Happy Mother’s Day! Mine is a double whammy-it is both Mother’s Day and my birthday, which is a little like having your birthday on Christmas-you get a lot of 2 for 1 presents. But I’m not complaining- next to the lilacs my mother brought over for me I see a vase filled with tissue paper flowers my 3rd grader made in school, a hand painted mug she made in Brownies, and assorted gifts wrapped in bright green paper. Once everyone wakes up we’ll have cake and ice cream for breakfast, a sweet birthday tradition at our house. We will be celebrating later with extended family at The Chart House for brunch.
It was a good week for reading. I finished Matrimony and worried that my review might upset the author, who I’ve been emailing with since his guest post. It’s a really good book, but there were things that bothered me, and I almost didn’t post the review at all for fear he might be offended by some of my comments. To my relief he was fine and did not take offense. I’d never been in a situation like that before and it made me think about reviews; why we do them, how important it is to be honest and what we should be concerned about when we’re writing them. Matrimony will be discussed on May 22nd at Every Day I Write the Book and at the end of June at Planet Books.
Speaking of planets, I received an amazing little collection of short stories from Blog Stop Book Tours called Springtime on Mars by Susan Woodring. These stories are pitch-perfect and I absolutely loved them; I laughed, I cried, I emailed the author and gushed like a schoolgirl! The author is doing a virtual book tour and will be stopping by on June 6th. She is also planning a guest post for Books on the Brain about why a short story collection is a great pick for a book club. I can’t wait to read her thoughts on that. My copy doesn’t have discussion questions for reading groups, but later versions do.
My mailman is going to be busy the next couple of weeks, loaded down with the books I’ve acquired all over the internet. I’m waiting on a bunch of ARCs and free books from various places: Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan from B&N’s First Look program, The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandler from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program, Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs from the publisher, The Safety of Secrets by DeLaune Michel and The Space Between Before and After by Jean Reynolds Page from Avon A-the contemporary Women’s Fiction division of Harper Collins, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe by Jennie Shortridge (I LOVED her book, Eating Heaven), and Netochka Nezvanova from Penguin Classics. I think there are a couple more but I’ve started losing track. I’d put all the links in, but it’s my birthday and I just don’t feel like tracking them all down!
My book club is reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks for our June 8th meeting, and it is also the May choice for the online book club at The Inside Cover. Year of Wonders is about the decimation of a British village by the bubonic plague in a single year 1665-1666. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m going to tonight. If you’ve read the book and want to join in to the online discussion, be sure to head over to The Inside Cover for details.
Have a great Sunday, and Big Hugs to all you moms on Mother’s Day!
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