It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books so stop by and join in!

I finally feel like I accomplished something. Last week I finished Melanie Rose’s Finding Home and Julie James is A Lot Like Love (review to come). Julie’s book was fabulous!

I almost finished Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters. I think part of me is enjoying the book too much that I hesitated in finishing it off yesterday. But alas, all good things must come to an end and I will finish this book today.

On tap this week:

Road Signs by MJ Frederick.  I’m a sucker for the Friends to lover trope so I’m looking forward to this one.

Had she misread the signs?

Briefly captivated by the idea of romance and pretty, shiny weddings, Willow Hawkins agreed to meet her potential boyfriend’s family and quickly realized she’d made a mistake. Stranded in small-town Nowhere, Willow calls her best friend, Cameron Trask, for an escape.

Even though he’ll miss an important job interview, Cam comes to her rescue. When Willow starts to see Cam with new eyes, she wonders how she’s never made the connection from best friend to best lover. Willow has one chance to help the man she loves—join him on a cross-country road trip to get to the interview on time. On the way they’ll face a jealous puppy, an unreliable automobile and weather that threatens to trap them alone…together.

The biggest roadblock she’ll come up against? If Cam gets his dream job, Willow may lose him for good.

After finishing The Paris Wife, I want to go back and read A Moveable Feast. I had started reading it last year and work got in the way. There’s something about that time period and those writers that draws me in.  While I dislike Hemingway’s writing, I found myself enjoying this book because it was so different from his others.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized

Oldest Chicago is the latest book out from Lake Claremont Press, a small house that focuses on publishing books that celebrate all things Chicago. I have several of their books, and the former history major in me finds this one interesting. I have a feeling I’m going to be scheduling some field trips around the city when I’m done with this book.

Oldest Chicago is about the places that have survived the passage of time. Oldest business: Peacock Jewelers (1838); oldest apothecary: Merz Apothecary (1875); oldest tavern: Schaller’s Pump (1889); oldest theater: the Biograph Theater (1914); and oldest drive-in restaurant: Superdawg (1948). In Oldest Chicago, journalist David Witter highlights dozens of the oldest local treasures in Chicago and its suburban and exurban areas. Remarkable for having survived demolition and extinction for decades, these beloved landmarks have also helped define our city’s landscape, offering continuity and civic identity across generations. Rather than celebrate the past, many of Chicago’s business and political leaders have risen to power by tearing it down. Chicago has lost, and continues to lose, many great civic, architectural, and cultural landmarks. In recent years, Marshall Field’s and Carson Pirie Scott have vanished from the city’s landscape. Other structures like the Uptown and Ramova Theaters are also in danger of being permanently lost. Oldest Chicago is a reminder of the value of these familiar places and a call to preserve them for a future sense of place.

And lastly, if time allows, I’m looking forward to reading the new book by Kristan Higgins, My One and Only, which is due out later this month. Higgins is one of my favorite romance authors and I’m looking forward to reading her latest effort.

Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiance; back at home is not likely to be sympathetic. Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting; just around the bend.

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