Monday, September 21, 2015

Where Is Your Bookmark? (09/22/2015)

I am currently reading Art Taylor's On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories.  It's the story about a small time criminal who falls for one of his hold up victims. The two are determined to lead a straight life, only it doesn't quite work out that way.  "From screwball comedy to domestic drama, and from caper tale to traditional whodunit, these six stories offer suspense with a side of romance—and a little something for all tastes."


First Two Paragraphs of On the Road with Del & Louise:

I hadn't been thinking about killing Delwood. Not really. But you know how people sometimes have just had enough. That's what I'd meant when I said it to him, "I could just kill you," the two of us sitting in his old Nova in front of a cheap motel on Route 66--meaning it just figurative, even if that might seem at odds with me sliding his pistol in my purse right after I said it.

And even though I was indeed thinking hard about taking my half of the money and maybe a little more--literal now, literally taking it--I would not call it a double cross. Just kind of a divorce and a divorce settlement. Even though we weren't married. But that's not the point.


Teaser from 10%: 

Find yourself a solid man--that's what my mama always said. A simple man too, the simpler the better. "Hitch yourself to a dreamer," she warned me more than once, wagging that finger of hers, "and
his dreams are gonna become your nightmares, Louise. Mark my words."

What do you think? Would you keep reading?  

What are you reading at the moment?  Is it anything you would recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.

This week's  Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR. There are quite a few great sounding books coming out this fall season, not to mention older books I have been wanting to read. I am terrible at sticking to any TBR lists I make (although I didn't do too badly with my summer list--eight out of ten is good, right?).  So, really, this is more of a list of books I want to read fall, but I make no guarantees.

1.

Owl and the Japanese Circus by  Kristi Charish ~ This is the first book in a series featuring an antiquities thief. In this book, Owl breaks her rule of not taking any supernatural jobs to work with a dragon who promises to help her get rid of the pack of vampires that want her dead. As if I need to get into another series. I've heard good things about this one and am anxious to dive in.

2.

Hidden by Karen E. Olson ~ The first in a series about a retired hacker in hiding who is drawn back into the life. The author is among my favorite crime fiction authors, and I can't resist reading anything she's written.

3.

White Collar Girl by Renée Rosen ~ The cover is what first drew me to this novel, but what's inside is irresistible. This is a novel about a female journalist in the 1950's. Relegated to the Society Pages, she wants only to make a name for herself.

4.

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes ~ Because I love this author and cannot believe I have not yet read this book. This is one of Haynes' stand alone novels about a police analyst who finds her neighbor's body decomposing next door. No one seems to care--except her.

5.

When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi ~ A novel about a woman whose husband is murdered by the Taliban flees with her children across Europe, only to be separated from her teenage son. This sounds like a book that will pull at my heartstrings.

6.

The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan ~ This particular novel is about a hospice nurse working with a dying and rather bitter World War II veteran. On the home front, her husband has just returned home from Iraq and is going through his own private hell, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Another emotional read, I imagine.

7.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters ~ This one has been on my radar for awhile now, and I am looking forward to reading it. It's been getting good reviews from fellow bloggers. Set in 1918, it is the story of a young woman who sees the ghosts of loved ones, usually warning her of more death to come.

8.

Settled Blood by Mari Hannah ~ The second in the DCI Kate Daniels series in which Kate investigates the murder of a young girl. I enjoyed the first in the series quite a bit and have been meaning to get to this one for awhile now.

9.

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev ~ Ria chose her acting career over love, a fact that left Vikram angry and bitter. When the two meet again at a family wedding, they must face their past choices, secrets and all. Another case of a cover drawing me in. This sounds like a fun book, one that will be light but hopefully with depth to it.

10.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ~ In my quest to read everything by Austen, I am taking the slow road. I have yet to read this gem, although I have seen the movie.

Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to?  What is on your fall TBR list?


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60 comments:

  1. Great list! I think I have Cat Winters' The Uninvited on my want-to-read list, the cover and premise sounds familiar. I hope you enjoy Sense and Sensibility, one of my favourite books from Jane Austen :) Happy reading!

    My TTT

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    1. Lianne - I've been seeing The Uninvited around quite a bit lately, and am anxious to get to it. I hope I love Sense and Sensibility too. :-) I haven't been disappointed yet by Austen. Happy reading to you too!

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    1. Catherine - I am not too far into it yet, but it holds promise so far. I haven't read too many books written in this format, but I do find it appealing.

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  3. Your first paragraph grabbed my attention. Its so frank. I'm curious to see what happens next.

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    1. Margot - I thought so too--the narrator speaks her mind.

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  4. I've heard good things about HUMMINGBIRD and of course I love SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Wht's not ot love with Jane Austen, right?
    My TTT FALL READING LIST

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    1. Anne - I am sure I will love Sense and Sensibility. :-) I'm glad to hear you are hearing good things about Hummingbird. I read The Curiosity by the author and enjoyed it--although didn't love it. This one appeals to me more subject matter wise and so I wanted to give it a try.

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  5. I'm really looking forward to The Uninvited! Owl and the Japanese Circus and White Collar Girl also sound very intriguing!

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Lauren - I have the second book in the Owl series as well, which I would love to get to. Doesn't the Uninvited sound so good? I can't wait to read it. I hope White Collar Girl will be good too.

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  6. I really enjoyed Human Remains. I hope you like it too!

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    1. Chrissi - I have heard good things about Human Remains. If it's even half as good as her other books, I am sure I will like it.

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  7. I'm loving the sound of White Collar Girl, you are right that cover is wonderful too! And onto a totally different type of book, I read Human Remains, it is a little too well described in places - I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Cleo - I really like the sound of White Collar Girl too. I hope it will be good.

      I am hopeful I will like Human Remains. I've enjoyed the author's other books immensely.

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  8. Great list. And I'm not into short stories, but I love the character's voice in your teaser and opening.

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    1. Suzie - I haven't read too many connected short story collections, but I enjoy them--I think even more than just a short story collection of unrelated stories. It definitely has more of a novel feel so you get to know the characters better and are able to spend more time with them.

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  9. I didn't know about Human Remains so I need to check that out. The other books sound good too and I hope you'll enjoy reading them all, Wendy.

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    1. Melody - I am really looking forward to Human Remains. I've been hearing good things about it. :-)

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  10. I have Human Remains to read at some point. I also want to read The Uninvited and White Collar Girl. And Sense and Sensibility is a great favorite of mine. Marianne and I just click. LOL

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    1. Kay - I'm glad to hear Sense and Sensibility is one of your favorites. :-) I am really looking forward to reading it. I am excited about White Collar Girl, The Uninvited and Human Remains. I really hope I will get to them soon.

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  11. You've got some great books on your fall list. Of course, I'm partial to Jane Austen!

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    1. JoAnn - I really need to get back into Jane Austen's books. I have enjoyed everything I've read by her so far.

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  12. On the Road sounds like a lot of fun to me!

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    1. Kathy - It is! I'm enjoying it so far. I've laughed out loud a few times. :-)

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  13. I like the intro Wendy, I'd keep reading. You have some good sounding reads in store.

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    1. Diane - There's so much I want to read. I just wish I had more time to spend actually reading.

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  14. Both the intro and teaser would keep me reading. Human Remains was a good read, love her other books too. Sense and Sensibility is a great choice.

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    1. Nise' - I'm enjoying On the Road with Del & Louise. It is hitting the spot after the book I just finished. I am glad to hear you enjoyed Human Remains! I'm looking forward to reading it. :-)

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  15. I like the sound of on the road. Would give it a try.

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    1. Emma - I'm still not terribly far in, but I'm liking it. The two main characters are quite interesting. :-)

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  16. Hmm, not sure the teasers you shared made me want to read this book but then again its difficult to tell.

    Another great selection of books though, thank you for sharing. The Uninvited really, rally appeals to me and I think I'd enjoy The Bollywood Bride as well.

    Busy reading Cranky, Beautiful Faith by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Not my usual kind of read at all but I'm finding it fascinating.

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    1. Tracy - I came across a quote last night I wish I had read before so I could have shared it in the teaser. Not that it would have appealed to you necessarily, but it got me laughing out loud.

      I'm excited about reading The Uninvited. I hope you get a chance to read it--and The Bollywood Bride. Hopefully I will like that one too!

      Sometimes the types books we don't normally read are the most fascinating. I am glad you are enjoying Cranky, Beautiful Faith!

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  17. The excerpts drew me in, so I do want to know more.

    In your Top Ten, I must add Human Remains to my list, as I love this author, too. Enjoy!

    Here is mine: “PRETENDING TO DANCE”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - It's a good book so far!

      Another Elizabeth Haynes' reader. :-) I'm anxious to read Human Remains. Hopefully soon!

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  18. I'm all for living simply, and you can never go wrong with finding a simple man too! Thanks for sharing this teaser :)

    ​My Teaser

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    1. Claudia - Living simply does have its advantages!

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    1. Sarah - I enjoyed the stories and getting to know Louise and Del. It had it's funny moments and certainly its more serious ones.

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  20. That advice about dreamers is pretty accurate.

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    1. Alice - It's too bad Louise isn't better at following her mother advice!

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  21. I love what you've shared of On the Road with Del and Louise, and I love the teaser, too, so I'd keep reading! Your Top Ten list looks great. I recommend your selections by Elizabeth Haynes and Mari Hannah!

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    1. Monica - I enjoyed the book quite a bit! I am anxious to read the Haynes and Hannah books--they both look good!

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  22. I might have to keep reading "On the Road" because of the cover!

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    1. Debbie - Isn't the cover great? I like it too. :-)

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  23. I've been wanting to read Cat Winters. I've seen her around for a while! And it's coming around to that time of year where you need a good, ghostly, spooky read! Beautiful list :) My TTT : http://birdbooksandcoffee.blogspot.com/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday-fall-tbr-list.html

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    1. Jessica - I can't wait to dive into Cat Winters' book. Hopefully soon. Yes, this time of year would be perfect for it, what with the ghostly theme. :-)

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  24. You've got some great books on your list! :) My TTT

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  25. More titles to think about! Definitely interested in The Uninvited.

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    1. Jenclair - Maybe too many. Haha I have too much on my plate. I think I'll get to Uninvited sometime soon.

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  26. Read all of these because I want to see the reviews! Owl and the Japanese Circus had been on my radar for awhile but I haven't gotten my hands on it yet. The cover of White Collar Girl is stunning! Love it!

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    1. Katherine - Haha! I hope to. At least that is the plan. :-) I am looking forward to reading Owl and the Japanese Circus. It's certainly an interesting title. The White Collar Girl is one I hope to get to sooner than later. I love that cover too.

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  27. That is a great TTT list. I am really interested in the Cat Winters book and so excited to see that Karen E. Olson has a new book/series! Can't wait to see what this one will be like.

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! I was excited to hear about Karen E. Olson's new book as well. I've enjoyed her others.

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  28. Art Taylor's On the Road definitely sounds much better than Jack Kerouac's. I will have to check it out. I'm intrigued by that Kiernan book. I read another one by him last year and didn't like it much. But he writes well.

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    1. Athira - I haven't read Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I really enjoyed Taylor's novel though. I read The Curiosity and while I liked it, wasn't blown away by it. I've been hearing good things about The Hummingbird so far, so I'm hopeful.

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  29. On the Road sounds like a good one, I'd keep reading. And great Fall reading list. White Collar Girl and Human Remains especially look good. I have to read Sense and Sensibility too.
    Happy reading.

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    1. Naida - It was good! It wasn't quite what I expected, but that turned out to be a good thing. I highly recommend it. I am reading Human Remains right now. I hope to get to White Collar Girl soon.

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