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review 2018-10-23 04:56
Are You Sleeping?
Are You Sleeping - Kathleen L. Barber

Like most people who have weighed in on this book, I did find it fairly predictable, but still a decent read. I thought the comparison to Serial was misleading, because it was more of a knockoff, like a bad Rom-Com version of Serial, despite the heavy-sounding premise. While she tested my patience with characters whose dialogue (and actions) often defied believability, Barber's skill in pacing and an interesting narrative form kept me turning the pages. I did enjoy the family drama — the romantic tangles not so much. Despite the sometimes-clunky characters, I did finish, so I will be interested to see what Barber thinks of next.

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text 2018-10-23 02:12
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 481 pages.
The Child Thief - Brom

Wow, this escalated from the first paragraph!

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text 2018-10-23 01:49
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 640 pages.
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within - George R.R. Martin,H.P. Lovecraft,Neil Gaiman,Tessa Gratton,Bentley Little,Zak Jarvis,Violet Glaze,Peter Giglio,Mercedes M. Yardley,Dieter Meyer,Scott Bradley,Brad C. Hodson,Nicole Cushing,Alice Henderson,Alethea Kontis,Steve Duffy,Maxwell Hart,Richard Ch

Completed "The Other Side" which was equally as weird and creepy as "The Company of Wolves".

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text 2018-10-22 21:24
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #5

 

 


Apparently I'm bound and determined not to read for a Bingo...  I had planned ton simply breezing through Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea for a quick, easy Bingo line (Row 2).  Now that Spellbound has been called, that is.  But I finished up Houses of Stone for Terrifying Women, and then just felt the need to start in on Desperate Girls... and before I knew it, I'm already 70% done with it and forcing myself to go to sleep.

 

 


I will be finishing up Desperate Girls before the night is over, which will give me at least one full row (the last one) read, then I just need to wait for Baker Street Irregulars to be called for another bingo.  I'm going to jump into Daughter of the Midway, which will automatically give me a bingo by filling in Creepy Carnivals... unless I get sidetracked, which would be sad, because the short story is only 32 pages.

 


Meanwhile, my reading plans have changed, yet again...

I ran to the library to pick up the book for the next Flat Book Society read... and on a whim browsed for the Vivien Chien cozy mystery, A Noodle Shop Mystery, and made a last minute decision to use the first book, Death by Dumpling as my Diverse Voices read.  I'm only on chapter one, but I like what I've read so far... and can really relate to some of the stuff Lana talks about in her introduction.  I think I'm going to enjoy this one!

 


I think, honestly, the one thing I'm super stoked about is how quickly I've finally caught up with my own Bingo card.  After finishing Desperate Girls and Daughter of the Midway, I will only have five more books to go for a Blackout.  At this point, I'm not sure if that's possible with only nine days left of the month, but I'm going to try!

At the very least, I've discovered three new authors I'm ecstatic about continuing to read from!  That's always a win in my book!

 


Now if everyone will excuse me, I've got some reading to do...

 

 

Updated Marked Card:

 


So after much deliberation, I've decided to really personalize my card this year... and also because I just couldn't resist using this recent picture of our family dog.  I present to everyone the marker that will depict all of my Called Squares:

 

 
Dino Baby!  Rawr!


And that is the extent of my creativity this year... along with that tedious visual you see when you scroll down.  Because the markers for my Read Squares will simply by a book cover to set to the left  side of the square as Dino Baby roars at it from the right side of the square.

 

 

Currently Reading:

 

 

FOR FOR FOR

 

 

Squares/Books/Called Dates/Update Post Links:


Progress on my card:  20 squares called || 18 books read || 14 squares completed

Squares called that I do not have:
09/15/18 - Modern Masters of Horror
09/25/18 - Amateur Sleuth
09/29/18 - Supernatural
10/17/18 - Fear the Drowning Deep
10/21/18 - Country House Mystery

Halloween Bingo 2018: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Report Your Bingos!

October Group Read | Discussion Thread -- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #1
It's Monday! Plus a Halloween Bingo Update, Just Because... | 09/17/2018
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #2
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Book Rambles at Mid-game
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #3

Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #4

*And also, when I've posted them, the book covers will link to my reviews.

 

Called:  10/01/18
Read:  10/19/18
Called:  09/21/18
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Called:  10/09/18
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Called: 09/09/18
Read:  10/05/18
Called: 10/05/18
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Called: 09/05/18
Read:  10/11/18
Called: 09/03/18
Read:  10/14/18
Called:  09/27/18
Read:  10/13/18
Called: 09/17/18
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Called:  10/19/18
Read: 09/03/18
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Called: 09/01/18
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Called: 09/23/18
Read:  10/17/18
Called:
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Called:  09/19/18
Read:  10/01/18
Called:
Read:  10/09/18
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Called:
Read:  10/11/18
Called:10/11/18
Read:  10/06/18
Called:  10/07/18
Read:  10/17/18
Called:
Read:  09/27/18
Called:  09/13/18
Read:  
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Called:  10/13/18
Read:  09/24/18
Called:  09/11/18
Read:  10/22/18
Called:  10/03/18
Read:  09/22/18
Called:
Read: 09/06/18
Called: 09/07/18
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Halloween Bingo 2018
Ani's Book Abyss

 

 

Wild Card Author:

 


I haven't decided which author to use as my Wild Card yet, but I've been considering using Nora Roberts, as she is a writer of a lot of crime thrillers, romantic suspense, and supernatural, including the Circle trilogy I've chosen for this year's bingo.

Other authors I'm also considering are: Susanna Kearsley, who writes Gothic with a bit of supernatural; Elizabeth Peters, who has a lot of cozy mysteries; or another obvious option, Agatha Christie!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/10/halloween-bingo-2018-update-5.html
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review 2018-10-22 20:30
Thoughts: Buried Leads
Buried Leads (A Headlines in High Heels Mystery #2) - LynDee Walker

Buried Leads

by LynDee Walker
Book 2 of A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller

 

 

It wasn't the first time I'd smelled a dead body, but the faintly sweet, acrid stench didn't get less putrid with repeated exposure.

The scene was quiet for a body recovery, just as I'd hoped.  Not another reporter in sight.


When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in a shallow grave in the Virginia woods, Nichelle Clarke is the first reporter on the scene.  The victim is a tobacco lobbyist with a mysterious past, and Nichelle suspects that his shady business connections are what's driving local politicians to push for a quick arrest.  She soon uncovers a web of astonishing corruption: A dark trail of illegal kickbacks and high-end call girls that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C.

For Nichelle, it could be the news story of the year.  But the power players at the center of the plot have everything to lose, and Nichelle's crusade for the truth lands her right in the crosshairs of the killer.



This second book in the Nichelle Clarke series was maybe a little bit more disappointing than I had hoped.  Sure, it was still written well, and I still like Nichelle.  But I think I would like her better if she didn't blatantly ignore warnings of danger just to trudge forward without a care.  As much as I hated the scene with the stuffed Pomeranian toy, I'm glad that it kind of gave her a wake-up call... even if she still didn't really see the danger in the story she was pursuing.  At least she was taking some action to keep her puppy safe, even if she wasn't taking steps to keep herself safe.

The story pacing and the writing is still winning, though.  As I stated, I still like Nichelle.  I like that she's smart, resourceful, and has a way with puzzles.  I didn't really care for her trying to edge into another co-worker's area though, because it left me feeling like she was trying to steal someone else's job.  She'd been spending time complaining about Shelby trying to steal her job since book one, so it felt a little contradictory.  At the very least, she DOES finally admit that she's not trying to steal Trudy's political beat, and goes to Trudy with questions as well as offers the scoop to her co-worker.

It's a little too convenient, however, that Trudy dismisses Nichelle's insights, thus giving Nichelle a green light for continuing her investigation, conscience-free.

I AM glad for the fact that Nichelle covers more than just the "mystery of the week."  In fact, there are more mysteries going on in this book than I'd expected, and enough to keep readers guessing for hours.  Simply the mystery of the missing white chocolate syrup was lingering in the background.

But to be totally honest, the ending wasn't really all that surprising to me, even if I didn't see it coming.  And I felt like it was kind of abrupt.  All the other incidents that Nichelle covered in this book felt like they should have been separate incidents, but everything tied together in the end, though.  I'm not sure if I like that everything ties together in the end, or if I would have preferred to see Nichelle working an article on an incident that had nothing to do with the "mystery of the week," just to show us that there's more going on in this world than the one big convoluted scandal that serves as the main conflict in this book.

Meanwhile, I'm not a big fan of love triangles, but I could smell this one coming a mile away.  I don't know how to feel about it at the moment, because not a whole lot of character is given to either male love interest--at least not enough for me to like one over the other.  And since I don't like triangles, I'm really hoping that this one doesn't keep up for too long and Nichelle either chooses one guy... or chooses no one.  At this point, you can kind of see her leaning more towards Mr. "Call Me Joey," though it could have just been because of the fact that she and ATF Agent Kyle have a history she's reluctant to get into.

At this point, I am kind of glad that Nichelle's world doesn't revolve around her love interests.  They're really just afterthoughts for her at the moment, even if she finds both of them attractive and alluring.

I'm still not digging the color commentary about Shelby's bedroom habits--nor am I feeling the necessity of Shelby's "Mean Girl" act.  I don't feel like it brings much to the table--Nichelle's urgent deadlines still stand whether or not there's someone actively vying for her position.  The fact that she's got a friendly rivalry going on with Charlie from News Channel Four also serves to keeps her on her toes as is.

Otherwise, this second book of the series wasn't bad.  It wasn't incredible, nor was it as exciting or entertaining as the first, but it was still enjoyable, and fast-paced enough that I finished it in a breeze.

 



 

Halloween Bingo 2018
(any murder mystery)


Other possible squares:  Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuth; Terrifying Women

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/10/thoughts-buried-leads.html
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