I was messing around on Instagram the other day and figured out how to make a simple slideshow. So, I decided to make monthly reading roundups with the covers of books I’d read each month. I started with July (the most recent at the time) and, because I was enjoying myself, moved backward to January. (I made myself stop before going into last year.) You can see my learning progression in title placements, then cover-pages, then getting rid of the Pixgram logo. But it’s still kind of fun for me to see them all together.
I think I will continue going forward. But I wanted to go ahead and get the past ones in here. (Because starting something in the middle annoys me.) So, I figured I’d make a 2020 Reading Roundup page.
Eventually, my daughter (13yo) made me cover art. So, I get to have a proud mama moment too. Just ignore me preening, if you will.
So, without further delay here are my 2020 reading roundups. I’ll add the rest as the year progresses. Maybe I’ll even expand my skills and figure out how to add music.
I picked up a copy of Dead Eye, by Alyssa Day, during a freebie day on Amazon.
Description from Goodreads:
For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Florida, to be exact. When he learns that he inherited a combination pawn shop/private investigation agency from his favorite uncle, Jack’s first job is to solve his uncle’s murder. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.
I thought this was amusing, but a little light on content. I liked the characters but didn’t think the romantic subplot was developed well enough. (Day seemed to be hinting at something interesting that never came to anything.) The plot stood alone, but I definitely felt the fact that it is a spin-off series. There were just too many references to past events the reader has no access to if they’ve not read the other series. The mystery was neatly set up, but the villain was dispatched with shocking ease and the whole thing felt anticlimactic. All in all, I liked it enough to read more of Day urban fantasy/ paranormal mystery writing, but not enough to call her a favorite.
I won a copy of Murder on the Lake of Fire through a giveaway the author, Mikel Wilson, ran on Instagram.
Description from Goodreads:
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of a teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion. In a small town bursting with friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just beneath the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits him against artful private investigator Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome, smart and seductive, and he just might be the killer Rome is seeking.
I generally enjoyed this. I wasn’t surprised by the conclusion of the mystery in any sense, but I enjoyed the journey of seeing that I was right and I liked both the main characters. I thought very occasionally that names were tossed into dialogue too often and the similes weighed a little heavily at times. But for the most part, I’m glad to have read it and look forward to the next one.