Let’s chase away those blues, and muse about bookish things with Should Be Reading.

Here are some topics:


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think about re-purposing old books (eg. into art journals, etc)? Why?


I just started reading Victims, by Jonathan Kellerman, an Alex Delaware book.  It is not his latest book, but I found it fairly recently on the bargain table at Barnes & Noble.  I hadn’t read any of the books in the series for a while, so I was ready.




I started reading it last night, and if I hadn’t been very tired, after finishing reading and reviewing Fangirl, (click for my review), I might have continued indefinitely.

The first chapters were very gruesome, but I know, from past experience, that most of the story will be about following clues and figuring things out, so that’s good.  Here’s a quick blurb:

Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.




His newest book is Motive, coming on February 10, so I want to download it onto Sparky.





Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can’t keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don’t get solved—and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end—one even Alex Delaware’s expert insight can’t explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case—because there’s always a next one.

This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcée who’s been gunned down—not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman’s business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they’re zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness.


I’ve been trying, fairly successfully, to cut down on my review requests…and since I only have one Vine review book left to read, and will be reading it this week….I gave in.  And requested this one:


You Can Trust Me, by Sophie McKenzie (I’ve never read her!)





On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the official ruling of suicide; the Julia she remembers was loud, inappropriate, joyful, outrageous and loving, not depressed. The suspicious circumstances cause Livy to dig further, and she is suddenly forced to confront a horrifying possibility: that Julia was murdered, by the same man who killed Livy’s sister, Kara, eighteen years ago.


I am very excited about my bookish world.  Yes, I have been purging, etc., for a while, but what remains…well, there are still some fabulous books, and some good ones coming. 

As for the random question, I’ll have to ponder that one for a while!

What does your week look like?  What are you excited about?



  1. Great job on trying to cut down on review requests. I have five or six ARCs waiting to be read so I am going to TRY not to request anything new, at least until I get those read. The key word there is try. Haha


    • It is challenging for me, as I am constantly tempted to go check out the Vine queue! LOL

      Trying is the operative word, all right, but someone once said to me: “Trying is lying.” Interesting perspective, right?

      Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia.


  2. The Sophie McKenzie one looks good…sounds familiar…so I either read it, have it to read or will read it soon…lol. I have not read a Jonathan Kellerman book in ages!


    • I remember what I most loved about the Kellerman books…I can’t stop turning those pages. Not a boring moment…for me, anyway. I haven’t read McKenzie before, and I was down to one Vine book…couldn’t resist! Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


  3. After a blogging year where I ended up mostly reviewing books others had sent me, I finally decided to cut down on requests too. It feels weird to be in that position and gives me a sense of what it must be like to be a publisher who has to sort through reams of manuscripts. Yet it also feels freeing to once again pick the books want to read. There are so many good books with so little time. 🙂 Congrats to getting down to just one book to review!


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