Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Summary: 12 October 2014

This past week was very busy with a trip to a conference in Las Vegas. I'm so glad that this next week I'll be on vacation. I'm linking up with The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Where I've been reading

This past week, I was in Las Vegas attending a conference. I didn't have a lot of time to read since I as attending the conference during the day and taking care of e-mail in the evenings. I did, however, finish one book and made a great deal of progress in the audio edition of My Name is Memory. Having about an hour each day in the car driving from hotel to conference center to restaurant and back to hotel allowed me to complete about one disk per day. And, of course, there were the two flights during which I could read on my electronic readers.

What I've been reading

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison Format: ePub on BeBook reader
Source: Aubrey Public Library (Overdrive)

The only book I finished this week was The Undead Pool, 12th and next-to-last book in Kim Harrison's urban fantasy Hollows series. I had waited for a copy to become available at the library—in fact I had put it on reserve at two different libraries. This was definitely the best book in the series in a long time. I read the first book, Dead Witch Walking in May 2010, and in 2013, I fully caught up with all published books. The last two books came out in 2014 and since I really don't want the series to end, I'm probably going to wait until next year to read the final book, The Witch With No Name.

Book Cover: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares Format: Unabridged audio CD
Source: Purchased in September 2014

I've been listening to My Name is Memory since September 20th. I only listen to audio books when I'm alone in the car, so it normally takes me at least a month to complete a book. I don't commute to the office any more and unless I'm on a business trip where I get a rental car, it's rare that I have an opportunity to listen to a book. I'm really enjoying this book—a book of speculative fiction posing the possibility that people live many lives. Daniel, the protagonist, is one of the very few who remember their past lives. He fell in love with Sophia in his very first life and has been seeking her out ever since. I have two more disks to listen to and hope to finish it by the end of the month.

Book Cover: The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan Format: Kindle
Source: freebie September 2014

My BFF, Beth, recommended Estelle Ryan's Genevieve Lenard mystery series. Since the first book, The Gauguin Connection, was a Kindle freebie at Amazon, I picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Genevieve Lenard is one of the most renown experts in non-verbal communication. Working at a prestigious European insurance company, she applies her skills at reading body language and her high IQ to investigate insurance fraud. As if that weren't enough to make this character special, Genevieve is also a high-functioning autistic with some obsessive/compulsive tendencies. With no social skills, but a deep awareness of her own behavior and that of people around her, she is definitely one of the most compelling characters I've run into this year. I'm about half-way through this book and already planning on spending some of my gift card money for the next couple of books in the series.

Book Cover: Entwined Realms, Volume 1 by Danielle Monsch Format: Kindle
Source: freebie September 2014

I'm reading Danielle Monsch's Entwined Realms, Volume 1 for review. This book is a compilation of the first four stories in her Entwined Realms paranormal romance series. The primary content is the first novel, Stone Guardian, supplemented by a long novella and two short stories. I'm about 1/3 of the way into Stone Guardian and will be concentrating on finishing the book quickly so that I can post my review to Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley.

This Week on the Blog

It was quiet again this week on the blog. I started writing a couple of posts which weren't finished and haven't been posted—yet—and I posted one review. That was it other than the weekly Stacking the Shelves meme.

  1. Review: Yesterday's Kin
  2. Stacking the Shelves (7)


  1. I've had a hard time figuring out how to fit in an audio book as I'm very rarely in the car on my own and I have to find the right balance between doing something so my mind doesn't wander but not doing too much so that I can pay attention to the story. My Name is Memory definitely sounds interesting! I'm off to check out the Gauguin Connection. Sounds like a fun read! Have a great week!

  2. I haven't done an audio book is a while. I just don't enjoy them as much as reading a book, but they are fun.
    Nice selection of books there!
    here is my Sunday Post -