Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Week in Reading - October 25

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:

This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle - I love Carlisle's series about book restorer Brooklyn Wainwright is one of my favorites so I'm really looking forward to starting this new Home Improvement series. (paperbackswap)

Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova - A writer who goes back to working in family restaurant combines 2 of my favorite things - bookish characters and food.  (paperbackswap)

Sweet Valley Twins Super Chiller: Curse of the Ruby Necklace by Francine Pascal - I'm madly in love with the podcast called Super Serials where they talk about a middle grade book each week.  So far they mostly cover older books and while I devoured all the Babysitter's Club books as a kid and remember them really well I'm not sure I ever read a Sweet Valley Twin book.  This is the book they'll be discussing this week and it's extra fun if you've read the book.  (paperbackswap)


Reading:  I'm finishing up Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub and then I'm planning on starting Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott.   I'm also reading (still) Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie.

Listening: I just finished listening to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming and read by David Tennant.  It was fabulous and I'm hoping Tennant will narrate a lot more books.  I would listen to anything he reads.  I'm still loving my podcasts and have kind of narrowed my listen list down to 3 - Super Serials which is my favorite, Dancing with the Stars Afterbuzz, and the Readers.  If you read Babysitter's Club or Goosebumps as a kid you MUST listen to Super Serials though not in front of small children as the language isn't something you want your kindergartner repeating.

Watching: I've been catching up on Masterpiece Theater's Poirot episodes and am trying to watch all the ones I've read so far this year.  It's interesting to see what changes they've made to the story.  Sometimes the ending is changed and the story is barely recognizable and other times it's pretty close.  

Off the Blog:

So the big news here at the Library is that Paul has signed his deferred enlistment papers for the Marines which basically means he has committed to the Marines and will be leaving for basic after he graduates from high school in May.  He's been thinking about it for awhile and we've been discussing it for a few months and J actually went with him to sign the papers.  I'm in between panic and pride at the moment though I have a feeling there will definitely be times when panic takes over!

On the non-life altering front I'm still struggling with allergies which is really causing my reading to take a hit.  Because my eyes are swollen I'm having a hard time focusing on print and all the allergy medicine is making me tired so I've been going to bed early quite a bit this week.  This has also caused my blog visiting to take a hit and we're not even going to talk about comment replying.  Don't give up on me though!  I love comments and read them all even though my replying sucks.  I will get better soon!  Promise!

This week will be all about Halloween here.  I've got a couple of Halloween treats that the Tornado always enjoys that I'm planning on making and we have his school party Wednesday and a costume party for his soccer team on Saturday before some old school trick or treating.

On the Blog:

What Happened:

What's Coming Up:

Monday: Trick or Deceit - Cozy Mystery Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Halloween Movies
Wednesday: Nine Lives - Paranormal Cozy Mystery Review
Thursday: Beyond the Bucks: My Anti-Bucket List
Friday: Linkups With Current Book
Saturday: TBD

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I like the look of your posts this week lots of mystery goodness! This Old Homicide looks good, and I remember seeing Murder & Marinara around a while back, looks good too. Congrats to your son , that's a big decision and nerve wracking for mom and dad I'm sure but he'll make you proud. :)

    Super serials sounds neat too, I like the idea of talking about old MG books.

  2. WOW, that's a big decision to join the Marine after graduation! I'm sure I would feel a jumble of feelings too - with both panic and pride being very present.
    I hope you'll be able to get rid of your allergies, Katherine! I need to go see an allergy specialist myself, hopefully now is the right time for it as it's fall.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. Sweet Valley Twins Super Chiller: Curse of the Ruby Necklace by Francine Pascal! Stop! I need this! I went though a fad of reading everyone of these when I was growing up. I think I still have a few around but nowadays I can't read them without cracking up! They are so unintentionally funny.
    I added The Readers podcast but didn't get a chance to check it out. But will add in Super Serials now too so I don't forget about it.

  4. I hope you feel better soon.
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

  5. I had to go add your mysteries to my wishlist for later. :) That podcast sounds like a lot of fun. I loved listening to Chitty Chitty with David Tenant, so far I have listened to two of that series with him as narrator he is so much fun to listen too and I am with you I would probably listen to about anything he would narrate. :)

    I have tried watching Poirot on netflix but his mustache is so :)

    Happy reading,
    Week in Review

  6. Sorry to hear about your allergies.... How annoying. Hope they start to improve.

    Love the cover of The Old Homicide and.... The idea of David Tennant as a narrator. He'd be fabulous!

  7. Wow Paul joining the marines is huge, it's understandable you'd have mixed feelings, proud and scared mama bear. Sinus/allergy suffering is the pits, hope you feel better soon, in time for Halloween celebrations. I wish it was bigger here :)

  8. I can also get being worried about your son, but he will get a lot of awesome benefits from the training.
    Allergies really suck, if they don't exhaust us on their own the meds do. Ugh! Feel better.

  9. Oh, I know how frustrating allergies can be, Katherine.I hope you feel better soon. I haven't read any Kate Carlisle books and the two series you mention both sound good. I'm really enjoying mysteries at the moment.

    Have lots of fun with Halloween and the Tornado this week. Good luck to Paul. Such a big decision to make, but can be a very good one.

    I will have to check out some of those podcasts. Have a great week.

  10. Sorry to hear about your allergies. My son has something that is acting up right now, too. Yay for Halloween with a kindergartener, what fun! I would be scared about your son, too. It is tough having to give up the protective mode once the are "grown". I haven't been blog visiting much this last week myself. I spent a ton of time on Goodreads this week. Have a "feeling better" week. :)

  11. You must be so proud of your son, what a huge decision but I am sure he will do you and his country proud!

    Halloween is not quite as big in Scotland, well it is big but not American big, but as a frequent holidaymaker to Orlando in October I am trying to make my corner of Scotland full of pumpkins and all things scary (and nice)!

    Have a good week!

  12. That is a big decision but Good Luck to him and to you! I know it must be hard but you also must be filled with so much pride. I am even proud of him :)

    The kids are so excited for Halloween, they had a trunk or treat this weekend and they had so much fun, now we have to do it two more times then we can get ready for my favorite holiday CHRISTMAS!!! I might be a tad bit obsessed.

    My sinuses are kicking my butt this week making my ears and nose hurt. I went to bed early because I had such a headache. Once it starts getting cooler I am hoping it goes away but I might need to take a quick trip to the doctors if it doesn't.

    Have a great week, Katherine! Happy Reading! ox

  13. I like reading about Halloween though we do not have the celebrations in this part of the world. A lot of work though!

  14. Oh wow! Nothing would make me prouder than my son becoming a Marine. Let's hope it is mostly pride for you and NOT any panic. I can't wait to trick-or-treat with my babies. I love it!

  15. Ain't paperbackswap grand? :) Congrats to Paul on joining the Marines! It's scary and awesome and wonderful.

    That sucks about your allergies, miserable things. :( I hope they clear up soon. Feel better and have a good week!

  16. I am curious about This Old Homicide and the series...I always love a new mystery series to follow. Hope everything is good with your son...I can understand the panic part.

    Enjoy your books...and I hope the allergies leave you alone for a while....I can relate!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

  17. I completely understand the mingled pride and panic - I would feel the same way if Robin enlisted. (She's not likely to; I don't think she would take to military life. But it's something I thought about sometimes as she was growing up. We live in a community that's heavily reliant on a military base for employment, and we go to church on base, so a lot of our friends and acquaintances are military or former military.) I'm sure Paul will do well, and most of the time the pride will win out. When the panic sets in, message me. I've always got a virtual pot of tea, a listening ear, and a hug for a friend.

    I want to start Carlisle's book-restorer mystery series, and I'm curious about her home improvement series! I hope your allergies get better so you can enjoy the fall weather. Have a wonderful week and a fun Halloween! What is the Tornado dressing up as?

  18. I can certainly understand why you are stuck between pride and panic over your son. That will probably be a line you'll be walking for a while, but am sure pride will prevail most of the time.

    Wanted to tell you that I loved The Deep End, book 1 of The Country Club Murders. It's still $2.99 at amazon, too!

    Hope your allergies are better this week.

  19. Congrats to Paul! It's a big decision and I'm proud of him.

    I've never listened to a podcast, but I'd like to. Thanks for the recommendations.

  20. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming and read by David Tennant...omg. He does such great narrations..I will have to look this one up!! Oh I can imagine the pride and panic you must have felt. So glad you are supporting his decision.

  21. So many good sounding mysteries this week. Must explore some of those. Congrats to your son. You must be proud and nervous. It's great that you could sit down and share the decision with him and support it too.

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  22. Murder and Marinara sounds like my kind of book! I can only imagine your 'proud and panic' feeling as a mom. Keep the proud in front! I was born in Camp Pendleton, CA while my dad was stationed there in the Marine Corp---about 1000 years ago. I have a special place in my heart for Marines.

  23. How exciting for Paul. My son was considering going in, but the lure of running at college swayed him. One of his good friends just finished basic training for the Marines and loves it. He did that stuff all through high school too though.

    I think I read a couple Sweet Valley High and BSC here and there, but my loves were Fear Street and Saddle Club. lol

  24. Wow; what a big decision made by your son to enlist. I can understand the pride and the worry. Mysteries in the Sweet Valley High Twins' series? No way! I used to read that some back in the day.

  25. Feel better soon!
    That's a very big decision that Paul has made. But a brave one. All the respect. And all the hugs to you. I can understand that pride and panic you're feeling.
    Goosebumps! Babysitters Club! My childhood! I miss that. I asked my mom a year or two ago about where she was keeping all my childhood series and she told she got rid of them. I had to walk away before I said something I would regret. Lol.

  26. I hear what you are saying about your son; he is doing a good thing but we moms like to keep our babies safe!

  27. I'm not a big mystery reader, but I just love the titles of the cozy ones, like This Old Homicide. Great haul, hope you get to feeling better quickly. And awesome that your son decided to enlist. I support the military, I have many friends who have been in it, or still are.
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  28. I would listen to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just to hear David Tennant narrate. :-) I am glad you liked it.

    My dad was a Marine, so he'd say Paul picked the best of the branches. ;-) I can just imagine how nervous and excited you are for him. It's such a scary time out there for our service people and yet it really is a profession to be proud of. The military can open up so many possibilities for him. I will keep him (and you) in my prayers.

    I hope you are feeling better soon, Katherine. I so hate allergies!

    Have a great week! Mouse has her school Halloween party this week and I am taking a couple hours off work to go help out.

  29. Such a huge decision - the Marines - but it sounds like you were all involved and that must make it feel less monumental maybe?
    On other notes I need chatty chatty bang bang because I love David Tennant. The voice....!