Deep Pockets by Linda Barnes

Deep Pockets
(Carlotta Carlyle #10)
by Linda Barnes

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First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.

I hate running errands. I put them off and put them off, and then one morning the cat’s got no food, there are zero stamps on the roll, and I realize I own no underwear minus holes. I understand some people like to shop for clothes, do it for pure pleasure and entertainment, but I count it as one more damned errand. When the tasks mount up and I can’t put it off any longer, I make a list and set forth to Harvard Square. There are less pricey areas, granted, but the Square has its own post office and lies within spitting distance of my house.

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I first noticed him as I was waiting, along with thirty-five other assorted students, panhandlers, and shoppers, for the scramble light at the intersection of Brattle and Mass Ave. His gaze lingered a moment too long and I wondered briefly whether I’d met him at a party or exchanged small talk with the man at a bar.

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I read this series a number of years ago and then moved and forgot about it. Have you read anything by Linda Barnes? What are you reading now?

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

A Royal Pain
(Royal Spyness #2)
by Rhys Bowen

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The alarm clock woke me this morning at the ungodly hour of eight. One of my nanny’s favorite sayings was “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” My father did both and look what happened to him. He died, penniless, at forty-nine.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate. If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at Jenn’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Tuesday Memes Page.

“Come on in, ducks,” she said, almost hauling me inside. “I’ll tell you where your granddad is.”

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What are you currently reading? Do you have anything to share with us?

20 Books of Summer 2015 Shake Up

20 Books of Summer 2015 is hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. It began June 1 and runs until September 4, just over thirteen weeks.

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Does anything ever go precisely as planned? Why do we even have expectations? Things change, unexpected events occur, books get chosen as group reads and there goes the original list of 20 books to read this summer.

Hooray! Cathy at 746 Books said we could revise our list without feeling guilty. Thank you, Cathy!

At this point I have read twelve from my original list:
1. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird
2. Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum #18) by Janet Evanovich
3. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
4. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
5. Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) by Rhys Bowen
6. The Assassin in the Marais (Victor Legris #4) by Claude Izner
7. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoi
8. Fever Season (Benjamin January #2) by Barbara Hambly
9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot
11. The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
12. The Overlook (Harry Bosch #13) by Michael Connelly

I am now adding five books which I have also completed (and why they shoved their way to the front of the queue):
13. Afloat by Guy de Maupassant (proofread for Free Literature and Project Gutenberg)
14. Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston (read for July Dystopian/Apocalyptic Genre Challenge at RMFAO)
15. The Magician by Somerset Maugham (group read at the 19th Century Literature group)
16. The Nemesis of Fire by Algernon Blackwood (group read at the Nutshell Cubbyhole)
17. Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour by Charles Dixon (proofread for Free Literature and Project Gutenberg)

Two unexpected additions which are currently in progress:
Ourika by Claire de Duras (current group read at the French Literature group)
The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard (current group read at the 19th Century Literature group)

And finally, at long last, another book from the original list of 20 which I am currently reading:
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Milhone #21) by Sue Grafton

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How has your summer/winter been going? If you are participating in the 20 Books of Summer 2015 Challenge, are you on track?

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

U is for Undertow
(Kinsey Millhone #21)
by Sue Grafton

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First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.

What fascinates me about life is that now and then the past rises up and declares itself. Afterward, the sequence of events seems inevitable, but only because cause and effect have been aligned in advance. It’s like a pattern of dominoes arranged upright on a tabletop. With the flick of your finger, the first tile topples into the second, which in turn tips into the third, setting in motion a tumbling that goes on and on, each tile knocking over its neighbor until all of them fall down. Sometimes the impetus is pure chance, though I discount the notion of accidents. Fate stitches together elements that seem unrelated on the surface. It’s only when the truth emerges you see how the bones are joined and everything connects.

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TeaserTuesdaysADailyRhythmTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate. If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at Jenn’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Tuesday Memes Page.

His hesitation was one of those nearly imperceptible blips that indicates internal editing. “My parents are gone.”

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What are you reading now? Do you have anything to share?

Orphan Black – Season Three DVDs are out!

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Hooray! I am now at home after running errands and picking up the Season Three DVD set for Orphan Black which was just released. See you in a couple of days.

Only fooling. I was at a local Wal-Mart bright and early trying to beat the heat. Not on the shelf! Just then a clerk happened to walk by so I asked about the new Orphan Black just out today. She led me over to boxed DVDs on a cart and said that the third shift hadn’t unpacked them for whatever reason. Then the wonderful clerk, rummaged through the boxes until she found it for me. Kudos to her.

Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

My Finds for the month of July include a modern classic, a non-fiction and four series mysteries. A nice haul!

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Justine
(Book One of the Alexandria Quartet)
by Laurence Durrell

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I’ve known about and considered reading the Alexandra Quartet for a number of years. When I saw it on Fred’s Desert Island list earlier this month, I knew the time had come. Thanks, Fred!

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Places
The Journey of My Days, My Lives
by Thaao Penghlis

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Having enjoyed watching Thaao Penghlis on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, I’ve been looking forward to the paperback publication of Places. Thaao Penghlis has also been in a number of movies, including portraying a fascinating character in one of my favorite movies, Altered States.

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Now for the series mysteries:

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The Blood of an Englishman (Agatha Raisin #25) by M C Beaton – a tried and true series for me which I have been following for years.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness #6) and Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness #7) by Rhys Bowen – a new series I put off reading, finally tried thanks to Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style and now love.

Dead Water (Benjamin January #8) by Barbara Hambly – I first heard of Barbara Hambly through her Star Trek novels and am now hooked on her historical mystery series set in New Orleans.

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Share your Finds with us! We’d love to know if you found anything exciting this week.

1500 Miles an Hour: A Story of a Visit to the Planet Mars – Charles Dixon & Arthur Layard 1895

Dagny:

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Sounds interesting!

Originally posted on The Somnium Project:

Among the one million book images the British Library have released on Flickr are a set of fantastic illustrations by Arthur Layard from 1500 MILES AN HOUR, an early “scientific romance” by author Charles Dixon. The novel features a manned space flight from the earth to Mars and was published in London in 1895, two years before THE WAR OF THE WORLDS featured a Martian invasion in the other direction. In 1896, a brief review of 1500 MILES in London’s Spectator magazine compared the story to the scientific romances of Verne and Poe, but scoffed at the idea of going to Mars:

“Mr. Dixon’s narrative is serious, as far as journeys to Mars and such things can be serious. We must own to a preference for having the marvellous kept within terrestrial limits.”

1500 MILES AN HOUR(66MB pdf) is the story of 4 men and a dog who…

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The Overlook by Michael Connelly

The Overlook
(Harry Bosch #13)
by Michael Connelly

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New this week for me is First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros, hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.

The call came at midnight. Harry Bosch was awake and sitting in the living room in the dark. He tried to think that he was doing this because it allowed him to hear the saxophone better. By masking one of the senses he accentuated another.

But deep down he knew the truth. He was waiting.

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I am still participating in Teaser Tuesdays, the weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. I’ve been doing this one since May, 2014.

“It’s a ring that reads radiation exposure.”

The news brought an eerie silence to the gathering.

Details on both can be found at the respective blogs. Don’t forget to leave a link on each blog so others can find your post.

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I’m so happy to be back reading about Bosch and company in one of Connelly’s books. I am now up to 2007.

What are you reading this week?

Teaser Tuesdays – July 7, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

I can’t tell you the number of readers that have posted how much they love The Night Circus. So far, I am in total agreement with them.

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

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There is silence when he finishes. Only the crackle of the fire fills the room for several moments as the guests look from one to the other, each waiting for someone to respond.

Have you read The Night Circus? What are you reading now?