Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Books of 2014 - October


1.Mystery Mile. Fiction by Margery Allingham. Series mystery. (Part of the Albert Campion series.)



2.Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets & Surprises. Nonfiction by David Long.



3.The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery. Fiction by Sophie Hannah. Sometimes interesting but it's not really the same.



4.Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy Book 3). Fiction by Veronica Roth. HATED THIS.



5.An Expert in Murder. Fiction by Nicola Upson. First in a series. Didn't love it but it showed some skill.



6.The Gyrth Chalice Mystery. Fiction by Margery Allingham. Another one in the Albert Campion series.



7.The Return of Captain John Emmett. Fiction by Elizabeth Speller. Really liked this start. If you like the Ian Rutledge mystery series, you might like this.



8.The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton. Fiction by Elizabeth Speller. Second in the above series. Improves on a few mistakes in the first, but makes some new errors. Still interested to see what else Ms. Speller comes up with.



9.Angel with Two Faces. Fiction by Nicola Upson. Bit of an improvement over the first in the series (#5 above), but still a little too "icky" for my taste.



10.Police at the Funeral.Fiction by MargeryAllingham. Yes, another Albert Campion series mystery. This one may have been my favorite in the series so far (it's the first to not feature some implausibly huge crime syndicate).

What this list tells me, if I didn't already know: I've been feeling stressed, to say the least. This is all easy, comfort, escapist reading. Nothing challenging in the lot.

Totals for October: 10
Fiction: 9 (8 series mysteries and 1 dystopian YA series)
Nonfiction: 1 (and it was a light read)

As always, if you'd like to see my thorough reviews of these (and many other) books, you can find me on Goodreads.

And don't forget: I'm now blogging at Living Unabridged. You can find more book lists, homeschooling advice, and anything else you used to find here at Candid Diversions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Books of 2014 - September

I'm blogging at Living Unabridged now, but I'm putting this book list here for continuity's sake. (OCD, I know, I know).

Monday, September 8, 2014

Changes for Candid Diversions

Candid Diversions was born in 2007. Since that time I've had two babies, a miscarriage, moved twice, homeschooled from preschool up to 8th grade, and read a lot of books along the way.

I've also learned more about blogging since the first tentative days when I opened my first blogspot address. Blogging started as a hobby, a way to keep family and friends informed of the little things that happened, the funny things the kids said (even though I gave them all pseudonyms), and what I was reading and learning.

Back then, I didn't have a niche. I didn't have a plan. I just had words and they wanted out.

1,500+ posts later, the words still want out. But I need to be more disciplined about how, when, and why they are shared. And, honestly, if possible, I need my blog time to provide more for my family than just an outlet. We've added two more children to our lives, and many more expenses, but not much more income.

So, with those thoughts in mind, I've decided to change blog homes.

My husband has helped me set up a brand new blog. There's a new address. There will be all new (though still familiar) content. I won't be taking Candid Diversions down, or moving all the CD posts. I may even stop in here from time to time.

But the new home for my blog writing life will be Living Unabridged. I hope you'll come with me. It's a new look (Wordpress is different from Blogger in many ways) but I think it will look familiar too.

And just like when you move into a new house, everything isn't quite where it will stay. It's still unfinished and everything isn't moved in. Because I didn't move all my Candid Diversions posts, there isn't a lot of content, yet. But there will be, because there are still so many things to say, so many books to read, and so much life to live.

I hope to see you there!