Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's Monday -- What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. It's is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books finished:
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly McNees (4 of 5 stars)

This was a delightful, romantic, and breezy novel. Perfect for summer.

I also finished for book group:
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks. I haven't reviewed this one yet and will wait until after book group, so I can incorporate some of my fellow groupies' thoughts.  But my initial thoughts: I was really disappointed.  I'll leave it at that for now.

I got in the mail this week:

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
From B&N
Phoebe Swift, the proprietress of a new vintage clothing boutique, forms the center of this richly layered novel filled with the luxurious fashions of a bygone era. As Phoebe discovers, when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re also buying a piece of someone’s past. There’s one item in particular that will unexpectedly change her life. Seamlessly blending humor and heartbreak, A Vintage Affair is a great summer read.

This was a "Barnes & Noble  Recommends" book selection and I was totally suckered in by the promo.  I've read other BN recommended books with varying success.  I'm hoping it is worth the "recommendation."

Additionally, I have on the HOLD SHELF at the library:

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
From B&N:
BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller, GODS IN ALABAMA, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plottwists.

I will pick this up on Tuesday.

The TBR stack remains disappointingly untouched -- it's a carbon copy from last week:

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman
A Long Long Time Ago But Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Evangeline by Ben Farmer (I just won't let this thing go! I'm determined to read it even though I've re-checked it out 5 times! Ugh!)

What should I start this week?  Any votes?

What are you reading this week?


Rebecca Chapman said...

I would love to read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. I hear so many good things about it

Anonymous said...

I keep saying I'm going to read the Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. I'm really going to have to pick that one up soon.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am really curious about a Vintage Affair - I hope it is a good one for you :)

Teddyree said...

Vintage Affair sounds like my cup of tea, hope you enjoy it. Have a great week :-)

Cass said...

Interested in Vintage Affair too. It sounds good. Hope you enjoy it! Happy reading. :)

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Jan von Harz said...

I really want to read A Vintage Affair. Love the premise and it looks really good. Enjoy!

heather said...

I just put A Vintage Affair on reserve at the library. Thanks for the recommendation.

Anonymous said...

What a pity you didn't like the Geraldine Brooks book. I haven't read that one but read 2 others that I liked. Hopefully you'll have a good discussion with your group about it!

Stephanie said...

It's a shame Nine Parts of Desire was a disappointment. I thought it was terrific, though I didn't love it as much as I did her historical novels. I look forward to hearing your reactions.

jlshall said...

You've got some great titles listed there. I'll be interested to see what you think of A Vintage Affair - I've been intrigued by that one, too.

Hope you enjoy all your reading this week!

Kristi said...

I have Backseat Saints to read. Looks pretty good to me. Don't you hate it when you don't feel like you have made any forward progress on your TBR pile?!

Happy reading!