Blogger Roundup

The book isn’t even on sale yet and I have to do a roundup post. best problem ever, I ask you?

Thank you to so many great readers who take the time to share their passion with others. It’s HARD to pick out a book right now. I love indie bookseller recommendations (check indiebound.com for yours) but what if an indie isn’t anywhere nearby, or what if your indies are only buying from a few publishers due to modern financial stresses on small business retail? Without grammars and bloggers and reviewers we’d all be lost. Here are a few I’d like to highlight and show my gratitude toward… (hover for links) I wish I could send you all on #momspringas!

Linda’s Book Obsession

This story reminds me of the old Calgon commercial on television, where the wife/mother is having a difficult day, and says “Calgon Take Me Away”.  

Between My Lines

I’m spilling over with love for this book. 

There is a very bookish theme, sparkling banter between the characters, including in-depth discussions on books. And there is food porn, there was so much food consumed that I was constantly hungry. And there was journaling. And a New York setting. And all the humour, literally laugh out loud moments.

New in Fiction

Books To Read If You like Humorous Fiction

Are you looking for some hilarious new additions to your reading list? If you’re a fan of literary fiction you have to check out these amazing new novels. 

Lovely Things NC

This is an amazing story about identity, raising kids, moving on, and love. Kudos to Kelly Harms for terrific writing. Just when you think the book has peaked, my gosh, it gets even better.

Words with Rach

Even more surprising were all of the bookish anecdotes the author included. All of the book talk made me think of Bookstagram. If you love a good rom-com, bookish talk and humor this book will definitely be a great addition to your TBR. 

Thanks Booklist!

See the full review HERE

In the easygoing, character-driven style of Liane Moriarty and Barbara Davis, this story of an underappreciated single mom with more freedom than she’s entirely comfortable with mixes the self-assured highs with the guiltiest lows of modern motherhood. Harms’ (The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, 2016) warm and witty novel will tickle fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2012) and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (2017).

OVERDUE LIFE Blog Tour Begins Today!

I’m on my favorite (only) kind of book tour, the one I do in pajamas. I’m actually wearing a woven creamy soft alpaca blanket with a hole in it that goes over my head. I’d call it a poncho but then that would take away from its pure blanketness. The sun is shining, it’s 55 degrees, and there’s 6-8 inches of snow forecast for tomorrow. Oh, Wisconsin.

First stop is with Maryann of MaryannWrites.com and boy howdy does she ever write—screenplays, plays, and novels. Somehow she finds time to read too, and she clearly has excellent taste. HEHE. Thanks for the great review, (here) Maryann! I clipped the bit below because I love Lena, a mostly-off screen secondary character, so much, and love it when readers feel the same way:

“…the characters in this book are so well-drawn, the reader can’t help but relate and see them as real people, and maybe have a bit of sympathy for a jerk.

Within the cast of supporting players, I especially liked Amy’s friend, Lena, an ex-nun who teaches at the prestigious school where Amy is the librarian and her children are students.

Early on in the story when Amy is talking to Lena about whether she should go to New York and more importantly if she should accept John’s offer of money so she can enjoy the vacation in style, the friends segue into a brief discussion about Joe, Amy’s twelve year old son and what Amy wants for him. “I want him to get a degree in ‘Joe being happy for the rest of his life,'” I tell her. “Short of that, I guess prelaw.”

“I actually think those two majors are diametrically opposed. But then what do I know? I teach ethics.”