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Weekend Update January 29, 2011

>> Saturday, January 29, 2011

This week:
Work has been using up all my energy this week. It’s the busy time of year for my department. It’s been tough to snatch what lunchtime reading I can manage, but I’m doing what I can. I finished Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk and while my first thought when I closed the book was that it was good, I’m finding myself still pondering just what I’m going to say in my review. This is one of those books that needs to percolate in my brain for a few days before I can write a review.

I started Blood Brother by J.A. Kerley and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. The author is still Jack Kerley to me since that was the name on his first three books in the Carson Ryder series. He seemed to drop off the map (at least at my bookstores) after the third book, but I found him and maybe the next three books in the series. It seems that his US sales were slow, but he’s remained a successful author in the UK and Australia. I was able to obtain a copy of Blood Brother via interlibrary loan and am hoping to also be able to track down copies of the other books in the series that way.

Other than books and reading:
Pretty much any spare time I’ve had that’s not been spent reading has been used for knitting and crocheting. My last of three knitting classes was this week and I’m very glad I took the class. It’s not much of a scarf, but it’s a good chance to learn some basics. I’m looking forward to starting another knitting project soon.

I can’t start any new knitting project, however until I finish the baby afghan I’m crocheting. The baby shower is next Saturday and I’m only a little over halfway through. I need to watch some TV. I always get most of my crocheting done while watching TV. So my focus this week needs to be leave the laptop on my desk and pick up the crocheting. By next week I’ll have a picture of the finished afghan.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

The Borgias and Their Enemies – I’m eagerly anticipating the Showtime series about the Borgias that premieres in April and want to get some background on the real stories before I watch the Showtime version of history.

Purchased this week:
I’ve been reviewing my series lists and had the chance to pick up a couple of books from a couple of favorite authors. They both write mysteries, but they could hardly be more different in style.

Mistletoe Man and Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert

The China Bayles series is a cozy mystery series set in the hill country of Texas and one I highly recommend.

Pig Island and Ritual by Mo Hayder

Mo Hayder on the other hand writes books that in no way could be called cozy. These are twisted, dark mysteries and I love them. In addition to a series featuring troubled detective Jack Caffery, she also writes great standalone suspense stories.

And, the current library stack holds steady at four.


jenclair 1/29/2011 8:41 AM  

In yesterday's library visit, I checked out Pig Island! I wasn't familiar with this author, but the title in contrast to the cover intrigued me.

The Borgias and Their Enemies sounds good! I haven't read any China Bayles mysteries in a while--thanks for the reminder.

Literary Feline 1/29/2011 8:49 AM  

So he is still writing! As I was packing away books, I found my three Jack Kerley books and was wondering what happened to the series. I'll have to look for his other books.

Thoughts of Joy 1/29/2011 10:27 AM  

Check Book Closeouts for the Kerley books. I purchased Blood Brothers and something with Little Girls in the title about 6 months ago for real cheap. Glad to hear that your enjoying BB.

I've only read the first book in both Hayder's and Albert's series. Several of the Hayder books are on my TBR shelf, but I don't have anymore of Alberts. I would love to get to them both, though.

Beth F 1/30/2011 4:52 AM  

You are so smart to read up on the Borgias -- I don't think I'll have time so I'll be getting the unfiltered Showtime version. But I can't wait for the series to start.

SuziQoregon 2/01/2011 4:25 PM  

Jenclair: Oh what a coincidence about Pig Island. I think you're one of the people who got me started on the China Bayles series.

Literary Feline: Oh yay - another Kerley fan. He seemed to drop off the planet didn't he? I found the other books listed when I was adding the series to FictFact and then started hunting.

Joy: Oh that's great to know. If I can't track down the other Carson Ryder books via interlibrary loan, I'll check that site.

Beth F: I didn't mind watching The Tudors because I already knew a lot of the history, but I know so little about the Borgias. I found this one and another that seem to be broader histories without being so huge that they're intimidating. I'm so looking forward to the series.

Lesley 2/03/2011 8:37 AM  

There's a series coming out about the Borgias?! Squeeeee!

This is one of those times that I wish I had cable. I guess I'll have to wait for the season to be available through Netflix.

SuziQoregon 2/07/2011 9:03 AM  

Lesley: Yep! On Showtime starting in April so maybe available through Netflix in the fall?

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