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Weekly Round-Up 2/18/2018

Well, the temperature got above 30 degrees this week, for one day. Now it’s snowing. Exciting new this week for my son, he received a scholarship that will cover half his tuition costs for college next year. We weren’t expecting that at all, so really nice surprise there. I’ve also been doing some reading this week so let’s see if I made any progress.

TBR – I finished 2 books and I didn’t add any this week. Total today is 274.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – I’m back up to 87% after finishing a couple of books from them.

John Connolly Challenge – I have not yet started book 4. I hope to start listening to it later this week. My headphones are dying so I haven’t gotten as much listening in this past week as I wanted to.

Coming Up – I am still reading “Demelza” by Winston Graham Demelza and hoping to finish it this coming week. I also just started “Look For Me” by Lisa Gardner. Look For Me Next up on the TBR is “House Witness” by Mike Lawson. House Witness

What books are you reading this week?

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“Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman

“Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman

A really disturbing story that you won’t be able to put down! Jody Gehrman puts the reader right inside the head of a stalker and his victim. Kate Youngblood is an author and English professor at a Midwestern college. Sam Grist is the star student in her workshop. He’s talented and charming in a sea of ordinary college students. Kate is recently divorced and her best friend is about to have her first child. She’s lonely and facing writer’s block while her agent breaths down her neck. Sam is like a breath of fresh air but with her bid for tenure under consideration, she knows better than to do more than be a mentor. Sam on the other hand, has more in mind…much more!

I will admit that it took me a while to get into this story. I didn’t like anything about Sam and felt like a voyeur reading his thoughts. Kate, on the other hand, I could really relate to. Having been through one myself, I totally understood the anxieties and doubts caused by her mid-life type crisis, and how flattered she felt by the attentions of her student. The story seemed to start out a little slow but the intensity builds gradually to the point of no return. I admit that I thought I knew how it would end and was taken completely by surprise. If you like to get inside the brain of the perpetrator, then you will love this book. I highly recommend.

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

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“The Introvert Advantage” by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney

“The Introvert Advantage” by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney

Narrated by Tamara Marston

Whether or not you consider yourself an introvert, this book is a great way to learn about what makes introverts different from extroverts. Dr. Laney starts by introducing the reader to the characteristics of introverts and then goes on to explain that the brains of introverts are actually wired to process information in a different way. In the second half of the book, each chapter addresses a different aspect life as an introvert and she gives tips and advice for how to live with your introversion in and extroverted world. With topics ranging from dating to scheduling your day, Dr. Laney has thought of everything. I found her tips to practical and easy to implement. The idea here is to accept yourself as you are and then work with your unique characteristics to achieve your goals. Being an introvert can work to your advantage!

I listened to the audiobook version and found the reader to be excellent. She delivered the material in a way that was engaging and informative. I think introverts who are struggling will find this book very helpful. Any extraverts out there who just want to learn about the introverts in their life will also find this book to be a great source of information. I highly recommend this one.

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

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“The Memory Detective” by T.S. Nichols

“The Memory Detective” by T.S. Nichols

“The Memory Detective” follows a police detective who solves crimes by having the memories of the victim transferred into his brain. Cole is the detective that the other detectives try to avoid getting partnered with. The scientists say that a person should have no more than 2 memory transfers, but Cole has had more than a dozen. He has become expert at pulling the crucial clues out of the victim’s memories and bringing murderers to justice. But this skill comes at a cost to his personal relationships. When the memories of an unidentified female victim are transferred into Cole’s brain, neither he nor his colleagues are prepared for the Pandora’s box that he is about to open.

I found the idea of memories being transferred from one person to another to be fascinating and the author did a great job of exploring how that would feel and affect the individual receiving the transfer. The story also has some great twists in it to keep you alert while you’re reading. My only problem with this book is the characters. I didn’t feel like I really connected with any of the characters. The premise of the story is great, the settings felt real and came alive with the author’s descriptions, and the narrative moved smoothly with a quick pace. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t feel the characters.

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

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Weekly Round-Up 2/11/2018

Still cold here but the weatherman is promising one day this week the temperature will get above freezing. We are inching closer to my son’s graduation. This week I will have my final parent-teacher conferences and a four-day weekend.

TBR – I added 1 book and 1 audiobook this week and finished reading 2. Today’s total is 276.

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

NetGalley score – I’m at 85% today.

John Connolly challenge – I added the audiobook version of the 4th book to my library this week and it will be my next listen.

Coming Up – I’ll have my review of “The Memory Detective” by T. S. Nichols up in the next day or two. The Memory Detective I’ve just started reading “Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman Watch Me and after that I will pick up “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner. Look For Me

That’s it for today. I hope you all have a great week.

Happy Reading!

 

“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

This is book 2 from The Casebooks of Jesperson and Lane series. Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane and partners in a newly formed detective agency. In this case, the victim, Charles Manning, literally dies at their feet and pounding on the door in the middle of the night. The coroner declares the cause of death to be a heart condition but Miss Lane saw the absolute terror on his face just before he died and our two detectives think that something other than natural causes is behind this man’s death. They set off to the community of Aylemorton where Manning was last known to have been living and find themselves dealing with a witch, a folklore enthusiast and the supernatural.

I liked the historical setting of this story and the plot line was well constructed. The story moves at a good pace and has some unexpected twists. Miss Lane is a very likable young woman. Jasper Jesperson was a little harder for me because I didn’t feel like I got to know him very well as a person. This might be because I have not read the first book in the series and I did feel like I was missing part of the story for that reason. I really enjoyed how the author incorporated the folklore into the story and the tension between the local minister and the witch was very well presented. All in all, this was an enjoyable read though I would recommend starting with the first book. This book would probably appeal the most to readers of cozy mysteries.

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

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“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

This is a true and disturbing story. In August 2008, 18-year old Marie reports a man breaking in to her apartment and raping her for hours. In the initial days of the investigation, detectives begin to have doubts and Marie finds the tables have turned and she is now being charged with filing a false report. Two years later, women in Colorado start reporting that their homes were broken into and they were raped repeatedly. Each rape takes place in a different jurisdiction but word starts to get around and a task force is formed. While investigating their own cases the team finds evidence of the rape of a young lady in Washington. This young lady is Marie.

I was riveted by this story. These Pulitzer prize winning authors relate the events in this case in a very relatable way. I felt like the actions of those involved in the various investigations were presented fairly and objectively. In the end it is obvious where mistakes were made and I was pleased to see that those responsible not only admitted the errors but took steps to ensure they would not happen again. I think this book is timely, given current events, and points out the places in our society where more work needs to done in how we approach rape. This story is very moving and, quite frankly, I think everyone should read it.

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

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Weekly Round-Up 2/4/2018

Still cold in North Dakota, so let’s go straight to the numbers.

TBR – Last week it was at 274. This week I added 5 books and finished 2 giving me a new total of 277. I blame it all on NetGalley! If they hadn’t twisted my arm so hard I never would have taken the bait.

Goodreads Challenge – I am still 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – Unchanged at 86%, but I do have a new badge! 100 reviews

Coming Up – I am currently reading “The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle. The Witch at Wayside Cross After that I’ll be picking up “The Memory Detective” by T.S. Nichols. The Memory Detective Ok, that’s all I have for today guys. I hope you all have a good week!

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“The Bookworm” by Mitch Silver

“The Bookworm” by Mitch Silver

A conspiracy between the American president and the Russian government? This story reads like it just came off the front pages. Dr. Larissa Klimt is a Russian historian who spends her time teaching and researching her new book. On an otherwise ordinary day, a bag full of old Dictaphone cartridges is given to her along with a mysterious message. Before she knows what’s happening, she finds herself trying to unravel a decades old mystery that has a tremendous impact on current events. Suddenly, her life is in danger and Larissa doesn’t know who to trust.

Hold on to your seats, readers, because this is a thrill ride of a story, made even more exciting because it’s all so current and feels very real. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this one. I also really liked the character of Dr. Larissa Klimt. She’s not exactly the stereotypical history professor, but then again, she kinda is. In any case, she’s as complex as the story she is telling. And then there’s the ex-husband who I just loved to hate, but sometimes he is a bit charming, and he’s cute. I believe this is a stand-alone novel, but I wouldn’t be sad to see more books with these characters as they really grew on me by the end. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It will definitely satisfy the appetite of the conspiracy theorists out there, and it’s a good mystery too.

This book is expected to publish on Feb. 6, 2018 in the US and Mar. 6, 2018 in the UK, and is now available for pre-order, see the links below.

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

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A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Pegasus Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

“His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae; Narrated by Antony Ferguson

This book was recommended to me by FictionFan and she was right. This is a fascinating true crime story. The author has compiled a series of original documents and organized them for presentation in this book. The main part of the story comes from the account that Roderick Macrae wrote while he was in jail awaiting trial. In this narrative he not only confesses to 3 brutal murders but he begins his tale months before the murders and details all of the events in his life that led up to “his bloody project”.

This is one of those stories where truth is stranger than fiction. The narrative highlights the prejudice and class distinctions that were common in 1869 Scotland. I think the story also proves that old adage about how “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This is a fascinating story.

I listened to this book on Audible and I found Antony Ferguson’s narration to be wonderful. He brought the characters to life without overdoing it and the rhythm and pacing of the narration to be perfect for my listening. I didn’t find myself tuning out at any point. It’s a shame what happened to Roderick because I found his story to be well written and I couldn’t help but wonder what he might have become if his circumstances had been different. I’m highly recommending this one whether you like crime or just a good read.

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

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