THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

 

My Pick this week is:

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Published April 2002 By Washington Square Press

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

From Goodreads

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

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Can you say cover & title LOVE? Both of those just scream for you to pick up this fun read by Jennifer Weiner. I read this book shortly after it was published…that’s 15 years ago this month! Wow, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. This would make a fantastic beach read or fun summer book to read by the pool. I remember really liking Cannie and rooting for her after her ex humiliated her, which if it was in today’s social media age that article he wrote would’ve found its way to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…and on. Even worse for Cannie! I wouldn’t call this fluffy chick-lit either. If you’ve read anything by Jennifer Weiner you know she writes with depth and really great characterization.

Happy Reading! 

Throwback Thursday recommendations around the blogosphere….

Rebecca at Boofsbooks.com

Claire at I’m a Coffeeholic Bookworm

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Ann Marie at LitWitWineandDine

Deanna at DeesRadReadsandReviews

 

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

throwbackthursday

I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

 

My Pick this week is:

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From Goodreads 

Published July 1998 by William Morrow

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt and uncle, the mother’s dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who’ve found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come back. Despite enormous public attention, rabid news coverage, and dogged police work, the investigation repeatedly hits a brick wall. Led into a world of drug dealers, child molesters, and merciless executioners, Patrick and Angie are soon forced to face not only the horrors adults can perpetrate on innocents but also their own conflicted feelings about what is best, and worst, when it comes to raising children. And as the Indian summer fades and the autumn chill deepens, Amanda McCready stays gone, banished so completely that she seems never to have existed.

Then another child disappears. . . . Dennis Lehane takes you into a world of triple crosses, elaborate lies, and shrouded motives, where the villains may be more moral than the victims, the missing should possibly stay missing, and those who go looking for them may not come back alive.

Settle in and turn off the phone. From its haunting opening to its shocking climax, Gone, Baby, Gone is certain to be one of the most thrilling, talked-about suspense novels you read this year.

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It’s no secret here on my blog…I love Dennis Lehane’s books and writing! This one was brought to mind recently when I came across the movie on tv. It stars Casey Affleck and if you haven’t seen it, definitely read the book first but then grab the movie, it’s such an excellent adaptation of the book. About this book…once you pick it up I think you should have a free afternoon or evening because you won’t want to put it down! This is one of those stories that just gets under your skin, causes you to think about it during your work day, while running errands or making dinner. It’s not just the ‘What happened to Amanda McCReady’ angle, it’s the entire story and narrative that will have you wondering if anyone could possibly be telling the truth. To top it off, Patrick and Angie are fantastic together.  Now…I know you may see on Goodreads or Amazon that this is book 4 in the Patrick Kenzie series but this can absolutely be read as a standalone!  I hope you’ll give it a try and drop me a line if you do, I’d love to hear what you thought

Happy Reading!

For more Throwback Thursday Recommendations visit Rebecca at Boofsbooks.com, Nicki at The Secret Library  , Susan at Susan Loves Books,  Deana at DeesRadReadsandReviews, Ann Marie at LitWitWineandDine

THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

throwbackthursday

I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:

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Published April 2006 By Bantam

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. “If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.”

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault: he didn’t convince the police to get involved. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum…and two new lives hanging in the balance.
Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication–until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: “The choice is yours.” 

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If you like thrillers and you haven’t read this one by Dean Koontz then you’re really missing out on having your heart rate put to the test! I read this many years ago but I remember loving the fact that he takes an everyday, regular guy just heading home from work and completely blows up his life. The premise is thought provoking and the pace is relentless . Another thing I love about so many of Dean Koontz’s books is that they are written in such a way that’s completely realistic…how scary is that?? I hope you’ll give this a try and if you’ve already read it I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Reading!

**Check out Rebecca, the Book Whisperer’s,  TBT recommendation on her blog Boofsbooks.com!