LibraryReads September List

library_reads_logo_websiteForman_LeaveMeLibraryReads has released their September list, and the favorite, Leave Me by Gayle Forman, looks pretty good. It’s main character, Maribeth Klein, is a magazine editor, wife, and mother of preschool-aged twins. Her life is so busy, so demanding, that when she has a heart attack and doesn’t realize it. Told to rest, she tries but this seems to be an imposition on the lives on others, she packs up and leaves. Of course, with distance, her life looks very different.

Colgan_BookshopPatchett_CommonwealthThe Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan and Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth also perked my interest. In the first a city librarian loses her job, moves to Middle-of-Nowhere, Scotland, and buys a van which she turns into a bookmobile, and the second features two families closely intertwined by adultery, betrayal, and abandonment.  A married father of four and a married mother of two leave their families to be with each other.  Commonweath explores the aftermath.

Bolton_Daisy I find I’m wavering back and forth about Sharon Bolton’s Daisy in Chains about a man convicted for being a serial killer, and, continuing to protest his innocence, hires a hotshot lawyer famous for getting convictions overturned. When I check, it actually sounds more intriguing on Goodreads than at LibraryReads.

Also on the list is the second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City. I haven’t gotten around to reading the first one, yet, but they sound interesting.

What about you? Anything on this list going on your TBR pile?


LibraryReads July 2016

library_reads_logo_websiteRosen_DressThe LibraryReads July list is out.  I’ve had my eye on Nine Women, One Dress for a while.  It sounds like the perfect girl-read for a summer’s day kicked back in the front porch swing sipping iced tea.  Or on the beach with a margarita.  Whatever floats your boat.

The new Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty, may also be worth a look.  Their review makes it sound way more interesting than the official blurb does, I’ve gotta say.  This one’s a we’ll see.Oliva_Last-One

Another book to capture my interest was The Last One by Alexandra Oliva.  This one surprised me.  To be honest, I’ve never liked Survivor or any of its spawn.  It’s always struck me as ridiculous.  And, as a plot device in fiction, it really hasn’t done anything for me.  Kresley Cole’s No Rest for the Wicked comes to mind.  That book annoyed the hell out of me.  Enough, that my reading of the Immortals After Dark series stalled for a long time.  And it had vampires, Valkyries, and other paranormals to liven it up.  But The Last One actually sounds really good.  Of course, I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic fiction.  Sigh.

What about y’all?  Anything catch your eye?

LibraryReads April 2016

library_reads_logo_websiteLots of good stuff on LibraryReads’ April list. Their favorite is Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Obsession_RobertsPride and Prejudice is on of my favorite books. Normally, I give retellings a wide berth, but, with this author, I’m willing to give this one a go.

Next is this year’s Nora Roberts hardcover, The Obsession. I always read Nora Roberts. Doorway_McGuireSometimes I love and adore them, sometimes they’re just meh, but I always enjoy reading them. Rarely does she write a book I actively dislike.

Lilac_KellyTwo other books on the list perked up my interest: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Anything on this list you can’t wait to read?

LibraryReads February 2016

library_reads_logo_websiteRuta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea is this month’s favorite, but it doesn’t really appeal to me.

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber is on the list. This is the sequel of last year’s hardcover, Last One Home, which, I’ll admit, didn’t make all that great an impression on me. I didn’t love it, but nor did I hate it. So, while I’m not enthusiastic about this one, I’ll probably read it. Maybe it’ll surprise me.

Frank_Claibourne-JohnsonOne book that caught my attention is Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. The description sounded really cute, so I checked out the blurb at Goodreads. Still sounds interesting, so, it goes on the “want to read” shelf. Awad_FatI’m also looking forward to Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

While Lisa Gardner isn’t my cup of tea, my sister loves her. I’m on the fence about Ariel Lawhon’s Flight of Dreams.

You can see the rest of the list here. Anything on it strike your fancy?

LibraryReads January 2016

library_reads_logo_websiteLibraryReads has released their first list of 2016, and while I can’t agree with their favorite, My Name is Lucy Barton, not having been a fan of Olive Kitteridge (read my review) and, thus, on the fence concerning Elizabeth Strout, there are a few titles that I can’t wait to read.

Bivald_Broken-WheelThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend sounds really good.  And I love the cover.  This one was a discovery for me, on the list, as I’d yet to hear of it.  I love when that happens.

Also of interest are Melanie Benjamin’s The Swans of Fifth Avenue, American Housewives: Stories by Helen Ellis, and The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth.

Anything on this list y’all can’t wait to get your hands on?  Or wonder why in the world anyone would?

LibraryList: November 2015

library_reads_logo_websiteLots of good books on LibraryReadsNovember List.  These are the ones that caught my eye:

LibraryReads September and October Lists

library_reads_logo_websiteSeptember Reads

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Fates_GroffThere are two sides to every story. Lott and Mathilde have a marriage that is the envy of all of their friends, but not everything is as it seems. Told first from one perspective then the other, this is the story of their marriage. A change in perspective makes a big difference.

I actually started to read this one, but I just had to drop it. Not because I didn’t like, I didn’t get far enough into it to decide that, but because of an accident of timing. I’d just dropped The Lives of Others in disgust. The next day, I open Furies. I’m reading along, not really sure if I like the prose or not, when it happens. Lance walks out and his crap drops out onto the floor. I promptly close the book and move on. Maybe I’ll come back it someday.

Family_CleggDid You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
Release Date: September 8, 2015

The day before a wedding tragedy strikes in the form of a devastating fire that leaves only one survivor, June Reid, the bride’s mother. How does everyone cope? From June to the caterer with the forgotten bill, this is the tale of aftermath.


Crash_DeCarloThe Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Release Date: September 8, 2015

What do you do when you screw of your life for the umpteenth time? You go home and start over. Even if you’re turning into your mother. But what if home is the place that turned your mother from a bright young woman full of light and promise into the broken shell you remember? The search for your mother’s “why” may break you, or it could lead to your own healing.

October Reads

after-youAfter You by Jojo Moyes
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Sequel to the much loved Me Before You. I can’t wait to read it, box of tissues at the ready.



The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Release Date: October 6, 2015

The story of King David as told by Geraldine Brooks. Should make for an interesting read. Here’s the blurb:

Chord_BrooksWith more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.

LibraryReads: Summer 2015

library_reads_logo_websiteHow many of these are on your summer reading lists?  Discovered any new favorites?





LibraryReads: March 2015 List

library_reads_logo_website#LibraryReads has released its March list and it’s filled with awesome reads.  Personally, I’ve been looking forward to Susan Crawford’s The Pocket Wife which made it onto my Most Anticipated Debuts list for the year.

Also on the list are, among others,

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
  • Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Light_David-JoyAnd, one I hadn’t been aware of before but sounds really good, Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy.  The librarians recommend it for fans of Ron Rash, which I most definitely am.

Here’s the blurb:

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.  The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.

Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.


LibraryReads: February 2015 List

LibraryReadslibrary_reads_logo_website has released its February list and there’s lots of good stuff on this one.

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
Release Date: February 17, 2015

22318399From The New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker, comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind-the-scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress, Carole Lombard.

When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana for Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie’s provincial Midwestern hometown. Although the young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job Julie’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick—who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming Gone with the Wind.

Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical world of Gone with the Wind come to life. Julie’s access to real-life magic comes when Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world Carole shares with Clark Gable—who is about to move into movie history as the dashing Rhett Butler.

Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something of a problem for the studio as Gable is technically still married—and the last thing the film needs is more negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the affair from slipping out. But she can barely keep up with her blonde employer, let alone control what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and–as their friendship grows – soon finds she doesn’t want to. Carole, both wise and funny, becomes Julie’s model for breaking free of the past.

In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a front-row seat to not one but two of the greatest love affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and off screen, the deepening love between Carole and Clark. Yet beneath the shiny façade, things in Hollywood are never quite what they seem, and Julie must learn to balance career aspirations and her own budding romance with outsized personalities and the overheated drama on set. Vivid, romantic, and filled with Old Hollywood details, A Touch of Stardust will entrance, surprise, and delight.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-7d89c09d2df9777b38fbd808bb3ffb1aMy Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh
Release Date: February 10, 2015

22367526It was the summer everything changed.…

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-7d89c09d2df9777b38fbd808bb3ffb1aThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
Release Date: January 27, 2015

22046656Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second—or third—look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-7d89c09d2df9777b38fbd808bb3ffb1aThe Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
Release Date: February 24, 2015

22535470A powerful historical novel by the late Ariana Franklin and her daughter Samantha Norman, The Siege Winter is a tour de force mystery and murder, adventure and intrigue, a battle for a crown, told by two courageous young women whose fates are intertwined in twelfth century England’s devastating civil war.

1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an eleven-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life. Unable to abandon her, Gwyl takes the girl with him, dressing her as a boy, giving her a new name–Penda–and teaching her to use a bow. But Gwyn knows that the man who hurt Penda roams free, and that a scrap of evidence she possesses could be very valuable.

Gwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth, a small but strategically important fortress that belongs to fifteen-year-old Maud. Newly wedded to a boorish and much older husband after her father’s death, the fierce and determined young chatelaine tempts fate and Stephen’s murderous wrath when she gives shelter to the empress.

Aided by a garrison of mercenaries, including Gwyl and his odd red-headed apprentice, Maud will stave off Stephen’s siege for a long, brutal winter that will bring a host of visitors to Kenilworth–kings, soldiers . . . and a sinister monk with deadly business to finish.