Tuesday Intro

It’s time for another, First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Thank you to Yvonne, from Socrates’ Book Reviews who has started hosting this meme. As a reminder this is your chance to post a bit from a book that you are reading or planning to read. My entry comes from a book I started reading this weekend.

“There was hot blood everywhere, fantailed up on the porch screen, on the windows, all over Brenda and the baby. It fell fast, like falling starts.. red streaks. There’s a sound that blood makes when it hits wood or skin. Dillon’s yelling was lost to his widowed wife’s screaming. It was furnace-hot that morning, but my father didn’t break a sweat. Afterward, when he bent down into the truck to put away the Ruger, still stinking of smoke and oil and warm to the touch where it hit my knee, his skin was dusty, cool. Dry, like a snakes. He wined at me like we were old friends. And that’s how he handled the business with Dillon Holt.”

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott.

From the book blurb: Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross.

I have to say this is not my typical read and it started off with quite a lot of violence and a very unlikeable character. I’m reading this for my mystery book group which is meeting this month via a conference call. Let me know what you think and if you would continue reading it.

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Weekend Recap

Happy Mother’s Day! I know I’m a bit late sending out good wishes to all but I’ve been spending most of my day with my mom. I am very fortunate that my mom lives with us so we could be together for this day. We spent the day watching old films and talking about books and history.

It is thanks to my mom that I have a love for reading. She doesn’t read as much now but she loves it when I read her poems. Some of her favorite poets are Emily Dickinson and Amado Nervo.

Other than that, we had a quiet weekend. I tried to do a bit of gardening. Well, mainly pruning our mini roses. I’m anxiously waiting for our rock roses to bloom. I feel like it should have happened already but no flowers yet.

I also spent some time working on crafty stuff. I recently got an order from Joggles. For those of you who enjoy crafts, I highly recommend them. They always have some of the newest products and offer great service. I got some paints, stencils and this cool tape to create my own washi tape. I’ve made my own with other tapes but I like that this package has several widths.

Oh and how could I forget I received my Bookshop order recently. I got Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye and The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks. So excited about these two books.

Alright friends, I hope you and your families are doing well and hope you have a great start to the week!

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Currently Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve told you what’s on my nightstand but then again I just feel like my bookmarks are not moving much these days.

First let’s start with a really good book that unfortunately I have found hard to focus on. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar. I love the more dream-like almost magical realism aspects of this book but again it’s one that I found a bit difficult because it does take place during the 1979 Islamic Revolution so some parts have been sad and hard to read. I’m not giving up on this book but have put it to the side for a bit.

Next on my rotation is Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman. This is a thriller about a man found on the beach who doesn’t remember anything and the doctor who is going to treat him. Does he really not remember anything? But why did he call her by a name she no longer uses? Seems like he’s hiding things but so is the doctor. Good thriller so far and I’m close to the end but honestly can’t figure out how this will be resolved.

A book I started this week was The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace. For those of you who enjoy Victorian settings, this is a good one so far. Anna has been sent to an asylum by her husband because she did something that made him look bad to the congregation he leads. Anna needs to find a way to get out and pins her hopes on Dr. St. Clair and a new treatment.

Finally, Devotions by Mary Oliver. I love her poetry and can’t believe I don’t have any of her books. I got this as an ebook deal but honestly, I need to get a physical copy so I can easily revisit it time and again.

So those are the books on my nightstand. What are you reading this weekend? Hope you have a good one and more book talk soon!

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