Friday, 8 June 2018

Weekend Blog Hops - 8 June 2018

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book blogger hopping...
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2017/01/book-blogger-hop-january-13th-19th.html
What author have you read the most in the past two years?

Hmm. That's hard. I read about 150 books a year, so I have to think.... I guess the answer would be Halldór Laxness, as I have been working through his backlist--those available in English, anyway, as my Icelandic is still too basic to handle a novel. I adore his writing. He paints such a vivid picture of Iceland and its people, with plenty of wry humour interspersed amongst the serious drama.

http://www.rosecityreader.com/
http://www.fredasvoice.com/Opening sentence:
She pulled out a stool at the back of the house and sat, tucking her skirts up and between her knees, swapping the limp animal from hand to hand to push her sleeves back.





From page 56:
I wasn't worried about exhausting my brain, and so I planned to ignore that warning.






My Current Read 
A Superior Spectre
Angela Meyer

Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with the shame of his desires, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.

In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy. Contemplating her future and the social conventions that bind her, a secret romantic friendship with the local laird is interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh – an intimidating, sooty city; the place where her mother perished.

But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen or known…

A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren’t those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, what a premise. I wish I was reading your novel instead of mine.

    As for who I've read the most of, that would be hard because I'm actually do a reading challenge to push myself to read more different authors.

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    1. Yes, I hope it will be gripping. I'll be getting started with it over the weekend.

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  2. Interesting - I love that last paragraph, it makes me want to read the book. Authors I've read most of is difficult - would have to go through all my lists, and lists.

    I'm reading Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews this week.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's hard to think back on what you've read, isn't it!

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  3. I actually love that last line in the synopsis! ... in the human soul. Scary!

    Happy Friday! Here is my F56 and Book Beginning choice: http://bit.ly/EmptySuitorsF56

    Sassy x

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    1. I look forward to seeing what happens in the story!

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  4. Sounds interesting. I hope you are enjoying it. This week I am featuring Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd. Happy reading!

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    1. Only starting it this weekend, but I hope it will be good.

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  5. I'm curious for more. That beginning has me wondering about the era. Happy weekend!

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  6. Sounds very intriguing...thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE HOUSE SWAP”

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  7. What an intriguing fantasy novel. I'll be adding it to my TBR, I think. 8-)
    Here is a link to my Friday 56: https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/friday-56-70/comment-page-1/#comment-2104

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  8. I just came across Halldor Laxness and have been looking for his books in English. They sound really good. This sounds like an interesting book in a genre I don't really read very often. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. He is well worth reading, Katherine--one of my all-time favourite authors.

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  9. I think I can relate to that 56!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  10. This sounds really good, Nickie. I haven't heard of A Superior Spectre, but I love the premise. I will have to add this to my wish list. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. This sounds different and intriguing. Hope you enjoy this read!

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  12. You read 150 books a year?! How do you DO that?! I'll be lucky if I read 30 in one year!! Lol. But seriously, I do envy you!! :) :)

    I have never heard of this author, but, from what you have written about him, it sure sounds like I should be checking him out! I'm a HUGE fan of beautiful, vivid prose!

    Thanks for sharing! Thanks as well for dropping by and commenting on my own BBH post!! Have a GREAT Sunday!! <3 :)

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  13. That's a great answer! I haven't actually heard of the author, but clearly you must enjoy his work, so that's what matters!

    Feel free to check out my own answer if you wish!

    - Charlotte (InkBlottings)

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