Today is a godawful miserable day that basically nothing could cheer up but I am looking forward to the day I can enjoy my Instagram giveaway wins! Thanks Flatiron books.
I have been away for awhile, and posting sporadically before that. I am going to try to change that in the upcoming days, as I have missed this community.
Just finished this book, I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It felt too long, too detailed in some ways, yet too vague in others.
View from my front porch on this beautiful September day! 😊
It‘s an Amazon deal today! I have not read it but it seems to be everywhere, so I grabbed it for a good price.
Hotel reading. Overall I really enjoyed this historical fiction but it gets really slow in the middle. It follows three generations of women: Rich and newly married Kitty in the 1930s, smart and sassy Joan (Kitty‘s daughter) in the 1950s, and sweet Evie in present day who is tasked with deciding to keep the giant family island in Maine. Nice historical settings and characters but most of the middle could have been cut.
The first of two groups. Everything I got was deeply discounted today, thank goodness. 🙈
I‘ll be needing “Education” for a book club meeting in a few months. “The Guest Book” sounds amazing and takes place in a state I love, Maine. I‘m looking to be introduced to a great new thriller series, and Quinn Colson might do it for me. We‘ll see. 😎
Have you read any of these?!
The ‘Brass‘ in the song means money, so I thought of this recent B&N bookclub pick.
Once I found my groove with Blake‘s very descriptive writing, I really enjoyed this multi-generational family saga set on a family‘s private island.
On the surface there is elegance and privilege, yet hidden beneath the shallow veneer is an underbelly of secrets, lies and prejudices. It lead to a great discussion! Lots to talk about!
Time for a check in! I‘m at 9 1/2 hours so far. Most has been audiobook listening, since I‘ve been working on household projects. Just took a late lunch (leftover onion, mushroom, spinach, & feta frittata w/ grape tomatoes & cold brewed watermelon mint tea 🍉🍃) The Guest Book is one of those books I think I should have read, & not listened to. It just didn‘t grip or keep my interest. 🤷♀️ It‘s finished & I‘m on to the next book! #24in48 @24in48
Late lunch today, a noon appointment, pushed things back a bit. I‘m enjoying a quiet moment with my current read (I‘ve been flipping back & forth between audio & physical, anyone else do the same?) & leftover green chicken curry. It‘s even better now that the flavours have marinated together. I have just enough leftover rice, to make a favourite breakfast tomorrow, rice cereal w/ nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice - it reminds me of my childhood!
I went to the first annual Strawberry Full Moon Book Swap tonight at Watermark Books in Wichita. I chose Less. They also gave each of us a wrapped ARC. I scored with The Guest Book! I think I‘m more excited about that one than the one I chose!
Three generations of the Milton family spanning from the 1930s to present day. The book focuses on the social inhumanities during this period, telling the reader that families thoughts/values can change with each generation, but core family values will remain.
For thoughts and additional findings: https://recommended-4.com/blog/2019/06/09/the-guest-book/
Have you ever heard the phrase “the sins of our fathers?” That kept popping up in my mind. There‘s so much truth to it in this story. In their minds they felt so far above everyone else they couldn‘t see it. White privilege, racial inequality + guilt all played a role in the three generations of the Milton family history. Blake‘s writing was perfection + kept me turning pages. 4 ☆ #bookclub
My husband asked if I wanted to work out with him this morning? No...I just want to relax and read 🤓
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A little slow to start, as Blake‘s writing is VERY descriptive...... But once I found my groove with it, I really enjoyed this multi-generational family saga centered around a family‘s private island.
On the surface there is elegance and privilege, yet hidden beneath this shallow veneer is an underbelly of secrets, lies and prejudices. This should be a great discussion at the B&N bookclub in June.... lots to talk about!
This book was all the stars to me. I'm on a really good book roll right now and this is something that really made me think and also had me crying at times. I urge everyone to give this a try - although the pacing can be slower at parts so I know this won't be for everyone.
Full review here! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2662466326
This book raises some really interesting questions. Can we change who we are or who we are meant to be? Can we ever really make a big change in the world? How would we have reacted at specific times in history (mainly WW II and the civil rights movement). It was good and it was really long!
Reading with my feet up. Put my girls down to bed a little early since they were cranky from no naps 🤦🏻♀️ so hubby and I are reading in our little library #couplesgoals
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(This was a bookmark I made for Valentines, I love it so much!)
My little reading corner on the couch 🛋 so I can be close to the fam but still in a different world 🥰 I got the lamp from Costco. I loved it so much that I bought another one for the other side of the couch 😍
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My top three emojis pictured above!
I do not have any graduates in my family but many, many children of friends.
Thankfully, not much - a baseball game and some Mother‘s Day fun.
I am the oldest of two daughters.
💛⭐️👍🏼 shoutout to @Erinreadsthebooks , @irre and @fandom_hellspawn99
Now that the secret is out, Barnes & Nobles pick for the June 11th discussion is Sarah Blake's new novel, The Guest Book. It was killing me not being able share this new with you all until today.
I will be starting this one tonight after tonight's discussion of Lost Roses.
that feeling when you finish a book, 481 pages later. This book was a little slow to get into, but paid off beautifully in the end. A tale of life choices, secrets, and regrets that spans generations, and their effect on a family. Perception of history and “knowing” people unfolds across decades, as we see the heartbreaking effects choices can have on the lives of others, like a cascade of dominoes. Beautifully written with compelling characters.