Thursday, December 29, 2022

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 12/30/2022

All things bookish!

What I Read:

I didn't write a proper review for "Joy to the World" but I do want to mention that I actually finished a book!  A very small book, but a book none-the-less!


What I'm Reading:


Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

First Lines:

"He stood in the middle of his secret room, staring at walls covered with old newspaper clippings."

56%/Page 56

"Noah stopped in front of the museum, not wanting to get in the way of law enforcement officers or crime-scene techs."


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


How easily can an open heart unlock the door to happily-ever-after?

When Miss Quinn Cooper arrives in Emerson Pass, Colorado, her entire life is packed into one small suitcase. Her widowed mother and baby sister are depending upon her for their survival back home in Boston. And the self-appointed mayor of the rugged mountain community is counting on Miss Cooper to prove herself a fitful teacher for the young and old alike.

Lord Alexander Barnes is determined to bring a bit of English civility to the wild terrain of Emerson Pass. Using his own resources, the widower and father of five builds a schoolhouse and recruits a young teacher from the east to provide an education for both the adults and the children in his rapidly growing mining town. But when the lovely, and much younger than anticipated, Miss Cooper arrives to town, Lord Barnes finds himself providing more than just employment when the boarding house proves to be an unsafe accommodation for the school mistress.

As Miss Cooper takes a room in the Barnes' home, the five Barnes children are delighted. They are sure Miss Cooper is the perfect woman for their lonely father. But when a friend of the Englishman turns up dead, the hope for progress in the untamed town seems immediately lost. Can Miss Cooper and Lord Barnes bring change to the closed-minded locals? And will their endeavor open their hearts to something more?


Book Haul:

 None this week.


Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  In 2022, how many books did you read? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

A. A measly 16 books is all that I read this year.  I had grand plans of reading at least 1 book per week.  Yeah, that didn't happen...


Bookishly Yours,

Linking up to:


  1. 16 books is more than one a month and a lot of people don't read at all. When your children are grown and move out, you will have more time to read, but you will miss the kids and the noise!

    Happy New Year!
    My Friday post

  2. 16 books is still better than nothing. Hope life lets you read a bit more in 2023.

  3. I've been told I need to try Nancy Mehl. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Mind Games and The School Mistress of Emerson Pass both sound appealing. Thank you for sharing them! And sixteen books is more than a book a month. May 2023 offer more reading time.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Hope you had a great reading year and enjoyed those books! Here's my BBH:

  6. I love Nancy Mehl’s books!
    Here is the first line for this week!
    The Rose and The Thistle by Laura Frantz. Another fantastic book!
    April 1715 France
    Struck by sunlight, the sprawling chateau was a blinding, rose-hued white.

  7. These books all look like good ones! I didn't read nearly as many books as I'd hoped but maybe 2023 will be better. Happy New Year!

  8. Mind Games sounds good! I hope you are enjoying it. It's been a year and 16 books is nothing to sneeze at! That's pretty awesome, Collette. I hope you have a Happy New Year.

  9. Thanks for playing along on Book Beginnings on Fridays! That's a good opening sentence, although books about serial killers usually are too scary for me! Have a happy New Year!

  10. Personally I wouldn't balk at 16. Some people don't read that in a lifetime sadly. :-) Wishing you the best for 2023!!

  11. I loved Mind Games, I need to catch up on some of her other series! Like others said, 16 is better than nothing. We all have seasons where reading takes a backseat. Happy New Year!!

  12. Sixteen books is fantastic. When I was busy with kids and work, I didn't get much reading done, so good for you!

    Here's a bit from a lovely old poem:

    "Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true...

    Ring out a slowly dying cause,
    And ancient forms of party strife;
    Ring in the nobler modes of life,
    With sweeter manners, purer laws...

    Ring out false pride in place and blood,
    The civic slander and the spite;
    Ring in the love of truth and right,
    Ring in the common love of good."

    And a toast: Here's to a year of wonderful reads!

  13. I loved Mind Games, hope you do too! I think just getting some reading in is something to celebrate! Happy New Year!

  14. 16 books is a lot! That's more than a book a month. I read a few mangas and novellas, which bumped my number up. Otherwise I probably would have read less than you did.

  15. Wow! You sure read a lot of books! Hope you have a great year!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  16. Mind Games sounds good. Come see my week here. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year! May 2023 be a good year of reading.

  18. Both of these books look great. Happy New Year!


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