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Censored on Final Approach

Censored on Final Approach - Phylis Ravel Story about the WWII women pilots. It’s a story that needed to be told as the bravery these women showed and the disrespect they were forced to endure were kept secret. My son’s high school drama group will be doing this play in the fall and he has a part. I’m really looking forward to it.

The Life And Times Of Elizabeth I

The Life And Times Of Elizabeth I - Massimo Rossaro, C.J. Richards Very good overview of Elizabeth I reign. It’s filled with a lot of wonderful drawings and paintings.
This is a book about St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. On the outside, I pictured the Institute looking like a college research building. On the inside, however, the teams are doing top-secret time travel. It was this premise that really caught my attention. I love historical fiction. I really liked the idea of a team going back in time and witnessing what really happened during various periods. To a point, the team did this but the book lacked a lot of detailed, historical content and the trips into the past were not fleshed out very well. They were quick and just as I would be getting into the story, the teams were back in present time and onto the next. I thought maybe each book would be about one particular jump and they would really immerse themselves in the time period and culture, but that wasn't the case. I think they had about four or five jumps in this one without much detail at all. I am hoping that was just because this is the first book and the rest in the series are not quite that choppy and lacking in details and character development.

I am willing to give the series a chance because the premise is so good.

Best Castles: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales: Over 100 Castles to Discover and Explore

Best Castles: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales: Over 100 Castles to Discover and Explore - Peter Somerset Fry Very good little informative book. It gives background history of over 100 castles, along with current exhibits, times and locations. Very helpful for someone visiting England, Scotland, Ireland and/or Wales.

Watchmen

Watchmen - Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Alan Moore Not my cup of tea at all.

Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris Not my kind of humor. :(

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

Diving back into the world of Harry Potter has been really fun. I forgot just how much I missed this series. Jim Dale is extraordinary as he reads the book. I am catching so many things that I either skimmed over when I read it the first time because I was inhaling the book, or just plain forgot. It's still as fresh and new to me as it was the first time I read it more than 10 years ago.  

 

I am using this for the Magical Realism bingo square!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 309 pages.

It Takes a Witch - Heather Blake

After reading such heavy murder mysteries lately this has been a very welcome surprise. It's very light hearted and fun, but still has a whodunit mystery that hasn't, so far, been obvious. I am enjoying it.

Agatha Christie The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

This is my first Miss Marple book and I was a wee disappointed that she wasn't in it more. I haven't read a "cozy" murder mystery in a really long time, if ever, and it was a lot slower than I am used it. It was really good though and I was quite surprised at the end when the murderer was revealed. I will have to go back and add the first Miss Marple book to my want to read list.

 

I get to cover my second bingo square! I am using this one for Cozy Mystery.

 

The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie This is my first Miss Marple book and I was a wee disappointed that she wasn't in it more. I haven't read a "cozy" murder mystery in a really long time, if ever, and it was a lot slower than I am used it. It was really good though and I was quite surprised at the end when the murderer was revealed. I will have to go back and add the first Miss Marple book to my want to read list.

Reading progress update: I've listened 615 out of 1230 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

Apparently Jim Dale set a world record when he used 125 different voices for this audio. I can believe it! He is absolutely fabulous! I am going to use this one for the magical realism bingo square for obvious reasons! :)

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 191 pages.

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

A little slow going but I haven't read a tame murder mystery in a while. I'm used to horrific violence being described in gory detail. I quite like the mystery though! I could either use this for a locked room mystery or a cozy mystery. I think I am going to go with the later.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

Two of my friends were raving about the audio books of Harry Potter and since I have been wanting to re-read the series for some time now, I decided to get the audios. They are absolutely fantastic! I read the books so quickly years and years ago (because how could you not devour them), and there are small details that I had forgotten. I love that I can experience them again in this different way (after reading and seeing all the movies). The narrative is Jim Dale and he keeps you so engrossed with the subtle changes of his voice for the characters.

 

I decided to use this one for the werewolves square because of the prevalence of Professor Remus Lupin in this book as the new Dark Arts teacher.

 

Halloween Book Bingo 2017

My master card for the Halloween Book Bingo 2017. So excited to have finally gotten started! 

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Read + Called

 

Ghost: Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong, completed 9-4-17

Cozy mystery: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie, completed 09-14-17

Werewolves: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (audiobook), completed 9-4-17  

 

Read (NOT called)

Magical realism: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audiobook) completed 09-20-17

 

Currently Reading or Planning to Read

Witches: It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

Demons: Demons and Deep Dish Pizza by Jordan K. Rose

Serial Spree Killer: Cold Blood by Robert Robert Bryndza

Monsters: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audiobook)

Supernatural: Rituals by Kelley Armstrong

Romantic Suspense: The Looking Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton

Free Space: Reign: The Haunting by Lilly Blake

In the dark, dark woods: The Girl in the Woods by Gregg Olsen

 

Called (NOT read)

Ghost (09-01)

Cozy mystery (09-03)

In the dark, dark woods (09-05)

Genre: horror (09-07) not on my card

Locked room mystery (09-09)

Murder most foul (09-11)

Witches (09-13)

Werewolves (09/15)

Modern Masters of Horror (09/17)

Terrifying Women (09/19) not on my card

Diverse Voices (09/21)

Haunted House (09/23)

Serial Spree Killer (09/25)

Terror in Small Town (09/27)

Aliens (09/29)

 

 

Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong (Ghost square)

LOST SOULS

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When Patrick brings him the case of a hitchhiking woman in white, who vanished on a country road, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces.

 

The only thing his investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker story fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the case, though, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the phantom isn’t the only one who has lost her way. www.kelleyarmstrong.com

 

I have followed this series from book one and I love when the author releases these novellas. It takes the characters out and puts them in a side story that allows them a bit more freedom and dives a bit deeper into their personalities without the weight of the heavy main story. They are always fun reads and this one is no exception. I also love that this was from Gabriel's point of view, for the only reason that he's my favorite. :) 

 

I am using this one for the Ghost square!

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - Jim  Dale, J.K. Rowling Two of my friends were raving about the audio books of Harry Potter and since I have been wanting to re-read them I decided to get them. They are absolutely fantastic. I read them so quickly years and years ago because how could you not, and there are small detail that I had forgotten. I love that I can experience them again in a different way than the books or movies.