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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows #3) by Kim Harrison + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.




This week I'm spotlighting one of my current #BeatTheBacklist reads, Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows #3) by Kim Harrison.  I've really been enjoying this Cincinnati, Ohio set urban fantasy series so far and that's no exception for this installment either.  I'm glad to be back with witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan.

Beginning:

I took a deep breath to settle myself, jerking the cuff of my gloves up to cover the bare patch of skin at my wrist.  My fingers were numb through the fleece as I moved my next-to-largest spell pot to sit beside a small chipped tombstone, being careful to not let the transfer media spill.  It was cold, and my breath steamed in the light of the cheap white candle I had bought on sale last week.

56:

I smiled, settling myself farther into the seat, my fluster vanishing at Jenks's star fawning.

50/50 Friday: Favorite Book Set Where You Live/ Another Place


Where I Live - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - This book is so much fun and I was so pleased to find out that it's set in Columbus, Ohio, the capital of my home state (I live about 45 minutes from there)!  It's seems so rare that such a popular novel is set in Ohio... and I was pleased to hear them talk about Columbus in the movie (even though it wasn't actually made there).


Another Place - Birds, Beasts and Relatives (The Corfu Trilogy #2) by Gerald Durrell - For last year's Read Harder Challenge, hosted by Book Riot, one of the tasks was to read a book set 5,000 miles away from my location.  Well this classic series of memoirs is set in Corfu, making it set about 5,100 miles away from me.  If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it (book one is called My Family and Other Animals) and there have also been a couple of fantastic adaptations (the 2005 tv movie featuring Imelda Staunton, Matthew Goode, and Russell Tovey and The Durrells in Corfu which will return with season 3 on PBS on September 30th).


Have you read any of these books?  What's your favorite book set close to where you live?  What are you reading this weekend?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

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  1. I bet the Columbus, Ohio references in Ready, Player One don't match what you know. Ha! My Friday Quotes

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    1. True, but it's still fun considering I rarely see it in fiction or movies. :)

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  2. Every Which Way But Dead looks interesting. I haven't read it but I have heard about it. Enjoy your current read! :-)

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  3. You've actually got two Ohio books in this post😀 I would have to really think about my favorite book set in California, I know I've read a bunch but at the moment I can't think of any🤔

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  4. Enjoy your selected reads! I like the idea of beating the backlist!

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  5. The excerpts are so descriptive I can almost see what is happening. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  6. I STILL haven't read (or watched) Ready Player One but that's so cool that it's set in Ohio! I completely agree: it's so rare to find a book that's set even remotely close to the Midwest (I'm still waiting for my Wisconsin/Minnesota moment). Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. At least partially anyway - for the book. :)

      Thanks for coming over, Laura!

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  7. Lovely quotes and picks. It is satisfying to read a book set where you live. The familiarities are comforting - unless there are mistakes, in which case it's annoying.

    I'm featuring Broken Ground this week.

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  8. I enjoyed the Rachel Morgan series and Ready Player One. This week I am featuring The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. Happy reading!

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  9. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!! Happy weekend!

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  10. I watched the PBS series. I wasn't so sure about it while watching season 1 but I liked season 2 and looking forward to season 3. See what book Susan is featuring this week at Girl Who Reads

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    1. It definitely picked up a bit in season 2. Thanks for coming over, Donna!

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  11. Gerald Durrell's books are such fun. I love the gif about writing!

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  12. Recently I've been wanting to get into a new urban fantasy series and I've been seeing a lot of good things about The Hollows series so I might check it out!

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  13. I didn't realize Ready Player One was set in Ohio! That's is pretty neat. My family and other animals sounds cute!

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  14. Glad the series is still going strong for you!

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  15. But why isn't it called Every WITCH Way But Dead? I feel like this is a missed opportunity. Happy reading, Lauren!

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    1. I've been wondering the same thing... a real missed opportunity!

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  16. I read Ready Player One but I guess I forgot about it being set in Ohio! I do like it though when books are set in places other than, say, NYC or LA or London or wherever- the "big" locations. It's nice to see places where the rest of us live too haha!

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  17. I liked Ready Player One. There aren’t many books set where I live. I know there are a few cowboy romances, but I’m not going to read those. There’s a post-apocalyptic book called The Dog Stars that’s set near where I live and is pretty good.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I can't say I blame you, there! I might have to look up The Dog Stars. :)

      Thanks for coming over, AJ.

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