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Literary Friday: Spring Break Reading

Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Friday!  This week I've been reading two books about Westies and their health because it's been a long time since I had a Westie puppy in the house.  Rather than discuss them today, I thought I'd ask you to help me choose the book I'll read during Spring Break in a couple of weeks.  All blurbs are from Goodreads.

From New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes--and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary--a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

I never take library books to the beach because I'm afraid something will happen to them, so I'll be purchasing whichever one you help me choose. Please look at the top of the sidebar and vote for the book that sounds like the best read to you!  I'll post the results next week.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

"Look: we want donors to feel good about the gift they are making.  But let's just say, hypothetically, that they feel bad or scared.  Does that change the quality of the gift, Edgewater?  No."

from page 56 of Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

What do you think?  Would you read it?

Don't forget to vote in the poll!

Until next time…

Happy Reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. Boy, Snow, Bird has been on my wish list for a while.

  2. The title and snippet from Sleep Donation are intriguing; I'd at least give it a try.

    As for your reading choices Boy, Snow, Bird looks to be an engrossing read.

  3. Boy, Snow, Bird is a must read. What a perfect day today with the wind and rain to start any book, and the stew is sounds and looks delicious for when you take a book break.
    Have a great weekend RJ...........

  4. Can I choose all 3? ;)
    Great picks! Have a lovely Spring Break!

  5. RJ,
    They all sound promising, but the Beekeepers Apprentice holds a soft spot in my heart since I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.

  6. Beekeeper's Apprentice has been on my list for far too long.

  7. Sleep Donation sounds really interesting and more than a little unnerving. I'm going to have to add The Beekeeper's Apprentice to my TBR list.

    My Friday 56 post.

  8. Interesting 56. Really made me stop and think.

    Happy weekend!

  9. Wow, great #56 post and I love the Bee cover art. Happy weekend!

  10. wow, you found an interesting selection this week!

  11. OK, so the cover of Sleep Donation has me cowering in the corner. Doubt that I would read it.
    Enjoy your spring break!

  12. Hi Ricki Jill, I am drawn to "Boy, Snow, Bird", I think I'll give it a try myself.
    Sounds perfect for spring break. We just got back, I read "And the Mountains Echoed",
    it was very good and thought provoking. Enjoy your time off!


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