DeltaQueen's 2024 Tea Party - Part 3

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DeltaQueen's 2024 Tea Party - Part 3

Abr 1, 12:31 am

Welcome to my third Tea Party Thread. As the year advances I am settling into my challenge and mostly enjoying the books that I am reading. My 14 categories all have a reference to tea and they are working out nicely with a good mix of literary, mysteries, historical fiction, romance and, yes, even zombies!

Feel free to pull up a comfy chair and pour yourself a cuppa!

Editado: Abr 1, 12:34 am

2024 Tickers

Editado: Abr 1, 12:35 am


1. High Tea – This elegant and classic tea event is the perfect place to house my 1,001 reads.

2. Imported Teas – Oolong, Chai, Mint, Sencha and Rosibos Teas are all examples of teas from around the world. This is where I will place my global reading – books with a global setting or written by an author from a country other than Canada, America or the United Kingdom.

3. Boston Tea Party – This famous historical event is the perfect name for my historical fiction category as decided by the Reading Thru Time Challenge Themes.

4. Polly Put the Kettle On – Is making tea only a woman’s job? Not hardly. I will list books by female authors here.

5. Tea For Two - As the song says, twosomes are made for romance so this spot will be for romance fiction

6. A Cup of Tea Will Solve it - This sounds exactly like what Miss Marple would say, so this is where I will place my vintage mysteries

7. Badly Made Tea Is A Criminal Offense - A well made cup of tea is a matter of pride. Many tea lovers declare that tea that is too milky or too watery is a criminal offence. This sounds like a good place for crime and mystery stories.

8. One Lump or Two – Hopefully it won’t come to fisticuffs but this sounds like the perfect place to list my crime series and police procedurals.

9. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - Where else would I place my fantasy reading?

10. The Dregs - Most people look away from the dark and gritty remains in the bottom of the cup, personally I like dark and gritty so this is where I will place my horror and darker reading.

11. The Formula For Your Cuppa – Is there a perfect scientific formula for a cup of tea? We can only hope so. This will be where I place my science fiction reading.

12. Mul-Tea-Tasking – My idea of multitasking is a cup of tea, a cookie (or two), and a good book! One of my reading tasks this year is going to be ensuring that I am reading the Kindle Unlimited books that I borrow in a timely fashion and I will place those reads here.

13. Cup or Mug? It’s great to have choices and that’s exactly what you get at the library. This will be where I place a selection of library books.

14. My Cup Runneth Over - I always need a place for extras

Editado: Abr 1, 12:36 am

My Various 2024 Reading Challenges

I will be allowing myself a certain amount of overlap with my various challenges and I will only participate in the Cats/Kits if I currently have a book that fits.

1. Rainbow Reading Challenge – 12 prompts

2. Personal Reading Challenge – 40 prompts

3. Category Challenge Bingo – 25 prompts

4. AlphaKit

5. CalendarCat

6. RandomKit

7. SFFKit

8. MysteryKit

9. ScaredyKit

10. Reading Through Time Monthly Challenges

11. TIOLI Challenges – I participate in these challenges that are posted monthly at the 75 Challenge

Editado: Abr 15, 9:51 pm

2024 Bingo

1. Food or Cooking: Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman
2. Ugly Cover: Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee
3. Only Title and Author on Cover
4. Featuring Twins: Cassandra At the Wedding by Dorothy Baker
5. Topic Which You Have Specific Knowledge: The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee
6. Published in a Year Ending in 24
7. Epistolary or Diary: The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook
8. "Big" or "Little" in Title: Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
9. Book From an "LT Similar" Library: The Witch Elm by Tana French
10. About Friendship: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
11. Three Word Title
12. Paper Based Item in Plot
13. Read A Cat: Providence by Max Barry
14. Short Story Collection
15. Person's Name in Title: Mrs. March by Virginia Feito
16. Set in a City: Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh
17. Less Than 100 Copies Listed on LT: Escape of the Amethyst by C. E. Lucas Phillips
18. POC author: Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy
19. Author 65 or older
20. Featuring Water
21. Warriors or Mercenaries: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
22. Reread a Favorite Book
23. Written in another Cultural Tradition
24. Set in Multiple Countries
25. Current or Recent Bestseller

Editado: Abr 9, 6:02 pm

2024 Rainbow Reading Challenge

Based on the colors of the Rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet) plus shades of black/white, grey, brown/sepia and pink. Each month a different color will be chosen and I will read a book where the cover reflects the chosen color. I have added a twelfth for December, that of Christmas colors – a festive combination of holiday colors.

Month - Color - Book

January - Black/White: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
February - Red: Providence by Max Barry
March - Green: Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy
April - Yellow: Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman
May - Indigo
June - Pink
July - Violet
August - Brown/Sepia
September - Orange
October - Blue
November - Grey
December - Festive Colors

Editado: Abr 16, 12:46 pm

2024 Personal Reading Challenge

1. Cover shows a large body of water: The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
2. Award Nominated
3. A Memoir: Forever Young by Hayley Mills
4. The Sun is shown on the cover
5. Set in the 1950s: The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
6. Set on an Island
7. A book with snow on the cover: A Winter Away by Elizabeth Fair
8. A book by an author that you have read once before
9. A book about or with Royalty
10. An audio book: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
11. A new-to-you author
12. A book that has been translated: Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
13. A book set in Scotland
14. A book that is fairy-tale inspired: Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
15. Flowers are on the cover
16. A book that is longer than 400 pages: The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
17. A book that is shorter than 200 pages: Mojave Crossing by Louis L'Amour
18. Part of a trilogy: The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
19. A book that was a book bullet
20. Set in the American south
21. A historical fantasy novel: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
22. A science fiction novel
23. Set in Africa
24. A collection of short stories
25. A book by an Australian author
26. A Romance story: A Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
27. A Survival story
28. A Horror story
29. Character wearing a hat is on the cover
30. A Color in the title
31. A Family saga: Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy
32. A mystery/crime novel written by a woman
33. An animal is on the cover: Destry Rides Again by Max Brand
34. Written by an indigenous Author
35. Dystopian fiction
36. Title Consists of a Name: Fay by Larry Brown
37. Cover is mostly sky
38. In the style of “Fact-ion”
39. A book you’ve had far too long: High Midnight by Stuart Kaminsky
40. Set in Asia: Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

Editado: Abr 16, 12:54 pm

2024 AlphaKit

A January: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
B June:
C September:
D October:
E February: The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
F February: A Winter Away by Elizabeth Fair
G August:
H March: Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
I July:
J June:
K December:
L November:
M August:
N May:
O April: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
P May:
Q December:
R March: The Fairacre Festival by Miss Read
S July:
T October:
U April: In The Blood by Lisa Unger
V September:
W November:
Y January: Speak For The Dead by Margaret Yorke

Editado: Abr 7, 2:36 am

High Tea: 1,001 Books List

Books Read

1. The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas - 5.0 ★
2. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - 3.8 ★
3. Perfume: The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind - 4.0 ★
4. Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev - 3.3 ★

Editado: Abr 12, 12:42 am

Imported Tea: Global Reading

Books Read

1. The Sandcastle Girls (Syria) by Chris Bohjalian - 3.5 ★
2. Against the Loveless World (Palestine) by Susan Abulhawa - 3.7 ★
3. Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Sri Lanka) by Nayomi Munaweera - 4.3 ★
4. Hunt for the Bamboo Rat (Philippines) by Graham Salisbury - 4.2 ★

Editado: Abr 18, 3:11 pm

Boston Tea Party: Historical Fiction

Books Read

1. The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson - 4.1 ★
2. Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black - 2.8 ★
3. The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook - 4.5 ★
4. Escape of the Amethyst by C.E. Lucas Phillips - 3.5 ★
5. Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar - 4.0 ★
6. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh - 4.5 ★
7. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - 4.5 ★

Editado: Abr 11, 2:03 pm

Polly Put the Kettle On: Female Authors

Books Read

1. The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee - 3.5 ★
2. The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman - 4.0 ★
3. A Winter Away by Elizabeth Fair - 3.0 ★
4. Red Hair by Elinor Glyn - 3.0 ★
5. Lady-in-Waiting by Anne Glenconner - 4.0 ★
6. The Witch Elm by Tana French - 3.6 ★
7. Forever Young by Hayley Mills - 4.2 ★

Editado: Abr 16, 12:47 pm

Tea for Two: Romance

Books Read

1. Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant - 3.7 ★
2. Sally-Ann by Susan Scarlett - 4.0 ★
3. A Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas - 3.7 ★
4. The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy - 3.7 ★
5. Bright Day Dawning by Anna Jacobs - 3.4 ★
6. Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman - 4.2 ★
7. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary - 4.5 ★

Editado: Abr 1, 12:52 am

A Cup of Tea Will Solve It: Vintage Mysteries

Books Read

1. Speak For The Dead by Margaret Yorke - 4.0 ★
2. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers - 4.5 ★
3. To Hunt a Killer by Julie MacKay - 4.0 ★

Editado: Abr 13, 1:41 pm

Badly Made Tea is a Criminal Offense: Crime/Mystery

Books Read

1. After-Dinner Story by Cornell Woolrich - 4.0 ★
2. Fay by Larry Brown - 4.0 ★
3. The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh - 4.2 ★
4. The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield - 4.0 ★
5. In The Blood by Lisa Unger - 3.8 ★

Editado: Abr 7, 12:25 am

One Lump or Two: Crime Series/Police Procedurals

Books Read

1. Insidious Intent by Val McDermid - 3.8 ★
2. From the Dead by Mark Billingham - 4.0 ★
3. High Midnight by Stuart Kaminsky - 3.8 ★
4. Chill Factor by Stuart Pawson - 3.8 ★
5. Dark Saturday by Nicci French - 4.1 ★

Editado: Abr 15, 9:53 pm

Mad Hatter's Tea Party: Fantasy

Books Read

1. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie - 4.2 ★
2. Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton - 4.0 ★
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - 4.3 ★
4. The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston - 4.2 ★

Editado: Abr 7, 7:40 pm

The Dregs: Horror

Books Read

1. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig - 4.0 ★
2. Devolution by Max Brooks - 4.2 ★
3. After Siege by Rhiannon Frater - 2.5 ★
4. Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart - 3.4 ★
5. Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher - 4.2 ★

Editado: Abr 1, 12:57 am

The Formula for Your Cuppa: Science Fiction

Books Read

1. Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee - 4.0 ★
2. Providence by Max Barry - 4.0 ★
3. The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson - 4.0 ★
4. Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall - 4.3 ★

Editado: Abr 3, 2:36 pm

Mul-Tea-Tasking - Kindle Unlimited Books

Books Read

1. World Between by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 4.2 ★
2. The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich - 4.0 ★
3. The Mugger by Ed McBain - 4.0 ★
4. Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon - 4.2 ★
5. World Without by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 4.5 ★

Editado: Abr 1, 12:58 am

Cup or Mug: Library

Books Read

1. Mrs. March by Virginia Feito - 4.0 ★
2. The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer - 3.8 ★
3. The Fur Person by May Sarton - 4.0 ★
4. Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy - 4.2 ★

Editado: Abr 1, 1:00 am

My Cup Runneth Over: Extras

Books Read

1. Cassandra At the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 4.0 ★
2. The Bee Sting by Paul Murray - 4.5 ★
3. Fairy Water by Charlotte Riddell - 3.2 ★
4. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - 5.0 ★
5. Mojave Crossing by Louis L'Amour - 3.6 ★
6. The Fairacre Festival by Miss Read - 4.0 ★
7. Destry Rides Again by Max Brand - 3.3 ★

Editado: Abr 1, 1:00 am

2024 Hosting

March - SFFKit: Space Opera
April - MysteryKit: Series
May - Calendar Cat: May
June - RandomKit
July - ScaredyKit: The Corporeal Undead (Zombies, Vampires, Mummies, Ghouls)
September - Reading Through Time: Royal to the Bone

Editado: Abr 1, 1:01 am


Abr 1, 1:16 am

Happy new thread, Judy. I love your opening pictures

Abr 1, 1:49 am

Love all the cats at tea in your topper images, Judy. Happy new thread!

Abr 1, 3:33 am

Happy New Thread! I also enjoy the cat pictures you chose! They look so cosy.

Abr 1, 5:51 am

Happy new thread. Ironically, I am currently sitting in a cafe drinking coffee!

Abr 1, 6:32 am

Happy new one, Judy!

Abr 1, 7:41 am

Happy New Thread, Judy. I hope you had a nice holiday weekend.

Abr 1, 8:28 am

As always, the diversity of your reading and the detailed descriptions of your categories are truly astounding to me. A very joyous new thread.

Abr 1, 10:12 am

Happy new thread, Judy. I do love scrolling down to see your tea-themed reads. Also, now I want a cup of tea.

Abr 1, 10:29 am

I love the kitten in the teacup! A good time to start a new thread.

Abr 1, 11:36 am

Love those kitties!!!

Abr 1, 1:05 pm

>25 VivienneR:, >26 Familyhistorian:, >27 MissBrangwen: I love having a shiny, new thread to come to this morning. When I was looking for pictures to decorate this thread with I was amazed at how many cat and tea pictures I found. I guess they go together!

>28 Helenliz: Sitting in a cafe, sipping on a coffee sounds like a lovely way to spend some time. I am looking forward to doing very little today. House is clean enough and we have plenty of leftovers so I can spend lots of time with my book without feeling that I should be doing something more productive!

>29 katiekrug: & >30 msf59: Thanks, Katie and Mark. We are having some nice, sunny spring weather and I am enjoying the holiday.

>31 JoeB1934: Hi, Joe. Hope your reading is progressing well.

>32 BLBera: Welcome, Beth.

>33 hailelib: I am a fan of that little kitten as well. I wanted to kick of a new month with a new thread so it worked out well.

>34 cindydavid4: Cats are hard to resist - of course, so are dogs!

Abr 1, 1:26 pm

Happy new thread, Judy! Love all the tea pics!

Abr 1, 1:55 pm

Happy new thread! I hope you had a lovely Easter.

Abr 1, 3:09 pm

Happy New Thread day and also April Fool's Day! I love the kitty and tea pics. My kitties are celebrating birthdays (March 30 and April 8) and they approve of the pics. They are also urging me to buy some books as birthday gifts for them, my choice of topics. They are good boys!

Abr 1, 10:43 pm

Happy new thread and I want tea with all the kitties in >1 DeltaQueen50:

Abr 2, 5:45 am

Happy New Thread, Judy. I love reviewing the list of books you've read when a new thread comes along.

Abr 2, 2:00 pm

Morning everyone, I hope you are all having a better than than I am. I am in the process of switching my phone, television and computer to a different company and it isn't going smoothly. Right now, even though the new internet has been installed, I am still connected to the old server. My phone is working but they had to put it under a new number but hopefully we will get our old number back eventually. My tv was working for the last few days but yesterday when I turned it on, it said I had no internet connection. This morning I was looking at all the wires and tried to pull out the old company's stuff that I have to return to them but then my tv said I had disconnected the cable. So the new company had my tv still running through the old company's cable connections! My husband's tv is still connected to the old company and is working fine - because the new company didn't bring the right equipment when they came and we are now waiting for it to arrive. All this plus they are impossible to get hold of and when I go to their web site, it's not working properly either!! I am now going to go to their store which they have locally and see if they can help me place a service call. I am regretting making this change. Sorry for such a long rant but I am trying to get it out of my system so that when I go to their store I don't act like a crazy person.

>36 mstrust:, >37 Jackie_K:, >38 LadyoftheLodge:, >39 lowelibrary: and >40 dudes22: Thank you for dropping by. I really needed to see some friendly words this morning.

Abr 2, 2:17 pm

>41 DeltaQueen50: Autocorrect can be your worst enema (so says my mouse pad)! The same can be said for technology in general. That sounds like enough of a bad experience to require retail therapy in the form of books, with lashings of tea and kitties to pet.

Abr 2, 2:52 pm

>41 DeltaQueen50: Is it too late to change back to your previous provider?

Abr 2, 3:51 pm

Hopefully tomorrow morning will go much more smoothly for you. I find trying to communicate with companies is a real pain.

Editado: Abr 2, 4:23 pm

>41 DeltaQueen50: That sounds really complicated. Best of luck with sorting it all out, pronto.

Abr 2, 6:18 pm

>42 LadyoftheLodge: I deplore the lack of face-to-face service that you get nowadays. I have just treated myself to a new Kindle and when I get some time I suspect that I will be looking for some new books as well.

>43 RidgewayGirl: The reason that I am switching is that my original company decided to stop carrying a number of tv stations and about 6 or 7 of them were ones that I watched all the time. With the new carrier I get all of my stations back plus Crave for less money monthly. I just need to get it set up!

>44 hailelib: I am hoping that the box for my husband's tv comes today or tomorrow so that when and if I get a technician to come, they can finalize the whole thing. I just want to be able to be on my computer or watch tv - how hard can that be?

>45 pamelad: Thanks, I hope we can get someone to help us. When we visited the store today they totally brushed us off but they did give me a phone number that I can try to use to book a home service call. Fingers crossed ...

Abr 2, 6:40 pm

Good luck with all these tech issues, Judy. I hope it goes more smoothly than expected. 🤞

Abr 2, 6:43 pm

>41 DeltaQueen50: - We don't have a choice about our cable company in the retirement village we're in and are considering trying to cut the cable. But they are also my land line company and I'm not sure about switching everything to my cell phone. I hope you make out ok. I find lack of customer service so annoying too.

Abr 3, 6:31 am

Sending connected thoughts. Hope it all ends up where you need it to be.

Abr 3, 10:41 am

I hope you get your internet service sorted, Judy. Rant away.

Abr 3, 11:14 am

Happy new thread, Judy, and good luck with the tech issues. It's a wonderful world when it's working but hell when it doesn't.

Abr 3, 12:27 pm

Technology is great and it also sucks. Sorry it's being so difficult. Teach it who's boss.

Abr 3, 2:31 pm

Now on top of all my other issues, my internet keeps coming and going. I had written a message but lost it so I will try again but will keep it much shorter.

>47 msf59:, >48 dudes22:, >49 Helenliz:, >50 BLBera:, >51 MissWatson: & >52 mstrust: Thanks for checking up on me, technology is definitely a heaven or hell situation. Hopefully these couple of weeks of frustration will end with me happily watching my tv or being on my computer. Fingers crossed.

Abr 3, 2:42 pm

Book Number 61:

World Without by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 4.5 ★
Category: Mul-tea-tasking
April TIOLI #14: April Fooler - read a fantasy, alternative history, magical realism

When I am feeling stress there is nothing better than reading about characters that are in a much worse situation than I and I found the perfect book for me with World Without by Sarah Lyons Fleming. This is the third volume of a zombie apocalyptic story and when we last left the characters, they were escaping from Eugene, Oregon and the massive horde of zombies that were being directed towards them.

One of the group has a home some forty miles east of Eugene and they find refuge there. Leaving as they did, they have very little supplies and so have to fish, hunt and forage for food. It’s good that it is coming into Fall and they are able to harvest a lot but bad that winter is just around the corner. They are in danger of starving but when winter comes and the temperatures drop, they discover that the zombies freeze so they are able to get back to Eugene and retrieve their supplies. Of course the people that drove them out are still there and a final confrontation is brewing.

This is the third zombie series by Sarah Lyons Fleming that I have read and she certainly has a way of bringing her characters to life and getting her readers eager to find out what is going to happen next. There was less zombie action in this book, but I was glued to the pages by their survival efforts. The story unfolds through four different narrators each with their own distinct voice and I found myself totally involved with the story. I am looking forward to reading the fourth and last book in this series but I certainly hope that this talented author continues to write and supply me with such great escape reads.

Abr 4, 11:16 am

Happy new thread, and I hope that your technology issues are resolved, or close to being resolved! A zombie book is always good for what ails you!

Abr 4, 4:26 pm

>55 LisaMorr: I totally agree with you about the zombie books. Unfortunately, my on-going problems are continuing as I had to practically throw a temper tantrum in order to get a real live technician to come here and finish the set up. As it was it took me quite a while to actually get to talk to someone and they weren't much help. The best time they could give me is April 18th so no tv for me until then. :(

Abr 4, 5:47 pm

The local electric company is now offering high speed internet in our area. I'm probably going to switch. Everyone who has them says it is so much nicer than dealing with the "big" company.

Abr 5, 10:03 am

>56 DeltaQueen50: Ugh! Sorry to hear this! Hang in there!

Abr 5, 3:17 pm

>57 thornton37814: We dealt with a small local company for years and had excellent service but when the owner passed away the family sold the company to a large eastern concern and that's when my troubles began.

>58 LisaMorr: Thanks, Lisa. Tomorrow my daughter and I are going shopping for a new computer for me, that should keep me occupied for the foreseeable future.

Abr 5, 3:40 pm

>41 DeltaQueen50: Oh, I sympathize with your woes regarding the new ISP. I changed provider a few years ago and had similar problems. Fortunately I was still able to go back to the old service and only had a cancellation fee for the new one, but it was a costly, frustrating experience and all for nothing. I wish you good luck.

Abr 5, 11:49 pm

I hope you get everything fixed and are happy with your set up soon, Judy. Your situation sounds very frustrating!

Abr 6, 11:28 am

Sorry for your technical woes. Hope you get it sorted without loads of frustration!

Abr 7, 12:09 am

>60 VivienneR: Thanks, Vivienne.

>61 Familyhistorian: Meg, you have probably read between the lines and realize that I am trying to deal with Telus! I am finding it very disheartening that a communications company is so difficult to communicate with!

>62 Tess_W: Thanks, Tess. Today I went with my daughter and bought myself a new computer. It's now set up through my new internet server, so one step is completed. Now I just have to hang on until the 18th when they come to finish the set up for the televisions.

Editado: Abr 7, 2:33 am

Book Number 62:

Dark Saturday by Nicci French - 4.1 ★
Category: One Lump or Two
April MysteryKit: Series
April TIOLI #10: Title contains only 1 adjective

Dark Saturday is the 6th book in the Frieda Klein series of crime stories written by the husband and wife team of Nicci French. It’s been awhile since I read one of these dark and complex books but I still found the set up and the characters interesting. Following psychotherapist Frieda Klein allows the reader not only to meet depressed and unhappy people, but also to meet an entire group of characters who support and help Frieda in her quests.

In this outing Frieda has been called upon to investigate a thirteen year old crime where 18 year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. The case was quickly brought to court and Hannah has been incarcerated in a gruesome secure hospital ever since. Frieda finds it all too easy to identify with Hannah and finds that her questions and concerns are being deflected by all involved parties which only makes her dig that much deeper. When one of her witnesses is murdered she realizes that someone is desperately trying to cover their thirteen year old tracks.

Dark Saturday is an excellent entry into this compelling series. Although we see very little of Frieda's policeman friend Karlsson in this outing, it was interesting to see her taking over and acting much like a detective would. There was also an advancement on the story of Frieda’s stalker and one can sense that this story arc is coming to a head. I am looking forward to the next book, Sunday Silence.

Abr 7, 2:48 am

Book Number 63:

Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev - 3.3 ★
Category: High Tea
April TIOLI #4: Spring Season Comes to Mind

Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev is a novella about love, lust and betrayal. It opens with the elderly Dmitry Sanin remembering his past and contemplating his
failure to secure love, marriage and children in his life.

As a young man in 1840, Sanin arrives in Frankfurt where he meets and falls in love with Gemma Roselli. Although Gemma is engaged to another, Sanin pursues her. They eventually admit to loving each other and go on to become engaged. He declares himself deliriously happy and decides to sell his Russian estate to fund his marriage to Gemma. He then meets a wealthy young married woman, the seductive Maria. He allows himself to fall for her charms and though feeling remorseful he decides to follow Maria and leave Gemma.

The story sharply defines the idea of love versus the concept of lust. Love is meant to be the ideal, but Sanin turned toward lust and ended up losing everything. Although Spring Torrents is meant to be autobiographical I still found it difficult to have much sympathy for Sanin. He didn’t have the strength of character to resist Maria, who was obviously toying with him. The author does give the story a sense of closure by having Sanin write to Gemma in later life and in turn receives her forgiveness.

Editado: Abr 7, 6:22 am

>65 DeltaQueen50: I'm adding Torrents of Spring to the ever-growing WL! I haven't read Turgenev before (or much of any other Russian writers) and I see that this one is fairly short, so it might be a good place to start.

Abr 7, 2:44 pm

>66 MissBrangwen: I am also just beginning to read some of the Russian authors. Torrents of Spring is a good choice as it is short and easy to read. At this point I haven't read a lot of Russian authors but the few I have read, I've enjoyed which makes me more confident to tackle some of the longer books in the future.

Editado: Abr 7, 7:59 pm

Book Number 64:

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher - 4.2 ★
Category: The Dregs
April ScaredyKit: Witches, Evil Spirits & Black Magic
2024 Reading Challenge: Inspired by a Fairy Tale
April TIOLI #14: April Fooler - Magic, Magical Realism, Fantasy

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher is a 2022 fantasy novel. This is a dark fairy tale about Marra, the third princess of a small kingdom, who has seen her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince of the northern lands. When his first wife, Marra’s elder sister dies, he marries the next sister, Kania, and at the same time, has Marra sent to a convent to keep her on hold in case he needs a third wife in the future. Marra spends years at the convent waiting for someone to come to their rescue but just as she is about to turn 30 she comes to the realization that she will have to do the job herself.

Meanwhile her sister Kania is going through one pregnancy after another in the hopes of delivering a male heir. Her babies either die or are still born. She also suffers injuries from her husband. Marra is afraid that time is going to run out for Kania. She gathers a small group together and these characters - a witch, a godmother, a disgraced warrior and Bonedog, an animal pieced together from resurrected bones of deceased dogs form a strong, close group who set off on a quest to save Marra’s sister.

Nettle & Bone was a fun read that was high in both humor and excitement. The author mixes some horror elements, some fairy tale elements and a generous helping of righteous feminist anger. This quirky adventure story was made all the more interesting by alternating dark and grim sections with warm and cozy ones.

Abr 8, 11:28 am

I need to put Nettle & Bone higher on my wishlist.

Abr 8, 5:14 pm

>68 DeltaQueen50: I loved that book -- glad to see you enjoyed it also!

Abr 8, 6:09 pm

>69 hailelib: It's a fun read, Trisha - hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

>70 christina_reads: It was a lot different than I expected - lighter with more humor - I didn't even get around to mentioning the chickens in my review and I loved both of them! ;)

Abr 9, 10:42 am

>68 DeltaQueen50: Another BB for me!

Abr 9, 2:17 pm

>72 LisaMorr: Hope you enjoy it, Lisa.

Abr 9, 2:40 pm

>65 DeltaQueen50: Short moves this up higher on this month's TIOLI list. I kind of overdid it this month and still have 17 TIOLIs to read this month.

I've not read any Turgenev, but I notice this one is also on the 1001 books to read. I need to re-start my reading there so this one seems ideal.

Abr 9, 4:29 pm

>74 lindapanzo: I have too many books planned for this month as well, Linda. Right now I am trying to read the ones that are for various "Cats". When it comes to Russian authors - short is often hard to find, but Torrents of Spring is also fairly easy to read which helps as well. Hope you are able to fit it in this month. I have slowed down on my 1,001 reading but do try to read at least one book a month, I've come to accept that I don't have the time to finish the whole list but I will keep plugging away.

Abr 9, 6:06 pm

Book Number 65:

Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman - 4.2 ★
Category: Tea for Two
April Rainbow Reading Challenge: Yellow
Bingo: Food or Cooking
April TIOLI #9: Title Contains Multiple esses

I had purchased Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman quite some time ago and it was quietly tucked away on my Kindle. I needed a book with a yellow cover and decided to give this one a try. I assumed from the title that it was a historical romance but quickly found that yes, it is chick-lit but that it is set in the modern world. At first I was a little disappointed but all to soon this delightful book gathered me in and I very much enjoyed it.

The book isn’t really a romance at all. Instead it is the story of how a woman learns to like and admire herself, accept herself and realize that she can hold out for the best that life has to offer. It is also the story of a unique friendship between two stubborn and lonely women of different generations. And, best of all the story is served alongside some wonderful cooking scenes that truly had my mouth watering. Forty-to-be Kate and Ninety-seven year old Cecily meet when Kate volunteers at an old age home and although Cecily is quite caustic and contrary, they hit it off and Cecily gives Kate a unique cookbook that helps to guide Kate through the difficult year ahead.

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies is a light-hearted and warm escape read that builds it’s story around themes of gaining confidence, building healthy relationships, and forming solid friendships. The wonderful descriptions of delicious recipes is an added bonus to this light and entertaining read.

Abr 9, 6:25 pm

>75 DeltaQueen50: I went through my list of sign ups and deleted a few I was certain not to get to. This left me with 20 books for the month. So far, I’ve read only 3. Further pruning is needed for sure.

Abr 9, 8:02 pm

>77 lindapanzo: I have 19 books on my "To Read in April" list and I can tell that I won't get to them all. I am struggling a little with my reading right now but hopefully will not have to call this a "slump". I actually have decided to DNF one of my current reads so I am down to 18.

Abr 9, 8:13 pm

I am not going to finish my current read of The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. I am really struggling with this book. I'm okay with the dark and twisted nature of the story, but I am finding the plot very weird and unbelievable. There is a group of young women that have been captured and kept as sex slaves by a sicko - yet they seem so docile and accepting of their fate. He even lets some have scissors that could easily be used as weapons - yet no one tries to attack him. The book desperately needs a good editor and a touch of reality. Frankly I don't have the time to muddle through.

Abr 9, 10:28 pm

>79 DeltaQueen50: - I'm trying to do a better job of letting go of books that aren't working for me this year. Some don't even make a comment on LT. Some leave the house and others I've just decided it wasn't the right time and have put them aside.

Abr 10, 3:27 pm

>80 dudes22: I don't know why it's so hard to decide not to finish a book that isn't working for me - I guess it's like having to finish what's on your plate. I can hear my mom saying "You took it so you need to finish it!"

Abr 10, 3:51 pm

>81 DeltaQueen50: I have become almost ruthless as I realize that there are only so many hours to read per month. The author doesn't know me and, even if the book was recommended to me by a friend, I realize that each of us has the privilege to spend our time where we want to spend it.

Just like, what entertainment should I spend money on.

To top it all off there are almost limitless numbers of books that I could enjoy reading more.

Abr 10, 5:22 pm

>80 dudes22: I was that way once, now I realize time is very short. If its bad I choose something else. If someone says its great I might try again sometimes that works but usually not. take it back for trade and read something you want

Abr 10, 8:35 pm

>82 JoeB1934: & >83 cindydavid4: Being more selective is so much more important now than when I was younger. As I get older I have less time to fit everything in so I have to learn to be more picky about what I read and do.

Abr 11, 2:07 pm

Book Number 66:

Forever Young by Hayley Mills - 4.2 ★
Category: Polly Put the Kettle On
2024 Reading Challenge: A Memoir
April TIOLI #3: In Honor of Dad

Forever Young by Hayley Mills is a memoir that mostly covers her younger years. I listened to an audio version read by Mills herself and hearing the actress recount her personal stories from her childhood and on into her twenties was both entertaining and enlightening.

She really had nothing bad to say about Walt Disney and her treatment at that studio. She felt protected and secure there and enjoyed acting in the various films that she was given. Her difficulties mostly came when she had left the studio and was on her own. She faced a world that didn’t want to see her grow up or to take on more challenging roles. Her fans wanted to see her as the young ingenue but she did manage a number of interesting films and she particularly liked working on the stage. She also had legal battles to fight as she came of age and found that most of her Disney money was being taken by the Revenue Service. She was married to Roy Boulting from 1971 until 1977 and has one son with him, it was a difficult marriage as he was 32 years her senior. She never remarried but went on to have a second son with Leigh Lawson and has now been with her current partner Firdous Barnji since 1997.

I was a huge fan of Haley Mills and found this book a treat as she came across pretty much as I expected. She is close to her family, enthusiastic about life, and enjoyed the acting profession but was not obsessed with fame or fortune. Although I thought she was very careful in revealing anything about other famous people that she knew, she was very honest about her mother’s alcoholism and her own bout with bulimia. I was surprised at her deep spirituality but this and her love for her children has guided her through life’s ups and downs.

Abr 11, 3:38 pm

oh I want to read this!

Abr 11, 9:38 pm

>86 cindydavid4: I think you will enjoy it, Cindy.

Editado: Abr 12, 12:54 am

Book Number 67:

Hunt For The Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury - 4.2 ★
Category: Imported Teas
April CalendarCat: World Rat Day - April 4th
April TIOLI #6: In Honor of Linda P's Parents 65th Anniversary

Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury is based on a true story and tells of the World War II military intelligence service of a young Hawaiian born American-Japanese who under the code name of Bamboo Rat spies on the Japanese in the Philippines.

When the Japanese invade, Zeniji who is 17 at the time, sticks to his cover story and hides the fact that he is in the American military. He is arrested, beaten and tortured but stands his ground. Eventually, the Japanese accept his cover story and as he speaks both Japanese and English he is forced to work for a high ranking officer. He continues his spy work and his information is delivered to the Americans through the Philippine guerrillas. Even after the Americans return to the Philippines, Zeniji must be very careful how he approaches people as all they see is a young Japanese man not the American hero that he has become.

Hunt for the Bamboo Rat is an intense and exciting survival story. Zeniji proved to be a strong, intelligent young man, a very loyal American who survived as a spy and a POW. His story is one of courage in the face of insurmountable odds and I was glued to this adventure-filled historical fiction novel.

Abr 13, 12:12 pm

I haven't read anything bu Nikki French, but this sounds like a series I would enjoy.

The only Turgenev I've read is Fathers and Sons, and that was years ago, but I have fond memories of it. I might give this one a try.

Hayley Mills! I haven't seen or heard about her for years!

Abr 13, 1:36 pm

>89 BLBera: Hi Beth, the Freida Klein series by Nicci French is very good. I was hooked from the first book. I enjoyed reading about Hayley Mills as I admired her a lot when I was younger. I am working my way up to reading one of the big fat Russian novels so I keep picking up the shorter ones to get a feel for them. :)

Abr 13, 1:45 pm

Book Number 68:

In The Blood by Lisa Unger - 3.8 ★
Category: Badly Made Tea is a Criminal Offense
April AlphaKit: U
April TIOLI #5: Title has many words - all of one syllable

In the Blood by Lisa Unger is a psychological thriller that had enough suspense to keep me reading and trying to fill in the pieces. The novel is set in The Hollows in upstate New York, a location that this author has used previously. There are some familiar characters but the story is centered around college student Lana Granger.

Lana, is full of secrets. Secrets that very few know all of, she even keeps many secrets from the reader and slowly drops clues as the book progresses. Lana is haunted by her mother’s murder and her father is sitting on death row, found guilty of that murder. Lana was a difficult child growing up in the violent dysfunction of her parent’s marriage yet she takes on a job of babysitting a disturbed young boy. Lana and this boy play cat and mouse games with each other and bond in a strange way. Meanwhile Lana’s best friend Beck goes missing. This is the second friend of Lana’s who had disappeared in a suspicious way from the college and it isn’t very long before the police are looking at Lana much more closely. Is someone using Lana as a front to cover their own misdeeds?

In The Blood hits all the right notes for a thriller as this author delivers a tightly plotted, riveting story that unsettles rather than frightens. There were a few things that I had to accept over my disbelief but overall this twisty story was a good read.

Abr 13, 2:34 pm

>91 DeltaQueen50: Oh I read that ages ago, loved it. Dont care for mysteries but psychological thrillers are just my speed. Have read more of hers, I liked Ruth Rendell so should probab;y try some

Abr 13, 4:19 pm

>92 cindydavid4: I discovered Ruth Rendall back in the 1980s & 90s and I read them all straight through - I would say that my favorite was Judgement in Stone and Demon in my View but I really liked all her books. I read most of her Inspector Wexford books and her Barbara Vine books as well. I like psychological thrillers as long as they don't expect me to totally suspend my belief sometimes they simply go too far.

Abr 13, 6:30 pm

Oh loved those too along with dark adapted eye and babes in the woods Should reread these one of these days. Esp loved annas book (why does the touchstone say Astas book?) Rendall as Barbara Vine. Why do author write under different names? esp since I didnt notice any differences between the two.

Abr 13, 7:51 pm

>94 cindydavid4: I think the Barbara Vine books were considered a little darker than her straight forward mysteries. I knew that book as Asta's Book - perhaps it was named differently depending on the country it was published in.

Abr 13, 9:38 pm

ok that makes sense, thx

Abr 13, 10:08 pm

>65 DeltaQueen50: Adding that one to my WL. Have never heard of it before!

Abr 14, 12:50 pm

>97 Tess_W: Hope you enjoy it, Tess. :)

Abr 14, 10:17 pm

I fully sympathize with your IT troubles. I received my new iMac for Christmas along with a whole new thing called 1Password, and it's taken months for me to get used to. Agree with all of the comments about the lack of personal, face-to-face customer service when trying to resolve issues like yours.

I was going to put Nettle and Bone on my Wishlist but realized it was already there! Will have to find a challenge to obtain a copy of this book.

And yes to culling one's bookshelves! I recently looked at my feminist shelf and realized that, while I love the idea that Mary Shelley wrote more than Frankenstein, I was never going to finish reading either Valperga or The Last Man. i left them for some other readers to enjoy at a local free library kiosk and had more room for more recently purchased books.

Abr 15, 2:27 am

>99 threadnsong: Hi Threadnsong. I seriously worked on clearing my bookshelves last year and I actually did make a lot of space but I very rarely get to a bookstore these days so now I have to live with half-empty shelves. These days I tend to mostly buy electronic books or audio books - they are certainly easier to store.

Editado: Abr 15, 9:59 pm

Book Number 69:

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston - 4.2 ★
Category: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
2024 Reading Challenge: Part of a Trilogy
Bingo: The words "Big" or "Little" appear in the title
April SFFKit: Time Travel
April TIOLI #9: Multiple "esses" in title

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston was a fun read involving time travel, romance, ghosts and antiques. Mother and daughter, Flora and Xanthe Westlake move to the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire and plan to open an antique store. Although Flora is the lover of antiques and Xanthe prefers singing for a living, it is Xanthe that some pieces sing to and draw her into their story.

One particular piece that they acquire speaks loudly to Xanthe and it, as well as a very forceful ghost directs her to time travel to the 1600s in order to help a young girl who has been accused of theft and is in danger of being hung. The ghost is the mother of this young girl and she threatens to harm Flora unless Xanthe can get her daughter proven innocent and freed. Xanthe must figure out what happened and how it can be fixed. She is aided in the present by the handsome Liam and in the past by the dark and brooding Samuel.

The Little Shop of Found Things is the first of a trilogy so I am expecting that Xanthe will be doing more time travel in the next books. And although Liam seems very interested in her, it is obvious that she is drawn to the 17th century and Samuel. I am looking forward to continuing on with the trilogy and finding out what happens.

Abr 15, 11:03 pm

>101 DeltaQueen50: Taking a BB for this one. Your thread is dangerous. It is only April and this is my 5th BB this year.

Abr 16, 12:42 pm

>102 lowelibrary: I hope you enjoy The Little Shop of Found Things, of course it is the first in a trilogy so be prepared - it could lead to more! :)

Abr 16, 12:53 pm

Book Number 70:

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary - 4.5 ★
Category: Tea for Two
2024 Reading Challenge: An Audio Book
April AlphaKit: O
April TIOLI #11: Author's name could be a nickname

I finally understand all the hype and praise that The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary was given. As two roommates who never meet face-to-face fall in love through notes, the reader can’t help but join them. As romantic comedy novels go, this one was top-notch.

Tiffy who works as a publisher of DIY books, and is going through a difficult break-up from her nasty ex-boyfriend, discovers a flat that is within her budget. Leon, a palliative care nurse, works nights so the arrangement is easy, Tiffy has the use of the bed at night, while Leon sleeps in the day. But as they exchange notes on day-to-day things their lives start to entwine and slowly they discover what the reader already senses, these roommates could soulmates. Of course there are a number of things to sort through before these two can live happily ever after and it’s a fun ride with these two lovable characters.

The Flatshare is a clever, slightly quirky story. The two main characters are fun to follow and the author gives us some interesting secondary characters who help move the story along. I liked how the characters developed a friendship before getting romantic and that they both had issues to deal with.
I was surprised that this is the author’s debut novel but happy that I can now search out more of her stories.

Abr 16, 1:43 pm

>104 DeltaQueen50: So glad you enjoyed The Flatshare! I will say, I haven't liked any of O'Leary's subsequent novels as much. Her next-best (in my opinion) is her latest one, The Wake-Up Call. But she's definitely an author I continue to follow!

Abr 16, 1:56 pm

>104 DeltaQueen50: Another BB for me.

Editado: Abr 16, 4:23 pm

>104 DeltaQueen50: >105 christina_reads: The only other one I've read is The No-Show, which I would also call quirky. Including in its composition.

If you like O'Leary & you haven't already tried her, check out Jenny Colgan. I've liked several of hers, including 500 Miles from You. She has a way of writing light seeming novels imbued with serious modern concerns. It's third in the Scottish Bookshop series.

Abr 16, 4:27 pm

>104 DeltaQueen50: ohhhh this sounds a bit like this is how you end the time war but not so deep. Definitly want to read this!

Abr 16, 5:53 pm

>105 christina_reads: Your recent re-read of The Flatshare gave me the push I needed to finally get this one read - and it was certainly worth the wait! I have The Road Trip and now I will be adding The Wake Up Call as well.

>106 lowelibrary:& >108 cindydavid4: I hope you both enjoy The Flatshare and wow - I am happy to find that I wasn't the last person that needed to read this one!

>107 ReneeMarie: I have read and did really like The Bookshop on the Corner and have the next couple of hers on my Kindle. I need to get back to Jenny Colgan as well!

Abr 17, 2:45 pm

>109 DeltaQueen50: If you like Jenny Colgan, you might also like Sara Bennett and Judy Leigh if you have not read any of their books yet.

Whenever I think of weeding my shelves again, I get cold feet! I did that three years ago when we moved but regretted some of my aggressive weeding and had to buy back a few books! Our retirement community is having a book sale in July (I am co-chair) and I have a box full of books my hubby and I have finished and are ready to give off. I read a lot more on my Kindle though because they do not take up the shelf space.

Abr 18, 12:33 pm

>104 DeltaQueen50: This was a good one, wasn't it? And it's not the kind of book I usually read. Great comments.

Abr 18, 3:06 pm

>110 LadyoftheLodge: I'm making a list of these authors and will check them out soon.

>111 BLBera: The Flatshare is my idea of the perfect comfort read - nothing too serious but not totally silly either.

Abr 18, 3:16 pm

Book Number 71:

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - 4.5 ★
Category: Boston Tea Party
April Reading Through Time: Book Has a Disabled Character
April TIOLI #15: A book I've had on my shelf for more than 10 years

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert is a deeply engaging story about Rachel Kalama who in the late 1800s, at the young age of six, is diagnosed with leprosy. She is torn from her family in Honolulu and shipped to the leper colony of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka’i to be raised by nuns. The impact of this destroys her parents’ marriage and leaves this little girl alone in the world.

The isolation and fear that the lepers received was quite simply heartbreaking. Rachel’s world has becomes the leper colony and she could very well be spending the rest of her life there. She does eventually form a family comprised of friends although many of her ‘found family’ die from the disease. She also meets the man that she will marry but the disease and the rules that society place on it’s victims mean that true happiness is elusive. Rachel matures into a strong young woman who learns to overcome the challenges in her life. Her fascinating story is set against a backdrop of 20th century events.

Moloka’i is a well written and informative work of historical fiction. The author draws the reader into Rachel’s world and we easily learn to care for her and the people around her. He also shows a great respect for Hawaiian culture, religion and history. This is a rich, complex story that pulls on the emotions as it tells of Rachel’s personal strength and bravery.

Abr 18, 4:07 pm

>113 DeltaQueen50: I should probably stay off your thread but you read such great books. I am taking a BB for this one.

Abr 18, 5:57 pm

>114 lowelibrary: Moloka'i was a great read and I hope you enjoy it. (Although enjoy is the wrong word when it comes to leprosy!!)

Abr 18, 6:05 pm

The technician finally came today and finished setting us up so now we have a working landline, internet and television. Fingers crossed that everything stays the way it should so I don't have a breakdown!

He was saying that there are less and less people signing up for cable TV and that he sees the company giving up on television services down the road. We will all be streaming our programs through our computers in the future. The problem is that right now the people who want service for their tvs tend to be senior citizens and they don't want or understand streaming or DIY TV. I resemble that remark!

Abr 18, 10:54 pm

>113 DeltaQueen50: oh I read that ages ago, didn't realize there was a sequel daughter of moloka'iI really enjoyed this and like you learned alot about Hawaii as well as how they were treated. The sequel is about the child Rachel had to give up, the family that took her in, and their subsequent internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II. think it would be an important book to read.

Abr 18, 10:55 pm

Abr 19, 12:15 pm

Glad you got your services back, even if it came with a little doom speech.
He's probably right, down the line people will stop buying tvs. And if that happens, computer screens will keep expanding because a family isn't going to squeeze in round the laptop.
Wishing you a good weekend, Judy!

Abr 19, 12:37 pm

>117 cindydavid4: I will be getting myself a copy of Daughter of Moloka'i soon!

>118 cindydavid4: I am developing a strong love/hate relationship with technology - every time I turn around I have gotten left behind again. :(

>119 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer. We are kicking off our weekend by meeting some friends for lunch today which will be fun. Hope you have a great weekend as well!

Abr 19, 12:56 pm

>119 mstrust: ha!!! no kidding and they will be twice as expensive as well and almost impossible to use....

Abr 19, 1:00 pm

>120 DeltaQueen50: in the 70s my mom was the manager of a large dr office. She was the first of the staff to get one of those computers. Mom would come home just fuming, they keep telling me it will make life easier, and paperless, theyre mushiginah. She complained about it till she retired a few years later. Wasnt easier than certainly isnt now.

Abr 19, 9:20 pm

Nice to see that you have service now, Judy. Telus is getting harder and harder to deal with. I was without TV for 2 months while they kept saying they would send me a new modem but never doing it. Finally they sent a live person who set everything up.

I really enjoyed The Flatshare when I read it.

Ontem, 3:53 am

>104 DeltaQueen50: Just purchased this one as well as Moloka'i

Ontem, 8:08 am

Just to let you know that The Wake Up Call is kobo's daily deal today, at least in the UK. That often means that it's on offer in the kindle store as well.

Ontem, 10:17 am

>116 DeltaQueen50: Our cable company ended its television services, Judy. I don't even miss it.

Ontem, 12:54 pm

>122 cindydavid4: I bet it was difficult for your Mom, Cindy, I went through that as well in the office that I worked at. Those old computers were intimidating! I was working on the order desk of a cigarette manufacturing company and I had to go from sending my orders to head office on a old-fashioned telex machine to processing everything through a computer. I hated it!

>123 Familyhistorian: So you probably have a similar set up to the one we got, Meg. Do you find the tv remote difficult to use? It's not very user friendly - I sat there last night trying to figure out how to fast forward through a recorded program and then how to delete the recording. We didn't get any instructions and the remote isn't labelled so I had to just keep pushing buttons to see what worked.

>124 Tess_W: I've been buying books right and left the last little while and so I am trying to curb my buying impulse. I have well over 2,000 books just on my Kindle. I need to make a rule of reading a couple before I buy one. Amazon makes it so darn easy - just click the button and book is yours!

>125 Jackie_K: Of course after saying the above, I did rush off to see if I could get The Wake Up Call as a daily special - but it's not being offered in Canada. Thanks for the heads up though.

>126 BLBera: Hi Beth, so does that mean that you don't watch tv or do you stream programs? I can see that we may have to rely on our grandchildren to set us up and keep things working smoothly.

Ontem, 12:59 pm

>127 DeltaQueen50: Regarding TV remotes & things: sometimes I just run a web search & up will pop directions for doing whatever tech task I'm trying to do. Sometimes it's even a video. Quality varies, though, of course.

Ontem, 1:04 pm

>128 ReneeMarie: Thanks, I need to explore some more and hopefully, I will be able to find some information on-line, but why couldn't "they" have put a couple of little arrows on the remote to designate fast forward and reverse!

Ontem, 1:14 pm

>127 DeltaQueen50: My DH has three diff remotes, one for the tv one for the cable and one for prime. I have no idea which is which each has its own rules and so I can not watch tv without asking him for help. Whats wrong with just using a dial knob for goodness sakes!!!