TBR Thursday: The Kitchen House

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Give me a historical fiction set on a plantation and I’ll read it almost every time. The Kitchen House was a Kindle deal once upon a time and I immediately scooped it up, but like most TBR Thursday picks its been in my library for a while without me ever reading it.

The Kitchen House is about an orphaned Irish girl named Lavinia who is brought to America to work and live on a tobacco plantation in the kitchen house with Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter and also a slave.  The story tells of how Lavinia becomes deeply bonded with her adopted family in the kitchen house but how she is also separated from them because of her skin tone.

I get excited about this book every time I read the summary but I will admit I do forget I have it and therefore I end up neglecting it. But I know I have to read it soon, I just hope it doesn’t end up being disappointing.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: The Nest

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The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

You ever see a book literally everywhere? That’s how I feel about The Nest. It is in every store I go to and I’ve seen reviews for it on blogs and youtube, so I can only take this as a sign that I need to read it.

I think this would make a great book to read around the thanksgiving holiday. The story is a family drama about 4 siblings and their impending inheritance. Sounds like the perfect read for thanksgiving where family drama likes to happen the most.  I’d also like to read it because it is a contemporary novel and I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and YA novels lately, so it would be nice to dive into another genre for a little while.

Have any of you picked this novel up?  What’d you think?

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Why Not Me?

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I received this in a Popsugar box last year and like most of the books I have I always plan to read them immediately but fail to get around to it.  Why Not Me? is written by Mindy Kaling most known as playing Kelly in The Office and now with her own show the Mindy Project.  I was originally introduced to her as Kelly and I religiously follow her on Instagram.  In fact I’m pretty sure Mindy Kaling is girl crush of mine so I’m definitely not giving up on one day reading this book.

I believe, but I’m not 100% sure, that Why Not Me? is an essay type book where Kaling chronicles different stories in her life.  I’ve never read a book that was a collection of essays before and I’m not sure if I like that style or not.  What I am sure is that this will probably be a funny read, as personally I’m drawn to her style of humor.

There isn’t a timeline for when I’ll read this book. I’m sure within my lifetime (hopefully) I’ll finally sit down and finish it.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: The Queen’s Poisoner

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The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

I have heard a lot about this book in the past few weeks. Originally I saw it on Bookoutlet but passed on it for something else. Of course after passing up on it, The Queen’s Poisoner has turned up on Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter. Not to mention that it’s on Kindle unlimited at the moment so I can read it for free!  Who doesn’t love that!

The Queen’s Poisoner is a Fantasy novel that has a vengeful King and a young boy named Owen who’s father once betrayed the King and had to hand Owen over to him to ensure he would not betray the King again. Well apparently Owen’s father fails to do that and now Owen must prove he is worthy to the King. Oh! and there’s magic, and whenever I read that on the inside jacket of a book I’ll usually read it. Plus the synopsis has me hooked, I want to know what happens and fall in love with a new series.  And honestly the cover of this book alone makes me want to read it. I might even have to buy a physical copy to have on my bookshelf but I’ll see if I like it first before doing that.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it but I’m in a Fantasy genre mood at the moment and I can only imagine it will probably sooner rather than later. Although I’ve said it out loud now so probably not.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remeber

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Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember Edited by Belinda Huemence

I picked this book up at a gift shop in Charleston, SC back in April.  The book is filled with the stories of former slaves who retell there times during slavery and after emancipation.  The original writings come from a project developed during the great depression to give writers jobs by having them go out across the south and gather these stories.  Belinda Huemence selected the stories of those specifically from South Carolina.

I picked up this book for two reasons. The first being that I love history and wanted to read it during my weekend visiting my parents in Charleston. And secondly the book is small, I believe is somewhere between 75 to 100 pages so it wouldn’t take long to read. I unfortunately was not able to read beyond the first chapter but this was only due to the fact that we were so busy during that weekend that I didn’t have the chance to sit down and read it.

My plan is to keep it in my purse because I almost always have a book with me at all times. I know I could easily finish it in a few hours and more than likely will have this read very soon.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I have owned this book for at least two years. It was given to me by a former co-worker and she swore it was the funniest book she had ever read. I unfortunately have not picked it up yet and it has sat on my bookshelf untouched.

I will also admit that I don’t know what the book is about other than the fact it involves a woman named Bernadette and she has a 15 year old daughter named Bee. I did however recently place it higher on my TBR list and I think I did it mainly out of guilt of having never read it.

My goal is to read it before next year. Although seeing as I have held onto it for 2 years without so much as opening it, I don’t know how promising this timeline will be. I will certainly post a review though once it happens, but don’t hold your breath because I’m pretty good at procrastination.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Neverwhere

Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere was a recommendation from deepthiunnkrishnan, who runs the blog onturningpages, in reply to my reading wishlist post I wrote about two months ago. After reading her comment I decided to head out to my local bookstore to find it and the description instantly made me want to read it.

The book is a fantasy novel about an underground world called Neverwhere that lies beneath the city of London that has all sorts beings not found on the world above. The main character Richard Mayhew is a business man who resides in the city above and has no clue about the existence of Neverwhere, that is until he rescues a girl connected to that world.  I was intrigued by the mystery of Neverwhere and it sounds like a great fantasy novel set in one of my favorite cities.

So you may be wondering why haven’t I read it yet?

My answer is best described by a reading philosophy of a pharmacist I use to work with. She could not read a book that did not fit the current season, meaning a book set around a town at the beach could not be read in the middle of December just as a Christmas novel wouldn’t do in July.  So too were my feelings about Neverwhere after I had read about twenty pages. I feel it would be a better read in the fall, especially around Halloween as some of the characters I’ve read so far seem to match that time of year the best. So I am going to read it this fall while I sit and sip on my pumpkin spice latte wearing my skinny jeans and boots because I’m kind of basic like that. (And by basic I mean awesome just so we’re clear.)

But I am curious to know if anyone else has this same quirk about reading? Does what you read have to reflect the scenery your in or maybe you can’t read a book that doesn’t match the mood you’d like to feel at that moment? I know that I can’t often read something sad when I’m feeling pretty happy. I’d love to hear from you all and see who else might feel this way.

 

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Scandalous Women

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women

By Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I’m starting a new series for every Thursday where I go through the books in my collection that I haven’t read yet.  I wanted to do it this way rather than a collected one each month because I tend to change my mind and didn’t want to feel like those were the books I had to read. The first book I have chosen for TBR Thursday (by the way TBR means “to be read” for anyone not familiar with the term) is called Scandalous Women written by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, and it is a book about different women in history and their major roles within it.

That’s right I wrote major.

Despite what we have often learned in our history classes, women did have a role in historic events that have often been untold even though they have changed the landscape of nations, empires, and cultures. From what I’ve seen when I’ve flipped through the pages so far is it looks as though the book is divided into different sections for each woman and I’ve noticed it has lots of names I’ve never heard of before, but does still include what you might expect for women of history such as Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette.

I originally found this book a little over a year ago while browsing the History section at Barnes and Noble, and I figure I should finally find the time to read it because I honestly feel like it is judging me while it has sat on my bookshelf untouched. The title alone caught my interest when I first came across it as I hadn’t seen a book with that subject matter before, and who wouldn’t want to read something with scandalous in the title?

My goal is to read Scandalous Women before the summer is over.  I think it will be an interesting and fun read, plus I may even learn something in the process and it could prove to be a good book to travel with.

Well I hoped you liked the first post of this series. I could probably do this every Thursday until I’m 80 because that’s how many books I own that I have read yet. Though I’m probably not the only one with this problem.

Happy Reading,

Meghan