Tuesday Intro

I’ve started a new book so let’s do a Tuesday Intro post. First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Here’s my intro:

“Now three had died. But Crispin didn’t know it. She sad propped up on the cold terrazzo floor; her back against the wall in a seated fetal position, her face buried in her knees. It took all of her concentration to control the urge to empty her stomach again; to swallow the acidic foam burning the back of her throat. Her lilac dress, wrinkled and soiled beyond redemption, offered little warmth as she shivered at the sound end of a long Vatican hallway.”

From Shrouded by Meredith Lee.

What just happened to this poor girl to be in this state? I know I definitely want to know. What about you would you be interested in continuing?

We are discussing this book at my book group next week so I need to hurry up. I’m excited to read this book because it was written by one of our book group members! Meredith Lee is actually a pseudonym for two authors and both will be at our next book group meeting so that should be fun to see what else we find out about how they wrote this and what plans they have because I believe they are busy at work on the second book.


I hope you all had a great weekend. Our started off with a snowy morning on Friday. I know, a lot of you guys are probably saying, that’s snow? For us in Austin, TX, snow is kind of rare so just this bit caused quite a bit of fuss on the roadways early in the morning. Luckily it was pretty much all gone by mid-morning and I actually can’t complain as I didn’t have to be out in it anyway.

It was funny though when I left home for an appointment in the afternoon I saw a house that had a snowman on the front lawn and I think it had more grass than snow but it was cute.

The rest of the weekend was a bit of a blur between some bookbinding and adding a few goodies to my Etsy shop. And, this Sunday I got to see one of my cousins who was passing through town. It’s always so fun to catch up with my younger cousins and see what is going on in their lives and to hear about their dreams for the future.

Regarding my reading I’m still concentrating on the books I mentioned in my previous post but I do have to add a new book to the mix soon as my book group meets next week and we have the author in our midst!

So that’s the scoop for what’s been going on around here. I’m still a bit behind on my blog reading but I noticed that some of you are talking about reading challenges for next year. Oh boy, you know I can’t resist those! Let me know how your weekend was and if you are planning on taking on any reading challenges next year.

On My Nightstand

It’s been another week filled with lots of appointments but you know what’s good about all those appointments, down time. So while waiting for some car maintenance or in doctors’ offices I’ve been able to catch up a bit more on my reading and I thought I’d share an update on the books I’m currently juggling.

Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao. This mystery features Ruby Proulx, a young woman on the run from the law who goes to stay with her aunt. Her aunt owns the Hotel Belden, known to cater to spiritualists, and Ruby will try to fit all the while hoping the law doesn’t catch up to her. This has been a fun historical mystery so far and I’m curious to see how Ruby is going to get out of the bind that she finds herself in.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. The story is about a beloved teacher who all of a sudden finds himself being accused of sexual misconduct. A tough subject and one we keep hearing about a lot lately so it’s interesting but I’m not sure how I feel about this one even though I’m half-way through it. I think partly it’s because there are various perspectives. I’ve read about the main character, his children, his co-workers but the characters who I’ve yet to hear from are the victims.

Death in the City of Light by David King. I’ve only started this one today but so far it’s a gripping story. I picked this up for Nonfiction November and am just now getting to it. It’s the true story of a serial killer during Nazi-occupied Paris. When I read nonfiction, true crime is rarely my choice but this just sounded fascinating.

So what are you reading? I’ve got a few other appointments to take care of tomorrow so I’ll be taking one of these with me. Looking forward to spending a weekend with these books and catching up with you. Have a great weekend and let me know what you are reading!