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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well I know! It’s December, so hard to believe. My reading is still slow but still getting a little done. At present I am watching cricket on TV and writing this post. Other things are getting in the road of reading!

Hope you have all recovered from your Thanksgiving celebrations and had safe travel if you had to take transport.

What I read last week:

Only book I read this week, and it was very good. Because it was a rather noir mystery/suspense I decided to leave Celine by Peter Heller to a little later.
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What I am reading now:

So I chose this lovely Christmas book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks waiting for the right time.

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And no advance with my audiobook, I sure need to pick it up again and get going with it!

Up next:

I intend making a choice from one of these according to my mood at the time….

I’ll pick after finishing my present read.

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Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This June.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I know for most of you – the start of summer. For me the start of winter and just as exciting. We were hit with a cold blast throughout the country which I found quite delicious for the winter fire cosy aspect, and not quite so delicious because of the walk in a biting cold southerly wind – not such fun.

So now I am ready to see what June brings, here we have a long weekend as its Queen’s Birthday weekend, I’ve already celebrated with a bit of book buying with a 20% discount at the local shop and bought a set of books for a niece. Listening to a podcast this morning I discovered Sally Rippin is Australian and the illustrator of the books is Japanese living in New Zealand. Perfect for my niece with an Australian dad and a New Zealand mother. How did I just do that unknowingly! Hope she likes them, Billie B Brown is toted as a feisty heroine. Audrey is 6 1/2 yrs so I am hoping this set will be great winter read alone books for her. They are for emerging readers.

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What I read last week:

The Bookshop is a sad but beautifully written book, and really well narrated. Maybe I’ll watch the movie as its in our local library. Ayesha at Last and Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors  as it turned out had a Pride and Prejudice flavour to them and I very much liked them both.

What I am reading now:

I am just over a third through A Family of Strangers and enjoying it, it has a similar idea to it as the Jill Shalvis book I read recently The Lemon Sisters, where a sister takes over caring for the children of another sister. However this feels far more realistic and well… a little sinister.

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I am listening to one of my Audible sale books

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Up next:

A review book and one from the pile of requested books from the library!

 

Last Week’s Posts

The Lemon Sisters   Jill Shalvis

Looking back at May Reading.

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Review

The Almost Sisters. Joshilyn Jackson

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Published: William Morrow
Date: 11th July 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Ficton
Source: Publisher
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Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy–an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding.

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The Almost Sisters  by Joshilyn Jackson was an amazing read. So many layers to it, with a variety of characters that embody so much of southern USA still today.

Leia is a graphic artist and novelist, she is talented and made her way in this world really well. She has created her own work in a graphic novel about Violence and Violet. It has been a huge success but now she is not sure where to turn. She is meant to be writing a prequel showing the origin of Violence but she can’t quite get there, nor can she proceed with a further story because she so violently finished off the novel. Who are Violet and Violence and how do they link to each other and Leia was one of the mysteries in this book.   It was one of the questions that held my interest all the way through.                                    

Leia has a sister Rachel, well they are step sisters – almost sisters, Leia’s Dad died early and her mother remarried, however small Rachel was adamant Leia was not going to call Rachel’s  father – daddy.  The theme of fatherhood and its importance runs through the book, echoed in a number of places. In one place we have Lavender, Rachel’s daughter who is lost to her father at present as her mother has thrown him out of the house.  Lavender needs her dad.

And of course we have Leia pregnant with new life, but no daddy. And that’s upsetting especially for Lavender who is determined to do something about it.  That’s not the only place fatherhood is examined, but no more, because to mention it would be to spoil it for readers.

As well we have two wily old women, Birchie – Leia’s grandmother and Birchie’s best friend Wattie. They tell a story of the south and how white and black people integrate or not, its a story of great sadness and also of hope. Theirs is a tough story but a brave one and is a very important part of the book.  Leia walks right into a mystery that is about to blow right up.

I was drawn right from the beginning with this book and found it an absorbing read, while heartbreaking at times, the  bond of love and loyalty wins through.  It is confronting and highlights the issue of racism that will no doubt leave a mark on any open and compassionate heart.

Summer Selection.