Friday Reads #2020-01

Friday Reads #2020-01

Time for my first Friday Reads of 2020. Instead of linking to Amazon, as I have in the past, I'm going to link to Goodreads and you can read my review there. Finished: Zen and the Art of Happiness—Chris Prentiss 5* (Jan 4) This book has become my traditional first...

2019 Reading Review and 2020 Plans

2019 Reading Review and 2020 Plans

Time to assess last year's reading and make some plans for this year! Reading in 2019 Here are my goals and accomplishments: 1. Read 40 Books: After struggling to read 40 books in 2018 (and finishing on a technicality), I set a goal of 40 and managed to finish 50....

December Reading Wrap-Up

December Reading Wrap-Up

December goal: ...so I'm setting a goal of 6. It would be nice to finish with 50 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge Cat Poems—Various 3* (Dec 1)Review A Dangerous Collaboration—Deanna Raybourn 4.5* (Dec 13)Review Marilla of...

Friday Reads #29

Friday Reads #29

Yes, it's Friday Reads on a Tuesday so I can neatly finish reviewing my December reading before I complete my December and 2019 reviews. Finished: Ask Again, Yes—Mary Beth Keane 3.5* (Dec 21) I've delayed reviewing this book while I try to decide how I feel about it....

Friday Reads #28

Friday Reads #28

Finished: A Dangerous Collaboration—Deanna Raybourn 4.5* (Dec 13) I enjoyed book 4 better than book 3. Though it begins with Veronica and Stoker at odds, they quickly find themselves on another adventure. This time, they're trying to uncover the mystery surrounding...

Friday Reads #27

Friday Reads #27

Finished: Cat Poems—Various 3* (Dec 1) I just don’t really care for poetry, even if it’s about cats. I picked this book up in Iceland this fall. A few poems were cool. Mostly, I felt meh. Currently Reading: A Dangerous Collaboration—Deanna Raybourn (73%) Solid so far,...

November Reading Wrap-Up

November Reading Wrap-Up

November goal: In November, I'm setting a goal of 4 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge Medallion Status—John Hodgman 4.75* (Nov 6)Review Hotel Silence—Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir 3* (Nov 7)Review I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's...

Friday Reads #26

Friday Reads #26

Coming at you late because yesterday was Thanksgiving and there was turkey. Finished: The Vanishing Stair—Maureen Johnson 5* (Nov 23) Book 2 in the series picks up shortly after the first left off with a bombshell of a reveal. It's dealt with, and we move back to the...

Friday Reads #25

Friday Reads #25

Finished: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer—Michelle McNamara—4.5* (Nov 20) I listened to this audiobook in about a week and really enjoyed it. The narrator (Gabra Zackman) was very engaging. This book has been on my...

Friday Reads #24

Friday Reads #24

Finished: Medallion Status—John Hodgman—4.75* (Nov 6) I love John Hodgman's podcast, so listening to the audiobook of his latest book was a treat. He's consistently warm, funny, and insightful. Add in a focus on airline miles and corgis? Perfection. Hotel...

Poe-tober 2019 Report

Poe-tober 2019 Report

Poe-tober wasn't as jam-packed with creepy media and events as I would've liked (unless you count the horror story taking place across the river in DC), but I still want to report on my efforts. Books: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) - 2*Haunting of Hill House (Shirley...

October Reading Wrap-Up

October Reading Wrap-Up

October goal: I'm setting a goal of 5 books for this month, plus so many other things that go bump in the night. Later this week, I'll post my Poe-tober report. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge A Perilous Undertaking(Veronica...

Friday Reads #23

Friday Reads #23

(Oops - this was supposed to post Friday, Nov. 1) Next week, look for October's wrap-up and my report on Poe-tober. Finished: 25 Icelandic Ghost Stories—Jón R. Hjálmarsson—2* (Oct 31) I bought this book on a trip to Iceland. The people there are really into ghosts and...

Friday Reads #22

Friday Reads #22

Finished: Frankenstein—Mary Shelley—2* (Oct 23) The story of Frankenstein has become a common cultural reference, but I'd never read the source material. Still, I had high hopes for creepiness. Instead, the scariest part of the book was how it took so long to read 108...

Friday Reads #21

Friday Reads #21

Finished: A Perilous Undertaking(Veronica Speedwell #2) — Deanna Raybourn — 3.75* (Oct 9) I loved the first book in this series so much that the second installment was destined to fall short of my expectations. The story was still very enjoyable and the main...

Friday Reads #20

Friday Reads #20

Finished: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told — Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman—3.5* (Sept 15) (This book was a September read but I finished it after I completed my last Friday Reads post so here’s the review) This is the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to...

September Reading Wrap-Up

September Reading Wrap-Up

September goal: I'm setting a goal of 3 books for September—and planning for Poe-tober! What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald 4.5* (Sept 1)Review A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn 4.75* (Sept...

Friday Reads #19

Friday Reads #19

Finished: A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn 4.75* (Sept 9) Sometimes impulse buys work out, sometimes they don't. In this case, beautiful cover art, enthusiastic reviews, and the price (<$1) paid off many times over.Veronica Speedwell is a fascinating...

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