Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hello Sunday! A Recap On Reading For This Month So Far

Hey it's Sunday!  I never blog on Sundays!

Well, we are officially halfway through July already, and yet November can't come soon enough.  It's amazing how when you're pregnant time flies by so fast, yet the end goal (ie, Delivery Day) seems so far away.

Book Review: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2), by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Date Published: June 2014
Publisher: Mulholland
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 455 pages/17 hours 20 minutes

Goodreads | Audible

Synopsis: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

My Rating:
.....For exceeding my expectations on the re-read

Book Review: The Two Towers (Lord Of The Rings #2), by J.R.R. Tolkien

Genre: Classic Fantasy
Date Published: November 1954
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 322 pages/16 hours 40 minutes

Goodreads | Audible

Synopsis: The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings.
The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape.
In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

My Rating:
.....For continuing to be a masterpiece in fantasy literature

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike #1), by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Date Published: April 2013
Publisher: Mulholland Books
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 455 pages/ 16 hours

Goodreads | Audible

Synopsis: The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Rating:
.....For being a highly enjoyable re-read

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July! My (Belated) Monthly Reading Plans During This Summer Heat

Happy Birthday America!

I'm totally late with this post, but I did have a very busy weekend.  And now I finally have a day off where I can finally sit down in front of my computer and relax!

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Monday! Time For A Recap

Happy Monday folks!

Well, it's definitely a happy day for me.  The sun is shining, my husband's reading, and I'm now in my 20th week of pregnancy.

Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska #2), by Dorothy Gilman

Genre: Paranormal mystery
Date Published: 2002
Publisher: Ballantine Books
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 256 pages


Synopsis: Next to the incomparable Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman’s best-loved character is the mysterious Madame Karitska, who is blessed with a powerful gift of clairvoyance that attracts to her a stream of men and women craving help with their misfortunes, desperate to know what the future holds. . . .

When a brilliant young violinist dies in a horrific accident, Madame Karitska has only to hold the victim’s instrument in her hands to perceive the shocking truth. But when an insecure wife asks whether her husband will abandon her to join a sinister cult, Madame Karitska–as wise as she is lovely–chooses not to reveal all that she foresees. And when an attaché case is suddenly dropped into her lap by a man fleeing a crowded subway, she knows it’s time to consult her good friend Detective-Lieutenant Pruden.

A nine-year-old accused of murder, a man dying a slow death by witchcraft– for the hunted and the haunted, Madame Karitska’s shabby downtown apartment becomes a haven, where brilliant patterns of violence, greed, passion, and strange obsessions mix and disintegrate with stunning, kaleidoscopic beauty.

Once again Dorothy Gilman exercises her own uncanny power to render readers spellbound.

My Rating:
.....For being a fun (if slightly disorienting) sequel