June & July’s Reading Recap: So Mysterious

by farrah on July 18, 2015 · 2 comments

I decided once again to combine two months’ worth of books for my recap. I am going to prepare you now and say that yes, I know I am predictable and yes, I realize it is not a requirement of a series to read ALL of the books in that series. But I do. I can’t help it. And the only thing that has stopped me is that Kindle Unlimited finally pissed me off enough to quit.

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So here’s what I’m talking about:

This month I read a rather mediocre series about a woman who lives on a depressing marsh in an inhospitable place. Why did I keep reading these? I have no idea. It wasn’t that the characters drew me in deep, or the setting was so amazing (it was actually rather depressing) but it might have been that I liked the writer’s style and feel she created a well-written narrative. I know, if that doesn’t make me sound like a nerd I don’t know what does. I’ve had to stop at book 4 since the Ruth Galloway series is no longer on Unlimited. At least books 5 and so on are not so….. The good news is that the first four are, and if you’re interested you might like at least the first two.


The Janus Stone– This is book 2 in the Ruth Galloway mystery series. Written by Elly Griffiths, I was excited for a second book to read by this author. It’s not a predictable mystery- and that’s what I appreciate most. Again, no supernatural hocus-pocus, which I feel makes it more believable. I’m intrigued by Ruth still so I will keep on reading at this point.

The House At Sea’s End– Book 3! Still hanging on with Ruth and the weird romance/relationship/whatever you call it with Nelson. That’s probably my biggest critique of this series is that I feel the relationship is unnecessary and a cliché. They don’t make a believable couple (which they aren’t anyhow) but because I like the originality of the plot so much I keep coming back to it. I am starting to tire a bit of the formula, but I’ll give it one more go.

A Room Full of Bones– The last book I’ll be reading of Elly’s since there aren’t any more in the Unlimited program. I like the series well enough, but not to pay over $10 for it electronically. Additionally, I am now losing my motivation anyhow to keep up with the same old conflict & conflict resolution- so I think it’s time to go. I did like the first three much more, so if you like series mysteries- give this a try. I wouldn’t read four of them if it was awful!

Animal Farm– Yep, that same one you read back in high school. It has obviously been a long time since I read it so thought I’d give it a whirl. Not exactly beach reading (which is where I started reading it) but it’s still a good one. I feel my 39-year-old-self got many more of the jokes & satire than my 17-year-old self did, so if you think you’re a bit smarter now than you were back then, it can’t hurt to check out this classic of farm animals turned Soviet Union satirists.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone- We have the actual book-book of this and I can’t believe we finished it. Thankfully my husband is currently in the States and going to pick up the others for us. It was a bit of a pain to have to order these in English and pay about double just for doing so.

July & Currently Reading

The Crimson Petal and the White– I like long books. Long, good books that are well written (snob), with occasionally complex characters set in primarily historical fiction genres. This book definitely fits the bill. I’ve had this one sitting around my nightstands for at least four years- and I’m bound and determined to finish it this time. It has an intriguing synopsis I encourage you to check out if you’re into the whole London-whore-of-the-1800s sort of thing. It’s going to take me the rest of July to finish it and possibly into our vacation.


I’m at 29 read of my 50 book goal for the year. I have definitely fallen off of my pace, and I think this last book will hurt a bit since it’s so long. It’s probably a good thing though since I have absolutely no idea what I want to read next.

What are you reading?

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1 Gayla July 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

I have the Potter series if you need to borrow any of them. Read them all and loved them all (I wouldn’t be at the least bit upset if Rowlings were to write more). Good for you for setting a reading goal. It’s taking me months to finish a book these days, but managed to complete the Tristan & Isolde 3-part series by Rosalind Miles and I’m halfway through The Appeal by John Grisham (I love his books), and still saw fit to start another, The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. Waiting in the wings I have The Broker by Grisham, Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (loved her version of Zorro) and The Three Musketeers (a very thick copy), plus a closet full of miscellaneous books from the US and the local tweedehand shop in Venlo. I love mysteries, so just looked up the Ruth Galloway series. I’ll be adding that to my list of books to look for…and do let me know what you think of The Crimsom Petal and the White; your brief description sounds like my cup of tea 😉


2 farrah July 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

The Ruth Galloway books really are good. I am purposely vague when giving book reviews- (ahem, lazy BUT I don’t like to give anything away)so I think you might like them. And thank you for the offer of the HP books! I sent my husband on a mission to bring them back Friday- so I’ll let you know 🙂


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