Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark? (A Peek at Pressed to Death & My First and Last Reads as a Book Blogger)

When I finish my current book (likely tomorrow), I will have read all three of my TBR List poll choices for the month of February. It's been awhile since I last managed that! I currently am reading Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss, the second book in her Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mystery series. It's set in small town wine country, right outside of my old stomping grounds, Sacramento, California. I fell in love with the first book in the series and am enjoying this second book.

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.

I was going to jail.


My thoughts: I couldn't help but wonder what trouble Maddie had landed herself in on the very first page of the book.


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'm starting to think your museum really is cursed," he said.
"The exhibits, not the museum," I corrected automatically. "Why? Did something happen at the museum?" 
"No, I was talking about you. Why don't you tell me why you really went to Mrs. Paganini's home last night?"  [56%]


My thoughts: Our handsome Detective Slate asks a very good question, but is Maddie ready to lay all of her cards on the table? I am guessing not, knowing her. Not yet, at least.


What do you think? Does this sound like something you would be interested in reading? 

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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 the My First and Last Reads as a Book Blogger.

Another not my the first book I reviewed on my blog, Thrity Umrigar's Bombay Time was the first book I read when I began blogging in July of 2006.



The last (or most recent) book I finished reading (a re-read for the umpteenth time) was Ed Vere's Max the Brave, one of my daughter's favorite books. Technically, she read it to me, but I read along. That counts right?



What was the first and last (as of today, anyway) book you read as a book blogger?

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57 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to read that paranormal museum series. Love the bits you shared. First and last book I review on my blog - well, this blog anyway. Deleted that first one, so who knows? First book I reviewed as Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes and the last one today, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Both psycho-thriller types. Hope you guys have a good weekend, Wendy! We are gloomy and rainy and cold here. I'm so done with that. LOL

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    1. Kay - I hope you enjoy it when you read it. It's a fun series. I love how skeptical Maddie is about the paranormal even with little hints of it all around her. I'm not sure how long the author will be able to pull that off in the series, but it makes me like Maddie all the more. She's got a good head on her shoulders.

      Into the Darkest Corner is such a good book! I hope to read The Wife Between Us. I'll be over to read your review soon. :-)

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  2. I'm not usually a fan of cozies, but I love museum settings and paranormal activity :D

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    1. Jenclair - This one has a definite cozy feel to it, so if that's off putting to you, this might not be for you. But I really do enjoy the series. The paranormal activity is low key, but definitely there. I'm enjoying it.

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  3. I'm not familiar with Bombay Time but I love Umrigar so now I want to read it.

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    1. Kathy - It's one of her earlier books. I enjoyed it and hope you do check it out!

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  4. Max the Brave looks adorable! I've really enjoyed this series and am about to start the 3rd book. I'm looking forward to it! I don't think I enjoyed the 2nd book quite as much as the first but it's definitely a series I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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    1. Katherine - It's a really cute story. :-) I hope you enjoy the third book in Weiss's series. I am looking forward to that one too!

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  5. I recently read the most recent book in this series. It was fun and makes me want to catch up on the ones I missed. Can't beat that opening! This week I am spotlighting Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I loved the first book. I am enjoying this one too and can't wait to start the third. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I've never read a cozy... OMG! Did I just admit that out loud? lol

    Pressed to death? I'm thinking of all sorts of things - a flower press, a fruit press, something that doesn't really hurt, mild and cozy. Someone should challenge me to read a few. I get the impression they're tame. Are they?

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    1. Sassy Brit - Haha! It's okay if you have never read a cozy. Cozies are all over the place in terms of sub-genre, depending on what interests different readers. Some have more bite than others, but compared to other types of sub-genres under the mystery heading, they tend to be lighter fare.

      You are close with the press being an object. :-) It's a haunted grape press.

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    2. oooh I was sooo close! ;) I will have to pick up a couple and check them out :)

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  7. Pressed to Death sounds like a fun read. I like the idea that she works in a paranormal museum :)

    My Friday post

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    1. Veronika - It is a lot of fun. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  8. You had me at Sacramento...I haven't lived there in several years, but still think of it as a home town of mine.

    Enjoy the book...and thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “ALTERNATE SIDE”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I do too. I still have family there, but it's been awhile since I even last visited. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Haha your daughter's favorite book totally counts! I have to say, that cover is adorable :) Thanks for linking up, Wendy!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Laura - Max the Brave is a really cute book. :-)

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  10. Oooh! Sounds like a fun read! I hope you enjoy this book!

    Here’s my Friday 56!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - It is good so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. My first book as a blogger was The Night Circus, and the last was The Adventures of Sally by P.G. Wodehouse. :)

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    1. Lark - I loved The Night Circus. :-) I haven't read The Adventures of Sally, but someday I would like to. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. The beginning really is shocking. What has gone on in her life?

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  13. Love both snippets, sounds very good!! Happy weekend!

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    1. Freda - It's a good book. I really like the series. I hope you have a happy weekend too!

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  14. Ooh, that book beginning already starts things off excitedly. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Pressed to Death sounds like a good one.
    Oh wow, fun topic on first and last reads as a book blogger. I cannot remember the title of my first review book, it was some kind of mystery set in Egypt. But one of the first books I remember was The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton back in 2008. I've kept most of my review books throughout the years, it's cool looking back. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Nadia - It was good. I can't wait to read the third book in the series.

      I enjoy looking back over the years too. So many reading memories!

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  16. Great beginning, really love that. Page 56 also makes for curiosity to read it.

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  17. Yes! You're daughter's favorite book totally counts!
    Also... damn, 2006! That is dedication!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Carrie - I am glad her book counts. LOL Thanks for visiting!

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  18. Pressed to Death sounds really good. I definitely need to check this series out!
    The first book I reviewed on my blog was When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin, a WWII historical romance. The most recent one was a funny and adorable novella by Jennifer Rodewald called The Cupcake Dilemma.
    Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Ashley - I hope you do check out the Paranormal Museum series. It is a lot of fun. I hope you have a great week! Thank you for visiting. :-)

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  19. I love that cover for Pressed to a death! I’ve never read a cozy mystery, but I think I would enjoy it and I need to give one a try already!!! 🤪

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    1. Angel Erin - I love the cover too. :-) I enjoy cozies from the to time. I tend to prefer the ones with paranormal elements in them, but they come in all different varieties.

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  20. I enjoyed the first book in this series but haven't picked up Pressed to Death for some reason. That first line is great!

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    1. Carole - This one was a lot of fun. I can't wait to read the next one.

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  21. The first book I read for my blog was Wilder Life by Wendy McClure. And the most recent book is So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson.

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    1. Angela - I really enjoyed Nelson's book. I could relate to much of what she wrote about.

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  22. That is a very arresting opening! I went to check and apparently I didn't do proper reviews when I started, just rambled about books :p I think it would be Eight Cousins and Vanity Fair, since those had mini reviews in my third post!

    My latest book reviewed is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen.

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    1. Eustacia - I am not sure there is such a thing as a "proper review". It's however you want to talk about them that matters. :-)

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  23. I think my first book as a blogger might have been Cinder and my current read is Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (really recommend it!). Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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    1. Lynn - I only read Cinder this past year and enjoyed it. I need to get to Scarlet soon! I will look for Kings of Wyld since you recommend it! Thank you. :-)

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  24. A cozy mystery with some romance sounds good! Great opening and I would definitely want to know more. I'm currently reading an Anna Lee Huber mystery and it's part of a series I enjoy so I'm excited!

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    1. Iliana - I haven't read Anna Lee Huber yet, but I would like to. She's on my list to try. :-)

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  25. Oh, I love cozy mysteries and I don't think I've ever read one that's paranormal, so I'd be curious to! I don't know the first book I read as a book blogger...the last was Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (finished today, so review still to come!)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - The Paranormal cozies are my favorite. That aspect is very light in this series.

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  26. I rarely read cozies but I'm definitely in for it if the setting and the mystery intrigue me. :)

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    1. Melody - This is fast becoming a favorite series.

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  27. I think that this one sounds like a perfect mystery! I hope that it is one that you enjoyed. :)

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    1. Candid Cover - I really liked it! Thank you.

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