May 29
Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #5)  by Isabella Alan (review)

Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #5) by Isabella Alan (review)

You know it’s going to be a good book when the very first paragraph grabs you. The rest of the book totally lived up to that first paragraph, which is also a huge plus! I really liked Angie and Jonah. All the characters were well written, and I loved learning about the town. There were a number of funny moments in the book, as well as a few sad ones when past deaths came to light. I had no idea who the killer was, but it made total sense once the reveal happened. There were a few minor mysteries woven… Read more »

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May 28

Do You Read Series Out Of Order?

I get a lot of cozy mysteries for review every month. And 95% of them are not the first in a series. Which actually works out fine, as I’ve noticed that in that genre you don’t need to have read any other book in the series and can start from wherever. (Which is a huge plus when I get sent book #9, or #22!) But I also get fantasy and occasionally sci-fi books. Sometimes I request them from NetGalley because the synopsis makes me want to read it immediately. And then I find out as I’m reading it, that it… Read more »

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May 26
The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

In this book we get to meet dryads and hobgoblins, as well as old friends and enemies. I loved how Daisy and Jesse went from thinking the hobgoblins must be evil because they were so ugly, to being friends and finding them kind of cute. Emmy is larger now, and just as adorable. She’s speaking in full sentences, but with her own twists and flair. She’s also learning new magics, especially if they help her get her way. The art is still cute and I love how every chapter has a little glimpse of what’s happening because of the pictures…. Read more »

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May 25
The Siren by Kiera Cass (review)

The Siren by Kiera Cass (review)

I loved how the sisters learned sign language, so they could talk to each other when out around humans. Since they were unable to actually speak without fear of a human hearing their voices and trying to drown themselves. I also liked how close they all were to each other. Even though they weren’t actually related, once a girl becomes a siren, she has instant sisters in the older sirens. Some form closer bonds than others, but all of them loved each other like actual sisters. The siren lore was really interesting as well. They don’t need to eat or… Read more »

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May 22
Seams Like Murder (Crochet Mystery #10) by Betty Hechtman (review)

Seams Like Murder (Crochet Mystery #10) by Betty Hechtman (review)

I liked how many things were going on in the book. Besides the murder, Molly was planning a yarn event with lots of different classes. One of the teachers had a bit of stage fright, and another was constantly trying to be in charge. Besides that, her current boyfriends daughter and ex-wife move in with him, so there was all that drama. AND her ex-boyfriend seemed like he was trying to win her back. I had no idea at all who the killer was. My only theories were completely wrong, and even the pages leading up to the reveal I… Read more »

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May 21

How Often Do You Answer Comments?

When I first started my blog (almost 2 years ago now! Time has flown by!) I tried to answer comments the same day they were made. It helped that I was only getting a few here and there, so it was easy to do that. Then when I started getting busier at work, and had more comments coming in, I tried to answer them every few days. Lately I’ve been doing it on weekends, so it’s more like once a week. (And occasionally once every 10-14 days! Which is terrible. Or at least, I feel bad when it takes that… Read more »

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May 19
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

This was a really cute book. I liked the explanation about how ghosts appear, and why the one Dennis wants most to see, wasn’t there yet. It was also really sweet the way he helped his Uncle Arvie with his three “pleases”. I loved the bit with the “wasps”, and how Dennis had to try to figure out what Uncle Arvie was saying to him. Uncle Arvie had a stroke when he was still alive, and so his words are all garbled. That seems to have carried over into his ghost-self. So Dennis’ dad is called his “pepperoni”, and Arvie… Read more »

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May 18
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

I love how you get the feel of actually being snatched away to Neverland in this book. And the sense of losing your memories and trying so hard to keep hold of them. A lot of Peter Pan retellings skip the feeling of being whisked away to a strange and sometimes scary magical land. And I can’t think of any that actually mention, much less deal with, how you slowly forget your memories of home and family. I also loved how you aren’t really sure if Hook or Pan is the bad guy, not until you are close to half-way… Read more »

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May 15
Ripped From the Pages (Bibliophile Mystery #9) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Ripped From the Pages (Bibliophile Mystery #9) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I haven’t read any mysteries that take place in a commune before. It was neat getting to know how this one started, and the people living in it. You also get some history, not only from the area the commune is in, but a bit of French history as pertains to the people who moved into the commune. There were some minor side mysteries that all tied into the main one. I really liked the hidden rooms with all the furniture and other treasures. I had no idea who the killer was, I mean, I had a few thoughts but… Read more »

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May 14

Do You Ever Weed Out Your TBR On GoodReads?

I admit, I mostly go on GoodReads to mark that I’ve read a book. Or to add it to my Want To Read list. That and I go by and Like friends reviews when they go up. But I don’t really have the time to join groups or get into discussions or anything there. I was realizing the other day, that my To Read list on GoodReads is on the huge side. (706 books!) A lot of books are ones I clicked on because they looked interesting and I wanted to remember to look for them when they were out… Read more »

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