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Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! I called my dad this morning since I couldn't be there in person. I've now missed Mother's Day, my mom's birthday and Father's Day. Hopefully I will get to visit them over Fourth of July weekend!
Yesterday's ladies clothing swap at the library had a very small turnout but the people who came all found something new to take home. I don't know if it was the rainy weather that kept people away (is anyone else tired of all the rain we've been getting in the Midwest?) or other things going on in the community. I am hopeful that next month's back to school clothing swap for kids will get a bigger response. Tomorrow night is the murder mystery dinner. I have a lot to do but thankfully I have one volunteer helping me to set up and decorate tomorrow afternoon and another volunteer helping me at the event. So far we have 25 people signed up but I wouldn't be surprised if some call tomorrow to register at the last minute. Seems to happen all the time!
Later this week I will be traveling to Toronto for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. It will just be a quick trip and a very busy weekend! Hopefully there will be some time to relax but we'll probably be trying to visit some relatives and pick up groceries on our one free day. Now I need to make my packing list!
Last week on my blog:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (review)
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews (review)
The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker
I picked this up on a whim at the library and I ended up really liking it. It is the first inspirational fiction dystopian novel I've ever read. It reminded me a little bit of books like Matched and Delirium. I definitely plan to read the sequel.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt
Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel
I loved this book, especially the early parts when the main character, Biren, is a kid. He was so smart and caring and passionate about helping people. His dad was pretty awesome too. Although this is a companion novel/prequel to Teatime For the Firefly (which features an elderly Biren as a secondary character), it can be read as a standalone. I actually recommend reading Flame Tree Road first before Teatime for the Firefly so things are chronological and there won't be spoilers.
The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
I am really enjoying listening to the audio version of the book though I also have the print copy checked out from the library. I've laughed out loud, felt angry and nearly teared up too. I kind of don't want the story to end so I've been slowly listening to it a bit at a time so I can listen on my long drive later this week. I hope my book group members love it as much as I do. It's still early but it may be one of my favorite books I read this year.
What I might read next:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
I wasn't very interested in reading this last year but when it was on sale for Kindle, I read a sample and decided to buy it. I've since read some positive reviews from bloggers I trust so hopefully I will like it. If not, it was only $1.99...
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I got an ARC of this and I've mostly loved her books so I am looking forward to reading The Fixer sometime soon. It is supposed to be like the TV show Scandal.
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
I kind of liked the idea of a mystery novel featuring Lois Lane as a heroine. This version of Lois kind of reminds me of Veronica Mars too. I was pretty disappointed by the portrayal of Lois in the latest Superman movie but this Lois doesn't seem like the damsel in distress type at all. Plus she has a friend she met online named "Smallville Guy". I think we all know who that is...
New books received:
First and Then by Emma Mills (review)
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (review)
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (review)
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (library book)
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer (library book)
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (library book)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (purchased)