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Life and Reading Update

I think an update is way past due here. And since we are having another blizzard day, it seems like a good time. You’ve probably noticed a decrease in the number of reviews I’ve been posting. Well, that’s because I started working as an Accountant again a few months ago and my available reading time has been cut down. We are now entering tax season and it will probably be cut back even more for the next 3 or 4 months. I’m loving the work though, so that’s all good.

So I started the year with a TBR that has 205 books on it. So far I have finished 1 (review coming soon).

I set my Goodreads challenge at 80 books for 2020. I am currently 3 books behind schedule. Slow start out of the gate for this goal but I’m not giving up hope.

I haven’t even finished any audiobooks yet this year because I went down a podcast rabbit hole (Wine & Crime this is your fault) for a couple of weeks.

What’s on my desk right now? I recently finished reading “Facets of Death” by Michael Stanley. This follows a police investigation in Botswana and has a really fun characters. Hopefully I’ll get my review up yet this weekend.

Right now I’m reading “The Third Rainbow Girl” by Emma Copley Eisenberg. This is a true crime which follows the investigation into the Rainbow Murder in West Virginia in the early 80’s. This book releases on the 21st and I’m going to try to get my review up to coincide with the release.

I’m almost finished with the audiobook version of “Running Blind” by Lee Child. This is book 4 in the Jack Reacher series. I will leave Amazon links below to all the books mentioned.

Thanks to all my followers for sticking with me and Welcome! to those of you who are new here.

Happy Reading!

Book Releases Dec 9 – Dec 13

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Outlaws: A King & Slater Thriller by Matt Rogers, releases Dec. 10.

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Darhally, releases Dec. 9.

Blood Ties (A Nik Pohl Thriller Book 2) by Alexander Hartung, releases Dec. 12.

Shattered Truth (Opus X Book 2) by Michael Anderle, releases Dec. 13.

The Idealist by Terry Conrad, releases Dec. 10.

Blood and Treachery: A Scottish Crime Thriller (DCI Logan Crime Thrillers Book 4) by JD Kirk, releases Dec. 13.

Wings and Broken Things: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 3) by Trixie Silvertale, releases Dec. 13.

In Plain Sight (Knight & Culverhouse Book 9) by Adam Croft, releases Dec. 13.

Devil On My Doorstep (Witch Hazel Lane Mysteries Book 2) by J. L. Collins, releases Dec. 13.

Cherry Cream and Murder (Holly Holmes Cozy Culinary Mystery Series Book 4) by K. E. O’Connor, releases Dec. 13.

Dead in the Dinghy (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 4) by Ellen Jacobson, releases Dec. 13.

Murdercon by Maureen Catherine Orkwis, releases Dec. 13.

Close Call: a crime thriller series (G.E.E.K.S. Inc. Book 2) by Mike Clayton, releases Dec. 13.

Forever 27 by Greg Hall, releases Dec. 13.

Till Morning is Nigh (Ben Bracken Book 4) by Rob Parker, releases Dec. 13.

Walk Like You (Chrissy Livingstone Book 2) by Linda Coles, releases Dec. 13.

Who’s There? by Kerena Swan, releases Dec. 13.

Wasted Thyme (A Dinner Club Murder Mystery Book 7) by Karen C. Whalen, releases Dec. 13.

Ferry to Williamstown by Colin Heston, releases Dec. 13.

Kingdom Chaos: A Novel by Jeff Dixon, releases Dec. 12.

Hard Shot (A Jon Reznick Thriller Book 7) by J. B. Turner, releases Dec. 12

A Place Called Fear (Maggie Novak Thriller Book 2) by Keith Houghton, releases Dec. 12.

Deathly Affair (DI Geraldine Steel Book 13) by Leigh Russell, releases Dec. 12.

Death at Eden’s End (A DCI Satterthwaite Mystery Book 2) by Jo Allen, releases Dec. 12.

Last Request by Liz Mistry, releases Dec. 12.

The Terror Within: The DCI Banham Series by Linda Regan, releases Dec. 12

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon, releases Dec. 11.

Hysteria: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 2) by LJ Ross, releases Dec. 10.

The Hunt by Jack Cashill, Mike McMullen, releases Dec. 10.

All That’s Bright and Gone: A Novel by Eliza Nellums, releases Dec. 10.

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, releases Dec. 10.

True to Me (A By the Sea Novel) by Kay Bratt, releases Dec. 10.

Down the Darkest Road (Cady Maddix Mystery Book 2) by Kylie Brant, releases Dec. 10.

Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Releases Dec. 10.

The Special Counsel: The Mueller Report Retold by Mark Caro, releases Dec. 10.

Shatter the Night: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery (Detective Gemma Monroe Novels Book 4) by Emily Littlejohn, releases Dec. 10.

Murder at the Opera: An Atlas Catesby Mystery by D. M. Quincy, releases Dec. 10.

The Course of All Treasons: An Elizabethan Spy Mystery by Suzanne M. Wolf, releases Dec. 10.

Sauvigone for Good (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 4) by J. C. Eaton, releases Dec. 10.

Crossroad by W. H. Cameron, releases Dec. 10.

The Wonderful by Saskia Sarginson, releases Dec. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 3 Book Releases

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Fix It with Food by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner (Clarkson Potter, $30; ISBN 978-1-984825-53-7).

Instant Loss: Eat Real, Lose Weight: How I Lost 125 Pounds—Includes 100+ Recipes by Brittany Williams (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-358-12185-5).

Goodful Cookbook by Goodful (Rodale Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-593-13549-5).

Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse & Reset by Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND (Rodale Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-984826-67-1).

Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game, a Graphic Novel by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Justin Jordan, art by Felipe Magaña, (Ten Speed Press, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-984857-44-6).

Fancy AF CocktailsFancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers by Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22; ISBN 978-0-358-17171-3).

The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-294291-3).

Just Watch Me: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay (Dutton, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-4394-9).

Reputation: A Novel by Sara Shepard (Dutton, $16 paper; ISBN 978-1-5247-4290-4).

Genesis by Robin Cook (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54215-5).

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-54231-5).

Labyrinth of Ice by Buddy Levy (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18219-7).

November 26 Book Releases

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Spy by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17944-0).

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell (Harper, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-256321-7).

Under Occupation by Alan Furst (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-0-399-59230-0).

Dungeons and Tombs by Dungeons & Dragons (Ten Speed Press, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-984856-44-9).

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-12303-9).

11/19/19 Book Releases

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A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, $29; ISBN 978-1-5387-6160-1).

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (William Morrow, $14.99; ISBN 978-0-06-297070-1).

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 by Robert Lacey (Crown, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-57337-1).

The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook by Steven R. Gundry, MD (Harper Wave, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-291183-4).

Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement by Buster Benson (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54010-6).

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg (Random House, $26; ISBN 978-1-984855-17-6).

Cult of Two by Michael Faudet (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5436-2).

You Can’t Kill Me Twice by Charlyne Yi (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5075-3).

From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake (Mulholland, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-41723-5).

Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53682-6).

Tom Clancy Code of Honor by Marc Cameron (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29.95; ISBN 978-0-525-54172-1).

Broke by Jodie Adams Kirshner (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22063-9).

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-10348-2).

Nov. 12 Book Releases

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The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton (Harper, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-247327-1).

Tasty Every Day by Tasty (Clarkson Potter, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-525-57588-7).

Right Kind of Crazy by Clint Emerson (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-8416-1).

The Book of Eating by Adam Platt (Ecco, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-229354-1).

How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Computational Age by John Maeda (Portfolio, $26; ISBN 978-0-399-56442-0).

It’s All in Your Head by Russ (Harper Design, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-296243-0).

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4284-3).

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $28; ISBN 978-0-399-18019-4).

Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19360-5).

Manhunters by Javier F. Peña and Stephen E. Murphy (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20288-8).

With All Due Respect by Nikki Haley (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-26655-2).

This Beautiful Book by Steve Green with Bill High (Zondervan Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35602-8).

Carson Mansion Update

This is my new cross stitch project. Carson Mansion designed by Nancy Spruance. I have been fascinated by this Victorian house since childhood and finally decided to stitch it. I’m using 28 count linen for this. This project also has special meaning because I purchased the chart from a very special woman, who is no longer with us. She was very kind to me at a point in my life when I was very needy, so I am stitching this in memory of her.

Sorry the picture isn’t better. #crossstitch #carsonmansion #crossstitching #crossstitcher #hobby #crafts

Nov 5 Book Releases

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The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, $28.95; ISBN 978-0-385-54121-3).

Chika by Mitch Albom (Harper, $23.99; ISBN 978-0-06-295239-4).

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-54053-3).

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-4555-3053-3).

Grit & Grace by Tim McGraw (Harper Wave, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-291593-1).

We Are Indivisible by Leah Greenberg (Atria/Signal Press, $28; ISBN 978-1-982129-97-2).

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-1528-4).

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America by Scott Adams (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-593-08352-9).

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (Little, Brown, $27; ISBN 978-0-316-48534-0).

Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-2142-5).

They Don’t Represent Us by Lawrence Lessig (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294571-6).

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels, foreword by J.J. Abrams, (DK, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-4654-8610-3).

How Money Became Dangerous by Christopher Varelas (Ecco, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268475-2).

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (William Morrow Paperbacks, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-294120-6).

The Poppy WifeThe Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott (William Morrow Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295532-6).

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman (Portfolio, $30; ISBN 978-0-7352-1798-0).

Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Forever, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-4521-2).

The Likability Trap by Alicia Menendez (Harper Business, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283876-6).

Friends Forever by Gary Susman and Jeannine Dillon (Harper Design, $35; ISBN 978-0-06-297644-4).

The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-287149-7).

On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl (Riverhead, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53811-0).

An Elephant in My Kitchen by Françoise Malby-Anthony with Katja Willemsen (Thomas Dunne Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22014-1).

Final Option by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29; ISBN 978-0-525-54181-3).

Jet Girl by Caroline Johnson with Hof Williams (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13929-0).

The Tap Code by Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (ret.) and Sara W. Berry (Zondervan Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35911-1).