Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Bookshelf & Life (Lately)

I am home and settled and recovering from my stem cell transplant! Things went very well and I am feeling pretty good most of the time. I am still very tired, but that is to be expected while recovering from chemotherapy.

This photo was taken the day I was released from the hospital. After three weeks, I was so happy to be free! And so grateful for my husband who took such good care of me during all of my treatments. 

When we got home, I did start a new quilt! With a helpful supervisor... :) I am hoping to have it complete in the next few weeks. 

Finally... some book recommendations. I have been reading a lot while I am recovering. Here are a few favorites since the last time I posted.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This was such a great book about women during WWII. These characters were inspiring and memorable. If you loved The Nightingale or The Alice Network, you'll love this one, too. 

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liz Constantine was a satisfying, suspenseful read. The author did a great job with character development and with leaving the reader satisfied with the outcome.

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman was one of my favorites... this was an easy, light, fun read (the perfect break after a few heavy books). 

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was a lighter read, although still a compelling and interesting story. 

It Ends With Us was my first read by Colleen Hoover. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading her new one, All Your Perfects.

All We Ever Wanted is a new book by one of my favorite authors, Emily Giffin. I really liked this book, but it was very different from her usual style! I think this story is so timely with current events and the changing culture around sexual assault. That said, there's a lot more to this book and she does a great job of developing the characters and telling the story from many different points of view. 

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee was a light, fun, sexy read. There are a lot of love scenes, so pass on this one if that's not your jam. 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell was full of twists and turns and unexpected characters. This one was hard to put down and I will definitely be reading more from this author. 

November 9 by Colleen Hoover was my second book by this author. I loved the premise of this story - a young couple meets up every year on November 9th. Reading about their lives and how they become connected was really an interesting way to experience a book. 

Finally, after several friends raved about these recipes, I bought Magnolia Table for my husband for his birthday (he loves to cook). This cookbook is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l and so many of the foods are amazing. 

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