Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I'm Still Exercising

One good thing about walking on the treadmill, I get more books read!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #53

Dates read: December 7-12
Title: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series:  The Embraced #3
# of Pages: 429
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering general Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?
    Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before But how can he trust a sworn enemy… and how can he live without her?
My thoughts: I laughed out loud at many of the scenes in this book. It was a lot of fun to read.

 Book #54

Dates read: December 12-17
Title: The Whispering Room
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Series:  Jane Hawk #2
# of Pages: 492
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: “No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.” These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.
    In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough. Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.
My thoughts: Man, I had a hard time putting this book down. Many questions still remain (and the ending sure made more of them—for the reader and the main character), but at least there isn’t an actual cliff hanger. However, I have the next two books and I’m not wasting any time starting on book 3. If you like suspense/thrillers, give this series a try.

So far I’ve been sticking with the exercise. Yay! If not for a book to read, I doubt I’d continue walking on that treadmill, though. It really is the pits. At least when the weather warms up (it will, right?), I can walk outside and then continue with my weight training when I get home. Although, I’m gonna need more weights. I’ve only got 8- and 10-pound dumbbells (and nothing for my legs), which won’t be enough if I stick with it and give up the fitness center. And I really want to stick with it and give up the fitness center.

The sort-of break is going well (one less thing to worry about) so I won’t be back here until next Wednesday (because I’m pretty sure I’ll have a book to report). I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. That’s if you celebrate it.

Happy Reading!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I listen to music and/or watch television when I'm on the treadmill. Otherwise yeah, it's really boring. But keep it up!
I'll be taking a long break until January 2, so wishing you a Merry Christmas. Because yes, I do celebrate it.

JeffO said...

Who'd have thought that walking would be good for reading, and vice versa? Enjoy your Christmas!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - Our treadmill is so noisy, it's not so easy to listen to the TV or music without turning it up loud. When this treadmill finally dies, I want a bigger, quieter one. Although, I'll probably still read on it.

Jeff - I just wish there was a place to put the book so I could have my hands free. But the rack on mine is too far away to read. I need a better treadmill, but will do with this one until it dies. And if Hubby gets started on it this winter, that may happen soon.