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
Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs, Andrew Davidson

I loved these silly stories and the beautiful artwork. This really is a beautiful book and one I will be keeping in my library. I love the ribbon bookmark. Ransom Riggs is so creative and imaginative and I can´t wait to see what he writes next.

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Not enough shelves
Not enough shelves

Not enough shelves and need a bigger house.

Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs, Andrew Davidson

My book fast didn´t last very long.  I just can´t do it; I´m going crazy.  This book is short, kooky stories so should be okay, kinda like reading a cereal box right?  

 

The first story was pretty odd and funny (to me).  I really love the look of the book and the black ribbon bookmark.  It´s pet worthy for sure.

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My Halloween Bingo List

I´m starving myself of words until it starts so I won´t end up getting burned out in the middle of it.  I´m sick anyway so need to rest or working on my new project - diamond painting.  

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Bad Little Falls
Bad Little Falls - Paul Doiron
This is the best book in the series so far. The story kept me interested all the way through where the first two lost me in the middle a bit. The descriptions are very clear and I could picture myself there, tromping through the woods. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden and he has recently been transferred to a more remote area. He feels like he is being punished for the trouble he has gotten into recently. They can´t get rid of him though because he has good instincts and the best arrest record.
 
Right away he has a rough start when he comes home to find an animal carcass nailed to his front door. Things get even more exciting after he reluctantly goes to the local veterinarian´s home for dinner during a blizzard. He left to head home in the blowing snow only to be called right back by the vet. One of his neighbors had a man come to their door and he was nearly frozen and suffering from hypothermia. They wanted the vet to come see if he could help but he had drank too much during dinner and wanted Bowditch to drive him over there. They ended up learning that the man was not alone and there was someone else out there in a car. Mike goes out in search of the man and finally finds him dead. The dead man turns out to be a local drug dealer and he didn´t die from the cold, he was strangled. Mike is determined to find out what happened out there.
 
 

 

11 days!

With all the talk about Halloween Bingo I´m now unable to think of anything else to read.  I have to save my creepy/spooky/mysterious/murderous picks until September so now I´m having a really hard time coming up with chill books to read for the next 11 days.  

 

Review
4 Stars
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones: A Fremont Jones Mystery (Fremont Jones Mysteries) - Dianne Day

This story was creepy but not really scary. It did keep my interest though and when I wasn´t reading I was wondering about what would happen. I´m glad I finally read it since I´ve had this book on my to-be-read list for a really long time. Fremont Jones reminds me a lot of myself, strong-willed and different. I love that she left her home to support herself and decided not to be married. She wanted to be her own person without the limits of societies ideals. I can´t wait to see what happens as I read more of this series.

Halloween Bingo

 

I can´t wait to dig through my piles and see what I find for these  I am going to try to stick with books we already have in the house.  I mostly read mystery, which will work for some of these but for some, I´ll be looking into other family member´s books.  I did pick up a few Kindle books mentioned here that are by BL´s members but I am hoping to whittle down my stacks and not pick up too many new to me books.  I would welcome any suggestions though.  

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For "Darkest London" Square, how about trying an author on booklikes?
A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) - H.Y. Hanna

Currently free for kindle, how about this cozy mystery for Halloween BINGO 2017?  The "Darkest London" square wants "any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London."

 

Free or not, any other booklikes authors have books that would suit the BINGO squares?  

 

 

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Ghosts! Haunted Houses! Romantic Suspense! (Contemporary) Gothic!
The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

I am terrible at self promotion.  I feel queasy even doing this much.

 

But I'm screwing up my courage, because yes, this is my book and it fits a whole bunch of Halloween Bingo squares.  (And if I do say so myself, it's a fun read, with no graphic violence or sex.)  (And I never read the reviews!)

 

The Looking-Glass Portrait

 

When Thomasina Ryder inherits her grandmother's house, she expects to quickly arrange for the sale of the estate. She soon learns the disposal of her legacy will be a more complicated process than she expected. And nothing could complicate matters more than the return into Thomasina's life of a forbidden love from the past.

The further she delves into the secrets of that past, the more she is made aware of something sinister and hidden, never to be spoken of even in whispers. She begins to suspect this secret is connected to the silent forms she has seen moving in the old house, from the corner of her eye or in the distorted reflection of a mirror. Then, as her investigations bear fruit, the shadows in the mirrors become more threatening.

 

 

 

 

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I am the stack stalker
I am the stack stalker

I‘m The Stack Stalker

 

You got the Stack Stalker! You’re a master of the Dewey Decimal System and are proud to show off your collection of overlooked book bin treasures! Your friends know you love to read, but do they even know how much? Phew—that’s an awful lot of books on those shelves.

 

What type of reader are you?

 
Are you the type of reader who’s lost in the library stacks? Or would you rather be keeping up with your beloved authors on social media? Find out what type of reader you actually are and get a free sampler featuring popular best sellers and more recommended reading.
 
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Review
3.5 Stars
Emeralds In The Attic by Jan Fields
Emeralds In The Attic - Jan Fields

This cozy mystery was interesting and a quick read. I like that it didn't start the same as so many of the others. The group of women did go up to the attic looking for something but the mystery wasn't immediately found there. It still involved something that was found in the attic but it because of what happened later. I liked this author's writing style better than a lot of the others. The ending was rather uneventful but I still enjoyed the book.

Personal update

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.  

Review
3 Stars
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.  

Review
4 Stars
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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I need one of these!
I need one of these!
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