July Date Change to July 26th

Hello, all–based on discussion at walking/running breakfast on Saturday, we’re changing the July book club date from the 19th to JULY 26th.  Still at Paula’s, same book, etc.  I’ll have some drinks and snacks for us to share.  Look forward to seeing you all.

Happy Summer! July Book Club Meeting

Our next book club meeting will be at 6 o’clock on THURSDAY, JULY 19 at Paula’s house on East Avenue.  We’re reading The Summer Before The War, by Helen Simonson.

Here are a couple of reviews of our book, from NPR and The Washington Post.

And if you’re feeling up to it, here’s a reading guide, with discussion questions (!!!!???!!!) from the publisher, Penguin/Random House.

What else is everyone reading? One week into summer vacation, I’ve finished or started 3 books: Prey, by Michael Crichton (quick thriller, literary equivalent of a bag of potato chips); Florida, by Lauren Groff (weird, humid, with snakes); and The Overstory, by Richard Powers, which is amazing and I totally recommend it–but be prepared, you’ll need a good guide to trees and/or the Google to look up all the amazing trees you’ll discover in this novel.  I’ve never read anything like it.

What are you reading these days?

News Flash: Free Ebooks!

In honor of World Book Day, Amazon is offering free downloads of nine international titles for the next 4 days. For each book you download for free, you can add Audible narration for $1.99.  Pretty awesome deal, and a way to read some bestselling authors from other cultures.

I went into a tiny global book frenzy when I saw this offer and downloaded six of the nine free titles!  Which ones will you choose? Maybe we can share some of these at our next book club on May 31.

If you’d like, post a comment about which books you chose and your reviews.

Here’s the fine print of offer:This free Kindle book giveaway starts at 9 p.m. (PDT) April 16, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on April 24, 2018. Eligible US customers can download one or more of the nine featured Kindle books subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services LLC. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.

Next Book Club Date: Thursday, May 31

Thanks, Diane, for hosting another wonderful book club gathering last week.  Our next choice is The Woman In Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware.  We will be meeting at Bonnie’s house.

If you’d like to add titles to our Books We Might Read Someday list, just click on that page and add titles and authors in comments.

Happy reading.  Hope to see you all soon!

Next Date: Friday, April 13

Here’s Our Site, My Novel Friends!

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

We can change lots of things, including the background color and the photo at the top.  Email me with ideas!

Our next meeting will be Friday, April 13, 6 pm at Diane’s.  We are reading The Woman In The Window, by A.J. Finn

Available from Amazon in hardcover, Kindle, Audible formats

Available from Southern Tier Library System in various formats

Here’s publisher’s description:   For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble–and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one–and nothing–is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.


Author Notes

A. J. Finn is an American author, born in New York. Finn is a pseudonym for Daniel Mallory. He is an Oxford graduate and former book critic. He has written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is an executive editor for William Morrow. His debut novel was published in January 2018 and is entitled, The Woman in the Window. It became a New York Times bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography)