October 2020 books on my list

Mysteries, Science Fiction, Historical, Young Adult, Fantasy, Christmas, Time Travel–Any books here that strike your fancy?

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I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget!

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

October 1

The Unspoken

by Ian K. Smith

Series: Ashe Cayne #1

Published by Thomas Mercer

Genre: Mystery

295 pages

Synopsis: Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption. After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator…even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.

When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family. Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley alive.

His worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead—another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption.

October 6

Over the Woodward Wall

by A. Deborah Baker (aka Seanan McGuire)

Published by Tordotcom

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, YA

208 pages

Synopsis: Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.

Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.

They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.

On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.

And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.

Machine

by Elizabeth Bear

Series: White Space #2

Published by: Gallery / Saga

Genre: Science fiction, Space Opera

496 pages

Synopsis: Meet Doctor Jens.

She hasn’t had a decent cup of coffee in fifteen years. Her workday begins when she jumps out of perfectly good space ships and continues with developing treatments for sick alien species she’s never seen before. She loves her life. Even without the coffee.

But Dr. Jens is about to discover an astonishing mystery: two ships, one ancient and one new, locked in a deadly embrace. The crew is suffering from an unknown ailment and the shipmind is trapped in an inadequate body, much of her memory pared away.

Unfortunately, Dr. Jens can’t resist a mystery and she begins doing some digging. She has no idea that she’s about to discover horrifying and life-changing truths.

Deception by Gaslight

by Kate Belli

Series: Gilded Gaslight Mystery #1

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

327 pages

Synopsis: Glittering Gilded-Age New York holds its lavish charms–and a litany of deadly sins–as intrepid reporter Genevieve Stewart uncovers a trail of corruption and murder.

As a chill sets in on New York City in the winter of 1888, a jewel thief dubbed the “Robin Hood of the Lower East Side” has been stealing from the city’s wealthiest and giving to the poor. Genevieve Stewart–a young woman whose family is part of Mrs. Astor’s famed 400 but who has forged a life of her own as a reporter–decides to chase the story, but gets more than she bargained for: a murder victim sprawled in a dark alley in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood.

A handsome neighborhood tough comes to her rescue–but when she encounters the same man at a glamorous ball a few nights later, she realizes he’s society scion Daniel McCaffrey. Could this be her Robin Hood? When two more murders rock the Knickerbocker world, it becomes apparent that something much more sinister is afoot than a few stolen diamond necklaces. Genevieve is determined to prove that Daniel is Robin Hood–but she’s loath to believe he is a killer as well. From the glittering lights of Fifth Avenue to the sordid back alleys of Five Points, the truth is just one murder away.

Bright and Dangerous Objects

by Anneliese Mackintosh

Published by Tin House Books

Genre: Science Fiction

240 pages

Synopsis: Commercial deep-sea diver Solvig has a secret. She wants to be one of the first human beings to colonize Mars, and she’s one of a hundred people shortlisted by the Mars Project to do just that. But to fulfil her ambition, she’ll have to leave behind everything she’s ever known—for the rest of her life.

As the prospect of heading to space becomes more real, thirty-seven-year-old Solvig is forced to define who she really is. Will she come clean to James, her partner, about her plans?  Or will she turn her back on the project, and commit to her life on Earth? Maybe even try for a baby, like James is hoping? Is there any way she can start a family and go to Mars? Does she even want both things? Intimate and captivating, Bright and Dangerous Objects explores the space between ambition and obligation, grappling with questions women have faced for centuries while investigating a future that humanity is only beginning to think about. In frank, honest, and moving prose, author Anneliese Mackintosh moves from sea to sky, head to heart, and present to future, asking all the while what it means when our wildest dreams begin to come true.

Murder on Cold Street

by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #5

Published by Berkley Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

The Devil and the Dark Water

by Stuart Turton

Published by Sourcebook Landmarks

Genre: Historical Mystery

448 pages

Synopsis: A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

October 13

A Stitch in Time

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: A Stitch in Time #1

Published by KLA Fricke Inc.

Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance

336 pages

Synopsis: Thorne Manor has always been haunted…and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination.

Now, twenty years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting.

Space Throne

by Brian Corley

Published by Electric Fern

Genre: Science Fiction

305 pages

Synopsis: Parr never meant for any of this to happen. All he wanted to do was pilot the Aurora around the galaxy and avoid his royal duties for a while.

Now, in the wake of his parents’ mysterious demise, it’s time to un-fake his death and take up the mantle meant for him since birth.

Unfortunately, it won’t be easy.

A pirate king and the galaxy’s most dangerous bounty hunter stand between him and the gates of his home, Bilena Epso Ach.

Parr will need the help of two unlikely friends. Manc Yelray, a wise-cracking old pirate with money on his mind and an appetite for strange similies. And Ren, a smooth-talking outlander with a plan, and a shadowy secret of her own.

But do they have what it takes? And what will they eat along the way? Because there’s only one rule in space: never eat the hot snack.

ANYTHING but the hot snack.

October 15

Hard Time

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Time Police #2

Published by Headline

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

352 pages

Synopsis: Team Weird are back causing havoc in the Time Police in this irresistible spin-off series by international bestseller Jodi Taylor, author of The Chronicles of St Mary’s. If you love Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde, you’ll love the Time Police.

A time slip in Versailles, problems in the Ice Age and illegal time travellers in need of rescue. Must be a job for the Time Police.

Luke, Jane and Matthew are back and ready to cause havoc – inadvertently or otherwise – in their latest adventures.

October 20

Christmas at the Island Hotel

by Jenny Colgan

Series: Mure #4

Published by William Morrow

Genre: Fiction, Christmas, Romance

352 pages

Synopsis: On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas. 

The new hotel’s impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who has been a waitress in the island’s cafe, dreaming of a bigger, better life now that she’s at a proper fancy hotel. Konstantin Pederson is working his way up in the hotel’s kitchens too…but he is also, secretly, the only son of the Duke of Utsire. Konstantin has been sent to learn what it is to work hard for a living, before receiving his inheritance. Although he’s initially resentful, the place grows on him; he has never met anyone quite like Isla and her fellow Murians before. 

As the island’s residents and special VIP guests gather for the hotel’s grand opening gala, Christmas is in the air. But so are more than a few small-town secrets…

What October books are you interested in?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan

Christmas on an island halfway between Scotland and Norway!

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 set to 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 . . .

Christmas at the Island Hotel

by Jenny Colgan

Series: Mure #4

Published by William Morrow

Publishing date: October 29

Genre: Fiction, Christmas

352 pages

Synopsis: On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas. 

The new hotel’s impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who has been a waitress in the island’s cafe, dreaming of a bigger, better life now that she’s at a proper fancy hotel. Konstantin Pederson is working his way up in the hotel’s kitchens too…but he is also, secretly, the only son of the Duke of Utsire. Konstantin has been sent to learn what it is to work hard for a living, before receiving his inheritance. Although he’s initially resentful, the place grows on him; he has never met anyone quite like Isla and her fellow Murians before. 

As the island’s residents and special VIP guests gather for the hotel’s grand opening gala, Christmas is in the air. But so are more than a few small-town secrets…

……………..

I like Jenny Colgan’s writing and especially in these pandemic times her books are heartwarming and calming for me!

I read book 3 in this series–Christmas on the Island–a couple years ago and it was a perfect Christmas book for me. The book made me happy, but it wasn’t saccharine sweet. Life goes on for people and life isn’t always what we expect or hope for–but people can rise to the occasion and that’s what can make me happy (even through the tears) and give me hope I can handle my problems!

September 2020 books on my list

The books published in September I’d like to read

books-on-my-list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget!

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

September 1

Don’t Ever Forget

by Matthew Farrell

Series: Adler and Dwyer #1

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Mystery

348 pages

Synopsis: When police investigator Susan Adler is called to the roadside murder of a fellow state trooper, she’s tasked with finding the people responsible for the cold-blooded act caught on the trooper’s dashboard cam. She traces the car to a nurse who, along with her elderly patient, has been missing for days.  At the old man’s house, she finds disturbing evidence that instantly revives two cold cases involving long-missing children.

The investigation takes a chilling turn when people involved with both the nurse and old man begin to turn up dead, and Susan enlists the help of her friend and forensic investigator Liam Dwyer. Together they must untangle the threads of this ever-more-complicated case—and stay ahead of whoever’s trying to slash their progress. The old man’s failing memory adds urgency: wherever he is, he’s no doubt lost, confused, and in extreme danger.

What started as a traffic stop gone wrong quickly unfolds into one of the darkest cases of Susan’s career, and it all leads to a sick, desperate killer. Susan and Liam must work fast to save the old man’s life and keep future victims from the killer’s grasp.

September 2

The Green Man’s Silence

by Juliet E. McKenna

Series: Green Man #3

Published by Wizard’s Tower Press

Genre: Fantasy

294 pages

Synopsis: Daniel Mackmain has always been a loner. As a dryad’s son, he can see the supernatural alongside everyday reality, and that’s not something he can easily share. Perhaps visiting East Anglia to stay with Finele Wicken and her family will be different. They have their own ties to the uncanny.

But something is amiss in the depths of the Fens. Creatures Dan has never encountered outside folk tales are growing uneasy, even hostile. He soon learns they have good reason. Can he help them before they retaliate and disaster strikes the unsuspecting locals? Can the Green Man help Dan in a landscape dominated by water for centuries, where the oaks were cut down aeons ago?

September 8

Hanging Falls

by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: A deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls–but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine–but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

Forging Fire

by Lisa Preston

Series: Horseshoer Mystery #3

Published by Arcade Crimewise

Genre: Mystery

288 pages

Synopsis: Days before her wedding, Rainy Dale jumps at a chance to visit the fabled Black Bluff bull sale down in California, but things go awry when she is assaulted and her truck is stolen.

In this twist on the “locked-room” form, more than one mystery is hidden on the ranch where Rainy and her dog, Charlie, end up. Everyone—the owners, ranch hands, angry neighbors, and perhaps even the deliveryman who brings coke coal for the ranch’s old-fashioned forge—is harboring a damaging secret. When Rainy realizes that even her dog knows a grisly hidden truth, the stakes are raised as high as life and death.

September 15

Revenge in Rubies

by A.M. Stuart

Series: Harriet Gordon Mystery #2

Published by Berkley Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

384 pages

Synopsis: When Harriet Gordon receives word from a friend about a tragic death, she and Inspector Curran are thrust into a web of family secrets that threatens to destroy them both in this all-new mystery from the author of Singapore Sapphire. Singapore.

1910 Singapore. Harriet Gordon has found fulfillment at last. Her young ward, Will, has settled into his new home with Harriet and her brother, Julian. And Harriet’s employment as a typist at the Straits Settlements Police Force has given her an intriguing way to occupy her time and some much-needed financial independence. But when her friend and employer, Inspector Robert Curran, is called to the scene of a brutal murder and Harriet is asked to comfort the victim’s family, her newfound sense of contentment is abruptly shattered.

Sylvie Nolan, the new and much-younger wife of Lieutenant Colonel John Nolan, has been bludgeoned to death in her bedroom. The tightly knit military community in Singapore quickly tries to close ranks to hinder Curran’s investigation. Harriet has ties to the Nolan family and realizes that her friendship with the colonel’s sister might prove useful to Curran’s efforts to find the culprit. But to get close enough to the family’s secrets, Harriet must once again face her painful past and Curran is forced to dredge up some long-buried secrets of his own.

And when more shocking deaths occur that all seem linked to Sylvie’s murder, Harriet and Curran realize that they too are in the sights of a callous killer. . . .

September 29

A Deadly Education

by Naomi Novik

Series: The Scholomance #1

Published by Del Rey Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

A Christmas Carol Murder

by Heather Redmond

Series: A Dickens of a Crime #3

Published by Kensington Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Christmas

320 page

Synopsis: London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.

Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who’s behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley’s corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley’s ghost–or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party . . .

What books are you looking forward to in September?

My favorite books of the last decade

50 Favorite books from 2010 – 2019

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy did her best books of the decade post which I thought was great so I’ve created my own. It was lots of fun to look back at the last 10 years and remember books I’ve loved. I’ve kept a spreadsheet of the books I’ve read every year since 2004 so I went back through my spreadsheets and picked out these books. I didn’t give all of them an A, but these are the ones that have stuck with me.

I’ve listed anywhere from three to six favorite books a year. These books span a number of genres and some are books published that year and some are books published years and years ago. I don’t review all the books I read so if I have a review for the book on my blog I will show a link after the book covers. (I started my blog during 2013 so there are no reviews before that.)

2019

Doggirl by Robin Brande

2018

What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

2017

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

2016

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

2015

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

Lock In by John Scalzi

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Martian by Andy Weir

2014

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Iron Night by M.L. Brennan

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

2013

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K. Höst

2012

2011

2010

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? Are any of them favorites of yours?

Sunday Post: 2020 is just around the corner

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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.

Personal life

It’s kind of hard to believe 2020 is here in a few days. I remember when the new millennium was about to start and we were worried what might happen to the world’s computers. I had though about the year 2000 for a number of years and how old I would be and that a millennium was a big thing. And now suddenly that was 20 years ago. Wow!

Time flies….

It’s a cliche to say that the years go by quicker and quicker as we get older, but just because it’s a cliche doesn’t mean it’s not true. And when I searched for information about “time flying as we get older” I found a Scientific American article that explains this–that our brain encodes new experiences which happen more often when we’re younger, less often when we’re older. Thus, we perceive time going slowly when we’re young and time going faster when we’re older with our older brains–especially when we think about larger periods of time such as a decade or two. This makes sense to me, but I hadn’t put it all together.

Christmas

Our Christmas was wonderful–our family was together and everyone seemed to have a great time together (even all our cats and dogs).

I think we will remember Christmas 2019 as the “jigsaw puzzle Christmas!” We often have a puzzle we’re working on during Christmas, but this Christmas we completed two 500 piece puzzles, a 1,000 piece puzzle and we’re part way done with another 1,000 piece puzzle. I will get a little more done on that puzzle, but since the kids have left I probably won’t work on it too much…lol. We’re staying in Indiana until after New Year’s Day to take care of my daughter’s dogs while she visits some cousins in northern Wisconsin for New Year’s.

Olie and the dogs

My new kitten Olie came with us to Indiana and he’s done very well. He’s a very curious kitten and willing to try almost anything! We have a gate in the hallway to keep him on one side and the dogs on the other side. However, he has figured out that he’s small enough that he can walk through most of the panels which he does even when the dogs are in the living room. This is worrisome to me since one of my daughter’s labs chases squirrels, rabbits and other small animals in the yard. However, Olie isn’t too worried by Juneau and he bats Juneau in the face so that Juneau backs off! Juneau is curious about Olie, but seems to want to play. However, I still closely watch the interactions.

Blog Life

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Next week
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • January 2020 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Between Homes by W.R. Gingell
What I read recently
  • Between Frames by W.R. Gingell
  • The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland
Books I got recently

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan(ebook/purchased)

Why is Nothing Every Simple? by Jodi Taylor (ebook/purchased)

On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott (Kindle Unlimited)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate other holidays at this time of the year.

I’ve always loved Christmas and my kids and husband do, too! We’re having Christmas in Indiana with one of our daughters. She has such cute ornaments on her tree. Our Illinois daughter and Seattle son arrived on Christmas Eve. During Christmas Eve day we went to see A Christmas Carol done by the Indiana Repertory Theater. We’re also playing various card games and putting together jigsaw puzzles in between the eating!

I was looking at old Christmas pictures and found this Christmas card my husband’s family sent when he was a child:

I think it’s such a cute card and was obviously before everyone sent photos!

I found this photo of my brother and me from when I was about five years old. I know my brother got a chemistry set that year, but I don’t know exactly what gifts I received except for the Velvet Eyes book I see in the photo. Apparently Velvet Eyes was a story about “Santa’s little helper.” But I don’t remember it at all!

Do you celebrate Christmas or some other holiday like Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Or do you just enjoy having some days off?

Sunday Post: Christmas in Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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.

Personal life

We are in Indiana for Christmas. There’s snow on the ground, I’ve made some Christmas cookies, we’ve gone to a fun Christmas Market and my two other kids show up in a couple of days. I managed to get my Christmas cards made, written and mailed before we left home which made me happy. I love this time of year!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Merry Christmas
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Between Frames by W.R. Gingell
What I read recently
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
  • Dark As Night by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod (ebook/purchased)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ebook/purchased)

Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet (ebook/purchased)

Dark as Night by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains(Paperback/Library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: It’s already the middle of December!

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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.

Personal life

I’m having trouble keeping up with how fast December days are speeding by! Still so many things I want to do since I love Christmas. I have to realize I may not get everything done. The most important thing for me is to spend time with my family at this time of the year. And that’s what I need to remember and focus on.

We went looking at Christmas lights last night and I was able to get a few photos. It’s a ritual we always try to do sometime before Christmas. I love to see how people have decorated. It gets dark so early these days that seeing the decorations and lights is so cheering.

Other than playing with my new kitten I don’t feel like I’ve gotten very much done. (Playing with Olie is great fun and he and Elf are starting to play together.) I did do some reading since Olie like to help me read! I’m trying to read some Christmas books before Christmas. This is about the only time of the year I still read a few historical romances. And I’m still trying to finish Christmas cards to get in the mail on Monday or Tuesday!

Christmas in Indiana

We’re spending Christmas in Indiana and traveling there at the end of this week. It’s much easier for our kids to get to Indiana so that’s where we’re spending Christmas this year. We’re bring our kitten with us, my son is bringing his mini dachshund, our Illinois daughter is bringing her cat and our Indiana daughter whose house we’re invading has two dogs so we will have quite the full house of humans and animals!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
What I read recently
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • Borderline by Janet Edwards
  • The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Books I got recently

Borderline by Janet Edwards (ebook/purchased)

A Study in Gold by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

Shamus Dust. Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder by Janet Rogers (ebook/purchased)

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Hardcover/Library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: A kitten arrives

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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.

Personal life

I’ve had a bad cold ever since Thanksgiving. I think all the kids passed on their germs! I’m finally starting to feel better. However, between getting a kitten and sneezing and coughing I didn’t get very much done last week! And no Sunday Post last Sunday.

I can’t quite believe there are only two and a half weeks until Christmas! I have so much I want to do so I hope I get my mojo back after this cold and get busy. I love Christmas and that’s what I want to concentrate on (and the kitten, of course!)

Thanksgiving–new & old traditions

We returned from Thanksgiving last weekend. This year our Thanksgiving was all about beginning a new tradition as well as continuing some of our old traditions. Thanksgiving in our family had been celebrated for over 50 years at my father-in-law’s home in Iowa. This was a celebration of a large extended family which continues to grow larger as the family expands. Some years 40 family and friends attended and a few years over 100 family and friends attended. Every other year is usually a “small” year (with some family attending their in-laws thanksgivings) and the other year everyone who can attends.

My father-in-law died over a year ago and his house was sold so the Thanksgiving location changed this year to Indianapolis, Indiana where both my daughter my niece and her family live. My niece has a large home and she and her husband love to entertain so they want to begin a new Thanksgiving tradition in Indiana. This was a small year since we only had about 35 people. Next year will be bigger though some of the people who came to Iowa may decide not to come to Indiana. We’ll just have to see what happens.

Olaf

My other news is that I’ve gotten a new kitten. He is a ragdoll blue point kitten. (I didn’t talk about it much at the time, but one of my cats–Scorch–died last summer. I’ve missed her a lot and my other cat–Elf–missed having a companion.)

I’ve named him Olaf and am calling him Olie (pronounced “oh-lee”) for a nickname. I decided to pick a Norwegian name since part of my family came from Norway in the 1800’s. He’s a darling, mischievous, very active kitten…lol. We haven’t had a kitten in the house for quite a few years and I had forgotten how they love to test boundaries and how active and fearless they are.

Elf isn’t a fan at the moment. (She’s rethinking the whole wanting a friend thing!) She hisses when he gets too close, but Olie follows her around and keeps trying to make friends. He’s persistent and I think he’ll persevere…lol.

Blog Life

No Sunday Post last week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (I had to return this to the library and put it on hold again so I’m weeks away from finishing it) 😦
What I read recently
  • Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
  • Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke
  • A Dark Shadow by Katherine Pathak
  • Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
Books I got recently

Lots of good books on sale the last couple of weeks!

A Better Man by Louise Penny (ebook/purchased)

Written in Red by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (ebook/purchased)

A Death in Eden by Keith McCafferty (ebook/purchased)

Left Hanging by Patricia McLinn (ebook/purchased)

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

Crash Point by John Carson (Kindle Unlimited)

Between Homes by W.R. Gingell (Kindle Unlimited)

Stone and a Hard Place by R.L. King (Kindle Unlimited)

Blind Search by Paula Munier (Hardcover/library)

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston (Hardcover/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

December 2019 books on my list

Books published in December 2019 I might read — What have I missed?

books-on-my-list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget!

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about!

I have a few November books I missed on my November list so I’ve added them at the top of this list.

November 26

I only read a couple of cozy mystery series and this is one of them. I enjoy the Maine setting and the characters!

Thread and Buried

by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #9

Published by Kensington

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

272 pages

Synopsis: Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown–but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The producer, Hank Stoddard, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone’s lowered the boom on him . . .

After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman’s tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie’s got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . . 

November 30

I’m looking forward to Christmas short stories from one of my favorite authors.

A Very Scalzi Christmas

by John Scalzi

Illustrated by Natalie Metzger

Series: None Known

Published by Subterranean Press

Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories, Christmas

144 pages

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi gift-wraps fifteen short takes on the holiday season—interviews with holiday notables, “informational” articles about TV specials and Christmas carols, short stories and poems, and even a couple of nods to Thanksgiving and New Year’s—and puts them all into a stocking stuffer-sized package that makes the perfect gift for friends, family, or yourself.

December 3

The first book in a new police procedural mystery series about a rookie cop.

Trace of Evil

by Alice Blanchard

Series: Natalie Lockhart#1

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

384 pages

Synopsis: Natalie Lockhart always knew she was going to be a cop. A rookie detective on the Burning Lake police force, she was raised on the wisdom of her chief-of-police father. These cases will haunt you if you let them. Grief doesn’t come with instructions.

But the one thing her father couldn’t teach her was how to handle loss. Natalie’s beloved sister was viciously murdered as a teenager, and she carries the scars deep in her heart. Although the killer was locked up, the trace evidence never added up, and Natalie can’t help wondering―is the past really behind her?

As the newest member on the force, Natalie is tasked with finding nine missing persons who’ve vanished off the face of the earth, dubbed “the Missing Nine.” One night, while following up on a new lead, she comes across a savage crime that will change everything.

Daisy Buckner―a popular schoolteacher, wife to a cop, and newly pregnant―lies dead on her kitchen floor. As Natalie hunts for Daisy’s killer in the wake of the town’s shock, her search leads to a string of strange clues―about the Missing Nine, about Daisy’s secret life, and reviving fresh doubts about her sister’s murder.

As the investigation deepens, Natalie’s every move risks far-reaching consequences―for the victims, for the town of Burning Lake, and for herself.

December 10

I’ve read one book in this series so I don’t want to forget to continue reading these police procedural mysteries.

Shatter the Night

by Emily Littlejohn

Series: Detective Gemma Monroe #4

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

320 pages

Synopsis: It’s Halloween night in Cedar Valley. During the town’s annual festival, Detective Gemma Monroe takes a break from trick or treating with her family to visit an old family friend, retired Judge Caleb Montgomery, at his law office. To Gemma’s surprise, Caleb seems worried—haunted, even—and confides in her that he’s been receiving anonymous threats. Shortly after, as Gemma strolls back to her car, an explosion at Caleb’s office shatters the night.

Reeling from the shock, Gemma and her team begin eliminating suspects and motives, but more keep appearing in their place, and soon another man is killed. Her investigation takes her from a chilling encounter with a convicted murderer at the Belle Vista Penitentiary, to the gilded rooms of the renovated Shotgun Playhouse, where Shakespeare’s cursed play Macbeth is set to open in a few weeks.

Yet most disturbing of all is when Gemma realizes that similar murders have happened before. There is a copycat killer at play, and if Gemma can’t stop him, he’ll carry out his final, deadly act. 

December 17

The first book in a new series about a veteran police officer in Washington, D.C.

Relentless

by Shawn Wilson

Series: Brick Kavanagh #1

Published by Oceanview Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

368 pages

Synopsis: Cherry blossom season is Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful time of the year. But as tourists flock to the city, this year’s festivities are marred by the discovery of the naked body of a young woman floating in the Tidal Basin. Veteran homicide detective Brian (Brick) Kavanagh is assigned to the case. He’s shocked when he learns the victim is connected to another homicide which makes the investigation very personal for him. Brick’s efforts to solve the case are thwarted by departmental politics and a rush to judgment. Convinced that justice has not been served and the wrong person is in jail, Kavanagh risks all to relentlessly pursue the truth. Overlooked evidence ultimately leads to a devastating conclusion in a heartbreaking case.

December 31

I’ve read the first two books in this series and am very ready to read the third book!

Shattered Justice

by Susan Furlong

Series: Bone Gap Travellers #3

Published by Kensington

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: In the Appalachian town of Bone Gap, Tennessee, backwoods justice is more than just blind. It’s swift, silent, and shockingly personal. In Susan Furlong’s third series installment, Irish Traveller – turned deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan must investigate disturbing clues meticulously staged by a twisted killer while navigating tensions between the Irish Travellers and the settled folk in her Appalachian community.

The first message is found in a playground. A few feet away, a pair of human ears hang from the monkey bars. Deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan isn’t sure what to make of this grisly scene. Do the ears belong to a murder victim? And if so, where is the body? One thing Brynn is sure of: the earring on one of the earlobes belong to a man she met at a party the previous night. . .

The second message is discovered next to a human tongue on a park pavilion. Once again, no body is found. Brynn can’t help but wonder if the crimes are rooted in the town’s long-simmering tensions between Bone Gap locals and the barely tolerated Travellers who’ve settled there.

For Brynn, the investigation hits too close to home–forcing her to confront the demons of her own past. But time is running out. Brynn has to track down the culprit before a third message is delivered–and a third victim is claimed. 

I read the first book in the series a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so want to remember to pick up books 2 and 3.

And Dangerous to Know

by Darcie Wilde

Series: Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #3

Published by Kensington

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Trust is a delicate thing, and no one knows that better than Rosalind Thorne. Lady Melbourne has entrusted her with recovering a packet of highly sensitive private letters stolen from her desk. The contents of these letters hold great interest for the famous poet Lord Byron, who had carried on a notorious public affair with Lady Melbourne’s daughter-in-law, the inconveniently unstable Lady Caroline Lamb. Rosalind is to take up residence in Melbourne House, posing as Lady Melbourne’s confidential secretary. There, she must discover the thief and regain possession of the letters before any further scandal erupts.
 
However, Lady Melbourne omits a crucial detail. Rosalind learns from the Bow Street runner, Adam Harkness, that an unidentified woman was found dead in the courtyard of Melbourne House. The coroner has determined she was poisoned. Adam urges Rosalind to use her new position in the household to help solve the murder. As she begins to untangle a web of secrets and blackmail, Rosalind finds she must risk her own life to bring the desperate business to an end . . . 

What books are you excited about this month?