Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool.  I borrowed this book from the library.  
 
  Dear Mr. M 
Goodreads Page 

Dear Mr. M,
 
I'd like to start by telling you that I'm doing better now.  I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse.  Much worse, in fact, but I'll get to that later on.
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Having read Koch's previous novels, I am eager to begin his latest work.  Koch's stories thus far have centered on flawed characters motivated by self-interest and a desire to preserve their families at all costs.  

 
 
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring Arsenic With Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library. 

Arsenic with Austen (Crime with the Classics #1) 

Beginningone
 
A gentle late-spring breeze ruffled the tender leaves of the maple and cherry trees on Reed College's front lawn, flirted with the skirts of the graduates' robes and tugged at the edges of their mortarboards, then swirled up three stories to tease Emily's upswept hair as she stood at her open office window.  Of late this scene had become the favorite of her whole teaching year, because it meant the year was over.
 
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Page 56:  " Just then an elderly woman shuffled up to their table, breathless.  'Oh, Sheriff--little Timmy--come quick.  That tree--so high . . . I can hardly see him.'  She stood, wringing her hands, her features contorted."

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My thoughts:  As many of you may know, I am always thrilled to get in at the beginning of a new mystery series, and this book is the first in the Crime with the Classics series.  Beyond that, I was drawn to the cover, the title, and the academic setting in the opening paragraph.

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From GoodreadsWhen Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn't expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town's eccentric inhabitants--including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards--she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.

Meanwhile, Emily reads
Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt's property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen's charming reprobates.


Which book are you reading now or about to start? 


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WWW Wednesday

It's time for WWW Wednesdays hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words 

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This mid-weekly meme consists of answering The Three Ws:


What are you currently reading?


 What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


I'm reading . . .
The story is a first-rate thriller that keeps your attention as you learn more about the main characters and a terrible incident that plays out over the course of a weekend in an isolated house deep in the woods.  More from Goodreads.

I finished reading . . .
 

This first book in a new mystery series has writer Rachel Goldman racing against the clock to catch a serial killer, who has kidnapped and murdered other mystery writers, before she becomes the next victim.  She is assisted in her quest by a mysterious investigator who claims to be the main character in her mystery series.  The unusual elements of the story guarantee an interesting sequel.  More from Goodreads.

I'm reading next . . . 
Next up in the reading queue is this story of travel, friendship, and love.  More from Goodreads.

I'm waiting for . . . 
Publisher:  Flatiron Books
Publication Date:  October 4, 2016

From barnesandnoble.com:  To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere—Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win—and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win’s tough bravado isn’t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold onto her faith that her mother will one day return for her. However, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confident The Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives.

The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: waiting for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn eighteen and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the War looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out.

In prose shot through with beauty, Sarah Domet weaves together the Guineveres’ past, present, and future, as well as the stories of the female saints they were raised on, to capture the wonder and tumult of girlhood and the magical thinking of young women as they cross over to adulthood.


What are your Wednesday updates?



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph


It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, which I received at a publisher's event.  
 
 In a Dark, Dark Wood 

Goodreads Page
 
I am running.
 
I am running through moonlit woods, with branches ripping at my clothes and my feet catching in the snow-bowed bracken.
 
Brambles slash at my hands.  My breath tears in my throat.  It hurts.  Everything hurts.
 
 
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This book has been on my radar--and in my bookcase--for quite some time.  I have finally gotten to it, and I am totally in its grip.  It's a first-rate thriller that keeps your interest as you learn more about the main characters and a terrible incident that plays out over the course of a weekend in an isolated house in the woods.


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring The Traveling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones.  The excerpts shared are from an E-book I borrowed from the library. 
 
The Traveling Tea Shop 
 
BeginningChapter 1
I look up at my clock.  1:30 P.M.  My stomach flips like a pancake.  Or should I say PamCake?
 
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56% (appoximately):  "In she goes with an ungainly splosh, so disoriented by the sudden switch from dry land to bog that she lurches forward and goes under, all bar the hand holding her phone, which remains sticking up like a periscope.
 
God, I wish I had that on video."
 
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My thoughts:  This is my first Belinda Jones novel, and  I will be starting it this weekend.  Flipping through the pages, I was surprised to see a Letter to the Reader from the author (below) and a map of The Traveling Tea Shop Tour.  These are such nice touches that welcome the reader and give a "taste" of what is to come.  They definitely heighten my anticipation for the story.
 
Dearest Reader,
 
What an utterly yummy experience it was writing this book for you--because of you I got to sample an abundance of sweet treats and call it work!
     My first experience of The Wonder of Cake was eagerly waiting for my mum to let me lick the mixture from the bowl as a kiddywink, so it seemed appropriate that I set out on the research trip with her.  The only snag is that she really doesn't have a sweet tooth, so as I would be marveling at all the exquisite fondant-swirled delights on offer, she would be ordering a bowl of carrot soup.  (Though I have to say, she did succumb to the Boston Cream Pie!)
     Of course, there's more to The Traveling Tea Shop than cake!  With four leading ladies, there is an abundance of emotions to explore, as well as the idyllic setting of New England.  I knew it would be leafy and picturesque but I was amazed how different each state was, though it was the littlest--Rhode Island--that captured my heart.  That said, I look forward to hearing where you would most like to have afternoon tea!
     In the meantime, cozy up with a cuppa and a cupcake--you are welcome to leave little smudges of frosting on the pages as you turn them!
 
Your author,
Belinda xx
 
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 From GoodreadsA delectable tale of friendship, love and cake for fans of Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella...
 
Laurie loves a challenge. Especially if it involves anything beautiful, baked and frosted. The brief is simple: With three other women, Laurie will board a London bus - kitted out as an English tea shop - on a deliciously different road trip of the USA.

Their mission: To bring home-grown classics like Battenberg, Victoria sponge and scones to the land of cupcakes, whoopie pies and gold-leafed chocolate sundaes.

And to show them how a real cup of tea is made. All of the women have their own secrets and heartaches to heal. As well as a grand appreciation of cupcakes, there's also the chance for romance...

But will making whoopee lead to love?

All aboard for: New York - Connecticut - Rhode Island - Massachusetts - Maine - New Hampshire - Vermont
 
 
 
Which book are you reading now or about to start? 


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, a debut thriller.

Goodreads Page 

PRESENT

The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump.  I glance at Jack, hoping he won't have noticed how nervous I am.  He catches me looking and smiles.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Initially I want to know why the narrator is so nervous.  As I read on, I begin to understand.  This un-put-downable psychological thriller is totally engrossing, compelling me to turn the pages at breakneck speed.


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