Book of the Month- January 2018

Wow this took such a long time to get here (at least it feels that way)! This month was a weird one for me. Initially, I actually thought about skipping this month because I didn’t recognize any of the titles. However, after looking further into the selection I ended up adding TWO of the choices to my box. The box finally made it to my door, and now I am extremely excited to get to them (though I am a little sad because they sit behind an ever growing pile already on my desk).

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Red Clocks By Leni Zumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

(via Goodreads)

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This sounds fierce. At first I had a hard time deciding which book to choose. The last few months, BOTM has featured books that I was already aware of, making my choices easy. This month however provided me with five unknown choices that had me a little discouraged. But after reading the description to this one, I am PUMPED to work this into my TBR. So topical, and so close to being a reality that this will feel just as delicious as most people felt rereading 1984 in the wake of a Trump presidency. I look forward to some strong female perspectives.

 

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters—Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa—a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it.

(via Goodreads)

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I don’t know guys, I am a sucker for a war story I guess. The whole family dynamic in the midst of a war, it just sounded like something I might enjoy. Throw in an epic illness sweeping the area, well, now it sounds like I can’t quite leave it behind. And can we just admire the cover for a moment? It is even more beautiful in person, but my goodness, SO PRETTY!

This book was actually offered as an exclusive through Book of the Month, which made it even more desirable. It is not due to be published until February of this year, so to have my hands on it a bit early is always thrilling. I doubt I will get to it before it comes out to the general public, but I am looking forward to reading it in the near future.

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So what do you guys think? Do any of these sound like books you’d be interested in reading this year? Have you read any of them? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Book of the Month- November 2017

It is that time again! New month, NEW BOOK! But before we get into my Book of the Month choice, I do want to take a few minutes to say thanks to those lovely people who have followed this book blog. It really means a lot to me. I know that I don’t post super often (I am a slow reader) so I really appreciate you sticking with me and being so very patient.

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Now, to get down to business. I am already kicking myself for not adding a specific book to this month’s choices because everyone is raving about how great it is already… So I guess I’ll have to pick it up on my own some time this month instead.

However, I am ECSTATIC for this month’s choice. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for it, which only makes me anticipate reading it even more. It has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while already, and now I own it, in my hands… and well, let’s just say it will take a lot for me to patiently wait for the right time to devour it.

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. (via Goodreads)

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I have not read any other books by Alice Hoffman as of yet, but speaking with some book reviewers, it doesn’t seem to matter for this prequel. I am just soo anxious to read this witch-y story. I love the historical fiction feel of it (based on the description), and I am just dying for another good magical story. Granted, I am not huge into Fantasy stories, but something magical just surrounds this book, and makes me want to dive right in.

 

I am still working my way through Manhattan Beach at the moment. It has been a crazy couple days so I haven’t had much time to read. Once that is completed, I will get started on a Children’s novel, and then after that YA. And then FINALLY I will get around to Rules of Magic. I know a lot of you have read this already so I very much look forward to chatting about it once I’ve finished it.

Are any of you BOTM members? What were your choices this month? Have you read Rules of Magic yet? what do you think?

Until next time my friends!

Book of the Month- October 2017

I am currently a member of the Book of the Month club, which is actually a really wonderful subscription service. It gives you a choice of five brand new, fairly popular titles to choose from, with the option to add an addition 2 books per box at $9.99 a piece. For some, the housing brand new hardcover books may seem daunting but to be honest, it is so nice to have these popular titles on my shelf, ready for when I want to read them (then you can lend them out, and your friends will be so thankful they didn’t have to wait on the super long library holds list).

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

 Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a trans-formative moment in the lives of women and men, America, and the world.  (courtesy of Goodreads)

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This book takes place in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Nostalgia for my home (New York) and interest in the Great Depression and American history certainly makes this choice a no-brainer. I actually had this on my To Read shelf before the October books were revealed for BOTM, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it on the list.

 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

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John Green is a modern legend for YA fiction. Two of his books have been translated onto the big screen ( Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) so naturally, his absence has been noticed. This is his first book since the Fault in Our Stars, which was a major hit, and the Goodreads Choice Winner for 2012. This books comes with high anticipation, so I am sure that it will find its way to the top of my YA list. It was (luckily) an option for an add on this month, to which I jumped on the opportunity. Expect a post about this in the near future- as I mentioned, it is high on my list for YA novels, so I am sure it will appear quickly.

 

So those were my BOTM choices for the month of October. While I may not have started either of them right away, I am extremely excited to have them on my shelf, waiting to be held.