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 Aug 2005 by William Morrow 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She’s endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. Even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town. Nothing is going to stand in her way — not the drunk lying comatose under her car, not her family’s disapproval, and certainly not the lingering effects of a broken heart.

With his money green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He’s wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she’s entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

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Every few months I need to change things up in terms of my dark reads and this weekend I was on the search for a fun, light ,yet well written chick-lit/romantic comedy   and my good friend Google came up with this book. I was specifically searching for books similar to Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie which I read last year and absolutely loved…so much so that it made my Top Reads of 2016! I seriously love Google because this was exactly what I needed and ticked all the boxes I was looking for. You’ve got Annabelle, a wannabe matchmaker who’s fun, witty and spunky but also…and this is a must for me in my chick-lit….LIKEABLE! I immediately connected with her humor and imperfectness and just plain liked her. When she meets dark and dreamy Heath, I was all smiles because I really liked him and better yet, I could PICTURE him😍. Chalk that up to the snappy, realistic writing of the author.

I honestly would’ve been happy with just their storyline but the author adds to that with Portia, Annabelle’s type A matchmaker competition, Bodie, Heath’s “supposed” bodyguard and really good friend as well as Annabelle’s overbearing family and her book club. There’s characters aplenty and every one is well-developed! Another factor that I look for in outstanding romantic comedies is excellent dialogue that flows and is realistic and this book had it in spades. Needless to say, I enjoyed this so much I stayed up super late to finish it. Add this to your TBR if you’re looking for an entertaining, feel good read for summer…now I need to head over to Goodreads and check out Susan Elizabeth Phillips other books.

HAPPY READING!

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Rebecca at BoofsBooks

Nicki at The Secret Library

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Caryl at Mrs. Bloggs Books

Ann Marie at Lit Wit Wine Dine

 

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 2016 by Random House

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family 

This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving. 

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As we’re all compiling our summer TBR’s and filling them to the brim (I know I am:) with all the amazing books releasing now through August, I’ve been so excited to dig into my favorite reads from LAST summer for this post…and possibly the next few TBT’s!  So, Eligible was one of those books I picked up last summer thinking…I don’t know about this, retelling of a classic that I’ve never even read (I know, how is that possible)… I basically doubted it before even starting it. BUT I read somewhere (Goodreads I think) that it was The Bachelor meets Pride and Prejudice and well…The Bachelor meets anything means I’m pretty much going to give that book a try seeing as though that’s a huge guilty pleasure tv show for me. What a total surprise for me to discover I really enjoyed this story!! Mr Bennett, the father, was classic with his witty one liners and zingers that had me laughing, the “girls,” Jane, Lizzie, Mary, Kitty and Lydia had their own issues and drama and the men of the story, Chip and Darcy were fun additions to the zany mix. I highly recommend this as a fun, entertaining, clever read that would be perfect for the pool, beach or wherever your favorite summer reading spot may be:)

HAPPY READING!

**For all you Throwback Thursday bloggers, if you don’t see your blog at the bottom of my post please leave me a comment because WordPress has been VERY bad about sending me links and I want to include everyone!!**

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Rebecca at BoofsBooks

Nicki at The Secret Library

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

MINI-REVIEWS: A JANE CASEY BINGE

I’m officially obsessed with the Maeve Kerrigan series! You may remember I decided to jump into this series back in March, starting with book 3, The Last Girl. You can find my review here if you missed it. I knew I wanted to continue on with book 4 but other books were calling so it wasn’t until last week that I decided to pick up The Stranger You Know….5 days later I had binged that, The Kill (book 5) and After the Fire (book 6) and boy was that fun! Can you say super late night reading and being a zombie the next day? Totally worth it though because I literally cannot get enough of these characters and I immediately headed to Book Depository (I can’t wait until July for US publication) to order Let the Dead Speak…I’m currently stalking my mailbox daily waiting for it to arrive.  Read on and see what you think of this binge-worthy series….

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Published May 2014 By Minotaur Books, book 4

He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That’s all London police detective Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes, and it appears to be the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, every indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly. The victims’ neighbors and friends don’t seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious, and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the investigation.

Then the evidence starts to point to a shocking suspect: DCI Josh Derwent, Maeve’s partner on the police force. Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him?

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Maeve is back and this time the murder investigation into the deaths of three different women hits close to home…with her partner and supervisor DI Josh Derwent falling under suspicion. You see, there was a murder in Derwent’s past and along with learning the details of that long ago crime, we also get to know him so much better and I for one was thrilled by this plot development! I haven’t had a book boyfriend since Mark Joesbury from Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint series and then along comes Derwent and I find myself really loving him despite his often sexist and vulgar comments…who knew?! He has made me laugh on more than one occasion so maybe that plays a part:) As Maeve and her colleagues dig deeper into Derwent’s past, they also have the present murders of the three women looming…could they all somehow be connected? You’ll have to read to find out! I had my suspicions about the who but I couldn’t figure out the why and I really shouldn’t have tried because Jane Casey managed to spin an extra twisty tale here that threw me for the best possible loop. So, along with a murder to solve, Maeve also has personal drama and behind the scenes office politics & secrets to deal with…this story has a little bit of everything and it comes together beautifully in the end. Oh and the Maeve and Derwent banter in this book…the best!

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Published June 2015 By Minotaur Books, book 5

Detective Maeve Kerrigan is away for a colleague’s wedding, and she’s enjoying an excuse to spend a beautiful fall weekend relaxing in the English countryside. It’s a much-needed break from the grit and grime of her daily life on the London police force. But even at a wedding, the job is never far away.

Midway through the reception, Maeve and her abrasive but loyal partner on the police force, DI Josh Derwent, are called back to London. A fellow policeman has been murdered, in a compromising position in a public park at night. And when Maeve and Derwent arrive to speak with the victim’s family, his wife and daughter are surprisingly cold and reticent, which adds further layers of complexity to an already delicate investigation. And Maeve knows the victim and his family aren’t the only ones with things to hide: the dark secret that her boss, Superintendent Godley, has been keeping for years is threatening to blow up in his face, and if that happens, they’ll all be caught in the aftermath.

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I really loved the idea of Maeve getting a much needed break at the start of this book when she’s at her colleague’s wedding. I know I completely gush about Derwent but I really like Maeve! She’s tough, super smart, and sarcastic, yet also feminine and I love getting to know her outside of her job. She has the best insight into herself as she often knows what she’s about to say or do isn’t going to go well for her but she’ll do it anyway. While enjoying time off the job at the wedding, there’s a very interesting scene between Derwent and Maeve (hint..it involves dancing) that literally left me breathless…I think Jane Casey wants my head to explode over these two characters!! Soon enough, however, the job intervenes and they return to London to investigate the murder of a policeman. This murder is not at all what it seems and worry starts to build that other police officers may be targeted as well. Then, we have Maeve’s on-going cat & mouse with her stalker from a previous book, her continued love/hate relationship with Derwent, her relationship crisis with Rob, as well as Superintendent Godley’s secrets coming back to haunt him…all in all there’s drama and suspense coming from every angle and I loved every second of it.

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Published May, 2016 By Minotaur Books, book 6

London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison Tower is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation. But when a fire breaks out at Murchison House that consumes the top floors and leaves three dead, Maeve and her colleagues are startled to learn the identity of one of the victims.  

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Jane Casey manages to out do herself with each book because the concept for the mystery in this one was brilliant! Picture a high rise, run down apartment complex filled with people harboring many secrets. When a fire breaks out and several of these people are killed or injured, the question soon becomes whether this was a case of arson?  Not only is the list of possible arson suspects long, but since there were several people killed and injured, questions also arise as to who was actually being targeted? Right from the start I was completely drawn into this mystery, especially since this is a place that holds bad memories for Maeve. She not only has her hands full with this investigation but her personal life with Rob is in shambles, her stalker has intensified, and her own mental health seems to be taking a nosedive. And you can feel ALL of this coming at you full speed through the pages as Casey’s writing creates such vividly drawn, authentic characters who just feel so completely REAL. The regular characters have a genuineness to them, as well as the characters we meet in this investigation. That’s the genius of Jane Casey at work here and by the end of this story she delivers a jab to my heart *sob* with a death I didn’t see coming. Not only that, but I managed to be wrong (yet again) about the mystery and I’m completely beside myself as to where she’s taking Maeve and Derwent personally! Have I mentioned I love Derwent? He continues to be the wittybad boy who can occasionally show a softer side and I’m convinced there’s more to his feelings for Maeve than meets the eye. And vice versa. Or is that my own wishful thinking?? I’m eagerly awaiting Let the Dead Speak so I can (hopefully) find out. In the meantime, Jane Casey please continue writing this amazingly addictive series with as much Derwent as you can possibly squeeze in:)

What do you think? Are you tempted to jump into this awesome series?  Who are your favorite book boyfriends, I’d love to know for when Book 7 causes the inevitable book hangover and I need someone to fill Derwent’s spot for the summer, so drop me a quick line in the comments:)   

HAPPY READING! 

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

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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 June 2011 by Penguin 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over. 

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This book ticks a lot of my favorite must read boxes….funny, engaging, dramatic and characters I can connect with and root for. Although I only have 2 kids, I could put myself in Alice’s shoes and wonder what would happen if I went to spinning class (which I used to do but no longer..it’s hard😅), fell off my bike, hit my head and woke up believing I was 10 years younger and my life was peachy only to find out…nope, life is not all that good right now. If you like a well written dramatic read with humor, wisdom, and great characterization you’ll love What Alice Forgot!

Happy Reading!

Have you read this or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

For more Throwback Thursday recommendations visit Rebecca The Book Whisperer at Boofsbooks.com and Nikki at The Secret Library Site

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 June 2010 by Ballantine Books

My rating: 5/5 Stars

The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and, of course, her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As a bonus, Molly quickly realizes that the afterlife comes with a finely tuned bullshit detector.

As Molly looks on, her loved ones try to discern whether her death was an accident, suicide, or murder. She was last seen alive leaving for a bike ride through New York City’s Riverside Park; her body was found lying on the bank of the Hudson River. Did a stranger lure Molly to danger? Did she plan to meet someone she thought she could trust? Could she have ended her own life for mysterious reasons, or did she simply lose control of her bike? As the police question her circle of intimates, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end: her marriage, troubled yet tender; her charmed work life as a magazine decorating editor; and the irresistible colleague to whom she was drawn.

More than anything, Molly finds herself watching over Annabel–and realizing how motherhood helped to bring out her very best self. As the investigation into her death proceeds, Molly will relive her most precious moments–and take responsibility for the choices in her life.

Exploring the bonds of fidelity, family, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart. 

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This book was recommended to me by a good reading friend 2 years ago and as soon as she mentioned the title my mind kind of went ‘meh’ as my initial thought was it’s a weird title  and then my mind quickly thinks ‘I don’t know if I want to read that.’ I really find it so interesting how I can so quickly disregard books because of the cover or title. When will I learn? I’m so glad I listened to my friend and picked this one up because it ended up being one of my favorite reads of 2015. Now, I know a lot of you might jump over to Goodreads, see the ratings for this, and promptly disregard it but I urge you to give it a try if you like your love story/drama with a side of mystery and humor.  I definitely do. I loved that Molly narrated the story,  she was witty yet wistful as she no longer had the life she (at one time) loved. A life that included her daughter whom she very much loved. What made this so original for me was the fact that Molly gets to find out how she ended up dead right along with us. There are times she laughs at her situation as did I and times she cries…as did I…sitting poolside if I remember correctly. Not the best time for crying! If you’re looking for a book that has a little bit of mystery, humor, and heartbreak all rolled up in a one sit read, give this a try.

Happy Reading!

Have you read this one or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

For another TBT recommendation, check out Rebecca The Book Whisperer’s blog.

STANDALONE SUNDAY: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU By Jonathan Tropper

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Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick is:

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Published August 2009 by Orion

My Rating: 5 Stars

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

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This book gets the award for the only book I’ve ever read that made me laugh so hard I cried! There’s lots of hysterical movies out there that have made me laugh that hard but for a BOOK to do that, that’s some outstanding writing in my opinion. I’ve already re-read this book once and probably will again in the future when I need a good pick me up. In regards to the movie based on this book, while I loved Jason Bateman as Judd, I don’t think the movie came close to being as good as the book. Isn’t that usually the case though? If you’re in the mood to laugh but also be touched by this crazy family, give this book a try.

Has anyone else read this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well as any books you’ve all read that made you laugh