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text 2018-02-23 16:39
Friday Reads 2.23.2018
Legacy of Silence - Belva Plain
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher

I'm so happy it's Friday.


These are the books I am working on this weekend. 


Legacy of Silence- I did not want to read this book right now. I picked it up cuz I was stuck in line, only had my phone and randomly pulled it up on the Kindle app to kill a few minutes. I meant to put it down to read something else. But I can't. stop. reading. it. The MC actually annoys the living daylights out of me, but there is such a pull to Belva Plain's narratives that I find myself going back to it again and again. I'm almost halfway through so I'm just gonna commit and finish it. 


The Shell Seekers - I am loving this book. I am at work and realize I left this book on my nightstand and want to kick myself. Argh! #bookproblems


A Passion for Books- Great short stories about reading and all things book related. It's a bibliophile's dream compilation.


Next week I want to get back to my Newberry Medal Project. I have really enjoyed reading some of the winners and the Honor books this past month. There are some real gems. I feel bad I had neglected the genre thinking I would not be able to relate. What started me down this path is a friend of mine I do buddy reads with is on medications for a chronic illness. She loves to read but finds sometimes she needs books that aren't too taxing. She says middle grade fits the bill. Her recommendations have opened my eyes. 


Well, enjoy your weekend and Happy Reading!





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text 2018-02-13 17:12
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 582 pages.
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher

I am loving this.


What a great comfort read! It reminds of Belva Plain's Evergreen, heavy on character development and slowly, page after page,  lulling you into its web. All I want to do is read this book right now. 


We had a  power outage at work, so I sat by the window and read this while the electricians did their thing.

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review 2017-11-14 19:26
Winter Solstice ★★★★☆
Winter Solstice (Audio) - Rosamunde Pilcher,Carole Shelley

I was a little impatient with this slow-moving story at first, but in the end was glad that I stayed with it. It’s a warm, comfortable story of people who are adrift at the end of a relationship, who find one another and begin anew. It’s not a Romance, but it is a story of love in its many forms. It was a little like a book form of those sweet, staid BBC and PBS shows that seem to mostly feature nice people sitting and talking, or walking and talking, with just enough offscreen drama to keep it interesting. I can see why so many people enjoy this story as an annual holiday comfort read.


Audiobook, via Audible. Lynn Redgrave provides an okay performance – it’s possible that this book needed someone a little more lively to spark it up.


I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, and I will be using it as the Holiday Book Joker for Square 9 December 21st: Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, also known as Yaldā Night in Iran. The same day is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, giving them the longest day of the year.  This book takes place during the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday, but the key turning point takes place on the evening of the winter solstice.


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text 2017-11-11 20:12
Winter Solstice - 11%
Winter Solstice (Audio) - Rosamunde Pilcher,Carole Shelley

Hmmmm. 40 minutes in and it's mostly old people sitting around and talking about their past lives and all their assorted relatives and friends. I hope the story picks up soon. 


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review 2017-06-30 00:00
The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher 3.5 Stars

A beautifully written character driven novel about family and life, love and loss, greed and hope, a book that has the charm and eloquence of books from a bygone era, just a good old fashioned family saga, a story with real characters and places that are interesting and vivid.

I had never read a book by this author before and as a couple of Goodread friends have really enjoyed her novels and the fact I saw it on the BBC list of Top 100 books I just had to try one and I was in not disappointed by the story or the writing style as the characters and images in the novel are so well drawn with little details that bring a wonderful sense of time and place to the story which makes this novel so readable and enjoyable.

This is the type of novel that while it didn't move me or have me on the edge of my seat, I loved picking it up and spending time with the characters and just enjoyed the good feeling it gave me. It would make a terrific holiday read or a book for cosy winter nights by the fire, It the sort of book I will remember reading 10 years from now and still be able to recall the characters.
I did find the book a tad long but I am not a fan of long books anyhow but I am certainly looking forward to reading more by this author soon.
I bought a paperback edition of this novel and delighted to place this one on my bookshelf for future re-reading.
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