Sunday Post: October 30

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home and Blog

Happy Halloween
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Bailey seems a little embarrassed!
A sick husband

I spent most of the week taking care of my husband. He’s been sick since last Sunday and not feeling better after a week. We’ll see his doctor again this week. Poor guy. He’s not sick very often and he’s not able to do much of anything.

Not on the road again . . .

Needless to say, he didn’t fly to Spokane this week to drive our car back home. We postponed the trip for two weeks. We’ll have to decide this next week if that’s going to happen.

Blog posts
Tentative blog posts for next week
  • November books on my list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-thon Goals
  • Review: Send in the Clown by Julie Mulhern
  • Review:  An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca

My books

What I’m reading
  • Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
  • Casting Bones by Don Bruns
What I read
  • An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • Badlands by C.J. Box
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein36

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

The Moor by Laurie R. King

A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King

Death Comes to the Fair by Catherine Lloyd

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

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Waiting on Wednesday: October 26

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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christmas-days-12-stories-and-12-feasts-for-12-daysChristmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

by Jeanette Winterson

Series: None

Genre: Holiday Short Stories

Publication date: December 6

Synopsis: For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas—a time of celebration, sharing, and giving—she offers these twelve plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I love holiday and Christmas stories.
  • “Philosophical fairies, tinsel baby that talks, flying dogs . . .” Sounds like some fantasy in these stories!
  • I like finding new Christmas stories.

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Autumn-themed children’s picture books

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

This week I’m talking about Autumn-themed children’s picture books. There are both Halloween books and books about fall. I love picture books because the illustrations are often so beautiful. I think the illustrations often are as much for the adults as for the children! I also love when the books have poetry or repeating language. Those books are fun to read to children. So these are the books I think many children would enjoy.

autumn-is-hereAutumn is Here! A Young Readers Picture Book

Author & Illustrator: Heidi Pross Gray

Age Level: 0 to 8 years

Publication date: 2012

34 pages

Summary: Fall books are a wonderful way to explore the seasons with your children. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the book Autumn is Here! With full color watercolor illustrations and whimsical text, you and your child will explore all the different changes in nature and in family life as autumn approaches. Pick some apples, bake some muffins, watch the squirrels gather nuts, visit the farm and have a bonfire! Warm up some cinnamon tea and cuddle up with your child today to read a wonderful book about fall, Autumn is Here!

one-witchOne Witch

Author: Lauren Lueck

Illustrator: S.D. Schindler

Age Level: 3 to 8 years

Publication date: 2004

32 pages

Summary: One witch, on a hill, had an empty pot to fill. So what does that one witch do? She goes around to visit all her fiendish friends, naturally; two cats, three scarecrows, four goblins, five vampires, six mummies, seven owls, eight ghosts, nine skeletons, and ten werewolves.

At every stop they contribute ghoulishly tasty ingredients until the witch has enough to make a properly gruesome stew for her party. Then, of course, she must send out her invitations; to the ten werewolves, nine
skeletons, eight ghosts, seven owls, six mummies…

Count up and count down again as one witch gets ready for a fun-filled monster bash. Come along, they’ve got a special surprise waiting just…FOR…YOU!

the-autumn-visitorsThe Autumn Visitors

Author & Illustrator: Karel Hayes

Age Level: 3 to 8 years

Publication date: 2015

32 pages

Summary: In this fourth and final book in Karel Hayes’s acclaimed Visitors series, the beloved family of bears gets in another round of adventures as they experience the full enjoyment of a New England autumn. First up the country fair–the bears sneak onto the midway after hours to play the games and be thrilled by the rides. Next comes Halloween, for which the bears all cleverly disguise themselves to gather a load of trick-or-treat candy. And finally there’s a big Thanksgiving feast for all the friends of the forest. As always, the bears manage to have all their fun while carefully avoiding detection

goodbye-summer-hello-autumnGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Author & Illustrator: Kenard Pak

Age Level: 4 to 7 years

Publication date: 2016

32 pages

Summary: As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!

Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

i-love-fallI Love Fall: A Touch and Feel Board Book

Author: Alison Inches

Illustrator: Hiroe Nakata

Age Level: 2 to 4 years

Publication date: 2012

12 pages

Summary: From plump orange pumpkins to crunchy leaves, readers will love all the textures fall has to offer in this delightful touch-and-feel board book.

From woolly scarves and plump orange pumpkins to crunchy leaves and smooth wicker baskets, readers will delight in all the different textures fall has to offer. With simple, rhyming verses and sweet, vibrant illustrations, youngsters can celebrate the season with this touch-and-feel board book that’s perfect for small hands.

leaf-manLeaf Man

Author & Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 4 to 8 years

Publication date: 2005

40 pages

Summary: Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

Includes an author’s note and leaf-identifying labels.

wild-childWild Child

Author: Lynn Plourde

Illustrator: Greg Couch

Age Level: 3 to 8 years

Publication date: 2003

32 pages

Summary: In this magical bedtime book, Autumn doesn’t want to sleep. Mother Earth wants to put her wild child, Autumn, to bed. But Autumn isn’t ready. First she wants a song, then a snack, then pj’s, and a kiss. Lynn Plourde’s crisp text crackles like fall leaves and Greg Couch’s illustrations are a color extravaganza. Wild children and their parents will love this scrumptious, satisfying tribute to the wonders of nature and family. Wild Child is the first of four seasonal picture books by Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch.

room-on-the-broomRoom on the Broom

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Age Level: 3 to 8 years

Publication date: 2001

32 pages

Award: Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book to Read Aloud (2003)

Summary: The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

big-pumpkinsBig Pumpkin

Author: Erica Silverman

Illustrator: S.D. Silverman

Age Level: 4 to 8 years

Publication date: 1992

34 pages

Summary: The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can’t get it off the vine.

It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.

How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You’ll be surprised!

the-widows-broomThe Widow’s Broom

Author & Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

Age Level: 4 to 7 years

Publication date: 1992

32 pages

Summary: “Witches’ brooms don’t last forever. They grow old, and even the best of them, one day, lose the power of flight…. On very rare occasions, however, a broom can lose its power without warning, and fall, with its passenger, to the earth below … which is just what happened one cold autumn night many years ago.” So begins The Widow’s Broom, the gentle, strangely captivating book by Chris Van Allsburg, who received Caldecott medals for Jumanji and The Polar Express.

The story gets under way when the lonely widow Minna Shaw finds a wounded, sky-fallen witch in her vegetable garden. The witch disappears before dawn, but leaves her old, presumably defunct broom behind. Minna begins to use it around the house and finds that “it was no better or worse than brooms she’d used before.” However, one morning, Minna sees the broom sweeping by itself! Opportunistically, she trains it to chop wood and fetch water.

When the neighbors find out about this “wicked, wicked thing” (posing as an innocent, hardworking broom), they accost the widow and demand that the broom be burned. Are they successful in separating the lonely widow and her diligently sweeping friend? This is a wonderfully suspenseful book to read aloud and young listeners will earnestly hope for the broom’s survival. Still, older, wiser readers, ages 8 and older, will be swept up in the story, too.

Do you have favorite autumn-themed children’s books?

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Sunday Post: October 23

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This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

 home and blog

Birthday and allergies

I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week. We celebrated our younger daughter’s birthday all weekend. Our older daughter came for the weekend to help celebrate, too. We had a fire in the fire pit in our yard and roasted marshmallows. The next day we had a fun afternoon at a local winery and then a broiled salmon dinner and birthday cake at the end of the evening. We were so busy having fun and that the Sunday Post didn’t get done.

This week I’ve been fighting allergies so not much done several days either at home or on the internet. My eyes are itching like crazy even after several allergy pills. I’ll have to see how this next week goes to see how much I get done on my blog.

The weather is beautiful here especially this weekend with bright blue skies and temps about 70. We took a drive through some of the older neighborhoods in town and the trees and yards are beautiful.

On the road again . . .

My husband is flying to Spokane next week to drive our car back to Iowa. That will take several days, but it will be good to have our car back.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • Casting Bones by Don Bruns
What I read
  • The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
  • Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern
  • Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

I got lots of books at the library as well as some NetGalley books and then a few on sale!

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

After Atlas by Emma Newman

A Limited Justice by Catriona King

Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers

The Towers, The Moon by Andrea K. Host

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (free audible book until November 2)

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Waiting on Wednesday: October 19

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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the-stars-are-legionThe Stars Are Legion

by Kameron Hurley

Series: Unknown

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publication date: February 7

Synopsis: Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre’s most celebrated new writers.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I really like space opera.
  • Sounds interesting. I like books where lots of action takes place on spaceships

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The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

the-secrets-of-wishtide-by-kate-waundersThe Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders
Series: Laetitia Rodd Mystery #1
Genre: Historical Mystery
Setting: 1850-1851 England
Published by Bloomsbury USA
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 13)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
352 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Benson, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator.

Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighboring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family’s new governess—quickly making herself indispensable.

But the seemingly simple case—looking into young Charles Calderstone’s “inappropriate” love interest—soon takes a rather unpleasant turn. And as the family’s secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most.

Initial impressions

  • I really enjoyed this book. It’s similar to a number of historical mysteries taking place in Victorian England, but has enough freshness to create a fun, memorable mystery.

Pluses

  • I like that Laetitia (Letty) is an older protagonist (52 years old) than most female protagonists in books.
  • The relationship between Letty and her brother is a nice one. And the antagonism between Laetitia and her sister-in-law is not unexpected. I also think that Laetitia and her brother working together makes sense. I also like the image of Letty’s brother Frederick–a renowned criminal barrister–at home with his wife and ten children!
  • Mary Bentley–Letty’s landlady–is a down-to-earth character and has become Letty’s friend as well as helping with Letty’s investigations.
  • I like that this isn’t the first investigation Letty has done for her brother. This provides more background for the book.
  • The book doesn’t pull any punches.
  • The book has a satisfying mystery.
  • The Calderstone family is interesting and it’s clear to Letty when she becomes a governess to the family that they have lots of secrets. I didn’t figure out all that was happening and was surprised several times during the book.
  • I like the little touches the author adds: that John Keats once lived in the house where Laetitia lives now, for example.
  • The way Laetitia remembers her husband is so nice to read about. They truly loved each other.

Minuses

  • By the end of the book there are many threads to the story. That might bother some readers. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the characters, story and mystery, however.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  •  I’m glad this is the first book in a new series. I look forward to the next book!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info (from Goodreads)

  • Kate Saunders (born 1960) is an English author, actress, and journalist. The daughter of the early public relations advocate Basil Saunders and his journalist wife Betty (née Smith), Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She, and Cosmopolitan.
  • She has also been a regular contributor to radio and television, with appearances on the Radio 4 programs Woman’s Hour, Start the Week, and Kaleidoscope. She was, with Sandi Toksvig, a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz program Have I Got News For You.
  • Saunders has also written multiple books for children and for adults.

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Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

stalking-groundStalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima
Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado–the high country in Colorado
Published by Crooked Lane Books
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 13, 2016)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
320 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and Robo are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country–and they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.

While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that’s only the first long, dark night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground–with no way out unless they can catch a predator more deadly than any natural threat.

Initial impressions

  • A very good addition to the series.

Pluses

  • Mattie and Robo make a great team. I like that they’re coming to trust each other more.
  • Mattie has trouble trusting and relating to people sometimes, but I think because of Robo she’s growing more confident and making more friends.
  • When Mattie hears that Deputy Ken Brody’s girlfriend is missing she wonders if Adrienne didn’t just leave. Mattie finds Deputy Brody difficult to get along with and can’t imagine that being his girlfriend is easy.
  • However, the evidence mounts that Adrienne didn’t disappear on her own. And when her body is found Mattie finds herself beginning to understand Brody better and realize he loved Adrienne.
  • There’s a scary scene where Mattie and Robo are alone in the Colorado wilderness overnight guarding Adrienne’s body while Brody goes back to guide the forensic teams and others to the site.
  • I like that Mattie is beginning to make more friends and learning that friends will help–that she doesn’t have to do everything herself.
  • This isn’t a very gritty, dark mystery–and for me that’s a plus as I don’t like dark mysteries too much.
  • I like many of the characters in these books. And there are hints of romance to come in future books. But that doesn’t take over the story.

Minuses

  • I did have ideas of who the murderer is, but wasn’t sure of the motive. I still enjoyed the mystery and story.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m hoping for a third book in this series. I hope it comes soon!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Margaret Mizushima has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing Colfax. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/Author Margaret Mizushima, on Twitter @margmizu and on her website.

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Waiting on Wednesday: October 12

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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The Bear and the Nightingale

by Katherine Arden

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy

Publication date: January 10

Synopsis: A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • This sounds like such an interesting fantasy.
  • I’ve seen this book compared to Naomi Novik’s book Uprooted.
  • A beautiful cover.

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Sunday Post: October 9

Sunday-PostThis is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

Back home

We’ve been home for a week and I’m still tired. We got a few things done.Our house in Maryland finally sold. It was supposed to happen in August, but at least it’s done now.

We spent a lot of time figuring out when our car will be ready to drive home. We still don’t have a date when the car repair shop says the car will be ready. That is irritating since we need to make a plane reservation and it gets more expensive the closer to the date we need to fly.

And on the road again . . .

We decided at the last minute to go see my father-in-law on Saturday. My husband is staying part of next week to take him to doctors’ appointments. Our daughter is also driving over and coming home on Sunday so I’m going to come home with her. A short visit–but only three hours away.

October weather

We are finally getting some fall weather. I love the cool crisp mornings and the bright blue skies in the afternoon. My cats are loving the sunshine coming in windows now that the sun is lower in the horizon.

Meeting people

We’ve not had a chance to meet too many people since we’ve moved here, but in October I plan to start joining some groups. We’ll see how that goes!

The blog

My blog was unavailable for a couple days this week. I finally found out one of my plug-ins was causing problems. I wasn’t able to access my site and no one else could either. That was annoying!

Because I couldn’t access the site I also didn’t get things done on my blog. I’m hoping to get more done this week.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Casting Bones by Don Bruns
  • The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
What I read last week
  • The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

I didn’t get any books last week, but I made up for that by requesting books from NetGalley, using the new Amazon Prime deal and also buying a few books!

Next Week–home & blog

I’ve got a busy week planned. I want to put away summer clothes and find my winter clothes. They may still be in a box somewhere!

Blog posts

  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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October books on my list

These are the October books on my list. Each month I keep a list of books that interest me based on the author, synopsis, genre or sometimes just the cover! My favorite genres: Mysteries–especially police procedurals; Science Fiction–especially military science fiction and space opera; Fantasy–especially urban fantasy.

books-on-my-listI don’t buy all these books since I already have lots of books to read and I feel lucky if I get 10 books read each month. But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of the books.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to interest them and also hope anyone who comments will point me toward books I missed.

October 1

casting-bonesCasting Bones

by Don Bruns

Series: A New Voodoo Mystery Series set in New Orleans

Published by Severn House Publisher

Genre: Mystery

256 pages

Synopsis: Introducing New Orleans homicide detective Quentin Archer in the first of a brand-new mystery series.
When a prominent New Orleans judge is brutally murdered, former Detroit cop Quentin Archer is handed the case. His enquiries will lead him into a world of darkness and mysticism which underpins the carefree atmosphere of the Big Easy. Interrogating crooked police officers, a pickpocket, a bartender with underground contacts and a swamp dweller, Archer uncovers some troubling facts about the late judge s past. But it s only when he encounters a beautiful young voodoo practitioner that he starts to make headway in the investigation.
Voodoo queen Solange Cordray volunteers at the dementia centre where her mother lives. When she starts reading the mind of one of her patients, she learns that a secretive organization known as Krewe Charbonerrie may be behind the murder of the judge. And the second murder. And the third . . .”

October 4

the-rise-of-ioThe Rise of Io

by Wesley Chu

Series: Unknown

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Science Fiction

352 pages

Synopsis: Ella Patel – thief, con-artist and smuggler – is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.

With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can’t trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?

into-the-gunsInto the Guns

by William C. Dietz

Series: America Rising #1

Published by Ace

Genre: Science Fiction

352 pages

Synopsis: On May Day, 2018, sixty meteors entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded around the globe with a force greater than a nuclear blast. Earthquakes and tsunamis followed. Then China attacked Europe, Asia, and the United States in the belief the disaster was an act of war.

Washington D.C. was a casualty of the meteor onslaught that decimated the nation’s leadership and left the surviving elements of the armed forces to try and restore order as American society fell apart.
As refugees across America band together and engage in open warfare with the military over scarce resources, a select group of individuals representing the surviving corporate structure make a power play to rebuild the country in a free market image as The New Confederacy…

the-rift-uprisingThe Rift Uprising

by Amy S. Foster

Series: The Rift Uprising Trilogy #1

Published by Harper Voyager

Genre: YA Science Fiction

368 pages

Synopsis: The first book in the fast-paced action-adventure, The Rift Uprising trilogy—an enthralling mix of speculative fiction and military thriller—in which a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against . . . and the monsters she fights for

Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of fourteen, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal or an axe-wielding Viking is trying to make it through the Rift and into her world.

But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through—a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. Because while there’s an immediate physical attraction, it’s his intelligence and curiosity that throws Ryn off balance. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered—questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she’s been told these past six years has been a lie. Are the Rifts as dangerous as her leaders say? Should her people really try to close them . . . or learn how to travel through them?

all-the-little-liarsAll the Little Liars

by Charlaine Harris

Series: Aurora Teagarden #9

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Cozy Mystery

240 pages

Synopsis: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.

impersonationsImpersonations: A Story of the Praxis

by Walter Jon William

Series: Dread Empire’s Fall

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

256 pages

Synopsis: Nebula Award-winning author Walter Jon Williams returns to the sweeping space opera adventure of his Praxis universe with Impersonations, an exciting new novel featuring the hero of Dread Empire’s Fall!

Having offended her superiors by winning a battle without permission, Caroline Sula has been posted to the planet Earth, a dismal backwater where careers go to die. But Sula has always been fascinated by Earth history, and she plans to reward herself with a long, happy vacation amid the ancient monuments of humanity’s home world.

Sula may be an Earth history buff, but there are aspects of her own history she doesn’t want known. Exposure is threatened when an old acquaintance turns up unexpectedly. Someone seems to be forging evidence that would send her to prison. And all that is before someone tries to kill her.

If she’s going to survive, Sula has no choice but to make some history of her own.

October 11

a-terrible-beautyA Terrible Beauty

by Tasha Alexander

Series: Lady Emily #11

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Lady Emily travels to Greece where a ghost from her past returns to haunt her amid the ruins.

Lady Emily retreats to her villa on the island of Santorini for a brief respite from London. But when she arrives, the housekeeper informs her that the master of the house has returned—Emily’s first husband who died a decade earlier…

the-apothecarys-curseThe Apothecary’s Curse

by Barbara Bennett

Series: Unknown

Published by Pyr

Genre: Urban Fantasy

340 pages

Synopsis: This genre-bending urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago.

In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die.

Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.

When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

death-of-a-toy-soldierDeath of a Toy Soldier

by Barbara Early

Series: Vintage Toyshop Mystery #1

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Cozy Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her father’s vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into reality—and keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY.

The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is found in the shop with a lawn dart through his chest. Suddenly, Liz’s business plan is plunged into deep freeze, while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who’s playing for keeps.

Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled for the neighborhood kids if Liz can’t wrap up the case in Barbara Early’s delightful debut Death of a Toy Soldier.

goldenhandGoldenhand

by Garth Nix

Series: Abhorsen #5

Published by HarperCollins

Genre: YA Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: Lirael knows the blood that runs in her veins and her true powers. She also knows that Chlorr of the Mask has been conspiring with the clans of the steppe, from a message she’s received from her long-dead mother, Arielle.

But no one else believes that nomads can be a real threat. Accompanied by Nicholas Sayre and a young mountain nomad, Lirael goes on a dangerous journey across the steppe and into the mountains to see for herself. There Lirael discovers the future Arielle saw long ago that is now coming to pass: Chlorr has gathered the clans to attack the unsuspecting Old Kingdom.

The only way Lirael and her companions can stop the attack is to find Chlorr’s original, better human self—Clariel. Only, Clariel has been asleep for centuries beyond the Great Rift. Lirael must reach her—and help her go beyond the Ninth Gate to die the final Death—before it is too late.

iron-castIron Cast

by Destiny Soria

Series: Unknown

Published by Amulet Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

October 18

exploded-viewExploded View

by Sam McPheeters

Series: Unknown

Published by Talos

Genre: Science Fiction Mystery

384 pages

Synopsis: It’s 2050, and LAPD Detective Terri Pastuzka has drawn the short straw with her first assignment of the new decade. Someone has executed one of the city’s countless immigrants, and no one (besides the usual besieged advocacy groups) seems to much care. Even Terri herself is already looking ahead to her next case before an unexpected development reveals there’s far more to this corpse than meets the eye.

And a lot already meets the eye. In a city immersed in augmented reality, the LAPD have their own superior network of high-tech eyewear—PanOpts, the ultimate panopticon—allowing Terri instant access to files and suspects and literal insertion into the crime scene using security footage captured from every angle the day the murder occurred. What started as a single homicide turns into a string of unsolved murders that tie together in frightening ways, leading Terri down a rabbit hole through Los Angeles’s conflicting realities—augmented and virtual, fantastically rumored and harrowingly true—towards an impossible conclusion.

Exploded View is the story of a city frozen in crisis, haunted by hardship and overwhelmed by refugees, where technology gives everyday citizens the power to digitally reshape news in real time, and where hard video evidence is impotent against the sheer, unrelenting power of belief. After all, when anyone can forge their own version of the truth, what use is any other reality?

the-starlit-woodThe Starlit Wood

edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe

Series: None

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Fantasy Short Stories

400 pages

Synopsis: An all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings, featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers.

Once upon a time. It’s how so many of our most beloved stories start.

Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d’Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted all sorts of tales that have always found a place in our hearts.

Now a new generation of storytellers have taken up the mantle that the masters created and shaped their stories into something startling and electrifying.

Packed with award-winning authors, this anthology explores an array of fairy tales in startling and innovative ways, in genres and settings both traditional and unusual, including science fiction, western, and post-apocalyptic as well as traditional fantasy and contemporary horror.

From the woods to the stars, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales takes readers on a journey at once unexpected and familiar, as a diverse group of writers explore some of our most beloved tales in new ways across genres and styles.

everything-belongs-to-the-futureEverything Belongs to the Future

by Laurie Penny

Series: Unknown

Published by: Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction Short Story

96 pages

Synopsis: Time is a weapon wielded by the rich, who have excess of it, against the rest, who must trade every breath of it against the promise of another day’s food and shelter. What kind of world have we made, where human beings can live centuries if only they can afford the fix? What kind of creatures have we become? The same as we always were, but keener.

In the ancient heart of Oxford University, the ultra-rich celebrate their vastly extended lifespans. But a few surprises are in store for them. From Nina and Alex, Margo and Fidget, scruffy anarchists sharing living space with an ever-shifting cast of crusty punks and lost kids. And also from the scientist who invented the longevity treatment in the first place.

Everything Belongs to the Future is a bloody-minded tale of time, betrayal, desperation, and hope that could only have been told by the inimitable Laurie Penny.

firewalkFirewalk

by Chris Roberson

Series: Unknown

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

356 pages

Synopsis: A modern-day supernatural crime thriller set in a fictional west coast city, from the New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the comic book-turned hit TV show iZombie.

Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito, a coastal city that’s been shrouded in mystery and legend for centuries. Local law enforcement had requested the Bureau’s assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who’d left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim.

Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. Izzie’s ancestors were “mambos,” voodoo priestesses who claimed to communicate with the dead and protect the faithful from evil spirits. Patrick’s Polynesian great uncle told stories of Recondito’s supernatural menaces that lurk in flame and shadow. The killer’s last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they’d long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved.

So when Patrick, now working with the vice squad to investigate a dangerous new street drug, discovers a connection between the street drug and the serial killer’s victims, he realizes that their instincts were right: the threat is far from over. Reunited again, he and Izzie will discover that Recondito is a city of dark secrets, and their own pasts may be the key to unlocking them.

October 20

a-closed-and-common-orbitA Closed and Common Orbit

by Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #2

Published by Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Science Fiction

512 pages

Synopsis: Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

October 25

fallerFaller

by Will McIntosh

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction

352 pages

Synopsis: Day One

No one can remember anything–who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity–gone, except for what people can find, and they can’t find much.

Faller’s pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can’t remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.

He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can’t even remember.

eggnog-murderEggnog Murder

by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross

Series: Each author has ongoing mysteries set in Maine

Published by Kensington

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Christmas, Short Stories

320 pages

Synopsis: With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .

EGGNOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.
 
DEATH BY EGGNOG by LEE HOLLIS
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

NOGGED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.

Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays . . .

certain-dark-thingsCertain Dark Things

by Slvia Moreno-Garcia

Series: Unknown

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

Silvia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, has been selected as a finalist for the British Fantasy, Locus, Aurora and Solaris awards, and was named on seven year’s best lists in 2015: B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, io9, Vice, and Tor.com. She has also been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her work on the anthology She Walks in Shadows.

send-in-the-clownsSend in the Clowns

by Julie Mulhern

Series: Country Club Murders #4

Published by Henery Press

Genre: Historical Mystery

246 pages

Synopsis: Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth.

Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers. Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?

With Mother meddling, her father furious, and her date dragged downtown for questioning, turns out Ellison’s only confidante is Mr. Coffee.

dangling-by-a-threadDangling by a Thread

by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #4

Published by Kensington

Genre: Cozy Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island—especially when greedy developers want his land . . .

Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King’s Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he’s created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants. But when a wealthy family wants to buy the island and Jesse’s cousin Simon petitions for power of attorney to force him to sell, Jesse is the one who becomes endangered.

Mainely Needlepointer Dave Perry, who befriended Jesse in the VA hospital, rallies the group to his defense. Angie Curtis and the ravelers stitch “Save the King’s Island Cormorants” pillows and sell T-shirts to pay for Jesse’s legal counsel. But tragically, on a visit to the island, Angie and Dave find Jesse dead. Now the search is on for a common thread that can tie the murdered man to his killer . . .

a-taste-of-honeyA Taste of Honey

by Kai Ashante Wilson

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. in defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.

October 31

murder-in-mitigationMurder in Mitigation: A London Based Police Procedural

by Anne Cleeland

Series: New Scotland Yard #4

Published by Severn House

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

256 pages

Synopsis: When a police forensic photographer is found dead in her flat, killed by a single blow to the head, the motive for her death remains a mystery. There are no signs of forced entry; nothing has been stolen. The victim had no boyfriend anyone knows of.

It s only when DS Doyle uncovers a possible link to a series of suspicious deaths in police custody that she begins to make headway in the investigation. Were the SOCO and the other victims killed because of what they knew? Who would go to such drastic lengths to keep them quiet? And what does Doyle s husband, DCI Acton, know that he s not telling her?

Despite suffering debilitating morning sickness, the newly-pregnant Doyle is determined to carry on until she uncovers the truth. But as she doggedly pursues a trail of corruption that leads all the way to the top, is she putting herself and her unborn child in danger?”

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