May TBR Additions

Each month I share with you all the books that have been added to my TBR list. This month is a heavy ARC (advance reading copy) month.....I better get reading! The Defense #1 by Steve Cavanagh Genre: Legal Thriller Published 2015, 320 pages Why I added this book: the start of a promising legal drama series and on sale on Amazon Synopsis: a con man turned lawyer has quit the profession until a mafia don kidnaps his daughter to force him to use all his tricks to get the don free and save his daughter. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen Genre: Thriller Published 3/20, 379 pages Why I added this book: on the 'page-turner' list of books by Sarah's Bookshelves Synopsis: a wo

On a lonely stretch of Utah highway you'll find The Never-Open Desert Diner

The Never-Open Desert Diner (#1 Winters) by James Anderson Genre: General Fiction, Mystery Published 2015, 295 pages Billed as a mystery, and it is.....sort of. There is definitely a mystery but it's quiet, like the book. Short and to the point, the book is a quick read but with substance. It's not action packed; it's not a sweet romance; it's not a complex mystery with lots of twists. Instead, this book is one filled with excellent, quirky characters and a story that moves steadily along, keeping me engrossed the whole way. Set in Utah along a remote section of highway through the desert, Ben Winters is a one-man trucking outfit, making deliveries to the loners and remote households along t

An unintended break from the blog

Life got in the way the last couple weeks and it may have looked like I abandoned the blog. But, no, I just was moving house. Hubby and I have been looking for awhile to find just the right "forever" house so we didn't have to move again. We found it! So within three weeks we were packed and moved and another week to settle in at the new place. Probably 90% of our stuff is put away and organized. Not my books yet though. We're doing new bookshelves and they aren't installed yet, so books and accessories are still in boxes. We bought the new place primarily because of the stellar view! We have windows galore looking out over trees and the Cascade Mountains and, most spectacularly, Mt. Rainie

Edith and Clare are a pair of delightful characters in I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos Genre: General Fiction Published 2018, 320 pages Surprisingly (to me at least), I've become a big fan of de los Santos! I guess I sort of avoided her books for a long time because I thought they'd be too "fluffy", too sweet. Her plots aren't necessarily original BUT her characters are superb and I have to say, I love her writing. I enjoy her phrasing and the way she presents her characters' dilemmas and challenges. This story has two parts - one about Edith and one about Clare. It starts off with the great love story of Edith and her husband Joseph, how they are two halves of the same whole. “Why, I’ll be your blue sky,” he’d said. What could she

A compelling mystery in Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan Genre: Mystery Published 2017, 328 pages This book is a great read that sat unnoticed on my bookshelves for far too long (over 2 years!!). Sometimes the problem with buying the current shiny new book is that older ones keep getting pushed back and back and they're not shiny and new any longer, just a regular one the bookshelf so that you don't even see it anymore. I'm so glad I finally pulled it down. Who doesn't love a well crafted mystery centered around books and a bookstore? The main character is Lydia, an employee who's found her home at the bookstore and, though she's basically a loner, she develops real connections with some o

10 Quick Reads - Perfect for a Weekend!

Sometimes you just don't have the time or inclination to sink into a long or complex book. Sometimes you just want light and fluffy, or quick and entertaining. I'm in the process of moving to a new house and I'm SO busy with working from home, blogging, and packing, that reading has been taking a back seat. But, a quick book - I can always find time for something short and engaging. I've actually read all these books so I can vouch for their brevity AND their readability. Many Must-Read lists tend to focus on the shiny new publications - and those are fun....but you'll see that many of these are back list books. Back list books are often easier to find at the library or at thrift stores beca

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be - great title, right?

She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J. D. Barker Genre: Horror Published 3/20, 774 pages This is sort of a multi-genre book: A love story, deep friendship, a bit of a mystery, a thriller, all boils down to book I couldn't put down. I read it on Kindle and usually find that books feel very short because there's no sense of turning pages or a visual of how many pages are left. This book didn't necessarily feel short but I was still surprised to see it is over 700 pages. Though it drug a bit in the middle for me, the start and finish certainly made the journey worthwhile. Told in the first person by Jack - first as a little boy then as a young man, then as the 30-something adul

My Virtual Bookshelf - TBR additions for April

At the end of each month I share the books that I've added to my TBR list - this month I added 14 books and read 9; there seems to be a bit of a shortfall on my 'net zero' attempt to keep my TBR under control! When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald Genre: General Fiction Published 2020, 326 pages Why I added this book: rated highly by a GR buddy Synopsis: a young girl with fetal alcohol poisoning lives with her older brother and when their living circumstances become difficult, she devises a plan to become "legendary" based on her love of all things viking She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker Genre: Thriller Published 3/20, 776 pages Why I added this book

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