Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Summary: 16 August 2015

I didn't think about it until just now, but all the books I read this week were library books. Most were eBooks, but one was a hardback edition. I've said this before, but I am so excited that my library offers eBook lending.

Where I've been reading

This past week, I was in Orlando—actually down by Disney World—attending a technical conference. As is usual at conferences, the days were long and the evenings filled with conference-related activities. So I had to squeeze in reading time on the Sunday before everything started and then on Friday and Saturday after it was all over.


What I've been reading: Completed this week

Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library via Overdrive
Completed: 9 August


Low Midnight, the thirteenth adventure in Kitty Norville's universe, features Cormac the werewolf hunter. While he was in prison, he was invaded by the ghost of a witch who had died in the prison around 100 years ago. Now he must learn to share his body and mind with Amelia. The two of them investigate a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town. Can Cormac and Amelia learn to work together? And, will solving the mystery provide the key to translating a mysterious coded diary?

Schoolhouse Mystery, Caboose Mystery, and Houseboat Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library via Freading
Completed: 12, 13 and 15 August


I decided to complete the omnibus edition of Gertrude Chandler Warner's Boxcar Children this week. Several months ago I borrowed the omnibus of the first twelve books in the series, but had to return it to the library before I had read all the books. Borrowing it again, I quickly read through the last three mysteries: Schoolhouse Mystery, Caboose Mystery, and Houseboat Mystery. In all three of them, the four Alden children and their grandfather take a vacation trip, confront a mystery, and resolve it—all in about 125 pages.

I have really enjoyed reading these stories and plan to seek out the next seven volumes. That will cover all the books which Ms. Warner wrote. After that, various authors picked up the series as the publisher drew it out to over 100 episodes. I don't think I'll read quite that many. Even though I've enjoyed the adventures of the Aldens, there are just so many other books that I want to read.

The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini Format: Hardback
Source: borrowed from the library
Completed: 15 August


Sylvia Compson, present-day owner of Elm Creek and its quilting school and retreat, discovers an old diary in a piece of cast-off furniture. It tells the story of Joanna, a slave from Virginia who escaped and sought refuge at Elm Creek Manor, only to be captured and returned to her master. In her short stay at Elm Creek, Joanna created a quilt while awaiting the birth of her son. When she was captured, Joanna left both behind, swearing to herself that she would regain her freedom and return to find her son.

The Lost Quilter tells Joanna's story—her constant longing for freedom and for the son she was forced to leave behind in Pennsylvania, as well as the life she built in South Carolina. Of course, since this is the fourteenth book in the Elm Creek Quilts series, quilts and quilting are a big part of the story. One of the quilts contains hidden messages explaining how to find Elm Creek Manor.

What I've been reading: In progress

Book Cover: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis I'm getting close to the end of Destiny Rising, the third and final book in the True Calling series by Siobhan Davis. Things are heating up as the rebels are in active conflict with the government. Against this background, Ari, Cal, and Zeke must work out their relationships. Who will Ari choose? Will the rebels prevail or will everyone be forced to surrender to the total control demanded by the government?

I'm participating in a Blog Tour for Destiny Rising, so check back here on September 9th for my review.

Book Cover: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters I've just started reading An Excellent Mystery, the eleventh book in Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series. Following very closely on the events of the previous book, two Benedictine monks seek refuge at the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. With the war between King Stephen and Empress Maud at a stalemate, Stephen's queen, Matilda, attacked Winchester, destroying the monasteries and convents and sending all who could escape fleeing from the destruction. Brother Humilis is a former crusader who is slowly dying of his wounds. He is accompanied by Brother Fidelis, a young mute who is devoted to the care of Humilis. As usual, it falls to Brother Cadfael to discover the truth underneath the mystery.

This Week on the Blog

  1. Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  2. Review: X by Sue Grafton
  3. Review: Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer
  4. Bout of Books 14 -- Count Me In


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