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Waiting on Wednesday: Life Itself

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

My wishlist is usually insanely long. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to books. But I’m going to select a book that’s due out next month that I saw mentioned a couple of times yesterday, Life Itself: A Memoir, by Roger Ebert.

Now, I’m not the biggest Roger Ebert fan, that title belongs to my friend Mary, but how his has carried on in the face of his illness has been inspirational. I follow him on twitter and he manages to find some of the most interesting content. And it’s not just limited to movies which is why I am looking forward to reading his memoir next month.  (Look at that gorgeous cover!)  Continue reading

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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: The Greater Journey

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

Last week I was sick and working a convention. I’m catching up on some relaxation this week reading The Paris Wife and cleaning out email messages. David McCullough’s newest book, The Greater Journey,  was mentioned in an email.

There’s not much of a description on the book but just enough for me to know that I’ll want to check this one out.

David McCullough tells the story of the American artists and scientists who studied in Paris, and changed America through what they learned there.

The Greater Journey is due out on May 24th. Just in time to read over the long Memorial Day weekend.

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Waiting On Wednesday: In the Garden of Beasts

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

Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America captivated me. I stayed up late reading and then wanted to know more about the subjects.  So I’m intrigued by his latest novel, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, due out on May 10th.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

I have wondered what it was like to be in Germany at the time right before World War II. How was it that Hitler was able to persuade so many people to do such horrid things? Why didn’t people stop him? The idea of a first person perspective appeals to me. I have a feeling this is going to be another one that I have a hard time putting down. Despite the gruesome subject.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: My One and Only

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

Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers. She’s another author I stumbled into reading due to my kindle.  (Thank you samples!) I devoured her books. They usually keep me up late because they are just too good to put down.

But after reading The Next Best Thing I was a little worried. The book fell flat of my expectations and I was disappointed. But last year she bounced back with All I Ever Wanted and my fears were put to rest. I’m looking forward to her latest, My One and Only due out March 29th.

Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out…

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-fiancé 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.

 

So what are looking looking forward to reading? What else should I add to my wishlist?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Sweetest Thing

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

When I started reading romance, I hunted around Amazon and let their recommendations lead me to other “good” contemporaries. (Because god knows there is a lot of awful stuff out there.) Then I stumbled across a blog entry where someone had listed a number of her go-to authors known for writing good contemporary romance and I came across Jill Shalvis. I downloaded one of her books to my kindle and a week later was combing through my library’s catalog to see if they had any other books by her. I’ve since read several and none have disappointed.

I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the Lucky Harbor series, The Sweetest Thing which unfortunately isn’t out until March 29th.

 

Two Men Are One Too Many . . .

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

 

In Simply Irresistible, I fell in love with Jax(!), Maddie and sisters. I’m looking forward to seeing Tara’s adventures in Lucky Harbor and if the hero is even a fraction as hot as Jax was… it will be a great read.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Call Me Irresistible

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

My Mom introduced me to Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s books. Well, she told me about them and suggested I read them. But as the good daughter I am, I ignored her. Mom’s reading selections were well different than me. She has hundreds of Harlequinns in her attic. And I don’t mean to offend any of those authors… some of those books are just not good. (I clearly didn’t know about Smart Bitches and Dear Author back then.)

So two years ago after I got my kindle and went nuts, I bought a SEP book after it was recommended based on previous purchases. I was hooked. I spent the summer reading through the Chicago Stars series. I loved those characters and the storylines. And yes it helps that they are set in Chicago.

For the last couple of months I have been really looking forward to Phillip’s newest book, Call Me Irresistible which is due out next month.

R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year . . .

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible – Ted Beaudine – the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg becomes the most hated woman in town – a town she’s stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What’s the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

 

Doesn’t that sound good? I think I need to reread Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good to get a refresher on the character of Teddy. Thankfully, I have the next month to accomplish that.

So what about you? What are looking forward to reading?

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