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Monday, May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my review pile, in light of the May Clean Sweep ARC Reading Challenge.

SERIES: A Savannah Reid Mystery, Book #17
AUTHOR: G.A. McKevett
PUBLISHER: Kensington 
PUBLICATION DATE: March 5, 2013 (first published March 1, 2012)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 298 pages
GENRE: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9780758238139
After a recent brush with death, plus-sized P.I. and bride-to-be Savannah Reid has decided to stop sweating the small stuff. But when an event planner comes in to arrange her wedding, Savannah discovers that murder can ruin even the best laid plans…

Hailed as the wedding planner to the stars, Madeline Aberson has orchestrated some of the most exclusive soirees in Hollywood. But when Madeline becomes embroiled in a nasty divorce, her life falls apart, and rumors swirl that her parties have become total duds. Desperate for work, Madeline finds herself planning far less glamorous affairs, including none other than Savannah Reid’s wedding to Dirk Coulter.

It doesn’t take long for the opinionated Madeline to get on Savannah’s last nerve, and when the big day finally arrives, Savannah can’t wait to send Madeline packing. But when the bride finds Madeline’s body face down in the pool, floating among an elegant array of rose petals, it’s clear that someone has already hastened the diva’s departure. For better or for worse Savannah and Dirk put their wedding on hold, vowing instead to find out who killed Madeline and why…


Something from the library. I'm a big Alice Cooper fan, though I'm not a fan of golf!

AUTHOR: Alice Cooper
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 2007
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 260 pages
GENRE: Autobiography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780307382658

The man who invented shock rock tells the amazing and, yeah, shocking story of how he slayed his thirsty demons--with a golf club. It started one day when Cooper was watching a Star Trek rerun between concerts, bored and drunk on a quart-of-whiskey-a-day habit; a friend dragged the rocker out of his room and suggested a round of golf. Cooper has been a self-confessed golf addict ever since. Today he and his band still tour the world, playing some one hundred gigs a year . . . and three hundred days out of that year, Cooper is on the course.

Alice Cooper, Golf Monster is Cooper's tell-all memoir; in it he talks candidly about his entire life and career, as well as his struggles with alcohol, how he fell in love with the game of golf, how he dried out at a sanitarium back in the late '70s, and how he put the last nails in his addiction's coffin by getting up daily at 7 a.m. to play 36 holes.

Alice has hilarious, touching, and sometimes surprising stories about so many of his friends: Led Zeppelin and the Doors, George Burns and Groucho Marx, golf legends like John Daly and Tiger Woods . . . everyone is here from Dali to Elvis to Arnold Palmer.

This is the story of Cooper's life, and also a story about golf. He rose from hacker to scratch golfer to serious Pro Am competitor and on to his status today as one of the best celebrity golfers around--all while rising through the rock 'n' roll ranks releasing platinum albums and selling out arenas with his legendary act.



Something from my bookshelf. This is my vintage 1970 edition, which I've kept from my childhood! I'm reading it aloud to my daughter, and our plan is to make our way through the whole series. This is a re-read for me, but I honestly don't remember a thing about it! It read it when I was young.

SERIES: Oz, Book #2
AUTHOR: L. Frank Baum 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 1970 (first published 1904)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 192 pages
GENRE: Children's Fiction, Classics, Fantasy
ISBN: 0590085654
"You'll never bother me again," says Mombi the witch, "once you drink this magic brew."

"What'll it do?" cries poor Tip.

"It will turn you into a marble statue!"

Tip's heart beats wildly.

Can a mere boy escape from a witch's evil power?

But this is Oz -- the marvelous, magical land where anything can happen!


I'm listening to:

Something from my review pile, in light of the May Clean Sweep ARC Reading Challenge.

TITLE: Nemesis
SERIES: Project Nemesis, Book #1
AUTHOR: Brendan Reichs
NARRATORS: Kirby HeyborneEmily Rankin, and Paul Boehmer
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: March 21, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 13 hrs and 10 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

I just finished:

AUTHOR: Suzanne Weyn
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2013
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 250 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror, Historical
ISBN: 9780545425339
A new generation is creating a monster...

Giselle and Ingrid are the twin daughters of Doctor Victor Frankenstein, but they are very different people, and when they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands, Giselle dreams of holding parties and inviting society -- but Ingrid is fascinated by her father's forbidden experiments.




TITLE: Wallbanger
SERIES: Cocktail, Book #1
AUTHOR: Alice Clayton
NARRATOR: Heather Smith
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: May 7, 2013 (first published November 27, 2012)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 13 hrs and 53 mins
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly....

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!

8 comments:

  1. DR. Frankenstein's Daughters looks like it would fit my reading preferences the most, but Alice Cooper Golf Monster looks fun too. I hope you enjoy reading this week.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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    1. Thanks, Majanka! I really enjoyed Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters, more than I did Frankenstein. Alice Cooper Golf Monster is very interesting, and I'm enjoying reading about his background.

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  2. I love the eclectic mixture of books you read. I haven't read any of these. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. Yummy, buried in buttercream makes me want to go bake and ice so I can eat. However I am sure the book has a murder in it!!

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    1. It does, Kathryn! I know, when I hear buttercream I want dessert!!

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  4. Buried in Buttercream looks cute but I'll want to start at the beginning. A whole new to me cozy series to explore.

    I had a great week of reading and a fun mother's day. Come see what I'm reading now.

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    1. I don't normally jump into a long series like that, but this was a review copy. However, I'm enjoying it enough that I plan to go back and start at the beginning.

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