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I’ve been really wanting to add some variety to the blog and I love reading everyone’s It’s Monday posts so I thought this week I’d jump on board. I really struggled with my reading last week so I wasn’t quite as productive as I would’ve liked but that took a sharp turn this weekend with a book I literally couldn’t put down…



Goodbye, Vitamin was an engaging, often funny, family story about the power of our memory. You can find my review here

Slightly South of Simple is my book club’s July pick and one I thought ended up just being ok which I mainly attribute to a particular plot development that I just thought wasn’t at all believable. I thought the writing, character development and setting were SO good but in the end that plot point was a downfall for me

The Force was my unputdownable read of the weekend! Seriously, at about 500 pages, I started this book on Saturday and finished it at 1:00 in the morning today and can I just say WOW. This is a behemoth, cinematic, multi-layered crime novel that every fan of crime mysteries/thrillers should want to get their hands on. Think movies like The Firm, The Town (my fav) and The Godfather meet the tv show The Sopranos, wrap it all up in a NYC cop story and you have The Force! Review coming later this week





The cover and title of this book, published by St Martin’s Press (I’m having great luck with their books lately), completely drew me in! I think this is the perfect follow up to get my mind out of the heavy crime world of The Force 





The Fallen A classic southern tale of backroom deals, tainted honor, dysfunctional family, high-stakes greed—and everyday heroism—and bank robbers…I mentioned I love the movie The Town so I couldn’t resist this one

The Shark Club  A warm and wonderfully vivid novel about taking second chances—in life and in the sea. I’m intrigued about the love story and I love the ocean so this seems to be a win-win

Bear Town  A dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. I can’t pass up a book so well loved by so many other blogging friends! 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo   An unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. Another one getting rave blogger reviews so I must check it out!

Well those should keep me busy! I hope you have a wonderful reading week! 


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  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was such a fun, pleasant surprise for me. Light reading, but with a little depth. The audio was great! I’m curious, is Love the Wine You’re With more about love or wine?! Sounds fun either way. Have a great week, Renee.

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      1. I’ve added it to the wish list. I haven’t read The Cartel, I hadn’t even heard of this author before.

        I finish my placement at the end of the month so I’m up for a buddy read anytime in August!

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      1. Hi Renee, I love this series Ace Atkins is writing! I didn’t know he had a new book out this year until I saw this. I went and put it on reserve at the library right away. This series isn’t for the faint of heart that is for sure but the writing and plot to his books in the series have been excellent so far. Now I am looking forward to his newest addition! Also I just finished reading BearTown and I really liked it and can recommend it also.

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      2. Hi Susan Ace Atkins has been an author I’ve been meaning to read for years but just haven’t and I don’t know why. I started The Fallen last night and so far really like it. I have Bear Town waiting on my kindle so I’m glad to hear you also enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by:)


  2. I have The Force on hold at the Billings Public Library and am really looking forward to reading it. From your blurb it sounds exactly the kind of book I most enjoy. I am currently reading Camino Island by John Grisham which is a departure from his usual courtroom setting. Books and reading have always been a favorite topic of mine and this book fills the bill. On Saturday I read Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. While a quick read it was well done and interesting.

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    1. I really hope you enjoy The Force, if you like your crime books with plenty of bad guys, corruption and a plot that zings. I’m on my library’s very long wait list for Camino Island, I’ve heard great things about it. I haven’t read James Paterson in years but I’m interested in his new one called Black box or list:) Thanks for stopping by!


  3. The Force sounds SO good! I’ll definitely be looking out for your review… And I can’t wait to get a copy of Beartown since I just loved A Man Called Ove. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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    1. The Force was VERY good Yvo! I hope to get my review up tomorrow or Friday. I have Beartown waiting on my kindle so hopefully I’ll get to that later this week. Hope your week is fantastic…btw I’m totally in love with your kitty…you have an Instagram star on your hands…those ears😍

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      1. I’ll be keeping an eye out for The Force! And yes Lila is very easy to take photos with… She has a completely different personality than my other cat, who hates me taking photos of her haha. I’m hoping Lila won’t change when she grows up!

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  4. Your comments about The Force definitely have me convinced that I need to check it out soon. I also like the sound of Bear Town, there is something very fascinating about small towns. I like the whole idea of everyone knowing everyone and the secrets. Happy reading.

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    1. I love the small town concept as well Diana…and I’m from a small town and it’s true that everyone knows everyone else’s business! If you like heavy crime novels you’ll love The Force, it’s true storytelling. I hope to have my review ready tomorrow or Friday for sure.


  5. Beartown, Beartown, Beartown! And glad you loved Goodbye, Vitamin as well!

    I’ve also heard good things about Don Winslow!

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    1. I have read My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry for my book club and I hated it! I have a short list of books I actually hated and thats on it. I really couldn’t get into Beartown and then had to return it to library. I’ll be interested in your thoughts if you read it!

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      1. I have not read Bear Town by Bachman, but did read Britt-Marie Was Here for bookclub. I had a hard time with the simple language, but it is a tool to develop the characters. I had tried to read Ove before Britt-Marie but could not get into it. The characters in his stories are common people doing common things but have broad consequences. This author is a real stretch for me as I have a hard time with repeatious dialogue which he seems to employ in his books.

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