Happy New Year 2019

 

Last year I set my book reading goal at 225 books and according to GoodReads I read 240 even though my blog reading log shows 238 ( I still don’t understand why the figures won’t jive). I enjoy books from several genres/sub-genres, some being, young adult, new adult, crime fiction, foreign crime fiction, children books, poetry, mysteries,thrillers,contemporary romances and erotica, My  goal for 2019 is to review the books I feel very strongly about and to just list the others in the reading log and I’ve set my goal for 2019 to read 230 books.

I discovered seventy authors who were new to me last year and I look forward to reading more from them and making it a point to read more from debut authors.

I love all books, big, heavy, hard to hold hardbacks, e-books,soft cover books, etc. This year I, again, have decided not to take part in any reading challenges other than the one on GoodReads because sometimes I feel stymied by the subject of the challenge or it’s length. 

I’m looking forward to all the books in my future!

 

Happy New Year 2016

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I can’t believe that another year has come and gone, although there were a few days that I wish had passed double time and others that I would have liked to go on and on.

Last year I set my book reading goal at  155 books and according to GoodReads I read 298 even though my blog reading log shows 305. The reason I was able to read so many more over my goal is that I discovered a new genre (at least, new to me) EROTIC ROMANCE which, of course, has many sub genres. Most of these book are not long in length and several of them I didn’t list on GoodReads because the results show up on my Facebook page and I didn’t want my friends and family to see me as a pervert, plus there are about 30 more books that I didn’t even review because they were severely smutty and there were no words to describe my feelings about them. My goal for 2016 is to forget about everyone else and review EVERY book I read no matter the genre or subject matter.  There is nothing wrong with reading Erotic Romances and others in the sub genres and I’m a grown woman and if people are offended by the books I read, too bad. So there! (Now, let’s hope I can do it)

I love all books, physical, e-books, free digital books, children’s books, mystery books, thrillers, dramas,young adult and erotic romance and I’m looking forward to this New Year and all the books in my future.

This year I, again,  have decided not to take part in any reading challenges  other than the one on GoodReads because sometimes  I feel stymied by the subject of the challenge or it’s length.

 

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Book Description

October 2, 2012

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

Review –

I had the audio version of this book and the narrator, Ari Fliakos, did a fantastic job  and made it a pleasure to listen.

The story has a peculiar plot with peculiar well-defined characters and even though we start out in San Francisco we travel across the country to try to solve the mystery of eternal life and decode the books found on the top shelves in Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore. 

If you love books, computers/technology, nerds, mysteries,  and friendships this is the book for you.

I rated it five stars ***** and I highly recommend it.

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Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: January 27, 2004 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery

When Lori Shepherd’s husband, Bill, is summoned to the reading of a will at the resplendent country estate of Earl Elstyn, Lori jumps at the chance to come along. She didn’t expect, however, to find herself entangled in a messy—and dangerous—family dispute. The aristocratic earl has called together the entire Elstyn family to disclose the beneficiaries of his fortune, and all present will be affected. But someone has a grudge against the Elstyns and will stop at nothing for revenge.

A burning topiary, a suspicious maid, family secrets, and threatening notes lead Lori to seek her phantom Aunt Dimity’s help in identifying the culprit before he or she can torch the whole house—with the guests in it

Review –

Another fabulous book for reading om a cold winter afternoon.  You really meed to try this series!

 

A Conventional Corpse (Claire Malloy Mystery #13) by Joan E. Hess

Product Description:

Farberville, Arkansas, is playing host to its first-ever mystery convention with five major mystery writers–each representing a different subgenre of the mystery world–making the trek to the local college for “Murder Comes to Campus.” Bookseller Claire Malloy is looking forward to meeting some of her favorite writers and, of course, selling books to the attendees. But her plans for a calm, profitable weekend are soon laid to waste when the organizer is hospitalized and Claire is dragooned into running the show.

Finding herself in the midst of barely controlled chaos, Claire has to deal with five writers, each with a distinct set of idiosyncrasies and difficulties (including one who arrives with Wimple, her crime-solving cat, in tow). With Claire’s own love-life woes with local police detective Peter Rosen added in, things have never been worse…until things get worse. One of the conference attendees dies in a car accident, Wimple the cat disappears from Claire’s home and cannot be located, and Roxanne Small is nowhere to be found–making it evident that in Farberville the murder mystery is more than a literary genre.

 

Review –

I’ve had a horrific sinus headache for many days and maybe that’s why this book just didn’t live up to my expectations.  While I enjoyed it, the plot could have been stronger and the “Peter”  situation  thought out a bit more.  I’ve already started the next one and I’m hoping my headache will be gone before I finish it.

The Book Thief

Synopsis

An incredible young adult novel about how a young girl’s love of books helps a community survive World War II and the Holocaust.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

“Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of a sophisticated teen and adult readers…a mesmerizing and original story.”—School Library Journal, starred review“A tour de force to be not just read but inhabited.”—The Horn Book, starred review

Review-

Whoa, I thought I had finished this review a long time ago but I found it today in the DRAFT folder.

This turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time.   The narrator did a fantastic job which made the audiobook so much more enjoyable than it would if I had tried to pronouce all the German words.  The story is moving, the characters well developed and I laughed and I cried and when it was over I just had to sit still for awhile to let it all sink in.

I highly recommend this book.

The Book Thief by Markus Zasak

From School Library Journal

Synopsis: Grade  9 and Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
 
 
Review-    I had been wanting to read this book for a very long time when I ran across the audio book version in our public library and decided to check it out.  Let me just say that I loved it.  Making Death the narrator was genius and the person reading the story, Allan Corduner, did an extraordinarily good job.  I always listen to my audio books while in the car and I had to stop a time or two on the last cd because of the tears in my eyes.  The book is excellent and should be read by young adults and adults too.