Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Irish Stewed

Title: Irish Stewed

Author: Kylie Logan [Website][Facebook][Twitteraka Casey Daniels [Website][Facebook][Twitteraka Miranda Bliss aka Zoe Daniels aka Constance Laux aka Connie Deka aka Connie Lane aka Connie Laux

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Series: Ethnic Eats, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780425274880

Length: 275 + Recipe

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Placed purchase request because I was in the mood for some cozies and the series and book titles sounded interesting.


I enjoyed.  This was a quick read.  I liked Laurel.  Though she was a bit distant and slow to warm up, I could understand why.  She's come from a foster background, spent time in backstabbing Hollywood, come to this small town based on false information, and encountered a murder within hours of coming.  None of those factors lend to trust, and so I did find the small town expectations that she just accept them as trustworthy to be grating.  The mafia spin (a small bit) seemed surreal.

Laurel moved past that, though, as she investigated the crime and tried to make the best of her situation.  And maybe she and this small town can help each other after all.

Anyway, I was immediately interested in the second book, French Fried which I have since finished.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Title: Snared

Author: Jennifer Estep [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Pocket Books Urban Fantasy

Series: Elemental Assassin, Bk 16

ISBN: 9781501142277

Length: 371

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Love the series and author.


I enjoyed this book as usual, but there were a couple things that struck me as obvious that Gin doesn't realize until MUCH later on, causing her unnecessary trouble.  That is not to say I expected all of what happened.  And as usual Gin is involved in some really close calls with death, only to be picked up by friends and not always expected allies.  Of course I'll be continuing to read the series and learn more about Gin's struggles to track down the Circle (the new group of powerful and extremely covert bad guys)... with the help of her friends and family.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Garrett for Hire: Deadly Quicksilver Lies, Petty Pewter Gods, Faded Steel Heat

Title: Garrett for HireDeadly Quicksilver LiesPetty Pewter GodsFaded Steel Heat

Author: Glen Cook [Macmillan][isfdb][Goodreads]

Publisher: ROC

Series: Garrett, P.I., Bks 7-9

ISBN: 9780451464958

Length: 870 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I've been reading the series.


As a whole these stories fall right within my interests.  Magic, PI or Detective, grim, etc. Individually...

Deadly Quicksilver Lies

Garrett is told someone is coming to hire him, and come she does.  But everything else he's been warned about is different, and the strangeness just keeps piling up from there.  Garrett is thrown into an insane asylum - apparently to get him out of the way - and meets some interesting new characters.  He's been paid to do a job, but his client is no longer around.  Every hint, clue, and discovery seems to be lie on top of lie...and all these lies are adding up to a very dangerous case for Garrett.

Petty Pewter Gods

Garrett has encountered all sorts of creatures and monsters in the previous 7 books, but now he's been dragged into a case by the "gods" themselves.  Some have called them "petty pewter gods" and boy does the name fit.  Being in the middle of a squabble between simplistic and self-serving gods is the most dangerous case Garrett has been on to date, not just for Garrett, but for all of TunFaire and the world.

Faded Steel Heat

Garrett just wants some peace, but the political landscape is heading up, prejudice is rampant causing great tension and threatening to cause war right there in TunFaire.  Now that the war to the Cantard has been won and all TunFaire's human males are coming home, they've found that many nonhumans have filled in doing all the many jobs that needed doing while they were away.  Garrett doesn't want any part of this bigotry, but he seems to fit the profile of the desired member and could potentially worm his way in a sort of "undercover" role.

In the meantime, the one job he held on retainer has also heated up with the local brewing family being threatened.  And to top it all off there is something going on with shapeshifters - a creature unlike one Garrett has dealt with before.

I definitely intend to read more of the series, but I'll need to have a block of time set aside for these.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Garage Sale Stalker

Title: Garage Sale Stalker

Author: Suzi Weinert [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Bluewater Press

Series: Garage Sale Mysteries, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781604520903

Length: 326 pages + "Reading group Discussion Questions"

Obtained: Library (ILL) copy

Why this book?:

At the time of this writing, I've watched all 11 (to date) of the Garage Sale Mystery movies on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries with Lori Loughlin. This mean I've been intending to read the book(s) that inspired these movies for quite some time.  It finally happened.


The problem with watching movies/TV shows prior to reading the book(s) is that you've already had an image of characters presented.  So differences from what you now have in mind are jarring.  I spent the first part of the book identifying differences.  But the subject matter in the book is pretty dark (horrible child - and animal - abuse), and many of the details of the first movie have faded, so I was drawn into the story.

I intend to rewatch the first couple movies to refresh my memory.  I will also (eventually) read the second and third books in the series - the movies have long since passed up the books.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed

Title: Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed

Author: Paula Rizzo (Read by the author) [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: Dreamscape

ISBN: 9781520033365

Length: 3 discs ; 3 hours 10 minutes

Obtained: Library audiobook copy

Why this book?:

I'm always seeking help organizing my life, so it sounded helpful.  And the best way to get me to actually read a nonfiction (non-memoir) book is to listen to it.


Very interesting.  Has some intriguing ideas and very inspirational.  Quick listen, and I'm glad I did so, but now that I have, I need to read it and actually see some of these lists.  Also I listened in the car, which is not conductive to making the lists recommended, so without a physical copy, I'm left trying to remember.  Fortunately, we have the ebook on Hoopla, so I hope to go through it eventually.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Title: Winterkill

Author: Kate A. Boorman [Website][Twitter]

Publisher: Amulet

Series: Winterkill, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781419712357

Length: 319 pages

Obtained: ARC from ALA (2014)

Why this book?:

It looked interesting when I grabbed it (autographed), and continued to intrigue me even when I decided the number of books I own is overwhelming and some need to be donated rather than collecting dust. I forgot the book I was reading downstairs and did not want to rile the puppy by going down, so I grabbed this one.


Winterkill kept me reading late into the night.  It seemed similar to a dystopian but had more of a historical or alternate history feel. One group of people has become isolated in a their own little world with their own world for 8 generations during the expansion in the Canadian west from historical pilgrimage.  The people of this little settling fear the outside to an enormous extent, and Emmeline, who is drawn to the outside by her curiosity and otherness is continually risking trouble and punishment from the leaders.  Still Emmeline cannot resist her dreams and seeking spirit, venturing further and asking questions that lead her further into danger.

Note: I just found out that this is the first book in a trilogy.  The second and third books are titled Darkthaw and Heartfire.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This Is the Earth

Title: This Is the Earth

Author: Diane Z. Shore [Website] and Jessica Alexander; Paintings by Wendell Minor [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780060555276

Length: unnumbered

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I believe I picked it up for the cover and to share with the kids.


So told in a rhythmic and flowing ease, this story starts with the beauty of the earth, moves to the darkness of how progression has created issues for the world we live in, changing it drastically, and then lightens with renewed hope of how we can work together to conserve and share this world.  The images are lovely and scary and cheerful... each image fitting the words and provoking emotion.

This book fit my new conservation kick perfectly.

Note: I couldn't verify that the Jessica Alexander who co-authored this is the same one I found a website/Facebook/Twitter for.  If they are the same person, these all need updated.  If not, my apologies... [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Monday, September 4, 2017


This has become less and less a social venue for me over the years, and more just a record of my reading.  And it remains that, but I've become worse and worse about keeping up. 

The reasons for this are numerous.

  1. My personal computer is old and was taking longer and longer to start and update and secure before use.
  2. Using my work computer meant I was mixing in work (emails, etc.) when I was was supposed to be off (whether on lunch/dinner or done for the day). 
  3. The other PC I have access to was being monopolized by kiddos or my parents.
  4. I'd become distracted  (no matter which computer I used) by other things (Facebook, etc.) which are total time-sucks and likely to rile me up or cause me to feel down.
  5. I just cannot feel comfortable doing this on any device - Kindle Fire, iPhone, etc. 
  6. Time spent on this is time taken away from everything else - reading, catching up on TV shows, time with family.

I can't just stop recording my reading, because that causes trouble.  And yet... So I may just end up slapping lists of books in here.  Hopefully with some comments for memory's sake, but potentially just title and author.  Then there will at least be some record, somewhere.

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

Title: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

Author: Margriet Ruurs [Website][Twitter][Facebook]; Artwork by Nizar Ali Badr [Syrian Creative Havens]

Publisher: ORCA

ISBN: 9781459814905

Length: unnumbered

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I was continually seeing information on this book from the publisher (mostly in emails, also at #alaac17).  Anyway, I finally managed to request it.


Told in English and Arabic, as well as by the use of stone art, the story of Rama and her family as they leave their homes, become refugees, and their journey to safety and happiness is touching.  Also touching (and interesting) is the introduction's detailing how the book came about.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

Title: Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

Author: Nikki Tate & Dani Tate-Stratton

Publisher: Orca Footprints

ISBN: 9781459807426

Length: 46 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Lately I've found myself more interested in themes of conservation and impact.  I'm planning on working through the bulk of the footprints series/line.


I almost gave up at the beginning, because this book seems less about action that can be taken within the life of the reader (or at least this reader).  But I stuck with it and was pleased.  The information about the various housing settings and materials used was interesting and informative.  I did find the "My Place" potions confusing, though.