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text 2017-02-19 20:26
Week 7 of 2017
The Ersatz Elevator - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
Champagne for One - Rex Stout,Lena Horne
Black Orchids - Rex Stout
The Silent Speaker - Rex Stout,Walter Mosley

 Books Read: 6

 

The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital: I'm continuing A Series of Unfortunate Events, hoping to finish by the end of this month. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet begin to investigate the VFD after the loss of the Quagmire triplets. At the end of The Vile Village the series breaks off from it's usual search for a guardian for the siblings and leaves them to fend for themselves completely. 4 1/2 stars.

 

Champagne For One, Black Orchids, The Silent Speaker: I stated last week in my round-up that going back and re-reading the Nero Wolfe books I enjoyed them even more than the first time, this continues to be accurate. Champagne For One is my favorite of the three I've finished this week (5 stars), Black Orchids comes in second (4 1/2 stars), and The Silent Speaker comes last (3 1/2 stars).

 

Ongoing Reads: 1

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: I'm still working my way through this. Reading this, I have to say, not much has changed in regards to how people behave during and after a murder investigation.

 

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video 2017-02-15 19:13

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

It’s official, we are already one month down into this crazy year, and this month I managed to pack in a crazy amount of reading!! If you haven’t already I would really recommend picking up Sally Greens series, I cannot wait to start reading the third. Completely hooked.

 

 

Now I’m a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover, guilty as charged, and when I saw these new covers in Waterstones I had to do it. These editions are by Coralie Bickford Smith, The Fox and the Star, and are gorgeous. They retail at £20, I bought Jekyll and Hyde for myself and the other for my mum as a birthday present. I also plan to buy her Withering Heights.

 

 

I really don’t remember buying this many books but clearly I did. Poor Unfortunate Souls is the last book by Serena Valentino, which I’m gutted about because I love the world she has created. With only two more books left to come in the Throne of Glass series, the final and a novella, I picked up the assassins bind up of the first 5 novellas. Also thought I’d grab the first in her other series, although I won’t start reading that for a while.

 


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text 2017-02-13 23:19
Week 6 of 2017
"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions) - Lemony Snicket,Seth
The Bad Beginning - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Reptile Room - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Wide Window - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Miserable Mill - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The League of Frightened Men - Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

This post is a little late this week. We were without internet since Sunday morning after a truck driver came through and took out a cable.

 

Books Read: 9

 

"Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?": This is the last book in the All Wrong Questions series and just like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it doesn't end on a positive note. 4 stars.

 

The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy: After finishing the All the Wrong Questions series I had to go and start reading this series again. I didn't realize it had been so long until I looked at my shelf on Booklikes. This is one of those series that I could read over and over again. I will say as much as I enjoy this series, I find that it doesn't really pick up until the fifth book The Austere Academy, though the preceding four books are still enjoyable. 4 stars for The Bad Beginning. 5 stars for the other four.

 

The League of Frightened Men, Too Many Cooks: Two more Nero Wolfe books and two more re-reads, I really am trying to cut down on re-reading. I'm actually enjoying these more the second time around and I'm curious how I'll rate the other books in this  series as I work my way through. 4 1/2 stars.

 

The Final Descent: This is the final book in The Monstrumologist series and I have to say, I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a series ending (excluding Sherlock Season 4, I'm just pretending it never happened and hoping for another season). The author warns the reader going in that the format of this final book is quite different than the others, but it was still annoying. The ending itself was just ... I knew it was headed in that direction from the previous book, but I was just so unsatisfied in the ending. 1 star.

 

Ongoing Reads: 2

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: This book is quite interesting, but it's a slow read as well. I'm stuck reading this book only at home because my co-workers, who have never previously taken an interest in what I read, insist on coming over and asking a million questions about it. Aargh!

 

Champagne For One: Another Nero Wolfe book and I actually finished it Sunday morning, but it didn't seem right to count it in the previous weeks tally.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-07 17:02
January Wrap-Up
The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece - Roseanne Montillo
The King - J.R. Ward
Anno Frankenstein - Jonathan Green

 

 

 

The Lady And Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo

 

My Review

 

The book follows Mary’s life right from the moment of her birth and touches on every source of inspiration that led to the writing of Frankenstein. Just a heads up, Mary Shelley's life was no bed of roses!

 

 

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

 

No reviews because the only reason I read this series is because my OCD won't let me stop. They have gone from bad to shoot-me-please-shoot-me-now worse! I mean, there was actually a Lion King scene ripoff in this installment: remember, when Mufasa raises Simba on the hilltop to show off the new heir? That!

 

 

Anno Frankenstein (Pax Britannia #7) by Jonathan Green

 

My Review

 

I mean, imagine what it would take to make a book with monsters, time travel, and steampunk elements fail this miserably for me!

 

The first two were chunksters and considering that the only time I get for reading is the 45 min to and from work, I'd say not bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-02-07 03:17
January Reads
Man on the Run - Carl Weber
The Score - Kiki Swinson
The Mark (The Score Series) - Kiki Swinson
Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Note Yet Unsung (A Belmont Mansion Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Luxury and Larceny: Part 1 - Ty Marshall
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I read 7 books in January. I'm so proud of myself that I stayed focused and tried to read everyday. There were a couple books that I did have to put down, but I'm happy I did. Leaving books that aren't working for me is something I promised to do in 2017 and obviously with 7 books read it's working. 

 

I read;

 

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins                    4 stars

 

Man on the Run by Carl Weber                   4 stars

 

The Score by Kiki Swanson                         3 stars

 

The Mark by Kiki Swanson                          3 stars

 

Copycat by Kimberly Lawson Roby             3 stars

 

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander   3 stars

 

Luxury & Larceny by Ty Marshall                2 stars

 

 

It was a good month and in February I'm expecting to read more and hopefully read more 5 and 4 star reads.

 

                   

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