Weekly Round-Up 5/20/2018

Welcome back everybody! The weather is fine, my lawn is freshly mowed, and 1 week from today I will be watching my son graduate from high school. If next week’s round-up goes up a little late that will be why. I’ve been a little naughty where book are concerned this week, so let’s look at the numbers and see just how bad it is today.

TBR – I added 6 books this week! I really don’t know how that happened. Just to make things even worse I did not finish anything. **Bows her head in shame**. The TBR total now stands at 277. (I see you out there laughing at me FictionFan). Moving on…

Goodreads Challenge – I have fallen to 2 books behind schedule. So much for that cushion I had going.

NetGalley Score – Since 5 of the 6 books are from NetGalley, my score with them has dropped to 85%.

John Connolly challenge – no change here but will probably pick up the next one in June.

Coming Up – I have no idea what reviews I will actually get posted and I have family coming in this week to celebrate so it may be another bad week. I am currently reading (and may finish today) “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz.The Whispering Room I have also started reading “Lullaby Road” by James Anderson. Lullaby Road.jpgFinally, I am listening to “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson.The Cold Dish

So that’s the news for today. We are all very excited for this week and I’m not gonna feel bad about it if I don’t get much reading done. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Happy Reading!

 

 

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“House Witness” by Mike Lawson

“House Witness” by Mike Lawson

Book #12 in the DeMarco series. This time DeMarco is hunting down a “jury consultant” who makes it her business to interfere with witnesses so that they either cannot testify or change their testimony. When the son of DeMarco’s boss is murdered in a bar one night with 5 witnesses, the suspect is immediately caught, and the case seems open and shut. But the suspect’s father is super-rich and has his lawyer hire the jury consultant to ensure that his son is acquitted.

I found the plot of this story to be very creative and not a routine legal thriller at all. This is the first book I have read from this series and I had a little trouble warming up to DeMarco. I think it may have been because the first half of the book focuses primarily on the consultant and setting up the drama. Once DeMarco reluctantly decides to pursue this person though I really started to like him. In this installment he borrows a law intern from the District Attorney on the case and I really liked her. She’s a little quirky, but very efficient and plays off of DeMarco well. The twists and turns along the way for engaging and kept the story moving at a good pace. I found this to be a good story, but didn’t really wow me.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

Creepy, creepy, creepy! Charlie Parker finds himself in the midst of a very dark mystery. When a young prostitute goes missing in New York City, Charlie’s friend asks him to help find her. In spite of Rachel’s protests, he can’t turn down his friend. What begins as a simple shakedown ends up having a connection to an artifact from an Eastern European church built from bones, and the slaughter at a French monastery during WW II. The artifact, known as “The Black Angel” is prized by some very evil men who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.

This story seemed to me to have more an evil supernatural edge to it than the previous books. There were some moments that I wasn’t sure I would get through they were creeping me out so much. That being said, Charlie was at his best and his worst in this installment. His relationship with Rachel is deteriorating rapidly because of his work and the conflict shows up in his investigation. I love how John Connolly balances the work and personal aspects of Charlie’s life, and keeps both moving forward as the series continues. That being said, this story ends with his relationship in a cliffhanger moment, which means that I’m going to have to pick up book 7 very soon. This is the 6th book in the series and they just continue to deliver. Some series hit a slump as they go on but I’m not detecting that here. This book definitely lives up to John Connolly’s high standards.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

“Children’s Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain’s Young” by Peter Higginbotham

“Children’s Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain’s Young” by Peter Higginbotham

This book is exactly as it describes itself, a history of the care of children. In this case we are talking about orphans, waifs, strays, kids who today would be in the care of social services. The author has chapters discussing the different charitable and governmental organizations that had responsibility for the care of these children. There is also a look back at the development of child care philosophy, from large institutional care to the foster system we are more familiar with today. The author discusses the most prominent movers and shakers in the history of children’s homes and also some of the lesser known lights. The book concludes with a discussion of day to day life in the different types of children’s homes and some of the more notable instances of abuse.

I found this book to be another well written history of a social issue in Britain. It’s a very approachable book and not a heavy history tome. I really appreciated learning about how social services for children got to where they are today and how they have changed along with the changing of the surrounding culture. All in all, an enjoyable look at a critical but often overlooked social issue, probably best enjoyed by those interested in these issues.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

Weekly Round-Up 5/13/2018

Hello everybody! Another week is finished and I actually managed to accomplish some reading this time. We are now 2 weeks away from my son’s graduation and all the little details of entertaining out-of-towners are starting to hit me but it is very exciting. Let’s see exactly what I accomplished this week.

TBR – I finished reading 2 books and listening to 1. I haven’t had a chance to write reviews on any of these yet but hopefully I’ll get them up this coming week. I also added 3 books (NetGalley got me again), so the total is 271.

Goodreads Challenge – I am 2 books ahead of schedule.

NetGalley score – Dropped to 86% this week with the acquisition of 3 books.

John Connolly Challenge – I finished listening to book 6 in the series.

Coming Up – I just started reading “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz. The Whispering RoomThis is book 2 in the Jane Hawk series and I just loved the first book so I’ve been looking forward to this one. Also, book 3 just released this past week and I want to read it soon. I haven’t decided yet what comes after this one so you will just have to wait and see.

Hope you all have a great week and I will touch base with you again next Sunday!

Happy Reading!

 

Weekly Round-Up 5/6/2018

Hello Everybody! It’s another Sunday and time for another Round-Up. We’ve had very pleasant temperatures here this week and there are only 3 weeks left until my son graduates. Woo Hoo! I must confess that I pretty much fell off the reading wagon this week and made almost no progress on the books I am currently reading. That being said let’s take a look at the numbers.

TBR – I did not finish any books this week and I added 3. The current total is 273.

Goodreads Challenge – Slipping a little bit here, I am only 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – Remains at 88%.

John Connolly Challenge – I’m still listening to “The Black Angel“.The Black Angel I’m a little more than half way. This book is 17 hours long so I still have a ways to go.

Coming Up – This week I will be finishing (🤞) “House Witness” by Mike Lawson.House Witness Then I’m planning to read “The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson.The Flaxborough Crab That’s all I’m committing myself to right now because I have another intense week coming up.

I hope you are all having a good weekend and reading great books. See you next week!

Happy Reading!

 

“Twisted Prey” by John Sandford

“Twisted Prey” by John Sandford

Be still my soul! Lucas Davenport is back with his 28th case. This time he’s determined to take down a U.S. Senator who he is convinced has tried to assassinate on of her fellow senators from Minnesota. Davenport is now with the U.S. Marshals service and brings a couple of his fellow marshals along to D.C. as backup. Almost immediately, there is an attempt on his life followed by a car accident back home in Minnesota that nearly ends his wife’s life. With the pressure mounting Davenport must quickly unravel this very complex and twisted plot.

A friend turned me on to this series a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since. That being said, I haven’t read one for a while so picking up this book felt like visiting an old friend. Lucas Davenport continues to be charming and thoughtful in his personal life, while also being a hard as nails when it comes to criminals. This story is a very complex knot of politicians, arms manufacturers and ex-military bad guys. And just when you think that progress is being made something happens that sets the investigation back again. All these twists and turns work seamlessly together though to make a really compelling thriller. This is book 28 in the series and one of my favorites so far. I highly recommend!

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

Weekly Round-Up 4/29/2018

Welcome to Spring in North Dakota! My grass is starting to be green again but no flowers yet. All the neighbors mowed their lawns yesterday but I honestly don’t see the need for that yet. My son received his cap and gown this past week for his graduation and the school will take pictures on Wednesday. It’s getting very close. May 27 will be the big day, so less than a month away. I had a tough week where I wasn’t feeling very well for a couple of days and feel like I haven’t done a lot of reading, but let’s look at the numbers and find out.

TBR – I didn’t add any books this week. I did remove 1 from the list because I just don’t think I will finish it. Finally, I did finish reading 1 book (review up in a day or 2). So the total as of today is 269.

Goodreads Challenge – I am 2 books ahead of schedule.

NetGalley score – No change at 88%.

John Connolly Challenge – I’m currently listening to the 6th book, “The Black Angel”.

Coming Up – I just started reading “House Witness” by Mike Lawson.House Witness I believe this is the 1st in what will be a series. After that, I will pick up “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz.The Whispering Room

I hope you all are having a great weekend and I will check in with you again next week.

Question of the week: What is your favorite genre?

Happy Reading!

“Nocturnes” by John Connolly

“Nocturnes” by John Connolly

A collection of short stories including a Charlie Parker novella

Narrated by Jeff Harding

There are a lot of creepy, crawly things happening in this book and the spiders are only one of them. “Nocturnes” is an assortment of John Connolly’s short stories. “The New Daughter” is one I particularly enjoyed. This one was made into a movie which I saw before I read the book. In this one a father and his two children move into an old house, after which the daughter’s behavior starts to change. She becomes fascinated by a mound of dirt on the property but what is it that really has a hold on her? Sidenote: the movie was good also. Of course, my favorite part of the book is the Charlie Parker novella near the end. A photo of a young girl is left in the mailbox of an empty house and sends Parker on the hunt for a child killer who’s a little more than he appears to be.

Finally, I found the narration of this to be quite compelling. Jeff Harding has narrated other books by John Connolly and always does a good job, but for some reason in this one, I found myself listening as much to hear the narrator’s voice as to hear the story. All in all this is a top-notch collection which I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

Weekly Round-Up 4/22/2018

Welcome back! I am excited to say that the songbirds have returned to North Dakota along with somewhat warmer temperatures. I’m hoping for leaf buds on my trees soon. So let’s see what the TBR has been up to this week.

TBR – I added 2 books this week and finished 3. I also had to remove 1 because I didn’t download the e-book before it expired. So the TBR has a total of 272.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 4 books ahead of schedule!

NetGalley Score – Remains at 88%.

John Connolly Challenge – I started listening to the “The Black Angel” this week. The Black AngelThis is book 6 in the series.

Coming Up – I just started reading an ARC of “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford, Twisted Preywhich release on the 24th. I already can’t put it down. Hmmm… maybe I can get the family to eat out for the rest of the day and just read…I can but dream. After that, I’m not sure yet.

So that’s it for today. I’m going to go back to my book now. I hope you are all enjoying whatever book you are reading today. See you next week.

Happy Reading!