Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Where Is Your Bookmark? (10/22/2013)

It was an eventful weekend in the Literary Feline household, with soccer, a visit to a local pumpkin patch, and (finally!) putting up the trampoline Mouse's great aunt and uncle gave her this past summer.  The weather was perfect--in the mid to high 80's.  We spent a lot of time outdoors.  How did you spend this past weekend?  



Just Finished: Instead of catching up the television show, Scandal, this past Friday, I finished listening to Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.  It is one of those books I wished I had someone to talk to as soon as I finished it.

Last night, I finished reading An Illustrated Death by Judi Culbertson, a cozy-type mystery, about a book seller who finds herself tangled in her most recent clients' family secrets.  I hadn't realized it was the second book in the series when I read it; not that it matters all that much, I suppose.  

Currently Reading: After much back and forth, I finally settled on an urban fantasy novel: The Angel Stone, the third installment of Juliet Dark's The Fairwick Chronicles.  I enjoyed the first two books immensely and so have high hopes for the latest.

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.

From one of my recent reads, Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown, a cozy mystery for cat lovers:
Fair Haristeen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and his wife, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, loved to steal a Saturday and cruise the back roads of central Virginia.  It reminded them of their courting days, back in high school, when Fair, bruised from Friday night's football game, would pick up Harry, dirty from the stable, and they'd drive around in his 1958 Chevy pickup.  Now, over two decades later, Fair was at the wheel of their station wagon, Harry beside him, the pets in the back seat, as they road through the countryside.
Would you continue reading?


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30 comments:

  1. Yeah, Kevin is one seriously messed up book. An excellent book, but not one that is much fun to read. I could only do it for a little bit at a time. I'm plowing my way through the Jack Caffrey series by Mo Hayder, and I'm starting to drag my feet because it is the last one! You would enjoy this series...seriously PREMIUM mystery thriller stuff. Very dark but very complex and compelling as hell. Also reading the follow up to Code Name Verity called "Rose Under Fire". Good stuff.

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    1. Sandy - Same here. Shriver's book was one I could only do in small doses.

      If I wasn't on such an e-book kick right now, I would have pulled my Hayder books on the shelf and started reading the series by now. When I get home today, I'll at least pull them off and set them by my bedside.

      I still haven't read Code Name Verity. I started to a few months ago, but then set it aside for something more pressing and never got back to it. :-(

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  2. I'd be curious for a bit more - hope u r enjoying it. Thanks so much for joining us this week; I appreciate it.

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    1. Diane - Litter of the Law was an enjoyable read. I hope to post my review next week. It's a good Halloween type book, set around this time of year. :-)

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  3. A wet and windy weekend here in the north east of England. Would it surprise you to know I'd spent it reading.
    Half way through In Bloom a book by local author Matthew Crow, it's one of the best books I've read all year.

    Looking forward to your reviews. Happy reading.

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    1. Tracy - Wet and windy days are perfect for reading. :-) It's been a little windy here, but not as bad as it can get this time of year. I wouldn't mind some wet days--we get so few where I live.

      I can't wait to read your thoughts on In Bloom. It sounds like a must read based on your impressions of it so far!

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  4. I felt the same way after I read Kevin and am pretty sure I sent Booking Mama a bunch of messages. It would be a terrific book for book clubs.

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    1. Kathy - Yes, I agree! Shriver's book would be the perfect book club pick. I read it as part of a buddy read, more or less, but the other reader finished it long before I did. While time was a factor (not enough listening time on my part), I could only take the book in small doses.

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  5. I haven't read Rita Mae Brown in ages...and then, it wasn't one of her cozies...I have been wanting to dive into one of them. This one sounds tempting!

    Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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    1. Laurel - Litter of the Law was my first by Rita Mae Brown. This was a nice fall cozy--seems fitting for this time of year. :-)

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    1. Gautami - They can be quite fun, can't they? I enjoy a good cozy mystery too. :-)

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  7. I agree with Sandy, I have often dragged my feet at reading a last book in a series, hating to see it end.
    I am listening to An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos. It is set (mostly) north of me in Wisconsin, and it has dogs. The young woman just left an abusive husband, has adopted a husky and is learning to have confidence. And learning to run a dog sled team.
    My bedtime reading has been a book called Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams. It is about the dogs who inspired five famous women authors. So it is sort of five short stories. I am in the chapter on Emily Dickinson.
    I think the Kevin book sounds a bit too intense for me right now. Love reading your reviews tho!

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    1. Carla - I know how that goes. Sometimes you just don't want a series to end.

      An Echo Through Snow sounds interesting. I've always been curious about dog sledding. And Shaggy Muses sounds wonderful. I didn't know Emily Dickinson had a dog!

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  8. Yes, Kevin is a book that must be talked about! It was cold and rainy here, perfect to reading and not feeling guilty about work going undone! I just started Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.

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    1. Nise - I could use a good rainy day or two. They always come when I'm cooped up in the office though. I would prefer it to fall on my Friday off when I have the house mostly to myself and can really enjoy the wet weather.

      I am looking forward to reading Songs of Willow Frost. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it!

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    1. Kelley - Thanks! It is a good feeling to be all caught up, isn't it? I'm just always sad there isn't more time to visit the old friends I've made in that series.

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  10. I love this series, but I'm behind on it. I would definitely keep reading!

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  11. As a 'dog person', I probably wouldn't pick up a cat cozy mystery... but I hope you enjoy it ;-)

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    1. Jo Ann - There are quite a few dog cozies out there too, I know. I've read a couple--but it's been years. My favorites are multi-animal cozies. That way I don't feel like I'm playing favorites. :-)

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    1. Mystica - It definitely sets the mood for the novel, I think.

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  13. I've been wanting to read We Need to Talk About Kevin, it sounds intense. I've just finished up A Murder at Rosamund's Gate and The Shining. So I think I will read a light romance next.
    I jump in my kids trampoline sometimes...lol...its fun!

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    1. Naida - We Need to Talk About Kevin is such an emotional read.

      I hope you liked A Murder at Rosamund's Gate. I read your review of The Shining and am glad you liked it! A light romance after those two books sounds perfect.

      The trampoline has a weight limit which doesn't cover me, so I'm not sure I should even think about getting on it. LOL It sure does look like fun though!

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  14. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Look at that picture of Mouse - so fun! I still have not read anything by Lionel Shriver - how is that possible!

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    1. Iliana - It was a good weekend. :-) We Need to Talk About Kevin was my first by Shriver, and likely won't be my last.

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  15. We're thinking about getting Gage a trampoline. Do you like the one Mouse got and if so what kind is it?

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    1. Stacy - Mouse is really enjoying the trampoline. She can't stop telling us thank you. It's so cute. :-) It's a My First Trampoline. I'll e-mail you a link and give you more details there.

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