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So I am still in a hotel room in Florida. It has been a long time of hard work, long hours, and swelting sun. Of course my hubby, who I just talked to back in Minnesota says it is 3 degrees there today so he is sure within a day of my return I will be whining to come back to Florida. I have assured him that he is wrong. I will hold my head up and deal with the snow and freezing temps just to be home with my hubby, my dogs, reliable internet and oh my gosh – my own bed!!! I may not get up for days… 😉 I am on schedule to go back to Minnesota on Thursday.
So as far as reading goes, it is still light. I am usually too tired to read, however I have managed some audio this past week as t works great to have the ear bids in while working in the bee yard. Here is what I posted:
Hop Skip Jump – its ready to order!
Bedbugs by Ben Winters (yup… Bedbugs)
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain – oh wow! How have I missed this author?
The first of the readalong posts is up with giveaway: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Not too bad for working 10 – 14 hour days. 🙂
So this week will be much of the same. A little audio, and maybe a book on the way home on the plane… but by the weekend… I hope to be curled up in my Minnesota home with great books and delicious coffee and my puppies! 🙂
For My Ears
Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry.
The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle – her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family – described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn’t know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives – and the life of a desperate stranger – with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922”, the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver”, soon to be a major Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
“Fair Extension”, the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over 20 years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey – until now.
Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey.
A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman’s resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
For My Eyes
The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.
But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.
Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…
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50 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”
Love that you’ve picked up another Diana Chamberlain – really must get her latest! Can’t believe you’re still in Florida. I can’t even imagine how exhausted you must be!
Its Laurels fault – she linked me to her review 😀
I did, and it looks like it will pay off! LOL. Hope you love it, Sheila.
I am really enjoying it! 😀
I can see why your reading has been light. I know you’ll be happy to be back home.
I dream of it Kathy…. I am an introvert although no one believes it – I need my alone time. 🙂
I am reading Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver which I am finding delightful. I just finished Florence Gordon by Brian Morton which I am still musing over.
OOH two good sounding reads!
I loved The Midwife’s Confession, as you know….and I also saw the movie Big Driver on Lifetime, and it was great! Enjoy your week!
Thanks Laurel, both books were recommended by bloggers – one of them you 🙂
I have come to love Diane Chamberlain’s writing too this year. Haven’t read this one though, in fact still have most of them in store. Enjoy going home to all those well loved, people, animals and bed!
Thanks… I am counting down the days!
I LOVE Diane Chamberlain’s books. I see she has another one I haven’t heard of …. The Midwife’s Confession.
Have a wonderful week…I am sure you are in the deep freeze like we are in Pittsburgh.
This one was recommended by Laurel and I am really enjoying another story with great twists!
I know it will be a shock to go from Florida back to the snow and cold (we just did that last night), but it sure will be nice to sleep your own bed again!
The Wild Truth sounds like a fascinating book. I’ve also added Diane Chamberlain to my wish list.
I am really looking forward to it and I never say that about the cold 🙂
wow, Metropolis has a cool cover, but may be too tough for me. Yes, winter is only good for nice book under cozy covers!
I am super curious about it!
Maybe your hubby and dogs can come to you where it’s nice and warm…. We came home from vacation in Hawaii to an early (for us) snow! Talk about a shock to the senses! We just wanted to hop back on the plane and go back! Enjoy your week, and safe travels!
I think they would like to! Al is complaining about the cold 😉
I’ve been into listening to audio alot lately and you are giving me some great ideas of what to get. I used to love Diane Chamberlain’s books, so that’s a good idea to listen to.
Have a great week!
The two I have listened to so far have been excellent!
I’m going on a Stephen King kick right now, (a strange combo with Harry Potter) but will have to check into Big Driver, it sounds really interesting.
LOL I guess I am kind of doing that too as soon as I get home I will pick up Chamber f Secrets 🙂
Meritropolis sounds like something I’d read.
I’m trying an audio book for the first time this week and also have a Robin Williams book on the go.
Happy reading 🙂
OOH I hope you enjoy the audio you chose – I have many I could recommend 😀
Oh, how I wish I was in Florida!! It’s getting too cold for me. You got quite a lot of posts up for someone so busy! How do you do it?
I have to have some “me” time Laura or I go crazy so I have been setting my alarm for 4:30 am. I shower the night before so I have time to write my reviews. It makes me feel normal as when I get up at home I have my coffee and write my posts 😀
Meritropolis looks amazing, love that cover! Have a great week 🙂
Thanks you as well 🙂
The first link I posted was back to your blog! Oops!
If you can, please delete. I’ve now left the correct link afterwards 🙂
No problem 😀
Out of all the Full Dark, No Stars stories, Big Driver was the hardest for me to read, and I’m a regular SK fan. I’ll be curious what you think of it.
I seen this one on another blog (Leslie’s?) We will see…. 😀
You are indefatigable!
I bet you will be glad to be home again!
The Wild Truth sounds so interesting – who could forget Emile Hirsch as Chris?! I’ve also heard great things about The Silent Sister…might have to give that a try.
I just recently finished Diane Chamberlain’s new book, The Silent Sister, too and loved it as well! I’ve only read a few of hers and definitely need to read more of her books – they really are good! Hope you have a safe trip home later this week!
Dont work too hard in that sweltering heat! Here in Indiana we woke up to our first snowfall of the winter. I may be the only one who’s excited by it! The Wild Truth looks good.
I completely understand how you are feeling. I used to travel constantly for work, and after a while, you just want to be in your own home!
I’ve been intrigued by The Wild Truth. I haven’t read Into the Wild but thought the movie was just amazing – moving and powerful. I really need to read the book one of these days.
Hope you have an easy trip home and enjoy your books this week!
Book By Book
I enjoyed Big Driver and look forward to your thoughts on Chamberlain’s audio.Have a wonderful week!
Oh we listened to the audio of Into the Wild several years ago.The new book by his sister sounds interesting.
Glad you get to go home soon.
I just finished The Sorcerer’s Stone for the second time recently. I listened to Jim Dale this time. It was like visiting an old friend.
Reading the greatest book: Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies. It’s close to 700 pages, but I’m halfway through it in two days. Also on the shelf are Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm and I’m starting The Pickwick Papers are part of the Dikens’ Read a Long
Whew those are some long work days! You probably don’t even get to enjoy the sunny weather all that much. 😦 It’s always nice to be home after a trip away.
I really want to read The Wild Truth. I read Into the Wild and thought it was so sad. It will be interesting to read his sister’s version.
I am a huge Diane Chamberlain fan. I think Midwife’s Confession is still my favorite though i loved the Silent Sister too (and saw her speak about it on release day). Happy reading and wish I was in the Florida sun too!
Wish I was in sunny Florida. I remember really enjoying The Midwives Confession. Hope you do too.
Enjoy your reading this week, and have a good trip back home, Sheila. It sounds cold but cozy. 🙂