Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Beginnings - 2/27/15

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

This week's book beginnings comes from MIST OF MIDNIGHT by Sandra Byrd.

"Dusk had begun to smother daylight as we walked down the cool street, peering at the numbers above the doorways, one after the other, skirts gathered in hand to keep them from grazing the occasional piles of wet mud and steamy horse muck."

It isn't bad.  Nothing earth shattering yet.  :) Set in London. 


This book is one I finished last week and used as my book beginnings.  Wanted to share again this week.

WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander.


"Myrthen's mother and father had carried more hopes than means with them when they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of January 1910.  Rachel Engel was just sixteen when she left her home and family in Saxony, Germany, brave and willing and fiercely in love with Otto Bergmann, but nonetheless glancing over her shoulder all the way to the southern short of the river Elbe, the gateway to the world."

WHISPER HOLLOW was VERY good.  Historical fiction and women's fiction combined with strong female characters.

My review won't be posted until March 26.  I hope you stop back.

Love the cover.

What are you reading?

Book Blogger Hop - 2/27 - 3/5

 Question of the Week: 

Do you like blog headers that are bookish or blog headers that are simply attractive?

My Answer:

Bookish blog headers are appropriate, but I would say as long as the header is attractive and turns out to be your "trademark," anything works for me.

I know many blogs don't have bookish headers, and it doesn't detract from the content.
How about you?   What is  your preference for a blog header?

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 2/27/15

Feeling Beachie 

Love this meme....I hope you can join in the fun.  

Each week, Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs.  

The statements:
  1. Once I ____
  2. ___ isn’t ____
  3. One can __________________.
  4. I have _________________ for the______

My Answers: 

1. Once I read a book I love, I may talk about it a lot, but I never re-read.  I never re-read any books.

2.  Winter isn't one of my favorite seasons. Right now I am entirely sick of it.

3.  One can read only so many books in a month.  Life gets in the way. :)

4.  I have sympathy for folks who don't like to read.  :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman

Did she or didn't she?

Melisandre was found not guilty, but was the charge of insanity the correct charge?  How could anyone not be guilty of forgetting her child in a hot car?

After the trial, Melisandre left the country and lost custody of her other two children.

Melisandre returned years later, but when another murder occurred and she was present, she wasn't going to be going anywhere.​

The characters in HUSH, HUSH were an interesting mix and most were not likable.  Melisandre was evil and manipulative, and her ex-husband wasn't a nice person. The girls, Alanna and Ruby, were ok.  They were confused and were the way they were because of their crazy mother and their sneaky father.

HUSH, HUSH was set up in an interesting way. The book started​
out with an interview and had several throughout the book with people who knew Melisandre because Melisandre wanted to make a documentary about when she met her estranged daughters.  I didn't understand what the documentary was going to prove or the purpose of it.   HUSH, HUSH then went back and forth between Melisandre and Tess's life and actually all over the place.

​HUSH, HUSH was difficult for me to follow.  Not sure if it was the way it was set up or just the storyline.  I also couldn't keep the characters straight
.  It did get a bit better toward the end but was still confusing even though the ending pages wrapped it all up.

​I was disappointed because I always enjoy Ms. Lippman's books. 3/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 2/23/15

I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 


Books Completed Last Week:

WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander for a March 26, 2015, post.
I love this cover. The ARC has a different one.

The book had a slow start, but once it got going, it was excellent...secrets of a small mining town with strong, determined female characters.  

Good historical fiction as well as women's fiction.


Book Currently Reading: 

MIST OF MIDNIGHT by Sandra Byrd for a March 6, 2015, post.

I love the cover don't you?

Books Up Next:   

A KILLING AT THE CREEK by Nancy Allen for a March 30, 2015, post.

PARDON THE RAVENS by Alan Hruska for a March 31, 2015, post.  


ONE MILE UNDER by Andrew Gross for an April 7, 2015, post.

THE SILVER WITCH by Paula Brackston for an April 16, 2015, post.

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton for a May 19, 2015, post.


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg

HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman






WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman


PERFECT by Rachel Joyce



The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 


How was your reading week?