I am in the middle of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. I had not intended to dive into a book that falls on the dark side given my current mood, but upon the heels of my finishing Deanna Raybourn's A Curious Beginning, it seemed a serendipitous choice. I was on Twitter one evening and Deanna Raybourn commented on how much she enjoyed the book, and so I decided to read it. It really is hard to put down!
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.
Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.
But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community. [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.
This story ends in blood. [opening of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Vampire Slaying]
My thoughts: Talk about a hook! What does Hendrix mean? I need to know more!
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 wasn't . . .," she said, genuinely trying to explain, "I didn't want to die. I was just so angry. You wanted me to take those pills so badly, so I took them."
His face instantly closed up, and a steel door came down. "Don't you dare put this on me," he said. [excerpt from 56% of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Vampire Slaying]
My thoughts: I have not reached this point in the novel yet, and so am not sure what is going on, but knowing what comes before, I can guess it has a lot to do with a certain someone . . .
What do you think? Does this sound like something you would want to read? Have you read it? If you have, what did you think?
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If you own an e-book, would you also purchase a print copy as well? (submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)
I sometimes will buy a print copy of a book I own in e-format, particularly if I want to have a hard copy of that book for my keeper shelf. It does not happen often, but you know the book means a lot to me when it does.
On the flip side, I have been known to buy e-copies of books I own physical copies of just for of the convenience of reading them on my e-reader--especially if it is a big book (for example, War and Peace).
What about you? Have you ever purchased a print copy of an e-book you own?
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 My Favorite/Least Favorite Board Game!
What is your favorite and least favorite board game?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to! Stay safe and well.
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