Sunday, July 3, 2016

Weekly Book Haul.....July 3, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, The Sunday Post is another great site hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  The Sunday Salon is a Facebook page where great readers share what they've read this week and Mailbox Monday is a weekly roundup of the new books people have received.

So my youngest went back to Illinois, where she will work all summer before going back to school.  I am always sad when she leaves, and have a day of empty nest syndrome again, but I'm bouncing back much quicker each time she leaves.  it's kind of nice to just come home and read or watch mindless TV and not worry about making dinner.  

I'm making fast work of my July Summer Reading Challenge box.  Booksparks has really outdone themselves this year - I've had a few one day reads, they were that good.  I'm trying to space out the reviews - but I haven't read this fast in a long time!

I was a huge fan of Lost and I also like stupid comedy, so I've been watching Wrecked on TBS.  It's kind of dumb, but it cracks me up for some reason.   But I haven't heard of anyone else watching it, so I doubt it will be around long.

Did everyone see Jennifer Weiner's Facebook post about swimsuit selfies this week?  It was really cool to see so many women posting pics of themselves and complimenting each other.  I was truly encouraged by the progress.  Then I saw a pic of two girls bent over with a selfie stick between their knees to take pictures of their butts and I was discouraged all over again.  Being a woman is hard.

The Story of Our Life by Shari Low.....Unwind, laugh, cry ... but feel uplifted with this
bittersweet love story. Perfect for the fans of Jo-Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes. 
So what would you do if your husband slept with another woman? 
Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there's ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both. A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics. 
We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after. 
Until it wasn't. 
Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed. 
So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman? Because this is what I did. 

Separate Lives by Kathryn Fiett.....Your partner of ten years, and the father
of your children, receives a text. You happen to see it: Start living a different kind of life . . . P :-) xxx. 

You don't know anyone with the initial P, so what's with the smiley face and the kisses? Narrated by Susie, her partner Alex and the mysterious "P", Separate Lives is an achingly funny, moving and honest portrayal of marriage and adultery. These characters are never less than totally human. You'll have met people like them. They might even be you.

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch....Twenty years ago, six Penn
students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.
Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

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