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]
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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?
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This week's topic is My Favorite/Least Favorite Board Game!
What is your favorite and least favorite board game?
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I never liked Monopoly, (or Scrabble. We had a number version of scrabble, Numble I liked)ReplyDelete
Most Favourite? Probably Trivial Pursuit
Elizabeth - Somehow I have never had to play Scrabble. I imagine I would hate it, especially if I have to play against my husband. He is extremely competitive. He would surely win all the time. I admit I don't care for Trivial Pursuit. I am terrible at it. Something like Apples to Apples, on the other hand . . . I do like that one. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Well, the title is very appealing and that 56 snippet is emotional. I want to know more!ReplyDelete
And yes, like you, I will buy a print book for my keeper shelf. I rarely read print any more but some books I just have to have in print.
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Bea - It's certainly bringing out an array of emotions for me! I am more of an e-reader these days too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I normally borrow my ebooks from the library (and buy them mostly when they're from Indie authors and hence not available/I want to support the author) so if I really liked the book, I could see myself buying a physical copy!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - It's great that you try to support authors by buying their books! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I usually don't buy two copies of the same book so I don't think I will ever buy a physical copy of an e-book. But you never know.ReplyDelete
Stay safe and happy weekend :D
Laura - I hope you had a good weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Ooh, your book has several ingredients I enjoy: book clubs, Southern women, and a mystery. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “CRIME SCENE”ReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - Add to that horror, and you've described it well. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've loved Hendrix's other stuff and I can't wait to try this one.ReplyDelete
Lauren - I would be curious to read his earlier work. He's a great storyteller. I hope you enjoy it when you read it! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
I picked up that 'Southern' vampire book too. I'll get to it at some point. As to buying two copies of books - well, like you, I'm more likely to pick up an e-book that I already have in print. I have a bunch of much older books that I read in my teens and early 20's. Some of them have now come out in e-book format and I've picked up several of them to reread that way. Many of the old print copies I have are pretty fragile. As to board games, I like Trivial Pursuit and I'm not a big fan of Scrabble. I do like Monopoly though and I love Clue (big surprise, right?). Have a good weekend!ReplyDelete
Kay - I hope you like The Southern Book Club's Guide to Vampire Slaying when you get to it. I find too that many of my older books, especially the mass market ones have tiny print and it's hard to read them that way. So, an e-copy would come in hand for that. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I can't say that I've ever bought a print copy of an ebook that I read. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires sounds like so much fun.ReplyDelete
Mary - It is fun--but admittedly, a couple of the scenes have shown what a wimp I can be. LOL Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Sounds like a good vampire story! Happy weekend, stay safe!ReplyDelete
Freda - It is! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I love playing Clue! When I was a kid I really loved playing the game of Life, too. Now I like games like Small World, Kingdom Builder, Ex Libris, and 10 Days in Africa. :)ReplyDelete
And The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires does sound awesome. I can't wait to read it.
Lark - It's been years since I played Life. We have a Pirates of the Caribbean version. I hope you enjoy The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires when you read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I absolutely loved The Southern Book Club! One of my favorites of the year so far for sure:-)ReplyDelete
Tammy - It's really good! Thank you for visiting.Delete
Like you, I would buy a physical copy of a book if I really enjoyed it.. but I've never actually bought an e-copy, if I already have the printed one.ReplyDelete
Happy weekend! xx
Sara @ Sara In Bookland
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I love the cover of your book a ton! But it's not for me because I do not like vampire books.ReplyDelete
My favorite board game right now is Continuo, which now that I say it I realize is a box game, not a board game. Whatever. I can't think of games I don't like because I don't play games I don't like. :)
Gillion - It isn't your typical vampire book--but if you aren't a fan of horror, you might want to skip it.Delete
I don't think I've heard of Continuo. I'll have to look into that one!
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Another good book choice, and one that I'd love to read!ReplyDelete
Oh I love Monopoly and have kind of a small collection - Supernatural is my favourite lol
Here is my Friday Post! Stay well!
Sassy - I hope you enjoy it if you read it! I might like the Supernatural version of Monopoly . . . LOL Thank you for stopping by.Delete
I totally agree with you on the Book Blogger Hop - the kindle makes it so much easier to carry something around and see in the dark ;) The Southern Book Club sounds like my kind of book. I'll need to add it to my library request list. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Becki - Yes, it really does! I can easily sneak in more reading when everyone else is sleeping and I don't want to turn on the lights to disturb them. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Completely, completely intrigued by The Southern Book Club. It looks well... just peachy.ReplyDelete
Roberta - It's really good--and scary. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I actually like both of those board games!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!
Carrie - Thank you for visiting!Delete
I hadn't really thought about the Vampire book but I think I might like it. After all, it involves a book club! I've never been one to play board games but I do remember how much I enjoyed playing Clue with my best friend in high school!ReplyDelete
Iliana - Clue is fun. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
This sounds like a fun read. Hope you enjoy it.ReplyDelete
Nicki - It is! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I'm waiting for my copy of "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" to arrive! I keep hearing good things about it so I figured I may as well buy it. :)ReplyDelete
I think I'll buy a print copy if I love the digital version a lot. For me, it's still easier to read a print copy and of course, it always good to add a book on my bookshelves. Hope you've a great weekend, Wendy!
Melody - I hope you enjoy The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires when you read it! I hope you have a great week! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
Fun-sounding titled book. My Friday QuotesReplyDelete
Anne - Thank you for visiting!Delete
I haven't played Clue in ages! I used to love that game. Now I'm going to buy it so I can play it with my kids, haha. I've heard really great things about The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, and cannot wait to read it myself. :)ReplyDelete
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Lindsi - I hope you and your kids enjoy playing Clue when you get to it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I have never heard of this book, but I would definitely pick it up just for the title! The beginning it's just one more sign that I would enjoy it!ReplyDelete
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Konna - I am enjoying it! I hope you will like it if you give it a try. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have purchased e-books of print books I already have but usually by accident. I have picked up an audiobook to listen to of a book that's been languishing on my shelves unread. And I have bought the physical copies of audiobooks, mostly nonfiction, because I want to be able to refer back to them.ReplyDelete
Lisa - I've done that by accident too. I have gotten better about keeping track of the books I bring into my home though so I don't duplicate. I'm mostly successful. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've purchased ebooks of print books too but rarely do I buy print copies of ebooks... I need to really love them.ReplyDelete
I think the only series I own books in all formats (ebook, print, audio and even graphic novels!) is Rick Riordan's Camp Half-Blood chronicles... Actually, I have various formats of his Norse and Egyptian too. I blame the kid. We both love those books and like different formats, lol.
Nicci - We haven't read Riordan's books, but perhaps one of these days. It must be pretty special for you to own them in so many different formats. Thank you for visiting!Delete
The short answer is generally no. However, if I've read an ebook by a favourite author that I'd like to get signed one day then yes!ReplyDelete
Plus like you, I've been known to buy the ebook of a paperback I already own. 💜😊
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Wendy, stay safe and healthy.
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Flora - Thank you! I hope you have a good week too and stay safe and well.Delete
This book sounds wonderful. I have to add it to my list.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - It is. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I LOVED Clue Master Detectives! I haven't read this book but I've seen so much about it. It looks really fun!ReplyDelete
Katherine - It's such a fun game, isn't it? Thank you for visiting!Delete
I like Scrabble and Monopoly. Haven't played for ages. Maybe time I introduced my grand children to them. I've not seen them in Australia much or maybe I am not looking in the proper places.ReplyDelete
Curfew is being lifted tomorrow after ten weeks. It is only a night curfew after this.
Mystica - I hope things go well with curfew being lifted! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
I think that I am going to have to give The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires a try. It really sounds like something I would enjoy. I don't hate Monopoly but it just takes too long to play. I am more of a fan of word games or puzzle type games.ReplyDelete
Carole - It's good--and creepy! Monopoly does take a long time to play, I agree. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have an audio copy of The Southern Bookclub's Guide to Vampire Slaying and I'll be starting it soon. Can't wait now seeing your reactions! Have a lovely Memorial Day! :)ReplyDelete
Rachel - I hope the audio is good and you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I want to read The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires! Enjoy it.ReplyDelete
I will buy a hard copy of an e-book only if I loved the e-book.
We do Board Games on vacation by the lake. Scrabble is a favorite and so is Connect 4 and we also play Dominoes.
Stay well and happy reading!
Naida - Thank you! Have you played Sequence? It's kind of like Connect 4, but I like it more. Dominoes is fun too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
What a great opener! I've been hearing awesome things about this book and those snippets have me even more intrigued to pick up a copy. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope you have a wonderful week a well. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Yes, having the favourite books in physical edition is so good, and having ebooks to be able to search, that's a good solution! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Louisa - Thank you for visiting!Delete
I don't like Monopoly either! When the family wants to play it, I just CAN'T!ReplyDelete
Christine - I am so glad I am not the only one who does not like Monopoly. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've been intrigued by Southern Book Club---I just might have to pick that one up. Oh, and I didn't know there was such a thing as Clue Master Detective. Is it much different from regular Clue?ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Nicole - Clue Master Detective is similar to the regular Clue, only more involved and with more options. I enjoyed The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for visiting!Delete