Obsession with words

I love to read and reading helps me to escape. I'm a book addict and currently fighting back the urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

Personal update

— feeling sick

I have been MIA lately for two very good reasons.  I have been so sick.  The plague went through my house and caught us all, even my very healthy son who never gets sick.  I, of course, got it worst since I take immunosuppressant drugs.  My husband has rebounded and is already out playing golf, healthy boy was only barely sick and just took a nap but my younger son is still sniffling and coughing.  I just keep trying to claw my way to the surface.  

 

The other reason is the keyboard in my laptop broke, with a little help from me.  First, there were just some keys that didn´t work or I had to really pound on to get to work.  I have replaced this keyboard before and it was pretty easy so I just did it again.  The problem is the connector part broke so several keys don´t work. It was all very frustrating.  Anyway, I decided to order a Spanish keyboard since I´m learning Spanish and want to be able to type the special characters without having to remember where everything is.  I got it last week and I´ve been learning how to use it.

 

I have some new books to read and I just got an email that I won another giveaway on goodreads so I am ready to get back into reading like usual.  The book I won must have been a giveaway I entered a while back since I haven´t been entering them lately.  I already have 2 to read and one audiobook.  Two of those are later in the series and I always have to start at the beginning and read the books in order.  I´m a little OCD about some things.  The book I just won is the 3rd in a series so I´ll start looking for the first one.  It is funny how the giveaways work.  I´ve seen people write that they have been entering them for years and never won anything.  I´ve only been entering for a few months.  I have to say my favorite author from the books I´ve won so far is Ann Cleeves. I had never heard of her before I won the giveaway for her book and now she is my new favorite author.  

 

Oh, I wanted to share my new treasure I found on ebay.  The picture is dark. I don´t know why the picture is sideways since it is upright on my computer.  Go figure.  Fixed it!  I also lightened it while I was resizing.  

The September Society - Charles Finch

I enjoyed this book but it was pretty slow paced for my liking. There were a few details that I figured out and knew what would happen eventually. There was also a lot of political discussions and talk about the clubs that seemed like filler to make the book longer. I lost interest in those parts. Otherwise, it was a good story and even though I knew some things in advance I didn't mind and actually looked forward to the time when it would happen. I'm just giving it 3 stars because of the stuff that didn't seem relevant to the story and made the book drag.  I did not mind the parts where he wants to ask Lady Gray to marry him but doesn't for so long because he is insecure.  I know some guys who are the same way so it seemed realistic to me.

 

Charles Lenox, amateur detective. receives a visitor one morning.  Lady Annabell is worried about her son who is missing.  She has already lost her husband and couldn't bear losing her son as well.  She told Lenox her story and when she told Lenox there was a dead cat in the middle of his room, stabbed with a letter opener, he decided to go at once. There he found several other things that seemed odd and one was a card that says "The September Society."  Lenox was sure that Lady Annabelle's son George had left him clues.

 

Throughout this story, Lenox is caught up in his thoughts about Lady Gray.  He wants to ask her to marry him but he is insecure and worried about ruining their friendship. When he sees a man coming from her home he starts to worry that he is too late and she has already chosen another man.  There are several times in the story when he sees her and wants to talk to her and ask her to marry him but the time never seems right and there are other people pulling her away.  

A Beautiful Blue Death - Charles Finch

This was a good cozy mystery. Charles Lenox doesn't have to work because of his status but he enjoys a good mystery. He is asked by a friend, Lady Gray, to look into the death of a young girl that had been one of her maids. The girl recently went to work at another house and three months later was found dead. The owner of the house was sure it was suicide but no one else believed it. Lenox decided to take on the case but the owner of the house and the police shut him out.  Lenox has to ask questions carefully since he wasn't officially working with the police on the case.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I need one of these!
I need one of these!
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Red Bones

Red Bones - Ann Cleeves
 

 
This was such an interesting mystery. Ann Cleeves continues to amaze me with her incredible writing. 
She weaves her tales in such a way that you can't be sure who the murderer is. It could be any of them or, was it really just an accident and a suicide?

Two young Archaeologists look for evidence of a merchant's house on an old woman's property on Whalsay. They thought they had found some red fragments of pottery as they dug but it turned out to be red bones. They were excited that they may have found the bones of the merchant but someone else on the Island was not as excited. The old woman was later found shot to death. It was presumed to be an accident but later there was another death. It looked like a suicide but didn't make sense. Perez realized he needed to learn more about the families that live on Whalsay and figure out what is going on before more people die.
 
 

 

Stranger than Fiction

So a dude with a hatchet killed a guy in a bar here.  I'm so glad I never go there.  

"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
― Erasmus"

Trespasser

Trespasser - Paul Doiron

I really liked this story but I'm only giving it 3 stars because it is so slow. I had to make myself finish it. Paul Doiron just writes differently than what I'm used to. The pacing is slower, a lot slower, which I think reflects the slower nature of this setting being more secluded and peaceful. I still plan to finish reading the rest of the series because I want to know what happens next with Mike Bowditch. I enjoy following the main characters in this small area and will be coming back for more. 

 

I did learn that Paul's last name is pronounced DWarren. I was curious and found a blog post explaining the reason for it. 

Funny

I think it's funny that whenever I think I need to take a break from reading I just end up reading something else. I read cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines, the internet, graffiti etc. I am always reading something. 

 

I'm stalling now that I'm reading Red Bones by Ann Cleeves. I love this series but I think I just need to read something else. I read the first book in a different series and now I'm thinking about going on to the second one but I feel guilty about not finishing the book that I was so eager to get in the mail. It isn't the book's fault either, I just marathoned the first two books and needed to change gears. 

 

The Poacher's Son

The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch is a young game warden and also the son of a poacher. He hadn't seen his dad for two years when he got a message from him on his answering machine. Later that day he learns that two men, one a police officer, were gunned down after a heated public meeting in the same area where his dad lives. Then, he gets word that his dad has been arrested and may be charged for the crime. He decides to put his job on the line and go help his dad. His dad is a brawler and has known his fair share of trouble with the law but Mike doesn't believe he would kill someone, especially a police officer.

 

This story is different than the books I usually read in that it is set in the forests of Maine. I was interested in the story but it is definitely slower paced than what I am used to. At one point it almost lost me but I ended up getting hooked into the story. I couldn't be sure which way the story would end. Afterward, I found myself thinking about different details still. I enjoyed the descriptions of the area and can imagine how peaceful it would be even though I've never been there. I think it was a nice change from the usual crime mystery and I'm going to get the next book in this series and see what happens next.

shush! I'm reading here.
shush! I'm reading here.

I'm so happy my books came today. I actually got 4 yesterday but the one I was really waiting for came today.  

The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure) - Clive Cussler

This was a good mystery with a cowboy type hero although he had no horse. He drove a fast car. I really enjoyed all of the historical details that were woven in with the story. This story has a western feel and is captivating even without cursing and graphic scenes. Once I got half way through the book there was no putting it down until the end. The "chase" scene made you feel like you were on board.

Don't Cry Now

Don't Cry Now - Joy Fielding

It was so hard for me to get into this book because the last couple books I read (different series/author) were so good and this one just wasn't the same level of writing. I've had this book sitting around for so long I was just determined to read it and pass it along. 

The story itself wasn't bad but the main character seemed to do a lot of dumb things. I found this especially irritating given that she is a teacher and supposedly a very good one who cares about her students. Many things that happened in the book were not very realistic to me - like the police looking through the dead woman's room with the supposed prime suspects there too and touching everything. There were parts later on in the book that I liked though. I'm glad I read it but it doesn't make me want to read more by this author.

Nattiness on page 259

Don't Cry Now - Joy Fielding

Natty....

 

Am I the only one who didn't know this word? I've never heard it before. I thought it rhymes with ratty so it must be bad but that didn't make sense with the context.  Natty makes me think of how my hair looks when I wake up in the morning after I've tossed and turned all night.

 

I asked my son when he passed through and he didn't know either. He looked it up.

 

adjective
informal
adjective: natty; comparative adjective: nattier; superlative adjective: nattiest
  1. (especially of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable.
    "a natty blue blazer and designer jeans"
    synonyms: smartstylishfashionabledapperdebonairdashing, spruced up, well dressedchiceleganttrimMore
     
    antonyms: scruffy

     

    P.s. I have to finish this book quickly.  The third book in the Shetland Island series by Ann Cleeves in coming soon to a mailbox near me. Once it gets here I won't be able to stick to this one.  

Knife Creek Audiobook
Knife Creek Audiobook

I am so thrilled!  I won this in a giveaway on Goodreads.  When I saw the giveaway I thought, "Wow, it would be great if I won that one." I got the email that I won the very next day.  I was planning to get the book even if I didn't win.  It is the 8th book in the series so I'm looking for the first book now.  I have to read them all!  

bwahahaha!

Reading progress: 81 out of 400 pages.

Don't Cry Now - Joy Fielding

After reading some really great books it is so hard to go back to reading not-so-great books. I'm stalking the mailman.