Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Linkups: Jaded














It's Friday Linkup time!  I'm linking up with Book Blogger Hop hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, and the Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice.

This Week's Blogger Hop Question:
Do you feel comfortable enough approaching a stranger when you see he/she is reading a book to ask what they are reading?

My Answer:
I probably wouldn't go up and ask a total stranger what they're reading but if they're reading a print book I definitely try and check out the cover and sometimes not so subtly!

This week's book is Jaded by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie.  This was kindly sent by the author along with a short story collection last year.  I really enjoyed her short story collection - In Death - and I though this YA SciFi would be perfect after all the holiday romances I've been reading lately.

The Beginning:
"My heart is frost bitten.  The ache in my chest is so pronounced it hurts to breathe."

My thoughts:
I like the imagery that Gillespie conjures up with these words.  The setting just seems so cold and bleak and I know just how she feels.

The 56 (well kind of.  Taken from 11% which is approximately page 56);
"And of course the guards are still here.  Some will remain at Samsara and others will accompany Rust and Saffron at the cemetery."

My thoughts:
I'm still seeing a very cold and bleak world here.  I'm wondering why there are guards and why it's so accepted that they're there.

So what do you think?  Keep reading?

45 comments:

  1. The cover art is outstanding and the line, "My heart is frostbitten" is excellent. I agree with you, so full of imagery. Yet, I remain hopeful that things will warm up and she'll experience love again. Great #56!

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    1. This was an interesting read. Definitely different from my usual but I really enjoyed it!

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  2. In answer to your question, probably not. I thought the opening line was amazing but it's still not my chosen genre.

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    1. Totally understand! While I enjoyed stepping out of my usual genres it felt great to get back to my regular books!

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  3. I am definitely curious, but I would probably need to read a bit more to decide. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I really enjoyed this read though it was a bit outside my norm.

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  4. In answer to the blog hop question....I ask if it is a safe place to ask. :) Most folks don't mind.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. I normally don't mind either but I'm usually a little shy about asking!

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  5. I'm intrigued too. I think I've had my fill of romances with the one I featured today and this looks like a great palette cleaner. Girl Who Reads

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    1. I got a bit romanced out a bit after all the Christmas romances so I've taken a break but I think I'm ready to get back in!

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  6. My heart has been frost bitten a lot, mostly due to my own doing...doesn't feel very pleasant :(

    Our BB

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    1. No it definitely doesn't. I really related to Jade.

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  7. Oh I'm not one to ask either most of the times. More likely if I'm waiting at some kind of bookish event waiting for it to start but just randomly out yeah not so much.

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    1. That's true. I probably wouldn't hesitate to ask at anything bookish!

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  8. I hope the book warms up a little. I don't like my science fiction completely cold. Great imagery in the beginning. And I wouldn't walk up to someone and ask what they were reading unless it was at a book event. I do try to see what people are reading if I can peek discreetly!

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    1. It warms up quite a bit. There's a lot of stress and worry but the numbness goes away.

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  9. Yea, I definitely wouldn't ask a stranger. Mostly because I hate when people interrupt me when I'm reading. So I figure I will extend the same courtesy. Lol!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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    1. Oh definitely! Waiting room reading time is rare so it's definitely precious!

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  10. I'm curious - that cover sure is attention-grabbing, isn't it! :)

    Here's my 56.

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    1. Definitely! I ended up really enjoying it!

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  11. Why do you need guards to accompany you to the cemetery? Does the person's death have something to do with it? Hmm...

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    1. It's very intriguing. I'd recommend it!

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  12. I will always ask what they're reading. :-)
    Love the cover!
    I have felt the pain expressed in the beginning. Sadly, when my dad and brother died.
    What's with the guards in a cemetery? Highly intriguing!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Yes this is when her grandmother died. I could very much relate to her feelings.

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  13. Great post! I like checking out what others are reading, and I am not very subtle at times either. I linked up for the book blogger hop, too: http://bit.ly/1y6YcqS

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    1. I definitely find myself staring pretty openly!

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  14. I probably wouldn't approach a stranger about what they were reading, but I would check out the cover of their book.

    Interesting 56!

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    1. I definitely check out the book but am not sold on approaching strangers.

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  15. I've talked to strangers who I see reading a book that I really liked. So far I haven't met anyone annoyed when I do it lol. But then again it is rare since so many people use e-readers (who I wouldn't approach).

    Jaded sounds interesting and I really like the cover. I would need to read a little more to decide.

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    1. I've made comments about books at the library and it usually leads to an interesting conversation. I really enjoyed Jaded!

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  16. That beginning is captivating:)
    I'd do like you and not so subtly try to catch the cover and title. That might start a conversation.

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/01/16/the-friday-56-48-my-favorite-corpse-a-skullduggery-inn-cozy-mystery/

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    1. Exactly! If the person makes eye contact it makes it a little easier to start a conversation.

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  17. Jaded sounds interesting. I cannot seem to help myself and ask questions when I see someone reading..lol

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    1. I really enjoyed Jaded! I'm not good about starting conversations but if there's an opening I'd definitely ask!

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  18. Thanks for mentioning Jaded on your blog, Katherine!! You rock! And no, I wouldn't approach someone to ask what they're reading.

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  19. I definitely wouldn't ask a stranger what they're reading. However, if I notice that it's a book I've read/enjoyed and they're more than halfway through, I might ask what they think so far. Usually I'd feel bad about interrupting though ...

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    1. I don't love the idea of interrupting either but if there was an easy opening I'd probably ask.

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  20. Let's just go sneak a peek at the cover. Hihi! Anyway, your book sounds really interesting. I need that :)
    BookBloggerHop@EverythingNyze
    BookBeginning@EverythingNyze

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    1. Yeah I can't resist looking at a cover!

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  21. I like the opening of Jaded you shared. I would keep reading.

    As for approaching a stranger about what he or she is reading . . . It depends. Generally, no, I don't think I would. Like you, I might try to get a look at the title if it's a print book. I have done it though--in the hair salon or at the bookstore.

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    1. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The circumstances do depend on if is be willing to ask.

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  22. It does have great imagery. I probably wouldn't keep reading but I hope you like it.

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    1. I did enjoy it! Though I understand - not every book is for everyone.

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  23. Fascinating cover on this one. I'm intrigued by what you've shared, but not sure it's for me yet. I would need to read a full chapter first.

    Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily last week. Sorry I was slow in returning the favor.

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