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Shelf Control; Books from the Backlog; Can't Wait Wednesday #21



These mid-week memes suit me well because they provide me a quick reminder to check my own shelves and see what interesting books are lingering there. How about you? Why don't you feature one of your shelf books (or e-reader) and see if that helps you decide to read it or toss it. Since this is a split focus post, I'll share a book from my bookshelf or Kindle first and then a newer release (often an ARC I've received) that I'm eager to read.


Book I Own and Still Want to Read

This book has been on my shelf since 2019 - I bought it from the online discount store Book Outlet - it was on an Obama reading list - maybe his summer reading or something? Anyway, the premise sounded good and Obama was going to read it and it showed up on my discount site......it was meant to be. I think I'm going to try to make it fit one of my 13 reading challenges this year.


The Power by Naomi Alderman


Goodreads Blurb:


In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.










I'm linking to:

Shelf Control that used to be hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies is now hosted by Literary Potpourri every Wednesday.

Books From the Backlog is hosted by Carole's Random Life. posted weekly on Thursdays.



New Release Book I Want to Read

I usually enjoy Elizabeth Berg's stories and this is the pre-story for Arthur Truluv, so I'm totally ready for that! I am lucky enough to have received an ARC for this book and am looking forward to starting it soon.


Earth's the Right Place for Love by Elizabeth Berg

Publish Date March 21, 2023


Goodreads Blurb:

This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers loved in The Story of Arthur Truluv.


Nola McCollum is the most desirable girl in Arthur's class, and he is thrilled when they become friends. But Arthur wants far more than friendship. Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses--Arthur's older brother, Frank, who is busy pursuing his own love interest and avoiding the boys' father, a war veteran with a drinking problem and a penchant for starting fights. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family's world, Arthur struggles to come to terms with his grief. In the end, it is nature that helps him to understand how to go on, beyond loss, and create a life of forgiveness and empathy. But what can he do about Nola, who seems confused about what she wants in life, and only half aware of the one who loves her most?


Full of unforgettable characters and written with Elizabeth Berg's characteristic warmth, humor, and insight into people, Earth's the Right Place for Love is about the power of kindness, character, and family, and how love can grow when you least expect it.



I'm linking to Can't Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight the upcoming books I'm excited about.


Have you read either of these? What did you think - worth having on my shelves? Hope you join the fun and share what's been lingering a LONG time on your shelves OR a new release that you're excited to read. Happy Reading.




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