#5Books: Book recs and reading habits that need to be broken

#5Books for the week ending 2 September 2018

Have you been ever able to read a book without knowing what it’s about?

It strikes me that’s pretty much judging a book by it’s cover, which you know I was taught never to do, but someone did a post about choosing a book without knowing what it’s about, and I tried to do that recently – and failed miserably. I’m wondering why:

  • I’m a control freak (most likely)
  • I don’t want to waste my time on something I know I won’t like.
  • Both?

In regards to b) obviously means I like sticking to my own genres, because when I do venture out of my comfort zone (most dreaded and well, comforting words ever) and I don’t like something I avoid the genre.

Yeah, methinks my reading habits need to change – what about you? Do you have any reading habits you would like to change?

The Year of the Farmer 

In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing.

The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it’s all Neralie Mackintosh’s fault. If she’d never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.

So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board – Glenys ‘Gravedigger’ Dingle – is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt. And Mandy and Neralie’s war may be just the chance she was looking for…

Over here, a drought has settled over our farmers, and it’s to the point that the news is covering the fact that some farmers have had no choice but to kill their livestock bc they have no water, no food. While I’ve recently learned that the government helping out farmers is far more a complex issue than it seems, there have also been massive drives in workplaces and supermarkets and the like collecting for charities that help farmers. In short, I’ve had farming on the mind, and my comfort zone on the mind, which is why I jumped at the chance to be able to read this. Also Rosalie Ham.

The Other Sister

Two sisters. One murder plan.

Geraldine Monroe is the bad sister. Reckless and troubled, she ran away shortly after the mysterious death of their mother twenty years ago.

Marie, on the other hand, has always been the good sister. She is the obedient daughter and a loving mother to her son.

Now Geraldine has come home, for good it seems, and no one–not the aunts or uncles or cousins–really knows why. The most suspicious of all is Martin Monroe, the father who rules the extended family and their small town with a poisonous combination of money and coldheartedness. But even he doesn’t realize what the truth is: that the sisters have become allies in a plot to kill him.

Bound by blood and a need to right the past, Geraldine and Marie set their plan in motion. When old secrets and new fears clash, everyone is pushed to the breaking point . . . and the sisters will learn that they can’t trust anyone, not even each other

Sisters uniting against their father huh? Does this not sound juicy – and where it creeps me out, is that they can’t trust each other…

Here and Now and then

To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart, and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. How frigging creative, complex and just interesting does this blurb sound!?!

The good detective 

Introducing Detective P.T. Marsh in a swift and bruising debut where Elmore Leonard’s staccato prose meets Greg Iles’ Southern settings.

How can you solve a crime if you’ve killed the prime suspect?

Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia—until his wife and young son were killed in an accident. Since that night, caught in a spiral of grief and booze, he’s lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he decides to ’help out’ an exotic dancer by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of a dead man, the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What he does know is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

But the trouble is only beginning. P.T. and his partner Remy begin to suspect the murder is connected to a local arson and lynching; two days earlier, the dead body of a black teenager was found in a burned-out field, a portion of a blackened rope around his neck—and P.T. realizes he might have killed the #1 suspect of this horrific crime.

Amid rising racial tension and media scrutiny, P.T. uncovers something sinister at the heart of the boy’s murder—a conspiracy leading all the way back to the time of the Civil War. Risking everything to unravel the puzzle even as he fights off his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward an incendiary and life-altering showdown

Well, yes killing the prime suspect in a crime is a bit of a problem! But what starts out as a relatively straightforward murder mystery (sort of) becomes even more complex by the end of this blurb, I think. (Question, what is Georgia like?)

Juror #3 

Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar–and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony.

The murder of a woman from one of the town’s oldest families has Rosedale’s upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby’s inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby’s client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. She finds help in unexpected quarters from Suzanne, a hard-charging attorney armed to the teeth, and Shorty, a diner cook who knows more than he lets on.

Ruby never belonged to the country-club set, but once she nearly married into it. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby’s ex-fiancé, Lee Greene, shows up on her doorstep–a Southern gentleman in need of a savior. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.

Alright, so having read James Patterson’s books with co-author Candice Fox, I’ve become a little more interested in his work with different authors (in this case, Nancy Allen) – and here, it’s the last line of this blurb, the promise that jury on the trial might be hiding something that makes this something I want to read.

9 Comments

  • Sam@WLABB says:

    In response to your opening paragraph, I click/checkout/request so many books based on cover and age/genre alone. I usually get a vibe from a cover, and have seldom been disappointed. Though, I totally understand your need to know as well. Here and Now and Then immediately caught my attention. I find time travel books fascinating (when done well), and who wouldn’t love a dad, who would travel through time to save his child? Sounds great.

  • Angela says:

    I don’t think I could read a book that I knew nothing about. I like to know what to expect when I go into a book.

  • I’m often initially drawn to a book because of a stunning cover, but I try to read the synopsis before buying to make sure it’s really something I may enjoy. If it sounds like it’s not my thing, I’m usually good about just admiring the cover and moving on.

    So many good book recs again this week. Here and Now and Then really stands out as one that I would likely enjoy. I tend to be a pretty big fan of time travel books.

  • Ooh I’m curious about The Good Detective. It sounds really intriguing. As for your initial question, I’ve read books that I was interested in reading without re-reading the synopsis, but that’s about as far as it goes when it comes to “going in blind.” LOL

    -lauren

  • I tend to judge a book by its cover too–although it is never the only reason I choose to read a book. I have to interested in what it is about too. A pretty cover isn’t enough. I think it may have a lot to do with the reasons you mentioned. 🙂 I like a variety of genres and like to think I am open to trying books outside my comfort zone. But I know I have my limits.Here and Now and Then especially interests me. Something about the time travel aspect. But so do The Good Detective and The Other Sister. More books to add to my wish list!

  • I couldn’t read a book totally blind and not knowing what it’s about. I’m not going to risk buying a pretty cover and the book is full of tropes I hate and is slow, boring and full of dreadful characters! I don’t have that kind of money to waste! I have to read the blurb and reviews on Goodreads to try and ensure I’m reading the books with the highest chance I’ll like them. I know the genres I enjoy, the type of plots I enjoy and what I can and can’t put up with so there’s no way I’d leave that all to chance!

  • Okay, is it just me or have your last two week’s posts just vanished? Because I was on last week’s and I can’t find it anymore to look if you replied? Blog bugs?

    Ummm. So some books I like to go into without REALLY knowing what they are about.. But I’ve also kind of researched them, if you know what I mean? Like they are all hyped up but I haven’t actually read the blurb and I’ve only skimmed reviews to see what people sort of say about them etc? I used to profusely read reviews and check out books to ensure i’d like them… But then that doesn’t always work anyways… So I like to be surprised where I can.

    The Australian drought… Wow. Now that book is on my radar because – I’m also interested. I also like the cover of The Other Sister – it just appeals to me.

    Hope you’re having a good week V!

  • I’m such a cover lover and it has added A LOT to my wishlist/TBR. The Other Sister looks and sounds like one I need to check out. You are always finding the best books!

  • I’m picky with books too, but I see no reason to change it. I’m happy being picky! I’ve been coming across a lot of time travel books lately, and read a couple, but I don’t even like time travel lol. This one sounds good though, so maybe I’ll give it a try! Btw, new blog header? I love it!

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