Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Where Is Your Bookmark? (10/29/2013)

Although not intentionally, I seem to be reading quite a few books that are fitting for this time of year. Yesterday, I posted my review of Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown, a more relaxed seasonal read, and Thursday I will be sharing my thoughts on a more gritty read, Help for the Haunted by John Searles. This past weekend, I finished reading Juliet Dark's The Angel Stone, the third book in the Fairwick Chronicles, in which Halloween plays a large part.  My reading has certainly helped put me in the mood for the season--that and an eager young daughter who is talking nonstop about Halloween.

I have since moved on to a more traditional mystery, Darkness First, by James Hayman, involving murder and drugs.  It was random pick my husband chose for me after I gave him a list of titles I was considering reading.  The book I had really wanted to start wasn't yet downloaded to my Kindle, and I wasn't in a place I could download it.  Luckily, I have plenty of back up.

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 recently read a John Searles's Help for the Haunted, which seemed rather perfect for this time of year.
Whenever the phone rang late at night, I lay in my narrow bed and listened.
My mother picked up on the first ring, so as not to wake my sister, if she was home, or me.  In hushed tones, she soothed the caller before handing the phone to my father.  His voice was stiffer, more formal, as he made plans to meet somewhere or offered directions to our faded and drooping Tudor on a dead-end lane in the tiny town of Dundalk, Maryland.  There were times when the person on the other end of the line had called from a pay phone as nearby as Baltimore.  A priest, I guessed, had scratched our number on a scrap of paper and handed it over.  Or maybe it had been found by simply searching the tissuey pages of the phonebook, since we were listed, same as any ordinary family, even if ordinary was the last thing we were.

Would you continue reading?

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28 comments:

  1. Now I'm very curious....the opener is intriguing and pulls me into the story. Thanks for sharing. Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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  2. Laurel-Rain - I thought so too! And it's such a good book.

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  3. Yes, I would love to be reading that right now!

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  4. Now I'm wondering what the family is doing and for whom they're doing it.

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    1. Vicki - It certainly gets you wondering, doesn't it?

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  5. I've heard so many good things about this book that I would definitely keep reading! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

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    1. Catherine - I had too! It's definitely worth reading.

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  6. I definitely want to know more so I'd definitely keep reading.

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    1. Yvonne - I am glad I dove into it when I did. So good!

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  7. Intriguing, yes.... but I hate scary books - I'm not a very brave reader!

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    1. Kate - I'm not sure I'd describe this book as scary, but it is definitely a thriller.

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  8. This is a very intriguing opener. I would like to know more.

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  9. oooh, interesting.. would continue reading.. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Camille - It's perfect for this time of year. :-)

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    1. Kelley - The book is a good cross between mystery and horror, I think. Such a good book!

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  11. I'm currently reading If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino and it's a weird book but in a good way. I'm not sure it'd be everyone's cup of tea (or coffee), but one never knows!

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    1. Alice - Weird in a good way is always promising! I am glad you are enjoying the book, Alice. :-)

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  12. Help for the Haunted has been on my list for awhile now! It has gotten pretty favorable reviews from everyone. And if I'd have joined RIP this year, I would have totally killed it. I have read so many scary books this season, without even knowingly trying!

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    1. Sandy - Most everyone seems to like Help for the Haunted, and I'm no exception. I hadn't intended to read this one for the season, but it worked out that way. Seems like that's happened to me a lot lately without my trying!

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  13. I think this year more than ever I've been in the mood for a lot of ghost/creepy reads. Now, I've got a couple of mysteries going on but I just feel like I can't make a dent in my books.

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    1. Iliana - I feel like my TBR pile has not grown quite as much as in years past, but it is still bigger than I can manage. At least I will never run out of reading material . . .

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