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Life sometimes interferes with reading.  Sometimes it just interferes with Blogging about reading, LOL.  I had a minor flood in my finished basement, surprisingly this has left me little time in recent weeks to think about blogging my reading.  Fortunately, with my current obsession with audio books, I have had time to listen to books.  Though it is often the same book over and over.  Here is my accounting of my current audio book obsessions:

The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston

Judgement in Death by J. D. Robb

Bite Me; The Mane Attraction; Bear Meets Girl; Beast Behaving Badly; Hunting Season; and The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb

and Finally, Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich.

I have listened to each of these books several times.  Hardcore Twenty-Four is the only New book in the sequence, but I have listened to it at least three times.  Previously Diesel has only made an appearance in the Between the Plums novels as well as his own series.  Once more Evanovich has brought Diesel into the Stephanie Plum world.  Not really to anyone’s benefit from what I can tell.  I usually really enjoy Stephanie, alright she has been getting a little trite these past few years…but really…I don’t like where she is headed.  *SPOILERS* Previously Stephanie had some ‘Catholic Guilt’ about her attraction to and the ability to attract so many handsome men…this novel she just kind of shrugs and goes with it.  I did not really like this book, every aspect seemed so forced, and Diesel was brought back into the series like an old friend instead of an awkward stranger.  Hopefully next year’s will be better.

I suppose we could consider me up to 77 books this year, if we are counting re-reads.  Might as well, really.  I don’t think I’ll make my goal this year other things seem to have been given priority.  I’ll try again next year and see how things go!

Happy Reading!

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67/100 Ink Witch by Lindsey Fairleigh

This book seems to have it’s own mythos that spin off of the Egyptian pantheon. I believe that they allude to a series that came before this one, but it seems to be comprehensible on its own. If things like assassinations, off-spring of Egyptian Deities, and magic in general offend you, then this is probably not a good fit for you. If these things don’t bother you too much, and you enjoy mystery, betrayal, and a bit of magic thrown in, then this might be a series for you.
There is a bit of “loose morals” but if you choose to think of them as a different culture whose moral beliefs you should respect, then it isn’t too bad. It helps that they in no way consider themselves Human.
Really, this was a decent read. I got through it quickly, though I do not believe I will worry about getting any others in the series. For a dramatic, mythos heavy, book, this is one of the decent ones.

Happy Reading!

66/100 Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

This is a great book to warn you that you don’t know even half of what you know.  Everything you ever thought was wrong, if you even thought it to begin with.

This story involves monks, witches, death, death’s granddaughter, Time…and anything more will give the whole thing away.

Like all of the Discworld novels, they only vaguely resemble reality, and are not meant to be taken seriously.  On the other hand they cover important topics and should be thought about.  I know, this review doesn’t make any sense if you have never read a Terry Pratchett Novel before.  Honestly, I would say if you can read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter then you are going to get along well with the Discworld series.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend this series to people that don’t mind laughing at the absurd, even if they are the absurd ones.

65/100 A Tangled Yarn by Betty Hechtman

This fifth book in the yarn retreat series is awesome.  It really is better if you read these books in order, but I don’t have 3&4 on Kindle so I have to read them in paperback.  I’ll go back and read them soon!  You can easily read these out of order if you do not mind spoilers, the characters are fun and funny.  The crafts mentioned tend to be interesting, I wound up learning finger crochet and arm knitting when my mom read the books, and the personality conflicts keep everyone hopping.  With all of the pressure on Casey during these retreats, balancing baking, the retreat, a murder investigation, and two guys interested in her, she must just sleep between retreats!

If you ‘re looking for a fun, fast paced, fiber oriented mystery then this is the book for you.  There is a bit of romance, but it occurs at a reasonable pace.  In Romance Novels boy meets girl, or boy, or girl meets girl, and the next thing you know you have to skip five pages+ for a graphic sex scene.  There is none of that here, though something is alluded to from book 3 or 4 so I’d better get reading!

Happy Reading!

64/100 Wound Up In Murder by Betty Hechtman

This is a great addition to the series. Casey finally admitted that having her friends help her out really makes the retreats go smoother. Unfortuantely these friends have two different styles to their crafting. One has to have a regimented idea of what is going on, what the product will look like, and step by step of how to get there. The other enjoys the journey of the craft, isn’t too worried about the end product, and feels that everyone should have a choice of what they will end up with. Since they are both trying to help lead the retreat, and the topic is mystery bags which drives the regimented one up the wall to begin with, things get interesting. Add in a bunch of people trying to pretend it is half a century ago and a dead body on the ground (with Casey harboring a ‘fugitive’) and things get really interesting.
For a fast paced, funny book, that illustrates (quite well) some of the different personalites involved with crafting this is a great read.

64/100 Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a while. The constant series of mishaps that occurs every time this poor woman tries to put on an event. If you don’t mind a little murder with your crafting, and a few quirky characters then this is the series for you. They do not get into the crafting in much detail, don’t expect to learn how to spin from this book, but you get a decent overview into how much work these various crafts really are/can be.
Between the quirky characters, the fast paced plot, the bumbling shop owner/baker, and the murders (don’t forget the murders) this is a decent book. I really enjoy reading about people that have the same passions as myself.

63/100 Wonderment in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a good, but creepy book. Alright, so it was closer to a short story but I listened to it and really enjoyed it. Madness, murder, suicide (sort of), and so much more; this is a book that draws you in and makes you wonder what madness lies in the hearts of men. The focus on the afterlife makes this a great book for this time of year. As with almost all of J. D. Robb’s books I recommend this highly. Like most of her short stories in this series this is a bit of a departure from her usual style, but a good book anyway.