It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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GOODREADS

A FANTASTIC FIVE STAR BOOK!!!  Do yourself a favor and go read this book!  Kya is abandoned by everyone she loves and by the age of eight is living on her own in the marshes of North Carolina.  She teaches herself to cook and makes money by digging up mussels every morning and selling them to a local market.   An older boy, Tate, helps her learn to read which changes her life forever.  Kya’s family and friends are the birds, animals, and insects that liver with her in the marsh.  She is happy and content.  Years later, an acquaintance of Kya’s, Chase, is found dead in the Marsh, and Kya is arrested for his murder.   Kya has been alone for years, away from the towns people but now she is front and center for the trial.  This amazing story deals with poverty, abuse, resilience, friendship, and prejudice.  It is beautifully written and the mystery of who killed Chase will keep you turning the pages.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    So I grabbed the Catherine Ryan Hyde book after seeing it on La La’s blog. Is that what inspired you? I really like this author and if you haven’t read Say Goodbye For Now and Worthy (both featuring great dog storylines as well as people) then you need to. I enjoyed them both. I really want to read the Nina Hill book. Sounds like it’s a perfect summer read.

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  2. Kathryn says:

    I enjoyed the Crawdads book and I hope to read the Bookish Life of Nina Hill, I think I might have booked it at the library – must check. And I loved Have You Seen Luis Velez? So a big match this week!

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  3. La La in the Library says:

    I am so happy you loved Have You Seen Luis Velez?! I really think people who don’t seem to want to read diverse books would enjoy it anyway, don’t you? I always notice there are certain bloggers who seem to never ever read anything diverse, or issue related, and it seems to me that’s a little hard to do nowadays. Ha ha. 😏

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    • jolenewilsonblog says:

      I didn’t feel like it was issue related at all or very diverse. I think it was more about a teenager struggling to fit in with his family which I think most teenagers could relate with. Also, I loved the focus on volunteering and serving others aspect. I feel this book should be labeled YA because it would be great for teens and adults to read.

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      • La La in the Library says:

        To me the subject of judging people by their race and ethnicity is both diverse and issue related; plus the element of Raymond’s sexuality. Family problems are also usually seen as issues. At least they are to me, anyway. I am going to promote this as gentle diversity because I think it will be more palatable to readers who seem to shy away from those types of stories. 📚

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