Weekend Reading

I’ve been reading so slowly this week. I am exhausted (see my posts on Pyroluria) and have been falling asleep early so that cut down on my reading time. I looking forward to a weekend of doing not much else besides reading and watching things on the Gaia network which is available through Amazon Prime Video.  And also, lots of reading!

This book, Sociable by Rebecca Harrington looks so good! When I read the description, I knew this book would be perfect for me, it has what I think will be quirky characters and a fun plot. Take a look:

Take a look:

When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying her journalist boyfriend, and attending glamorous parties with famously perverted writers. Instead, Elinor finds herself nannying for two small children who speak in short, high screams, sleeping on a foam pad in a weird apartment, and attending terrible parties with Harper’s interns wearing shapeless smocks.

So when Elinor is offered a job at Journalism.ly, the digital media brainchild of a Silicon Valley celebrity, she jumps at the chance. Sure, her boyfriend is writing long think pieces about the electoral college for a real website while Elinor writes lists about sneakers and people at parties give her pitying glances when she reveals her employer, but at Journalism.ly Elinor discovers her true gift: She has a preternatural ability for writing sharable content.

She is an overnight viral sensation! But Elinor’s success is not without cost. Elinor’s boyfriend dumps her, two male colleagues insist on “mentoring” her, and a piece she writes about her personal life lands her on local television. Broke, single, and consigned to move to a fifth-floor walkup, Elinor must ask herself: Is this the creative life she dreamed of? Can new love be found on Coffee Meets Bagel? And should she start wearing a smock? With wry humor and sharp intelligence, Sociable is a hilarious tale of one young woman’s search for happiness–and an inside look at life in the wild world of Internet media.

 

If you haven’t read Kelly Corrigan’s books, do yourself a favor and read them. She is a gifted writer and each of her books have left me feeling better, smarter, wiser after reading her words.

I was so excited when I saw she is coming out with a new book called, Tell Me More.

Here’s what you need to know:

In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over expected invitations that never come or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries, her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” she learns something important about listening from a facialist named Tish. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight–and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings in this insightful book between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

In channeling the characteristically streetwise, ever-relatable voice that has defined Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a meaningful, touching take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

YES PLEASE.

Shifting gears to another genre completely, One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline promises to keep the reader glued to the pages.  Lisa is one of those authors who keeps writing good book after good book. You just know you’re in for a literary adventure when you pick up her books.

Single mother Heather would do anything for her son, Jordan. His talent on the high-school baseball field could be his only ticket to college. Yet there are those in Jordan’s team who have the potential to lead him down a darker path. Not least their coach – a new teacher with a dark, hidden agenda of his own.

But there is no such thing as a perfect façade. And under pressure, the cracks will soon appear…
Who? What? What happens? I need to know more.

I’ve seen people raving about this book When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. I am so looking forward to reading it. I love secrets and rumors (in books) and emotions on the page.

Just read the synopsis, you’ll want to read it too.  Check it out:

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

 

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I totally late to reading this one but I just began it, so far it’s really good. Behold The Dreamers By Imbolo Mbue will grab a hold of you from page one. The writing is so good, the characters are endearing and you want them to succeed. I really love books where I haven’t seen the same recyced plot

I really love books where I haven’t seen the same plot just recycled again and again. You know the books of which I speak.

Here’s the synopsis:

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.