Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Two Quick Reviews - Summer at Lake Haven + Nothing Bundt Trouble

My Thoughts:  I was a little hesitant about this one going in.  Samantha Fremont has probably been one of my least favorite characters in the Haven Point series (topped only by her overbearing, critical mother, Linda).  But when the book begins Samantha is recovering from her mother's sudden death and is not the same Samantha I'd seen in previous books.  She's grown up a lot and it is easy to see why all the other characters have been friends with her for so long and put up with her nonsense.  Underneath all her over the top silly personality was a good kind person with a lot of self doubt.  Getting a peek at her internal monologue was illuminating and made her very easy to connect with.  Ian Summerhill has his own complicated backstory and is also incredibly likable and sympathetic.  And Thayne kept the perfect balance of having children in the story for more then just window dressing but not letting them completely takeover.  This was a sweet, authentic feeling romance about two people who need each other more then they knew.  My Rating:  Really Liked It

My Thoughts:  This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and I must admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw this would be kind of a flashback.  I love Jules and the modern day Torte crew as well as the other Ashland residents so I was sad I wouldn't be spending more time with them in this book.  However, I absolutely loved how the author handled it.  Yes there was plenty of time spent back in the 1980s with Jules' father but we also get to spend plenty of time in modern day Ashland so it was very much the best of both worlds.  I really enjoyed seeing how the theater world really got up and running and I do love a cold case!  This was a fun read and felt very much like catching up with old friends.  If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is really a series you absolutely cannot miss though I don't recommend reading on an empty stomach - the food references are amazing!  My Rating:  Really Liked It!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Authors I've Read the Most Books By

Today I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl which is all about lists.  Since lists are one of my favorite things this is one of my favorite linkups!  Today's topic is Authors I've Read the Most Books By.

1.  Agatha Christie - This was a given.  The woman wrote 85 books and I've read them all multiple times.

2.  Nora Roberts - I've read 38 books by Roberts since I joined Goodreads in 2011.  I'm sure I've read more but that's how many I'm showing as read.

3.  Patricia Wentworth - I'm showing I've read 10 but I know I've read more then that but this is one of my favorite classic mystery authors.

4.  L.M. Montgomery - I've read 33 L.M. Montgomery books and loved each and every one of them.  

5.  Barbara Michaels - Michaels' somewhat Gothic-y mysteries are my  very favorite rereads.  I love them and the various history connections they have.  I want to do a massive reread soon!

6.  RaeAnne Thayne - I've read 14 contemporary romance books by Thayne which surprised me though I do love her books!

7. Lynn Cahoon - I've been reading her cozy mysteries for years but I was surprised to see that I've read more then 20 books by her!

8.  Jill Shalvis - Shalvis has multiple series with 3 that are pretty long running so it's not shocking that I've read 22 of her contemporary romances.  What's crazy is that I know she has a ton of books that I still haven't read!

9.  Jenn McKinlay - Between her multiple cozy mystery series all of which I enjoy (especially the Library Lovers mysteries) I'm not shocked I've read 13 of her books.  I'm only surprised I haven't read more!

10. Heather Graham - I was surprised to see I had read 23 books by Graham - especially since I feel like I have SO many of her books that I'm behind on!  But I do love her paranormal suspense.

What authors have you read the most books by?

Monday, July 6, 2020

No One Saw - Mystery Review

Goodreads:  No One Saw (A.L. McKittridge #2) by Beverly Long

Rating: Really Liked It    

Source: Publisher

Description:  Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying.
With the clock ticking, A.L. and Rena are under extreme pressure as they discover their instincts are correct: all is not as it seems. The Whitmans are a family with many secrets, and A.L. and Rena will have to race to untangle a growing web of lies if they’re going to find the thread that leads them to Emma…before it’s too late.

Genre: Mystery - Police Procedural

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed the first book and couldn't resist the second one.

My Impression:  I was not at my best while reading it and could usually only grab little snippets of time but that didn't stop me from being pulled in and thoroughly enjoying this mystery from beginning to end.  One thing I really liked about the first book that continued in this book was the characters.  So often in police procedural the main characters are such dysfunctional disasters I have a hard time believing that they are able to be halfway competent at their jobs.  However, while AL and Rena arent perfect they also read like real people who make reasonable decisions and don't go out of their way to self sabotage.

The mystery was seriously compelling and really pulled me in.  I had no idea who it was until the very last though I had a million guesses.  I did feel like the end was a little fast and I would have liked it to evolve a little more slowly.  I think this was a problem I had with the first one as well.  While everything was explained thoroughly I think I would have liked a few more hints before the big reveal.  
The mystery was most definitely not a cozy but at the same time wasn't super graphically violent either. While this is the second book in the series they are only connected by the main characters and the bulk of the plot is a complete stand alone.  If you're looking for a fast paced and entertaining mystery this is definitely a series you should pick up.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm really looking forward to the third book.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  This was a really entertaining read that kept me turning pages.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Our New Normal - Leukemia Edition

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

We are officially in our new apartment, the internet is setup and we are officially starting our new normal.  My husband has successfully worked from home here a couple of days and I think I've figured out the route to get from the apartment to St Jude without becoming convinced I've gotten turned around and am hopelessly lost.  We are getting used to apartment living and living in a much smaller area.  The cat thinks it's absolutely fantastic and is loving all the windows and all the people coming and going.  The building we are living used to be a distribution center for Sears and is this ridiculously massive building with exposed brick and pipes and all kinds of other industrial looking features.  On the first floor is this tiny little market with a hot bar, a coffee shop, a pizza place, an ice cream shop and all kinds of other things.  We are not nearly cool enough to live here but it's kind of fun and it's nice to have so many options so close.  

Treatment is going well but we are only at the beginning of a very long road.  We are in phase 1 one of a 3 phase process that should last two and a half years.  So far he's gone through everything with no real issues other then extreme fatigue and the medications making him hungry constantly.  This coming week will be a long one and Tuesday will be a pivotal day as it will be day 15 of chemo and the results from the testing then will shape how we proceed for the next few weeks.  

I've been reading again and will have a new post (maybe two) up this week.  Both the reading and the writing reviews has been a nice distraction.  I'm hoping to do some blog visiting but time is at a premium and trying to comment on my phone drives me crazy.  

Thank you so much for all the well wishes and kind thoughts.  They've meant a lot.  If anyone is interested in joining his Facebook group you can find it here -

Hope everyone has a good week.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday Fives - July Reads

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual Friday Linkups to try something a little different.  Michelle over at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life   used to do a Five on Fridays that I always enjoyed and I've seen a few other variations on the theme.  As well I'm in a list making kind of mood so I thought I'd give start making random five lists.  Sometimes they'll be bookish other weeks not so much. I'm also going to start linking up with Kathryn over at Book Date for her Connect Five.  Today is the first Friday in July so I'm looking at 5 books I'd like to read this month.

1.  Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews - This has been on my TBR for years and since I'm most likely not getting to the beach anytime soon then this might be the best way to visit!

2.  In the Balance by Patricia Wentworth - This is the next book in my Wentworth reread and it's actually one I've never read so I'm super excited!

3.  Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry - I listened to the first book after loving the third and forth book in this series involving kind of psychic Lee and her big orange cat set in Salem, MA and I can't wait to listen to the second book.

4.  Love Without Borders by Angela Braniff - I pre-ordered this book because I love Angela's YouTube channels and am looking forward to more insight on her story.

5.  Dead in a Flash by Brynn Bonner - I've been loving cozy mysteries lately and this one has a genealogy aspect which is another favorite thing.

What are you hoping to read in July?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Books from the Backlog - By Book or By Crook

Today I'm linking up with Carole from 
Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Blurb:  For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family’s social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father’s law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.
Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun—and some confections from her cousin Josie’s bakery—will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.

Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery—and she’s not so sure there’s going to be a happy ending....

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I've always been a big cozy mystery reader but with everything going on I can't get enough of them!  And this will probably be the closest I get to the beach for awhile!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Most Anticipated Releases for the 2nd Half of the Year

Today I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl which is all about lists.  Since lists are one of my favorite things this is one of my favorite linkups!  Today's topic is about new releases - specifically what new releases I'm looking forward to picking up for the 2nd half of 2020.

1.  Deadly Touch by Heather Graham - I love Graham's Krewe of Hunter series and this one looks really good!

2.  Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook - This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. There's a haunted library, solid mysteries and likable characters.

3.  The Falcon Always Wings Twice by Donna Andrews - Another favorite cozy series and this might just be my favorite title of the year.

4.  Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison - I really enjoyed another series by this author so I'm excited to try this book in a new series.

5.  Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley - I love this historical mystery series and am so excited for this latest book.

6.  Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas - Another historical mystery series that I love and this one has such a gorgeous cover I couldn't resist.

7.  The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis - I've been really enjoying historical fiction and mysteries lately and I can never resist a dual timeline family secret kind of story.

8.  Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan - Colgan is a favorite and I loved her last books that took place on the Isle of Muir so this is high on my list.

9.  Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron - We spent last winter in New Orleans and I'm desperately missing it so I figured I might as well spend some virtual time in the bayou with this cozy mystery.  

10. Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli - I don't really know much about this book or this author but historical mysteries have been a win lately so I couldn't resist this one.

What new releases are you looking forward to getting?

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Our first week in the land of leukemia

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

It’s actually Wednesday when I’m writing this so it hasn’t been a full week yet but it’s been crazy.  Thursday June 18 our perfectly healthy 10 year old son was diagnosed with leukemia.  When I say perfectly healthy he had never even had antibiotics in his entire life until that night.  When they asked us about allergies and reactions to medicine I literally had no idea because he’s only taken Benadryl and Tylenol and even that was very rarely.   On Thursday we took a kid who I thought maybe might have mono to the pediatrician and was sent to the ER.  When that happens you pretty much know something bad is going to happen and the official diagnosis followed a couple of hours later.  They sent us to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN the next day and it will be our new home for the next three months.  

The prognosis is very good and every test result has come back with the best results they can.  The medical team says things could not look better.  So right now we are day by day with seeing how he feels and responding to that.  It’s a mix of sitting and trying to stay out of your head and being incredibly busy.  I’m writing this during the waiting part and it’s a nice distraction.  He will survive this and not only will he survive it he will be fine.  We’ve been told over and over again that this is a detour and not a derailment.  There is a hallway downstairs in the hospital with picture after picture of adults holding a picture of themselves as patients and those are just the former patients who now work at St Jude.  

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I’m going to be blogging some for a distraction and for normalcy.  You guys have been a big part of my life for a long time and it’s nice to come visit.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Fives - Five (Current) Favorite Mystery Authors

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual Friday Linkups to try something a little different.  Michelle over at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life   used to do a Five on Fridays that I always enjoyed and I've seen a few other variations on the theme.  As well I'm in a list making kind of mood so I thought I'd give start making random five lists.  Sometimes they'll be bookish other weeks not so much. I'm also going to start linking up with Kathryn over at Book Date for her Connect Five.  I've been in a big mystery binge reading phase for the last few months so I thought I'd list my 5 (current) favorite mystery authors.

1.  Agatha Christie - Christie is an all time favorite but the reason she has made my current list is because I've been focusing a bit more on my reread and remembering just why she's an all time favorite.

2.  Patricia Wentworth - Exactly the same reasoning as above!

3.  Lynn Cahoon - Cahoon has been a favorite since I read her first Tourist Trap book but in the last few months I've been catching up on her newer books and thoroughly enjoying them.

4.  Nancy Cole Silverman - I love Silverman's Carole Childs books but her new series involving psychic Misty Dawn, ghost and former set designer Wilson, and the hijinks they frequently find themselves involved in.

5.  Carol J. Perry - I had read and enjoyed a couple of books in the middle of her series involving Lee and her Aunt Ibby that takes place in Salem, MA but recently I picked up the audio of the first book and fell absolutely in love.  Planning on binging the whole series.

Who are some of your favorite mystery authors?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Books from the Backlog - The Scent of Murder

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan

Blurb: The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

My Thoughts:  I got this for review last year and really sincerely meant to read it but I got sick and got way behind in reading and ended up having to skip this one and never circled back to it.  I've heard great things about this book and the latest one in the series so I need to pick this one up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Sea King's Daughter

Today I'm linking up with Socrates' Book Reviews for First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros.  This is a meme I've been following for quite sometime and always enjoyed seeing all the different first paragraphs so I'm really excited to be linking up myself!

First Chapter, First Paragraph:  

Don't call me Ariadne.  That's not my name anymore.

My Thoughts:  This is a reread for me so I know I'll keep reading.  I love Michaels' Gothic-y reads and this is a fun one. 

What do you think?  Keep reading?

Sunday, June 21, 2020


So this week did not go the way I expected.  I had mentioned last week that my 10 year old wasn’t feeling well but I felt kind of silly being worried because none of his symptoms were a particularly big deal.  Well long story short he was diagnosed with Leukemia at the end of the week.  I’m writing and saying the word a lot just to try and make it seem real and not like my super healthy kid who never even had a sick doctor visit wandered into a nightmare.  As I’m writing this we are on our way to St Jude Hospital in Memphis.  I don’t know what will happen though in terms of prognosis everything looks positive.  I’m not sure what my online time will look like.  Obviously while I love this blog and all of you it’s at the bottom of my priority list.  I have a lot of posts scheduled and will be checking my email so any comments or messages would be a nice distraction.  I wouldn’t be shocked if I’m still reviewing some just for a mental break and a slight sense of normalcy but I just don’t know.  

My mother will be setting up a Facebook group and I will link it when I know it if anyone is interested in following his treatment.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Lonesome Road - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Lonesome Road (Miss Silver #3) by Patricia Wentworth

Rating: Really Liked It!

Source: Purchased

Description:  Every year beautiful Rachel Treherne must rewrite her will--and decide who will inherit her late father's vast wealth...But this year, things are just a little bit different:
Somebody clearly wants her to die.

"You have had that money long enough," said the anonymous note. Two venomous snakes coiled in her bed, a suspicious fire and poisoned chocolates made the same point. Now Rachel looks fearfully at those around her: Her invalid sister Mabel, the innocent looking Caroline and her fiance Richard, her first cousin Cosmo Firth, her dedicated companion Louisa, and even the handsome visitor mysteriously linked to her father's past. Enlisting the very capable talents of Miss Silver seems the only way she can stay alive...

Genre: Mystery - Classic

My Impression:  That is the Miss Silver I know and love!  While she has been a presence in the first 2 books she seemed a bit muted and much more of a side character.  Here Miss Silver is front and center from almost the very beginning with all her good sense and Tennyson quotes.  

This is one of those mysteries where everyone except the victim is a suspect and the plot is a little different as the focus is to prevent a murder and not solve one that's already happened.  Miss Silver has complicated family relationships, secrets, and a whole cast of characters with opportunity and motive.  So just who is trying to kill Rachel and what kind of secrets are everyone else hiding?  The characters with only a few exceptions are all rather terrible in that kind of classic British mystery terrible character way.  

The reading experience is warm and cozy and entertaining.  While Miss Silver is very different from Christie's Miss Marple there is a very similar feel to her books.  I'm very much looking forward to reading more of Miss Silver!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Wentworth is a favorite.

Would I Recommend this Book?  I would!  If you enjoy Miss Marple books then you must give Miss Silver a try.  While this is the 3rd book in the series the books are only a series because Miss Silver is in them and can be read in any order.  This would be a good one to start with.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Fives - Five Things that I Don't Like in a Cozy Mystery

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual Friday Linkups to try something a little different.  Michelle over at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life   used to do a Five on Fridays that I always enjoyed and I've seen a few other variations on the theme.  As well I'm in a list making kind of mood so I thought I'd give start making random five lists.  Sometimes they'll be bookish other weeks not so much. I'm also going to start linking up with Kathryn over at Book Date for her Connect Five.   A few weeks ago I did a Top Ten post about why I love cozy mysteries (find that here) but not everything in a cozy mystery is a win so here are a few things that will take a book down a star or 2.

1.  Too Many Characters - Cozy mysteries have a lot of characters.  You need a decent cast to really give that feeling of small town community that most are set in and the amateur sleuth normally comes with a built in a group.  But sometimes I come across a cozy where everyone who ever existed in this series makes an appearance and it can get a bit confusing.  I mean just because your BFF's grandmother's second cousin's boss's son was a prominent character in book 2 does not mean he needs to show up for tea in book 5 unless once again his character to the plot.

2.  The To Stupid To Live Character - One could argue that any amateur sleuth investigating falls into the TSTL category but occasionally they really go all out.  A number of years ago I read a cozy where the sleuth took her toddler to confront someone she knew was a murder at night alone.  To make it even more fun the confrontation took place on a catwalk over a vat of turpentine type chemicals.  Did I mention there was a toddler in this whole mess?  It was just a bit too much.

3.  A Big Coincidence - I hate when the mystery is solved due to a big coincidence like the sleuth walking in at just the right time to hear someone saying just the right time.  Or they just happen to stumble on just the stranger they need to find at the grocery store or something random.  I'm okay if a random discovery leads to some investigation but if it closes the whole case it feels like cheating.

4.  An Unlikable Sleuth - I don't need to be best friends with every amateur sleuth in every cozy I read but I have at least find the person I'm spending time with somewhat likable or at least interesting.  My last straw with a series I had been reading for awhile was when the sleuth went over to her quasi-boyfriend's house after she'd had a really rough day.  He went to the effort of making her a tuna casserole from his mother's recipe because he thought she needed comfort food.  From her reaction you would have thought he was sacrificing kittens when she walked through the door.  I dislike tuna casserole with the burning fury of 1000 suns but it seemed like sweet gesture and was well intentioned.  

5.  Constantly Being Framed for Murder - In any long running cozy series the main character will end up being suspected of murder at least once or twice.  As will various close friends and family.  But when the entire series is based off a main character being not only questioned but actually arrested and charged it gets a bit exhausting.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Books from the Backlog - Mastering the Art of French Eating

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

Blurb:  When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Lights is turned upside down.
So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city. Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  It doesn't' look like we'll be doing any traveling anytime soon so I could use some vicarious travel.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

My Favorite Books for the First Half of 2020

I think it's safe to say that 2020 has not gone the way anyone has expected.  But thankfully there are always books and here are 10 of my favorites for 2020 so far.  I'm looking at just new to me reads so no rereads but not necessarily books that were published actually in 2020.  

The House that Vanity Built by Nancy Cole Silverman - I adored the first book in this paranormal cozy involving old Hollywood and the second book was maybe just as good and definitely just as fun.

The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley - I really loved the first book but it was so long it felt like it dragged a bit so I decided to listen to the second book and it was a delight.  The narrators were perfection and while this was still pretty hefty I was enthralled from beginning to end.

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak - This was a perfect escapist read that just pulled me in and kept me reading.

The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie - We are just finishing up our first year of homeschool and I've been amazed by how much we've both enjoyed reading aloud.  I nodded along through all this book and it definitely inspired me to keep reading!

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - Two words - puffin sidekick.  This was a delight and one of my favorite Colgan reads.

Sugar and Vice by Eve Calder - I enjoyed the first book in this cozy mystery series involving delicious sounding treats but this second one involving pirate treasure, missing persons, and deep dark family secrets was just an absolute treat to read.

Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry - I read 2 later books in the series but went back to the first book and thoroughly enjoyed it!  Solid mystery with a fun spooky Salem, MA setting.

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman - I've read other books in the series but never the first one.  It's absolute madness and completely unrealistic but such fun.

Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long - I enjoy police procedurals but get frustrated with how dysfunctional the detectives are.  These are people with baggage but more of a how do you actually get out of bed and function every day level issues.  I really liked that the two main detectives in this book while not perfect are regular people and the mystery was solid and a great read.  I'm reading the second book next month and can't wait.

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright - This was a nice simple story about a nice girl and her nice family on a Wisconsin farm.  Enright is one of my favorite authors and while this wasn't my favorite of hers it was a lovely read.

What are some of your favorite reads for the first half of the year?

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Summer TBR

Today I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl which is all about lists.  Since lists are one of my favorite things this is one of my favorite linkups!  Today's topic is all about my Summer TBR.  Now I'm not fabulous at actually completing these TBRs but I love putting them together!

1.  Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley - This is one of my favorite historical mysteries and I love this cover so I can't wait to read this latest mystery.

2.  The Falcon Always Wings Twice by Donna Andrews - I love this cozy series and this may be one of the best cozy pun titles I've come across in awhile.

3.  Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook - How can I resist a cozy mystery series that involves a haunted library?  It also doesn't hurt that I've thoroughly enjoyed all the previous books in the series.

4.  Cat Me if You Can by Miranda James - Another favorite cozy series with another fabulous pun title. 

5.  For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black - This is a new to me cozy series and author but I've been loving bookish cozies so why not try a new one.

6.  The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan - I have absolutely loved every Jenny Colgan book I've read lately and this one looks so fun!

7.  Love Without Border by Angela Braniff - I really enjoy both of Braniff's YouTube channels so I had to preorder her book.  I'm looking forward to learning more about her and her family.

8.  The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchey - I have read one Binchey book and absolutely loved it so I have high hopes for this one.

9.  The Sea King's Daughter by Barbara Michaels - My son is learning all about ancient Greeks in history lately which has been making me want to reread this book. 

10. The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander - I'm not going to have a garden this year so I figure this book will help remind me it's not so bad!

What are you hoping to read this summer?