20 Books of Summer Final

20 books

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20 Books of Summer TBR

  • Tomorrow When the War Began- John Marsden
    Loved it.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them J.K. Rowling- just like the movie, very quick read
  • Beach Town– Mary Kay Andrews DNF This is the only Mary Kay Andrews book I didn’t finish. I could not get into it.
  • Weeki Wachee Springs- Maryan and Dan Pelland Great bit of Florida roadside fun.
  • Wandering Island– Kenji Tsuruta
    Fun little book. Especially after I got the hang of reading the blocks in the correct order.
  • Must Love Chainmail– Angela Quarles
    not my ususal genre to read but I enjoyed the timetravel aspect and the characters. fun read
  • The Elfstones of Shannara– Terry Brooks
  • A Study in Charlotte– Brittany Cavallaro
    surprisingly fast paced but felt a bit excessive like an 80s teen movie.
  • Wicked Mobile – Brendan Kirby
  • The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
    Loved it. Totally different than the movie.
  • The Shores of Spain– J. Kathleen Cheney Great book. It was not what I expected. I flet like it centered more on other characters and not the original pair.
  • Illuminae– Kaufman & Kristoff
    this was an interesting book with an unusual format
  • Unsympathetic Magic– Laura Resnick
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill– G.K. Chesterton
    DNF my e-copy was badly formatted, making it annoying to read
  • This old Homicide– Kate Carlisle
  • Fixin to Die– Tonya Kappes
    fun southern mystery
  • Bitter Harvest– Wendy Tyson
    entertaining but not sure I will continue the series
  • Counterfeit Conspiracies– Ritter Ames I loved this. Funny and action packed.
  • Macdeath– Cindy Brown
  • Glistens– Chess Desalls fun, short fantasy read

Books I also read:

  • See by Lee Ann Ward
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • Chasing Space by Leland Melvin
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

What are you reading Monday?

It’s Monday! For good or ill the new week is here. Which means it is time for…


Besure to check out the Book Date blog!

Last week I read…

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I finished 3 books. The first was Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. It was chosen by he cover. I’m a sucker for pumpkins. We tried growing them once. They about took over the yard. Much like watermelons! It was entertaining but i did’t enjoy it enough to read furthur in the series. The writing & story were fine, it just wasn’t for me.Wandering Island

I also finished Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother- Daughter Reading Challenge. The size is misleading because it is mostly pictured 😉 I enjoyed it. The drawings were great. It did suffer from too much skin showing, but I’m not he target audience. I was a bit miffed at the cliffhander ending– but no enough that i don’t look for book 2.

Weeki Wachee Springs (Images of America: Florida)The last book I read was one I picked up on vacation, also heavy on pictures. Weeki Wachi Springs by Maryan Pelland. A visual read through the history of the vintage mermaid park. I loved it. The photos and stories behind them were very entertaining.



What I’m reading now…

I have plenty of reading time at the moment. I’ve started 2 books. One is a librbay book and the other is a new release i bought on my kindle. I haven’t read enough of either to have an opinion so i will leave the blurb from goodreads.

SeeSee by Lee Ann Ward

Carlie Henson is pretty, popular, and an All-American girl. She has a gorgeous boyfriend and a mother who lives to keep her safe. Probably because everyone is drawn to Carlie…including the murderers she has the ability to identify when she looks in the eyes of their victims.

Keeping Carlie’s secret is pretty simple when all she has to do is avoid dead people. But when a cheerleader at her high school is murdered and the killer seems to have gotten away with it, Carlie knows what she has to do. With the help of her boyfriend, Dillon, she devises a plan to see what she must, no matter her personal safety.

But when Dillon is the one who’s injured in the showdown with the killer, Carlie vows to never help anyone again…until the next young woman attacked is her best friend, Jenna.


I also started, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long GoodbyeMarlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.




What’s up next…

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?



Reading Habits

This is day 4 of living with my predominant hand in a cast. Please ignore typos. I’m having great difficulties using my left hand only. Why is spellcheck not working? But that is allowing me pleny of time to read.

I decided to download a list of the top 100 mystery books of all time. Read list here. I was surprised by how few I’ve read. And I call myself a mystery writer! So sad.

Since I am recuperating (I’ve already finised 3 books his week) I decided to expand my mystery education.

I bought Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express and checked out a copy of Raymond Chandlers The Long Goodbye. I’m looking forward to learning from the masters.

What’s your favorite mystery?


Friday- Book Beginnings

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.

Please join every Friday and share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

The harvest moon glowed bright overhead, a burnt offering to the demons plaguing Megan’s peace of mind.

Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson


I found the found the first sentence intriquing. It set me up with expectations of a spooky story. Which doesn’t necessarily go with the vintage feel of the book cover. After reading the book I must say it’s not spooky either. It’s a nice cozy set during October. I kept reading so the opener did it’s job.


Shelf Control 1

Today is surgery day. I’m both happy and nervous. Just a little outpatient on my wrist. I hope to be in tip top condition by August. I thought it would be fun to join in on Shelf Control.

Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Click here for more info.

I have too many books I haven’t read. So this is the perfect meme for me.  It will be awhile before I can write again but I can read 🙂

Shelf Control

My pick of the week is:

Save the Date

Title: Save the Date

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Published: 2014

Pages: 448

Synopsis: from Goodreads

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

How I got the book: I found the paperback at a bookstore on clearence. It’s a beautiful cover. I saw the author name and the cover and just bought it. I haven’t even read the blurb on the back.

When I bought the book: Sometime in the last year.

Why do I want to read it? I love Mary Kay Andrews. I’ve read 4,5, maybe 6 of her books. I love them. She writes smart, funny characters. There’s actually two of her books on my TBR shelf I need to read. I don’t know why I haven’t read them yet. I think this is a stand alone. I hope so. I hate reading out-of-order.

If you want to participate go to Bookshelf Fantasies and add your link to the linky.

What book on your shelf so you need to read?


What I’m Reading This Week


It’s Monday.

Not my favorite day of the week. But I am playing along with The Book Date with What are you reading Monday?

Last week I read…

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. This filled my required reading form another country for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. This is a dystopian YA. Think Red Dawn in Australia. I was surprised at how much I liked it.



Later Gator (Miss Fortune Mystery #9)  I also finished Later Gator by Jana Deleon. This is book 9 in the Miss Fortune Series. Let me just say, “I love this series.” It is fast and funny. The characters are crazy funny. Just read it. This is one of the few writers where I will pay full price to read their books. At the moment I’m all caught up on the series, but I’m sure there’ll be a new one out before too long.



What I’m reading now…Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I just started Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. I’ve been dying to read this cozy, mainly because of the cover. I love pumpkins. It looks like a vintage seed packet.I won this book from a contest from Henery Press. I’ve only read 20%. So far a man has been found dead and the small town is getting ready for it’s first Octoberfest. Who killed the victim? I don’t know. But there’s a hot Scottish vet 😉


What’s up next…

I have two books I hope to read. I’m not sure which is first, depends on which is easier to hold with a cast.

Wandering Island Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. That’s not something I normally read. I did a little searching online and found this book cheap. I was surprised when I opened it that the book opens backwards. My children laughed at me and said, “Of course. It’s Japanese. That’s how they read.”  Anyway… this one is about a girl who delivers packages from her airplane. Until she get’s a package she can’t deliver becasue she can’t find the island. Sounds interesting.


A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?



May TBR Final


My books:

  • The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks- Yes I finished it! It took 2 weeks but it is finished and I loved it.
  • Wicked Mobile by Brendan Kirby- Naughty history of Mobile!


  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey- DNF
  • Later Gator by Jana Deleon– this is my reward if I finish Shannara 😉 I loved it!
  • Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson- because I didn’t get to it in April.


  • Caravan of Thieves by David Rich- Done!


Also read:

  • Optimists Die First by SusinNielsen
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

That’s 5 books read in May. Beter than expected since one was huge. My total for the year is 33/80.

What did you read this month?