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  1. Some bookish posts ~

    Marquette University Is Looking for Oral Histories From J.R.R. Tolkien Fans


    Jo Walton’s Reading List: March 2021








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  2. I've finished two new books lately.

    I read and enjoyed the Victorian era romance The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell. (I think I would have enjoyed it more had I not just read this review. I can't dispute anything in the review, but it made me hyperaware of some issues.)

    "When Royal Academy painting student Lucy Coover trips over a naked man passed out in an East End alley, she does the decent thing. She covers him up and fetches help. Trouble is, she can't banish his muscular form from her dreams as easily. Compelled to capture every detail, she creates a stunning portrait but is forced to sell it when the rent comes due. What could be worse than surrendering the very picture of your desire? Meeting the man himself. 

    Anthony Philby, Duke of Weston, is nobody's muse. Upon discovering the scandalous likeness, he springs into action. His infamous family has been torn apart by shame and secrets, and he can't afford more gossip. Even a whisper may jeopardize his inheritance and his chance at independence. His plan is simple: burn the painting, confront the artist. Or rather, it's simple until he meets Lucy and decides to offer the bewitching young artist a devil's bargain.  He'll help save her foreclosed home, if she'll help repair his family’s brutal legacy.

    An irresistible passion ignites between them, but when danger strikes, Lucy and Anthony must risk everything... for a love that might destroy them both."


    I also read the novella, I Wed the Sea by Lauren G Flanagan, which proved to be a pleasant read. It seemed to be a romance until the last five or so pages. Interestingly, the author gives a warning to stop reading if you want a happy ending. 

    "At sunrise, on an island off the coast of New Jersey, Eve's dog, Ben, runs down the beach to meet Jamie's dog, Daisy, setting in motion a love story that echoes in time.

    Poignant. Funny. Romantic. I Wed the Sea answers the question, What happens when two people meet - alone, on a beach, at sunrise - and one of them falls in love?"



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  3. 12 hours ago, Tina said:

    Ezekiel bread is made from sprouted grains and can be found in the freezer.

    Seconding this. My husband often has this variety (orange wrapper) for breakfast toasted with cream cheese and jam. We started buying it after being diagnosed with high blood pressure as it is relatively low in sodium compared to many other brands.

    We buy it at Trader Joe's where it is kept on the shelf. I have seen it in other stores in their freezer sections. 



  4. Some bookish threads from Reddit ~

    In 2020 when traveling was banned I decided to replace it with reading a book from each country of the world. I mapped out the places that I have read already and started picking up literature from new places. Currently standing at 50 countries and looking forwards to more.



    What books have you read or are reading that are related to your niche interests or hobbies?



    Autobiographies of people with unusual professions





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  5. Over the past six days I have slowly read (aka slogged through) the book my distant book group will be discussing tonight, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A novel by Arundhati Roy As you may have surmised, this book did not work to me. I was grateful to read it on my Kindle as it allowed me to frequently search the names of characters (who were present in abundance). This was a sad book with a lot of death; it also featured frequent profanity (which is not something that generally catches my attention). I'll certainly be interested to learn what my fellow book group members think of it especially since it garnered a lot of critical acclaim (Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
    Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday).

    "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

    It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.

    The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi."



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  6. 1 hour ago, Laurel-in-CA said:

    This week I read Driving the Deep by Susanne Palmer, sequel to Finder. Enjoyed this just as much as the first one and was happy to find the main character DID find belonging for himself...more than just a repo job. I highly recommend both books in the series. I wonder if there will be more to come?

    I'm waiting....

    Coming in August ~ The Scavenger Door (The Finder Chronicles Book 3) by Suzanne Palmer

    "Fergus is back on Earth at last, trying to figure out how to live a normal life. However, it seems the universe has other plans for him. When his cousin sends him off to help out a friend, Fergus accidently stumbles across a piece of an ancient alien artifact that some very powerful people seem to think means the entire solar system is in danger. And since he found it, they're certain it's also his problem to deal with.

    With the help of his newfound sister, friends both old and new, and some enemies, too, Fergus needs to find the rest of the artifact and destroy the pieces before anyone can reassemble the original and open a multi-dimensional door between Earth and a vast, implacable, alien swarm of devourers. Problem is, the pieces could be anywhere on Earth, and he's not the only one out searching."



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  7. I just finished a contemporary novel that I quite enjoyed ~ Float Plan by Trish Doller

    "Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

    After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancé, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.

    But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course."



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  8. 3 hours ago, mumto2 said:

    I am so glad you enjoyed Moose Springs.  I have read on in the series and the third book was recently released which just became available via hold’s to me!  Yay!    The first was much better because of the Moose but the second was enjoyable!

    I agree that the moose really did add a lot to the story. Are you aware of the free short story below? I enjoyed it.

    A Christmas Bun for Ulysses: A Moose Springs, Alaska Story by Sarah Morgenthaler 



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  9. 24 minutes ago, tuesdayschild said:

    I appreciate the book recommendation, given a while back, @Kareni.  I just checked and, amazingly, our library does have a printed copy. 

    I hope you'll enjoy The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence Book 1), tuesdayschild.

    25 minutes ago, melmichigan said:

    Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs is #6 in her Alpha & Omega series.  I love Charles and Anna.

    I'm eagerly awaiting a library copy as I'm also a big fan of Charles and Anna.



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  10. I've finished two contemporary romances over the past few days. I enjoyed them both, but I most enjoyed The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska, 1) by Sarah Morgenthaler which made me laugh.

    "Curl up with a quirky small-town Alaskan rom-com that'll leave you laughing over:

    • A grumpy local and the sunny tourist who turns his world upside down
    • A rogue moose who threatens to steal every scene
    • A vacation you'll never forget
    • And a sweet romance that doesn't need to scald the pages to burn its way into your heart

    He had a strict "no tourists" policy...until she broke all of his rules.When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...

    Two weeks in Alaska isn't just the top item on Zoey Caldwell's bucket list. It's the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she's smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham's world, she may just find there's more to the grumpy local than meets the eye...and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness."


    I also read Superfan: A Hockey Romance (Brooklyn Book 3) by Sarina Bowen.

    "Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.
    But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.
    While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.
    But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.
    She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart.
    Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing to win."



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