Monday, January 15, 2018

My 2018 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (The Original) Sign-up


Robin is hosting the 2018 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge at its dedicated blog.

The button above links to the sign-up page, and you can find full details, including a tasty-looking assortment of mini-challenges etc to spice things up during the year.

I'm in for the main challenge, at least.  I want to get a few of those books under my belt before I decide if I can tackle any of the extras.

There is also a second RC out there with a 52in52 theme, but that one assigns reading categories.  Since it's my 2nd RC w/that same theme I have called this one "The Original" and the other one, "Part Deux, or v2.0".

So, here's my list:

1.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; read 1/1/2018; reviewed 1/2/2018
2.  White Hell by Remington Kane; read 1/1/2018; reviewed 1/2/2018
3.  Above and Beyond by Kathryn Shay; read 1/1/2018; reviewed 1/2/2018
4.  Murder in the Latin Quarter by Susan Kiernan-Lewis; read 1/2/2018; reviewed 1/3/2018
5.  Searching for Gertrude by D.H. Haggerty; read 1/7/2018; reviewed 1/9/2018
6.  Where Do I Go by Beverly Magid; read 1/8/2018; review will post 1/29/2018
7.  The Vanished Bride of Northfield House; read 1/12/2018;
8.  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; read 1/13/2018;
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

My 2018 Read Harder Reading Challenge Sign-up



  1. A book published posthumously
    1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  2. A book of true crime
    1. True Detective Stories from the Archives of the Pinkertons by Cleveland Moffitt
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
    1. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries(Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
    1. White Hell by Remington Kane (1 January 2018)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
    1. There are boxes and bags of these out in Mamaw's old shed.  I won't even have to look at the titles (until I pick one to read, of course) because they are ALL westerns! *LOL*
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
    1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
    1. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
    1. The Jungle by Upon Sinclair
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
    1. Essays by David Hume (GR says 85 pg; Amazon says 126)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

I'll add other titles as we go.  Links for the books I have not read and/or reviewed go to Goodreads.  Links for books I have reviewed go to the review post on my blog and are given in strikeover text.

Link to the challenge hub on BookRiot is linked to the graphic above the list.  Any questions, feel free to ask.  Any suggestions for categories not filled already are gratefully accepted!

SO TELL ME...

Have you read any of the books listed above?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Weave a Murderous Web by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks - #review


No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie Alexander - #review


Torte―the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw―is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty - #review


While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position working at the consulate in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Murder in the Latin Quarter by Susan Kiernan-Lewis - #review


In the 7th Maggie Newberry Mystery, Maggie’s much-anticipated Paris holiday takes a dark turn when she ventures into the city’s famed Latin Quarter to visit Laurent’s ailing aunt—only to find a very healthy aunt and a very dead body. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Above and Beyond by Kathryn Shay - #review



A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay.