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What I just finished:
Cloche and Dagger by Jenn Mckinlay
It's our July cozy at the Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club and it was cute. Cozy mysteries do not take deep thought and are not terribly graphic and usually have a little romance as well. This one is all that and I found it quite engaging. I will probably read pothers in the series.

What I am reading now:
Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran
The August cozy mystery and it's okay but not too crazy about it yet. The murdered person gets it in a cranberry bog in, you guessed it, Cranberry Cove.
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by al Franken. Hubby and I both like Al and have since back in the days of SNL. So far, he is quite engaging. I sure do wish we had a man like Al representing our state. Nabbed this book for hubby and it's even a signed copy.
Death at the Little Bighorn: A New Look at Custer - His Tactics and the Tragic Decisions made at the Last Stand (wow, that's a mouthful)) by Phillip Thomas Tucker
It is what it says. I am completely fascinated by George Armstrong Custer and his life and death.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
So far, this one is a bit annoying. Pardon my French but this is a book about a boy born into what my folks called white trash, the people of Appalachia (though I question that a little)who are redneck and don't really aspire to anything more than drinking beer, flying confederate flags and marrying their cousins - you know, Trump voters.

What's next:
Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
The foirst Miss Julia book made fall in love with Miss Julia, who comes into her own in her mid-sixties after her husband dies and she has to make her pown way in a small North Carolina town.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
I want to see if it is as magical as I remember.

That's it!
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Just Read:
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is a strange sci fi thriller about giant metallic body parts stashed all over the world - they are a weapon of some sort and the thing is being assenbled into what appears to be a giant woman. The book is written in the style of reports and interviews centering around a mysterious man who seems to be running the ahow and the scientists and soldiers who make the thing work.

Currently Reading:
Waking Gods by sylvain Neuvel is a sequel to the previous book and this time, many of these giants have landed on earth and so far, it has been an epic disaster. We know almost nothing of why they're here and who they are.
Out of Circulation is a cozy mystery by Mirandsa James(who is a man writer). We're reading it for out cozy mystery club on Facebook. It centers around a small town college librarian and his cat, Diesel.

To read
I'm thinking of reading Alison Weir's Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession next. Who doesn't love novels about the wives of Henry VIII? I've loved reading about the Tudors since I was a wee lass!
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What I just read:
Cinco de Mayhem by Ann Myers
I have become quite fond of the 'cozy' mystery in the last couple of years. What's not to love? Recipes, romance and humor and of course, the obligatory corpse! The series is called the Sante Fe Cafe Series and it's quite food focused. Rita is a single mom of a gothy teenager who works in a New Mexican restaurant and catches killers with her 80 something boss in her spare time.

The food sounds great but with so many peppers and all the talk of heat in the food, I'm pretty sure I couldn't eat ANY of it.

What I'm reading now:
Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers
The next in the series. The last so far but I hope she writes some more of these. It's Christmas time and Rita's stuffy midwestern mother has come to visit. Madness ensues.

What am I reading next:
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Thrawn was arguably the best character in the Star Wars "Legends"(used to be canon until the evil mouse empire bought it) universe. He was alien, brilliant with red eyes and blue skin. He judged a species and an enemy but their art. And he was usually spot on. He's been in the tv show Star Wars Rebels this season and I'm looking forward to reading the book. He is even more fun than Vader!
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I am reading two books right now.

Death at the Little Bighorn - I am a Custer fanatic. I am one of those who has actually stood at the battlefield and wondered what exactly happened on that fateful day in 1876. THis book promises a new look and a new theory but I am not seeing anything that new. I am interested that this author(Phillip Tucker) takes into account the battle narrative of the Sioux and the Cheyenne warriors who fought there that day. He also looks at the politics of the players - Custer, Grant, Sheridan, Sherman - and relates that effect on the battle as well. It is a slow read so I am keeping other books going as well.

The second book is A Spoonful of Murder, our February selection at the Cozy Mystery group I belong to. Lucky inherits a soup shop in a tiny town and someone is murdered... she has to save her shop and find the murderer... same old, same old. We'll see if this one has any interesting turns.

Supposed you can now add pics but I don't really see how yet... I do hate to have to go to LJ and add things I can't add here.
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Something new for me! I picked this up from a new DW friend, [personal profile] likeadeuce. I am hoping to become more motivated to read more this year. I have more books than I can count and they just keep publishing them!

Here goes:

What are you currently reading?

I am reading a cozy mystery for the reading group I belong to at FB: Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club. We chat and the author joins us sometimes. I find the ones without the author are more fun because we are more honest about the book. But I make new friends and that's why I decided to do it anyway.

The book is Eclair and Present Dander by Laura Bradford. It's about a young woman who sells baked goods from an old ambulance that she inherited and also tries to solve the murder of her elderly neighbor. It's fluff so far but that's why they call them cozies.

What did you recently finish reading?

Another cozy: Rest ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicky Delany. It was another of the book club reads. It was fluff as well. The story of a murder in a town called Rudolf that sells itself THE Christmas town and a young woman who sells - wait for it - Christmas decorations is hip deep in snow and murder solving.

They are fun and light reading but sometimes... one needs a real book which brings me to my next choice.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I got a new book today, fresh off the presses from Amazon. Death at the Little Big Horn: A New Look at Custer - His Tactics and the Tragic Decisions Made at the Last Stand by Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD. is my next book. I love Western history and love the period of Western Expansion. Custer is a favorite. I am not sure I can even explain why but I will try sometime. Suffice it to say that I read as many books about this subject as I can. We even drove 273 miles there and 273 back in one day to visit there when we visited a friend in South Dakota. This book supposedly has some new ideas... we shall see. I am thinking of reading it alongside the mystery...

That's the first Wednesdayt Reading report with [personal profile] alexcat Hope you enjoyed it and will tune again next Wednesday for another chapter!

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