Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Show Us Your Books: Sweater Weather with a side of reading


The title was going to be reading weather but hello all weather is reading weather.

Ahoy fellow booknerds. Thanks for looking up from your pages to join us today. I have some housekeeping items:

1. Once again in December Jana and I will host TWO SUYBs - the regular link up on December 12 and the special Favorite Reads of the Year for 2017 (click on that to see my post from last year) on Tuesday, December 26. Yes, we know it's the day after Christmas. Merry Christmas to all of us! This is the gift we will give to the readers of the internet and holders of the Christmas gift cards burning a hole in their pockets already, one day in. I'm going to prepare my post ahead of time. fa la la la la la la READ BOOKS
2. For your grabbing pleasure, may I direct you to a new Show Us Your Books button on my sidebar that Jana worked on with Tanya? That photo of me and Jana is from college and yes, that is Boone's Farm.
3. Last month was our three year anniversary - congrats to Steph G at Insert Classy Here for winning the $25 Amazon gift card + $25 donation to Children's Literacy Initiative.
4. Happy happy birthday one of my BFF sister resistors, Melissa.
5. The fat man walks alone.

Linkup Guidelines:
This link up is the second Tuesday of every month. The next is  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 with the special Favorite Reads of 2016 Show Us Your Books on Tuesday, December 26.
Please: 
1. Visit and comment with both of your hosts, Jana & me
2. Display the button and/or link back to us on your blog post
2. Visit other blogs who've linked up and talk books as booknerds are wont to do

Here's what I've read since the last linkup.

Engrossing Reads


I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll - I was totally glued to this book. Lots of loose ends. Creepy throughout. And you know I do love a creep. You might not know that I'm obsessed with things that should be, in my mind, contracted. I would have liked I'm Watching You better.  Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison - I was very impatient to know WTF was going on in this novel. Sometimes suspense books aren't super suspenseful. That was not the case here. I couldn't put this one down. One of those no one is likable but it doesn't even matter books.  free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10) by John Sandford - That fuckin' Flowers has done it again. If you read the series, you get why I called him that. The Virgil series is very reliable for me. OCNJ library hardback

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton - Well, I was completely taken off-guard by how this shit went down, which is a very, very good thing when you're reading a book like this. I liked how Bolton gave you a little something easy to figure out relatively early on and saved the sucker punch for the end. Good stuff. OCNJ library hardback


Passed the Time Just Fine

Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner - I can't even remember where I got this book, how I heard of it, if it was on my kindle or a library book. It was fine. A little too tight. A little weird and not in a way that I Liked.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine - This book is straddling all the lines between my very scientific categories. The second half of the book is definitely engrossing - I stayed up until midnight on a Sunday night to finish it. The first half passed the time just fine/was not worth it. It seemed like a really long build up and the repetition was starting to annoy me. I wish you could just read the last half of the book, but that's not how this works. OCNJ library hardback

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Milhone #25) by Sue Grafton - The 25th book in the alphabet series. The series definitely needs a relief pitcher, but I will of course read the 26th and will miss the prospect of more Kinsey. I love that cranky lady who is so set in her ways. OCNJ library hardback

Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter - A new to me series, recommended by one of you...Erin? Anyway, Will is quite a different character for the detective/murder genre and I'll keep with this. OCNJ library hardback

Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter - See? OCNJ library hardback

Not Worth It

The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard - This reminded me of a weak version of either Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or The Rosie Project - both books I enjoyed immensely. To be fair to this book, I was comparing it to how enjoyable I found those two. This felt like it took forever to read and was really surface when it could have been much deeper. Kindle e-book

Did Not Finish

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - I read the first Beach Street and liked it fine. I couldn't face the prospect of the similar formula of this one a few pages in. It might be better in the summer, so I will keep it in mind. OCNJ library hardback

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - I couldn't finish this one. I'm disappointed because I liked the premise. I thought it was very hard to get into. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

And you? What have you been reading? 




41 comments:

  1. I went to add I Am Watching You to my Goodreads to-read list and it was already there. HA!

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  2. I got Dead Certain as a Kindle First free book. And I was glad it was free, because I felt kind of similarly meh about it. Always on the hunt for a really good mystery/page turner, but that one didn't exactly satisfy... Of recent reads in that category, I liked The Dark Lake a lot.

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  3. I just added I am Watching You, Daisy in Chains and Lie to Me to my to read list. All are in my favorite genre and I'm due for a good suspense book! I read Little Beach Street but didn't realize there was a second. It does sound like a summer read.

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  4. Totally jotting down those Engrossing reads. I love a good creepy read & especially one that takes me by surprise.

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  5. I think I want to read that alphabet series someday...do you think they are best read in order? Lie to Me is on my list as is Karin Slaughter in general - I haven't read any of hers yet!
    YAY for 2 SUYBs in December...can't wait!!! I always have a hard time narrowing down the top books of the year so that post is usually super long but that's okay! haha

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  6. I have to check out that J. T. Ellison one. Love the new button!

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  7. Already had a couple in my list but added Daisy in Chains. Haven't read any of Sue Grafton books -- are these stand-alones or would I need to start with 'A'?

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  8. I have a different Slaughter book on my list! She was a good author for October, I thought :)

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  9. i've been working on my december post all year long, no shame in my over organised game. i have a horrible memory anyway so i have to do it like that. it will be like an extra christmas present! haha. omg i LOVE the new button!!! i have I Am Watching You on my kindle, so good to hear it was engrossing. i can't remember when i read the first beach street bakery book, but i couldn't get into the second one either. i don't even think i read more than the first page so i didn't even mark it as DNF because I barely started lol.

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  10. Ooh, Lie to Me sounds like one I will enjoy! Amazon keeps recommending it to me so good to know it had you hooked! I also liked I am Watching You. Not the best ever, but definitely held my interest!

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  11. Thank you for hosting!! I am really looking forward to the best books of the year, I've been working on that list since July, and need to narrow it down.

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  12. The new button is really cute. Love the throwback pic. I have summer at little beach on my kindle and have just not gotten to it. Bummer its not a good one. Maybe one day ill get to it. I only read one (non-legal) book this month as work took all my time so ill put that book with next months books for the next link up

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  13. I got I Am Watching You from that Amazon Kindle First thing (or whatever it’s called) a couple months ago, and now I can’t wait to read it! My husband loves those John Sanford books, so I guess I should get him this one for Christmas. :)

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  14. Oooh, I love the new button! Great job, Jana & Tanya!
    I'm amused by all the mysteries and thrillers... then a sweet little summertime bakery book. Haha!

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  15. Love all your reading pictures! I've had Daisy in Chains on my to-read list for awhile now, so I'm glad to hear you liked it!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  16. I hate when books follow the exact same formula and it's basically the same thing. I'm going to add Lie to Me and I still need to get around the the flowers.

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  17. Oh I loved reading this because most of these are new to me, which is always exciting! I read something else by J.T. Ellison and remember it being a page turner, so I'll have to check out Lie to Me. I'm definitely intrigued by Daisy in Chains as well.
    Can't wait for the best of 2017 linkup too!

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    1. I'm going to check out a few other Sharon Bolton books. I liked her writing.

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  18. I feel like you always give me good books to read that I have never heard of! I am super excited about the 2nd link up in December - now I just need to think of my favorites, haha.

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  19. I'm always looking for a new series to start up, and I like the idea of the William Trent series! Lie To Me sounds like a great read so it's going on my list, and I Am Watching You is already on my list so I can't wait to pick it up!

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  20. I agree about Elvira Carr. It seemed a little preachy, if that makes sense, like the point of the book is to help people understand Asperger's better, which it did! But the characters as a result perhaps seemed a little flat and less real than Don & Eleanor.

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  21. Oh! I just added Red Clocks to my TBR list last night. I also thought the premise sounded interesting, but honestly wasn't sure if I've read too much of that topic lately... I might be overdoing it. Your hesitance makes me want to put it on the back burner.

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    1. It's not my typical type of read anyway...if it's yours, you might want to give it a chance?

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  22. I am so behind on the Virgil Flowers series. I feel like I need to commit a month next year to reading those books.

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  23. Hi Steph. I'm looking forward to Mrs. Parrish. I have heard mixed reviews. After reading your reviews I'm wondering if I should cancel the hold on Christmas at the Beach Street Bakery. It might just be overload ;) By the way, I thoroughly enjoy your photos and blog. Just wanted you to know. :)

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  24. I haven't read the first Bakery book but I have the Christmas one checked out from the library right now and have no idea if I'll like it, but I'm excited to hopefully get to it soon. Love the new linkup button and your pug leggings!

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  25. LOLOLOL Boones farm. That shit is in every one of my senior year of high school photos. What were we thinking,so gross! I will be adding those engrossing reads to my list, I call this reading weather, I can actually sit on my porch with a book!

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  26. I hate loose ends, so that first pick is not for me. I'm disappointed about The Seven Lives, but the Eleanor one sounds right up my alley. Also adding Lie To Me. Love the new button! Boone Farms... LOL.

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  27. Putting lie to me on my list, sounds like my kind of book!

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  28. Lie to Me sounds interesting... May have to check it out. :)

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  29. Love the new button! Yeah...the second Beach Street Bakery was pretty much the same as the first (get your ish together, Polly and Huckle!). I'm on the fence about the Christmas one.

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  30. Adding Lie To Me ASAP and the Karin Slaughter series. I've liked what I've read of hers so far, so a series sound even better.

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  31. Happy 3 years! Adding Lie to Me and Daisy in Chains to my list, actually scratch that my Christmas list since family is awesome about scooping up the books on my wish list <3

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  32. Daisy in Chains sounds really interesting!

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  33. Most recently, Karolina's Twins by Ronald H Balson... another WWII book. I think I've read them all but there are always more. Why do I do it?

    Before that, To Siri With Love by Judith Newman. A nice, light, lovely look at autism.

    Before that, Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly. disturbing.

    Before that, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of theUniverse by Benjamin Alire Saenz. For young readers, but good.

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  34. adding daisy in chains to my TBR, sounds unique!

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  35. I always like when suspense novels are actually, well, suspenseful. I'll have to check out Lie to Me!

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  36. I am watching you sounds intriguing!

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  37. I read Colgan's Little Bookshop on the Corner, and it was oddly too predictable for me. I was pretty bummed. And I read fluff with no issue.. so I thought it would be fine. LOL. Not sure if it is Colgan's style or what.. will probably give her another try. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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