I totally forgot to post my #bookspin list for December before this morning. Hopefully I can still participate…
#Two4Tuesday on Wednesday! Thanks for the tag @EadieB
1. Not yet, but I‘m getting close. 🤞🏻
2. I‘d like to read the #bookspin books I haven‘t read yet for the year. If I read those, I‘ll finish my GR reading challenge.
My first finish for #33by33. This was a good beginning to a series. It is set in the time of Penny dreadfuls and silver fork novels. Although a romance at heart, it touches on some serious topics: poverty, education equality and gender equality.
I look forward to the next in the series.
I‘m participating in #NovelNovember and #33by33, so let‘s add another readathon! Stack ‘em all! My goal for #AnyWayYouReadathon is to spend 30 minutes each day #audiostitching (I‘ve been wanting to get back into cross-stitch…. Hopefully this will be the nudge I need).
Thanks for hosting @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater and @MidnightBookGirl
Couple of great #readathons coming up…
@Andrew65 is hosting his fabulous monthly 9 day readathon #NovelNovember. Here are my goals:
🍁Read 650 pages
🍁 Finish NYPD Red 2
🍁 Finish The Guncle
🍁 Start The Matrix
@MatchlessMarie is hosting #33by33 to celebrate her 33rd birthday. Happy Birthday 🎂 Here is my goal:
🔹 Read for 33 hours
I loved the character development of Robin and Strike In this novel. That was the best part of the story! The mystery was complex and daunting. But my did this need a good editor. 900+ pages as a bit much. It could easily have been cut by 100-200 pages and still have the same impact. As always, Robert Glenister did a phenomenal job narrating.
This is my second finish for #20in4
@Andrew65 is hosting a Halloween #20in4 with lots of options. I am going for the traditional Friday thru Monday with the following goals:
🔹 Read for 12 hours
🔹 Finish my current audiobooks (Troubled Blood)
🔹 Finish my current print (If the Shoe Fits)
🔹 Read 50 pages of my next print book
The first book in a new series, involving a widow who is a “PI” in 1850. It was good start to the series, and I loved Mrs Rodd, the PI.
My first finish for #outstandingoctober
Here is a quick wrap-up for #SuperSeptember. I hit all my goals (which is rare), so I‘m pretty stoked:
✔️Read 500 pages (Read 530 pages)
✔️ Finish current audiobook (Finished 2 audiobooks: Murder at Archly Manor and Reunion In Death)
✔️ Finish current print book (Finished Catalina‘s Riddle)
My Third finish for #SuperSeptember
What can I say about this series that hasn‘t been said. The evolving relationship between Eve and Roarke is wonderful. This was a tough emotionally because Eve remembered more of her time in Dallas prior to the death of her father (I agree with Roarke by the way… her father got off easy). So good, I started the next one right away.
Second finish for #SuperSeptember
The third book in the Roma Sub Rosa Series. This book was slow, dense and unbelievably engaging! It was a look at Catilina‘s “revolt” against Cicero‘s government. It was a complex look at Roman politics, class politics and the evolution of Roman society.
The first in the High Society Lady Detective Series. This was a decent first book in the series. The characters need to be fleshed out a bit, but it moved quickly. The narrator did a great job.
First finish for #SuperSeptember
I am in for the monthly Readathon #SuperSeptember
Thanks for stepping in @EadieB while @Andrew65 is recovering.
I‘ll keep my goal easy this month (I am currently primary care giver to a recent complete knee replacement patient):
🔹Read 500 pages
🔹 Finish current audio book
🔹 Finish current print book
This was the prequel to the Ginger Gold series. Ginger is taking a trans-Atlantic voyage to England to settle her late father‘s estate aboard the SS Rosa. Alas first their is a theft and then a murder. Ginger assists the Scotland Yard inspector, who is onboard, in solving the mystery. A good start to a new series. There are hints about Ginger‘s activities in WWI (was she a spy???) and the beginnings of a friendship with the inspector.
Another great G. Heyer mystery. I enjoy the writing and the characters of Heyer‘s novels. They‘re like a comfy chair.
Overall I did fairly well on this #20in4. Hit three of my four goals:
✔️Read for 8 hours (actual time: 11h 32m)
✔️Finish my print book (see above quick review)
🔹Read 100 pages on next print book (alas I only got through about 15 pages ☹️)
I am 30 minutes away from a second audio finish, so I call it a success
Thanks for the tag @Eggs It‘s #Two4Tuesday on Friday ☺️
1. This was a really moving book about a hockey player. Derek was an enforcer and dealt with numerous injuries and concussions until his untimely death due to an overdose. It‘s hard to call this a favorite, but it‘s important. The NHL failed Derek (IMO) and I hope they have learned multiple lessons from his story.
2. Ice Hockey. I love the evolution of this sport…
My second finish for #deweysreversereadathon and #awesomeaugust. What can I say about Saga that hasn‘t already been said. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and intriguing all in one.
Another finish for #seriesread2021
The first of the Auntie Poldi series. I think this was a good start to the series. It took a bit to get used to the format... Auntie Poldi is telling her nephew the story, so although it is mostly being told in the third person, the nephew occasionally interrupts with a question or comment. All the characters quirks were just starting to show at the end of the book, so I‘m interested to see how they develop further.
@Andrew65 is hosting a nine day readathon #AwesomeAugust. Just set your goals and enjoy some reading time. See his page for full details.
My goals are:
🔹 650 pages
🔹 participate in Dewey‘s Reverse Readathon (Aug 6-7)
🔹 Finish my book spin book
🔹 Make a big dent in my audio (10 hours left)
So it kills me to give this a so-so, but I found the book very repetitive. When Suchet talked about his relationship with the Christie family and members of the Poirot production it was fascinating. When Suchet talked about paying homage to Poirot, the book was phenomenal. Unfortunately, that was only about 1/3 of the book. The rest was either press reviews or reiterations of items previously noted.
This was my third book for #14books14weeks2021
Welcome back @Andrew65 and thank you for jumping right back into hosting your fabulous readathons. This weekend is the #20in4 readathon. My goals for the weekend are:
🔹Get halfway thru my print book
Fairly simple goals, so hopefully I can accomplish them.
The second in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series and we meet Lucy‘s mother, Suzanne who gets herself into a pickle. Of course, Lucy is there to solve the mystery and save her socialite mother‘s reputation. A nice follow-up to the first book in the series. Lucy was a little more developed in this one, and we started to learn a little more of her backstory/home life. Looking forward to more in the series.
Another one for #SeriesRead2021
I am in for the #anywayyoureadthon. I have a simple goal of reading 150 pages of my current print book, a dense historical novel of Ancient Rome, Catilina‘s Riddle.
The third book in the Home Repair is Homicide series. A bad seed from the past has returned to town to stir up trouble. When he is found dead, everyone in town is a suspect. Yet it is Jacobia‘s ex Victor who is arrested, so Jacobia and Ellie set out to prove Victor‘s innocence.
Another good listen for this series. The narrator does such a wonderful job of making each character distinctive.
Another book for #seriesread2021
Thank for the tag @Eggs #WondrousWednesday
1. Data entry for a copier company‘s customer service department
2. Mr. Gross - HS Civics teacher. Taught me that visiting and learning about other cultures is the best form of education.
3. Nothing comes to mind.
Would love to hear your responses @Reggie @Librarybelle @wanderinglynn
My first finish for #20in4. Also, my first Mary Roach book. This was an interesting look at what happens to bodies after death. Although it could have been completely gruesome, Roach presented the information in a unique and sometimes humorous manner. I‘ll definitely try another of her books.
This is my 2nd book for #14books14weeks2021
My first finish for #JoysofJune. This is the first in the new Electra McDonnell series. Electra “Ellie” is working in the family business with her Uncle Mick when circumstances lead down a different path. Next thing Ellie knows she‘s helping the Government hunt down German spies in London. Set in WWII, this a wonderful start to a series. Thanks to @robinb for putting it on my radar.
Another read for #seriesread2021
@MidnightBookGirl posted about stacking readathons! I think that‘s a wonderful idea. I am joining #AnyWayYouReadathon (a day late). My goal is simple: to spend 15 minutes with the Non-fiction book and 15 minutes with the Classics book that I am currently reading each day.