After a massive hiatus, Shelf Absorbed is up and running again! Albeit the blog has been defunct for several months, this momma has still been reading voraciously! This blog is dedicated to catching up. I’m still loving the Indie Next list, I’ve consistently found more winner-reads off this list than any other source for recommendations.
I’m currently reading “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper,” by Phaedra Patrick. And. it. is. fabulous. I can’t say enough about this book. It’s a gem. Each chapter is dedicated to a charm from a unlikely bracelet owned by Arthur’s deceased wife. It’s a story about hope, finding oneself regardless of age or station & ultimately: love.
In the spirit of summer I’ve been lounging in the pool a lot (under a thick layer of SPF 5,000). My skin is still so milky white it could be classified as all-organic, free range, locally sourced and gluten free. During my vegetative time, I decided that I was wasting good reading hours. So, I ordered a waterproof cover for my Kindle ($12.99 on Amazon and akin to a giant ziplock bag with a neckstrap), and I’ve been perusing the FREE lending library for Amazon Prime holders. Side note: I am not a proponent for buying books on Amazon, shop local or bust. However, “The Butterfly Garden,” by Dot Hutchison has been my most recent pleasing find. Picture rich mansion, enclosed gardens & unique “butterflies,” in the shape of kidnapped women with unique sets wings tattooed on their spines. I love books about sociopaths. They get me every time.
Having read “Horrorstor” and loved it, I was thrilled to death that our bookstore received an advanced copy of “My Best Friend’s Exorcism.” Grady Hendrix does not disappoint! He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I’ve found myself scrambling for anything else he’s penned. This story sounds like it’s going to detail pea-soup vomit and rotating heads, but it in fact is a story about true bond of friendship. It was a quick read, sometimes disturbing AND simultaneously fantastic. I can’t say enough about it. Go pick it up.
Last but certainly not least, I want to review “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend,” from Katarina Bivald. This is honestly one of my favorite books. A young lady, Sara, and her elderly penpal have decided to have a real-life visit during Sara’s vacation abroad to America. She is surprised when she first arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel, and finds that her friend has died. What ensues next is a tale of happiness, friendship and love. It’s impossible not to read this book and smile with nearly every page. A great summer read!
Thank you for coming back to my blog! Please comment or email me with any recommendations for my reading list! Stay tuned for another blog and update. I promise it will be soon!