Monday, May 01, 2017

Where Is Your Bookmark? (05/02/2017)

After much hand wringing, I finally settled into a new book this week, deciding to read LaRose by Louise Edrich. It wasn't even one I had been considering to read at that moment, but sometimes the book that calls to me isn't the one I was expecting.




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.

Where the reservation boundary invisibly bisected a stand of deep brush--chokeberry, popple, stunted oak--Landreaux waited. He said he was not drinking, and there was no sign later. Landreaux was a devout Catholic who also followed traditional ways, a man who would kill a deer, thank one god in English, and put down tobacco for another god in Ojibwe. He was married to a woman even more devout than he, and had five children, all of whom he tried to feed and keep decent. His neighbor, Peter Ravich, had a big farm cobbled together out of what used to be Indian allotments; he tilled the corn, soy, and hay fields on the western edge. He and Landreaux and their wives, who were half sisters, traded: eggs for ammo, rides to town, kids' clothing, potatoes for flour--that sort of thing. Their children played together although they went to different schools. This was 1999 and Ravich had been talking about the millennium, how he was setting up alternate power sources, buying special software for his computer, stocking up on the basics; he had even filled an old gasoline tank buried by his utility shed. Ravich though that something would happen, but not what did happen. 

Every Tuesday, Ambrosia from The Purple Booker hosts Teaser Teaser at which participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two or more sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.




Teaser from page 11 of LaRose:
No, said Emmaline. She growled and showed her teeth. I'll kill you first. No.
Teaser from page 11 of LaRose:
Then he looked at Nola and saw that her face had broken open. All softness was flowing out. And the greed, too, a desperate grasping that leaned her windingly toward the child.  
What do you think? Would you keep reading?  

I started reading this yesterday morning and was pulled in immediately. Events unfold fairly quickly in terms of the tragic event that changes both the Landreaux and Ravich families' lives. I really like Edrich's writing. This is my first novel by her. It promises to be an emotional one, and I am eager to read more of it.

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


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

This week's  Top Ten Tuesday is Cover Theme Freebie. I am guilty of being drawn to a book by its cover. And honestly, I can sit and gaze upon books with beautiful covers all day long if given the chance. What better way to tackle this week's topic than to look over the books I've read over my book blogging career and share with you my favorite cover for each year? (Covers listed are from the year I read the book, not the year they were necessarily published.)

1. 2006: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


2. 2007: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert


3. 2008: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman


4. 2009: Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal



5. 2010: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli



6. 2011: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley


7. 2012: Ironskin by Tina Connolly


8. 2013: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman


9. 2014: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


10. 2015: The Uninvited by Cat Winters




11. 2016: The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister


12. And of the books I have read so far this year (2017), my favorite without a doubt is Lisa See's The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.



Do you have a favorite cover? 



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49 comments:

  1. I didn't put them on my list but I bought both Moloka'i and The Lotus Eater's primarily for their covers. I like the Sarah Waters cover as well. There is an impression of movement to those empty gloves!

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    1. Tara - Such pretty covers. :-) I am glad you like those three as well. I see what you are saying about the gloves on the Sarah Waters covers--they do give off that impression, don't they?

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  2. I'm not someone who is hugely visual so the covers don't normally 'sell' me a book but like you I love The Thirteenth Tale and Fingersmith

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    1. Cleo - A cover may very well make me pick up a book to take a closer look, but it is never the ultimate deciding the factor as to whether I will read it or not.

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  3. I think I'd keep reading La Rose - though whether it would get too wordy for me, I'm not sure.

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    1. Emma - I'm not finding it to wordy, fortunately. She chooses her words well, I think. It's good so far. It definitely is a slower read, but not at all boring.

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  4. Ooh The Uninvited looks so spooky! And I like The Thirteenth Tale and Witchlanders a lot too.

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    1. Greg - I love The Uninvited cover for that reason. :-)

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  5. I've loved just about all of the covers of Sarah Waters books, but Fingersmith is one of the best.

    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane looks intriguing as well.

    Here is my TTT.

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    1. Astilbe - Sarah Waters' books do have pretty awesome covers, I agree!

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  6. These are definitely covers that would sell me on the book. There's a book (series?) with a beautiful blue dress on the cover...every time I see the cover, I think I need to buy it, even though I know nothing about the story!

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/05/book-covers-made-ya-look.html

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    1. Deb - Blue is definitely a cover that draws my eye. If you ever do try the book with the beautiful blue dress on the cover, I hope it's good!

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  7. Those covers are all so beautiful - now I feel like reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane!

    And those are really interesting teasers, I hope you continue to enjoy it!

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    1. Eustacia - I highly recommend The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane! It's one of my favorites so far this year--and not just because of the cover. :-)

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  8. I have so many favorite covers, I could never pick one. I'm reading Ashes to Asheville and it's great so far.

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    1. Kathy - It was hard to do, and I'm sure if I made the same list a month from now, some of those covers would be substituted out for others. :-)

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  9. I love a good cover too--and you've picked some lovely ones.

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  10. That first paragraph is quite compelling. I feel that I must keep reading.

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    1. Margot - I thought so too. I am liking the book so far.

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  11. Great opening and great teaser! Beautiful covers too. I would have a hard time picking my favorites.

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    1. Beth - Thank you! It was hard to settle on one per year. I kept changing my mind. Even now, I am still thinking, "maybe I should have picked that one instead." Haha

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  12. I like the writing in the opening, so I'd keep reading! I know what you mean about hand wringing about your next read. I spent too much time last night trying to decide on my next read. Also, I love the book covers you chose!

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    1. Monica - Choosing the next book to read shouldn't be so hard! I usually am okay if I have the next book planned before I finish the one I'm reading, but if not . . . It can take me a long time to decide. What wasted reading time!

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  13. La Rose sounds tempting. I've only read one book by Erdrich: Shadow Tag, and it was chilling. I didn't like one aspect of the writing style: there were no quotation marks in dialogue. I find that style confusing. (I'm currently reading a book with that same quirk, A Separation).

    I don't know if her other books are like the one I read, and I could probably manage the absence of quotation marks, now that I've seen other books like that...so yes, I might just have to keep reading.

    As for beautiful covers, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is my favorite (above), and I loved the book, too.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “VIVIAN IN RED”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - The lack of quotation marks is a bit disconcerting. I haven't read too many books like that--but if you ran into it with Shadow Tag, I'm thinking it must be common practice for her given that is also the case for LaRose. I do like her writing overall though and am enjoying the book. I'm still not terribly far in though.

      I love the cover of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Such vivid colors and detail! I loved the book too. :-)

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  14. When I think back on it, our fears for the new millennium seem silly! It would be fun to read a story that takes place during that time. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die.

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    1. Sandra - Yes, people did go a bit crazy around the start of the new millennium. It's a good book so far. Sad, but good.

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  15. I've been wanting to read this one. I hope you enjoy it Wendy.

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    1. Diane - I hope ou get a chance to read it. I'm not too far in yet, but I like it so far.

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  16. Great covers and good first lines make me want to read a book every time! :)

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  17. I don't think that I have read any of the books on your top ten list but I do agree the covers are lovely. I do hope to read The 13th Tale at some point.

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    1. Carole - They are all good books too. :-) The Thirteenth Tale is very good. I hope you get to read it!

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  18. They are beautiful covers, aren't they? Like so many others, I'm drawn by covers and titles. Not all books live up to their covers, but a bad cover can mean the book won't get read.

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    1. Jenclair - So true. Not all books are as good as their covers.

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  19. Such hauntingly beautiful covers! I am so drawn by covers. I've now had to get into the practice of reading the synopsis to ensure I'll read the book.

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    1. Charlie - I think so too! I won't read a book solely because I like the cover, but it's certainly one of the reasons I may pick up a book to consider reading.

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  20. Love those covers! As much as there's a saying that we cannot judge a book by its cover, I think it does help us (at least to me) to pick up a book especially when it's a new-to-me author.

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    1. Melody - It helps me too! An attractive cover will at least catch my attention initially.

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  21. La Rose sounds a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, I feel that things are going to be bad and I could do with a cheerful read just now!
    Covers are really important for me and it's lovely to see your choice.

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    1. Miss Cellany - LaRose is good, but definitely not something that would be good to read when you are wanting something cheerful. At least not from what I've read so far!

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  22. I love this idea. I'm curious to see which covers I'd pick if I went back year by year. I love the cover for The Thirteenth Tale, such pretty books.

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    1. Chrystal - It was hard to choose just one some years! I really like The Thirteenth Tale cover too. :-)

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  23. Enjoy La Rose and great list for TTT. The Lotus Eaters and Practical Magic were so good.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Naida - Thank you! So far I am enjoying LaRose.

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  24. I adored The Thirteenth Tale and I am collecting all of Alice Hoffman's titles as ebooks and trying to work my way through them all. Did you know there is a prequel to Practical Magic coming out in September? :)

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  25. Yes, I'd continue. The story sounds good so far and I'm aware Erdrich is well regarded.

    Love the patterns on the edges of the books on The Thirteenth Tale. It's such a classic book thing, very inviting. Goodreads and its home page has me wanting to read Moloka'i, beyond the story itself it's always in mind.

    I've always loved the cover of Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, UK edition, both hardback and paperback. The composition and the tone of the photos just work.

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  26. Great cover choices! The 13th Tale is a classic cover for any book lover :)

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