Book Date

Joining Book Date and The Caffeinated Reader

This week I finished reading a book and listening to two audiobooks.

First, lets discuss Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

I listened to this book, so I’m not sure how it would read.

However, as an audio book, I LOVED this book…LOVED, LOVED, LOVED!!

I laughed, had teary eyes and felt so much for these characters.

When the book finished my first thought was “ohhhhhhh, I loved that book!”.

Lin-Manuel Miranda narrated this book and I think he was the perfect choice.

Next up, a cozy English mystery A Scone to Die For by H. Y. Hanna.

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.

Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?

~Good Reads

This was really cute and the narrator, Pearl Hewitt, was also great (I could listen to English accents all day long).

I’ll be on the lookout for the second audio book.

I took a break from The Lido to read UNSUB by Lisa Gardiner.

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

~Good Reads

I like books by authors such as Karin Slaughter, early Patricia Cornwell, etc.

This is the first in a new series, the second book is now in hardcover.

I liked this book and the characters.

I’ll be putting book two on my library list.

My current read is due to my obsession with Sarah Jessica Parker.

I am reading the first book published under SJP for Hogarth Press.


A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding – a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son’s estrangement – the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.

~Good Reads

I am about a 50 pages in and I’m really enjoying it.

My current audiobook is Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.

If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman’s enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.

~Good Reads

The current pick in Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, I just started this yesterday.

Thats it for this week!

Happy Reading!


5 thoughts on “Book Date

  1. Kathy Martin says:

    I have Aristotle & Dante… on my Kindle but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I read and liked UNSUB. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  2. Stefanie says:

    I had to Google SJP for…etc. I had gotten some email about it maybe from GR and my initial reaction was what was this? I guess it’s almost like a Oprah book club with her but she’s actually editing and publishing books of her taste?


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