Historically, I disappear during the summer for a month, sometimes two.
Sadly, this year has not proved to be the exception, though that disappointment has been tempered with how much I have been doing with Bloggers Recommend. It’s a newsletter, by and for readers, and if you love having a selection of the upcoming month’s best books to look forward to, you should definitely subscribe. Take a peek at the August issue. This month subscribers have a chance to win one if 50 copies of Danna Tartt’s highly anticipated new novel, The Gold Finch.
Speaking of giveaways, BOOK CLUB is going to be reading and discussing Lauren Grodstein’s The Explanation for Everything on Jen’s blog on September 10th. If you’s like to join us, please fill out this form by Sunday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST. had two giveaways going on, and it’s time to announce some winners. Kathy R. won a copy of Ben Masters’s The Noughties, and Beth F. won Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic. Congratulations!
I *just* finished Bellman and Black, the new Diane Setterfield out in October. The most frequent compliant I have heard is that at approximately 224 pages, it is novella length, but because of the way the story is structured and told, it didn’t feel as if it were a short read. In fact it felt rather long to me. Right now I have mixed feelings about it, and it remains to be seen whether they will either resolve into appreciation and admiration.
I am so fortunate to have some really great interviews lined up.
Renee Swindle’s Shake Down The Stars is out this week. It is a fabulous read. If you love interesting and different characters facing difficult life situations in realistic way, but by also still acknowledging life’s inherent humor and light-hearted moments, then this is the story for you. Her interview will be up later on today.
More interviews too look forward to are Emily Croy Barker (The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic), Mary Simses (The Irresistible Blueberry Bake Shop & Cafe), Liza Klaussman (Tigers In Red Weather), Lisa Van Allen (The Wishing Thread).