Thursday, February 13, 2020

Where Is Your Bookmark? The Deep & My Favorite Genre(s)

What are you up to this Friday? It has been a relatively quiet week here, which has been so very nice! I had a day off from work this week and was able to get some much needed stuff done around the house. I admit my blogging motivation has been next to null though. At least I have been reading, right?

 Last night I  finished reading Nic Stone's Dear Martin, which I wish I could put in everyone's hands to read. Thank you again to all who voted for the book as my February read! I started reading The Deep by Alma Katsu today during my lunch break at work and thought I would share an excerpt or three with you today.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the Titanic from the moment they set sail. The Titanic's passengers expected to enjoy an experience befitting the much-heralded ship's maiden voyage, but instead, amid mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, find themselves in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone. While some of the guests and crew shrug off strange occurrences, several--including maid Annie Hebbley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim--are convinced there's something more sinister going on. And then disaster strikes.
Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together by going to work as a nurse on the sixth sailing of the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship to support British forces fighting World War I. When she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier, she is at first thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the tragic night four years earlier. But soon his presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past--as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.

Featuring an ensemble cast of characters and effortlessly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster,
The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom. [Goodreads Summary]

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.

From the prologue:
For a moment, the falling feels like something else entirely--like a brief, wild glimpse of freedom.
 But the surface comes too soon, shattering against her skin--a pane of glass--knocking the air out of her lungs. 
My thoughts: I can feel her falling and the harsh reality as she hits the water from the way Katsu describes this scene and in the text that follows. I was hooked right from the start. Who is she? What is happening? I have lots of questions!

From Chapter One:
October 1916Morninggate Asylum, Liverpool
She is not mad. 
My thoughts: An interesting first sentence given the location mentioned in the chapter heading, isn't it?  But then, during that time period, it was not unusual for women to be in asylums for a host of reasons, not necessarily because they were mentally ill. I continue to be all kinds of curious.


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.
No one could know what had happened last night. Which meant that, once she'd managed to pull herself back up the servants' stairwell, dripping wet, she'd returned quietly to her rooms, stropped down, wrapped the soaking nightgown in a pillowcase, donned an overcoat (plain brown wool, it was an effective disguise), then sneaked back out and threw the incriminating bundle over the railing watching it disappear into the black of the night and sea.

My thoughts: I am only on chapter two so far, but peeking ahead, I came across this gem at 56% of the novel. I am not sure who this is, sneaking around, but I am very curious as to what she has been up to and what she is trying to hide.

What do you think? Does this sound like something you would like to read? 


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.

Which genre do you like the most? (submitted by Shahnila @ Untiereaders)
I hate this question. Not because it is a bad question, but because it is like asking me to name my favorite book or color. I enjoy reading a wide variety of books--and I like to mix it up to keep things interesting, but these tend to be my go to genres:
  • historical mysteries
  • cozy mysteries
  • romantic suspense
  • domestic thrillers
  • urban fantasy 
  • paranormal/supernatural romance
  • historical fiction
  • heart-wrenching fiction
To make it even better? A cross-genre mix!

I mentioned to my husband how hard it is for me to pick just one favorite, and he put it better than I possibly could: "Historical mystery romance set during World War I or II." He forgot to add witches and werewolves to the mix. And maybe a dragon. In outer space.

Which genre do you like the most? 


 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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42 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading Alma Katsu's The Hunger so I'm definitely looking forward to this. It'll be next on my reading list soon. :)

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    1. Melody - I haven't yet read The Hunger, but I would like to. I am still not too far into this one, but I am enjoying it so far. I hope you will like it if you read it! Thank you for visiting, Melody. :-)

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  2. This seems like a very interesting story. I like the quotes.

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  3. The starting of The Deep made me think it was going to be a horror novel but the last bit of the synopsis seems otherwise? No matter the genre, it looks good!

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    1. Eustacia - The author does right horror, and so I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be as well. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. It sounds like I need to read Dear Martin!

    I'm not sure what I like most but I like nonfiction and women's fiction a lot.

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    1. Kathy - I do recommend Dear Martin. I think you would really like it, Kathy. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I really like the sound of The Deep. I'm putting it on my TBR list.

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    1. Catherine - I am looking forward to reading more soon. I can't resist a novel featuring the Titanic. :-) I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. I like the sounds of your read. That 56 has me so intrigued to learn what she was up to. Why did she have to dispose of the bundle? What's she hiding?? Oh, so curious! :-) Happy Valentine's weekend!

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    1. Freda - I can't wait to find out what she's up to! I hope you have a Happy Valentine's weekend too! Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. I also found it hard to name a favourite genre. I like books from all different genres, and usually just read whatever I'm feeling at the time.

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    1. Amanda - Yes, I am very much a mood reader too. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. I like a book that hooks me from the start. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE JANES”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Me too! They often are the hardest to put down. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I liked the last Alma Katsu book I read, so I am definitely interested in reading this one. :)

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    1. Lark - This is my first by her, and I am enjoying it so far. I haven't gotten to far in yet though. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. This sounds very intriguing :) And here you can check out my Friday meme's post >>> journeyinbookland.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/bookish-memes-on-friday-february-14-2020-features-doctor-dearest-by-r-s-grey/

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  11. I love that you listed so many of your favorite genres! :)

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    1. Erica - I just cannot narrow it down. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  12. I read across lots of genre. If I HAD to pick it would be historical fiction, closely followed by romance, women's fiction and crime. But only if I HAD to pick!

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    1. Marg - I just can't pick one no matter how hard I try. LOL Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. I can't wait to read The Deep! Urban fantasy is also one of my favorite genres. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Lauren - I hope you love it when you read it! I hope I will too. :-) Thank you for visiting.

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  14. That is such a haunting cover! I hadn't seen The Deep before, so thanks for bringing it to my attention! It sounds really good.

    I had a hard time narrowing my favorite genre down too. It really depends on the mood I'm in that day. Today it'd be urban fantasy, but tomorrow it might be historical romance or romantic suspense or who knows, lol.

    Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Ashley - I really like the cover of The Deep too. I tend to be a mood reader too, which is why I couldn't decide when it came down to it. Haha. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend too!

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  15. I've seen this one around. Hope you are enjoying it.

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  16. Choosing a genre IS hard. I like books that blend genres the most, that's why I think I love UF so much.
    Picking a genre is easier for me than choosing a favourite author or book though! That is near impossible, lol.

    I like the 'Friday 56' snippet!
    The Deep cover is also pretty cool... And a perfect example of why I don't like boats! You just never know what's lurking beneath the water. :)

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  17. I just read epic fantasies and mysteries/thrillers. I'm quite picky about what I read.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  18. I mostly read PNR (Paranormal romance) these days. I will occasionally read others but not often.

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  19. The Deep sounds really good and that's a great cover! Have a great weekend!

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  20. great cover. i read a variety and it keeps on growing. my favorite is still suspense, whether is romance, paranormal, serial killers, horror...i like being on the edge of my seat
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  21. The beginning bit sent a chill right through me. The author incorporates such great sensory information in the quotes. Love the mixed up genre. Hope you find an author who wants to write that story!

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  22. I haven't ever read this author but that is an interesting take on the Titanic. I hope you enjoy it!

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  23. This week's BBH question is a easy one for me to answer. Considering my blog is packed with reviews for paranormal romance and urban fantasy books, I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise that my 💜 favourite 💜 reading genre is adult PARANORMAL ROMANCE! 😘
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Here's my BBH Post
    Flora x

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  24. I just saw The Deep on another blog as well; I'm curious. My favorite reading genres these days are psychological thrillers or literary fiction, memoirs as well.

    Have a great week Wendy.

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  25. I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite genre either! But, probably fantasy. But then you get into all the subgenres of fantasy...

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  26. I keep seeing The Deep around the blogosphere, so I hope it lives up to everyone's expectations! I like the snippets you posted, so we'll see! :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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