Saturday, August 30, 2008


I'm joining this book... along.. thing. Found here. (Actually, I found it through Kelly's blog.)

I'm going to read 4 books btw Sep. 1 and Oct. 31.

I'm going to read:

Speaking in Tongues by Jeffrey Deaver
Greeley's Cove by John Gideon
The Shadow Man by Cody McFayden and
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The first book may be considered a bit of a cheat. I started reading this book a couple of years ago and just couldn't get into it. When we lived in Tucson, I had a gym membership. To make the gym more appealing, I'd select a book that I really wanted to read and I'd only be able to read it while I worked out. This was a book that I chose and it just wasn't working for me so I picked something else and never finished this one. I hate not finishing a book. No matter how bad it may be, I have to know how it ends. This book wasn't bad, necessarily, I just couldn't get into it while working out.

The second is a book someone gave me over 10 years ago. A friend gave it to me while I was stationed in Germany. He assured me it was the scariest book he'd ever read (and he only read scary stuff). I think I should start reading it. 13 years is long enough to put it off. Not that I had any conscious reason for putting it off, just that other books seemed to appeal more.

The Shadow Man is actually on my list of books for this year. I'll be skipping the book I had scheduled for September but will squeeze it in after I read these four.

The Devil in the White City is another that I bought several years ago. I actually bought it as soon as it came out in paperback. Just never got around to reading it. Now's the time!

I'm not the fastest reader but hope to be able to finish.

I love a good Peril, Ruth!


Nell said...

I have The Devil in the White City too. It's down a bit on the list of things to read. So I'm curious to see what you think of it.

Anonymous said...

I love perilous reading! I read #1 a few years back, and listened to #4, as well. My library consortium doesn't have Greeley's Cove -- one of the few times it has failed me, wah. If that is the scariest thing your friend has ever read, I wonder if he read The Shining back in the day? That is the scariest thing I ever read, and was my introduction to Stephen King.

Yarnhog said...

Ooooo...I love Jeffrey Deaver! (Actually, I've only read his short stories, which remind me of Roald Dahl, only nastier.)

Corwink said...

I love that you joined! I am getting ready to start Coraline tonight.

Carl V. said...

So glad you are joining in, and no worries about the cheating...I don't mind early starts, etc. at all. It is all about sharing books and our thoughts on books anyway.

Wow, I thought I've put off friends for a long time, but 13 years?! I'm doing pretty good with the book I have from my best friend that has sat on my shelf for two years. ;)

Quixotic said...

Ooh, I have Devil in the White City on my TBR shelf...I picked it up on a whim at Christmas. Your other choices sound very interesting. Look forward to reading your thoughts on them all!

And phew - 13 years! I thought I was doing pretty well at putting off the books on my stack. :)