Week 33 – 2015

I am officially 50 books behind my Goodreads goal. šŸ˜¦ I am also trying to hunt down the location of the Gregory Maguire book signing. That is proving to be more of a challenge than one would normally expect. I also missed the first Book Riot Read Harder book club meeting because of a baptism that I found out about at the last minute (the invitation printers never actually mailed the invitations). So Boo to that, but at least I had a legit reason. I suppose. So that’s what’s new for me.

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The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear – I borrowed this as an audibook from the Boston Public Library. This is Maisie Dobbs #7. In this installment, Maisie must find a man’s secret sweetheart and the actual cause of his death during the war (WWI). I love these. They flow well. I enjoy the characters. They are well written. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or detective novel. This installment stood out from the crowd and I’m giving itĀ 4 stars.

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Spelled by Betsy Schow – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley.Ā This is a cute story. It is sort of based on The Wizard of Oz, but closer to being a tribute with its own story. It fits well with the original Oz series. (The entirety of which I have read. Yeah free kindle classics!) I would definitely look for a sequel, so that’s a pretty good indication that I enjoyed it. The target age range is also pretty close to the original Oz books. There is also a surprise tribute guest at the end, which I thoroughly enjoyed, being a huge fan myself. How is that for a cliff hanger? Go read the book. I’m giving itĀ 3 stars.

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Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the BPL. Alan Cumming reads it himself. Alan Cumming has a Scottish accent. I would give it a lot of points right there, but that doesn’t even begin to explain this book. This isn’t about what you think it will be about. If you plan to read it. Stop reading my review now. If you considered it, but weren’t sure, keep going. This is foremost the story of an abusive father. It also delves into the mystery surrounding his grandfather’s death and his appearance onĀ Who Do You Think You Are. It is incredible. I’m not going to delve into a lot of detail. On a personal note (who doesn’t like those?) I totally saw him riding the M&M float in the Macy’s parade in 2009, which he mentions in the book. So there. On a side note: If you have never been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, you should add it to your bucket list and actually make a point to go. You’re welcome. This book is getting 5 stars.

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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I finally got to this in an effort to clean up my library wish list. This non-fiction book is about the development of wireless communication and how it was used in order to thwart a pair of murder suspects. I like this author. The level of research that goes into his books is beyond impressive. I have yet to find one that did not live up to expectations. I’m giving itĀ 3 stars.

Done. On to the next thing….

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