It’s Sunday here as I prep this post. It’s the last of our spring holiday; the dames and I are sad it’s ending. We loaded up on popcorn and smiled throughout Beauty and the Beast. The three of us had tea with lovely company. Toy collections got fatter. Our neighbor hooked us up with some Japanese curry and I got to try coconut curry kobacha while I made sure they had some fresh, spiced oatmeal cookies from the oven and a taste of dry rub, baby back ribs so tender either the meat or the bone fell off while I cut the slab apart. Oh, and the freedom of all day outdoor play was priceless. Tomorrow we will be zombies; Mondays are hard, yeah?
I’ve gotten in some good reading this week. Audiobooks accompanied my new knitting projects (Hermione’s Everyday Socks and Pioneer Girl shawl) and my Kindle Paperwhite enabled late night reading snuggled up in flannel sheets. How about you?
I finished my 2017 Audiobook Challenge! The fifteenth and sixteenth audiobooks were completed.
The Christie Curse (A Book Collector Mystery #1) by Victoria Abbott kept catching my eye whenever I poked around Overdrive. I know some of you are big Agatha Christie fans so you were an influence also.
While in the first quarter of the read, I had some serious doubts about it. I wasn’t sure I liked the narrator. The storyline so far was okay. This first installment is like goin’ salmon fishing. You travel along in the ocean and cast out, trying to get a bite, but it takes a long time to catch anything. Things were kind of happening but nothing was answered nor found out. However, this cozy grew on me. I finally realized while the narrator sounded like a young adult, the main character is actually a college graduate. So the voice does fit the protagonist. And I began to like more and more her uncles with their questionable pasts and questionable connections. I wish they were bigger participants in the plot. I liked how they taught their niece to take care of herself, like how to act around the police, defend herself in a physical situation, or use her special picks when needed. I was surprised at who the murderer was and what that entailed. I will continue on with the series. Three stars.
Now I’m sure you’ve noticed the second audiobook I finished. After listening to a cozy inspired by Agatha Christie, I wanted to listen to a real Christie novel. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is my first, ever Agatha Christie read! Hugh Fraser, the narrator, does an excellent job. I liked his voice and how he portrayed characters. I was really into this first, Hercule Poirot mystery. I thought I had guessed who dunnit but man, sometimes I felt like a dog chasing its tail! My opinions were led all over the place and when it was finally revealed who the murderer was, I was surprised. I’m happy my library carries many of the series’s audiobooks. Four stars.
I stayed up until quarter to one a.m. finishing this thirteenth, Kindle book. I love storylines that take place in the south. I love the culture and their sayings which are witty. I enjoyed Sullivan’s Island (Lowcountry Tales #1) by Dorothea Benton Frank because no one was perfect. The characters were human with flaws and secrets. The flashbacks to how Susan’s childhood was fascinating to me because she grew up during the Civil Rights Movement. I liked how her journey with her unfaithful husband wasn’t black and white. It had entertaining moments of course but also those of unstable ground and even surprisingly compassionate ones. I felt her story mirrored real life. We as human beings can judge and give opinions easily, but when you’re in the thick of it, the view isn’t so easy to see. I’ll definitely read more of this series. Four stars.
Currently Reading/Listening to
- Always a Cowboy (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2) by Linda Lael Miller
- Buried in a Bog (County Cork #1) by Sheila Connolly
What the Dames are Reading
- Boo Boo’s just finished Boomer (Puppy Place #37) by Ellen Miles; she’s not sure what she’s going to read next.
- The tween is reading Dear Pen Pal (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #3) by Heather Vogel Frederick + Tricked by Jen Calonita. Every time she reads the former series I want to read it too.