Books, Books, Books

I’m double dipping in today’s very nerdy, book post. Today’s Blogtember prompt was about books and I needed to do my post for the Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap so I am combining them!

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My partner for the CG Swap was Amber who does a YouTube Vlog instead of a traditional blog. Props to her because there is no way you all would want to look at my hot mess self when I am blogging!

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She sent me The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert from my wish list. Anne of Green Gables and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I have read Anne of Green Gables before but not since high school and I definitely want to read it again since Netflix is producing a new series. I can honestly say I have never heard of the last book but it’s got great reviews and I am really excited to read it.

I also got a cute stuffed owl, some owl page notes and a bookmark. Great job by Amber since I LOVE owls. They are all over the house. So much so that when my husband saw a new stuffed owl come out of the box he groaned. #sorrynotsorry Also Amber did a great job wrapping each book with little notes, but I got excited and ripped them all open before I took the photo. Oops.

Head over to see what I sent Amber too! I got all three of her books from my local used book store. I love buying used books. I prefer to think of them as previously loved!

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Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you’re currently reading, and one you want to read.

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The book I just read was Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand. I inhaled this book while I was at the beach over the weekend. Her books are just perfect for beach reading in my opinion and I really enjoyed this one.

I am currently reading C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton. I have been going through the alphabet series again. I read A-J a while ago but never kept it up. This time I am going to get all the way through. Kinsey Milhone is my spirit animal with all her snark and attitude.

The one I want to read is actually three. The three I got from Amber above. I will probably start with the Elizabeth Gilbert book because she is my fav. But I will get through all three very soon.

So here are all my bookish things for the week. Gotta go read!

What books have you read lately? What is on your must-read list?

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15th Affair by James Patterson

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While we were at the beach I started and promptly finished the most recent book in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. I had read most of them, out of order, over the years so last summer I read 1-14 in order. I will say I loved the early books in this series and then a few lately haven’t been quite as good. I feel the same way about Patterson’s Alex Cross series. It probably has something to do with the fact that he pumps out what feels like 100 books a year. But I keep reading them so I guess I can’t complain too much.

I brought 15th Affair with me to the beach and cracked it open the minute I hit the sand. While I didn’t love this one as much as some of the very first novels in the series it was definitely better than the last few.

JamesPatterson.com Synopsis

As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay’s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth.

I liked that this book went back to having a singular case that everyone is focused on, instead of a bunch of smaller cases like we have seen in some recent books in the series. I also like the Lindsay Boxer is back to being her confident, go-for-broke self. In recent books her marriage and having a baby have made her a little softer, which I didn’t enjoy.

The ending of the book is great. I liked the resolution of the case and the lack of resolution in Lindsay’s personal life. It will provide a great jumping off point for whatever comes in 16 and could possibly have lasting effects for the rest of the series. Overall, a really solid thriller from one of my favorite series that made for a perfect beach read.

 

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