What I Read: June ’20

Nine Elms by Roberta Bryndza: This thriller about a disgraced female detective was a fast-paced joy to read. I was hooked and could not wait to see how it ended.

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas: The second in the Lady Sherlock series, I loved this so very much – as you’ll see below!

The Hollow Fear by Sherry Thomas: These stories are told so closely to the end of the other, they aren’t really serialized like the traditional Sherlock stories. I loved the attention to detail – the food, clothing, and household accessories that are often overlooked give this series such an incredible sense of time and place.

The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas: And with this fourth installment – I have to wait for the next book Sherry Thomas releases! I really loved this Lady Sherlock series and found it to be fun, frothy, and FEMINIST retelling of the classic tales. Please check this series out!

Still I Miss You by Inez Pedrosa: I really struggled with this one. I think stories that are told as two voices in dialogue either need to be labeled or consumed as audio books with two different narrators. I struggled to tell them apart for the first third or so and then couldn’t get into it. I raced to the end to just get it over with.

All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart: I read this on Kindle and it was a fairly good romance novel but I suppose the title lead to believe it would be more a thriller? I did reserve the next ebook from the library so I do care enough to see where it goes.

Little C: Month 9

Likes: bath or shower time, water play in the back yard, shakey eggs

Dislikes: diaper changes, bed time, having C take a toy away from you

Where you went: no where! Darn COVID!

Milestones: you are crawling with confidence, standing up and cruising along furniture. You also got two bottom teeth!

What I Read: May ’20

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson: I really enjoyed in the Garden of the Beasts so was excited to see Larson had a companion book on the British side of WW2. I enjoy his nuanced and well researched non-fiction.

North Haven by Sarah Moriarty: This was a Kindle First book about a family’s beach house in Maine and how 4 grown children grieve their parents loss. It was OK. I wish I loved some of these Kindle First reads more but alas, I am just churning thru them to get them off my Kindle.

The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk: This was a Kindle First book and was just OK. It was a very fast read but found the surprise ending 100% unearned.

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent: I stayed up a hour past my bedtime to finish this book – I cannot tell you the last time this happened! I could not decide who did it and was back and forth throughout the whole book. This thriller was part Gone Girl and part Thirty Shades of Gray.

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas: This was a recommendation from a friend and a great one at that! Thomas imagines what the Sherlock Holmes story would look like if he’d been a she instead. I loved it and cannot wait to devour the second in the series!

What I Read: April ’20

Hide Away by Jason Pinter: This was a free Amazon Prime book and it was a fast paced read with a twist I didn’t feel the narrative earned or the clues dropped were simply too opaque for this tired mama to catch.

The Five: The Untold Stories of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold: This work of nonfiction was dense but engrossing. Instead of glorifying the killer, Rubenhold dives deep into the social and economic reasons these 5 women were on their own, sleeping rough in London. I learned a lot about 1880’s London and really appreciated the nuanced approach to the story.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone: This is SUCH a wonderful inventive piece of speculative fiction. Two agents from opposing sides of a war leave each other notes thru space and time and fall in love. I can see why this was nominated for the Hugo for Best novella, it is a bright, joyful read.

No Drama Discipline by Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J Siegel: These authors also wrote the Whole Brain Child and I listened to this as a parenting refresher while we’re all quarantined together.