Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Reading Wrap Up

Hello again.  Here's what I read this past week...

The Secret Poison Garden by Maureen Klovers (6/15/18) - Mystery*# - 5 stars - New to me and underappreciated author.  Since this book is a new release, mine was the first review on Goodreads and Amazon.  It may not be underappreciated for long.
Review: "Starting out, I wasn't sure I liked the main character enough to keep going. She reminded me too much of someone I once knew and disliked terribly. But I forged ahead and , I did enjoy the mystery and I loved the wrap-up. And while I probably wouldn't want Rita as a long term friend, she pretty much redeemed herself along the way. It turned it to be a lot of fun!"

Alchemy's Child by DJ Salisbury (6/14/18) - Fantasy* - 5 stars  - Not new to me, but definitely underappreciated.  If you like fantasy and want something different, give this series a try.  This is the fifth book.  I've loved them all.  I have #6 and #7 on my Kindle, but I don't like to read series straight through.
Review: "Another fun installment of The Mindbender's Rise series. I can't wait to see what happens to Viper and his crew next. Or will it just be Viper next time? Argh."

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (6/10/18) - Historical Mystery - 5 stars - New to me but not underappreciated.
Review: "Interesting. Not quite like any mystery I've read in a while. As a standalone, it worked quite well - even if it did take a while to get to the mystery portion of the story. Loved the end. I'm not sure if I can picture this as a series, though. I guess if I stumble across the second book at some thrift store, like I did with this one, I'll see."

I'm only one book behind on my reading goal now - 30 books so far this year.  I started another one last night and I should have that finished in a couple days.  Which will either put me on track or, with the new week's expectation added, only a book behind again.  And I'm okay with that.  

Did you read anything interesting last week?


  1. Woohoo! Thanks for the review! Much appreciated!!!

    I love most of Elizabeth Peters's books, and a madcap series follows this one.

    I've had the blues, so I reread a bunch of Mercedes Lackey's books. Not real fond of the Godmother series; it'll go to the used bookstore. I need the credits! :-D

    1. Thanks for writing such an enjoyable series!

      I'm sorry you're having the blues right now. :hugs: I hope the reading helps.

  2. Should I mention that I'm like 30 books ahead? But that's one of the advantages of audio books. And you know that I'm an invererate binge reader of series. LOL And speaking of, I'm currently binging on Nalini Singh's Psy-Changling series to refresh my memory of all the characters and twists and turns before reading her new release OCEAN LIGHT.

    I'm considering getting on the list for Kevin Hearne's "A Plague of Giants." It's on ebook sale right now but the library has the audio version. There's a wait list but that's okay. I also need to finish his Iron Druid series at some point. I just haven't been in the mood.

    1. Eh, you always read faster than I do. Err, listen faster... LOL. Yes, I do know you're a big re-reader. Thank goodness you also take time to read new books.

      I read a few of those and then just kind of fell away from them. I hope you get the audio version soon. I hear that. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for certain books either.

  3. Thanks for writing my first review, B.E.! I'm glad you came around to begrudgingly writing Rita. I knew it was a risk to make her nosy and exasperating, but personally I prefer complex protagonists to blandly likable ones.

    1. LOL, I think my personal baggage got in the way more than anything, but it was an enjoyable read. Thanks for writing it!