I realize this is pressure I put on myself, especially since I have a lovely book group and no one cares if you don't finish the book. But then again, I rarely finished a college paper more than a day before it was due and I still write my blog posts right before I publish them!
Now that I'm in my thirties I finally realized I just need to roll with this aspect of my personality rather than worry about it!
I love to connect with other like minded readers so feel free to look me up on Goodreads where you can see my current reads-I'm in the middle of some good ones right now :)
This is quasi-local history for me right now as much of the story takes place around the Red River just to our south. This is a fascinating story of how the Comanche tribe changed after the horse arrived and the history of the war with white settlers. This is quite bloody, so if you are squeamish you may want to skip it. Gwynne perfectly describes one of those moments in history where there are no heroes and no glorious victories.
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
I've now read all of Susanna Kearsley's back catalog. Sniff, sniff! Now I'll just have to start re-reading them all :) That being said, this one wasn't my favorite. I loved the set-up-modern day Julia keeps stumbling on a big old grey stone house and eventually buys it because she knows it's her house. She begins to have flashbacks of the life of Mariana, who lived in the house centuries before. She needs to solve the puzzle of Mariana's life before she can move forward with her own. I love a good "house story" but the end was a little out of left field for me…that didn't stop me from devouring the whole thing in two days though.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
My book club chose to read this because we read The Paris Wife a few months ago and this is Hemingway's version of the story. I haven't read anything by him in years so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is a series of vignettes and I enjoyed some but was bored by others. In a way, it really makes me want to read other "classics" that I missed in high school now that I'm an adult because I can appreciate them on a whole different level. That whole deadline thing was a problem for me back then too :)
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I was afraid that this would never live up to the hype, but I needn't have worried. I couldn't put this down! My children may have watched an extra movie or two so that I could keep reading. The story of two friends in New York City in the late 1930s and how a chance encounter at a jazz club changes their future. Go pick this one up…but don't expect to get much done until you finish it!
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
Lady Georgiana Rannoch is 35th in line for the British throne in the 1920s and is trying to avoid life as a lady-in-waiting to an elderly dowager or marriage to an unpleasant foreign prince. This is the seventh book in the series, and they are always entertaining, quick reads. Bowen is a witty writer with an eye for a good mystery. Start with the first in this series, Her Royal Spyness or check out one of her other mystery series starring Evan Evans or Molly Murphy.
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What have you been reading lately?
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