Reading and road-tripping!
A Perfect combo for this gorgeous month.
By mid-July, I had met my Goodreads Challenge goal of
reading 205 books for 2016. Yay!
A reading challenge I set for myself to discover my actual year’s reading
abilities. Some unexpected summer activities and interruptions have now slowed my reading
pace so it’s not an issue.
Most of July’s novels
are from authors I particularly enjoy
plus some new-to-me authors I’ve *’d below.
Along the Shore – LM
Chateau of the Windmill – Sheila Benton*
Marseille Caper – Peter Mayle
Now You See Her – Joy Fielding*
Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit – Emma Thompson
Further Tale of Peter Rabbit – Emma Thompson
Cars, Trucks and Things that Go – Richard Scarry
Nothin’ Like a Puffin -
An Impartial Witness – Charles Todd
Light of the Moon – Luanne Rice*
A Table By the Window – Hillary Manton Lodge
The Girl from the Savoy – Hazel Gaynor*
Lavender Garden – L Riley*
Heavens to Betsy – Beth Pattillo
An Incomplete Revenge – Jacqueline Winspear
A Lesson in Secrets – Jacqueline
From this Moment – Elizabeth Camden
Where Nests the Water Hen - Gabrielle Roy
A Rather Lovely Inheritance – CA Belmond*
Two Crosses – Elizabeth Musser
After You – Jojo Moyes*
Paris in July Canadian Book Challenge 10
Austen in August upcoming
BIG Book Summer continues
20 Books of Summer continues
Summer Bookish Bingo continues
Library books 
"As my train pulled into London, I looked out at the early summer rain and was glad to see the dreary day had followed me from Hampshire. It suited my mood."
An intriguing plot of WWI nurse, Bess Crawford, accompanying a convoy of soldiers from France to London.
One of her patients is a young pilot who has been burned beyond recognition, and who clings to life and the photo of his wife that is pinned to his tunic.
Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face on the front page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland Yard seeking information from anyone who has seen her. For it appears that the woman was murdered on the very day Bess encountered her at the station.
Having earlier read another in the series, my interest was piqued. A library book sale offered up two hardcovers this week, so I'll begin this book 2 for
3 Blind Mice - Agatha Christie The Case of the Caretaker - Agatha Christie The Tape Measure Murder - Agatha Christie
Anne's House of Dreams - LM Montgomery
Persuasion - Austen/Landor
Rules for a Successful Book Club - Connelly/Cramer
Third Floor Flat - Agatha Christie
The Adventure of Johnny Waverly - Agatha Christie
Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Agatha Christie
The Love Detectives - Agatha Christie
Stardust - Carla Stewart
Journey to Munich - Jacqueline Winspear
Bride of a Distant Isle - Sandra Byrd Summer of Dreams - Elizabeth Camden Still Life - Louise Penny mudhouse sabbath - Lauren Winner
LISTENING/READING FOR REVIEW:
Land of Silence - Tessa Afshar
Dawn at Emberwilde - Sarah E Ladd Beautiful Pretender - Melanie Dickerson The Carpenter's Inheritance - Laurie A Eakes
A Love So Tender - Tracey V Bateman
I Promise You This - Patricia Sands
Together at the Table - Hillary Manton Lodge
Stardust - Carla Stewart
What Happened on Beale Street - Mary Ellis
Persuasion - Jane Austen/Rosalyn Landor
Daughter of Mine - Laura Fabiani
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall - Sarah E Ladd/Carmel O'Donovan Raw Edges - Sandra D Bricker
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories - Andrea Camilleri/ Stars over Sunset Boulevard - Susan Meissner /Anne Marie Lee
Misery Loves Company - Rene Gutteridge/Pam Turlow
Anchor in the Storm - Sarah Sundin Recipes for Love and Murder - Sally Andrew/Sanda Prinsloo
Colours of Jane Austen How to Be Kind - Cara Frost-Sharratt Akin to Anne - LM Montgomery
The Aloha Quilt - Jennifer Chiaverini Colm Toibin - Nora Webster Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier Me and Mr. Darcy - Alexandra Potter Rilla of Ingleside - LM Montgomery Rob Roy - Sir Walter Scott State of Wonder - Ann Patchett To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
the books that were Read, what I Am Reading, What I hope to Read Next, with Kathryn at The Book Date and Jenn at Musing Mondays
Great Bookmark downloads for you linked with Aloi of Guiltless Reader
and what's up for next month...
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny Beginning of the Inspector Gamache series
Introduction to the author's writing, the rural village of Three Pines - its people and history, the Chief Inspector - his style and his team.
Author Sally Andrew's debut novel,
RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER
Narrated by Sandra Prinsloo [ The Gods Must Be Crazy ]
South African cosy filled with food and local life.
MUDHOUSE SABBATH by Lauren F Winner
Small book filled with large insights. Judaism and Christianity's approach to both life and spirituality I found enlightening
and impacting. A library copy, I want one
of my own. ;)
JESUS FEMINIST by Canadian author and blogger, Sarah Bessey.
Memoir of her journey through both life and faith, discoveries regarding Jesus' perspectives on women at odds with those of the church, and a call to take our own responsible action.
Possibly my last read for May's #CleanSweepArc participation that has so motivated me this month, I am more than happy with what's been achieved. Releasing May 31st. " ...as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
THEN.... JUNE Begins!
and with it, a fav month long theme
JUNE as AUDIOBOOK MONTH
A great lineup of books for audio enjoyment, interviews, and a Giveaway
STILL LIFE by Canadian author, Louise Penny Publisher: Sphere / Hachette UK 1st published 2005
FRIDAY BOOK BEGINNINGS feature for this final Friday of May!
The opening sentence or two of my book of choice? ~
" Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist
of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all round.
Miss Neal's was not a natural death , unless you're of the belief everything happens as it's supposed to. If so, for her seventy-six years Jane Neal had been walking toward this final moment when death met her in the brilliant maple woods on the verge of the village of Three Pines. "
At last. I have finally received the first in series of Chief Inspector Gamache. I was ready to go back to the beginnings with this novel. And I became more connected to the residents of the
rural Quebec village in Canada as I joined in their Thanksgiving celebrations, art show preparations, and village life. Moving on through the series will benefit from these character introductions. Looking forward to the storytelling...
a friend was clearing a perennial bed which gave me
an afternoon out to deliver them to their new homes
in my children's gardens, two library trips to pickup book reserves I'd been anticipating,
and now enjoying gorgeous weather
for this Victoria Day long weekend
through to ending of Monday with fireworks.
As to reading?
Excellent audio listen to Susan Meissner's latest. Hollywood's golden movie era, filming Gone with the Wind, as the lives of two secretaries and wardrobe intertwine both on and off the compound... Loved it! Narration dramatised the characters and era incredibly well increasing interest and depth to the story itself.
BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE, another brand new release- this one being historical and 2nd of the Daughters of Hampshire series.
Gripping suspense, Sandra Byrd's exceptional storytelling held me from opening to ending. See Book Beginnings post for
an example of the book's opening intrigue...
A 2nd in Waves of Freedom series, this WWII novel, also featuring a theme of suspense. A new and female pharmacist notices repeated large prescriptions
for an addicting sedative. Her concerns match the behaviour
reported aboard the destroyer where her brother and friend are assigned. The suspense intensifies to some frightful outcomes.
My stomach is clenching just remembering. Released May 3rd.
Next, an audio that had intimidated for too long.
Don’ttell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.
But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan.
And that’s the last thing she remembers — until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she’s been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband’s death, her career, and her abductor.~ publisher
Riveting would be one word to describe this listen. It was exactly what I expected - plus. Definitely well done.
Going back to the beginning with Louise Penny's 1st Chief Inspector Gamache that introduces readers to the series.
Superb small town life characterized. Insights into life,
and so many quotes I'll have a difficult time choosing for
Another library reserve I was pleased to discover...
~ Great inspiriting with Karen Hering's insights. Book Beginnings posted HERE .
Then today I begin a once / month web course with the author of
A book to be slowly read as it has opps for participatory content in the creative arts expression for each of the chapters. Looking forward to the online discussion - a large and worldwide class forming - Christine and John hosting from Ireland.
Hard to believe we're into the final week of this month! Almost half through this year... Glad it's summer just ahead in our corner of the world and some relaxed reading once I get all reviews posted
for the month's reading.
I'll be looking for your book responses in comments
Publisher: Atria Books / Simon Schuster Published: November 2013
Following host Gilion's prompt at Rose City Reader,
here's the beginning to WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL by Karen Hering
What Is the
Root of all these
One thing: love. --Hafiz
"The human gift of language is born of the desire to connect, to share our experience with each other. Our words are bridges built between one person and the next while also crossing time, from the moment they are written down to the moment they are lifted from the page by a reader."
The end of the above sentence really captures my imagination, as does the book's title. I anticipate a great long weekend of reading with this book a prime part. Further to anyone with interest, an extended excerpt posted HERE