Monday, April 17, 2017

Books: March Wrap Up



I had a great reading month in March. 4 books for #MarchMysteryMadness, 1 ARC, 1 book in prep for a buddy read in April, and 5 volumes of manga. A nice change of pace since I haven't been able to read that much in the last few months.

Elizabeth's channel (LizzyFayeLovesBooks)

Troi's channel (Troi Towel)

March Mystery Madness Twitter

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group

My LuLaRoe Boutique (US Only)

The blankets shown in the opener and closer were hand knit by me.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

#Book1CoziesClub | May Book of the Month


#Book1CoziesClub pick for May! I'm looking forward to reading this one as I know a few of our members have already enjoyed this title. Please join the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group to talk about it. You can also interact with us on Twitter @marchmysmadness




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1)

A Ghostly Undertaking A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

Really enjoyed this and the writing was so easy to read! I found myself just going from chapter to chapter and not wanting to put the book down. I'm beginning to think that paranormal mysteries or cozies are my favorite types of books to read.

I enjoyed that Emma Lee used how everyone thought she had "Funeral Trauma" to her advantage. I had no idea who the culprit was, though I did have several suspicions. All of my suspicions were wrong, but that's what makes reading a mystery fun, at least for me. I'll definitely be continuing with this series and checking out more of the author's work.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Etched in Bone (The Others #5)

Etched in Bone Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't anticipated a book like I anticipated this one in a very long time. It was everything I wanted and I'm not ashamed to say that I was smiling pretty big at the end. Bittersweet that, though I know it's not the end of the series, we will be shifting focus to some other characters in future books.

This book really brought a focus on family. What it means to be a part of the pack, how far do you allow a child or sibling to push you before it's too far? What does family look like? That being said, this story brought a character that was particularly despicable and his use of foul language was plentiful. There is physical abuse in this story as well.

The courtyard dynamics were very interesting. This is definitely going to need a re-read as I fear I missed a few things in my excitement of absorbing the audiobook, especially towards the end. Thankfully I don't have long to wait until it's my turn to receive a copy at my library. This one had such a satisfying ending as well! Seriously, it's what I have been waiting for since I read Written in Red. I recommend this series all the time and I'm going to continue doing so. It's definitely a favorite for me as far as series go!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Re-reading City of Bones

City of Bones City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last time I read this book was back in late 2010/early 2011, but I never continued to the following books! I've been wanting to continue this series for a while and finally got a chance to re-read this one in preparation for that. I really enjoyed this. I listened to a majority of it this time on audiobook with Mae Whitman narrating and thought she did a wonderful job. I laughed out loud a few times and was surprised that the story stayed with me, for the most part. It's probably the fact that I've seen the movie and TV show, but I still really enjoyed revisiting this one. Looking forward to finally getting to the next book in this well known series!

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