Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Club Friday & a Few Other Thoughts.

First off I had an exciting response to Wednesdays call out for snail mailers. I've already sent 5 cards out to the first few of you, and the rest will go out today and tomorrow. I am so thrilled to not only have people to mail cards too, but ones who are excited to keep the snail mail going beyond just me sending a card. I love getting mail too, obviously. Having written letter version of conversations with myself it not nearly as fun as the back and forth. So thanks for the ladies who took the challenge and sent me their addresses - I'm very much looking forward to this.

Since it's Friday and I've been diligently reading this week I have 2 books to talk about for Book Club Friday.

(side note: Heather, I love the new book club friday badge!)

I just finished (Wednesday morning) the book I last wrote about (yes, I know, I got a little slow there) which was Compact with the Devil.

It had come highly recommended by several other bloggin' book lovers and I have to say I wasn't sure it was going to be my cup of tea - but I did really enjoy it. It wasn't a 'can't put down' for me but it was cute, a fun break from murder mysteries I've been obsessed with lately and I'm glad I read it. I'm not sure I'll rush out and buy more by the same author but it was a fun 'summer chic lit read' for me.

After finishing that I moved quickly on to read A Young Wife at the recommendation of my coworker, Madison. She finished it quickly and it was 2ish weeks left before it had to be given back to the library so she tossed it my way.

Amazons says:
When fifteen-year-old Minke van Aisma travels to Amsterdam to care for the dying wife of an older, wealthy man named Sander DeVries, she has no idea what awaits her. Within hours of his wife’s death, Sander proposes marriage, and within days the couple sets sail for the burgeoning oil fields of Argentina.

But the future that seemed so bright takes a dark turn the morning their son, Zef, is kidnapped. Dire circumstances dictate that Sander immigrate to New York at once, leaving Minke little choice but to wait for their new baby’s arrival, follow Sander to America, and abandon her firstborn.

What follows is a triumphant turn-of-the-century saga of love, betrayal, and redemption that takes readers from the opulent life in Amsterdam during the 1900s to rough life on the Argentine coast to the impoverished life of a recent immigrant in New York.

An indelible portrait of one woman’s struggle to steer her own fate, A Young Wife is a powerful journey that will stay with readers long past the final page.

I'm not too far along in the book so far but it's easy reading, and it's keeping my attention. I'm curious to see how the story develops (the proposal just happened where I'm at). The adventures havent' totally begun yet (I'm 50 pages in) but I think I'll have this one done by the end of the weekend.

Happy Reading.




Heather said...

Compact With the Devil is better if you read Bulletproof Mascara first. It gives a better background on all of the characters. :)

The Young Wife sounds awesome!

Jessica said...

You've inspired me to visit the bookstore during my lunch hour today :)

Wiz said...

The Young Wife sounds really good! I will have to add it to my ever growing TBR pile.

Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Compact with the Devil sounds like something I would like!

Leanna Vera said...

So glad you came up with the snail mail idea. It's inspired me to send a few cards of my own to friends that live in different states. Getting a card always makes me smile so hopefully I'll brighten their days a bit!

Amber said...

I've been wanting to read Compact with the Devil. The 2nd book sounds good too!