Celebrate Earth Day

Happy Sunday & Earth day everyone! I hope your weekend has been a fun one so far. It’s been a bit cooler and gray over here but I’m still so excited to look out into our garden every day and see what new blooms are coming up.

I started reading a new book yesterday and so far it’s a great one. I knew I could count on Sujata Massey for a good character but I really like that this series debut, The Widows of Malabar Hill, is set in 1920s Bombay. I love the setting and historical aspect.

Also, another important date is coming up – World Book Day! That’s tomorrow and did you know that Amazon has nine free books? There are thrillers, memoirs and fiction to choose from. Unfortunately this is only available to those in the U.S. but it is a great way to get your hands on some literature in translation.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! I plan to do a bit of crafting and reading. What about you?

Not That I Could Tell

“So I make sure it’s obvious to everyone there what happy, healthy, cherished little people my kids are. I never forget to dress them in their pajamas for pajama day. I always sign up to bring the most elaborate snacks to the class parties. I help other moms in the parking lot when their pumpkin seats jam or their strollers collapse. I make a point of knowing all their names. You probably think I care a lot about what my friends think. I don’t.”

Not That I Could Tell
By Jessica Strawser
Published: March 2018
Source: Advance review copy

One evening a group of women friends gather around in their backyard. Enjoy some drinks, laughs and even sharing some secrets. After the weekend the quaint and calm neighborhood will be never be the same as Kristin, one the women is missing as well as her small children.

Could Kristin’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Paul, have anything to do with the disappearance. As the detectives question Kristin’s friends, the women realize that they didn’t know Kristin very well at all. How come they had no idea that Kristin had inherited a large sum of money from her first marriage after her husband was killed?

The once quiet neighborhood is now under intense media scrutiny. Paul moves back into Kristin’s home and meanwhile all the women who were Kristin’s friends start to re-think their lives and relationships. Clara and Izzy the other two main women characters have their own issues they are trying to work out and something this major happening in their lives upends what they thought was a nicely controlled new life.

I really enjoyed the description of the town and could just imagine what it was like. I also liked the young girl who is a budding reporter. The character that was harder to get behind though was Izzy. At first I felt bad for her because of her unrequited love but after a while, I’m thinking enough with your pity party. Mostly though while it was an easy story to get into, for a thriller it just didn’t surprise me enough.

On the Nightstand

I mentioned in my last post that my reading has been a bit on the slow side but I do have a good variety of books keeping me busy at the moment and I wanted to chat about those for a bit.

First is Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová. This is a short novel but it feels like there is a lot going on as it is mainly about the experiences of Elza and Ian, a young couple living in an apartment complex outside of Bratislava. There are odd neighbors, and lots of noises. The couple feels trapped in their neighborhood but at the same time they seem to just waste their time in cafes. Will definitely be curious to see how this one develops.

Next up is The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield. As part of the Classics Spin I meant to read The Garden Party but what I didn’t realize was that it was a short story. I did read it and loved it but now I want to read the other stories in the collection so that’s why this one is on my nightstand.

This morning I started The Surveyors by Mary Jo Salter. Oddly enough one of the poems is titled Bratislava. What are the chances of Bratislava coming up in two of my current reads? I love it when there are little synchronicities in our reading. Anyway, this collection of poems is really enjoyable and feels easy to connect to.

Finally, my evening read (not pictured because it’s on my Kindle) is The Child by Fiona Barton and it’s the story of an old house being demolished and what is found underneath. I’m still very much in the early stages of this thriller but I’m in. If I remember correctly this one has been a favorite around the blogosphere right?

Let me know if you’ve hard of some of these, or read them, and what you think.