Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Book Haul.....March 12, 2017

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.

Spring has sprung in Arizona!  We had our first week of full 80 degree days, and you can't even imagine what a mood boost it is.  I struggle with winter.  Not nearly as bad now that I live in Arizona, but when I lived in Illinois, I would have full fledged winter depression.  All those gray skies really affected me.  Now that I've been out here for seven years, I kind of look forward to a cloudy, rainy day - they are so rare, that it's an oddity.

So today I'll go hose down the patio, and get the pool stuff out.  It's still way too cold to swim, the pool is only 65 degrees, but in another month, I should be floating around, reading my heart out on my favorite floats.  This one sells at Walmart for about $5.00 every year.  I stock up on about three or four, because they tend to rip after sitting in the sun.  But they are the PERFECT reading float.  I highly recommend.

Unfortunately, my body doesn't quite resemble hers.  But my float and my pool are dead ringers. haha

I'm trying not to add too much to my TBR pile because I'm getting ready for vacation.  And I'm trying to get caught up on my blog.  But some were too good to pass up.  And they all look like they are going to be emotional reads.

From NetGalley

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown.....A beautiful Berkeley mom with a
radical past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel for readers of Emma Straub and Maria Semple—from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde.....Bea has barely been scraping by
since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

I Bought

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.....A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced
to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. 

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

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