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It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all doing well. We had a very sunny week, but this week looks like the weather is going to be windy and wet mostly. Most people go back to work here as the country gets back to normal after the summer break. Of course as I am retired it doesn’t really mean too much to me, although its nice to have everything back.

What I read last week:

Enjoyed them all. Two were almost finished as I began the week so that gave me four for this week!

What I am reading now:

One for review.

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Up next:

Time to take one of my print TBR.

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Last Week’s Posts

Gone but Knot Forgotten.  Mary Marks

Cozy Series I am Reading

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Cozy Series I Am Reading

I haven’t given much attention to Cozy Mysteries but I am finding more time for them in my reading life. These are the ones I am enjoying and catching up on at the moment. I’ll try not to get into any more until I’ve read through some of these. I like starting from the beginning of a series. Just one of those things!

Her Royal Spyness Series

I am on #5 of this series and so far have listened to them on audio.  Georgie the heroine is about 30 something in line to the throne in England. She is a very poor member of the aristocracy, but that doesn’t stop her from becoming involved in solving murders. I see it goes up to #15. Not sure if I will get that far!

Kat Holloway Mysteries.

book cover Murder in the East End was the last one I read – it’s #4. Again its set in England and has an Upstairs/Downstairs feel to it. Kat Holloway is the cook, quite young and very astute.As well there is Daniel McAdam who turns up every so often and is a bit of an enigma. They solve murders though! The next one comes out in July 2021.

The Haunted Library Mystery series by Alison Brooks

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Read and Gone is #2 in this series and is set in a small town, USA. Carrie is the events planner at the local library, where we also have a ghost that chats to her. Plus a delightful cat called Smokey Joe. In this book her Dad turned up and it all involved stolen jewels and murders. I have listened to the first two on Audible because they were free and I have #3 queued up as well. After the I’ll have to buy them!!

Quilting Mysteries by Mary Marks   book coverI am reading through this series, I have two more coming from the Library, I just bought the next two because they aren’t at the library and then Kensington will publish I think about #9 mid year and I’ll be all ready for it! I enjoy the characters and the things they get into. Plus the quilting tips of course.

Second Chance Cat Mystery. Sofie Ryan

book cover I’ve read two in this series set in Maine. I enjoy the characters, Elvis the cat and I want to know more about Mac in relation to Sarah. So this is another mystery series I’ll read on much further into.

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Review

Gone But Knot Forgotten. Mary Marks.

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Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks is #3 in this cozy quilting mystery series. Just let me say I am totally enamoured for a number of reasons. It was published in 2015 and in case you think you are past writing a book, the first book in this series was published when the author was seventy. I wishing her a long and fruitful life!

Martha Rose the main character is so real. About 55 years of age, a size 16 and a divorceé as her husband left her for a much younger woman. Therefore she does not trust men and it shows. Plenty of them seem to appreciate her finer points but she struggles to accept them. She is very assertive and refuses to be pushed anywhere she doesn’t want to go. So don’t leave your shaving gear on her bathroom vanity if you haven’t been asked!

She has two fine friends in Lucy – in her sixties and Birdie in her seventies. They form a little quilting group and I just love how real it all is. These people really support each other, but when Martha Rose needs to be told – they tell her!

In this book Martha Rose is asked to be the executor of a will for a past friend Harriet. She has been dead ten months in her house before found!! And soon it is found out she was murdered. Well in rides Martha Rose and I can say she is out for justice for Harriet. Much to the annoyance of the police, but too bad. The house that Harriet lived in is amazing and might even have a secret room. There are lots of valuables, some of which are missing.

The quilt on the cover is one of those – a quilt going back to the Declaration of Independence. I just loved the whole story around it.

I guessed the murderer before reveal – just. I already have book #4 from the library ready to dive into very soon!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Welcome in all. Hope your reading week went well. I guess many of you were absorbed by what took place on Capitol Hill last week. Certainly very devastating.

I’ve been reading and doing small chores, nothing much. I finished watching Bridgerton which I really enjoyed on Netflix. I still have so many shows to watch and I will …. sometime!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Up next:

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Reading Intentions for 2021

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My 2021 Reading Intentions

I think now is the time for me to focus on 2021 and what I want in my reading life for the coming year. These may be refined as I go along as I’ll check myself out at the end of each month.

  1. Read 100 books via the Goodreads Challenge. This is doable for me and I prefer quality reading ( as I enjoyed that book) over reading tons of books.
  2. Read what I truly enjoy, sometimes I stray into the “should”. I should read this book or I should like that book because….  I want to truly own my own reading taste. My taste veers towards what some call “fluff”, which to be honest I find somewhat objectionable. I like books that end satisfactorily, I like good writing but not flowery literary writing. I like a good engaging plot and characters who grow and that I can enjoy.  Within those parameters I read fairly widely I think. I always welcome a good theme with a something to say about life and I like it when an author has a distinctive voice.
  3. Track where I pick up the recommendation for reading a book. It’s not necessary but I still want to do it. Why because if I like the book then I am more likely to pick up another recommendation from the source.
  4. Read or pass on a good swag of the books sitting on my shelves and Kindle. Some of these are ones possibly that I thought I “should” read and like, so I’ll just pass them on or delete if on my Kindle.
  5. Use the library where I can rather than buy books, although there will always be some authors I choose to auto buy or ones I want for other reasons. But …. softly, softly! I did use the library really well in 2020 and I want to continue that … but I really need to be sure I when buying that its a book I really want to keep.

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Month in Review

December Reading Wrap Up

Total books read this month: 12

New to me authors:

Kamala Harris
Harriet Muncaster
Mary Marks
Allison Brook
Trevor Noah

Top Books for December

On audio this was very good. Both entertaining and horrifying and informative.

Incoming Books for December

Purchased

House of Earth and Blood

Library Books

From NetGalley

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Audio Books

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Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well welcome into the first IMWAYR for January and 2021.  Hope it will be a better year this time. We shall see. I didn’t see the New Year in, I turned on a podcast and fell asleep, thought I had set the timer for an hour but must not, because my list was all gone when I checked. I had listened to it! Just as well they are easy to recover.

What I read last week:

Trevor Noah’s memoir on audible was just amazing. I really enjoyed my first book of the year Knot in my Backyard, and King’s Ransom was my last book of the year.

What I am reading now:

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And I am listening to Read and Gone by Allison Brook and Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

Up next:

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First Book of the Year 2021

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First Book of the Year 2021

book coverWell I have made that all important choice of what book to start my reading life in 2021. Plus I really enjoy seeing what others have chosen.

So I have gone for a backlist book published in 2014.
It’s #2 in a series.
It is a cozy mystery.
It comes from the library.
It has a link to a hobby I love.

I’ve had it sitting here for a little while as I was saving it up, because I could. The library gives 5 weeks for having it out over the holiday period.

This year I hope to read a few more cozy mysteries, I enjoyed the first one in this series, and was interested in a few quilting tips I didn’t know about. One was if you prick your finger and get a bit of blood on the fabric, your spit will help take it out! I haven’t had to test that yet!photo with first book 2021

Knot in My Backyard by Mary Marks. I love that blue quilt on the cover!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you all had a good Christmas – I did. The weather was reasonably good but since then  it has turned quite chilly – coming into mid Summer! Oh well!

What I read last week:

Really liked this one, its a review book, I think it publishes in February.

What I am reading now:

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Up next:

Most likely…

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It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you have a good week and enjoy Christmas in the small groupings it will be for you this year. Enjoy the coziness of it.

I’ll take a week’s break from blogging and will be back here next Monday with what I’ve been reading – or maybe what I haven’t been reading!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Still listening to Born a Crime.

Up next:

Not really sure.  It will be a mood read, whatever it is and also I want to catch up on some viewing and leave room for some Christmas movies, plus The Bridgertons will drop on
Netflix later in the week and I want to see some of that. 

Last Week’s Posts

Boone Emily March

Five Favourite Books from Second Half of Year.

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