Cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure.

Dead and BreakfastDead and Breakfast by Kate Kingbury
A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery
narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Method of Consumption: Audiobook

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

With all the serious and heavy books that I read, I always like to have a cozy mystery series in my back pocket to lighten things up when I need to.

My first cozy mystery series was the Magical Bakery Mysteries by Bailey Cates, which I came across in a friend’s Goodreads feed. I decided to give it a chance and realized that cozy mysteries are really fun and adorable!

Dead and Breakfast was no exception. The ghost didn’t feature as prominently into the story as I hoped and expected (I love a good ghost story!), but the murder mysteries – yes there were 2 in this novel! – didn’t disappoint.

Be sure to keep your expectations low with this one, but if you know what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll definitely enjoy. My only complaint is that there are only 2 installments to this series so far!

Luckily, I discovered through Goodreads that Kate Kingsbury has a twenty-one book Pennyfoot Hotel series, which I will begin promptly.

Memorable quotes: none

Notorious RBG

Notorious RBGNotorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
narrated by Andi Arndt

Method of Consumption: Audiobook

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I want to start by saying that this book is probably better consumed through physical copy or e-book. Periodically throughout the audiobook I’d hear, “For additional commentary, please see the enhanced portion of this audiobook.” But I have no idea where to find the “enhanced portion,” so I feel like I missed out on a lot.

This non-fiction work was a general overview of the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and all-around badass! If you’re a fan of RBG, you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re looking for an in depth, detailed story and explanation of RBG’s life and work, this is not the book for you.

After reading this, I have a newfound appreciation and admiration for Justice Ginsburg. I admit that I didn’t know much about her before, except that she can do more pushups than I can! So I enjoyed learning about her family, her previous law work, and her fights on the Supreme Court.

Memorable quotes: none*

*Note: RBG herself has some fantastic quotes, but as they were not germane to this book, I did not include them here.

 

The Great Book Heist

Camino IslandCamino Island by John Grisham
narrated by January Lavoy

Method of Consumption: Audiobook

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

This fun little heist novel reads more like tame Dan Brown than John Grisham. I’ve grown fond of Grisham’s latest thriller stories, which feel different to me than his original works. I recently finished The Rooster Bar as well and gave that one 4 stars.

This book about books starts right in the middle of the action – with the heist – and then takes you on a journey to Camino Island, FL to discover what happened to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stolen manuscripts. The plot was clever and, though somewhat predictable, I was still guessing until the end.

If you’re doing POPSUGAR’S 2018 Reading Challenge, this one will cross off “A book involving a heist” and will give you plenty of books to choose from for the “book mentioned in another book” category. (Be sure to make a list as you go along, and if you do, please send it my way! I failed to do so.)

Memorable quotes: none

Fun Holiday Read

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Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
narrated by Lisa Burgett

Method of Consumption: Audiobook

Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I placed this on hold at the library just before Christmas, thinking that it would be a fun little holiday read. It didn’t become available to me until New Year’s Eve, but I decided listen anyway, even though it was past Christmastime!

It was definitely the fun little holiday read I was hoping for, and it was ever so British! I love to read about lives that are drastically different from mine, and to me, life in the English and Scottish countrysides seem so much different than my life in the southern United States. I enjoyed hearing about fairy lights (Christmas lights), Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), Christmas pudding, and all the fun British terms that surround the season.

The book starts by introducing each of the characters separately with their own chapters, and eventually you learn how their lives intertwine. It was situationally a bit farfetched and predictable, but very fun nonetheless. And I so enjoyed the characters and their sweet little story, that I was willing to forgive the contrivances.

Memorable quotes: none