Meet Me at the Library

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Another duo from my local library, 2 very different books – one by Agatha Christie, a classic mystery, another by Stephen King someone I’m surprised I haven’t read more of on this blog as he’s one of my favorite authors.

Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie

In the bestselling tradition of Black Coffee and The Unexpected Guest, a classic Christy mystery is finally available in novel form. Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room and must hide it from her husband and the police while attempting to uncover the identity of the murderer.

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

At first glance, Stephen King’s latest bears a familial resemblance to Christine , his 1983 saga of a haunted, homicidal Plymouth Fury. But From a Buick 8 is a marked departure from this earlier tale of adolescent angst and teenage tribal rituals. It is the work of an older, more reflective writer, one who knows that the most pressing questions often have no answers.

The story begins in western Pennsylvania in 1979, when a mysterious figure parks a vintage Buick Roadmaster at a local gas station, then disappears forever. The police discover that the Buick isn’t a car at all but rather a Buick-shaped enigma: self-healing; impregnable to dents, dirt, and scratches; composed of unidentifiable materials; and containing a completely nonfunctional engine. Confronted with a mystery of unprecedented proportions, the troopers of Barracks D claim the Buick for themselves and spend 20 years attempting to understand its nature, purpose, and provenance.

Over the years, the Buick is the site of a number of inexplicable occurrences, from occasional blinding “lightquakes” to more sinister happenings that suggest this alien object is a doorway to another dimension. King recounts the most dramatic of these with an intensity and attention to detail that evoke a primordial sense of terror, awe, and revulsion. Through it all, and despite the obsessive fascination of those around it, the Buick remains an impregnable mystery. And that, of course, is very much the point. The world, King tells us, rarely stops to explain itself. From a Buick 8 is one of King’s best, mostly tightly focused novels since The Green Mile . With great narrative economy, it encompasses 25 years in the interconnected lives of a diverse group of characters, and its unmistakable, deeply familiar voice is as haunting and engaging as ever. On the evidence at hand, it’s clear that King continues to command the hypnotic power that has made him one of the dominant figures in modern popular culture. Bill Sheehan

Keep reading little book worms!

Meet Me at the Library

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Two at a time seems to be the magic number for me to check out from my local library. So when I was done with the last two books from the library I checked out two more, one, the second in a series from James Patterson,  the other a book about horses and family from Danielle Steel.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.’

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war… and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter — in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless.

But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion — now named Pegasus — the centerpiece of the show.

Pegasus tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, It is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

 

Keep reading little book worms!

Meet Me at the Library

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Not too long ago I finally became a member of my local public library – a rather antiquated way of procuring books, but still a wonderful way to find books and meet others who like to read. So I picked up a couple of books, one is a self-help book describing the law of attraction and the other is crime fiction classic.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret’s 10th Anniversary Edition includes a new foreword by Rhonda Byrne, and 10 of the most life-changing insights she’s had over the last 10 years of practicing and living The Secret every day. The 10 insights alone will accelerate your understanding and mastery of the law of attraction.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

What connects a movie star, an archaeologist, a French maid, a prime minister, a wealthy dowager, and an Italian count? Crime, of course – and the master crime-solver, Hercule Poirot. Half of them have fallen victim to a terrible crime; the others have fallen under suspicion. This collection brings together 14 stories, 14 crimes, and twice as many suspects from Poirot’s mysterious adventures around the globe. This time, he investigates the mysterious murders that followed the opening of Pharaoh Men-her-Ra’s tomb.

Have you visited your local library lately? What have you been reading lately?

Keep reading little book worms!

Book Resolutions for 2017

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Last year I made a short little post on participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, along with a mini goal. This year I want to do the challenge again, but I have a two more mini goals to add along with it. So, without further ado, here are my Book Resolutions for 2017!

  • Read 35 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2017. – I’ve done this for the last 4 years, this makes year number 5.
  • In addition to  the challenge, I want to focus on reading my ebooks. I tried to do this a bit last year, and made some headway, but I would like to continue reading my Kindle Classics.
  • Read 1-20 Books for the 2017 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge – I’ve participated in the past, but this year I’d really like to -try-. The books read for this challenge would also count towards the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
  • Not a book reading challenge per say, but I would like to read more books than I purchase this year. This means there will be fewer haul posts this year. Sorry if this bothers anyone, but I’m working on my budget this year too.

How many of you are joining the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year? How many books are you challenging yourself to read? No matter how you answer, I hope you all enjoy your reading adventures this year. Happy New Year everyone!

Keep reading little book worms!

What I’m Reading Next: L. Frank Baum Series

I am participating in this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m challenging myself to read at least 35 books this year. In addition to this I’ve set myself a little mini goal: to read the rest of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. Many people still do not know that he wrote 14 Oz books. Yes, fourteen.

One of the draws of these books in the fact that Baum drew inspiration for the original Oz book from my home state, South Dakota, where he lived for several years. For whatever reason that has made the Oz series much more nostalgic for me.

Currently I have read the Oz books one through ten. This year, I want to read the remaining four:

  1. The Lost Princess of Oz
  2. The Tin Woodman of Oz
  3. The Magic of Oz
  4. Glinda of Oz

Good luck to everyone who is attempting the Goodreads Reading Challenge to and everyone with their reading goals!

Keep reading little book worms!

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Happy New Year! – Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016

As you may or may not know, the old year has come to an end and the new year has begun. With it comes a new Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Last year I had the goal to read 35 books and read 31. This year I’m making the same goal for myself: to read 35 books or more. I’m also going to continue my mini-goal of reading all the Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum.

What are your reading goals for the new year?

 

Keep reading little book worms!

What I’m Reading Next: The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey was something that was introduced to me in high school. It was read and discussed in class and then I promptly forgot it.

A few years ago (about 4) I dug up my interest in Greek Mythology and found numerous references to Homer’s Odyssey. Amazon has it as a free Kindle classic and so it found it’s way into my Goodread’s To-Read list. It is now the oldest unread ebook/book in my To-Read list.

That Must Change.

 

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