Welcome to our weekly bookish place where we share our adventures in reading. Come along and join us as we explore other blogs and feel a community spirit.
This week, I’m posting my Monday Reading, hosted by Book Journey, at this site; I often feel that I’m neglecting it!
I’ve posted my Mailbox Books at still another blog. Check out what I got!
ON THE BLOGS:
Serendipitous Mondays: Musing About Reading Habits
Tuesday Potpourri: Intros/Teasers: Flora
Sweet Anticipation: Waiting for “Accidents Happen”
So Many Choices, So Little Time: Choosing
Taking a Risk on a Friday: Coming Clean
Saturday Snapshot: New Beginnings & Family Connections
Sweet Saturday Sample: A Respite by the Bay
Sunday Potpourri: Early Morning Breezes & Good Books
Reading-Click Titles for Reviews:
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
Kind of Cruel, by Sophie Hannah
The Lost Husband (e-book), by Katherine Center
All the Available Light, edited by Yona McDonough
All the Days of My Life (so far), by Alison Sweeney
What’s Up Next? (Click Titles/Covers for More Info)
Flora, by Gail Godwin
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen’s decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II.At three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died.A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories.Flora, her late mother’s twenty-two-year old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen.Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
This darkly beautiful novel about a child and a caretaker in isolation evokes shades of The Turn of the Screw and also harks back to Godwin’s memorable novel of growing up, The Finishing School. With its house on top of a mountain and a child who may be a bomb that will one day go off, Flora tells a story of love, regret, and the things we can’t undo.It will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
Coming Clean, by Kimberly Rae Miller
Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house hid teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room — the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding.
In this dazzling memoir, Kim brings to life her experience of growing up in a rat-infested home, hiding her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and of the emotional burden that ultimately led to her suicide attempt. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds.
Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where you come from and understanding the relationships that define you. It is also a powerful story of recovery and redemption.
44 Charles Street, by Danielle Steel (Mt. TBR Challenge)
A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel’s luminous new novel: Strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan’s West Village.
The plumbing leaked; the furniture was rescued from garage sales. And every inch was being restored to its original splendor—even as a relationship fell apart. Owner of a struggling art gallery and newly separated from her boyfriend, Francesca Thayer does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders, and soon her Greenwich Village house becomes a whole new world. First comes Eileen, a pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling for custody of his seven-year-old son. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to heal after the death of her husband. Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it’s a place those who visit will never want to leave.
No Child of Mine (e-book), by Susan Lewis
What if you knew a child was in danger – and no one believed you?
Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm.
When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in the little girl’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.
In the end, Alex makes a decision that has consequences that no one, least of all Alex, could have foreseen.
That’s a glimpse of last week and next. I hope you will come by and share your blogging/reading adventures.