Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

Sweet Lamb of Heaven
by Lydia Millet
narrated by author

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Published: 2016
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Genre: Literary, Horror, Thriller
Hardback: 256 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
When I insisted on keeping the baby, Ned threw his hands into the air palms-forward.

Lydia Millet’s chilling new novel is the first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who’s just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists―and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife’s world in ways she never could have imagined.

A double-edged and satisfying story with a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its characters―and for all of us.

My two-bits:

Scary thoughts on the future.

The story starts out in a certain typical direction that slowly turns and hangs heavy and heavier towards the end.

Loved how this story turns again at the end.

Got me thinking of what it is to be and feel safe.


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Cloak & Dagger Challenge (here)

* part of Tournament of Books 2017 (here)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 2.18.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)


Actually did some in-store book shopping this week. I saw so many wonderful new releases that were tempting...



The Longshot
by Katie Kitamura
Amazon | Goodreads

HAD to pick this up after Katie's author event I attended. Her brother was there whose hands are pictured on this book cover.

The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
-Literary, Historical
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT these two for a face-to-face book group I recently joined.

For Review:

Ladies Man
by Katy Evans
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Goodreads

Love Letters to the World
by Meia Geddes
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

JUST in time for April's National Poetry Month.

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
narrated by Alison Larkin
-Audiobook, Classic, Romance
courtesy of narrator -Thanks!

LOOKING forward to this latest Jane Austen audiobook by Alison. This will be the 4th out of Jane's six novels that Alison has presented in audio.

FYI: For every Jane Austen audiobook download bought via the link below, $5.00 will be donated to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, a non profit dedicated to helping communities in literacy crisis in honor of Jane Austen. (details)

Author event:

Booksmith in San Francisco hosted an event with Min Jin Lee to celebrate the release of her latest, Pachinko. Found out that the beginnings of this novel started in 1989 when Min was 19 years old. Part of the inspiration for the story was from a missionary's lecture that included a sad story of a 13 year old Korean boy who committed suicide due to racism in Japan.

by Min Jin Lee
-Historical, Japan, Korea
Amazon | Goodreads

Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco hosted an event with Katie Kitamura in conversation with City Lights Buyer Paul Yamazaki about her novel, A Separation. She mentions how the story gets into how we are mysterious to each other as we are mysterious to ourselves.

A Separation
by Katie Kitamura
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

JOINED a face-to-face book group at Book Passage, Corte Madera (details). The theme includes books that received literary prizes.

AND watched: in theatre

Oscar shorts: Live Action (here)
Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

ALL of these were special in their own way and different ways. I enjoyed them all. Kinda leaning towards Silent Nights. It will be interesting to see which wins.

Oscar shorts: Animation (here)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

ANOTHER varied bunch of goodness. Pear Cider and Cigarettes tops my list.

Currently flipping through: from the library

Tiny Built Things
by Rebecca Roke
Amazon | Goodreads

The most wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive book on small-scale architecture ever published

An inspiring, surprising and fun collection of 300 works of small-scale architecture including demountable, portable, transportable and inflatable structures as well as pavilions, installations, sheds, cabins, pods, capsules and tree houses.


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover reveal: The Splash of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

The Splash of Lady Harriett
(Tanglewood #3)
by Rachael Anderson
-Historical Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

Coming August 2017 from USA Today bestselling author Rachael Anderson...

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will come away victorious?

About the author:
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. Visit Rachael (here).

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Book Passage Literary Prize Book Group

Potpourri of Literary Prizes 2017
with Carol Benet
Book Passage in Corte Madera (details)

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle.


I decided to join another face-to-face book group. The theme for this one has a focus on literary prize winning books. I am looking forward to experiencing and analyzing these books. And, most of all, discovering why they made it to the prestigious top.


by Ottessa Moshfegh
-Historical, Mystery, Thriller
Pen/Hemingway Award 2016
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
-Literary, Korea
Man Booker International Prize 2016
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

how to be both
by Ali Smith
-Art, Historical, Literary
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015
Costa Novel Award 2014
Goldsmiths Award 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

by Don DeLillo
-Historical, Literary
Irish Times International Fiction Prize 1989
Amazon | Goodreads

The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
-Literary, Historical
International Dublin Literary Award 2014
Amazon | Goodreads

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Release: Subway Stops and The Places We Meet by Mindy Hayes, Michele G. Miller

Happy Release!

Subway Stops and The Places We Meet
by Mindy Hayes, Michele G. Miller
Release date: February 16, 2017
Amazon US | Amazon UK
 | B&N | Kobo | 

On June 18, 1992, Flight 397 crashed off the coast of Long Island, claiming the lives of all on board. Cole and Samantha, two strangers who randomly meet one year later at a memorial for the crash, both lost loved ones that day.

There are over seven million people in New York City.
One random encounter is called chance.
Two is coincidence.
Three? Well, baby, we call that fate.

Subway Stops is the second book in the Paper Planes series co-written by Mindy Hayes and Michele G. Miller. It can be read on its own, but we recommend you read them in order. This is a PG-13 adult contemporary romance.

**Subway Stops is the second book in the Paper Planes series co-written by Mindy Hayes and Michele G. Miller. It can be read on its own, but we recommend you read them in order. This is a PG-13 adult contemporary romance.

Sneak peek:

I pause and take in a deep breath. “Hey, how do you feel about men and women being friends?”

“You just want to be friends?” Sam eyes me, confused. Maybe a little hopeful. Is it that ridiculous of a question?

“Yeah, why not?”

Skeptically, her lip twitches, readying to doubt me. “With no future of anything more?”

“Friends, nothing more. Think you can do that?”

Her raspy laughter is my answer. “I think I’ll be okay.”

“I’m warning you now, women find me irresistible. Remember Natalie? You’re gonna have to be careful. You’re not allowed to fall in love with me.”

“Trust me, I’m immune to ego maniac doctors, so I’ll be safe.” She controls her features and very seriously says, “You, on the other hand, might need to keep yourself in check.”

About the authors:

Michele writes novels with fairytale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children's laughter!

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele's two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Mindy is the youngest of six children and grew up in San Diego, California. After attending Brigham Young University-Idaho, Mindy discovered her passion for reading and writing. Mindy and her husband have been married for eight years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.

She is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Faylinn Novels; the adult contemporary romance series, The Willowhaven Series; as well as the coming of age standalone, The Day That Saved Us.

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