Thursday, October 19, 2017

Where Is Your Bookmark? (10/20/2017)

I finished Death in the Stacks this past weekend, but had already prepared to share some excerpts from it with you for today. I requested Death in the Stacks through Penguin's First to Read program because I couldn't resist a cozy murder mystery set in a small town public library. (The cover is linked to the book's Goodreads page.)



A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

September in New England was about as perfect a season as there was on earth. The days became cooler, pumpkins ripened and colorful leaves decorated the trees like they were getting ready for a party, the last colorful gala before winter. 
Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek Public Library, rode her bike into work, enjoying the crisp snap to the air and the fresh smell of the briny sea as it rolled in for high tide. She felt a happy burst of optimism fill her up as everything in her world seemed to be all right, especially at work. She'd been in charge of the small library for a couple of years now, and she had come to love the seaside community in which she resided.
This is clearly more than just the first sentence, or even the first paragraph. I like the opening of Jenn McKinlay's Death in the Stacks. It certainly fits with the fall season, which doesn't quite seem to be here in Southern California yet. Well, it is a little cooler today . . . And I love that the protagonist is this cozy mystery works in a library.


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.


"I am the one who decides who is hired and who is fired and how things--" 
Pop! The sound cut out on Olive's microphone. Sully was standing beside the dais with the power cord dangling from his grip. [page 56]



Someone needed to be cut off and quick! This was a definite she-got-what-was-coming moment in the book, I thought.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!

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39 comments:

  1. Nice snippets. I'd read this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Today I'm reading Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey.

    Happy weekend.

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    1. Bev - Thank you! It was a fun book. I look forward to reading more in the series. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Looks like a fund, calm read. I hope you have fun with it.

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    1. Anne - It was a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I also recently read Death in the Stacks and really enjoyed it.

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    1. Breana - I am glad to hear you enjoyed it too! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Hmmm...better be careful in the library, I guess.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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    1. Sherry - You never know what might happen in the stacks. :-) This was a fun mystery. Thanks for visiting, Sherry!

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  5. Oh boy. A cozy with a library setting and takes place in the fall. A perfect read for this time of year!

    My Friday 56 from Cinema Of Shadows

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    1. Laura - Yes, this made for a great fall read. If only the weather had been cooler and more conducive to cozying up to a fire . . . Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I really enjoy this series and am excited to have gotten this one and the book before a few days ago! I love the 56 especially. Can't wait to see just what was going on!

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    1. Katherine - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I'd keep reading. A cozy mystery set in a library sounds fun!

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    1. Kathy - This one was a lot of fun! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Love the description in the excerpt! I'm reading Kelley Armstrong's latest Casey Duncan adventure.

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    1. Jenclair - This was a nice easy read. I hope you are enjoying Armstrong's book! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. You had me at library...and cozy murder mystery. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “ODD CHILD OUT”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I think you would like this one! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Okay, now that I've read the 56, I just have to pick this one up. Sounds like fun.

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    1. Roberta - It is a great scene. :-) I hope you like it if you give it a try! Thanks for visiting.

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  11. Wendy, this book really does sound good---inviting :)And this simile is so fresh, just brilliant-- "...and colorful leaves decorated the trees like they were getting ready for a party..."

    And for now, I'm only able to read nonfiction (health stuff), so nothing truly inviting to share back!

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    1. Donna Marie - I love that line from the opening too. This turned out to be a good way to escape for a few hours. Hopefully your current reading is at least interesting. Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. I love your blog, Wendy, and I stop by every time you post, even if I don't comment :)

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  12. Death in the Stacks sounds like such a fun read. I love the title too. Made me chuckle as soon as I saw it. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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    1. Suzanne - It was a lot of fun! I hope you get a chance to read it! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Thanks for helping out with Novel Challenge. I'm glad the site will stick around.

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    1. Rachael - You are welcome! I am glad the site will be able to stick around too. :-)

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  14. Sounds like a cute mystery and a library setting? Well, you've got my attention! :)

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    1. Iliana - It was impossible to resist. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. That library setting already sounds like a good one to me. :)

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  16. One of these days I will actually get around to reading a cozy mystery. Seriously, Wendy! :) :)

    New England is the part of the country I have long wanted to live in. Vermont and New Hampshire sound especially appealing to me, and it's precisely because you can actually SEE the passing of the seasons. I would LOVE to see leaves turning color as fall begins! (Here in Miami, you can actually see this in APRIL, would you believe! But it's not as extensive as it is in the fall, further north.)

    I, too, like the library setting. That, plus the locale, might actually make me pick up this book. For now, I'm adding it to my Goodreads shelves.

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you're having a GREAT Monday!! HUGS TO YOU & MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - I enjoy cozies now and then. I feel I have been lucky to find some really good ones as of late.

      I don't know that I would want to live in New England, but I would like to visit there someday. Especially in the fall.

      The library setting certainly was a draw for me. Libraries and bookstore settings are hard for me to resist.

      I hope you have a great week! Thanks for visiting.

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  17. I just started reading Jenn McKinlay this earlier and I am realling enjoying her writing. I do hope to get to this series at some point.

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    1. Carole - I definitely want to read more by her, especially in this series.

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