Hello, Hello, Hello! and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up! It’s been cold here this week and we did get a little snow that didn’t really accumulate much. Weatherman says that this coming week the high temperatures will get above freezing again for a few days, so something to look forward to. In addition to reading, I’ve been helping my son to get his college applications in. So speaking of reading, let’s take a look at the numbers:
TBR – So I added 3 books to the TBR this week. I finished reading 4 books, Yay! TBR now stands at 270.
NetGalley score – 3 of the 4 books I finished were NetGalley books, but the 3 I added are also from NetGalley, so score is 87% again.
Goodreads challenge – I had a couple of days of panic when I started the week 5 books behind schedule. With the reading I did I was able to get that down to 3 books behind schedule today. 😖
Coming Up – I am currently listening to “Dark Hollow” by John Connolly. Not sure I can finish it this week, but I’ll give it a try. I am reading “Accessories to Die For” by Paula Paul, one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. This one will be available Dec. 5 and I will publish my review on that date. I think I’m also going to try to finish “X” by Sue Grafton. So that’s the plan. Check back next week to see if I stuck to it!
It’s the 1940’s. America are fighting two wars. One on foreign soil and one at home, in the form of the polio epidemic that surges every summer. Tess is a young woman in Baltimore, studying to be a nurse. She is also engaged to her childhood friend Vincent who has recently become a doctor. While Vincent is away in Chicago studying polio, Tess and her friend Gina take the train to Washington, D.C. for an overnight visit. But something unexpected happens to Tess while she is there and it turns her life upside down and destroys her dream of a life with Vincent. Tess suddenly finds herself all alone in the world and grasps desperately at a chance for redemption that takes her to Hickory, NC. Here she comes face to face with the issues of racism and gender bias.
I was captivated by this story from the beginning. Tess is a well-rounded young lady with a lot of spunk (as my grandmother would say). She has a great deal of empathy for others and she fit in perfectly with my image of working class young ladies during the period. The author very deftly guides her through the hard choices that she finds herself having to make and surrounds her with a whole host of wonderful characters. While reading this book, I really felt like a “fly on the wall” of Tess’s life. It’s also obvious that the author put in a lot of time researching life at the time in Hickory and the realities of treating polio patients. The story moved at a really good space and every scene helped to push the story forward. This is a book that you won’t want to miss.
This book takes a look at the history of England’s nobility as it corresponds to the various royals during the time frame. The chapters are broken down by the royals but describe the conflicts, deception, betrayals and unions that took place within the noble class during the monarch’s reign. It is in large part a listing of events and sometimes the events feel very isolated because the author doesn’t give much context. I think this book would be helpful if you are looking for an overview of historical events, but you will have to look elsewhere for an in-depth story. I found a lot of characters in this book that I had never heard of before and learned of some events I would like to know more about. Overall, the book does a good job of presenting an overview of the time period and could be a good addition to an English history library.
An historical mystery that will delight your little gray cells! Evangeline Barnum is sister to P.T. Barnum and she lives with he and his wife in New York City. She also works for her brother at his museum. But Evangeline has a secret which is the reason she fled her childhood home and moved to New York. Her sister-in-law knows her secret and likes to constantly remind her of it. When an old friend from her home town shows up at the museum one morning and is later found dead, Evangeline finds herself embroiled in a mystery and must use all her wits to unravel it and find the murderer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Evangeline is a young lady trying to make the best of the circumstances she’s in, even when those closest to her are not supportive. I found her to be likable, complex and well-written. All of the characters have distinctive personalities and make the story better by being in it. The story itself kept me guessing till the final chapter. Just when you think Evangeline has found the answer the story throws you for another loop. The good thing is it all fits and feels natural and believable. There is danger and deception right up to the last page. I highly recommend this story.
Welcome back everybody! Time for another Round-Up. We got our first snow of the season this week here in ND and my son actually took it upon himself to clean the driveway, another first. I had a very good reading week, finishing 4 books, but I didn’t get all the reviews written, so I still have that to get caught up on. So let’s get into the details.
TBR – As mentioned I finished 4 books this week but I added 4 audiobooks to the list, so the grand total is 268.
Goodreads challenge – I am currently 2 books behind schedule.
NetGalley score – Currently at 86% but 2 of those finished books are from NetGalley so I expect a little bump when I get those posted.
Coming up – In the next couple days I will get my reviews of “Smoke and Mirrors” by Casey Daniels, “Treachery and Retribution” by Andrew Rawson, and “Poison” by Galt Niederhoffer. I’ve just started reading “The Stolen Marriage” by Diane Chamberlain and I’m not sure what else I may get to this week. So that’s what I have for you right now. Hope you all have a good week.
I already had a crush on Sheriff Walt Longmire from watching the TV show, but reading this book has made me fall in love all over again. This story is book 4 in the series and Sheriff Longmire is on the trail of the murderer of a young Vietnamese woman. The process of investigating this case brings back to him memories of his service in Vietnam during the war. By his side is his lifelong friend Henry and a rather mysterious, very tall, Indian named Virgil. Along the way the reader gets a tour of a ghost town and rural Wyoming.
As previously stated, I love the Longmire stories. I actually listened to the Audible audiobook version and the talent of the narrator just further intensified the story. As usual, the characters are well developed and this one can be read alone without feeling like your missing out on background. There are thrills and chills to delight the senses and the story moves at a really good pace. If you love mysteries and police stories than you don’t want to miss out on this one.
Hello everybody! Hope you are having a great day. We got our first cold snap of the season this week here in North Dakota. A few snow flakes flying around but no accumulations yet. The first quarter of the school year finished up this week. Only 3 more to go and then my son graduates! So, I’m telling you all of this as a distraction because my reading progress was dismal this week and I don’t really want to check the numbers. 😔 Enough horsing around, let’s get into it.
TBR – I finished 1 whole book this week. This is digraceful. I also added one book. So no gain there. I also removed a book from the TBR because I found the writing to be a little bit juvenile for me, so the new total is 268.
Goodreads challenge – I am currently 4!!! books behind. I have never been so far behind on a challenge. And it’s not as if I was involved in some big project that took me away from reading. I have no excuses, I have just been lazy this week.
NetGalley score – Well this number hasn’t gotten any worse because the one book I did read was a NetGalley book. So, I’m still at 86%.
Coming soon – So this coming week, I am going to try to finish “Treachery and Retribution” by Andrew Rawson. I know I said that last week but I really mean it this time. I’m also currently reading “Smoke and Mirrors” by Casey Daniels and will try to finish and review it this week. Finally, I’m still listening to “Another Man’s Moccasins” by Craig Johnson on audiobook and might finish it this week also. So there you have the ugly truth. I hope this week turns out better and there will actually be some activity on the blog for you to read. I’ll see you all next Sunday!
I always find Queen Victoria fascinating and this book is no exception. The author relates for us the story of Victoria’s friend Abdul, who comes to her household originally to serve at table, but becomes one of her closest confidantes in the last decade of her life. I think Shranani Basu has done a wonderful job of bringing the main players to life. I really had a sense of being a fly on the wall watching the various dramas unfold. I thought it was wonderful that this Abdul had come along in her older years and opened up a whole new world for her. He made Indian food for her, taught her to speak Hindi, and introduced her to the culture of India, over which she was Empress, and yet a place she would never visit. Meanwhile, her family appears to have been insanely jealous of the relationship. Well, I say 3 cheers to Victoria for wanting to learn new things all the way to the day of her death.
This story has now been made into a movie, which I have not yet seen so I’m not sure how well it keeps to the story. I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this chapter of the Queen’s life and it just confirms my impression that she must have been a wonderful person to know. I think that Abdul brought a level of excitement back into Victoria’s life at a time when others were starting to write her off because of her age. I highly recommend this book for its color and attention to detail and historical accuracy.
Roll up everybody! It’s time for another weekly round-up! I only had to work for 3 days this last week so I was able to get caught up on some things around the house. I also got 2 book reviews posted and a Journeys Through Bookland story. So, not too bad in terms of productivity. The cold weather has started to make an appearance around her so we had to get the sweaters out for the mornings. So let’s check the statistics for this week.
TBR – I added 1 book this week and finished reading 1. The TBR total now stands at 269.
NetGalley score – I finished a NetGalley book this week and my score is now at 87%.
Goodreads challenge – I am now 3 books behind schedule. I don’t know how that happened.
Coming up – I am currently reading “Victoria and Abdul” by Shranani Basu. I’m more than halfway through so might finish today or tomorrow. I’m also reading “Treachery and Retribution” by Andrew Rawson and will probably finish it this week. My audiobook selection for this week is “Another Man’s Moccasins” by Craig Johnson. So that’s what I have for now. Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday and a good week ahead.