Cleaning House

I’ve been to Texas 3 times since the beginning of May. Before this year, I hadn’t been to Texas since 2012.

I flew into San Antonio for Wanderlust Book Signing (which I WILL write about when I get around to it!) . The hubs and I planned on coming down for a week in June with the kiddos to visit family. His dad died 11 days before we were supposed to come. So, we packed up and ended up coming down early and stayed for 13 days. And now, I’ve been here in Dallas since Friday night.

This time, I drove down by myself. The drive down wasn’t so bad. I listened to my audiobooks (I still want to call them books-on-tape… I feel old!) I’ve spent the last 2 days going through boxes and packing up boxes and doing laundry and going through 40 years of paperwork!

I’ve read through paperwork for computer coding that makes my eyes cross, I’ve gone through print outs from 15 years ago when they bought their last house and my MIL was decorating (none of the stuff she printed out was purchased, as far as I can tell – so I’ve really been going through her dreams), I’ve read cards and letters from family and friends – deciding what to keep and what needs to go, and I’ve read love letters from my MIL to FIL. It is really super sweet. My husband and I were together a little over 4 years when his momma died, and they lived in Chicago and then Texas, so we didn’t really spend much time together, so I didn’t see that side of them. When we were going through pictures for FIL’s memorial service when we were down a few weeks ago, I was struck by the love I could clearly see in the photos. It made me sad that I feel like I didn’t even know them until they were gone. And let me tell you, you REALLY get to know somebody cleaning out their belongings after they have passed.

From Garden to Grave: The Leafy Hollow Mysteries – Rickie Blair

From Garden to Grave

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And right this minute as I type this,  the kindle ebook is free, so go get it! (Make sure you double check!) I found it at my library!

This book was really cute. It’s the first in a series of nosey busybody mysteries- hahaha. Which, is my go-to genre, obviously!

Verity is a recluse who is estranged from her aunt, and hides out in mourning of her husband. When her aunt goes missing, she leaves her apartment to travel to her aunts home to look for her! She stumbles into taking over Aunt Adeline’s landscaping business, and trying to make her cottage habitable. She makes some new friends and solves a few murders along the way…. and then, is Aunt Adeline really a landscaper? dum dum dum…

It almost has a lighthearted ‘Grimm’ feeling. Remember when the show first started and Nick found out his aunt wasn’t some eccentric woman who pulled her trailer around the country, that she was fighting Wesen (did I spell that right?)? It was sorta like that. Since I liked Grimm, I’m curious to see where this series takes us.

 

Misadventures of the First Daughter – Meredith Wild & Mia Michelle

Misadventures of the First Daughter

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This is Book #3 in the Misadventures Series.  They are all stand alones and can be read in any order. I’ve read Misadventures on the Night Shift – Lauren Rowe  and   Misadventures with The Boss – Kendall Ryan. 

I found it at the Library!

WooHoo for my library. Who knew they had such drity stuff?  And this book got some dirty in it.

I loved Zane and Charlotte together. Of course, I’d love Zane anywhere with anybody. ha. He has moved up and become one of my favorite book boyfriends. He’s a dirty-talking Dom. I have a type. hahaha

Charlotte is the presidents daughter. Ugh. Could you imagine? Everyone watching your every move?! Not being able to be who you are because of who your parents are?! No. Fucking. Thanks….. Unless I was guaranteed a bodyguard like Zane. Then, maybe I’d be up for it!

This book was hot and sweet. Everything that I love about Romance! ❤

To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery – Paige Shelton

To Helvetica and Back

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I found it at the Library, of course!

 

I am a fan of Paige Shelton. I’m reading her Farm Fresh Mystery Series (The first one here) and I’m really enjoying them. I liked this book more! There is something about Chester and Clare that I really enjoy. Also, the idea of working with ink press, stationary, and old books appeals to me. I love the smell of paper. I wonder if that’s part of the reason I like paperbacks so much is the smell of them – as well as the feel, obviously! It made me want to get my typewriter out of the garage and see if it still works. But, what would I do with it? I need a pen-pal. hahaha

The mystery surrounding an old typewriter and why someone was trying to steal it and wound up dead was so well written and intriguing. Weave in family dynamics and the whole book is really something worth reading. Could you imagine holding the key to a treasure?! This is the first book of the new series, and I’m excited about reading more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer – Roseanne Montillo

The Wilderness of Ruin

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Once again, I was roaming the “True Crime” section of my library.

This book really irritated the shit out of me. Mostly because the title is so misleading. There was no “hunt” for Jesse Pomeroy. Not really. Everyone seemed to know it was him who was guilty, and he was working in his momma’s store. Wasn’t like he was on the run. He was an evil kid. No arguing that. He is billed as America’s “youngest serial killer” because he killed more than one person. It was rough reading about the kids he killed. It reminded me a lot of the case of James Bulger 120 years later in England. What makes some kids evil? And can they help it? Can they stop themselves? Seems questions asked by people who are much smarter than me!

The book spent a lot of pages on others other than Pomeroy and what he had done. I feel like it told more of Herman Melville’s life than it did of  Jesse Pomeroy. As someone who has read ‘Moby Dick’ and hated it, I don’t really care for Herman Melville, honestly. I don’t understand how the book became a classic – which was how I was duped into reading it. I found it bloody and unnecessary. I do want to read ‘Billy Budd’ now that I’ve read about more about Melville and I’m curious how his mental illness affected the book. I have added it to my TBR.

I did like the questions and new perspectives about mental illnesses. Especially the way they were perceived in the past.  Also the differences of how people with mental illnesses were/are treated based upon their station in life. Some things don’t change.

 

Fruit of All Evil: A Farmers’ Market Mystery – Paige Shelton

Fruit of all evil

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This is the 2nd book in the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series. The first one is:  Farm Fresh Murder: A Farmers’ Market Mystery – Paige Shelton I enjoyed this one more than the 1st one! Mainly because once you get to know all the characters in the first one, it’s like catching up with friends.

When Becca is asked to be maid of honor in a friends wedding, and the mother of the groom ends up dead, nobody knows what is going on!

I like the way that Paige Shelton puts together a story. Though Busy-Body Becca is gonna get herself killed one day cause she won’t mind her own business! But, isn’t that all the cozy mysteries? (This may not be a “cozy mystery”, and I’m not exactly sure what constitutes a cozy mystery, but I think of it as one)

Once again, there are recipes in the back. I’ve tried some of the ones from the first book, and I can’t wait to try these as well!

 

Size Matters – Alison Bliss

Size Matters

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I was at the library looking for a book by another author, and this caught my eye. So, I grabbed the three books in the series.

Being plus sized myself, I love the idea around plus size romance novels, but a lot of time the execution is way off. It’s usually a “plus size girl” who is really a Size 10 with big tits. Or, it turns into some weird fetish stuff (and I mean WEIRD). FYI: I have never put food in my vagina.

Back to the book: After a series of misunderstandings, Sam has to pretend to be Leah’s fiance for a weekend getaway with her family. I found the whole weekend and interaction with her family hilarious! At that point he’s trying to offend her family so that Leah will break off the “engagement”, but it’s so funny that there’s not that cringing that normally comes along with setups like that. Alison did a fantastic job of really making it a rom-com and not just embarrassing.

I like the way Sam stands up to Leah’s mom. She is a nitpicker and constantly hurts Leah’s feelings (all lovingly- like that’s an excuse). I loved that he straight up told her to back the fuck off – which is good, because I wanted to slap her too! I have friends who have momma’s like her, and I wanna slap them – Another FYI: You’re not allowed to slap your friends’ parents! ha.. I lucked out in the momma department. I’ve never had to worry about shit like that. But damn, that’ll fuck up your self-esteem!

I like Sam and Leah together. I love their banter. Their chemistry is hot! There’s lots of Sam that remind me of my husband, so I can’t help but love him. ❤

I love that there is a plus-size, rom-com, fake-fiancee book that I can enjoy! My favorite things rolled into a single book!  I’m gonna be looking for more!

 

The Bachelor Auction: A Bachelors of Arizona Novel – Rachel Van Dyken

the bachelor auction

This is the cover of the book from the Library:

The Bachelor Auction 2

I like the Library cover better.

 

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This was so funny! I love a good dirty rom-com. And, by now, I’m sure you’ve realized that I’ve cleaned the Rachel Van Dyken section of the library out. I’ve turned into a super fan of hers! This is the first book in a series about 3 brothers. I can’t wait to read the other 2!

I liked Brock. He was gruff, funny, and loyal. And Jane keeps up with him. I like that she goes head to head with him. She doesn’t care that he has money, she doesn’t let him get away with shit!

It’s a very sweet book about healing and family, and sometimes family sucks and sometime family is awesome. Just like real life. There was a couple of parts that made me tear up. That’s the 2nd book in a row of Rachel’s that has made me cry. AAAh!

 

 

 

Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder – Ann Rule

Every Breath you take

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Damn-it, I know I keep saying I’m not going to read any more Ann Rule books, but then they catch my eye at the library, and I can’t fucking help myself! This book is 681 pages, and it took me a long ass time to read! The family and I drove to Texas 2 weeks ago and drove back on Saturday, so I spent a lot of the time that I was in the passenger seat reading.

This book was tragic and fucked up. Being married to an abusive spouse would be hard enough, but getting divorced and remarried and still have to endure abuse from him? Ugh. Poor Sheila. All I could think of the last part of the book were her poor kids who had to grow up without a mom. And 2 of who had to live knowing that their bio father was responsible. It’s all horrific.

I googled the case to see more pictures, and read that Allen died in prison in 2014. I’m sure that’s a small comfort to those who loved Sheila.

For real tho, this is my last Ann Rule book for awhile!

Infraction – Rachel Van Dyken

Infraction

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This is the 2nd book of the Players Game Series. As you know, I really liked Book 1, and I’m glad Rachel continued the story and we got to find out what happened to Miller after Emerson and Sanchez got together. Oh Sanchez….I would talk about my love for Sanchez more, but this book wasn’t really about him – though he’s around.

I really liked Kinsey and Miller in Fraternize, and I was glad they got together. I like the bickering will they/won’t they chemistry that Rachel has written into them. This book really made me a fan of Rachel’s. – Like I went back to the library and got her other books that they had there.

As funny as parts of this book were, it also made me bawl. There was a lot of real life going down in the pages. And sometimes, real life sucks.

I was happy that it was also the story of Jax and Harley, it was a sweet and sometimes frustrating bonus to see how Jax’s story goes!

Get some tissues before you read this!