Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Linkups: City of Lies

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

This Week's Book Blogger Hop Question:
When reading a book do you use a bookmark to mark your place in the book, or do you just fold over the top corner of the page?

My Answer:
I'm a bookmark person.  I have a number of bookmarks and have been known to use index cards when in a pinch.  However, my favorite bookmark is one Emma gave me for Christmas when she was in kindergarten (she's in her 3rd year in college now).  I think I've used it for almost every book I've read in the last 15 years.  The Tornado made me one a few months ago and that's also gone into heavy rotation.  If you're wondering clear packing tape stuck on each side with a steady hand and trimmed up a bit works as a pretty good lamination.

I've been wanting to read Victoria Thompson's books for YEARS. We're not going to even discuss how many of her books are sitting on my shelf unread.  So when I was offered the first book in her new series, City of Lies, I just knew I couldn't resist.  I'm not all that far in but so far I'm really enjoying it.  Now to catch up on her earlier books!

The Beginning:
Jake looked much too smug.
Elizabeth's hand itched to smack the smirk off his face, but well-bred young ladies didn't go around smacking people in hotel dining rooms.

My Thoughts:
I can't help but like Elizabeth in this beginning!  I think we've all lived some version of that struggle!

The 56:
Finally, a young woman in a wrinkled shirtwaist peered at him with some alarm through her spectacles.  "Who are you?"

My Thoughts:
I think I'd be rather alarmed to see a strange man standing in the hall too so I can understand her alarm!

So what do you think?  Keep reading?  How do you mark your place in a book?


  1. I use random things as bookmarks. Mostly receipts and note papers lying around. I do have some cute bookmarks but I always forget to grab them when reading!! Happy reading!

  2. My bookmarks are always chosen at random. I love how you still use a bookmark from your daughter, that is so sweet. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I use bookmarks and if they are not handy, even though I have tons of them, I use what ever is handy, a piece of paper, a napkin...
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. I want to smack the smirk off his face, too, and I don't even know what he did. Other than smirk. I hate smirking! LOL

    I am also a bookmark person. I have mugs near all my reading spots containing some favorites.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. I would definitely keep reading. That's a great beginning.

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

  6. I have a huge collection of bookmarks but usually stick to my favorite that I got at ALA in 2013. I had a bit of a panic when I lost it for a while. I enjoyed City of Lies which was my first by the author. It won't be my last. This week I am featuring Unholy City by Carrie Smith. Happy reading!

  7. I only have a couple of bookmarks but I've had them for a long time. Hope you enjoy your book! Have a great weekend!

    My BBH:

  8. Second time today that beginning made me laugh. :-) Happy weekend!

  9. the bookmarks you have mentioned. So sweet.

    I use whatever may be available...envelope, bill, slip of paper, greeting card. :)

    I actually rarely use a bookmark even though I have a ton of them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Blogger Hop

  10. I'd definitely keep reading! Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Sounds like an interesting story that I would definitely read. I love the beginning and I agree with you that we have all probably experienced that situation. Enjoy! :)

  12. I like bookmarks too - I use postcards along with my little cache of favourite bookmarks:))

  13. I don't fold over pages but I don't use actual bookmarks. I use slips of paper, ticket stubs, or whatever is handy. I use old photo Christmas cards as my bookmarks in cookbooks so I get to see my family everytime I pull out a favorite recipe :) I have this book coming up soon and am looking forward to it.

  14. I hope you enjoy City of Lies, my joy was dampered by it not being a mystery. :( Still liked it but not as much as I LOVE her other series. :)

  15. I use a bookmark. I have bookmarks for my blog that I use all the time. If I don't have one around, I use whatever I can find.

  16. I have bookmarks here and there, yet hardly use them.

  17. What a gorgeous cover. I agree, Elizabeth is instantly likable. Happy weekend!

  18. I also like to collect bookmarks whenever I get the chance to.

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  19. My daughter's bookmark that she made for me in preschool is one of my favorites too. :-) I am definitely a bookmark kind of person too. City of Lies sounds so good, doesn't it? I can't wait to read it! I hope you are enjoying it.

  20. The cover is enough for me to have added it, probably because of you, yeah ^__^?

    1. I grab just about anything for a bookmark. Sometimes it's the holds receipt that the library puts in the book or a card someone has sent me.

  21. Hi Katherine! I do hope you had a great weekend. I love this cover! I also love bookmarks but will use anything to hand. :)

  22. Aww it's cute how you use your daughter's (I'm assuming Emma is your daughter, this is my first time visiting your blog) bookmarks from when she was a baby!

    I use both real bookmarks --- both digitally on the Kindle app, and real, paper ones. But when I was younger, I used to dog-ear the bottom of pages from my favorite scenes or quotes. I haven't done that in awhile, since I mostly read off my Kindle now. I also sometimes use Post-It tabs to keep track of things like that. Oh, and Goodreads! They have an excellent track record of my favorite scenes.

    My BBH

  23. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your total understanding about my bookmark predicament!