Literary Junkies Link Party

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Happy Tuesday!! It’s time for our monthly Literary Junkies link up. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) we’re having our Twitter chat at 7:30pm CST to discuss The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon. Ariel will be online chatting with us and we’d love for you to join in and participate, even if you didn’t get a chance to read all of her book. Follow along (or join in!) using our hashtag #LITERARYJUNKIES.

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Literary Junkies Hosts: Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee and ME!
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Here are this month’s questions…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
2. There are a ton of movies coming out soon that were based off of books. Are there any you’re particularly excited to see?
3. With fall finally here for some of us, are there any books that you’re particularly looking forward to reading in the season of big sweaters, blankets and hot chocolate?
4. We only have 3.5 months left of 2014. Did you participate in any reading challenges? How are you doing?
5. What has been the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Here are my answers…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
The HeiressesYou know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

2. There are a ton of movies coming out soon that were based off of books. Are there any you’re particularly excited to see?
Although I haven’t read the book yet, Matthew Tropper’s “This is Where I Leave You” is a movie that I am certainly looking forward to. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Yes please.

3. With fall finally here for some of us, are there any books that you’re particularly looking forward to reading in the season of big sweaters, blankets and hot chocolate?
Oh man, my reading list is a mile long. And I really want to re-read The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I think I’ve read 4 or 5 books way back in the day…I think like 2004-2005ish. And now with Starz creating a series, it’s really made me want jump back into her books.

4. We only have 3.5 months left of 2014. Did you participate in any reading challenges? How are you doing?

I didn’t participate in any reading challenges. But I did challenge myself to read 45 books. I’ve read 29 according to Goodreads but I have a feeling I have left some books off or didn’t get dates put into books I’ve read. I’ve noticed that when I update a book as read on my phone it won’t record the book properly and give me credit. Shame on you Goodreads. ;)

5. What has been the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I have to go back into my Bookshelf Archives to figure this one out. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen was a really great read.

How would you answer these questions??

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Book Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

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Lone WolfLone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

My Review: 3 out of 5 stars. There are books that you either completely connect with the characters or you don’t. I was about 50/50 with the connection process on this one. I connected with Cara but not really any of the other characters. I did thoroughly enjoy the book but I kept having a hard time completely understanding Luke and his lack of wanting to be and interact with the human race, let alone parent his children. I can’t imagine what Picoult researched to be able to write this book. Reading about wolves was fascinating but also a little overdone by the end of it. Not one of my favorites by her but not terrible either.

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Book Review: Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews

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Ladies NightLadies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. Bloggers…this book is a fun read for you! When I realized that Grace Stanton was a lifestyle blogger, I was super excited to learn how Andrews was going to twist this plot around a blogger. She definitely did her homework. ;) I absolutely feel in love with Grace. I had a kindred spirit with her trying to re-create her brand on a new blog once her husband locked her out of hers. And the “divorce recovery” sessions. Ohhhhh man. Such a great part of the story!! Definitely grab a copy of this one!!

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