Monday, June 29, 2015
"I'm leaving on a jet plane..." That song may date me a wee bit. We are flying out of our hometown for 8 wonderful days in California. So excited.
But then a problem arose...
What books do I take? Do I take actual books? If so how many? Do I use my Kindle while I'm gone? I am traveling with my dh, daughter, son and his girlfriend. None of them are readers. (Blasphemy!!!) So when I pose the question to them they just stare at me like I have spoken some sort of foreign language. Books? Why? Because that's what I do. I read. I go to wonderful places with fascinating people. You four will just be sitting there. I will be experiencing life from another perspective.
I decided to take my current read.
I'm only on page 86 but it seems as if it is a light, easy read. Nothing real deep. I hope it is just that because I'm one of those travelers that listens to other peoples conversations. Nosey...perhaps. I prefer just observant.
I am convinced I will need several books, right?! Once again, they just stare. So I will take laptop with Kindle app. Not a big fan of ebooks. Just would rather have the actual physical book in my hand. Oh I know...I can just visit bookstores while I am there. Who cares if my fellow travelers don't understand? I know there are many of you out there in blogland that do understand. Let them stare! Let them question my sanity! We all know whose sanity is in question!!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
Today’s cover characteristic: Car(s)
Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury and the teenage boy, Arnold Cunningham, who buys it from the strange Roland LeBay.
Helped by Arnold's girlfriend Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder embarks to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: from murder, to suicide, and a strange feeling that surrounds Christine -- she gets even with anyone that crosses her! Can Dennis save Arnold from the evil that is Christine?
Summary courtesy of Goodreads
I know this is not a current release but I love this cover. The dark clouds and the red car are a great combination. This cover just oozes horror. There were several different covers for Christine over the years but this is by far my favorite. This great cover is from 2007.
When I decided to sign up for this meme, I was surprised at how few of the books I own or have read have cars on them. The number that I could recall or locate was minuscule compared to books with houses on them. Strange, but it will definitely make me aware of my covers in the future. Glad I found this meme.
What do you think about cover of Christine? Does it ooze horror to you?
Saturday, June 27, 2015
An unforgettable debut of linked stories that follow the members and retinue of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile after the patriarch is kidnapped.
On an unremarkable night, José Victoriano Arteaga—the head of a thriving Mexico City family—vanishes on his way home from work. The Arteagas find few answers; the full truth of what happened to Arteaga is lost to the shadows of Mexico’s vast and desperate underworld, a place of rampant violence and kidnappings, and government corruption. But soon packages arrive to the family house, offering horrifying clues.
Fear, guilt, and the prospect of financial ruination fracture the once-proud family and scatter them across the globe, yet delicate threads still hold them together: in a swimming pool in Palo Alto, Arteaga’s young grandson struggles to make sense of the grief that has hobbled his family; in Mexico City, Arteaga’s mistress alternates between rage and heartbreak as she waits, in growing panic, for her lover’s return; in Austin, the Arteagas’ housekeeper tries to piece together a second life in an alienating and demeaning new land; in Madrid, Arteaga’s son takes his ailing dog through the hot and unforgiving streets, in search of his father’s ghost.
What I Thought...
What did I think? This was not my usual type of read. The book was sent to me in The Trust Fall subscription box curated by The Book People. I read this one in one sitting. So I can not say that I didn't like it but I didn't really like it. OK...hang in there for a bit. Let me explain. It does follow the lives of people who are in some way attached to Jose Victoriano Arteaga. All of the individuals have been displaced from their home country of Mexico following his kidnapping. We see how their lives are changed and how they are coping. The stories (similar to chapters) are interesting. A few of them are not quite my kind of writing. The language is a little strong in some of them. I am not a purist but some of the language shocked me.
It is an easy read. I'm confused because I'm not sure how to recommend this one. If the language would not bother you and you like street tough novels, then give this one a try. I gave it a 2 star. So not a complete waste of my time. (Wow! That sounds harsh, I didn't mean for it to sound that way). I just know I would not have read this if I had not received a signed first edition from The Book People.
Have you read Barefoot Dog Stories? If so, what did you think? If not, would you read it?
Leave a comment and let me know.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
This is my first time to participate in Feature and Follow Friday. So here it goes...
Each week a question is selected for bloggers to answer. This weeks question:
Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? – Suggested by Natalie Hearts Books.
There actually are several. One that I was required to read was Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
Here is what Goodreads says about Catcher in the Rye
Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."
His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation
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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be. Thursday quotables is a feature designed by Bookshelf Fantasies.
My review for this book will be posted later today. Ian McEwan has an amazing way with the English language. His descriptions are almost poetic. As I was reading The Children Act (my first read by Ian McEwan), I was taken back by the words he had put down. Absolutely beautiful...
In the description of one of the characters Mr. McEwan wrote:
It was a long, thin face, ghoulishly pale, but beautiful, with crescents of bruised purple fading delicately to white under the eyes, and full lips that appeared purplish too in the intense light.
My favorite description is the entire books is when our main character is looking out over an old city.
She had a taste for this kind of exuberant tangle of muscular cast iron, of postindustrial steel and glass, of old warehouses teased out of decrepitude into a fantasy youth of coffee shops and bars.
Hope you enjoy my snippets. Please leave a comment and be sure and go to http://bookshelffantasies.com/2015/06/25/thursday-quotables-a-dirty-job/ to post your quotables for the week.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill @http://breakingthespine.blogspot.co.uk. "Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that focusing on upcoming releases that we re eagerly awaiting.
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall
Set in the rapidly changing world of America’s 1920s, this is a story of three people from very different backgrounds: Henry "Schuler" Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles “Gil” Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Set adrift by life-altering circumstances, they find themselves bound together by need, and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals. Each one holds a secret that, if exposed, would destroy the makeshift family they’ve created. But their journey of adventure and self-discovery has a price --- and one of them won’t be able to survive it.
Summary courtesy of Bookreporter.com
This book sounds like a book that would draw me in from the start. Books that have something that draws strangers together is always a positive for me. I think the suspense of the reason for the attraction is so exciting. This one is definitely on my radar.
Let me know what you think about The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall and what is on your radar.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!
But he too was roused, out of his chair, walking away from her to the piano, where he paused, one hand resting on the raised lid, gathering his patience before he turned. In that moment the silence between them expanded.
-pg. 33, The Children Act by Ian McEwan
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