Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Where is Your Bookmark? (02/04/2014)

Winter has arrived!  At least the cold weather.  I left my jacket in the office yesterday evening and regretted it as soon as I stepped outside.  I was already running late to pick up Mouse from daycare and so decided to leave it.  Only to regret it again this morning.  I can see snow on the mountains in the distance, one of my favorite winter sights.  There isn't much, I'm afraid.  I am still waiting for that promised rain.  I even washed my car in hopes that would spur Mother Nature on.

Reading time has been scarce these past couple weeks.  Especially time where I can sit down and read in big gulps, which is how I get the most out of Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin.  I enjoy the book immensely while I am reading it.  Unfortunately, I find myself easily distracted at those times I am debating whether to read or do something else.  In this case, I don't think it is book related, but rather just my state of mind and just how busy I have been, both at work and at home.

I may have to dive into The Husband's Wife by Liane Moriarty before I finish Helprin's novel.  Moriarity's book is next up for discussion in the online reading group I belong to.  I am really excited about reading the book given how much others I know have enjoyed it.  Hopefully my expectations aren't too high.

I am still listening to Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.  I am on the second part of three at the moment and still enjoying it when I get to listen to it.  I have not been listening on my way to work in the mornings like I should, instead tuning into the news.  Hopefully I will be able to finish it by the end of February.

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.

The book I am currently reading is rich in description and quite an eccentric cast of characters.  It's a fantasy novel, a love story, and an adventure tale rolled into one.  Here is the opening paragraph from  Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale:

A great city is nothing more than a portrait of itself, and yet when all is said and done, its arsenals of scenes and images are part of a deeply moving plan.  As a book in which to read this plan, New York is unsurpassed.  For the whole world has poured its heart into the city by the Palisades, and made it far better than it ever had any right to be.


Hosted by MizB Should Be Reading

And a little teaser from the same book:
The shelf was filled with books that were hard to read, that could devastate and remake one's soul, and that, when they were finished, had a kick like a mule.

Would you continue reading?

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67 comments:

  1. I enjoyed The Husband's Secret much more than I thought I would. I think I was expecting something else, but the book surprised me, and I was glad I requested it!

    Right now, I have a couple of novels in progress. One is Lost Lake which is predictable and dragging. I can't seem to read much at a time. I really loved Allen's Garden Spells, but this one isn't keeping my attention nearly as well.

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    1. Jenclair - Initially, I wasn't that interested in The Husband's Wife and then I kept hearing so many great things about it. My group deciding to read that one pushed me over into the must read camp and now I'm really looking forward to it.

      I haven't read anything by Allen yet, but I want to. I'm sorry Lost Lake isn't better.

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  2. I've been meaning to read that one :)

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2014/02/teaser-tuesdays.html

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    1. Valentina - It is very good! I hope you are able to get to it.

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  3. We just discussed The Husband's Secret in my book club too---great discussion. I have wanted to read Winter's Tale before seeing the movie. My fingers are crossed that it lives up to the hype! Let me know.

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    1. Debbie - The Husband's Secret seems like it would be a great discussion book. I am glad you found that to be true!

      I really hope the movie, Winter's Tale, lives up to the hype too. I admit the trailer is why I decided to read the book.

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  4. I loved Winter's Tale; it was so magical- even Grand Central Station seemed like a magical place!

    Right now I'm reading two books, fiction and non-fiction: The Color Master, short stories by Aimee Bender, and In Over Our Heads by Robert Kegan, a psychology book on stages of mental growth. They are both quite interesting and I'm having trouble choosing which one to pick up when I sit down!

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    1. Laurie - It really does paint New York City as an extraordinary place. I hated to put the book down this morning and am looking forward to getting back to it at lunch.

      I haven't read anything by Aimee Bender, but I have one of her books I've been wanting to get to. Kegan's book sounds interesting too. I can see why you'd have a difficult time choosing between the two!

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  5. I've heard good things about Cutting for Stone, but I don't know much about the other books you mentioned. I like your Teaser. Winter's Tale sounds like a good story.
    My Teaser is from CAPE MAYBE.

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    1. Sandra - Cutting for Stone is so good! I'm really enjoying it. I just wish I had more listening time. :-(

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  6. I'm easily distracted right now too and I'm not sure why. We had a real taste of winter last week and I am not a fan.

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    1. The weather where I live has been more spring like, temperatures in the 80's for several weeks now. While nice on one hand, bad on the other because we really need the rain and snow. As it is, we're in drought status and the fire season is sure to be long and awful. So this more winter like weather is a welcome sight! I know it's been a horrible winter for many in terms of cold and snow. I don't think I would like that at all.

      Hopefully we'll get our focus back soon. Maybe it's just this time of year.

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  7. I enjoyed The Hasband's Secret. Hope you do too. Winter's Tale sounds interesting.

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    1. Pat - I am trying not to expect too much, but I am hoping I will really like The Husband's Secret too. :-)

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  8. What a nice way to say that NY City is a great place to be. Sounds like a good start.

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    1. Margot - I love the image of New York City the author has created. His New York is so alive!

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  9. I've never been to NYC and promise myself that one day I will. Here, in SE England, it is still very mild, no snow at all this winter. Only lots of rain.

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    1. Peggy - I haven't ever been to New York City either. Someday. I have been to upstate New York though and just love it there--except for the winters. I don't live in an area that sees much snow, except maybe on the distant mountain tops.

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  10. Love those excerpts! And I love books set in New York. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I have never been to New York City (although I've been to upstate New York). I always imagine the city as having such personality. And this book really draws that out, I think. Even though it's a fantasy novel, I imagine some really do see the city the way the author describes.

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  11. I like that teaser. I'd read the book based on that alone!
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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    1. Harvee - I really love that quote too. It really makes me wish I could browse through that shelf!

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  12. I do like the sound of Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, the setting sounds great. Happy reading. Winter has surely arrived here as we had a snowstorm yesterday, are having one starting tonight and a blizzard is predicted for this Sunday.

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    1. Naida - It's such an interesting book, Winter's Tale. I had little knowledge about what it was about going in and I'm still not sure--and yet, I'm really enjoying it!

      I hope you are able to stay warm and safe. It's been such a hard winter for so much of the country.

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  13. I love books about New York or set in New York. Great intro!
    Here's mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-alice-forgot-liane-moriarty/

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    1. Sarah - It's a great book and I really like the way the author has brought New York City alive.

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  14. One of my current reads is good but I feel like it's going to be one of those books that takes me forever to finish. I guess sometimes that's just the way it goes right? Hope you are able to sneak in more reading time :)

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    1. Iliana - That's how I feel about Winter's Tale. It's good, but I can feel it's length as I read.

      I hope I am able to sneak in more reading time too! I always find a way, somehow. :-)

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  15. Since I'm a native New Yorker, I always love books about NY! This sounds great.

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    1. Yvonne - New York is so alive in this book. I am really enjoying it.

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  16. I'm not much for fantasy, but I like the intro -- enjoy Wendy.

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    1. Diane - Winter's Tale is different from other fantasy novels I've read. And I have absolutely no idea where this book is going. I'm just over the half way mark. It's good though. I was late to work this morning because I couldn't stop reading. Bad, bad me.

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  17. I want to read Moriarty and really liked Cutting for Stone... not sure about Winter's Tale though.

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    1. JoAnn - I can't wait to start The Husband's Secret. Although, I'm in a really good part of Winter's Tale and don't want to set it down to start the other. I think I need to though or else I won't be able to read the other one for the discussion. :-( Cutting for Stone is so good! I love the narrator's voice.

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  18. Not sure. I'd need to read a little more. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Shelley - I think this opening sets the imagery for the novel well, but it doesn't give anything away about the story, does it? I'm just over half way done with the book and while I am really enjoying it, I'm still not sure where the author is going.

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  19. Sounds interesting. I started a book I pick up at the library today. It is a page turner so far.

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    1. Gigi Ann - I love those page turners! I hope you continue to enjoy your library book.

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  20. Loving this teaser, especially the opening paragraph! The Husband's Secret is already on my tbr list, and now Winter's Tale is on it, too!

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    1. Amber - Helprin's book is so enchanting. I'm mesmerized. I think I'll have to start The Husband's Secret today if I plan to finish it in time for the book discussion.

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  21. Loving this teaser, especially the opening paragraph! The Husband's Secret is on my tbr list, and I think I'll add Winter's Tale to it.

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  22. Loving this teaser, especially the opening paragraph!

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  23. The best I can hope for in my life is small sips!!! Winter Tale is SO LONG...OMG!!! I think I'm almost at 70%, and I am really enjoying the book but not totally sure where it is going. Cutting for Stone is REALLY good. It definitely pays off.

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    1. I am at 52% now, I think. I've read a few other books this year that count as chunksters and they read so fast they didn't feel as long as they were. This one though . . . I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who isn't sure what is going on in Winter's Tale though. I am really enjoying it too, but I have no idea where the author is taking me.

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  24. I haven't read Winter's Tale, but is that the one I've seen advertised for the movie? I enjoyed The Husband's Secret. Here's Mine

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    1. Paulita - Yes, the movie is coming out in theaters next week, I believe. It's actually what got me interested in reading the book. :-)

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  25. I may be one of the last ones to get to The Husband's Secret. It was snagged off my shelf and has not been returned.

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    1. Nise' - Oh no! I hope you get your copy back sooner than later. I've heard it's a really good book.

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  26. I seem to be distracted, too. I started out January well, but I haven't been able to get back into it since!

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    1. Kelly - Is it something in the air? We don't seem to be the only ones.

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  27. I can't imagine going out without my coat!!!!!!

    Also, interesting teaser.

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    1. Sonia - After weeks of 80+ temperatures, putting on a jacket isn't first in my mind. :-)

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  28. I love that teaser! Great choice! Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. Love that teaser - great choice! Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Really poignant teaser. I will have to add this one to my Goodreads shelf. :) Thanks for sharing and stopping by too.

    Mary-andering Creatively

    Mary-andering Among the Pages

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    1. Mary - I hope you enjoy the book if you do decide to read it!

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  31. Yes, I would continue. I'm going to take a look at this book on Goodreads. Thanks for the teaser!
    :)

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    1. Pooch - I'm really enjoying it. I got a little more reading in at lunch and hated to have to go back to work. :-(

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  32. Great teaser. I've seen this book around and it sounds really good!! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by my TT.

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    1. Natalie - I finally finished it last week! Whew! I'm still trying to put my thoughts together about it for a decent review. :-)

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  33. I tried to do Cutting for Stone on audio and I didn't get very far. Was too distracted I think? I have it in paper so will try that way. And Winter's Tale movie looks interesting but I've heard from others that it's a tough read.

    Hope you get some rain! I heard Ti mention they had a bit so hoping it hit you too.

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    1. Trish - Cutting for Stone is one I really have to be able to concentrate on to enjoy. It's taking me forever to get through as a result. I am enjoying it though when I am able to listen to it.

      Winter's Tale was long and it felt long. I am glad I read it, but glad I finished it too!

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  34. I will never make it through A Winter's Tale. I might just have to try the movie :)

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    1. Stacy - Haha! I understand. The book is a very very trimmed down version of the book. So much is left out. Some of that comes naturally when a book is translated to film--but it was almost an entirely different creature, one from the other.

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