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5 Books – Bookclubs, Libraries, Bookshops

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I am a sucker for a book that has a bookish word in the title. Generally I am not disappointed either.  These five were 2019 reads, although a couple of them have been around quite awhile.

book coverThe Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. Martha the main character works at the library, used to write stories with her Grandma and there is a bookshop owner and bookshop as well. I enjoyed this story, liked Martha as a character, her quirkiness and the way she changed.  My review.

 

 

book coverA Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski is set in  Australia. It is about four women who belong to an online book club. They are invited by one member to join her for a few weeks in the Blue Mountains. They have never met in person before, each one is either retired or about to retire.  They each have to bring a book that is going to reveal to the others something about themselves. They take a week to read and then discuss each one. The books mentioned are real books, and bring out information about each character. They have very thoughtful discussions. My first read of this author and I will certainly look for more by her.

book coverFive women meet each month to discuss a book. Their friendship is important to them, even if some are tinged with tension. Each women faces a challenge as the story unfolds and each responds in a way unique to her. And through all the trials friendship carries the day. Each chapter begins with a quote from a book that is rather relevant to what happens in the chapter. I cheered them on, recognised and understood the crises  and rather admired their steps forward in their lives.

 

book cover I thought this might be another happy book about a bookshop, however I was warned in the forward by someone other than the author that this was a sad book, and so it is. It was an excellent listen on audio, I don’t think I’d enjoy just reading it. Set in a small village in England it is a tale of taking a risk, being a little naive about what might be a success and how to run a small business. Florence Green has a kind heart, but that cannot be said for another woman in the village who ruthlessly sets about being Florence’s and the bookshop’s downfall.

Book coverOMG I loved this book, I just was so annoyed when it ended, the best kind of annoyed though. I have read this every spare minute I had, I love this kind of book magic that draws me into a story. It often surprised a laugh out of me. It often had me worrying over the outcome for characters. There are some serious issues that are explored.

Zoe brings her own brand of book beliefs to the blue van while Nina is busy holed up in a hospital bed. (Remember Nina from The Bookshop on the Corner). Zoe brings her own brand of being a nanny to three “lost” children and she is a wonderful mother to her own.

Set in Scotland – in a big house like a castle. At some point I hope I’ll hear this on audio because I am sure it would be wonderful with the right narrator.

LOVED IT.

Reading challenge

Library Love – How am I Doing?

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Linking up to Angela’s Guilty Pleasures mid year check in.

 

In 2018 I used the library really well thanks to this challenge and went beyond my goal of 24. This year I am aiming for 36. At this point in time I am a little behind in my goal but made good ground in June.

I like reserving books as soon as I hear about them and often they haven’t been published yet but the library has them on order. Only trouble is sometimes they come in too much at once!

Books Read

  1. Becoming Mrs Lewis  Patti Callahan  Historical Fiction.   5 stars.
  2. Suitcase of Dreams  Tania Blanchard  Historical Fiction 4 stars.
  3. Marilla of Green Gables  Historical Fiction  4 stars
  4. The Red Address Book. Multi Time line Fiction. 4 stars
  5. Strawberry Hill  Catherine Anderson  3 stars
  6. Meet Me at the Museum   Anne Youngson 4 stars
  7. The Cottage at Rosella Cove   Sandi Docker   3 stars
  8. The Natural Home Wendyl Nissen  4.5 stars
  9. From Night Owl to Dogfish   Holly Sloan/Meg Wolitzer 4 stars
  10. Ayesha at Last  Uzma Jalaluddin  4 stars
  11. The Accidental Beauty Queen  Teri Wilson  3.5 stars
  12. When We Left Cuba Chanel Cleeton 4 stars
  13. I’m Fine and Neither Are You  Camille Pagán. 4 stars
  14. Inheritance: A memoir of genealogy, paternity and love.  Dani Shapiro 4 stars
  15. The Secret of Clouds   Alyson Richman   4 stars
  16. The Gift of Friends.   Emma Hannigan.  5 stars

So far my favourite books from the library have been two five star reads. Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan and The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan.

And….

some of the books planned for the second half of the year!

Books to be read

I don’t use the library for ebooks because it doesn’t support the Kindle format. And there audiobook online choice is poor… and I’ve told them so!

Reading challenge

Library Challenge 2019

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I am going to do the library challenge again which is hosted at Angela’s Guilty Pleasures.

Follow the link to get all the information.

In 2018 I used the library really well thanks to this challenge and went beyond my goal of 24. I learned how to reserve books while the books were still on order at the library and so I read a number of them that were published in 2018 and saved myself from buying them! My only difficulty was sometimes having so many become available at one time.

My goal for 2019 is going to be Overdrive Junkie with 36 as the total I am aiming for.

Books Read

  1. Becoming Mrs Lewis  Patti Callahan  Historical Fiction.   5 stars.
  2. Suitcase of Dreams  Tania Blanchard  Historical Fiction 4 stars.
  3. Marilla of Green Gables  Historical Fiction  4 stars
  4. The Red Address Book. Multi Time line Fiction. 4 stars
  5. Strawberry Hill  Catherine Anderson  3 stars
  6. Meet Me at the Museum   Anne Youngson 4 stars
  7. The Cottage at Rosella Cove   Sandi Docker   3 stars
  8. The Natural Home Wendyl Nissen  5 stars
  9. From Night Owl to Dogfish  4 stars Holly Sloan/Meg Wolitzer
  10. Ayesha at Last  Uzma Jalaluddin  4 stars
  11. The Accidental Beauty Queen  Teri Wilson  3 stars
  12. When We Left Cuba Chanel Cleeton 4 stars
  13. I’m Fine and Neither Are You  Camille Pagán. 4 stars
  14. Inheritance: A memoir of genealogy, paternity and love.  Dani Shapiro 4 stars
  15. The Secret of Clouds   Alyson Richman   4 stars
  16. The Gift of Friends.   Emma Hannigan.  5 star

Second Half of Year

  1. Ask Again, Yes. Mary Beth Keane.   3 stars
  2. The Summer Guests.  Mary Alice Monroe. 4 stars
  3. The Islanders. Meg Mitchell More.  4 stars
  4. The Huntress. Kate Quinn 5 stars
  5. The Friends We Keep Jane Green 3 stars
  6. Death in Kew Gardens.  Jennifer Ashley. 4 stars
  7. Waiting for Tom Hanks  Kerry Winfrey 3 stars

 

Review

Looking Back at January Reading 2015

January


Total books read this month: 19

Audio Books Read
One Plus One                 Jojo Moyes         New to me author
The Rosie Effect             Graeme Simsion
Dark Witch                     Nora Roberts
Ten Tiny Breaths            K A Tucker       Review pending

Ebooks Read
Jilted                               Rachael Johns
First Frost                       Sarah Addison Allen
The Littlest Cowboy       Maggie Shayne                New to me author
Teardrop Lane                Emily March
Fatal Scandal                  Marie Force
The Marriage Charm      Linda Lael Miller
The Unexpected Consequences of Love    Jill Mansell  New to me author
The Nightingale             Kristin Hannah      Review pending

Paperbacks Read
Come What May            Sherryl Caulfield              First book read in 2015
I Saw Her Standing There     Marie Force
Bride Flight                    Marieke van der Pol        Translation     New to me author
Purity in Death                J.D. Robb
Beach Girls                     Luanne Rice
Sea of Love                     Susan Donovan
Crazy For You                 Jennifer Crusie             Review pending

Incoming Books.


Books Purchased
Silver Thaw   Catherine Anderson – paperback
Fatal Scandal      Marie Force – Kindle
House Broken Sonja Yoerg – Kindle
Hero Duty  Jenny Schwartz  – Kindle
Scarlett  Marissa Meyer – Kindle, it was on special!

Library Books: 
Purity in Death   J. D. Robb
Bride  Flight       Marieke van der Pol – also borrowed the DVD for the movie

Books from NetGalley
Intensive Care            Nicki Edwards
Snowy River Man     Lizzy Chandler
The Road to Hope     Rachael Johns
The Secrets of Midwives   Sally Hepworth
First Time in Forever         Sarah Morgan
Never Too Late         Robyn Carr

Accepted to review
Books of the Kindling #1-3 by Donna June Cooper

Books Thinking About Purchasing
Going off Script   Giuliana Rancic  (out in April)


Best books of the month

  • Beach Girls                     Luanne Rice
  • The Nightingale             Kristin Hannah

 Book Settings.