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my week in pictures 9/7 + August recap

The Penguin book truck came to town!! It coincided with our town’s Harvest Festival and since it was the weekend, there was also the farmers’ market. Basically I was in heaven with all the smells and food – oh my gosh the food!

Haha there was a girl looking at the books on the truck and she had A Discovery of Witches in her hand as well as Me Before You and couldn’t decide between the two. She was curious about Witches, but was recommended Me Before You. I went into total fangirl mode and began spewing my love of Jojo. :) Very pleased to say that’s the book she went with!

I took full advantage of my birthday girl status (mark your calendars – it’s tomorrow!) and picked out a few I wanted – just one of the many ways Matt has been spoiling me all weekend! Two books were from work, two were from the truck. I’m a HUGE tote fan so I nearly fainted when they were giving these away with your purchase! They had tons of freebies including a penguin logo pin and a Roald Dahl audiobook sampler!
The Short Novels by John Steinbeck + Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Over the summer I was bit by the short story bug and have been itching to get my hands on any short story collection I can find. I’m a big fan of Steinbeck and I love me some Papa – these two were total no-brainers!
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This is the first in the Southern Reach trilogy and I’ve heard something but good things. Admittedly, I’m a bit hesitant – I’m not entirely sure how I feel about speculative/weird fiction – but this one is TINY. Less than two hundred pages. I think I can manage!
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
One of the only Dahl books I didn’t have!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are your thoughts on short stories??

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REVIEWS
2AM at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino 4/5

Chock-full of metaphory goodness, 2AM at The Cat’s Pajamas beautifully weaves together three storylines gravitating around a past-its-prime jazz club. The novel’s Old World feel perfectly suited the smokey barroom. The secondary characters were just as intriguing as the key figures and the foul-mouthed nine-year-old at the center of it all quickly became a favorite of mine.

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero 3/5

Told through a string of diary entries, telegrams, and Paranormal Activity-style camera footage, The Supernatural Enhancements delves into the life of a reclusive man, his estate, a ghost, encryption codes, and a mysterious garden maze. I’m typically not one for epistolary novels – I was never able to get into the story and get a good feel for the characters – but I lapped this one up.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen 4/5

I can easily see why a writer would be intrigued and latch onto these two, putting a romantic spin on their friendship. I actually enjoyed Mrs. Poe! Unfortunately, it’s received a LOT of hateful comments and I think people are forgetting the fiction aspect of historical fiction.

series overview: Cainsville by Kelley Armstrong

Brush up on your Welsh, folks. You’re going to need it with Cainsville! In an author’s note in Omens, Armstrong states she intentionally left out any kind of translation or contextual clues. I cheated a bit and Googled some of the phrases. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil those, but trust me: you’ll want to find out more! Cainsville definitely isn’t your normal sleepy town. Nope. Not at all. There are things going on here – Big Things.

Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.) by Delia Ephron 3/5

Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.) is the quintessential one-sitting read – though you’ll want to have a buddy on hand, there are so many passages that are virtually screaming to be read aloud!

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 5/5

Writing a review for brown girl dreaming doesn’t seem fair at all. How does someone rate a memoir? A biography? A young girl’s life so beautifully-written and heartbreaking it steals your breath away? brown girl dreaming is so much more than I could ever say and my words could never compare to Woodson’s.

FEATURES
my week in pictures 8/3; birthdays! new (to me) books by favorite authors!
my week in pictures: vacation: sleepy rhinos! Cirque du Soleil!
my week in pictures 8/31: more birthdays! KITTIES.

MISC
July recap
Leah’s Gotta Read It novels for August
vacation announcement + the first book jar picks

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