Books On My Reading List This Week – May 3, 2022

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Call it spring fever, call it a delayed nesting phase but I have been in the mood to do house projects. Nothing huge but I’m finding a few little things to refresh and improve my space. Like adding some smart features. It’s fun to ask Alexa to handle certain tasks! The motion-activated switch in the pantry and outlets with USB ports around the house are really handy. Next the laundry room is getting a little makeover and the fixture over the front door is getting replaced.

Between playing Ms Fix-It, I’ll also be enjoying some great books this week. First on my list is a new release from Maggie Anton, The Choice. I’m a fan of her work and looking forward to getting to read an advanced copy of her new book! I’ll also be enjoying a new release from travel author, Jules Brown. Jules injects his wonderful sense of humor into his writing so I’m delighted to check out his next book.

I’m finishing up the Bridgerton series, via audiobook, with books seven and eight. It’s been nice to see the differences between the books and the series. These are definitely not books to listen to with little ears around!

Join the conversation! Tell me what you’re reading this week in the comments.


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Books This Week

The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and The Talmud by Maggie Anton
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A powerful love story with a purpose: to challenge Jewish customs concerning women, marriage, and equality.
     The award-winning author of Rashi’s Daughters, Maggie Anton, has written a wholly transformative novel that takes characters inspired by Chaim Potok and ages them into young adults in Brooklyn in the 1950s, a time of Elvis & Marilyn, communist scares & polio vaccines, Jewish migration & American integration. When Hannah Eisen, a successful journalist, interviews Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a controversial Talmud professor, she persuades him to teach her the mysteries of the text forbidden to women—even though it might cost him his job if discovered. Secret meetings and lively discussions bring the two to the edge of a line that neither dares to cross, as their relationships with each other and Judaism are tested.

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Watch Out for Pirates: Tales From a Travel Writer’s Life by Jules Brown

“Left at 11am to go pirate-hunting.” Wait, what?

When Jules reads his grandfather’s diary, he discovers he’s not the first in his family with travel stories to tell.

Looking for his own adventures, Jules crosses continents while learning the ropes as a Rough Guide writer. And because travel is unpredictable, there’s no knowing what his next trip will bring.

Surviving the outback, drunk by breakfast time in Montenegro, asked to sing at a Sicilian wedding, appearing as Santa in a Portuguese school – the life of a travel writer can take a wrong turn now and again.

From scary lizards to Highland warriors, it seems that pirates are not the only things to worry about when you’re born to travel.

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It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

Meet our hero….

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past…and the key to his future. The problem is – it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet our heroine….

All the ton agreed: There was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly in small doses. But there’s something about her – something charming and vexing – that grabs him and won’t quite let go….

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Meet poor Mr. Mozart….Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual – and annually discordant – Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other…and that there is nothing as simple – or as complicated – as a single, perfect kiss.

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On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
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A funny thing happened….

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except….

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except….

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar….

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