Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I loved and finished Casting The Net by Pam Rhodes.
I'm nearly finished The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith. It really gives a taste of postwar Vietnam and the people, in this case the characters. It's short stories.
I've started Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell. It reads like a movie adventure. At the moment I'm running through the streets of Rome dressed as a nun. This woman's two children have been kidnapped. At almost the same time, she gets news that her husband has been killed in a plane crash. She's determined to find her children.
Still dying to get to The Returned by Jason Mott and I want to read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Well, I have a long list like all book bloggers of what I'm dying to read. Won't bore you with a long list.:)
Plus, I have two more review books.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

"HER DAYS were measured in banh mi now. The taste of them haunted her every hour of the day, a thousand times worse than any imagined sandwich she had concocted in her head. After spending the lunch hour rearranging the rice in her bowl with her chopsticks, Thuy would retire to the balcony with Kieu, feigning sleepiness while her stomach gurgled in anticipation...Then, when she was certain that Kieu was asleep, she would free herself and disappear into the winding Saigon alleyways, where her feet and her empty stomach led her to where the sandwich vendor was always waiting."

These are short stories that take place somewhere in Vietnam. Each story is very different from the one before it. (NetGalley)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph

"Most of the time he just looked down at his boots, counting each dogged step as he paced, becoming more rugged, with unexpected outcrops of sharp rock, and cambers on the scrubland that could easily dislodge his footing or twist an ankle. The straps on his rucksack were starting to chafe his shoulders through his cotton T-shirt, and he could feel a sticky trickle of sweat coursing down his back, even though he'd stripped off his jacket and tied it round his waist a mile down the hill. The sun rose steadily in the sky towards the height of the day."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Canyon by Brenda Jackson

"That's why I need to ask you some pertinent questions. Someone is trying to scare you and I need to know why and who."

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 I finished Lights Over Emerald Creek by Shelley Davidow. Now I'm reading The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith. These are short stories about Vietnamese experience. I am also reading Casting the Net by Pam Rhodes. I am really excited about this one. Still reading Derek Walcott's The Prodigal, a wonderful poem.
Wanted to start The Returned by Jason Mott. Didn't get to it. So upset with myself because I know it's good.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lights Over Emerald Creek by S. Davidow ? NetGalley

Emerald Creek, North Queensland, Australia

"At sixteen, Lucy believed she was a pragmatic realist, but what she'd seen twenty four hours ago seemed to defy all logic. It was so inexplicable that it had made the difference between wanting to die, and wanting to live."

"Behind the dune, the landscape was hazy. Intermittently, she thought she saw lights flicker briefly beyond the dense fog."