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Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! A big, Thanks! 
for helping to make this year successful for my blog. Hope that I can share 
my love of books with as many people as possible. 
This is the time of year to cherish your family and friends. This life we have 
is too short and everyone should enjoy as much as they can in their time here. 
Happy Holidays and see you in 2015 with a review of John Grisham's "Gray Mountain".

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Patty Pick for 12/11/14 is "The Vacationers" by Emma Straub

"The Vacationers" by Emma Straub will have you in stitches half the 
time and hating some of these characters the other half. As the family 
and friends of Franny & Jim's head to Mallorca for a vacation, we get 
to see the outside and inside view of each character. I would have liked 
to know more of the background on this group of family and friends but 
the snapshot of their two weeks together is hilarious in spots.

Jim has recently lost his job due to an affair with a young staffer. 
He and Franny are not sure if their future will be together or separate.
Their son, Bobby, and his longtime girlfriend, Carmen, are trying to 
determine if they will have a relationship after the trip. 

You have to love Sylvia, their long-suffering daughter, who has just been 
dealt a humiliating blow via her best friend and social media. She is ready 
to leave the petty world of high school behind and start fresh at college. Her 
one goal is to lose her virginity first. 

As the family and their close friends, Charles & Lawrence, face infidelity, 
a breakup and the promise of a new baby, the story runs and walks through their
funny adventures. The vacationers will have you laughing and wondering how  
this is all going to turn out. You will enjoy this cute little book as a nice 
break from the real world. At least from my Southern world...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Patty Pick's Best Books of 2014

There were some fabulous books that were published this year but there were also 
some great books all ready on my shelf that I have been waiting to read. If you could 
see my to-read pile you would be scared, very scared. How in the world I had time to 
finish my own book, I will never know. There were many I wanted to include.They were 
very close, but I wanted to make sure if you only have so much time to read, you can 
read some of the best. Life has calmed down a little now for us, so here are my favorite books from 2014 in no order!

1. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
7. a land more kind than home by Wiley Cash
8. Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
9. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
10. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
11. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
12. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

There you go, a book for every month! That does not seem like too many. 
All of these books will thrill you, challenge you, scare you, make you cry, 
and be ones you will be talking about for some time. 

Please check back with my older posts for a short take on each book. I do 
not give away any secrets from them. There is nothing worse than a long 
and thorough report on a book that ruins it for you. I would love to hear 
from you all throughout the year about the ones you read and like. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!