I can’t believe it, but I am actually catching up on my books from Netgalley and Storycartel. Lots of other books as well – but if I tell you what I am doing, well, maybe I will get caught up, right? One is The Juan Doe Murders by Noreen Ayres. A Smokey Brandon Thriller, it deals with a serial killer who murders Mexican Immigrants, and in a fiction format brings up issues of immigration, the rich vs. the poor, and the tremendous imbalance of wealth in this country. It came to me from Netgalley – only THREE Netgalley’s on my list, then I will be caught up!
The Deeper Genome by John Parington expands upon the Human Genome Project, delving into the international ENCODE project and what it says about the deeper findings of DNA and RNA the layers of regulatory elements controlling and coordinating the switching on and off of genes. Deep stuff, but utterly amazing. The second of my Netgalley books awaiting review.
The third Netgalley book is Speaking In Bones by Kathy Reichs. I have been a big fan for years, but got away from it for a while. I will see if this book nudges my interest once more.
I have two books from Penguin’s First To Read program. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, and Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson.
Penguin books are harder for me to read, as they have a heck of a DRM, which means that on my Samsung tablet I have to read in a program which accepts PDF files – a TOTAL pain, as Adobe Reader says “ERROR: The document has features that are not supported in this version of Adobe Reader.” Duh. It is an Adobe PDF! Sigh. The only thing that really works is Aldiko Premium which, though it pulls it up, and allows me to highlight for notes for my reviews, is a true pain in the backside when it comes to moving between pages . . . I can swipe ten or fifteen times before it will turn a page! Gack. Anyone recommend another program that works with PDF’s that is easier to work with?
Another one that is taking time to read, requiring “fun” reads between chapters? The Enigma Strain: Harvey Bennett #1 by Nick Thacker. Terrorists, explosions in Yellowstone National Park, murders, and biological weapons straight out of history. Intense.
Also from Storycartel, Path of the Horseman by Amy Braun. The Four Horsemen decimated the world – but now they are stuck here. Sounds like it might be interesting…
Reading for fun in between the deep stuff? Spin Art by Jacey Boggs. I have been seeing all these wonderful textured yarns on Etsy, and learning how to do them is a lot of fun! Wraps, corespinning, bumps, and foreign objects, i.e., spinning in beads, baubles, shiny objects and bits of cloth spun into your yarn! Examples from some of my fav spinners on Etsy.com? Click the pics to go to the etsy pages.
Relaxing before bedtime? Suzanne Wright’s The Phoenix Pack series. The fourth book just came out, and I get a huge kick out of Taryn Warner, the heroine, so I am listening to them in order (Kindle Whispersync) – seeing as how I also missed the third book. Fun – two new smexys for the reading! (Note to British authors writing settings in the U.S. – Americans don’t eat baked beans for breakfast – that is a completely British thing to do! LOL) If you liked the Ridgeville Series by Celia Kyle, you might like this one as well.
Of course, my TBR stack is monstrous…. but the next two books I have “Up Next” are Witches Diary: A Lost Library Novel and the Lost Library Short Story Trilogy both by Kate Baray. If you haven’t read this series, you are really missing out. If you haven’t read my reviews, type “Kate Baray” in my search box.
Wow. I just realized, I need to get reading!