Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Where is Your Bookmark? (03/18/2014)

I finally found the time and words to sit down and catch up on my review writing yesterday.  For a few of the books, it's been over a month since I read them, and so I cannot promise thorough reviews.  Hopefully I was able to catch the spirit of the novels at least.

In the meantime, I am trying not to feel too excited about the upcoming movie Divergent coming out, but it isn't easy.  I am looking forward to seeing it after all.  I finished reading the trilogy last week.

My husband and I went to see the Veronica Mars movie over the weekend.  We are big fans of the television show, having watched it when it first aired.  The movie brought back a lot of memories, and it was good to catch up with so many favorite--and not so favorite--characters.  For those not familiar with the story, Veronica Mars was a high school private investigator who now is on the verge of getting her law degree some 10 years later.  In the movie, she returns home to help her ex-boyfriend out of a jam (he's accused of murdering his girlfriend).

A couple months ago I came across mention of Sherlock Holmes and Watson earrings being sold on an Etsy site.  I couldn't help but track them down.  As I browsed the Bookity shop, I noticed a set featuring two of Agatha Christie's popular detectives, Miss Marple and M. Hercule Poirot. I just had to have them!  It took them a while to arrive on my doorstep, arriving just last week, given they came all the way from England. Still, it was worth it.  The earrings are homemade, which, to me, makes them extra special.



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.


At the moment, I am traveling down the Amazon. in search of answers about Eckman's death and the progress of a much anticipated medication in State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. The first paragraph of the novel reads:
The news of Anders Eckman's death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationery and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope.  Who even knew they still made such things?  This single sheet had traveled from Brazil to Minnesota to mark the passing of a man, a breath of tissue so insubstantial that only the stamp seemed to anchor it to the world.  Mr. Fox had the letter in his hand when he came to the lab to tell Marina the news.  When she saw him there at the door she smiled at him and in the light of that smile he faltered.
Would you continue reading?


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46 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! I love this author, and this book has been on my list for awhile. Must buy soon! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY POST


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    1. Laurel-Rain - I am really enjoying it so far!

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  2. I like Ann Patchett. I would pick it up....

    Here is my intro post!

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    Here is my teaser post

    BTW, I love the earrings!!

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    1. Gautami - This is my first Ann Patchett, but it will likely not be my last. :-)

      Aren't the earrings great? It's tempting to go back and buy the Elizabeth and Darcy ones . . .

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  3. I listened to this book and enjoyed it. Love the earrings.

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    1. Nise' - I've heard the audio of State of Wonder is really good. :-)

      When my husband saw the earrings, he just shook his head. He knows how much I love bookish things. :-)

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  4. Love the earrings! I'm a Patchett fan, so yes, I'd read this one.

    My "bookmark" is The Boy Who Stole from the Dead--and I'm surprised at how much I'm liking it!

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    1. Jenclair - The title of your current read is enough to catch my attention. I am glad you are liking it so far.

      I couldn't resist those earrings when I saw them. :-)

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  5. I absolutely loved this book - and the intro makes you want to find out why Anders' death matters.

    Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-moon-sisters/

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    1. Sarah - I'm enjoying the book quite a bit so far!

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  6. I love the earrings - what a cool idea.

    I'm listening to The Disappeared by Kim Echlin and so far so good.

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    1. Darlene - I couldn't wait to share the earrings with all of you. I knew my fellow book lovers would appreciate them. :-)

      The Disappeared sounds good!

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  7. Oh my goodness, how wonderful is the Bookity Shop site,thank you for the link.

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    1. Tracy - You're welcome! I spend way too much time on Etsy!

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  8. I'm soooo behind on reviews right now it's not even funny!

    I did contain reading past that point in State of Wonder.

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    1. Kathy - It's easy to fall behind, isn't it? Every time I would sit down with the intent to write, nothing would come. Even just trying to jot down whatever came to mind didn't work. Oh well. I did what I could. I'm just glad I'm finally caught up. Just need to post them now. :-)

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  9. Oh yes, I loved State of Wonder... hope you do, too!

    The earrings are so cute. I'm going to take a look at that Etsy site :)

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    1. JoAnn - I am really liking it so far. I hate having to put it down to do those pesky obligatory activities.

      I spend way too much time browsing Etsy. I don't have my own shop or anything, but I do appreciate the hard work folks put into making items to sell. Plus, those vintage items are really cool too. :-)

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  10. Aren't those earrings cute! The Intro is interesting and got me hooked.My post is here

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    1. Peggy - I wonder if anyone will notice when I wear the earrings, and ask. Yet another opportunity for me to talk about books. Haha

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  11. That's a dynamic beginning. One of these days I'm going to read Ann Patcheet.

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    1. Margot - It's my first by the author, and I am really enjoying it.

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  12. I like this teaser. I would continue reading.

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    1. Yvonne - It's an interesting book. I haven't read too many books set in Brazil, much less the Amazon.

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  13. Love the earrings! They almost make me wish my ears were still pierced. ;-)

    When it comes to Ann Patchett, continuing to read is a no brainer. Patchett's one of my favorites.

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    1. Megan - I was six when I first got my ears pierced, and ended up letting them close up about ten or so years ago. They'd become so sensitive to anything I put in my ears. I went back and got them re pierced, this time with a needle about three years ago and am so glad I did. I am much more cautious about the types of earrings I wear now--I try to stick with ones for sensitive ears. More information than you wanted to know. LOL

      So many people love Ann Patchett's writing. I feel bad that it's taken me this long to give her a try!

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  14. I love Ann Patchett. Hope you enjoy this book.

    :)

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  15. I would, simply because I know it's one of those 'must-read' books. I like the earrings, and I agree, handmade are great. You know you're getting one of a kind, too, even if there are similar ones made. Glad to hear Veronica Mars is good. I didn't watch the show but the creation of the film has really interested me.

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    1. Charlie - The whole kickstarter phenomenon is interesting to say the least. My husband contributed to the one that got the Veronica Mars movie made, so we have a bit of an investment in it. However small.

      Your reason to want to continue with State of Wonder is pretty much why I knew I needed to read it--Ann Patchett is one of those authors I knew I must try. I'm glad I did. (I finished the book today and my poor patient husband got an earful--he often does when I have a lot to say about what I'm reading.)

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  16. I read this and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too.

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    1. Paulita - I did! I finished it today with tears in my eyes. Loved the ending but hated that it left so many questions. It was more a case of me not wanting it to end rather than a bad ending though.

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  17. Love that book cover! I also want to read that book :)

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    1. Melinda - I hope you do get a chance to read the book. It was a good one.

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  18. I have seen lots of hype over the Divergent film!
    How nice is the Bookity shop? Enjoy those earrings :)
    Enjoy State of Wonder, I've heard it is a good one.

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    1. Naida - I got to see the Divergent film this past weekend. It did not disappoint!

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  19. Such cute earrings! I watched a season or two of Veronica Mars and liked her so I'm glad the movie delivers.

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    1. Stacy - I am enjoying the earrings. They are a little heavy, but not too bad.

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  20. Those earrings are great! I really must browse Etsy more!

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    1. Kelly - I spend way too much money with Etsy. I find the neatest stuff--not to mention I get to support some of my more crafty friends. :-)

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  21. Oh great, now I am convinced I need Jane Austen earrings! Keep reading State of Wonder; it's so interesting.

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    1. Lisa - Haha! Me too. I've been going though and haven't requested them yet. :-)

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