Hello everyone! First of all, I'm thinking that for the next while, this is mostly how I'll write a post. A little of this and a little of that. I'll try not to make them too long. I'm not feeling the whole 'book review' thing right now, so I'm going to do tiny reviews and also talk about what I'm listening to and anything else that might be pertinent to my life. This seems much more relaxing. Just a little chat.
Life in General...
Life is good. My ear is totally healed and not bothering me anymore. I've lost a bit more weight and am happy with that. I had my permanent crown put on my tooth this afternoon and the bite feels good - yay! I have an endocrinologist appointment on Friday morning to get a second opinion about my potential meds and also to talk about carbs and understand what might be best for me in my food intake and also exercise. If I must take meds, I will, but I want to see if I might be able to avoid it with a little knowledge and hard work.
I was scheduled for jury duty tomorrow, but it has been cancelled. Am I disappointed? Yes, I am. OK, here's a little secret. I have always wanted to be on a jury. My husband has been on several and a foreman once. I've been eligible for 40 years and have had exactly 2 jury summons. Both were cancelled. I know many of you probably don't feel that way, but I'd love to see the process once in my life before I can become exempt because of old age. Ha! Have you ever been on a jury?
Life in Reading...
I guess I'll start with the book I'm listening to. I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire and have moved on to The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Both Stieg Larsson books. Totally enjoying my reread of the trilogy and look forward to the new book, The Girl In The Spider's Web. Before I listen to the latest Lisbeth book, I'm going to try The Yard by Alex Grecian on audio. It's for my mystery group meeting in early October. We're focused on historical mysteries set in the 1800's for this one. The Yard is the first in a series about the beginnings of Scotland Yard, after Jack the Ripper.
And I'd also like to read at least one other book before the meeting, probably in print. I'm thinking of Deanna Raybourn's newest, A Curious Beginning, the start of new series for her. I've enjoyed Raybourn's other series with Lady Julia Grey and her secret agent husband.
I'm participating in the RIPX challenge for September and October, but not all my books will be part of that. I recently finished reading The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore. It's the story of a family, a very busy family. There are three daughters, a husband, a wife and lots going on. Secrets abound. The husband has a big one. The oldest daughter has one as well, as does the wife. Admission to Harvard is important to the daughter, but I think the title could apply to other admissions that eventually occur as things hidden cannot stay hidden forever. I loved another book by this author, The Arrivals, a few years ago. I liked this one quite a bit, but maybe not as much as The Arrivals. The pace this family was forced to maintain was fairly daunting and anxiety inducing. I felt exhausted just reading about it!
Long Upon The Land. Oh, I loved this book. This is a favorite series of mine and it has been for years and years. Sadly (for all this author's fans) this will be the last Judge Deborah Knott book. Maron says that Deborah might appear in a short story again, but no more full length tales. I was delighted with this 20th series book because we were treated to the story of how Kezzie Knott and Sue Stephenson met, fell in love, and married, way back in the 1940's. Kezzie Knott, a bootlegger, widower, and father of 8 (yes, 8) little boys marries Susan Stephenson, daughter of a prominent local attorney, a woman with a great desire to make a difference and give something back. She becomes the mother of those boys and has 3 more of her own, plus a daughter. Did I say I loved this book? So, basically now, I want to begin with first book, Bootlegger's Daughter, and read them all again. And I may just do that.
Right now, I'm reading Linda Castillo's latest Kate Burkholder mystery, After The Storm. Enjoying it very much. I always love a visit to Painter's Mill. This one includes a horrific tornado. Plus some Boy Scouts helping with the tornado cleanup find some bones - human bones.
Life in Reading - What's Next...
The Nature Of The Beast. I ordered it from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore and it took a while to come. Penny did not do an event at the Poisoned Pen this year, so signed copies were a little slow to be stocked. I'm all ready to go with it and think it will be next on the stack. After that, well - something creepy or horror-like. I'm planning on joining in to the 'Salem's Lot Read a Long that some bloggers are scheduling for October. It's been years and years since I last visited the dark woods of Maine that Mr. King has made so familiar to many of us. Want to join in?
I'll be back next week with another update. And I plan to have a post on the 28th that features Banned Books Week. Stay tuned!