My daughter started Kindergarten and boarded the bus without tears. And, my son started second grade and is thrilled to be back with his friends every day. And, I spent last week reading backlist and a library hold from earlier this year. I asked my followers to guess which book in this picture fit the following categories…here are the answers!
Circe 3 Most appearances as a celebrity book club pick there are 2 for this category! After the Eclipse memoir and true crime 7 The prequel: The Rules of Magic. And, here is the follower who got all the answers right: Whoever gets them all right will get shout-outs in my Monday blog post! It was fascinating, compelling, and had me Googling away to look at architecture, no less! Mini review coming soon on Instagram and in a backlist round-up later this year.
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I sense some sociopathy and reading this actually makes me uncomfortable, yet still riveted. This could end up being the kind of book every high school girl should read as a cautionary tale, but also it would completely destroy her capacity to trust. Her writing is gorgeous and her novels usually have a slow burn. I was reading quirky food fiction.
These are not the novels that are driven forward by action…the yearn to know what will happen next. But, the end result is the same as an action-oriented page turner. I flew through the pages…no matter how many there were and some of these are LONG books. Part of the allure is that character-driven novels can easily feel slow and boring. A couple other random observations about the books on this list: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid my review Legendary film actress Evelyn Hugo recruits young journalist, Monique, to write her life story, including the stories of her seven marriages.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer my review On a flight to Helsinki to watch him receive a prestigious literary prize, Joan decides to leave her famous novelist husband, Joe, after a decades long marriage. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel my review When Claude, the youngest son of a family of five boys, starts to realize he wants to be a girl, the family must learn how to best support Claude and adjust to the situation.
What character-driven novels have you not been able to put down? Happy Labor Day, everyone! I meant to get a Monday post up last week, but was traveling that weekend and ended up drinking wine with a friend on Sunday night instead of writing a blog post! The good news is I now have time to fit in a backlist book and a library hold instead! So, thank God you can totally get away with a comfy chair, a small table, and some good scenery! Mini review to come.
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And it was perfect for my vacation…I read it in 2 days. What Book Should You Choose? But, then I realized one of those thrillers was centered around the JFK assassination! Choose the best Book of the Month Club selection for you every time You'll also receive all new blog posts in one weekly email. Plus, news of special updates and offers! September 4, Pages Average Goodreads Rating: Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too.
Maybe she can trust again. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. The Mermaid and Mrs. September 11, Pages Average Goodreads Rating: One September evening in , the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society.
At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost…. What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?
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On the other hand, they mentioned it was slow and had a meandering plot. October 2, Pages Average Goodreads Rating: November Road is historical fiction with a thriller-style plot. August 21, Pages Average Goodreads Rating: Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer.
And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. Not like Sarah Taft. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. And Anya wants to be her friend. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: The plot of this Brain Candy debut novel sounds totally ridiculous. Anyone who purchases a new BOTM subscription will get a credit for a free book! BOTM is now a monthly subscription service.
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I read 8 books this month…which is about normal for me. I read more backlist than usual and also listened to two audiobooks! I also mood-read more in August than usual…which I guess fits right in with the lazy days of summer! Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens my review — good, it should be! Chalk it up to the lazy days of summer?
Beaverdale Books ~ We Read You!
How was your reading month? I hate to admit it, but I remember very few books I was required to read in high school and college. Books that address important issues, but are also just straight-up awesome books that readers can effortlessly become engrossed in. Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe my review Because it shines on mental illness through a teenage character that high school age children will be able to relate to.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng my review Because it portrays the experience of a partially immigrant family living in a predominantly white community…and the tensions that introduces to the family dynamics. Plus, school age children dealing with the death of a sibling, sibling dynamics, parents projecting their own ambitions onto their children, and women trying to balance family and career dreams.
Plus, a background on the Catholic Church and homosexuality in Ireland and the experience of homosexuals in general. This is the book I always wish had been around when I was in high school. What contemporary books would you like to see on school curriculums? One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part?
Henrietta will have company. When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds.
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora made media headlines. On the three-year anniversary of the tornado, a cosmetics factory outside of Mercy is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. Tucker reappears, injured from the blast, and seeks the help of nine-year-old Cora.
Caught up in the thrall of her charismatic brother, whom she has desperately missed, Cora agrees to accompany Tucker on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization. From the automobile accident, the house fire, and the gradual loss of her mother during the same time period, Esther also shares moments of joy and the healing effects of humor in the midst of suffering.
She knows, she has been there.
Sometimes other family members do not understand the difficulties that one goes through when a great loss occurs. Esther is genuine, and compassionate. I highly recommend this book. Esther Hunter has written with clarity and honesty concerning her faith that carried her through an unbelievable experience of repetitive heartbreak. Esther portrays a clear message that you are not alone when you grieve. Esther Hunter lives with her husband Gary and her dog Jack in the beautiful hills of the Ozarks.
She enjoys time with her family and friends, and is actively involved with her church.