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review 2017-03-22 21:47
Review: Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly

This book had the most boring murder mystery I have ever read. So boring the recurring characters either didn't notice there was a murder in their town or just didn't care. This was more "day in the life of Midwestern librarian Kathleen" than mystery. I am giving it one star for the cats, Owen and Hercules, who were the only living beings who cared enough to solve the mystery. At least it fills in a reading challenge prompt.

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review 2017-03-22 21:34
Review: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan

I'm giving this book zero stars because I hated each character featured in the story and the writing was amateurish even though the author has an expansive backlist. It was all telling (the chemistry between hero and heroine was mentioned about a thousand times) and no showing with a cast of characters straight out of British chick lit audition room. Add in the never ending snow storms and picturesque scenes of Vermont at Christmas time so sweet it will give you a toothache, and it ends up being a boring book about horrible characters. The only reason I read the whole thing rather than DNF is because it can be used to fill in a challenge prompt. I am not going to read anything else by this author.

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text 2017-03-17 19:00
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson

Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Irish and Irish diaspora around the world. I can claim Irish heritage via my great-grandmother and great-grandfather who came to the US from Cork.


My hubby came back from his TDY and surprised me with volumes 3 and 4 of Saga; he found them at the BX at the base he was TDY and remembered I had picked up one and two. He also bought a crap ton of Italian wine.


Tonight and tomorrow is my farewell trip to London with two friends, one of which is leaving to move back to the US. We are staying at a Harry Potter themed B+B, going to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, do a Harry Potter themed walking tour on Saturday, followed by a little lunch and a little shopping.


Here is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

1. Finish Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (print copy from personal shelves)

    I am only continuing with this book because it fits a Pop Sugar prompt. I am definitely not feeling Morgan's writing or the category-length story stretched out to a full book length plot line.


2. Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly (Kindle book via OverDrive)

     Another Pop Sugar prompt filler. A quick cozy mystery from an author I read before (another book in the series for Halloween bingo last autumn).


3. Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    Yet another Pop Sugar prompt filler, but I have had this one on my OverDrive wish list for a long time. I admit that if Steves or Samantha Brown had not written this book, I probably wouldn't have given it a second look; but because I like Steves' work on TV, I am looking forward to how he might incorporate politics (international and/or domestic) into the arena of travel.


4. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    One last Pop Sugar prompt filler. My Kindle is going to get quite the work out this week.


Also, I have at least three reviews to write, but just not feeling the writing vibes as much as the reading vibes.


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text 2017-03-10 19:44
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh
In the Midst of Life - Jennifer Worth

I'm taking the kids on a day trip to a city we have never been to, so I will have six hours on a bus to read to my heart's content. I don't want to bring a library book (with the possibility of leaving or ruining library property on the trip), so I picked Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan off my physical TBR pile to read. The cover of my copy of the book is much different (less romance, more British chick-lit) than the one in the database. I will have In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth as a stand by if I finish the Morgan book before we get back to base (also from the physical TBR).


Currently reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and it is great - a business book that is not about the financial world and is about one of my favorite sports. However, statistics play a MAJOR role in the storytelling, and it can be some dense reading (So. Much. Math.). So I am interspersing chapters from Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh - a great military history read about medics, doctors, and nurses that went to war.



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text 2017-03-08 20:54
Update on Pop Sugar Challenge 2017

I will update this thing once every three months. I like to read and then figure out if a book fits the challenge later or not.




A book recommended by a librarian


A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long (Wires and Nerve: Volume 1)


A book of letters


An audiobook


A book by a person of color (Stories of Your Life and Others)


A book with one of the four seasons in the title 


A book that is a story within a story (Ashley Bell)


A book with multiple authors (My Lady Jane)


An espionage thriller


A book with a cat on the cover


A book by an author who uses a pseudonym (The Shivering Sands)


A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist)


A book by or about a person who has a disability (The Vanished Man, Lincoln Rhyme, #5)


A book involving travel (India Fan)


A book with a subtitle (Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race)


A book that's published in 2017 (Echoes in Death)


A book involving a mythical creature 


A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile (Ravished)


A book about food


A book with career advice (My Not So Perfect Life)


A book from a nonhuman perspective


a steampunk novel


A book with a red spine


A book set in the wilderness


A book you loved as a child


A book by an author from a country that you've never visited (Murder is Easy)


A book with a title that's a character's name 


A novel set during wartime


A book with an unreliable narrator (All the Missing Girls)


A book with pictures (Sweep in Peace)


A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you (Silence Fallen)


A book about an interesting woman (Saving Grace)


A book set in two different time periods


A book with a month or day of the week in the title


A book set in a hotel


A book written by someone you admire (Labours of Hercules)


A book that's becoming a movie in 2017 


A book set around a holiday other than Christmas (In Twenty Years)


The first book in a series you haven't read before (Trade Me)


A book you bought on a trip




A book recommended by an author you love


A bestseller from 2016 (Apprentice in Death)


A book with a family-member term in the title


A book that takes places over a character's life span


A book about an immigrant or refugee


A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of


A book with an eccentric character


A book that's more than 800 pages


A book you got from a used book sale


A book that's been mentioned in another book


A book about a difficult topic 


A book based on mythology (Norse Mythology)


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