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Good morning, Bloggers! Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.
What a week! I spent last Sunday afternoon at the movies, seeing Gone Girl, with my eyes riveted to the screen. Powerful and intoxicating. Over the next several days of this week, I spent time purging and organizing STUFF. I have written some blog posts about the experience and some of my discoveries. Meanwhile, I was suffering from a reading disorder that I can only describe as UNENGAGED. None of the older books I was planning to read kept my attention, and I spent way too long trying to read them. Hence, my overall reading week suffered. But as a result, I came to some decisions….read about them in my Abandoning the Old Rules post.
Later today (or tomorrow), I hope to finally see the unveiling of what my daughter has been doing to the house she moved into…the one my son and his wife just vacated. Fun times!
So here goes with my LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
Review: The House We Grew Up In (e-book), by Lisa Jewell
Review: The Bookseller, by Cynthia Swanson
INCOMING BOOKS: (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)
TWO review books came in my mailbox…and I received one review book from the author via download. Then I purchased one downloaded book.
Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman (Amazon Vine)
In a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed Cover of Snow, Jenny Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children.
Further Out Than You Thought, by Michaela Carter (Amazon Vine)
Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter.
Trail Mix (e-book), by Paulita Kincer (From the Author)
In the tradition of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, comes a novel of two suburban women who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail, escaping their lives as moms and wives in search of nature, adventure, and the ultimate diet plan.
Lila (e-book), by Marilynne Robinson (Purchased)
Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
The Carrier, by Sophie Hannah (Amazon Vine)
When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.
Accidents of Marriage (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers
Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids—which works to keep a fragile peace—until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.
I am looking forward to a week of savoring my two books…and if I find the time, I have SIXTY-SEVEN other e-books resting on Sparky. All purchased this year!
And for more activities this weekend, I plan to watch more Gilmore Girls on Netflix.
What does your weekend look like? What are you planning next week?