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Wife-in-Law by Haywood Smith

What happens when your husband runs off with his new girlfriend but doesn’t stay away?  What if he shows up in a few years and marries your best friend who lives just across the street?

I had this from the library for a while before starting it because I’m not a fan of stories about exes.  But when I finally opened it the first paragraph said that these best friends were married to the same man and then one of them killed him.  Well, ok then.  I really liked the characters in this book especially the narrator’s agoraphobic, hoarder mother.

Echoes by Maeve Binchy

David Power and Clare O’Brien both grew up dreaming of escape from the battered seaside town of Castlebay, but they might as well have had the ocean between them. David is the cherished son of a prosperous doctor, while Clare lives with her large family behind their faltering store, longing for a moment of quiet to study. When they both go to university in Dublin—he as a matter of course, she on a hard-won scholarship—their worlds collide. They find freedom in each other—until the families, lovers, and secrets they left in Castlebay come back to haunt them.

After reading her stories I always wonder if everyone in Ireland would be better off if antidepressants were put in the water.

Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon

Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.

I laughed all the way through the first two sections on fan geeks and literary geeks. If you are reading this post, you might also relate to something in this book. The section on literary geeks assured me that I am not alone in being delighted in a man who reads. The SO was horrified early in our relationship that I was excited that he read. Of course he could read. It took me a long time to explain that “can read” and “does read” can be worlds apart and I still think he doesn’t get the point but this book does.