Monday Mash-Up #043 and #044

Once again, the days flew by and I fell behind…..not that there was any major life events around here, but still…..

I am excited to say that I am looking at my first blog-aversary coming up on the 19th!!  And even better, my first year as a member of Mr Pink Ink’s Pink Blots!!  Then, with the month of December comes my “Milestone Birthday!!!!”  and some new ideas for 2020!!!   I love this time of year!!  😀

The Week in Books—–

The Devil’s Dreamland:  Poetry Inspired by H. H. Holmes by Sara Tantlinger — 5 out of 5 stars!

If anyone had ever told me I would be singing praises for a book of poetry, I probably would have laughed and given a witty comeback like “No way.”  But The Devil’s Dreamland is not just a book of poems.  Tantlinger took inspiration from the stories surrounding H. H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer.  This collection does read much like a story, starting in Holmes’ childhood and continuing through his grisly crimes and conviction.  There is great build-up through the collection; I could almost feel Holmes’ descent into madness.  If you want to give some poetry a try, I’d recommend this fantastic collection.

Grind Your Bones to Dust by Nicholas Day — 5 out of 5 stars!

My Goodreads review—

Brutal and horrific, with the added bonus of beautifully written prose. I loved this book, even when I was feeling the need to scrub my soul clean. I will definitely be looking for more of Day’s work in the future.

And I will never look at a donkey the same way again.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered by CNN (Cable News Network) — 5 out of 5 stars!

This is a must-have for Bourdain fans.  A compilation of remembrances and tributes from friends and family, as well as some wonderful photography.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan — 5 out of 5 stars!

I am currently writing a full review and will be sharing it here and with my friends over at Mr Pink Ink.  By far one of the best biographies I’ve read.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum — 3 out of 5 stars

Set during World War II and the late 1990’s, this is really two stories:  first about surviving Nazi Germany and the second about mother-daughter relationships.  First off, this could have easily been shaved down by 100 or so pages, as by the mid-point I was feeling things starting to become repetitive.  I also think there should have been more about the daughter, Trudie, and her own struggles trying to understand her mother.  Overall, not bad, and this would probably make a good selection for a book club as there are definitely some interesting topics to discuss.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman — 3 out of 5 stars

I was expecting a bit more from this one after reading and enjoying The Suicide Motor Club, but by the time the story started to really get going I just wasn’t caring anymore.  And was it really necessary to the story line to constantly read about Frank and Eudora’s never-ending sex life??  When it was good, it was really good though, so a full three stars.

Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay — 3 out of 5 stars

I read the first Dexter book some time ago, and I remember it being a bit more entertaining than this sequel.  Dexter, that lovable serial killer who only kills serial killers, is back and itching to release his inner darkness.  I felt the story was lacking something, and the writing was choppy (no pun intended).  Overall, if you’re a Dexter fan, give it a go, but I probably wouldn’t recommend this one for a first-time reader to the series.

Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson — 3 out of 5 stars

After non-stop horror reading over the past couple of months I needed to cleanse my palate, and this little cozy mystery did the trick.  The 11th book in the Goldy Schulz series features the usual murder and mayhem as well as some great sounding recipes.  If you need a quick entertaining read, this series always delivers.

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf — 3 out of 5 stars

This started out as a solid 4 star story.  I was sucked in from the beginning and really couldn’t put it down.  But adult characters that seemed more like caricatures and a very unsatisfying ending dropped it down to a low 3 stars.


I’m truly getting excited for a new year here at All Dragons Read!  Thanks for following me and as always, Happy Reading!!

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