Monday, September 26, 2016

Where Is Your Bookmark? (09/27/2016)

I just started a new book, A Black Sail by Rich Zahradnik (which made my top ten list today), but since I prepped this post over the weekend in case I didn't have time after work and Girl Scouts to spend on it Monday night, I decided to feature the book I finished this weekend instead. As a result, I thought I would tempt you with a little from The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman, the second in her series featuring Irene, a librarian spy. I am not including a synopsis because it contains spoilers from the first book (although the cover will take you to the Goodreads page for the book). If you enjoy high action urban fantasy full of magic, dragons, and the fae, you may enjoy this series.



Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea 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. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.

It was a pity about the poison in her wine-glass, Irene reflected. The underground room was hot, and a glass of chilled wine would have been refreshing. 

Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2 or more) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.


Teaser from 29% of The Masked City:
"We're just going to take you for a little walk. There's a gentleman as wants you to stay out of his affairs for a few days. You behave yourself, keep quiet, and nothing bad's going to happen to you."
Irene mentally cringed at the dialogue, lifted straight from Plots Involving Heroines Too Stupid to Live, Unless Saved by the Hero.  She must have looked unconvinced, as the man's eyes narrowed. "You don't want us to do this the hard way, duckie," he snarled. 
"No," she said, attempting helpless meekness. "I'll behave . . . Please don't hurt me."

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 is the Books On My Fall TBR Reading List. I am terrible at following a reading list, but here are some of the books I am most anxious to get to this  fall. I sure plan to give it my best try!

1.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet ~ Although not a big fan of abduction romance stories, this one has me setting that aside. The promise of magic and adventure, possibly dragons, Greek mythology . . . Too promising to pass up.


2.

Curse of the Gargoyle (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #2) by Rebecca Chastain ~ I was quite smitten with the first novella in this series and have been meaning to start on the second installment (I have a copy of the third too). The series features a gargoyle healer still learning just what she's capable of.


3.

No Witness But the Moon by Suzanne Chazin ~ A stand off between a police officer and an undocumented immigrant ends badly. Devastated by the outcome, the police officer digs a little deeper and finds a connection between the dead immigrant and his mother's unsolved murder. Someone doesn't want him to uncover the truth. I'm already intrigued.


4.

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi ~ A novel by an author I can see becoming a fast favorite. An Afghan woman accused of murdering her husband finds herself in prison, surrounded by women imprisoned for breaking one or another social rule. Goodreads describes this novel as "A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, The House with No Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant."


5.

The Strivers' Row Spy by Jason Overstreet ~ A debut novel set during the 1920's Harlem Renaissance featuring the first African-American FBI Agent, Sidney Temple. The entire premise of this novel intrigues me and I am looking forward to reading it.


6.

The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel ~ Doesn't this book just scream, "FALL!" Cozies always seem to for me. I'm not sure why. The title alone made me stand up and take notice of this one. I can't wait to dive in.
In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly. [An excerpt from Goodreads]

7.

A Change of Heart by Dev Sonali ~ If the cover hadn't drawn me in, the premise certainly has me curious. His wife murdered after uncovering an illegal organ harvesting ring two years before, Nic lands a job on a cruise ship where he meets a woman claiming to have his wife's heart.


8.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters #2) by Amy Stewart ~ The Kopp sisters won me over in the first installment of Amy Stewart's series based on the real life Constance Kopp, one of the first female sheriff's deputy in the U.S. I am looking forward to seeing what the sisters get up to next in this second book of the series.


9.

Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point #5) by RaeAnne Thayne ~ I discovered RaeAnne Thayne last year and feel in love with her books. Snowfall on Haven Point features a widow and mother and an injured down on the world sheriff. Add in a blizzard at Christmas time and you have a cozy winter romance.


10.

A Black Sail (Coleridge Taylor Mystery #3) by Rich Zahradnik ~ Coleridge Taylor is my favorite journalist, and I am very eager to see what he is up to in the third book in the series. Set in 1976 during the U.S. Bicentennial, Taylor's nose for news leads him straight into trouble yet again: Murder, drugs and a possible gang war between the Italian mafia and a Chinese tong. 

Have you read or want to read any of these? What books are you looking forward to reading this fall season?


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69 comments:

  1. I love that opening for The Masked City, and can't wait to read it. I liked The Invisible Library a lot. The Book Club Murders looks great too!

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    1. Greg - I hope you get to read The Masked City soon! It's pretty exciting. :-) I'm looking forward to reading The Book Club Murders too. This coming month will be the perfect time.

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  2. I'm not familiar with many of these books, but I hope you love them!

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  3. A House Without Windows really intrigues me. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for tipping me off!

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    1. Tara - It does me too. I love Hashimi's work. She's such a great writer. I hope you like A House Without Windows if you give it a try!

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  4. At first glance at the cover I wasn't convinced that I'd enjoy The Masked City but the teaser made me chuckle and changed my opinion!

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    1. Cleo - There is definitely some humor mixed in with this series. :-)

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  5. I've not heard of these but A Change of Heart... that sounds so interesting! Adding it to my to-read list!

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    1. Kate - I think so too. I have heard things about Dev's novels, and am anxious to read A Change of Heart.

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  6. That teaser sure sounds intriguing!

    Hope you enjoy all the books on your Fall TBR Reading list. :)

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    1. Melody - I hope I get to them all! I'm well into one so far, at least. :-)

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  7. Are you enjoying "The Masked City"? I hope to read it as soon as my library gets it in; it's actually on my TTT list this week. I really liked the first book when I read it last month -- it was just so much fun!

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    1. Lindsay - I did enjoy The Masked City. I'm anxious to read the next book in the series. I hope you are able to get your hands on it soon!

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  8. Interesting teaser. I'd read on. I haven't started this series yet, but I've been interested in it. My Teaser is from Gigi Pandian's Michelangelo's Ghost.

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    1. Laura - I am enjoying the series quite a bit so far. :-)

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  9. What a top ten list! I have not read a single one, but a couple really appeal to me.

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    1. Jenclair - I'm determined to read as many of these as I can this fall. We'll see how distracted I get . . .

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  10. I read an ARC of the Masked City and loved it, now I'm reading the first book and it's just as good.

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    1. Page - Wasn't it great? I really enjoyed it too.

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  11. Those teasers sound wonderful!!!
    As for your Top Ten ... you already know that I LOVED The Book Club Murders ... and I've for No Witness But The Moon sitting on my NetGalley shelf waiting for me. Have you read the first two in the series yet? Holy heck are they powerful books!

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    1. Karen - It's a fun read. I didn't realize the Chazin book was part of a series! I'll have to look for the first two. Thanks for letting me know. I'm looking forward to reading The Book Club Murders. :-)

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  12. There are several on you 'lust list' that also have me all excited... The Kopp Sisters mystery sounds a delight and A Change of Heart also looks fascinating, if a tad grim... And I LOVE the teasers... I MUST get around to reading the first book in the series! My teaser this week is an intriguing, if short, read... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/teaser-tuesday-27th-september-2016/

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    1. Sarah - Genevieve Cogman has really set her series up that it could go in so many different directions. I'm loving it so far. Hopefully I will get to all of the books on my list this fall, but we'll see. "Lust list" is a good name for it. Haha

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  13. Your teasers sound really interesting. I'd read this book :)

    I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2016/09/teaser-tuesday-injustice-for-all-92716.html

    Colletta

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  14. Sounds like a very civilized girl.

    Two teasers from me today, one from Lisa Graff, and one an upcoming release: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-V5

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  15. Kind of nonchalant about the poison in her glass. You've got me curious now.

    My TT from The Spirit In St. Louis

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  16. I thought of you and Mouse when I toured the Juliette Gordon Low House last week. Great list of books!

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    1. Kathy - Thank you! Mouse just learned who Juliette was this last week at her meeting. :-)

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  17. I love that intro and teaser. Especially the part about 'heroines too stupid to live'. LOL

    Girl Scouts? Is Mouse going to be a Brownie or a (can't think what the pre-brownie is - bluebird?). Been there, done that. Years ago. Enjoy!

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    1. Kay - I thought that was too funny not to share. :-)

      Mouse is a Daisy. Brownies are the next step up (2nd grade). It's new to me too. Haha. I was a Bluebird--that's Camp Fire's equivalent to a Daisy.

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  18. Lots of good looking books on your fall TBR. Hope you get to a bunch of them and enjoy them!

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    1. Kelly - Thank you. I hope I get to most if not all of them too!

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  19. I'm not sure I'd read the book from your teaser but The Striver's Row Spy sounds up my alley in many ways. Adding it to my list. Here's my link for today's TT: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1hx

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    1. Ms. M. - Doesn't The Striver's Row Spy sound great? I think so too. I hope you do get a chance to read it. And hopefully we'll both enjoy it.

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  20. The Masked City does sound tempting...even though it's not my usual read. The fantasy and magic bits always put me off a bit. But I loved the excerpts. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE KEPT WOMAN”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - It's a great series. High on the fantasy, and so if that's not something you like, you may not enjoy this series.

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  21. I have not read any of these books, but a couple of them got my attention.

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    1. 'Nise - I'm eager to read them. Hopefully this fall. :-)

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  22. A Change of Heart sounds really great! I love the cover too. I hope you love these! I don't always do great at sticking to a TBR either lol.

    AngelErin @ Angel Erin's Book Obsession

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    1. AngelErin - Isn't the cover of A Change of Heart beautiful? I'm anxious to read it. I've heard great things about Dev's books.

      I have the best intentions when making reading lists, but there are so many other bookish distractions. LOL

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  23. Although I'm not sure if the book is for me I like the opening to the masked city. I thought it was clever and it made me smile.

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    1. Emma - The opening is a good hook, isn't it? I'm enjoying the series. It's not a comic series, but there is a thread of humor that comes out now and then.

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  24. I've not heard of The Masked City, but it sounds fun. I love the idea of librarian spy. Girl Who Reads

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    1. Donna - I love the idea of a librarian spy too. It made this series irresistible to me. :-)

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  25. I am so looking forward to Lady Cop Makes Trouble! Loved the first one.

    A House Without Windows is also on my list. I've been seeing it around a lot and it sounds interesting.

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    1. Athira - I did too. Hopefully the second one in the series is just as good.

      I love Hashimi's writing and am eager to read A House Without Windows.

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  26. You always have such eclectic book choices. Your TTT is no exception. I'm terrible at reading lists too. It's usually a big ol' fail boat for me. I have high hopes for this one though, lol.

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    1. Trisha - As bad as I am at sticking to these reading lists, I sure do enjoy making them. I have high hopes for this one too. I guess we'll see whether it pans out. Haha

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  27. Lots of great books to look forward to. I'm particularly interested in the Nadia Hashimi book!

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    1. Iliana - Doesn't Hashimi's book sound good? I think so too!

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  28. The paragraph was good, but not great for me. I love your Fall list however. I can see myself reading, for instance, A Change of Heart, Book Club Murders and Lady Cop Makes Trouble.

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    1. Margot - I'm so excited about all of these books. I'm not sure which one I'll read next. I want to read them all!

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  29. What a great list. I'm definitely in the mood for that Book Club Murders book...and the Hashimi sounds really good. But I think I'm going to save Snowfall on Haven Point for my Christmas break. :)

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    1. Lark - Thank you! I think The Book Club Murders sounds like a lot of fun. I'm figuring Snowfall on Haven Point will be good after I read Hashimi's novel. Her books tend to be very emotional for me.

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  30. Definitely read A Promise of Fire! It's really good. The abduction aspect bugged me a little, but it's nothing when compared to everything else.

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    1. Christy - I nearly picked A Promise of Fire up as this week's read, but figured I needed a mystery after finishing my last novel which was fantasy. I definitely want to get to it though!

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  31. Overstreet and Stewart sound really good! :)
    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Lauren - I'm looking forward to reading Overstreet for the first time. I really enjoyed Stewart's first novel.

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  32. Great list. A House Without Windows sounds good and I was just looking at A Change of Heart somewhere, I think it was offered on AmazonVine. Enjoy The Masked City and happy weekend!

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    1. Naida - Thank you! Both Dev and Hashimi's books look like they will be good--maybe even emotional. I'm looking forward to reading them. I hope you are having a good weekend too!

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  33. I loved the Masked City and thought it was stronger than book one. Hope you love it :)

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