Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where is Your Bookmark? (01/28/2014)

While Mouse battles the umpteenth cold this season, my husband is also sick again.  It is only a matter of time before it is my turn again, unfortunately.  I hope you all are faring better health-wise.

I am about 25% into Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, and enjoying it immensely.  It is one of those books I wish I had several hours to just sit and read, but alas I have to sneak in moments here and there when I can.

What are you reading at the moment?  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.



Recently I took part in a book discussion of Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie, and thought I would share the opening with you.  My review will post later this week.  Nell Dysart has nothing going for her.  Her husband left her for a younger woman and took everything she'd built with him along with him, including their insurance business.  At least that is until she walks into Gabe's private detective agency looking for a job.  Fast Women has a little bit of everything from romance to mystery to a later in life coming of age story.
The man behind the cluttered desk looked like the devil, and Nell Dysart figured that was par for her course since she'd been going to hell for a year and a half anyway.  Meeting Gabriel McKenna just meant she'd arrived.  
Would you continue reading?


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46 comments:

  1. I laughed with that intro, so I'd definitely read more --thanks for joining us Wendy. Poor little sick Mouse:(

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    1. Diane - The writing was quite witty throughout. :-)

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  2. Liking the sound of Fast Woman, I'd definitely keep reading.

    I've just started my readers group read, Jasmine Nights, which though it seems ok feels like one of those books you've read a hundred times before.

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    1. Tracy - Hopefully you will enjoy Jasmine Nights the further in it you get. I know what you mean though . . .

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  3. I like that intro and the cover!!

    Here is my intro post!

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    1. Gautami - I do too! I still don't quite understand what the title has to do with the book, but the cover is pretty.

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  4. I'm so glad you are enjoying Helprin! I remember that book with great fondness for his beautiful language, poetic and lovely!

    Hope your little family is on the mend and that you manage to avoid illness. You are probably so tired from dealing with a sick husband and little one, but hope your immunity kicks in.

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    1. Jenclair - It really is a good read (Winter's Tale)!

      Thank you for the well wishes. I am tired of everyone being sick--it's been never ending for months now. :-S

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  5. I enjoy this author...this one sounds very tempting! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Fast Women was my first by the author and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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  6. Hope everyone is on the mend soon and that you avoid getting sick!
    I don't think I've read any Jennifer Cruise books before. She's so popular though and her books do sound fun. Will wait for your review of this one!

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! I hope so too. My nose is already feeling stuffy, but I'm hoping it's just allergies. Usually I get the sore throat first if it's a cold.

      This was my first Crusie book. Like you, I'd heard a lot about her before though.

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  7. I do enjoy Jennifer Crusie. Sorry everyone is passing around the illness. Here's Mine

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    1. Paulita - Thanks, Paulita. I enjoyed this one by her.

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  8. I enjoyed this book. Hope you are all feeling better quickly and are able to stop passing it back and forth.

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    1. Nise' - It was a good one! Thanks for the well wishes!

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  9. "A later in life coming of age story" sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy it. I you are all well soon!

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    1. Pat - Fast Women surprised me in more ways than one. I am glad I read it. And thanks for the well wishes!

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  10. I used to read all of her books. This sounds so good. Yes, I'd keep reading.

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    1. Yvonne - I've heard her name mentioned for years now, but this is my first by her.

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  11. Ugh! There is nothing worse than the ever-rotating illness. Knock on wood, none of us have had colds since Thanksgiving. Hoping that stomach thing my son had is gone for good. I'm at about 20% on Winter's Tale, and it is really good! Just no time to sit and wallow in it.

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    1. Sandy - I hope your household stays healthy! I had an uneasy stomach earlier today, but fortunately it seems to have passed. The stomach bugs have really been getting around this year.

      I hope you continue to enjoy Winter's Tale too!

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  12. So glad you're enjoying Winter's Tale. Fast Women sounds entertaining and fun. I'd keep reading it!
    I hope you don't get sick and the little Mouse and your husband feel better soon.

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    1. Amy - I was surprised how much I liked Fast Women. It wasn't what I expected.

      Thank you for the well wishes, Amy.

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  13. Ha. What a great intro. It sounds like a fun read. I would definitely keep reading. You can read my intro here

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  14. Sorry to hear your family has been sick... sure hope they're feeling better soon and you manage to stay well!

    I've been curious about Winter's Tale and am glad to hear you're enjoying it. Fast Women sounds like a fun read.

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    1. JoAnn - Thank you! I hope everyone will be on the mend soon and we can put this sick season behind us once and for all.

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  15. Ha - I like the title! Sounds like something light and fun.
    Here's mine:
    http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/memoirs/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-brain-on-fire-by-susannah-cahalan/

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    1. Sarah - It was a fun read. It wasn't as light as I thought it might be though, which was a nice surprise.

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  16. I love a feisty woman's story - and that's what Nell sounds like. Hope the family is feeling better soon! I've got a white/ginger cat as well. (one of 5 in the house)

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    1. Peggy - Nell definitely could be feisty. :-)

      Thank you for the well wishes. I think my husband is starting to feel better finally. I think it's going to be my turn soon though. :-(

      Cats are wonderful companions, aren't they?

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  17. One day I must read Winter's Tale. I own it, but just have never sat down and invested time into it.

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    1. Kelly - It's really good, Kelly. I just wish I had the time to sit down and really get into it, you know? It's not a book meant for reading in short intervals.

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  18. I'd keep reading! It sounds fun. I don't think I've read any Jennifer Crusie though I know I own at least 1. Though today is the first time I've ever realized it's spelled Crusie and not Cruise! Hope your family gets better and you stay healthy.

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    1. Katherine - I always have to double check when I spell her name. :-) I would be tempted to read more by Crusie, depending on the book.

      Thank you for the well wishes!

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  19. I've been disappointed in some of Crusie's books, but this one sounds good. I'd definitely give it a try. I also want to read Winter's Tale (love the movie trailer), so I am glad to hear that you are enjoying it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Catherine - Crusie doesn't seem like one of those authors I want to read every book she's written, but I might find my way to another of her books if it caught my fancy.

      It was actually the movie trailer that interested me in Winter's Tale. :-) I hope I can finish the book in time for the movie! Of course, if the movie is good, it will be in the theaters a while, so I'll have time. . .

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  20. Not sure about this one for me. Hope you enjoy it!
    :)

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    1. Pooch - Fast Women wasn't my usual read, but I am glad I read it. Book groups are good for helping us read outside our comfort zones!

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    1. Kelley - I wasn't sure the book was for me when I first heard about it, but since it was a group read, I figured I would give it a try. It was worth it. Much more than I expected.

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  22. I like that beginning paragraph as well as the author. I missed this one so I'm off to find it.

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  23. I read this when it came out and liked it. I always enjoy Crusie.

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    1. Stacy - This was my first by her. I am glad I gave it a try!

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