Feb 182013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Just finished:
Miles To Go by Richard Paul Evans
You can read my review HERE
Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan’s trek and robbed him of his one source of solace: the ability to walk.Homeless and facing months of difficult recovery, Alan has nowhere to turn—until a mysterious woman enters his life and invites him into her home. Generous and kind, Angel seems almost too good to be true, but all is not as it appears. Alan soon realizes that before he can return to his own journey, he must first help Angel with hers.From one of America’s most beloved and bestselling storytellers comes an astonishing tale of life and death, love and second chances, and why sometimes the best way to heal your own suffering is by helping to heal someone else’s.Inspiring, moving, and full of wisdom, Miles to Go picks up where the bestseller The Walk left off, continuing the unforgettable series about one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

My current read is:
    The Improper Life Of Bezellia Grove
by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Nobody in Nashville has a bigger name to live up to than Bezellia Grove. As a Grove, she belongs to one of city’s most prominent families and is expected to embrace her position in high society. That means speaking fluent French, dancing at cotillions with boys from other important families, and mastering the art of the perfect smile.

Also looming large is her given name Bezellia, which has been passed down for generations to the first daughter born to the eldest Grove. The others in the long line of Bezellias shortened the ancestral name to Bee, Zee or Zell. But Bezellia refuses all nicknames and dreams that one day she, too, will be remembered for her original namesake’s courage and passion.

Though she leads a life of privilege, being a Grove is far from easy. Her mother hides her drinking but her alcoholism is hardly a secret. Her father, who spends long hours at work, is distant and inaccessible. For as long as she can remember, she’s been raised by Maizelle, the nanny, and Nathaniel, the handyman. To Bezellia, Maizelle and Nathaniel are cherished family members. To her parents, they will never be more than servants.

Relationships are complicated in 1960s Nashville, where society remains neatly ordered by class, status and skin color. Black servants aren’t supposed to eat at the same table as their white employers. Black boys aren’t supposed to make conversation with white girls. And they certainly aren’t supposed to fall in love. When Bezellia has a clandestine affair with Nathaniel’s son, Samuel, their romance is met with anger and fear from both families. In a time and place where rebelling against the rules carries a steep price, Bezellia Grove must decide which of her names will be the one that defines her.

Next I’ll read:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

 Posted by at 9:23 AM

  14 Responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

  1. I liked What Alice Forgot. You are in for a treat.

  2. These titles look tempting, and I especially love the look of What Alice Forgot…a book that’s on my list.

    Enjoy your week!


  3. Great Reads! There are days I would really love a do over!!

  4. I loved The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and What Alice Forgot – you’re in for some good reading!

  5. The Improper Life… sounds very good. I’m going to add that to my list! I picked up “Farewell to Arms” on Saturday but haven’t cracked it open yet!

  6. Oooh, you’re reading some good books! What Alice Forgot caught my eye. It made me wonder what I would do if I ended up in that situation.

  7. I haven’t heard of this, but the one I like the most from what I’ve seen here is What alice forgot, I’ll add it to my TBR shelf

  8. I adored Bezzellia Grove! I hope you’re enjoying it. What Alice Forgot is a terrific book too, both poignant but heart-warming.
    I hope you review them, Vicki. I am interested in your thoughts are about them.

    Happy Reading!

  9. great choices. anxious for your reviews.

  10. Great lineup of books! Enjoy!

  11. You have a couple of great reads on deck. Enjoy.

  12. I’ve heard really good things about What Alice Forgot. Hope you enjoy all of these!

  13. I’ve been wanting to read What Alice Forgot. Hope it’s as good as it sounds.

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