I’m no fan of our currently cool and rainy weather – I actually had to wear socks and boots yesterday! – but I have to admit that there is great pleasure in curling up with a good book and a steaming hot cup of tea on a rainy evening. I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier and knowing I have a good book to read has helped give me an incentive to slip beneath the covers at a semi-reasonable hour.
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LWD NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS
I’m giving NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) another whirl this year and when I saw this in my large collection of unread Kindle books it seemed like a good choice this month.
Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.
I bought a nice used copy of this classic in hardback at a used book store many years ago but have never read it. My aunt has a copy in one of the guest rooms at her beach house in California and I put my copy on the bedside table in our guest room. I’ve been craving the sea recently and I was reminded of this book.
Drawing inspiration from the the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life will bring new understanding to readers, male and family, at any stage of life. A mother of five and professional writer, she casts an unsentimental eye at the trappings of modern life that threaten to overwhelm us — the timesaving gadgets that complicate our lives, the overcommitments that take us from our families — and by recording her own thoughts in a brief escape from her everyday demands, she guides her readers to find a space for contemplation and creativity in their own lives. With great wisdom and insight she describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of a life lived in enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking work when it was first published, this book has retained its freshness as it has been rediscovered by generations of readers and is no less current today.
I don’t generally read much contemporary romance but this is the first in a 9 book series set in an Irish village. It’s the setting that intrigues me so I’m hopeful this will be good.
When a baby is found on the steps of the Heartbreak Café in the tourist village of Lakeview, everyone rallies round to help figure out the mystery. Hollywood actress Ruth is home in Lakeview for the summer. But has an ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star resulted in a seriously unplanned consequence? Jess feels increasingly left out as the only non-mum amongst her friends. Terrified she might lose them altogether, she embarks on a cunning plan. Or is it? Nina has come to Lakeview to live with her estranged father, Patrick after a bad break-up. But will she ever dare tell him about the secret she is concealing? One thing’s for sure: someone knows more than they’re telling. And in this town, the truth won’t stay hidden forever…
I’m really trying to make more time in my day to read and I just listened to a podcast on that very topic. The Productive Woman is one of my favorite podcasts and Laura McClellan addresses this in a recent episode:
Making Time to Read
My thoughts on book buying: I’m a huge proponent of public libraries and that’s where I encourage you to look first for LWD Book Club selections. Next up would be local bookstores (used or new). However, as someone who lives in a small town with limited resources, I understand that buying online from Amazon is often the most convenient, or sometimes only choice. I include Amazon links in my book club posts for your convenience if that is your book buying choice and I appreciate the small portion of the sales which I receive as an affiliate.
What’s better than curling up with a good book and a delicious cup of tea? And when the tea is named “Reading Nook“? Perfection.
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