Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: In the Woods by Tana French



When we went into work the next morning we were friends. It really was a simple as that: we planted seeds without thinking, and woke up to our own private beanstalk.

-- In the Woods by Tana French. I've been meaning to read this for years and my book club picked it for our next book so I finally got around to it. It is the first book in French's Dublin Murder Squad series.


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

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mailbox Holiday Monday: Memoir & Historical Fiction

We are too busy at my office getting ready for an upcoming trial to take Presidents' Day off work, but I can still enjoy a couple of new books I got this weekend:



A Hole in My Genes by Dr. Jodie Fleming. This cancer survivor memoir is particularly compelling because the author is a psychologist who, before her own breast cancer diagnosis, specialized in "psycho-oncology" counseling cancer patients.



Mira's Way by Amy Maroney. This is the second book in Maroney's historical fiction Miramonde Series. I just finished the first book, A Girl from Oto and absolutely loved it. Read my Rose City Reader interview of Amy Maroney.

What books came into your house last week?





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 Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Book Beginning Valentine: Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



They say that you can’t go back, that it’s better to keep the past in the rearview mirror. That may be true, but lately it felt like my past was creeping into everything I touched.

-- Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander. This latest cozy Bakeshop Mystery finds pastry chef, cafe owner, and amateur sleuth Jules Capshaw unearthing a vintage skull at a picnic and a conveniently dead landlord.




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.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, 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.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING





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.


MY FRIDAY 56

Everything in Ashland was within a ten-minute drive. And aside from the occasional backup on Main Street during the height of the tourist season, the only time traffic came to a stop was when a herd of black-tailed deer were crossing the street.

The Bakeshop Mystery series is set in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Blackstone Audio, among other delights.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2018 European Reading Challenge Winner Announced!



THIS IS THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR 2018

TO FIND THE 2018 REVIEWS, GO TO THIS PAGE

TO FIND THE 2018 WRAP UP POSTS, GO TO THIS PAGE

THE 2019 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE SIGN UP PAGE IS AT THIS PAGE 

2018 was the seventh year for this challenge, which involves reading books set in different European countries or written by authors from different European countries.

Big thanks to all the participants who joined me for the Grand Tour!

JET SETTER GRAND PRIZE WINNER

The 2018 Jet Setter prize goes to Reese at Typings who visited 16 different European countries reviewed the books she read. Her wrap up post has links to all her reviews. 

Honorary Mention (but no prizes) go to five other participants who read and reviewed books from 10 or more unique countries:


My own wrap-up post is here. I read 13 books from different European countries, although only three were translations, which is backsliding from the year before. But again, I didn't review any of the books I read because last year was crazy busy for me at my law practice.

Congratulations to all the readers who completed the challenge! There is still plenty of time to join us in 2019.

JOIN THE 2019 CHALLENGE! SIGN UP HERE

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.

Sign up HERE for the 2019 Challenge. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mailbox Birthday Monday

I got a few fun books for my birthday this weekend. What new books came into your house last week?



The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. My friend saw a comment I left on Instagram about wanting this book and remembered it for my birthday -- how nice was that!



Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount. The same friend got me this one, just because she knew I would love it, which I do. Pretty illustrations and book lists -- there's a combination I can't resist.


The Counterlife by Philip Roth. Hubby went back to the well, as he says, and got me another fancy Franklin Library edition of a Philip Roth book. He knows I like them, so when he gets stuck for gift ideas, he heads to eBay.




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 Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

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