The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

I picked this from the New Arrivals shelf at my local library.  I can honestly say I thought it was a different author.  I am not sure who I thought the author was, but I did not expect the book I read.  While I dislike the term “chick-lit”, I am not sure I care any more for “women’s literature”.  This book would definitely fall into these categories, but I want a new name.

This contemporary novel explores the lives of the three Sunshine Sisters: Nell, Meredith and Lizzy.  The three sisters are estranged and have returned home to face their mother’s illness.

Because I don’t delve into this genre very often, I am less qualified to talk about how it fits into the grand scheme. However, as a visitor, I found this book highly readable and moderately enjoyable. It was a little like watching an edgy Hallmark movie on a lazy, rainy Saturday afternoon.

I am not sure I will seek out future titles by this author, but I will not be avoiding them like the plague if they cross my path.

Abduction by Robin Cook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an amusing look at one person’s imagined Utopia. After a group of deep sea divers get sucked into an unknown world deep underwater, we are introduced to a perfect society.

I did not particularly care for any of the characters in this book, which may have made it easier to suspend my disbelief and just go with the flow. The writing was highly accessible and the descriptions of the undersea world were solid.

I picked this up because I am familiar with the author, but did not recognize this as a title I had previously read. I still prefer his medical thrillers to this book, but it was an entertaining afternoon read.

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Murder at Archly Place by Sara Rosett

From the publisher:

“London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred.

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.”

 

I really enjoyed this mystery! Historical mysteries are not a common read for me, I certainly gravitate more to contemporary mysteries, but I really enjoyed this one.

As a fan of The Great Gatsby, I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised that I like the reading about the 1920s. This story was an artful blend of aristocratic and the working class in England after the Great War.

The mystery unfolded in a natural way with clues pointing to everyone! The story was easy to follow with enough characters to keep interest, without confusion. I hope there will be plenty more stories about Olive and her investigations.

I plan on reading more of this author’s mysteries.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

Disney Manga: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey by D.J. Milky

From the Publisher:

“When Jack Skellington’s faithful pet Zero gets lost, the ghost pup must get the help of the residents of Christmas Town to find his way back. With Halloween plans on hold while Jack mounts a search, will they be reunited in time to save both holidays??”

 

Gorgerous Illustrations!!

I shared this with the 4-year-old with whom I spent my Wednesday. She and I are both battling head colds, but love reading together. When she saw this was available she asked me to read it to her. I happily complied.

We passed a happy 30 minutes perusing this volume and looking at the beautiful artwork. We were not, however, impressed with the story. There were very few words and the ending felt very abrupt.

As much as we were enjoying the story of the hunt for Zero, we will probably wait for all of the volumes to be available before continuing this story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a sneak peek at this story.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

For the past 7 years, I have been a stay at home aunt, a nan-auntie, a child borrower? I haven’t figured out a name for it yet.  I spend much of my time playing with my 2 fantastic nieces.  But as the older one is in school full time and the second is nearing that stage in her life, I have more time to dedicate to my passions of reading and writing.  I plan to use this space to share my journey.

My goals is to hone my reading to find greater balance.  I hope to share three books each week: one “old” (published before 2000), one new-ish (published 2000 or later) and one true or at least purportedly non-fiction.

My interests in reading run a large gamut.  I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, horror, literary fiction, classics, fantasy, science fiction, pretty much I like books.  In non-fiction, I have certainly been trying to read more widely.  I am using the Dewey Decimal System to help track my progress, as I feel that will help me to broaden my horizons.

I am very much so looking forward to what this year’s reading has to offer.