Month: April 2018

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!

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“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!

 

“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

Book 5 in The Flaxborough Mysteries

One of my favorite things about this series is the originality of the storylines. This one starts when the competition for donations to local charities starts to get a little nasty. Then the head of one the charities is found dead. Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love are right on top of this one. In the meantime, Mortimer Hive, a private detective, is in Flaxborough on a job which just happens to involve the husband of the dead woman. He is also visiting his old friend Miss Teatime, who we first met in Lonelyheart 4122. Sergeant Love continues to have a more prominent role in the solving of crime which is delightful. All of Colin Watson’s book so far in this series are written with a great deal of wit and humor, but I found myself laughing a lot more with this one. This one seemed a bit shorter than the first 4 but the story was just as well constructed and the mystery well twisted. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads

“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan has just returned to duty after nearly being killed in pursuit of a case. Assistant Commissioner Jack Clancy has assigned her team to investigate a presumed suicide. The coroner has an “uneasy feeling” about this case, hence it being assigned to Frankie’s team, but Clancy is still not sure that Frankie is ready to be back on the job. With Detective Baz Harwood as her partner they quickly determine that this is in fact a murder but that’s when the hard part starts. As they delve into the lives of the victim and her husband they quickly uncover multiple affairs, Dark Web activity, and the underbelly of Dublin. But the circumstances of this case are also triggering flashbacks for Frankie and the danger may be all too real.

So let’s start with the plot. These people’s lives are more twisty than a snake but it really makes for a great story. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, you trip over another clue and end up going in a different direction. Characters: Frankie Sheehan is a great character. She’s tough and persistent, as you would expect a detective to be, but she’s much more than that. I think the author did an especially good job with the flashback scenes because they gave you a sense of Frankie as a vulnerable person. I really enjoyed Detective Harwood also. He knows how to push Frankie’s button but he also takes it very seriously when he says he’s got her back. This is the author’s first novel and I think it’s a great debut, definitely worth the read.

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 4/15/2018

Hello everybody! It’s NOT snowing here today and temperatures have been slightly warmer this week. I’ve had a good week for reading this week so let’s take a look at the numbers.

TBR – I added 1 audiobook to the list this week. That’s it. I finished reading 4 books this week, giving the TBR a new total of 272.

Goodreads Challenge – As of today, I am 3 books ahead of schedule!

NetGalley score – 88% today.

John Connolly Challenge – I finished listening to the audiobook of “Nocturnes” this week. This is the 5th book. Next up will be “The Black Angel”. I’ve really been enjoying the audiobook versions so will probably go with that again. Also, there is a new book in the series coming out in June in the U.S. I’m so excited!

Coming Up – My review of “Nocturnes” will be up in a day or two. Nocturnes I’m currently reading “Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan.Too Close to Breathe This one releases on the 18th and I’m really trying to finish it by then. After that will be “Why Kill the Innocent” by C.S. Harris.Why Kill the Innocent This one also releases on the 18th.

What are you planning to read this week?

“Everyday Kundalini” by Kathryn McCusker

“Everyday Kundalini” by Kathryn McCusker

Kundalini is a type of yoga. I have heard the name but didn’t really know anything about it and what makes it different from other types of yoga. This book is on the short side but I found it to be thoroughly informative. The author has been practicing Kundalini for many years and is a certified teacher. The book covers the history of the practice, explains the essential components of Kundalini, and provides the reader with the basics that you need to get started. There is a series of yoga poses that are used, which are fully described. The book ends with a selection of Kundalini meditations and explains exactly how to do them yourself. There appears to be a strong spiritual component to Kundalini and the book gives the reader an understanding of this aspect without becoming too woo-woo. I think this book makes a good starting point if you are interested in Kundalini.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author Website

“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

The Elemental Web Chronicles Book 3

When I was growing up my favorite fantasy world was the Land of Oz, which I loved for its complexity and the ingenious mechanics that would pop up periodically (a city that can raise and lower itself to the bottom of a lake?!). There was also something delightful to read about. Anne Renwick has created a steampunk world that is equally delightful. Even more so in this this installment because there is a whole crew of hunky naval guys as supporting characters.

In this installment of the Elemental Web Chronicles we meet Isa and Alec who are on a mission to save a castle and capture a megalodon. Isa is a young woman who has been a widow for a year. She has some medical training, though she is not a doctor, and she travels amongst the villages of the Finn people helping those in need of medical attention. She is half Scottish and half Finn and has some of the distinctive characteristics of the Finn. Her marriage was a disappointment and she is not interested in giving up her independence. Alec is a naval officer who leads a highly trained team that specializes in covert operations. He has never been interested in marriage because he doesn’t want to repeat the disastrous relationship of his parents. When Alec is injured while on an underwater mission he is sidelined from his team and instead asked to track down rumors of seamen being attacked by octopus in the North Sea. This is when he meets Isa, and to say that sparks fly would be a huge understatement. As they work together to uncover the secrets of the megalodon and the octopus both will put their lives on the line.

I think this is my favorite book so far in this series. I felt an instant connection to the main characters and I just love the way they play off of each other. There is no holding back with these two, no playing hard to get, they want to be together but they also want it on their own terms. The story also holds quite a lot of surprises and moves at an excellent pace. Once I picked it up, I was very reluctant to put it down. For me, this is another homerun from Anne Renwick.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA

“Childhood & Death in Victorian England” by Sarah Seaton – History Book Review

“Childhood & Death in Victorian England” by Sarah Seaton – History Book Review

When this book popped up on my TBR I couldn’t help but wonder what I was thinking when I picked out such a gory sounding book. But I read it anyway and it turns out to be a fascinating look at the potential pitfalls that children in Victorian England faced. The book is broken down into 5 chapters each covering a different “cause of death” including Industrial Mishaps, Accidents, Poverty and Health, Murder, and Infant Deaths. It was a bit surprising to me as read the different chapters that the only category that as a society we have really eliminated is Industrial Mishaps. We still see childhood deaths in the other 4 categories on a pretty regular basis, at least here in the U.S. I am constantly reminded, when reading history books, that the human struggles never really change, whether you’re talking about our vulnerability to disease or the presence of evil.

The author uses real stories to relate the conditions of the time and it was really interesting to see how far our culture has come in the last 200 years in some of the categories. Thank goodness we don’t have 8 year olds working in factories anymore. It’s also eye-opening to realize that the concept of a carefree childhood that we have today only existed for a very few in the Victorian period. The book is written in a way that is easily readable for anybody but I expect will be particularly interesting to those who enjoy social history or the Victorian period in particular.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA

Weekly Round-Up 4/8/2018

We have just passed another cold and snowy week here. At this rate spring won’t be here until summer. On the plus side, my house is full of beautiful, soft, new carpet. So let’s see what’s new with the TBR.

TBR – A miracle has occurred here: I did not add any books to the TBR this week! Also, I finished 2, so the total today is 274.

Goodreads challenge – Good new here too. I am currently 2 books ahead of schedule!

NetGalley score – I am at 88% with this one.

John Connolly Challenge – I am a little more than halfway through the audiobook version of “Nocturnes” which is book 5 and a collection of short stories.

Coming Up – Anne Renwick’s new book “The Iron FinThe Iron Fincame out this past week and I’m hoping to finish it today or tomorrow. After that will be “Too Close to BreatheToo Close to Breatheby Olivia Kiernan and “Why Kill the InnocentWhy Kill the Innocentby C.S. Harris.

I hope you all have a great week and if you have any extra warm air at your place, please send it my way.

Happy Reading!