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Review: Recursion

By Blake Crouch
336 pages
Published June 11, 2019 by Crown Publishing Group
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chanc…

WWW Wednesday: June 19

Hosted by Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W's are:

What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished This one was a 3 star for me. I loved the writing style and the characters but I wasn't excited about the story. The Mother in law was OK for me as well--I've been in  a bit of a slump lately and perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for this one. Currently Reading  I absolutely loved Dark Matter, so I've been super excited for this one!  JUST started it yesterday. Hoping it pulls me out of my little reading slump.  I'm such a psychology nerd that I think I will love this one! The first few pages have been great!!!
Up Next

My yoga teacher read The Dragonfly Sea and absolutely loved it, so I immediately put a hold in at the library for it! Picking it up today. 
I also have quite the stack of books that I'm going to be reading soon but not sure what order yet. I'm super excited about all of…

TLC Book Tours: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot (Review)

About The Summer of Sunshine and MargotHardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (June 11, 2019)
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…
As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?
Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish col…

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Summer Book Picks

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. I've usually done Top Ten Tuesday but wanted to switch things up!

This Week's Question: Summer Picks for 2019

Friends....I think my reading theme for this summer is...SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME!!! Seriously, can I just have the entire summer off to read?? For real, give me ALL THE BOOKS. In no particular order, the books I am e excited about:

What are you excited about reading this summer?

TLC Book Tours: The Woman in the White Kimono (and a GIVEAWAY!)

About The Woman in the White KimonoHardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (May 28, 2019)
Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.
America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world…

Review: From Scratch

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
By Tembi Locke
352 pages
Published April 30, 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.

From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family and his origins, now she finds solace and…

WWW Wednesday: June 5

Hosted by Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W's are:

What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished
I loved all three of these books!! My review of The Friends We Keep was on the blog yesterday, my review of From Scratch will be posted tomorrow, and my review of The Woman in the White Kimono will be posted Monday!

Currently Reading

Excited to read the latest Susan Mallery for TLC Book Tours! My review will be on the blog next Wednesday, June 12. I'm also listening to Commonwealth on audio from the library and enjoying it so far. Also working my way through books I haven't read from one of my favorite authors, fellow Oregonian Cathy Lamb. Julia's Chocolates is one of her earliest releases and is delightful so far---full of classic Cathy Lamb laugh out loud humor. Her books always make me feel good! Up Next I've enjoyed the Honeymoon Harbor series, so looking forward to reading the latest from JoA…

Book Review: The Friends We Keep

The Friends We Keep
By Jane Green
384 pages
Published June 4, 2019 by Berkley Books

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

About the Book:

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted--the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.

Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man.

Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with in college, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause.

Topher became a successful actor, but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.

By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together a…

Review: Unsheltered

By Barbara Kingsolver
464 pages, 
Published October 16, 2018 by Harper
Source: Library (aduiobook version)

About the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing an…