Saturday, May 9, 2015

This Week in Reading - May 10

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor - When Jessica was 28 a brain aneurysm burst in her brain and caused her to reevaluate everything.  (NetGalley)

Flipped by Ines Saint - The blurb on this one reads like someone took a list of my favorite topics and put them in one book.  The setting is a history rich small town with storybook architecture. One of the main characters is a perfumer who wants to restore a beautiful but ramshackle old house.  She is forced to interact with the other main character who is a house flipper.  All we need is them to find a packet of letters or a diary hidden in the wall and maybe a ghost or two.  (NetGalley)

Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell - A Gilded Age murder mystery that takes place in high society Newport, Rhode Island.  Yes please! (NetGalley)

The Forgotten by Heather Graham - Because apparently Heather Graham is trying to kill me.  I can never resist her books!

The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak - This is actually not part of her Whiskey Creek series but sounds like it's a bit of a thriller involving old family secrets.  (NetGalley)

French Creek by Daphne du Maurier - This is for my Reading Assignment Challenge and ever since reading The Birds I've been wanting to read more of du Maurier's work.  (purchased)

How to Marry a Marquis and What Happens in London both by Julia Quinn - This is all Quinn over at Quinn's Book Nook's fault.  Her historical romance series made it impossible for me to resist picking these up again! (Purchased)


Reading: Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird and Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts which is a reread but I couldn't resist.

Listening:  I finished the David Sedaris book and have just downloaded Bossy Pants by Tina Fey.  I have actually read the book but I have a feeling this one, like Amy Poehler's Yes Plese, will be better in audio form.  

Watching: I'm catching up on CSI: Cyber and hoping it won't be cancelled because I'm enjoying it.  I'm still watching Murder She Wrote and the guest stars on there are amazing!  Brian Cranston from Breaking Bad plays a tennis player at one point and Courtney Cox is one of Jessica's many many nieces.

Off the Blog:

Eleanor came home for a few days which was nice.  Her boyfriend had dinner with us one night so it was good to get to know him a bit.  We're basically on count down to Emma's graduation and the end of school for Paul and the Tornado.

I discovered these Sargento Balanced Breaks the other day at the grocery store and I'm loving them.  I have a sugar disorder and can get really shaky or even pass out if I don't stay balanced and these are perfect for that and pretty filling as well.  I've pretty much just started buying them in bulk.  I made these brown butter chocolate chip cookies from The Recipe Critic and they were amazing!  Probably one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes.  I was almost done when I discovered I didn't have the tablespoon of Greek yogurt the recipe called for so I substituted sour cream and it worked perfectly.

On the Blog:

What Happened:

Monday:Summer on Lover's Island - Contemporary Romance Review
Wednesday: Killing Weeds - Cozy Mystery Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
Thursday: The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes - Cozy Mystery Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
Saturday: 400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites - Cookbook Review

What's Coming Up:

Monday Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Mystery Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I'd Love to Meet
Wednesday: If Only - Fiction Review
Thursday: TBD
Friday: Friday Linkups with current book
Saturday: Cookie Love - Cookbook Review

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. The Honeychurch mystery caught my eye- I remember seeing good reviews of the first one. I'll be curious to see what you think of the latest one. And Murder She wrote- I like watching those old shows and seeing guest stars who had not made it big yet! Netflix is dangerous because you can just keep watching... :)

    1. Spotting guest stars is kind of a sport with Murder She Wrote. Netflix is almost as dangerous as NetGalley!

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  3. I think CSI Cyber will continue. I've liked it pretty well. Those Balanced Breaks things look good. I'll have to look for them. Happy Mother's Day!

    1. I heard CSI Cyber got renewed so I'm very pleased. Those Balanced Breaks are lifesavers for me on busy days!

  4. Frenchman's creek, I read it so many years ago, I only remember there are pirates in it... I'd love to read Daphne du Maurier again, she wrote so many excellent books. My favorites were The house on the strand (hey, time travel !) and Rule Britannia. Oh but well, I loved Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, My cousin Rachel and so many others, including the Glass bowers, about her own family. Ugh, now I feel like reading them again ! (I even remember watching a movie, Peter Ibbetson with Gary Cooper, based upon her father's novel). See, fan here. Well, enjoy your books and your week-end ;)

    1. Wow! Definitely a fan! I have so many of her books to catch up on. Somehow I've only read 2.

  5. I read the du Maurier many many moons ago and enjoyed it :) Stir is on my wishlist to look for. I really need to read Heather Graham, what am I waiting for? And where to start with her? One of Kimba's fave authors too. I am in a tv watching slump as my broadcoast shows are ending and I can't find an interesting one to binge on Netflix. I too have been watching CSI Cyber. I like the lead actress, and the young man with the beard and glasses who is a white-hat hacker now. Good casting and fun! Enjoy your week!

  6. Stir sounds really good...adding it to my list. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. I want to read Stir, it looks like a good book.I also love the Krewe Hunter series by Heather Graham. Enjoy the week ahead.

  8. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of Frenchman's Creek. I think I have that one on my shelf but haven't read it yet. Sigh--too many books fit that description.

    Wow--what are you going to do with two off at school! And Paul will be following the next year? Big changes for you guys. Will everyone be home for the summer?

    Happy Mother's Day!

  9. You got some great books. Stir looks interesting. Happy Mothers day. Happy Reading.

    My Sunday Post

  10. Oh yum. The cookies sound great! Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day :)

  11. I've never read any of Heather Graham's books... It's not the actress (with a side gig) I assume?!


  12. I think of greek yogurt and sour cream as interchangeable. But since I have relegated baking to my husband, I don;t have to worry either way.

  13. Several interesting books there - Stir, Murder at Beechwood, and of course DuMairier! Adding Sargento Balanced Breaks to my grocery list this week:)

  14. I love watching older shows and seeing current stars pop up as guest stars! I make use of when someone looks familiar, but I just can't place them.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

  15. Bossypants is so much better in audio. I love Tina so much!
    I don't watch much TV, but I didn't see CSI:Cyber on the cancelled shows list. So it looks like you're save. Still not over The Mindy Project being cancelled. Like seriously? WTF?!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life