Nobody officially tagged me for this, but a ton of people have said they tag everyone . . . and since I’m a part of everyone, here we go
Best book that you’ve read so far in 2018?
Oooh, this is a tough one, because it’s just way too hard to pick the best book of 2018! Narrowing it down to my top 5 or 10, sure, that I can do. Buuuut, if I have to choose, I would pick:
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Murders, deaths that may or may not be accidental, haunted boarding schools, disturbed teenage girls. What more could a reader possibly want in a creepy, can’t put down book?
2.Best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2018?
Find Her by Lisa Gardner (#8 in the Detective D.D. Warren Series)
First book that I read in 2018!
Lisa Gardner does not disappoint with her jam packed novel, filled with suspense, intensity, and the courageous Detective D.D. Warren. If I’m looking for a good solid mystery/thriller I can always count on Lisa Gardner.
3. New release that you haven’t read yet, but want to?
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
The cover is gorgeous!
I keep seeing Tell Me Lies all over the book world of social media. So many people have loved it, and I hope it’s worth all the hype!
4. Most anticipated release for the next half of 2018?
So hard to choose. I want to read all the books!
Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
I know, I know, such a nerdy choice. There’s something about a good medical book, fiction or non fiction, that I absolutely love.
5. Biggest disappointment of 2018?
The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by T.J. English
So many people loved it. The description made the story seem epic, but I absolutely crawled through every page. Definitely not the book for me.
6. Biggest surprise of 2018?
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
I went into the book thinking the premise sounded interesting. I was absolutely blown away by the gorgeous writing and storytelling about the spirited controversial Iranian poet. A close second to my favorite book of the 2018.
7. Favorite new (or new to you) author?
She is the romance author I’ve been looking for. I enjoy some romance novels, but am picky about the writing, plot lines, etc. Courtney Milan ended up being the perfect fit for me.
8. Newest fictional crush?
I don’t get fictional crushes on characters. Everyone talks about book boyfriends, and I’m over here by myself like “I don’t get it.”
9. Newest favorite character?
Mikki Lincoln in Crime & Punctuation
Smart, savvy, generally badass ~ and bonus points for a good representation of the 50 plus years characters
10. A book that made you cry?
The Crate: A Story of War, A Murder, and Justice by Deborah Vadas Levison
There are barely enough words to describe how impactful The Crate is on people. Definitely recommend giving it a read!
11. A book that made you happy?
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
The author’s passion for these incredible creatures makes it almost impossible to not experience joy while reading the book.
12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2018?
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
The cover has an ethereal beauty to it, almost as if it’s painted with watercolors. Underneath the jacket cover the spine has a beautiful simplicity to it.
Bonus fact: Love and Ruin is the book I used in my profile photo.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of 2018?
So many! Too many!
Is there a thing as having too many books to read?
I actually stopped requesting books from NetGalley for a bit until I finish reading a few more books, because I was feeling way too overwhelmed.
As of now I need to read:
The Secret by K.L. Slater
A Politically Incorrect Feminist by Phyllis Chesler
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
From Goodreads Giveaways:
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
Dead in the Water by Simon Bower
The Fifth to Die by J.D. Baker
Rush by Lisa Patton
Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood
All the Way by Kristen Proxy
Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams by Tommy Baker
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly
And the books I choose for the BookTube-A-Thon. (There’s some overlap from the above lists, but I can’t complete a few of the challenges with my ARC reads.)
Also a few more books to complete the 2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge. I’m making good progress on this so far.
Anybody else exhausted by reading the list of books I need to read?
Since I’m probably one of the last people in the book blogging community to complete this tag; I tag anyone else who wasn’t done it yet.
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 29, 2018
Genres: mystery, cozy mystery
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: cozy mysteries, cats, the English language
Read with food: pancakes and maple syrup, watching the gorgeous autumn colors out a picturesque window
After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it’s not long before Mikki earns clients–and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn’t the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .
When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow’s not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki’s spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . .
Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany’s death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there’s Tiffany’s grandmother and husband, who aren’t exactly on friendly terms over the local area’s planned rejuvenation efforts . . .
Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki’s investigation seriously–the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.
The definition of a well done cozy mystery!
The story drew me in within the first chapter and entertained me the entire book. I especially enjoyed the main character, Mikki. The writing flows nicely, is easy to read, and draws the audience into the story. It’s obvious that the author is passionate about writing. I especially loved the education in grammar, the English language, and the writing process through Mikki’s job as a freelance editor. Such a wonderful addition to round out the book. Also, I appreciated that many of the characters were ages 50 plus. It’s a welcome addition to novels, as it’s not often done.
The mystery that Mikki is working to solve is good, but not great. It drives the story along, but I enjoyed reading about her passion for writing more.
In general, Crime and Punctuation is a wonderful cozy mystery that I would recommend to fans of the genre or those wanting to give it a go. From the “Feel the Bern” reference, which was awesome!, to the autumnal setting in a small town, Katilyn Dunnett had me thoroughly entertained throughout.
Bonus points for a great cover! From far away it really does look like books lined up on a bookshelf.