Seven books in September…

Here’s what I read this month.

deadI really liked this book.
It takes place in a small Ohio town with an Amish community.
34 Years ago an Amish family was murdered, the wife and mother kidnapped.
Now people are being murdered and there seems to be a connection.
I can’t say the ending was a surprise but getting there was a good read.

see

This is the first of Anthony Doerr books I have read but won’t be the last.
Tales place in France during WWII.
The lives of a blind French girl living with her agoraphobic uncle
and a young Nazi soldier are separate but come together because of
a hidden valuable artifact that the Nazi’s want for their museum and a radio.
It is a sad story wonderfully told.

target

The President makes a promise he can’t keep that could lead to nuclear war.
Two CIA agents are charged with preventing the worst case scenario and that leads
them to North Korean labor camps and a highly trained assassin
from one of those camps.
The book is fast paced and interesting in its characters and the moral issues they face.
The ending is not a surprise, that’s not a spoiler.
Of course the good guys, us, have to win.

unen

This is a teenage young adult novel that I read as an ebook.
It’s a cute story of teenage turmoil and tension with a bit of magic thrown in.
Mina Grimes is a descendant of Wilhelm Grimm of fairy tale fame and is the
latest of the family to find that there is a curse that goes along with being a Grimm.
Her father died because of it and her mother has tried to protect her but the bad guys
have found her…along with a good guy who helps her out.
It’s not the best written book but it was a fun read.

six

Six years ago a love affair ends when the woman marries another man.
The jilted lover promises her to never try to contact her or bother them in any way.
He keeps his promise for six years then sees his lover’s husband’s obituary.
He goes to the funeral but the wife is not his lost love.
So begins the unraveling of a mystery that has more questions than answers.
This is the second of Harlan Coben books I have read and I will keep reading his books.

lives

A dog, two cats, and a coyote help solve the mystery
of the skeleton found first on a mountain then in a driveway
while their humans try to solve the recent murder of two men
who were pillars of the community.
I have read a couple of Rita Mae Brown’s books that are
co-authored by her tabby cat Sneaky Pie Brown.
It’s an easy read with people, and animals, that are like those
you probably know and love.  Even the murderers seem normal.

mean

This is another book that once I started I couldn’t put it down.
When I get into a book like this all else is forgotten and nothing gets done.
A woman is training for a marathon and is attacked on a remote mountain trail.
She is found unconscious by a man and taken to his cabin.
Then begins a story that is strange and not easily figured out.
I was totally off in my thinking about parts of the narrative and right on with others.
But I was surprised by the uncovering of the events of the back-story
and who did the nasty deed.  I liked the complexity of the characters and
how you have to search for clues to who and what they are.
The only thing I will say in the negative is that there is some somewhat graphic sex that
was, in my opinion, unnecessary.  I mean it’s an adult novel and adults know
what’s going on without the details.

So that was my reading for the month.
More than I usually read but a couple of the books I just couldn’t put down.
Made me a happy reader.
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Filling in the blanks…

Hilary at Feeling Beachie and Donetta at My Constant Thought
have come up with this weeks Follow Friday Fun Fill-In statements.

  1. I read when I should be sleeping.
  2. Canned and frozen are my last choices of fruit.
  3. The beginning and end is my favorite part of summer.
  4. Soft music helps me to relax.
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Thursday’s Special: catkids…

Lost in Translation Thursday’s Special for this week is

PORTRAIT

Here are portraits of my catkids

This is Dolly

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I adopted her when she was 6 weeks old.
She was a diva and a brat and very smart.
She lived for 19 years.

This is Henry

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He was 4 months old when I adopted him.
He was the sweetest cat!  He lived to please his mama.
Henry died when he was 16.

And this is Teddy

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Teddy was 4 months old when I adopted him.
The beginning of Teddy’s life was traumatic and he bears the emotional scars.
He is very shy and skittish.  He loves to play fetch and bring bugs inside to play with.
He is now almost 3 years old.

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Birthday wheels…

This weeks Five Sentence Fiction prompt

WHEELS

train

Today is his birthday and finally it’s happening.
He has waited his whole life for this day.
He is getting his very own wheels.
At last he can explore the world.
He can hardly wait to ride down the driveway,
all the way down the street to the corner, and
someday around the block!

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Image: flickr

The blanks are filled in…

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Hilary at Feeling Beachie
and
Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews
have come up with this weeks blanks to fill-in.

I am an introvert and need time alone to stay sane.

I don’t like to eat in restaurants alone.

 Would you get a face lift if you could?

Cooking with no thoughts of weight gain is something to be remembered of days gone by.

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Image: wikimedia

Thursday’s Special: favorite and before…

Early Fall Morning

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In the morning before the sun burns off the fog
is one of my favorite times to sit on my balcony
and watch the city skyline come into view.

It is cool and quiet and peaceful
before the city wakes up

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