Sunday, January 10, 2016

Weekly Book Haul.....January 10, 2016

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.

My youngest daughter was home for a week before starting back to school in Illinois on Monday.  So last week was a whirlwind of getting hair done, eyebrows waxed, dinners with family and just generally running errands every night after work.  I loved having her home, but she cost me a fortune!  I just kept telling myself to grit my teeth and enjoy the time.  I love having daughters but I think they must be much more expensive than sons.

This week, for the first time, I made a conscious decision not to finish a book.  It wasn't necessarily the author, because I normally love her, but the subject matter was boring, and I couldn't get into it.  I found myself looking at it on the end table like work, not like I couldn't wait to get back into it.  I'm not going to lie, it still doesn't feel right and I feel incredibly guilty, but it was a resolution I made, so I feel like I've got to give it a try.

I'm looking forward to at least a few changes for 2016!


The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin....The New York Times 
bestselling author of 
The Aviator's Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York's “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a high-profile husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrĂ©e into the enviable lives of Manhattan's elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe's powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren't his to tell.

Truman's fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he'll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America's most sumptuous eras.

Hide Away by Iris Johansen.....Iris Johansen's beloved forensic sculptor Eve
Duncan is back and now the stakes are higher than ever. Dramatic changes are on the horizon for Eve and Joe Quinn and their relationship may never be the same. 

Faced with the task of protecting Cara Delaney, a young girl with ruthless enemies who want to see her dead, Eve takes her away to the remote Scottish Highlands where they join Jane MacGuire in search of a hidden treasure. 

But nowhere is far enough away to protect Cara from danger. With enemies closing in from all sides, Hide Away is a high-octane thriller that fans will not want to miss.

Nookietown by V.C. Chickering.....Recently divorced, 40-something single-
mom, Lucy, is lonely, bored and craving physical connection. 

So, when her trusted long-time married friend, Nancy, begs Lucy to sleep with her husband to save her marriage, Lucy goes for it. It's such a success, the two friends invent a town-wide underground barter system whereby Nancy's married girlfriends sub-contract Lucy's divorcee friends to sleep with their husbands so they don't have to as often. It's a win, win, win- for a while. Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket.

Laugh-out-loud funny, emotionally provocative and at times racy, V. C. Chickering's Nookietown is a story of risk-taking, marriage, honesty and desire, and what one woman rationalizes in order to get what she wants.

A bunch of great books, but I have to admit, I am interested in Nookietown just for the cover.  I thought it was hilarious! photo signature_zpsc91ef999.png

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