Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Where is Your Bookmark? (07/30/2013)

Time has not been on my side when it comes to reading of late.  I am still reading Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train as well as Monica McCarty's Highlander Unchained.  I am really enjoying Orphan Train, particularly the historical portions of the book.  I had hoped to get it finished over the weekend, but planning to read on the weekend is never a good idea.  I inevitably am not able to.  Highlander Unchained is a historical romance, the last book in a trilogy.  It is the type of book that most readers would probably speed through, but I am only able to read it in small doses before finding myself distracted by other things.  I enjoy it when I am reading it, but it isn't quite holding my attention as well as I would like.  Romance is not my genre of choice, to be fair. And I think perhaps trying to read three romance novels back to back has been too much for a reader who generally shies away from books with romance as the main plot line.

After a long unintended break from audiobooks, I recently started listening to one again.  I haven't finished the last two I tried, but the most recent one seems to be going better.  I think I had best avoid the longer and slow audiobooks for the time being and stick with fast paced thrillers.  They seem to hold my attention better, not to mention fit in better with my current reading/listening lifestyle.  

What are you reading?  Would you recommend it?



Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts 
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where  
participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a 
book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.

I decided to listen to Joseph Finder's suspense novel, Paranoia, after seeing mention of the upcoming movie.  I remembered at one time I had wanted to read the book, but, like so many books I want to read, had not managed to get around to it.  I dove into the audio version without really knowing what it was about, only that it was a thriller.  I am not too far in, but I am enjoying it so far.  The novel is narrated by Scott Brick, who really captures the character well.  Here is a taste from the first chapter of the book:
Until the whole thing happened, I never believed the old line about about how you should be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.
I believe it now. 
I believe in all those cautionary proverbs now.  I believe that pride goeth before a fall.  I believe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, that misfortune seldom comes alone, that all that glitters isn't gold, that lies walk on short legs.  Man, you name it.  I believe it.

I could try to tell you that what started it all was an act of generosity, but that wouldn't be quite accurate.  It was more like an act of stupidity.  Call if a cry for help.  Maybe more like a raised middle finger.  Whatever, it was my bad.  I'd half thought I'd get away with it, half expected to be fired.  I've got to say, when I look back on how it all began, I marvel at what an arrogant prick I was.  I'm not going to deny that I got what I deserved.  It just wasn't what I expected--but who'd ever expect something like this?



Would you continue reading?


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14 comments:

  1. Just knowing Scott Brick narrates I would listen!

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    1. Nise - This is my first book read by him--and I can see why you like him so much. :-)

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  2. I have to mix up book genres or I have the same issue. I just finished an urban fantasy and now I'm reading a gothic romance. Quite different but it seems to work for me :) I hope that you enjoy all of your current reads!

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    1. Samantha - I normally mix my genres too. I'm not sure why I decided not to in this case. Oh well. I took a little break and am hoping I'm ready now to finish the trilogy off.

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  3. Sounds like one that I would love AND SCott Brick is a definite draw for me. Enjoy

    Thanks so much for joining us this week Wendy.

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    1. Diane - I'm quite enjoying his narration of Paranoia!

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  4. I haven't had much luck with audiobooks but maybe a thriller would be good. I have a bit of a commute so I should give that a try one day! I feel like I've been reading the same two/three books forever! They aren't bad but I just can't seem to get ahead.

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    1. Iliana - I think thrillers work best for me in audio, but I am still relatively new to audiobooks in general. It's not my preferred method of taking in a book.

      And I know what you mean about reading the same two or three books for awhile. That happened to me all too recently.

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  5. I enjoy romance but even then three books back to back sounds too much, unless it's your favourite genre mixing it up is a good idea. I'm not sure I'd continue reading the book based on that extract, though I'd give it a bit longer before making my mind up.

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    1. Charlie - Yes, three back to back was not the smartest idea.

      Finder's book is not quite what I expected, but I am enjoying it. I am curious to see the movie and how that comes off.

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  6. Reading three HR novels in a row would throw anyone off although I really enjoyed The Hunter by Monica McCarty a while back.

    I do love audiobooks though. I never used to listen much but lately it seems my preferred way of reading. Right now I'm listening to The White Princess by Phillippa Gregory and really enjoying it. It's a long one though - 18 hrs or so.

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    1. Darlene - I remember your review of The Hunter. :-) I am liking Monica McCarty's writing, but, yeah, three in a row was too much.

      I am still on the fence about audiobooks. I don't have a lot of time to listen to them, so it takes a while for me to get through one. And my mind still wanders constantly. I definitely don't get as much from listening to a book as I do from reading one.

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  7. I just started another part-time job last week so my reading has almost ground to a halt. I'm slowly getting my groove back but I think when school gets back in session that my reading/blogging time will be greatly impacted. I'm hoping to at least get through quite a few books from my audible.com library!!!

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    1. Staci - You are busy! I hope you are able to squeeze in some reading when you can. I know how hard it can be when you have so much else going on. How is your new job going? Do you like it?

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