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Book of the Week

I’m currently doing something I never do — reading a stack of books all at the same time, hoping one holds some promise.

  • The Longing of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown — There were glimmers of promise throughout, but ultimately it didn’t deliver.
  • Visiting Hours by Amy Butcher — I downloaded this one for free through Penguin’s First to Read program and it’s difficult to read because 1.) the file isn’t compatible with my Kindle so I’m reading on screen and 2.) it’s another “white person in jail” story and not particularly compelling (he murdered his girlfriend in a psychotic rage and I’m supposed to relate on a BFF level?).
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson — I can’t get past the metaphors in the first chapter, so this one is a probable ditch.
  • Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner – I am fully engrossed in this story and it’s pulled ahead as the winner this week.

What have you been reading?

Worthy of the Week

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Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

I picked up a whole stack of books from the library yesterday (why is it that all the library holds come in at the same exact time?), but the night before I was searching for something to read so I picked up The Longing of Wayward Girls, which has been on my nightstand since approximately July of 2013. It wasn’t bad, but I kept expecting it to be better, know what I mean?

What are you reading this weekend?

February Reads

My love language is gifts (act surprised) and if I had a Valentine, he would have had the easiest gift buying experience ever this year. There’s a slew of excellent books being released this month and a stack of them would turned me into a giant heart eye emoji. 😍

Are you looking forward to reading any of these February reads?

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, February Reads, Books

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (February 3) Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny, February Reads

Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny (February 3) Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, February Reads

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (February 10) My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (February 10) “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link (February 3) Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (February 10) Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva’s pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

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Book of the Week

I read about two things I know nothing about this week: ballet and opera. Astonish Me was an engaging read with a not-so-twist ending. Bel Canto is far more contemporary than I thought it was, with it’s industry and terrorism, and was a real struggle for me. I ended up giving up and starting The Affairs of Others.

What did you read this week?

Oh, and how do you feel about Harper Lee’s new book?!

Galentine’s Day

Treats provided by Shari’s Berries.

Y’all know how much I love Valentine’s Day, so it’s probably no surprise that I’m equally enthusiastic about Galentine’s Day — an annual celebration of girl (space) friends. The great thing about Galentine’s Day is that there’s no hype, so you can create your own and celebrate however you like — a casual brunch, a wild and crazy ladie’s night, or dinner and a movie.

Last weekend I pulled out my best Britney Spears drinkware, chilled a bottle of Veuve rosé, and invited some lady friends over for snacks and reruns of Sex and the City.

The dress code was stretchy pants and the only requirement was to relax.

Galentine's Day

Shari’s Berries was thoughtful enough to send boxes (and boxes) of sweet treats — they’re great for gifts and parties — and I threw in some salty snacks and decked out the kitchen in traditional pink and hearts.

Shari's Berries Ombre Cherries

The gourmet dipped swizzle strawberries are juicy and delicious, and while they may be Shari’s showpiece, the hand-dipped ombre cherries are oh so trendy and delightful. I’m a sucker for maraschino cherries. Especially when paired with champagne.

Shari's Berries Love Bug Brownie Pops

The love bug brownie bites are so cute you want to squeeze them (and then devour them) and the conversation hearts brownie bites bring that Valentine kitsch.

After a half hour, there was nothing left but an empty champagne bottle and some popcorn kernels. A Galentine’s Day success and a tradition we’ll be sure to continue!

Shari's Berries

Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day, or do anything else to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with your friends?

Thank you to the lovely people at Shari’s Berries for providing the treats. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.