Welcome to another Monday of Musing, hosted by Should Be Reading.
We have a list of several possible things to chat about today:
Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I do like to rant about the guilty pleasures in my life on this blog. And many of those are books I’m drooling over.
Amy Hatvany is an author I discovered within the last couple of years, and her upcoming release is one I’ve preordered:
Heart Like Mine is a poignant, hopeful portrait of womanhood, love, and the challenges and joys of family life.
More details: Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again. But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover that there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.
Then there’s Kate Atkinson’s upcoming release that I’m seeing all around the blogosphere, although my copy won’t be coming until April…GRRR!
Life After Life feels like a departure for this author, who has brought us a great detective series with characters I love.
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.
Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can — will she?
Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
Don’t these look and sound delicious? Here’s another cover for Life After Life….
I’ve also seen other covers around the blogs. I wonder which one I’ll actually get? This is a book I ordered as a print version…lately I’ve been buying for Sparky to help deal with my overflowing shelves, but I had to have it as a physical book!
Do you find yourself missing the print books when you’re reading on your Kindle or Nook?
What are your favorite kinds of books…from authors you love? Or from new and recently discovered ones? Here’s a book I’ve reviewed for a blog tour starting today: check it out! Blue Jeans & Coffee Beans is not just a guilty pleasure for me…it’s a story that digs deep into the hearts and souls of the characters, revealing secrets and mysteries of the past.
Curl up and rediscover the things you love and the characters who engage you.