Week:

Monday: A review for How to be a Parisian because I've been in a Paris kind of mood.
Tuesday: The Top Ten Characters at my lunch table 
Wednesday: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
Thursday: Death in the Dolomites by David Wagner
Friday: Linkups with excerpts from whatever book I'm reading by the end of the week
Saturday: The 2nd wrap up from Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity's Cookbook Challenge

Happy reading!

66 comments:

  1. That book about Gatsby looks soooo soo good!! Personally I can't wait for fall TV to start. I am just bored. Though I have been watching the Strain and that is super creepy.

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    1. I'm really excited about the Gatsby book. I just finished listening to the audio version a few weeks ago so I'm looking forward to taking a deeper look at the book itself. I'm definitely looking forward to the fall lineup. Can't wait to see what I like and what I don't!

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  2. I love Who Do You Think You Are? They had some good episodes this season. I wish there were more episodes every season. Their seasons seem so short.

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    1. I did love this season though I haven't watched the last two. The Cynthia Nixon story was shocking especially. I agree that the seasons are way to short though!

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  3. Yay for birthdays! And cake. ;) Nice haul, hope you enjoy them all.

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    1. It was a fun weekend and cake is always good! I'm looking forward to reading them all!

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  4. I'm also reading an Agatha Christie book right now! (And Then There Were None) It's my first and I'm really enjoying it so far.

    I love your "Currently" part. I would do something like that, but I don't watch much television to do it. Great idea though for people that do watch shows a lot!

    Good luck on this coming week and happy reading :) Here is my post if you don't mind looking at it http://t.co/72VvJdvEBS

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    1. And Then There Were None is fabulous! It's a little more action oriented than the others but the twists and turns are pure Agatha.
      Thank you! I've only recently started doing that but I watch too much TV and it's fun to put it somewhere!

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  5. Whoa, lots of books. :) The book about almost famous women looks good; I may add it to my library list. Happy reading!

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    1. I have a problem Bea! I can't stop getting books! And the real problem is I really want to read ALL of them. It'll happen one day!

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  6. Your comment about doing pregnancy wrong made me laugh, I so agree that it's not romantic, especially the last months lol ! I feel nostalgic too because it's the last year I'm accompanying my youngest for her first day in school, times flies... Enjoy your book haul and have a great week ;)

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I just don't get the whole pregnancy/romance tie in. I'm sure the last day we walk the youngest in is going to be rough so I can imagine!

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  7. A lot of great looking books to read! Happy reading!

    Stormi
    http://www.booksmoviesreviewsohmy.com/the-week-in-review/

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading them!

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  8. Your books sound very interesting. Enjoy your new reads.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to reading them!

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  9. I tried to stay away from Netgalley this week but I couldn't help requesting some upcoming releases. The Bone Room sounds really good. I've been trying to read more paranormal (just to change things up) so I'll check this out. Have a great week!

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    1. NetGalley is a dangerous dangerous place! It gets me every time! I really enjoyed the 2 chapters of The Bone Room and I'm hoping it stays good. The characters seemed really unique which I liked.

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  10. It is so difficult not to request books, isn't it? They just tempt us...and then we're clicking. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  11. Hope you guys have a great weekend. I'm thinking of trying a Christie as well since I just saw a review for And Then There Were None and realized I really need to read this book at some point!

    A Novel Way to Die and Death in the Dolomites both sound good too. I've been in a mystery mood lately...

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    1. You definitely need to read And Then There Were None. It's a great book and a good intro to Christie. Just keep in mind it's a little more action oriented than her other books.
      I'm almost done with Death in the Dolomites and am liking it. At this point it's definitely one I'd recommend.

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  12. I felt (and looked) like a whale in my last months of pregnancy, so no, I didn't feel particularly romantic! But your books look and sound good. I was hoping for the RaeAnne Thayne, since I've been following that series, but I haven't heard back from Harlequin/NetGalley yet.

    It's disconcerting when you realize your children are grown and headed off to college soon. We just dropped 'Robin' off for her second year. The house is quiet again, except for one rather demanding cat. (We have two, but the other isn't demanding; mostly he sleeps.)

    Have a great week!

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    1. I requested the Thayne ages ago and just now got it. Harlequin seems to do their approvals in odd batches. I'm sure you'll get it soon!
      It's definitely weird to really think about being a single child (and eventually childree) household. Luckily I have enough hobbies and plans and projects that I' think I'll be fine. We have 2 cats as well - one good and one completely crazy!

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited about the books and both birthdays were really fun!

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  14. Wow! You have your whole week schedule laid out. How do you stay so organized? I have one planned post, the rest is stuff I am gonna read and review real quick.

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    1. Thanks! I have a calender that I go by to stay kind of on track but I definitely don't feel organized. I'd like to have at least 2 weeks of posts done but it doesn't happen that way!

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  15. I've had my eye on So We Read On; looking forward to your thoughts on it.

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    1. I'm hoping to get that one started soon. I'm definitely looking forward to it!

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  16. We watch all the same shows..LOL I am anxious for New Orleans too. Hey, you are a Klover as well..so cool. I haven't snagged too many holiday themed reads but will do so after the wedding to gear up for the Ho-Ho-Ho read-a-thon. Have a lovely week!

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    1. I've noticed! Anytime you mention a show I always think "I watch that too!" I'm really excited about Klover though I haven't used it too much yet. Trying to clear the backlog.

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  17. Looks like you have picked up some fun reads. Enjoy them!!
    I haven't watched NCIS in ages!! I kind of went off TV a bit and haven't caught up.
    Have a great week.

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. I love NCIS! I was really impressed with how they handled Ziva leaving. It's one of the few shows that hasn't gone off the rails after a certain number of years!

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  18. I feel like I'm going in circles at the moment as well and we also have a few family birthdays to celebrate too. Have a great week.
    Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

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    1. It drives me nuts! I always get less done but feel more tired. I'm hoping this week goes a little less crazy for both of us!

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  19. I'm in the same boat with NetGalley. I couldn't get to my library for a couple of weeks due to traveling back and forth to San Diego to help my son settle in his new apartment & get set for school, so I clicked until suddenly I had 7 new books, only turned down for one, oops.

    I am binge-watching and loving Criminal Minds on Netflix, starting season 5 now. I used to watch CSI (the original in Las Vegas) but stopped when the main male character William Peterson left the show, then a couple of others did too. I enjoyed the rapport between him and Marg Hegenberger. I've lived in NY and near Miami so those spin-offs didn't appeal to me-- I want to see a new (to me) area-- so maybe I will watch the New Orleans show.

    Thanks for a good post today.

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    1. Yep! That's pretty much exactly what happened to me! I get to the point where I'm almost hoping to get turned down! Glad you got your son settled.
      I didn't like the direction CSI went right after Peterson left but I've actually liked Ted Danson which is odd because I normally can't stand him. I have high hopes for NCIS: New Orleans. I like the actors and there's a lot to work with location wise.

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  20. I need to read more Agatha Christie & Poirot! The few I've read, I've loved (: And I also need to check more Susan Elizabeth Phillips, too! Hope you enjoy all your new books! Have an awesome week!

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    1. I love Poirot though I probably prefer Marple as a whole. Poirot has some fabulous books and his are definitely the better TV shows. I enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips though some of her earlier books have some ick factor issues.

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  21. You are very organized, I need to do this!! It would make my life so much easier!
    Sunday Post

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    1. I'm not sure how organized I am but I'm really glad you think so!

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  22. Sounds like a very busy week you've been having - how on earth do you manage to get any reading or writing done? I've had a similar (but less frenetic) week and my blogging and reviewing has dwindled to zero.

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    1. I had a few posts already done thankfully but then I also stay up to late reading and I have a template I can plug reviews into which speeds me up. I have dreams of having a 2 to 3 week buffer of posts but it is still a dream!

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  23. I'm really looking forward to The Walking Dead start up again, my favourite show! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and have some lovely reads :)

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    1. My husband is a huge Walking Dead fan! I'm pretty sure he's got a countdown going! I've only watched one episode and it was agreed that I couldn't have picked a worse episode to watch! (It was the one about the 2 little girls if you're wondering)

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  24. I usually try to stay away from netgalley if I don't want to requets anything, because when I am on there I'll always find a bok that catches my eye and I ended up requesting it.
    That murder mystery set in the Italian alps sounds interesting, wil have to check out your review!
    Have fun with all the birthdays, sounds like a busy, but fun weekend!

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    1. So far I'm really enjoying the mystery. It's more procedural than cozy but it's not to gritty.
      NetGalley is a dangerous place for me and I can't seem to stay away!

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  25. You have a lot of great books! I'm definitely going to check out Almost Famous Women!
    I think I need my Netgalley privileges taken away. lol I think i'm starting to request more than I can actually read!
    Wow, it seems like this has been a pretty hectic week for everyone! I hope you and your family have a good (and relaxing) labor day!

    Happy Reading!
    Kal-El @ the BookGeekBeauty

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    1. I definitely need to be grounded from NetGalley! I've definitely requested more than I can read! I'm excited about Almost Famous Women! The concept is so interesting.
      I have noticed everyone seems to have been running crazy this week. I guess it's the last summer push!

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  26. The books on Gatsby and Almost Famous Women sound really interesting. I'll have to check out your review for Good Night June, it is a book I've been eyeing.

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    1. I loved Good Night June! I'm excited about those two as well. I think I'll be starting the Gatsby book pretty soon.

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  27. *must not run to NetGalley, must not run to NetGalley* Oh, crap. I just know I'm going over there. LOL

    We love the CSI shows and I wish Netflix would get NCIS. We've been dying to watch that show forever.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about Netflix and NCIS the other day. It's really good and I love Mark Harmon.

      Just embrace your NetGalley addiction! I got in some serious trouble last week but this one will be better!

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  28. I'll have to check out your reviews this week since the books are ones I haven't read yet. I didn't know NCIS is doing a New Orleans setting. That sounds good! Almost Famous Women sounds intriguing. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. They had a little joint episode last season and I'm excited to see what direction they go. I think it's going to be much more like the regular NCIS than the LA one. I'm excited about Almost Famous Women!

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  29. What a nice week for you between reading and celebrating birthdays. The biographies of almost famous women is appealing to me, for the same reason you mentioned. Sorry the Parisian book didn't pan out--I am going to Paris soon and thought it might be something for me to scan in advance, but I think I'll pass.

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    1. I really didn't like the Paris one. I really wanted to but it just didn't work for me.
      I'm looking forward to the biography! Enjoy Paris! It's definitely on my wishlist of places to go!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading them.

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  31. thanks for reminding me of Poirot, I should try to listen to them all, I have read a few

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    1. I love Poirot! I didn't realize how much I missed him until I started reading him again. His are definitely the best TV adaptations as well!

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  32. There are so many things here I like: Great Expectations - It really is such a good book, but if classics aren't your thing. Well, you'll have to see. Susan Elizabeth Phillips - The Great Escape isn't my favorite of hers, but it was still good. Her books can be long. Agatha Christie and Poirot!!! Love Poirot, although I've just seen all the film adaptations. I need to read the books. The Texan's Christmas - I grabbed that one. Same thing for me, I wasn't sure with the cover. I hope we both love it! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed on The Texan's Christmas. I really enjoyed her previous books. I just finished the SEP and enjoyed it. Probably wasn't a favorite but it was a good listen. The Poirot film adaptations are pretty close and Suchet is the most Poirot person anyone could be so you'll have a good visual when you give one of his books a try!

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  33. It sounds like the books you've got in your haul this week all have the potential to be really interesting reads. I hope you enjoy them, and that you have a good week.

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading them!

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