Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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Thank you Ajoobacats blog for nominating me for this amazing award. Please forgive the delay as I was vacationing.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten blogs.

Ajoobacats blog questions:

1. When did you realize you had a passion for reading?

The earliest memory I have is when I came across the Judy Blume books as a young person.  I remember devouring them.  Are You There God it’s Me Margaret was one of my favorites back then.  Also, it was those little scholastic book club newsletters that were sent home to parents for their young ones to order books.  I couldn’t wait to get my shiny, new books.
2. How does blogging enrich your life?

My blog is made up mostly of book reviews, so blogging enriches my life because I feel I’m making a contribution to the success of good writers.  I try hard to choose books that I’ll most likely enjoy, and when I do I can write about them and expose others to their great books.
3. Are there any films you’ve seen that are better than the book upon which they are based?

I have to admit that most books I’ve read are better than the film version. However, I’ve enjoyed the following films better than, or as much as, the book:

The Help, Without a Trace (I think the book was called Still Missing), Anne of Green Gables

I’ll have to take more time to think about this one.
4. Can you remember the first fiction book you ever bought?

Unfortunately I can’t remember the first fiction book I ever bought.
5. What do you do with your old books?

I keep the ones I can’t bear to part with, some go to my local used book store, some I trade at paperbackswap.com, and some I give to friends or relatives to read.
6. If you were to write a book, which genre would you choose?

That’s a tough one because I like so many genres, including:  mystery, historical fiction, true crime, romance, literary fiction….  If I had the SKILL, I’d write a historical fiction book or a good mystery.

7. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Both.  I love dogs for the interaction, companionship and loyalty;  and cats for their quiet reserve, easy maintenance and snooty attitude.
8. What’s your pet peeve when it comes to grammar?

I don’t like to see words misused.  It troubles me to see the word Your (your, you’re) misused; and also To (to, too, two); and There (there, their, they’re).  Quite often I come across social media posts that are grammatically incoherent.  I don’t mind a mistake here and there because nobody’s perfect. I’m no scholar myself, far from it.  However, there’s no excuse for atrocious grammar.
9. What do you do to unwind after a particularly emotional read?

I take time to reflect on and relive the poignant moments.  Once, I sat and cried for a few minutes because a character in a book really touched me. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.
10. Do you prefer stand alone books or a long running series?

I’m still trying to figure that out.  When I read a great book with a satisfying ending I’m fine with it.  However, it’s nice to read about familiar characters that I’ve loved getting to know.

These were such wonderful questions Ajoobacats.  Thank you for the opportunity to answer them. I enjoyed them so much I want to borrow them to use for the 10 bloggers I select, since they’re very similar to ones I had in mind.  I hope you don’t mind.

My Ten Questions, borrowed from Ajoobacats blog:

1.  When did you realize you had a passion for reading?

2.  How does blogging enrich your life?

3.  Are there any films you’ve seen that are better than the book upon which they are based?

4.  Can you remember the first fiction book you ever bought?

5.  What do you do with your old books?

6.  If you were to write a book, which genre would you choose?

7.  Are you a dog person or a cat person?

8.  What’s your pet peeve when it comes to grammar?

9.  What do you do to unwind after a particularly emotional read?

10.  Do you prefer stand alone books or a long running series?

My Ten Nominees:

1. Meditating Mummy

2.  Jordan Bates

3.  Josbons

4.  Rissi

5.  Anhistorianabouttown

6.  Adopting James

7.  Mary C.M. Phillips

8.  Anoop

9.  Ana Spoke

10.  Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

Review: Real Murders

Real Murders
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Mamie Wright, a member of the Real Murders discussion group, which meets periodically to talk about past murders, has been found dead by Aurora Teagarden, another one of its members, just before a meeting is about to start. What’s odd about this murder is that it parallels the one that the group was set to talk about that very night. Whoever killed Mamie was mimicking an old murder. As additional details are discovered, and more bodies found, it appears that the perpetrator is a member of their very own murder club, but will the evidence lead to the correct member?
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.  The narrator brought life to the characters, and the story was one that kept me guessing and intrigued to the very end.  The story centers around Aurora’s  life and interest in the various killings that are taking place. I liked her character. I’m not sure if I’d consider this mystery of a cozy nature, but it wasn’t over the top either; at least not to me. Overall, I listened with pleasure, and since it thoroughly entertained me, I’m giving it 5 stars. This audiobook was an Audible Daily Deal that I snagged at a deeply discounted rate.

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Review: Hunted

Hunted
Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Evelyn Baine, special agent and FBI profiler extraordinaire is on the hunt for a particularly cold-blooded, sadistic serial killer who displays his victim’s bodies from the neck up in the deep woods for his own pleasure.   Identifying this violent and demented killer won’t be easy for a petite, mixed-race woman working amidst a male-dominated investigation team that treats her more like a newbie than the skillfully trained, ardent and proficient professional that she is.  Her determination in catching these criminals can be attributed to the loss of her best friend, Cassie, who was abducted and never found nearly seventeen years ago. But now Evelyn is the one being Hunted, and this monster is intent on adding her to his list of victims.
This evenly paced, cleverly crafted thriller kept me interested throughout. I was intent on finding out how Evelyn would escape her fate of winding up like the victims before her.  The ending had me flipping pages faster than I could count!!  I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for thriller/suspense lovers everywhere. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, VANISHED.  Thank you Elizabeth Heiter for a copy of this book. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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