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!

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I've got things pretty heavily textured--there are multiple carpets on the floor, tapestries on the walls, a collection of knickknacks and oddities on every available surface, my staff and my sword cane in the corner, and several bulging bookshelves which I really will organize one day.
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

Page 89

 

Hey, me too.  Well, except for the staff and sword cane...  

Review
4 Stars
Open Season
Open Season - Archer Mayor

I've been sorting through my books again and reorganizing them and I found a book in this series.  I looked up the first book in the series, which is this one, and it was a lot better than I expected it to be.  I thought it was going to be one of those really corny books.  It was pretty good though and held my interest till the end.  

 

Joe Gunther is a police detective that is called to a crime scene where an elderly woman had blasted an intruder with a shotgun.  She explained that she had been getting threatening calls and messages left in her house.  She called the police but they didn't help.  Finally, the man killed her cat in a gruesome way and said the same was going to happen to her.  She got her dead husband's old shotgun and was ready when her backdoor opened.  After the police investigated the body and discovered his identity the old woman was shocked.  She knew the man from when they were on the same Jury.  Later, more crimes kept happening where someone from the same jury was set up to look like they did the crime and there was suddenly a lot of reports of a man in a ski mask causing trouble and always connected with that old case. Joe Gunther noticed the trend and started to look into the case where a woman was murdered and a black man had been found guilty of the crime even though he insisted he was innocent.  It looked like and open and shut case but when Joe started to look into it himself he realized it was too perfect.  When he started questioning the people involved he found a lot of things the police missed or didn't look into.  It was starting to look like the police locked up the wrong guy because they were in a hurry to close the case.  Gunther soon learned though, that the man in the ski mask wasn't doing this for the innocent man who was locked up.  He was after revenge.  He wanted the cops to find the real killer.

Review
4 Stars
The Smoke Jumper
The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans

I usually only read mysteries so I was not sure if I would like this book. I was worried it would be too much of a romance. It romance parts are small though. The book kept my interest throughout. It is a pretty good story.

 

Connor and Ed met while training to be smoke jumpers. Even though they were very different they became close friends. When Ed met Julia he was love struck and told Connor all about how she was "the one." Later, when Connor was picking them up at the airport and he saw Julia he couldn't stop staring at her. As they spent time together he found it harder and harder to keep his mind off of her. He knew he couldn't fall in love with his best friend's girlfriend but he was. What he didn't realize was she was feeling the same way, although, she did still love Ed and tried to contain her feelings. Later, when a fire sprang up where Julia was camping with a group of troubled kids in the WAY program, they were called to jump. A girl had wandered away in the night and Julia and another one of the counselors was trying to follow her tracks. The fire was out of control though and they found themselves in the middle of a deadly situation. Ed, Connor, and another jumper leave to try to find them while the other jumpers stay to help fight the fire and prevent it from spreading.

 

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There is a LOT more to this story and it isn't as flaky as it sounds in what I wrote.  I was having a hard time figuring out what to write without giving away too much.  

 

I also had the audio book, which was narrated by Luke Perry, and I was going to listen to that until I realize it was abridged.  It doesn't say anywhere on the package that it is abridged so I was angry.  I really didn't like Luke Perry's voice anyway,  He sounded like a 16 year old kid.  He talked in such low voice I couldn't hear with the volume full.  I ended up reading the book instead.

 

Review
4 Stars
Deadline
Deadline - Professor John H Dunning

This story got my attention very early on and kept it the whole way through. It was a good story. I really like the way it sounded like an old detective novel only it is about a journalist. Walker is just starting work at the Tribune in New York but before he gets there he happens to see a fire and hears people screaming at a small carnival. A circus tent was on fire, the fabric going up like paper. He went to help and a fireman asked for his help carrying a small body out on a stretcher. It was the body of a young girl and seeing her young form affected him deeply. Later, as the number of deaths increased, he kept tabs on the story and was surprised to learn that no one ever came to claim the young girl's body. He had been given another story to work on but he wasn't interested. He began trying to figure out the identity of that little girl who was eventually buried in a pauper's grave by the coroner. He knew there must be a big story there and there was. It was so big in fact, that finding out might cost his life.

Review
3 Stars
The Stolen Canvas
The Stolen Canvas - Marlene Chase

I had to fly to Anchorage Friday, which is only about a 50 minute flight, for a doctor appointment.  I was really achy so I decided to take this book to read since I knew it would be light reading.  I  guess no one else on here has read it since I had to add it to the system.  

 

This story was pretty slow and not as interesting as others in the series. Tara is at her mother's apartment to gather anything she wanted before they throw out her things. Her mother has passed away and Tara is sad because she never knew her. Her mother was always distant. She finds some letters from an elderly lady in Stony Point that had been writing to her mother. When her boyfriend sees the letters her gets an idea for a way to make some money. He is originally from Stony Point and he remembers that lady named Mrs. Holden in the fancy big house. He and his brother used to do odd jobs for her to earn money.  He decided Tara will go to the house and befriend the women so they can steal some of the cross stitches the woman was famous for that are now fetching a lot of money at auction.  Tara finds that Mrs. Holden has passed away and her granddaughter, Annie Dawson, is living in the house. Tara had agreed to go along with her boyfriends plan but when she meets Annie and the other ladies at the Hook & Needle club, she doesn't want to go through with it anymore. She really just wants to learn more about her mother and hopes someone there will be someone that remembers her.

 

Review
3 Stars
Murder on the Links
Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie, John Moffatt

This was an interesting story but Hastings really proved himself to be a huge boob.  I cannot believe he didn't get run out of the place.  It wasn't until near the end that I was sure who the murderer was.  Does Poirot really keep him around after this story?  I am sure he is in the whole series but why I don't know.  I also found it really irritating that they decided the murderer had to be a man because a woman couldn't have dug the shallow grave. 

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3 Stars
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

After reading Murder on the Orient Express last fall I decided to start at the beginning and read the whole series. I found this story pretty scattered and frustrating at times. Hastings seems to be really dumb. His sole purpose seems to be to have someone dumb for Poirot to explain things to. He would miss a jetliner that flew right over his head. He also falls for every pretty girl he sees and wants to marry them within the first five minutes.

 

The mystery itself was interesting and I suspected who was involved but wasn't quit sure how it would work out. There are a lot of things going on. I really hope this series gets better though.

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4 Stars
Miles to Go
Miles to Go - Richard Paul Evans

This book continues the story from The Walk.  

 

Alan Christoffersen is on a journey, a soul searching walk across the US.  He started in Seattle after he lost everything.  His wife died, his partner stole his business, and his cars and home were repossessed.  He was thinking about giving up and ending it all but something stopped him.  Instead, he grabbed a map and figured out the farthest he could walk on land and set his sites on Key West Florida.  At the end of The Walk he was attacked by a gang and serious injured.  He ended up staying with a woman who he had helped on his walk.  He fixed her tire and she gave him her card.  He forgot all about it but when he was taken to the hospital that number was the only contact info on him.  She came to help and offered him a place to stay while he healed.  While he was there he realized he wasn't there for her to help him.  She needed help herself.  

 

After Alan was healed enough to return to his walk he saw young woman being attacked by a group of men.  He helped her and she began to walk with him.  After she finally talked about her situation his heart really went out to her.  She was an abused child put in the foster system.  She was nearly 18 and since she knew she was going to be on her own soon anyway, she ran away and was living on the streets.  She was a great girl and didn't deserve her situation.  Alan really wanted to help her.  

 

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This is a great soul-searching story for both the character and the reader.  I found several little gems to add to my quote book.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and continuing the journey along with Alan.  

 

 

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For there are moments in all our lives, great and small, that we must trudge alone our forlorn roads into infinite wilderness, to endure our midnight hours of pain and sorrow--- the Gethsemane moments, when we are on our knees or backs, crying out to a universe that seems to have abandoned us. These are the greatest of moments, where we show our souls. They are our "finest hours." That these moments are given to us is neither accidental not cruel. Without great mountains we cannot reach great heights. And we were born to reach great heights.
Miles to Go - Richard Paul Evans

Page 317 (the last page)

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The sun will rise again. The only uncertainty is whether or not we will rise to greet it.
Alan Christensen's diary
Miles to Go - Richard Paul Evans

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Review
4 Stars
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Wow, there was so much about Maya Angelou that I didn't know! She is an amazing woman and lived such a crazy life. I really don't know how she managed to deal with all she did but I suppose she didn't have much choice in the matter. 

Born Marguerite Johnson, she and her brother Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother when their parents split up. At 3 and 4 years old, they were sent unaccompanied on a train from Long Beach, California to Stamps, Arkansas. Their tickets were pinned inside her brothers jacket with a note that said, "To whom it may concern..." Their grandmother was the only black woman in the small town to own her own store and she took them in and made sure they were fed and clothed. After several years in Stamps their father came for them and took them to live with their mother. Life there was much different and had its own challenges. Life was only just beginning for Maya and it wasn't going to be an easy road. After many trials and tribulations she learned to stand tall, own her actions, and just be herself.

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On our way home one evening, Miss Glory told me that Mrs. Cullinan couldn’t have children. She said that she was too delicate-boned. It was hard to imagine bones at all under those layers of fat. Miss Glory went on to say that the doctor had taken out all her lady organs. I reasoned that a pig’s organs included the lungs, heart and liver, so if Mrs. Cullinan was walking around without those essentials, it explained why she drank alcohol out of unmarked bottles. She was keeping herself embalmed.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Chapter 16, page 89

Used book order fail/updated

I did get a response from them and a refund.  I feel better now.

 

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it is appreciated.

I do apologize for this order being damaged.

I have just submitted a full refund.

Please do not return this order.

We also apologize for the error on our part and for the inconvenience.

If you require any further assistance, please let us know.

Thank you,

 

I buy a lot of books used on Amazon and I have never had such a bad experience!  I have been waiting for it for what seems like forever.  I always buy them listed as "Good" so I can read them and post them on paperbackswap.com.  This book was listed as "Condition: Used - Good - All pages and cover are intact. Spine and/or cover may show signs of wear. Some creasing is on the cover. ~ Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and communities through the power of work.

 

I just sent this message.

 

Here is a copy of the e-mail that you sent to goodwill_grand_rapids.

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I'm very disappointed in the book I received today.  I would not have ordered from you if I had known I'd receive a book with a broken spine.  At the front and back the pages have broken away from the spine and I can see into the binding.  I don't mind shelf wear or creases etc but this book is wanting to fall apart in my hands.  Also, the very thin package it was mailed in was too small and split so it wasn't even completely covered during shipping.  I don't want to have to send this back to you.  It is garbage.  I'd rather give you bad feedback.  This book isn't even "Acceptable" and it was listed as "good."  This book is trash and should never have been listed for sale.

 

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I'm reading those Annie's Attic Mysteries and since I'm not good at waiting for them to come up on pbs I order them used and then share them with friends on pbs.  I always have people lined up to get the book after me so I never order the ones listed acceptable or that say they might have underlining or highlighting etc.  The cost wasn't much and would have paid more to get a decent book.  I'm so annoyed right now and I hope they fix this and don't expect me to mail this pos back.  If they do I'd be happy to also send them the package they had this book crammed into also.  You can see where the one side split open.

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4 Stars
Nighttime is My Time
Nighttime Is My Time - Mary Higgins Clark

I was having a bad day yesterday and pretty much did nothing after I got out of bed but sit on the couch.  I started this book but couldn't concentrate on reading so I got the audio book.  I got out my knitting and tried to relax.  It was my husband's birthday so we had planned to go to a movie and dinner.  I wished I could have an out-of-body experience because inside my body was not a good one.  Too bad I can't move out.  

 

Anyway, I was enjoying the book and I could tell because I wasn't getting much knitting done.  I kept finding myself holding my knitting needles paused in front of me while I stared into space, listening.  I finished it the same day I started it.  

 

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Jean doesn't want to go to her 20 year school reunion where she was to be honored but once they decided to have a memorial for her friend that passed away she couldn't skip it.  She had planned to go with her friend when she died in an accident.  There are a lot of memories there and she hated to bring them all back to the surface.  Several of her classmates had died in accidents and one committed suicide.  She also visited the mother of a classmate who had been stabbed in her bed 20 years before.  The first day there she was accosted by a pushy teen reporter doing interviews for the school paper and he asked her to look at list of names.  She was started to learn that 5 of the girls she used to share a table with during school lunches had died over the past 20 years and there were only 2 of them left.  She was shocked when the reported asked if she thought it was odd that they had died in the order they sat at the table.  Laura, the next one in the lineup disappears and the other's get worried.  She hasn't checked out of her room but it isn't the first time she changed her plans and took off.  The other's don't know what to think.

 

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I was really surprised to see so many bad reviews for this book since I loved it.  To each his own I guess.  

 

 

Books and Stuff (updated)

I am officially caught up.  Yeah!

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So I was absent for a while.  I was feeling bad and didn´t get much reading done so I got behind for my yearly reading goal.  Now I´m trying to catch up by reading some of the shorter books on my shelves. 

 

I´m really trying to read the books I have this year and not bring in as many new ones.  I want to get some of my homeless books shelved.  I have a goal this year to read 80 books which is 5 more than I read last year.  I also have a goal to read at least 40 books that I already had at the end of last year and then donate, swap, or let them RIP if necessary.  So far I´ve read 13 books that are leaving or have been given notice. I have this posted in a forum post on PaperbackSwap but I keep forgetting to update it so I´m going to add it here. I´ll update this post throughout the year.... hopefully.

 

Ebooks/Audiobooks

 

  1. The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  3. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  4. The Big Killing by Annette Meyers
  5. What Janie Found by Caroline B Cooney
  6. The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

Keepers:

  1. Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers
  2. Whisper From the Woods by Victoria Wirth 
  3. Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) (I have two copies of this book.  I just bought a copy thinking I didn't have it.  I'm keeping the one I already had and swapping the one I just bought that is new.  

 

My 40 books to leave home (books already owned before 1/1/18)

  1. What Matters Most by Cynthia Victor (retired)
  2. The Wedding Dress by Mary O´Donnell (mailed out)
  3. Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble (mailed out)
  4. All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin (mailed out)
  5. Weep No More, My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark (HB) (donated)
  6. The Lottery Winner by Mary Higgins Clark (pending)
  7. 1st to die by James Patterson (pending)
  8. The Last Leopard by Lauren St. James (pending - pbs bookshelf)
  9. The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, Bk 3) by Caroline B. Cooney (pending)
  10. A Darker Place (aka The Birth of a New Moon) by Laurie R. King (pending)
  11. The Shoe Box: A Christmas Story by Francine Rivers (mailed out)
  12. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (mailed out)
  13. Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves (mailed out)
  14. The Valise in the Attic by Jan Fields (mailed out)
  15. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (pending)
  16. Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson (pending)
  17. The Unfinished Sonata by K.D. McCrite (mailed out)
  18. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (pending)
  19. Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels (pending)
  20. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (pending)
  21. Be Buried In The Rain by Barbara Michaels (pending)
  22. The Shack by William Paul Young (pending)
  23. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler (pending)
  24. Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark (pending)

 

Read Books received this year

  1. Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) (I have two copies of this book. I just bought a copy thinking I didn't have it. I'm keeping the one I already had and swapping the one I just bought that is new. (pending)
  2. Someone in the House (Greyhaven #2) by Barbara Michaels (pending)

Leaving but doesn't count because DNR

  1. Blood on the Street by Annette Meyers (Read the first book in the series (ebook version) and it sucked so tossing this book which is 4th in the series).... well might donate to some unfortunate soul or place.

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Someone in the House
Someone in the House - Barbara Michaels

I liked this book but I think it's crazy that someone moved a huge mansion including the dead people buried under it to Pennsylvania. Why would you want dead people buried there that are not your ancestors? Why would you go through the trouble? I liked the build up of the story with them having 4 different ideas of what was going on but I felt like the ending was a little deflating. I was hoping for something more but I do kind of like the ending but wish there were something more and that it wasn't so sudden and brief. I would love to wander around in a big, old place like that and examine every part of it. I love the idea of researching the other owners and learning their stories. This book was definitely better than Black Rainbow.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Donna has read 1 book toward her goal of 80 books.
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2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Donna has completed her goal of reading 40 books in 2017!
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