It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Oh my goodness. It has been nearly a month since I have written a book review. My reading has slowed down substantially, but I do have three reviews to write.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 – I have not had a chance to read any stories from this collection over the past two weeks or so.

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly – It seemed like a good time for a light, quick cozy mystery.

During the past week I finished reading:

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams – This book was gruesome, suspenseful and reminiscent of Karin Slaughter. I was suspicious of the profile of the serial killer from early on in the book, and it turns out I was right in at least one aspect. I don’t want to spoil anything, though, so you will have to read it for yourself. This was a good start to the series, and I will definitely read the next one. (4 out of 5 stars)

Upcoming:

A Paradise for Fools by Nicholas Kilmer Terrarium Craft by Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant

A Paradise for Fools by Nicholas Kilmer – A NetGalley book, and the first I will read in this series.

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant – Another NetGalley read. I love terrariums and wanted to check out this book!

Have a great week, everyone!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 – Yes, still.

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams – So far, I like this one quite a bit. You know the drill: A private investigator, who is a recovering alcoholic and former FBI profiler, is called in to help catch a serial killer. The PI is female and Asian, though, for a bit of a twist on the traditional private investigator.

During the past week I finished reading:

Absolutely nothing because this guy showed up.

We are still looking for a foster or permanent home for this goofy dog. We are (currently) calling him Cliff, and he’s an approximately one-year-old Staffordshire Terrier mix.

Happy reading!

Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

Clearly, I have a lot of pets. So the last thing I needed was to take in another dog, right? So what did I do this past week? I took in a stray dog, of course.

Clifford the Stray

This guy spent a few days wandering our neighborhood. He was super skittish but very hungry. I spent a few days luring him with food and slowly earned his trust. It took a lot of patience, but I finally secured him. He has been staying in a kennel in our garage, which is less than desirable. With all the pets needing homes after the Texas wildfires, fosters are in very short supply. The little man is likely part staffie, maybe mixed with ridgeback or hound. We found out yesterday that he is likely heartworm positive. We expect full results in a few days.

Clifford the Stray

We have been calling him lots of names, including Clifford, Navin, Buster, Puppers and Lemont. I hope we can find him a new home soon.

What these photos don’t show – I need to take better photos – is that while he spent his first few days running around acting shy and skittish, he turned into a regular puppy dog once in our home. He is very playful and pretty much a big lovebug full of puppy energy.

P.S. If you are reading and live in the Central Texas area, please consider donating supplies to the Austin Humane Society. They are taking in all of the animals recovered from the Bastrop wildfire. You can view the list of supplies that they need. I plan to drop some items off today.

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Things have been super hectic at chez Reader of the Pack, so I missed this last week.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 – There are some gems in this collection that leave me wanting more, which I consider a good thing in a short story collection.

During the past two weeks I finished reading:

Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant – It was nice to catch up with Chloe’s love life. I wonder if there will be more in this series? (4 out of 5 stars)

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – Another favorite for the year! I hope the others in the series are translated quickly. Review to come soon. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn – This is the first time I have read a book in the Chet and Bernie series instead of listening to the audiobook. I could just imagine the narrator’s voice while reading. Another excellent book in the series! I am really curious about that Chet look-alike puppy. Surely Chet is neutered, right? (5 out of 5 stars)

Other:

In case you missed it, I was so excited to be featured on Scene of the Blog at Kittling: Books.

Have a great week, everyone!