Good Morning! Home from the hospital and snuggled up with a lot of books!
The surgery on Monday was a Scleral Fixation of a Four-Haptic Intraocular Lens Using Gore-Tex Suture. Which basically means since the usual way wasn’t an option for me, they made tiny incisions in the white part and threaded a basket with a lens in it. Yep it is gross. It looks gross. But I now have a lens. For two years now I have not. Just procedure after procedure. All from a bad contact lens. Fresh out of the box.
Dr. Davis said I look great for 24 hours out of surgery. I’m still not over the anesthesia. That was bad. My throat is still sore from the intubation tube and I threw up for a straight 24 hours, but I think my head has cleared and now we shall go back to 4 different drops every 4 hours.
So I’m reading rather slowly. The good thing is the postman brought books!!
I’m taking this week to recover but will be checking in on you all!
A human drama unlike any other: the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.
Coming from these two authors, I knew this was going to be a good book. And it was. I don’t usually do Military history. But something about this story pulled at me.
A true account of what happened to the ship and crew of the USS Indianapolis. After delivering precious cargo that would effectively end the war with Japan, she has limped on a course to complete the repairs that were not finished before they were pulled for a special top-secret mission. But they never made it. Torpedoed by the enemy and sank.
A story of bravery, of teen-aged boys stepping up when needed. Of the fight to survive for those left alive in the dark water surrounded by deadly oil slicks and sharks. I am not going to lie, it was hard to read some of this but then these young men sacrificed their lives and as we learn more about each one we become invested in their survival.
A story of how a crew and an enemy came forward to save their Captain from an unjust court-martial.
Any military fans will love this in-depth look at our military history. I know I will never forget this one.
Netgalley/ Simon and Schuster July 10, 2018
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.
Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.
If bed-and-breakfast owners Melanie and Liza, along with their laughing ghost tenant, can’t find a real estate developer’s killer, their own estate will end up with their next of kin.
A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander
These all look so good. I just finished one that was excellent. Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford. Based on real events this one was a History lover’s dream!
I’ll be headed back for another eye surgery on Monday, so excuse me if I’m a bit slow next week!
Enjoy and let me know if you have a good book I should read!
In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Timesbestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.
After a disastrous on set affair with her leading man, Claire is not exactly in high demand. She is in the country from England without a green card and no one to hire her as an actress.
When she is approached by a law firm who specialize in divorce to become a decoy, hired to find out if husbands are cheating or at least thinking about it. The job is fairly easy. Use your acting skills and tape everything but under no circumstances sleep with them or proposition them first. Just get the evidence and sneak out.
But when the wife of the target is violently killed in her hotel room, it seems the husband is a good candidate for murder. When they come to Claire with a plan to get him to confess and a part for her to play that earns actual money, Claire jumps in with both feet!
And this is where it all goes insane! Claire’s mind is really a stage with her voicing all of the characters. Or are they real people? Who exactly is the bad guy here? Is she insane?
This was what I’ve come to expect from this author. The ultimate mental maze that leaves you exhausted and asking What??? Great Job.
Netgalley/ July 24th 2018 by Random House
In I See Life Through Rosé Colored-Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls of everyday life.
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella’s delightful essays are sure to strike a chord with every woman. Their nine book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today, and has been compared to the late greats Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.
If you only know Lisa Scottoline from her Thrillers, then you are in for a treat when she joins her daughter in this humorous series of true life stories of a mother and daughter and the way they view life as two adult women in different stages of life.
From Lisa we get the stuff a lot of us are dealing with. They make the every day hilarious and you can’t help but laugh along as you are saying, ” Oh my lord, I thought that was just me!” Well, it isn’t just you and from the built-in bra dress to the napkin on her head I laughed so hard people came over and asked what I was reading. Of course I shared.
There is nothing Lisa won’t tell you. Nothing. Including her obsession with Bradley Cooper and her aversion to air conditioning. It’s fun to see Francesca’s view as she navigates the dating scene and tries to face time her mother.
We desperately need a laugh these days, so I would recommend picking this up and posting up by the pool!
Netgalley/St.Martin’s Press July 10, 2018
A Kiko Ochisan Adventure Thriller.
A few maimed bodies with strange marks are found on the outskirts of Tokyo. Kiko, a dismissed spy agent, is more concerned with her sword training than catching murderers, but when she learns that one of the victims is her former colleague, she is back in the game. She meets an enigmatic stranger who leads her on… Will he take her to the murderer’s lair? And will Kiko survive?
First I would like to say I appreciate not having the entire story told in the Blurb!
Kiko is a dismissed spy but she left on good terms. Now she is intent on learning to use and control her precious short sword. Her instructor only has one pupil and Kiko is intrigued by him. She is also looking into the death and mutilation of a former colleague whose death is very suspicious and when another death occurs with the same markings, she can’t help but jump back into the spy game.
This time she may be in way over her head as she discovers the hidden secrets of the Black Lotus Society.
This was a fast paced read that had me from the very first chapter. Kiko is a really good character and even though I haven’t read the previous ones I was able to get up to speed quickly and enjoyed the book quite a lot.
Now I’ll have to go back and read the first ones. Thank you Lina for this one!
In thinking about her native land, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, “It’s the juxtapositions that get you down here.” These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South and in her warmhearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of Southern life—the Delta hot tamale festival, a masked ball, a rollicking party in a boat on a sand bar, scary Christian billboards, and the southern affection for the lowly possum. She writes about the southern penchant for making their own fun in every venue from a high-toned New Orleans dinner party to cocktail crawls on the streets of the French Quarter where to-go cups are de rigeur.
As someone from Mississippi, I was sure I would enjoy this. I personally had never heard of Julia Reed or Garden and Gun magazine. Seems an odd pairing. But I gave it a shot.
I almost gave up on the forward. Unfortunately this wasn’t one of my favorites. There was a lot of jumbled parts and enough of the “I digress”.
Netgalley/ St. Martin’s Press June 26th
The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda—returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.
Meet Frances Metcalfe. A mom of a special needs child, which has become her full-time position. After a shaky start at the snobby Forrester Academy, he’s made a friend. Unlike Frances, who is riddled with guilt she can’t share and looked down on by the snooty moms at the school and has not one friend.
Meet Kate Randolph. Beautiful, confident with a son she also adores and who becomes Marcus’s best friend and a good influence on his behavior issues. And miracle of miracles Kate doesn’t want to be friends with the upper crust at school. She wants to be friends with Frances.
But there is something off about the Randolph’s. While Kate dotes on her son, her daughter is pretty much forgotten. Until she needs Frances to bail her out of some trouble and that is when Frances finds out Kate is not who she says she is and is keeping an awful secret of her own. Not just from the world, but from her own daughter.
Asking the questions, Can people really ever change who they are at their core? And if so, can they be forgiven for the sins they committed? After reading this one, I’m not so sure anymore!
Great Read. And just twisty enough!
Netgalley/July 10th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
Free Chapters! IF you would like to check this one out, here are a few chapters to read for free!
And here is Jenny talking about this wickedly good thriller!