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After all the horrible devastation on the east coast this month, I’m feeling a little guilty about the gorgeous fall we’re having in the Northwest. The month started out rainy, but last week and all of this week we have nothing but sunshine and temps in the mid 60’s. Now if I could just get out of work at a decent time to enjoy it! This week I’m doing something brand new for me on the blog. I’m running a Readers’ Preferences Survey starting on Wednesday. Please stop by and share your opinions on 9 questions all about what we like and don’t like when it comes to writing and storytelling. I’ll compile your thoughts and share them in a future post.
Last Week’s Read
My October reading pace continues to be on the slow side with only one book finished for the second week in a row. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson might have suffered a little from how busy I’ve been. It took me nine days to finish this book which has little to do with the book. I liked this three generation dysfunctional family story, but wouldn’t say I was wowed by it. I’ll have a full review of A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl next week.
I’m in the middle of both The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain and A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler. I think The Dream Daughter could have been edited a little more tightly, but overall I’m really enjoying this story of a determined mother on a quest to save her daughter. I’m just at a point where something really BIG is about to happen and I’m looking forward to seeing how protagonist Carly reacts. After the first 10% of A Well-Behaved Woman I thought about quitting, but decided to give it a little more. Thank goodness I did because I’m thoroughly enjoying this story of Alva Vanderbilt and the social structure of the very wealthy in late nineteenth century NYC. Surprisingly, Fowler has me laughing out loud at some of Alva’s thoughts and schemes.
Likely to Read Next
I truly am looking forward to The Library Book by Susan Orleans, but may put it off a bit in favor of Family Trust by Kathy Wang. It all depends on my mood! If nonfiction is sounding good, I’ll read The Library Book and learn more about the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. If I feel more in the need of fun, I’ll turn to Wang’s story of a Silicon Valley family facing the terminal illness of their father/husband, a man who may…or may not be very, very rich.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Sarah's Book Shelves says
I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on Family Trust…I have it on my list, but didn’t request the galley. Will let you vet it for me!
It’s another 400 page book!
JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing says
I think it’s good to keep your options open until the very last minute. That way you can still indulge your mood while getting through books you need to read. BothFamily Trust and The Library Book have caught me eye. As always, I’ll look forward to your thoughts on both.
Thanks, JoAnn. I think a lot of us are mood readers. It’s good to keep our options open.
Looking forward to your thoughts on Family Trust! Have a nice week.
Thanks, RK. You too!
Beth F says
I am definitely planning on getting to the Vanderbilt book — but won’t be for a while because I’m busy with work. I’m really interested in the Library Book, and hope to get to it soon.
A Well-Behaved Woman now has me wanting to read The Last Castle. Did you read or listen to that?
Kathy Martin says
A Well-Behaved Woman does sound good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Laurel-Rain Snow says
I have pre-ordered A Well-Behaved Woman, and since I love the author, I’m going to go into it expecting to enjoy it, but I’ll be reserved in my enthusiasm until I am immersed in it. Will that work? LOL
I loved The Dream Daughter…in fact, it was my favorite September read.
I’m eyeing Family Trust.
Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
I’m really enjoying Dream Daughter, but one part (Hunter’s forgetting or something truly unforgettable) has really bothered me.
I’m curious about the Family Trust but didn’t request it, I’ll wait for your thoughts. I hope you end up enjoying The Dream Daughter, there were a few pretty suspenseful parts I thought. Have a good week Susie!
When I finish Dream Daughter I want to talk to you about it, and especially about one thing that has really bothered me.
The Dream Daughter is on my wishlist. My weekly updates
I’m really looking forward to A Well-Behaved Woman, and after hearing Diane Chamberlain speak over the weekend, I want to read The Dream Daughter even more!
How fun to hear Diane Chamberlain speak. I have lots of questions for her about this one and where she got all her ideas for it. It’s very creative.
I have ARCs of Family Trust and The Library Book and can’t decide which to try first 🙂 I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them
Here’s my update: https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-october-15-2018/
Maybe you’ll get to them before me. Then I can check out your thoughts on them! 😉
Aj @ Read All The Things! says
Enjoy your nice weather! It’s already snowing here. Have a great week.
Oh, no! Snow already. Where are you at, AJ?
I really want to read The dream daughter, so I hope you enjoy it! I think I’ll pass on Cloud, I want something that amazes me haha
I really hope The Library Book is good — even though it’s nonfiction. I prefer fiction but so many are talking about The Library Book — that I have to check it out. I don’t think I recall this fire at the L.A. library from 1986.