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"Next month, next day, new date, new chapter, new page, new wishes. Welcome July!!!"

......and always remember what Thomas Jefferson said, "I cannot live without books."

i'm currently wading through Jo Nesbo's new novel THE THIRST, a Harry Hole novel. All the Scandinavian names/terms are hard for me.

Finished and enjoyed Kristy Cambron's THE ILLUSIONIST'S APPRENTICE.
"When Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor's death, intent on burying her true identity."

What are you reading?

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I'm reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  My book diary tells me that I've read it years ago but it doesn't seem a bit familiar and it's slow going so far.

HERE! As we used to say in grade school.

I bought a new iPad and haven't transferred over all my websites. So reporting in on the golden oldie.

I did review all the posts from June and have just a few side-notes. I struggled through at least one of the books mentioned.

I got hooked on an Author that most if not all of you would find challenging to embrace. David Swinson

The Second Girl
Crime Song

Now, if any of you liked Adrian McKinty ...same type of the outline. A cop with a drug problem who has a heart of gold and is determined to save others from their bad decisions and punish those who take advantage of low income folks. His stories take place in Washington DC and all I can say is WOW!

WARNING! WARNING! Drugs, violence...yes, Hero is in love but of course tries to hide his feelings...passionate kisses is about it so limited sex.

Author has one more that I need to get. A Detailed Man written in 2011.

This is pretty much why I haven't posted since my taste in books is well...sort of off the wall?

Loruach...note that Astrophics...has been on WSJ non-fiction top 10 for weeks and weeks.

I am going to grab the list for top 50 mystery stories and I'll get back to you with a report.

Oh Rapa, I have read 2 of Jo Nesbo's books and what can I say, except, "Never again!!"  The nightmares are just not worth it!!

I just finished Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal, which ties in nicely with Carci's post on WWII novels with women as the main character.   Also am so pleased to discover that this book is the first of a series and book #7 is due out next month.  Lots of reading to do and so many projects around the house that need attention.  Wonder which will win out??!!

For a change of pace, I bought Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Astrophsics for People in a Hurry.  He is so interesting on TV; hoping his writing is as interesting as his conversation.

Thanks, Ursula, for the thumbs down on Jo Nesbo books. It was almost painfuol trying to keep track of the characters and places. Last night I only read the last couple pages and am returning the book today as it was tortuous reading! Have plenty others at hand and plan to get back to pleasant reading tonight! Glad I'm not the only one who did not enjoy the Nesbo books!

I agree...  I started the first one, put it down and never went back.

This summer I am trying to clear various excessive possessions out of my home.  My children and I have lived in this one place for almost 44 years and although I have been a regular donor at the Goodwill all of this time, I still have a basement full of stuff.  While I am down there sorting through the boxes and dragging bags to the car, I enjoy listening to audiobooks.  Frustrated with politics, I have been enjoying listening to the reading of novels of retribution, particularly those by authors Lee Child and David Baldacci.  Earlier this year I maxed out on the recordings of Jack Reacher novels and since I will have to read the remainder with my own eyes, I am now working through the various characters and teams created by David Baldacci.  I would read more if I didn't need to use my eyes for other things and didn't need the exercise.

Last week I downloaded "Dead Souls" by Gogol onto my Kindle (free!) on recommendation of a political commentator.  I'm looking forward to reading a classic that I somehow missed during my earlier education.

Luckily there's nothing worth watching on television during the week so I am not even tempted there.  PBS is great on weekend evenings, though.

Just finished The Right Side by Spencer Quinn.  Quite a change of pace from his Chet & Bernie series.  Kinda sad and thought provoking but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

In this riveting new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.

I just started Allie & Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde, one of my favorite authors.  It has a great beginning as Bea is an elderly widow who has been swindled out of her live savings and takes to the road in her van.

I've been away for so long, Bookoholics demanded my password before letting me in. I almost didn't find it.

Anyway, I've been traveling, visiting family and enjoying being away from the senior center where I live, so haven't been reading much.

Nevertheless, on the day it was due at my library (today), I finished Burial Hour, the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel by Jeffery Deaver. I have always enjoyed the series and this one was no exception. The story takes place mostly in Italy, rather than New York City which was certainly different. It also took a very surprising and unexpected turn of events about three quarters of the way through, which changed the story line completely. The book was well worth the nearly one month it took to read it.

Now I'll wait for another of my holds to turn up. They have been showing up rather slowly, but I expect that soon I'll get a notice that two, three or four of them are in and ready to be checked out. And I will be overwhelmed.

Well, I haven't finished reading Astrophysics for People In A Hurry, mostly because I need a dictionary for every other word.  I'm considering buying another copy for my ereader to avoid the need for the dictionary.

The Friends of the Library here in Corona invited Mary Alice Monroe to come speak to us while she was on her tour for her latest book, Beach House For Rent.  Although this is her 21st novel, she was not an author I was familiar with.  When Book Bub listed the first book in this series, The Beach House (what else?), I took it as an an omen and discovered another enjoyable author.  Mary Alice writes environmental novels; her invention of a new genre.  Although the stories concern the relationship between a mother and daughter, there is a sub story regarding the conservancy efforts for the loggerhead turtles in South Carolina.  Fascinating story, I have read the first 3 and am waiting for my turn at the new book.  Might just have to add the other 17 books to my TBR....the list that keeps on growing!!




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