Weekly Round-Up 10/15/2017

Hello everybody! Time for another check-in. It’s been a slow week for reading, but I have a 4 day weekend coming up next week, so I’m hoping to do a little catching up then. Last night my teenage son made dinner for the first time, hamburgers and french fries, and my kitchen was such a wreck afterwards. I’m still finding grease spots everywhere this morning. But his really enjoying the Cultures and Cuisine class that he’s taking. Next up I think is blueberry muffins. He’s also learned how to make a pretty mean omelet and discovered that he likes lots of pepper with his eggs. OK, here we go:

TBR – I did finish one book this week. Sorry I didn’t get the review up yet but hopefully for tomorrow. I did not add any books, so the total today is 270. I know I promised last week to finish listening to “The Muse” but I’m not quite done. I have 2 hours left, maybe I can finish today or tomorrow.

NetGalley – No change here, still at 86%.

Goodreads challenge – Okay, I’m falling behind. I’m now at 3 books behind schedule.

Coming Up – Review of “The Modoc War” by Robert Aquinas McNalley will go up tomorrow.The Modoc War

Review of “The Muse” by Jessie Burton should go up later this week.The Muse

I’ve just started reading “Victoria and Abdul” by Shranani Basu. I’m moving pretty quickly so you might also see that review this coming week. Victoria and Abdul

So that’s it for today. I hope you all have a great week and read lots of books!

Happy Reading!

 

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“Nail’s Crossing” by Kris Lackey

“Nail’s Crossing” by Kris Lackey

Indian country, Oklahoma. It’s hot and dry, and on this day, it’s deadly. Bill Maytubby is a tribal Lighthorse policeman and Hannah Bond is a deputy for the county. When Hannah discovers the body of Majesty Tate, a drifter, she has no idea what kind of a hornet’s nest the investigation will turn into. Finding answers will take Maytubby across three states and put his life and the life of his fiancé in danger. The question is who will be left standing when the final dust clears.

I think this is a great debut mystery/thriller. I certainly hope it is the start of a series with these characters because I really liked them. The dynamic between Maytubby and Bond is really unique. They are not exactly partners because they work for different agencies but they seem to end up working together when the jurisdictions overlap and I really enjoyed their banter and the way they are able to sense what is needed in any given situation. This story does have a lot of secondary characters that are vital to the story but you will need to be paying attention to keep up with it all. The plot line has a lot of interesting twists and turns and the finale had me on the edge of my seat. Overall, I’m really impressed with this one and will be keeping my eyes open for more from this author.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating  4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 10/8/2017

Another Sunday, another Round-Up. A pretty ordinary week has passed, though I did get a new dryer this week. It’s always nice when the dryer actually drys the clothes. So let’s take a look at my library and see what’s been happening there.

TBR – So, I added 3 books this week and I finished 2, giving me a new total of 270.

Goodreads Challenge – I’m still 1 book behind schedule.

NetGalley Score – still at 86%

Coming Up – I’m still working my way through the audiobook version of “The Muse“. I’m about halfway through so I’m going to try to finish it this week. The Muse

I’m also reading “The Modoc War” by Robert Aquinas McNalley and hope to finish it this week also. The Modoc War

So that’s it for today guys. I hope you all have a great week!

Happy Reading!

“Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict

“Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict

Clara Kelley has been sent to America by her family in impoverished Ireland. Their hope is that she will find work and be able to send money home to support the family, as they have recently lost their land source of income. When she arrives she finds herself being mistaken for a different Clara Kelley who already has a job waiting for her. Clara decides to become this other Clara Kelley and finds herself in Pittsburgh working on a trial basis as lady’s maid to Andrew Carnegie’s mother.  Mrs. Carnegie is known to be a harsh mistress but Clara is determined to win her over. In the process she meets Andrew and the two instantly hit it off as friends. The story follows Clara through her years working in the Carnegie household and the influence she had on Andrew and his charitable work.

I loved this story. I have previously read another book by this author and was really excited about this one. It did not disappoint. The author masterfully created her characters with rich detail and her descriptions of the city of Pittsburgh in the time period are perfect. I was easily drawn into the both the affluent world of the Carnegies and the impoverished world of Clara’s cousins. This is another fabulous story from Marie Benedict and I highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“London Curiosities” by John Wade

“London Curiosities” by John Wade

The Capital’s Odd & Obscure, Weird & Wonderful Places

If you are planning a visit to London, then you should definitely take a look at this book. It is packed full of unique pieces of London’s history. These are the places that you won’t find in the typical tour guide. The book is organized into categories including Surprising Building, the Pineapple Trail, Tunnels Under London and many more. The text was an easy and enjoyable read and there are pictures of everything mentioned. If you’ve been following me, you know I like the odd and quirky and this book totally nailed it for me. I will definitely have it in my bag if I find myself in London again. Top marks to the author for putting this together.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 10/1/2017

Do you ever pick up a book and enjoy it so much that you just want to take it slow and savor it? Well, I’m working on a couple of books right now that fit that description, which is why I only managed to finish 1 book this week. On a more personal note, I just need to have a little bragging moment. My son, a high school senior, is taking a Philosophy class at one of the local colleges this semester, and so far he is getting straight A’s in the class. This is no small achievement for him and I’m am thoroughly enjoying this proud Mom moment (now if I can just get him to pick up his dirty laundry…). We also had a near panic this week when the dryer went on the fritz after 20+ years of faithful service. But thanks to a sale at Best Buy, the crisis has been averted.

Moving on to more bookish stuff, let’s check the numbers:

TBR – Somehow I managed to go a whole week without adding any books. The total today stands at 269.

NetGalley score – I’m still at 86% here.

Goodreads challenge – Still 1 book behind schedule.

Coming Up – I don’t usually pay much attention to travel books, but Pen & Sword sent me a copy of “London Curiosities” by John Wade and I’m really having fun with it. The subtitle is “The capital’s odd & obscure, weird & wonderful places”. This book is full of interesting things to see in London and I think you could put together a really fun tour of city using this book. London Curiosities I expect to finish this one this week. I’m also hoping to finish “Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict this week. Carnegie's Maid I think that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a great one. See you next Sunday with another round-up.

Happy Reading!

 

“Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies

“Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies

This book, for me, was a real eye-opener. Being an American, born after the war I had no real understanding of what conditions were like in a country where the war was actually being fought. This book focuses on the experiences of children in Britain, and while I’ve seen movies and TV shows set during the period, it’s a whole different understanding when you hear (or read in this case) from the people who actually lived through it.

The book opens with the recollections of what children were thinking or doing when the war was announced and then moves on to talk about the evacuations, the bomb shelters, shortages, education, war efforts and culminates with thoughts on the end of the war. I think the author has done a fantastic job of weaving together the facts of the war and the thoughts and recollections of people who actually grew up during the war. There are stories from kids who thought that bombed out buildings were a great playground and those for whom the terror of air raids left them permanently traumatized. The various chapters present a comprehensive look at the living conditions during this time, from those who were evacuated to an idyllic countryside childhood to those who were in the heart of the bombing zones and spending their nights in shelters. I hope that reading this book will give people pause when considering the act of war because it is often the youngest among us who bear the brunt of such action. I highly recommend this book as I found it both informative and moving at the same time.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 9/24/2017

Here we are again. A week of antibiotics has me feeling human again, so that’s good. I’m not so happy that I had to get a jacket out last night to go for an evening walk. But I do live in North Dakota so it’s to be expected. Otherwise it’s been a pretty quiet week at my house, though I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted to. So let’s take a look at my numbers for today.

TBR – I finished 1 book (disgraceful 😞), and added 3. That brings the TBR total to 270.

NetGalley rating – This is good new, my rating has moved up to 86%. 😊

Goodreads challenge – I’m on track with this challenge.

Coming up – Confession time: I have 6 different books that I have started reading and now I’m having one of those “what was I thinking” moments. They just all look so good right now. So here’s what I’m hoping to finish in the coming week.

Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies Children in the Second World War and “Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict Carnegie's Maid This one won’t be released until January and my review will be posted close to the release date. It is however available for pre-order on Amazon, just click the link above. That’s all I have for today, guys. Hope you all have a great week. 😃

Happy Reading!

 

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?

As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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