So, here’s is what I took away from this experience:
1) I am an idiot on many levels. But oh well.
2) Perhaps if you know where you’re going to dine before something like this, check out the menu beforehand so as to avoid chicken parm fiascos.
3) Linden MacIntyre is a very interesting fellow. And he’s written both fiction and nonfiction. Backlist binge, anyone? YES PLEASE.
4) As noted above, the TBR has grown. He also recommended Dead Wake by Eric Larson. I was on the fence about this one but LINDEN MACINTYRE TIPPED THE SCALES SO I IMMEDIATELY WENT OUT AND BOUGHT IT. Obviously.
7) I did something a little outside of my comfort zone, and I’m glad. It may not have been a total success on all fronts (“Where has my sentence-forming ability gone, brain?! Speak!”), but it was such a great opportunity!
Please Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my participation in this tour and my honest review. All thoughts here are completely honest and completely my own.
In Punishment, his first novel since completing his Long Stretch trilogy, Scotiabank Giller-winner Linden MacIntyre brings us a powerful exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues when passion replaces reason, in a small town shaken by a tragic death.
Forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he’d had dealings with in prison is back there too–and once again in trouble. Strickland has just been arrested following the suspicious death of a teenage girl, the granddaughter of Caddy Stewart, Tony’s first love.
Tony is soon caught in a fierce emotional struggle between the outcast Strickland and the still alluring Caddy. And then another figure from Tony’s past, the forceful Neil Archie MacDonald–just retired in murky circumstances from the Boston police force–stokes the community’s anger and suspicion and an irresistible demand for punishment. As Tony struggles to resist the vortex of vigilante action, Punishment builds into a total page-turner that blindsides you with twists and betrayals.
His novels are certainly on on my TBR, especially Punishment since it’s his latest and I have a copy. Now that I will be meeting Mr. MacIntyre, Punishment has jumped to the top of my list! It works out too because the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon has begun! Hopefully I’ll get a good chunk of it read before the dinner. 😀
Are you familiar with Linden MacIntyre’s fiction, non-fiction, or journalism?
She-Hulk by Dan Slott. I got this for Christmas and I haven’t finished it yet for some reason! I’m about halfway through and hope I’ll be able to crush it during this week’s read-a-thon! 🙂
The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1: The Parker Luck. I have this one on hold at the library and it’s on it’s way to me! It should arrive before the end of the read-a-thon (hopefully). That way I can read the second volume!
The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider Verse Prelude. I can’t wait to read this! Ms. Marvel is in it 🙂
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. This is Dessen’s latest book! I haven’t read her other two most recent ones, but I have them on my (non-bout-of-books) TBR. This one sounds really good.
The Dinner by Herman Koch. I’ve heard really great things about this book and about this author. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while and when I saw it at the library last week I thought I’d pick it up for the read-a-thon.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This is one of the most hyped and talked about books right now! Everyone is reading it and loving it. It’s a psychological thriller and those are my jam so I’m looking forward to this one! I’ve had it on my shelf for a while, but for some reason haven’t picked it up yet. Gonna crush it during the read-a-thon!
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead. I totally marathoned the first three books, loving them way more than I thought I would! I immediately ordered the next box set and now it’s here! Can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. I haven’t read any of Wein’s other books, but they sound great. They are on my (non-bout-of-books) TBR. Random House Canada was kind enough to send me a copy of this book for review so… I should probably read it 😛
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. This is a book of short stories I’ve heard great things about. I thought this would be good for the read-a-thon because I could read a story here and there between books!
Are you participating in Bout of Books 13? What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Are there any books here you think I should read first? Let me know!
Mindy Kaling is my best friend (I wish). She is so funny, smart, and successful. The Mindy Project really brought her and her talent into the spotlight! I loved her work on The Office and instantly fell in love with her most recent character Dr. Mindy Lahiri. And her clothes, have I mentioned her clothes? She is one stylish chica (both real Mindy and TV Mindy). Srsly, follow her instagram.
After the first season of The Mindy Project totally slayed me, I was obsessed. It’s so hilarious. Remember when Mindy, in the thralls of some sort of relationship-related turmoil, would just sprawl out on the floor? So funny. I always got the biggest kick out of that. I think that is one of the things I missed most in this most recent (LAST?!) season. Mindy wasn’t single so her shenanigans were much more reigned in. She was still as crazy as ever, but she was doing less crazy, funny things. Although, I did appreciate the episode this season that had all her ex-boyfriends in it, curtesy of Morgan! That was sooo funny.
Who is your favourite of Mindy’s boyfriends? She’s dated so many strange, crazy, guys. I think my favourite was one she just went out on a date with… But couldn’t bring herself to keep seeing. He was that skater guy played by Timothy Oliphant.