Currently Reading

I typically don’t have more than 3-4 books going on but I’ve managed to have  a lot of books going on at once so I thought I’d share a bit of what I’m currently reading.

Our House by Louise Candlish. A domestic noir thriller about a woman who finds strangers moving into her house and she can’t get a hold of her husband. What is going on? Very intriguing so far.

Code Girls by Liza Mundy. I started reading this one during Nonfiction November and it is fascinating but this is probably a book that will take me a while to finish.

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. Should have finished this last month for book group but while the book is well written, the pace is very slow.

Final Girls by Riley Sager. A good thriller I’m enjoying on my commute.

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo. This was supposed to be one of my R.I.P. reads but it’s my lunch time book and I seem to keep getting interrupted or caught up reading other things so this one has been set aside for some time.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. I am really enjoying this audiobook but I had to return it to the library before I could finish it so I’m waiting for it to be available again.

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver. This is one I probably have to re-start if I get back to it. I’ve not been a reader of this series so I do feel a bit lost.

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo. Another book that’s been on my nightstand for months. I like it but I feel like it’s just not moving.

So I know this isn’t telling you much about the books but more about my feeling about them but there you go.

And, I really should not start another book until I finish several of these but the thing is that I need to go pick up my mystery book for book group later this month and I definitely will want to try and read that before we meet.

That’s it – my goal this week is to finish at least one of these books! What about you, what are you reading and any books you are finding it hard to finish?

Hello, December

One month left to finish up some reading challenges and meet some reading goals and I can already tell that’s not going to happen. And, that’s ok. I didn’t do so well with all of my reading intentions for November like Nonfiction November, Margaret Atwood reading month or German literature month but I still enjoyed reading all the blog posts about and at least celebrating from the sidelines.

What’s my plan for December? Well hopefully getting back on track with my reading. This weekend I didn’t do a lot of book reading because I also have a huge stack of magazines that I’m trying to whittle down. Once I finish those I take to the library to put in the magazine exchange bin. I promise I’m not picking up anything new!

I’m probably going to make a trip to the library this week to pick up my mystery book group book but I’ll try to stay away from borrowing too many books. Especially since I just downloaded 20 (yes 20!) books from NetGalley. I don’t know what I was thinking but it’s just hard to resist those books.

So that’s about it around here. What about you, any big plans to finish off your reading year?

Three Mysteries

Here’s a quick update on three mysteries I’ve recently finished.

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear. By far my favorite of the three books was this Maisie Dobbs novel which is the fourteenth in the series. More British young men are called to serve in the war against Nazi Germany but for those not going to enemy lines, there is much work back home. Sometimes dangerous work. After Joe Coombs is found dead Maisie discovers it was foul play and all signs point to the work he was involved with painting buildings with some new fire retardant chemical.

What I loved about this book is that it reminded me of some of the earlier Maisie Dobbs books. The first chapter was very moving as the young man meets an untimely death and I though the author did a fabulous job of making you feel for the character and of the unfairness of it all. Even though there were some sad moments there is the potential for some exciting beginnings in Maisie’s personal life. I’ve always enjoyed this series and this entry does not disappoint.

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths. The very relatable and likable Ruth Galloway, professor of archeology, finds herself going off to a village in Italy to help a friend identify some bones. It’s the first time in a long time that Ruth has had a getaway and with so many changes in her personal life she thinks this will be just what she needs to find some peace but life is not so simple and a murder and earthquake later have Police Inspector (and love interest) Harry Nelson running to meet Ruth.

Nelson has not been the most sympathetic of characters and in this installment he’s really annoying actually. He rushes off to Ruth’s side even though he is still very married and with a pregnant wife. His wife though may be pregnant by another man. What? Yes, and I won’t even go into some of the other things that happen. Basically, too much family drama and not enough mystery. Why is Ruth not getting on with her life without Nelson. I know I’ll come back to this series but I really hope the next book isn’t like this one.

Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett. This cozy series take place in a booktown and one evening after a local author, Zoe Carter  does a book reading and signing at the local mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got A Clue, she is found dead in the bathroom. Will sales of her series skyrocket? Who benefits from her death? And why do so many locals who knew her say they never had a clue she could write?

Bookshop owner, Tricia Miles, is kicked out of her shop while the local police search for evidence but she’s got a few questions she wants to answer for herself. This was an audiobook and I think I would have preferred an actual copy of the book because all of the character dialogue sounded forced and some of the characters sounded just like brats. I thought this would be a fun series and instead I didn’t really like many of the characters.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought.