Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hello, Sunshine

Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781508239987
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Fun chick-lit about the perils of social media and the meaning of redemption, and surprisingly light on romance.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Last Day for UBAM Christmas Orders

10 days left to order to get it in time for Christmas!  Order here now.  Comment below with ages and interests if you need book recommendations.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 11/19-12/2

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

First Reads from Goodreads:
A Hard Place by Sean Lynch
What Remains True by Janis Thomas

LibraryThing Early Review:
On the Edge of Tomorrow by Sara Danielle & Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Received in December's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Protected by Love by Jennifer Ryan
Counterbalance by Kelly Moran
Boss with Benefits by Talia Hunter
Back in the Game by Erin Kern
The Charmer by Avery Flynn
Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Holt
An Inn Decent Proposal by Sharon BuchBinder
The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Love and Other Hazards

Love and Other Hazards
by Claudia Ries
published by River Grove
May 2017
ISBN 9781632991225

I am having trouble figuring out how to best classify Claudia Ries's Love and Other Hazards.  It is contemporary, yet, for some reason, has a nostalgic feel.  It shares a lot of characteristics with woman's fiction, but I see no reason why some men would not enjoy it.

Glenda Fieldston keeps crossing paths with Eugene Lerman at work and at her daughter's school.  The two strike up a tenuous friendship, led by Glenda's forwardness.  Both have other relationships at the moment, but the pull between them is palpable.

Love and Other Hazards is a nice work of fiction, whatever genre it falls in.  There are a lot of characters to keep straight, especially when first getting into the story, but it is worth wading through and getting to know Glenda and Eugene.  Claudia Ries excels at characterization as Glenda's and Eugene's personalities saturate the page.  All in all, a good read.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Address

Title: The Address
Author: Fiona Davis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780525499596
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very atmospheric historical fiction that almost feels gothic.  The more modern storyline has the same feel.

Rating: 5/5

Monday, November 20, 2017

Heather, the Totality

Title: Heather, the Totality
Author: Matthew Weiner
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-43531-4
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A strange, quick read that runs head-long where it needs to go.

Rating: 3/5