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[TSS] A Little Bit Holds Happy

These past six months or so, I’ve really been getting a lot of use out of my library card. Ever since I signed up for Library Elf, that wonderful service that sends out reminder emails about books coming due or overdue, I’ve even managed to keep my library fines down to a minimum (you don’t want to know about the arm and the leg I paid to my library before I discovered Library Elf – and I have no excuse, not really, because there’s a branch of the library within a few blocks of my house).

(If you’re not using Library Elf, I definitely recommend you check it out and see if your library is listed with them.)

I discovered a few months ago that my library offers monthly newsletters that feature their latest acquisitions in a variety of genres. I’ve signed up for several of these newsletters, and always look forward to getting these emails – I’m always sure to add a few more holds to my library account.

Yesterday came with a flurry of these emails. The books listed in them aren’t necessarily new releases – often they are just “new to us” acquisitions. And of course, I placed several holds!

The Crossroads

The Crossroads, by Chris Grabenstein. I’m not sure why this showed up in the new books for teens newsletter, actually, as I’d already borrowed it once previously (but then got stuck under an avalanche of deadlines and had to return it unread). It’s by Chris Grabenstein, who writes the John Ceepak mystery series for adults, which I really enjoy.

Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives….

The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky, by Marian Keyes. I think I’ve read one Keyes novel in the past – I seem to remember I enjoyed it. The storyline in The Brightest Star in the Sky sounded very intriguing. Since Keyes is such a popular author, it will be a while before I get my hands on this one.

The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives.

But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose? There’s Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-forty PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.

The Book of Tomorrow

The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern. I haven’t read Ahern’s P.S. I Love You, but I did enjoy the movie (much more so the second time around, when I knew what had happened – I think I went through a whole box of tissue paper that time). The Book of Tomorrow sounds quite interesting:

Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she’s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She’s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara’s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara’s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

Murder at Longbourn

Murder at Longbourn, by Tracy Kiely. I couldn’t resist this cozy-sounding murder mystery, although on reading the summary, I’m not sure where Jane Austen comes into play …

A die-hard fan of Jane Austen novels and the traditional English mystery, Tracy Kiely has combined elements of both for this truly delightful and witty debut. Planning New Year’s resolutions to rid her life of all things unhealthy, Elizabeth Parker has dumped fatty foods, processed sugar, and her two-timing boyfriend. Indeed, the invitation to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year’s Eve at Winnie’s new Cape Cod B and B comes just in time. But when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim, Elizabeth must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion.

The Taken

The Taken, by Inger Ash Wolfe. This is the sequel to The Calling, which I haven’t read yet either – a copy of The Calling is available on the shelves, so I’m going to get a hold of it and get it read before this hold on The Taken comes my way. It was actually the summary of The Calling that made me decide to give this series a try.

From The Calling:

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef has lived all her days in the small town of Port Dundas, Ontario and is now making her way toward retirement with something less than grace. Hobbled by a bad back and a dependence on painkillers, and feeling blindsided by divorce after nearly four decades of marriage, sixty-one-year-old Hazel has only the constructive criticism of her mother (the former mayor) and her own sharp tongue to buoy her. But when a terminally ill woman is gruesomely murdered in her own home, Hazel and her understaffed department must spring to life. And as one terminally ill victim after another is found, Hazel finds herself tracking a truly terrifying serial killer while everything around her spins out of control.

Through the cacophony of her bickering staff, her unsupportive superiors, a clamoring press, the town’s rumor mill, and her own nagging doubts, Hazel can sense the dead trying to call out. Will she hear them before it’s too late?

From The Taken:

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she has no real option but to move into her ex-husband’s basement and suffer the humiliation of his new wife bringing her meals down on a tray. As if that weren’t enough, Hazel’s octogenarian mother secretly flushes Hazel’s stash of painkillers down the toilet.

It’s almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body fished up by tourists in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of Micallef ’s neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake with divers to recover the body, she and DC James Wingate, leading the police detachment in Micallef ’s absence, know they are being played. But it’s not clear who is pulling their strings and why, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. It’s Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation.

Don’t you love placing holds on books at your library? I like adding to my holds list – it’s like having a guarantee that I’ll always have something good to read. If I’m lucky, the books trickle in at a nice, steady pace … (if I’m not so lucky, I come home with 20+ books and no time to read them all!)

BBAW: One TBR Pile, Transformed

More BBAW fun: Show us your TBR pile. And as luck would have it, I’m actually really, really prepared for this post (which is quite an odd thing, as I’m not particularly well-known for preparedness).

A while back, I was tagged for the What’s On My Desk Wednesday meme, and I posted the following picture of the tidiest TBR pile in my house – the tidiest one at the time, that is:

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Needless to say, this particular TBR pile only grew untidier. As TBR piles have the tendency to do, the books in this pile got up to some very naughty hijinks in the middle of the night and they all reproduced– over and over again. Until finally, it got to the point where I couldn’t get to my desk without heavy-duty lifting.

I’m not kidding.

Since I work from home, this was not a good thing. It was either clear up this TBR pile, or starve. Although I’m on the untidy side, and a master procrastinator, I also like to eat. So I decided I’d better clear this pile up.

My Great TBR Shelving Idea

That’s when I got my great TBR shelving idea. It’s such a great idea, I bolded it so it would catch your attention.

We recently bought this very cheap “shelf” thing which is supposed to hold about 250 DVDs or 150 VHS cassettes (remember those?). It cost about $30; we bought it at Walmart. It was a cinch to put together – although a little bit on the wobbly side, but that doesn’t really matter because you’re going to be putting books on it. Books = heavy.

The beauty of this shelf is that it’s got an extremely small footprint (as far as a bookshelf goes) – it measures, roughly, 6” X 22” at its base, and is about 46” tall. You can took it away in almost any corner. Here it is, when we first put it together, tucked in between my six-year-old’s toy and book corner and his Geotrax trains box (which you can’t see in the picture, but trust me, it’s there).

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Here’s a closer look, so you can see that this baby doesn’t actually have any shelves! (I think that’s why it’s so cheap – it’s just dowels, basically).

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And here it is, fully loaded with that renegade TBR pile that had grown to enormous proportions on my office floor.

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Guess how many books it’s holding in this picture?

It’s holding 99 books!

I’ve added a bit to it since then, so it’s holding about 103 books right now – but that includes a lot of thick hardcover books. If you used one just for your paperbacks, you could probably get a lot more on it.

Want A Closer Look?

Here’s a shot of each shelf – I wanted to get close enough, so some books at each end didn’t make it into the pictures.

The top shelf:

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Second shelf:

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Third shelf:

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Bottom shelf:

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And in conclusion: (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase in a post!) I love these little DVD shelves! I have several other TBR stacks lying around the house, and I plan to tuck more of these shelves all over the place, just for them. And I might use a few to house my permanent paperback collection, too.

I just have to find some nice little unused spots around the house, and I’m good to go.

What do your TBR piles look like?

Review: Holly’s Inbox, by Holly Denham (Bill Surie)

Holly's InboxAt the start of Holly’s Inbox, by Holly Denham (the pen name of Bill Surie), Holly Denham starts her first day as a receptionist at a busy corporate bank. From here the reader is taken into her email inbox as she emails several different people throughout the course of her work day. The reader gets to tag along to read her emails to and from friends, co-workers, and service providers.

Not only do you get to peek at someone else’s emails, there’s also a romantic storyline to follow, along with a few funny subplots.

Don’t let the size of this book put you off. It weighs in at 665 pages, but since each email is formatted as an email, with appropriate From and To lines, the actual story isn’t as long as it seems. The style of the writing is in keeping with the breezy, chatty style of personal emails, so the book is an easy and fun read.

I read the book in one sitting, and one thing I noticed was that, by making the reader aware, gradually, that there are certain things we don’t know about Holly, there’s actually a nice bit of suspense – it was this suspense that sent me galloping over the last third of the book, because I wanted to find out answers to certain questions.

Not that I didn’t have some quibbles about Holly’s Inbox, though. I don’t want to include any spoilers, so this might not make complete sense to you until/unless you’ve read the book. I really didn’t get James’ character. (James is Holly’s new boyfriend). It just didn’t feel that credible to me that James pre-Spain/up-to-Spain and James post-Spain were the same person. Given what James post-Spain is like, seriously, why would he do what he did while in Spain? Guys like James post-Spain don’t do things like that – there’s no point. What happened in Spain just didn’t make sense to me.

And why was James post-Spain the way he was? We don’t really get a reason for the change from James pre-Spain and James post-Spain, and it’s a bit frustrating not to know his motivations.

Jennie also seemed a bit unbelievable, although incredibly fun to read, especially at the end when she got her comeuppance. And the reason behind Holly’s animosity toward Toby is a plot mechanism that’s pretty old.

But still, despite these quibbles, I enjoyed this book. It was a fun and quick read, and I laughed out loud several times. I thought Bill Surie developed his characters quite well within the limitations of the email format.

Holly’s Inbox has been compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary, and there are certainly some similarities. For me, it wasn’t as good a read as Bridget Jones’ Diary, but regardless, it was a good read overall.

Where to buy Holly’s Inbox:

U.S. (Amazon.com) | Indiebound | UK (Amazon.co.uk)

Review copy details: published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2009 (originally published in 2007), trade paperback, 665 pages, review copy provided by publisher

Another Book-Buying Binge! (Or, Why I Shouldn’t Go To Costco Anymore)

Yesterday I accidentally indulged in another book-buying binge. Yes, in case you’re wondering, it was totally by accident. I had no intentions of splurging on anything when I entered Costco.

Unfortunately, since it’s summer, the book section at Costco is a dangerous place for a book lover to be. I think the marketing assumption is that in the summer, people buy books to read on the beach or on holidays.

I’m thinking now that those marketing people are geniuses. Either that, or I’m extraordinarily susceptible to marketing ploys. (Okay, so maybe it’s the latter.)

Here’s the stack I came home with:

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And here are the covers:

It Would Be Funny... If It Wasn't My Life, by Lisa DowTailSpin, by Catherine CoulterThe Last Oracle, by James RollinsThe Flying Troutmans, by Miriam ToewsWicked: Witch & Curse, by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguiéThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg LarssonExit Lines, by Joan BarfootThe Society of S, by Susan HubbardThe Year of Disappearances, by Susan HubbardHow To Be Single, by Liz TuccilloThe Book of God and Physics, by Enrique JovenBrainMatics Logic Puzzles, by H. F. UllmannOne Fifth Avenue, by Candace BushnellDK Encyclopedia of Animals, by DK Publishing

I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to read these. I do, however, feel good knowing I now have them on hand, for whenever the right reading mood strikes.

Want to know something even sadder? Do you see the BrainMatics Logic Puzzles? My husband (who happens to be just as bad when it comes to cookbooks, by the way) happened to slip a copy of this one into the cart, too, thinking I’d enjoy it. So we came home with TWO copies. I’m promising myself I won’t give in to temptation again when we go back to Costco to return the duplicate copy.

Do you go on book-buying binges occasionally? Please say yes!

Vacation Reading List

I’ve finally pared down my vacation reading list – room is limited, unfortunately, so I had to be very selective. Here’s what I’ll be taking with me on holidays.

Print books:

Dead Until DarkStorm FrontLiving Dead in DallasYsabelL.A. CandyCrossed WiresExcuses BegoneThe StrainEncyclopedia of an Ordinary LifeThe Language of BeesGhost Huntress

Audiobooks:

Mad MouseWhack a MoleHell HoleMind ScramblerFinger Lickin' FifteenI'm a Stranger Here Myself

Ebooks:

The Dragon Riders of PernThe Demon's LexiconDeath by LatteSecrets of My Hollywood Life

I’m probably not going to be able to read all of these books, but I figure I’ll have something for nearly every reading mood that strikes me.

What’s on your reading list this summer?

Incoming! L.A. Candy, by Lauren Conrad

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s one of the latest new arrivals:

L.A. Candy, by Lauren Conrad

L.A. CandyAbout the Book:

Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can’t wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.

When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a “reality version of Sex and the City,” they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!

Soon Jane is TV’s hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara—free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres—and she’s lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane’s spotlight.

In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it’s not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.

L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it’s like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.

First lines: “Jane Roberts leaned against her dresser, studying the way her white, silk nightie looked against her sun-kissed skin. Her loose blond curls cascaded softly over her shoulders as she pretended not to be interested in the guy in her bed.”

Where I got this book: Harper Collins Canada

My initial thoughts:

I’’m about a third of the way through L.A. Candy – I’d been hoping to be finished in time to post the review around the book’s release date, but then deadlines caught up with me. I’m at the part where Jane and her best friend Scarlett are being offered roles in the reality show L.A. Candy. I find myself really liking Scarlett in particular – there’s something so quirky and independent about her. It’s shaping up to be a fun read so far.

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About the author: Lauren Conrad is the star of MTV’s number-one hit show, The Hills. She launched her career as a fashion designer in Spring 2008 with the debut of the Lauren Conrad Collection. Lauren has been featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

Browse inside L.A. Candy

Where to buy L.A. Candy:: U.S. (Amazon.com) | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (Amazon.co.uk)

TBR Discovery: Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay

You know those books you’ve had in your TBR for a while now? You know, the ones that are way at the back, buried deep within the stack of books that partially block the way into the guest room? Yes, those books. The ones you bought a long, long time ago. You’ve been meaning to read them for ages. It’s just that you can’t exactly remember what you have hidden deep inside those massive stacks of books you see everywhere you look.

I’ve decided to do some excavating within my TBR stacks occasionally, and see what I find – welcome to TBR Discovery!

I am very fortunate with this first discovery. I’m pulling together a list of books to take with me on vacation, and I’m adding this one to the pile. I remember now why I bought it way back when – it looks very interesting!

Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay

YsabelAbout the Book:

Ned Marriner is spending springtime with his father in Provence, where the celebrated photographer is shooting images for a glossy coffee-table book.

While his father photographs the cathedral of Aix-en-Provence, Ned explores the shadowy interiors with Kate Wenger, an American exchange student who has a deep knowledge of the area’s history. They surprise an intruder in a place where he should not be: “I think you ought to go in now,” he tells them, drawing a knife. “You have blundered into a corner of a very old story.”

In this sublime and ancient part of the world, where borders between the living and the long-dead are most vulnerable, Ned and those close to him are about to be drawn into a haunted tale, as mythic figures from conflicts of long ago erupt into the present, changing and claiming lives.

First lines: “Ned wasn’t impressed. As far as he could tell, in the half-light that fell through the small, high windows, the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence was a mess: outside, where his father’s team was setting up for a pre-shoot, and inside, where he was entirely alone in the gloom.”

Why this book? I vaguely recall seeing this book in Chapters sometime last year, and when I saw that it was written by Guy Gavriel Kay, I of course grabbed it to take a closer look. I read the back of the book, and found it interesting (I’m surmising, of course, because I don’t really remember why I decided to buy the book, but since the blurb looks interesting to me now, I assume it must have looked interesting to me last year).

Why did Kay’s name catch my eye?

Back when I was in university, I came across Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy (Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road). I loved it, of course: five university students find themselves thrust into another world filled with wizards and magic and lots of other lovely epic elements. Not to mention the fact that the first book in the trilogy begins in Toronto, in different locales around the University of Toronto where I was at the time spending my days trying to decide what exactly it was I wanted to do with my life (oh, such potential back then!).

I haven’t read another of Kay’s books since (although I also have Tigana in an even darker, dustier TBR pile somewhere). I think I’ll remedy that with Ysabel; it looks enticing and I’m going to take it with me in July as one of my holiday reads.

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

P.S. Want to add this to your own towering TBR pile? U.S. (Amazon.com) | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (Amazon.co.uk) | And don’t forget your local library!

Incoming! A Version of the Truth, by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s one of the latest new arrivals:

A Version of the Truth, by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

A Version of the TruthAbout the Book:

Thirty, newly single, and desperately in need of a paycheck, inveterate bird-watcher Cassie Shaw goes against her principles and lies on her résumé to land a job. She then finds herself employed at an elite university working for two professors as unique as the rare birds she covets.

One of them is a sexy expert in animal behavior, Professor Conner. Under his charismatic tutelage, Cassie begins her personal transformation into the people she was meant to be while meeting the kinds of people she has never met before. But when your entire future and your unlikely new career teeter on one unbearable untruth, the masquerade can’t go on forever

First line: “I flunked the second, third, and ninth grades. In my heart, I knew I was dumb.”

Where I got this book: Part of my No BEA? Books Anyway! haul

My initial thoughts:

Why I picked this one up:

  1. I am a sucker for the phrase “personal transformation” (in fiction only, though.)
  2. I read the authors’ last book, Literacy and Longing in L.A. and absolutely loved it.

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CBS News interviews Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack about A Version of the Truth (I didn’t embed the video here because I couldn’t get it to stop auto-playing.)

Where to buy A Version of the Truth:: U.S. (Amazon.com) | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (Amazon.co.uk)

Incoming! The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The StrainAbout the Book:

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

First line: "Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian’s grandmother, "there was a giant."

Received from: Part of the stash from my "No BEA, Books Anyway" book-binge weekend

My initial thoughts:

I know I’ve mentioned getting The Strain a few times already, but I’m chronicling all new book arrivals so I wanted to make sure this much-anticipated book (much anticipated on my part, I mean) gets its own Incoming! page.

I am very excited about this read, and I’m saving it to savor while I’m on vacation at the end of this month, when I will be on the beach along the foggy South Shore of Nova Scotia – perfect atmosphere for reading a book like this. There is just such an epic feel to this book, and the anticipation has been half the fun. I have high hopes that this will be a read that lives up to expectations.

(And I didn’t dare entertain the thought of getting this in audio; way too scary.)

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Here’s the first of three video trailers for the book:

And here’s Del Toro talking about his inspiration for The Strain:

Where to buy The Strain: U.S. (Amazon.com) | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (Amazon.co.uk)

Looking for reviews?

The Strain has been reviewed at the following:

The One Ring

Flames Rising

Sci-Fi Wire

Debbie’s World of Books

Fantasy Book Critic

King of the Nerds

Incoming! Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton

Crossed WiresAbout the Book:

This is the story of Mina, a girl at a Sheffield call centre, whose next customer in the queue is Peter, a Cambridge geography don, who has crashed his car into a tree stump.

Despite their differences, they’ve got a lot in common – both single, both parents, both looking for love.

Could it be that they’ve just found it?

This is a story about the small joys and tribulations of parenthood; about one-ness and two-ness; about symmetry and coincidence; about the things that separate us and the things that bring us together.

First line: ‘Autocare Direct Motor Insurance. My name is Mina, how may I help you?’

Received from: The author

My initial thoughts:

It’s funny what makes a person decide on a book sometimes. Lately I’ve really been cutting down on the number of review books I’m accepting; but in the case of Crossed Wires, I took a look at Rosy Thornton’s website and immediately thought to myself (perhaps it was that first line, “Hello, I’m Rosy and I appear to be a novelist”), I really like the way she writes.

Books and Movies, one of my favorite book blogs, recently reviewed Crossed Wires and wrote: “Thornton’s writing reminds me some of Alexander McCall Smith, although (and don’t hate me if you’re a total Smith fan) I think Ms. Thornton’s characters are more authentic, less caricature.” If I hadn’t already been sold by Thornton’s writing on her website, this would have done the trick (I enjoy McCall Smith’s writing very much).

Crossed Wires is one of the books I will be bringing with me when I go on holiday at the end of this month. This list is my “short list” of must-reads, as I’m not able to load up the van with books, as much as I would like to; I am really looking forward to reading this book while relaxing on a cool Maritimes beach.

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Rosy Thornton

“Books Should Be Books!” by Rosy Thornton In this tongue-in-cheek essay, Thornton talks about the mystifying distinction that is made between “Literature” and “Fiction” and offers up her own Utopian solution.

Where to buy Crossed Wires:

U.S. (Amazon.com)

UK (Amazon.co.uk)

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