Hello everyone! Did you think that I disappeared forever? Well, I almost did or rather I thought about it. However, I'm feeling a little motivated this morning to share a bit about what's going on with me and mostly about my reading. Here's what's up:
Life in General...
Things are still good for me healthwise. I visited with a nutritionist and she gave me some good feedback, while mostly being really encouraging about what I'm already doing. It was nice to hear that I'm making good choices. The weight loss and walking more quest continues. Isn't it funny how the pounds lost rate slows down when you start moving more? I know - it's totally normal, but still! I do feel good and am making it a priority to walk at least 5 days a week. So far, so good.
We've been out of town a bit lately and will be again in coming weeks. My area had lots and lots of rain this last weekend, like 10+ inches. Remnants of Patricia, the hurricane that hit Mexico, plus some other moisture. It's a good thing that we are used to rain in big bunches. The flooding was not as bad as earlier in the year. Seems our drought, which came right after the May floods, is over for 2015.
Life in Reading (Audios)...
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercranz - I ended up enjoying this one. I could tell it was a different author, but I was satisfied overall. Simon Vance's narration was lovely, as usual. More is told about Lisbeth's life prior to meeting Blomkvist. There was a lot of hacking, the NSA, artificial intelligence info - really an update of the tech stuff that has become a bit out of date since the first books were published. I liked it and will read another in the series should the author write one.
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye - I listened to this book to satisfy my mystery book group October commitment. It's an imagining of Sherlock Holmes investigating the Jack the Ripper killings. With Dr. Watson narrating, of course. My group has read another book by Lyndsay Faye - The Gods of Gotham - first in a series about the beginnings of the NYPD. It was liked by almost all. I really liked this book as well. I'm very partial to Victorian mysteries and the author did a bunch of research here. Also narrated by Simon Vance.
I also finished Salem's Lot by Stephen King, but I'll save my thoughts about that book for another post this week. Currently, I'm enjoying the 3rd book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), Career of Evil. Narrated by Robert Glenister, another wonderful reader.
Life in Reading (E-books or Print)...
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger - Had a good time with this epistolary novel. Susan Rieger's debut book. In a previous career, she was an attorney, a law professor, a dean of a law school...you get the idea. The book is about a young criminal lawyer who gets saddled with handling a divorce case for one of her firm's largest clients or rather his daughter. I loved the way the story was told. Perfect for in between a bunch of crime novels.
Disclaimer by Renee' Knight - A decent psychological crime novel. A woman picks up a book and begins reading and finds the story is about her life. The usual disclaimer that is present in most books has been crossed out. This one took a while to get going for me, but in the end, I enjoyed it. Had hints of the 'secret', but had a good time with the journey. Some quite odd people here.
Bliss House by Laura Benedict - Perfect book for the fall/spooky season - not exactly a haunted house, but of a sort. Rainey and her teenage daughter, Ariel, move into Bliss House and are caught up in some very scary events. They've lost their husband/father in an accident that has injured Ariel and left Rainey with huge amounts of guilt. Bliss House has had lots of strange goings-on in it's past. Rainey's family has lived there for many years. The house kind of takes over their lives and affects all the people who come there, for whatever reason. I liked it!
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter - Wow, just wow. OK, I'll confess that I may have warped or traumatized a couple of members of my mystery group years ago by having us read Karin Slaughter's first book, Blindsighted. Several of them are still talking about it. Ha! I was totally caught up in Pretty Girls. And it was very, very violent and related terrible events. It was a little hard for even me to take. However, I persevered. I don't know that I loved it (can you love a story so twisted?), but I think this author has said what she felt she needed to about violence against women. Not for the faint of heart. Will I continue reading her books? Yep. Did I wish for Will Trent in this book? Oh, yes. Bring back Will!!
Missing You by Harlan Coben - The discussion book for November at my mystery book group. I'm not going to say anything else about it, other than that I enjoyed it. I'll perhaps say more after our book group meeting in early November. I've loved Coben's Myron Bolitar series. This is not part of it. A good standalone that talks about online dating sites, identity theft and cold cases.
Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney - Just finished this one last night. Another nice in-between book. Angela, mother of 4 and wife of Nick, always sends a Christmas letter to friends and family. She and her brood live on an Australian sheep station. Her kids are mostly grown but her life is still as busy and frantic. What to write in the letter? She's always only told positive things, but lately - well, things have been tough. She decides to write the letter and tell the truth for once. Not send it, of course, but just have the peace of saying what she really thinks. And then circumstances interfere - an accident, a hospital visit, life...and the letter gets sent accidentally. Chaos ensues. I really like this family drama book. It was a little long, but I didn't mind that. I've been reading so much in the spooky, dark range of books, it was time for a little gossip and family upheaval. And yes, I'd read another book by this author. And just may soon.
Life in Reading - What's Next...
I'll be back later in the week with at least one post about the Salem's Lot Readalong and also talk about or at least list what I've read for R.I.P.X. I haven't done much about watching anything for R.I.P.X, but I guess that the crime shows I watch on TV would count.
Smoke this morning. It's by Catherine McKenzie and is about a woman who had a career fighting wildfires. So far, so good. Otherwise, my choices will be whatever appeals at the moment. Hope you are all well and I suspect I may be around a bit more to comment on your blogs if I get a chance this week. I've been reading them mostly, but just not stopping in to say hi in the comments. Have a good week!!