Friday, October 12, 2012


Hello, Friday!

On Wednesday, it occurred to me about midday that it was, in fact, the middle of the week already and I immediately thought (and almost said out loud), "WTF?"

(And seriously, my mouth has been terrible lately. Considering I work with kids, I'm pretty good at keeping it clean, but lately... Oy. Constant sailor talk in my head).

So, Wednesday has come and gone, Thursday came and went almost just as fast and now it is Friday! Today I'm subbing at a local high school in English (woot, woot! Fave subject!) and then this weekend I have some pretty low key plans... Planned Parenthood book sale Saturday morning while working with a client, a six mile (or so) run, Sunday Funday watching football at Buffalo Wild Wings and possibly seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower at Fleur Cinema (it is FINALLY out in Des Moines this weekend. Finally.)

I like weekends like that. Just busy enough!

Ok, that intro was longer than I intended. It has been way too long since I have linked up for Heather's Book Club Friday, which is probably because I do not have time to read. I have been "reading" 11/22/63 since September 27th and am just barely past page 300 (yikes). I have one class that has an insane amount of reading to do and all of the reading is dense and extremely dry. It's been kiiiilllling me.

I did however make time to read Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio last weekend because it came in at the library and I could not wait to pick it up. I ADORED The Violets of March and The Bungalow, so I have been on pins and needles waiting for this one.

It did not disappoint.

Sarah Jio tells the best stories in the most historically rich eras. I adore historical fiction, and although this is not technically historical fiction, the story is told through two different time periods. I love reading books like this and visualizing the parallel lives during two very different time periods. Sarah Jio nails it every time and creates characters you cannot help but adore.

This is one of those books I would recommend if you're looking for light fiction that you can lost in and devour in a relatively short period of time (and I would say that about all three of her books!).

From Goodreads:

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator's.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 "blackberry winter" storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways...

What have you read lately that I should add to my TBR list??


Becky said...

Be sure to tag Sarah in this on twitter - she loves seeing things like this!

I haven't read Blackberry Winter yet - it's on my nightstand - I'm saving it as a reward for getting through some other things first. But I need to get on it because I've had it since the day it came out!

Julie said...

I just got that jaycee dugard book from the library (the one on your sidebar) and its waiting to be read.

David bone said...

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Victoria said...

i just put this one hold! thanks to you i have adored sarah's other two novels :)

happy weekend!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Yeah I think this was my favorite of her 3 books and that says a lot because I LOVED the other two also. Just love them. I'm going to try to read 11/22/63 this month and it's probably going to kill me because I've been super busy too. Oh well!

Shoshanah said...

I still haven't read anything by Sarah Jio. Which really is ridiculous because I used to enjoy reading her blogs and Glamour and love all historical fiction. I'm sure eventually I'll get to her though, and probably wonder why I waited so long.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am honestly really struggling to keep track of the days of the week. I have to really think about what day it is, I don't have a natural sense since my schedule has been so weird lately with all the traveling, including some Sunday travel for work.

I just started Blackberry Winter last night! I am 40 pages in and had to FORCE myself to put it down. I could have kept going, but knew I'd be pissed at myself in the morning when my alarm went off for run club. ;)

Lesley said...

That book sounds interesting! I'm going to add to my goodreads! x