Sunday Salon hosted by Readerbuzz is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. Sunday Salon is a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
A word on DNF books. It seems lately I'm so much pickier with books than I used to be. My time is so precious these days and if a book is not fulfilling a need (to learn, to escape, to dream, to feel inspired, to get swept up, to travel, to be impressed, to be moved, to become more educated, to become a better person) then I no longer feel like I have to finish the book. I used to feel guilty, but the more I think about it the more I realize that books are subjective and time is limited. And I have so many books I want to read...
I binge-watched Emily in Paris on Friday evening after an emotional workweek. Felt good to watch some fun fluff set in Paris. Aahh... the European culture is so different from the American one. I had a few good laughs.
Hope you are all well. Stay safe and take care of each other.
Mailbox Monday Edition
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.
Bought on Kindle:
This month I joined ShelterBox Book Club International and The Hour of Dreams is the book chosen to read from Oct. 27 - Dec. 6. The book club is a great way to explore the countries and people touched by Shelterbox, a global organization made up of people who provide emergency shelter and help with recovery after disasters.
Each month, Shelterbox and its members select a book that reveals and reflects the lives and realities of the countries they’ve had the privilege of deploying to. Then throughout the month, we can discuss the book on Facebook for insightful discussions moderated by their team of readers. We also get dedicated Q&A with authors, videos, discussion with Response Team Members, and more!
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
What I reviewed and/or featured last week:
Freedom Lessons by debut author Eileen Harrison Sanchez was an enlightening and timely read. Don't you just love that book cover? It's nostalgic and iconic.
Lauren Carr's first book in the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery series is now out on audiobook!
Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth by Michele Schneider (Guest Review and Giveaway!)
Plant Your Money Tree by Michelle Schneider is a terrific introduction to understanding the big picture of investing using what is known as “technical analysis.”
The Sea Gate is an exciting read with a compelling setting, full of mystery, secrets, danger, forbidden love, redemption and healing.
Stop by and enter my giveaways!
Also posted on the right sidebar.
Hope you all have a great reading week.
I am quick to DNF books, and I am especially quick these days. Life is too short for bad books.ReplyDelete
I'm saving Emily in Paris until I get a chance to have some time here alone, so that I can really enjoy it. Glad to see you liked it.
The Women of Chateau Lafayette looks promising.
Have a great week!
Yes, that's how I feel. I hate to disappoint authors who work hard to write their books but it's my right not to like a work of art, whether good or bad.Delete
I used to force myself to finish every book I start. I've been lucky lately in enjoying all my books, but if I find myself with a book I don't like - I won't finish it. Time is too short. I finally learned that. Hope you have a great week.ReplyDelete
I'm finally learning too. :-)Delete
I am very picky about my books too. I DNF'd two in the past two weeks.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous cover on A MOSAIC ON WINGS.
SEA GATE sounds wonderful. Wonder if that author is the one who wrote THE TENTH GIFT...loved that book.
ENJOY your week and stay safe, Laura.
Yes, Jane Johnson also wrote The Tenth Gift. I love the cover of A Mosaic of Wings too.Delete
Thanks, Laura, about THE TENTH GIFT info.Delete
I love all your reasons for reading and fully back them up. So many books so if its not working for us, it will work for someone else. I have Emily in Paris marked as a possible.ReplyDelete
Well said, Kathryn.Delete
I still have difficulty DNFing a book. Once I am in midway I will generally continue hoping that there will be something worthwhile. Sadly, not always.ReplyDelete
All three of your books look wonderful. A Mosaic of Wings has a beautiful cover. And I didn't know about the ShelterBox Book Club. That is very tempting.
Continue to stay safe and Happy Reading!
Yes, I struggle with it too, and I always try to read at least the first 50 pages.Delete
I am jealous that you got the new Stephanie Dray! And I am contemplating watching Emily in Paris. Looks like my cup of tea - not sure about the husbands though.ReplyDelete
I requested it on NetGalley a while back and was surprised when I saw it on my shelf last week.:-)Delete
Yep, I'll DNF in a heartbeat too nowadays. As you say, time is precious!ReplyDelete
Emily in Paris cropped up in my Netflix recommendations so I may give it a watch at some point.
Have a good week!
Freedom Lessons looks good! I am also looking forward to reading my copy of Killer Deadline. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.ReplyDelete
I’m still not good with DNFing though to be fair I rarely have the need for it.ReplyDelete
The Shelterbox project seems like one worthy of support, I hope you enjoy the book.
Wishing you a great reading week
Yeah, I'm looking forward to see what books they will suggest for future reads.Delete
i see you shared some familiar books. i don't dnf many books, but i find i am getting harder to pleaseReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
I totally agree. Life is short and if a book isn't working for whatever reason, better to pick up one that will. And yes it's fun to see the differences between European and American culture. I'll have to check that out :)ReplyDelete
You have shared such stunning books today! It sure does cheer up my Monday. Thanks for sharing the info on Shelter box Book Club International. I've made a note here now and I will have a look.ReplyDelete
I DNF much easier than when I was younger. Since I've turned 40, I've decided to give myself 40 pages to decide if I like a book. If I don't like it by page 40, it's a DNF.
Hope you will have a wonderful week and thanks so much for visiting!
Yeah, I usually give it 50 pages...:-) Matches the age reasoning. Ha ha! Glad you enjoyed my books this week.Delete
I feel the same way you do about DNFing books. I also find that I'm getting much pickier about the books I choose to add to my review stack. I want a 90% probability that I'll enjoy the story before I add it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Right, I take my time too to choose my books because I want to enjoy them. Sometimes I go out of my comfort zone and I discover a great read but sometimes it just doesn't work.Delete
I'm getting better about DNFing books but I still have work to do. 2020 has been so stressful (and we've been fortunate that my husband's job has been unaffected so there's no gigantic, real-life stress hanging over us), that my reading tastes have changed. I hope it's temporary and when life gets more "normal," whatever that looks like, that I can go back to reading what I normally do. Right now, I'm mostly up for light-hearted fluff. I feel bad that, at a time when so many people are reading so many books about race and politics and history, I just can't join in. I feel the topics are important but I can't give them the focus that they deserve right now. It's a bit of a bummer but that's where I'm at. A friend recommended Lies My Teacher Told Me, and it is engaging and interesting, but I find myself struggling to pick it up because that's not what I'm in the mood for. I've already had to return it to the library unfinished once and had to wait 3 months to get it back. I'm determined to finish it this time!ReplyDelete
I don't think I've even heard of Emily in Paris so I'll look for it.
Enjoy your week!
I totally get it! Life around us is so heavy that sometimes we just need something light to escape into.Delete
It was until 4 years of blogging and being in my late 40s before I discovered the art of DNFing. It is freeing and actually freed me to take chance on new genres and authors.ReplyDelete
Love your reply!! DNFing a book is freeing. :)Delete
So true, now that I think on it, it is freeing. :-)ReplyDelete
I totally agree about DNFing books. If I’m not enjoying it, there are a million other books I could be reading. Sometimes I feel bad, but the feeling never lasts long. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Aj @ Read All The Things!