Books & fairytales - may 16

Welcome to my Bookish World!  Just back from vacation last week, I’ve been organizing my reading lists and planning ahead for new review books.

My NetGalley list was pretty short, with only four books on it, spread out between 8/23 through 10/11.  So…should I peek at the Reviewer’s Dashboard?  Find something more to add?  I don’t have any outstanding Vine reviews to read…so I’m good.  Right?

Well…imagine my surprise to find Faithful, by Alice Hoffman, to be released on 11/1…available to read now!  So perfectly lined up after my October reads.





From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.


I love everything by this author, but I like that this newest one has none of the “magical” elements of some of her work.  I am a big fan of ordinary characters finding themselves in the midst of extraordinary tragedies.   


Now….since my review list is relatively short, even with this addition (five books, spread out nicely), should I check the Amazon Vine list?  Or let well enough alone?

I should probably focus on reading more of the books I’ve bought recently.  Today I downloaded THREE books that were released today.  More about those later.


What are you reading and adding this week?  What are your policies for requesting review books?



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  1. I haven’t read Alice Hoffman – yet! My NetGalley has eight books in the queue that I haven’t read so my criteria is … I have to totally adore the author before I will request any more! I need to read my own books.

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    • That’s how I feel, too, Kathryn…I have to have read the author before…or heard such wonderful things about the book that I can’t resist. I’ve learned, especially with Vine books, that a book I end up loathing is not worth my time. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your books.

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    • I’m okay with my progress on my NetGalleys…at the moment. When I first started, I guess I didn’t expect to get everything I requested, and I was scrambling for a while. Thanks for visiting, Karen.


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