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Waiting On Wednesday: The Violets of March

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

I have DevourerofBooks to thank for this one.Tonight on twitter she gushing about this book. Based on the description I’m just going to go ahead and preorder this one because it looks like a gem.

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio is out on April 26th.

A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Lot Like Love

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

I discovered Julie James’ Practice Makes Perfect last April. I stumbled across the book on Amazon after it continued to appear in my recommended list. I read the description and figured I would give it a shot. (I’m a sucker for books involving Chicago)  Two days I had downloaded Just the Sexiest Man Alive and wished that Julie was as prolific as Nora Roberts because I wanted more and I didn’t want to wait until this March for her latest, Something About You.

I love Julie’s writing. Her dialog reminds me of my favorite screwball comedies. She has strong female leads. They don’t need to be rescued. They need someone to challenge and support them.

So my pick for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday is Julie’s next book, A Lot Like Love, which is due out March 1st.

Just check out the description of the book and read this except.

I can’t wait.

So what is on your wish list?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Happy Ever After

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

No judgment! I like romance novels –  well good romance novels.  And before you scoff, yes, the do exist.

Nora Roberts is queen of the romance novels and I fell in love with her Bride Quartet series from the moment I pushed the next page button while reading Vision in White. The dynamic among the friends just reeled me in. I preordered the next two in the series and devoured them the moment they became available.

Needless to say, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Parker’s book, Happy Ever After which comes out on November 2.

As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…

The only thing that makes me sad is that I’ll be out of town the day the book releases so I won’t be able to read it until the following week.

Is it November 8th yet?

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Literary Sweet Spots and My Growing Wishlist

Someone needs to remind me not to read emails from Flavorwire.  Today’s newsletter had a spot on “Booze-addled books” “Page-turning portraits of Prohibition-era decadence”. Of course, I was hooked.

There’s something about that time period that just reels me in. It’s the images. Flappers  – beautiful women with bobbed hair wearing short skirts dancing to the Charleston ignoring the Victorian values.

So on the wishlist goes:

I’m going to hold off on Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City until I watch the show which is sitting on my DVR. I’m going to guess that it will be in the wishlist by the end of the week.

The real question is how long until I crack and buy some of them?

(And we are going to ignore for now that I have yet to finish reading this or this and they are sitting on my shelf mocking me.)

What are your literary sweet spots? Is there a time period or topic that automatically peaks your interest? Do you have a wishlist problem too?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Paris Wife

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Came across another book today that is an immediate add to the Wishlist.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Heminway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”

I have a feeling I’ll be pre-ordering this from Amazon. I’m not a fan of Hemingway, but that time period and the people involved captivate me. The section from Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties devoted to Fitzgerald and Hemingway in Paris was fascinating. What an odd friendship. Fitzgerald thought Hemingway to be his best friend and Hemingway had a low opinion of Fitzgerald. Most of the problems seem to stem from Fitzgerald’s alcohol addiction. The Fitzgerald’s both thought Hadley to be a bit frumpy.

It looks to be in the same vein of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, which I absolutely adored. I look forward to reading this book. But why I wait until next February? That’s just cruel.

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good surprises

I had the day off a work yesterday so I spent the day lolly-gagging about. Sleeping late (if you can consider 7:00AM late), watching down the DVR (Leverage, Rizzoli & Isles, and White Collar) and other miscellaneous activities. Exciting life I lead, I know.

But I received an unexpected surprise. I got a direct message from Kevin Guilfoile telling me that I won a prize. Which was more than a little surprising since I didn’t know I entered a contest. Earlier this month I started following him on twitter after Mo Ryan mentioned him and his book. He sounded interesting and I added the book to my Amazon wishlist. (It is like my giant TBR list.)

So I will soon be receiving his new novel, The Thousand, a gift pack from Field Notes, and a chapter that Guilfoile deleted from the final manuscript of his book and wrote into a Field Notes notebook along with some illustrations.

What a cool surprise.

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my love of mad men… books

Its not a secret that I LOVE Mad Men. My friends and I dissect the episodes after they air and scour the internet for information about the episodes and to get a better understanding of some of the cultural references.

I’ve already purchased The Mad Men and Philosophy book. (It’s near the top of the TBR pile.) And I’ve been eying Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America.

But I’m eagerly anticipating the release of The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men. I think Janie Bryant is a genius. The clothing is so much a part of who each of the characters are on the show.  The costumes for Joan alone are beyond amazing.

And then there is the upcoming book by Dyna Moe, Mad Men: The Illustrated World. You’ll recognize Moe’s work from the Mad Men Yourself application and the flickr collection of images from previous seasons.

Do I need either of these books? No. Do I want them? Very much so.  They are like eye candy in book format and I can’t wait until October when both of them come out.

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