I Can’t Wait! A Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Mostly Anticipated New Releases

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

1.  Finders Keepers by Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

3.  Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.

4.  No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

5.  The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

A friendship is tested in this irresistible page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. 

6.  The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. 

7.  Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she’s describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapesis a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work”

8.  The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrow

From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right






Off to the Outer Banks

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I am off to the Outer Banks for a week with the family!!  We are renting a home in Carova- the 4 X 4  area of OBX where the horses roam free.

The kids’ school lets out early and this is actually the only week we are able to go for the WHOLE summer!

Between classes, work, business trips, and preseason, we are all booked up.

So, I might not be posting as much this week, but here is a fun little fact-

Before I had the chance to download King’s newest- Finders Keepers, I ran some errands.  As I walked into the library- BAM- there it was just waiting for me.  This should make that 8 hour drive go by nicely.  

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

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The Third Wife

by Lisa Jewell

published by Atria Books

June 9, 2015

I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher through net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

I jumped at the chance to review the newest Lisa Jewell Book, The Third Wife.  I haven’t read that much by the author, but I loved The House We Grew Up In so much that I had to read her newest, and I was very excited to receive it through net Galley.  It was one of those magical times where you accept a book for review (or you are accepted) and you love it!  I raised this book in about 7 hours- taking time out for “life” and I was sad to put it down, though very satisfied.

The story centers around Adrian and his large extended family as they deal with the loss of his third wife, Maya.  Adrian has two, mostly grown children with his first wife Susie, and three young children with his second wife, Caroline.  Along with Maya, this family has seemingly embraced their large non traditional life.  When Maya is hit by a bus, Adrian is immersed in grief.  Almost a year goes by before a chance encounter forces him to take a really close look at Maya’s death and his family.

I really don’t want to give anymore into since this story unfolds perfectly.  I though Jewell did a wonderful job here creating a family that seems so perfect until you start looking closer.  I loved the pace- not too fast or too slow.  Adrian is an interesting character, and the reader has a chance to actually see him grow and come to certain painful realizations.  This is a great- very fast – read, and I would definitely recommend it.

Summary

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.

A tragic accident? Or suicide?

Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.

Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.

She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.

But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating.

It by Stephen King- or, the scariest thing I have ever read!

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It

By Stephen King

published by Trafalgar Square

1987

Summary

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

My Review

I put the summary first, so you would know what I was expecting when I started reading this book.  Creepy- yes.  Frightening-No.  I read The Shining and it scared me pretty good.  I would only read it in the daytime.  And when someone else was in the house with me.  I am a baby.

But with this book, I thought I would be fine.  I am deathly afraid of clowns, but I assumed that was more of a visual thing.  I was SO wrong!

This is a pretty old book, so I am not going to dissect every part of it.  I think it will do to say this is one of my favorites by King, and I am on a pretty good role.  I might need to take a break though- this was a LONG book and it really takes a lot out of you.  I am getting the audio version for my husband, so I might have to listen also.

Parts I loved-

1. The Losers Club- as kids AND adults

I loved that King has such a sense for the isolation and loneliness one can experience as kids.  The love this group has for each other is beautiful.  It actually reminded me a lot of the friendship between the boys from The Body (or Stand by Me for movie fans).  These kids find in each other what they can’t find anywhere else- a sense of belonging and acceptance.

2. The Town of Derry

King doesn’t just set his story in the town, he makes the town an integral part of it.  There isn’t just evil in Derry- Derry IS evil- (mind blown!)   I remember Derry being mentioned in 11/22/63, and then remembered how Jake from that book said he sensed evil here.

3.The timing

King sets part of this story in the 1950’s.  There is the reference to how it was a simplier time, etc- lots of music and tv shows are mentioned.  King has a real love of rock n roll, and it comes through big time here, especially from Richie Tozier. But I also liked how he showed it wasn’t such an idyllic time, but that there was rampant racism, bullying, and terror.

4.  The Evil

At first, I thought it was just the clown- but no.  There is an age old, out of this world evil that is living off of the town- mostly the children.  And it takes the form of whatever you fear the most.  Of course this had me thinking of bogarts, and Snape dressed like Neville’s grandmother, bit I got past that quickly.  I found it SO creepy that this evil feeds off the children of the town, because there imaginations are big and open.

Honestly, I found this a pretty scary book, but also probably one of King’s best efforts.  I read in an article that this book took him over 4 years to write, and that he felt he poured his whole self into it.  It is pretty obvious.

*** I already told you that I have always been frightened of clowns-and birds (thank you Mr. Hitchcock).  But now I can add to the list- sinks, drains, balloons, bridges, canals, eyeballs, and fortune cookies.

5.  The Ending

No spoilers, but I thought it was perfect.

Parts I didn’t really love-

There isn’t that much, but-

1.  The back and forth

It took me a while to get used to the fact that every chapter was about a different character, and usually during a different decade.  I wanted a little more flow at first, especially since almost every chapter ended with a good scare.  I found myself putting the book down an walking away for a while.

2.  That sex scene

I have read other articles about this, and some tried to explain that King felt it was sort of a ritual for the kids to move into adulthood.  Nah- still not very comfortable with it.  Good thing it came at almost the end, or else I might have stopped reading.  I really don’t think it was necessary.  And it made King look a little foolish.

3.  The fact that they forget

Why can’t they remember in the end and stay close??

Did you read It?  Please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!

Toes in the sand- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is

Top Ten Books I want in my beach bag this summer.

I am supposed to be celebrating my 20th anniversary during our beach vacation, so I might not get a ton of reading in, but here is what I thought looks good-

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

2.  Finder’s Keepers by Stephen King

3.  Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

4.  Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

5. The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

6.  Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos

7.  The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

8.  Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Bookish (& not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

1.  I finished It by Stephen King (review coming soon).  I feel like I need something easy breezy next to shake it off.  Maybe a Dr. Seuss?

2.  I finally ran 4 miles.  Then I couldn’t move for two days.  But I am getting back out today to do it again.

3.  My daughter took this picture of my dog-

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I laughed so hard I think I spit.

4.  I got an ARC though Net Galley that I was so excited to read-it takes place in the National Archives- then I realized it was the 3rd in a series.  So of course I had to download the first 2 to my Kindle, right?

5.  I am addicted to these chips- anyone else?

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6. My son it taking some courses at Carnegie Mellon this summer.  I know I am really going to miss him, but he left a pen in his pocket, and it went though the dryer earlier this week.  I am sure you can all imagine the outcome.

7.  What should you get a wonderful husband for a 20th anniversary present?  I am dying- no ideas at all.

8.  Things I want to do this summer-

see Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, and Pitch Perfect 2, start watching Game of Thrones (only saw the 1st season), continue with House of Cards, and reread some favorites.

oh- and watch ALL of The Sopranos again.

9.  Do you reread books often?  I used to a lot more than I do now and I don’t know why!  I feel the need to revisit- Harry Potter, Middle Earth, Lizbeth Salander, some Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell, and Shadow of the Wind trilogy.  But every time I go to the bookcase, all the unread books give me a dirty look if I reach for a pre read one.  I am not even mentioning the guilt from all the ARCs on the Kindle.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

published by Crown Publishing

June 23, 2015

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Review

When I received this book, I was excited because I really enjoy reading about booksellers.  It turns out this book was quite different then I expected it to be.  This isn’t just about a person who loved books, and is lucky enough to spend his day matching them to the right person from a barge on the Seine.

Monsieur Perdu considers himself a “literary apothecary” or a book healer.  He feels that he can talk to a person, and then choose a book that will heal what pains them in their lives.  But Perdu has a secret- he is the one who needs healing.  He is living an empty life, haven given up on everything for the past 20 years while mourning the loss of his great love.  All he has the letter she wrote when she left him- which he has never opened.  When circumstances force him to read it, he pulls anchor on his barge/bookstore, and sails towards the South of France.  This novel is a love song to books and the magic they can bring.  It is all about how boos can affect your life.  But it is also an emotional, mystical trek through grief and the fear of living.  It reads almost like a song, the rhythm and lilt of the prose is beautiful.  Do not let the title fool you- this is not just about a little bookshop in Paris.

Quotes-

“Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions;some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful voice. Like a short, torrid love affair.”

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Summary

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.