Books

Weekend Reading

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Visitors by Catherine Burns. I didn’t know much about the plot when I started reading it and its Catherine’s excellent writing and wit that has kept me completely glued to this book for the last few days. It’s creepy, suspenseful and funny in parts. Neither the main character Marion or her weird brother John are particularly likable but you find yourself reading and reading, trying to determine if its John that is imagining things or Marion and what is really happening?

Here’s the plot:

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door…and turning a blind eye to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side….

I am at the very end of this book and cannot wait to see how it concludes! Put this one on your Goodreads list immediately. Will be out in September.

Next up is a novel called All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy. After The Visitors, Im going to need a complete change of genre and this one looks like a sweet story. I am looking forward to reading it.

Check it out:

Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father…and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones.

Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time. But when an astonishing secret is revealed about a past relationship, their trip becomes a whirlwind journey of rediscovery that takes them from Montreal to Paris to Berlin and back home again, where Julia learns that even the smallest gestures she might have taken for granted have the power to change her life forever.

One of my favorite books of all time includes The Man Who Risked It All by Laurent Gounelle, translated like this book, from French to English. I feel sorry for people who don’t read and miss out on all of the feelings and emotions of an amazing book!

The Reason You're Alive: A Novel by [Quick, Matthew]

I’m also going to mention The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick. I got a sneak peek of this several months ago and loved it. I think it was a case of reading the right book, at the right time, while in the right mood. I connected right away with the characters and the story. I was sad when the book was over.

Matthew Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook and is an incredibly talented author. I wanted to post about this book again because it was published on July 4th is and ready to download or order. Don’t miss it!

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

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I was totally under the weather for a few days this week and had some time to watch Season Five of Wentworth on Netflix. If you haven’t tuned into this Australian prison drama, DO IT NOW. I am a huge fan and am bummed that I have to wait a whole year for the next season!

Also worth your time is What The Health, a documentary that will most likely make you think about what you eat in a new light.

What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

You can watch it online by going here. 

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AND if you want to read my novel, you can go here and buy it for $1.99! It’s a quick and easy read. Stay tuned for September when my Young Adult novel, The Blondes of Bel Air will be published!