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Kill the Competition by Stephanie Bond

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Kill the Competition by Stephanie Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by NeedtoRead Books
First published January 1st 2003
Source: Kindle freebie


This book is pure and simple fluff but I admit I had a ball with it. Chick Lit with capital letters, this is not my typical type of read. I was attracted to the southern setting, Atlanta Georgia, and the fact that it was labelled "romantic mystery". The mystery isn't much but it does keep you guessing and surprise you because everybody has secrets that don't get told until the very end. Mostly, though this is a character book. Typical southern fiction with the quirky characters. The book revolves around Belinda and the three women she carpools to work with every day. it was a lot of fun I really enjoyed them all. Yes, it is a romance but it's pretty light and both guys she liked had their moments for me. An all around fun, light read!



Books on Marianology: The Perfect Woman by Fr. Leo. A. Pursley & CEM Eucharistic Marian Centres First Scheme of Meditations on the Rosary

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The Perfect Woman by Fr. Leo. A. Pursley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Booklet, 30 pages
Published by St. Paul Editions
Source: yard sale

A short essay copyrighted "Our Sunday Visitor" but with no date. The latest date mentioned in the book is 1954, but that is referred to as in the past. Not exactly thrilling reading, the writing is a little dry. The information is interesting though and certainly worth the read. Fr. Pursley takes a quote from a non-Christian source, a Wordsworth poem.

"A perfect woman, nobly planned,
To warn, to comfort, and command."

He explains that this woman could only be the Blessed Virgen. She is not perfection as only God is, but she is the perfect woman. He then goes on to expound each of these roles applied to Mary: nobly planned, to give warning, to give comfort, and to command. If you have no idea what Mary stands for to us as Christians, this booklet will provide that knowledge in a convincing manner. Many people are quoted from scripture …

Foreverland is Dead by Tony Bertauski

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Foreverland is Dead by Tony Bertauski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 288 pg
Published June 8th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Source: Purchased the kindle eition

Foreverland (#2)


This was absolutely fantastic! At first, I wasn't feeling the vibe as much as book one in the series, but I was still liking it and then it hit a point of no return for me. And the ending! OMG, the ending! Wonderful dystopia. This book takes place immediately after book one but it switches to the girls' story which is very different and has completely different characters. So it does take a bit to find the groove but it's set in the same "universe" so there is that familiarity. It is really very good. I have bought the final book, plus the freebie prequel) and can't wait to continue reading!!



Choose Your Own Comment Adventure!

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I just found out about this and it is a way to counter the book blogging trend of no comments these days. I'm as guilty as anyone else but I miss the old days where we were a smaller community and everyone knew everyone either from following their blogs or just seeing their names regularly in other people's comments.  This "Adventure" is hosted and conceived by Megan at Leafing Through Life. Click here to join the fun.

1. Bloggin' Bout Books - I found out about this challenge when I clicked on her comment on my blog. Susan and I have followed each other for years. So I went back and found her first post where she blogs about "Never Missing, Never Found—a new YA novel by Amanda Panitch. It is definitely my kind of book and added to the tbr. Susan laments about the fact that thrillers have never been a popular YA genre and like myself has recently found several coming out these days. Here's to hoping it's a new trend.

2. The Book Mine Set - Nobody had…

Investigation Discovery: The Vanishing Women edited by James Ellis

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Investigation Discovery: The Vanishing Women edited by James Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Magazine, 98 pages
Published July 2016 by Topic Media Lab
Source: Purchased print edition

A feature magazine about the six missing women from Chillicothe, Ohio since May 2014. I had not heard of this case and ID's presentation is very respectful to the families. In fact, it is also somewhat of an ode to the six women. We are told all about who they were, how they disappeared and in four cases, the finding of their bodies. This is all and well and hopefully, will serve to bring further tips and information to the police. However, from a true crime reader perspective, it is not satisfying as nobody has been caught, no suspect is named and in reality, we don't even know if the six disappearances are related. One is already labelled a suicide though the police are willing to look at any future evidence contrariwise. The photographs show lots of pictures of scenery and architecture mostly. Th…

Crazy Dead by Suzanne F. Kingsmill

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Crazy Dead by Suzanne F. Kingsmill
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Dundurn Group
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Cordi O'Callaghan (#4)


I don't usually start with book 4 of a mystery series but the plot of this one just sounded too good to pass on. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations.The whole plot and the characters were too far-fetched and just not plausible. I just can't imagine real people reacting the way these characters did. The ending is very weird and totally unsatisfying. I'm not sure if it is a "too be continued" or it signifies the end of the series.I kind of feel like I might be more clued in if I'd read the first books, but on the other hand, the book read well, not ever hardly mentioning the previous plots or characters. The whole book is a bit of a mess, really. Though something tells me that if I happened upon the first book in this series I'd probably read it just to make sure it …

The Problem with Socialism by Thomas Dilorenzo

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The Problem with Socialism by Thomas Dilorenzo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 18th 2016 by Regnery Publishing
Source: egalley via edelweiss


This is probably the first book about politics that I have read. I am however an extremely political person :-) The greatest evil facing us today from within our own governments and authorities in power is socialism. This is a tremendous book written in layman's language by a man with a PhD in economics. Most of the chapters I knew the topic being discussed but I've learnt a wealth of history, quotes and names of those worthy of reading and quoting. While not written for students I think every young person graduating high school should read this book to help temper the socialistic ideology taught in public schools. There is a strange fascination about socialism from today's youth; those who didn't suffer the Cold War or live behind the Iron Curtain honestly haven't a clue about what it really is. So…

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd

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Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Chatto & Windus
American publication to come: October 25th 2016 by Nan A. Talese
Source: egalley via edelweiss

A Brief Life series


Superb! I am a huge Hitchcock fan and have read much about his movies and life. Yet I still knew I must read Ackroyd's "Brief Life" of the director because of the enjoyment I got out of his brief life take on Poe. This is not an extensive biography, hence the name of Ackroyd's biographical series "A Brief Life", however, it is tremendously full and detailed. Ackroyd takes the "auteur" approach of a director by telling Hitchcock's life story chronologically movie by movie. It is as much a history of his work as it is of himself. Written in an engaging narrative the author manages to give detailed information on every movie Hitchcock made always including screenwriter, what book (story) if any it wa…

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock

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The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 334 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Tundra Books
Source: Received a review copy from LibraryThing Review Program

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim (#1)


I adored the author's Boy Sherlock series and was delighted to hear about this new series. High Victorian Gothic horror and mystery abound in this tale set in approx. the same timeframe as the Sherlock books. Victorian era, but this time mostly set in the Scottish highlands. Very dark and eerie. The paranormal elements come from a boy who can literally feel the emotion and action in tales of fiction. He finds out there are others like him and that the monsters are real. The literary connections make the plot even more exciting for book lovers. "Frankenstein" and Polidori's "The Vampyre" are spoken of a great deal, while Goethe's "Faust" and "Dracula" become main plot elements. Bram Stoker is himself a sec…

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ebook, 239 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Open Road Media
First published 1951
Source: received an egalley via netgalley


This is sort of the British equivalent of the depressing Irish novels. I like those Irish books better. Obviously somewhat biographical this short novel takes a couple of years in the life of young 21yo Arthur Seaton. The majority of the book contains Part 1 Saturday Night and tells of Arthur's life as a man about the neighbourhood. He works in a bicycle factory; is good at his job and gets paid well, spending his money on classy clothes. He's a drunk and a ladies man. Most of the action takes place on Saturday nights when he goes pubbing, gets blindingly drunk, has affairs with married women, gets beat up by their husbands and gets into general mischief in the "yard" where he lives being a prankster and having a temper for revenge. Part 2: Sunday Night has Arthur realis…

Darkness Rising #1:The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, First Edition, 359 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Harper
Source: Received a review copy from the publisher

Darkness Rising (#1)


Unfortunately, this was very slow in getting started. I stuck with it because I had enjoyed her previous paranormal YA trilogy and was expecting something. But it took up to about page 220 for that something to happen. The first 200-odd pages are simply teen school life, crushes, hates, bullies, friends, yadayadayada. There are tiny hints of what is coming so it is no shock when it does. But finally the plot gets going, the paranormal aspects arrive and the action is fast-paced; the reading page-turning. I liked the ending and will read the next book, hoping it will jump straight into the plot where the characters have been left at this point. This book could have been better if the first two hundred pages had been reduced to perhaps two chapters, seriously.



The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

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The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published December 31st 2011 by Bertausk
Source: purchased as a kindle freebie

Foreverland (#1)


Fantastic YA dystopia! I don't know why I hadn't heard of either this series or the author before, as this is a must read for fans of the genre. I can't really talk about the plot as it is slowly revealed as the book moves forward. We do have a group of boys on a deserted island, their memories have been wiped clean and inserted with many conflicting false memories. They get to do what they want most of the time except they must play video game tournaments and go to classes which are pure discussion, no tests or paperwork. Sounds fun, right? They even get to go to Foreverland where the impossible can happen. But getting to Foreverland is a nightmare. It's an interesting, exciting and somewhat frightening world they live in as the reader along with a couple of rogue boys tries t…

Magic Tales (Told-again tales from many lands) by Adelaide Holl

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Magic Tales (Told-again tales from many lands) by Adelaide Holl
Illustrated by Pat & Paul Karch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published 1964 by Charles E. Merrill Books
Source: bought secondhand

Told-again tales from many lands (Grade 3)

As my regular readers know, I read a short story every morning with my coffee. I went for a change of pace these last two weeks and chose an old book of fairy tales instead!

A soon as I saw this book at a used book sale, I had to have it. I used to get the same book out of my elementary school library all the time! In fact, there was a row of these books I read. The book is from a textbook publisher and obviously intended for schools. There are three stars on the cover and spine; markings such as these usually referred to the grade level making this a Grade 3 reader. I googled more information and indeed did find grade 1 and grade 2 exist as do some supplemental readers. These would have been for those finished this grade 3 volume. …

Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

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Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 425 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Bantam Press
Source: Purchased print edition


This is Mo Hayder's most recent standalone and now means I have caught up with her and read every one of her books. I have to admit that this was a slow read and comparing it to her other books I was going to give it a three. That is until the ending! Wow, what a rush the last third was and what a shocking twist ending!! She needs to hurry up and write a new book as I don't see anything coming up yet.



Happy Canada Book Day Callenge

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Today is the beginning of John'sCanada Book Reading Challenge, which I've participated in every year. I don't really do challenges anymore, but this one is a *must*. The goal is to read 13 books by Canadians and the challenge runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
Since I easily read the 13 books, I've been assigning myself personal challenges the last few years to consider myself officially finished the challenge, one year I did 13 Dear Canada books, this year I did 13 mysteries by Canadians. For the 10th year my theme will be "books in a series". 2017 is going to be my work-on-series-I've-already-stated year, so I'm carrying the theme along with me here.
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Canada Book Challenge
read 13 books including 13 books in a series
1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (1 SERIES)
2. The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock (2 SERIES)
3. Crazy Dead by Suzanne F. Kingsmill  (3 SERIES)
4. The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe  (4 SERIES)
5. Mister…