Thursday, October 26, 2017

Where Is Your Bookmark? (Cinder by Marissa Meyer)

The last couple of weeks have been exceptionally stressful at work, not to mention my allergies have been playing havoc with my head. I cannot seem to shake this awful cough and I feel like I am constantly battling a sinus headache. The last two days have been especially bad, and I am very much looking forward to the weekend. Thank goodness for books, chocolate, a cuddly kitty, my happy-go-lucky daughter and loving husband. 

I currently am reading Marissa Meyer's Cinder, with just over 100 pages to go. It feels like I am one of the last people out there to read it sometimes. In this fairy tale re-telling, science fiction YA novel, Cinder is a cyborg, the ward of a mean guardian. 



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.

The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the join as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another. By the time it was extracted far enough for her to wrench free with her prosthetic steel hand, the hairline threads had been stripped clean.


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.

But she didn't try to run. No one ever put up a fight when being taken to the quarantines.  
Their eyes met. Cinder opened her mouth but nothing came out. She tried to plead forgiveness with her eyes. [pg 56]



Cinder got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I am truly engrossed now. It's pretty obvious the direction the book is going--at least, I think so, but maybe I will be surprised. I am looking forward to finishing the novel this weekend. I have the next book in the series handy in case I need to dive right in . . .


What do you think? Would you keep reading? Or, if you've read this one, what did you think?


 A rabbit at the petting zoo (Pumpkin Patch)

Contemplating

 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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52 comments:

  1. Lucky you, a weekend to read. Cinder looks good - hope you enjoy there rest.

    I'm reading Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.

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    1. Bev - There are a lot of other things I have to do--soccer and Halloween festivities for my daughter among them, but I definitely plan to fit reading in there somewhere!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series! I hope you'll like Cinder!

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    1. Lauren - I am enjoying it so far. I am just about finished with it and am eager to continue with the series. :-)

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  3. Hi Wendy! I hope work calms down for you!

    I haven't read that book yet, but it looks really good. Might have to add it, now you've reminded me of it.

    Awww! You cat is so much like one I used to have,, called Mira.

    Here's my entry for #Friday56 and #Bookbeginnings http://bit.ly/2iFfb4z (It's the second book in the 'An Ember in the Ashes' series - 'A Torch Against the Night.

    Have an ab fab weekend!

    Luv from Sassy x

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    1. Sassy Brit - Thank you so much! I hope so too. I have a feeling things will start calming down a bit the closer we get to the holidays. At least I hope so!

      I bet your Mira was beautiful. Was she as playful as my Gracie?

      I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  4. I feel you on the cough that doesn't go away! Hope your allergies clear up soon and that you feel better! (:

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    1. Eustacia - It's the cough that never stops. :-( Seems like a lot of people are suffering from it. Thank you for the well wishes!

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  5. I hope you feel better soon!

    I'd probably never pick Cinder up to start with but I'm sure my sister would love it.

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    1. Kathy - Thank you! I hope so too. This cough is driving me crazy. At least I'm sleeping better at night.

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  6. I enjoyed this one very much. I have a science fiction book this week - The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I am glad you enjoyed Cinder. It's a very interesting way to re-tell the story of Cinderella. I'm enjoying it. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I read Cinder in 2013, and neither loved nor hated it. An interesting twist with the cyborg, but for some reason it felt a little flat to me. :) I'm in a huge minority here, though.

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    1. Jenclair - I am enjoying Cinder, but I don't know that loving it would describe my feelings for it at the moment. I hope to finish it soon.

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  8. I also have not read this series. Today I went to the library to get Cinder, but someone borrowed it already. Boohoo!

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    1. Nina - Oh no! I hope you can get your hands on it soon so you can give it a try!

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  9. No, you're not the last one...I haven't read it either. I have been eyeing it forever, though. Still not sure about it. Hope you're enjoying it, and here's mine: “UNRAVELING OLIVER”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I decided last year that this would be the year for it. I am glad I finally am giving the series a chance. :-) You'll get to it in time--or not. So many good books out there. It's hard to fit everything in, isn't it?

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  10. I really enjoyed this one though I do agree that it was a bit of a slow start. I loved the actual character of Cinder but I liked Scarlet more because stuff is happening whereas in Cinder there's a LOT of setup. Glad you're enjoying it and look forward to your final thoughts on it!

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    1. Katherine - I am especially looking forward to reading Scarlet. I admit that one appeals to me most of the first two in the series. I am enjoying Cinder though.

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  11. I haven't read Cinder yet...so you're not the last. Apparently, I am. ;D

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    1. Lark - From the sounds of it, you aren't alone. :-)

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  12. Boo on allergies and difficult work week. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and can enjoy some down time with your loved ones & books!

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! I am very much glad the weekend is here.

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  13. I enjoyed the series but struggled by the end mostly because there were so many different point of views and I felt it slowed the overall story down. Each subsequent book deals with a different fairy tale but it adds at least two more point-of-views to the story. But i liked the sc-fi take on fairy tales and it was a fun series. Light quick reads for me.

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    1. Mandy - I am glad you enjoyed this series overall, Mandy. I can see how so many viewpoints would be confusing! The sci-fi take on the fairy tales is definitely an interesting twist.

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  14. LOVE that wholes series!!! Hope you do too! Happy weekend!

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    1. Freda - I am glad to hear it! I am enjoying it so far. I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  15. I am not a big fan of fiction, but that does sound good.

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    1. Ellen - I am enjoying it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Glad you're enjoying it. I've not gotten to this one yet.

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    1. Nicki - It's a bit different than I expected (although I wasn't sure really what to expect), but I am enjoying it.

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  17. I haven't read Cinder yet if that makes you feel any better. I'm sorry to hear that you still aren't feeling well- hopefully you will start feeling better very soon. Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

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    1. Sam - It does make me feel a little better. :-) Thank you for the well wishes. I am sleeping better at night, which is something, but I do wish this cough would find it's way out the door. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  18. I keep hearing good things about Cinder yet I haven't read it. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it, Wendy.

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    1. Melody - It is good so far. I am curious to see how the rest of the series goes!

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  19. did try to Cinder when it was first out, but I couldn't quite get into it. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Verushka - I finished it last night and did enjoy it. I'm glad I had warning that the end would be a cliffhanger though, as it would have been disappointing otherwise.

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  20. Enjoy Cinder, I've seen that one all over the place, it looks good. And ugh, allergies, I can relate. Hope this week is a relaxing one, enjoy :)

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    1. Naida - I enjoyed it! I hope these allergies leave soon. I'm afraid though they won't be that easy to be rid of. :-(

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  21. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Cinder. I haven't finished that series yet but I really enjoyed the first three books.

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    1. Suzanne- I am eager to jump into Scarlet now that I have finished Cinder. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the first three books!

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  22. Oh, I love this series. I still need to read Winter, but it will be something I FINALLY get to soon I hope! I'm glad that you're enjoying Cinder, and I hope you're feeling better!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - Thank you! I enjoyed Cinder and am anxious to get to the rest of the series now.

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  23. You're not the last - I haven't read Cinder. I don't think I want to. It isn't my type of read, although sometimes those are the ones that hook us the most. I hope you enjoy it as you rest up this weekend. That sounds like an awful predicament. I can't imagine being sick like that for weeks on end. I get so miserable. I hope you are feeling better this week.

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    1. Charlie - This one won't appeal to everyone, I'm sure. I finished it last night and am ready to dive into Scarlet. Although I had planned to read something else--so now I'm debating which to start . . . Thank you for the well wishes. I am pretty miserable, unfortunately, and it's carrying over into everything else. :-(

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  24. Sorry to hear that you were not feeling well. I hope that you are feeling better.

    I like the way that Cinder opened. I am curious to know what you think when you are finished.

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    1. Brian - Thank you. The cough is still with me, but I am doing a bit better.

      I ended up enjoying Cinder and am anxious to dive into the next book. I'm actually surprised I haven't given the cliff hanger ending . . .

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  25. So sorry to hear your allergies are acting up, Wendy, and that things are stressful at work right now.... I will be sending off some prayers for you to get better, and for the situation at work to improve. <3 <3 <3

    I'm so glad you do have some support from your family, books, your kitty, and chocolate, though! (And what a BEAUTIFUL kitty that is!! The rabbit is ADORABLE!!) :) :)

    You are definitely NOT the last person out there to read this book. I haven't read it yet, and it's been sitting on my shelves for at least a year now....lol. There just isn't enough time to read all the books one wants to read, as Frank Zappa so wittily observed, years ago. But I will be sure to keep it in mind for the coming year! Now I'm gearing up for my Christmas reading time!!

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you feel MUCH better VERY soon, and that the stress at work blows over!! HUGS TO YOU & MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - Thank you. I do hope things will improve. It's a combination of a lot of things, and the holidays tend to be a stressful time all around--even as much as I love them.

      I hope you like Cinder when you get to it. I am glad I finally took the chance on it.

      Thanks again, Maria!

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  26. You are not the last one to read Cinder...it's still on my tbr list. I am always behind. Great pics :)

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    1. Carole - I feel like that about a lot of things--always behind. :-) We're forever playing catch up. At the same time, it's not like there are deadlines in this case. :-)

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