Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - Reshelved Books

   Hello everyone.  Jessica here, giving you my final book review for 2016.  Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.  I can't wait to see what everyone is reading in 2017!
    This book was given to me in a Secret Santa gift exchange at work by a co-woker who had tried to get me to read this novel earlier in the year.  Brooklyn follows the story of a young Irish woman named Eilis, who leaves Ireland for America in the hopes of getting a job and a degree in bookkeeping.  With the help of the church, Eilis succeeds in this, while also falling in love with and developing a relationship with Tony, an American-Italian man, whom she secretly marries.  When Eilis' sister suddenly passes away, Eilis returns to Ireland to be with her mother, and begins to have feelings for an Irish man named Jim.  
    This novel brings up the theme of duty both in the familial, personal, and romantic sense.  It also allows for discussion in terms of what constitutes love.  Could Eilis learn to love Jim if she stayed in Ireland and never moved to America?  Would Eilis stay happily married to Tony if she never went back to Ireland?  Will she ever be truly happy, always wondering "what-if"? And because of this, is it safe to say that Eilis truly loved neither?  
     While I enjoyed reading this novel, I wanted more.  I wanted to see more of what happened between Eilis and Tony once Eilis returned to America.  I also wanted to see Eilis' mother possibly visit America, or have Eilis suggest to her mother that she should visit and meet Tony.  Toibin purposely leaves the ending vague, sort of mimicking the back and forth thoughts that Eilis has herself, not really knowing her own heart or her own path.  Eilis is just moving forward in the direction of duty, even though duty pulls her in two different directions.  For this reason, I am giving Brooklyn by Colm Toibin a For the Love of Dewey Rating of 3.5 coffee beans.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber: Reshelved Books

**Attention For the Love of Dewey Readers! 5 out of 5 coffee beans for this book!!!***

Between Friends is unlike any of the other Debbie Macomber books I have read, which at times can be a little sappy, homey, and Hallmark Movie-esc.  On the other hand, this novel is deep, powerful, and tear jerking in a way that touches your soul, makes you think about life, your values, the world, and the role you play in it.  The closest book that I have read which I can compare this novel to is Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane.  (Which is one of my favorite books.)

      To give you a bit of a summary, this novel is written in the form of both letters and journal entries between two best friends, Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski.  I thought that a novel written in this format would make me feel disconnected to the characters, but I have never felt like I was present in a novel quite as intensely as this. The novel begins in 1948 with the birth of Lesley, and follows the girls up into 2010, showing them first as young girls and how they mature and grow.  Jillian is strong willed and independent, and is perhaps the character that I most identify with.  She very pro-women's rights, pro-choice, yearns to advance in her career, and follows her own heart and dreams - even if these dreams disagree with others.  (This next sentence may be considered a spoiler.) Jillian falls in love at a young age with a man named Nick, who tragically dies in Vietnam and leaves her heartbroken for many years.  This untimely loss of what she believes to be her soulmate, effects her deeply.  Part of Jillian's story is learning how to become whole again, to live her life, and not let life slide by wasted.
     Lesley may be considered to be the weaker of the two girls, and for me personally, Lesley symbolized the parts of myself and even of life that scare me.  I think that as women, we often feel pressured to be able to do it all.  From young girls, we are told that we can be anything we want to be.  We go to school to have a career, but we want a family of our own, and even sometimes feel pressured to have one.  There's a certain balance that we strive to find between independence, a successful career, and raising a family. And there's a lot of guilt that get's thrown into the mix.   Lesley grew up in a poor family with a mother who became pregnant at a very young age, only to marry the father who became an abusive alcoholic.  When Lesley becomes a teenager, she was raped by her boyfriend (newly ex-boyfiend), ends up pregnant, and marries him, thus sort of reliving her mother's mistakes.  While reading this novel I wanted Lesley to be strong.  At first I wanted her to get an abortion.  Then I wanted her to raise her child, go to school, and leave her husband.  However, she kept giving her marriage another shot, and giving her family all that she had and who she was. Lesley came close so many times to leaving her husband, but just about every time she did, she always returned.
     This novel tackles to many topics such as war and the importance of supporting men who dutifully go to war (even if you don't believe in the war yourself) so that loved ones do not pass away in vain, marriage, alcoholism, rape, Catholicism vs. Protestantism, female reproductive health, birth control & abortion, career & family, cancer, etc.  I honestly feel like I could talk about this book forever, and delve into all these topics so deeply it could take up the entire blog space.  But rather than do that I'm just going to beg you all to read it.  And when you do read it, let's talk!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Reads

Christmas is around the corner, and that means ‘tis the season for delectable peppermint mocha lattes and snuggly holiday romance novels.  But, do you feel compelled to read Christmas books like it’s a chore? (I kind of do.)   
      On one hand I love these books, especially those by Debbie Macomber.  They touch my soul and make me want to wrap presents, spread kindness, cheer, love, and all that good stuff.  They’re also pretty short, which makes me meet my yearly Goodreads Challenge so much faster.  This year I’m shooting for 125.  Will I make it?  Maybe if I throw in a few more Macombers… 
      But while I love these books, I also feel guilty for wanting to read other books.  Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is one I have been dying to get my hands on.  But it’s not Christmas.  So I’m constantly struggling between getting in my Christmas books, while still making time for others.  And really, making time for any reading other than books that have gripped me to the very core of my existence is hard during this stressful – I mean magically giving and wonderful, time of year.

     So, what’s in your Holiday To-Read Pile this season? And why?  Share with us below in the comments, and check out our GoodReads group for more holiday and wintry reads!         

P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han: Reshelved Books

Lara Jean, Lara Jean, what are we going to do with you?

     P.S. I Still Love You is the adorable sequel to Jenny Han's novel To All The Boys I've Loved Before. (And thankfully a third book will be coming out in April of 2017 *yay!*)  This book takes on so many different subjects such as first love, virginity, losing a parent, the bond of sisterhood, and the detrimental role that technology can play in everyday life i.e. bullying, making this a really profound sequential young adult novel.  

     To give you all a bit of a synopsis- no spoilers, I promise! Lara Jean has entered into an exclusive relationship with a boy named Peter.  A video of Lara Jean and Peter is uploaded to a nasty Instagram account that exposes teenagers in their lowest and embarrassing moments.  The caption of this video describes it as a moment of sexual intercourse, which is not true.  This whole issue opens up discussion about double standards between women and men when it comes to sex, as well as how information found online can be misinterpreted, and how online bullying follows the victim everywhere.  To me, this part of the book held the most depth and emotion.  It was a nice warning call to young adult readers about being careful with how one acts on the Internet, gossiping, and information credibility. 
       When the Instagram drama gets resolved, Lara Jean begins to have problems with Peter, especially when a boy named John (who moved away in book #1) comes back.  Lara Jean may have feelings for John.  She's unsure.  She's also not fully trusting of Peter, thinking that he may still have a relationship with his ex-girlfriend Genevieve.  As Lara Jean explores what it means to love and to be in love, there is a whole lot of charm, humor, and cuteness thrown together, which out of the two books makes this one definitely more enjoyable and more apt to stick with the reader longer.  Did anyone who read To All The Boys I Loved Before know or remember (because I didn't) that Lara Jean loved to bake?  And how about Lara Jean's sister Kitty?  She is so adorable and funny.  Definitely my favorite supporting character!

I read this book super quick, within one day!  I really wanted to give this book 5 coffee beans.  However, I am only going to give it 4.5 coffee beans, because I found a typo on page 316 which reads, "I don't walk to talk about this anymore" (Han, p. 316).  

Edition Referenced: Han, Jenny. P.S.I Still Love You. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2015. Print.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber: Currently Reading

I am so in love with Macomber's Between Friends so far!  This novel is different from the other novels by her that I have read in the past, those of which I think can usually be seen as neat little happy ending stories inside cute Hallmark movie towns.  However, right from the beginning this novel appears to dive so much deeper, following the lives of two best friends, Lesley and Jillian, and their journey from young girls to grown/aging women.  This novel tackles topics such as woman's rights & birth control, the Vietnam War, love, cancer, and so much more.  This novel is also written in the form of journal entries and letters, which I found to be quite different.  I thought that this letter correspondence would make me feel disconnected from the characters, but I am actually so absorbed in their lives and thought processes, that putting it down to type this little blurb is painful!

I can't wait for this review! Happy Reading!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner: Reshelved Books

      When I first started this book I had so many questions.  I had promised you answers, but now I wish I could take that promise back...because figuring out the answers were half the fun of reading it!  

     Who Do You Love is a coming of age novel, which encompasses the genres of both women's fiction and new adult fiction, with new adult fiction being part of the fiction genre with characters who are primarily in their 20's-30's.  This can sort of be thought of as an "older" version of the young adult genre because this book begins with the two main characters of Rachel and Andy meeting at 8 years old, and follows their growth up until their 30's, with a large amount of space devoted to their 20's. 
      So, for those who have been eagerly anticipating this review, having read our last "currently reading" post, Rachel and Andy do fall in love.  But do they marry and is he the one who broke her heart?  Yes and no.  I feel like saying more than that will spoil it for you.    
This novel reads like a mixture between a Nicholas Sparks love story and Kristin Hannah novel.  It explores love and heartbreak, both in the physical because of Rachel's genetic heart disorder, but also in the metaphorical, and for this reason, is very similar to How I Came to Sparkle Again.  However, what I think makes this novel stand out is Weiner's focus on exploring not only the difference between love and lust, but also the difference between true love / soulmates and a love out of respect and duty.  Rachel's first marriage was built on this later love.   She loved her husband, but not in the way needed for it to last.  Rachel's other love was first variety.  They were once best friends, but perhaps had met at the wrong time.  
    The ending of this novel opens with a new chapter of Rachel's life moving forward, but as I sit here reflecting on what I just read, I also wonder if Rachel is simply falling back into the comfort and her old practices.  Rachel has made a career out of social work, working with single mothers who often fall back into bad habits of drug use and domestic abuse.  Could the reopening of this chapter actually be Rachel falling back into her "bad habits," or is it genuine and real?

I am going to give this novel 4 out of 5 coffee beans! 
I'd also love for you to read this book and share with me what you think below in the comments!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Currently Reading

Hello everyone! 

 It is such a dreary and rainy Tuesday afternoon, and I'm home sick.  It's actually not a bad day to spend indoors reading, and because of the rain, I don't feel guilty that I'm not being productive- working, running errands, getting Christmas gifts, etc.  Last night I started Jenny
Han's most recent young adult novel, P.S. I Still Love You, which is a sequel to To All the Boys I Love Before.  For those of you who haven't read either of these titles, this series is cute and quirky.  It follows the main character of Lara Jean, whose mother had recently passed away, her relationship with her two sisters and father, and boys she innocently falls in "love" with.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading To All the Boys I Loved Before, and  so far, my favorite character is Lara Jean's little sister Kitty. She is so adorably funny! 

Happy Reading! 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren: Reshelved Books

Hello Everyone! & Happy Thanksgiving! *gobble, gobble* 

      This week's book review is for How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren.  For those of you who had checked out our Currently Reading page, you know that I had purchased a copy of this book from the Newport Public Library's book nook when I was on vacation this past July.  Yes, I am one of those silly library assistants that visits libraries while vacationing.  I just can't get away...
    This is the first novel that I have read by McLaren, and I was surprised to learn that she has written other novels, whose covers I have seen and been drawn to, but never actually realized she was the author of. I know, I know.  You should never judge a book by it's cover, but I almost always do. In addition to having a gorgeous wintry themed front cover, the back of this novel boasts incredible reviews from some of my favorite authors, such as Kristin Hannah, Nancy Thayer, and Susan Wiggs, so I decided to give this book a shot. 

Such a pretty cover...
    This novel opens with a scene of heartbreak and betrayal, where the main character of Jill, who recently lost her baby to a miscarriage, catches her husband in bed with another woman.  McLaren describes this heartbreak as "so many things.  Panic. Heaviness. A giant hole. Constriction.  It felt like all of these things at once.  It felt like being shot, like lying on the ground while the life leaked out of her.  She could hardly breathe" (McLaren, p. 10).  Those who have been fortunately unfortunate enough to experience heartbreak know that this is exactly what it feels like.  Heartbreak leaves a physical pain in the center of your chest, where one feels both everything and nothing at all.  I say "fortunately unfortunate," because even though the pain is unbearable, the wounds do eventually scar over.  They never completely go away, as they stay there transforming us, our souls, and the way we think about love, life, and ourselves.  But these scars also give us a different perspective, a wisdom we didn't have before, and lead us down new paths which have the potential to be so much better than the ones we once mourned for.    
    This book then becomes a journey, where Jill flees the home she once shared with her husband and moves to a town called Sparkle, Colorado.  This is where Jill begins to reevaluate herself and learn to heal from the loss of the life she once had and to embrace one she now lives.  On this journey, the reader also meets a character named Lisa, a woman who didn't believe in marriage, but also didn't respect herself enough to find a love that was more than just lust.  The reader also meets the character of a ten year old girl named Cassie, who experiences a different kind of heartbreak.  The heartbreak of losing a parent.  
    While I enjoyed this book, and the attempts that McLaren made to compare heartbreak to the loss of a child, loss of a parent, and a breakup / betrayal of a husband, as well as the comparison of love of oneself and lust vs. love, I did feel that the novel fell short in some regards. The first thing that I noticed is that while the reader is introduced to the character of Lisa and her battle with love, lust, and herself, the story line isn't as strong as that of Jill or Cassie.  Because of this, Lisa, while present within the novel, becomes lost within the pages.  Another thing that I feel worth mentioning is that McLaren places a lot of secondary male characters who enjoy noncommittal sexual relations with numerous amounts of women.  While I know she does this as a way to show the difference between lust and love, this part of the book almost becomes too much, and causes the novel to lose a little bit of emotional credibility.  

Overall, for McLaren's attempt to relay a story centered around the broad topic of "heartbreak" that was both engaging and relatable, I am going to give this novel a rating of 3 out of 5 coffee beans (because we really do love our coffee.)   

~ Jessica   

Copy Referenced: McLaren, Kaya. How I Came to Sparkle Again: A Novel. New York: St. Martin's. 2012. Print. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Judging Books By Their Covers

    They say you should never judge a book by it's cover, for it is the pages and story inside that grip us, and that the cover is nothing more than a superficial medium holding these pages together.  Unfortunately, I'm guilty where I almost always judge a book by it's cover.  As a reader, blogger, book lover, and librarian, I should be ashamed.  I guess part of me is, but only a small part.  Here's why.  
    I love my books.  I love to be gripped by a story.  I love the art form of language, and how an author arranges letters to form words, and words to create something that is both literary and beautiful.  I love to feel like I'm friends in my head with the characters that I am investing so much time with, but what about when the book is finished?  What about before I even pick the book up?  Basically, I'm drawn to covers that are visually appealing.  I like to line my books up on my bookshelf and lay on the floor to stare at the covers, both after and before I read them.  With Instagram hashtags such as #bookstagram, displaying books with pretty covers has become an art form.  We like these photos because we love books, but we also like these photos because we like to look at the book covers.  The librarian in me likes my book case organized by author and title, but the book blogger in me that loves pretty covers also likes the idea of arranging them by color.  Perhaps this is a ploy by marketers to get us to buy more books or certain types of books.  But for now, I think I'll just spend some time admiring my covers.  

Some covers I love!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner: Currently Reading

Hello fellow Dewey lovers!  It is terribly chilly and windy here in New Jersey, and I am already bundled up in my jammies as I write this.  Definitely a perfect night to spend huddled under blankets with a book!

      Just like Jillian has been drawn to thrillers the past few weeks, it seems as though I have   been drawn to novels that deal with painful matters of the heart.  Having just finished How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren, which deals with heartbreak in its various forms (keep watch for this review, coming at the end of the week!), last night I picked up Jennifer Weiner's latest novel Who Do You Love, which touches upon this same topic. 
     The prologue of Who Do You Love, opens with the remnants of a devastating and crippling heartbreak, where the main character of Rachel is depressed and unable to get out of bed-- the tragic results of her marriage ending.  After the prologue, the reader is introduced to a much younger Rachel, who was born with a genetic heart disorder and is in the hospital at 8 years old for open heart surgery.  It is  here that she meets a young boy who is is also in the hospital, but for a broken arm.  I haven't gotten much further than this, but I'm beginning to think that this boy is the one that Rachel ended up marrying, and also is the one who ended up breaking her heart.  But are they one in the same?  Or did she marry someone else, and will she be reconnected with this broken-arm-boy later on in the story?  Why did her marriage end?  I have so many questions.  Bear with me and stay tuned to see if and how they get answered!

Happy reading!


The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer: Currently Reading

Nov. 21, 2016: This week I decided to read The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer (2016).  I guess one could say that I've had a knack for reading thrillers this month! 

This is Meyer's newest release focusing around a woman (Dr. Juliana Fortis) who worked for the government prior to leaving her position and going into hiding.  Fortis has spent the last several years on the run, hiding in plain sight; constantly using different aliases and always altering her appearance with wigs and clothes.  Fortis isn't quite sure what to expect when her old boss reaches out to her but in her own way, she is intrigued and meets with him to talk...

I haven't gotten much further than this in the book! With that being said, I am excited to see how the book pans out and I can't wait to tell you all what I think of this book next week!

This is my first time reading a book by Stephanie Meyer.  As you all know, last week I said that I was a lover of YA fiction and I am.  However, I never read the Twilight Series.  (I accept the repercussions that may be associated with the reveal of this deep dark secret of mine...)  I wasn't drawn to the allure of vampires, even Edward Cullen! Even though Robert Pattinson made very cute vampire in the movies.

I found The Chemist while I was checking out the new release on last week and after reading the sneak peek, I decided that I would take the chance and step out of my comfort zone and get back on the thriller train. (I did a review of All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda last week.  If you're interest, you can check out that review in the achieve section to the left of this post!) 

~ Jillian

Thursday, November 17, 2016

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda: Reshelved Books

Hello to everyone who is reading this post!

Thursday is upon us and as promised, here is the review of All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. This novel is Miranda's first having been written for the adult community; she has written several books for the YA community prior.  (Her newest YA novel: The Safest Lies is a book that I have added to my GoodReads "to-read" bookshelf.)

But as to not get too off topic, let us get back to why you are reading this post!

All the Missing Girls takes place in a small town in North Carolina, called Cooley Ridge. The main character Nic Farrell goes back to her hometown to finish work on tying up some lose ends: cleaning up and getting her father's house on the market and getting guardianship of him with her brother, Daniel.  Having received a letter from her father prior to her trip down to Cooley Ridge, Nic's past is about to come back in a big way.

During her visit, a girl named Annaelise goes missing, essentially vanishing into the darkness of the night. Searches in the woods turn up nothing and no one seems to know what happened to her.  This coupled with the fact that her best friend, Corinne went missing ten years ago makes Nic feel uneasy.  Slowly the past comes back to haunt Nic and one could even say that it consumes her....

After reading the synopsis on GoodReads, I thought to myself "Yes! I can get on board with this!"  (I do spend my days off watching Investigation Discovery, a channel that makes my husband VERY uneasy. lol).

So I took myself to the Barnes and Nobles and searched the fiction section high and low for the book.

Feeling triumphant that I had found the book!

That night, I was able to settle down with a cup of coffee and started reading All the Missing Girls...

That was on a Thursday and I finished the book on Saturday night (a chilly, windy Saturday that added to the effect of the story!).

Miranda definitely knew how to write a page turner.  I did NOT want to put the book down and there were times that I was reading where I wished I was able to read and comprehend the book at a faster rate just so I could find out what ends up happening.

With that being said.... Let the review begin!!

As I wrote before, the book was a definite page turner.  

I know that part of the appeal to this book was that it went backwards. Part 2 of the book started on Day 15 and worked it's way back to Day 1. To me, that was the main reason in why I felt a lack of information being given.  The story started to fall in place around Day 4 and then the reader received most of the answers during those first (last?) 4 days. 

But there were points during the book that I felt there wasn't any information being given.  I left that I was reading and reading for cliffhangers and lose ends. 

Now keep in mind at by the time I got Day 4, you had read most of the book... And received many cliffhangers.... I was left BEGGING for answers!

Then I got to Part 3, which was set back at Day 15 and after finishing that part and the book, I felt like I was ripped off and I was felt a little confused and with more questions: After all of this time, why Tyler? Why give into what the cops wanted to see happen, when it is something that seems totally out of left field AND even felt them scratching their heads? What happened to Laura and Daniel? I could go on but I'll spare you.

I felt that the book was wrapped up in a hurried way.  No rhyme or reason and that everything was all muddled at the end. Nic didn't have any reason to do any of the things that she did in Part 3.  Had the story not gone backwards, I wouldn't have felt that Nic was acting erratically.  Or at least WHY she was acting the way that she was would have been out in the open.

All in all, it wasn't the best book I've read but it wasn't the worst either. 
I didn't care for how it went backwards in the middle of the book and I didn't like how I had questions that needed to be answered because they were addressed given the format of the story and how it ended.

I did appreciate how the story line pulled me in and made me want to keep turning the page.

Instead of giving this story a 3 star rating, I am going to give three coffee beans out of five. (Because we love our coffee on this blog!)

~ Jillian

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Do You Read In Weird Places? A Tale of Reading Worries

     It all began when on a crisp fall day in late October while I was at the Stop & Shop Pharmacy waiting to pick up an antibiotic.  Not for anything contagious, I promise.  *Cough, Cough * It was for an infection caused by wisdom teeth removal now 8 years in the making.  My wisdom? Gone.  My teeth? Gone.  My impatience? Present!
     After running around the store picking up the few liquidy items I could eat: butternut squash soup, cream of broccoli, yogurt – no, they were out of yogurt.  I made my way back to the pharmacy.  Still not ready.  
     I left, went to Dunkin Donuts, got a pumpkin iced latte, and came back. But nope, they weren't ready.  This is when I wondered, is it socially acceptable to read at the Stop and Shop Pharmacy?  There were no chairs, so technically I’d be reading while standing up between the frozen food aisle and the pharmacy.  I mean this is where I get my flu shot, why can’t I stand here and read a book?  And why do I care if it’s socially acceptable?  In the end, I didn’t take my book out.  But next time, I just might.  

(A thank you to my boyfriend for not cowering in embarrassment
as I took this photo and the one on our IG.) 

~ Jessica

Monday, November 14, 2016

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: Currently Reading

Hi Everyone,

It's Jillian here! This week is going to start off with a new book!

I figured that I would look through the books on my bookshelf that I haven't read yet and pick one from there.  The choice was between Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (the winner) and See Me by Nicholas Sparks.  

Book to the Right: See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Book to the Left: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Tsum Tsum (top to bottom): Lady, Eeyore and Mickey's Bear

The opening scene of the book takes place in a court room with the verdict being read for Peyton, the brother of the main character Sydney.  Right away we automatically find out that Peyton has been convicted of something (what that something is, we don't know right away). From there, Sydney paints a picture between the stark contrasts between her and him; while telling of Peyton's rebellion that lead him to jail and why she decided to start her Junior Year at the new high school.

Reading these first 30 pages reminded me why I love reading YA fiction so much and why I feel that Sarah Dessen is one of the best YA authors *ever* (in my un-professional professional opinion of course, lol).

Sadly, I have to put this book down and start getting ready for work. Time flies when you're writing and reading! 

Let me know some of you favorite books by Sarah Dessen or if you have any other YA fiction books that you love in the comments below! 

See you all next week! Have a good one!
~ Jillian

Monday, November 7, 2016

Seashell Season by Holly Chamberlin: Currently Reading

     May I begin by saying just how much I adore this book.  I have read two books by Holly Chamberlin before, The Family Beach House and Summer with My Sisters, but this one I just can't seem to put down and I'm only on page 50.  (Well, I did put it down to write this post.  And take a picture.  This book had a full-out photo shoot in my room, complete with seashell props. #instafilter anyone?).  
    Anyway,  Seashell Season takes place in Ogunquit, Maine but also references other Maine coastal towns such as York, Wells, and Kittery.  The story line follows that of Verity, a mother whose child, Gemma, was kidnapped from her as a baby by the child's father.  Sixteen years later, Gemma, who now goes by he name Marni, is found and the father placed behind bars.  Verity is ecstatic, crying tears of joy, while Marni is angry that her world has been turned upside down.  The storyline toggles between the perspectives of Verity and Marnie, giving the reader an inside perspective into the thought process and emotions of both characters. 
     Perhaps one of the main reasons why I am so in love with this book is because my boyfriend and I have recently taken a fall trip to Ogunquit and deemed it "our place" to get a summer home when we #1 become rich or #2  retire in 80+ years.  In fact, I purchased this book at a bookshop in Wells, Maine called Annie's Book Stop. Have any of you ever felt drawn to a book because it takes place in a town that you live near?  A place that you've vacationed?  Or a place that you wish you could one day run away to and live happily ever after?  Happy Reading. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

For the Love of Dewey

Welcome to For the Love of Dewey! 

A bookish blog full of literature adventure, library stories, coffee stains, and life. This is the place to discuss what we're currently reading, what we can't wait to read, and what we've been tragically avoiding.  It's a place where we can share books and commentary, as well as discuss how these stories of characters fit into the stories of our own lives.  So pull up a chair, grab your favorite book or a cup of coffee, and let's get talking! (This is, of course assuming, that there are some of you out there reading this, and that we are not talking to ourselves.)  

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