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text 2018-06-07 19:49
TBR Thursday*: June 7, 2018

Reading (9 books):

 

What to Say NextThe Girl Who Knew Too MuchOne of Us Is LyingCome Sundown

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & WitchcraftThe Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3)ItBorn a Crime: Stories from a South Afri…

Colonel Roosevelt

 

 

Going to Read (23):

 

 Cover image for We Were Eight Years in Power

As You WishAn American Marriage

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 The Hollow ManWhy Didn't They Ask Evans?Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)Strangers on a Train

Postern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence #5)The Sittaford MysteryOrdeal by InnocenceN or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)

Cover image for The Hazel WoodTitle details for Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins - Wait list Cover image for Aru Shah and the End of Time

 

Read (10 books):

 

 

 The Courtesan Duchess by Joanna ShupeJohn Henry Days by Colson WhiteheadI Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'FarrellThe Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Furyborn by Claire LegrandThe Reunion by Roisin MeaneySlightly Single by Wendy MarkhamSlightly Settled by Wendy Markham

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonSo You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

 

All the books read were pretty long this week. 

 

My TBR is 32 books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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text 2018-05-31 13:58
TBR Thursday: May 31st 2018

(copying idea from Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue)

 

I've thought about doing one of these posts for a while just to illustrate how ridiculous my Mount TBR is (and to emphasize that it needs the "Mount"), so here it is.

 

Currently reading:

Bunnicula - a rabbit tale of mystery - James Howe  A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Barbara W. Tuchman   Conservation of Shadows - Yoon Ha Lee  

Plus some others I may have to restart.

 

Going to read (soon):

The Secret Library - Oliver Tearle  The Traitor Baru Cormorant - Seth Dickinson  Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War) - T. Kingfisher  Homicide Sanitarium - Fredric Brown  Before Mars - Emma Newman

 

The state of Mount TBR:

(I've been tracking my to-read list for the last few months. Note that this doesn't include library potentials that I've flagged...that's part of a separate list...currently sitting at 193 books.)

 

 

Yes, that's 478 books. I'm also a good ten books behind on my reading challenge. Sigh. 

 

Oh, and there are a couple reviews I haven't written yet. 

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text 2018-05-31 13:00
TBR Thursday*: May 31, 2018

Wow a lot of books popped up for me via the e-library book loan. I maybe screamed in horror this past weekend. I didn't download a blessed thing because for some off reason my sister's family just doesn't have Wifi. Or doesn't have the password.

 

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Love her to death, but I leave that thing on my fridge for guests, and then have it right there in the guest room. 

 

Other than that, I didn't get many books read this week, but finished some really long ones. 

 

How did your book reading go this week?


Can you believe we are already at almost the 6 month point for 2018?

 

-Blue

 

 

Reading (12 books):

 

What to Say NextThe Cafe by the SeaThe Girl Who Knew Too MuchOne of Us Is Lying

Come SundownFuryborn (Empirium, #1)John Henry DaysWhen Dimple Met Rishi

I Am, I Am, I AmThe Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deception…So You Want to Talk About RaceToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

 

I feel really bad I didn't get to my buddy read with Whiskey this weekend. In my defense though, I was super busy and also no freaking Wi-Fi. 

 

Going to Read (24):

 

 Cover image for We Were Eight Years in PowerCover image for Born a Crime

As You Wish

An American MarriageAdulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 Cover image for The Case for JamieThe Hollow ManWhy Didn't They Ask Evans?

Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)Strangers on a TrainPostern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence #5)The Sittaford Mystery

Ordeal by InnocenceN or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)Cover image for The Hazel WoodTitle details for Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins - Wait list

 

Read (5 books):

The Outsider by Stephen KingThe Crow Trap by Ann CleevesComing Home by Rosamunde PilcherThe Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

 

All the books read were pretty long this week. 

 

My TBR is 36 books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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text 2018-05-24 21:51
TBR Thursday*: May 24, 2018

Sorry all! I got really busy last week and even today I am scrambling since I am heading out of town tomorrow to go to my big brother's wedding in Atlanta!

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I have a buddy read going on as well as some great new books I want to finish up! I am excited to start a summer reading list and cannot wait to see what everyone else is going to start reading for the hot summer days and nights!

 

-Blue

 

Reading (10 books)

 

 Coming HomeThe Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deception…The OutsiderSo You Want to Talk About Race

Furyborn (Empirium, #1)Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & WitchcraftI Am, I Am, I AmThe Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope, #1)

When Dimple Met RishiJohn Henry Days

 

 


Going to Read (31):

 Cover image for We Were Eight Years in PowerCover image for Born a CrimeCover image for One of Us Is Lying

Cover image for The Cafe by the SeaCover image for What to Say Next

As You WishAn American Marriage

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 Cover image for The Case for JamieWinter SolsticeThe Hollow ManWhy Didn't They Ask Evans?

Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)Strangers on a TrainThe Shell SeekersPostern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence #5)

The Sittaford MysteryOrdeal by InnocenceN or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)Cover image for The Hazel Wood

Title details for Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins - Wait listCome Sundown - eBookThe Girl Who Knew Too Much - eBook

 

Read (14 books):

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVosThe Three-Body Problem by Liu CixinMy Big Greek Summer by Sue RobertsThe Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

Dark in Death by J.D. RobbHalf Seven on a Thursday by Roisin Meaney311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie MacomberThe Moon and More by Sarah DessenGuilty as Sin by Tami HoagAbout That Night by Julie James

A Lot Like Love by Julie JamesSomething About You by Julie James

 

 

My TBR is 41 books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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review 2018-05-18 19:16
Half Seven on a Thursday
Half Seven On A Thursday - Roisin Meaney

I got such a kick out of this one. Meaney has a play in this one with you also delving into the life of the characters who come to perform in an amateur production. I really enjoyed everyone we read about and would have happily read a second book starring everyone. However, Meaney gives you a general idea of how things are going to go with everyone once the curtains fall. 

 

Six people come out to audition for an amateur play called, "Death by Dying". Think Agatha Christie.

 

The director of the play, Edward Bull (everyone mentions he looks like Tommy Lee Jones) is throwing himself into directing in order to distract himself over the disintegration of his marriage. He wonders if he can forgive his wife, but finds himself thinking about someone else. I liked Edward. He is a bit of a prig when the book starts off and stays that way through the end. But he grows on you, at least he did on me. He is trying to take care of his uncle and definitely knows what is what with directing. 

 

The other characters are sisters, Ellen and Maria. Ellen is still dealing with the heartache of losing her childhood sweetheart. Maria is dealing with being in a loveless marriage and her son's autism. I didn't really like Ellen. There is a whole side-plot dealing with her and a potential medical issue that didn't make me more interested in her. Maria I felt really bad about. She's caught between a rock and a hard place and wants to leave her marriage, but feels trapped since her young son needs his routines or he will lash out. 

 

Robert is a hairdresser still working alongside his ex-wife Caroline. They share custody of their twin boys, but now Caroline is seeking to make a big change that is going to impact Robert. I don't know. I didn't care that much for Robert. You find out he and Caroline split because he cheated. He seems oblivious about how much he had to hurt her. His two kids are pretty cute though. 

 

Harry is a librarian and dealing with a secret he has kept hidden about himself. He still has hope his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's can come back to herself. I felt badly for Harry. We get a scene with him trying to take his mother out for her birthday over the objections of his absent siblings. You can feel how much pain and loneliness he is dealing with. 

 

Theo has a son and daughter she adores. Only issue is that her current fiance's daughter that she wishes would go away. Can't lie, didn't like Theo at all for this whole story-line. She was acting obtuse and kind of jerky. 

 

Judith has a lot of regrets. Her ex-husband abandoned her long ago to deal with raising their son alone. He hasn't turned out that great. When he returns from Greece with a girlfriend, her life is tipped upside down. 

 

I enjoyed reading the play/characters dialogue so much. I thought it was such a smart idea to mix that in there with us getting to read along with the rehearsals. 

 

The book flow was great. You go from character to character quite easily. Meaney does a good job of setting up the chapter headings that helps with showing how much time has passed as well. 

 

The ending was really good. Not everyone got a great happy ending, but what does occur made sense to me. 

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