Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I love books!

What can I say! I read like some people watch TV. I pick up my book when I sit down during the day. And then I always read for a couple of hours before I go to bed. It’s interesting and relaxing. I check out books from my library and read most of them on my iPad Pro.

I like to read mysteries….they are my favorite genre. But reading mysteries is a little tricky. You can get some very scary psychological thrillers and some story plots that are downright disturbing. So I decided to read a couple of OLD books featuring Sherlock Holmes.

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I read The Seven Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer  and thoroughly enjoyed it. Easy to read….classic Sherlock Holmes.

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Then I went back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and read A Study in Scarlett. It seemed very slow and plodding to me but it was short and easy to read. Interesting to read the first book in the series and find out how Sherlock Holmes met Dr. Watson. I will read more of this series. I’ll just add one from time to time.

AND THEN….I read something that had GREAT reviews.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

I don’t always care that much for a book that gets such great reviews with a cover that makes it look ‘chick lit’! But I was surprised! It really is THAT good! I won’t divulge any many details. It has lots of sad parts but it’s SO worth the read. I’m reading the next one in the series, After You and it doesn’t have as many good reviews but I’m going to ‘find out what happened next’. I fell in love with the main character in this series.

Don’t laugh….hubby came around the corner and caught me with 2 IPADS open and my phone in my hand.

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So what’s on your nightstand?

Any mysteries you would like to recommend? I need a good ‘who done it’!

I’m joining the 5 minutes for books party HERE

and I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

37 comments:

Debbie said...

well, what's on my nightstand, pills. pills that are trying to correct the damage i have from MS, the damage that prevents me from remembering anything...which prevents me from reading. i use to love to read!!

i saw the movie "me before you" and i loved it. i was enlightened, not sad...i could relate to the story!! like the notebook, it is only sad if you focus on those parts. i see them both as love stories. i think the notebook was the greatest love story ever written!!

Susie said...

Hey Brainy-ack...you make me feel super lazy. LOL. That is the cutest picture of you multi-tasking. :):) I do not read like I once did. I am hoping I will once I get cataract surgery. I always like Patricia Cornwell mysteries. Blessings to you Diane, xoxo, Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am laughing at the photo of you with all your devices! Looks like me at times but there is a cat trying to sit on my lap also! You know I love to read and always have a book going. It is my favorite pastime for sure! Hugs!

Sandy said...

I don't really have anything to offer right now, but I seriously love that picture!!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy Wednesday and book day. I've 222 pages left in Brothers of Karamazov. Last summer, I took it to Russia to finish it, but the lighting in my hotel room was so poor that I didn't read while I was there. I misplaced it, and it recently reappeared, so I am finishing it up. I would say it is a mystery. I am also reading a book on Churchill. xoxo Su

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have been reading decorating and gardening books lately.

Sandra said...

I rather read than any other form of entertainment, I read a book every 2 to 3 days. depending on the book. i have been guilty of sitting at the desk top, with phone and tablet at same time. i do that when the table makes me crazy and i research what it is on the desk top or vice versa. you would not like my thrillers, i love mystery but thriller type not Sherlock. as a child i lived for Westerns, read all of Louis Lamour and zane gray and any and all Westerns. went to historical romance, knights and armor type thing. loved King Arthur and Tarzan and any thing like those. i love action movies and books... the book you read, i saw the movie, my hubby love the movie to which was a shock to me, both those books are movies and well made. give me a choice of movie/tv/read and i choose reading. bob and i watch a movie every night or 2 hours of tv shows, like the voice and America's got talent. i would not watch them alone, but enjoy them with him

Angie said...

I usually read right before going to sleep, and when hubby is driving us places. I just started Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - a fellow blogger recommended it but I don't remember who. I also picked up a Rhys Bowen book - always good for a light read. Happy reading!

happyone said...

I don't read near as many books as you do but I always have a couple books going.

Right now I'm reading The Run by Howard Fast.

Also just started Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson which I just brought home from the library. It is a mystery and I got into it on the first page. Will let you know how I like it when I'm finished.

Vee said...

No recommendations, but that is a very cute picture of techie you!

laurie said...

you need more arms lol,, I just finished the ripple effect but I do see you like quite a few of the same books I do,, I read everday and go through a lot of books, some on audio but mostly large print,, reading is therapy for me, it calms me, and is a true pleasure,

acorn hollow said...

I was a mystery reader but have moved on to Historical fiction. Some of the mysteries I was getting into were too graphic for me. I am reading The Forgotten Room and Gift from the sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh it is a peaceful very relevant book after all of these years. I still read a real book love the feel of a book in my hand.
Cathy

Terri D said...

I read Me Before You and then we watched the movie. I have the two sequels on my Kindle but haven't read them yet.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

My Kindle goes everywhere with me -- it is hardly ever out of reach. Like you, I pick it up and read it whenever I have a few minutes and always for an hour or so before bed. My IPAD or PC after supper time keep me awake but the Kindle works just like a regular book -- relaxes me and I enjoy it and I sleep well. Right now I'm reading Sue Grafton's last book "Y is for Yesterday". So far, I think it is one of her better ones and that makes her way-too-early death even sadder.

The Sherlock stories are slow reading compared to nowadays that is for sure, but I'm glad I did it. I have a personal goal to read (the many) books that I have heard of and know a bit about but have never actually read. Sherlock fit into that goal perfectly -- I ordered the complete stories for my Kindle when we saw Sherlock was on NetFlix .... I'm glad I read the book first, it made the modernized series more interesting.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Diane, I like the picture of you with your dueling electronics! I have not read anything mysterious lately, so no recommendations. Lately I've been reading about gardening--my all time passion. Spring is right around the corner for us here! Happy reading! ♥

Janey and Co. said...

Good for you! I also so the movie Me Before You. IT was excellent . I seem to read in spurts....mostly in the summer. The last book I read was Lost Girls....

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've always liked James Patterson books. They are fast reads and thrilling. I think "Along Came a Spider" was his first book. I also liked Patricia Cornwall early books -- Bone Yard and Body of Evidence. Her protagonist is a woman coroner who solves the crime.

Love the photo of you with your electronics! Our world has certainly changed as we have all thsi information at our fingertips!

Linda said...

I was already composing my comment in my mind - until I came to that last photo!!! I so dearly love it!!!! You are adorable!!! Pillow on your lap and your little foot sticking out there in its slipper. I feel like I know you better just from this one picture!!!
Carry on!!! I have an iPhone and two iPads, too!!! we are twinkies!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I'm starting The Immortalists today. I hope it's as good as all the hype says it is! ;P

Patsy said...

Have you tried (M.Louisa Locke) Mystery Books?
They are old books I have been getting them
on my Ipad from bookbuds thru Amazon Most are free.

Jeanie said...

I like Deborah Crombie "KIncaid and James" mysteries (Brit), the "Maigret" books by Georges Simenon (French), Cara Black's Äimee LeDuc books (Paris), Louise Penny mysteries (Canadian), and Jacqueline Winspear and Susan Eila MacNeal (Brit). I've also recently discovered the Avery Ames mysteries (can't remember the author but they are fun and not gory) and the Classic English Mysteries (set in 30s) by Poisoned Pen press if you are into vintage. (And there's always Agatha and Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham and Ellis Peters!)

Cherdecor said...

As you know my husband reads all the time. He likes mysteries as well, but he reads other books as well. We all have loved Sherlock Holmes. I like the picture of you with you ipads and phone. Blessings!

Jean Berryessa said...

I love all the sappy Nicholas Sparks books and movies. Read all of them. I have been trying to get caught up on my sewing and by the time the days winds down I am so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open. I do love a good mystery, but haven't read one in a very long time. Nice picture of you multi tasking.

Michelle said...

I love to read and my favorite is a series by Alan Bradley. The first book is entitled, "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie". A great mystery series. Thanks for linking up today!

Linda said...

That picture of you surrounded by devices is so "today." I like printed books because I spend too much time on the computer already. My husband reads on his iPad every night though.

Tom said...

...I wish that I was a reader!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I haven't read a good mystery in a while. I like Karen Robards, Nora Roberts and John Grisham. On my nightstand is a great auto-biography I just found, titled, 'Call the Nurse - True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle'. It's very good - I've been reading long into the night. Your photo made me laugh! We are definitely in the digital age! Enjoy your reads! Hugs xo Karen

BeachGypsy said...

I cant believe we both just posted posts about BOOKS! LOL---we both share such a love of books and reading. As you can tell from my post, I adored mysteries when I was a young girl, those ones you see pictured and of course all the Nancy Drew books, I loved them so much. I favor history books and historical fiction nowadays and probably the closest to mystery now would maybe be Diane Chamberlain, have you read her? Love her books. Some of Karen White's are kind of mystery....maybe more "mysterious" would be a better way to describe hers. Like you, I read every night before sleep. And I love that picture of you with all your devices, so cute! Happy happy weekend my friend, what do y'all have planned?

Karen Ann said...


I'm reading Gladys Tabor's My Own Cape Cod.. and a few seed catalogs, lol. I read Me Before You and loved it! The move was good too...

Preppy Empty Nester said...

I LOVED Me Before You!! Next up on my reading list is Jo Jo Moyes current book, the third in that series. I made a note of the other two books. Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!

Stephanie said...

What's on my nightstand? A pile of books and my reading lamp {{smiles}} I just finished "If I Live" by Terri Blackstock and WOW! What a book! It's the last book in her "If I Run" series and the series is definitely a good one to read, but definitely start with the first book since the story goes through all three books.

LOVE the last picture of you! Too cute :) Hugs!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I pulled up my Kindle...I have 1536 titles on it ... a long TBR pile.

I'm reading Fireflies right now by PS Bartlett...reminds me a little of Michener's Centennial. Has some craft issues, but the characters are wonderful.

Jeanna said...

I love that photo! If only I could concentrate enough to read something all the way through, I keep getting Kindle samples but not much grab my attention. I think I did a book review in school on the 7 Percent Solution. Great movie as well. Me Before you is on my list of Amazon Prime movies to watch but I got up to the accident which I know was in the beginning but it was too sad. You can't go wrong with Finnick O'Dair and The Khalisi though.

Carol Z said...

Love mysteries, too. I'm finishing Plague Land -- set in England at the time of the Plague by S.D. Sykes. I found it browsing the mystery shelves at the library. It's dark, but drew me in and I like the main character very much. I was happy to see there's a sequel waiting for me. Next up is Donna Leon's Earthly Remains.

handmade by amalia said...

I read The Seven Per-Cent Solution a couple of years ago and it enjoyed it thoroughly. I also like mysteries, the old fashioned kind, not gory or scary or dark. Give me a nice country setting, a vicar, a library, a locked door, and I'm happy.
Amalia
xo

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I just got a new book - about people that uproot their lives and move to Ireland - can't even remember the name of it - I'll be starting it soon - if I ever get caught up on other things. Happy reading and reading and reading.

Carla from The River said...

LOL ... love that photo of you!!
I also enjoyed m
Me Before You .. and yes it was sad. Please do a review on After You, I am interested.