Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekly Book Recap #72

Welcome summer!  A more relaxed time of year, with extra reading time and fun outdoor activities.  It's what I tell myself at this time every year, as I envision going here and there; doing this and that.  Then reality sets in and the summer flies by, and I discover I haven't done half the things I wanted to do.  Maybe this year will be different.  Oh well, hope springs eternal.

Anyway, just when I thought I had organized all my BEA goodies, I came across another tote bag of books.  I'll be sharing these in today's post, as well as the books I've downloaded and borrowed from the library over the past couple of weeks.

These book updates are being shared on the following blogs:

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 Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  
Showcase Sunday hosted by Vicky at  Books, Biscuits, and Tea
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey 

Finished reading . . .
Dollbaby: A Novel   Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal.
Dollbaby is a touching debut novel and coming-of-age story set in New Orleans during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  Although the setting may draw comparisons to The Help, the relationships between characters and the story itself take on different dimensions and focus.  Dollbaby revolves around two families, the Bells and the Trouts, whose histories and fates are intertwined over a number of generations.  Their triumphs and tragedies, both shared and separate, along with strong female characters, deliver a moving account of the human experience.  This book will be available on July 8, 2014 and I highly recommend it.

 Dept. of Speculation   Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation is the story of a married couple that chronicles the ups and downs of their relationship. After adjusting to characters without names and a mostly stream-of-consciousness narrative style, the 177 pages flew by, hitting their mark. I am still thinking about these characters and how they navigated the challenges of contemporary life and love.

Currently reading . . .
The Divorce Papers Chestnut Street
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger; Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Listening to . . .
 Death On Demand (Death On Demand, #1)     Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart 

More books from BEA . . .
 Madame Picasso Winter Street Lucky Harbor (Lucky Harbor, #4, #5, #6)
Madame Picasso by Anne Girard
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis (This is actually three novels in one volume:  Lucky in Love, At Last, and Forever and a Day)
 The Saint (The Original Sinners: White Years, #1) Mistress of Night and Dawn The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys, #1)
The Saint  by Tiffany Reisz
Mistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson 
The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane
Borrowed from the library . . .
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World Scoop!
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones 
Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes 
Scoop! by Hannah Dennison 
                                 The Guest Cat 
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide . . . How cute is this cover????
Books downloaded . . .
True North Safe by the Marshal's Side (Witness Protection) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
True North by Marie Force 
Safe by the Marshal's Side by Shirlee McCoy 
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

The Intercept (Jeremy Fisk, #1) Night Swim The Flyer
The Intercept by Dick Wolf 
Night Swim by Jessica Keener 
The Flyer by Stuart Harrison

Out of Focus The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery) Where There's Smoke
Out of Focus by Nancy Naigle 
Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult (short story)

Reading next . . .
The Guest Cat   The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

What did you read this week?  
. . . What did you add to your shelves or wish list?  
. . . . . . What are you reading next?

Enjoy life with books . . .


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