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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10-16-17 #IMWAYR #RIPXII

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Readers Imbibing Peril XII Challenge

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Slade House Readalong

Since my last update, I came to the end of Slade House by David Mitchell on audio. I hope the next book is already written, because Slade House must be the second of a planned trilogy or more (starting with The Bone Clocks). Discussion questions for the readalong were posted on Monday, so I hope eventually to do a discussion post!

audiobook cover imageBy the way, for anyone who’s worried about reading Slade House before The Bone Clocks, here’s a recommendation for reading them out of order.

On audio, I’m listening to two books that fit into the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge. On my iPod: The Likeness by Tana French, read by Grainne Gillis – the second book in her Dublin Murder Squad crime fiction novels. (This one is from the point of view of Cassie, instead of Rob, who was the narrator of In the Woods.) On CD, I just started listening to Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and son Owen King. I’m waiting for the downloadable version to come in from the library, but sometimes it’s more comforting to listen aloud to a scary story instead of having it go directly, privately, into your ear with no one else hearing what you’re hearing!

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This week I finally finished reading The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. I almost didn’t, because I felt so sorry for the insecure characters – snarky as they mostly were – and their self-destructive behavior leading up to the wedding made me anxious.

If you liked The Nest by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney, Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford, or (going way back) Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney, you will probably like The People We Hate at the Wedding. I sympathized most with the weed-addicted, well-meaning mother, but her adult children,  half-siblings – one successful and getting married, two floundering, career-wise, and in unhealthy relationships – are the main characters.

Recommended for anyone who likes to read about dysfunctional families and is prepared for some truly loathsome and regrettable behavior by people who can’t seem to stop themselves. If you prefer main characters to be not completely self-absorbed and have redeeming qualities that are somewhat obvious, best to go for something else!

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This past week, I started and put aside –for the second time – George & Lizzie, by retired librarian and reader’s advisory guru Nancy Pearl. It’s the author’s first novel and it struck me as a lot of “telling” and not enough “showing”, which would be a common writing mistake for a first-time novelist, but Nancy Pearl is an experienced book reviewer and writer of nonfiction, so I thought it must be a stylistic choice, a way to bring out the quirky, off-beat nature of the characters – young Lizzie and George. The narrative style didn’t work for me, however, and I got bored being told everything all at once.

Has anyone read it and can tell me to keep going with it? I’m a big Nancy Pearl fan and expected to love George & Lizzie. Maybe I should try it on audio?

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Something from the Nightside by Simon Green is a genre-blend of dark urban fantasy and noir crime fiction, which makes it ideal for October reading and the RIPXII challenge; it’s the first in a series I’ve been meaning to try for a while. (The series is up to eleven books now, I believe. Damn!)

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Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I’m a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It’s part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.

I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London. But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn’t say no.

Then I found out exactly where the girl had gone.

The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it’s always three A.M. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.

I swore I’d never return. But there’s a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice—I’m going home.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile!
This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9-11-17 #IMWAYR

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It’s September 11th and the news has been full of hurricane and earthquake and bombs, so I’m selfishly looking for books and audiobooks this week that will calm anxiety, not add to it. I’m reading Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon for book club on Wednesday. I also plan to finish Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and start The People We Hate at the Wedding this week.

I spent much of the weekend listening to Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, partly because I love the Armand Gamache series and partly because the library audiobook loan was going to expire today and I didn’t want to have to get back in line and wait to find out the ending.

Thirteenth in the series, Glass Houses doesn’t disappoint! While suspenseful, there is definitely something soothing about these books about the village of Three Pines in Quebec – “A place that no one finds unless they are lost,” the author says in  a recorded conversation with the actor who took over the narration of the series (after the death of Ralph Cosham) at the end of the Recorded Books audio.

My audiobook listening this week will be finishing the urban fantasy I set aside to listen to Glass Houses


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is the second in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch about a young mixed-race constable in London who becomes part of a top-secret, special police unit after seeing and interviewing a ghost who witnessed the murder currently under investigation. British urban fantasy…it can be gory, and the humor is mostly dark, but ghosts, river gods, vampires, etc. are not real, so it’s non-stressful! (Right?) Also, the audiobooks are narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who’s a pleasure to listen to.

Hope everyone who is struggling today and this week will get through it and come out safely on the other side!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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Aaack! Where Did Summer GO? #IMWAYR

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Are Labor Day resolutions a thing? They should be. I had to look up my blog password again, because it’s been that long since I posted.

Here’s the pile of books I have from the library, at least some of which I’m hoping to get to this week.

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This isn’t counting three other library books I have out – City of Friends by Joanna Trollope, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – all of which I’m at least halfway through on, or my work break-time book, The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers.

For book club next week, I need to read Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon… Any recommendations on other ones from the pile I should try to read first?

I just finished listening to Gabrielle Zevin’s Young Jane Young on audio today. I recommend it! It’s seriously light or lightly serious. Thoughtfully funny, maybe? The main character is a young female intern who gets romantically involved with the married congressman she’s working for. I sometimes enjoy hearing about a juicy scandal in the news or a bit of celebrity gossip, but I always feel a little bad about it, too. It’s so much harder to live things down with the Internet, now, and public scrutiny can be so harsh.

This week I’m going to be listening to two of my favorite crime fiction authors on audio. I just started Glass Houses by Louise Penny (still missing Ralph Cosham, but the new narrator, Robert Bathurst, is very good) and I hope to finish the new Michael Connelly book (with a female lead), The Late Show, narrated by Katherine Moennig, soon, because it’s overdue.

I can’t believe that we’re at the unofficial end of summer already, but I like to keep summer going until the official end on Sept. 21st, so we had frozen strawberry-pineapple-coconut rum drinks from the blender tonight.


Fall weather is good for reading, but I didn’t get enough backyard reading time in this summer, so I hope to fit some more in before it gets too cool.

I should join the Stop Premature Pumpkin Spice movement.

Happy Labor Day Monday!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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