Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Sunday Salon: Beginning Books

Good morning everyone!  This past week has been a quiet one for me on the blogging front which is sometimes needed.  It was also a quiet week in our every day life with just work and ball games for the majority of it.  The garden continues to grow and also continues to be a very rewarding experience.  So far we have eaten fresh lettuce from it, radishes, and cherry tomatoes.  My daughter loves to point out the new things that she discovers growing each day.  I will definitely be doing this again for years to come!

I don't have a lot more to share other than the books that I've been reading.  This weekend I was in a finicky mood and kept starting books.  Seriously, I started three before I finally settled on one.  As I plan on reading them all, I have lots of reading ahead of me.  But that isn't different from any other day :)  I have a bunch of books that I have finished since I last posted a reading update.  Here are the books that I have finished since then:

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane was just as good as the other book that I read in this series.  I liked seeing how Forensic Instincts began but especially enjoyed seeing the beginnings of some of the relationships between the main characters.  This is an author that I will be reading more of!

The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters was a delightful read!  This series just keeps getting better and I am only on the third book!  This one had me laughing out loud at times and turning the pages as fast as I could at others.  I adore this series and cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth book :)  I cannot sing the praises of these books enough!

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb was a reread for me but still oh so good!  I love the earlier books in Robb's series where we are still getting to know some of the main characters.  I flew through the pages of this one in a matter of days, and was instantly ready to start on the next one.  This series are comfort reads for me that I turn to whenever I am feeling a reading slump coming on.  I probably won't end up reviewing this book as these are rereads and there is only so much you can say about a series without giving something away.

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart was oh so good!  So, soooo, good!  It instantly put me into a gothic romance mood and I've been scouring the internet for more authors just like this.  The first book by Stewart I liked (a lot!) but this book I just loved!  I cannot wait to share my thoughts on this one!

I'm currently reading one too many books including the following:

I started The Wicked Girls because I was in the mood for a good thriller and Stephen King recommended this author.  Seriously?  How could I not want to read it after that?  But then I realized that I was still craving something gothic and older so I downloaded The Stone Bull for free onto my ipad thanks to Open Library.  Both were moving along well for me until I stopped in at the library yesterday to return some books and grabbed Conspiracy in Death to take home with me.  This promptly meant that I dropped everything to crack this one open.  I'm shaking my head at myself even as I type this.  So now I somehow have three books that I am currently attempting to read all at once.  Wow.

This week is probably going to fly by thanks to the upcoming holiday weekend.  I have family coming in town so it might continue to be quiet here on the blog.  Or not as I am in the mood to write up a couple of blog posts.  It just all depends on how much I get accomplished today.  I hope that everyone has a great week filled with a couple of good books.

Happy Reading!


  1. I've fallen way behind, but I love the In Death books. I need to figure out where I left off and start them up again.

  2. Quiet weeks are nice, aren't they? It sounds like you are enjoying your summer so far. I keep changing my mind about books too. At least I was until I finally settled on The Curiosity. I just haven't been able to find the time to read. Little snatches here and there aren't getting me very far in my book.

    I hope you have a great week! Enjoy your visit with your family!

  3. I drop everything when a new "In Death" book comes out too. Have a great weekend.

  4. Enjoy your week, Sam! I hope you find some time to read as well as socialize.

  5. Yayyyy, cause, baby Ramses, right? So much fun? And yet, Lion in the Valley still manages to be more awesome than anything that has come before. I won't spoil it for you. There is just a really good plot development in Lion in the Valley.

  6. I love Mary Stewart! Nine Coaches Waiting was really good -- Stewart does suspense incredibly well. Glad you had a quiet week and that you're getting plenty of time to read. (Can you send me some? Pleeease?)

  7. Jenna, I have fallen way behind myself. Then I started listening to the early books on audio and now I have just started rereading them all :) I adore the earlier books where they are all really getting to know each other for the first time....sigh!

    Wendy- I have been EXTREMELY moody when it comes to reading lately. I want to read ALL of the books but then I want to read none of them. It has been interesting to say the least. I am currently binging on the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and that has really been helping. Now I don't want to read anything else. LOL!

    Nise- I'm hoping to finally catch up with this series but who knows if I actually will. There are just SO many books in this series that it is overwhelming at times. It is one of my absolute favorites though!

    Thanks Suko! I got plenty of family time in so that was really nice :)

    Jenny- Baby Ramses is too much! (and I mean that in a good way) This was my favorite book of the series so far (although I have said that after every book). I am SO, SO glad that I really gave this series a try this year. I have my parents both reading them now as well :)

    Lark- I loved, loved, loved Nine Coaches Waiting! I've only read one other book by Stewart (This Rough Magic) so I have lots more to look forward to. Which of hers is your favorite?


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