This & That

Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am. Did you know that Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day? While we typically go to B&N because it’s close to our house, I think this weekend we are going to visit BookPeople. I’m looking for Flow magazine which I haven’t seen at B&N in a while and I know my husband likes to look for German news magazines and they tend to carry some international editions. Are you going to visit any indie bookstores?

I can’t believe April is almost over and I feel like there’s still more to do to celebrate April events, especially National Poetry Month and National Letter Writing Month! I’ve received a lovely letter from Jenclair¬†and a fun package from one of my friends with some items I can use in my crafty activities. I’m working on some letters and just need to make sure I get them in the mail soon. I’ve finished one poetry collection but hopefully will pick up another one soon.

And, this weekend is also Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Who’s going to join? You guys have a great time!

Have a super weekend and more book talk soon!

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.