Time Goes Fast

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Loved this book. Lots of interesting characters that are fun and real. Friendships, little romance, and several murders mixed with time travel and a treasure hunt. Love the setting in Prague and the castles. The villain is an intriguing character with a KGB past. Lots of fun reading. Terrifically wrote! Recommend!

I had checked this out at the library and almost didn’t because it was such a long book. I actually read most of it yesterday. 🙂 Now, I want to read the next one.

So far my Goodreads reading challenge is at halfway. Better than last year, so that is ok. I probably could read the other half of the books but we are coming up on a busy time of year. I won’t hold myself to it. I should have read more earlier in the year.

Ooops. Goal for next year.

I am glad that I am reading regularly again. For the better part of twenty years I didn’t read much other than textbooks and kids books. I guess that counts.  🙂

Personal accomplishments since last blog:

  1. Normal day-to-day house and kids’ taxi service. When will the taxi service stop? lol
  2. Garage reorganized, again. Oldest daughter has her stuff in there now so it needed better placement. Now there is room for working on some furniture refinishing projects. And all the bugs are swept out for the Fall. It was bugging me seeing all of them. 🙂
  3. Kids are doing good. Good grades. Youngest had broken his school tablet but since it was an accident at school and his first warning we didn’t have to pay for it. Thank goodness. That would have been tough. Still not a fan of having school laptops. I believe in paper and pen.
  4. I still haven’t finished my Halloween decorating. Working on one wood project that will have Halloween on one side and Fall on the other. Will post when I complete this week. I’m not sure I will hand out candy this year. Our street gets really busy and one might as well sit outside and hand it out as many times as the doorbell rings. We have a doorbell camera and after a while last year it started going off on its own. Ghost? Maybe. lol

It’s been a bit productive. Time just flies so fast these days. I need more hours in the day to accomplish all that I want. I have stopped watching as much evening TV shows. I now catch up later with OnDemand. Lots of new shows. I really like Bull, Lethal Weapon, and Secrets and Lies to name a few.

I hope everyone has a lovely day and read something good! 🙂

Big Apple Hunter

Review of Maddie Cochere’s novel Big Apple Hunter

In Big Apple Hunter, Susan decides to go on a trip with her friend Darby to New York City. I love the character of Darby and his friendship with Susan. I admit at one point I was hoping for them to get together. But, as we know, well…you must read the first book, Sunshine Hunter, to find out what makes their friendship just friends.

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I think setting one of the scenes in New York made the story line even more exciting and adventurous. I so loved the bus tour of men. Who wouldn’t want to tour with a bunch of hot guys?

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I liked the mystery of the bad guys. It kept me guessing what their angle was clear through the book. There was enough mystery to keep me reading and wanting to know the answer.

The ongoing turmoil with her boyfriend makes me wonder if they will last as a couple. I keep thinking maybe they can’t get past their previous relationship disasters. All of Susan’s encounters with available men adds to the question of whether they will stay together. I like that with each book you just don’t know.

All the characters are interesting and likeable. I had all kinds of ideas going through my head about what each character might end up doing throughout the book.  It keeps you assuming things to the end. I believe that is what makes a good book.

I loved the ending. 🙂 Just read it, no spoilers from me.

I love the author’s style, it is witty, adventurous, and easy to read. The characters are like everyday people with added adventures.  She leaves the ending at a point I am ready to read the next book. 🙂

I see with each book where her writing becomes better and better. I like being able to see her grow as a writer. I believe that is what is so interesting about self-published authors, you can see their writing develop with each book. Thank goodness for the internet.

Check out her blog! She has her own witty adventures that will make you smile. 🙂

Aside

Book Review for Chose the Wrong Guy Gave Him the Wrong Finger

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It would really be the pits to get to the altar and find out your future spouse did something. Do you take a chance or not? I woud say this is the time you would want to listen to your gut with everything you can. I tend to ignore the gut, and find out too late I should have listened to the gut. Sigh.

The book is well written. I like reading all the thoughts of the main character, Quinn. It makes me feel like I am her and going through the situation. The author has some chapters where she flashes back to the past. At first I wasn’t sure about that, but as I read more I really liked seeing how Quinn got to the situation in the present.

The book has witty areas that make it fun to keep reading as well as conflict and struggles. I read it in an entire weekend. I don’t know if my motivation was because they mailed me an advance copy or the fact that the book flowed well from one chapter to the next. 🙂 It is a book of love, friendship, and a funny old lady meddling in a love triangle.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Chick Lit. I will definitely read more books by the Author, Beth Harbison. It will be out July 9th!

I did not give details of the actual story because I really hate it when other reviewers give away the story! 🙂

Surprise in the Mail!

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I had a nice surprise in the mail today!

I received this advance reading copy from the Author Beth Harbison. I have no idea how I got it. I truthfully have not read any of her books, and I do not have her on any social media sites. I am more than thrilled to read it and I will review it as well on here. It is the least I can do since I received a copy before the release date!

I think my book list is getting so long I may never finish editing my own book! 🙂

I do love to read though. I am discovering so many new authors that have actually been around for awhile. I wish I hadn’t taken such a long break from reading the past twenty years. I did keep buying the books. I figured once the kids were all grown I would have plenty of time to read them. I’m happy to say that I have begun reading regularly since last year and enjoying every minute of it. I have a lot of catching up to do!

I am off to read!