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text 2016-08-26 16:36
JOINT POST: MR and OB Talk "Fall" Into a Good Book
September - Rosamunde Pilcher
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Angelfall - Susan Ee
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

So I absolutely cracked up during some of the brainstorming sessions I had with Moonlight Reader regarding the squares.

Believe me, we wanted to put a ton more in and we swapped some out. I am glad that we stuck with "Fall" into a good book though.

As we have discussed on the discussion boards for Book Bingos, "Fall" into a good book can mean the book takes place during the Fall, that the word "Fall" is in the title. I even went so far as saying that a character could take a great fall (a la Alice in Wonderland) but I am still waiting on a ruling from my partner on that one.


Here are some suggestions for you!


Moonlight Murder


Moonlight MurderMoonlight MurderSo, "Fall" into a good book is full of possibilities! Here are 3 suggestions for everyone:

1. September by Rosamunde Pilcher: This is for the romance/women's fic readers among us. Pilcher writes sprawling family sagas set in England/Scotland, and this book is entirely non-scary. However, the entire book is built around a family in Scotland that is getting ready for a big party in September, so in my opinion, it definitely qualifies for the square!

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This is one of my favorite YA books of all time. It begins in mid-October, when Puck, the main character, decides to race her Island pony Dove in the Scorpio Races, which happen on the first of November, when the blood-thirsty water horses make landfall and the bravest men ride them to victory. If they survive. Puck is the first girl to claim the right to race in the Scorpio Races. This book is remarkable and lyrical, and the relationship between Puck and her pony is tender and lovely. The entire book takes place in the fall, which is why it qualifies for this square.

3. The Fall by Bethany Griffin: I have to admit I have not read this book, so take the recommendation with a grain of salt. It is a YA re-imagining of The Fall of the House of Usher. The reviews are all over the place. Some readers love it, others complain that it is boring.

My planned read, however, is Night in Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. I was recommended this book by my friend Frank Tuttle (who writes rather lovely books himself, as an aside), and I bought it last year when I found that it had been reissued in print by the Chicago Review Press. The format is interesting - each chapter represents a day in October, and it is my plan to read it as written - one chapter per day, concluding on Halloween.


Obsidian Black Death


My suggestions for those that are still having some problems.

1. Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1) by Susan E. I noticed that a lot of fellow Booklikers have read and reviewed this book and I was tempted to read this one too for my square, but ended up going with something else instead. It is YA fantasy and paranormal so it definitely fits the overall theme of our bingo.

2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness. This first book takes place during the Fall term at Oxford. The rest of the book takes place during Fall and particular scenes take place during Halloween for those of you still looking for a book for the Halloween square. Since this book is about vampires and witches (oh my) this will also fit the supernatural square as well. I really loved the first book in the series so I always recommend it to other people.

3. Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls #1) by Jessica Sorensen. I ended up choosing this book for this square. I see that it had some good reviews on Goodreads, and I wanted to read something I had not read before as much as possible for the Halloween Bingo.


Prior joint posts:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery


Diverse Authors


And tomorrow's post is scheduled to be "It was a dark and stormy night". Stay tuned!

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text 2016-02-27 21:18
Book Haul
The Shadow of the Wind - Lucia Graves,Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón,Lucia Graves
Paris: The Novel - Edward Rutherfurd
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher
Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher
The Snow Leopard Of Shanghai - Erin Pizzey

One of my best friends and a fellow avid reader is in the hospital. My grandmother comes out (she's in a rehab center for now)  and my friend goes in. Sigh. Today my friend asked me for a book recommendation. So off to the book store I went, where I picked up Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, a flower coloring book and Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores for her.


While there,  I wandered into the used book section and picked out some books in the hope they will bring me out of my reading slump - a slump I do think is due to life's stress.


I'm so glad I got the Pilcher books, you really lose yourself in them. I want to read all of them at once.


I read The Shadow of the Wind yeeeeaars ago and all I remember is that it was beautiful and I loved it. Impulsively,  I also grabbed the sequel.


Been eyeing Paris for quite some time.


For now, I'm reading Coming Home because it's the first book a in bit I don't pick up, sigh and just put down. 


Happy reading!

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text 2016-02-27 20:47
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 977 pages.
Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher

Need a comfort read right now, and this seems to be fitting the bill nicely. 

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review 2016-01-29 14:15
Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher

Coming home  by Rosamunde  Pilcher
Have read some of the author's other works and have enjoyed them.
Book starts out with one life that starts out as a young teen and her world is turned upside down.
1935 and Judith Dunbar and  her friend Heather Warren are attending school where Christmas parties are just ending and they are on their way home.
Judith will not be returning once school starts in the new year.  She will be going to the strict St. Elizabeth where they have uniforms and she will be a boarder. Her mother and toddler sister would return to the Far East as they join her father who's working.
Very long book but worth all the detailed descriptions of not only the surrounding countryside but her feelings along the way. Broken up into her teen years and adult years.
Story also follows people she and the family meet over the years. Love parts about knitting for the troops as I've done that recently myself.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2015-12-24 04:08
Another holiday read that didn't pan out for me.
Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher

I'm not going to lie, this book has probably killed my desire to read any more Christmas/holiday themed reads for this year. It was something that really compelled me this year, but this airplane read is definitely my last for now. I'll be interested to see if I feel the same way (wanting to read seasonal reads during fall/winter) next year.


This is the story of several people who eventually end up together due to circumstances, their backgrounds and choices. They have loose/tenuous/no connections to one another, but Pilcher weaves them together to pull them into a...knot? Not sure what the right word is. Characters vary from two older people finding love together near the end of their lives, an unhappy teenager spending Christmas with her aunt who has her own issues, a man returning to the UK after the dissolution of his marriage, etc.


Although the writing was alright (enough to keep me curious enough to continue reading), I wasn't particularly attached to the characters. None of them really stuck out to me or stayed with me. I would say I was quite pleased that the multiple POVs worked. I find that they often don't, depending on the quality and strength of the author, but the writer's ability to switch between her main (and I think a few secondary POVs) was mostly effective. It annoyed me at first because it's not a device I like very much, but I was pleased to see instances where this did work.


Anyway, I was disappointed because while it's got a relatively good rating on Goodreads, I wasn't as enamored of the book as other people were. Some people have objections to the adultery, divorce, etc. depicted in this book but I didn't have any issue with it. Perhaps the characters are not as likeable because of it, but at least they're not as boring either.


I was lucky to get this as a Mass Market Paperback (vs. the more expensive and nicer version!). That said, I wasn't overly thrilled with it. It wasn't the worst holiday read at all, but now I'm just looking forward to the 2016 releases. :) As a cozy, snowy winter storm read or a book to take on the plane though, it might not be a bad choice, especially if you get the MMP version.

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