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text 2017-10-13 20:43
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Three Miss Marple Mysteries (The Murder at the Vicarage / The Body in the Library / The Moving Finger) - Agatha Christie

I am reading this for Locked Room Mystery square.


I already finished "The Murder in the Vicarage" and loved every bit of it. But it's definitely a transition from a Miss Marple that feels barely tolerated to the Miss Marple that we all know and love that shows up in "The Body in the Library."

 

I also think that having the Vicar (Leonard) be the main narrator for the first story definitely colors how you think of Miss Marple as well. 


Review for The Murder in the Vicarage:

So this is a classic locked room murder mystery. Told from the point of view of St. Mary's Mead, local vicar, Leonard Clement we have him starting to wish harm upon the head of Colonel Lucius Protheroe. The colonel is despised by many of the residents and eventually winds up dead, he is found murdered in the vicar's study. 

 

What makes this murder mystery even more intriguing is that two people confess to the murder, but it seems that the real suspect could be far sinister. 


The vicar goes around and through being around when discussions are held and clues abound he digs around into who could be behind the colonel's murder. One of St. Mary's Mead resident, Miss Jane Marple always seems to be on the scene too, helping along the vicar. 

 

We get a lot of characters who show up in later Miss Marple books. 

 

I really did get a kick out of this one, especially when we get to the reveal. Miss Marple reads as stuffy and gossipy though by the vicar. I am glad that Christie changed that up in later books. 

 

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text 2017-09-05 10:52
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 2)

5/8/2015

 

Books by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman)

1. Eye of the Storm (No)

2. The End of The Rainbow (No)

3. Ruby  (No)

 

4. Beaches by Iris Rainer-Dart (No)

5. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (No)

 

Books by Sophie Kinsella:

6. Confessions of a Shopaholic (No)

7. Can You Keep A Secret  (No)

 

 

Books by Richelle Mead:

8. Vampire Academy (Yes)

9. Bloodlines (No)

 

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (No)

 

 

 

5/10/2015

11. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (Yes)

 

 

Books by Tess Gerritsen:

12. Vanish (No)

13. The Sinner (No)

 

14. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (No)

 

15. You Will Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen (No)

 

 

5/15/2015

 

 

 

16. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Yes)

17. Magnolia by Kristi Cook (No)

 

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. The Face on the Milk Carton (Yes)

19. Whatever Happened to Janie (No)

20. The Voice on the Radio (No)

21. What Janie Found (No)

22. Janie Face to Face (No)

 

23. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (No)

24. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (No)

25. Wish by Joseph Monninger (Yes)

26. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price (No)

27. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl (Yes)

 

 

28. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Yes)

 

 

29. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (No)

 

30 - 37 Harry Potter UK Edition Box Set. (I've read the series many times, but only reread the first 2 since buying the new set.)

 

 

5/22/2015

 

 

Books by Lois Duncan:

38. Daughters of Eve (No)

39. They Never Came Home (No)

 

40. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (No)

 

41. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (I have read it many times, but I don't think I have read it again since buying it.)

 

 

 I'm pretty sure I have a problem as most readers do. Used book stores are a curse and a blessing.

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text 2017-09-05 10:32
Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 1)

This is part 1, because I did many book hauls on here, more than I thought!

 

I made a book haul post a couple years ago. I'm only going to list the books that were personally meant for me. Some were my husbands. I was curious if I read the books since I bought them! Let's see!

6/1/2015

 

Books by Sarah J. Mass:

1. The Assassin's Blade (Yes)

2. Throne of Glass (Yes)

3. Crown of Midnight (No)

4. Court of Thorns and Roses (No)

 

Between 5/29 and 5/31 /2015

 

 

by Tonya Hurley

5. Ghostgirl #2: Homecoming  (No)

 

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6. The Watcher's Guide Vol 1 by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder

7. The Monster Book by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette & Thomas E. Sniegoski

(No to both, but these are more for my Buffy/Angel book collection)

 

Books by Cecelia Ahern:

8. Thanks for the Memories (No)

9. Rosie Dunne (Yes)

10. The Book of Tomorrow (No)

 

Books by Tess Gerristen:

11. The Surgeon (Yes)

12. The Apprentice (No)

13. The Keepsake (No)

14. The Mephisto Club (No)

15. Bloodstream (No)

16. Girl Missing (No)

 

17. Haunted by Jeff Mariotte (NO, but this is for my Angel book collection)

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. Hush Little Baby (No)

19. The Stranger (No)
20. Fatality
(No)
21. The Fire
(No)

22. Wanted (NO)

23. The Return of the Vampire (No)

 

But in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection, I have read them as a teen.

 

Books by Diana Hoh:

24. Win, Lose or Die (No)

25. Kidnapped (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

Books by R. L. Stine:

26. Lights Out (No)

27. Missing (No)

28. Broken Hearts (No)

29. The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secret (No)
30. The Surprise Party
(No)

31. The New Boy (No)

32. The Dare (No)

33. First Date (No)

34. The Prom Queen (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

35. Resolved: You're Dead by Nicholas Adams (No)

36. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (No)

 

Books by Christopher Pike:

37. Remember Me by Christopher Pike (No)

38. Bury Me Deep (No)

39. Whispers of Death (No)

40. The Starlight Crystal (No)

41. The Midnight Club (No)

42. Monster (No)

43. The Visitor (No)

44. Scavenger Hunt (No)

45. Die Softly (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

What have I learned? I learned that I buy a bunch of books for the purpose of collecting, rather than reading right away! 


Out of all the ones listed here, I read 4 of them. You do the math!

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review 2017-08-29 23:24
Book Review: Steel & Stone: Companion Collection By Annette Marie
Steel & Stone Companion Collection (Steel & Stone Book 6) - Annette Marie

 

This companion novel made the series that much better! I loved every single story, but Lyre has found a special place in my heart. I enjoyed seeing the same situations from a perspective that wasn't Piper. I like Piper, but being in Lyre or Ash's head is much more interesting considering they've been alive for centuries (it seems) and are much more knowledgeable in everything than Piper is.

 

If you couldn't tell by now, I adored being in Lyre's head. Annette Marie did this character justice with her writing and I'm so happy for that! Lyre proved to be just as secretive and intriguing as I was expecting him to be. I'm officially hyped for his prequel series.

 

Looking from Piper's eyes I assumed Ash would have complicated and tumultuous thoughts. From the stories from his point of view, he came off as nonchalant. It almost felt like a calm before the storm. It was interesting but not as interesting as Lyre.

 

Overall this was a collection of interesting stories and makes an amazing companion to the original series. These stories gave me a much better understanding of Ash and Lyre which would make re-reading the Steel & Stone Series that much more fascinating.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Once, Ash had called Lyre an angel of death. Tonight, he would do the name justice.  "

 

"Incubi are lover's, but no woman's true love."

 

"The past lies in rest, its ghosts long slumbering, and I would not disturb them. Let us begin again."

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review 2017-08-25 16:48
He Completes Me (Home #2) by Cardeno C. Review
He Completes Me (Home Collection Book 1) - Cardeno C.

Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.

Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily-ever-after.

 

Review

 

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is a super sweet romance and it just soaks in the couple time and we get so many phases of the relationship. Agh. Love it.

 

Aaron is completely sweet and well a wish fulfillment hero for someone as hurt and angry as Zack. Zack's voice in wonderful with great asides to the read and wry self reflection.

 

Aaron is a bit of a doormat but there is some nice conflict around making sure Zach and Aaron are partners in this relationship.

 

As much as I liked it, and I did, there are issues with the writing in terms of unresolved stuff,.

 

Aaron's relationship with Zach's brother and wife need to be discussed. There is so much co dependency in Aaron.

 

Zach needs therapy for his childhood trauma.

 

The plot pacing is sluggish so while even though I enjoyed it, others will be driven batty.

Aaron has no pets. He is a vet. We never get to see his love of animals.

 

And there is other weird stuff but I liked it anyway, A lot. lol.

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