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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - BOOK REVIEW

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Title:  The Secret Keeper
Author:  Kate Morton
Publisher:   Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Release Date:  October 9, 2012
Hardcover, 480 pages
ISBN 10:    1439152802
ISBN 13:   9781439152805
The Book Depository / Amazon

Goodreads description:

1959 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.


My Take: 

Almost two years ago, I read and reviewed my first Kate Morton novel, The Distant Hours - five stars for me all the way, with its gothic feel and mysteries within mysteries.

The Secret Keeper is another great read, artfully weaving between WWII England and present-day -  telling the story of three women - Laurel, her mother Dorothy (Dolly), and an old friend of Dolly's named Vivien.

When Laurel is sixteen, she witnesses a shocking incident involving her mother.   After telling her story to the police, she promptly tries her best to bury the incident.  Her two-year-old little brother Gerald was the only other witness, and she hopes that he won't remember it either.

Present-day:  Laurel is a well-known actress, and her mother is slowly fading in a nursing home. A photo drops out of an old copy of  "Peter Pan" - a picture of her mother and a young woman named Vivien.  In Dolly's lucid moments, Laurel begins to question her and becomes determined to know her mother's past before it is too late.

Ms. Morton is a masterful period writer - she vividly brings life during the Blitz to the forefront of the reader's mind.  This tale of regrets, lost loves, and mistakes made will keep you turning pages far into the night.  I was able to glean parts of the mystery earlier on, but the way the plot unfolded and the additional surprises made it well worth the read.

You will close these pages with a sigh, for Dolly is much more than she appears at first glance, a woman of tremendous strength who definitely deserved the second chance she was given.

QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in final copy):


Youth was an arrogant place, and to believe simply that they were less adventurous than she was had suited Laurel just fine.  Not for a moment had she considered that there might be anything beyond Ma's appearance as a happy wife and mother; that she might have been young once herself, and determined not to turn into her mother; that she might even be hiding from something in her past.

It was one thing at the 400, with him so dashing and handsome in the guise of Lord Sandbrook, but here, tonight, dressed in his usual clothing, all tattered and dirty from a night out working in the Blitz . . . Dolly shuddered to think what Vivien would say if she realized Dolly had a boyfriend like him.

Vivien shed desolation like an unwanted coat, and stepped towards the shining lights.  It was all so simple really.  She had brought about her family's death; she had brought about Jimmy's death; but now she was going to make sure Dolly Smitham was saved. Then, and only then, she would go to the Serpentine and make her pockets heavy with stones.  Vivien could see the end and it was beautiful.

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Plot:   4 out of 5 stars
Characters:  4.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion:  4 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING:   4 out of 5 stars

BLOGGERS:  Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review.


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BUY IT:  At Amazon, The Book Depository, through the publisher's website,  and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary eGalley of this title through NetGalley and a complimentary ARC from the publisher to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.
Julie
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Blogfest 2012! - Enter to win thru September 30th!


Hosted by A Journey of Books, it's time for BLOGFEST 2012!

Hop around, visit some great book bloggers, get a chance to win!

Because I forgot that today was the day, this is going to be short and sweet.

TWO winners get their choice of books from The Book Depository or Amazon (International winners will ship from The Book Depository) - up to $25 in value.

HOW TO WIN: 

Easy peasey - what is your favorite book genre and your fave latest book in that genre? 

Rules:  One entrant per household/IP address.

Extra Entries:  Follow on GFC (look to the left), Twitter, Facebook - leave a comment with your follower name.

Once you enter here, hop on to the next five blogs:

Think Sincere
The Maiden's Court

Vanessa Morgan

With Our Best

Reading Romances


Have fun!

 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's Sunday! Time to link up YOUR blog giveaways! - September 16, 2012

If you're a blog owner, don't forget to add your giveaways to the Giveaway Linky!

Enter    your blog name, a brief    description   of the prize,  ending  date and    eligibility (US, Can,     International,  etc.)   Please put  the ending date, too, so that I can  clear it out when it's  over.  EXAMPLE:  Best Blog on the Block -    $50  Gift certificate - 6/30  -  US/Can

NO SPAM - you'll be banned - I'm    not kidding!

My current giveaways (click the cover to go to the giveaway):

Worth Dying for by Cindy Gerard

Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews


Julie

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews - Excerpt and GIVEAWAY (Internat'l through 9/24/2012)

ANOTHER International giveaway! V. C. Andrews - ah, I remember "Flowers in the Attic" and its offshoots - one of my first forays into serials - I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next one!

This is for something a bit different:

Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews
Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews
only available as an eBook

Goodreads description:

V.C. Andrews, queen of Gothic fiction for twenty-five years, explores a new genre in her women’s fiction debut—available exclusively as an eBook. A young mother struggles to keep her marriage together in the wake of her daughter’s kidnapping…and to keep hope of her return alive.  

Grace is the doting mother of Mary, an angelic five-year-old who charms everyone around her. But in one tragic moment at a local shopping mall, Grace looks down to discover that Mary is no longer at her side…and can’t be found anywhere. She and her husband wait by the phone for a ransom demand that never comes. For months Grace believes that Mary is somewhere, alive and safe, waiting to come home to her—but as her family and friends give up hope, Grace’s marriage begins to crumble. Only one detective, Sam Abraham, shares her determination to find Mary…but could his motives be less than altruistic?

As Sam and Mary work together to track Mary’s disappearance, they discover clues that this was more than a random kidnapping—and that Mary may have been special to more than just her mother…


READ AN EXCERPT:

WIN IT:  The publisher is offering a chance for one of my readers to win a copy of this title!

Wanna win?  Here's how:
 
HOW TO ENTER (PLEASE READ - commenting alone will NOT enter you):

MANDATORY ENTRY:

1.  Leave a blog post comment - have you read any of V. C. Andrews' books?  Which one(s)? Please include your email address like this or similar to prevents spambots:  knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

2.  Then scroll up to the Rafflecopter form (you MUST have Javascript enabled to see the form):  under "How to Enter" where it says "Leave a Blog Post Comment", click "I did this!" and fill out the little form that pops up there - make sure you use the email address you put in your comment. (Please email me directly at knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com if you have problems with the form).

YOU ONLY HAVE TO COMMENT AND ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS INTO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR YOUR INITIAL/MANDATORY ENTRY; you can use the form for all of your additional entries (extra entry options listed on the form)!  :)

Eligibility:  International through September 24, 2012

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, not even a book :)  I just like giving away great reads! 

Julie
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's Sunday! Time to list YOUR blog giveaway!

If you're a blog owner, don't forget to add your giveaways to the Giveaway Linky!

Enter    your blog name, a brief    description   of the prize,  ending  date and    eligibility (US, Can,     International,  etc.)   Please put  the ending date, too, so that I can  clear it out when it's  over.  EXAMPLE:  Best Blog on the Block -    $50  Gift certificate - 6/30  -  US/Can

NO SPAM - you'll be banned - I'm    not kidding!

My current giveaway (click the cover to go to the giveaway):

Worth Dying for by Cindy Gerard

Coming tomorrow (tonight at midnight):

Capturing Angels by V. C. Andrews
Julie

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RIP VII



During my blog visits today, I ran across a post from one of my fellow bloggers who is participating in the R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) VII reading challenge fun post over at Carl's Stainless Steel Droppings blog.  I HAD to join in! 

From the blog:

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.


Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.


I have removed the word “challenge” from this event because it has never really fit. “Challenge” was the lingo back when I first discovered book blogs thus its previous addition to the reading events I host. While I don’t have any personal grudge against folks challenging themselves to read a certain number of books, or books outside their comfort zone, this event is primarily about the great pleasure that can be found in embracing this type of fiction/non-fiction during this season of the year. 

There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others
.


There are different levels, two group reads (one for September, one for October), even a level for those who'd rather watch the terror/mystery/thrills on screen.

The level I chose:



Peril the First:
Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.


Peril of the Short Story:
I am a big fan of short stories and my desire for them is perhaps no greater than in Autumn. I see Poe and Lovecraft in my future for sure, and some Angela Carter. You can read short stories any time during the challenge. When I can, I like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on the Review Site.

The books I'm choosing from (click the covers for the Goodreads page):

Shivers VI edited by Richard Chizmar

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Everville by Clive Barker

Abandon by Blake Crouch

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Shirley Jackson:  Novels and Stories

OK, so I'll have to buy those last two, but, well, the sacrifices we make for a good read!  :)  Seriously, I have heard nothing but love for Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box and it has been on my wishlist forEVER.  Shirley Jackson - well, need I say more (other than this - I have not read any of her titles .. I don't think ... I may recall reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but it was so long ago that I can't be certain).  The book I'm buying contains The Lottery (a collection of shorts), The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and more, all put together by Joyce Carol Oates!  I can't wait for it to get here!

R.I.P. VII runs from September 1st through October 31st, so click the link and join in!


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays - September 4, 2012


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along; you don't have to be a blogger! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



My teaser this week: 

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma StraubHildy was dead and Laura was gone, so Josephine - quiet, steady Josephine - had won the silent contest for her parents' love.  No matter how much money Laura had, or how many people looked at her when she walked down the street, her mother wouldn't want her to climb into her bed and let her face rest on the same pillow.

- page 147 (ARC), Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub - Release date September 4, 2012 -(The Book Depository / Amazon)

Goodreads description:

The enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend.

While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.




Feel free to leave your teaser or link to it in the comments section; I find that I always end up adding to my to-buy list when I visit!

Julie
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Monday, September 3, 2012

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child - BOOK REVIEW

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
Title:  The Third Gate
Author:  Lincoln Child
Publisher:   Doubleday
Release Date:  June 12, 2012
Hardcover, 306 pages
ISBN 10:     0385531389
ISBN 13:  9780385531382
The Book Depository / Amazon

Goodreads description:

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers.

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm.

In the hands of master storyteller Lincoln Child, "The Third Gate" breaks new ground and introduces a fascinating new protagonist to the thriller world.


My Take: 

Jeremy Logan is a professor of medieval history at Yale University as well as an enigmalogist - one who seeks to uncover the truth behind a mystery.  He is also an empath, a fact that he keeps close.

Ethan Rush is a doctor who has experienced great tragedy - one that caused him to leave the hospital scene to work for the Center for Transmortality Studies studying life after death, near-death experiences, and the like.

H. Porter Stone is the richest treasure hunter in the world and when he calls Jeremy in to help him with his latest find, Jeremy is puzzled.  What could Stone want from him during an archaelogical dig? 

Under the Sudd, the largest swamp on the Nile, lies what Stone believes to be the tomb of King Narmer, the legendary Pharaoh who united Egypt.  Secrecy is paramount, and time is of the essence, but many mysterious things are happening that may well put an end to Stone's expedition.  A curse may hold the clues:

Any man who dare enter my tomb or do any wickedness to the resting place of my earthly form will meet an end certain and swift. Should he pass the first gate, the foundation of his house will be broken, and his seed will fall upon dry land.  his blood and his limbs will turn to ash and his tongue cleave to his throat.  should he pass the second gate, darkness will follow him, and he will be chased by the serpent and the jackal.  The hand that touches my immortal form will burn with unquenchable fire.  But should any in their temerity pass the third gate, then the black god of the deepest pit will seize him, and his limbs will be scattered to the uttermost corners ofthe earth.  And I, Narmer the Everliving, will torment him and his, by day and by night, waking and sleeping, until madness and death become his eternal temple.

I've read Lincoln Child often, especially teamed with Douglas Preston, and generally, I like him quite a bit. His writing is meticulous, and he often does a great job slowly sucking the reader in until the pages fly.  I did not feel that with this novel.  It's hard to put my finger on it, as there is still great writing, and a story that should tingle the senses, with lots of mystery mixed with legend, psychic abilities, and even a human villain of sorts.

The action scenes feel cursory and fleeting almost to the very end (when there IS a scene that makes your heart race).  I didn't feel a strong tie to any of the characters (not something we necessarily look for in thrillers, after all, the point is thrills, not a character study), but lacking strong action scenes or even a psychological undertow, characters are what keep this reader's interest.  I never felt a strong pull to pick this one back up to see what happened next, but I did keep reading, because the scenes drawn were very vivid - it was as though the Sudd had a life of its own - dark, dreary, muck-filled, and viscious. There was also a character that I started to feel more for towards the end, but it was too late in the novel to redeem it for me.

This one is not a BAD read, but it lacked the true thrills that I expected and never lived up to the promise of its premise.  I WILL, however, not let that keep me from picking up the NEXT Child title that comes out; we can't always bat 300, but this one was a slight miss for me.


QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in final copy):

"Two myocardial infarctions.  An open-skull fracture.  An emergency C-section.  Two gunshot victims, one critical.  A third-degree burn case.  A knife wound with renal penetration.  One simple and one compound fracture.  An old gent who stroked out on the gurney.  Oxycodone OD. Meth OD. Amphetamine OD.  And those were all in" - he paused - "the last ninety minutes."

"There's a belief that strong evil persists in spirit long after the physical gody has perished. The greater theevil, the longer its influence lingers - not unlike the half-life of radioactive material."

Writing:  4.5 out of 5 stars
Plot:   3.5 out of 5 stars
Characters:  2 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion:  3 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING:   3.25 out of 5 stars

BLOGGERS:  Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review.

Read an excerpt

BUY IT:  At Amazon, The Book Depository, through the publisher's website,  and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher  to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.
Julie
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Monday Memes - It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading?; Mailbox Monday: In My Mailbox - September 3, 2012


"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page.  Martha has closed The Printed Page effective December 18th and set up Mailbox Monday on it's own blog here:  http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/

September's host is Kristen at BookNAround!   Hop on over, link up, and join the fun!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren

Every week we'll post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week.

I guarantee that you will add to your reading list by visiting the participating blogs in both of these memes!

Book fun received this week ([almost] all YA, not by design, though.  It seems that books make it into the house in some cyclical fashion):

Graceling by Kristin Cashore -  Through Paperback Swap- (The Book Depository / Amazon) - This is the third time this book has made it into my house - hopefully, THIS time I will get to read it, especially since I have the second book, "Fire", sitting on my shelves.  It was in Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn's Christmas book box a couple (three? maybe?) years ago.  She took it to the Y and lost it.  She begged for another copy.  A few months later, I bought it. She read it, loved it, loaned it to a friend before I got a chance to read it.  It never made it back :)  Third time the charm?

Goodreads description:

Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - WON from Simon Teen -  (The Book Depository / Amazon

Goodreads description:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkin -  ARC WON from Simon Teen - Releases October 23, 2012 (The Book Depository / Amazon)

Goodreads description:

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?


AND.....


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton -  Galley from Atria through Net Galley - Releases October 9, 2012 (The Book Depository / Amazon) - A delay in shipment of the actual ARC gave me the opportunity to download a copy from Net Galley - it's Kate Morton, so I'm super-excited!

Goodreads description:

1959 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.





What Are You Reading?

"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!

I managed to read a LOT this week!  It helped that almost all of them were very easy, kind-of-quick reads and that even the ones that took a little more thought and brain power were easy to get lost in.



READ (click cover for Goodreads page):

Hemlock by Katherine Peacock
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano Alice on the Outside by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Byte-Sized: A Collection of Flash Fiction
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg


REVIEWED:  (click the cover to go to the review):

The Breakthrough by Jerry B. Jenkins
3.25 of 5 stars





CURRENTLY READING:
(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page)

Wisdom's Daughter by India Edghill
Hard copy
81 Classics of Literature (various authors)
Nook


I'm still stuck at Gulliver's Travels in 81 Classics.

Next to be read on the personal pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood



Next to be read on the hard copy review pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
Lost Antartica by James McClintock Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine


FAVE OF THE WEEK:


The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

Of course, The Solitude of Prime Numbers was pretty fab, but The Middlesteins!  Well - contemporary, real - I read this book and felt as though I was part of the family - it was just an all-around wonderful read.  I can see this one being a fabulous hit (it releases October 23rd).

Last, but not least, if you like romances, you can feed your eReader with two classic romances by Cindy Gerard if you enter and win (click the cover to go to the giveaway):

 
This giveaway is open internationally.

How was YOUR reading week?  Please leave a link to YOUR "What Are You Reading/In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday" post(s) in the comments (I'd love to come visit) or simply comment with what your reading week was like!

Julie



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