Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Where is Your Bookmark? (09/10/2013)

I know it's more of a Sunday Salon thing, but I don't think there's actually a rule book . . .

Time: 9:00 p.m. Monday night.  Mouse is playing in the bath (her dad is supervising) and I am sneaking in a few rare minutes on the computer before we turn in for the night.

Eating and Drinking: Nothing at the moment. We did have a little birthday cake earlier in the evening.  Yum.  I enjoyed some ice cold water on the side--my drink of choice most of the time.

How I Spent My Birthday:  My daughter was sick over the weekend, and so we kept the festivities to a minimum.  Not that we had any big parties planned.  I took the day off from work Monday in hopes I could curl up with a book and enjoy my special day.  Suffice it to say, I spent the day cleaning out Mouse's drawers and closet.  We transformed her room from a baby's room to a toddler's room this weekend, and I wanted to finish the job.  We're almost done.  I would really like to get a couple of carousel type pictures to put on her walls, but haven't had the best of luck finding ones I like. Anyway, I filled three big garbage bags with stuff to donate.

Presents!: I don't generally like to talk about gifts I receive for Christmas or my birthday, but I can't help but share the bookish gifts. My mom got me J.A. Jance's latest novel, Second Watch, a series I am woefully behind in.  My in-laws and team at work went the gift card route, and now I'm armed with gift cards to Amazon.  My awesome husband caught my hints and pre-ordered the new Kindle Paperwhite coming out at the end of this month.  I am so excited!  It was definitely a bookish birthday this year.

Currently Reading:  The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown.  It was a random pick.  One of those where I could not decide what to read next, and so I played the eeny, meeny, miny, moe game.  I am not a huge fan of  anthropomorphism in my mysteries, which this book has in spades.  We'll see how it goes . . .

Listening to: The Killing Floor by Lee Child, narrated by Dick Hill.  I read a later book in the series a about three years ago and wasn't as smitten as some of my favorite mystery fan bloggers were, and decided maybe I would give the books a try in audio form.  It's going much better this time around.

What I am Thankful For: Silly moments and off the wall comments.  This has to be the best age ever.  Not my age.  My daughter's.  Just as I hit a milestone birthday of which we will not mention, my daughter turned 2 1/2 yesterday.  I am thankful for each and every one of those silly moments with her.

What are you reading right now?  Is it something you would recommend?



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 seem to be sharing more from my recent audiobook listens than from my actual print reads.  Oh well.  Here's a taste of the opening of Lee Child's The Killing Floor, first in the Jack  Reacher series.
I was arrested in Eno's Diner, at Twelve o'clock.  I was eating eggs and drinking coffee.  A late breakfast, not lunch.  I was wet and tired after a long walk in heavy rain.  All the way from the highway to the edge of town.
Would you continue reading?

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30 comments:

  1. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you got some great gifts.

    Killing Floor is the only book by Lee Child that I've read so far and that was several years ago. I remember that I was reading it on a plane and kept gasping with shock during certain scenes and probably had some passengers a little worried. ;) I really should get back to the series!

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    1. Les - Thank you!

      I'm really enjoying The Killing Floor. I can tell it was written before 9/11. There's a scene in the airport that would never happen today--at least not the way it did in the book.

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  2. Even though Mouse was under the weather, it sounds like you had a terrific birthday!

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    1. Kathy - Mouse loves her birthday cake! LOL I did have a nice birthday.

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  3. Best laid plans and all that. Still it sounds like a good birthday was had overall.

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    1. Tracy - It's always something. :-) It worked out well. My husband is sick now. I'm just hoping I can avoid it at this point.

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  4. I would continue reading...the opening brings up lots of questions to be answered.

    Thanks for visiting my Tuesday Intro.

    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

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    1. Kelley - It's an interesting one. I'm enjoying it so far.

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  6. Happy belated birthday! I've think Lee Child is a popular author so I would give this one a try. Enjoy your new books & kindle!

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    1. Pat - Thank you! Yes, Lee Child is quite popular. I am enjoying this one better than the last one I read, which is good.

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  7. I've never read Lee Child, but would give this a try based on the opening.

    The new kindle paperwhite looks great, but since mine's less than a year old, I can't justify buying one. Enjoy. Happy belated birthday!

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    1. JoAnn - It took me forever to give Lee Child a try. I'd wanted to for years.

      I have a Kindle Fire which is just a couple years old. I don't really need another reader but since I read a lot at night, in the dark, I thought maybe the Paperwhite would be better for my eyes.

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  8. Happy belated birthday Wendy, and can't believe Mouse is 2.5 already.

    As for the intro, I'd have to read more, but I am pretty sure I'd like this one as I had a good experience when I first tried this author.

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    1. Diane - Thank you! Mouse is getting so big. :-)

      I think I'll continue with the series on audio. I'm really enjoying The Killing Floor right now.

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  9. I love this series and since first listening to Dick narrate, I only listen now. Happy Belated Birthday. Hope Mouse is feeling better.

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    1. Nise - Dick does a great job with the narration. I think I'll follow your lead and stick to the audiobooks!

      Thank you for the birthday wishes! Mouse is doing much better. Not so much her dad though . . .

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  10. I'd like to keep reading - at least to find out what he/she was arrested for. Sounds like it might be a good one.

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    1. Margot - It's an opening that really gets you wondering, doesn't it?

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday! I would keep reading the book because I've been wanting to read a Lee Child book for awhile.

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    1. Yvonne - Thank you! I am glad I decided to give the series another try.

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  12. Late birthday greetings. And yes I'd continue to read.

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  13. Happy birthday! I would keep reading because I would like to know what Childs' writing is like.

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    1. Charlie - Thanks!

      I'm enjoying the audio version, at least. :-)

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  14. So glad you had a great birthday--at least cake and gift-wise. Not so fun cleaning out the little closets and bedrooms--something I desperately need to do in order to prevent some of the frustration over not being able to fit into that 12-18 mo dress anymore. :) Agree that this is such a fun age. Trying at times but sometimes we just laugh so hard.

    And yay for a new ereader!! Happy birthday indeed!

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    1. Trish - Thank you! I didn't mind cleaning out her closet all that much--what was hard was bagging up the clothes and donating them. I always hold back one or two favorites but I can't keep doing that for the rest of her life. I won't have the space!

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  15. We need to change up Gage's room too, it's way to babyish, but aside from sleeping he really doesn't spent any time in there so I haven't taken the time. Hope you like Killing Floor. I love this series.
    My birthday is the day before the read-a-thon and I told Jason the only thing I wanted was the 24 hours off mom duty guilt-free :)

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    1. Stacy - I liked Killing Floor. I hope to try the second book in the series one of these days. Just have to decide if I want to read it or listen to it.

      I love your idea for celebrating your birthday! I hope Jason agreed!

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