Taking A Break

Hey Friends – It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here these past couple of weeks but I wanted to say thank you for all the bloggiversary comments below. You guys are the best!

We’re now getting ready for vacation and that means a lot of coordination as family comes over to stay with my mom while my husband and I do a bit of traveling. After not having vacation last year and just a lot of work, I’m really in need for time away to see new places. I am looking forward to lots of walking, uninterrupted hours for reading and savoring adventures.

While I’d love to take a book, I’m trying to pack light so I’m only relying on my Kindle. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a magazine too. Of course my journal is packed already.

I won’t be blogging while away and won’t be able to stay up to date with my blog feed but I look forward to catching up with you when I’m back. Until then, happy reading and more book talk soon!

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It’s quite the occasion here at Casa Bookgirl. Today my blog turns 15 years! It’s so hard to put in writing how much this blogging community means to me. I feel like even when I may be a bit absent from blogland you guys are always so understanding and we can pick up where we left off as books and stories continue to bring us together.

I want to thank everyone who reads, comments or sends me emails and books. I know you are all super busy too so I appreciate you taking the time to visit and share your love of books.

Now if only I could have you guys over so we could share a cake, drinks and bookish games!

Thank you again you guys!

I was out all yesterday having fun with one of my girlfriends who was in town visiting so I need to catch up on some housework today but I think in honor of my bloggiversary I may just have to order a book or two. That sounds like a good plan right? I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and more book talk soon.


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Three Books

My mind has been on mysteries lately. I try to keep a variety of books ongoing but somehow I ended up with three mysteries on my current rotation.

First up is After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe. When I started reading this book I didn’t realize it was a follow up to The Ice Beneath Her which I read a couple of years ago. This one didn’t quite live up to that book but it does touch on some important issues such as the refugee crisis in Europe and the burgeoning sexuality and identity of teenagers. I just finished this one so technically I only have two mysteries in rotation but wanted to mention this one too. I’ll try to write up a bit more on this one soon.

I am also almost finished with Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo. This second book in the Kate Burkholder series tells the story of an Amish family brutally murdered and Chief Burkholder is determined to find the guilty one and make them pay. So far this is a great addition to the series and I’m really enjoying the main characters. Good thing there are several more books to look forward to in this series.

The latest book I added to the mix is Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. When I first got this I thought oh goodness it’s a chunkster but the pages are flying by. Really enjoying this book but I wish I had started with the first in the series. I don’t feel lost but I am enjoying this so much that I just wish I had read all the backstory and the previous cases. Anyway, this one is for my mystery book group which meets next week.

So that’s about what I’ve been reading lately, what about you? And, have you read any of these?

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