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Super busy week this last week but in good ways. I completed some writing, spent time with friends, helped extract honey (FUN!), and yes… I read. Here is what I posted this past week:
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
Mud Run Pictures
CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Not too bad a week. I am finally caught up on reviews. For this week here is what is on tap:
For My Ears:
1985. Gun Barrel City, Texas. Police searching for missing Fire Department Captain Jimmy Don Beets dug inside a wishing well in the neatly-tended garden of his wife, 48-year-old Betty Lou Beets. Not only did they find his body, but that of Betty Lou’s fourth husband, Doyle Wayne Barker. Each had been shot in the head and buried in a sleeping bag. It wasn’t long before investigators unearthed the terrible truth.
I am a few hours into this one… and … WOW.
Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
Cant wait to start this one!
For My Eyes:
Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.
Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.
I started this one a couple days ago and it sucked me right in!
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29 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”
I want to read The Girls of August…and Lucky Us sounds good, too. I read and enjoyed Buried Memories a few years ago. Enjoy!
I just saw Amy Bloom this past week for a reading from Lucky Us. I can’t wait to read this book!
The Girls of August sounds good and I’ve got Big Little Lies coming up next week. I’ll have to check out your review, love Liane Moriarty. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂
I’m jealous of your Westerfeld title! And I have to go read your reviews of this week. There are several books there that I plan to read and I want to see what you thought of them.
I’m fascinated by the sound of Buried Memories and will be looking out for your review of this one.
I do so like the sound of The Girls of August.
Buried Memories and Lucky Us sound interesting. I’ll wait for your reviews! 🙂
I also want to read Afterworlds but I don’t own a copy yet. 🙂 Happy reading!
AFTERWORLDS looks really good – have you read MULTIVERSUM by Leonardo Patrignani? This seems to have a similar feel to it.
Just finished the bound galley of Ian McEwan’s The Children’s Act. It’s a difficult book but worth looking for when it is released in September. My review is at GoodReads. I saw The Girls of August on your list. I am looking forward to my copy, which I just won, due this week. In the meantime, I’ve started First Impressions by Jude Devereaux, and have a lot of ebooks to keep me busy
Buried Memories definitely must be thrilling. The woman on the cover looks quite upset or guilty. 🙂
Love the cover on The Girls of August.
ENJOY your audios and your books, and have fun at the author event.
I haven’t read Anne Rivers Siddons in years, so will be curious to hear what you think of her latest. Just loved some of her earlier stuff!!
I am sooo jealous to see you’re caught up on reviews. I’m beginning to think I’ll never be caught up again.
I used to read tons of true crime so Buried Memories piques my interest.
Looks like you’ve had a great week and have a great line-up.
Sometimes I read two books, trading off when I need a break. Today I’m reading AT THE SCENT OF WATER by Linda Nichols and THE KEY, A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber.
The Girls of August sounds really good. Have a great week!
Ooohhh these all sound great!!!
I really loved Lucky Us! It was my first Amy Bloom novel . . . I think I am going to read some of her previous books. Hope you enjoy!
You’ve got a lot of good authors/books: Amy Bloom, Scott Westerfield….I NEED to read Orphan Train!
The Girls of August and Lucky Us both sound good, but when you shared the Scott Westerfeld novel, you had me. I love his writing, and Afterworld is a new one to me. It sounds amazing. I hope our library has it or will get it soon!
I am so excited for the new Scott Westerfeld! And thrilled to hear it sucked you in. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson has my full attention right now. Have a great week! ~Megan
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Have a great day,
I’ve been hearing about Lucky Us lately…Amy Bloom is new to me! I’ve just started listening to audiobooks, so I’m going to check out Buried Memories.
Really curious about the Amy Bloom book… it is everywhere!! Hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!
Orphan Train, Big Little Lies, The Girls of August…what a great week you had. The Amy Bloom I’ve seen around but have yet to read a review about it. Have a good week upcoming and enjoy your books!
I just picked up The Girls of August. I can’t wait to read that one!!
Buried Memories, Girls of August, and anything by Scott Westerfeld – I guess my reading list just got longer.
The Girls of August sounds good. Didn’t have time to post a book review today. Had to get a creative blog hop out of the way. Will do tomorrow.