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.
WHAT I READ LAST
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.
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.