Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Where Is Your Bookmark? (10/08/2013)

I wish I could have stopped  on my drive to work this morning to take a picture of the sunrise this morning.  It was beautiful.  Reds and oranges mixed in with the pale blue sky.  I almost wish I had not yet finished reading Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker just yet.  It would have been the perfect backdrop to do so.  I finished the book last night and am not quite ready to begin another one.  Sometimes books have that effect on me.  

I am thinking of reading Help for the Haunted by John Searles next.  It seems a fitting October read. But Juliet Dark's The Angel Stone, the third book in the Fairwick Chronicles is calling to me too.

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.

Since I haven't quite settled on the next book I want to read, I decided to share the introduction of a book my daughter pulled off the shelf and handed to me last night.  From Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary:
We  were in study hall when the headmaster walked in, followed by a new boy not wearing a school uniform, and by a janitor carrying a large desk.  Those who were sleeping woke, and we all stood up as though interrupting our work.  

The headmaster motioned us to sit down, then turned to the teacher and said softly, "Monsieur Roger, I'm placing this pupil in your care.  He'll begin in the eighth grade, but if his work and conduct are good enough, he'll be promoted to where he out to be at his age."
 
The newcomer hung back in the corner behind the door, so that we could hardly see him.  He was a country boy of about fifteen, taller than any of us.  He wore his hair cut straight across the forehead, like a cantor in a village church, and he had a gentle bewildered look.  Although his shoulders were not broad, his green jacket with black buttons was apparently too tight under the arms, and the slits of its cuffs revealed red wrists accustomed to being bare.  His legs, sheathed in blue stockings, protruded from his yellowish trousers, which were pulled up  tight by a pair of suspenders.  He wore heavy, unpolished, hobnailed shoes.
Would you continue reading?
 

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28 comments:

  1. I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - I have a feeling it's going to be engrossing. I hope I can carve out a chunk of time to read it.

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    1. Kathy - I've heard such good things about The Goldfinch, Kathy. I hope are able to find that chunk of time you want to read it.

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    2. Oh Kathy, I am reading it too at the 60% mark on Kindle - I LOVE the writing.

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    3. Wendy, I love the intro - good choice by Mouse:)

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    4. Diane - It makes me want to read the book again. :-)

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  2. I haven't read this in ages. I just finished ENON and am reading Pursuit of Mary Bennet

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    1. Candace - I read Madam Bovary back in high school or college--I can't remember. College, I think. I thought it was funny that of all the books, my daughter pulled this one off the shelf. :-)

      Pursuit of Mary Bennet sounds like it will be good!

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    1. Kelley - I just have to decide which of the two I want to read next . . . Decisions, decisions! I am sure both will be good though.

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  4. I'm not sure if it's the season, or what, but I've been on a mystery/thriller kick. I'm currently reading A Question of Honor, the latest Bess Crawford mystery by Charles Todd; The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; and Touchstone by Laurie. R. King.

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    1. Carrie - I find that too. This time of year I am most drawn to mysteries. I hope you enjoy A Question of Honor. I really need to get back to that series. And I've been meaning to try something by Laurie King. I actually almost picked up one of her books to read before settling on Backlash this last week. And The Woman in White--I loved that one. Have you read it before? If not, you're in for a treat!

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    2. This is my first time with The Woman in White, and I am absolutely loving it!

      Also, when you do decide to try Laurie King, start with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Touchstone, the one I'm reading now, is a stand-alone spy thriller, and I'm not enjoying it as much as the Mary Russell/Holmes series.

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  5. I vote for Help for the Haunted as an October read, though I truthfully have not read either one. Just that I heard good buzz about it. Enjoy whichever book you may choose.

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    1. Rita - I think that will be my next read. It sounds fitting for this time of month, doesn't it?

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  6. I haven't read this, but it's a good teaser.

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    1. Yvonne - I read Madame Bovary years ago. I know it's not the most popular classic, but I liked it when I read it.

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  7. This classic is worth a reread from time to time, so I'd continued reading. Thanks for visiting my Tuesday Post.
    Catherine @Book Club Librarian

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    1. Catherine - I am glad you liked it too! I really should re-read it. My problem with re-reading books though is that I always feel guilty picking a book I've read over one I haven't yet read but want to read.

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  8. I find this time of year I like to read mysteries and even thrillers. I'm reading Doctor Sleep right now and Heart-Shaped Box and for a break from them The Hand That First Held Mine. Like you I sometimes cannot start a new book right after finishing one because of its impact on me. Your morning scenery sounds beautiful! I've read good things about Help for the Haunted! I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever book you decide to read.

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    1. Amy - I really liked Heart-Shaped Box and hope you are enjoying it. I think just about everyone is reading Doctor Sleep right now. I don't know if I'll read it. I wasn't a big fan of The Shining.

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  9. Your daughter selected a good book to hand to you! Yes, I'd continue reading so I could delight in the beautiful writing again.
    :)

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  10. I've read good reviews for Help for the Haunted. I am reading The Arrangement by Mary Balogh.

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    1. Nise - I started Help for the Haunted tonight, and am already hooked. Always a good sign!

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    2. Madame Bovary has been on my should-read list for a long time. I like that first paragraph, so maybe I'll start in soon,

      I just finished reading The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout and had the same reaction. I didn't want to leave that book either.

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    3. Margot - I really need to give Elizabeth Strout a try. I heard her speak at a book festival a few years ago and liked what she had to say. And now that you mentioned how you didn't want to leave that book, I know I have to read it.

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  11. Mouse has a very mature taste :D I'd continue because it's on my classics club list, though the extract isn't too compelling in itself. Sunrise is so special.

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    1. Charlie - Haha! Mouse is a bit precocious. ;-) There must have been something about the look of the book that attracted her.

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