New on My Bookcase: Vol. 20

library haul 20This library trek was done without children – not even waiting out in the car with daddy for me to hurry up and come back so we can go do other things with our weekend. Instead I was able to browse a bit, and then pick up my holds in a leisurely fashion. It was so nice. 🙂


My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and StoriesMy Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz by David Lebovitz
Love cookbooks that combine lots of stories, and love Lebovitz’s previous books, so I’m pretty confident that I’m going to love this one. Plus, Paris.

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval ParisBlood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager by Eric Jager
My Paris-themed reading kick continues.

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big DifferenceThe Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference by Shaunti Feldhahn by Shaunti Feldhahn
I’ve read some of her previous books and enjoyed them, and am curious to see what this one says. I mean, who doesn’t want a highly happy marriage?


Crossing to SafetyCrossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner by Wallace Stegner
Book club’s June pick, and me forgetting to ask for it earlier means I’m running out of time to get the book finished before the meeting. Also, I keep trying to call the author “William” instead of “Wallace.” Perhaps admitting that will help me stop doing that, because I really do know what his name is.

The Divorce Papers: A NovelThe Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger by Susan Rieger
I’m not generally much of a fan of romantic comedies, but my completely infatuation with epistolary novels is stronger than a minor thing like genre aversion.

Where Monsters DwellWhere Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke by Jorgen Brekke
It’s quite possible I won’t actually read this one, or at least finish it. Reviews have me concerned that it’ll be too gruesome for me, but the glowing remarks about how well done the historical aspects of it are have me cautiously interested in trying it.

The Silver CrownThe Silver Crown by Robert C. O'Brien
I don’t remember how this one ended up on my list, but the author won a Newbery for another book, so surely that bodes well for this one. Well, that and that it’s still in print decades later.

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  1. Reading Crossing to Safety right now….started last night.

    • How are you liking it? The first chapter(s?) didn’t have me anxious to read more, but after the 1933 story line started I got into it. I’ve got the third section still to finish, because I forced myself to stop reading the other night, lest I stay up way too late. Book club is Thursday though, so I need to get it finished tonight or tomorrow!

  2. I recently visited the Little free library we have nearby and found Milan Kundera’s novel The Farewell Party. I didn’t know anything about it, it just caught my attention but I must say it’s a brilliantly written ambiguous comedy I really enjoy to read. There is a historical background which is not so easy to understand for someone who didn’t live in those times, but I can really recommend it.

  3. I ended up loving it….I loved how original the premise seemed to be. I’d never read a book that just dealt with two long marriages, ambition vs. “being”, strong personalities vs. quiet ones…usually an author isn’t satisfied with just ordinary relationships. Did you end up getting through the book?

    • Finished it this morning! I’m so glad that it was a book club pick – I’d have never picked it up otherwise (or at least never would have stuck with it if I’d somehow managed to pick it up), and I really enjoyed it.

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