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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop #20

I have been missing my meme’s and visiting other blogs and I feel terrible about it. I have not even been reading as much as I would like too, wonder what I have been doing with all my time? Anyways, here is a book cover I enjoyed. I love this time of the year and this book cover resonates everything about Christmas.


Psyche Horror: Five Short Works by Joshua Scribner

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
These stories blend psychological suspense with horror in a style reminiscent of Joshua Scribner’s Novels FEAR AND REPULSION and SEED.

The View:

I am starting to find a new interest for short stories as I realize that I can get to them in between activities. The interesting part about stories such as these is that, the action and terror comes fast without a lot of anticipation and waiting. While I don’t think I will enjoy it all the time, there are definitely moments when I want a quick yet fulfilling read.

This is the second of Joshua Scribner’s works that I have read and I decided to give this one a go, in spite of the fact that I did not have a great experience with the first one – Within. Psyche Horror is a good read. While I won’t say that all the stories are great, there are quite a few that are interesting.

If you are looking for great characters, detailed descriptions and in-depth plot then this is not for you. Rated a 4 on 5, pick this only if you are looking for a quick entertaining read.


Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads

Luther and Nora Krank are a typical middle-aged American couple who are concerned when their daughter Blair flies off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps. This is the first time Blair is spending Christmas away from home and her parents are anxious. But Luther devises a plan to use this as an opportunity for some serious cost cutting during the holidays. The solution – skip Christmas for just one year and enjoy a 10 day Caribbean vacation.

Is skipping Christmas something you are even allowed to do without being socially outcast? Would they land up enjoying their vacation and missing out the Christmas spirit?

The View:

I have read a ton of John Grisham’s books and this one does not belong to his usual genre. There are no court cases or lawyers and initially I was not looking forward to reading this. But once I started it, the pages just flew through. A very quick, light, breezy read and an apt one for this holiday season.

I related to Luther when he handled the accounts determining the amount spent the last year for Christmas. The way he details the expenses and the unwanted gifts are hilarious. The stance he takes to skip Christmas altogether for a year is welcoming and must say even daring. The couple stand strong till the day before Christmas but finally give in. While I did want them to fulfill their wish of skipping Christmas for just a year, I found myself cheering when the Christmas tree was finally put up. The true spirit of Christmas was exhibited beautifully at the end of the book.

Luther and Nora are both lovable characters. The dilemma they face is very close to reality and I am sure that each of us would have discussed and gone back and forth just like they did. I also liked the fact that they finally caved in to celebrating Christmas for their daughter, proving that parental love wins over social needs. The neighbors however are the ones who truly made this story a success. Each of us have a love-hate relationship with our neighbors and Grisham has clearly documented that with this plot.

Rated a 4 on 5. Read it before this year-end for some holiday cheer and fun. Doesn’t it always help to remind ourselves of the spirit of Christmas.


Theme Thursdays [Food] – 15Dec11

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Holidays always remind me of food, food and more food… (Don’t mention the calories).


I am looking forward to a lot of mouth-watering s

And with that Merry took a bite of her avocado sandwich.

[and one more snippet...]

“They have a secret recipe, use only the freshest ingredients.”
“And make the best fruitcake in the world.”

Taken from “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham

Leave a comment here with a link to your post. Do make sure to visit and comment on other Theme Thursdays.


Scene of the Crime : Bridgewater, Texas by Carla Cassidy

The Book:

Jenna Taylor is in Bridgewater, Texas investigating the house where her best friend was murdered. It is here she gets introduced to Sheriff Matt Buchanan who is definitely not glad to see someone else in his crime scene. At first, he warns Jenna to stay away from the investigation but when the killer strikes again, he gladly gets her onboard to help with finding the madman.

They are most probably dealing with a serial killer who targets a specific kind of women and Jenna could be his next. Is her life in danger and will the two of them succeed in finding the killer before he kills his third victim?

The View:

This is a typical romance story, pretty girl meets widowed handsome man in the midst of a stressful situation. The situation demands of them to work together and as they do they realize that there is something more between them than just the initial attraction. They have a steaming physical relationship, solve the crime and then decide to live happily ever after. Of course I forgot to add that the girl always is unsure of getting into the relationship because of a dark past, but then gives in.

Jenna’s character was just average – For a FBI agent I expected her to be more out there. There were many chances for her to be portrayed as a daring female agent and she fell short each time. Matt was everything you expect out of a romantic hero. Handsome and annoying at first but slowly becomes charming and adorable. His passion for the crime investigation and the need to protect Jenna were both spot on.

Rated a 3 on 5. Don’t expect anything new with this romance book. The investigation and crime are just a side story though I liked the twist that was added at the end while revealing the murderer.



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