Monday, August 21, 2017

Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audiobook edition of Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss on compact disc and narrated by Phil Gigante.

Listening time for Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss is 7 hours, 19 minutes.

Hard Candy is the first novel I've read or listened to that Andrew Vachss has written. Hard Candy is a thriller that could be easily classified as a gritty noir... Hard Candy is also the fourth novel in the 'Burke Series'. 

I personally found Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss to be a bit difficult to get into initially. I also felt this novel was a bit dated as it mentions using things like pay phones and listening to cassette tapes. Otherwise it was a decent read.

The best part of listening to Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss was having Phil Gigante as a narrator for this novel!! It was a definite plus for sure as Phil Gigante is fabulous at doing different voices for the various characters in the novel.

The following is a plot summary for Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss from Audible:
In this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke - the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children - is up against a soft-spoken messiah who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes. But in doing so, Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heart-seeking missile. Written with Vachss' signature narrative overdrive - and with his unnerving familiarity with the sub-basement of American crime - Hard Candy is vintage Burke.
I am giving Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker

Cozy Mystery Short Story
I enjoy reading cozy mystery novels and short stories... So, when I came across the ebook edition of The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker, I decided to give it a try. Cozy Cat Parker is a new to me author.

I was able to download The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker.

The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker is a short story approximately 48 pages in length. As far as the author's writing goes, I thought Cozy Cat Parker was an okay writer. I liked the premise of this short story, the diverse cast of characters, and all of the red herrings to throw readers off the path as to who the real killer was... But over all, I thought The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker was just an okay read compared with other cozy mystery books I've read in the past. 

Below is a summary for The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker from Amazon:
Misty Williams has finally achieved her dream of opening a teahouse in Whistler's Cove, a small town famous for its community of artists and crafters. But when the local gallery owner, Hilary Small, is poisoned in Misty's teahouse, and it begins to look as if the man Misty is in love with committed the murder, Misty must turn amateur sleuth in order to save the reputation of her teahouse and her hopes for romance. 
Set in an enchanting location, this cozy mystery will delight with its entertaining cast of humorous characters, including Misty's cat Miss Mabel, who plays a crucial part in revealing the true murderer.
I am giving The Art & Craft of Murder (Whistler's Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Cozy Cat Parker a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Tag


I discovered the Dog Days of Summer: Dog Tag
from Greg's Book Haven book blog.

I wasn't specifically tagged for this particular
book tag, but I thought it would be fun to
play along and answer the questions below.

If you want to participate in this particular book
tag, then by all means do so. Just leave me a 
comment below with a link to your 
Dog Days of Summer: Dog Tag post, as
I'd enjoy reading your answers!


THE QUESTIONS



WHAT WAS THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST DOG?

Duchess, she was a Doberman Pinscher and our
family pet. My dad was partial to Doberman Pinschers
as he'd grown up with them. And guess what? His first
childhood dog's name was Duchess. So, having a
female, black and tan Doberman Pischer named
Duchess was what we had as a dog when I was a child.
I am not a huge fan of Doberman Pinschers.
They are too aloof personality wise for me.

DO YOU HAVE A DOG NOW?

No, I do not have a dog currently as we are unable to have
them where we currently reside. 
Otherwise, I'd have a dog in a heartbeat.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREED OF DOG?

Chocolate Colored Pomeranian

Pomeranians are my favorite dog breed,
but I'd be happy with any small toy breed of dog.
I also love the Puli and the Komondor breeds...
But I think they'd be a grooming nightmare,
so wouldn't want to own one. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANINE THEMED BOOK?

I don't read a lot of what I would call 'canine themed' reads.
I'm currently reading a nonfiction book called 

'Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs'
by Caroline Knapp, which I am enjoying a lot.
But it is too early to tell if this will become my
favorite canine book.



WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL DOG? 


Enzo from the Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP MOVIE CHOICE WITH A FEATURED CANINE? 

Cats & Dogs from 2001



DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A DOG OR A CAT PERSON? WHY?

I like both cats and dogs equally as I think they
both have their virtues and perks as companion pets.

BONUS QUESTION
TELL US ABOUT A PERSONAL DOG RELATED MEMORY

Awww, I have so many fun and memorable dog memories
with our dog, Roxy, a Pomeranian, who passed away in 2014.
Roxy loved and was fascinated with cats!
Roxy loved touching noses with cats and would
become really excited about seeing cats in general.
We had Roxy as a puppy and never had cats in our home...
So to see her so excited by and fascinated with cats was
cool to see.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Vanishing Game by William Boyd


I listened to The Vanishing Game by William Boyd and narrated by Russ Bain earlier this month. 

Listening time for The Vanishing Game by William Boyd is 1 hour, 35 minutes.

The Vanishing Game is a suspense/thriller short story that I was able to download to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Vanishing Game by William Boyd.

I enjoyed listening to The Vanishing Game by William Boyd. I also thought Russ Bain did a really good job of narrating this short story. I liked the protagonist, Alec Dunbar... Alec Dunbar is a 35 year old, down on his luck actor who accepts an offer to deliver a package for someone he doesn't know. It seems like an innocent way for him to make some quick and easy cash... That is until a shadowy cast of characters start to tail him on his journey to make the drop. 

Alec Dunbar sort of felt to me like he was a 'MacGyver' type character from the television series of the same name. I felt this way because Alec Dunbar uses a lot of what he has learned from acting on different sets to help he get out of sticky/tricky situations during the events that occurred in this short story.

The following is a plot summary for The Vanishing Game by William Boyd from Audible:
A down-on-his-luck actor is paired with a weather-battered Land Rover Defender on a seemingly innocuous courier job. But some things are too good to be true, and this innocent journey quickly unfolds into a dangerous plot with a shadowy cast of characters.
I am giving The Vanishing Game by William Boyd a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

A Breach of Security by Susan Hill

I listened to the unabridged short story A Breach of Security by Susan Hill and narrated by Steven Pacey.

Listening time for A Breach of Security by Susan Hill is 1 hour, 28 minutes.

I was able to download A Breach of Security by Susan Hill to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of A Breach of Security by Susan Hill.

I enjoyed listening to A Breach of Security by Susan Hill quite a bit. It contained interesting characters and also an interesting storyline. I thought Steven Pacey was a good narrator.

The following is a plot summary for A Breach of Security by Susan Hill from Audible:
When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.
Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the play adapted from which is still running in London’s West End after 25 years. I'm the King of The Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in a short story here for the first time. Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, is the eighth in the Serrailler series, and will be published by Chatto and Windus in October. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of King’s College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.
I am giving A Breach of Security by Susan Hill a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

The New World by Patrick Ness

I listened to the unabridged short story The New World by Patrick Ness and narrated by Angela Dawe.

Listening time for The New World by Patrick Ness is 47 minutes.

I was able to download The New World by Patrick Ness to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The New World by Patrick Ness.

I enjoyed listening to the audio edition of The New World by Patrick Ness. I thought the story was good as well as the plot development and also the characters as well. 

The New World by Patrick Ness is a prequel to the 'Chaos Walking Trilogy'. I am now interested in reading or listening to the 'Chaos Walking Trilogy' sometime in the future.

The following is a plot summary for The New World by Patrick Ness from Audible:
The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. The story was written while the author served as writer in residence for the Booktrust an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.
The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra. I knew these things - they're vitally important to her as a character, even if they're not directly in the novels - so it felt like a secret trip I could take readers on. The challenge was to make it work on its own, too, so anyone could read it. That was really, really good fun, and I hope the final result is an exciting one."
The New World can be listened to before or after the trilogy – and some may choose to do both. The story works as a standalone piece, but listeners already familiar with The Knife of Never Letting Go will learn more about Viola’s life and the events leading to her arrival and first encounter with Todd, while newcomers to the trilogy will discover a white-knuckle ride of an introduction to the series. Whether you're a new or faithful listener, though, it's a welcome chance to immerse yourself in the world of Chaos Walking
I am giving The New World by Patrick Ness a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson

Erotica Novel eBook Edition
I read Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson within a 24 hour period of time earlier this week!

I received the pdf version of Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson for FREE from Inkitt Exclusive Reads in exchange for an honest review! 

Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson is really well written erotica novel!! I loved that Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson had the perfect combination of storyline, interesting characters, and great writing that kept one interested in what was going to happen next!

The ending of Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson was different than how I thought it was going to turn out! I look forward to reading the other novels in the series.

The following is a plot summary for Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson from Inkitt Exclusive Reads' website:
You've never been wanted. You've never been loved. You release your emotions by bleeding and having sex. But now, the hottest person alive develops a sudden interest in you. What do you do?
Mora has never had an easy life. Physically and mentally abused by her mother, she's never known what being wanted or loved felt like. Her only relief? Sex, bleeding and playing the cello. And now, her new boss, Darius, has shown an interest in her character. Will Darius become another danger in Mora's life, or is he the absolution she's been internally wishing for?
I am giving Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

50/50 Friday --- Bookish Gift You'd Most/Least Like to Receive



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ 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 the Bookish Gift You'd Most/Least Like to Receive.


The Bookish Gift I'd Most Like to Receive

~ An Audible Membership ~
I love listening to audiobooks,
so receiving an Audible Membership
would be a perfect gift for me!

The Bookish Gift I'd Least Like to Receive

A book I've already read or a book from a
genre or by an author I do not enjoy reading.

Which Bookish Gift You'd Most/Least Like to Receive?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins

Victorian Ghost Short Story
I listened to the a short story titled Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins and narrated by actress, Gillian Anderson.

Listening time for Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins is 1 hour, 38 minutes.

I was able to download Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins.

Aside from being FREE, one of the reasons I chose to listen to Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins is because actress Gillian Anderson narrates this short story. I'm not a huge Gillian Anderson fan, but figured that as an established actress, Ms. Anderson would do a really good job of narrating Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins. Let's just say I wasn't all that impressed with Ms. Anderson's performance and leave it at that.

As far as the story/plot go for Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins, I thought this classic short story was okay. It was kind of suspenseful as to what was going on, but nothing to write home about as this short story was a bit on the slow side for me.

The following is a plot summary for Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins from Audible:
Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger.
Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

Brought to life by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Mrs Zant is the perfect Victorian ghost story.
I am giving Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos



I listened to the Audible edition of Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos, which is narrated by the cast of the stage play.

Listening time for Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos is 2 hours, 10 minutes.

I was able to download Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos for FREE to my Kindle from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos.

The best part of this audio edition was the narration performed by the cast of the stage play!! I also enjoyed the premise of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and how it was executed in a series of letters. The toughest part initially was trying to keep the names of the various characters straight! Overall, though I liked Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos, but didn't love it.

The following is a plot summary for Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos from Audible:
From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction.
Valmont is determined to conquer the famously pious Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is abroad on business. However, Merteuil has other plans. She enlists his involvement in the seduction of a young convent girl, Cécile Volanges, the wife-to-be of the Marquise's former lover. But as they race toward the culmination of their plans, events start to spiral out of control, and they realise that they might not be as in control of their hearts as once they thought.
Starring:
Madame de Volanges: Adjoa Andoh
La Présidente de Tourvel: Elaine Cassidy
Cécile Volanges: Morfydd Clark
Le Chevalier Danceny: Edward HolcroftMarquise de Merteuil: Janet McTeer
Vicomte de Valmont: Dominic West
Madame de Rosemond: Una Stubbs.
I am giving Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson

Short Story
I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson and narrated by Nicola Barber.

Listening time for The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson is 1 hour, 53 minutes.

I was able to download The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson.

I enjoyed listening to this well narrated story. The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson is fun and engaging. I thought the writing was good... I also thought the story and characters were well developed. My only complaint is the cliffhanger ending!

The following is a plot summary for The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson from Audible:
The New York Times best-selling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the stirring digital prequel to the Lock and Key series, which reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty.
In The Gadwall Incident, listeners get a glimpse into James' life a mere 24 hours before the tipping point - before life as he knows it changes irrevocably and his childhood slips into the shadows. Listeners will come to know the dangers that surround the Moriartys before James and Moria are sent off to the hallowed halls of Baskerville Academy, where they first meet the insufferable, inexhaustible Sherlock Holmes. It's a tale full of intrigue and false starts and daring getaways, one that will leave listeners desperate to know what's next.
I am giving The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor

Holiday Themed Short Story
Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor is a holiday themed short story I was able to download to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Listening time for Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor is 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor.

I like Christmas holiday themed reads, so was delighted to listen to the unabridged audio version of Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor and narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis. I enjoyed the story, characters, and plot for Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor. Lucy Price-Lewis was a good narrator for this short story.

Below is the plot summary for Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor from Audible:
It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm. 
Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn’s bath?
Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat? 
Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus? Where is Thomas, who promised he would be there? And worst of all - will Russell, lost on the moor in a blizzard, make it back in time for the birth of his first child? Or even at all?

Another chance to meet the characters from the best-selling novel The Nothing Girl as they navigate the complexities of the local nativity play in their own unique fashion.
I am giving Little Donkey by Jodi Taylor a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mid August Update

I usually only make quarterly updates on my reading stats... But this month, I decided to do something different and make a mid-month update!

I have been binge listening to a lot of audio listens this month... In fact, I've finished listening to a combination of 16 books, short stories, and podcasts this month. Most of what I have listened to this month have been entertaining and most of them have been free downloads from Audible.

The thing of it is this, I am now really behind on writing reviews of what I've listened to this month. I have a total of 11 reviews to write... But instead of wanting to write reviews, I just want to listen to more audiobooks or read books!!

How is your month in reading going for you?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bout of Books 20 Sign Up Post

Bout of Books

I am once again thrilled to be participating the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon!! I can't remember how many Bout of Books Read-A-Thons I've participated in to date. All I know is that I simply enjoy participating in this fun, low pressure read-a-thon. 

I hope you'll join me in participating Bout of Books 20! Below, you'll learn more about this fun and exciting read-a-thon:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Until my next post, happy reading! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Window Man by Louise Millar

Unabridged Short Story from Audible
I listened to The Window Man by Louise Millar and narrated by Clare Corbett. 

Listening time for The Window Man by Louise Millar is 25 minutes.

I was able to download The Window Man by Louise Millar to my Kindle for FREE from Audible. Below is my honest, unbiased review for The Window Man by Louise Millar.

The Window Man by Louise Millar is a relatively well-written short story that falls into the suspense/thriller genre. I liked the storyline, plot, and main character a lot. I just wish this short story was a bit longer and a bit more flushed out... If it had been flushed out a bit longer, perhaps I would have liked it that much more.

I thought Clare Corbett did a wonderful job narrating this short story.

The following is more about The Window Man by Louise Millar from Audible:
The Window Man is the first story in the Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #1 collection. Enjoy it for free, exclusively in audio!

Blade-sharp and pared to the bone, these original stories by best-selling, award-winning female crime writers will lure you to the dark side. Fifteen perfectly twisted tales with a measure of evil, a dash of horror, and a dose of humour. Expect the unexpected....
I am giving The Window Man by Louise Millar a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner

Unabridged Short Story
I listened to the unabridged audio version of The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner and narrated by Kirsten Potter.

Listening time for The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner is 1 hour, 47 minutes.

This the first time I've read or listened to anything by Lisa Gardner that I can recall. I really enjoyed listening to The 7th Month as it is really well narrated by Kirsten Potter. The writing by Lisa Gardner is tight and well done. The 7th Month is filled with a good story line and plot twists that keeps a reader interested in this short story from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more books by Lisa Gardner in the future.

The following is a plot summary for The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner from Audible:
In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following 13 best-selling novels, "The 7th Month" takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren.
In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial-killer film shooting in Boston. D.D. figures she’ll be useful to someone for at least one night, serving as a police expert and making a little extra money in the bargain. It seems like a simple task—until the previous film consultant, a former Boston cop, is found beaten to death. Suddenly D.D.’s date with Hollywood gets serious.
Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer, and surrounded by a hundred and four murder suspects in the middle of a graveyard, D.D. must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D.D. realizes that like it or not, her priorities have changed—and her last desperate hope is that she can catch a killer before she and her unborn baby face mortal danger.
Packed with the suspenseful storytelling that has turned Gardner’s novels into New York Times best sellers, "The 7th Month" reveals new insights into a beloved series heroine.
I am giving The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch

Audible Audio Short Story
I listened to A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch and narrated by
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, which is a short story I was able to download for FREE to my Kindle from Audible!

Listening time for A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch is 29 minutes.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch.

This wasn't one of my favorite recent listens. The narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, is decent enough. But the storyline for this short story wasn't that engaging for me. I think this short story could have been so much better if it has been longer and filled with more details.

The following is a plot summary for A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch from Audible:
Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....
I am giving A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post happy reading!

The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) by Tess Gerritesen

Unabridged Audiobook On Compact Disc
I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) by Tess Gerritesen and narrated by Kathe Mazur.

Listening time for The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) by Tess Gerritesen is 11 hours, 14 minutes.

This is the first time I've read or listened to anything by Tess Gerritsen that I can recall. After listening to the unabridged audio version of The Mephisto Club, I'm sure it won't be the last time I read anything by Tess Gerritsen. I really enjoyed this novel immensely as it is well developed, well paced, and filled with interesting characters and plot design to keep one engaged from start to finish.

Kathe Mazur is also a really good narrator. I look forward to listening to her narrate other books in the future as well.

The following is a plot summary for The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) by Tess Gerritesen from Audible:
Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen.
PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and a member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On top of Beacon Hill, the club's acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.
With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it's clear that someone, or something, is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own, or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?
Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced...one whose work is only just beginning.
I am giving The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) by Tess Gerritesen a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Reading to You!!


Free Little Library in Lafayette, California #2

Not my best picture with the shadow hoovering over my face!
Last Sunday, my husband and I visited Lafayette, California. During our brief visit to Lafayette, California, I was able to visit two different Little Free Libraries... I love visiting Little Free Libraries and I try visiting as many of them as I can. I also try to visit as many new to me Little Free Libraries as I can. It's fun seeing what each individual library looks like in person. 

I ended up leaving a total of five books between both Little Free Libraries we visited in Lafayette, California.

Do you enjoy visiting Little Free Libraries? I've only visited Little Free Libraries in California and would love to visit Little Free Libraries on other states across the nation.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Little Free Library in Lafayette, California #1

Last Sunday, my husband and I visited Lafayette, California. During our brief visit to Lafayette, California, I was able to visit two different Little Free Libraries... I love visiting Little Free Libraries and try visiting as many of them as I can. I also try to visit as many new to me Little Free Libraries as I can as it's fun seeing what each individual library looks like in person. 

I ended up leaving a total of five books between both Little Free Libraries we visited in Lafayette, California. I came away with one free book that's been on my reading wishlist for awhile now... A novel titled, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple from the Little Free Library on Hough Avenue.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Essential Books For Runners!


I'm not a runner, but I have two family members who are avid runners. These two individuals compete regularly in either marathons or trail races. 

Because these two family members are really into running and training for their races, it makes gift giving shopping for them really easy... Especially when it comes to buying them books to read about running!

I discovered an article on the Healthy Living website titled, 9 Books Every Runner Should Read. It looks like some really good book titles are listed for runners. So, if you're a runner and a reader or know someone who is, then check out this article!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Top Ten Authors I Still Want to Meet in Person!

I've had many wonderful opportunities to meet more authors in person than I can recall over the years at indie bookstore author signings events and literary festivals. I've enjoyed each and every one of these experiences! I look forward to attending more author signing events in the future.

With that said, there are still so many authors I'd love to met in real life and have them sign copies of their books for me. Here's a quick list of the top ten authors I'd like to met in person:

Margaret Atwood
Diana Gabaldon
Tamar Myers
Robin Lafevers
Barbara Kingsolver
Jerry Spinelli
Geraldine Brooks
Gloria Steinem
Louise Hay
Marjane Satrapi

Which authors would you most like to meet in person?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Roar by Nicole Trope

Audio Short Story
Roar by Nicole Trope is a short story that I was able to download for FREE from Audible. Roar is narrated by Susan Strafford. Listening time for Roar by Nicole Trope is 31 minutes.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Roar by Nicole Trope.

First off, I enjoyed listening to Susan Strafford narrate Roar as she has a lovely voice.

Roar by Nicole Trope deals with domestic abuse and a mother who only wants to protect her baby from her abusive husband. Roar is well written and worth a read.

The following is a plot summary for Roar by Nicole Trope from Audible:
A short story for fans of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve. Step into the fragile domestic world of Roar and discover the unforgettable voice of Nicole Trope, best-selling author of The Secrets in Silence, Three Hours Late and The Boy Under the Table.
The baby sleeps peacefully, filled with milk and contentment. The man on the bed breathes his way into the darkness, filled with rage. Was there ever really a choice?
From the queen of searing family drama and suspense comes a short story about the fierce bonds between mother and child, the things we sacrifice to protect the ones we love and the desperate choices we make when there's nowhere left to run.
I am giving Roar by Nicole Trope a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Which Punctuation Mark Are You? (Quiz)

Alrighty then, it's time for some weekend fun!! Take the following quiz to discover Which Punctuation Mark You Are

And just in case you were wondering, when I took the quiz, my results said I was a colon. What a hoot!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

50/50 Friday --- Best/Worst Book Read in July



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ 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 the Best/Worst Book Read during the month of July.


Best Book Read In July
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
(Click on link above to read my review)



Worst Book Read In July
Walking On Eggshells by Lyssa Chapman
(Click on link above to read my review)





So, which books were your best and worst reads for July 2017?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How Slow Reading Is Actually A Good Thing!!

Being a speed reader may not always be such a good thing. Read why that is in an article published on Bustle's website titled, 7 Reasons Slow Reading Is Actually A Good Thing, Because Being A Speed Reader Is Overrated by Kerri Jarema. In the article, Kerri Jarema wrote the following:
Yes, there are tons of cool things about being a fast reader, most importantly always being able to avoid spoilers, but in fact, reading on the slower side of spectrum can actually be super beneficial for you both mentally and intellectually. So the next time you have flashbacks of learning who died in the latest Harry Potter book before you got to the chapter or are feeling down on yourself for always being the last in the book club to finish the book, check out the seven reasons why you're reading style is awesome below.
Most of the perks associated with reading more slowly that are mentioned in the above article are pretty intuitive. I felt like I didn't really gain anything new information wise. Kerri Jarema's article is simply a reminder for me that reading more slowly is more beneficial than reading more swiftly.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder


I listened the unabridged audio version of The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder and narrated by Dan Bittner and Khristine Hvam. Listening time for The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder is 11 hours, 12 minutes.

I received The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder for FREE through the Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

I'm a huge audiobook fan, so I was excited to begin listening to this unabridged audiobook. Grant Ginder is also a new to me author and I enjoy discovering new to me authors.

Wow, this audiobook was different from how I thought it was going to be! I thought The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder was good. I liked it, but didn't love it. The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder spotlights a single family and how dysfunctional they all are. Grant Ginder definitely does a fabulous job of creating a dysfunctional family in all their glory as they reunite for a wedding.

My favorite character in The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder was Eloise and my least favorite was Mark.

Listening to an interview with Grant Ginder at the end of the audio production was wonderful as I always enjoy learning about about their inspiration for writing a book.

The following is a plot summary for The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder from Goodreads:
Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. 
They couldn’t hate it more.
The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.
As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.
I am giving The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Calling All Writers!! 20 Podcasts About Writing!!

Are you a writer in need of creative inspiration or need other writing advice while penning your novel, but don't have the time or money to attend a writer's workshop? 

Then checkout a fabulous article I came across on Bustle's website titled, 20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time by E. Ce Miller. In the article, E. Ce Miller writes the following:
Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more recently: podcasts. Podcasts about writing have been around practically as long as podcasts themselves have been, (with the longest-running writing podcast on this list airing for the first time in 2005!) and they’re the perfect dose of advice, inspiration, and motivation — especially for working writers on the go. Because let’s face it: while most of us aspiring and/or working writers would love to pause our daily lives in favor of losing ourselves in a writers’ workshop for weeks, months, or even years at a time, for many writers that’s not so realistic. These podcasts — as helpful as a creative writing workshop itself, in many ways — might be the next best thing. (With the added bonus of not having to worry about your GPA and your muse showing up in a timely manner.)
Best of luck to you in writing that best selling novel. Good luck!