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Top Summer Reads, New and Old

I have been waiting and waiting for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic by Broke and the Bookish, top summer reads! There are so many new books I’m dying to get my hands on, and a few from last summer I missed out on. Either way, there are so many great summer reads!

To me, a summer read is something more compelling than your average novel, more thrilling, more romantic – every sense heightened. There’s just something about summer that calls for nothing short of an amazing story with bigger than life characters and a mysterious romance, basically a guilty pleasure on steroids – it’s what makes them so great for that summer road trip or just sitting by the pool, you can read them in a few sittings, and then you’re on to the next one!

The New:

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

An epic love triangle set in World War II. I’m hoping this is one of the options for BOTMC!!

With Malice by Eileen Cook

A teenage girl wakes to find herself in the hospital and no memory of the last six weeks or the tragic accident that killed her best friend. The perfect thriller for the summer!

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s prospects are seemingly slim, so when her father’s young lab partner is about to be deported he, of course, assumes she’ll be perfectly eager to marry him.

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Reminiscent of Peter Pan, this is the perfect fairy tale for the summer! Wylie and her brothers are magically whisked away to a tropical island and embrace the beauties of perpetual childhood, but there’s more to the mysterious island than meets the eye.

At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

Clare and Luc meet in the idyllic French countryside, but with her grandfather opposing the match and World War I looming, she’s whisked away across the globe. Years later, the two will reunite when least expected, but will it be too late to rekindle their love?

The Old:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

There’s just something about summer that makes long lost loves and reconnections even more beautiful. First meeting on the glittering Italian coastline, they’ll reunite decades later as the love-struck Italian inn keeper desperately searches for his long lost love.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Yes, Modern Lovers is going to be one of the IT books this summer, but I still need to catch up on Straub’s last hit, The Vacationers! On a two-week trip to Mallorca, the entire family has gathered to celebrate Franny and Jim’s thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, but tensions will rise and secrets will be exposed.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Madeliene, Celeste, and Jane have little in common, but they each have a secret to hide and a past to erase. Each at a crossroads in life, they’ll join together to take on their ex-husbands and all the scandal that follows.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli has the perfect life: prestigious prep school, check; perfect wardrobe, check; perfect fiancé, check…but it’s all a sham. She’s worked so hard to build a beautiful life, to move on, but one little secret from her past threatens to destroy everything.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Summer and secrets…what more could you want from a summer read? Georgia is living the life she’s always dreamed growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, but just days before her wedding, she’ll discover a secret side to her fiancé that will changer her life forever. Running home, she’ll find he’s not the only one with a secret to hide!

What will you be reading this summer? What are your favorite beach reads of the past?

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Weekly Reads: Week 21

This weekend has been a wonderful, and much needed, break. Even with all the rain, we’ve found time to enjoy the outdoors and spend a little extra time with friends and family. My parents are currently out on the road, RVenturing across the country, but they were lucky enough to welcome an unexpected guest in Colorado!

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I think he should be the new camp mascot, just remember to hide the bird seed! 🙂

This weekend is just what I needed to beat my reading slump – I’ve just been too busy and too tired at the end of the day to read. I know I’ve said this before, but thank goodness for audiobooks! I’ve been choosing shorter books that are simpler to finish during a work day or two, and I really lucked out this week with available titles on Overdrive.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Eastman is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, covered in golden retrievers and reading books, she lives the life of luxury. But she longs to return to the island, and to her friends, the liars. She tries her best to recount the last summer she spent with the liars, hoping to finally remember her accident, or at least uncover why her family finds it so necessary to hide it from her. Behind the secrecy, behind the liars, she’ll discover a truth more a haunting than anything she could have imagined.

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”

We Were Liars was THE summer read a couple years back, but I totally missed it. It just didn’t hit my radar a the time, and I’m kind of glad for it. While I enjoyed the novel, I was left wanting more from the story and from the characters. Of course, there’s a huge reveal at the end, a plot twist you may or may not see coming (I, surprisingly didn’t). While some answers are given, I was still left wanting more of an explanation, or at least more resolve between Cadence and her family – a group of characters given little motivation or growth during the course of the novel. As for the liars, why are they called the liars? It’s really explained, and they’re just presented as the liars from the very beginning, but perhaps that is part of the overall mystery. My biggest peeve with the novel is with Gat. His troubled relationship with Cadence, his moodiness, his role in the family…it all plays into his being a “Heathcliff” but to what end? There’s no need for this in the story. Overall, the story is an emotional journey of a confused teen who misses her friends, an entertaining and heartfelt story – an excellent summer read, in my opinion.

Rating: 3 Stars

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

When we first meet A.J. Fikry, he is a mess. Having lost his wife to a tragic car accident, he subsists on frozen meals and cheap booze while by day he maintains a failing bookshop, pushing anyone and everyone away, until one day, he discovers his most prized possession, a rare collection of poems by Edgar Allen Poe, has been stolen. He had been treasuring the idea of one day selling the collection, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and leaving his small island once and for all, but with that dream now gone, he must once again join the living and make his little shop profitable once again. Then, one day, a mysterious package is found hidden in the back corner of the store. No one expects the curmudgeonly bookseller to care for the abandoned child, let alone adopt her, but that’s just what he does, and by doing so, discovering a new spark for life he never imagined he’d find, putting new meaning to the sign hanging over his doors, “No man is an island; every book is a world.”

“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?

“We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on”

There is much, much more to this story, but I’d rather not give too much away. I absolutley loved this novel, and wish I could read it over again and again, but as the first time every time. It had me tearing up and then laughing, then crying, then crying tears of joy…it is an emotional roller coaster to say the least. I instantly fell in love with Fikry – while crabby and a pessimist at the novel’s start, you can’t help but feel for his loss, over and over again. Each character feels like family, and apart of your soul, and each page a new lesson, a remembrance for loved ones who’ve helped us each step along the way in our own lives. A beautiful and touching novel for all readers.

Rating: 5 Stars

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A Blessing On the Moon by Joseph Skibell

In A Blessing On the Moon, Chaim Skibelski is sent on a journey in the afterlife. He awakes, as if from a dream, to find himself covered in bodies, having been shot by the Nazis and thrown into a mass grave. Terror stricken and running for his life, he discovers he, too, has suffered tremendous wounds and is bleeding out. He is dead, now caught between the world of the living and the world to come, in a never-ending state of limbo. He walks the countryside, seeking for his fellow men and stumbles upon his rabbi, now in the shape of a crow, but he takes flight too soon, before Chaim can seek any of his answers. Why is he still here? Where is his family? Where is the moon?

“…when you killed me, you took everything. My home, my wife, my children. Must you have my forgiveness as well.”

The novel is an entirely new perspective to World War II. While Chaim explores the countryside, the war is always hanging over, an omnipresent dark cloud in every image described. Each character encountered along his journey stand for an entire group of sufferers, each with a unique ailment and purpose, from the dying peasant girl, to the German soldier, to his Jewish family, mysteriously disappearing after their appointed “steam”, each presents a piece of the Holocaust with an allegorical message of endurance and forgiveness. His journey is a poignant and heartfelt story unlike any I’ve ever read, igniting an intense emotional connection to the characters and the tragedies that follow.

Rating: 5 Stars

What have you been reading lately?

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Links to Love

This month has really flown by! After work, reading, and writing reviews I barely had any time left over to catch up around the web or even the blogs I follow, but I still managed to find a few links I’d like to share.

I hope y’all have a wonderful holiday weekend! Happy reading! 🙂

New BBC Costume Drama!

Over the last few months, my love for the Bronte’s has reemerged, from finally finishing Wuthering Heights to reading Jane Steele and The Madwoman Upstairs – I can’t help but love EVERYTHING Bronte. And now, there’s going to be a new BBC costume drama all about them!! To Walk Invisible is a two-hour drama exploring the sisters’ relationship with each other as well as their tumultuous relationship with their brother, Branwell. It looks beautifully done, from the cast to the dresses – I can’t wait!

A Spring to Summer Cocktail

The end of may can be a little more spring-like or a little more summery depending on the shift of the weather, but the Takin’ a Break Rose Cocktail by Imbibe is the perfect between spring and summer refresher. I absolutely love all things grapefruit, and this cocktail does not disappoint on that front – they give an amazingly simply recipe for a delicious grapefruit-cinnamon syrup. Yum!

Summer Reading List

You guys, Modern Mrs. Darcy has finally shared her Summer Reading Guide! It’s the most comprehensive summer reading list I’ve seen, and I’m so excited to read some of her picks. She guide is separated into 6 categories listing 5 books each, from thrillers to romantic beach reads, she’s got you covered. I’ll be posting a summer reading list next week, be sure to check it out!

Hummingbird Cake

This week  made my roommate a delicious Hummingbird Cake for her birthday, a recipe I found from Ezra Pound Cake. It’s so easy, and really takes no time at all to put together. For pecan and banana bread lovers, this is not a recipe to miss!

Enchiladas Suizas

I made this recipe for Enchiladas Suizas for Cinco de Mayo, and it was AMAZING! I perhaps made them a little too spicy, but I’ll definitely be making them again. The recipe is by Kitchen Nostalgia, and they even include a recipe for homemade enchilada sauce (gotta admit, that was the selling point).

Beauty and the Beast!

I can’t not talk about the new trailer release for Beauty and the Beast! First with the music, and the candle sticks, to the mysterious all most glimpse of the Beast – it looks absolutely gorgeous! Though, I’m not completely sold on Emma Watson as Belle with that kind of week “hello” ( I know, but I can’t help but feel the way I feel), Ewen McGregor is playing Lumiere and Luke Evans as Gaston! It should be amazing! …only a year to go.

What were your favorite finds in May?

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Home Away From Home: Office Essentials For a Cozy Workday

This month my entire office has shifted, everyone changing offices and file rooms and phone numbers – it’s been hectic to say the least. But, I finally got my own office! I’m still trying to find the time to unpack all our files and reorganize everything, but now I finally have the space to stretch it all out. To make my office a little more inviting and a little more comfortable, I’ve realized there are a few essentials I would need to bring with me:

  • Air Freshener

    I found a great Potpourri mix at Ikea recently, and it adds a bit of color as it freshens the room. I’ve gotten so many compliments! And it was so easy to put together!

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  • Sticky Notes – Notebook

    You can’t go wrong with a few more sticky notes or a new notebook. The day I run out of notes is the day I’ll get nothing done – I couldn’t do my job without them!

  • Personal Calendar

    Right now, I have a freebie calendar from Half Priced Books hanging in my office – it may have been a freebie, but it is awesome! Every month highlights a different city and books that explore that city and it’s culture. It’s the perfect touch to make it feel more homey.

  • Blanket and Pillow

    My office is absolutely FREEZING, all day, everyday. I found a simple grey blanket and cute pillow to match at Ikea. It’s all about comfort, and that means staying warm and back support for those long days in front of the screen.

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  • Headphones

    My days would be sooo long if I couldn’t listen to my headphones. From audiobooks, to podcasts, to Spotify…my playlists are full and ready for my workdays. I have a pair of Bluedio HT Turbine wireless headphones, and they are AMAZING! They connect via Bluetooth so I can get up and walk to the printer or file room without missing a word.

  • Dusting Cloths

  • Phone Charger

  • Snacks and Selection of Teas

    I’m trying to replace my afternoon coffee with a cup of tea. Right now, I’m loving my groceries version of a Pomegranate Green Tea. Yum!

    I also picked up a simple, $2 mug from Target for the office. It adds a pop of color and it’s less wasteful.

  • Personal Products

    I’m always fully stocked with lotions, my Eos lip chap, hand sanitizer, feminine products, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, hairspray (for unexpected static cling), bobby pins, and a sewing kit (you never know when you’ll lose a button or need a safety pin). That way I’m prepared for whatever the emergency might be – or for that after work dental exam.

How do you stay sane during the work day? Any tips?

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Books I Feel Differently About Now

This week on Broke and the Bookish, the topic is a little more heart felt, books we feel differently about now versus our first reading. This topic was just the challenge I’ve been waiting for, but not for it’s difficulty, but because it forced me to really think about my reading choices and how I feel about certain books that are or have been my favorites, books I’ve read time and time again.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I finished my rereading of this classic American novel last week in prep for her latest installment, Go Set a Watchman. I absolutely hated this book when I was forced to read it in high school – I felt no connection to Scout and I thought all that work with no result was appalling. How could they let that happen to an innocent man?

But now, I understand. Her words are poignant, and I appreciate her lack of adult sentiment while recounting something so tragic that happened during her childhood, which would be so easy for her to do. But instead, Scout reports the incident as it happened, as she experienced it as a child – making the end all the more touching. What happens to Tom Robinson is tragic, but Atticus gave his best effort to defend him, hoping to save his life. Even though he failed in this aspect, it proves that doing something to make life a little better or a little more fair, even without effect, is worth doing. It’s the right thing to do. Not just for a clear conscious, but because we all deserve a helping hand in tough times.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I have always loved Jane Eyre – she’s spirited, forceful, strong willed, independent, while also a bit fragile, reserved, and plain. While the latter might be considered by some an insult, it is not. She is not a beauty or a delicate rose, she is Jane, take it or leave it. She’s not there to play a part, not to become a beloved house-wife to lessen your wearies, she’s living her life as she intends it, as best she can. She’s not there to conform to your rules or your version of her, she is there to be loved, to be accepted as she it, not to be changed.

“I am not an angel…and I will not be one till I die. I will be myself.”

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

Though this message has not changed since my first reading of the novel, it’s value has certainly increased. She is a visionary and a true role model, one I’ve looked to time and time again for inspiration over the years.

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

This novel will always be dear to my heart, and simply, that is the change it has taken. Upon my first reading, I was absolutely fascinated by the scientific discoveries it revealed and the wonders they found along their journey. It opened my eyes to the splendor of science, itself.

“Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make because they lead little by little to the truth.”

These days, my love for the novel is more sentimental, for when I think of the adventure and their un-quenching thirst for discovery, I always think of my Dad. A brilliant scientist himself, he’s one the smartest people I know and never satisfied till the what, why, and how is solved. I remember in high school when I chose to do a report on the novel and his eyes lit up, so proud to share his love for one of Verne’s greatest works.

**Bonus**

Be sure to check out Rick Wakeman’s rock opera, also titled Journey to the Center of the Earth. No movie has brought the novel to life quite the same way – it’s an absolute treasure. (and available via YouTube)

The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I recently reread the second book of my beloved childhood series, and fell in love all over again. What a wonderful story for any age! As a child, I couldn’t appreciate the length they went to make a better life for themselves. All their hard-work, all their efforts and hardships – all to start again, to build something for their children. I admire their courage and their strength, for without Pa’s self assurance and Ma’s faith they would not have been so successful in their endeavors.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 I first read Jane Austen in middle school, and again in high school, and then in college… I’ve read and reread her novels many times and I’ve most certainly watched each and every film adaptation – how could I not! But, I’m sad to say, this novel in particular has lost its original spark for me in the past few years. I once looked to Lizzie as an admirable female lead, but I can’t help but question her esteem (call me cynical but I’m just not sure about her these days). She’s most certainly been pegged as a woman of intellect among her sisters and neighbors, but she admits, herself, that she and her sisters had no formal training in any particular subject and she reads primarily what’s considered “women’s fiction”, not that that’s a bad thing. But looking on her now, I just want more from her character. She strikes me as ungrateful and not at all appreciative of her mother’s help – when all she’s trying to do is ensure her daughters will have a roof over their heads and food in their bellies the rest of their lives. I still love Pride and Prejudice, it’s charming providential splendor and teasing romance, but I’m definitely more critical now that I’m older.

 What books do you feel differently about now? How have they changed for you? 

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Weekly Reads: Week 20

This week sure went by fast! If I blink anymore, I might just miss the entire summer. Although with Memorial Day quickly approaching, I’m sure we’ll all get the break we’ve been waiting for. 🙂

 And some Vivacious Reads blog news, I have a few things planned for the coming weeks that I’m pretty excited for. I haven’t published too many non-bookish posts, and I hope to change that very soon!

If you’re a fan of the blog, please visit our Facebook page and join us on Twitter. If you’d like to see what else I’ve been reading or compare notes, I’d love to link up on GoodReads.

Happy Reading 🙂

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The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

 Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the beloved Bronte sisters. While joining the ranks of many esteemed intellectuals at Oxford University, she reluctantly accepts her inheritance. Better known as the Secret Bronte Estate, in reality she’s left a familiar bookmark, a long lost relic of her childhood. Never could she imagine the great lengths her father would reach in order to ensure the safety of their long-lost heirlooms, sending her on a fantastic literary journey, a treasure hunt for a true literary junky. She’ll uncover long held family secrets as she delves into the Bronte legacy as well as her father’s own notorious past. With each coming clue, will she be able to uncover their hidden meanings before it’s too late?

“To tell a good story, you need courage. Courage to fully become someone else, even if — and especially if — that person was a more vulnerable version of yourself.”

“I realized that my life of late had consisted of far too much dialogue and not enough exposition. I imagined an angry, bespectacled English teacher slashing his pen through the transcript of my life, wondering how someone could possibly say so much and think so little.”

 Sarcastic and quick witted, Samantha Whipple will keep you on your toes, laughing to the very end. The novel is a complete treasure for all Bronte and literary fans alike as Lowell delves into the world of metafiction, beautifully written and perfectly structured, Samantha’s story will have you questioning all your favorite classics and looking for the hidden meanings of every work you read from hereon out. I’m not sure the accuracy of the assumptions made of the relationship between the Bronte sisters, but the arguments made by the characters are striking, and at the very least, get the reader paying closer attention to the fine details of the Bronte works, from the famous spirits of Wuthering Heights to the seemingly innocent paintings of Jane Eyre and Helen from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. If that’s not appealing, the novel is chalk full of teasing tirades between Samantha and her ruggedly handsome tutor – daringly reminiscent of Mr. Rochester.

**Bonus**

Not sure if intentional or no, but the scene in which Samantha spends staring at the mysterious painting of The Governess in her dorm just screamed The Yellow Wallpaper to me. “She seemed to be screaming out to me, louder and louder.” Perhaps all the literary references in the novel has heightened my senses, but I couldn’t help but note the similarity of the resulting madness.

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The mystery begins as Tanya Dubois packs her bags and abandons her home following the suspicious death of her husband, found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Though she claims her innocence to the reader, she sheds her name and cashes in her credit cards in exchange for a new identity, but as readers will find out, this is not her first alias. At the height of her desperation she meets Blue, a curious bartender with a troubled past of her own, and reluctantly swaps names, now becoming Amelia. On the run from the law and on a hit list, Tanya -now Amelia-now Debra has moved town to town for far too long. Running out of options, she’ll have to turn to old friends to prove her innocence and reclaim freedom, testing her courage and ingenuity ’til the last page.

“You can never see anything clearly when you’re running.”

The Passenger, akin to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, will leave you absolutely breathless – full of action and hopeless situations, Lutz will have you on the edge of your seat, dying to know the secrets behind Tanya’s past. Just when I though I had the mystery solved, she threw another curve my way, and Tanya was on the run again, and always in the nick of time! She’s an amazing character – strong, self assure, independent, but fragile. She’s been through a lot in her short life and carries a pretty big chip on her shoulder, she’s wary of trusting strangers, and yet can’t help but let her guard down  – her entire personality is a contradiction, which is what makes her so relatable. We always tell ourselves what we should do, but even with our best efforts, we can’t help but believe the best in people, that life is going to get better. Blue, on the other hand, is larger than life. Even upon finishing, she remains somewhat of a mystery, but there is no doubt that Blue and Tanya are our new friendship goal. Together, they’re unstoppable, and while one may be calling the shots unbeknownst to the other, their trust in each other is inspiring.

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Newlywed Grace Monroe has grown tired of her wifely and social duties, one event to the next, bound by rules and expectations, she wishes for more when unexpectedly, she receives a significant inheritance from a total stranger, and even more to her surprise, a woman, Madame Eva d’Orsey. She embarks on a journey to Paris to discover the woman behind the mystery, finding a charming and independent woman, and most shockingly, a muse to the premier perfumery in the city. From the glittering twenties in New York to Monte Carlo to Paris to London, Grace will uncover a remarkable story of an extraordinary woman, and will even come to understand herself in ways she never expected. For to truly know yourself is to know your past and by her journey’s end, Grace will have to choose between a life of convention or a life of her own choosing.

“To me, chance isn’t random. The universe is bound by unseen threads. We have only to untangle them a little to see the pattern unfold.”

“Perfume should tell a story – the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming . . .”

Tessaro is a wonderful writer, from the rigor of life in the city to the glimmering luxuries of Monte Carlo her story will have you mesmerized page after page. From the novel’s start, Grace is painted as a simple woman, lusting for a better, more thrilling life than the drab realities of her troubled marriage. For many readers, her character is a familiar one, all the more relatable for her basic desires and a stark contrast to the complexities of her mysterious benefactor. Eva’s story is revealed slowly and then all at once, making her true identity all the more compelling once finally related to the impressionable Grace. Although her final decisions in the novel would seem obvious, I very much appreciated Tessaro’s reluctance to conclude her journey too soon, strengthening her character to the end, and ultimately making the choice her own rather than fate.

Rating: 4 Stars

What have you been reading lately?

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Filling the Shelves: May Book Haul!

May isn’t even over yet, and I’ve already collected too many books – between library checkouts and clearance sales, I’m running out of room to keep them all! For a while now, I’ve been using the space between the wall and my bedside table as a interim bookshelf area, but it’s already filled (not like it’s that big of a space to begin with). So, to cope with the crazy amount of books I’ve collected over the month, the wine rack has become the over-flow book shelf:

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Usually the top of the wine rack is reserved for our barware, but I kind of like the way it turned out. We’ll be moving in a few months and I’ll finally have enough space to put in a few more bookshelves! Hopefully we’ll have room to add two bookcases – one for books and one for my rocks. They’ve been packed away in the closet for too long!

From the Library:

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The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

At only 180 pages, I couldn’t resist grabbing this from the new shelf!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Lookout for my review on Monday! For Bronte fans, this is a must-read!

Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg

I started reading Clegg’s debut last night, and already feeling overwhelmed by the sense of loss and tragedy. A beautiful story, and wonderfully written.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I just finished rereading To Kill a Mockingbird, and after a couple days break, I’ll be starting on Go Set a Watchman! I’m interested to see the differences in the characters and how they’ve grown.

Free Men by Katy Simpson Smith

 

Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland

I’ve read a bit of this, and I’m not really sure if I’ll finish or not. It’s a little too “Down with Men” for my tastes, and I was hoping for a little more science. I presumed it would discuss more of the biology behind mood swings and hormone levels in us women folk but instead, I’m getting a feminist rant. Definitely wasn’t expecting the soap box on this one.

From the Bookstore:

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

Another to add to my growing list of WWII reads for the year. I can’t get enough of this genre!

Evening y Susan Minot

I’ve seen the film starring Claire Danes, now it’s time to read the novel! There were a few confusing loose ends at the end of the film and I’m hoping the novel will fill them for me.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Of course, Barbara Kingsolver. I can’t help but grab her novels the second I see them in clearance. She’s a fantastic reader.

The Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins

The Likeness by Tana French

Pretty sure I bought this thinking it was the first book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. It’s really the second, so close enough!

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I first read this novel last spring, and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while – that, and the beautiful cover art, I had to get a copy for myself! Plus, I lucked out in getting a library binding!

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Book of the Month Club:

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I finally received my copy of Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld! For more spring reads, check out my Spring Reading List!

What books did you get in May? What book are you most excited to read?