Monday, December 12, 2016

Where Is Your Bookmark? (& Top Ten Books I Am Looking Forward to in 2017 - You Get to Vote For One!)

Finally! I am settling into a Holiday-themed book, this one a Christmas romance involving a car accident, a sexy FBI agent, Santa's workshop, and a plot to ruin Christmas.




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.

Amelia Parsons was too upset to see the car speeding toward her through the swirling snow. One moment she was crossing an ice-rutted street in St. Stephens, Maryland, and worrying about a call to the FBI--plus a missing shipment of Christmas ornaments for the hospital tree. In the next she was flying through the air. She heard someone scream. Maybe it was her. Then she sank into thick blackness that lasted for minutes--or maybe it was years.  

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 Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017. This is always such a hard list to compile because there are so many books I want to read! And I know I am bad about following lists. I decided to play fast and loose with the rules this time around. I'm even looking to you for help!

1. Read all of My Lit Box books that I have not gotten to so far. I am behind, and so there are those I still need to get to. And for as long as I can afford to continue subscribing to this amazing book box, I hope to stay more on top of my reading of those books this coming year. (Books pictured: LaRose by Louise Eldrich, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudragasam, The House Without Windows by Naida Hashimi, and The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden.)

2. Whatever books come my way through my Postal Mail group (I hope we go another round!).

3. I really want to try something by Octavia Butler. I have one of her books, Fledgling. Maybe I'll start with that.

4. Something by N.K. Jemisin. I received a copy of The Killing Moon quite a while ago in a Book Riot Subscription Box, and that may be a place to start. The Fifth Season sounds so good and is getting rave reviews from my fellow bloggers though . . .

5. I want to catch up in the Sue Grafton series. Seriously. Or maybe Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. There's also Craig Johnson's series . . . I hope to catch up with at least one of the series I am deep into, anyway.

6. Any books I get for Christmas this year. Seriously. How many books have I gotten as gifts over the years that I still haven't read? (This is hoping I get any books for Christmas--I made sure everyone had a list this year, something I rarely do. You know, just to help them along. Books as gifts are the best. Really. Don't pay attention to how many books I already have.)

7.  I want to read a book my husband recommends to me.

8. And one my daughter pulls off my shelf for me to read.

9. & 10. I want to read a book you recommend. Well, two that you recommend (because why stop at one? Maybe even more, depending). Now until the end of the year, I will keep the survey open in which you can give me your recommendation. I will do a random drawing around the first of the year to see which two books win. Sound like fun? Don't steer me wrong now! (I will post all the recommendations here when the survey closes so you can be tempted too.)

[I am not including a name field as to who is recommending what, but if you want me to credit you with the recommendation, feel free to include your name as well!]



What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?


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34 comments:

  1. What an interesting list! :-) I like how you've clearly thought about your goals for the next year.

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    1. Chrissi - Thank you! I did put some thought into it. Hopefully I can follow through. That's the biggest challenge. :-)

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  2. That is quite the start. I can see keeping reading to find out more! And neat idea with the recommendations- now I have to think of some. :)

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    1. Greg - Yes, the intro certainly does grab you, doesn't it? It did me!

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  3. I'm reading Darktown but haven't been able to spend much time with it. So far, though, it's great! I hope you haven't read the book I suggested.

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    1. Kathy - I know how that goes. I feel like my reading has fallen by the wayside these days. So far only one book recommended is one I've read, and I don't think it was yours. :-) Thank you for the recommendation!

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  4. So many books! I rarely make long-term goals, but I love finding a topic that intrigues me and following up on that. The Lit Box titles are impressive!

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    1. Jenclair - I don't know that I'll be able to accomplish many of these, but I one can dream. :-)

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  5. Oh yes, I like the sound of White Christmas.

    Great list, I'm especially interested in what your daughter will choose.

    My choice of a book you must read in 2017 ... A Man Called Ove.

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    1. Tracy - I'm curious to know what she'll choose too. My husband is still thinking about what he will recommend to me. :-)

      Thanks for your recommendation of A Man Called Ove. That might be worth a reread. I loved it the first time around!

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  6. Your current read sounds perfect for getting into the holiday sprit. Enjoy!

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    1. Catherine - It does sound that way, doesn't it? :-)

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  7. Great list...and that excerpt is something else! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

    Here's mine: “THE SLEEPWALKER”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Thank you! It was an interesting one. :-)

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  8. I really, really want to read something by N.K. Jemisin as well. I hear nothing but amazing things.

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    1. Alicia - Me too. I got my brother-in-law one of her trilogies, and hope he'll love it. Maybe he'll loan the books to me after he reads them. :-)

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  9. White Christmas sounds really intense but that opening's a grabber. Recommendation? Child of the River by Irma Joubert from my intro/teaser today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1ox

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    1. Ms. M - It wasn't quite as intense as it started out as. At least not in my mind. :-) Thank you for the recommendation!

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  10. I would so read White Christmas, I've added it to my tbr list :-)

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    1. Tracey - I hope you enjoy it if you read it! It's short, so would take hardly any time to get through. :-)

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  11. Great list! You are going to be taking book ideas wherever you can find them, and that's a good idea. I've had Kindred by Octavia Butler on my kindle for at least a year now. I really need to read it.

    And that holiday book you're reading sounds like fun! Thanks for highlighting it!

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    1. Rita - Thank you! Not that I need more book ideas with all the unread books I have sitting around here. I can't help myself though. Sometimes I just have a hard time making a decision all on my own. LOL

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  12. Enjoy your Holiday read. I've read more this year and enjoyed them all.

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    1. Nise' - Thank you! It's my only holiday read so far. Hopefully I'll get to some of my others.

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  13. I like your Top Ten this week. Very thoughtful and thought provoking. I'm going to copy some of you ideas. White Christmas sounds like a fun to read book. I did leave a recommendation for you and hope it is the winner.

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    1. Margot - Thank you! I had originally planned just to list new releases I am looking forward to, but decided to go this route instead. Thank you too for making a recommendation!

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  14. Enjoy your new books, Wendy. I've submitted my book recommendation so hopefully you'll get to read it no matter if it wins or not. :)

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    1. Melody - Thank you! I peeked at the list so far and there are so many good options! I want to read so many already. :-) Thank you for putting in a recommendation!

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    1. Diane - It was definitely in line with the holiday theme!

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  16. You're brave - I'd be nervous to read anything my hubby recommends! Although, he does mostly read books I put in his hands, so I'm not sure what he would pick up on his own anymore.

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    1. Lisa - I am not too nervous about my husband choosing a book for me to read, but maybe I should be. :-) I'm more worried about what my daughter will select. Haha

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