Friday Feature and Follow – 9/18/15

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowFeature and Follow Friday is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every Friday they feature one or two bloggers and pose a question for other participating bloggers to answer. It’s a chance to find some new blogs to visit, and gain some new followers in return.

This week’s featured blog is I Heart Reading  – be sure to visit them and check out the feature on the hosts’ pages.

Here’s this week’s question for participants: Help us give our Feature Interview Questions a fresh look! What questions do you think we should ask our weekly features?

My suggestion – Have you ever been surprised by a book you didn’t think you were going to like? (because it wasn’t your preferred genre, or you were only reading it based on a friend’s recommendation, etc…)

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – 9/16/15

What are you reading Wednesday – 9/16/15

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

I have a bad habit of starting a book, then getting distracted by another book, and then another, so I end up reading several at once. I’m STILL reading The Mine and Siege and Storm (my last 2 weeks WAYRW books!), but I’ve also started another….

1. Prisoner’s Base by Rex Stout
Prisoner's Base (Nero Wolfe, #21)
Nero Wolfe #21 – I can’t resist an ebook sale, and it was under $2 at Barnes and Noble! I also can’t resist Archie Goodwin…. 🙂

2. “I agree. Also, of course, the alternative is ridiculous for me. Leaving here, you can go straight home, phone Mr. Helmar that you are there and will see him in the morning, and go to bed, leaving me to go whistle for my dinner. I’ll have to risk that; there’s no way around it.”

3. If we can make this a time-travel story with a convenient portal so that I can get back home to my laptop and air-conditioning, then absolutely! I would love to visit Wolfe’s brownstone and wander the streets of 1940’s NY. I wouldn’t even mind staying for a while. I don’t think I’d be prepared to give up my modern life and live there permanently though.

So that’s me this week. How about you – what are YOU reading?

Happy 125th Birthday, Agatha Christie

Picture of Dame Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime. - (Photo by Walter Bird/Getty Images)Today marks the 125th anniversary of Dame Agatha Christie’s birth, on September 15, 1890. She was always one of my favorite writers – I started reading Miss Marple stories in 4th grade, and have read 25 of her crime novels since then. At least, I’ve read 25 of them that I can remember reading – I think there may actually be a few more! I hope one day to actually finish all 82. (In addition to 82 crime novels and short story collections, she also wrote an autobiography, 6 romance novels using the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and 19 plays)

When I first discovered Agatha Christie’s novels, they had to be Miss Marple or I wouldn’t even pick them up. Tommy and Tuppence wouldn’t do, and I was not interested in reading about Hercule Poirot. I’m not sure what changed along the way, but Poirot is now my favorite Agatha Christie detective, and possibly my favorite fictional detective of all time. I love his interactions with Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp, the unflappable Miss Lemon, and Ariadne Oliver. As many books as I have left to read in her cannon, there are a few favorites that I re-read every so often. I can usually find some clue I missed the first time through, and it always feels like a visit to an old friend.

Are you a fan of Agatha Christie? If so, do you have a favorite or least favorite sleuth, or a favorite novel? I’d love to hear about it!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Techno-thrillers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s list is a Freebie – whatever list you want! Because today is also the first ever National IT Professionals Day (and I just happen to BE an IT professional), I decided to use technology as the inspiration for my list. Here it is – my Top Ten Techno-thrillers. Some feature modern-day, “we’re-almost-there” technology, and a few are set farther into the future, but all are fast-moving, technology driven stories that I’ve enjoyed. Don’t forget to leave a link to your own post in the comments!

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Feature and Follow Friday 9/11/15

Book Blogger HopFeature and Follow Friday is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every Friday they feature one or two bloggers and pose a question for other participating bloggers to answer. It’s a chance to find some new blogs to visit, and gain some new followers in return.

This week’s featured blogs are Romance Dreamland Book Corner and My Random Book Thoughts – be sure to visit them and check out the features on the hosts’ pages.

Now for the Question of the Week:  (Suggested by Becky’s Barmy Book Blog)
Undiscovered talent – tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let’s spread the love. 

My Answer – Absolutely anything by Fredric Brown! My Dad introduced me to his short stories in The Best of Fredric Brown years ago, and I was hooked. I love his pulp mysteries and his unexpected twist endings. He may not be as eloquent as some writers, but he can sure tell a good story.
The Best of Fredric Brown

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The Importance of Writing Letters – from Blackberry Morning

lettersHappy Thursday everyone! Today I’d like to share a post from my cousin Sarah’s blog with you. She blogs about living a creative and inspired life, and this post on hand-written letters really made me stop and think. I remember the thrill of getting a letter in the mail when I was younger, and that’s something my two girls don’t experience very often. I think we may make letter writing a family project…. Continue reading