Obsession with words

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!

Reading progress and fishy story
Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert

I just can´t get into this.  I guess it just isn´t my cup of tea.  I need something more real and less silly.  I´m almost finished and I just don´t care who did it.  They could all die and I´ll be totally okay with that.

 

On a more interesting note.... one of my Emerald Barbs (fish) found a little rubber band and is running around with it in his mouth while the other members of the clan (there are 6 total) chase him to try to get it from him.  Sometimes he drops it and another one gets it before it hits the ground but the bully always ends up getting it back.  I wish I could get a good picture or video but it is dark and the pictures are coming out blurry with bad light reflections and stuff.  If they do it again during the day time I´ll try to get a video.  That usually works better than a picture through the glass.

Email notifications?

So, I noticed I no longer get email notifications for likes or comments on posts.  I checked my settings and I should be getting them.  I checked my spam filter and nope, they are not going there.  Does anyone know what is going on?  I was starting to feel abandoned until I looked and noticed I was still getting likes and comment notifications on the site.  

Quote
Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert
If I´d known how the week was going to turn out I would have sent it back first thing Monday and asked for a refund.
Halloween Bingo

Skulls - Called

Pumpkins- Read

Currently reading: Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert for Cozy Mystery

 

 

I´m still sick but at least I´ve been able to read for the most part.  

Review
4 Stars
Massacre Pond
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch gets a call from a friend who is working for a wealthy woman manning the gates of her property. She bought up a large amount of land in Maine, kicked out the people living on leased land, banned hunting and wood cutting and put up gates to keep vehicles out. She wants to turn it into a wild life refuge. The people who live in the area and make their living at the mill or feed their families by hunting don´t like her and she has been getting threatening letters and calls. Mike arrives to see what his friend is so upset about and is confronted with seven dead moose on the property, slaughtered and left to rot. Mike´s superiors try to freeze him out of the investigation to get back at him for not following orders in the past. He showed them up and solved the previous case and made them look bad. He decided to follow orders this time and try to stay out of trouble. Things get worse though and more dead moose are spotted from the air. The woman´s daughter calls him scared to death because a truck is chasing her. The violence is escalating and people want this case solved. At the same time Mike is dealing with a difficult family problem and starts thinking about quitting his job as a game warden. 

This was a great book and Paul Doiron seems to be getting better with each book. When I wasn´t reading this book I was thinking about it.

I've read 160 out of 320 pages.
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron

Moose murder is moosterous.

 

This is my backup book that I started while I was waiting for Halloween Bingo to start.

Review
2 Stars
The Thin Man
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Um, I´m thinking my liver is pickled after reading this book.  They all drank so much.  If they took out every mention of getting a drink they wouldn´t have enough pages left to make a book.  

 

Anyway, I found this book kinda dull, that family was so crazy and I figured out what was up with the ¨thin man¨ too early.  blah.  I need a drink.

Review
3 Stars
In the Woods
In the Woods - Tana French

This book was really long and left me feeling cheated. It is difficult to explain why without spoilers and I don´t want to do that. I was really drawn in by the initial story about the three kids that went into the woods and only one was ever found. I was intrigued by the potential for the new case to be related to the old one. I found myself wondering how anyone, especially a murder detective, could be so dumb, moody, and odd. I stayed up all night to finish the book only to be annoyed with the ending.  Will I read more in the series?  I´m still on the fence about that.  Maybe I´ll try one more, after I´ve forgiven the author......if I do.

Review
4 Stars
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

I enjoyed this little story.  It took me two whole days to read it because the med the doctor gave me knocks me out cold every time I take it - twice a day.  If not for that I would have finished it much faster as it is pretty short.  

 

This story made me think of a game of clue.  The difference being they were on a train oddly full despite the slow time of year.  The train was stopped because of a snow drift and no one could have left the train.  When Mr. Ratchett is found stabbed to death in his berth Poirot is asked to take on the case and he begins to interview each passenger.  So whodunit?  I was unsure right up to the end.  I was thinking it had to be someone that was staff on the train (cook? Waitstaff? Someone under the bed or in the closet/secret cubbie hole etc, miscellaneous clown)  or I was sure it was going to be the doctor since he was small and dark etc.  I was wrong.  Pretty good book.

 

 

Quote
If you will forgive me for being personal--I do not like your face, Mr. Ratchett.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Reading has been slow going for me since the antibiotic they put me on keeps knocking me out cold.  I thought this was pretty funny.  This is my first Agatha Christie book and I am loving this guy Poirot.

Halloween Bingo Update

 

Next I´m reading Murder on the Orient Express by: Agatha Christie for Locked Room Mystery

Review
5 Stars
Rose Madder
Rose Madder - Stephen King

I´m really Rosie

And I´m Rosie Real

You better believe me

Because I´m a great big deal.

-Maurice Sendak

 

This is the first Stephen King book I´ve read. I don´t usually read horror and tend to only read realistic fiction. I told my husband about Halloween Bingo and asked him to recommend some of his books for a few squares - something not to scary for Me.  He knows me very well.  He recommended this book for Genre: Horror.  I was skeptical but I´m very glad I did read it. This story is amazing and I tore through it quickly. Stephen King took an idea that is very real for a lot of people, being trapped in an abusive relationship, and he crafted that idea into a freaky story that you don´t just read but absorb. It isn´t just a story, it is something to mentally chew on. It is full of symbolism and interesting little connections. It does have a lot of bad language so this book isn´t for everyone. 

The story is told from two different points of view, Rosie´s and Norman. As the book goes on he becomes obsessed with finding her and slips more and more away from reality, becoming a murderous monster.

The story starts with Rosie sitting on the floor in the corner of their living room losing her baby. Her abusive husband (understatement of the year) has beaten her, punching her in the stomach several times. He calls 911 but then he moves her to the bottom of the stairs and tells her what to say when they arrive. If she doesn´t say what she is supposed to he will kill her. She does not doubt that for a minute either. She can´t tell anyone what really happened anyway because they wouldn´t believe her. Her husband is a cop and cops back each other up. He´s part of a brotherhood and he´s a detective.  Finding people is what he does.

 

Rosie stays with him several more years until one day she notices a single drop of blood on the sheet by her pillow. He punched her in the nose the night before and although she thought the bleeding had stopped that one drop had seeped out during the night. She had gone numb and was just living from moment to moment but this single drop of blood was pulling her back. She finally got the nerve up to run out the door. She takes his ATM card and uses it to get some money to help her get away. She is terrified because she knows he will come for her and he will kill her. 

Halloween Bingo

Skulls: Called

Jack ´o lanterns: Called & Read

 

 

I wish my little 3D things wouldn´t move when I saved the file!   Now I just have to decide what to read next.  

Review
5 Stars
The Looking Ghost Portrait
The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

Wow, this story was amazing. I have spent a lot more money on books that were no where near as good. I´m so impressed! I will definitely be reading any future books by Linda Hilton. The story was so well thought out and every part was carefully crafted right down to the perfect ending. It had many different facets to keep things interesting. There were the ghosts, the physical repeat intruder and saboteur who could some how get in when the house was locked up tight, the forbidden love story, small town drama and family secrets. Combine those elements with the detective work that went into figuring out the details and I was hooked. This book also got me wanting to get back to my own family research although it can´t be nearly as exciting. I´d love to find a few ghostly ancestors.

 

After I started reading this I got really sick for a few days and couldn´t see to read.  I was going crazy wanting to finish the story.  I would have paid someone to it out loud to me so I could the rest of the story.  I finally remembered I could turn on the odd voice thing on my kindle and was able to finish the book that way.  Audio books are SO much better than digital voices.  I hope I get better fast so I can read more and faster.

 

So now I get my ghost square!

Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

Between hanging out with my husband for the weekend of our Anniversary and excessive sleeping because of being sick I haven´t gotten much reading done.  I am enjoying the book I am reading through.  I love ghost stories!  Linda Hilton is a pretty good writer!

 

Image
Bingo Card update
Bingo Card update
The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

 Time to read a ghosty book.

 

 

currently reading

Progress: 185/320pages