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The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Colson Whitehead
Progress: 46 %
Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
Progress: 25 %
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October TBR

Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood

I finished one book in September and that was The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. That book didn't live up to my expectations at all. After about 30% I lost interest in the plot and characters and forced myself to finish. I made some progress in Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, but quickly put it down after I just didn't care what was to come. It was taking way too long to get there. I may pick this book up this month or next, but I'm unsure at this time. I also attempted to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This book captured me from the very beginning, but due to it's visually detailed content I couldn't and can't read it all the way through without breaks. I'm really hoping to plow through it this month without being so emotional.

 

September was a difficult month. I had a death in my family and plenty of not-so-good health news. I was knocked off my feet a bit to say the least. But as we adults know that is life.... Expect the unexpected and know tomorrow can be a better day!

Exciting October Releases

The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson A Terrible Beauty - Tasha Alexander Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie-Solange Benedict

This month I'm excited about black romance, historical romance, urban fiction and always anything to do with Paris. However, Les Parisiennes is the story of the women who lived during the Nazi occupation. Not a light read, but one I'm sure to find informative. Hag-Seed is the retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. I don't believe I've read that play so, this will be intriguing. The Other Einstein tells the story of Einstein's wife Mitza who was a physicist.

 

 

 

October 4

 

The Rancher Returns by Brenda Jackson

 

October 11

 

A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 

 

Diamonds and Pearl by K'wan

 

October 18

 

Les Parisiennes by Anne Seba

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

 

 

 

Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these October Releases?

Exciting September Releases

Luxe Two: A LaLa Land Addiction: A Novel - Ashley Antoinette Snell A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery) - Cuyler Overholt The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth - Jennifer Chiaverini The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks The Girl Who Fought Napoleon: A Novel of the Russian Empire - Linda Lafferty If I Had You (The Grand Russe Hotel) - Heather Hiestand The Girl in the Castle: A Novel (Deverill Chronicles) - Santa Montefiore Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (New Black Studies Series) - Sowande M Mustakeem

There's a little bit of everything I love in this line up; historical fiction and romance, slavery, mystery, suspense, war and tea. The early reviews on all of these books have been stellar. I am excited. 

 

September 6

 

Luxe 2: A La La Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette

 

A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt

 

September 13

 

A Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

 

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

 

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini

 

The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks

 

September 20

 

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty

 

September 27

 

If I Had You by Heather Hiestand

 

The Girl In The Castle by Santa Montefiore

 

September 30

 

Slavery At Sea: Terror, Sex and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande Mustakeem

 

 

 

Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these September Releases?

 

 

September TBR

The Summer That Melted Everything - Tiffany McDaniel Just Can't Let Go (The Crystal Series) - Mary B. Morrison The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead Luxe Two: A LaLa Land Addiction: A Novel - Ashley Antoinette Snell Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan

These are the books I plan to read in September. I've been averaging 3-4 books a month, but I think I will be able to read these five. I'm hoping for seven by months end as these should be fast reads. 

 

My next post will be anticipated September releases. I'm hoping to choose two from that list.

 

Happy September everyone!

Exciting June Releases

Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica The Gilded Years: A Novel - Karin Tanabe I Almost Forgot About You - Terry McMillan The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor The Edge of the Fall: A Novel (Storms of War Trilogy) - Kate Williams The Girls in the Garden: A Novel - Lisa Jewell The Girls: A Novel - Emma Cline Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray: A Novel - Dorothy Love Love in Exile - Ayşe Kulin, Kenneth Dakan The Girl and the Sunbird: A beautiful, epic story of love, loss and hope - Rebecca Stonehill

These are the June releases that I'm most excited to read. I'm hoping I can get to all of them or most of them.  There are thrillers, historical and romance to chose from, my favorites. Are you excited for any of these reads?

April Wrap-up

Jane Steele  - Lyndsay Faye The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom The Liszts - Kyo Maclear, Julia Sarda A Will and A Way - Claudia Harbaugh Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

I had a solid reading month. I had one 5 star read, three 4 star reads and one 3 star read. My favorite book of the month should come as no surprise with it being The Book of Harlan. I highly recommend and wish I could supply everyone with a copy. There's just so much in this one book. It doesn't disappoint. 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Steele and Glory Over EverythingThese two were highly anticipated and were entertaining reads. I thought about Jane (from Jane Steele) and Jamie ( from GOE) long after I was done with their stories. 

 

In the 12th hour I decided to throw in some quick reads. All three were good. The Liszts pictures are so lovely and detailed. Even on my kindle I could tell they would be absolutely gorgeous in print. A Will and A Way was a quick and entertaining historical romance. And last I read the gut wrenching, hard hitting, detailed to a fault, Narrative of My Escape from Slavery. This book is in your face without pause or kindness. The bandaid is ripped of without the wound ever being healed.

Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery - Martha Conway

I started The Girl From The Savoy last night, but received an email reminding me that Sugarland release date Is May 12. I said that I'd start it and if it captured me quickly I'd give it a go. Well, I will continue on with it and go back to TGFTS. So much has happened already!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

— feeling angry
Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

Such a quick and concise account of the wretchedness and wickedness of slavery.

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

"When he came back, the first thing he did was to pour some tar upon my head, then rubbed it all over my face, took a torch with pitch on, and set it on fire; he put it out before it did me very great injury, but the pain which I endured was most excruciating, nearly all my hair having been burnt off."

 

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May 2016 Releases TBR

Dawn at Emberwilde (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) - Sarah E. Ladd Mercer Girls - Libbie Hawker Love for Lydia - H.E. Bates The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale) - Melanie Dickerson Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich Sister of Mine: A Novel - Sabra Waldfogel The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery - Martha Conway

I'm excited for these reads. There's a classic, a couple WW2 reads, historical, historical romance and a book I read in April, that I loved, about two black jazz musicians in Paris who were captured and taken to a nazi concentration camp. I'm hoping that this lineup of awesome authors will ensure some fantastic reads this month.

 

What are you reading in May?

Reading progress update: I've read 96%.

The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden

It says I have 23 minutes left. Whew! What a ride this has been. This story packs a big punch. More like punches. My hope is that those who choose to brave this story will do so with appreciation and admiration.

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden

The only reason I stopped reading The Book of Harlan last night was my head falling over to the right and the kindle dropping from my hands.

 

The character development starts right away and I wanted to know what would happen to them. I was pulled in from the beginning. 

Books I Want to Read in April

The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor The Two-Family House: A Novel - Lynda Cohen Loigman The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets - Jan Moran The Tsarina's Legacy: A Novel - Jennifer Laam

I only read two books from my March Maybe post. Both were 4 star reads. March was a very busy month as I decided to start a massive Spring Cleaning in the midst of helping my parents with some personal things.

 

I am elated that I have gone through clothes, books, closets, shoes, purses and kitchen ware and have purged away the clutter. Once I start something, any project, it completely takes over my life. I still have the daunting task of stove/oven cleaning and the dreaded TAXES. 

 

I am determined to stay focused and deliver on this goal of 6 books. They all seem right up my alley and engaging. If a book is dragging I will move on and not waste precious time lagging on it. Most times, I've realized, it is just bad timing. I wasn't in the mood to read the book at that time.

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

— feeling big smile
Jane Steele  - Lyndsay Faye

I'm enjoying this. I like how even though I have only seen Jane Eyre movie adaptations and have read other reimaginings, I can note the similarities brought into this story. I'm having difficulty reading on kindles and focusing. It's definitely me and not the book. I hope to finish today.

March Maybes

Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom After You - Jojo Moyes A Gathering of Shadows - Victoria Schwab Sisi: Empress on Her Own: A Novel - Allison Pataki The Two-Family House: A Novel - Lynda Cohen Loigman Jane Steele  - Lyndsay Faye A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London) - Melanie Dickerson
— feeling amazing

It would be grand if I could get to all 7 of these books in March. I tried to pick several different genres to keep things interesting. I'm truly excited for all of these books. 

Books read in January and February

An Untamed State - Roxane Gay Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel - Elizabeth Strout The Guest Room: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor) - Roseanna M. White Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile - Françoise Sagan I'll See You in Paris: A Novel - Michelle Gable Playing the Part - Jen Turano

I only read 3 books in January and 5 in February. I'm pleased thus far. I lowered my goal this year to 50 from 100. This year I want to read without pressure. I don't want to choose books based upon size and not content. I don't want to feel pressure with something that is supposed to be an enjoyment for me.

 

 

Standouts

 

An Untamed State

 

My Name Is Lucy Barton

 

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Forbidden

 

I'll See You In Paris

 

 

I'm excited for March and will post my reading intentions.