Teaser Tuesdays – February 17, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

I am back to a series mystery for this week and Stephanie Plum is back up to her usual (and unusual) misfortunes.

Fearless Fourteen
(Stephanie Plum #14)
by Janet Evanovich

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Ordinarily, if you look like you belong somewhere, no one pays attention. Unfortunately, I was blue, and I looked like I belonged in some distant galaxy.

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Do you have any series which you faithfully follow? Or have you discovered any new possibilities recently?

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us? Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Teaser Tuesdays – February 3, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

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This week features a return to my favorite genre of series mysteries. You can tell this is one of my favorites since it is the thirtieth installment.

Death of a Policeman
by M.C. Beaton
(Hamish Macbeth #30)

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The fact that Daviot’s secretary, Helen, greeted him with a welcome smile made Hamish uneasy. The only times that Helen had ever smiled on him were when he was in trouble.

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Have you read any of the Hamish Macbeth books or her Agatha Raisin series?

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us? Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Reading Challenges – Riedel Fascination

Carolyn at Riedel Fascination is hosting three Reading Challenges. You can quickly find the scoop for all three on the Riedel Challenges 2015 Page. More details and sign up information can be found by clicking on the individual Challenge. Theses Challenges run from February, 2015 through January, 2016. All three of Carolyn’s Challenges have activities for prizes and year-end drawings.

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Mysteries! I love mysteries, so want to participate in the first one.

My Kind Of Mystery 2015

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For this Challenge, anything goes! Novels, short stories, fiction, true crime, even author biographies. With this in mind, I plan to be very ambitious and sign up for Invisible Floor level (41 – 82).

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The other two Challenges Carolyn is hosting are:

Ethereal 2015

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Gentle Spectrums 2015

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2015 Reading Challenges – Socrates’ Book Reviews

I am participating in all three of Yvonne’s Reading Challenges hosted at Socrates’ Book Reviews. I have been keeping my progress at Goodreads and, hopefully, will eventually set up a Page here to include all the Challenges in which I participate. You can find out more information about each individual Challenge at the link provided and sign up either there or at Goodreads.

FINISHING THE SERIES

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I have chosen Level Four – Finish Four Series. The current list of the four series I plan to finish reading this year totals twenty-one books. Over half of them also qualify for another Challenge.

CRUISIN’ THRU THE COZIES

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I love mystery series and have opted for Level Four – Sleuth Extraordinaire. This involves reading twenty or more Cozies. Shouldn’t be a problem, even with counting only the Cozy series I follow.

WHAT AN ANIMAL

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This is the group I read the least of, but the guidelines are very broad. It doesn’t have to actually be about an animal. A couple of the Cozy series I follow qualify by virtue of the main characters having animals. Yvonne has made it even easier by including books with an animal in the title or on the cover. I chose Level Two which is seven – twelve books.

Teaser Tuesdays – January 27, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

Last week my Teaser was a book by Douglas Preston. By coincidence, this week it is from a book by Lincoln Child. Together they write the best-selling Pendergast series.

Terminal Freeze
by Lincoln Child

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Large ice boulders lay scattered along its base like so many monstrous diamonds, along with dagger-like shards of ancient lava. Marshall opened his mouth to warn Sully against standing so close: the glacier was as dangerous as it was pretty since the weather had turned warmer and the ice front was calving off deadly chunks at an unprecedented rate.

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Teaser Tuesdays – January 20, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

The Kraken Project
by Douglas Preston

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She didn’t want to puke herself like the last time, when Mars Curiosity had landed. The fried eggs had ended up all over the front of her white lab coat, and she had become the star of a viral YouTube video that showed everyone cheering when Curiosity touched down–and there she was, with breakfast all over her.

This is the fourth book in Preston’s Wyman Ford series and I still don’t have a sense of the character. I enjoy the books, but I only realized that Wyman is a recurring character. With Preston and Child’s Pendergast series, the characters stand out and are memorable. Is it me or is Wyman too plain vanilla?

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Goodbye 2014 – Happy New Year!

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I just finished reading Bohemians of the Latin Quarter which was the December Book of the Month at the French Literature group. It was also the 100th book I read this year to complete my 2014 Challenge at goodreads.

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gr2014This is the only challenge in which I participated this year. Why? It’s the only one I knew about. But now . . . over the last month or so, I have discovered a multitude of challenges. Fun! At this point, there are seven in which I’ll be participating. I may discover more over the next week or so plus there are some that are starting in February that are of interest. Many of the books count for more than one separate challenge, so it’s not as difficult as it appears.

 

My ten favorite reads for the year:

The Family Way by Rhys Bowen
The Closers by Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Narrows by Michael Connelly
The Montmartre Investigation by Claude Izner
Duma Key by Stephen King
Full of Heart by J. R. Martinez (autobiography)
The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason
White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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I have so many books lined up for 2015, that I hardly know where to begin. Onward!

How about you? How was your bookish year and what are you planning for 2015?

Friday Finds – December 26, 2014

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

Eleven books made it into my home this month. The one I am most excited about is non-fiction (an unusual occurrence for me).

The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

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Cover blurb:

The River of Doubt–it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.

. . . . . Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the Western Hemisphere forever. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks.

Theodore Roosevelt’s own account of this journey in Through the Brazilian Wilderness is available free from Project Gutenberg.

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The other ten books are all series mysteries:

Sold Down the River by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #4)
Die Upon a Kiss by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #5)
Wet Grave by Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January #6)

The Ever-Running Man by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #24)
Locked In by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #26)
Coming Back by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #27)

Breakdown by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #15)
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #16)

Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #18)
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #19)

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Tempt us with your Friday Finds! Miz B is on a holiday break, but you can  leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post below. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

Teaser Tuesdays – December 23, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

MizB is on a holiday break this week, but the cost of having a vampire for a guest is too good not to share with other inquiring minds.

Dead to the World
by Charlaine Harris
(Sookie Stackhouse #4)

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As I’d paid for it, I’d thought about how much I was in the hole from hosting Eric already. Clothes and blood mounted up.

Was anyone else able to make time to read this week? Do you have a TT to share with us? If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section below.

Teaser Tuesdays – December 9, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

White Fire
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(Pendergast #13)

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“Perhaps she didn’t know that Holmes was a fictional detective, we only deal in non-fiction here. . . . . But there was a copy in there of Doyle’s diary–just a photocopy, unfortunately–and it made entertaining reading for an old man stuck in a thankless job in a dusty archive.”

Dust jacket blurb:

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. . . . .

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story–one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.