COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

Commonwealth Written by Ann Patchett Published by HarperCollins on September 13th 2016 ISBN: 9780062491817 Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, […]

EVERYTHING I  NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng [Bullet Review]

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng [Bullet Review]

Everything I Never Told You Written by Celeste Ng Published by Penguin on May 12th 2015 ISBN: 9780143127550 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Family Life Format: trade paper Pages: 297 Source: purchased “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited […]

THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

The Story of the Lost Child Series: The Neapolitan Novels, #4 Written by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Audiobook read by Hillary Huber Published by Europa Editions on September 1st 2015 ISBN: 9781609452865 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 473 Source: public library via Overdrive Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses […]

HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings [Book Thoughts]

HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.How to Party With an Infant Written by Kaui Hart Hemmings Published by Simon and Schuster on August 9th 2016 ISBN: 9781501100796 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 240 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants—a hilarious and charming story […]

The Book Bridge August 2016 Edition: Books Other Readers Think You Should Read!

The Book Bridge August 2016 Edition: Books Other Readers Think You Should Read!

The Book Bridge August 2016 Hello, and welcome to August 2016’s edition of The Book Bridge! We’re here to connect each other with the books that we were most excited about reading last month. I’m happy to welcome a few new contributors this month, and I’m very glad to see that some of the readers who joined us for our very first Book Bridge in July are back again! Here’s the main thing, though: I’m always […]

THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay Written by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Audiobook read by Hillary Huber Published by Europa Editions on September 2nd 2014 ISBN: 9781609452230 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 400 Source: public library via Overdrive The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan Novels! Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante’s fame as one of our most compelling, […]

HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst [Book Thoughts]

HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst [Book Thoughts]

Harmony Written by Carolyn Parkhurst Published by Penguin Random House on August 2nd 2016 ISBN: 9780399562600 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Family Life Format: hardcover Pages: 288 Source: publisher Gorgeously written and patently original. Jodi Picoult, “New York Times”bestselling author of”Leaving Time” In this gripping, timely novel, Carolyn Parkhurst follows the Hammond family as they give up everything. . . and ultimately reveals the healing power of love. Kim Edwards, the #1″New York Times”bestselling author of”The […]

THE BOOK BRIDGE Call for Submissions 2!

THE BOOK BRIDGE Call for Submissions 2!

Ready to build another Book Bridge? The Book Bridge CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2 is open! What book were you most excited to talk about during the past month? Share it in this month’s edition of The Book Bridge, where we’re connecting each other to great reads. A “book you’re excited to talk about” doesn’t have to be a “book you loved” by the way. It could be a book that disturbed or even angered you. But […]

LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES by Sarah Vowell [Audiobook Thoughts]

LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES by Sarah Vowell [Audiobook Thoughts]

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Written by Sarah Vowell Audiobook read by Sarah Vowell Published by Penguin on October 20th 2015 ISBN: 9781101624012 Genres: History, United States, Biography & Autobiography Format: audiobook Pages: 288 Source: public library via Overdrive From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.   Chronicling General […]

LibraryThings Have Changed: I Still Love You, LT, But It’s Not The Same

LibraryThings Have Changed: I Still Love You, LT, But It’s Not The Same

My love for LibraryThing has been well-documented here in the past. While the flame still burns, things have changed between us. I still appreciate all that LT has done for me, don’t get me wrong. I got a paid, lifetime LibraryThing membership in 2008 to keep track of all the books I owned, whether I’d read them or not. Having my LibraryThing collection on my phone has saved me more than once from buying a book […]

BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Jessica Winter [Book Thoughts]

BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Jessica Winter [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Break in Case of Emergency: A novel Written by Jessica Winter Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on July 12th 2016 ISBN: 9781101946138 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Urban, Satire Format: ARC Pages: 288 Source: via Shelf Awareness for Readers An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one’s sanity in a toxic workplace. Jen […]

The Book Bridge July 2016 Edition

The Book Bridge July 2016 Edition

This is The Book Bridge July 2016 edition—we’re connecting each other to great reads! I’m thrilled to bring this to you, and so excited that some of you were excited to share the books you were most excited about last month. This is our first time here, and I hope it won’t be the last! We have a mix of brand-new and backlist books, fiction and nonfiction, and a couple of audiobooks to talk about, so […]

STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED by Taylor Larsen [Book Thoughts]

STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED by Taylor Larsen [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Stranger, Father, Beloved Written by Taylor Larsen Published by Gallery Books on July 12th 2016 ISBN: 9781501124754 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Coming of Age, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 272 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers In the tradition of Tom Perrotta’s Little Children, a “mesmerizing, unsparing” (Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!) debut novel about a […]

The Hamiltome Opens the Door to The Room Where it Happens [A Reader’s Journal]

The Hamiltome Opens the Door to The Room Where it Happens [A Reader’s Journal]

Hamilton: The Revolution Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter Audiobook read by Mariska Hargitay, Jeremy McCarter, Lin-Manuel Miranda Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 12th 2016 ISBN: 9781455539741 Genres: Nonfiction, Popular Culture, Entertainment & Performing Arts Format: audiobook Pages: 288 Source: purchased Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean […]

Building “The Book Bridge”: Call for Submissions #1!

Building “The Book Bridge”: Call for Submissions #1!

I got enough positive feedback on my “review share” proposal last month that I’m moving forward with it! The project’s name is subject to change, but for now, it’s The Book Bridge: Connecting Each Other to Great Reads Let’s review the details: What I’d like to do is invite you to share the book you were most excited about during the last month, whether brand-new or backlist! It’s an opportunity to broadcast your enthusiasm to […]