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Literate Housewife Turns 10!

It’s hard to believe, but today my blog turns 10 years old. What began as a way to keep myself honest about reading 52 books in on year became the best habit I’ve ever picked up. It has added friends, great reads, great reads, audiobooks, author and narrator friends, and trips to New York and Asheville. I love my expanded horizons and how they have made me who I am today. My one regret – and just for today only – is that I stopped numbering each review. It would have been nice to say I reviewed X books in 10 years without having to count. Ah well…

Thanks to one and all who have supported me over the years. Some have been better than others and I know that the last few have been spotty. Project Management and book blogging haven’t mixed well together in my life, but I will keep giving this space a good college try. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring.

The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner

The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner

Published by: Touchstone

Published on: 12/27/2016

Page Count: 304

Genre: Fiction

My Reading Format: ARC won from the publisher on Litsy

Available Formats: Hardcover and eBook

Summary from the Publisher:

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.

As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare.

My Review

I was excited to win a copy of this book from Touchstone on Litsy. It arrived around the middle of December. When I finished the latest book in my postal book club, there were only a couple days left in 2016. I needed something light and quick as I was hoping to finish just one more book before the end of the year. The Twilight Wife is indeed light, but it didn’t engage me quite enough to finish it in 2016. A main character experiencing amnesia who also has frequent dreams that could or could not be clues to the past just felt forced. Instead, I set it aside while I read High Fidelity.

It’s usually not a good sign when I set one book aside for another, but in this case it worked well for the book that was set aside. High Fidelity left me wanting to read more than I have in a long time. So, when I picked The Twilight Wife back up, I dug in with zeal hoping to enjoy the second half more than the first. In the end I just didn’t find this book as compelling as it could have been. The ending, which should have been intense, felt rushed and too easily solved. Banner’s novel was just okay for me. I never felt the connection to Kyra that would have made me worried for her. If you’re looking for a palate cleanser or lazy beach read options, I would suggest this book. Otherwise, I would pass.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles ~ Audiobook Review

News of the World by Paulette Jiles Published by: William Morrow Published on: October 4, 2015 Page Count: 224 Genre: Historical Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook Published by: Brilliance Audio Narrator: Grover Gardner Audiobook Length: 5 hours 58 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: In the wake of the Civil […]

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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Published by: Riverhead Books Published on: August 1, 1996 Page Count: 352 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Personal paperback copy Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left […]

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Les Mis Loves Company

There was a small book (more of a pamphlet really) at my local public library up that listed books that should be read before you go to college. I made countless lists and reading plans based on that pamphlet over the course of my last two years of high school. There was one book that […]

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First Read of 2017!

Happy New Year! If you’re reading this, 2016 is history! Thank goodness! I’m so ready for something new. With the new year comes one of my new favorite reading traditions, Sheila from Book Journey’s First Book of the Year event. There are so many people participating this year. It’s amazing to check out Sheila’s post and […]

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From the Heart ~ Coleen Marlo, Xe Sands, and Gigi Shane

December… the time to give thanks for those things that have sustained us through the past year. For narrators, a huge part of that is YOU, the listening community! As we wind down 2016, we want to give back to you, our listeners, who help make our job so rewarding, and who travel with us […]

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From the Heart ~ Robin Eller and Mike Tanner

December… the time to give thanks for those things that have sustained us through the past year. For narrators, a huge part of that is YOU, the listening community! As we wind down 2016, we want to give back to you, our listeners, who help make our job so rewarding, and who travel with us […]

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From the Heart ~ Carrington MacDuffie, Donna Postel, and Sean Runnette

December… the time to give thanks for those things that have sustained us through the past year. For narrators, a huge part of that is YOU, the listening community! As we wind down 2016, we want to give back to you, our listeners, who help make our job so rewarding, and who travel with us […]

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From the Heart ~ Kitty Hendrix and Peter Kenny

December… the time to give thanks for those things that have sustained us through the past year. For narrators, a huge part of that is YOU, the listening community! As we wind down 2016, we want to give back to you, our listeners, who help make our job so rewarding, and who travel with us […]

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