2018 Reading Challenge: Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Challenge 2018

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The Full House Reading Challenge is also a must for me every year!  I just think it is so fun to challenge myself to see if I can read all these categories of books.  I get so close every darn year – ugh!

Some of this year’s categories will definitely be a challenge for me – dual time line??  ahhhh, redemption theme . . . ahhhhh!!   . . . here’s hoping.

Sponsored by the blog Book Date – please check them and this great challenge out at the following link:

https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/2017/11/full-house-reading-challenge-2018.html

Happy reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

 

 

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2018 Reading Challenge: Cruisin’ Thru The Cozies

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Anyone who has read anything on this blog knows very well that I am definitely into cozy mysteries and cozy series so this reading challenge is a must for me every year.

Hosted by the fine folks at Socrates Book Reviews – who by the way can describe the challenge best at this link

http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2017/11/2018-cruisin-thru-cozies-reading.html

So for 2018 I’m challenging myself at the Investigator level (20 or more cozy mysteries) and I want to choose those mysteries by myself, no specific categories.

Happy reading all,

And remember

Books Are Life,

Heather

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2018 Reading Challenge – Beat the Backlist!

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Ok every reader out there has a dreaded TBR list, a TBR pile, a TBR shelf . . . or in my case a TBR room!  Those many, many To Be Read books that we just know we are going to read – at tome time, at some point.

So every year I also try to incorporate a challenge that focuses somehow on clearing out some of those TBR books.  This year it is the Beat The Backlist Challenge sponsored by Novel Knight Book Reviews!  Please follow this link to check out the rules of this challenge yourself – it looks like great funs with teams, points, and the works!  This post is very informational and clear about how the challenge works – please take a look and join!!  http://novelknight.com/2018-beat-backlist/

Let’s see . . . for 2018 I hope to read at least 20 TBR titles off of my shelves.  Oh Lord please help me from buying new books :).

Happy reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

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2018 Reading Challenge – Foodies Read

 

 

 

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Happy New Year book lovers!  If you are a book lover and a reader you know that a new year brings with it the opportunity to reflect back on your previous year’s reading – How many books did you read? What types of books did you gravitate toward?  Did you discover any great new authors? Did you meet your reading goals? – and also to look ahead toward a brand new year of literary adventures!

Every year I pick a number of reading challenges for myself to basically just have fun throughout the year.  I promised myself I wasn’t going to do as many challenges this year – but I found too many fun challenges again – so I’m committing to five challenges.

One of the ones I will be participating in again this year is the Foodies Read Challenge sponsored by spiritblog.net – please follow this link to find out specific details about this challenge and to start participating yourself.  http://www.spiritblog.net/january-2018-foodies-read/

It is a wonderfully simple challenge basically encouraging you to read any and all books about cooking, culinary adventures, and food.  Fiction and non-fiction are fine!

I myself am a huge lover of food themed cozy mysteries so this is a definite go to challenge every year!

What challenges are you all participating in for 2018?

Happy reading.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Miracle Cure” by Harlan Coben

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Title:  Miracle Cure

Author:  Harlan Coben

Summary (from bn.com):  A Harlan Coben Classic-Now Back in Print!

In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. And one by one, they’re being targeted by a serial killer.

There’s only one cure, but many ways to die…

My thoughts:  I didn’t realize when I picked this book up that is was a reprint from 1991.  That certainly explains the dated references . . . such as car phones & beepers . . . and in general the dated overall topic of AIDS, AIDS research and funding.

Putting that aside . . . I really, really enjoyed this book.  I sat down and read its 500 pages in about a day and a half – which is not exactly like me if its not a Patterson book :).  I felt it was fast paced, thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and my jaw dropped a bit when the mystery was solved . . . I thought I had it figured out, but I didn’t go there.

Overall, a fast paced great read!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “16th Seduction” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #16)

16th seducationTitle:  16th Seduction

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #16

Synopsis (from bn.com): 

Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a heart-stopping threat in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller.

Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer’s life was perfect—she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who’d brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twenty-five people. But Joe wasn’t everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she’s still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks claims seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. As if that weren’t enough, the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial, and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe’s investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.

My thoughts:

I don’t care how much others make fun of James Patterson and his writing, I just love a couple of his series including of course the Alex Cross series, NYPD Red, and this series . . . the Women’s Murder Club.

I find all of his writing extremely fast paced, interesting, with great characters and interesting story lines.

In this novel he again weaves together at least 2 storylines that while seemingly wonderful separate, don’t always seem to fit together nicely into one cohesive story.

I felt as if in this book Patterson was really keeping the focus on one of the Women’s Murder Club – Lindsay Boxer and her struggling relationship with her husband.  Therefore, although the other 3 women were woven into the story – I could have used a bit more of their camaraderie in this one!

Overall, a great offering in a wonderful series!  Give it a try if you haven’t.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review: “Reckless Creed” by Alex Kava (Ryder Creed series #3)

reckless creedTitle:  Reckless Creed

Author:  Alex Kava

Series:  Ryder Creed #3

Synopsis (From bn.com):   In the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O’Dell find themselves at the center of a dire and mysterious case.
 
In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest…and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.

 

My thoughts:  I love, love, love this series by Alex Kava and truly hope it goes on for awhile.  I am so glad I took the chance on this series as I was afraid nothing could match the quality of Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series, but this certainly does.

I absolutely love how Kava weaves together the new characters of Ryder Creed and his crew with the beloved Maggie O’Dell characters – brilliant.

The plot of the novel was fast-paced and well done in my opinion.

Overall, a great new series by a beloved author.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

heather

 

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