Brought to you by the verb “to read

In the past, present, and future tense.

As in have been reading, are currently reading,

And might read next…or are considering reading next…

This is my variation on the meme done by others,

And very well, I might add.

Revivor of http://www.Wednesdays

What have/are/will you be reading? Link it here at and share your reading adventures with me.

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Have been reading…

I balanced some old TBR with some brand new purchases this week. I read No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Brett Baker of the Seaside Cafe Mysteries series. This is book number two in the series. This was much better than the first book in the series. There are a few references back to the first murder and things that happened in the first book to tie things together, so I think this will be a series to be sure to read in order. The characters continued to develop as did their relationships. This was a wedding murder, which I usually don’t care for because they always seem to be overdone, but this one really seemed to work well. I couldn’t figure out “who done it” until it was revealed at the end with some scary moments. Recommended.

I also read Lethal Nights, Brute Force series by Lora Leigh. This isn’t due out until late September when I’ll be reviewing it fully, so I don’t want to say too much about it here. Suffice to say, I really liked it and think the others in its series will be worth reading as well. Lora Leigh builds such tension and sets such a pace in her stories that I fly through her books. I read it in one sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down! Untouchable security men and innocent sexy women are always such a combination. Highly recommended.

I finally got around to Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys by Harper Lin of her Cape Bay Cafe series. I also read the next book in the series, Margaritas, Marzipan and Murder. I’ve had them both for so long, I just had to read them while I was on a roll. Francesca is running her mother’s coffee and pastries cafe now that her mother has died. She has moved back to the family home and has reconnected with her hometown and “the boy next door”. Well, Matty is really two doors down, but that’s okay. His father died in the first book when Fran first moved home. Now they are on their second and third murders in these two books. The characters are developing well and their relationship seems to be solidifying nicely…they have tickets to go to Italy together before the next book. Their traveling arrangements are still a mystery. It’s a cute cozy with a pretty good murder mystery in each one. Recommended.

One of my FB book clubs will be reading Searching for Sylvie Lee, so I read that. It’s a family story with a missing person mystery. It’s about an emigrated Chinese family with many secrets and lots of heartaches. Too many secrets, and that’s what causes most of the heartache. The pace is brisk and the tension is high throughout. The characters are very well written. The author had me crying with the Grandmother and then with her death and cremation memorial. When Ma was revealing her secrets, by then I had expected some of it, but it was so painful to listen to her bare her soul. Yet it seemed to be the saving of her relationship with her husband. The ending was abrupt, but not incomplete. Highly recommended.

I also read 100 Days of Sunlight by Abby Emmons. I saw this written up in a blog, then read an interview on the author and read a few more reviews on the book. I had to buy it and read it right away. Yes, it’s YA. No, I don’t usually read YA and refuse them when reviews are requested so this is sort of weird. But this one I couldn’t resist. It’s about two young people who are disabled, one blind for 100 days and one a double leg amputee. They are 13 years old. They help each other through the difficulties and darkness of their disabilities and show each other how to find the strength to be people rather than to be their disabilities. This is so well written and really hits on the way you feel when all of a sudden you are broken and can’t do things for yourself. It is also a love story between two total innocents and so sweet. Highly recommended.

I ordered a hardcover copy of In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington and finally got to see the whole book and read it front to back with all the illustrations and notations. My eARC was a partial copy of the book and totally unsatisfying. So now I have read it and written my review, which will post live Friday. Highly recommended, especially in hardcover.

Am currently reading…

I finally picked up Accounting for Love by Erin Wright from her Long Valley series, book #1 (rewritten). I’ve just gotten into it a bit, so I can’t say too much about it other than it seems a bit on the lightweight side.

I’m still trying to listen to Minimum Wage Magic DFZ #1 by Rachel Aaron, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. I just haven’t had the time to listen lately. I need to get through this one, though because I have a biggee on the horizon and I want to get this one done before I start that one.

And I plan on reading/listening to…

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk, narrated by Raphael Corkhill and Marisa Calin. I read one review on this that had me ready to read it immediately. However, I really want to have everything else cleared up before I start this. I bought it on Audible and it’s 25 hrs and 25 min, so I don’t want to be interrupted while I’m listening to it. Has anyone else read this or is planning on reading it? Share your thoughts with me in the comments, please.

I also bought The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin. Since my blog used to be a fashion blog, I still enjoy reading about fashion, and this rivalry between Schiaparelli and Chanel is legendary. The book is getting some mixed reviews, but I haven’t seen any from reviewers I normally look to for reliable opinions, so I’m not sure what to think. I guess I’ll find out when I read it. Have you read it? Planning on reading it? Comments?

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