Friday, May 04, 2018

Weekly Mews: May Is Here! (And May's TBR List Poll)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 

May hasn't gotten off to the most promising start (car trouble, dental issues, stolen bank card number, holey socks). Even my reading has suffered a bit. I feel like May is the month for meetings and trainings at work. Rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz have picked up more as summer approaches. And we are hoping to bring our new kitty home later this month.

Mother nature has been keeping us on our toes. Jackets and umbrellas one day and shorts and sandals the next. We got a couple days of  rain, which was really nice. But being able to open the windows and let in the spring breeze and rays of sunshine has been nice too.

How has your week been? Did May kick off to a good start for you? I hope so!


New to My Shelves: 

E-Books (and new to everyone else's shelf who took advantage of Amazon's free World Book Day offers!):


The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
The House by the River by Lena Manta
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
The Great Passage by Shion Miura
Ten Women by Marcela Serrano
Still Waters by Viveca Sten
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

Audio Additions to My Personal Library:


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, narrated by Jim Dale
Vengeance in Death (In Death, Book 6) by J. D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Juliet Stevenson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, narrated by Anne Hathaway
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, narrated by Christian Rummel
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7) by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, narrated by Christopher Plummer

Independent Bookstore Day Purchases:


 A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


What I Am Reading: amThis week I read Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton. Those who said it was unputdownable weren't lying! It is one of those thrillers in which none of the characters are particularly likeable, and the narrative took some getting used to, but, boy, was I hooked.

I am reading The Girl From the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor, last month's TBR winner. I had hoped to finish it before the week was out, and I am really close! I will likely finish it this weekend. I love Hazel Gaynor's writing style and am quite enjoying the novel. Every time I open the book, I feel like I am right there inside the pages of the book.

What I Am Watching: I finished the second season of Jessica Jones late last month, and have been watching a lot of HGTV (House Hunters and Fixer Upper and the like) as of late. It's one of those channels I can have in the background and pay attention to--or not. I have been watching this season of Fear of the Walking Dead, which I hadn't seen since the middle of season two. I admit it. Morgan is what brought me back. I am actually enjoying the show so far. I have not decided yet if I am going to go back and watch what I have missed. I am also watching The Voice again this season. I have my favorites . . . We'll see how they do!

What I Am Listening To: Gracie mewing at me. At least in the mornings while I am getting ready for work. Or at night when I am getting ready for bed. She wants me to pick her up and cuddle her a bit. Or give her treats.

It's been a while since I last listened to an audiobook. Maybe one of my new ones will entice me to start listening to another one!


Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?

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Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




I am in the mood for a cozy mystery, but cannot quite decide which one to choose . . . I could really use your help!


A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1) by Victoria Gilbert
Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.

Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own.

When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.
[Goodreads Summary]



A Most Curious Murder (A Little Library Mystery #1) by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed.

The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he's suddenly found dead in Zoe's fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit, investigating the richest family in Bear Falls, interrogating a few odd townspeople and delving into old, hidden transgressions--until another body turns up.

Inspired by
Alice in Wonderland, Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's quaint and compelling series debut A Most Curious Murder will delight cozy mystery readers new and old. [Goodreads Summary]


Cancelled by Murder (Postmistress Mystery #2) by Jean Flowers
Cassie Miller returned to her sleepy hometown in the Berkshires to start over as the new postmistress. But she soon finds that dead letters are nothing compared to murder victims...

With a massive storm about to hit North Ashcot, Massachusetts, threatening floods and widespread wind damage, Cassie is forced to close up the post office along with the rest of the local business owners and residents, who are battening down the hatches and bracing themselves for the worst.

Although the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted, fabric shop owner Daisy Harmon is found dead, seemingly killed by a fallen branch. But the police quickly determine that her death had nothing to do with foul weather and everything to do with foul play. After Daisy’s widowed husband approaches her to help solve his wife’s murder, Cassie vows to find the killer before another innocent victim is taken by storm.
[Goodreads Summary]




Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful May and Happy Reading!


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48 comments:

  1. All three books sound really charming! I ended up voting for A Most Curious Murder since that synopsis attracted me the most (:

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    1. Eustacia - Don't they? I can't wait to see which one wins. :-) Thank you for voting!

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  2. Surely things will go up from here. I hope you love Pachinko as much as I did.

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    1. Kathy - I sure hope so. I think they will. :-) I think it was because of you Pachinko ended up on my wish list. Thanks so much, Kathy!

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  3. Illuminae! That's one of my all time favorite books. <3

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    1. Stephanie - I am really looking foward to reading Illuminae. :-)

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  4. Nice haul! I see that you have purchased Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. I read it last year and it was amazing. This book really need more exposure but I guess because of its title, many people resist picking it up.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books.
    My STS: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/05/stacking-the-shelves-23/

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    1. Sim - Thank you! I have been wanting to read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows for quite some time now. I am sure the title shocked a few people when it appeared on my Christmas list last year. :-) I have heard great things about it and am looking forward to reading it.

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  5. Ok I voted for your cozy-I just finished one-my review will be up tomorrow!! I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris. Anyways, you had a great month for books!! Ray Bradbury is classic, I hope you enjoy that one.
    I have Illuminae also to read -hopefully for the readathon next week!! Great week for you!!

    https://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/05/stacking-shelves.html

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    1. Joann - Thank you so much for voting! I look forward to your review of Sherry Harris's book. :-) I hope you enjoy Illuminae when you read it as well. I've heard such great things about it.

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  6. It's still early in the month, so I hope May turns around for you pretty soon! So many new books - how will you ever decide where to start? I picked up a few of those amazon books, too :)

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    1. JoAnn - I hope May will turn out too. It just has to, I say! I am not sure where to start with these new ones. Probably with an old one I have yet to read. LOL

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  7. I hate when so many bad things happen...but then your book haul looks good. Those cozies are tempting. Enjoy!

    I love having a TV channel on in the background...I haven't had HGTV on in a while. For me, it's usually one of the Hallmark Channels.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Thank you! I tend to watch the Hallmark channel during the holidays, but not so much at other times. I'm smitten with those holiday movies. :-)

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  8. Glad you got so many fun new books! As for your poll, it was really hard to pick between the three, so I just went with the first one. :) Happy reading!

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    1. Lark - Thank you! I am looking forward to reading them. :-) Thank you, too, for voting!

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  9. I went with Murder by the Books because how can you go wrong with murder and a library???

    So we've had pretty good May weather so far (knock on wood) after a pretty yucky April, and opening the windows (finally!!) is nice. And ugh stolen bank card numbers- we've had that happen twice now! I hate hackers/ theives lol.

    Ooh Illuminae! And Fear the Walking Dead- I'm watching that too, and mostly liking it. I like the new characters a LOT! That show works for me more than TWD does now...

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    1. Greg - Thank you for voting! That one does sound really good. I am glad you are finally able to open your windows and enjoy some nice weather. I hope it continues. I am sorry you've had to deal with thieves/hackers too. It's such a pain.

      I like the new characters on Fear too. I am looking forward to seeing where this season goes.

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  10. Oh, I hope your month will get better soon. Sorry to hear about all those things happening, and almost all at once. But at least you got some gorgeous books to keep you company.

    Enjoy your week and hopefully the weather will be sunnier too.

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    1. Andreea - Thank you. Yes, the new books do help cheer me up. :-) I hope you have a great week too!

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  11. Of course I choose the book with the cat on the cover :)

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    1. Ellen - That is a favorite of mine too. :-) Thanks for voting!

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  12. Boo for car troubles! I've had three weeks of car troubles (three tows to the garage...) and it's vile! Hopefully yours are coming to an end! (And mine, lol).
    Have a good week!

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    1. Nicola - I am so sorry for all your car troubles. :-( And it's so darn costly too. I hope you have a better week too!

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  13. Hope May gets better for you. I have had car and dental issues too just in the last 6 days.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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    1. Angelica Joy - Thank you. I am sorry for your car troubles too. They are such a pain. I hope your week gets better too!

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  14. I think I got all of the free International Book Day ebooks but one. I also have Pachinko as an ebook and I need to read it! 📚

    Yay for The Wizard of Oz! I love watching kids perform it. 🎭

    As one of my Face book friends commented, we had 11 minutes of Soring. We went from snow on Tuesday to uncomfortable sleeping temperatures on Thursday. 😛

    I hope this second week of May is much better for you. 🌞

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  15. I voted for A Most Curious Murder it sounds like a good read.
    Hope your May is awesome and you get some nice weather!

    Have a great week, Wendy! Happy Reading! ox

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  16. I've voted - and I'll be interested to see which book wins:). I love the look of your audiobooks - all solidly good reads, I'm planning to get my Kindle Fire fired up during the summer holiday so I can tuck into audiobooks myself:)). In the meantime, fingers crossed that no more nasty events crawl out of the woodwork to zap you - it seems you've had more than your fair share! Have a MUCH better week, Wendy:)

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  17. I hope May gets better, ugh dental issues are the worst. I scheduled my cleaning, which I'm overdue for and I am scared if they find a cavity lol.
    Enjoy your books, they look good. I'm still on the fence about Fear of the Walking Dead, I don't know if I will watch.

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  18. I really liked The Passage and Still Waters, but haven' read any of the others. Hope your month improves, Wendy!

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  19. Sounds like quite a freeloaders having trouble with May. Hope things improve for you. At least you got some good looking books to cheer you up.

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  20. Nice cozie choices. Sorry May has been so busy and reading not going well. Loving your new arrivals!

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  21. I went with a Murder For the Books! I hope you enjoy whichever one wins!

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  22. I haven’t had the best May, either. It feels like there’s so much stuff happening, and I can’t keep up. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Oh gosh, I hope May gets better for you quickly. I just voted in your poll and chose the first book mainly because it's set in my state, lol. All three of them sound great though. I love those cozy mysteries.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I think that's a good reason to vote for one of the books. :-)

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  24. Sorry your May hasn't gotten off to a good start. I hope this month gets better for you!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays

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  25. I hope from here on out your May gets better.

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  26. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Social Creature. Hope May will be a better month for you, Wendy. Happy reading!

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    1. Melody - Thanks, Melody. I am hoping for a better month as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Oh no! Sorry you've had a rotten May so far. I hope it turns around for you!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  28. Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear about how your month has kicked off. All NOT good, though the socks can be replaced pretty easily ;)

    I'm not reading anything through and have a bunch of things started. I DO know that once I get WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper ( http://www.vesperillustration.com/whatthenightsings/ buying it from her at our conference 'cause I want a signed copy :D), I will be gobbling it up. I was all over wanting this after listening to her podcast with Matthew Winner ( http://lgbpodcast.libsyn.com/vesper-stamper ). Absolutely amazing. Can't wait to read it!

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  29. So many fantastic books! Hope that takes the sting out of the rest of the craziness that's been going on in May! I love the first two cozies you had in your poll but the 3rd one is new to me. Can't wait to see what you end up reading!

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  30. Nice haul this week! I really need to get back to reading Hazel Gaynor. I read A Memory of Violets and loved it but haven't had the chance to read more. I hope you enjoy whichever book is chosen from your TBR pile.

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  31. So many great book additions. We have so much going on in our house right now and there's a possibility (I havenen't said this out loud quite yet) that I may have to give up my physical books. I'm currently living in denial. Time will tell :(

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