Saturday, October 29, 2011

Books on the go.

Their 65th Wedding Ann in 2010
It has been a couple years since I've visited my parents.  But Mom will be turning 85 and Dad is 89 so I don't want to let too much time go by.  I am so blessed to still have both my parents.  But they are also at the point, especially Dad, where visits home are spent chatting, playing cards, watching movies and Dad sleeping much of the day. 

In anticipation, I am shipping home a box of books.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, the airlines weight restrictions on luggage.  That leads me to the second:  most of the books are either trade paperbacks or hardcovers.  So, you may ask, why not go the the library there or put them on my Kindle?  Answer?  I am fortunate to receive many Advanced Readers Copies and/or new books from the authors themselves.  So, what am I sending?  [Yes, living alone not only causes you to talk to yourself, but you even interview yourself on your blog.  Is that a problem?]

Here is the list of books being sent:
- Hunting Sweetie Rose by Jack Fredrickson - love him
- I am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley- who knew he was writing a Flavia Christmas story
- The Sleeping Partner by Madeleine Robins - finally a new historical mystery in the Sarah Tolerance series
- Kill My Darling by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles - I bought directly from her a UK, signed copy dated even before it's official release date and it's not released here until Feb. 2012 -- Cool!!
- Burial at Sea by Charles Finch - I love historical mysteries
- Mercury's Rise - Ann Parker - It's so nice to have historical mysteries set in 1800s Colorado; and she writes them so well.  I love her covers.
- Rock and Roll Never Forgets by Deborah Grabian - I've been meaning to read this for the longest time.

There are many others I want to take, but I'll only be there a week, after all.  Now, what should I put on my Kindle for travel time?  Hello, Amazon.

What about you?  Are you traveling this month?  If so, what books are you taking?


  1. Enjoy your parents while you have them. I wish I could chat, play cards, and watch movies with my mother again.

  2. I am grateful, every day, that I still have them.

  3. LOVE this picture of your folks and their fur baby! They look spry and healthy and as though they'll be with you for many many more happy years, LJ. Safe & fun travels, sweetie.

    There are a couple books on your list I'm anxious to read - the new Alan Bradley (I adore Flavia), and the new Deborah Grabian.

    I haven't read anything by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, but I will at your recommendation.

    We'll be right here for the holidays and the book I'm dying to get my hands on is the newest Margaret Maron, THREE DAY TOWN. Deborah and Sigrid finally meet. Finally!

  4. Thank you, Kaye. The folks are doing remarkably well, particularly Mom whom we swear will outlive us all. Unfortunately, Shadow passed away a few months ago. They decided not to adopt another dog, as it's just too much work for them now.

    The Grabian on my list is actually the first of the series, but I loved all of her Haunted Ballad series so promised her I'd try these as well.

    Do read CHE. Her use of language is wonderful.

    Margaret Maron is a bit light for my taste but I am anxious to read the new Bradley. No, I'm not taking "Chalk Girl" but it's hard.

  5. I feel I must read A Bad Day For Sorry. It has been on my list for too long. Enjoy your reviews LJ.

  6. Lovely to 'meet' your parents LJ. A very handsome couple. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with them. How do you read so fast and still get so much from your books?
    I took The Third Twin by Ken Follett with me on my short trip and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery. I guess you've probably read that one too.

  7. Thank you, Wendy. They are very special. I take notes as I read; that gives me the immediacy of my reaction to elements within the book and makes it much easier to put them together into a review at the end. I have not read "The Third Twin." In fact, I was only able to read two of all the books I sent home. Gin Rummy is very big in my parents house and my Dad still beats us all. ☺