Bout of Books 17 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 1 comment

Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 17 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 17 ended last night. It was my tenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of January 2-8th.

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘nope, it’s Bout of Books and I’m going to read instead”.

I had a great reading week. The main reason I like Bout of Books is that it’s a low-pressure readathon. I never feel like I need to stop doing everything else to just read but I am encouraged to maximize and make more time for reading than I normally do. Obviously I worked full time all week so that limited my reading time but I managed to get a lot of reading hours in.

I managed to make some changes to my daily routine that I’d like to make regular habits. I traded my bus ride twitter and phone game time for reading. I also made sure to stay away from the phone apps and read on my lunch break. It used to be my habit and I’d like to get back to that.

As usual I read more on the weekdays than I did over the weekend. We were busy over the weekend but i did manage to carve out some reading time.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. My goal this year was to end up with more time spent reading than I did for the last Bout of Books. In May I had 13 hours and 5 minutes of reading time for the week.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 19 hours and 3 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 17

All in all I had a good reading week.
I finished one audiobook (Right Ho, Jeeves) and listened to a novella (Masked Ball at Broxley Manor) and started a new one (The Green Mill Murder)

In print, I read Other People’s Baggage which is a collection of three interrelated novellas all of which are prequels to mystery series. I also read most of In the Kingdom of Ice.

If you participated in this week’s Bout of Books I hope you had a great week of reading. If you didn’t participate you should consider joining me and all the other participants in August.

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Weekend Update – The Digital, Paper, or Both? Edition

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update
Digital, Paper, or Both?

Over the past several months I’ve settled into a pattern in my reading when it comes to format.

I read both digital and print but more and more I’m reading a mix of both for the same title. If I have the ebook I’ll get the paper edition from the library. If I have the paper edition I’ll get the ebook from the library.

I know that a lot of people mix audio and ebook formats but I don’t. My ereader is a Kobo and Audible/Amazon’s Whispersync feature only works with Amazon’s own ereaders.

I have discovered that I prefer ebooks (usually on my phone) for my commuting and lunchtime reading. For one thing, I don’t have to add weight to my tote bag with a book.  It’s also just easier to read on the bus on my phone because it’s in my hand anyway so my book is right there. I don’t have to take a book or ereader out of my tote bag and put it back before the bus gets to my stop.
Digital, Paper, or Both?
Once I walk in my front door at home however, everything changes. I have discovered that as wonderful as ebooks are for commuting and travel I just don’t like to read ebooks that much at home. I’d rather pick up the paper edition and read that.

For me having both formats of a book is the best option. I can read on my phone or ereader when it’s convenient but still be able to curl up with the paper edition when I’m at home.

Are you a multiformat reader or is it always one or the other for a title?


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson – Audio Edition

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in 2016, 4 stars, Audio, Book Review, Craig Johnson | 0 comments

The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
The Highwayman: A Longmire Story by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

Genre: Mystery
Format: Audio
Series: A novella related to the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 3 hours, 43 minutes
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man’s-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving “officer needs assistance” calls. The problem? They’re coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago. With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman”

My Thoughts:
The bad thing about being caught up in an ongoing series is that wait for the next book. With the next book in the Walt Longmire series due out in September I was happy to hear a few months ago that Craig Johnson was releasing a novella featuring characters from the series. I almost got the print edition from the library even though I prefer the audio editions of this series. Then I found out that an audio edition was coming and that sealed it for me. I could wait for that.

George Guidall does an outstanding job of narrating this series and it has been one of my favorite audio series for several years now.

I was just glad to have the chance to get a bit of a Longmire fix while waiting for the next book.

Walt and Henry Standing Bear are away from home so most of the usual supporting characters are not part of this story and it’s not attached to any of the ongoing storylines in the series. For that reason it works well as a standalone.

As has become normal, there is plenty of mysticism and slightly paranormal stuff in this ghost story but there is also plenty of Walt and Henry’s easy banter and friendship that is quite enjoyable.

It’s a little mystery, a little ghost story, a little suspense and as always just enough humor to break the tension.

4 stars 4/5 for the book

4.5 stars 4.5/5 for the narration

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Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in 2 stars, 2016, Book Review | 0 comments

Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield
Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: #1 in the Haunted Souvenir Shop series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 266
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Glory Martine has inherited her uncle’s Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by–and ghosts–who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history…

My Thoughts:
I picked this one up because I needed a book with an article of clothing in the title for the What’s in a Name Challenge. I read a several cozy mystery series but hadn’t heard of this one. I figured it was worth a shot to read the first in the series.

It was OK. Nothing spectacular and seriously just OK. I liked it enough to finish it and to find out if my guess about the killer was correct. It’s a fairly average cozy mystery.

The main character was nice enough and she has friends who are fun and funny but it just never all came together enough to make me eager to turn the pages.

2 stars Rating 2/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #63

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 comments

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Started in Print

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while. I decided that the middle of a heat wave and a forecast with triple digit temperatures was a great time to read this because it might make me feel cooler.


Finished on Audio

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

This novella is related to the Walt Longmire series. It’s a nice way for me to get a bit of a Longmire fix while waiting for the next book to be released.

Started on Audio

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse narrated by Jonathan Cecil

I love P.G, Wodehouse and the audio editions of the Jeeves and Wooster series narrated by Jonathan Cecil are simply delightful

What are you reading?

Reviews since my last update:

Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant

What are you reading?

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