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The Best of the Best

The Best of the Best this year.

This weekend while I spending time with my family, my sister Anne asked me what I thought the best book of the year was. I have read numbers of books this year and many stood out to me, but the few titles I could remember were young adult fiction. This surprised me! Today, when I had access to my Goodreads account, I realized the reason why I could only remember young adult titles was that 30 percent of my five star rated books were young adult novels. A fascinating statistic to say the least!

I wonder if the poignancy of youth is a key factor.  Young adults are so passionate about their feelings and how they see the world.  Perhaps their insistence on right and wrong and their focus on their world allow us to be drawn in and feel with them. Another factor could be that this last year I started working with young adults again and had the opportunity to indulge with them.

Three of the top rated five star books were about WWII.  There were a couple of books written by local authors.  There were some series written that I HAD to read all of them particularly I need so send a shout out to Katy Regnery (the English brothers), Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor) and Susan Mallery (Fool’s Gold).  Kristen Ashley also captured my heart with her new novel The Will. Certainly, I do not have room to list all my favorite books this year... but I have added a few.

 

Young Adult books

Nest (really Middle School) by Ester Ehrlick

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Willow by Julia Hoban

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

We were Liars by E Lockhart

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

 

WWII

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

Night by Ellie Wiesel

 

Local Authors (after a fashion)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

The last 72 plus hours have been interesting to say the least.  Before I even go into why, you must have a visual of my current fashion most nights:  heavy socks and slippers, long tee-shirt and flowered sleep pants, plaid flannel housecoat and a heavy sweater, and topped off with a lime green hat and variegated purple fingerless gloves.  I have been without electricity for the past 72 plus hours, starting around 7:30 Thanksgiving Eve and well - it is Sunday Afternoon around 12:30 and just got lucky - electricity (PSNH assured me today is my lucky day for four days in a row).  The results of no electricity are no furnace, water or sewer as well as all the modern conveniences of fridges.  Happily a gas stove is a major plus in my favor.  This is the result from a snowstorm that took away a lot of plans for Thanksgiving in this region. 

However, before you start to feel too sorry for me, I could get out and visited my Mom on Thanksgiving Day and her facility (for a price) allowed me to eat with her.  This weekend a local restaurant was open with good food and electricity to keep my iPhone alive. The lack of power has allowed me unfettered amounts of time to read (using a camping lantern) and a blanket.  The cats and I have been bundled up together purring and reading. Except when Oscar gets between the light and me! 

I have read romances that transcended time. Each book fit into their little niche of time and place, but could have happened anywhere and in any time.  I have been to medieval France with Abelard and Heloise and through the ages with Finbar and Branna as they fight off evil. I have been to Scotland in the 1800 with the Cynster Family yet again celebrating another holiday together with all the pomp the esteemed family brings. I have mourned with the ladies of the Union Army waiting for their husbands.  Lastly (not least) I have read several modern day love stories of various lengths from Texas to New York City.  I have loved this interlude that life has afforded me. Snugged up in a quilt, knowing that there is nothing else but the world around me that these writers have conjured up.  I laughed and I cried with the main characters and hissed a couple of nasty ones.  The holiday did not turn out as planned and it could be considered a complete blow out, except for the time – almost as if the world had stopped for me. The time to read - what a wonderful gift – and I am most thankful!  Although I really miss running water and I think another day would have killed me!

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones

By Winter’s Light by Stephanie Laurens

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas

Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

Billionaire Undone by JS Scott

Time for reading

Time For ReadingWild

My new teaching job is keeping me quite busy.  I have found I have less time for reading especially with the holidays coming on.  I am not sure how much more I can cram reading time into each day.  I found that the chances of me reading on a Tuesday or Thursday are slim at best.  (Although once Sons Of Anarchy is done I will have more time.) So I would like to propose the world stop for one hour each day to allow extra reading time.  To make it easier – how about at noon everyday the world will stop spinning and people will have an hour of free time – an hour I would use to read.  LOL – like that will happen. In schools they used to have a DEAR program.  The acronym stood for Drop Everything And Read.  That is what I want!

Meanwhile in the last two weeks, I have continued on my quest to read some favorites authors and find new favorites authors. For favorites known authors, I read Jodi Picoult’s newest book Leaving Time (loved it) and Elin Hilderbrand’s newest book Winter Street.  I have read some great arc novels thanks to a couple of authors and Net Galley.  My favorites were A Holiday Gamble by Jane Feather and Wild About Weston (finished it yesterday – loved it) by Katy Regnery. AND I have read three scorching novels, with Nights with Him by Laura Blakely being my favorite.

I am hoping tomorrow, I can devote a solid block of time to reading!  I know that might be hard to do, but I am willing to sacrifice to help the cause.  Never mind that all my library books are due back really soon!!!  So how many of you agree, extra time every day to read?

Books Read

Wild About Weston by Katy Regnery

A Holiday Gamble by Jane Feather

His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen

Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst

Nights with Him by Laura Blakely

The Capture by Erika Wilde

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

SNOWY DAYS, STEAMY NIGHTS

available 1.2.15

Steam up your snowy nights with this new anthology of six deliciously sexy romances by the following bestselling and award-winning romance authors:

FROSTED, by Katy Regnery
GROUNDED, by Kate Forest
MELTED, by Jennie Marts
REKINDLED, by Susan Scott Shelley
SMITTENED, by Jamie Farrell
SNOWED, by Veronica Forand

Thank-you. Than-you.

I have taken a couple of weeks off from blogging. Thank you for being patient while I was off.  This time has given me the distance to see how awesome this is going. When I envisioned my blog and review page I had no idea where it would take go.  I thought I would have a couple of friends reading it and enjoy some other fans. When I started little did I know what was going to happen.

Last week according to Simple Site my website was viewed 65 times in total last week and has been viewed 4053 times in total. I have been “friended” by four authors and invited into their special friends pages. I get 10-12 hits a day on my Marjay’s Blog Facebook Page.  I follow over 25 authors and pages on Facebook – many of whom have responded to me. Net Galley’s authors have been allowing me to read their books (approved 25 times, invited twice and am able to retain an 80% completion level). Those are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many more cool things that have happened!

This has been an eye opening experience for me.  Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you.  I am enjoying the ride and have loved it so far.  Please continue to follow my sites and me.  Please like my Marjay’s Blog Facebook Page.   

Jamie Farrell  https://www.facebook.com/JamieFarrellBooks?pnref=lhc

Katy Regnery   https://www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery?fref=nf

Melanie Marchandehttps://www.facebook.com/melanie.marchande.3?fref=nf

Joanna Wylde https://www.facebook.com/joannawyldebooks

Ava Miles https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAvaMiles?fref=nf

Kristen Ashley https://www.facebook.com/kristenashleybooks?fref=nf

Jennifer Probst https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage

Jill Shalvis

Kristan Higgins

Ruth Cadello

Erica Wilde

Christine Glover

Sky Jordan

Robyn Carr

Susan Mallery

Skye Jordan

Jayne Anne Krentz

Nancy Thayer

Teresa Medeiros

Nora Roberts

Julia London

Lauren Blakely

Harlequin

SBC

Penny for My Thoughts

The Reading Room

Read It Forward

Book Browse

“Dirty Secret” Reading

“Dirty Secret” Reading

Baseball for me is over. I will watch parts of the World Series, but not with the rabid attention I would if the Red Sox were playing! So I have been reading more at night then before.  Net Gallery has connected me with some new authors and as always I have my favorites on Facebook to connect with. {A shout out to the glorious pictures from Joanna Wylde’s Junkies!} The library and free books along with the student’s readings are keeping me busy!

However, yet again a needless remark by an acquaintance about reading “quality” books set my teeth on edge.  Reading is reading.  Books are books.  I read what I like and do not worry about whether they are expanding my horizons or my IQ, thank you very much.  Sometimes life does that already.  I know my sister Anne likes to read mysteries and my other sister Nancy likes to read nonfiction {so like Mom}.  I do not hold that against them.  However reading a romance for many is still a “dirty secret”.  So far this weekend I have pigged out on “dirty secret” reading.  I intend to partake in some more tomorrow while the laundry goes in circles at the laundry mat. 

It is time to be more inclusive in our country in so many ways!  If we can not even handle people reading romance novels – then how are we supposed to have meaningful and important conversations with the rest of the big and worrisome concerns with our entire nation.  Perhaps for some of you this is a huge leap of logic but not for me!  Life is short and sometimes hard.  Let’s keep our eyes on the real issues facing our world and stop being judgmental about the insignificant ones. 

And to the person who wrinkled her nose and me and said – Really, I find more meaningful books to read. Aren’t those beneath you?   Bite me... Focus on the big stuff ...  My predilection for some types of reading does not make me incapable to of meaningful exchanges with issues and concerns.  

Carving Out an Hour or So

Today I promised myself that I would not read at all just catch up on my writing about books.  Yeah – it didn’t work out well.  I received a notice from the library reminding me of when my books were due.  One was Monday, so I thought I would read it this weekend.  Little did I know that I have it totally read before I even began to write!  I was making chicken soup and somehow it seemed easier to “rest” with a book while I was adding the ingredients.  

This seems a common theme for the past couple of weeks – wanting to read to the exclusion of most everything else.  It could be that without the Red Sox playing, I have lost interest in TV.  It could be with the advent of colder weather, I am nesting more.  It could be the fact that I turned another year older.  Realistically, I know it is none of the above.  It is the love of being in another world, time, and/or place. Between the books with students and books I have to read, I have been anywhere from New England to Africa.  To be flying through the air with Eve Dallas as she solves another nasty case or scrabbling in the salt mines in Nazi Germany allows me to explore all the myriad of feelings. There is so much diversity in the books to read.  I know I really like the Chick Lit and Romance books most of all, but there are so many others out there to love, if I only had enough time.  Time – the perennial question for many people.   Carve an hour or so and read. 

Books I am reading with students

Four by Veronica Roth

Prisoner B – 3087 by Alan Gratz

Peak by Roland Smith

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

 

Books from the last couple of weeks

The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlain

Festive in Death by JD Robb

He’s so Fine by Jill Shalvis

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Shocking Secret of a Wedding Guest  by Victoria Alexander

The Billionaire’s Temptation Series 1, 2, and 3 by Cali MacKay

Temptation by KM Scott

A Reaper's Stand Book Tour

Life has continued to be interesting.  I am a stop on a blog tour!   I never expected to be able to read so many advanced copies and I have loved almost all of them.  The part that is twisting my brain is the blog tours.  WHO KNEW this existed.  I didn’t.  So this is what I have figured out so far...  A blog tour is when the author lets different people help with publicity – in exchange they get to read an Advanced Reader’s Copy.  It is expected that they read it by the date it is to be published and then review it.  Putting reviews up on Goodreads, blog pages, web pages, Facebook, Amazon and Barnes and Noble etc.  I feel like it is kind of like you are being a billboard for them, helping get the word out. 

So this is my second blog tour – hence the material at the top of the page about a New Reaper’s MC book coming out on Tuesday.  I think I might have not done the first one correctly – but I hope I have done thid one correctly.  On Tuesday (yuppers – my birthday) the book comes out and then I have other things to put up. 

A whole new world is opening up.  I hope I can keep up with it!  I am on a book blog tour.  Cool isn’t it!

 

 

 

Leaving Summer

There was such glorious weather this weekend here in NH.  It was warm, the sun was bright and our leaves are beginning to change colors.  In some places they are magnificent already.  I took the opportunity to sit out in the shade facing the mountain and read both days for a while.  One last hurrah before the weather “leaves” me chilled!  So what was I reading this week?

Our book club is reading Island Girl by Lynda Simmons. For two of us, this is a hard subject to read as both of us have mothers who are sliding down the slippery slope of dementia and Alzheimer’s or as Ruby calls it Al.  The story is heartwarming and tragic – sometimes in the same paragraph.  There are things that have happened in the past that need to be addressed.  Those issues are brought out one by one.  For me, Ruby was a hard character to get to know and to like in the beginning, but that changed as the book continued.  I think the lesson Ruby had to learn was that she was not alone and did not need to make all the decisions.  I think the lesson for all of us was forgiveness.  Decisions made at some points seemed heartless and unforgiveable, when this is the time that we need to be as gentle as we can be.

Another book I read was Robyn Carr’s book The Homecoming.  This is the latest book from the Thunder Point series and dealt with Seth coming home after years away.  He is the new deputy sheriff and finds himself catching up with Iris, a long ago friend.  Robyn Carr’s books always have great characters and that reappear in the books.  This time the love story was wonderful, but other storyline of girlfriend/boyfriend abuse was timely and well addressed.  Her books in this series are some of the ‘must reads’ for me.

This week Deacon came out, the latest book in the Unfinished Hero Series by Kristen Ashley. In this series, her heroes are not the traditional boy next door.  They are raw and gritty and live by their own rules.  In each case they find their one and only, but it is difficult as they and their world are not easy.  It was another awesome read that I really enjoyed.

Lastly I was given a copy of Karen Hawkins’s new book, The Prince Who Loved Me by Net Galley to read and review. How appropriate as I just returned from the Highland Games that it was set in historical Scotland. It was a great fun read, an example of two people being clueless with what is love and marriage as any I have read about!

Check out the full reviews on Marjay.simplesite.com or Marjaystuff.tumblr.com.

Highland Games

For my family, one of our annual celebrations is to go to the Highland Games at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire.  We have gone for many years. My aunt was the one who started going slowly bringing more of us along. Also there is the “games” portion where very strong men toss cabers (think telephone poles that are only about ¾ of the length) carry stones and throw rocks. 

There are many great things up here: music, shopping, food (No Haggis for me!) and men in kilts.  There is something about hearing Scottish music and seeing the sway of a kilt. So many pipe bands all playing at the same time is awesome.  Perhaps that is why so many people go to the different festivals.  It doesn’t hurt that there are many people of Scottish descent in this area. In honor of the games I give you some great books in the Scottish theme.

Enjoy Lads and Lassies

Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Series

Author Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes

Robert Burns – poetry (think Auld Lang Syne at New Years)

Robert Louis Stevens – Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Walter Scott - Ivanhoe and Lady of the Lake

James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small

Ian Rankin – series about Inspector Rebus

Falling in love with the English Brothers by Katy Regnery

Today - I am part of the The English Brother's Tour by Kty Regnery!!!!  If you have not read Katy's English Borthers - you will be surprized by how wonderful they are!

Breaking Up with Barrett

I fell in love today with Barrett English. He is the delightfully sexy businessman who so needed Emily. Emily is the gardener’s daughter (Think Sabrina)who is in love with him. Thankfully she is also more savvy about relationships than he is, since he could, would and shouldn’t.... oops – no spoilers


Katy Regnery, the author of Breaking Up with Barrett has written a wonderful story that I just could not walk away from today. It is truly sigh worthy. I so wish I could keep Barrett as mine, although I suspect I will feel the same way with all of the brothers. The story of Barrett and Emily is a wonderful tale of two people whose lives have crossed each other for years. I think that what made this book so wonderful was that they had had feeling for the other one so long.

I really enjoyed this book and am thankful for Katy Regnery's skills as a writer.

Falling for Fitz

Falling for Fitz by Katy Regnery is the second novel in her Stanton Brothers Series. Frankly, it is the second book of hers I have read this weekend (when I was supposed to be cleaning for my brother’s visit). This story was about Daisy and Fitz. These two people have been in love with each other for years, since the magical summer long ago. But fate is a fickle master and they were too young to be able to express their emotions clearly. Luckily it seems there is a second chance, if Daisy is not engaged to the wrong man and Fitz can speak about his feelings. 


This is another great story by a great romance writer (Katy Regnery). Once again I was impressed with the fact that Daisy and Fitz knew each other from the past, so it wasn’t a leap of faith that they knew what they wanted. I still want my own Stanton, but I would need an uncle {sigh}.

Anyone by Alex

Anyone but Alex by Katy Regnery is the third book in the English Brother’s series. This book focuses on Alex, a player who goes out nightly with different women and then walks away with no regrets. Alex’s life it just fine until he realizes that he is maybe (just maybe) wanting what his older brothers have – an enduring love. Alex continues to deny these feelings until he sees her, Jessica. She has been gone for 15 years and he knows she is the one, but he doesn’t want to hurt or ruin her. Jessica knows he is the one too, but he has a LONG LONG way to go to become the man she wants!

Now – let’s be honest – I want my own English brother, although I will accept an uncle (if necessary) so you already know I am a huge Katy fan! But this book might be my favorite of all the English Brother books. There is something about a reformed rake, your own personal bad boy. SIGH.... I am impatiently waiting for the other brothers Stratton and Weston.

This is a five star read!

Split Reading Personality

School is in session and I have been so busy with all the work.  I am actually reading five books at once. Thank heavens each one is distinctly different from the others!

  • One group is reading Peak, about a boy climbing Mt Everest.
  • One girl is reading Four, a novel that goes along with the Divergent Series.
  • One girl is reading Siddhartha for her World Studies class.
  • One boy is reading Perfect Game,a fictional book about the Little League World Series
  • I am in the midst of Murder 101 with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. 
  • I am also reading Gizmo, about a boy whose parents moved his family way out in the country. 

Each book is good, but I am feeling a little like a  “split reading personality” over so many books. The weekend is coming and I am hoping to finish off a couple of them! 

Meanwhile the nights are getting colder and new books abound.  One that may be of special interest is a nonfiction book called The Marshmallow Test.  This book is written about self-control and will power.  It looks like it is going to have some great information! Another new book that is coming out that may garner your interest is Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen.  This is another telling of Romeo and Juliet but from Juliet’s nurse.  This book looks at Romeo and Juliet from a whole different perspective and is supposed to appeal to fans Sarah Dunant, Philippa Gregory, and Geraldine Brooks.  The Moment of Everything by Shelly King is about a woman who finds herself working in a used book store while she is waiting for the next great thing to come along. However, sometimes what we are waiting for is in the margins of the next book, literally.  

Enjoy Reading

The Moment of Everything  by Shelly King

Juliet's Nurse by Lois Leveen

The Marshmellow Test by  Walter Mischel

Peak by Roland Smith 

Four by Veronica Roth

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Perfect Game by Matt Christopher

Gismo by Dave Cousins

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman

 

Nutty about Books

Nutty about Books

September starts the fall season and I found that despite my best efforts I have managed to “collect” a bunch of books to read.  This was done so insidiously that I did not even realize what I was doing.  Like a squirrel with nuts, I was getting ready for winter.  Only, I was storing food for my brain. 

Living on my new “church mouse poor” budget this year has helped prevent the mass influx of books, yet slowly they are stacking up on tables and chairs.  Books to review, books found at book sales and books given to me populate one whole side of the couch.  I think the pile is reproducing as we speak.  My kindle (still an early generation with a keyboard) is very overloaded with free and cheap books.  It moves sooooo sloooowww.

However, having said that a quick list of the books I want to read  and that are due out this month puts my collection of nuts into hoarder mode.  Luckily for my home and my pocketbook, I am going to borrow most of them.  That isn’t to say that the ones I have to buy will cost me peanuts (hehehe).

This month, I have on my list to read – way too many – I know.  Enjoy the sun shining.  And enjoy my list of “nuts” to read.

Robyn Carr – The Homecoming

Margaret Maron – Designated Daughters (waiting in line)

Jodi Piccoult – Larger than Life (waiting in line)

J.D.Robb – Festive in Death

Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Effect

Carly Phillips – Dare to Submit (Net Galley)

Kristen Ashley – Deacon  (Net Galley)

Kristen Higgins – In Your Death

Jill Shalvis – It’s in His Kiss (waiting in line) and He’s so Fine

Faye Kellerman – Murder 101 (waiting in line)

Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Heroes are My Weakness (waiting in line)

James Patterson – Invisible

Lisa Klepas – Lightning Bay

Jonathan Kellerman – The Golem of Hollywood

Catherine Coulter – The Lost Key

Kimberly Belle – The Last Breath (Main Street Book Ends)

Patriotic books for the Fourth of July

Patriotic books for the Fourth of July

I thought it was appropriate, seeing as how the Fourth of July was right around the corner, to write about books having to do with the history of the United States.  I have to admit, for this subject I needed to chat with my NH History Museum buddies for their input.  Most of them are true history buffs and enjoy reading.

A couple of them immediately spoke about John Adams by David McCullough.  Almost in the same breath others spoke about 1776 and Truman.  I was surprised that the top three books mentioned by my colleagues were all by David McCullough until I checked him out on Goodreads.  David McCullough has written 29 books about American History and has an average rating of 4.12 out of five stars.  That tells me a lot about his popularity. 

Another book that was mentioned by a couple of different people was The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming.  What makes this book different isn’t the portrayal of our founding fathers, but the information about the people around them that influenced them both publically and privately. It is interesting how we think gossip is a recent phenomenon.

One colleague wanted to make sure I mentioned the Dear America Series, as well as all the American Girl books.  Her all time favorite book was Lyddie by Katherine Paterson. All of them a great read for the younger readers.

The suggestion I was not expecting was when one colleague reminded me of Charley Parkhurst.  If you have never read about this amazing woman (who came from NH) you might want to investigate.  She was a woman who masqueraded as a man for years and was considered a remarkable stage driver in the mid 1800s.  A couple of books about Charley are:  Charley’s Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst by Fern J Hill and The Whip by Karen Kondazian.

Happy Reading and Happy Fourth of July!

John Adams by David McCullough.

1776  by David McCullough

Truman by David McCullough

The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming. 

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson

Charley’s Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst by Fern J Hill

The Whip by Karen Kondazian.

How Long Is Summer?

How Long Is Summer?

YEE HAW!  It is time to plan for my summer reading!  I am always happy to figure out what I am going to read in the summer.  I love to read books that are set on beaches – so I can be at the beach when I read them. Of course my beach is usually a lake or a pond.  I love reading books that are HEA with fun characters in a town or place I know so well.  I love reading books that are lighter in nature, although that does not stop me from reading serious books either.  So far I have 16 books on my list – but those are just the ones I need to reserve at the library.

Some of my favorite authors have new books coming out that celebrate the beach.  Elin Hilderbrand has a new book with The Matchmaker, Nancy Thayer with Nantucket Sisters and Dorothy Benton Frank with The Hurricane Sisters.  Three authors have books coming out that celebrate summer with titles like: That Summer, The Summer Wind and That Summer Night.  Those books are so appealing to me.  A newer series by Susan Wiggs has me has looking forward to reading The Beekeeper's Ball. Oh and those books are all coming out in June!

In July and August for me it is all about series with its next books.  The series by Faye Kellerman about Peter Decker and Rena Lazarus are always great books.  Margaret Maron has another book out in her series about Judge Deborah Knott and her huge family and small town southern charm.  Jill Shalvis, Robin Carr, and Susan Mallery all have new books coming out about their towns of Lucky Harbor, Thunder Point, and Fool’s Gold.  And to top it all off, Jayne Castle has a new book coming out in her futuristic series called The Hot Zone.

Oh look the new Book Page is in!  I have to go check out the new books to add to my lists.  Did I remember Chris Bohjalian’s new book (Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands) on the list?  Is that the new book by Herman…Wait, how long is summer?

The Matchmaker by  Elin Hilderbrand

Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothy Benton Frank

That Summer by Lauren Willig

The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe

That Summer Night  by Barbara Freethy

The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman

Designated Daughter by Margaret Maron

 It’s in his Kiss by Jill Shalvis

The Homecoming by Robin Carr

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

The Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

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Nancy | Reply 11.11.2014 07.44

Martha -- you are riding the grace wave!

Love
Nancy

jeannie | Reply 19.10.2014 19.07

Pretty dicey talk. Wonder if your detractor ever read a romance novel. She might enjoy it.

Nancy | Reply 19.10.2014 18.26

The best part of this, "Bite Me!" Love you Martha -- love your blog and love that you read everything!

sue | Reply 19.10.2014 10.19

I love romances with a twist....time travel,alpha shape shifters,graphic....give me all that

Jeannie | Reply 13.10.2014 20.05

I agree. Time, in demand. The escape into other worlds through readings becomes a necessary getaway! Hope it works that way with your students, too.

Kathy | Reply 07.06.2014 21.27

Thanks for all the great recommendations! I love your blog and it was so wonderful to see you at the NH Historical Museum!

jeannie | Reply 02.06.2014 23.35

The Fault in Our Stars is coming out as a movie, I believe. Looks sweet and maybe sad. Think it is great that your students are consultants, too.

Jeannie | Reply 23.03.2014 22.15

Loved The Hunger Games series. The HandMaiden's Tale made me mad as did Lois Lowry's The Giver, but raised all the ethical questions associated with "control."

Dawn | Reply 15.03.2014 12.45

Your blog is spot on today...we get what we allow ourselves to have. I hope today you will allow yourself joy, even if it is just for a few moments.

Jon St. Cyr | Reply 27.02.2014 14.12

You probably know this, but Angelina Jolie is bringing Unbroken to the big screen this Christmas. I haven't read the book, but I can't wait to see the movie.

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25.11 | 15:26

yes, we all need more time for reading, our escape from own realities, good or not-so-good and into fictional frolic.

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22.11 | 21:53

Comment section is TOO short-LOL! I agree re: Winter Street; on the fence re: Leaving Time. Love your blog;happy you're doing something you so thoroughly enjoy!

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22.11 | 21:47

Holly Chamberlin is one of my favorite authors~happy to hear you discovered her. Don't know how I missed "The Summer Quilt"! (just reserved it at the library)

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11.11 | 07:44

Martha -- you are riding the grace wave!

Love
Nancy

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