Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where Is Your Bookmark? (A Peek into Amanda Bouchet's Nightchaser)

I loved Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall so much that I was craving another science fiction novel. The Nightchaser (Endeavor, #1) by Amy Bouchet hit the spot perfectly. I finished Bouchet's novel earlier this week. It is about a Captain Tess Bailey and her crew who have recently stolen a top secret lab ship that they thought held much needed vaccines. What they actually stole, however, puts them at the top of the most wanted list--well, that and because of Tess herself. A mix of romance and action, Nightchaser promised to be a fun read--and it was!



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 sat back in my captain's chair and breathed, slowly and deeply, letting my body adjust to traveling at a normal velocity again. It was risky to come here, but maybe we'd finally get a break. We needed one. So did the ship. 

My initial thoughts: I have a feeling trouble is around the corner sooner than they think. Isn't it always in a situation like this?


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 smiled, but it felt weak. Triumph never came without sacrifice. "How many?" I asked.
There was no real surprise for me in her immediate question back. "How many do we have?"
I hesitated. "Four." I hated the answer I had to give her, but Shade would be done soon, and I couldn't risk taking more than that in the time before we left. 
Fiona recalled in shock. "That's not enough. There are thousands of kids." [56%]

My thoughts: If you do not know the context of this, they could be talking about anything, but I think it conveys just how dire their situation is.


Have you read Nightchaser? Does it sound like something you would like to read? 

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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.

Do you buy all your books? If yes, do you keep them all? If no, where do you source them? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

I am indeed a book buyer. Do I buy all my books? No, but I buy a lot of books. Way more than I should (ask my husband--although my daughter would tell you need more. She takes after me that way.). Some of the books I own were gifts. Some are hand me downs and some came with my husband when we merged our book collections. There are also books I have been given for the possibility of a review. Many of the books on my shelves I have read. Many others I have not yet gotten to. This includes my virtual shelves as well.

I feel at home surrounded by books, perhaps in part because I grew up with parents who kept a nice collection of them in the house. Over the years I have given many books away, whether to build a little library at work everyone can use or to family and friends. I have also donated a considerable amount of them to the local library over the past several years. I did a major culling of my shelves just over 8 years ago in preparation for our move and have made a habit of going through my shelves at regular intervals to see what can go and what can stay. While I have given a lot of books away, I continue to have a rather nice size collection. I am sure bringing in new books hasn’t helped with that. But I really do not buy books as often as I did before having a child.

My rules are to only keep books I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet (my TBR collection is huge—don’t ask how many; I won’t say), books I loved and want to re-read (even though I am not a big re-reader) someday, and books that hold special sentimental value. Oh, and those my husband and daughter also refuse to part with—because they have a say as well.

I am not as big a library user as I want to be. Partly because they often do not have the books I am looking for and another, the bigger reason, because I have so many unread books sitting in my e-reader or on my shelves at home that I am working my way through. My daughter and I visit our public library twice a month at least to check out the children’s selection. Mouse feels right at home at the library these days, going right to her favorite sections, asking the librarian if she cannot find something, and checking out the books without any assistance from me. I love it!

Anyone walking into my home can see in an instant my family is made up of booklovers. There are books everywhere, which is just the way I like it.

What about you?



 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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35 comments:

  1. Nightchaser looks interesting. I haven't heard of it before. So thanks for mentioning it! :-)

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    1. Breana - It was a fun read. I have been wanting to read Amy Bouchet and this was a good place to start. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Not sure your book selection is up my alley but I am glad you are enjoying the series. My quotes for Unsheltered

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    1. Anne - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I look forward to reading more by the author. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. I'll comment on your book question - yes, I buy most of my books. I am almost never gifted books by family. I guess they don't know what to choose as they all seem to think that I have enough books and why don't I just go clothes shopping. Ha! However, they don't even give me gift cards for books - sigh. Anyway, I have culled my print collection down considerably and mostly have treasured books from my youth, books I've gotten at mystery conferences or sent to me by authors (those are signed), and a very few series that I keep in print (like J.K. Rowling and Louise Penny). I have a lot (a huge amount) of e-books and I also make use of the library. I love that Mouse is comfortable in the library! Great job, Mom!

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    1. Kay - I tend to get a lot of gift cards for bookstores from my in-laws and mom. It's safer for them than buying me actual books. My husband, on the other hand, has direct access to my wish list and so knows what I want--and what I already have. I know there are some in my family who wish I was more into clothes shopping. It'd be easier. :-)

      I love that Mouse is comfortable in the library too. Knowing how to use a library is a great resource to have under one's belt. Not to mention a love for books.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  4. Tess seems like a Robin Hood in space type of captain!

    I don't buy as many books as I want (thanks to a really good library system), but all the books that I love and want to re-read tend to be bought sooner or later. I've even tracked down an out of print book and bought it because I read it as a child and one scene stuck in my head!

    If there weren't any ebooks, I'd probably have a much bigger book collection.

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    1. Eustacia - Yes! She is a bit of a space version of Robin Hood. :-)

      I really should rely on the library more. I feel so guilty though with so many unread books in my own home.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. The excerpt is intriguing and I've been wanting to try this author. It's always great when you finish a good book and, craving something similar, find another good one:)

    My Friday 56 from The Corpse In The Cabana

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    1. Laura - I love that feeling. Books that make me eager to read other books. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  6. If a publisher doesn't send me a book, I don't hesitate to buy it. I used to keep books after I've read them but now I give them away. Quite often, I give them to our local indie bookstore.

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    1. Kathy - Same here. If I really want to read a book, getting a copy from the publisher is great, but I will buy it otherwise. Sometimes I buy books I have early copies of anyway. I used to donate my books to a used bookstore, but it closed. The other one in town is a bit inconvenient to get to. The library is close by and is always willing to take my books (I don't give them the ARC's of course). Some they end up selling and others end up on their shelves, available for checking out. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I like how dangerous your BB book sounds in the opening scene! Great cover too!

    Yes love to feel at home with books too! I’m always suspicious of people that don’t have any on display! Lol

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    1. Sassy Brit - I love walking into someone else's home and seeing they have books. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  8. Now I'm curious about Nightchaser. Thanks for sharing.

    I agree with you about books. I love being surrounded by them, even though most of my newer books are now hiding out on Paige, my Kindle.

    When I do a purge, the books go to the library...or sometimes charitable organizations.

    Enjoy your walls of books, as do I.

    Here is my pick for today: “I OWE YOU ONE”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I enjoyed it quite a bit!

      Most of my newer books are tucked into my Cosette, so I understand. :-) The library makes a great place for donating books, doesn't it?

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. Interesting start to the story! It sound's like something big has just happened off-page.

    My Friday memes this week.

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    1. Louise - It has! It was a pretty exciting book all around. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. The first line of Nightchaser really makes me want to read it.

    Your Book Blogger hop answer was so relatable and I enjoyed it. I've donated to libraries (including Little Libraries), fellow readers, charities, and even our dentist's office.

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    1. Roberta - I really enjoyed it. We've donated to our local Little Library too. My daughter loves trading a book for a book when we pass by on a walk. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. I read Nightchaser recently and thought it was just okay. It felt like I had it read it before and likely have read many stories like it. This week I am featuring Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney from my review stack. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I am sorry you didn't like it more. I thought it had some similarities to Uncharted Stars, but it was different enough where it mattered. I haven't read a lot of science fiction though, so maybe that's why the difference between us. Thank you for visiting!

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  12. Nightchaser sounds like a book that I'd like. (I even alread have it on my Goodreads want to read list.)

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    1. Lark - I hope you like it when you read it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I majorly downsized my physical book collection when I moved. I just dont have the space for them anymore... Although, I still have multiple full sized bookshleves around he house stacked with books I dont want to part with so it's not all bad.

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    1. Nicci - I try to keep my book collection down to what will fit on the shelves these days. When at our old house, I wasn't so good about that . . . Thank you for visiting!

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  14. I"m the same when it comes to keeping books. I either have to want to reread it or it has to be special for some reason. I have this author on my TBR. I was excited to see that the first book in one of her series is on the Audible Romance package.

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    1. Katherine - I have a couple of Bouchet's other books and am looking forward to reading them even more now. Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. Sounds like an interesting read!! Happy weekend!

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  16. I used to buy books, but with the overflowing of books and having no space to keep, I thought it's more practical to buy those books that I think I'll enjoy (or favourite authors) and borrow the rest from the library. Library books are great in a sense that they also allow me to explore all types of books and who knows, some of them may turn up onto my to-buy list next. :)

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    1. Melody - I do try to cull my shelves regularly to avoid them overflowing. I don't always keep up as often as I should, but I think I manage better than I did years ago. I know I should use the library more. Because they are due in such a short amount of time, I'd have to put them above my own books, and that makes me feel guilty. Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. Nightchaser sounds exactly like it's right up my alley. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Lauren - I really liked it. I hope you will too! Thank you for visiting!

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  18. I totally get why you don't frequent the library as much as you would, but glad you get there with Mouse :) And April 7-13 is National Library Week! :D

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