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!

Review
4 Stars
The Color of Magic
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

 

 

Lets see now.....how do I review this book?  It is certainly special.... and humorous in a strange sort of way.  There´s a lot of adventure and you should be sure to strap on some protective gear.  Oh, and be ready for a test at the end.  You will be expected to remember how to spell all the names of people, places and things (okay, just kidding.  There´s a Wiki for that.)  

 

I will tell you a little I suppose.  This is the first book in the Disc World series and one of only 8 books to be divided into sections or chapters.  

 

A strange tourist sets off on an adventure to see new things and experience adventure. He has lots of gold but he doesn´t have to pay anyone to carry his luggage since it has it´s own feet.  He becomes acquainted with a wizard, a lousy wizard but he´s not a bad guide.  Together they see some amazing sights and may or may not live to tell about it.   

 

p.s. I used this book to complete square 13

 

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¨What is your name?¨ he said, as reassuringly as he could manage.....
¨My name is immaterial,¨ she said...
¨That´s a pretty name,¨ said Rincewind.

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The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (It wouldn´t let me add a book for some reason)
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It was more distant than average, because directly under the stricken keel was the Gorunna Trench--a chasm in the Disc´s surface that was so black, so deep and so reputedly evil that even the krakens went there fearfully, and in pairs.

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

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It had to be Death. No one else went around with empty eye sockets and, of course, the scythe over one shoulder was another clue.

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett  Death is very funny.  

16 festive tasks
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Okay, I´m going to give this a try and I´ll update this post later.  

 

 

 

 

The Reading Tasks: Read a book that has a primarily black and white or gray cover, or one that has all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover.

 

For this I am going to read Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs  

 

 

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And after that I'll get a job juggling snowballs through hell, he added bitterly in the privacy of his own skull.

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

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¨You don´t understand at all,¨ said the wizard wearily. ¨I'm so scared of you my spine has turned to jelly, It´s just that I´m suffering from an overdose of terror right now. I mean, when I've got over that then I´ll have time to be decently frightened of you.¨

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The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

Halloween Bingo update bazillion and one

Another Bingo! First row top to bottom.  I think that is my 5th.

 

I feel like I´m burning out on reading now.  I need to take a break..... or read something else.  I think I need to read something about tea parties or teddy bears now.  

 

Review
3 Stars
Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

Two men randomly meet on a train. They are both fighting boredom and somehow Charles is very easy to talk to. Guy Haines ends up telling him all about his wife who cheated on him and is pregnant with another man´s child. With a little prodding from Charlie, Guy admits that he hates his wife. Charlie tells him he hates his father and begins to tell Guy about his plan for the perfect murder. His idea is that they kill for each other and no one would suspect either of them because they had no reason to kill people they didn´t know. Guy is horrified and quickly leaves thinking Charlie is just drunk. He was serious though as Guy finds out when he gets the call that his wife has been murdered. Charlie starts to call him and Guy realizes why.... Charlie wants him to finish the plan he had dreamed up.

 

When I first started reading this book I was intrigued by the story but not even half way I started to lose interest. The whole thing seemed so improbable. The more it went on the more outlandish it seemed. I made myself finish it to know how it ended but I found the discussion of murder in the first person very disturbing. Not my thing I guess.

 

 

Guy was not really much of a character.  He seemed like the perfect man in one sense with a great career but he had no backbone.  It seemed unreal that he had letters in his hand that would prove the other guy planned the murder of his own father and expected him to carry it out but he burned them.  Most of the time he acts like he hates Charlie but then he tells the police that he likes him and they are friends.  Oh, and even though Charlie gives him a gun to use he uses his own gun and then doesn´t want to throw it away.  How could this guy have made it through school to be an architect? Charlie, on the other hand is a spoiled rich kid that never grew up and always drunk.  I don´t understand how he is expected to come up with these clever plans to commit crimes and murder but then afterwards is so dumb to start wanting to spend time with the other guy.  

 

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!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
2.5 Stars
The Fleet Street Murders
The Fleet Street Murders - Charles Finch

I´m giving this book 2.5 stars because it isn´t so bad if you don´t expect it to be very accurate to the time or real life in general. It also finishes up a mystery started in the first book. I decided it was a nice place to stop reading the series since there isn´t anything left dangling that will leave me wondering. 

In this book Lenox is interested in a double murder he read about in the papers. Two journalists were killed within 5 minutes of each other. When they arrest a man Lenox is certain they have arrested the wrong man but he can´t look into it seriously because he is suddenly whisked off to Stirrington to campaign for a seat for Parliament. He was planning to run after the current seat holder retired but when he suddenly passes away Lenox only has a few weeks to campaign. A lot is going on in London and he yearns to be back but he has to do his best to convince the people of Stirrington that he would look out for their bests interests.

 

At some point while reading the last couple books I started picturing Lenox in my mind as Mr. Magoo and I can just picture him bumbling around with his eyes clamped shut but somehow figuring out everything.

 

 

The part about him campaigning was really boring and lost my interest.  Then, when it is over and.... 

Lenox lost he heads home to look into the murders.  The police chief had been shot and killed and Lenox wants to figure out who killed him and if or how that is connected to the other murders.  I find it odd that while this police chief was considered a blundering idiot in the other book he is suddenly a good and respected man.  So Lenox finally figures out that the man (well respected and wealthy George Barnard) from the first book where his maid was killed is the one responsible for killing the police chief but can´t quite figure out how that relates to the other murders.  Lenox goes to bed mulling over everything he has learned and his big brain finally puts the pieces in place and he wakes up knowing all the answers.  He suddenly knows that this dude is going to clean out the mint that night and Lenox has to stop him.  So he jumps up and gets dressed and goes to break into the mint himself.  I especially love the part where he is wondering if he would have to break the window in the door to get in but realizes the lock is old fashioned as easy to pick.  FACEPALM  It´s the freaking MINT!  Inside there is only one crooked guard and he is helping the other dude robe the place.  Bad dude could have just called the police and said Lenox was robbing the mint since he broke in but no........  the police come and they chase down the robbers and arrest the guy and all is well in London again.

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Help me with my project please

I want to learn more about Colonial American to help with my genealogy research. I didn't learn much about this in school (or didn't retain anything) other than the bit about Paul Revere. I went to a small private Christian school so the emphasis was on religion and compared to what my children learned in public school there is a lot I missed and in some instances what I was taught is not the same as what they learned. I´m looking for nonfiction or historical fiction without too much romance. The heaving and sighing kills me but I can handle a little bit of romance if it is worth it. Any mysteries would be a bonus as that´s my thing. I am especially interested in books about settlers to the North Carolina, GA, and Alabama area since that is where my family immigrated from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Some of my family were Quakers fleeing religious persecution in Ireland and England.  I wouldn't mind some books about things on the other side of the pond.  I made a list and would love for anyone to help by adding any books you know of that might be helpful. Don´t worry too much about me not liking them. I don´t mind checking them out to see.  

 

Colonial America booklikes list

 

Thanks in advance,

Donna J.

Review
4.5 Stars
House of Many Shadows
House of Many Shadows - Barbara Michaels

I loved this book. I wish I had read it sooner. I've had it on my shelf for a long time. It has the elements I love the most in a mystery. A crime or tragic event that happened in the past and people in the present trying to figure it out.

 

A young woman, Meg, was in an accident and sustained a head injury. She begins to see and hear hallucinations and the doctor recommended she take some time off and rest. He is sure the hallucinations will go away with time. Her cousin Sophia who is well off sets her up in one of her properties in the country for 6 months so she can rest. It is an old Gothic Victorian house full of antique furniture. Sophia gives meg the task of making an itemized list of the furniture in the attic and deciding which to furnish the rooms with and the caretaker for the house would move things and help with repairs as needed. Sophia said she wants to donate the house for a historical museum and expects Meg to help for payment for her stay. When Meg arrives she is surprised to learn that the caretaker is her cousin Sophia´s stepson who used to tease her and play evil pranks on her when she was younger. Later, when Meg sees one of the hallucinations she is shocked when he reveals that it wasn't just her. He saw it too.

 

 

This makes my 4th Bingo. Both sides of the X, 4 corners and the 4th row across.

 

Halloween Bingo update

Updated update: I have been enlightened.  Apparently, I already have 3 bingos and the 4 corners plus the center square is a bingo.  Now I just have to read my choice for the Gothic square and I´ll have a 4th bingo.  

 

My reading slowed down a lot lately since I´ve been in a lot of pain.  I´m still waiting for the Humira to kick in and relieve my pain from PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis).  Of course, it doesn´t help that the last book I read wasn´t that interesting.  My husband also put together a closet organizer for me and I´ve been sorting out my closet.  I´m glad I finally finished this book so I can read something more exciting.  I also completed the X and got my 2nd bingo!  YAY!

 

Spiders: Called

Skulls: Read

 

 

Calls / Book

Ghosts / The Looking Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton

Cozy Mystery / Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert

In the dark, dark Woods / In the Woods by Tara French

Genre: Horror / Rose Madder by Stephen King

Locked Room Mystery / Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder Most Foul / Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Witches / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Werewolves / Souless by Gail Carriger

Modern Masters of Horror / XXX

Terrifying Women / Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels

Diverse Voices / A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

Haunted Houses / The House Next Door by Ann Rivers Siddens

Raven Square / The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Serial/Spree Killer / Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Terror in a small town / The breaker by Minnette Walters

Aliens / XXX

Darkest London / A Scone to Die for by H Y Hanna 

Gothic / House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

80´s Horror / XXX

Classic Noir / Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith

Chilling Children / XXX

Magical Realism / The Watchmaker´s Daughter

Romantic Suspense / Don´t Tell by Karen Rose

Vampires / Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Country Cottage Mystery / The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Amateur Sleuth / The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

Review
3 Stars
The Breaker
The Breaker - Minette Walters

Two young brothers spotted a naked woman laying on the beach. They were spying on her with binoculars when they accidentally dropped them down the side of the cliff. The woman didn´t move and they realized something was wrong. She wasn´t just sun bathing, she was dead. They ran to find help and found a man who called the police. The police discovered the woman had been raped and drowned. They start questioning everyone that was there to try to identify the woman and also find her killer. Later, at a nearby marina, a blond toddler was found wandering around alone. An older couple brings her to the police and they begin trying to find her parents. They put a picture of the little girl on the news in hopes that someone will recognize her and someone does. An older woman is sure that little girl is her grand-daughter and phones her son. He doesn´t really think it could be his daughter because she would be so far from home but when his wife doesn´t answer his calls he starts to worry.

 

I had a hard time getting into this book. After the body is found and the investigation begins it started to drag for me.  

Another Halloween Bingo update

I´m working towards my 2nd bingo.  I´ll be reading The Breaker by Minette Walters next for the Terror in a small town square.  That will complete the X on my card.  

 

P.s. My noggin is feeling better.  

 

Spiders: Called

Skulls: Read

 

 

Calls / Book

Ghosts / The Looking Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton

Cozy Mystery / Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert

In the dark, dark Woods / In the Woods by Tara French

Genre: Horror / Rose Madder by Stephen King

Locked Room Mystery / Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder Most Foul / Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Witches / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Werewolves / Souless by Gail Carriger

Modern Masters of Horror / XXX

Terrifying Women / Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels

Diverse Voices / A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

Haunted Houses / The House Next Door by Ann Rivers Siddens

Raven Square / The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Serial/Spree Killer / Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Terror in a small town / The breaker by Minnette Walters (reading now)

Aliens / XXX

Darkest London / A Scone to Die for by H Y Hanna 

Gothic / House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels

80´s Horror / XXX

Classic Noir / Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith

Chilling Children / XXX

Magical Realism / The Watchmaker´s Daughter

Romantic Suspense / Don´t Tell by Karen Rose

 

A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) (Volume 1) - H.Y. Hanna

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be one of those silly, eye-roll worthy books but it was pretty good. I prefer more serious, intense mysteries over the cozies. The thing with the mom not remembering her iPad password so often was over-exaggerated but it was still funny because I have one of those parents. So there are definitely some funny moments that made me chuckle or groan with understanding. I´m also not a big fan of mystery books that involve cats but this wasn´t so bad. The cat was just a cat with good timing but I do want to know where miss cat was hiding.

 

Gemma had a great job and was making great money but she wasn´t happy with her life. She decides to move back home to England and open a tearoom. She loves it and business is good until she comes to open the tearoom one morning and finds a man in the courtyard dead. It appeared he had choked on a scone. The news ended up being very bad for business and she realized she needed to do some investigating on her own or her business would be dead too.

 

I loved the Glossary at the end.  I wish I had known it was there as I was reading.  That will also come in handy when watching BBC TV.  I also love books with recipes and can´t wait to try the scone recipe.  I will definitely be reading more books in this series.  This book makes up for the last cozy I thought was going to be good but wasn´t.