It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I have 2 weeks worth of books to discuss in this post since I was a slacker and didn’t get my post done last week.

The Husband Habit by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Vanessa keeps falling for married men. She doesn’t mean to. She just never finds out they are married until their wife shows up. Her job is a mess too. Her celebrity chef boss keeps taking credit for all her culinary creations. When she meets her parents’ new neighbor she dismisses him as a country bumpkin ex-military idiot. But is there more than meets the eye?

This is chick-lit but it was very good. It explored the divide between people who consider themselves liberal and anti-war and the people who are sent to fight in wars. We’ll come back to this theme in a later book too.

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

Maryam was thrown out of her traditional Iranian family in the 1950s after a misunderstanding compromises her honor in her father’s eyes. Eventually she makes her way to London where she marries and has a family. Now, when an argument with her adult daughter and a pre-teen nephew causes an accident, she flees back to the village and the people she left behind. Her London family is left trying to figure out what happened in the past to drive her to such extremes.

I listened to the audio and absolutely loved it. The story is told in the voices of both Maryam and her daughter Sarah. I liked both narrators. Maryam’s backstory is heartbreaking and her decision to hide in her village is made believable. Sarah is realistic as a daughter who is trying to understand her mother as a complex person and not just as an accessory to her life.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

Every 15 years trouble comes for Ginny Slocumb. When she was 15 she got pregnant. When she was 30 her daughter got pregnant. Now’s she’s 45. Her daughter has had a stroke and she’s going to put in a pool to help with her rehab. When she takes out a tree to make way for the pool, the bones of a baby are unearthed. She realizes that they are the bones of her granddaughter. But if her granddaughter died as a baby, then who is the teenage girl that she thinks is her granddaughter? With her daughter unable to speak it is up to Ginny and her granddaughter to separately try to come up with answers.

I’ve read this author’s blog for years and loved it. But, I’ve never really loved her books and that makes me feel like a horrible person to say that. I didn’t rush out to read this one. I finally listened to the audio and it was wonderful. The story is told through three narrators – Ginny (also known as Big), Liza the daughter, and Mosey the granddaughter. Each has a distinct voice and point of view.

Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson

The author is an American who lived in England for 20 years. Then he moved his family back to the U.S. This is a collection of magazine columns he wrote for an English magazine about the culture shock of being home.

I was reading this in a car repair waiting room and trying not to laugh out loud. It was hard. I probably looked weirder stifling the giggles than just going ahead and laughing.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Jo is an Army helicopter pilot. She is currently serving in the National Guard. Her lawyer husband has never supported her military service and refuses to hear anything about it. Their marriage is falling apart and he wants a divorce. When she is activated to go to Iraq he is furious. He is going to have to spend a year taking care of their two daughters. When she leaves he gets a case of a Marine who shot his wife. He starts to learn about PTSD after military service and starts to wonder what is happening to his wife.

I really liked this book. I live with this issue all the time because of the SO’s military history. I think it is going to be a huge issue in the future with the way the military has been treated in the last decade.

I’m continuing my read through the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.


  1. Currently reading Jass by David Fulmer.

    Mystery about Life and Times in StoryVille La. during the time when this area of New Orleans was a wide open tenderloin. The story revolves around pianist Jelly Roll Morton.

  2. Oh my type of blog – quilting and reading! Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m now following you!

  3. The Saffron Kitchen sounds very interesting. I’m off to check it out!

  4. You had a great reading couple of weeks. I have given up on buying Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books in hardcover. I am quite content to wait for the paperbacks or even miss a few since the stories seem so much the same to me and Stephanie doesn’t seem to be growing as a character. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  5. Love the Evanovich books – although I’ve stopped reading them. They were wonderful, but at 17 I decided enough was enough. :) Happy read this week!

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  6. What an awesome line up!! I need to add The Husband Habit to my wish list!!
    Have a great week!!

  7. Oooh! The Husband Habit sounds good! I hope you have a great week of reading!


  8. My husband adores Bryson’s books. I gave his first one a try but wasn’t as enthralled. I have a bunch around the house. Maybe I should try another one.

    My favorite read this week was Stuck on Earth by David Class. Please come see what else I’m reading.

  9. I should really read some of Bryson’s travel books. I read the Thunderbolt Kid last year and thought it was fantastic. So funny! Love the early Stephanie Plum series too.

  10. I really like the sound of Home Front. You are doing well with the Plum series – glad you are enjoying them.
    Have a grand reading week.

  11. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty sounds a bit sad, but interesting. I’m going to check it out!

  12. Im reading home front this week! Hope you enjoy it.

    I’m om the iPad but need to come back to catch up. Have a great week!

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