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Thursday, December 12, 2013

What's Up

Oh, lovely overload of books!  I can't read fast enough.

NetGalley ARCs

With my new Kindle Fire, I finished Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke and have reviewed and scheduled it.  Scandinavian crime with gruesome murders and some interesting characters; if you read Scandinavian crime novels, you have a good idea of what I mean.

Finished The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, but have not yet reviewed it.  Great title--who wouldn't want to know what an unseemly education involves in a YA novel; however, the plot did not quite work for me.   At the conclusion, I realized it was part of a series, but I don't know if I will continue reading.
Reading Aurora:  Pegasus, a science fiction book by Amanda Bridgeman.  I really enjoyed Aurora: Darwin, and am eagerly following the adventures of the Aurora crew as their new mission takes them in pursuit of old enemies.

Also reading The Arnifour Affair, but I'm not sure if I will finish this one. 

In the que of titles on my Kindle that I look forward to reading:

  1.  The Two Mrs. Abbots by D.E. Stevenson
  2.  The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  3. The Lost Boys by Lilliam Carmine
  4.  I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strang
  5. Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

There are others in the que, but the above are the ones that seem to calling me.

In the Mail:

Two new ARCs (oooh, real pages!) in the mail are also looking good.  
juvenile fiction, a while back and really enjoyed it, 
I jumped at the opportunity.  

 Another offer that I gladly accepted is The Trickster's Hat by Nick Bantock. 
 Loved the Griffin and Sabine books with their beautiful illustrations.  
I have started it, but it will be a slow read
--short chapter by short chapter--
as Bantock is writing about creativity and has plenty of exercises
 (and some more wonderful illustrations, though not as many).


What else is going on?  I'm doing some embroidery and making new dolls.  They were supposed to be kind of Christmas-y, but as usual are taking off in their own directions.

Also making plans for the grandkids and the holidays.  Amelia has designated Camp Jen McDowell Mullen, and we've been sharing ideas for activities to keep the grands busy while we are down at the camp for Christmas.  


  1. Yay for Kindles!

    I am glad you are enjoying yours.:-) Enjoy the new titles you have coming up too!

    I am reading one from my own shelf right now. I figured I might at least try to read one of the books I set a goal to read at the beginning of the year. I'm quite enjoying it and it's a nice change from the fantasy type books I've been reading lately.

  2. Awesome!! Lorrie offered to get me an ereader while my tablet was out of commission but I am not sure how much I would use it when my tablet gets back and I didn't want him to waste his money. But, well, then the Black Friday and cyber Monday sales happened and I am kind of freaking that I can't read them. :(

  3. Wendy - I'm just so grateful to have a reader! I'm still reading from the shelf, too; books by my chair in the bedroom, Kindle moving to wherever around the house. :) Love fantasy, but like you, sometimes get hung up on one genre for a while.

    Kelly - How dependent we become! Hope your tablet is soon back in commission. Have not heard anything so far about my iPad--so I'm doubly glad I have the Kindle!

  4. Please share pictures of your dolls when you are done - would love to see them. I really want to learn how to do embroidery and my goal is to take a class next year.

    Can't wait to hear about the Nick Bantock book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's as good as the G&S books.

  5. Iliana - :) I will share some pictures when I'm done, but right now all 7 dolls in progress are giving me attitude!

    The Bantock book has exercises in creativity, but not a story like the G&S books. So far, I've only had time to read the introductory pages, but I'm curious about the exercises.