Thursday, May 25, 2017

Speed Reading Tips

Ever wanted to learn how to speed read?? The check out the following article from Bustle's website titled, 9 Speed Reading Tips To From A Professional Book Reviewer by Sadie L. Trombetta. In the article, Sadie L. Trombetta wrote the following:
On average, the reading speed in the U.S. is 200-300 words per minute, or approximately one-half to one page per minute. Those considered to be fast readers can increase that speed to 400 words per minute, but that still means it would take over two and a half hours to read an average length book, about 64,000 words. (Given the amount of time we spend sitting in front of Netflix and binge-watching shows, 160 minutes may not seem like a long time, but for most people, sitting still for that long when it isn't for the Gilmore Girls revival can feel like an impossible eternity.)
Speed readers, however, can cut that time down by more than half, and with can reach speeds of up to 1,000 words per minute. While it's true that reading faster can result in lower levels of comprehensions, with practice, speed reading can be an effective tool for getting through more text in less time.
I do not know how to speed read and am not sure I want to learn how to speed read. I've heard of a few of the speed reading tips suggested in Sadie L. Trombett'a article though.

Do you know how to speed read? If so, what are the benefits you've gained from reading books? If you don't know how to speed read, do you want to learn how to speed read and why do you want to do so?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

11 Books All About Books

I discovered an exciting to me article this morning on Bustle's website!!! The article is titled, 11 Books All About Books, Perfect For Book Lovers by E. Ce Miller.  The article, E. Ce Miller wrote the following:
This might be just a tad meta, but I am a book-lover who really loves books about books. You know what I’m talking about: the novels that tell stories about elbow patch-wearing librarians or sassy neighborhood book clubs, the memoirs filled with anecdotes about how reading really can transform and save your life, the nonfiction books that dive into the history of classic novels or the evolution of language. I’ve even been known (OK, just the one time) to read an entire book about paper — yes, paper. That’s how much I love books (and the material they’re written on.) Basically, it doesn’t get more delightfully book nerdy than these must-read books about books that book lovers will love. They’re kind of like those chocolate brownies that have chocolate chips baked into the batter — which, come to think of it, go really well alongside a good book.
I love reading books and the idea of reading books about books is delightful. I've heard of several of the books mentioned in E. Ce Miller's article and have even read one of the books titled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer... In fact, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer was a very delightful novel to read. I would highly recommend reading this novel if you haven't read it already.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in Berkeley, California!

I love visiting independent bookstores and supporting small businesses! So, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (which just so happened to be my birthday), my hubby and I visited Mrs. Dalloway's independent bookstore in Berkeley, California.

I love the layout of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. This bookstore has a very cozy and inviting space to enjoy browsing and reading books... I could definitely envision myself sitting quietly and reading a new book while visiting this bookstore. 

I also thought the in store displays at Mrs. Dalloway were wonderful and offered a wide selection of books for varied interests. The staff on hand were friendly and efficient. 

I also enjoy the fact that Mrs. Dalloway's has many author events in their bookstore!

My hubby purchased two books for me for my birthday from Mrs. Dalloway's that I want to read; Quirky Berkeley by Tom Dalzwell and a signed copy of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.

Below is a little bit more about Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore from their website:
Mrs. Dalloway’s is a vibrant, full-service, independent neighborhood bookstore located in the beautiful, historic Elmwood District of Berkeley. The store was founded in 2004 when longtime friends and residents of the Elmwood, Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe, decided to pool their passions, talents, and resources.
The store’s name derives from the first line of Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”
Spacious and inviting, Mrs. Dalloway’s offers an exciting and diverse selection of titles—both comprehensive and contemporary— and is renowned for its skillfully curated fiction, non-fiction, poetry, garden book and children’s book sections, all of which feature a remarkable and relevant variety of rare and innovative small presses, including handmade selections from Another Book Room, curated by Lucy Childs.
From the day we opened our doors, our bookstore fostered a sense of community. Today, Mrs. Dalloway’s hosts over 150 stellar in-store author events each year, serving as a dynamic cultural center and resource for its neighborhood, its ever-expanding and devoted customer base, and as an outreach to the San Francisco Bay Area literary community.
Mrs. Dalloway’s outgoing and talented booksellers are passionate about reading, love to share their eclectic tastes with illuminating staff picks, and are most happy when engaged in book talk.
Have you visited any independent bookstores lately???

Monday, May 22, 2017

Little Free Library in Berkeley, California!!



Yesterday was my birthday... And one of the things I decided to do was find and leave a book inside of a Little Free Library in Berkeley, California. Lucky for me, Berkeley, California has a ton of Little Free Libraries!! The biggest decision for me, was on deciding which Little Free Library to leave a book inside of during my visit to Berkeley, California.

I also enjoyed visiting the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and an independent bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway, with my hubby on my birthday.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Haunted by Ann-Marie King

Paranormal Novella
I finished reading Haunted by Ann-Marie King, which is a paranormal novella.

I downloaded Haunted by Ann-Marie King to my Kindle for Free from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Haunted by Ann-Marie King.

I wasn't impressed with Haunted by Ann-Marie King once I'd finished reading it. It needs editing work for sure. Plus, I didn't like the cliffhanger ending... I've never been a fan of cliffhanger endings! 

I also felt that Haunted by Ann-Marie King was super slow paced and the author kept harping on the same themes of what was in Jayden's grandma's attic (which we never find out about), Jayden's amnesia, Jayden's need to get through high school to go to college, and so on. 

The characters weren't that great in Haunted by Ann-Marie King... I felt this novella had such potential to be a great read, but just fell short.

The following is a plot summary for Haunted by Ann-Marie King from Amazon:
“In the ghost town of Beckford, what you don’t know can haunt you…”BOOK 1 - HAUNTED
Jayden Morgan has no memory of her haunted past. All she wants is a normal life. But when she goes to stay by her estranged grandmother in the small spirit-town of Beckford, strange things begin to happen: 
1. She meets and falls irrevocably in love with Trey, a gorgeous stranger, unaware that he’s a ghost; 
2. She learns the mystery of the town’s haunted high school may have a deadly connection to her missing memory; and
3. Trey tells her he’d been sent to watch over her…but can she really trust him?
I am giving Haunted by Ann-Marie King a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Love Attending Literary Events!! Do You?!?!

I've attended several literary events on college campuses and more author signings at independent bookstores than I can recall over the years... My favorite literary event to date has been the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. 

I've attended the Bay Area Book Festival in 2015 and 2016 and look forward to attending the Bay Area Book Festival once again next month.

I'm always on the look out for other awesome literary events to attend in the future. So when I came across another wonderful article on Bustle's website titled, 13 Literary Events Every Book-Lovers Needs To Attend In Their Lifetime by Sadie Trombetta, I was excited to see which literary events made the list. There are several literary events that made the list that I would love to attend in the future.... Like the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Agatha Christie Festival, and BookExpo America!!

Which literary events have you attended? Which literary events have you enjoyed visiting the most?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reading Can Help You Cope With Anxiety

Reading can most definitely help with anxiety!! I came across an article on Bustle titled, 5 Ways Reading Can Help You Cope With Anxiety by Sadie Trombetta. In the article, Sadie Trombetta wrote the following about anxiety:
Anxiety, normally a common and healthy reaction to stress, can be helpful in under certain circumstances, but for some people, it can easily go from beneficial to overwhelming and damaging in a moment. For those who suffer from an anxiety disorder, it can feel like an extreme high-level stress brought on by situational circumstances, suffocating pressure that becomes a constant hum in the background to everyday life, or even a crippling physical reaction that can feel like a heart attack. No matter how it manifests, it becomes a powerful negative influence over day-to-day living, and coping with the symptoms can be a serious challenge.

Despite the fact that it's highly treatable, only about a third of people seek treatment for anxiety disorder. That leaves a large part of the population — approximately 26.6 million people — suffering. Although it's often stigmatized and ignored, mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated accordingly, and lovingly. If you think you are struggling with anxiety disorder, you should speak to your health care providers about your options. Your health, your body, and your mind matter, and you have a right to take care of it.
If you suffer from anxiety disorder, the tunnel of mental illness can feel long, dark, and unending, but there are things you can do to feel better. Luckily for book nerds, books is one of the best treatments.
Click on the very top link to read the five ways in which reading cam help with anxiety!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston

I read the ebook edition of Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston in 2 days.

I was able to download Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston.

I enjoyed reading Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston. It's a fun cozy mystery novel with nice characters and good, solid storyline. I hope to read other books in the 'Bee's Bakehouse Series'.

The following is a plot summary for Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston from Amazon:
Jessie Henderson's childhood vacation town is as perfect as she remembers... until a dead body shows up.
It was supposed to be a fresh start after losing her job and getting divorced. At first, Springdale is every bit as quirky and idyllic as Jessie remembers. Her Aunt Bee is just as crazy and her baking is as delicious as ever.
And then a murder changes everything. The whole point of Jessie's move was to enjoy a quiet, small town life. She knows she shouldn't get involved, but she can't help it. One of her new friends is the prime suspect and nobody else seems interested in helping her. Can Jessie save her friend and avoid putting herself in danger in the process?
Baking is Murder is the first book in the Bee's Bakehouse Cozy Mystery series. Each book is a standalone mystery.
I am giving Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins

Cozy Mystery Novel
I finished reading To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins recently and enjoyed reading this cozy mystery novel that is the 12th book in 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series.

I've been reading 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series off and on for a few years now. I haven't been reading the novels in this series in chronological order... However, each novel I have read in 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series has been a fun read.

I like the main character of Abby Knight as she is a fun character to read about. I also enjoy Kate Collins's writing as she makes reading cozy mystery novels fun to read.

However, to date, To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins is my least favorite novel in  'A Flower Shop Mystery' series. It wasn't that To Catch A Leaf was awful, it just didn't have all the pizzazz I'm used to finding in previous novels in this particular series. Plus, Abby's annoying cousin, Jillian, and Abby's annoying mother were just too much to read about in To Catch A Leaf!! I also figured out key themes/plot details along the way.

The following is a plot summary for To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins from Amazon:
Flower shop owner Abby Knight is aglow with happiness now that she's officially engaged to her longtime beau, Marco Salvare. Nothing can possibly dampen her joy-until wealthy dowager Virginia Newport is killed, and Abby's assistant Grace Bingham is the prime suspect. The plot thickens when they stumble upon mysterious stolen art and a missing cat, all part of an elaborate heist. Before Abby can throw her bouquet, she'll have to save her friend and throw a killer and a thief in jail...
I am giving To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Bookish Quote of the Day!!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders

Romance Novella eBook Edition
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders is a romance novella approximately 96 pages in length.

I was able to download Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders.

I first learned about Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders through an article on Bustle titled, A Colonel Sanders Romance Novella Is Being Released By KFC In Honor Of Mother's Day by Cristina Arreola.

I couldn't believe that Kentucky Friend Chicken actually came out with a romance novella featuring Colonel Harland Sanders as a character... I figured this novella would be super cheesy! Seriously, have you seen the book cover?? The book cover is super cheesy looking... However, Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders was FREE and a short read, so figured what did I have to lose? I could always stop reading this novella if it wasn't very good.

Surprisingly though, Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders was actually decent... It was not great by any means... The cover is cheesy and some minor editing and formatting issues need to be dealt with for Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders. As far as the plot and storyline, it wasn't too bad. I didn't understand why the main character of Lady Madeline Parker had to run away from home to get what she wanted... And I also felt like Lady Madeline Parker and Colonel Sanders's instalove/attraction was a bit cheesy, but what does one expect from a romance novella put out by KFC??

The following is a plot summary for Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders from Amazon:
When Lady Madeline Parker runs away from Parker Manor and a loveless betrothal, she finally feels like she is in control of her life. But what happens when she realizes she can’t control how she feels? When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion. Can love overcome lies? What happens in the embrace of destiny, on the Tender Wings of Desire?
I am giving Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, May 5, 2017

50/50 Friday ~ Best/Worst Book Read in April



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Karen @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.

This week's topic is to highlight your Best/Worst Book Read In April 2017!


I read a total of 24 unique reads during the month of April... Several of them received 4 star ratings and several received 1 star ratings, so it's going to be tough deciding the best of the lot and the worst of the lot!


My Best Read for the Month of April is:

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My Worst Reads for the Month of April are:

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Share your best and worst reads with me for the month of April 2017 in the comments section below.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Romance Novella Featuring Colonel Sanders has been released by KFC!

I discovered an article on Bustle's website titled, A Colonel Sanders Romance Novella Is Being Released By KFC In Honor Of Mother's Day by Cristina Arreola. In the article, Cristina Arreola wrote:
If you, like me, are wondering why KFC is so invested in the Mother's Day game, the answer is pretty simple: it's the restaurant chain's best-selling day of the year. According to a press release from the company, KFC experiences a 40% jump in sales and serves around 380,000 families on Mother's Day.
Who knew Mother's Day was KFC's bestselling day of the year? Certainly not me!

Right now on Amazon, you can download the ebook edition of KFC's new romance novella titled, Tender Wings of Desire, featuring Colonel Sanders. Tender Wings of Desire is 96 pages in length.

As a side note, I initially thought it was a hoax that KFC was publishing a romance novella featuring Colonel Sanders... But I guess it isn't a hoax after all. 

I find it both funny and a bit cheesy that KFC has published a romance novella featuring Colonel Sanders. Not sure if I'll read this novella or not... It is free right now, so why not? Worse case scenario I don't finish the novella and best case scenario is the novella is better than expected.

Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren

Cozy Mystery eBook Novella
I read the ebook edition of Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren, which is the first cozy mystery novella in 'A Holly Winter Mystery' series. This novella is approximately 60 pages in length.

I was able to download Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren.

I didn't like Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren at all. It took me forever to read this novella, it was so bad! The formatting for this ebook sucked and it disrupted the flow of the entire flow of the entire novella... Additionally, this novella needs some editing work as well. 

Most of the characters were so vain and narcissistic, that it was difficult to tolerate reading about them... And the plot was bad!! I felt like the author stole some of her plot ideas from other books as elements of Snowed In With Death didn't seem so original to me. 

Suffice it say, nothing clicked for me when it came to reading Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren. I will not be reading any of the other books in the series.

The following is a plot summary for Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren from Amazon:
Getting snowed in with six private detectives in a remote house in Scotland is actually the stuff of Holly’s daydreams. An enthusiastic amateur sleuth herself, she is thrilled to have won the chance to attend the annual meeting of the best private detectives in the country.
But before they even have a chance to start dinner, one detective is found dead with a knife in his chest and the killings have only just begun.
Holly and the professional private detectives are trapped in Horn Hill House and everyone knows… there is a murderer in their midst!
Will Holly solve the case before her own time runs out?
I am giving Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Very ARC-Ish Readathon ~~ Update


I signed up to participate in the 'A Very ARC-Ish Readathon' at the end of last month, with the very earnest intention of reading as many ARCs as possible this month... I read a total of 24 unique reads during the month of April, but none of them were ARCs!! I didn't even come close to looking at, let alone reading, the tentative 'tbr' list I created for myself just before the start of the 'A Very ARC-Ish Readathon' began. Oops!! 

I simply found other books I was more interested in reading than the ARCs I currently have on hand. I'll get around to reading the ARCs at some point in time... Just not this month!!

Little Free Library in Half Moon Bay, California


My husband and I visited Half Moon Bay, California and also Moss Beach, California yesterday. During our visit, we stopped off at a Little Free Library in Half Moon Bay. 

I left four books inside of the Little Free Library we visited and took one book for myself to read at a later date.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Unabridged Audio Version from Audible
I've known about the wildly popular, best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, for quite some time now and have toyed with the idea of actually reading it for myself. I have clutter issues, but where to even begin decluttering seems so daunting that I've been putting off the idea for one reason or another. Long story short, I finally bit the bullet and listened to the unabridged audio version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and I am glad that I did!

Listening time for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is 4 hours, 50 minutes and is narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. Emily Woo Zeller does a phenomenal job of narrating The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, which made my listening experience all that much more enriching.

As far as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo goes, I really liked it and found some great information on how to declutter and reorganize my own home. I really look forward to trying out the advice that Marie Kondo shares with her readers to see if it can help me transform my home into a sea of tranquility and tidiness.

Here are some of the things I learned while reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo:

* Discard/organize items/things by category, not by room.
* Best time to start discarding is in the morning.
* One must tidy in the right order: Discard items first, then tidy/reorganize after you've discarded the things you no longer want.
* Before you begin tidying, start by visualizing why you want to tidy. What is your end goal? Really drill down and visualize how tidying up will transform your life.
* Exam what you own and ask yourself if each object sparks joy. If It doesn't spark joy get rid of it. Also, discard items that no longer serve a purpose.
* Focus on what to keep, not what to get rid of.
* Don't discard momentos first... Start with clothing, then books as they are easier to discard than mementos.... Momentos should be the last category one goes through.
* Discard and organize in one big marathon event. Not in small spurts.

What I didn't like was some of the woo woo aspects that the author discusses/mentions in her book. I felt like some of the information was repeated several times throughout the book, which was a bit frustrating. Also, the idea of doing a marathon discarding and reorganizing event sounds like way too much to do... For me doing stuff in smaller spurts seems much more manageable/doable.

The following is a publisher's summary for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo from Audible:
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
I am giving The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Poet Shel Silverstein’s Sausalito Houseboat Is For Sale!

I came across an article I discovered online titled, Poet Shel Silverstein’s Sausalito houseboat asks $390K by Adam Brinklow. In the article, Adam Brinklow wrote:
A bohemian one-bed, one-bath Sausalito houseboat that once belonged to Shel Silverstein, the late author of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, listed in March, now asking $390,000.
Waterfront dwellers pre-Silverstein built 8 Liberty Dock on top of an old balloon barge from World War II. Balloon barges were special Navy vessels “whose lofted cables were designed to snare kamikaze aircraft,” according to Smithsonian Magazine, although Marinscope calls them anti-submarine defenses.
In either case, Silverstein moved into the converted wartime tub in 1967, opting out of the relative hustle and bustle of the Haight to join Sausalito’s floating bohemia of artists, itinerants, and literal drifters, according to the 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel:

In the beginning the houseboat community was essentially a community of squatters who had only salvage rights. [...] The whole place was a bit like living in Never Never Land. Since Shel was a modern day Peter Pan, the two fit together perfectly.
Click on the top link to read the entire story and see photographs of Shel Silverstein's former houseboat.

Sausalito is a beautiful place to live, but I can't imagine paying $390K for a houseboat that only has one bedroom and needs renovation work... Even if said houseboat is a piece of history.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh

Cozy Mystery Novella
The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh is mystery novella approximately 96 pages in length by a new to me author.

I was able to download a copy of The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh.

I enjoyed reading The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh. It wasn't a perfect read by any means, but it kept my interest throughout the entire novella from start to finish. The red herring was obvious... However, I was surprised by whodunnit, even if I did figure it out kind of early.

The following is a plot summary for The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh from Amazon:
Chilling Screams... A Dead Boarder...Deception
Confident in his ability to solve any case the sleepy town of Rockport can throw at him, Detective Richard Watson never expected to get saddled with the senseless brutality of a case like the Rockport Heights Murder. Not only could any one of the guests at Rockport Heights boarding house be suspects, but the more he investigates the more he finds there is something badly off about the murder of Rebecca Jones...
Richard sets his sights on two major suspect: Rebecca's husband, found to have a history of abusive behavior, and Julian Rhys, her self-appointed protector. But he finds himself torn between the most obvious options and his gut feeling that they may not be the right ones. Struggling to separate his personal life and his judgement, Richard turns to the only clue he really has: the way the young woman died.
With mounting tension threading to topple their investigation Richard and his young assistant, Alexander Ford, follow a confusing trail of clues that seem to lead in every direction.
Can Detective Watson find a way to put together the seemingly senseless clues in time to solve the case once and for all?
Or will suspicions, ghost stories and his own waning health prevent from discovering the truth in time?
The Case of the Hated Body is a spine-tingling race through multiple suspects, each with a motive for killing the young woman. As each is cleared, join the detective as he searches for the truth of what happened that dreadful night…but don’t read it alone in the dark!
This is a standalone cozy mystery novella.
I am giving The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh a rating of 3 stars out 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Bookish Quote of the Day!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White

Cozy Mystery Novella
Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White is a cozy mystery novella approximately 68 pages in length. Power, Wealth And Murder is the first book in the Carriage Cove Cozy Mystery Series and is the first thing I've read by author, Ella White.

I was able to download Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White.

Below is the plot summary for Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White from Amazon:
Life terrifyingly ends up imitating art when Sip & Read Cafe owner Victoria Matheson hosts a book reading at her establishment. An event which features "Power, Wealth & Murder"... the latest mystery novel from one of her favorite authors Harrison Bell. But the very next day the body of the book store’s assistant manager is discovered. Apparently murdered in a similar fashion to characters in Bell's book! Carriage Cove police chief Susan Miles apprehends Bell in Lee's death, placing him behind bars.

Victoria, saddened by both the sudden death and Harrison's imprisonment. She sets out with the aid of her daughter Rachel to solve the mystery. Victoria and Rachel will have to sift through a dark and odd cast of characters including a shady Businessman, an obsessed fan who bares a striking resemblance to Harrison, and a very ambitious personal assistant of Mr. Bell's. To uncover the shocking truth! 
Find out what happens in book one of the Carriage Cove Mysteries!
I am giving Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen

Historical Mystery Short Story
The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is 38 page cozy mystery, short story that features the character, Molly Murphy. This was the first time reading something by author, Rhys Bowen.

I was able to download The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen.

I heard about Rhys Bowen as a mystery writer for quite a few years now, but had never read anything by her until now. I decided to read The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen, because it's a short story, which will give me a short sample of Rhys Bowen's writing style. Additionally, The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is the first in the Molly Murphy Mysteries, so I figured that if I enjoyed Rhy Bowen's writing and the leading character of Molly Murphy, then I would continue reading the Molly Murphy Mysteries series.

I was a bit disappointed after reading The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen. I thought that Rhy Bowen's writing was good, but felt like this short story was more of a teaser read. Meaning that, I felt like The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen was basically an introduction to the character of Molly Murphy for those of us yet acquainted with her. The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen also felt too tidy of a story, with Molly Murphy solving the crime rather too quickly for someone who has never been a crime solver before. Plus, the criminal seemed too eager to just go along with things rather too easily for my taste.

The following is a plot summary for The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen from Amazon:
Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.
While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s father and brothers. The Hartleys are hosting a ball at their manor house, and there will be so many fine gentlemen and ladies in attendance that Lady Hartley needs Molly to help some of her guests prepare for the ball.
Beautiful debutantes, dresses of the finest fabrics, and sparkling chandeliers are all on display, as are heirloom jewels like the Amersham rubies—a stunning and priceless ruby necklace that has been in the Amersham family for generations. When the rubies go inexplicably missing from Lady Amersham’s neck in the middle of the party, the high-spirited Molly must rely on her wits to solve her first case in Rhys Bowen’s charming prequel to her beloved Anthony and Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series.
I am giving The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts

Cozy Mystery Short Story
A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts is a cozy mystery short story approximately 45 pages in length.

I was able to download A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts.

I like reading cozy mysteries and A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts was an enjoyable cozy mystery to read. I liked the setting taking place in a theater and that the characters were part of the cast and crew of a theater company. I, however, was able to figure out whodunnit early on, so that was a bit of a buzzkill.

The following is a plot summary for A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts from Amazon:
The show must go on... but can it, when one of the actors has a cue to a kill?
Backstage at the last night performance of the murder-mystery play "Bone Chiller," a real life killer is stalking the corridors of the theater.
The Goose Meadow Bay Players' Halloween production has been declared an artistic success by enthralled audiences, but onstage and backstage the cast and crew are just a little bit bored.

On the last night, one of the actors has a great idea to liven things up and everything seems harmless enough, but then an attempt is made on one actor's life. Not long after that, another goes missing.
With the audience's laughter ringing in their ears, the cast are more intent on stardom than finding the potential murderer lurking amongst them. Can Kath keep the show running, the cast safe and make sure the killer sticks to the script?
This is a cozy mystery short read in the Stage Door series.
I am giving A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae

eBook Short Story
Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae is a short story that is approximately 32 pages in length. This is the first thing I've read written by author Kristen Mae.

I was able to download Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae to my Kindle for Free from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae.

Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae is a decent read as it is suspenseful. I enjoyed the plot twist for Black Eyed Susie... One person taking justice into their own hands is the best way to describe this short story.

The following is a plot summary for Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae from Amazon:
“Dark and gritty and bloody and awesome. But you have to read to the end.” - Meghan O’Flynn, author of the Ash Park series
*A predator lurks...
She caught his attention right away with her blond angel curls, heart-shaped mouth, and huge black eyes. She’s young, but she’s mature for her age—someone he can confide in. Someone who doesn’t pester and nag and berate him. Someone who, with a webcam recording, will do any naughty thing he asks.
And now that her parents are out of town, she’s invited him for a visit.
He stands on her front porch ready to knock, knees shaking, heart pounding. He knows what he’s doing is against the law—that it’s wrong. But he won’t turn around. Because on the other side of that door, Susan is waiting. And she says she wants to make all his fantasies come true.
But what he doesn’t know is that when it comes to little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for.
*Please note that all characters in this story are 18+
I am giving Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Little Free Library in Livermore, California



Yippee!! Yesterday evening, my husband and I visited our seventh Little Free Library this year in Livermore, California.

I really enjoy visiting Little Free Libraries and have fun going out of my way to find ones that I have yet to visit. I love the idea of sharing books with other readers. I always find it fun to see which new book or books are waiting for me to read at the Little Free Libraries I visit. 

I left a copy of the novel, The First Wife, for the next reader to find and grabbed a copy of the novel, The Nest, for myself at the Little Free Library we found in Livermore, California.

I also register the books I leave behind at Little Free Libraries on Bookcrossing in hopes that the next reader will join Bookcrossing (if they aren't a member of Bookcrossing already) and that the reader will make a journal entry for the book letting me know their thoughts about the book once they've read it.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Cocktail Literally Made With Old Books!!

I discovered an interesting article on Washingtonian's website titled, Columbia Room Has a Cocktail Literally Made With Old Books by Jessica Sidman. In the article, Jessica Sidman wrote the following:
To make the literary tincture, the bar staff collected a number of 100-year-old books. “I was trying to avoid getting anything too iconic. It probably would have been interesting to do Proust,” Fetherston says, but he felt conflicted about destroying a great piece of literature. (He doesn’t remember the titles of the books used.) 
The pages were vacuum-sealed with grapeseed oil, then the infusion was fat-washed with a neutral high-proof spirit. 
The result? “It has that musty, fusty old library quality to it,” Fetherston says. And strangely, it tastes like duck fat, too.
The old books are combined with Armagnac, vintage PX sherry, a porcini cordial, and eucalyptus to create a sweet dessert drink with a “savory edge.” The cocktail is served in a flask that’s placed inside a hollowed-out book. It’s paired with a chocolate shiso leaf.
I don't think this particular cocktail made from old books sounds very appealing to me. I wouldn't drink it. What are your thoughts? Would you drink this unique cocktail?

Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell

Cozy Mystery Short Story
Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell is a 32 page cozy mystery short story written by a new to me author.

I was able to download Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell.

I didn't enjoy reading Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell at all. The characters and the story were deplorable! Ugh, I couldn't believe the interactions between characters... Let alone how the story's outcome and ending turned out. I'm so glad I received this short story for free and that it was a short read. I do not plan to read any of the other books in the series.

The following is a plot summary for Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell from Amazon:
Former UK British army Major, Digby Roberts, is found dead; poisoned during a birthday celebration given for his adopted daughter Natasha at his prestigious luxury manor on the outskirts of Bangalow, a sleepy country village in northern New South Wales, Australia.
Detective Tom Sullivan is called to investigate and is surprised to find Lady Margaret Turnbull already on the scene. He knows that she is way ahead on solving this murder mystery; much to his annoyance. Former UK resident Lady Margaret, the proud owner of Lawler's Loft, the region's finest bed and breakfast guesthouse, is also considered to be the village busy body and part time amateur sleuth. Together they work well.
"Poisoning is not random. It's a private, personal affair" is Maggies line of thought as this woman sleuth sorts her way through a myriad of suspects including a neglected, subservient wife, a drunkard bother in law and an over protective boyfriend - all with secrets to hide - making this crime fiction women sleuth novella even more captivating.
In his latest international cozy mysteries series, mystery novel Australian crime fiction author C T Mitchell serves up another feast of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the end. You won't pick the ending in this amateur sleuth murder mystery - in fact it will surprise you!
I am giving Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Snow by Howard Odentz

Horror Short Story
Snow by Howard Odentz is a short story 34 pages in length.

I was able to download a copy of Snow by Howard Odentz to my Kindle for Free from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Snow by Howard Odentz. 

I enjoyed reading Howard Odentz's writing! Especially the dialogue between the three main characters and the sense of panic and urgency created in various scenes within Snow. The ending of Snow by Howard Odentz has an awesome plot twist that was certainly unexpected and don't want to spoil for those of you that have yet to read this short story.

The following is a plot summary for Snow by Howard Odentz from Amazon:
Words to live by: Never steal from a drunk in the woods.
An epic and sudden blizzard is blanketing Mount Tom Regional High School . . . in October. A dangerous man is stalking the hallways, and three teens harbor a secret that may get everyone killed if they don't figure out how to stop the snow and the rampage.

Epic Award nominated author Howard Odentz is the author of the Dead (A Lot) Trilogy (zombie apocalypse), the stand-alone horror novel Bloody Bloody Apple, and the short story collection Little Killers A to Z. 
I am giving Snow by Howard Odentz a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Mercenary by Jone Brown

eBook Short Story
The Mercenary by Jone Brown is an erotica short story approximately 18 pages in length.

I was able to download The Mercenary by Jone Brown to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon some time ago, but for some reason I am no longer able to find this short story on Amazon's website!

Below is my unbiased review of The Mercenary by Jone Brown.

This short story was bad, really bad story/plot wise. There was potential for The Mercenary by Jone Brown to be a good read, but the author chose to make it primarily all about 'insta-connection' and rough sex between the two main characters. The way in which the main characters interacted seemed all wrong, especially Sarah's character. Sarah is portrayed as a good girl in her 20s who is still a virgin and the daughter of a US Senator. She wants to lose her virginity and doesn't seem to care with whom she hooks up to lose her virginity... A goodie two shoes just doesn't rush off with some guy she just met and barely interacted with at bar to have sex with, especially if she's a senator's daughter and might be kidnapped for ransom. So, long story short, Sarah's actions in The Mercenary seemed fake for what a real person would do. 

And why does every man in an erotica story have to have a ginormous penis and be a pro in bed?? Get real writers! 

I also thought the sex scenes between Hunter and Sarah were too rough for a virgin. And no talk of using condoms during sex between two strangers occurred either.

Let's just say The Mercenary by Jone Brown left me cold.

The following is a plot summary for The Mercenary by Jone Brown from Goodreads:
Hunter was hired to make sure Sarah has an accident to send a message to her father. But Hunter can’t do it. What’s a mercenary to do when he can’t do his job?
I am giving The Mercenary by Jone Brown a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke

Unabridged Audio Version
I enjoyed listening to the unabridged audio version of Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke and narrated by Cynthia Wallace.

Listening time for Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke is 10 hours, 3 minutes.

I enjoyed M. Louisa Locke's writing very much. And living in San Francisco's East Bay area, it was fun to read a mystery novel set in Victorian San Francisco, California. I also enjoyed Cynthia Wallace's narration of Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1).

I also enjoyed the characters and storyline for Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke as well. So, if you enjoy mysteries set in the Victoria era, then I think you'll enjoy this novel very much.

The following is a plot summary for Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke from Audible:
It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns.
Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought about by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.
Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.
Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.
I am giving Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) by M. Louisa Locke a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading or listening to the remaining books in the A 'Victorian San Francisco Mystery' series.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson

Paranormal Mystery/Romance
To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson is a paranormal mystery and romance novella approximately 58 pages in length.

I was able to download To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson.

First the cover of this novel caught my attention right away! I also loved the title and premise of To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson. Also, the thought of a ghost helping to solve his own murder, along with the start of a romance sounded like a fun read to me.

However, Amelia Wilson's writing just didn't do it for me. The plot and characters weren't that engaging... I simply wasn't that riveted by To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson.
The following is plot summary for To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson from Amazon:

Can a ghost solve his own murder?

Detective Anya White is being haunted. Her dead partner, Rob, is pushing her to solve his murder, and he won’t let her rest. She has to finish his unfinished business… and it’s starting to look like part of that business is putting her in the path of the new detective in town. Does Rob want her to catch his killer, or does he just want Anya to stop being lonely? Time will tell…
I am giving To Catch A Killer by Amelia Wilson a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!