Five 2021 mysteries I’m going to read

Police procedurals to cozy mysteries to dogs in mysteries

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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Today I’m writing about the mysteries published during the first half of the year I plan to read. So far I have all but one of these books on hold from my library or have already gotten them from the library.

My library only has the hardbound version of The Hiding Place by Paula Munier on order right now. Because we are moving I don’t have time to get a physical copy of books anymore. I will try to get a copy from the library in the town we move to.

A Stranger in Town

by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton #6

Publishing date: February 2

Police Procedural

I got the ebook from my library and have already read this. It’s one of my favorite series!

Synopsis: Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town of Rockton, and no extensions being granted. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, presumes it’s the natural flux of things, but Casey’s not so sure. Something bigger is happening in the small town they call home.

When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, the sole survivor of a hostile attack, it’s all hands on deck. Even a member of the elusive Rockton council comes in to help. This council member also comes bearing news: Rockton is being shut down due to the hostile situation.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan #1

Publishing date: February 2

I have this on hold from the library and my library app says I should receive it soon.

Synopsis: Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

The Postscript Murders

by Elly Griffiths

Harbinder Kaur #2

Publishing date: March 2

Police Procedural

I have the ebook from the library and I’m reading it right now. Really enjoying it!

Synopsis: The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. 

The Hiding Place

by Paula Munier

Mercy & Elvis #3

Publishing date: March 30

Mystery, Dogs

My current library doesn’t have a digital version of this book.

Synopsis: Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve.

When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.

Arsenic and Adobo

by Mia P. Manansala

Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1

Cozy Mystery

I have the audio version of this book on hold at my library.

Synopsis: When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

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Are you planning to read any of these books? Have you already read them? How’d you like them? What other 2021 mysteries do you want to read?

Five reasons I stopped writing book reviews

I have a book blog, but don’t write book reviews

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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Today I’m talking about reasons I stopped writing reviews and stopped requesting books from Netgalley. (Netgalley is the only site where I signed up.) These days I either buy my books or borrow them from my library. That’s a much better system for me!

I know lots of bloggers who do a great job writing book reviews. The reviews bloggers write help people like me decide what books we want to read. Thank you!

However, I started stressing out about requesting books which led to me not want to review books:

  • At first it was so fun and exciting to get books before they were published, but I requested more books than I could read in a reasonable amount of time.
    • I felt guilty all the time when I didn’t read a book and write a review before it was published.
  • Having so many books to read reminded me of school.
    • (That’s why I never went back to get a graduate degree. I love to learn, but not necessarily what I have to learn for a specific degree. It’s the same with books.)
  • I blog because it’s fun and I like to make connections with people who read the same kinds of books.
    • But I had less time to do that when I felt like I had to get a book read and get a review posted.
  • I’m a mood reader.
    • Sometimes a book that I know I will like I’m just not in the mood to read at a specific time.
    • I want to be excited about a book if I’m going to read it.
  • I got burned out writing reviews.
    • I always had reviews to write and reviews take me at least an hour to write–sometimes longer. When I finished a book I usually wasn’t quite ready to write a review. When I waited too long it took longer to write a review and I felt like I never had a long enough chunk of time. I also felt like my reviews all sounded the same, i.e., “I really like the book and the characters.”

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I’m still burned out and not writing reviews on my blog. Sometimes I write a short review of a book on Goodreads. I keep meaning to gather those and post them on my blog, but that’s lower on the list of things to do!

I do enjoy writing about books for these Connect 5 posts and often write about why I liked a book or why I want to read a book or the connections between the five books I’m talking about.

For now that’s enough for me. And I hope the fact I don’t post reviews you will continue to read my blog and make comments, because I love the connections we make as readers and bloggers.

What about you? I have to admit I’m in awe of the people who continue to write great reviews of the books they read–whether or not they’re requesting books or not.

Five books from my TBR pile I’d like to read soon

Some mysteries and science fiction I forgot I bought

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The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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These are all books I got at least six months ago and some I’ve had for several years! I love it when I read more of the books I’ve already bought. And it’s nice to read the books that have gotten buried by the more recent books I’ve purchased.

Genre: Mystery

Series: Ruth Galloway #11

I love this series! Each has been a winner for me. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and a single mother. She teaches at a university and also provides expert advice to the police about bones–letting them know whether the bones are new or hundreds of years old.

In a chilling entry to the award-winning Ruth Galloway series, she and DCI Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past, just as their future lands on shaky ground.

Genre: Historical Mystery (1970’s Kansas City)

Series: Country Club Murders #8

The twelfth book in this series is set to publish in February and that reminded me that I haven’t read the last few mysteries in this series. I really enjoy Ellison Russell who has grown and changed a lot since the books began, but still finds dead bodies in this cozy mystery series!

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

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Lady Astronaut #1

Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal

I want to read about these women astronauts.

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. 

Genre: Science Fiction

Narrated by Lloyd James

I read most of Heinlein’s books including this one when I was a young adult. Since I don’t remember too much about the books I’ve slowly been rereading them in the last few years. This is one of his more famous books.

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein’s most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe – and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind’s most alarming enemy.

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical

Narrated by Kim Staunton

I’ve owned this audiobook for awhile and been meaning to read it. Now’s the time!

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity.

Do you like to read the books you’ve forgotten you bought?!? What books from your TBR are you hoping to read?

Five favorite new-to-me authors in 2020

Three mystery writers, a science fiction author and a woman who writes books with a SE United States setting

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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I’ve only included one book cover from each author.

I love police procedural mysteries and read many of them in 2020. Three of the authors in this list of five authors write police procedurals. One author writes science fiction and one author writes Southern-flavored fiction usually with some romance.

Linda Castillo

Books read
  • Breaking Silence
  • Gone Missing
  • Her Last Breath
  • The Dead Will Tell
  • After the Storm
  • Among the Wicked
  • Down A Dark Road
  • A Gathering of Secrets
  • Kate Burkholder Novellas
    • Long Lost
    • A Hidden Secret
    • Seeds of Deception

I read nine books in 2020 in the Kate Burkholder series. (The most of any author in 2020.) The books take place in eastern Ohio. Kate Burkholder is the chief of police of a small town. This is an area where many Quakers live and have farms. Kate was raised as a Quaker, but left the Quakers when she was an adult. All the books feature Quakers. I really enjoy the relationships between the police officer in these books. And there’s some romance as the books go on.

One reason I read so many books by Linda Castillo this year is that there are 13 books so far and my library has the audiobooks. I’ve so enjoyed listening to the narration of Kathleen McInerney.

Jane Isaac

Books read
  • An Unfamiliar Murder (DCI Helen Lavery)
  • The Truth Will Out (DCI Helen Lavery)
  • A Deathly Silence (DCI Helen Lavery)
  • The Other Woman (DC Beth Chamberlain)
  • For Better, for Worse (DC Beth Chamberlain)

I love finding police procedurals I enjoy. Jane Isaac was a great find in 2020 and she has several more books I haven’t read.

I read from two series of police procedurals set in England–five books in all. These books feel authentic and when I read that the author’s husband is a serving detective in the UK that made sense.

S.J. Pajonas

Books read
  • First Flight
  • Broken Flyght
  • High Flyght

I read three books in The Flyght series which is a science fiction series. S.J. Pajonas writes interesting characters who grow and change during these books.

I especially like that the main character–Vivian Kawabata–begins these books as a graduate student preparing to taking over her family’s agricultural dynasty. She soon learns she’s penniless. Her brother emptied the family bank accounts and is on the run. She has to quickly learn to assert herself and learn things she never thought she’d need. She gets an old spacecraft from her aunt to go in search of her brother and try to make some money so she can buy back the family farm. I especially like that she puts her agricultural knowledge to use taking some of the farm animals with her and growing plants on the spaceship!

The world building is so interesting in these books. The people in these books live in an area called the Duo Systems which consists of two systems which include a number of planets. In the culture of these worlds women are usually the ones who inherit and run businesses. Most women (especially wealthy women) make strategic marriages to increase their wealth and power. So women may have a number of husbands. Vivian’s mother only has one husband so Vivian was not used to the idea of several husbands and had to become accustomed to that since she needs money and power quickly. The power structure is interesting, but the relationship dynamics are equally interesting in this culture!

I also like the way the author throws lots of problems and adventures at Vivian and her crew. There are six books so far in this series plus the author has other series for me to try, too!

Mary Kay Andrews

Books read
  • Hello, Summer
  • The Weekenders

I read these two standalone books during the summer of 2020 and they were just the books I needed during the Pandemic. They made me happy! They’re perfect beach reads. I would classify them as fiction with some romance. They take place in Florida and South Carolina and there’s lots of beach in the books! (Since I live far away from the ocean it was fun to read about the beautiful beaches in the U.S. Southeast. I’ll read more books by Mary Kay Andrews–maybe in the summer of 2021.

Valerie Keogh

Books read
  • No Simple Death
  • No Obvious Cause

The books in this series are called The Dublin Mystery series and they take place in Dublin, Ireland! These are police procedurals and I really like the way the author portrays the Gardai team. Luckily, Valerie Keogh has quite a few more mysteries to read.

Favorite urban fantasy

Five urban fantasy books which hooked me

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The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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I have more urban fantasy I like, but those are ones I’ve read more recently so I’ve left them off this list!

I really like urban fantasy. In fact, it’s one of the only types of fantasy I’ve read in the last few years. I got tired of some of the epic fantasies, but urban fantasy usually has a mystery that has to be solved. Since mysteries are one of my favorite genres it’s so fun when magic or fae or were-creatures or vampires are added plus an urban area. (For example, the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris has all the other elements of urban fantasy, but it’s not in an urban area so I left it off this list.)

For urban fantasy to work for me they need interesting characters plus interesting world building. When I first started reading them I wasn’t so jaded by reading about fae or vampires or magic, but now they need to have something fresh or unique about them to become a favorite. These are all books which I either continue to read the series or as is the case of War for the Oaks led the way to so much more.

This wasn’t the first urban fantasy I read, but War for the Oaks is considered one of the first urban fantasy books. (It was written in the 1980’s.)

I loved this book when I read it. There’s lots of music plus the fae in it–before the fae were so popular! Emma Bull won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for this book.

It’s not part of a series which seems to be the case for most urban fantasy written since.

Moon Called is the first book of the Mercedes (Mercy) Thompson series. This was one of the first “urban fantasy” books I read and I loved it.

I like the author’s depiction of werewolves and she’s great at writing interesting characters. I also like that the series is set in Spokane, Washington which is a nice little city.

Mercy is so fun as a coyote shifter. I like that she slowly finds out more about herself as the books go on.

Magic Bites, the first book in the Kate Daniels series, is still one of my favorites.

One of my strongest memories from this book is when Kate meets the leader of the Atlanta shapeshifters, finds out he’s a cat shapeshifter of some sort and says to him,”Here, kitty, kitty, kitty….” It was so funny and I knew I was going to love the books!

Rosemary and Rue immediately hooked me into this series. This is an edgier series than some urban fantasy. Seanan McGuire is very good with her world building and her imaginative plots.

I’m several books behind with this series. Hopefully, I will get started with the series again!

The other books in this list take place in the United States, but Rivers of London (book and series) takes place in England which I really enjoy.

I really like how Ben Aaronovitch uses the rivers and streams in the London area in these books. I also like that Peter Grant is a police constable who stumbles on magic in this first book.

Do you like urban fantasy? If you do, have you read any of these? What are your favorite urban fantasies?

Gothic fiction perfect for my Halloween reads

One Gothic horror story and four Gothics that lean more toward romance

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The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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My definition of Gothic fiction leans more toward romance than horror. The last four books which I read as a young adult are in that mode. They have some mystery, secrets, spookiness, romance and a female protagonist who doesn’t know who to trust and worries she may have fallen in love with the wrong person! Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is probably the first book of that type I read.

I read The Stranger Diaries last week and as I read it I thought, “this is my perfect book for Halloween.” It is a Gothic story within a police procedural. That made me think of the Gothic fiction I read when I was a young adult. And that is what the four other books I talk about today all are. But they are good books to read for Halloween if you just want a few chills and don’t want something too scary!

The Stranger Diaries is a police procedural, but the Gothic story “The Stranger” by R.M. Holland is gradually told throughout the book along with the modern murder mystery. That story is more in the Gothic horror genre, but perhaps because I read it gradually it didn’t scare me.

R.M. Holland is central to the book since he lived during the 1800’s in one of the buildings which is now a school where much of the book takes place. One of the characters in the book is an English teacher at the school and is writing a book about Holland.

Rebecca and Jane Eyre are two of the first Gothics I read. They are both considered classics.

I read and enjoyed most of Daphne du Maurier’s books during my teen years.

I read quite a few of Barbara Michaels’s books though I liked her Elizabeth Peters’s books better since they were more mysteries and less Gothic and/or supernatural. I especially enjoyed her Amelia Peabody series with Egyptology and mysteries central to the stories.

However, I remember enjoying The Master of Blacktower quite a bit when I read it!

Mary Stewart was also a great favorite of mine. I loved her adventure stories about young women in places like England, France or some other European country I dreamed of visiting. They had mysteries and danger and some were Gothics, but all were exciting and took me to new worlds.

Nine Coaches Waiting was one of the more Gothic novels of Mary Stewart’s I remember.

I read many of Victoria Holt’s books as a young adult. If I remember correctly most all of her books could be classified as Gothics. They have romance and suspense intertwined with scary looking lonely mansions. The young women in these books are often governesses so they are on their own with the child in a mansion with sometimes hostile servants and the arrogant often secretive and haunted father or guardian.

Do you like Gothic fiction? Do you tend more towards the horror instead of romance (that might turn to horror)? Have you read any of these books or authors?

Five 20th century science fiction books I love

Five science fiction books that helped build my love for science fiction

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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I read some of these books in the 20th century and others during the early years of the 21st century. The first three books on my list are space opera and/or military science fiction. The Postman is a post apocalyptic book and Doomsday Book is a time travel science fiction.

I plan to write a future post about 20th century classic science fiction authors I read as a teenager.

The main character in Once a Hero is Esmay Suiza who doesn’t come from a famous Navy family. However, she becomes the senior surviving officer during a space battle.

What happens after that makes for a good space opera/military science fiction. Elizabeth Moon writes some of my favorite science fiction.

I didn’t find out about the following two books until the early days of the internet in the 1990’s. At first I had to search for the books in used bookstores and libraries. Both of these books are in series which were started in the 1980’s and are still being written.

Conflict of Honors is one of the first books I read by Lee and Miller. The world the authors built in their books is so interesting. The Liadens are all about manners which might make someone think they’re weak, but that’s far from the truth. Much lies beneath the surface. Most of the books in the Liaden Universe series show one important Liaden family and the problems their honor can bring them both within Liad and with other races. I also like that there’s some romance in these books!

The Warrior’s Apprentice is the second book in The Vorkosigan Saga, but was the first one about Miles Vorkosigan. I was really impressed that Bujold wrote about a hero with physical limitations growing up on a warrior planet where physical strength is the measure of a man.

The Postman is a post apocalyptic book set in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. Since that’s where I grew up the book was especially interesting to me.

It’s the first post apocalyptic book I remember reading and it hit me hard–both because it’s setting was one I recognized and because I grew up during the Cold War. We worried a lot about Nuclear War in those days.

The Doomsday Book is one of my all-time favorites. I read it in the 1990’s and it has stuck with me ever since. The book takes place in the future when time travel is possible. The time traveler goes back to the time period of the Black Plague. All sorts of unexpected things happen both in the past and future. A wonderful, sometimes heartbreaking book.

Do you like to read science fiction? Have you read any of these or other books by these authors?

Autumn colored book covers

Red, orange and yellow leaves, bright blue skies, spooky fog and black and orange

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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Sometimes I don’t pay enough attention to book covers especially since most of the books I read are either ebooks or audiobooks so this week I thought I would look at books I’ve read so far this year and look for ones that remind me of autumn colors.

When I think of autumn I think of blue skies, autumn leaves in reds, yellows and oranges and spooky Halloween with foggy gray skies and orange and black. Here are five covers that make me think of autumn. (Even though I don’t remember what season the books took place!)

I have to admit before I did this I hadn’t really thought of colors and seasons unless the book cover specifically showed a summer or winter scene or maybe took place during Halloween! It was fun looking at book covers in a different way.

Do you ever look at the colors on book covers and think of a specific season even if the book doesn’t take place during that season?

Five books I want to read in 2021

Do you have books you know you’ll want to read in 2021?

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

This week I’m talking about five books published in 2021 I’m looking forward to reading when they’re published. I know I’ll have many more books I’m excited to read in 2021. I just haven’t found out about them yet.

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A Stranger in Town

by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton #6

Publication date: Feb 2

I love this mystery series. It got me reading Kelley Armstrong again after a few years away from her books. And I’m loving the books she writes.

Wild Sign

by Patricia Briggs

Alpha and Omega #6

Publication date: Mar 16

Patricia Briggs is such a good author. I love the two intertwined urban fantasy series she’s writing–The Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series. I really like the world and the fantasy creature Ms. Briggs creates.

Dial A for Aunties

by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Publishing date: Apr 27

I love the cover! And this sounds like such a fun book. This debut book shows us Chinese-Indonesian culture which I’m so looking forward to, but I’m also reminded of my husband’s Mom and her two sisters. They called themselves the Dolly Sisters! And he has three sisters who call themselves the Sisters Moving Company when they come and help us all move.

Fugitive Telemetry

by Martha Wells

Murderbot #6

Publication date: Apr 27

I love this series. Murderbot is such a “human” character. I also enjoy the adventure in these science fiction stories.

Project Hail Mary

by Andy Weir

Publication date: May 4

I loved reading The Martian and Artemis. Those two books are science fiction, but very different from each other. Project Hail Mary sounds like it will be another different type of story. I like it when an author writes different kinds of books.

What books are you looking forward to in 2021?

Connect 5 Friday: Five books I want to read before the end of the year

Five books from my TBR to read in 2020 I hope will make me happy

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books). This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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This week I’m talking about the five books I want to make sure I’ve read by the end of 2020. These are all books which have a good possibility to make me happy–and that’s what I’ve wanted with most of my books this year.

Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron

I’ve read all the Heartstriker series–the previous series Rachel Aaron wrote. This DFZ series is set in that same world.

I like how original Rachel Aaron is with her dragons and with the world building in these books.

The Green Man’s Foe by Juliet E. McKenna

This is not horror (though the cover looks like it)! I read the first book in this series and really liked it.

Ms. McKenna shows a conception of fantasy in the United Kingdom I would love to see!

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston

This is the second Horseshoer mystery. I’d never read a book about a female Horse Shoer!

That was the first thing which attracted me to this series. Then I discovered the series takes place in Oregon in the area I grew up. And it’s a mystery with horses and a dog and some romance. All things I liked in the first series.

Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall

I like S.K. Dunstall’s science fiction space opera. She writes really interesting characters and exciting stories.

I have an audiobook version of this book and look forward to listening to it.

The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

I’ve read several of Lucy Dillon’s books. Her books are a joy to read.

I love the way she writes about dogs, women’s friendships and that her books have some romance in them.

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? What books are you interested in reading before the end of the year?