Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sheila, of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books, is the host of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? This is a weekly event to share what we read last week, what we are currently reading and what books we plan to read this week.

Read last week:

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Summary: Lincoln is hired at The Courier, a Nebraskan newspaper, to monitor the company's email.  He reads employees' emails and flags those that are inappropriate and/or personal.  When he comes across several email chains from Jennifer and Beth (both are clearly sending personal emails on company time), he doesn't turn them in.  Although he hasn't met Beth face-to-face, he slowly develops feelings for her.

Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Summary: Jackson Oz is a struggling biologist.  When animals turn on humans, he desperately tries to figure why.  (Honestly, this is one of my least favorite JP books.  I just couldn't suspend my belief while listening to the audiobook.)

Reading This Week:


On My Nightstand:


What's on your reading list this week?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Review: Trading Christmas

Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Narrated by Renee Raudman

Emily is disappointed when her daughter Heather announces she’s not coming home for Christmas.  She calls her friend Faith and explains she will be spending the holidays alone.  Faith, being a good friend, decides to surprise Emily by paying her visit.  Meanwhile, Emily has researched swapping houses for the holiday.  If Heather can’t come home, she’ll go to her.  After all, family should be together during the Christmas season.  In her haste to leave, she doesn’t call Faith to tell her her new holiday plans.

Charles is the man Emily is swapping houses with.  He can’t get out of Boston fast enough.  The holiday carolers, the last minute shoppers and the festivities are too much for him.  Escaping to a small town is just what this man needs.  Until he realizes the town of Leavenworth is even more festive than Boston.  When Faith arrives at Emily’s, she finds Charles there instead.  Not sure what to make of him or their situation, Faith decides not to allow this scrooge to ruin her holiday.

Ray, Charles’s brother decides to visit him after receiving a phone call from their meddling mother.  She claims a woman answered the phone and demands to know if she’s “the one” for her son.  Ray travels to Boston to find out the woman’s identity and meets Emily.

Trading Christmas is a predictable holiday romance.  Grab a plate of holiday cookies, a glass of eggnog and your favorite throw.  Curl up on a cold winter’s day and enjoy this festive story.

Length: 5 hours, 28 minutes

Source: Library

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sheila, of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books, is the host of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? This is a weekly event to share what we read last week, what we are currently reading and what books we plan to read this week.

What I read last week (two weeks of reading):

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier
Summary: A woman inherits her friend's journals when she is killed in a plane crash.

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Summary: Three families are affected when a teenage girl is killed after a graduation party.

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle
Summary: Mary reconnects with her sister Trish to assist her with cleaning her house.  Meanwhile, Trish needs to confront her issues with hoarding.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
Summary:  The author shares the lessons she has learned in life.

Reading This Week:

Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot (audiobook)

On My Nightstand:

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

What's on your reading list this week?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. (Button courtesy of Bewitched Bookworms.)

Title:  The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society
Author:  Darien Gee
Release Date:  January 29, 2013

Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243
At Madeline's Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones.  But across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past:  Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband's affair.  Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father.  Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon, but finds that despite a decade of living life on her own terms, the past has a way of catching up—no matter where she goes.  And Frances Latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China—unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption.

Enter Bettie Shelton, the irascible founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society.  Under Bettie's guidance, even the most reluctant of Avalon's residents come to terms with their past and make bold decisions about their future.  But when the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable.

By turns humorous, wise, and deeply moving, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.

What are you waiting for?