Edelweiss 14/16|Book Review: Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe by Becky Wade

Run the World by Becky Wade                                 Format/Number of Page’s: DARC, 288 pages                                                                     Other Formats: Paperback                                                                             Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks                                                                             Publish date: 05 July 2016,                                                                                 ISBN: 69780062416438, 006241643X                                                               Price: £10.99 GBP, $15.99 USD, $19.99 CAD                                                                           Goodreads: Click here to see more                                                                                                        Source: Edelweiss                                                         Reading time: 23-29 May 2016

Summary:
From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade, the story of her yearlong exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to success of runners the world over, Fresh off a successful collegiate running career, Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. So in 2012, as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world.
  Over the next 12 months—visiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories, logging over 3,500 miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe. Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky’s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world.Upon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she’d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed. When she made her marathon debut in 2013 she became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics.
From the feel-based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury-recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world.
Author Bio(s)

Becky Wade is a professional long-distance runner who competes for Asics. At Rice University she was a four-time All-American and the winner of the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, Rice’s highest athletic honor, and the Conference USA honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rice with a triple major in history, psychology, and sociology, Becky traveled the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and visited 22 countries to explore long-distance running cultures.

In her 26.2-mile debut in December 2013, Becky won the California International Marathon, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Currently, she is fulfilling her dream of running professionally and chasing Olympic aspirations, while coaching and working part-time at a shelter for homeless youth.


My Thoughts

Thank you very much to both the Publisher and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book about running that I have read as well as the first book by this author. I loved the book it was well written and really interesting.

The book captured the beauty of the sport as well as the desire to chase your goals, forming life long bonds, learning resilience as well as both eating and preparing delicious food. I thought it was an inspired idea of Becky’s to include a recipe from each of the countries she visited in the book, as it meant that if you want to make them to experience what she ate you can. Continue reading

Edelweiss #5/16|Book Information: Aerie (Magonia 2/2) by Maria Dahvana Headley

 

Book Information
Title: Aerie
Series: Magonia
Place in series: 2
Number of pages: 20
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Format Received: DARC
Date Received: May 18
Publisher: HarperCollins
04 October 2016,
On Sale Date: 03 November 2016,
Ship Date: 14 September 2016
ISBN: 9780062320551, 0062320556
Price £12.99 GBP, $17.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
Ages 13 And Up
Genre:  Si-Fi Fantasy Paranormal Romance
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Book Summary

The sweeping sequel to MAGONIA follows Aza as she grapples between the world she’s chosen and the world she’s destined to return to.

In MAGONIA, earth-bound Aza discovered that she’d been living in the wrong world her whole life. In her rightful kingdom in the sky, her sick and addled body actually holds tremendous power. In AERIE, Aza is back on earth, but MAGONIA still calls her to fight for both the survival of humanity, and her love with her best friend, Jason.

Author Biography

Maria Dahvana Headley is a memoirist, novelist, and editor, most recently of thAuthor Image 1e novel Queen of Kings and the New York Times bestselling anthology Unnatural Creatures (coeditor with Neil Gaiman). As the author of the work of short fiction “The Traditional,” she has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.

Quotes/Reviews

PRAISE FOR MAGONIA: “Maria Dahvana Headley is a firecracker: she’s whip smart with a heart, and she writes like a dream.”—Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Graveyard Book and Coraline

Magonia is magical. A high-flying, refreshing, and literally out-of-the-blue fantasy with great characters, emotional depth, and a unique fantasy world that I never saw coming.” —Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
“Headley riffs like an improv comic…funny, furious, and vulnerable. The haunting conclusion leaves many issues unresolved, but the ferocious, intelligent power of Aza and Jason’s bond is completely affirmed. Sweeping, strange, and richly imagined, the novel is ideal for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With lush writing, memorable world building, and an array of peculiar characters, this is sure to thrill readers looking for a distinctive, imaginative tale in the vein of Laini Taylor and Neil Gaiman.” —ALA Booklist

“The painful, sarcastic beauty of Aza’s interactions down below in the everyday world begs comparisons to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.“  —Kirkus Reviews

“The book races to an epic confrontation that will leave readers thrilled…. Romance, danger, and world-building combine.” —School Library Journal

“The sweeping, lyrical language in both parts of the book is captivating, with haunting scenes woven from carefully chosen, sharply evocative descriptions.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A weird, unique, and beautifully crafted book.” —VOYA

Edelweiss #4/16|Book Information: The Comet Seekers: A Novel by Helen Sedgwick

Book Information
Title: The Comet Seekers: A Novel   by Helen Sedgwick
Format Received: DARC
Date Received: May 18
Received From: Edelweiss
Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Harper
On Sale Date: 11 October 2016,
Ship Date: 21 September 2016
ISBN: 9780062448767, 0062448765
Price: $25.99 USD, $31.99 CAD
Genre:
Book Summary

A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors

Róisín and François are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. At first glance, the pair could not be more different. Older by a few years, Róisín, a daughter of Ireland and a peripatetic astronomer, joins the science team to observe the fracturing of a comet overhead. François, the base’s chef, has just left his birthplace in Bayeux, France, for only the second time in his life. Yet devastating tragedy and the longing for a fresh start, which they share, as well as an indelible yet unknown bond that stretches back centuries, connect them to each other.

Helen Sedgwick carefully unfolds their surprisingly intertwined paths, moving forward and back through time to reveal how these lovers’ destinies have long been tied to one other by the skies—the arrival of comets great and small. In telling Róisín and François’s story, Sedgwick illuminates the lives of their ancestors, showing how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the way we choose to see the world can be as desolate or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

A beautiful, skillfully crafted, and emotionally perceptive novel that explores the choices we make, the connections we miss, and the ties that inextricably join our fates, The Comet Seekers reflects how the shifting cosmos unites us all through life, beyond death, and across the whole of time.

HeleAuthor Image 1n Sedgwick is a writer, editor, and former research physicist. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and her writing has been published internationally and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Glasgow’s Aye Write. Having grown up in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands with her partner, photographer Michael Gallacher.

Quotes/Reviews

“Haunting and beautiful, THE COMET SEEKERS follows a constellation of lives from modern Antarctica to medieval England, all of them connected by an extraordinary mystery hidden deep in the past. A captivating story, deftly told, about those who are driven to explore, and those who must stay behind.”—Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

“Helen Sedgwick has written a first novel of remarkable grace, beauty and insight, in which a careful love of language meets an immense storytelling talent. I was moved and inspired by this book.”

Joseph O’Connor, author of STAR OF THE SEA

  • Like Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, The Comet Seekers imbues the world we recognize with unique supernatural elements, creating impressive literary fiction that doesn’t shy away from mythology.

Edelweiss #3/16|Book Information: Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life: Decode Your Emotional by Margaret Moore

Book Information
Title: Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life: Decode Your Emotional DNA-and Thrive  by Margaret Moore, Edward Phillips, M.D., John Hanc
Format Received: DRC
Date Received: 18 May 16
Received from: Edelweiss
Number of pages:  304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
06 September 2016,
On Sale Date: 06 October 2016,
Ship Date: 17 August 2016
ISBN: 9780062419774, 0062419773
Price: £10.99 GBP, $16.99 USD, $21.00 CAD
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Book Summary

From a top wellness coach and a Harvard Medical School professor, how to identify and decode your nine most basic emotional needs – and coach yourself to calm, health and happiness

Wellness coach Margaret Moore, or Coach Meg, is an expert in facilitating change, and has made it her mission to help people thrive. This new book is based on a theory of psychology that we all have various subpersonalities that express our most basic needs – the ongoing inner monologue in our minds that expresses distinct needs in distinctive ways. Coach Meg and co-author Dr. Edward Phillips identify the nine most common subpersonalities that together make up the Inner Family of human emotions as:

1. Autonomy – the voice that seeks freedom and independence
2. The Body Regulator -the advocate for basic biological needs of safety, stability, and balance
3. Confidence – the voice of strength, self-efficacy, and empowerment
4. Standard Setter – your inner critic; also concerned with recognition, self-esteem, and achievement
5. Curious Adventurer – the explorer; the part of our personality driving us to new experiences
6. Creative – the imaginative part of you that thinks outside the box
7. Executive Manager – your inner accountant or quality control manager
8. Relational – the voice of compassion, kindness, and relational capacity that speaks from your heart
9. Meaning Maker – the spiritual voice that seeks purpose, sense, harmony and wholeness in life.

ORGANIZE YOUR BRAIN, OPTIMIZE YOUR LIFE will teach how to tune into all members of the inner family and recognize how to act accordingly. Moore and Phillips will help readers achieve a wide range of goals-from weight loss to career management-by teaching them how to manage their inner critic, harness their creativity, and create optimal work-life balance.

About the Author

Margaret MAuthor Image 1oore, MBA (aka Coach Meg) is the founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, a leader in building international standards for professional coaches in health and wellness. She is co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member of the Harvard University Extension School. She blogs on coaching and change for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

Edward Phillips, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Director of Outpatient Medical Services of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston, Massachusetts. Phillips founded and directs The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He has appeared on national media includingGood Morning America, ESPN radio, and in Time Magazine.

John Hanc is a longtime journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, Smithsonian and other publications. He is the author of eight books.

Edelweiss #2/16|Book Information: A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table 1/ ) by Julie Leung

 

Book Information
Title: A Tail of Camelot
Series: Mice of the Round Table
Author: Julie Leung,
Illustrator: Lindsey Carr
Format Received: DRC
Number of Pages: 304
Date Received:
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: HarperCollins
On Sale Date: 04 October 2016
Ship Date: 14 September 2016
ISBN: 9780062403995, 0062403990
Price: $16.99 USD, $21.00 CAD
Ages 8 to 12
Genre: Fantasy Retelling
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Book Summary

An epic new middle grade series in the tradition of Redwall and Poppy, based on Arthurian legend and told from the perspective of Camelot’s most humble creatures: mice.

Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell in Camelot, along with the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.

Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the wicked Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the true culprit. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.

With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young boy named Galahad, it’s up to Calib to get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.

Julie Leung was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it
may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. She now lives in Philadelphia, PA, and works in book publishing as a digital marketer. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books at used bookstores and winning at obscure board games. Her favorite mode of transportation is the library. You can find her online at jleungbooks.com.

Edelweiss #13/16|Book Information: Ruined (Ruined #1 by Amy Tintera

Book Synopsis
 A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her Ruinedparents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Book Information
Title and Author: Ruined (Ruined #1)by Amy Tintera (Goodreads Author)
Format & Number of pages: D ARC 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publish Date: May 3 2016
ASIN: B013PKDSNM
Edition Language: English
Series:Ruined #1
Other Formats Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover
Genre: YA High Fantasy/Scl Fi Dystopian
Goodreads Rating info.: 3.78 stars ·  Rating : Details · 788 Ratings  · 233 Reviews
Goodreads shelves: Read, Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge (book 31)

Book Information: The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

The Passage (The Passage 1/3)

Book Synopsis: An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Book Information:                                                                         Format/Number of Pages: Kindle Edition, 897 pages                                         Publisher: Ballantine Books                                                                         Publish Date: June 8th 2010 by (first published 2010)                           Original Title: The Passage                                                                                       ASIN: B003F3PM7A                                                                                       Edition Language: English                                                                                         Series: The Passage #1                                                                                            Characters: Amy Harper Bellafonte, Jonas Abbott Lear, Brad                               Wolgast,Anthony Lloyd Carter, Lacey Antoinette Kudoto                             setting: Telluride, Colorado (United States),  Las Vegas, Nevada (United               States),  Roswell, New Mexico (United States)                                              Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book,               Science Fiction (2010)                                                                   Goodreads Rating: 4.02 Star’s out of 123,000 ratings                                         Other Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Book, Audio CD           Goodreads shelves: Read,                                                                                   My Star Rating: 4.25 stars


The Twelve (The Passage 2/3)
Book Synopsis: At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small grThe Twelve (The Passage, #2)oup of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the Grca badge winnersecond volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

Book Information:
Format/Number of pages: Kindle Edition, 626 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: October 16th 2012 by  (first published January 1st 2012)
Original Title: The Twelve
ASIN: B007GBTBMY
Edition Language:English
Goodreads Rating:
Other Formats: Hard Cover, Paperback, Audio Book, Audio CD
Goodreads Shelves: Currently Reading, 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

The City of Mirrors (The Passage 3/3)

Book Synopsis: In “The Passage” and “The Twelve“, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Book Information
Format/Number of pages: DARC, 624 pages
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: Expected publication: May 24th 2016 by
ASIN: B015BCWZWW
Edition Language:English
Goodreads Rating info: 4.07 stars ·  Rating Details  ·  762 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
If any of you out there have read any of these books especially the last two I would love to know what you thought of them.

Edelweiss #1/16|Book Information: Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures by Becky Wade

Book Information 
Title: Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe  by Becky Wade
Format: DARC
From: Edelweiss
Date Received: 20 May 16
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Non-Fiction,
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date: 05 July 2016,
On sale date:11 August 2016,
Ship Date: 15 June 2016
ISBN: 9780062416438, 006241643X
Price: £10.99 GBP, $15.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
Goodreads: Click here to see more
Book Summary
From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade, the story of her yearlong exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to success of runners the world over

Fresh off a successful collegiate running career, Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. So in 2012, as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world.                                                                       Over the next 12 months—visiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories, logging over 3,500 miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe. Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky’s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world.

Upon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she’d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed. When she made her marathon debut in 2013 she became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics.

From the feel-based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury-recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world.

Continue reading

Books that I Started or started reading again this week

he & She by Wayne Clark

he & She

Start Date: 18/5                                    Book Synopsis: *** 5-star Silver Medal winner in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest ***

What does a man do when nothing tastes good anymore? he finds She.
A Web photo of a dominatrix sends a man in midlife crisis on a last-ditch attempt to feel truly alive one more time, even if it kills him.

“… a stylish piece of literary fiction… intellectually engaging throughout. A finely drawn portrait of desire in its fall and winter seasons.”- BlueInk Review
“…All in all, this is a delectable novel about a man exploring his unknown sexual fantasies at the price of possibly losing his true self along the way.”- Red City Review

Growing numb to life, to his on-and-off girlfriend of many years, his career, even Scotch, a man turns fifty. He is a translator who can no longer dream of translating beautiful works of fiction. He is an amateur musician who can no longer dream of expressing his life on a higher plane, without words. As he glares inside himself he sees little but his declining sexuality, his crumbling hold on life, a growing list of failed relationships, and a darkening well of loneliness.

Stumbling upon an image on the Internet one night, he suddenly hears cell doors sliding open. He stares at a young woman, in profile, beautiful, unblinking, regal. Instinctively he knows that by lingering on that image he will shatter a relationship that has kept him on the sane side of loneliness as surely as if he stepped in front of a speeding eighteen-wheeler. But desperate to feel alive again before time runs out, he knows he must see the stranger behind the pixels on his laptop screen.

Although it is her image that first transfixes him, his eye afterwards chances on a handful of words on the Internet page. She is a dominatrix. The word triggers something inside him, blows the dust off fantasies trickling back to adolescence, and slowly begins to re-choreograph his decades of sexual memories. Was he ever really the dominant male he thought he was? Did he have a sexual alter-ego? Was this the last card he had to play in life? The face on the screen held the answer. He would find out even if it killed him.

Edition: Kindle
Publisher: Wayne Clark YUL/NYC
Published: January 19th 2014 (first published October 12th 2013)
Edition Language: English
Genre: Adult Erotic Fiction
Source: Library Thing Member Giveaway
About the Author

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Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Holland and Mexico.By far the biggest slice in a pie chart of his career would be labelled journalism, including newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. The other, smaller slices of the pie would also represent words in one form or another, in advertising as a copywriter and as a freelance translator. However, unquantifiable in a pie chart would be the slivers and shreds of time stolen over the years to write fiction.


Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology

Start Date:    (re started May)     Synopsis: Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Format: ebook,
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: April 12th 2016
ISBN: 0062380036 (ISBN13: 9780062380036)
Genre: YA Contemporary Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Net galley
About the Author

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Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.

When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.

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A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

A House Without WindowsStart Date:                                         BOOK SYNOPSIS: A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting story of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture, from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell andWhen the Moon Is Low.

For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed.

Awaiting trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have led them to these bleak cells: eighteen-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an “honor killing”; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, a teen runaway who stays because it is safe shelter; twenty-year-old Mezghan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for a court order to force her lover’s hand. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, like them, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment; removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.

Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his homeland have brought him back. With the fate this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like the Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines.

A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, The House with No Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

Format: ebook,
Number of Pages: 432
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: Expected publication: August 15th 2016
ISBN: 0062449664 (ISBN13: 9780062449665)
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley EARC
About the Author
Nadia HashimiBorn: New York, The United States
Twitter: NadiaHashimi
Goodreads Member Since:May 2012

Goodreads Rating: out of 12 ratings got an average star rating of 4 Stars

 

I received this book for review from NetGalley.