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‘The Brass Verdict’

The Brass Verdict The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve read, and enjoyed, many of Michael Connelly’s books.

This one never really grabbed me, I’m afraid.

I just couldn’t get into the character of Mickey Haller.

Even Connelly’s hero Harry Bosch didn’t grab me in this book.

I’m disappointed.

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“Burn Out”

Burn Out Burn Out by Marcia Muller

My review

I’ve had this book on hold from the library, and my turn finally came!

And I finished this wonderful book last night.

It’s always so satisfying to catch up on one of my favorite book characters.

McCone’s life has been tumultuous, and she tries to get away from it all.

A satisfying story!

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Takeover, by Lisa Black

Takeover Takeover by Lisa Black

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I almost bailed on this book after the first twenty pages.

I just couldn’t get into it.

But something told me to give Takeover a few more chapters, and I’m glad that I did!

The story grabbed me at last, and I finished it last night.

Not a great book, but a pretty good thriller.

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I’ve finished ‘Scarpetta’!

Scarpetta (Scarpetta Book 16) Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read every Scarpetta book, and this one is the best in a long time!

For me, it’s all about the characters, and they’re in fine form.

A good read.

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How come I have not been reading?

Reading has always been a joy for me, at least since the 2nd grade.

Like a junkie who needs a fix, I read books one after another, and I’m consumed by my love affair with the printed word.

But every so often, I go on the wagon and stop reading for pleasure.

I watch television, play on my computer for endless hours, and read only as a matter of necessity.

I’ve been reading very little in the past month, for a number of reasons:

-The weather has been very cold, snowy, and icy. It’s been an unusually cold and wintry month in Seattle. Walking and just getting to and from work has been difficult. When I get home, I just want to wrap myself up in blankets and heavy sweaters and veg out in front of the television.

-I applied for, and was offered, a promotion at my job. I’m suddenly way too busy at work, and as my new job is administrative (instead of clinical), I’m surrounded by the printed word all day long.

-The holidays. Buying Christmas gifts, spending time with my family, and eating way too much food has dulled my brain.

The weather is finally clearing up a bit, and I’m considering a book to read for fun.


Time to embrace reading again.

Checking in

Taking life slower seems to be working for me, because I have a lot more energy, and a blood pressure medication has helped me a lot.

I’ve been in bed every night at eight or nine, but I jump out of bed with a new vigor every morning.

My reading pace has slowed considerably, but I hope this changes soon. I’m finishing up a good Laurie R. King book right now. I had a copy from the library, but I couldn’t finish it by the time it was due back.

So I bought the paperback book.

Look for my review when I’m done.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

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I’m feeling much better today.

After consuming two cups of coffee, I started my laundry and cleaning this morning, and I’m waiting for my work clothes to come out of the dryer.

I opened up the windows of my small studio for some fresh air this morning, and am just now closing them up because it’s getting cooler already.

It’s fresh enough in here!

But I’m feeling well, and very well rested (I slept 10 hours last night). I think that my immune system is a bit out of whack, due to a run of insomnia (getting older ruins sleep).

So now, I’m going to eat some lunch and finish “The Lace Reader.”


Not much to say tonight

I’m off to bed with my book, “The Lace Reader,” which is pretty good so far.

My doctor wanted me to have some routine lab work done today, including an EKG, as my blood pressure is still high and I will probably be on medication soon.

So I took 1.5 hours of my precious PTO to head to the lab, then I stopped at the grocery store on my way home.

I’ve been resisting blood pressure medicine for years, and it’s finally time to bite the bullet and take medication, I guess. I’ve been talking to colleagues about this, and I now know people in their twenties (not overweight, seemingly healthy) who are taking blood pressure meds.

So anyway, it’s off to bed I am, and dang glad tomorrow is Thursday.


Reading, reading, reading

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I need to get The Lace Reader finished, folks.



B.’s reading marathon update

I’ve reached the halfway point of Palace Council (509 pages), and I’m finding it a challenge.

There is lots of detail, and a cast that reads like a Who’s Who of politics and power in the 1950s-1960s.

J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph, Bobby, and Jack Kennedy, Langston Hughes to name a few.

The hero is wading through bits of information and confusing clues, exposing himself to dangerous people who will do anything to protect their power.

I’m still enjoying the book, but it’s a story that I have to think about, try to digest a bit slower than I’m used to.

Unfortunately, I have to hit the pavement soon and get myself to work.

I hope you all have a great Monday, and enjoy the first day of fall.

Fall officially reaches Seattle at ~8:44 p.m.


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