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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…

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - March 5

Currently Reading:

Title:Out of the Easy Author: Ruta Sepetys Date Started: February 26 Good Reads Summary: It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder …

Peek Inside a Book - Out of the Easy

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

This week I'm reading: Out of the Easyby Ruta Sepetys



It Begins: My mother's a prostitute. 

On Page 56: "I'm nothing like my mother," I told him, edging away from the stacks into the center of the store in order to be visible from the front window. 

Verdict: This is the March book club selection for a group I'm a part of, they wanted a New Orleans theme for Mardi Gras.  So far I'm enjoying it, there's a murder and Jo wants to solve it and she wants out of New Orleans and the life she's currently living.

It's Monday! What are you reading? - Feb. 25

Currently Reading:
Title: Cape May
Author: Chip Cheek
Date Started: February 16
Note: eARC provided by NetGalley Goodreads Summary:Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn.

The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences.

Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repe…

Peek Inside the Book - Cape May

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

This week I'm reading: Cape May by Chip Cheek



It Begins: The beaches were empty, the stores were closed, and after sunset, all the houses on New Hampshire Avenue stood dark. 

56%: "Maybe we can escape," she said. "We've got our pick of houses. We don't have to stay here." She was smiling at him, full of meaning, and Henry felt dizzy. The lights seemed to dim, the music to come from far away. 

Verdict: I'm only a few chapters into this eARC but I can already tell that I'm not a fan of Henry. Henry and Effie are on their honeymoon in Cape May, NJ in 1957.  The town is pretty dead until Clara and a group of rich socialiets show up and turn everything crazy.

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - Feb. 19

Currently Reading:
Title: The Girl with Seven Names: Escape From North Korea
Author: Hyeonseo Lee Date Started: February 15
Goodreads Summary:As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by the secretive and brutal communist regime created by dictator Kim Il-Sung and his successors (son Kim Jong-Il and grandson Kim Jong-Un). Although her privileged family background insulated her from the cruelest horrors of the regime, living near the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom. When the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told, “the best on the planet”?Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. Rumours of her…

Peek Inside a Book - Becoming

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

This week I'm reading: Becomingby Michelle Obama



It Begins: Preface March 2017
When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. 

On Page 56: This was the doubt that sat in my mind through student orientation, through my first sessions of high school biology and English, through my somewhat fumbling get-to-know-you conversations in the cafeteria with new friends. Not enough. Not enough. It was doubt about where I came from and what I'd believed about myself until now. It was like a malignant cell that threatened to divide and divide again, unless I could find some way to stop it. 

Verdict: I'm really enjoying this look into Michelle Obama's life. It's comforting in a way to see that she has struggled with self image, self doubt and a need to be in control in an order to comfort herself.  She talks about meeting new people while campaigning and finding a lot in common with them and I'…

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

Currently Reading:

Title: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Date Started: February 8
Goodreads Summary: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped …