Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 344: Recently Read

Here's a look at what I've been reading this summer. As always, it's an eclectic mix of romance, mystery, YA, and classics. Click on any link or cover to find out more about a particular title.


ROW 1: More Nora Roberts catch-up. The Pagan Stone is the last book in the Sign of Seven series. Hot Rocks is a single title, though related to the JD Robb book, Big Jack (which I have not read . . .yet). Finding the Dream is book three in the Dream trilogy. These will certainly not be the last books read by NR this year.

ROW 2: I won Mr. Monk Gets On Board through a blog contest and loved it (thanks Yvonne!). Will have to seek out more of these books, and I recommend them to anyone who loved the TV series. I plucked the Wendy Lyn Watson books out of Mount TBR for July mini challenges. These were books two and three respectively in her Mystery A La Mode series. Pity there aren't more, though maybe a good thing, considerign how long it took me to catch up on this series.

ROW 3: Nancy Atherton was the July featured author in the Cozy Mysteries group. Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is book ten in the series. I still have several more in Mount TBR. No Graves As Yet was read for a mini challenge -- this book is set during WWI and was my first (though definitely not my last) book by Anne Perry. Laura Childs is not one of my favorite authors, but is the August cozy featured author, and as I had Gunpowder Green in Mount TBR . . . I figured I should probably read it.

ROW 4: I read A Sand County Almanac over a couple of years. It's a collection of essays, so I worked a few in now and then between other books. Aldo Leopold was certainly ahead of his time and wrote many thought-provoking essays. The Bell Jar was the classic group read for July and The Moonstone the group read for August. The writing in both is impressive, but the former is rather depressing, while the latter was quite good and more engaging -- even humorous at times. I would definitely read more by Wilkie Collins.

ROW 5: Only one YA book read these past two months, and it was a reread of a childhood favorite. Bridge to Terabithia was the 1978 Newbery Medal winner and one I recommend -- with a box of tissue at hand.

YOUR TURN: What are you reading these days?

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Alice Audrey said...

Quite the range. But that's not exactly new for you.

Heather said...

Alice: No, not knew for me at all. *G*

CountryDew said...

Strange mix, but you are quite the reader. I read The Bell Jar a very long time ago. Probably time to reread some of those, now that I'm old.

colleen said...

I started two books this summer and didn't finish either! Bad girl!

Paige Tyler said...

I didn't know there were Monk books! Loved that show! I'm getting them!


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Heather said...

Anita: I wouldn't be me without such an eclectic mix. :-D

It can be interesting rereading books a second or third time, especially if a number of years has passed. Sometimes I've gotten more out of a book, sometimes less.

Heather said...

Colleen: Bad indeed! You'll pick them both up again over the winter, right? :-D

Heather said...

Paige: Yup! There's an entire series of "Monk" books, by two different authors. There are also "Psych" books. :-D

Nicola O. said...

That is a super-diverse list! The Bell Jar, eek, I've never been brave enough to pick that up.

I love Nora Roberts though. Her Boyfriend trilogy was fab.

Heather said...

Nicola: I've always read across different genres, though there have been times I've become fixated on one for a while.

As for The Bell Jar...It was for a group read and I wasn't planning on reading it as I knew it would be depressing and hello -- it's summer! And then I happened across a copy in reasonable condition for 75 cents and caved.