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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June Books

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Did some of you in the States get a lot of rain? We got quite the soaking Sunday night and I think we also managed to already hit 100 degrees. I don’t mind the rain but that heat. Bring on the popsicles!

Anyway so sorry for being the absent blogger again friends but between feeling tired from the heat and just some crazy work stuff, I haven’t felt much like blogging or crafting even. I think right now, what’s on my mind is vacation and that’s all I’m focusing on but there are some great things going on so I need to remember to pay attention to those joyful moments as well.

One of those being new books. So glad books can always brighten my day. Here are the latest books to arrive on my doorstep:

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister. Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters–they’re each other’s lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But then the unthinkable happens, and Becky is charged with murder.

Invitation to Die by Barbara Cleverly. Cambridge, 1924 in early summertime. May Balls, punting on the Cam, flirting and dancing the tango are the preoccupations of bright young people, but bright young Detective Inspector John Redfyre finds himself mired in multiple murders.

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate. Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the Incurables’ world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.

All of these sound like good fun to me. Which would you start with?

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