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Mystery and Thriller Continue to Rule

Musing Mondays2

This week’s musing asks:
What books are you wishing for MOST right now?

Being on vacation in Hawaii means mysteries and thrillers continue to dominate my reading. I’m more than wishing for these books because I have made them a reality. One book of which the paperback is still not available that I have longed for is The Help by Katheryn Stockett. I’m pissed at the publisher for the deliberate delay that I have dropped the book from my reading list. As to the most wished for readings:

An Instance of the Fingerpost Iain Pears
My first electronic book on Kindle 3G+Wifi! I read that this is a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and, for once, the comparison is apt. I can’t resist a book that measures up to an all-time favorite, can I?

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest Stieg Larsson
After the first two books that have made my adrenaline run high, I’m more than eager to know what evil Lisbeth Salander must confront at the end. I want to know what will become of Blomkvist and Salander, who have been estranged throughout the last book and communicate primarily online.

20 Responses

  1. You are in Hawaii? I will be there in November (leaving on Thanksgiving Day) and cannot wait. There’s something about a vacation in Hawaii that is good for the soul. I’ve had An Instance of the Fingerpost on my shelves forever. The copy I have is the hard copy edition and it is quite a chunkster.

    • I’m taking a late summer vacation in Hawaii, my favorite place on earth. I spend most of the time reading by the pool or at the beach, having cosmos, attending live Hawaii music at the lounge, and snorkeling. An Instance of the Fingerpost would be a perfect vacation read.

  2. Ooh Hawaii. Fun!

    I actually have the Fingerpost and just haven’t picked it up yet. (I have quite a stack at the moment.) It looks fantastic.

    P.S. I have the hardback of The Help and would not at all mind passing it on to you. Let me know if you want it. It really is good, and I’d be curious to see what you think of it.

    • You’re sooo kind. I would accept your kindness if the offer is still good. 🙂 I have been waiting for the paperback to come out, and I found a used copy of the hardback and they asked for $15. I’ll get in touch with you. 🙂 Thank you so much!

      An Instance of the Fingerpost is on my Kindle and I’ll get to it when I’m not sitting by the pool.

  3. you are in hawaii…I am in NJ. is that fair?

    Mysteries are always on my wish list…but it a vague sort of wish list, not like a list-list.

    • Oh wow Caite we’re over 10 hours away! Mysteries and thrillers are perfect for my vacation, although I would usually mix in one literature.

  4. Enjoy the nice beaches.

    When you get back, I’ve given you an award:

  5. I too look forward to The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest. Can’t wait to read it!

    Here is my Musings post.

    • The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest is waiting for the moment. I didn’t get the hardback so a friend loaned it to me. It’s sitting in the suitcase here. 🙂

  6. I see you have The Angel’s Game lined up. It’s not mandatory but I would suggest you read The Shadow of the Wind (if you haven’t already) before reading The Angel’s Game.


    • I did read Shadow of the Wind and I enjoyed it tremendously. I have finished Part I of The Angel’s Game and I think it doesn’t live up to my expectation.

  7. Enjoy your Kindle. I still have quite the time trying to decide what to buy for my Kindle. Right now I am debating whether or not to buy Mockingjay for my Kindle.

    If I get the ebook I will have it right away but I own the first two books in book form so I sort of want the last in book form too so I’ll have the set.

    Decisions, decisions.

    • I am protecting my Kindle from the splashing water so I haven’t been reading from it as much. I have spent most of the time by the pool. You made a good point about consistency in form. I debated whether I should get The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest on ebook and decided against it.

  8. I’ve been reading more mysteries than usual too, but loving every minute of it. I have Charles Palliser’s The Quincunx in my brain with Eco’s and Pears’ books, but I’ve yet to make it through any of them!

  9. Welcome to Hawai’i! If you’re interested in Hawaiiana, Native Books / Na Mea Hawai’i in Ward Warehouse is a must.

  10. If you’re on Kauai, and would like to get together, be sure to let me know. Enjoy your time here.

    Aloha from Rob

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