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text 2019-09-09 18:42
Weekly Reading - September 9th-15th
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb
One Haunted Evening - Jane Charles,Jerrica Knight-Catania,Lynn M. Stone
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

I have been kinda quiet lately, but things are slowly starting to level out here at Chez Tea. We are still unpacking/sorting/putting away or putting up stuff from our moves - yes plural, as some stuff wasn't unpacked in the five years we were in the UK - and garage sales are in our future. But life is good here in Kansas, with the leaves changing colors and the temperatures not as blistering hot (still warm for our UK-acclimated bodies though). 


I'm still all about Halloween Bingo - two of the three books I want to get to this week is from my bingo reading list. On Saturday, Connections in Death became available on OverDrive from my holds list and I'm thinking of putting myself on Vendetta in Death's wait list now so I may be able to read in time for this year's bingo. I'm reading that on the Kindle; on the NOOK I have started One Haunted Evening anthology and so far so good. 


IRL book club pick, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, is almost done (I'm hoping to finish it tonight) and it's....fine. Easy read but nothing earth shattering, so I hope the discussions at this month's meeting generates something interesting from us reading it.

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review 2019-09-03 17:07
Simply Dead
Simply Dead - Eleanor Kuhns

Will Rees, his wife, and family live in the house that his wife inherited and that the Shaker community covets. He married into the Shaker community, even though the Shakers don't seem to accept him that much. He had previously investigated a murder in the community and it seems that he will be doing it again as the daughter, Hortense, of a midwife,  goes missing. 

There are two men who are looking for her. Will finds her in the snow without shoes or a coat. He and his wife Lydia are suspicious of the circumstances. They hide her away in Zion, the local Shaker community. There is an eye witness and it appears that the description of the witnesses matches that of Josiah Wooten, a nasty man who lives with his wife and two sons. 

Will investigates the family and is surprised by what he finds. He has gone to the Wooten home in a blizzard, puts his life at risk yet again. He is determined to not only find out why Hortense went missing but also investigate the murder of the Shaker sister and what the correlation is between the two incidences. He is concerned about the welfare of his family and that they could be in danger.

The author writes in such a way that you can almost feel like you are in the snowy woods of 1790's Maine. A community that is set far apart from the rest of the country. There is a cast of characters that are believable. The story is suspenseful and you also get a feel for what it is like to live in a Shaker community. There are also some twists to the story that was not expected. I love a story that does that, I don't want to figure out who did what in a mystery, I like being surprised.

This is only the second Shaker Murders book that I have read but I found that I really did not miss not having read the previous ones in the series. I want to start the series from 

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text 2019-09-01 03:50
Halloween Bingo Kick Off!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
One Haunted Evening - Jane Charles,Jerrica Knight-Catania,Lynn M. Stone

So it's been a busy week at my house, trying to unpack the last of the move boxes and just life in general. I have been re-admitted to my grad program and I'm registered for my first two classes (starting September 23rd) and all my VA 9/11 GI Bill paperwork has been transferred over to pay for the classes. I joined my base library's adult book club (As the Page Turns) on Monday and the club host (librarian in charge of programs) had our first two books set - September's read is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and October's is Lab Girl (also the book that all of Kansas is reading in that month for the Big Library Read). After those months, we voted on what to read the rest of the year (our year runs September through May, as the librarian/host is also head of the Summer Reading Program). 


But the thing with being so busy is that I am too tired at the end of the day to read. I just spend a little while with a coloring app on my phone before I am out like a light...which is why I didn't take advantage of the head start MM gave us this week. But starting tomorrow I will take at least 20 minutes out per day to read for Halloween Bingo and IRL book club. I am starting HB with One Haunted Evening (3 short stories) for the Free Space. However, there probably won't be much review writing from me and updates may be infrequent.

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text 2019-08-10 20:51
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

Found this languishing on my Kindle. I started reading it three years ago and got about a third of the way through before getting distracted by something else and never returned to it.


I vaguely remember the plot and what's happened, so I'm just going to dive back in and hope for the best.

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review 2019-08-07 01:36
Review: Eleanor by Kristiana Gregory
Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine, France, 1136 - Kristiana Gregory

Title: Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine
Author: Kristiana Gregory
Series: Royal Diaries
Format: hardcover
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Eleanor lives in a palace in Poitier, France, with her father, Count William of Aquitaine, and her younger sister, Petronilla. Mischievous and daring, Eleanor's daily exploits are a constant source of frustration to her grandmother and ladies-in-waiting, who are the girls' caretakers. Eleanor's life is turned upside-down, however, as her father goes off to fight in the invasion of Normandy, and her safety, as well as that of her sister's, is at risk from his enemies. Then, at age fifteen, Eleanor is forced into a new role when her father dies and she is betrothed to sixteen-year-old Prince Louis VII of France. When Louis' father, King Louis VI, dies suddenly, Louis VII becomes King - and young Eleanor is now Queen of France!


Favourite character: Petra
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: At the back of the book in the historical notes (which I love btw) it mentioned that Eleanor was spoiled, but I didn't see that. Except for the fact that she slaps about three people in the book, including her sister, there is no indication that she's spoiled. And I guess because it's from her point of view, maybe we wouldn't see that, but I feel like it should've been more implied than just slaps.

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