Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark?

Thanks to everyone who voted in my August TBR List Poll! I never got around to posting the winner, but it was not even close.



Today I am featuring excerpts from the winning book, The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter, #2)  by Virginia Boecker, a historical fantasy novel.



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 sit on the edge of the bed waiting, the day I've feared for months finally here. I look around the room, only there's not much there to distract me. Everything is white: white walls, white curtains, white stone fireplace, even the furniture--bed, wardrobe, and a small dressing table set below a looking glass. On cloudy days, this lack of color is soothing. But on the rare sunny winter day, such as today, the brightness is overwhelming. 
There's a gentle rapping on the door.  
My thoughts: I can see how overwhelming all that white could be--and how it would not help her mood given she is not looking forward to whatever it is she must face next. The opening is a quiet one, easing us in, especially given what is to come in the pages that follow.

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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.
As we pass the table, I run a finger along the rim of a cold pewter goblet and think, just for a moment, how easy it would be to drop some poison in here. A salting of Belladonna in a cup or on a plate, just a single taste and it would be over in a five-minute show of spasms and screams, a slowing heart and slowing breath. It would be easy. Easier, anyway, than what they were about to do.  [56%]

My thoughts: I haven't quite reached this moment in the novel (although I may have by the time you are reading this), but, let me tell you, things are tense and this scene confirms how much more tense things are about to get.


What do you think? Does this sound like a book 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 Ugly Cover With the Best Story/Gorgeous Cover With the Worst Story

I leaned on Goodreads heavily for help with this one because no books popped into mind instantly. Just looking at the covers of my top and lowest rated books, however, did the trick.


I read Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer in September of 2005, a year before I began blogging. I was keeping a reading journal at the time, however, and recorded some of my thoughts. Although the details are fuzzy, I remember how much I loved the novel. The cover itself does nothing for me, however. It gives no hint at what the book is about and the font and colors hurt my eyes.


I love the cover of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Although normally I prefer the author's name to be smaller than the title. The photograph and contrast in the dark brown and lighter tones more than make up for it. The book left me disappointed when I read it just the same.

Have you read either of these? Can you think of a book whose cover you loved, but the contents left you disappointed? Or how about a book with a cringe-worthy cover that you ended up loving in spite of it?

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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.

Where do you post your reviews besides your blog? Please list them all so perhaps we can find some new sites. (submitted by Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews)
In addition to posting my bookish thoughts on my blog, I also post them on the Goodreads site and sometimes LibraryThing, when I remember. I post links to my bookish thoughts on my blog's Facebook page and Twitter, although not the entire review.

What about you?

I hope you all have a great weekend! The Nutcracker ballet auditions are this weekend--so you know where we will be. Happy Reading!



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44 comments:

  1. I loved Owen Meany, but I can understand it wouldn't appeal to everyone. I agree about your ugly cover, though. And great shares from The King Slayer. Thanks. I'm featuring Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides today.

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    1. Bev - I am enjoying The King Slayer so far. I know a lot of people loved Owen Meany. I wanted to, but it just didn't work as well for me, unfortunately. Middlesex, on the other hand, I loved. I hope you do too!

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  2. The white in the first paragraph is so stark -- but you're right, it is a gentle beginning.

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    1. Verushka - Especially given what happens in the novel.

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  3. I loved Owen Meany too but it was a book my son recommended to me so I was highly motivated when I read it. I rarely post my thoughts anywhere except my blog.

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    1. Kathy - I wanted to love it as so many kept telling me I had to read it. Oh well. I can't love everything, right?

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  4. Ooh, the cover didn't do anything for me, but those excerpts definitely drew me in. Thanks for sharing.

    I post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook...and one of my blogs.

    Here's mine: “MR. FLOOD’S LAST RESORT”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I am not a fan of that cover either--so you aren't alone!

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  5. Nice 50/50 Friday post for this week. I haven't read either novel, but agree with you about the covers!

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  6. The does sound fascinating. I've read the first book but haven't gotten to this one yet. This week I am featuring Second Chance on Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer from my review stack. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I wish now I had re-read the first book, but I am enjoying this second one.

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  7. I hate it when people don't put art on walls. White everywhere would depress me. My Friday Quotes and review of SPEAK

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    1. Anne - You probably wouldn't like my bedroom too much right now. It's pretty bare walled. We've been in our house seven years, and I still am trying to decide how I want to decorate it.

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  8. I almost didn't read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because I thought the cover was so awful...but I'm glad I overlooked its outside ugliness because I really enjoyed the story inside.

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    1. Lark - Sometimes you have to overlook a cover because what's inside is worth it.

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  9. Sounds like a richly detailed and solid read! Happy weekend!

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    1. Freda - I am enjoying it. I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  10. Everything is Illuminated is just a weird cover.... it's to much shoved together in my opinion.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Carrie - I agree. The way the cover is designed on that one isn't done well at all.

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  11. I'm not familiar with The King Slayer but based on that first paragraph, it sounds like a book I would really like. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Suzanne - It's the second in a YA series. I am enjoying it.

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  12. Those excerpts put me on edge. It sounds like a great read. See what I'm featuring at Girl Who Reads

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    1. Donna H - They put me on edge too. I am enjoying it so far!

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  13. Man that's such a shame about Everything is Illuminated! I totally agree: the cover just makes my head hurt and I can't really read the title easily. I'm such a cover snob and a good cover design is totally necessary for me to even pick up a book (a serious downfall, I know!). It's such a shame! I'm glad you enjoyed it, though! Thanks for linking up, Wendy!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Laura - I can be the same way when I am visiting a bookstore. If the cover doesn't appeal to me, I am not likely to pick up the book to even see if it is something I want to read.

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  14. I very rarely post reviews on my blog anymore because they get extremely low views. I do mention my thoughts about books I'm reading on my Tell Me Tuesday and I review just about every book I read on Goodreads. If a book has already been published I review it on Amazon, but I have trouble remembering to review ARCs after the fact. Netgalley has a weekly reminder email now and links to Amazon and B&N, so at least I'll remember those ARCs! I also try to review every book on Edelweiss because you don't have to get the book from them to review it there. I noticed that Hoopla has a review button, but right now I don't have time for that. 😎

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    1. La La - I don't pay attention to page views at all, but I can't say I'm surprised views might be lower on review posts. I don't review on Amazon at all. I'd forgotten about NetGalley and Edelweiss. I do share my reviews on those sites as well.

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  15. Sounds like an exciting read. Hope you are enjoying it.

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    1. Nicki - I am! I had hoped to get more reading in of it today than I have. Hopefully this weekend.

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  16. The Nutcracker auditions are early. Good luck to your daughter.

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    1. Ellen - The time will fly by--they need all the rehearsal time they can get!

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  17. Those are great snippets. I need to check this series out. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

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    1. Ashley - Thank you! I hope you will. It's a good one!

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  18. You know, I have a copy of "The Witch Hunter" in my collection. Of course, I have yet to read it.... Lol. Those excerpts sound SO intriguing, so I need to get to that first book!! :) :)

    As for the two covers, I partly agree with you.

    You're SO right about that first one! It's HORRENDOUS!! How can publishers put out such UGLY covers?! I do like the colors, ironically enough, but not the way the title is jammed onto the cover. That makes me feel claustrophobic, lol.

    I don't like the second cover, either. The colors are much too bland for me, and I HATE it when a cover design is split in two! I do agree with you about the title and author's name, though. The title should DEFINITELY be larger than the author's name!

    Like you, I post my reviews on Goodreads, as well as on my blog. I also post them on Amazon. I know there are other review sites, but I don't have time to post my reviews on them.

    Thanks for sharing all your GREAT stuff, Wendy!! Hope the auditions go well, and you guys have a nice weekend!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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    1. Marie - I hope you like The Witch Hunter when you get it. I enjoyed the first book and am enjoying the second one. Just don't be like me and wait so long before reading each book.

      I am glad you agree with the first cover. At least the book was good. And that's what really matters in the end.

      The auditions went well. We should find out in about a week what part she will be dancing. She's already asking me if I have heard yet. LOL

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  19. P.S. Thanks for commenting on my "Book Blogger Hop" post!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  20. Keeping my fingers crossed for the little one. Hope the audition went well!
    Looks like you have a fun book to check out! This weekend I've just been trying to catch up on so many things and boy, I'm tired and still so behind. I'm looking forward to Labor day for an extra day off :)

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! The auditions went very well. It's nice because everyone who auditions is guaranteed a spot. We got the cast list yesterday. I wish they'd warn us ahead of time how many parts they are going to give the kids so we can either limit them or at least prepare for the sticker shock. I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend and can relax some!

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  21. The voting wasn't close at all was it. I do hope you enjoy the book. I hope your daughter's audition went well.

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    1. Carole - No, it really wasn't close. I was kind of surprised! The audition went well. It's good experience for the kids--with the added bonus that they all have guaranteed spots in the show. Saves hurt feelings. At least for those who know they aren't up for the big parts.

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  22. Come to think of it, a cover is important in a sense that it helps us to pick up the book, especially new-to-me authors, isn't it?

    I DNF'ed A Prayer for Owen Meany because I just couldn't get into the story but I know there are readers who loved it.

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    1. Melody - Yes, a cover can make all the difference in whether I even give a book a closer look to see if I want to read it. I'm sorry A Prayer for Own Meany didn't work for you either. We tried.

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