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2015 reading challenge link up party – Feb

Rachel over at Kiwi Rach finding home has started a link up party for the 2015 ultimate reading challenge that I mentioned last month. The link up is on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month so I won’t be able to join in every time, due to the stitching SAL clashing with it, but I’ll post when I can.

I’m crossing three books off my list this time, making 4/52.

I’ve been on a Tess Gerritsen reading binge for a couple of weeks and two of those books will do nicely for the challenge. Vanish will do for the one word title, and I’m using The Mephisto club for the mystery/thriller category.

GerritsensI’ve loved catching up on the Rizzoli & Isles books. The TV series is very good, but as always, the books are better. They are so filled with detail that the TV adaptation lacks and the story lines are much more compelling. It’s really hard to put one of these down once you’ve started it.

The third book that I’m using for the challenge is The paying guests by Sarah Waters. 2015-01-05 10.55.08

I enjoyed this one, but not quite as much as some of the others by the author. I found it a bit slow to get started but once it did, it was another book that was hard to put down.

I’ve been getting some ideas for some of the other categories in the challenge and have just picked up a couple of library books that will do nicely.2015-02-01 17.12.16

I was struggling to find a trilogy that I wanted to read. I’m trying to use books on my shelves where possible but that’s something that I didn’t have. Then I realised that I did have the first two books in a set of four.2015-02-01 17.14.41I’ve been waiting for the last two to drop in price and after checking on Amazon, I found that they were both available for 1p so they’ve been ordered. I’m thinking that four books is even better than three so they’ll do nicely for the trilogy category.

I’m still searching for something set in my home city, but I have a couple of ideas. I’m still stumped on finding an author with my initials. C L if anyone has any ideas.

The link-up party is here. It’s not too late to join in if you’d like. The more the merrier.



More books!

I had an email from the library to say that another of the Tess Gerritsen books was in. I had three to return so I walked up there to fetch it. I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it until the others arrived as the other two come before it in the series.

Imagine my surprise and delight to find out that three more had turned up since the email.


GerritsensAll three by Tess Gerritsen that I was waiting for, so I can make a start on them, plus a Karen Rose that I’ve been waiting for. I think I reserved that a couple of months ago.

With heavy snow forecast, I’m thinking the best place to be is at home, snuggled under a blanket, with some books. Bliss.


A few new books to read

I spotted a draw on Alibi’s FaceBook page a couple of weeks ago to win the new Tess Gerritsen book. Alibi is the TV channel that shows Rizzoli and Isles and I love that show. I also love the books, so I entered the draw.

You could have knocked me down with a feather when I got an email to say I’d won. The book arrived a couple of days later from UK TV.


I just love the smell of a brand new hardback book.

Winning the book did cause a minor problem. I’ve read quite a few of the Rizzoli and Isles books, but I’ve got a bit behind over the last few years and there were five that I hadn’t read, besides the newest one. I cannot read them out of order. I just can’t.

Not to be deterred, I popped onto the library website and ordered the next two that I needed to read. They arrived nice and quickly along with a Jack Sheffield that I’d been waiting for.


I’ve just finished reading the two by Tess Gerritsen, and have now ordered the next three books in the series. I do like the odd binge read 🙂

I’d just finished the newest Sarah Waters when those library books were ready to collect so that was excellent timing.

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I love her books and this one was just as good as the others that I’ve read. I’m using it to tick off another one on the reading challenge, as I’m thinking it’ll do nicely for the Love Triangle category. That might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s close enough.