Educate Yourself and Help Others with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Educate Yourself and Help Others with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an encyclopedic book about various magical creatures in J.K. Rowling's magical world. This is not the screenplay/movie. It begins with some playful forwards/introductions, and then proceeds into the encyclopedia of magical beasts (and where to find them.) Fans will recognize not only the popular mythical creatures like dragons, fairies, and phoenixes, but also some of J.K. Rowling's creations like nifflers and bowtruckles. ...
A Cold Case in The Night Fire

A Cold Case in The Night Fire

I have previously posted about the first two books in the Renee Ballard series by Michael Connelly (The Late Show and Dark Sacred Night). So, it should come as no surprise that I picked up the third when I saw it was available. ...
Start the New Year with a new series!

Start the New Year with a new series!

A lot of years, my New Year's blog has been a focus on self-improvement or goals. Not this year. After 2020, people are ready for a new beginning. They are ready to leave the stresses of this crazy year behind and start something new. And while you may still be on lockdown, what could be more important than a mental vacation? ...
A sack of books for Christmas!

A sack of books for Christmas!

Looking for some more holiday-themed books to read over your Christmas break? Take a look at these! ...
Rick Riordan has Another Hit with Magnus Chase

Rick Riordan has Another Hit with Magnus Chase

I have just started Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 the Sword of Summer. I am a little behind in getting in on the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, seeing as there are already three books out in the series. But this is the first time it has shown up on my suggested reading list. ...
Don't forget this one — Mr. Nobody

Don’t forget this one — Mr. Nobody

This week's teaser is Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman. I've read a couple of this author's books the last few weeks, and they are very engaging. Great medical or psychological thrillers. ...
Fair Warning — It Could Happen

Fair Warning — It Could Happen

Fair Warning is book 3 of Michael Connelly's Jack McEvoy series. I don't think that I've read either of the previous two books, but there was enough backstory to understand the broad strokes of what had happened earlier in the series. ...
Trick or Treat! Get your Halloween Reads

Trick or Treat! Get your Halloween Reads

I have no idea what Halloween is going to bring this year. Everyone is already wearing masks and has spent most of the year scared of something. Whether your tastes are for sweet or scary reads, you should find something in this list that suits your tastes. ...
John Puller is back, and this time, it's personal

John Puller is back, and this time, it’s personal

David Baldacci is one of my favourite suspense/thriller writers. I picked up The Forgotten, thinking that I hadn't read it before, but I have. But Baldacci's books are detailed enough to read again without getting bored, so I decided to reread it ...
World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 1 is World Suicide Prevention day. If you've been hanging out here for a while, you know I write a lot about mental health, including depression and suicide. (Keep scrolling down for the contest.) ...
Back to school - time to hit the books

Back to school – time to hit the books

It is about time to go back to school. Some of you may have started/your kids may have started already. Here, I don't think any of the schools have opened back up yet, but they will be soon. School may be a very different experience this year. Some of you are suddenly homeschooling or online schooling. Some may be going back to classrooms with different setups to allow for social distancing. And some may be going back to "normal." ...
Excerpt from The Guest List

Excerpt from The Guest List

I am currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. First off, it is praised repeatedly as being reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It is like Agatha Christie insofar as it is a murder mystery with a closed cast of suspects. The characters all have shameful secrets and, I assume later in the book, will turn out to have more connections than the reader is initially told. ...
Excerpt from Hatchett

Excerpt from Hatchett

I am reading the Newbery Award-winning Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I've always liked survival stories, especially when they involve kids/teens. The book is set in Canada, which is an added bonus, and I didn't realize that it is the first in a series (The Brian Saga). Despite the fact that this is an award-winner, I have found the writing to be weak in a few places. The plot and the survival techniques are solid. Pacing is reasonably good. Lots of exciting disasters. All of the basic stuff you look for in a survival novel are here. ...
Excerpt from Unsolved

Excerpt from Unsolved

I am reading a new (to me) James Patterson, Unsolved. The great thing about James Patterson is there is always a new one out! Unsolved is the second in the Invisible series. Emmy Dockery is looking for a serial killer, but no one will even believe that the victims have been murdered. They think that she's gone off the rails. ...
Excerpt from The Burning Maze

Excerpt from The Burning Maze

I am reading The Burning Maze, book #3 of the Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. It's been a few years since I read the Percy Jackson series with my son. I'm not sure which is the last book we read, but I am recognizing a number of the characters and incidents from the original series as I read this one. Rick Riordan is a great storyteller with lots of magic, excitement, and sympathetic characters. I always enjoy his books ...
Freebie Weekend! Virtually Harmless and More

Freebie Weekend! Virtually Harmless and More

This weekend you can grab Virtually Harmless, book #3 in the High-Tech Crime Solvers multi-author series for... free! Yes, delve into this high-tech thriller for only the time it takes to click a couple of buttons. And as you have become accustomed, you can click on button to pick up not just Virtually Harmless, but all of the other Kindle books in this blog as well. ...
Excerpt from Good Omens

Excerpt from Good Omens

I am currently reading Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. If you've read any Neil Gaiman, you probably know that it is going to be crazy, illogical, colourful, tongue-in-cheek and all rather brilliant. It looks like it was serialized last year on Amazon Prime, though I haven't seen it. I am enjoying it so far. If you like things like Douglass Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide) and Monty Python, you'll like Neil Gaiman ...
Excerpt from The Flight Attendant

Excerpt from The Flight Attendant

Today I just started reading The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian. I'm not sure what I think of it so far, but it looks like it could be a good read. The protagonist is clearly broken and ha a lot of issues that don't make her too relatable, at least to start with. I imagine I'll get to empathize and relate with her more as I get deeper into the book. The premise has lots of potential ...
Excerpt from 61 Hours

Excerpt from 61 Hours

I am re-reading 61 Hours by Lee Child, book 14 in the Jack Reacher series. Like the other Jack Reacher books, it is a well-written suspense book with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Jack Reacher always stumbles into the strangest circumstances, and 61 Hours is no exception. He also doesn't appreciate the cold of South Dakota winters, and after the weather in Calgary the past week, I can sympathize. It's also one of the few books I've ever read that mentions Chinooks ...
Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

I just finished reading domestic thriller Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It is a slow build, not an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride. The character development is good and the players relatable. You have a pretty good idea of the twists it will take before they come, but that doesn't reduce the enjoyment in watching it unfold. An enjoyable read! ...