Monday, May 02, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

So now it's May. Already. And unfortunately, my reading slump continues. In April, I only finished two books:


Far From True, by Linwood Barclay

and


Miller's Valley, by Anna Quindlen

... both of which I enjoyed a lot, although they're very different sorts of books. Haven't posted any reviews yet, but I have every intention of doing that later this week. (If all goes well.)

This week I'm reading:


A Fine Imitation, by Amber Brock

It's a Library Thing Early Reviewer book, from several months ago -- so I really need to get it finished up and reviewed ASAP.

After that, I think I might try something a little lighter. Maybe this:


Picture Miss Seeton, by Heron Carvic

or this:


The Skeleton Garden, by Marty Wingate




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. If you want to let the world know what you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Week Links

Just a few of the items that caught my interest this past week, around the Internet.

The Bookish

Little Shaq Takes a Chance
(Who knew Shaquille O'Neal has now authored a series of children's books?!)
Bloomsbury Publishing

Nights of Terror, Days of Weird
(A look at author Terry Southern and a book of his letters, edited by his son.)
Oxford American / Will Stephenson / 22 March 2016

The Oldest Libraries Around the World
("A selection of beautiful places to start your day.")
Flavorwire / Alison Nastasi / 24 April 2016

Shakespeare First Folio Discovered...in Time for an Anniversary
(In three volumes, shelved in the library at Mount Stuart House.)
New York Times / Jennifer Schuessler / 6 April 2016

The top 33 bookstores in Toronto by type
("Toronto book stores haven't all packed up shop just yet.")
BlogTO / Derek Flack / 27 April 2016

Was there a cover-up over Shakespeare's death?
("The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death reignites interest in a great literary mystery.")
The Spectator / Lloyd Evans / 23 April 2016

And the Non-Bookish

These Levi's jeans are designed to to give you a wedgie, which seems wrong
(Levi's new jeans are billed as "the cheekiest jeans in your closet." Ouch.)
Slate / Christina Cauterucci / 27 April 2016


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Beginnings: Dark Houses


Dark Houses, by Helen H. Durrant (Joffe Books, April 2016). Second book in the D.I. Greco mystery series. These are the first lines from the book's Prologue:
Murder.
It was a skill. It was addictive. It was his life.
Initial Thoughts:

Creepy. I like creepy, but I get a little freaked out by murder mysteries told from the point of view of the murderer. So if that's what we have here, I'm not sure how far I'll get with this one.

What do you think? Would that opening make you want to go on reading?



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Far From True


This week my teaser lines come from the latest Linwood Barclay thriller, Far From True (NAL, March 2016). It's the second book in a planned trilogy about the fictional town of Promise Falls. This snippet comes from page 391, or Location 4175 of the Kindle edition:
She raised the bloodied bag of coins.
"Could I hit him one more time with this?"
I sighed.
"What the hell," I said. "Go ahead."
Ouch!

I had a little trouble getting into this one, but ended up loving it. Hope to get a review up later in the week. Can't wait for Promise Falls #3!



Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Beginnings: The Murder of Mary Russell


The Murder of Mary Russell, by Laurie R. King (Bantam, April 2016).  Number 14 in King's Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series of suspense/adventure novels. This is the book's opening passage:
Irony comes in many flavours, sweet to bitter. The harshest irony I ever tasted was this: when I was interrupted that spring morning, I felt only relief.
But then, tyres on wet gravel sound nothing like the crack of doom.
Initial Thoughts:

Wow, just three sentences into the story and already we've got doom on the horizon! I like it.

I haven't really started this one yet, although it's probably next up. That opening is definitely interesting and enough to keep me reading at least a bit more. And I'm thinking if the narrator is Mary Russell herself, maybe the rumors of her demise are much exaggerated. Hmmm? Guess I'll find out soon enough what's going on. 

I've read one other book in this series, and wasn't extremely impressed. But the books are so enormously popular, I thought I should give them another chance.



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, we're more than half-way through April, if you can believe that. I'm afraid this year is flashing by even faster than the last one flashed. Generally I get quite a lot of reading done during the late winter/early spring months, but for some reason this year I just haven't been able to get into my normal rhythm.

Since my last reading update back in January (so what happened to February and March?), I've only finished eight books, and two of those were children's books. The list:
At the moment, I'm finishing up Linwood Barclay's new thriller, Far From True (just published, back in March), the second book in his Promise Falls series:


And I'm still making my way through Inkheart (by Cornelia Funke), for the Once Upon a Time challenge, but hope to finish it this week.


After that, I have several possibilities -- most likely it will be one of the ARCs I really should have finished by now. Probably either The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Dominic Smith:



or Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, by Emily Carpenter -- a book I admit I picked up mainly because of the cover:


So. Lots of reading to do. Gotta get back on track.



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. If you want to let the world know what you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Book Beginnings: From Russia With Love


From Russia With Love, by Ian Fleming. Number 5 in Fleming's original James Bond series, first published in 1957. This is the book's first sentence:
The naked man who lay splayed out on his face beside the swimming pool might have been dead.
Initial Thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of the James Bond movies, but I've never read any of the novels they're based on. So this will be my introduction to the series -- once again, I'm jumping into the middle, even though I do have a copy of the first book, Casino Royale. That first sentence just hooked me.

Over the years, all the books have been issued in many different editions, worldwide. The Signet paperback pictured above is the one I remember from back in the 1960s, and one of the more boring ones, I think. Some of the later covers definitely have a bit more spice...


Personally, I think I prefer the covers with links to the films, such as...


Or maybe it's just the link to Sean Connery I like!



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.