Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Post and Showcase - This Week in Reading

It's Sunday so it's time for the Sunday Showcase hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea to talk about what I got and the Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer to talk about what happened this week and what's coming up next week.

What I Got:


So after a few quiet weeks on the whole book acquiring front things picked up this week.

Return to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London - I've read a historical London book not too long ago and liked it.  I was intrigued by this one that has a woman who didn't respond to a break up in the best way and a sheriff who is 2 years sober.

Her Cowboy Hero by Tanya Michaels - I don't have a cowboy weakness but this book about a woman who is trying to turn her ranch into a B&B interested me.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann - I follow Jen Mann's blog and thought this sounded like a fun read.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith - I've been dying to read this every time I see it on everyone else's blogs so I was thrilled to have a chance to pick this one up this week.

Writing in the Kitchen edited by David A. Davis and Tara Powell - This is a book about Southern food in literature

Conversations with Steve Martin edited by Robert E. Kapsis - A collection of interviews with Steve Martin.

Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson- This mystery about 2 women who had nothing in common but disappeared on the same day sounds interesting.  Plus I love a good mystery!


Emma talked me into going to a local used bookstore yesterday where I managed to pick up only 3 books for myself.  I've introduced her to the early Patricia Cornwall books and she's flown through the first 2 and was looking for #3.  It's fun when your kids start reading books that you've read or are reading.

Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird

The Religious Body by Catherine Aird

Death at Devil's Bridge by Robin Paige - These were the 3 I picked up at the used bookstore.  They're all by authors I've really enjoyed in the past but for some reason haven't picked up in awhile.

An Expert in Murder by Nicole Upson - This is a mystery with the mystery author Josephine Tey as the detective.  I'm really excited about this one!

The Collector by Nora Roberts - This is Roberts' newest hardback and I was excited when I was able to get it in e-book form right before we leave for the beach.  Definitely #1 on my TBR this trip!

On the Blog:

Last Week:

Hotel by Arthur Hailey - Now I just have to read Airport!
I decided to join the COYER summer vacation challenge
A few excerpts from the ghost/mystery book I'm reading with the book blogger hop, book beginnings and Friday 56
And finally the 3rd in the Hellions of High Street series by Cara Elliott - Passionately Yours

This Coming Week:

I will be preparing to go out of town, out of town or recovering from being out of town for this week so I won't be able to reply to comments or visit blogs like I like to do.  Moving 6 people to the beach for a few days feels like coordinating the move for a small army.  I'm just glad the older kids are old enough to get their stuff together and that the Tornado is no longer so little that he requires tons of specialized stuff.  

However thanks to the fun ability to schedule posts I have this week laid out already:
Monday: Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn
Tuesday - My Top 10 books for this year
Wednesday - The Phantom of 5th Avenue - LOVED this one
Thursday - Old Haunts by E.J. Copperman
Friday - Friday 56/Book Beginnings
Saturday - 2 Harlequins one great one not so much.

Please comment!  While I won't be able to reply I'll be able to check my email throughout the week and I love comments! 


  1. I have The Collector on Sparky (Kindle) and can't wait to read it. Enjoy your week...and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

  2. Catherine Aird -- I LOVE Catherine Aird! Especially her earlier books, like the two you got this week. Enjoy! And have a great week!

  3. I keep hearing great thins about Nicole Upson, but haven't read any of her books year. Will be curious to see what you think.

    BTW, I couldn't find your emil address, but if you'd like my copy of Empty Mansions, I'd be happy to send it to you after my book club meeting. Email your address to me at if you're interested :)

  4. Oh, have fun at the beach, Katherine! I remember those days of getting everyone ready to go on vacation! I understand your need to get ready, go, and recover from it all! Do have fun!

  5. Enjoy your week away! The traveling part can be a mini-nightmare, but so worth it in the end =) Enjoy your books, I've wanted to read The Geography of You and Me for what seems like ages, hope you love it!

  6. I've been wanting to read the first Julia London book in that series. It looks good.

    Have a great week!

  7. Getting a family out the door for a trip IS like moving an army, even when the kids are old enough to pack themselves. Mom still has to make sure every one's clothes are clean to pack, the kids pack everything they need, figure out how to fit it all into the car...By the time we get on the road I'm more than ready for a vacation! Have fun!

  8. Have fun at the beach!

    "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" - HAH! love that title. I may have to see if my library has it.

  9. How great that your daughter is reading books you liked! I wish I could get my stepson to read books I liked - he does comics, and I'm glad he's reading, but it would be fun to share with him. Enjoy your time at the beach, I'm jealous!

  10. Enjoy your time away and your new books. Thanks for stopping by my blog, have a great week.
    Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

  11. It's hard enough to just go to the beach for two people; taking six sounds like work. Hope you have some good reads!

  12. Return to Homecoming Ranch looks interesting. I love historical fiction, too. Especially British.
    I really need to get my hands on The Geography of You and Me. I've really enjoyed the other books I've read by Smith.
    I'm constantly thinking about how I wish I could just punch stupid people in the throat. So that book sounds hilarious. :)
    Great haul! Have a great week!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  13. I am very very jealous that you will be going on a beach vacation. Sometimes I get bummed living in a landlocked state. Though I do love Colorado. The Geography of You and Me has always looked good to me too. I look forward to you getting back from the beach. This week I am just getting back to visiting blogs and commenting myself since I was busy on a trip and then with family myself. Have fun!!

  14. I always find that I have a couple of slow weeks and then all my books arrive at once! Hope you enjoy your books - I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of The Geography of You and Me because I'm tempted to get a copy. Enjoy your holiday, hope you have a lovely relaxing week.

  15. It's been so long since I've been to the beach, I envy you ! And hope you'll be able to enjoy it, the fact that children grow and can help themselves more is often a relief for mothers ! Have a great week ;)

  16. I am curious to see your top ten tuesday post this week - I am so excited to write up mine later today! :)
    Have a good week!

  17. My Mum gave me two of Nicola Upson's books to read as she really enjoyed them. She didn't think they were as good as Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series though. I'm interested to see what you make of them.

  18. Whenever my family goes on a trip it is like moving a small army too -- and "us kids" are all in their twenties now!

    I'll have to check out your review for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, it has been on my wish list for a while. Have a great week!

  19. Conversations with Steve Martin could be interesting, and People I Want To Punch In The Throat- that sounds hilarious! Nice review of HoteI too. I remember that author from way back...

  20. I've been collecting Patricia Cornwell books at Friends of the Library sales. I guess I should really start working her into the queue. :) Have a blast at the beach!

  21. Henrietta Who looks interesting.

    I love that you say preparing to go out of town, going out of town and recovering. That always does seem to be he cycle for vacations.

    I hope you have a blast and that you dont get too stressed with that small army ;)

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  22. I would love to go on a vacation. With the two kids and the 3 dogs and the husband, I think it would probably be a task. lol... Enjoy it. :)

  23. Have fun at the beach! It looks like you have a lot of terrific books to read once you get the "army" settled in. ;)

    Wishing you a great week with lots of sunshine, relaxation, and great books!

  24. I've read Julia London and the Return to Homecoming Ranch sounds interesting! And that title People I Want To Punch In The Throat - that's a great title and hope you enjoy it. Have fun on your vacation!!

  25. I hope you have a blast at the beach, it is one of my favorite vacation spots!

  26. Deadly Assets sounds like my kind of read.
    Talking about early Patricia Cornwell. I remember picking up and reading the first Kay Scarpetta novel Postmortem in early 90's (1990/1991 not sure) and thinking: actually, this is really good, I think I will read more from this author and she will do well. Ha, I think I was right :)