Day Five: Bout of Books, 8.0: Murder Most Cosy!

Posted Friday, 23 August, 2013 by jorielov , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Bout of Books Readathon
Day Five: Bout of Books, 8.0.

Realistically, by Friday, the start of Day Five of the Bout, I had hoped to be progressing through the first five books to where I could start to dig into the cosies that I had selected to read as the weekend began! However, I lost quite a large number of hours earlier in the week, ironically, not all due to my own devices, but rather instead with life  moments & dearly horrid lightning & thunderstorms!! Therefore, I am not sure if I will be able to open these lovelies today! but I am going to make a fervent attempt to spend time in each book that I am currently attempting to read, so that I can ascertain a bit of its story and pacing!

Whilst heading towards the finish line such as the tortoise I am! :) :) Fearless. Determined. Confident. And, happy with what I’ve accomplished even if I am falling a bit short of where I had hoped to be! :)  The adventure of reading far out ways any unexpected limitations of completing the challenge, because I’ve been able to focus on reading and reading alone! whilst the week has progressed forward,.. my mind has lit up with characters and plots, and I am finding myself smiling again as I read! Who could consider that an epic fail when you have conquered the one thing you were intending to do!? To jump out of a looming reader’s rut!? They are as follows:

  • Death by Darjeeling {Book One: Teashop mysteries} by Laura Childs
  • Murder on Monday {Book One: Lois Meade mysteries} by Ann Purser
  • Thyme of Death {Book One: China Bayles mysteries} by Susan Wittig Albert

Each of them is the first book in a continuing series by their author, as I had come across them earlier in my 20s, yet hadn’t had the proper chance to dig into their settings, stories, and lead characters! I forget when I began to purchase the ‘first books’ of not only these series, but a few others as well, but it was my intent to read + collect them one at a time! I have amended that goal now, to reading the first in the series, and borrow the rest through m local library! :) I’ll leave the gathering for another time!!

Acquired Books By: Honestly, I am not certain which bookstore I purchased these books at, but they were purchased by me, that much I do recollect! :) It was the start of being able to sink into cosy mysteries that I had stumbled across whilst browsing big box bookstores, hoping to further my adventures past my initial introductions to the genre by way of Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dick Francis, and !?

And, why they appealed to me:

Teashop mysteries:

Lois Meade mysteries: coming soon!!

China Bayles mysteries:

Friday — Murder can be ever so cosy!

Number of Pages Devoured | Out of: Death by Darjeeling: ? | ?; Murder on Monday: ? | ?; Thyme of Death: ? | ?  Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness:  ? | ? ; The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti:  ? | ? ; Lark Rise to Candleford:  ? | ?

Tally of Pages Read Thus Far:

Books in Progress | continuing onward | happily consumed:  ? | ? | 1!!

A six word summary of today’s reading:

Best Moment of the Day: OOh, my dear ghouls!! When I originally asked Squeesome to create some *library love!* badges, I was thinking they might make one or two,.. guess what they did instead!?!? They made enough for me to promote my LOVE + ADMIRATION of libraries [and everyone else as well!] from today until the full life of this blog is fulfilled!! :) :) Check out their new LIBRARY LOVE badges + READING is smashing collection!!! There are now *3*!!! new rows of bookish love to spread around!!! Run! Grab them! Promote library goodwill!!

Llibaries badge provided by Squeesome Designs and used with permission.EEk!! I was so seriously consumed by the bookish love they are promoting, I completely missed they added more COFFEE + JAVA love too!! OOhh, my dear, dear ghouls, this IS a day to REMEMBER!!


Favourite Character:

Challenge Participation?

Bout of Books blogs I visited: [Must Read Faster]– need to repost my comments– [Pretty Pug], [Quinn’s Book Nook], [Pen in Her Hand],

Tick Tock, there goes the clock:

Book badge provided by Squeesome Designs and used with permission.

3:00p: Not quite the proper start I was hoping for today, as I am languishing behind in my slumberments to the brink, that I am now on an off-setted 12 hour clock! I turn in nearly by 3am each day, and I am not ready to ‘begin!’ the new day until 12 hours have thus expired off the clock! How horrid, I know! Yet. Hopeful, too! I spent the time cleaning up my postings today, sorting out what I want to add-on to my Bout posts, and how to manage visiting all the Bout’er blogs whilst the storms keep raging outside the windows!! Oyy vie. Of all the weeks to be involved with the Bout, I’m the unlucky Southerner who gets a hearty dose of thunderstorms to compliment the atmosphere of digging into books for the first time since I brought them home! :) :)

Omm Nom Nom badge provided by Squeesome Designs and used with permission.4:45p: Unquavering in my attempts to prouse my books,… I was on page 19 of Madame Oliveretti when the aromas of homemade cookies beckoned to me, and I found myself delighted in noshing on: rolled oat, rice krispie, marshmallow, chocolate chip delicate whispers of cookies that taste like a pillow of a cloud with the gentle kiss of toffee! Beyond YUM! I devoured three before I realised that could be considered excessive! Fresh pulled from the oven, who dare resist!?

5p-6:43p: I am on a tasting fest; sampling at least 20 pages per book, savouring the small doses, with a curious mind that wants to drink in more of the narratives! I travel between time and settings; Revolutionary France backlit with a surge of anguished memories and the terror of how the future could hold anything positive; the French Riveria sun-drenched beaches, quaint village life bubbling with a mecca of settling inward peace; a seemingly docile English village set-back from the urban cities yet to its own beguiling truth forestalls murderous thoughts!!

6:43p: Updating my Bout posts + visiting Bout’er blogs!! :) :) Soon dinner shall be here, with a plump and boiling rich pizza topped with cheese, onions, spinach, and mushrooms giving me a thrist for comfort food and a balm before I inhale more cookies!

?? continuing,…


All the posts interlinked to *Bout of Books, 8.0* are a work-in-progress post! Therefore, what you read on one visit, might alter/change or be added to by the time you swing back!!

{SOURCES: Bout of Books Badge created by Jorie in Canva to give readers & visitors who come to her blog a way to know of its existence and therefore increasing the mystery & lore surrounding it!! Seriously wicked bookish, coffee and foodie badges {entirely FREE!} provided by Squeesome Designs!}

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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Posted Friday, 23 August, 2013 by jorielov in Bout of Books

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