Thursday, January 29, 2015

What Are You Reading?

I have to be honest and say I just couldn't read the last mystery I tried. Some of the characters were too creepy. And, that's coming from someone who liked the movie Silence of the Lambs. But, I guess I like to feel as if characters have a soul.

So, I turned to something a little lighter to take the taste away. Spell Booked is the first Retired Witches mystery by Joyce and Jim Lavene. It's the story of three witches planning to retire to Boca Raton until one dies and their spell book is stolen.

What are you reading today?

32 comments:

Kay said...

I'm reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and have started and stopped it about 3 times. Sigh. I'm going to finish it, even though I have very mixed feelings about it. And after that I'm taking up WRONG HILL TO DIE ON by Donis Casey as a palette cleanser. LOL

Harvee Lau - Book Dilettante said...

Jacqueline Winspear's latest Masie Dobbs novel set in Gibraltar.

Bill Crider said...

Michael Connelly's Gods of Guilt.

Lesa said...

Interesting that we both need a palette cleanser, Kay. Read a review yesterday that convinced me I'd hate The Girl on the Train even more than Gone Girl. Not going to bother.

Lesa said...

Harvee,

Now, there's one I can handle, a Maisie Dobbs book.

Lesa said...

I even heard mixed reviews about Gods of Guilt, Bill. I'll be interested to see your opinion.

Margie Bunting said...

I hate it when I can't finish a book. Lesa, you were right about Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn. I've loved the previous 6 in the series, but this one was a drag and didn't make a lot of sense so I sadly put it down. I've just started MacDeath by Cindy Brown on the Kindle. This weekend I have And Grant You Peace (Kate Flora) and First Frost (Sarah Addison Allen) waiting for me at the library--can't wait!

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I wanted to see how someone wrote using military trained snipers, so I picked up I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter.

I'm about a third of the way through and this jury is out.

~ Jim

Karen Reittinger said...

I'm enjoying Home for the Haunting by Juliet Blackwell. I also liked Paw and Order. Isn't it grand that there are enough books for all of us to enjoy and discuss.

Lesa said...

MacDeath sound interesting, Margie. I've seen it described elsewhere. Grant You Peace and First Frost. I hope you like both of them. Sorry about Paw and Order.

Lesa said...

Interesting, James, that you have decided after 1/3 of the book. I probably wouldn't have gone that far.

Lesa said...

It is wonderful, Karen! For instance, we were discussing The Girl on the Train earlier today. Definitely not for me, and I won't even bother with it. I disliked Gone Girl, too. But, some are raving about The Girl on the Train.

Page said...

I'm still reading The Source by Michener and working on Local Souls by Alan Gurganus for upcoming book club, but not sure if I'll finish it. I'm also reading Fat Cat at Large by Janet Cantrell. I have an orange Maine Coon and this book appealed and so far so good.

Lesa said...

It will definitely take a while to finish The Source, Page. Glad you're enjoying Fat Cat at Large. Anytime anyone says Maine Coon cat to me, I think of Diesel in Miranda James' books.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Kitty Genovese by Kevin Cook, a true crime that I remember from my teen years and all the follow up news over decades. I was glad to see it is nominated for an Edgar.

Lesa said...

I remember all of that too, Terrie.

Bill Crider said...

I'm a little more than halfway through Gods of Guilt, Lesa, and so far I like it. I'm in a minority in a way, since I prefer Haller to Bosch.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Bill. Always appreciate an opinion. Doesn't mean either you or I pay attention to those opinions, but I'm always curious when it comes to books.

Clea Simon said...

Hild, by Nicola Griffith. Its historical fiction about an 8th C girl who believe the first (I believe) British saint. It's very realistically done - she's a young girl of a royal family in an era when the island was divided among various warring tribes: Angles, Saxons, Welsh, etc. Loving it!

Lesa said...

Fabulous, Clea! I love it when someone says they're loving a book.

Judy Stewart said...

I just finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I read almost every word. Just can't tell if I liked it. It seemed like a story that never quite had a point. There was less structure or predictability than I am used too. Might have been over my head.

Joyce Lavene said...

Thanks for mentioning Spell Booked, Lesa! Hope its the palate cleanser you're looking for! Joyce Lavene

Kicha said...

Always amazes me when people loathe books I love and love books I loathe. Oh well ... I'm currently reading Dying to Know by TJ O'Connor. Also, I won Spell Booked in a contest but haven't read it yet.

BPL Ref said...

I just finished Anne Perry and the Crime of the Century by Peter Graham which I loved. Actually I loved everything but the title which sounded as if were trying to cash in on Anne Perry's name-- the Australian title was "So Brilliantly Clever." My guess is the publisher felt an investigation of an historical crime in New Zealand wouldn't appeal to Americans. Anyway, it was non-sensationalist, thorough, and utterly fascinating. But then I tend to enjoy nonfiction historical mysteries, like Crime of the Century (about Leopold and Loeb) or Devil in the White City. He made great use of interviewing survivors of that time as well as Pauline's diaries.

Carol N Wong said...

Just finished listenig to Uncle Janice and will start Winter Street, also finishing A Bad Day for Pretty and then will start reading an old ARC, Cinder.

Lesa said...

Well, Judy. That's an interesting reaction after finishing the entire book. I haven't read it, so I can't comment. I give you credit for finishing it. I'm not sure I would have.

Lesa said...

I'm enjoying it, Joyce. Thank you!

Lesa said...

Everyone has different taste, Kicha, even in my family.

Lesa said...

You're right about that title, BPL Reference. I'm glad the book was better than the title, though!

Lesa said...

Old ARC. You must have a TBR pile like mine, Carol! Happy weekend reading!

Karen B said...

There are 2 cozy writers, with 2 series each, that everyone RAVES about - and I can't stand either of them! I have 1 or 2 books in each series and can't get past p. 50 in any. They all are now in my donation box.
So, I just read Northwest Angle(11) and Trickster's Point(12) by W.K. Krueger which I had tucked away for when I needed a palette cleanser. Today I ordered books 13 and 14.

Lesa said...

No book is for everyone, Karen. It's a good thing you had those William Kent Krueger books saved. Sometimes you just need a book by a favorite author.