Saturday, July 16, 2016

SUMMER READING ~SURPRISE ENDING


Most of my summer reading has been Alexander McCall Smith.  I love his gentle stories and the interesting characters he introduces in his books.  I'm working on the 44 Scotland Street series, and waiting for the one I was missing from the series from Amazon used books.

In the meantime, I picked up a book in the Villa Ramona small library.  "Only Time Will Tell".  It turned out to be a great story with a lot of history, but the last sentence in the book was a complete twist I didn't expect......My mouth dropped open.  I had to read it several times...and then I just laughed and thought, Mr. Archer you pulled off a great surprise ending!!!!!!!

Trains and Lovers is a short book, following the lives of 4 people who meet on a train and their stories.  Very interesting and thought provoking on love.

I enjoy seeing what other bloggers are reading, and have decided I will read "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman after seeing the review from my blog friend Terra who gives it 5 stars.  You can read her review at this link.
http://terragarden.blogspot.com/2016/07/book-beginnings-man-called-ove.html

Are you doing any summer reading?? 

26 comments:

  1. I love reading although I haven't had as much time to read since I retired. You would think it would be the other way around, wouldn't you? Right now I'm reading a short biography of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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    1. I know what you mean being retired and busier than ever. One of the reason I like Alexander McCall Smith are his short stories in his 44 Scotland Street. Easy reading and you can lay it down at the end of a chapter.

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  2. Wanda, I love a quick read any more. I used to try and read lots of books...now I have trouble sitting still long enough. So a good books is important to keep me hanging in to finish it. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Yes, quick reads are good. I just love reading. My sister loves her Kendal, but I prefer books from the library, friends, thrift stores, and Amazon used books.

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  3. I love reading too. I read lots of books these past few months , right now we're reading a book by Kristin Hannah - Wintergarden , it is very good. I also just finished the giver series , it's really good . I reviewed it on my blog couple of days ago. We didn't read the book man called Ove for book club and everyone liked it.

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    1. I love to read too. I have several friends that we share books back and forth as we find ones we like. We have similar likes so that helps. I like wholesome books, and much of what's out there is trash.

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  4. Alexander McCall Smith is one of my very favorite authors, especially his series starring Mma Ramotswe. I hope you like A Man Called Ove. Once I recommended a different book on my blog and a blog friend read it based on my review and they hated the book and threw the book across the room. Ha ha. Ove is an excellent book though.

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    1. HaHa....Even if I hate it I won't throw it across the room. Maybe over the fence...HaHa. I have read all of the No #! Ladies Detective Agency. Love it. I'm loving the Scotland series too.
      Thanks for your review.

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  5. I have not been reading, but perhaps curling up on the back porch with a good novel would put some fun into a few summer days. I loved reading when I was young and could see the words on a page clearly. Still haven't read that book I bought in the thrift shop out there. Not sure I want to cry anymore.
    :0)

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    1. Alexander McCall Smith will not make you cry. They will lift your spirits and you will be pulled into the lives of his characters as I am.

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  6. When I was younger I always had my nose in a book.
    I'm not sure what happened...maybe my attention span has gone South.
    I really need to get back into it. Good wholesome books are hard to find sometimes.
    Yup...I really MUST get started again.

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    1. Reading good books gets my nose out of the computer where it get stuck too often. Books take me all over the world, to all time periods and I meet the most interesting people. If you want wholesome books, Alexander McCall is good, and so is the Mitford Series. Can't think of her first name but the last name is Karon.

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  7. As a former editor I find it very hard to read for pleasure as I automatically start to edit. But I must try again because I used to be an avid reader. As a child you could not pry a book out of my fingers! I love reading poetry. I tend to do more writing these days than reading.

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    1. I knew you were a lover of poetry as you have shared some wonderful ones on fb. I was also a reader as a child and not only read books but turned them into operas and sang them. Reader, writer, singer, poet. "You are wonderfully made and I am well aware of it." (Psalm 139:14 No wonder we "clicked" as friends. Love you.

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    2. Love you too, dear Wanda. I can just see you creating operas! xo

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  8. Not much reading...a few blogs...which I find more entertaining and interesting than novels. Your reviews do have me curious, especially about the Archer novel.

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    1. I may have ruined the book for you. But if you read it....don't peek at the ending...HaHa.

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  9. Can't believe how productive McCall Smith is. I have read all the Botswana ones (Ladies Detective Agency series) and some of the Scottish ones.

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    1. That's so true, the man just keeps pumping our great books. I read the Botswana series, working on the 44 Scotland series, and also some of his short stories like Trains and Lovers, and I loved the Orchistra that Saved the World.

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  10. I love to read, but these days find it difficult to concentrate on blogs, let alone books, although I am in the middle of several books. I used to be able to get a book, sit down and read it straight through. I think there are too many distractions for me these days. I will check these out on audible. My husband and I like to listen to books at night.

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    1. That's one of the reasons I like Alexander McCall Smith. Some of his series are short chapters, and I can stop and take care of business and then pick up the book again. I like reading early in the morning on the balcony with a cup of coffee. Being retired helps. HaHa

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  11. Something I need to start doing again. My problem is, I fall asleep too easy, drop the book, and neck gets out of joint. LOL It's hard to believe it's July 17th. all ready, before we know it, it will be Fall once again.

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    1. I've always enjoyed reading. I can remember always having books at a child, and then again as I got older. There was a time in ministry when all I had time for was Bible Studies.....but now in retirement, I'm enjoying novels.

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  12. I am reading and I am attempting to finish a series that I have been a long time reading by Karen Kingsbury. I have decided that she is my absolute favorite author at the moment.

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    1. Carol, I'm not familiar with her. What does she write about? I think I saw some of her books in our Villa Ramona Library at the Clubhouse. Give me some of her titles.

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  13. OH, wow, to get a complete surprise in on the last sentence is astounding! Is there a sequel? :)

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