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text 2019-11-08 03:48
COYER Winter 2019 Sign Up Post
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin

COYER Winter2019SignUp


This is my official sign up post for COYER Winter 2019-2020. I am just doing the regular COYER, not the "With Friends" twist as my taste in reading doesn't really gel with the other participants and I avoid ARCs. So I will be reading books I owned that were/are priced at $2 or less for e-books/$5 for audiobooks. 


I will participate in just one read-a-thon: FFS, I Suffer from FOMO runs from December 15th-28th and COYER rules are exempt from the read-a-thon. I also plan to do the IG Challenge in February....and we will see how that goes, lol. I really like that there is only one Twitter party and it is in the early afternoon (hey, I'm old and I will be coming off planning, executing, and hosting two elementary-school age birthday parties, so leave me be in my oldness, LOL). 


As for my book recommendation, I chose With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin. As for a TBR for COYER, I am holding off until after 24 Festive Tasks is done before deciding whether to make a TBR for COYER or wing it. 


Here's to whittling down my e-book shelves!

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text 2019-09-18 02:15
Audio Review: Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec (author), Andi Ardnt (author/narrator)
Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words - Tara Sivec,Andi Ardnt



How could anyone not love Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words? With a team like Sivec and Arndt, there is no doubt that within these pages lies comedy gold. Heidi is the perfect outlet for the hysteria that comes from two comedic geniuses. She's unpredictable, with a hint of naivety and a heart that lands her in some of the most outrageous situations. Heidi is the best part of humanity. She's not afraid to expose her flaws to the world, because she wants to be a better person. If only there were more people like Heidi. My favorite book of the year.

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review 2019-08-28 21:45
A Letter of Mary / Laurie R. King
A Letter of Mary - Laurie R. King

It is 1923. Mary Russell Holmes and her husband, the retired Sherlock Holmes, are enjoying the summer together on their Sussex estate when they are visited by an old friend, Miss Dorothy Ruskin, an archeologist just returned from Palestine. She leaves in their protection an ancient manuscript which seems to hint at the possibility that Mary Magdalene was an apostle--an artifact certain to stir up a storm of biblical proportions in the Christian establishment. When Ruskin is suddenly killed in a tragic accident, Russell and Holmes find themselves on the trail of a fiendishly clever murderer. Brimming with political intrigue, theological arcana, and brilliant Holmesian deductions.



***2019 The Summer of Sherlock*** 

Whatever I may think of the whole Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell relationship hook that King has used as the basis for this series, she is a masterful writer of the mystery genre in my opinion. I am perhaps biased, as I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a university student and studied three courses in Ancient Greek as well as a fair bit of Classical history (mostly influenced by H. Rider Haggard’s She: A History of Adventure, I confess) and during that period I was severely tempted by Biblical historicity and documents such as the Dead Sea Scrolls--I can envision myself being just as immersed in theological studies as Mary Russell. 

Since reading the first two Theodora Goss novels (The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman), I am also developing an affection for cross-pollination between fictional works and King provides that in several examples. I was amused when Mary returned from a research day in Oxford, mentioning that she had met a man named Tolkien who was involved in runes, mythology and linguistics. 

But the pièce de résistance was an encounter by Mary during an “undercover” adventure with Lord Peter Wimsey! He is never directly identified, but she does call him Pete and his behaviour is unmistakable. She has just been diverted from the buffet by the presence of two women who will unwittingly unmask her and has wandered back to a music room to contemplate her options. There she discovers Wimsey improvising “a three-way hybrid of Schubert’s “March Militaire” performed as a Goldberg Variation by Bach with Scott Joplin occasionally elbowing in,” based on Yes, We Have No Bananas. Mary enjoys watching him, “witnessing one of nature’s rare creatures in its own habitat.”

He screwed his monocle into place with a gesture of buckling on armour, then glided smoothly out into the crowd. I watched with amusement as he greeted his hostess, kissed the fingers of a matched brace of dowagers, shook various hands, greeted the colonel and said something that made him laugh, scooped up three glasses of champagne from a passing tray, and finally, with the ease of a champion sheepdog, cut out his two victims from the flock. Within four minutes from leaving my side, he was strolling down the terrace stones, one fluttering female on each arm, and I stepped out to take a plate. Rule, Britannia, with an aristocracy like that.

King, to my way of thinking, has perfectly nailed the spirit of Dorothy Sayers in this vignette. It made me ridiculously happy. It’s the sheepdog reference that cinched it for me--that is Sayers to the nth degree.

My Summer of Sherlock is drawing to a close, but I am sure that I will continue reading this series for some time to come.

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text 2019-08-22 23:08
BoB26, Day 4 - If This, Then That
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
A Distant Melody - Sarah Sundin
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin
Let It Shine - Alyssa B. Cole
The Bashful Bride - Vanessa Riley
The Preacher's Promise - Piper Huguley
A Most Precious Pearl - Piper Huguley
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald

Recommendations Time!


If you like the Call the Midwife memoirs by Jennifer Worth.....then check out The Nightingales series by Donna Douglas.


If you like true crime sans murder....then check out Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald.


If you like WWII era historical romances....check out Sarah Sundin's trilogies.


If you like adventure/road trips with your romance...then check out the Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin.


If you like more recent historical romances...then check out Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole or any book in the Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance series (each book in the series is written by a different author and takes place between 1910-2008ish). Decades have some of the best romance covers ever!


If you like Regency era historical romances but need more color *cough*….then check out Vanessa Riley's Advertisements in Love series.


If you like historical romances other than Regency era or another mail order bride...then check out Piper Huguley's Home to Milford College series (Reconstruction era/early Gilded Age) or Migrations of the Heart series (WWI/post war/early Jazz Age). 





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text 2019-08-20 21:05
I think my Summer of Sherlock is just about done
Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. - Andrew Lycett
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club) - Theodora Goss
A Letter of Mary - Laurie R. King


At this point, I'm about half way through Andrew Lycett's biography of Arthur Conan Doyle.  I have to say, ACD is not nearly as interesting as Ian Fleming was.  He seems to have been rather a stick in the mud, despite all his odd spiritual beliefs.


I think I will also read the second book by Theodora Goss and the third book in the Mary Russell series, and then I am declaring the Summer of Sherlock to be done.


By then, it should be time for Hallowe'en Bingo to get going, and I hope to seamlessly roll into that event.


I'm kind of sad that summer is over so quickly, but I do love fall.  


Happy reading!

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