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Monday, January 30, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm still reading: 

Something from the library. I am really enjoying this one, but it's pretty dark and gruesome.

TITLE: White Bones
SERIES: Katie Maguire, Book #1
AUTHOR: Graham Masterton 
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781781850640
There are things I need to know...

On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery.

Of other worlds apart from this...

In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from nails and fishhooks. The murder of his victims is second only to the pleasure of their pain.

Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities...

As an eighty-year-old mystery unfolds, so does a modern-day ritual that's marked Katie Maguire as its next victim. For what happened once in this small picturesque village is happening again. It's more than a series of horrifying crimes. It's tradition.

Take me there.

Something from my bookshelf. This is my vintage 1958 edition, which I've kept from my childhood! There's not even an ISBN # for this edition! I'm reading it aloud to my daughter.

SERIES: Oz, Book #1
AUTHOR: L. Frank Baum 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 1958 (first published May 17, 1900)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 156 pages
GENRE: Children's Fiction, Classics, Fantasy

Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American's most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heals and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.

This edition with illustrations by Paul Granger.

I'm listening to:

Something from the library. I needed something light-hearted to balance all the darker books that I've read lately!

SERIES: Agatha Raisin, Book #25
AUTHOR: M.C. Beaton
NARRATOR: Alison Larkin
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 16, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 50 mins 
GENRE: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
In this irresistible new mystery from New York Times best seller M. C. Beaton, the adorably cranky Agatha Raisin investigates when a local baker is murdered while performing in a seemingly harmless pantomime.

"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…"

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens…followed by a scream and then silence.

Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.

I just finished:

AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
NARRATOR: Khaled Hosseini
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2003
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 12 hrs and 6 mins 
GENRE: Historical Fiction
Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara - a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship and betrayal, and about the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But through the devastation, Khaled Hosseini offers hope for redemption.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!


  1. While I've heard of a couple of these, I have never read them. I hope you are enjoying all your choices. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

    1. The Kite Runner wasn't at all what I expected, but I loved it. It's a tough story, made me cry, but so good.

  2. I love reading the books I loved as a child to my kids now. We ended up with two copies of The Wizard of Oz, but I guess that means each kid can have their own!

    Happy reading!

    1. Me too, Lindsey! It's fun to read childhood favourites as adults. There's a lot of detail that I've forgotten!

  3. Some good books there. Agatha Raisin books are always fun.

    1. Yes, they are. They're always a fun escape for me!

  4. White Bones looks tempting...and so does The Blood of an Englishman.

    Wizard of Oz characters sit atop one of my country cupboards...I collect many fairytale figurines.

    Thanks for sharing...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. White Bones is pretty gruesome, but I am really liking it. I haven't had a lot of sit-down time to read it, which is frustrating because I'm really enjoying it!

  5. I loved The Kite Runner when I read it shortly after it was wasn't an *easy* read, but totally worth it.

  6. Ah dark and gruesome, very brave of you to be reading such a book.

    1. It kind of caught me off guard! I wasn't expecting it, although it clearly says it in the synopsis but I never read them until AFTER I read the book, LOL!


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