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Throwback Thursday #3; Shelf Control and Books from the Backlog #8

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.

THROWBACK THURSDAY #3 - sharing an old book review

Davida at The Chocolate Lady hosts a monthly meme the first Thursday of every month, giving the opportunity to revisit/share an older blog post. I love that - gives me a chance to look backwards and see how far I've come, and to share a review that newer visitors might have missed. Win / Win. Check out the details here. #ThrowbackThursday

This month I'm sharing a book as an ARC that I was pleasantly surprised by:

The Latecomers by Rich Marcello

Genre: General Fiction

Published Jan 2020, 294 pages

This is a love story of a 60-something couple at a crossroads. Deeply in love and happy in their relationship, Charlie develops a restlessness that sets them on a spiritual, emotional journey of exploration - both of their relationship and their purpose in life. Though it took me a few chapters to get into the writing style and story, I did stay with it and mostly enjoyed the book.

Charlie and Maggie (Latecomers is their last name) display some good techniques for connecting with a partner/spouse and for working through differences.

At it's center, this is a love story, not in a sweet way but in a mature, insightful, almost spiritual way. The first half of the book develops their back story and gives real depth to each of them. The chapters alternate between Charlie and Maggie as they each reflect on their lives together (2nd marriage for both) and the way they perceive their connection. They’ve both been laid off from their jobs earlier than they wanted so are trying to figure out what to do with themselves and they turn to art – her painting, him woodworking. Then Charlie gets that darned "restless" feeling!

Continue Reading:

Shelf Control and Books From the Backlog #8

Both of these memes target a particular problem of mine - reading books I already own. Like many of you, I'm sure, I can't stop adding to what I already own and my stacks grow while my pocketbook shrinks!

Shelf Control is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. Every Wednesday you have the opportunity to peruse your shelves and share one that is STILL sitting there. Details here. I may not make it EVERY Wednesday, but I'm interested because my shelves are TOO full.

Books From the Backlog is hosted by Carole's Random Life and, similar to Shelf Control, it's about acknowledging and READING something I already own. Posted weekly on Thursdays, just visit the link, leave a link to your post about a book you have on your shelves that you'd like to read sooner rather than later.

I have had this book on my Kindle since 2015. Recommended by two of my favorite and most reliable sources: Anne at Modern Mrs Darcy and Mel at Strong Sense of Place (SSOP).

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy

Genre: Magical Realism, Historical Fantasy

Published: March 2012; 423 pages

from Goodreads:

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair.

In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness.

As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Not sure why I keep avoiding this one as I'm scrolling through my Kindle stack......I may be the last person to read this book, but after reading this blurb again, I'm determined to read it before the end of the year.

Hope you join the fun and share what's been lingering a LONG time on your shelves. Happy Reading.

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