Sunday Post: October here I come!

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Cool weather this weekend–highs only in the 50’s with rain.

I love Autumn and I always feel like October is the beginning. Leaves start turning color, weather is cooler, sometimes there are storms, there’s Halloween.

A busy week

I’ve put extra blankets on the bed this week plus found warmer clothes to wear. I’m also sorting things to get rid of some of my clutter. That seems to be a neverending problem.

During one of our rainstorms this week a water main broke in front of our driveway. Part of our driveway and sidewalk were dug up most of the week, but I think it’s finally fixed. This is the second time this year a water main has broken in front of our house!

Two of my  kids are visiting this weekend. My son is moving and brought some of his things to store in our basement for a while. My older daughter is also visiting and will drive him back to pick up his car. It’s always good to see both of them and they’re also helping my husband and me with some projects.

Television

We’re watching Dancing With the Stars (on Hulu) and Death in Paradise (on Netflix) as well as too much news.

Blog

A busy week–just not so much on my blog. I wrote a review and then lost it. That made me mad (mostly at myself for not saving it while working on the review). But it made me so mad I had to stop using the internet for the rest of the day! And I still haven’t rewritten that review.

Last week
Next week
  • October 2018 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen, Anna Lea (adaptation author)
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong
What I read last week
  • The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
  • Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
  • A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier
Books I got this week

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (library ebook)

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (library hardcover)

Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen, Anna Lea (adaptation author)

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

What did you do last week? What do you plan to do next week? 

What I love about libraries

tell me something tuesdayTell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where a range of topics from books to blogging are discussed. The subject this week is to talk about what we love about our library. I’ve changed the topic a little because I love all libraries. They’re some of my favorite places in the world!

My childhood library

Libraries have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother taking me to the library. When I was a child our town didn’t have any bookstores so the library was where I found books to read. By the time I was 11 or 12 I was reading the books in the adult section of the library. I remember lots of Saturday mornings spent in the adult section slowly browsing the shelves finding authors like Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Robert Heinlein.

deschutes county library from 1939 to 1998
My childhood library in Bend, Oregon–built in 1939 and the main library until 1998. Today it’s used for administration. It’s one of the few remaining examples of Oregon Rustic or National Park Style.

My life-long love of libraries

As an adult I’ve moved a lot, but one of the first things I always do in a new place is get a library card. However, even before I get a library card I visit the local library and see what information it has to offer about the local area so I know more about my new town and what activities are going on.

When my kids were little I would take them to the library and we’d find books for them to check out. Then I would sit them down with their books in the aisle I was looking in and spend five minutes looking for a couple of books for myself!

Current library

My current library has a beautiful main library downtown and a number of branches. I go to my branch library about once a week. Since the internet came along I don’t browse the library shelves as much as I used to. I use the computer catalog at the library website at home and search for books I’m interested in reading. If the library doesn’t have a digital copy (ebook or audiobook) I sometimes get a physical copy though my preference these days is for an ebook or an audiobook. I can reserve both physical books or digital books using the library website. If the digital copy isn’t already checked out I can immediately download it. (I love that feature!) And I don’t have to worry about overdue fines with digital books since they disappear when they’re due. (I love that feature, too!)

Research

Finding information on the internet is great, but if I’m researching a subject like gardening or genealogy I like to find a book or two about it. That’s where the library is really great. I can do my catalog search at home and can reserve the book if it’s checked out or my library branch doesn’t have it. If my branch has the book I can find it on the shelf and check it out.

Research databases

My library also has research databases on its website. There’s an online Consumer Reports database that’s free for library patrons to search. There’s the library edition of MyHeritage where I can do family history research without having to join MyHeritage and pay a fee. They have lots of other research databases, too.

Interlibrary loan

And if none of the branches have a particular book I’m interested in I can ask my library to use interlibrary loan to try to get the book from another library. That’s really great if I’m researching something and my library doesn’t have the specific book I need.

Mostly though I just like to know I have a library to go to. I can find a book to read, look at the magazines and maybe check one out and I can look at the new books to see if there’s something that looks interesting. I especially love that the library has ebooks and audiobooks. They don’t have everything I search for, but they do have enough that I can usually find something that’s on my list of books to read.

What about you? Do you go to your library and check out books? What do you like about your library?

Sunday Post: It’s Autumn!

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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The weather turned cooler this weekend just in time for the start of Autumn. I’m loving the cooler mornings and this weather should stay around for the next week or so at least.

Busy week

My allergies are still causing problems. I’m especially having trouble with my eyes watering and itching which makes it hard to read and write reviews. We’re taking care of my son’s mini dachshund for a few days while he goes to a job interview. Donnie misses my son, but luckily he likes me so he spends a lot of time on my lap or following me. We’re enjoying having him here. He’s a sweet little dog.

Television

We’ve started watching the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon and we’re enjoying it a lot. And we’ve got one or two more episodes of The Great British Baking Show left to watch on Netflix.

Blog

Another week without too much activity here. I’m hoping that with cooler weather my allergies won’t bother me as much and I’ll get more done.

Last week
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  • Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
What I read the last week

Nothing finished

Books I got this week

An Old, Cold Grave by Iona Whishaw

Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Cadaver Dog by Doug Goodman

The Ginseng Conspiracy by Susan Bernhardt

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (library ebook)

What did you do last week? What do you plan to do next week? 

Review: Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell

between jobs by w.r. gingellBetween Jobs by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between Series #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Publishing Date: 2018

251 pages

Synopsis: When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect is to see a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you’re squatting in your parents’ old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can’t afford is the attention of the cops.

Oh yeah. Hi. My name is Pet.

It’s not my real name, but it’s the only one you’re getting. Things like names are important these days.

And it’s not so much that I’m Pet.

I’m a pet.

A human pet: I belong to the two Behindkind fae and the pouty vampire who just moved into my house. It’s not weird, I promise—well, it’s weird, yeah. But it’s not weird weird, you know?

My thoughts

This is the sixth book I’ve read by Ms. Gingell this year. It’s an urban fantasy rather than a fairy tale retelling which is what the books that I’ve read so far are. I read this in June and am finally getting my review posted. I checked the author’s website before posting this and am excited to see that the second book in the series–Between Shifts–comes out September 30!

Pet

I started out wondering a little about this story since the only name we have for the main character, a 17-year-old girl, is Pet. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like a story about a girl kept as a pet by two fae and a vampire. However, much as the fae and vampire don’t want to like her and warn each other not to get too fond of her, they like her cooking, listen to her when she has ideas and save her several times as she also saves them. They don’t think humans are very intelligent which is understandable if we think about the powers fae and vampires have compared to humans. Pet is determined that they will listen to her and treat her as an individual.

The three psychos

She has been on her own since her parents were murdered when she was 13. Whoever murdered her parents didn’t find her in the house and she has squatted in the house ever since. When the three psychos (as Pet calls them) come into the house they don’t find her at first and by the time they do she discovers it’s nice to have someone else in the house to interact with.

The psychos are in the human world looking for a murderer who kills both humans and supernatural characters. Pet helps them in their investigations. Sometimes she seems smarter and certainly understands the human world better than they do. There’s a lot in this book for future stories and I can’t wait!

My Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

a scandal in scarlet by vicki delanyA Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

Series: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Publishing date: November 13

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

Synopsis: Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear. 

Cape Cod’s cognoscenti files into Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, owned by Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne’s delightful scones, of course). But the auction never happens. Before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room. Wrapped tightly around her neck is a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups—a gift item that Jayne sells at Mrs. Hudson’s. Gemma’s boyfriend in blue, Ryan Ashburton, arrives on the scene with Detective Louise Estrada. But the suspect list is long, and the case far from elementary. Does Kathy’s killing have any relation to a mysterious death of seven years ago? 

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I’ve read one of this mystery series and liked it. I’ve bought another in the series so I’m happy to see this one coming out soon. Vicki Delany is also the author of one of my favorite mystery series–the Constable Molly Smith series.

Sunday Post: Not so cool

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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My cooler weather didn’t last long. Most of the week it was in the 80’s and got more humid as the week went on. Saturday the temps were in the low 90’s. Next week  the temps in the 80’s are supposed to continue for most of the week. My autumn weather didn’t last long!

Allergies, lots of sleep and a little television

I spent a lot of the week fighting my allergies and feeling tired. I’m hoping I’ll feel more energized next week. My husband is playing in a bridge tournament all weekend and I’ve spent some of the weekend watching a mystery on Acorn called Tangled Lies. I didn’t realize when I started it that the series was in Italian with English subtitles! I don’t usually like subtitles since I usually watch television while I’m also doing something on my computer…lol. With Tangled Lies I wasn’t able to do that and, of course, the program quickly hooked me! I’ve watched three episodes so far and it’s good.

My husband and I are also watching the latest season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. This is the first season without Mary Berry and the two hosts (Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc) and I’m mourning the absence of all of them. Mary Berry is so good. I hope she shows up on some other cooking show. However, I have to admit I’m still enjoying the show.

Blog

Not too much done on my blog this week. I hope the allergies stay away and that next week will go better.

Last few weeks
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong
What I read the last few weeks
  • The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
  • Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin
Books I got this week

Bitter Rain by Shannon Baker

Close Enough (a short story) by Shannon Baker

What did you do last week? What do you plan to do next week? 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

lies sleeping by ben aaronovitchLies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Series: Rivers of London #7

Published by DAW Books

Publishing date: November 13

Genre: Urban Fantasy

304 pages

Synopsis: Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch….

…………………

I’ve read these books for years and it’s one of my favorite urban fantasy series. It’s been almost two years since the last book came out in the U.S. I also really like the covers of these books.

What books are you excited to read?

Books I want to read during fall 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where a range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

This week we’re talking about Books I want to read during fall 2018The books I’ve listed are mostly ones already published and I that already own. I also list a few that publish in October that I’m especially excited about.

Head On by John Scalzi, Lock In #2

The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey, Rei Shimura #1

The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson, a fantasy short story

No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor, The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman, Leaphorn & Chee #13

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger, Cork O’Connor #5

Plague Ship by Andre Norton, Solar Queen #2

Binti by Nnedi Okorato, Binti #1

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron, Heartrikers #5

Planetside by Michael Mammay

Rogue Protocol & Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, The Murderbot Diaries #3 & 4 — #3 came out in August & #4 comes out in October

Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern, The Country Club Murders #8, comes out in October

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima, Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #4, comes out in October

What books do you want to read this fall?

Sunday Post: Cooler weather

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home

We got home last night and I planned to write my Sunday Post last night, but instead I went to bed at 7:30. Just too tired to think! When I got up this morning I started the post, but my allergies kicked in. I took a benadryl and that knocked me out for several hours. So…..this must be the Sunday Afternoon Post!

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Only home for a day in the last three weeks!

As the title says I’ve been away from home for a while. I’ve been in eastern Iowa with my husband to help get his dad’s house ready to sell, to Illinois to visit my older daughter and to Indiana to help my younger daughter get settled after she moved to Indiana in July.

That meant a lot of driving plus staying places that sometimes didn’t have internet. Sometimes when there was internet I was too busy and/or too tired to use it.

The Indiana fence

My husband and I went to Indiana over the Labor Day weekend and stayed for a week. The fence got built in less than a week. And it’s beautiful and very functional. Now my daughter’s dogs have a place to run and explore. And my daughter has a private place to sit, enjoy her yard and dogs.

While my husband and daughters worked on the fence I spent the time inside emptying boxes and putting things away.

Autumn weather, but will it continue?

I love that the weather is cooler here in Iowa than what we had in Indiana. The entire time my husband and daughters worked on the fence the temps were in the 90’s with high humidity. It was miserable for them. While we were gone Iowa had lots and lots of rain. The rivers are really high. However, the grass is green again and the temps will be in the 70’s this week. That sounds wonderful!

Blog

I scheduled a number of posts for the time I was gone so I some reviews and other posts got published, but I didn’t manage to answer the people who came to my blog and commented. Now that I’m back home I want to get back to a routine of visiting other blogs, see what you all are up to and leaving some comments.

I have some more reviews written. I just need to proofread them and get them scheduled. I’m glad I’m slowly getting caught up on reviews.

Last few weeks
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday: Picks for Fall 2018
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
  • Blackfoot by W.R. Gingell
What I read the last few weeks
  • Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern
  • Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany
  • Black Velvet by Steven Henry
  • Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steel
  • The High Ground by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Books I got this weeks

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany

The High Ground by Melinda Snodgrass

Longshot by Dick Francis

Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steel

What did you do last week?

What do you plan to do this next week? [I’m going to spend a lot of time sitting with my cats and reading. And maybe sleeping!]

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

back-stabbers-by-julie-mulhernBack Stabbers by Julie Mulhern

Series: The Country Club Murders #8

Published by Henery Press

Publishing date: October 23

Genre: Historical Mystery (1970’s Kansas City)

253 pages

Synopsis: All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back? 

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I finished book 7 in this series a week or so ago and it is excellent. I’m really looking forward to reading this book next month!