November 2017 Wrap-Up

November Stats:

Total Books Read: 15

Number of Pages: 5,407

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 15

Library Books: 12

Audio books: 0


Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:  123/75 (I’ve met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 0

Favorite Book: Duchess in Love by Eloisa James

Books Purchased/#BookHaul:


The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Quarterly Literary Book Box: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda,

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen,

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney



My Quickie Book Reviews:


The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick



Across the Blogosphere:

I do love a sexy poem read to me by a sexy man. Sigh.

That’s my reading month. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below.


QBR: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Quickie Book Review

Author: Amanda Quick {AKA Jayne Ann Krentz}

Published: May 2017, Berkley eBook

Length: 368 pages

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Source: Public Library

My rating: 2 1/2 Stars


**When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

What I liked:  I loved the setting. The majority of the novel takes place at resort frequented by 1930’s Hollywood. And the main character is a gossip reporter. 1930’s Hollywood is my catnip. There just aren’t enough historical romances that are set in this time frame.

What I didn’t:  The title. This is such an obvious attempt to get fans of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train (both twisty thrillers) to pick up this book. Which is fine, I guess. And lately every book has Girl in the title if it is a thriller. Except this book isn’t what it implies in the title. It’s not a twisty thriller. At all. Also, not enough focus on the romance story line. I’m not sure I ever really felt the connection between Irene and Oliver.

Would I recommend to other readers:   I’m guessing that Quick intends this to be the first in a series of mystery/crime solving romantic duo similar to her Vanza series. In fact, I’ll bet this book becomes a part of that series or the Arcane Society series. So, if you are fan of either of those series, you will probably like and enjoy this book. But if you are looking for a twisty, turning thriller you may be disappointed.

I wanted  to love this book. I really did. But. Sigh.  It’s more of a reminder of why I quit reading Amanda Quick novels about ten years ago. I was a huge fan of the Regency romances she wrote under this nom de plume, but when she started the different series, I lost interest in her books. And now I want to go back and reread a few of the Regencies to see if they hold up 20+ years later.

Have you read any of Amanda Quick’s novels including this one? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading!

**edited to add synopsis.

Friday 56: #51

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

I put this book on my library’s recommend list where it has languished for almost a year. So, rather than wait, I found it in a used bookstore and bought it. I love the cover of this book. It’s so pretty.

Have any of you read this? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below , and be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56, too.

October 2017 Wrap-Up

October Stats:

Total Books Read: 16

Number of pages: 5,157

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 15

Diverse Authors: 1 (Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas)

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 16

Paperback: 2

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 14

Library books: 14

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 2


The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D

I’m still waiting for these two books to become re-available at the library.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 108/75 (I met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:


Room by Emma Donoghue

Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

The Curl Revolution by Michelle Breyer




My Bookish Posts:

Morning Pages

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2017

Dewy’s Readathon Updates

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Across the Web:

I think this essay is an interesting read: The Hidden Horror Inside Jane Austen’s Novels of Love by Mikaella Clements

So that was my reading life in October. How was your October? Let me know in the commments below. Happy reading in November, y’all!


Friday 56, #50

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

I have such mixed feelings about this book. It’s creepy and scary and perfect to read during the month of October. But. It’s not perfect. I won’t say what it is that is so bothersome. And I will encourage everyone who loves a good vampire story to read this book!


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to include your link to Friday 56.

Happy reading, y’all!

Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

Closing Survey! (add your link or comment below)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? As always the 20 hour is the most daunting,
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! How the Marquess was Won; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Lips Touch, Three Times; Between the Devil and Ian Eversea.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All of ’em!
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Yes to both.

The books I read:

Pages read: 953 (goal was 1,500)

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Least Favorite: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

As always I had a wonderful day focusing on reading. I didn’t spend as much time visiting other folks or participating in mini-challenges  on social. But I read a lot and had a very good day, and I’m looking forward to the next readathon in April.

Did you participate in this readathon? Let me know if you did and how it went for you in the comments below!

Next readathon is scheduled for April 28, 2018.

Here is link to the April 2017 readathon wrap-up. If you are interested ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


Dewey’s Readathon Updates

3:50 am: Well, I finished my fourth book and I think I’m done for the night. I’ll fill out the final survey and post it here on the update later on today. I had a great time!

1:00 am (hour 20?): It’s the wee, small hours of the morning for me now. It’s harder to keep my attention on what I’m reading.

6pm (hour 12): Just a quick update and mid point survey. I’ve finished two books so far today and am well into my third. I’ve participated in two reading sprints over on Goodreads. I’ve also liked a number of fellow readers over on Twitter too. But the books I’ve read are so good I’ve quite forgotten to participate in most of the mini-challenges. Sigh. But that’s okay because the books are that engrossing and good.

As for the spa activities: I’ve masked my face and eyes. I just finished this past hour slathering my hands in shea butter and covering my hands in cotton gloves t keep the butter off the pages of the book. Next up I’ll slather more shea butter on my feet and cover them with socks.

How is everyone else’s readathon going?

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? I’m halfway through Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nope. No unscheduled interruptions!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? No surprises thus far.

1pm (hour 7):

Finished my first book of the day. A fun romance novel by Julie Anne Long, How the Marquess was Won. I will take a short break to get ready for the next stretch of the readathon!

6 AM:

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? SLC, UT
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The flat white I’ll get from Starbucks in the late afternoon!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love to read and participate in readathons and take pretty pictures of the books I own and read.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I think not stress about participating in each and every mini challenge. If I miss a few reading, it’s all good!

6 AM:

It’s here! One of the best days of the year: Dewey’s Readathon! The readathon starts for me at 6am MDT.  To help make the readathon special I like to have themes and this time I’m having a spa day. I’ll be masking my face, my hands and feet at various points throughout the day. As a special treat for myself this morning, I’m having a French continental breakfast: yogurt and freshly baked croissants.

To all my fellow readathoners: Good luck and let’s read!