Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Beginning: A Certain Justice by P. D. James

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



Murderers do not usually give their victims notice. This is one death which, however terrible that last second of appalled realization, comes mercifully unburdened with anticipatory terror.
-- A Certain Justice by P. D. James. This 10th Adam Dalgliesh mystery is set, like all P. D. James mysteries, in a closed community -- this time the law chambers of a group of in-fighting London barristers.



Please join me 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.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING





2018 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE: WRAP UP PAGE

The European Reading Challenge
January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019


THIS IS THE PAGE FOR WRAP UP POSTS.

TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS, GO TO THIS PAGE.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

If you have finished the challenge at whatever level you signed up for, please do a wrap up post and enter a link to your post here. Please link to your wrap up post, NOT the main page of your blog.

If you do not have a blog, please leave a wrap up post in a comment on this page. Tell us the books you read and, if you reviewed them in comments on the review page, tell us that so we can go find your reviews.

LINK YOUR WRAP UP POST HERE:






11 Days to Christmas!




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE: REVIEW PAGE

The European Reading Challenge
January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019


THIS IS THE PAGE TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS.

IF YOU HAVE FINISHED, WRAP UP POSTS GO ON THIS PAGE.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

When you review a book for the 2019 European Reading Challenge, please add it to this list using the Linky widget below. Please link to your review post, NOT the main page of your blog.

If you don't have a blog or other place where you post reviews, so don't have a way to link your review below, just post your review in a comment on this page.

NOTE: There is overlap in January 2018 between the last month of the 2017 challenge and the first month of the 2018 challenge. If you participated both years, only count books read in January in one of the years, not both.

Please put your name or the name of your blog, the name of the book you reviewed, and the country of the book or author. For example: Rose City Reader, Doctor Zhivago, Russia.

LIST YOUR REVIEW HERE:







12 Days to Christmas!




Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox




Lilly loved trilliums. She knew that when they finally appeared, there would be no going back to the hunker-down days of winter

--from "Splendid Purpose" in A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox.  That phrase "hunker-down days" is terrific!

Cox's debut collection of short stories bracingly honest and sometimes pretty raw. I like the back-of-the-cover description that says:

"The stories touch on love gone sideways, love rediscovered, and love everlasting."

A Bigger Piece of Blue got a good early review on Kirkus.

I mangled the opening sentences in my recent Book Beginning post, so please go back to here and read what the opening really looks like!




Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.



13 Days to Christmas!




Monday, December 11, 2017

Mailbox Monday




I was showing off Powell's Books to out of town friends last week, so got a few new (to me) books for myself. What books came into your house last week?



Today Will Be Differentby Maria Semple



The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch



My Enemy's Enemy by Kingsley Amis

And one book I saw on Instagram and had to order because they didn't have it at Powell's. I got my copy from Book Depository.



Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle




Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.




14 Days to Christmas!




Sunday, December 10, 2017

The 2018 European Reading Challenge is Available for Sign Ups Now!

The European Reading Challenge
January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019


The 2018 European Reading Challenge is ready now! Find the challenge page with information and the sign up list in the pages bar above. Or click the picture in this post, or here.

Tour Europe through books. And have a chance to win a prize. Please join us for the Grand Tour!

THE GIST: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour.

15 Days to Christmas!




Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Little Weekend Poetry



My friend Geoff Budden hit a poetry trifecta this month, with three poems published in Other Terrain and Backstory, the literary and history journals put out by Swinburne University.

My favorite is "Remembering Robert" because it packs a whole novel into a few short stanzas, starting with this one:

At home in taverns, not in homes,

you left when your daughter was four years old.

Your own final home was a needle hotel:

Skid Row, Vancouver; 1962.

Worth reading the whole thing. As are the other two, "Remembering Bridget" and "Urn." Many of Geoff's poems are drawn from "what he has come to believe" about his family history. What a wonderful way of describing how we think of our families.

I am so glad I have talented friends like Geoff, Kirsten Rian, and Don Colburn, who nudge me to read more poetry (theirs and others') and get me out of my deep prose rut.

16 Days to Christmas!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Beginnings: A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING


The name is Creighton Bliss. I'm comfortable dust and practical as gravel.

--from the title story in A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox.  Intriguing way to describe yourself!

This roughly interconnected collection of stories is fresh and honest. It is like watching people in their real lives, only their lives are interesting. Like the description says:

"The simple, unpretentious storytelling turns an honest eye toward the grit and grace of ordinary people making decisions in the context of their relationships, good and bad and in between."

A Bigger Piece of Blue got a good early review on Kirkus.





Please join me 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.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING





18 Days to Christmas!




Friday, December 1, 2017

24 Days to Christmas!


I love Christmas and I love traditions. My favorite Rose City Reader tradition is this advent calendar of vintage Christmas cards.

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas to my fellow Christmas celebrants!

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