Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Mews: Banned Books, Current Reads, Running Naked Down the Street

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. As well as Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.






New to My Shelves: A surprise came in the mail this week. It is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Ellie Alexander called Death on Tap, set in the Pacific Northwest and features Sloan Krause, a beer brewer.



What I Am Reading: I am nearing the end of Teresa Messineo's The Fire By Night, a World War II novel featuring two nurses. Messineo does not sugarcoat the conditions of war in any way. It's a very real and raw look at what the war was like. I am in the middle of Miss Jane by Brad Watson, another historical novel, this one about a woman born with a genital deformity in early twentieth century Mississippi. I have shared excerpts from both novels before, but thought I would share new ones with you today instead of pulling a random book off my shelf.

A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.
Better force herself to get up. Or she would die, right there, in her bunk. She thought about it for a minute--or maybe for an hour--and in the end she decided she would get up. In a minute. In just a minute . . . [page 130 of The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo]
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"Sometimes that dog acts like he knows as much about what's going on as we do." 
He does, Papa." 
"Dog's suppose to have it easier than that," he said. [page 132 of Miss Jane by Brad Watson]


What I Am Watching: The Voice started up again this week, and I caught the first episode of The Brave about an elite special ops unit. I hadn't even heard of it before--it was just on, and so I watched it. I also caught the season premiere of Blacklist, a show I go back and forth on whether I want to continue watching or not. I haven't gotten too excited about this fall's television selections. Usually I am all over them--at least to see what they are all about. I am looking forward to seeing The Good Place again.  Have any of the new fall line-up caught your eye? Is there anything you would recommend?


This Week In Reading Mews:

This week was all about banned books! 

Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?

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Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.

Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms?
Not on purpose.

What about you?

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Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Each week, Carrie at The Butterfly Reads and Laura from Blue Eye Books ask participants to list what they like and don't like about that week's topic.


This week's topic is Character Most/Least Likely to Run Naked Down the Street

The character least likely to run down the street would likely be the proper: Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen. Or most of Jane Austen's characters, for that matter. Although maybe Lydia Bennett might . . .

The most likely character to run naked down the street is Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Why? Because he did exactly it in the first book of the series.

Which character do you think is most or least likely to run naked down the street?


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  1. Both books look interesting. Thanks for mentioning them.

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    1. Breana - I really enjoyed The Fire By Night,and am now focusing on Miss Jane. So far so good!

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  2. Judging by the cover, I would have thought Death on Tap was set in Germany or Austria! I see buildings like that all the time here. It looks rather intriguing for sure.

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. Katie - I would have thought so too from the cover! I really like the Seattle setting of the book though and am looking forward to diving in.

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  3. I love that cover for Death on Tap. Hope it's a good cozy!

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    1. Iliana - It sounds good so hopefully it will be. :-)

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  4. Sounds like a good read to me! Happy weekend!

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  5. Your current read is probably not for me, but I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Nicki - I ended up really liking The Night by Fire. Miss Jane I still on the fence about. We will see.

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  6. I have been drawn to WWII novels lately. This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I have too. I have always enjoyed them, but they seem to be what attracts me most right now.

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  7. The Dresden Files! I still need to read that - my husband and I watched the show and enjoyed it. Even without it happening in the book - I can see Harry doing that!!! :P

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    1. Amber - I love the Dresden Files! I enjoyed the show when it was on and sad it got cancelled.

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  8. Love the cover of Death on Tap. Hope you enjoy reading it and looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

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    1. Melody - I like the cover too! Hopefully I can get to it soon.

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  9. I loved The Good Place! So glad it's back! Death on Tap looks great!

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    1. Lynn - It is a fun show! I hope I will enjoy Death on Tap. It does look fun.

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  10. I completely agree that Anne Elliot would be least likely to run down the street naked, I am very sure Lady Russell would disapprove!!

    I've been looking for a new TV show to pick up and The Brave looks like something I might enjoy.

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    1. Tas - Haha! I think Lady Russell would be very unhappy if that happened.

      I enjoyed the first episode of The Brave,and hope you like the show I'd you decide to watch it.

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  11. Your books look interesting. I love historical fiction, so Fire by Night looks like my kind of book. I will add it to my TBR. Have a good week.

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    1. Ardis - The Fire by Night was very good! I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

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  12. I used to watch The Voice, and enjoyed it but it's on so much, especially in the beginning, it was starting to be a big time-suck. So I stopped. Sometimes I miss it but I use my TV time watching other things now. The cat has the perfect cat-expression in that photo.

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    1. Barb - I can't watch The Voice live and so DVR it and watch when I can. There are a lot of episodes! Fast forwarding through the commercials saves a lot of time though. I hate commercials.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Your kitty is so cute. I caught the first episode of the voice, too, but found I wasn't really into it. I might try one or two more episodes. I meant to catch a couple of new shows this week, but it completely slipped my mind so I didn't set the DVR OR watch any. Sigh. Happy reading!

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    1. Natalie - Some seasons of The Voice are better than others. I seem to spend much of my TV time on Netflix or the Disney Channel these days. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I was amazed at some of the things I discovered this banned books week! Lots of informative posts. :)

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    1. Nicola - I wasn't able to get around as much as I had hoped to check out all the banned book week posts, but hopefully I can play catch up. Thanks for visiting!

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  15. You are spot on about Austen's characters being like that :D haha. Although it would be so hard to imagine at the time they're set in!
    Congrats on the bookmail and have a great week :)

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    1. Evelina - Yes, I can't imagine anyone in the time period Austen's novels are set in running down the street naked either. Haha

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I kind of squished in with Friday since I knew I wouldn't be in any shape to post this weekend. :-(

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  17. My husband and I are binge watching The Blacklist right now, trying to catch up so we can watch the new season. Enjoy your week ahead and happy reading. :)

    Jenea's Book Obsession's Sunday Post

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    1. Jenea - I enjoy The Blacklist. And hope you are enjoying it too!

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  18. Death on Tap looks fun, I haven't read a cozy in AGES. I rally should.

    Your cat looks very contented in that pic. :)

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  19. I love The Blacklist. I can't imagine them topping last season though. Thank you for the kind words you left for me on the loss of Phoebe. XO

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    1. Ellen - I am wondering where they'll take the shoe this season.

      Sending big hugs to you. We love them so much, don't we? They are worth it.

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  20. LOL on your Lydia Bennet comment. I didn't remember that about Harry Dresden - might have to do a re-read in general. He is a great character. Happy reading!

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    1. Lydia was impulsive... Haha
      Thanks for visiting!

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  21. Your cat is so cute. He/she didnt seem to love in front of the camera. Haha SO cute. ๐Ÿ˜❤️
    Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week.

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  22. I LOVE the "Weekly Mews" button you've created, Wendy! And that picture of Parker next to two of your current reads! It is especially poignant, too, in light of your recent loss....

    "Death On Tap" does sound good! One of these days, I'll start a cozy mystery. Honest! : )

    I'm glad you're enjoying "The Fire By Night"! Something about this book reminds me of Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms". Of course, they both have WWII settings, but still. I don't know quite what it is, though.

    I really want to read your reviews of "Brave New World" and "In the Time of the Butterflies"! I want to read the first book -- much as I dread doing so -- and have never heard of the second one.

    As for "cuddling" with books, I have definitely done so on purpose, as you know from my own BBH post. : )

    Oh, this "Friday 50" meme sure looks interesting! I will definitely check it out! This week's question is HILARIOUS. And you're right -- I can't imagine any of Austen's characters doing that, except perhaps Lydia Bennet. I think you're right about that, Lol.

    BTW, I'm currently reading "Beautiful Creatures", so the character in that book who I think would ABSOLUTELY do this without blinking an eye would be Ridley. YUP!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your bookish "mews", Wendy!! Thanks as well for your lovely comment on my own BBH post!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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    1. Maria - Thank you! My husband put the button together for me as he's more talented when it comes to graphics than I am.

      Yeah, I almost didn't post that photo of Parker with the books given the circumstances--but I guess you could say it is his last hurrah on my blog.

      It's been so long since I read Farewell to Arms. I'm afraid I don't remember much about it. I read a lot of WWII historical fiction as it's one of the time periods I am most drawn to.

      In the Time of Butterflies is a sad one, and so I am not sure how you would take to it, but I really liked it. Such strong women! I am not one who can recommend Brave New World, I'm afraid, as I didn't care for it much. I am glad I read it though. it is very relevant to today's times.

      I hope you are enjoying Beautiful Creatures. I didn't care for it myself and thought the movie was pretty bad too. I know it's well liked by many though.

      Take care, Maria. Thank you for visiting!

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    2. You're very welcome!

      I'm back!! Just thought I'd let you know that I actually HATE "Beautiful Creatures"!! It is a very DARK read. Digging up graves? NO, NO, NO!! And I don't like Macon! As for the love story, it just can't compare to the story of Edward and Bella in "Twilight". I wish I had heeded your thoughts on this one, and never started it! You REALLY nailed it, Wendy!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน

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  23. Anne Elliot would never run naked down the street. I completely agree with you there!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Carrie - She would never even consider it.:-)

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  24. I was so close to adding Harry Dresden to my 50/50 Friday! :D

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Lauren - I liked your choice of Quixote though. I can see him doing that too. :-)

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  25. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop last week and I am so sorry to hear about your fur baby Parker.

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