Literary Junkies Link Party | July 28

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Now that the Literary Junkies group has started again (after a short break), the Link Parties have resumed as well!  The last Tuesday of the month is reserved for the monthly Link Parties and I'm always so excited to hear what other people have to say!  

While I didn't get a chance to read the book that we were *supposed* to read, I'm very excited to start reading next month's book soon!

Here are today's Link Party questions:

1. What are you reading right now?  Tell us about it.

Currently, I'm reading Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella.  If you haven't read any of the books in her Confessions of a Shopaholic a missing out!  Here's the Goodreads synopsis for Shopaholic and Baby:

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed-especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. 
But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She's shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

2. What book reminds you of summertime as a kid?

When I was a kid, I loved to read the American Girl series of books!  Molly was my favorite and Samantha was a close second!  These were my favorite summertime (or all time reads!) as a kid!

3. What book did you have on your summer reading list that truly nailed it as a summer reading favorite?

When I think of a great summer read, I think of a 'chick flick' type book set at the beach.  When I picked up Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky, I was hoping that it wouldn't disappoint.  And boy it sure didn't!  This was a great summer read - and I'm highly recommending it to everyone I know!  Here's the Goodreads synopsis:

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.
But what both women don't know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole's friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.

4. Who is your favorite author and why?  Give us a top recommendation by them.

Even though I have a list of "favorite" authors (Karen Kingsbury, Mary Kay Andrews, Sophie Kinsella, Kiera Cass, etc.), Nicholas Sparks will ALWAYS be my all-time favorite author!  I picked up A Bend in the Road by Sparks in Sam's Club many years back (before he was "famous").  I had never heard of him or the book, but it looked intriguing.  I bought it for a vacation read...and I've never looked back. This was the book that got me HOOKED on Nicholas Sparks' books and it will always be my favorite for that reason!  Here's the Goodreads synopsis:

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it's her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's.

Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years . . . and falling in love. Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret -- one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

5. Fall Book Reading lists are starting to make their appearances.  What are you excited to read that's being released this Fall?

I get so excited to see what books are coming out soon!  And it's not like I don't have a HUGE bookshelf FULL of books that I still need to read (because I certainly do)...but I just get so excited about new books that are coming out by my favorite authors!  Here are a few that I can't wait to get my hands on (along with their Goodreads synopsis)!  

The Lake House by Kate Morton (To be released October 22, 2015)

An abandoned house...After a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police and retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall. There she finds herself at a loose end, until one day she stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. 

A missing child...June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. For Eleanor, the annual party has always been one of her treasured traditions, but her middle daughter, Alice, sixteen years old and with literary ambitions, is especially excited. Not only has Alice worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night sky, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great they leave Loeanneth and never return. 

An unsolved mystery...Seventy years later, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past and seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...

Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae (To be released on August 4, 2015)

For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .
Most days, you wouldn't trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can't even name.

For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.

Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can't uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.

The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis (To be released on September 24, 2015)

The large house on the beach front in Bridgehampton has an infamous history. An elderly couple died in a fire that destroyed the building, but everyone in town knows that the fire was no accident, it was murder.

The house was rebuilt, but the horror of the events that took place there still remains. And now two more dead bodies have been found in the ill-fated house – a young couple brutally killed.

The police arrest local resident Noah Walker, but have they got the right man? What other secrets could the murder house be hiding?

If you want to join in with this Link Party, visit Life with a Side of Coffee or Pink Heels Pink Truck to link up today!


  1. LOVED Sweet Salt Air!! I read Blueprints that she just released for this summer and it was a good one too! Logan mentioned The Lake I'm intrigued after reading the synopsis. I've never read anything by Kate Morton before.

  2. Wow - You have quite the fall to read list! I wrote all of them down and I am looking forward to them! I also realized there are a lot of Kate Morton fans on here too!!


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