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It's Monday! What are you reading? June 17

Still reading this one.  If it wasn't for a book club discussion, I probably wouldn't be trying to finish this novel.  I don't know if it's me or the book, but I'm just not feeling the story.

I did read a few graphic novels over the weekend.  Those were really good. Check out my goodreads challenge page to see them!

Have a good week!!

Currently Reading:

Title:The Golem and the Jinni
Author: Helene Wecker
Date Started: June 10
Goodreads Summary: 
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though st…

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 10

As of this morning I am 2 books behind schedule in my GoodReads Reaching Challenge. I knocked out some romance books on my list this weekend, but needed to get going on this month's library book club selection The Golem and the Jinni.  I remember when this book came out, it was pretty popular at the library, but it never struck me as something I'd want to read.  I'm only a few chapters into the book, but I like the writing style and so far I'm enjoying the story.

Currently Reading:

Title:The Golem and the Jinni
Author: Helene Wecker
Date Started: June 10
Goodreads Summary: 
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is …

Peek Inside a Book - Matthew

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Matthew(Jaded Gentlemen, #2)by Grace Burrowes



It Begins: In Matthew Belmont's world, a damsel in distress took precedence over an early morning inspection of the pear orchard, particularly when the damsel weighed close to a ton and had a foal at her side. 

On Page 56: Jamie clamped the cold pipe between his teeth. "Our Mr. Belmont is a gentleman, and they had the child with them. Won't be any mischief with a child underfoot."

Beck reached the end of the aisle and leaned on his rake. "How many brothers and sister do you have, Jamie?"

"Thirteen, that I know of. Some of the publican's boys looked an awful lot like my younger brothers, when they had hair."

"And you were raised in a three-room cottage. Children underfoot are no guarantee of propriety, thought I agree, Matthew Belmont is a gentleman. It's the baron's temperame…

Peek Inside a Book - A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murderby Dianne Freeman



It Begins: Chapter 1

April 1899

Black - no. Black - no. Black crepe? Oh, heavens no!

On Page 56: "Regardless of any insurance issues," I said, topping off my coffee, "I think they should alert the police to the fact that there's been another theft. They need to put an end to this."

Verdict: This book is my pick for a May book club since May is mystery month.  I'm not normally a fan of cozy mysteries but this on looked fun and I thought it would be a light read for the group.  We've been reading some heavy titles lately.

It's Monday! What are you reading? - May 20

I feel like I should be doing more with these posts. I see so many of you writing about your weeks and I feel like I'm lacking.

What do you want to know?  What can I share with you?

-Amelia

Currently Reading:

Title: A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Date Started: May 19
Goodreads Summary: 
Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behi…

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 13

Currently Reading:

Title: The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Author: Kamala Harris
Date Started: May 5
Goodreads Summary: 
From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents--an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India--met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforc…

Peek Inside a Book - The Truths We Hold

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: The Truths We Holdby Kamala Harris



It Begins: Preface
Most mornings, my husband, Doug, wakes up before me and reads the news in bed. If I hear him making noises - a sigh, a groan, a gasp - I know what kind of day it's going to be. 

On Page 56: At the heart of the program was my belief in the power of redemption. Redemption is an age-old concept rooted in many religions. It is a concept that presupposes that we will all make mistakes, and for some, that mistake will rise to the level of being a crime. Yes, there must be consequences and accountability. But after that debt to society has been paid, is it not the sign of a civil society that we allow people to earn their way back?

Verdict: I'm about half way through the book and so far I'm liking it, it's an insight into Kamala's life and how that plays a part in her politics.  It's an easy read, not too …

It's Monday! What are you reading? - May 6

Currently Reading:

Title: The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Author: Kamala Harris
Date Started: May 6
Goodreads Summary: 
From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents--an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India--met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforc…

Peek Inside a Book - Inside the Empire

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees
by Bob Klapisch and Paul Solotaroff


It Begins: LOCKED AND LOADED: WELCOME TO THE BRONX POWER STATION
The General Manager Meetings each fall are baseball's version of a buddies' fishing junket to Belize. 

On Page 56: But now they were back, riding the star-child wave of Jeter, Pettitte, and Mo. That year they won the EAstern Division, beat the Orioles for the pennant (with a little divine intervention from a teenage fan name Jeffrey Maier), and stunned the lordly Braves in the World Series. It was bedlam the next morning in the Canyon of Heroes: seemingly half the city's census turned up on the Lower Broadway to throw kisses and confetti at the Yanks. even the Mets bent a knee in praise, buying an ad in the Daily News to congratulate the team and George himself. 

Verdict: I'm about half way through an…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 22

Currently Reading:

Title: A Scot in the Dark
Author: Sarah MacLean
Date Started: April 19
Goodreads Summary: 
Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren 
Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke 
The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town
Warnick arrives in London with a single go…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 15

Currently Reading:

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Date Started: April 8
Goodreads Summary: 
A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York C…

Peek Inside a Book - Orphan Train

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline




It Begins: Prologue
I believe in ghosts. 

On Page 56: The Milwaukee Train, 1929
Turning, I catch Dutchy looking at me.  "You're hair is pretty." I squint at him in the gloom to see if he's teasing, and he looks back at me sleepily. "That's not what you said a few days ago." "I said you'll have a hard time."
(this is really page 57 in my edition because page 56 is blank)

Verdict: This is our April book club selection.  I'm about half way through and I'm really enjoying the stories.

Little Thoughts on Book Club Selections

I started going to a book club meeting at my local library. I never knew they had one and had been going sporadically to one held by a meetup group I'm a part of. Here's what we've been reading:
Title: Clock Dance Author: Anne Tyler Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Review: Beautifully written but slow moving.  The story is broken into 2 parts, I liked the first part more than the second part. The second part, which was the core part of the novel just seemed implausible. 
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Title: The Girl with Seven Names: Escape From North Korea Author: Hyeonseo Lee Rating: 5 stars
Review: I really liked this book, it was an incredible story. There was a lot of discussion on how she didn't really want to leave North Korea, but due to a stupid teenage mistake she because a North Korean defector. Even with that we all had to agree, she is amazing for what she was able to do survive. 
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Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Review: This was my first time reading this novel (no I …

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 8

Currently Reading:

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Date Started: April 8
Goodreads Summary: 
A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York…

It's Monday! What are you reading? March 24

Currently Reading:

Title:When Katie Met Cassidy
Author: Camille Perri
Date Started: March 24
Goodreads Summary: 
Katie Daniels is a perfection-seeking 28-year-old lawyer living the New York dream. She’s engaged to charming art curator Paul Michael, has successfully made her way up the ladder at a multinational law firm and has a hold on apartments in Soho and the West Village. Suffice it to say, she has come a long way from her Kentucky upbringing.

But the rug is swept from under Katie when she is suddenly dumped by her fiance, Paul Michael, leaving her devastated and completely lost. On a whim, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price-a self-assured, sexually promiscuous woman she meets at work. The two form a newfound friendship, which soon brings into question everything Katie thought she knew about sex—and love.

When Katie Met Cassidy is a romantic comedy that explores how, as a culture, while we may have come a long way in terms of gender equality, a woman’s capacity for an ent…

Peek Inside a Book - When Katie Met Cassidy

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: When Katie Met Cassidyby Camille Perri




It Begins: Katie left the stale pile of her pajamas behind her like a cow pie on the bathroom floor and put herself into the shower. 

On Page 56: "Hi," Raquel extended her hand to Katie, "I'm Raquel."
"Hello," Katie said. "Nice to meet you."
"You ladies here for dinner?" she asked.
"Yeah," Cassidy said. "I was thinking--"
Raquel cut her off. "I've got you. I know what you like Cassidy." Raquel shot a malevolent glance at Katie and then raised her eyebrows at Cassidy. 

Verdict: I haven't started this one yet, but it's up next when I finally finish Master and Commander. 

#BookBloggerHop - March 15-21

Book Blogger Hop



I'm signed up for both, but tend to request books from NetGalley more.

Book Blogger Hop - March 8th - 14th

Book Blogger Hop


Not any more, I used to buy a lot more books, I just don't have room for all the books I want.  I have a set of Billy bookshelves that are filled, and a few boxes.  I also want to do this:


and this:



so I have more room for books.

I'm a librarian so for the last 8 almost 9 years I've been checking out a lot more books and only buying the books I either can't checkout or for series I need to have on hand for comfort reads at 2 am.

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 11

Currently Reading:
Title: Master and Commander
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Date Started: March 6
Good Summary:
1800s. Britain's Nelson leads Navy against Napoleon's France. Captain Jack Aubrey, newly promoted to old, slow HMS Sophie, is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. Aided by friend and skilled ship surgeon Stephen Maturin, Aubrey and crew win clashes, finally hopelessly outmatched by a mighty Spanish frigate.


Currently Listening To:
Title:A Prayer for Owen Meany Author: John Irving Narrator: Joe Barrett Date Started: January 4, 2019
Goodreads Summary: Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended.

In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of th…

Peek Inside a Book - Master and Commander

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian



It Begins: The music-room in the Governor's House at Port Mahon, a tall, handsome, pillard octagon, was filled with the triumphant first movement of Locatelli's C major quartet. 

On Page 56: There were three things that everybody knew about the Sophie: one was that unlike almost all other brigs she had a quarter-deck; another was that sh had been Spanish; and a third was that she possessed an elm-tree pump on her fo'c'sle, that is to say, a bored-out trunk that communicated directly with the sea and that was used to washing her deck - and insignificant piece of equipment, really, but one so far above her station that no mariner who saw it or heard of this pump ever forgot it.

Verdict: I've just started it for a Jane Austen Reading Group.  Since the region is reading Persuasion this year, we decided Master and Com…