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Happy President’s Day! I hope many of you are enjoying an extra long weekend today and if you’re not, I hope you have a great Monday anyway. I’ve had a fabulous few days. My sister flew in on Thursday and we’ve had a lot of fun just visiting, shopping, going to movies, etc. It’s been really great having so much one-on-one time together. What I haven’t done much of in the last few days is read! I’ve been able to sneak in a few pages here and there, but this second half of the week was definitely slow. No worries though, I’ll have much more time this week.
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Last Week’s Reads
- The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner is the book that broke my winter reading doldrums! I finished this WWII story of a Polish mother and daughter trying to stay hidden in only two days. It was well written and just different enough from other WWII books to keep me flying through the pages. I’ll have a full review in a couple weeks.
- The writing team of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen has delivered compelling thriller in You Are Not Alone. I listened to this one and Barrie Kreinik and Dylan Moore did an outstanding job narrating. This book isn’t released until March 3rd, but I’m going to do an early review of it tomorrow, so stop back by for that.
- I really wasn’t sure about Writers & Lovers by Lily King before I began, but was quickly won over by both the author’s beautiful writing and the story itself. This one focuses on Casey, a young woman struggling with a mountain of debt while trying to finish her first novel, exploring relationships, and most of all grieving the recent loss of her mother. Because my last few days have been filled with other activities, I haven’t had much time for reading, but am looking forward to sitting down and devouring the second half of this book.
- The last month I’ve been semi-binge watching Mad Men, a series I had never watched. I’ve really enjoyed it both for the story itself and for the sort of history lesson it has provided, especially in what life was like for women in the workplace back in the 1960’s. Jumping forward a few decades, In the Land of Men is Adrienne Miller’s memoir of working at GQ magazine starting in the mid-90’s. Cassandra Campbell narrates this one which is why I decided to go with the audiobook. I’ve barely begun, so will have more thoughts on it next week.
Likely to Read Next
- It took a LONG time, but my Book of the Month box finally arrived on Thursday. By that time, I’d already begun Writers & Lovers, but The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré is definitely next in my TBR pile. I’m looking forward to this debut coming-of-age story about a Nigerian girl who fights for an education.
The Girl with The Louding Voice is my favorite book this year. Enjoy.
Yay! I’m reading it right now, so it’s good to know you liked it so much.
Kathryn Trask says
Your long weekend sounds wonderful and so nice to spend with your sister. The Yellow Bird sings does sound good and I must say I like the premise of Writers and Lovers.
I loved Writers and Lovers. It might be my favorite book so far this year.
Louding Voice definitely lived up to the hype! And Writers and Lovers isn’t my typical genre, but something about the premise is pulling me in. Glad you had a great week with your sister!
It’s so nice when books live up to the hype. I’m in the middle of Louding Voice right now and am enjoying it very much. LOVED Writers & Lovers so much!
Kathy Martin says
I’ve been seeing The Girl with the Louding Voice on lots of blogs. I hope you enjoy it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says
Thank you for your rave review of Yellow Bird Sings. Writers and Lovers also sounds interesting. I may look for these.
I’m glad your Book of the Month box finally arrived. I wonder what caused the delay.
I hope you have a lovely week.
Thanks Deb! I think you might enjoy both those books.
I liked Lila King’s last novel Euphoria …. so I’m glad to hear about this new one. Will like to hear if you will end up liking it. Also which movies did you see with your sister? Anything great?