Tell Me Something Tuesday: My favorite genres

My favorite genres: mysteries, science fiction, urban fantasy, dog books, women’s fiction

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 our favorite book genres. My reading tastes have changed throughout my life. I’m a mood reader so sometimes I quit reading a whole genre, but come back to it later. That’s what happened with mysteries. I completely stopped reading mysteries about 20 years ago and then started reading them again about five years ago.

About the same time I stopped reading mysteries I suddenly started reading romances and only read romance for about 10 years. I have trouble getting through a romance these days, but I do like to read books which have romantic elements.

This post became a lot longer than I meant it to…lol! Especially when I started adding my favorites from the genre that I’ve read so far this year. Oh, well. It was fun for me to think a little about the genres I read and how it’s changed sometimes.

Mysteries

I’ve read mysteries since I was a teenager when my favorite mystery authors were Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Tony Hillerman. I still read these authors today. At various time throughout my life I’ve stopped reading mysteries, but right now mysteries are my favorite genre.

I don’t like to read about crimes against children or about serial killers. I don’t like really suspenseful mysteries or thrillers very much. I don’t like mysteries which dwell on the gruesome details of a murder. I don’t like to read a mystery from the murderers point-of-view.

In the past few years I read quite a few cozys, but these days I only have a couple favorite series I continue to read. To me too many cozys just seem silly or the the main character is just “Too Stupid to Live” (TSTL). The main character constantly puts themselves in danger.

I used to read a lot of books about private detectives, but read very few of these anymore since I think it’s difficult to write about private detectives who sound realistic. Private detectives need some way to get information and they usually need to have a connection with the police (which is difficult to really have).

This is one of my very favorite mystery series which isn’t quite a police procedural. (Ruth Galloway is the main character and she’s a forensic archaeologist, but sometimes consults with the police):

Police Procedurals

For the past few years my favorite subgenre is the police procedural. I really like reading about police officers and the work they do–especially honorable police officers who do the job because they want to help people. I like to read about the investigative work the police do to solve crimes. I also like to read series in this subgenre where we get to know the police officers both professionally and personally and other people in the books.

Some of my favorite police procedurals I’ve read so far this year:

Science Fiction

My favorite subgenres in science fiction are space opera, time travel and military science fiction. I do read some others that I would just call “regular science fiction.” I haven’t read as many science fiction this year so I don’t have examples in all my subgenres so I’ve just listed three of my favorite science fiction from this year:

Fantasy

A few years ago I read young adult fantasy and epic fantasy as well as urban fantasy, but I got burned out. These days urban fantasy is about all I read in this genre. And not too many of those anymore.

Urban Fantasy

My favorites from this year:

Dog Books

I started reading and searching for mysteries which had dogs in them last year–mostly working dogs. That led me to other books about working dogs that might not be mysteries and then some that are women’s fiction with dogs as central characters.

I especially like reading about the working dogs (search-and-rescue dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, military dogs, seeing eye dogs) These books often have another genre description. Of the three listed below the first is also women’s fiction. The second is young adult. And the third is a police procedural.

My favorite 2019 books about dogs:

Women’s Fiction

This is another new genre for me I’m actively searching for this year. I cringe a bit when I call a book “women’s fiction,” because it feels a little like I’m belittling the book. However, these books probably do appeal mostly to women and they usually have a lot about women changing their lives as well as usually having some romance in them. However, the romance isn’t what the book is mostly about, IMO. My favorites in 2019:

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What are your favorite genres? Have your favorites changed through your years of reading?

My favorite books with dog characters

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week is a freebie so I chose to write about My favorite books with dog characters.

All the books have links to either Goodreads or to my review if I’ve reviewed the book.

Mysteries

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong

This is the second book in the Bone Gap Travelers series. Both books are very good. They take place in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, but the main character and her dog are both military veterans. Both she and her K-9 partner were injured by an IED and both have PTSD. I like the way the author doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties they both have from their military service.

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

This is the first book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series about a young police officer in a small town in the Colorado Rockies. She’s partnered with a K-9 police dog named Robo and is still learning to trust that Robo knows what he’s doing. He’s trained as a search-and-rescue dog as well as a drug sniffing dog and he’s very capable. I like seeing the growth of trust between the two partners as the series continues.

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

Another book with ties to the military. Both Sydney and Clyde were stationed in Iraq, but Clyde’s handler (who was also Sydney’s boyfriend) was killed in Iraq. Sydney was able to bring Clyde back to the U.S. and adopt him. Sydney is now a railroad cop and Clyde is her K-9 partner.

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

I really liked this book and wish that Spencer Quinn would write another one about LeAnne Hogan. She’s another military veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Half her face is badly scarred and she lost an eye. She’s struggling to find a reason to live when a stray dog adopts her. When she discover’s a dead friend’s daughter is missing she needs to help find her.

Young Adult

Doggirl by Robin Brande

I loved this book about a high schooler who is more at home with animals than with people. Animals seem to know that she understands them, too. She was laughed at and bullied at her last school and so at her new school she hasn’t wanted to make friends. However, when she sees an advertisement that the school theater department needs a dog for a play she has to bring one of her dogs to show them what she and her dog can do. It’s great to see the acceptance she finally finds among the theater kids.

Women’s Fiction/Romance

What the Dog Ate by Jakie Bouchard

This was poignant at times, but also laugh-out-loud funny! And there’s some romance.

Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie

I read this book about 15 years ago. It’s about a high school teacher who has always done the “right” thing and is bored with her life. She suddenly breaks free from that mold when she adopts a stray dog which all her friends and family think is a mistake. I’ve read just about everything Jennifer Crusie wrote and lots of her books have funny, quirky dogs in them. Unfortunately, she’s not writing much anymore.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

I loved this book. I read it earlier this year and reading about all the dogs in the book put a smile on my face–plus there’s a really nice romance!

Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

In some ways this is a heartbreaking story, but in other ways it’s a story of the trust and love we’ve had ever since the first dogs trusted people to protect them–and vice versa. It’s the story of a boy who will do nearly anything to get his dog back.

Nonfiction

Soldier Dogs by Marie Goodavage

I’m in awe of the working dogs that save soldier and civilian lives by finding IEDs. In the military dogs have been used to find weapons, drugs, explosives and do a myriad of other things through the years. In Iraq and Afghanistan dogs are mostly used to find IEDs and search houses for explosives. But they also help boost the morale of the unit and there’s a great bond between the dog and handler. These dogs are heroes and should have more recognition.

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Did you write something this week for Top Ten Tuesday? What did you write? Do you like books about dogs or about other animals? Do you have favorites?

Recent additions to my to-read list

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

The topic this week is one I’ve tweaked a bit. Instead of my most recent additions these are recent, but also the most likely ones I’ll read in the next few months! Not all the books I buy get read so quickly!

Fantasy

Dead Man Walking by Simon Green (ebook, purchased)

I read the first book in this series in 2018. Ishmael Jones is a unique character so I want to read more about him!

Mysteries

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong (library book)

This is a hardback book (no digital formats available at my library), but hopefully I will get it read anyway since I really liked the first book in the series.

Brick and Mortality by Ann Granger (ebook, purchased)

I just read the first two books in this series and liked them so I bought the third book in the series since the price for the ebook is very good.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf (audiobook, purchased)

I bought this in the recent Audible sale. I read my first Heather Gudenkauf book last year and am eager to read another.

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (audiobook, purchased)

The library doesn’t have this in a digital format so I used one of my Audible credits

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett (ebook, purchased)

I read the first book in this series and really liked it so when this book was on sale I grabbed it.

Science Fiction

Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall (audiobook, purchased)

Another Audible credit for this book. I love the Linesman series by S.K. Dunstall.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (audiobook, purchased)

I used an Audible credit to get this book since it’s one I’ve wanted to read since it was published last summer.

And the Rest is History by Jodi Taylor (ebook, purchased)

This is one of my favorite series and I hadn’t bought the last three books in the series. Since the price is very reasonable I bought the last three books.

The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky (ebook, purchased)

This was inexpensive and Sarah @ Brainfluff gave a good review for this book. Also I haven’t read any of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books.

What books have you added to your to-read list lately?

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge

Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosts this challenge during the month of February. Visit her blog to find out more about They Call It Puppy Love Challenge.
I didn’t know about this challenge until Barb mentioned it to me in December and I’ve watched her blog ever since then to find out more about the challenge and to sign up for it. I’ve been waiting to read some of the books I’ve found just for this challenge!
I’m planning to read some of these books during February:
  • Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
  • Hello Love by Karen McQuestion
  • Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong
  • Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima
  • Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier
  • Rapid Fire by Donna Ball
  • What It’s Like to be a Dog by Gregory Berns
  • Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story by Maria Goodavage
And I may find other “puppy love” books not on the above list to read during the month. I’m hoping to read at least five books (and review them during February) which match this reading challenge.
Have you joined any reading challenges for this year? Are you going to join this challenge?

My favorite 2018 new-to-me authors

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists be sure to check it out. I haven’t joined in too much lately, but plan to participate more this year.

The subject this week is “New-to-Me Authors I read in 2018.” Every year I read books by new authors and love many of the books I read by them. In 2018 I read 35 books by “new-to-me” authors. These are my favorites:

Katherine Arden

I read The Bear and the Nightingale, the first book of the Winternight Trilogy. It’s a historical fantasy set in Russia and a fairytale retelling that’s so rich in detail that I felt I was in Russia when I listened to this audiobook.

W.R. Gingell

I read seven of W.R. Gingell’s fantasies in 2018. Ms. Gingell is a self-published author and many of her books are imaginative fairytale retellings with a dose of romance. She is the author I glommed the most during 2018!

Abir Mukherjee

A Rising Man takes place in India. It is a historical mystery about a former Scotland Yard detective arriving in  Calcutta, India to take a post in the local police force. The book details not only a murder and the mystery surrounding it, but all the politics of the Brits in India when the stability of the British Raj is slipping.

Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill–another book which takes place in India is also a historical mystery taking place in 1921 Bombay. Perveen Mistry arrives back in India after graduating from law school at Oxford in England. She joins her father’s law firm as one of the first female lawyers in India. She’s a strong advocate for women’s rights, but learns she must tread lightly and though her father is proud of her he isn’t always willing or able to aid her legal career. The mystery and story in this book are very intriguing.

Anne Hillerman

After her father–Tony Hillerman–died, Anne Hillerman continued the Leaphorn & Chee series he wrote for years. Song of the Lion was the first book I read by her and I was so relieved when I read it. She does a great job with the characters and the mystery. I love the Leaphorn & Chee series which I’ve read since I was a teenager. I’m slowly working my way through this series. In some cases I’ve reread books, but in other cases I’m reading them for the first time since I stopped reading mysteries for a few years.

C.J. Cherryh

C.J. Cherryh is a classic science fiction author whom I never heard of when I first started reading science fiction. I only started hearing about her after the internet gave me access to more books, blogs, authors and all else dealing with reading. The Pride of Chanur, the first book in the Chanur series involves humans, but is written from the viewpoint of other alien races. Not something I’ve seen very often when a science fiction has humans in it.

Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning is the first book by Ms. Roanhorse and it’s such a good book. It’s a distopian urban fantasy about Navajo Indians with lots of their mythology and stories. I loved it and the second book in the series–Storm of Locusts–is due to come out in April. It’s one of my most anticipated books of 2019.

Heather Gudenkauf

I was looking for a book to read by an Iowa author when I discovered Heather Gudenkauf. Not a Sound is such a good suspenseful mystery. It also has a wonderful therapy dog who helps the main character who is deaf. I want to read more books by Ms. Gudenkauf!

Jackie Bouchard

What the Dog Ate isn’t the type of book I read too often–women’s fiction with a little romance thrown in. Barb @ Booker T’s Farm wrote about Jackie Bouchard in one of her posts. I don’t remember which one, but she mentioned that Jackie Bouchard wrote about dogs. Reading good stories about dogs (not books where dogs die) has been one of my favorite themes of 2018. This book is funny, sad and very human. I want to read more books by Ms. Bouchard!

Jenny Colgan

Christmas on the Island was the best Christmas themed book I read this year. It takes place on a remote Scottish island and is the third book in a series. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series and could tell I was missing some of the fun of this book. I’m going to try to read the earlier books. This is another women’s fiction with a little romance and a lot about life on an island especially during the dark days of winter on a remote northern island and how they celebrate Christmas. There’s heartache and sadness, but also joy and Christmas happiness.

Lisa Preston

The Clincher is about a young woman who makes her living as a horseshoer. I was initially drawn to this book by the synopsis which says the book takes place in a fictional part of Central Oregon. Since I lived in Central Oregon at one time I immediately wanted to read this book! The fact it’s a mystery whose main character has an interesting occupation also helped. I really liked this first book a new series and hope another one comes soon.

Susan Furlong

Splintered Silence was my last book of 2018 and was a good book to end the year. The book featured Irish Travellers. We have enclaves of Irish Travellers in this country…who knew? They are also still in Ireland and in Ireland they were finally recognized in 2017 as an official ethnic group. In this book the main character comes back home to hostility from both her family, other Travellers and from the local town. She left to get away from all that as well as other problems, but an IED (improvised explosive device) ended both her Marine MP career and her K-9 partner’s career. Bodies turn up in this book and Brynn and her K-9 partner help solve the mystery.

Did you read new authors in 2018? Who were your favorites?

October 2018 books on my list

books-on-my-listI 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 missed.

September 30

Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between #2

Genre: Urban Fantasy

105 pages

Synopsis: There’s a body beneath the skip bins. Fae on the forklift. A vampire in the manager’s office. And there’s definitely something skeevy going on in the locker rooms. 

Hi. I’m Pet. Well, not exactly Pet. I am a pet. 

I was meant to stay out of it, but somebody’s gotta do something when humans are being killed by Behindkind creatures. 

October 1

The Angel in the Glass by Alys Clare

Series: Gabriel Taverner #2

Published by Severn House Publishing

Genre: Historical Mystery

240 pages

Synopsis: June, 1604. When the emaciated body of a vagrant is found on the edge of the moor, it’s the verdict of physician Gabriel Taverner that the man died of natural causes – but is all as it seems? Who was the dead man, and why had he come to the small West Country village of Tavy St Luke’s to die cold, sick and alone? With no one claiming to have known him, his identity remains a mystery.

Then a discovery found buried in a nearby field throws a strange new light on the case … and in attempting to find the answers, Gabriel Taverner and Coroner Theophilus Davey unearth a series of shocking secrets stretching back more than fourteen years.

The Sideman: A Scottish Police Procedural Set in Scotland by Caro Ramsey

Series: Unknown

Published by Severn House Publishers

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

256 pages

Synopsis: Detective Inspector Costello has resigned. No notice, no goodbyes. Convinced that George Haggerty murdered his wife and son despite his cast-iron alibi, Costello has gone solo, determined to expose a ruthless killer without being hampered by police protocol. But is she right about Haggerty’s guilt? And where has she disappeared to?

DCI Colin Anderson has no time to ponder the loss of his partner of twenty years. With a badly beaten body found on a remote mountain pass; a woman with a serious head wound who won’t communicate in any way; and a substantial pool of blood discovered at the edge of Loch Lomond, Police Scotland have their hands full. Could there be any connection to Costello’s disappearance …?

October 2

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Series: Unknown

Published by Graydon Hall

Genre: Historical Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

Time’s Children by D.B. Jackson

Series: Unknown

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

528 pages

Synopsis: Fifteen year-old Tobias Doljan, a Walker trained to travel through time, is called to serve at the court of Daerjen. The sovereign, Mearlan IV, wants him to Walk back fourteen years, to prevent a devastating war which will destroy all of Islevale. Even though the journey will double Tobias’ age, he agrees. But he arrives to discover Mearlan has already been assassinated, and his court destroyed. The only survivor is the infant princess, Sofya. Still a boy inside his newly adult body, Tobias must find a way to protect the princess from assassins, and build himself a future… in the past.

Murder on Millionaires’ Row by Erin Lindsay

Series: Unknown

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Paranormal

400 pages

Synopsis: Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue brownstone, even if only to sweep its floors. But all that changes on the day her boss, Mr. Thomas Wiltshire, disappears. Rose is certain Mr. Wiltshire is in trouble, but the police treat his disappearance as nothing more than the whims of a rich young man behaving badly. Meanwhile, the friend who reported him missing is suspiciously unhelpful. With nowhere left to turn, Rose takes it upon herself to find her handsome young employer.

Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Lowenstein

Series: Unknown

Published by Akashic Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

320 pages

Synopsis: When a rainmaker is bludgeoned to death in the pitch blackness of a colossal dust storm, small-town sheriff Temple Jennings shoulders yet another burden in the hard times of the 1930s Dust Bowl. The killing only magnifies Jennings’s ongoing troubles—a formidable opponent in the upcoming election, the repugnant burden of enforcing farm foreclosures, and his wife’s lingering grief over the loss of their young son.

As the sheriff and his young deputy investigate the murder, their suspicions focus on a teenager, Carmine, serving with the Civilian Conservation Corps. The deputy, himself a former CCCer, struggles with remaining loyal to the corps while pursuing his own aspirations as a lawman.

The Way of the Shield by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: Maradaine Elite #1

Published by Daw Books

Genre: Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Dayne Heldrin always dreamed of being a member of the Tarian Order. In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. But now, with constables, King’s Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organizations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Nevertheless, Dayne trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defense and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order.

When a failed rescue puts Dayne at fault for injuring the child of a powerful family, his future with the Tarians is in jeopardy. The Parliament controls the purse strings for the Order, and Dayne has angered the wrong members of Parliament. He returns to the capital city of Maradaine in shame, ready to be cast out of the Order when the period of his candidacy ends.

The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #3

Published by: Berkley

Genre: Historical Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t.

Moriarty’s shadow looms large. First, Charlotte’s half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte’s close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer.

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Series: The Murderbot Diaries #4

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction, Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

October 9

Down the Broken Road by J.R. Backlund

Series: Rachel Carver Mystery #2

Published by: Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery

267 pages

Synopsis: Rachel Carver’s career with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation came to a shuddering halt after her last case led to the collateral death of an innocent woman and a shameful cover-up by her superiors, She’s turned in her badge and is settling in to a new life as a legal investigator—but Rachel’s past won’t leave her alone. 

While on assignment for a prominent law firm, she uncovers a link between a recent grizzly murder and the case that ruined her career. The discovery is no coincidence. A hidden player is manipulating Rachel into uncovering the truth once and for all. And the stakes turn even deadlier when the killer strikes again. 

There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers

Series: The Farian War #1

Published by Orbit

Genre: Science Fiction

480 pages

Synopsis: Hail Bristol, former gunrunner and newly-crowned Empress of Indrana, looks forward to retiring her gun and rebuilding her Empire in peace. After a bloody civil war laced with regicide, betrayal, and foreign plots, Hail and her people are braced for years of necessary reconstruction and reform.

But when Indrana’s closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she must instead embark on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced. Caught between two alien civilizations at each other’s throats, she must uncover each side’s true intentions before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war.

The Hour of Death by Jane Willan

Series: Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn #2

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

314 pages

Synopsis: As Yuletide settles upon Gwenafwy Abbey, the rural Welsh convent’s peace is shattered when Tiffany Reese, president of the Village Art Society, is found dead on the floor of the parish hall. Sister Agatha, whose interests lie more with reading and writing mystery stories than with making the abbey’s world-renowned organic gouda, is not shy about inserting herself into the case. With the not-entirely-eager assistance of Father Selwyn, she begins her investigation.

Sister Agatha has no shortage of suspects to check off her naughty-or-nice list, until finally, Tiffany’s half-brother, Kendrick Geddings, emerges as the prime suspect. There never was any love lost between Tiffany and Kendrick, and of late they had been locked in a vicious battle for control of the family estate. But if Sister Agatha thinks she has the case wrapped up, she’ll have to think again. 

October 16

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

Series: The Interdependency #2

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

320 pages

Synopsis: The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it–unless desperate measures can be taken.

Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth–or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.

October 23

 Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern

Series: Country Club Murders #8

Published by Henery Press

Genre: Historical Mystery, cozy

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?

October 30

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Origin #1

Published by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Science Fiction

368 pages

Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

Series: Gunnie Rose #1

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Urban Fantasy

320 pages

Synopsis: Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards.

She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, they’re set upon by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

What books are you excited about this month? (I have way too many on this list to read this month, but I hope I get to a few of them.)

2018 Reading Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I’m participating in the Goodreads challenge again this year. Last year my goal was to read 100 books and I read exactly that! This year I decreased my goal to 90 books. I feel like I have lots more going on in 2018 and I want to read books because I love reading not to meet a challenge. (However, if I read more than 90 books I will be very happy!)

Other challenges

I’ve decided to participate in a few other challenges this year. Last year I didn’t take part in any reading challenges so I’m ready this year to jump in. It’s always fun and I usually read books I might not read otherwise. Some of these challenges need me to not only read the book, but also post a review. Thus, I’ve decided to do at least a mini review of the books I read. Hopefully this will get me to write a little about the books I’m reading.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge

Hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

I can read any type of mystery for this challenge. I like that about the challenge. I had a lot of fun when I did this challenge a couple of years ago.

Goal: Inspector Level–26-35 books

Monthly Link-up for mysteries read each month.

Discussion Challenge

Hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

Discuss books and book blogging. Talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related).

Goal: Discussion Dabbler–1-10 discussions

Monthly Link-up for discussion posts each month for giveaways and see what discussions other people post.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Hosted on the POPSUGAR website.

I participated in this challenge two or three years ago and it was lots of fun. I did read types of books I don’t often read by doing this challenge last time so I hope to do the same this year. There’s also a Goodreads group that I can join. (I’ll think about that for now.)

Goal: to broaden my reading horizons by trying to read all 40 of the book prompts plus there are 10 extra book prompts in a more advanced listing. I hope I can complete at least 80% of the list.

Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Hosted by MsNoseinaBook

This is a new challenge and it sounds fun. There’s a list of twenty science fiction & fantasy prompts. I’m looking forward to how many books I will find to fit the different prompts.

Goal: I would like to read a book for each challenge on this list, but would be happy with finishing 80% of the list.

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I plan to create a page on my blog for each of these challenges so that I can keep track of my progress.

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Do you like reading challenges? What are your favorite challenges?

HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge

I’ve participated in this readathon and really enjoyed it. During the weeklong event I also completed a few challenges. This shows my completion of the HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge! This challenge was hosted by: I Heart Romance & YA. Check out the fun challenge: HoHoHoRAT Winter Bingo Challenge

My HoHoHoRAT books read:

 

 

 

Christmas Tree in Cover Classics of Childhood, Vol 3: A Christmas Collection narrated by Robbie Benson, John Waite, Jonathan Winters and others

Red and Green CoverChristmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Christmas Themed AudiobookHercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser

Bingo!

The word Christmas in the titleLetters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt and Christian Rodska

Police procedurals I’ve recently added to my TBR pile

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

This week I’m talking about the police procedurals I’ve recently added to my TBR pile. Most of these are from authors I haven’t read before. With a few I’ve read one or two books in the series. I’m always on the lookout for new police procedurals so I’ve been happy to find these to try in the last month or so.

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Mike Bowditch is a game warden, but I’m counting him as police officer. 

The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron

Series: Mike Bowditch #1

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find a cryptic message on his answering machine from his father, Jack, who he hasn’t heard from in two years. The next morning Mike gets a call from the police: a beloved local cop has been killed and his father is their prime suspect.

Coming to terms with his haunted past and desperate for answers, Mike and a retired warden pilot journey deep into the Maine wilderness to clear his father’s name and find out why Jack is on the run. But the only way for Mike to save his father is to find the real killer before the killer finds him.

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Set in rural Pennsylvania in a small community

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Series: Henry Farrell #1

When an elderly recluse discovers a corpse on his land, Officer Henry Farrell is drawn into a murder investigation that might tear his sleepy community apart. Tom Bouman’s chilling and evocative debut introduces one of the most memorable new characters in detective fiction and uncovers a haunting section of rural Pennsylvania, where gas drilling is bringing new wealth and eroding neighborly trust.

 

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Set in San Francisco with a homicide detective. I read the second book first for some reason–now want to read the first.

Fall From Grace by Clyde Phillips

Series: Jane Candiotti #1

Veteran San Francisco homicide detective Jane Candiotti never had a problem drawing the line between her personal and professional lives—until the night she meets David Perry after his socialite wife, Jenna, is brutally murdered. The facts are damning: the Perrys were embroiled in a bitter divorce and now David stands to inherit millions in the wake of Jenna’s death. But Jane’s instincts tell her there’s more to this case than just greed and love gone sour.

To uncover the truth, she must dig into the sordid secrets of the city’s most powerful families, a quest that will draw her inextricably closer to David and his teenage daughter…and to the cold-blooded killer who’s stalking their every move. But when the case takes a shocking turn, it’s not just Jane’s reputation that’s hanging in the balance—it’s her life.

The rest of these are all procedurals set in England–one of my favorite settings

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I read the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and really liked it.

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger

Series: DC Smith #2

“We are living in the departure lounge,” said Ralph Greenwood, “and flights leave with monotonous regularity.” So when another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no-one is very surprised – not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether, while, despite his best efforts, his social life also becomes a little more complicated. To top it all, Kings Lake has been waiting weeks for the snow to fall, in a winter that seems as if it will never end… This, the second DC Smith investigation, follows on from ‘An Accidental Death’.

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Another where I read the first book recently

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

Series: DCI Sophie Allen #2

A young man’s mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone, a well-known local landmark on Studland Heath.

It seems that he was involved in a human trafficking and prostitution gang. But why is DCI Sophie Allen keeping something back from her team? Is it linked to the extraordinary discovery of her own father’s body at the bottom of a disused mineshaft, more than forty years after he disappeared?

 

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A new author and series

Into the Shadows by Shirley Wells

Series: Jill Kennedy & DCI Max Trentham Mystery #1

When Rodney Hill, wrongly arrested for a series of murders, hangs himself, Jill Kennedy, the forensic psychologist whose profile led to Hill’s arrest, gives up her work with the police and moves to the peaceful village of Kelton Bridge to write self-help books, enjoy a quiet life with her cats and perhaps an occasional flutter on the horses.

Then the likeable but unremarkable vicar’s wife, Alice Trueman, is brutally murdered, and Jill discovers that Kelton Bridge is far from the quiet refuge she had anticipated. According to DCI Max Trentham, Jill’s ex-colleague and ex-lover, the case if pretty cut and dried — Alice’s son was found standing over her body with the murder weapon in his hand. But he won’t talk.

And that’s not all. Someone is intent on reminding Jill that she made a mistake in the Rodney Hill case. Is it a malicious joke, or is there a more deadly agenda? It begins to look as if real killer — the man who should have stood in Rodney Hill’s shoes, the man still terrorizing the Lancashire Pennines — is stalking her. And that is a truly terrifying thought.

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Another author I haven’t read before. Sounds depressing which I don’t like…we’ll see how this one goes.

Dead Simple by Peter James

Series: Roy Grace #1

Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It’s all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive.

Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael’s only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley’s faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune.

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I’ve read a couple of earlier ones in this series and enjoyed them so I’m ready to continue with the next one.

An Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis

Series: Wesley Peterson #3

When the body of a middle-aged woman is found hanging from a yew tree in Stokeworthy Churchyard, the police suspect foul play. But the victim is an unlikely one. Pauline Brent was the local doctor’s receptionist, respected and well liked. She seems to have no real enemies-and yet someone killed her.

Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, a black detective recently transferred to the quiet, West Country English village, is determined to discover the truth and, once again, it is history that provides him with a clue. For Wesley’s archaeologist friend, Neil Watson, has excavated an ancient corpse at a nearby dig: a woman who had been buried at a crossroads, on unhallowed ground. It appears that the body is that of the same woman whom local legend has it was publicly executed in the churchyard centuries before.

A chilling echo of the fifteenth-century lynching, Pauline Brent’s death forces Wesley to consider the possibility that the killer also knows the tree’s dark history. Has Pauline been “executed” rather than murdered-and if so, for what crime?

To catch a dangerous killer, Wesley has to discover as much as he can about the victim. But Pauline Brent appears to have been a woman with few friends, no relatives, and a past she has tried carefully to hide…

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Another new series to try!

Hushabye by Celina Grace

Series: Kate Redman Mysteries #1

A missing baby. A murdered girl. A case where everyone has something to hide…

Hushabye (A Kate Redman mystery) is the new novel from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.

On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case… but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.

Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive…

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I found this on sale at Audible!

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Series: DI Nikki Galena

A NEW CRIME THRILLER WITH A COMPELLING DETECTIVE WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO AVENGE HER DAUGHTER

THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She’s got tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she’s been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she’s out.

HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the handsome squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.

THEIR ADVERSARY is a ruthless man who holds DI Galena responsible for his terrible disfigurement.

The town is being terrorised by gangs of violent thugs, all wearing identical hideous masks. Then a talented young female student goes missing on the marsh and Nikki and Joseph find themselves joining forces with a master criminal in their efforts to save her. They need to look behind the masks, but when they do, they find something more sinister and deadly than they ever expected . . .

What books are you adding to your TBR pile? What genre are they mostly from?

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Goals

HoHoHo Readathon Goals

I enjoy participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Readathon every year. It’s hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is so much fun.

Besides reading or listening to books there are challenges to participate in as well as a twitter party (on Nov 15). And we can twitter our progress at #HoHoHoRAT.

Goals for Readathon

  • Read three Christmas/winter themed books
  • I hope I can take part in at least one challenge.
  • I want to tweet my progress during the week and participate in the twitter party.
  • I shared a favorite Christmas cookie recipe last year and hope to do the same this year.

Note

I had this goal post written before my husband got sick. Because I’m going to focus on him especially the next couple of weeks my main participation is going to be reading. If I get anything else done that will be great, but I just have to see how it goes.

Books I’ll choose from

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early

Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway series by Georgette Heyer

I also have a number of holiday romance short story anthologies so I may pick a story here and there from them.

If you haven’t signed up for this readathon check it out on Kimba’s website. It’s fun!

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