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Monday Morning Update August 18, 2014

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It’s been a long while. I’ve been so busy with various things. One day, I’ll tell you all about it, but not today. I don’t have that kind of time.

Mailbox Monday
I can’t possibly catch you up on all of the books that I’ve purchased since I last posted. So I’ll tell you about my most recent purchase.

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. Shadow of NIght by Deborah Harkness
3. Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
4. Silver Shadows (the Bloodline series) by Richelle Mead
5. Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series)
6. Star Trek Seekers: Second Nature by David Mack.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I’ve read all of those books thus far. I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So how has life been treating all of you?

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Monday Morning Update March 3, 2014

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So I would imagine most of you are watching the Oscars or preparing for the snow storm tomorrow. I’m all stocked up!!

Musing Mondays/Mailbox Mondays
Anyway, here are the books I got last week.

1. The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
2. Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: to Brave the Storm.
3. Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I finished Star Trek: To Brave the Storm, Frost Bite and The Chase.

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Monday Morning Update February 24 2014

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Well! Another week has come and gone. Downtown Abbey is over. Sherlock is over. Call of the Midwife starts next week I believe!

Musing Monday/Mailbox Monday

I only got one book last week.
Star Trek the Original Series No Time Like the Past by Greg Cox.

STARDATE 6122.5. A diplomatic mission to the planet Yusub erupts in violence when ruthless Orion raiders attempt to disrupt the crucial negotiations by force. Caught in the midst of a tense and dangerous situation, Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise finds an unexpected ally in the form of an enigmatic stranger who calls herself “Annika Seven.”

STARDATE 53786.1. Seven of Nine is taking part in an archae­ological expedition on an obscure planetoid in the Delta Quadrant when a disastrous turn of events puts Voyager’s away team in jeopardy—and transports Seven across time and space to Yusub, where she comes face-to-face with one of Starfleet’s greatest legends.

STARDATE 6122.5. Kirk knows better than most the danger that even a single castaway from the future can pose to the time line, so he and Seven embark on a hazardous quest to return her to her own era. But there are others who crave the knowledge Seven possesses, and they will stop at noth­ing to obtain it—even if this means seizing control of the Enterprise! – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series-No-Time-Like-the/Greg-Cox/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series/9781476749495#sthash.BveA7V1V.dpuf

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I read
1. Cress
2. Star Trek No Time Like the Past
3. Star Trek Enterprise Beneath the Raptor’s Wing.
4. Vampire Academy

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Monday Morning Update December 9, 2013

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Urgh! I haven’t posted in such a while. Things at my job have been going crazy. We’ve had two attorneys resign, and one attorney have a heart attack. Thankfully, one of the attorneys who was out on medical leave came back. I have been more busy that I could have ever imagined. Anyway, I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving went well. Mine was very quiet.

Mailbox Monday
1. Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory
2. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
3. Star Trek the Fall: the Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I read Takedown Twenty and The Poisoned Chalice. I’ve started Stormbringers. I’m also re-reading the Harry Potter series. I’m in The Prisoner of Azkaban right now.

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Monday Morning Update October 28, 2013

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Mailbox Monday

I got three books. One my friend sent me; the other three I bought.
1. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
2. Star Trek the Fall A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack
3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
4. Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I finished Ghost Gone Wild, Allegiant, Star Trek A Ceremony of Losses, and Juliet, Naked. I’m starting Life As We Know It. I haven’t had a reading week like that in quite some time! What’s even more amazing is that I got all this reading done while refinishing my mom’s baker’s rack.

How was your reading week?

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Monday Morning Update July 8, 2013

20130707-202218.jpgI hope everyone had a great holiday!!! I was pretty lazy. It was too hot to do anything.

Mailbox Monday

I haven’t posted in a while; but I’ve gotten a bunch of books.

1. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

The highest-rated drama in BBC history returns to PBS Presents in March 2013

Less than a year after the first season finale, PBS’s hit series Call the Midwife returns to Sunday nights this spring with an all-new eight-episode season.

Fans of Downton Abbey and Mad Men have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London’s East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English, to the prostitutes of the city’s seedier side.

Based on Jennifer Worth’s bestselling memoirs, Call the Midwife will continue to delight its millions of viewers in the U.S.

2. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth

The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestseller and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth’s memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as “powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage” in the face of dire circumstances.

Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy’s delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan’mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form. As in Worth’s first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community.

A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.

3. Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity by William Leisner

Located far beyond the boundaries of explored space, the Goeg Domain is a political union of dozens of planets and races. When the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives in its territory to investigate an interstellar phenomenon, Commander Laspas of the Domain Defense Corps is at first guarded, then fascinated to discover the existence of an alliance of worlds much like his own, and finds a kindred spirit in Captain James T. Kirk. And when the Enterprise is attacked by the Domain’s enemies, crippling the starship’s warp capability and leaving its crew facing the prospect of a slow, months-long journey home, the Goeg leader volunteers the help of his own ship, offering to combine the resources of both vessels to bring the Enterprise to a nearby Domain facility to make the necessary repairs.

But what at first seems to be an act of peace and friendship soon turns out to be a devil’s bargain, as Kirk and the Enterprise crew learn that there are perhaps more differences than similarities between the Federation and the Domain. When the Goeg’s adversaries strike again, the Enterprise is drawn deeper and inexorably into the conflict, and Kirk begins to realize that they may have allied themselves with the wrong side….

4. Star Trek Enterprise: A Choice of Futures

Overview
A new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War: the United Federation of Planets, an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer—the former captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a vibrant Federation promoting galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet dedicated to exploring strange new worlds. Archer’s former crewmates, including Captain T’Pol of the U.S.S. Endeavour and Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer, work with him to secure that bright future. Yet others within the Federation see its purpose as chiefly military, a united defense against a dangerous galaxy, while some of its neighbors view that military might with suspicion and fear. And getting the member nations, their space fleets, and even their technologies to work together as a unified whole is an ongoing challenge.

When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation’s leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnecessary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution . . . but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end.

5. The Black Country by Alex Grecian

Overview
Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad returns, in the stunning new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestseller The Yard.

The British Midlands. It’s called the “Black Country” for a reason. Bad things happen there.

When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village—and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest—the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard’s new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they’re about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

Not even the arrival of forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley seems to help. In fact, the more the three of them investigate, the more they realize they may never be allowed to leave. . . .

6. The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Overview
Inside the B&N Hardcover Special Edition of The Heist, you will find:
~ The Caper: a never before published mini adventure featuring Kate O’Hare and Nicolas Fox, the characters from The Heist
~ High Quality Euro Stickers: Every hardcover edition of THE HEIST contains two euro stickers: I “heart” Plum and The Con is On!

From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

7. Chasing Memories by Tia Silverthorne Bach

Overview
There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…
Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken. Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

8. Paradigm by Helen Stringer

“If I ask you to do something, will you do it?” “Maybe.” “Maybe?” “Well, I don’t know what it is yet. But I’m guessing that death is the alternative, so I’m prepared to be reasonable.” Sam Cooper is seventeen. He drives a cherry red 1968 GTO that he won on a bet, and spends his days exploring the open roads of the great American West. He should be living the teenage dream, but post-collapse America is a hard place to survive. The United States is long dead, basic resources are getting scarcer, and no one on Earth has seen the stars since before he was born. Vast tracts of the country are now empty as people huddle together for safety. In all this chaos, Sam has survived on his wits and occasional luck. But a visit to the walled and prosperous Century City results in a split-second decision that changes everything. Soon Sam is on the run from the ruthless Carolyn Bast, and by something much more dangerous: MUTHA—a powerful artificial entity that has been watching and waiting for Sam’s return from the barren outlands. Sam unknowingly carries the key to something MUTHA can’t live without, something so dangerous that others are willing to kill him, or worse, to ensure that the great plex never possesses it. Sam can’t stay one step ahead of them forever. His only hope is to unravel the secrets of his peculiar past and awaken the incredible power that sleeps within—because even in his beloved GTO, without the truth, Sam will never succeed in outracing the nightmare to come.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I’ve read Chasing Memories, Call the Midwife, Call the Midwife: Shadow of the Workhouse, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End, Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity, Star Trek: the Choice of Futures. I’m currently reading Paradigm.

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Monday Morning Update March 4, 2012

Mailbox Monday

This week I got two books.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore.

Star Wars the Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff

Overview
KNIGHT OF RECKONING

The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. The few remaining who still wield the Force for good have been driven into exile or hiding. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire—as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader, targeted for assassination, from Coruscant to safety on a distant world. It’s a risky move under any circumstances, but Jax and his trusted crew aboard the Far Ranger, including the irrepressible droid I-Five, are prepared to pit their combat skills and their vessel’s firepower against all Imperial threats—except the one Jax fears most. Reports have raced across the galaxy that the dark lord of the Sith has fallen in a duel to the death with a Rebel freedom fighter. But Jax discovers the chilling truth when he reaches out with the Force . . . only to touch the dark, unmistakable, and malignantly alive presence that is Darth Vader. And Jax knows that Vader will stop at nothing until the last Jedi has fallen.

What Are You Reading on Monday

I finished Eitquette and Espionage. I also re-read Farworld Water Keep and Farworld Land Keep. I’m getting ready to start Star Wars the Last Jedi