The real reason for three books at once

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*there is a list of books at the bottom of every post*

On Sunday I visited a church library, one of my favorite places in all the world, and came home with a nice bag of books. I wanted to change things up a bit and read series, complete series, instead of just one-of like I have been doing for the last four years.

As soon as I got home I sorted the books into authors, then into series and decided to start with these two that seemed to be singles. I found myself going back and forth between them for awhile hoping to feel more than slightly attracted to one of them. It really wasn’t happening for me so I started an e-book on my Kindle (it adapts better to certain situations-like reading in bed) and it worked, I soon found myself immersed in a new story. So that’s how three happens……..  and in the end one always wins out!

Eventually I did keep trying on one of the real books, made it to page 70 and gave it up. It was written well enough and the story line was appealing, but the emotions expressed by some of the characters acted as negative triggers for me and I think that’s what made me put it down.

The second book caught my interest on the next attempt and I read it right through. It seems that sometimes a story just doesn’t appeal, ever, and at other times the appeal is dependent on mood. I think that was the case with this second book, different mood different level of interest. Despite first impressions to the contrary this book seems to be the first in a series judging by the way it ended so I’ll look for the rest of the set on my next visit to the library.

Here’s a question for you, off the topic but one I have been thinking about for a while. Out of the many favorite authors you probably have, if you could name just one of your favorite authors who would it be and why? This looks like a question I can ask more than once and probably will 🙂

Looking forward to hearing who you like!

currently reading The Shekinah Legacy ( A Charlotte Ansari Thriller) – Gary Lindberg …. Intriguing. So far, the CIA, a news organization, middle eastern terrorists, the Mossad, an assassin who is part of a 2000 year old organization, a priest in the Vatican, and some of Charlotte’s relatives who are connected to all of this somehow, are all part of the story. The assassin is out to kill Charlotte and take possession of the ancient relic. Lots of major secrets to be discovered. Liking it.

Trading Secrets – Melody Carson …….. a different and enjoyable slant on a familiar theme. Amish meets English. Pen pals with a misunderstanding, he thinks she is a boy because of her boy name. This one looks like book 1 in a series…. needs investigating.

Red Rose Bouquet (Grace Revealed book 2)  – Jennifer Rodewald ……… This book is about a woman with deeply buried hurts whose life intersects with a man who has a gift for recognizing and helping children with difficult lives. A very touching and inspiring story.

The Quilt – T Davis Bunn  …… I had read this book years ago and never forgotten it, apparently I didn’t remember much more than the title! I’ll have to read it again soon. It’s about a grandmother at the end of her days making a way to pass a legacy on to her family.

O N C E : Ask Me Anything, Not Love – Mian Mohsin Zia ……… This one was interesting because the style of writing is very different. The author is writing in the voice of a culture and a language not his own and that puts a different spin on things. That and his goal of a much different ending than we usually see.

Kept – Sally Bradley………..  This one was interesting because of the depth of the friendships and the complexity of the challenges faced by the characters.

Leaving (Bailey Flannigan Series)  – Karen Kingsbury ….. A popular author I’ve read a lot of over the years.

Having trouble deciding how to name these ongoing lists of books…. here’s a few more for you for this month

currently reading Leaving (Bailey Flanigan series) – Karen Kingsbury…… romance/relational.  There are always a lot of deep things going on in Karen Kingsbury’s writing.

I started reading  Allerednic: A Regency  Cinderella Tale – in Reverse  by Chautona Havig ….  a little like Pride and Prejudice in style, the timing wasn’t great and I  couldn’t really get into it but will try again another time maybe. I have read some of Chautona’s many other stories in the past though (particularly Past Forward)  and really enjoyed them. She had a very different take on life in the Past Forward series and it was very enticing. Well worth checking out if you haven’t read any of her books.

Contingency (Covenant of Trust Book 1) – Paula Wiseman…. a story of betrayal and reconciliation. This story is well written and deeply moving. There is a study guide at the end so this would be a good choice as a resource in a group setting.

Leaving Serenity – Alle Wells ….. set in the 1960’s a young girl faces adversity growing up and leaves home with a boy who does not turn out to be a good choice as a husband and provider. This is a story of the empowering choices she was able to make.

The Amun Chamber (the 1st adventure of Professor David Manning) – Daniel Leston . …. ancient treasures, black market sales, enemies attempting to steal at any cost, exotic locations.  Ponderous at times but still interesting.

Before He Sees (A MacKenzie White Mystery Book 2) – Blake Pierce …. an FBI agent in training is assigned to a serial killer case because of her previous experience as a police officer. Things never go as easily as they could and trouble plagues the case and her possible standing in the FBI.

The Brickmaker’s Bride (Refined by Love Book 1) – Judith Miller….. romance/relational set in the 1800’s

More books for January but in the meantime…..

*there is a list of books at the bottom of every post* 

I am currently reading 3 books, I didn’t mean to but…it happened, again. I wanted to shorten the list of books waiting to be read and picked another one of Nick Thacker’s Thrillers to read, one called The Golden Crystal.

It starts out with a very recently invented submarine with a package to deliver to a secret place at the bottom of a river, the Potomac River. Decades later the story begins.   This is a thriller, with lots of fierce action and very tense moments. I like the story, it is intriguing, and I want to know what happens but…  This is seriously a guys book, they like all this action. I like stories like this too, one of my favorite series of movies is the Die Hard series with Bruce Willis but with movies you can look away and still keep up with the story, with books, not so much.

So I took a break and started reading a book about a hand writing expert whose client was involved in a messy dispute over a will.

In the meantime my mind was still on the thriller I was reading and was trying to figure out the name of title . It is not visible  at this particular place on my kindle and I just have to know. To make a long story short, I was checking out The Depths, another download of Nick’s thrillers to see if it was the same book. I was thinking it was but after the first few pages I knew it wasn’t and now I am hooked, I want to read it too. Then…. I got to the part where the dead guy sitting in her car had spike things in his eyes, and, I needed another break.

I went back to the story about the hand writing expert. It was interesting at first but disintegrated to the point I am now skimming through pages, and then more and more pages. I did the only sensible thing, with so many books waiting to be read,  quit and moved on. Now I’m back to 2 books.

I am still looking though, through my long list of unread books, for the lighter one to give me a break. I will let you know how that goes.

While looking through the list of possibles I came across the title of a book I read recently called:

The Braque Connection book 3 of the Genevieve Lenard series by Estelle Ryan.

Book 1 is called The Gauguin Connection. This series is about a brilliant, high functioning autistic, insurance investigator at a museum where she is highly appreciated and encouraged by her understanding boss. Her areas of expertise often put her in a place of danger as her skills uncover things others would rather keep hidden. She is joined in these experiences by an unlikely group who learn to love her fiercely and would do anything to protect her. The group includes her boss,  a police inspector, an art thief who is  working with Interpol in exchange for freedom and is accompanied by two of his friends-a fellow thief and a computer whiz. I love this series, it is fresh, interesting, and well written. There are 8 books in the series so far and I hope to read them all at some point.

So, back to my Saturday routine, and then maybe another book. I’ll let you know which one I finish. I hope you are all finding good books to read too!

Happy reading!


Books Read January 2017

This is the list…. so far… for this month, I will keep adding as I read, the latest always on top. I list the books I recommend, not necessarily all the books I read, although it’s true there are not many I take the time to read if they aren’t what I would also recommend. Happy reading!

When Night Falls – Margaret Daley …. mystery/romance a SteepleHill book

A Mother’s Choice – Kristen Noel Fischer  …..  a compelling story about love and complicated family dynamics.

Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations, Box set (books 1-3) – Margaret Daley …. Deadly Hunt, Deadly Intent, Deadly Holiday   three short books.

Gone The Next – Ben Rehder …… a dark subject, the abduction of a little girl, made lighter by the quirky humour of the only one who is seriously looking for her.

Water from My Heart – Charles Martin ……. indifference that causes men to live lives they are deeply sorry for. As always with his books, this one touches  deeply, in a way that words cannot adequately describe so I won’t even try. I hope you will read this book and let it touch your heart too. This is one of those read all night books!

Home to You – Jenn Faulk …. 6 year old Faith Hayes was in love with 16 year old Sam Huntington. Life takes them in different directions and they lose touch. Their paths cross again and life has not always been kind.

The Amazon Code (Harvey Bennett Thrillers bk 2) – Nick Thacker … The company behind the terrorist attack in book 1 (The Enigma Strain) has resurfaced in the Amazon rainforest, with a different threat this time, and the search is on again.

Adams Mourning: A Christian Historical Romance (The Adams Series Book 1) – Dawnya Sasse ….. People with a dream become pioneers in a new place only to be faced with daunting obstacles while trying to make the dream come true.

The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers bk 1) – Nick Thacker ….. A bomb goes off in Yellowstone National Park. A park ranger and a CDC agent team up to solve this act of terrorism that threatens to kill the whole nation.

A Touch of Ice (Book 1 Romantic Mystery): The Everly Gray Adventures  L J Charles….. This book is sort of like the TV show The Listener. The main character in this book sees/knows things when she touches with her fingertips. It helped solve the mystery.

False Pretenses (Secrets of Roux River Bayou)  – Kathy Herman…. Book 1 in a new series from Kathy Herman,  a suspense novel about honesty and accountability.

A Goose Creek Christmas (Tales from Goose Creek B & B bk 4 – Virginia Smith  ……. Forced into early retirement he keeps this secret from his wife who has plans to open a B & B despite his lack of enthusiasm. Lots of quirky neighbours. A lighter read.

Finder’s Fee – Alton Gansky ……….A terrifying phone call, a desperate search for a kidnapped boy, darkest secrets could be revealed.

I want to do this because….

One of my passions…. reading, books, lots of books.

Out of that passion is another passion…. to instill the same love of reading in others.

My message to those who say they don’t enjoy reading all that much is simple- you just haven’t stumbled over the one book to truly capture your interest! If you find the right book you will want to read.

Now, it may not work that way with everyone, my theory hasn’t be scientifically tested, but judging by how I can fall asleep reading one book and yet stay up all night reading another, I think I am on to something.

So, getting down to the purpose of this blog?

The initial purpose was to find a place to keep track of books I wanted to remember because they were good books. I also wanted to have a public place so it would be easy to share with my friends, and anyone else, looking for inspiration. I do want to inspire!! Seems like a blog is a good way to do that.

I hope you will see something on here that will inspire you to read, and maybe even to discover the joy of reading. And if you do, I hope you will pass it on so the passion will spread.

Happy Reading!!