As I figured would happen eventually, the reading slowed drastically. I haven’t updated you on my reads since February 7th - week 5! Here it is week 8 and in those three weeks I only have 4 books to mention. That makes me a bit sad, but I’m still ahead on my goal to read 62 books as these 4 are numbers 15-18 for 2013. Granted a handful of those are shorter works so really I hope my count is closer to 80 to account for the novellas and short non-fiction reads I sprinkle in here and there.
Given that I’m covering several weeks I’m going to start with the most recent and better reads.
A Cowboy’s Texas Rescue (Black Ops #3) by Beth Cornelison - 4 stars - WorldCat. A carjacking at a gas station by an escaped felon is foiled by an empty gas tank, freaky snow storm and a black ops man on leave to visit his father’s death bed. But it doesn’t come to an end easily. Chelsea Harris, the original victim finds herself in the trunk of her car listening to Jake Connelly fight it out with the felon, Brady, who had killed two officers during his initial escape. Eventually half-naked Chelsea ends up in the trunk with a concussed and now weaponless Jake who breaks them out. They head on foot to the nearest farmhouse, but the snow storm has taken out phone and power, leaving them with no way to contact the authorities.
This is the third and final book in the Black Ops Rescue series. I have not read the previous two titles and did not feel that I was lost because of that. While it is kind of hard to believe that all of the things that go wrong to amp up the suspense could take place in the same event, I enjoyed the book. The suspense was high and the attraction obvious. The suspense part of the equation was a bit stronger than the romance I’d say, but I appreciate that the book wasn’t highly political like many romantic suspense books I’ve read in the past. Do be aware that despite the title, this isn’t really a strongly cowboy/western book.
It is quite likely I’ll go back and read the other two titles in this series eventually.
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2) by Elizabeth Peters - 4 stars - WorldCat. After several seasons away from active digs in Egypt, Peabody and her husband find themselves off to complete the dig of a colleague who suddenly passed. Peabody is convinced the death is suspicious and of course starts to dig not only into sand, but into the lives of those at the site trying to uncover what is really behind “the curse” the locals are going on about.
So far, both Amelia Peabody books I’ve read have been real slow starts for me. I don’t know if it is when I’m reading them or if that is just how they are written. It takes me a fair bit of time to get wrapped up in the book. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy the beginnings. Despite the slow starts I adore Peter’s writing style and I almost always learn a couple new vocabulary words too (many Egyptology related of course). I’m very much looking forward to the next read in this series.
Lost Memories (Honky Tonk Hearts) by Sherri Thomas - 3 stars - Amazon. Darcy Brooks awakes in a hospital with amnesia and few clues of her prior life. It appears she had only just recently moved to town and no one has reported her missing. With no job history it was tough finding work, but once she finally gets hired on at a dude ranch she finds she loves the work — and her boss. But the sparks between Darcy and Nick cause frequent mistakes that have her afraid for her future.
The amnesia angle is nothing new and I didn’t find anything particularly unique about Darcy and Nick’s story. It was somewhat enjoyable, mostly due to the comedy of errors that seems to pop up whenever Nick is near Darcy.
For a quick, escapist fluff read it was fun, if not horribly unique.
Done with Menstrual Cramps by T.C. Hale - 3 stars - Amazon. I’m not certain how I feel about this book. On the surface, the theories presented appear to make a fair amount of sense, though many things in science did until they were disproved. But the humor with which the “facts” are presented kind erodes my sense of credibility. Add in that the author is a male comedian who has never experienced menstrual cramps, is not a health professional, and there is not a bibliography or any citations so one can do some further research into these theories and you can color me skeptical.
The author presents a series of self-tests one should go through to diagnose how the body system is out of balance. These tests can then be backed up with symptoms you may be experiencing beyond the menstrual cramps. Then methodologies to bring your body back into balance are presented. These include diet changes and likely supplements of various types. The tests do require some special equipment, some of which is relatively low cost and others which are not so affordable. I will confess to having not gone through the self-tests because my budget is severely tight at the moment and I cannot squeeze out the money to buy a blood pressure cuff or glucometer and test strips. So, my thoughts on the book are formed purely from the reading.
If at some point I am able to run the tests and follow through on what appears to be the right methodology I’ll update this review with my experience.
That’s it! That’s all I’ve read in the past three weeks. Well, I’m nearly 1/2 done with another NetGalley read and about a 1/4 of the way through a cozy mystery I checked out from the library. I also sort of read a cookbook in one afternoon and am debating if it is worth giving it more of my time or not. I’m not certain to count it as “read” or not yet. I also likely have a fair bit of non-fiction reading in my future for some freelancing projects that may be coming my way.
And a good chunk of this afternoon may be dedicated to knitting and reading. We’ll have to see.
How about you? Have you had any exceptional reads these past few weeks? Or any interesting non-fiction titles to mention?