So last week, I felt ill and could barely bring myself to write anything but this week, I am healthy and positively overflowing with words. As usual, I have bolded the topic headings so you can skim and read only what you think sounds most interesting.
Review from my mom:
Yesterday my mom stopped by the blog to do an interview/joint review with me about the delightful historical fiction novel A Hundred Summers. She's gotten a big kick out of your comments and would love for you to leave more (#shamelesscommentrequest ;)
Last chance to get entries into the Summer of Love Blog Hop! My post is here with links to the other giveaways.
It was a busy week. I received a surprise review copy of the latest Jeannie Lin novel, The Lotus Palace. Can't wait to read her latest release!
Then I got a bunch of books through Amazon Vine/Last Harvest; reviews for all of these will be coming throughout August and September.
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi
Passion and Poison: Tales of Shape-Shifters, Ghosts, and Spirited Women by Janice M. Del Negro
The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
I feel so blessed by every comment that has ever been left for me and I just wanted to say that I love you guys so much! (I also love you even if you've never commented; I just don't know who you are.) I try not to check my phone during the workday because it distracts me but I usually break down and do so at lunch; though I'm pretty happy at work, my mood immediately lifts upon reading your nice words. I love when you agree with me about a book's flaws and/or merits and I love when you disagree with me because you're always so thoughtful-thank you for the food for thought and keep them coming :)
I believe I've mentioned a few times that I adore the Baby-Sitters Club. I read them throughout my childhood and credit them for establishing a deep love of reading. I also trace my love of the contemporary genre and stories about female friendship to this series. So I'm excited to be joining forces with some other fans to read through the books again. My first posts for the project will be starting in August at Sarah Millar's blog and I'll be sure to update you all when it goes live.
Week to Come:
I'm catching up on some older review books to start and then switching gears to adult novels to close out the week. We start with Five Summers by Una LaMarche, which I'm glad I squeezed in to my summer reading. Tuesday is The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman, the companion novel to the enchanting The Grimm Bequest, which I enjoyed reading way back in 2011. As for adult novels, Wednesday's review is I'll Be Seeing You, a highly recommended epistolary novel set during WWII. Thursday is the beginning of a new month, which means it's time for a War and Peace readalong update. Friday, I'm hosting a stop on the Mr. Monk Helps Himself blog tour reviewing this first book from Hy Conrad, the new author of the mystery series. And we're ending the week strong with the new novel The Lotus Palace from beloved romance author Jeannie Lin.