June 2022 Reading Wrap Up

 June 30, 2022

 June 2022 Reading Wrap Up

 

June 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your June reading?

June was good to me! Out of 9 books completed, all but one was a 4 or 5 star read. I had three 5-star reads, two 4.5-star reads, three 4-star reads, and one 3-star read.

The most memorable reads of the month were Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe (for its look into a world so different from my experience), A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (exceptional MG lit with The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley vibes), and The Thread Collectors by Shauna Edwards/Alyson Richman (for Civil War content from an African American perspective).


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)


Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

5 Stars. A compelling, gritty, and poignant coming-of-age story. Memoir-like. Diverse read. My review of Last Summer on State Street here.


The Thread Collectors by Shauna J Edwards and Alyson Richmen (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Civil War Historical Fiction from an African American perspective. Review coming 8/30/2022.


A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

5 Stars. Middle-Grade Historical Fiction. WW11 England. My review of A Place to Hang the Moon here.


The Last Dress From Paris by Jade Beer (ARC)

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. My review of Last Dress From Paris here.


The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin (ARC)

4.5 Stars. (ARC) WW11 Historical Fiction by the author of The Last Bookshop in London. Review coming 7/26/2022.


A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Fashion. Review coming 7/11/2022.


Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

4 Stars. Women’s Fiction. Epistolary. Reflective. Friendship and Food. Not yet reviewed.


Remember the Butterfly by Rebecca Marsh

3.5-4 Stars. Women’s Fiction. A heartfelt story of infertility, foster care, and adoption. Not yet reviewed.


The Tobacco Wives by Adele Meyers

3 Stars. Southern Historical Fiction. Underwhelmed. Not yet reviewed.



QOTD:

What was your favorite June read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

June Blog Posts:

The German Wife Review
Summer 2022 TBR
Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow Review
6 Favorite Historical Fiction in 6 Months
The Last Dress From Paris Review
Recommendations For Historical Fiction With a Side of Thriller
All the Devils Are Here Review
Flying Solo Review
Last Summer on State Street Review
A Place to Hang the Moon Review
Red Sky Over Hawaii Review
Nora Goes Off Script Review
Book Lovers Review
Secret Daughter Review
The Messy Lives of Book People Review



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Summer 2022 TBR #toptentuesday

June 28, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2022 TBR

Summer TBR #TopTenTuesday

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top ten tuesday

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2022 TBR.

With all the books on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these beach reads?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a beach read: some want light and fluffy, some look for thrillers/suspense/mysteries, some seek out escapist reads, while others like to tackle large tomes or serious content during the summer when they have more time. It’s my opinion that any book you read at the beach is a beach read (just like a body at the beach is a beach body). For my summer reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable. This summer I actually have more light women’s fiction on my TBR than in the past. (I’m also an incorrigible mood reader)

cartoon: 2 people lying on the beach reading: "Don't Tell anyone but this is really my winter reading."

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my summer 2022 reading radar.

And….Happy Winter reading to my friends and followers in the Southern Hemisphere!

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

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6 Favorite Historical Fiction in 6 Months [2022] #6BooksIn6Months #ThrowBackThursday

June 23, 2022

6 in 6 [2022]

6 Best Histfic in 6 Months (collage of covers)

The Six in Six is a meme created by Jo at The Book Jotter At the end of June, we are halfway through the year,  so the idea is to share the books we have read in these first 6 months. When I looked at my list of the top 6 so far this year, I realized that they were all Historical Fiction. You’re not really surprised, are you?!

I’m also linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowBackThursday (since I’ve previously reviewed 4 of the 6 titles).

In the true spirit of the 6 in 6 meme, we are asked to share 6 books in 6 categories. Coming up with 36 books will take more brain power than I have available right now, so I will share 6 of the best (most memorable) historical fiction books I’ve read so far this year. Bonus: At the end of the post, I’m sharing 6 books in 6 more categories!

If you need to fill your beach bag or your summer TBR, I hope you’ll find something here to match your reading taste! I highly recommend each one!

***Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.

a cartoonish number 6

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May 2022 Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2022

 May 2022 Reading Wrap Up

May 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your May reading?

Between tragic national news (Uvalde) and a family health issue, I feel like my reading mood was all over the board. I did have a few great reads.
Out of 13 books completed, I had two 5-star reads, two 4.5-star reads (rounded up to 5), four 4-star reads, three 3-star reads, and two 2-Star reads. I read two nonfiction which brings my year total to 8.  I had one DNF.

The most memorable 4.5-5 Star reads of the month were The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer (for its interesting and compelling content), Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton, and The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)


The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Page-turning and compelling WW11 historical fiction. Review coming 6/28/2022.


Lila by Marilynne Robinson

5 Stars. Literary Historical Fiction. (#3 in the Gilead Series) Not yet reviewed.


Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton (ARC)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction. My review of Our Last Days in Barcelona here.


The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman (ARC)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Historical Fiction. WW11/Pearl Harbor. Review coming 8/2/2022.


The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs

4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Not at all about sewing (TWs for domestic violence). Not yet reviewed.


Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman (ARC)

 

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. My review of Adult Assembly Required here.


Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. #5 in the Hedgehog Series. Review coming 6/28/2022.


Jack by Marilynne Robinson

4 Stars. Literary Historical Fiction (#4 in the loosely connected Gilead Series). Character-driven and sad. Not reviewed.


Sand Dollar Lane by Sheila Roberts

3.5-4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction (closed-door romance). #6 in the Moonlight Harbor Series. For this one, I think it’s important to have read #5 first. Not reviewed.


Book Lovers by Emily Henry

 

3 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction (some open-door romance). Review coming soon.


A Swim in the Pond in the Rain by George Sanders

3 Stars. Nonfiction. An analysis of Russian short stories in a classroom format. The analysis is interesting but I wished I had liked the stories more. Not reviewed.


Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

2 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Half of the story is high school flashbacks, so it feels heavily YA. Also, the main character is not too likable. Many readers in my buddy read group loved it. My Goodreads review of Every Summer After here.


On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old by Parker J. Palmer

2 Stars. Nonfiction. Memoir/Essay. The title is misleading. Mostly a rehash of his previous writing. Very few mentions of aging. Not reviewed.


DNF: Chemistry Lessons by Bonnie Garmus

1 Star. Women’s Feminist Fiction. DNF at 7%. This was promoted as light-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny. When I encountered the graphic description of violent rape, I wondered if I was reading the same book as everyone else. This book is receiving RAVE reviews, and I feel like the outlier of all outliers! I’m so far out there that Andy Weir could write his next space adventure about me! Check reviews for trigger warnings because I didn’t get far (even though I could see it was well written).



QOTD:

What was your favorite May read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

May Blog Posts:

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle Review
Track Your Reading: Goodreads or Story Graph?
The Book of Lost Names Review
Our Last Days in Barcelona Review
TTT: Ten Memorable Book Quotes (Volume 3)
Do You Love a Book Series?
Adult Assembly Required Review
Bloomsbury Girls Review
Bomb Shelter & I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet Reviews
The Last Train to Key West Review
The Guide to Gratitude (Guest Post)
TTT: 10 Memorable Bookish Characters
The Jane Austen Society Review
Black Butterflies Review
TTT: One Word Reviews of Five Star Reads
The Book Woman’s Daughter Review



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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April 2022 Reading Wrap Up

April 30, 2022

 April 2022 Reading Wrap Up

April 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your April reading?

April was a satisfactory reading month with mostly 4 and 3 star reads.
Out of 11 books completed, I had one 5-star read, five 4-star reads, and four 3-star reads, one 2-star read.

The most memorable and enjoyable fiction read of the month is A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke for its equally engaging dual timeline.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)


A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke (ARC)

 

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: a young woman viewed from the waist up stands with her back to the camera and arms held behind her waist.

5 Stars. (ARC) Page-turning and compelling (Civil War and WW11) historical fiction. My review of A Hundred Crickets Singing here.


Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

 

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (cover) grayscale cover....a woman in a dark long coat walks into a grove of tall trees (red and black text)

4 Stars. Historical Fiction. Excellently written and well-researched but a story about a sniper is difficult subject matter. My review of Diamond Eye will be published soon.


I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequist

 

I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequist (cover) Image: colorful text against a white background

4 Stars. Nonfiction. Memoir/Essay. Christian. My review of I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet will be published soon.


Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

 

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott (cover) Image: yellow text and a large turtle against a pinkish red background

4 Stars. Nonfiction. Memoir/Essay. Exceeded my expectations. My review of Bomb Shelter will be published soon.


The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

 

The Matchmaker's Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman (cover) Image: light teal text over a darker teal background, bordered with flowers

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Jewish. Women’s Fiction/Romance. Lovely story which would have received 5 stars except for the abundance of magical realism. My review of The Matchmaker’s Gift will be published 9/20/2022.


Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist (ARC)

 

Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist (cover) Image: A young African American boy (with blue cape) and girl stand looking at the camera

4 Stars. (ARC) Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction. I love this kid! My review of Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day will be published 8/2/2022.


The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick (ARC)

The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick (cover) Image: built in bookshelves surround a red double door

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Books about books. My review of The Messy Lives of Book People will be published 6/28/2022.


So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow (cover) Image: four young women sit/stand posed as a group in a garden

 

3 Stars. Historical Fiction. Retelling of Little Women. Diverse Read. My review of So Many Beginnings coming soon.


The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Dideon

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (cover) black text on a pale pink background

3 Stars. Nonfiction. Memoir/Essay. Well-written but depressing and sad. Not reviewed.


Greenhouse Glass by Kate Milford

Greenglass House by Kate Milford (cover) Image: graphic picture of a mansion tucked into the snowy woods

3 Stars. Middle Grade Fiction. Mystery/Fantasy. Not reviewed.


The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd (cover) Image: shelves of books and binders in blue tones lit by one overhead lightbulb

2 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. Mystery. Underwhelmed….I just didn’t care….almost DNF. Not reviewed.



QOTD:

What was your favorite April read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

April Blog Posts:

A Hundred Crickets Review
What Genre Can You Identify by Looking at the Book Cover?
10 Novels in Free Verse #NationalPoetryMonth (Love That Dog Review)
Tweet Cute Review
To Annotate or Not to annotate?
The Bookseller’s Promise Review
The Rain Stick #NationalPoetryMonth
Refugee Blues #NationalPoetryMonth
Sea Wife Review
Mrs. England Review
Books About Sisters
National Library Week
Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe Review
The Lanyard #NationalPoetryMonth
Little Fires Everywhere Review



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Books About Sisters #NationalSiblingsDay #Sisters

April 10, 2022

Books About Sisters

Books About Sisters (two sisters lie on their backs with heads touching)

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#NationalSiblingsDay

I’m celebrating National Siblings Day with a post about sisters! I love reading books about complicated family drama and I especially love stories featuring sisters!

             By My Side

I have two Siblings….two treasured Sisters. In the picture below, I’m standing and my two sisters are seated on either side of our mom. This pictures was taken in the “before” times. You see, my sister Jollene (seated on the left) is now in Heaven. Dearly loved and gone too soon.

three sisters and mom

*Titles are links to my review or Amazon affiliate links.



Books About Sisters



(In no particular order)

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

(histfic: WW11)

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies (cover) Image: a woman stands with her back to the camera in a field with trees and a house on a hill in the distance

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

(contemporary thriller)

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (cover) Image: a young girl peers out the window of a house at the red roses growing in the garden

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

(comtamporary women’s fiction: Europe)

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (cover) Image: two young women holding promotional materials and wearing hats stand next to a railing on an ocean liner

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National Library Week 2022 #BooksAboutLibraries #NationalLibraryWeek #TopTenTuesday

April 5, 2022

National Library Week: April 3-9

National Library Week (image: a hand chooses a book from library shelves)

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday “Freebie.” In celebration of National Library Week, my “freebie” topic is Books About Libraries and Librarians.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

Do you have a library card?

Do you have more than one library card?

Do you have fond childhood memories of bringing home a pile of books from the library?

As a child, did you participate in a summer reading program at the library?

Have you ever taken your child to storytime at the library?

Have you ever gone to the library to study or research or for some quiet time?

Do you belong to a book club at the library?

Do you consider yourself a heavy library user?

Is your library card one of the prized possessions in your wallet?

Did you use your library more or less during the Pandemic?

What percentage of the books you’ve read this year are from the library?

National Library Week Graphic

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Even though I’ve switched over to reading digitally, I consider myself a heavy library user. In fact, over 50% of the books I read in a year are from the library.

The BEST feature of using your libraries digital lending app (like Libby or Overdrive) is that there are NO library fines because the book automatically disappears (is returned) on the due date.

Another benefit is that you can link up multiple library cards. I have two library cards linked, one for my local library and one for my county library.

Do you borrow books physically or digitally from your library?

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore, achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.
~Sidney Sheldon

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Books About Libraries and Librarians



The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

5+ Stars. My Review Here. (the main character is a packhorse librarian)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)


The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

5 Stars. My Review Here. (a teenage girl assumes responsibility for the underground library of Auschwitz)

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe (cover)


What You Wish For by Katherine Center

4 Stars. My Goodreads Review. (the main character is a school librarian)

What You Wish For by Katherine Center (cover) Image: bright flowers and the edge of a gold ferris wheel bordering a bright blue background


The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

4 Stars. My review here. (multigenerational library friendship and one special book list)

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (cover) white text overe a graphic image of scattered open books


Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

 4.5 Stars. My review here. (libraries of the past, present, and future)

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr


The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

4  Stars. My review here. (saving a library)

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson (cover) Image: white block text on a blue background....the letters represent three bookshelves holding books and scenes from the library


The Library Book by Susan Orlean

(narrative nonfiction account of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library). Not reviewed.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean (cover) Image: Gold lettering on a red background


The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

4 Stars. My review here. (a library and the French Resistance)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (cover) Image: a woman sits on a wall with her back to the camera overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the distance


The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne

4.5 Stars. My review here. (surviving a blizzard in a library)

The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne (cover) white text over a background of shelved books


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

3 Stars. My review here. (the iconic New York City Public Library is the setting for this histfic story)

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (cover) Image: a woman in a yellow dress stands with an open book inside a large museum type room



QOTD!

Do you have a library card?

Do you use Libby or Overdrive?

What is your favorite book about libraries or librarians?



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social!

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Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

Book Cover and author photo are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.

© Readingladies.com

March 2022 Reading Wrap Up

March 30, 2022

 March 2022 Reading Wrap Up

March 2022 Reading Wrap Up

How was your February reading?

March reading was challenging because my moods were all over the place! The War Against Ukraine and a 6 week old granddaughter in the hospital (she’s fine now!) caused me to be unfocused in my reading life. I read 3 light chick-lit books in 3 days at the end of the month, to jumpstart my reading mojo!
Out of 8 books completed, I had zero 5-star reads, five 4-star reads, and three 3-star read.

The most memorable and enjoyable fiction read of the month is The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan.


Did we read any of the same books?

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Titles are Amazon affiliate links or my linked reviews
.
ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)


The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

 

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle bbby Jennifer Ryan (cover) four women working on (hand) sewing projects

4 Stars. (ARC) Uplifting (WW11) historical fiction/women’s fiction. My review of Wedding Dress Sewing Circle will be published 5/31/2022.


Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris

 

Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris (cover) Image: a colorful assortment of various graphic shapes

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction, Sarajevo. My review of Black Butterflies will be published 5/5/2022.


The Bookseller’s Promise by Beth Wiseman

 

The Bookseller's Promise by Beth Wiseman (cover) Image: a young Amish couple look adoringly at each other...the woman holds a book

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Amish Fiction. Romance. Christian. My review of The Bookseller’s Promise will be published 4/19/2022.


The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

 

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (cover) Image: graphic picture of a young man and young woman standing with arms crossed backs to each other

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Fiction. Romcom. My review of The Bodyguard will be published 7/19/2022.


Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer

 

Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer (cover) Image: ttitle and text below a pink and purple landscape

4 Stars. Nonfiction, Self Help. Not reviewed.


Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

 

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (cover) Image: a graphic image of a young woman holding a coffee cup....a novel lies nearby.....she looks out over a large green lawn with a small house in the distance

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Romance. My review of Nora Goes Off Script will be published 6/7/2022.


Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes (cover) Image: a graphic image of a pond with ducks and a boat and steps leading up to a small house

 

3 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Romance. My review of Flying Solo will be published 6/14/2022.


Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

 

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (cover) Image: text plus a collage of5 pictures (girl reading, a suitcase, a pic of an egg, a museum, paint brushes in a jar)

2.5-3 Stars. Middle Grade Fiction. Difficult to feel connected with the story (probably my mood). Not Reviewed.


DNF (23%): The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Middle Grade Fiction from my Newbery Project. Underwhelmed.



QOTD:

What was your favorite March read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

March Blog Posts:

Little Fires Everywhere
The Honeybee Emeralds
Ghost (and Middle Grade March)
Where the Lost Wander
Meet the Blogger (Book Tag)
I Must Betray You (and fav YA titles)
Code Name Helene
TTT: Spring 2022 TBR
These Precious Days
Castle of Water
TTT: 10 Women Authors and Their Debuts
The Book of Lost Friends
Sisters of Night and Fog



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social!

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

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Instagram
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***Blog posts may contain affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I can earn a small percentage of your purchase price.

Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

Book covers and photos are credited to Amazon or publisher websites.

© http://www.ReadingLadies.com

 

Spring 2022 TBR #TopTenTuesday

March 15, 2022

Spring Reading Season TBR (2022)

Spring Reading TBR

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For spring, these are the ten books prioritized at the top of my TBR Mountain. I finished seven books from my Winter TBR and didn’t get to three: 2 are going back on my general TBR….they’ve been on and off my priority TBR a couple of times and I am not feeling the urgency (#moodreader) and one will be put on next winter’s TBR because it’s a Christmas romance.

For this Spring TBR, there are a mix of genres, and I’m hoping for some winners here. Have you read any of these or is one on your TBR? ***Note: four are ARC (advanced reader copy) commitments and publication dates are noted. 

I never plan more than ten titles for my quarterly TBR lists because I need to leave time for mood reading and review commitments. These ten books (in no particular order) are a priority on a much longer general TBR.

What is your most anticipated read this spring?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2022 To Be Read List.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)


Spring 2022 TBR


The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson (cover) Image: a young woman in a white blouse and red skirt sits on a cabinet top surrounded by books and bookshelves

Genre: Historical Fiction
I’m waiting for this to be available on kindle because I no longer buy physical copies.
***Thanks for the rec Joanne @ Portobello book blog

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10 Women Authors and Their Debuts #TopTenTuesday #WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalDayOfTheWoman

March 8, 2022

Women Authors and Their Debuts

Women's History Month: Debut Authors (Image: two women standing at the edge of a bluff looking out over the ocean)

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I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl but going rogue!

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

Do you have a favorite debut author?

Too many! Amirite?!

I’m going rogue today with Top Ten Tuesday because I want to acknowledge International Day of the Woman as part of Women’s History Month.

Publishing was a field for men. In publishing history, there was a time when women authors could not get published. Women were not allowed to sign their own contracts, did not receive equal pay, and were forced to write under pseudonyms. For International Day of the Woman, I’m focusing on modern women authors and their debuts as we celebrate those who fought hard for the right to be heard, sign their own contracts, and publish under their own name for equal pay.

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Let’s celebrate women authors!
I’ve listed a few (recent) notable debuts in no particular order.

1

Fatima Farheen Mirza
Debut: A Place For Us

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

…complicated family drama

2

Yaa Gyasi
Debut: Homegoing

 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi cover (yellow background with red and blue and black designs)

…multigeneraltional family saga

3

Angeline Boulley
Debut: The Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: the profiles of two native american young People (man and woman) in cultural dress

indigenous people and the FBI

4

Anne Youngson
Meet Me at the Museum

…friendship and correspondence

 

5

Charmaine Wilkerson
Debut: Black Cake

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background

…complicated family drama

6

Abi Daré
Debut: The Girl With the Louding Voice

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)

…finding your voice

7

Gail Honeyman
Debut: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

…survival

8

Emma Lord
Debut: Tweet Cute

Tween Cute by Emma Lord (cover) Image: graphic of two apartment buildings shows a teen in each on social media

…YA romcom

9

Anissa Gray
Debut: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

…complicated family drama

10

Jane Harper
Debut: The Dry

The Dry

…mystery and suspense

***Edited to add #11

(One of my favs! How could I forget?!)

Cara Wall
Debut: The Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (cover) Image: white text over an orange leafless tree with sprawling branches set against a bright blue background

…friendship

 



QOTD:

Have you read and loved any of these debut authors?
Do you have a favorite debut author?



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