Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekly Book Haul....Happy Mother's Day! May 10, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!  I will be spending my mother's day cooking for everyone (I hate, hate, hate to cook).  It was my youngest daughters 18th birthday yesterday, and we will have my dad and stepmother over, along with my girls, so Mother's Day always feels like a whole lot of work for me.  Definitely should have waited another week to have that baby.

I start my new job tomorrow, complete with an 1 hour and 15 minute commute, so I'm considering subscribing to  Does anyone use it?  Worth the money?  I have trouble listening that long, but I'm hoping it might improve my attention skills.

It was a great book week for me.  I was chosen to be a blogger for the Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge, so I'll include those books on my weekly haul list going forward.  They have some great picks so I'm really excited to participate - plus I love getting books in the mail!

Here's what I got.


Unfinished Business by Carolyn rider Aspenson....In UNFINISHED
BUSINESS AN ANGELA PANTHER NOVEL#1 AMAZON bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson introduces her now trademark blend of witty dialog and hilarious banter in the first book of her paranormal, chick lit Angela Panther series. Filled with romance, Aspenson brings the series into the cozy mystery genre, tying the genres together with humor and heartwarming fun. 
When Angela Panther's mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother's got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother's body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she's the one that's nuttier than a fruitcake?
But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home--crazy or not--Angela's grateful for her mother's presence. 
It's the other ghosts Angela can do without. 
Seems Fran's return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead. This book was a finalist in the 2014 RONE Awards from InD'Tale Magazine. 

This looks like it will be a cute, fun read.  Sounds like a paranormal Stephanie Plum novel?

Between the Tides by Susannah Marren.....Lainie Smith Morris is perfectly
content with her life in New York City: she has four children, a handsome surgeon husband, and good friends. This life she has built is shattered, however, when her husband Charles announces he has accepted a job in Elliot, New Jersey, and that the family must relocate. Lainie is forced to give up the things she knows and loves.
Though Charles easily adapts to the intricacies of suburban life, even thriving in it, Lainie finds herself increasingly troubled and bored by her new limited responsibilities, and she remains desperate for the inspiration, comfort, and safety of the city she called home. She is hopelessly lost--until, serendipitously, she reconnects with an old friend/rival turned current Elliot resident, Jess. Pleased to demonstrate her social superiority to Lainie, Jess helps her find a footing, even encouraging Lainie to develop as an artist; but what looks like friendship is quickly supplanted by a betrayal with earth-shattering impact, and a move to the suburbs becomes a metaphor for a woman who must search to find a new home ground in the shifting winds of marriage, family, career, and friendship.
This looks like it will be one that you can't put down.  

A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan....In A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan
brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers—an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life—seems suddenly within reach.
Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It, Where’d You Go Bernadette, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she—Alice Pearse—really want?

I want to go to a literary lounge.  I have no idea what it is, but it sounds awesome.

From Edelweiss

The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich....It's wintertime in the Hamptons,
where Scott and his wife, Elise, have come to be with her terminally ill father,
Victor, to await the inevitable. As weeks turn to months, their daily routine—Elise at the hospital with her father, Scott pretending to work and drinking Victor's booze—only highlights their growing resentment and dissatisfaction with the usual litany of unhappy marriages: work, love, passion, each other. But then Scott notices something simple, even innocuous. Every night at precisely eleven, the lights in the neighbor's bedroom turn off. It's clearly a timer . . .but in the dead of winter with no one else around, there's something about that light he can't let go of. So one day while Elise is at the hospital, he breaks in. And he feels a jolt of excitement he hasn't felt in a long time. Soon, it's not hard to enlist his wife as a partner in crime and see if they can't restart the passion. 

Their one simple transgression quickly sends husband and wife down a deliriously wicked spiral of bad decisions, infidelities, escalating violence, and absolutely shocking revelations. 

This looks so creepy.  The perfect winter read.

In the Mail

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne....One of Sarah's daughters died. But can
she be sure which one? 

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. 
But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity--that she, in fact, is Lydia--their world comes crashing down once again.
As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.

This looks so good that I'm even willing to ignore the fact that the blurb on Amazon compares it to Gillian Flynn.  STOP comparing everyone to Gillian Flynn.  She is awesome, so are other authors.  Let them be who they are.

Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge (Also In the Mail)

The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen....see my review here.  

Grown Ups by Robin Antalek.....From the author of The Summer We Fell
Apart, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together.
The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.
Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella—and force her to confront her past and her friends.
After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie—and Sam’s older brother, Michael—seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.
Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

I love coming of age books.  And I love summer books and books told in alternating voices.  So this one looks like it's for me.

What I Wrote

The Art of Baking Blind....Caused Me to Overeat for Four Days Straight

Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff

The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen

This was a long post today!  I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day and a great week!  Think of me as I learn to commute.

 photo signature_zpsc91ef999.png

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive