Amanda’s Reads: week of June 11, 2024

3 more down! I was on a [determined] roll, and am on another with 1 of my new reads this week.


Country Roads: A Thriller (The Relic Runner Book 3) by Ernest Dempsey
As usual, I loved this book. I’m holding off on the next one though, because I have some others to catch up on. Namely, Fierce Self-Compassion.

Us of Legendary Gods by Nick Savage
I have such a bone to pick with Nick! A rather large one, too. Brachiosaur size. That ending was the biggest cliffhanger I’ve ever read. Literally drops you off the cliff. I’m kinda pissed. Plus, the fact that the book literally hurt my hands, as well as other grips I had about the physical book itself… Of course I want to read the rest, but I’m not ravenous for them at this point. I’ll get there.

Fear by Thích Nhất Hạnh
Such a helpful book. I just wish I fully owned it, which is probably me being petty 😂 

Currently Reading

The Executive Murder by Paul Austin Ardoin
This one I came to by chance – some would call it networking LOL. I’m in a group for authors who publish wide (versus exclusive with Amazon) and Paul made a post about this book. I’ve seen his covers and am familiar with them, so I figured, “I’m going to reach out.” He sent me an early copy for a quote. What that means is that when I finish it, I’ll send him a quote to use wherever he wants: sales pages, inside the book, on a cover, etc. You know, like the ones you see on a lot of books.

Anyway, even though it’s the 4th boon in this series, I love that he still makes the characters familiar. His writing style is also nice, as I prefer details so I can truly feel like I’m immersed in the story. It may also greatly amuse me that I see a lot of my old self in Bernadette Becker 😅

I’m excited to keep you updated on this one! **Since the book is on pre-order, the paperback version is not up yet. Once it is, I’ll link to it.

Here’s the description of The Executive Murder

A dead billionaire. A compromised police force. And her daughter in the crosshairs.
Disgraced federal investigator Bernadette Becker is taking a well-deserved vacation at a music festival—when a mysterious man in the crowd gives her a clue that upends her life.

Soon, Bernadette is sending her family into protective custody while she an her partner, forensic toxicologist Dr. Kep Woodhead, figure out who killed a billionaire in his home. The local police are on the take, and they don’t know who to trust. Uncovering clues and dodging gunfire, Woodhead and Becker cross the country chasing the killer—who is now targeting Bernadette’s daughter.

Enjoy the fourth book in the gripping Woodhead & Becker series from USA TODAY bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin.

Tuen Back Time by Stacy Claflin
I started this one back in 2021, I think. Then, my attention was pulled to The Mistake™️, just like he always did when attention wasn’t on him. Anyway, I was a little confused when I picked it back up, but 2 pages later, I knew where I was again. I like that about Stacy’s writing.

Love Life by Matthew Hussey
Matt keeps it real, heart-tugging, and funny. It’s my daily morning read, though I’ve been super distracted by ducks, and then I don’t get more than 4 pages read. Yes, I said distracted by ducks. I feed them cracked corn, and there’s 1 that will fly up to my 2nd-floor walkway and sit on the railing until I march them to the side of the building to give them the corn. Biggest a-hole duck ever 🤣

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
No change. Still too afraid to touch it 😂 Thought about reading it when I took a bath with my new Tell-Tale Heart bath bomb and candle, but then I realized the detached chunk of the book would fall into the water and I’d really cry, so it’s still sitting on my ottoman.

Currently Listening

Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia
Doug Stark is still a jackass. Franks just keeps worming his way further into my heart. If you asked me to pick a favorite book in this series (so far, it’s not finished) I wouldn’t be able to. I love them all. And the characters are so much fun; they’re all so different, yet somehow similar. The dynamics between them, the relationships and hate… Larry has done a great job with them. Also, since I’ve read and listened to this one about 4 or 5 times now, I know the big events that are going to happen, and I’m still excited to get to them.

Fierce Self-Compassion by Kristen Neff
I got into this a little on Sunday, past the introduction. I’m not a fan of introductions, and I remember how difficult it was for me to get into it with the ebook, so I’m just skipping it. I want the meat and potatoes of the book, and given where I’m at in therapy and my own self-work, I really don’t care much about that, anyway. The narrators voice is quite perfect for the type of book this is, which is making me want to listen a lot more. I just hope I don’t need to take notes LOL * Edit: yep, there are parts where it actually says to take out paper and a pen 🤣

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