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JL's Bibliomania

Also on GoodReads as J L's Bibliomania:

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and Litsy @jlsbibliomania

 

While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

Currently reading

Sparrow Hill Road
Seanan McGuire
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Val McDermid
Progress: 161/320 pages
The Loved Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 30 Days
Tamar Geller
Progress: 103/256 pages

BINGO!!!

There was a farmer had a dog, and BINGO was his name O!

 

 

Brought to you by the 10/17/2017 Country House Mystery call and a bit of patience.

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

Halloween Bingo Week 6

Not a lot of apparent progress on Halloween Bingo this week. A few more squares on my cards called. A DNF of a book that could have been used for Diverse Voices.  And time reading dog books and working with Quincy.  But I'm not as far behind as I might otherwise have been.  I expect to finish The Hate U Give this week and that will ably fill the Diverse Voices slot.

 

 

All the Crooked Saints - Maggie Stiefvater 

 

Next up is something that makes me really excited.  Maggie Stiefvater has a new book!!! I was first on the library hold list for All the Crooked Saints and even though I don't know what square it will fit, I just can't resist the temptation to do something I almost never get to do: read something newly released and be one of the first to review it. 

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My!

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E5

Amateur Sleuth

 

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

DNF: Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford

Slow start and just not grabbing me. William and Charlotte are finally about to leave the orphanage, so I should probably stick it out a bit longer, but all I can think of is the Halloween Bingo Books I could be reading instead.

 

Maybe I'll try again between November 1st and the author visit...or then again, I may cancel on the author visit because there's a conflicting event the same night.

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once  - Lisa Falco, Steve Hockensmith

 

 

 

 

 

In The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery), Alanis McLachlan inherited a Tarot reading business from her murdered con-woman mother and proceeded to untangle who was responsible for her mother’s death.  In Fool Me Once, the abusive, about-to-be-ex husband one of the shop’s most loyal customers is found murdered.  Alanis feels guilty and sets out to find the true murderer and thereby absolve Marsha from the unjust charges.

 

As with the first book in this series, the best part of Fool Me Once are the “excerpts” from Miss Chance’s Tarot Guide Infinite Roads to Knowing

  

 

While many of the entries made me smile, the continuing allusions to wands as food eventually felt a bit forced.

 

Read for the Amateur Sleuth square, since Alanis is just not gentle and couth enough for Fool Me Once to feel like a cozy. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 304 pages.

Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement - Larry Kay, Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz

Finding this one more appealing than the other dog training book available during yesterday's library run.  I really liked the goal setting checklist.  

 

Our initial goals for Quincy are:

  • My dog is impeccably house-trained - We're particularly working on figuring out what his signal is to ask to go out.
  • Although my dog likes be with me, he isn't so needy that he shadows me everywhere - We perhaps should have listened better when they said he was originally part of a trio (2 dogs and a cat).  He's definitely shadowing us everywhere and has been pretty frantic when nobody is within sight.
  • The crate is my dog's home - we're working on having him enjoy the crate and to be less anxious when left alone inside it
  • My dog obeys the furniture rules and chews only what is allowed - we've gone from a cat that eats plastic bags to a dog who seems to gravitate to hard plastic items like army men.

 

While there are lots of other things to work on eventually, based on our 1st week, these are our priorities.

Dewey's 10th Anniversary Readathon Signups

 

Two weeks from tonight, on October 21, 2017, folks will be in the thick of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon.  This is the 10th fall readathon (though I've only been participating since 2015).  I am very much looking forward to having Halloween Bingo help build my readathon stack.  

 

Don't be dissuaded if you can't clear your schedule.  Many folks (myself included) do NOT even attempt to get to 24 hours of reading/blogging/book-related social media.  

 

 

In the early days, Readathon was blog-based.  These days much of the action is on Twitter, but regardless of where you participate, it's still a great book party. The feeling of being part of a WORLD-WIDE community that is all reading together at the same time is like nothing else*

 

Signups are found HERE

 

*There's a shadow of the same feeling here on Booklikes, but I find it's even more intense during Readathon.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Week 5

I'm looking for suggestions for short stories or novellas that would fit the Haunted Houses square (and yes, I've looked at the Haunted Houses & Ghosts list but they all appear to be novels).

 

If I stated that 1 of the books I read was out of pattern, with the request above could you predict the pattern I'm aiming for?

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My!

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E5

Amateur Sleuth

 

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

 

Drowned City

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don  Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is a graphic novel regarding the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. While it's a trite sentiment, I loved how Don Brown's illustrations brought the story to life.  

 

Please excuse the quality of the snapshot, but I wanted to share the page that hit me the hardest.

 

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It was challenging to read this during this fall of life-threatening hurricanes.  And while the immediate aftermath was less deadly, as I read, I couldn't help wondering how high the death tolls from Harvey, Irma and most especially Maria will eventually be.

 

 

Outside of a dog --

One of my husband's favorite quotes is the Groucho Marx line

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read

Last weekend we took a step we'd been considering for a while.

 

Meet Quincy!!!

 

 

He was advertised as a Boston Mix, about 1 year old, and about 35 pounds.  We'll see how accurate the weight and age estimate are when he meets our vet next week.

 

While he is named for the neighborhood and John Quincy Adams, we are intending to pronounce it like the fruit (Quinsee) rather than be authentic and say Quinzy.

 

It's been a while since we've had a dog and there've been a few settling in snafu's so far.  We discovered he was tall enough to counter surf when we found him coming back for the 2nd loaf of bread. He's been exhibiting a bit of separation anxiety and climbed our chain link fence to look for my husband who was out of sight in the garage.  But we're hopeful that this will pass.

Reading progress update: I've listened 167 out of 704 minutes.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas, HarperAudio, Bahni Turpin

Absolutely loving this! (Though simultaneously feeling uncomfortable in exactly the way the author intended). 

 

Bahni Turpin's performance is wonderful so far.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Week 4

Booklikes wasn't cooperating yesterday, so here's my update through September 30, 2017.  How many different ways can you get 4-in-a-row?

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

(I decided to pay Picmonkey through the end of this project and then to cancel and move to a different free service)

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

 

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedie movies of the same name.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

 Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

 Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

 In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 30 out of 704 minutes.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas, HarperAudio, Bahni Turpin

We have a winner for my new audiobook!!!  Finished the first chapter and I'm hooked (even though I know that tragedy is just about to strike).

 

Not quite sure how to fit The Hate U Give into Halloween Bingo.

 

The most obvious match is for

 

Which is nicely placed on my card.  But I think it could also fit 

 

 

 

My first hesitation is that Murder Most Foul breaks the pattern I was following (and it's an easy square to fill).

 

My second hesitation is that I'd originally earmarked Diverse Voices for

 

Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford 

 

While Songs of Willow Frost doesn't really fit the Halloween Categories, I'm hoping to have it read by mid-October for a book discussion at my local library. I absolutely loved Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, so I'm apprehensive about starting this, especially as the reviews are mixed. 

 

I wonder if Songs of Willow Frost can fit the Amateur Sleuth square?  Might have to read it to find out.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio

Think I've had enough Norse myths in a row.  Planning to come back to this later.

Reading progress update: I've listened 25 out of 562 minutes.

The Late Show - Katherine Moennig, Hachette Audio, Michael Connelly

I've never read Michael Connelly, though I've heard of Harry Bosch.  I saw this on the New Release shelf and thought I'd give it a try for

 

 

So far, I like the set up, but dislike the audiobook narrator.  Katherine Moennig is rushing and doesn't leave enough space between sentences. I've just put in the request for the print version, however, the reserve list is looong and I don't expect to see it until mid-October.

 

I've got a different audiobook to try tomorrow.

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None  - Agatha Christie

OF COURSE I've heard of the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, but have I ever taken the time to read any of her books? Nope. Thank you Halloween Bingo for giving me an incentive to try something new.

 

And Then There Were None is in many ways the archetype of a closed-circle mystery.  And I'm glad it was my first introduction to the genre.  

 

 

I don't know whether other Agatha Christie titles will make it to the top of my enormous list of things I would love to have read, but it's definitely a possibility.

 

Read for  

 

 

30 Days of Readathon

The folks who host Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon are counting down to the 10th anniversary Readathon on October 21, 2017

 

 

More information is available at http://www.24hourreadathon.com/30-days-of-readathon/

 

I, unfortunately don't have time for the extended festivities, but am looking forward to the convergence of Halloween Bingo and Readathon