Literary Junkies Link Party

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Happy Tuesday!! It’s time for our monthly Literary Junkies link up. Tonight we’re having our Twitter chat at 7pm CST to discuss Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. This was an incredibly emotional book that is sure to result in a great discussion. We’d love for you to join us whether you read the book or not. It will be a great discussion for everyone to participate in. Follow along (or join in!) using our hashtag #LITERARYJUNKIES.

Our September read is The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon. We’d love for you to read with us and join us for our September Twitter Chat on September 17th at 7:30pm CST because Ariel will be joining us for the discussion!! We’re really excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the book.

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Literary Junkies Hosts: Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee and ME!
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August Co-Host:
Julie from Girl on the Move
August LJ Co-Host

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
2. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
3. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?
4. Do you prefer a physical copy of the book or an electronic version?
5. What are three books currently on your To Be Read list?

MY ANSWERS:
1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
Finishing Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. OMG…y’all pick this one up! Especially if you can listen to it via audio.

2. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
I read multiple books at once. Usually one via audio and one real book. :)

3. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?
Honestly, I have no idea. One I remember reading as a kid was called Eeps, Creeps My Room. I L-O-V-E-D reading as a kid. I typically always had my nose in a book.

4. Do you prefer a physical copy of the book or an electronic version?
I definitely prefer a physical copy but I do own a Kindle and have probably close to 100 books on it waiting for me to read.

5. What are three books on your To Be Read list?
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf || Suzanne Davis Gets a Life by Paula Marantz Cohen || Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans
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Book Review: The One & Only

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The One and OnlyThe One & Only by Emily Giffin

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

My Review: 4 out of 5 stars. I listened to this one on audio. I think it may have prevented me from giving it a full 5 stars. Because someone else created the “voice” of Shae for me thus her character really grated on my nerve. LOL I wanted to slap her out of her world a couple of times and say get with the program. ;) Overall, though, I thought it was a great read. Fun story and one I’d recommend you pick up if you are a chick lit lover.

What are you reading? Anything good?

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Book Review: Serena by Ron Rash

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SerenaSerena by Ron Rash

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Rash’s masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.

My Review: 3 out of 5 stars. I had a love-hate relationship with Serena. There were times that I absolutely loathed her character. She was ruthless, mostly heartless and ego-tripped (aka self-centered) and a whole lot of other things. She definitely made the story but her insecurities were played out to the millionth degree. You never knew what was coming out of her mouth was 100% the truth. I think had we had some insight into the real Serena…the prior to 1929 Serena, maybe we could/would understand who she was in the book. I thought it was a good book. I’m not sure it’s one I would say, “hey, go out and buy this book” though. If you happen on it, read it. If you don’t, I think you’ll be good.

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