The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It’s all about sharing the latest books I've added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I include books I borrow from the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.
This morning we took advantage of the warmer temperatures to pick up leaves. We were able to get eight full bags, and I’m sure we will have to pick up more in the upcoming weeks. It was a beautiful day to be outside.
Today we also celebrated our sons 21st birthday. We all went to dinner as a family along with his girlfriend, it was a wonderful time. It’s rare that we have both Austin (our son) and Riley (our daughter) together for dinner, one of them is usually working. I had to laugh because when Austin ordered his first legal beer, he wasn’t asked for his ID.
I talked to my mom earlier in the week and she was going a bit crazy because she didn’t have any new reads in the house. Which is so unlike her, now that she’s retired she enjoys reading more and has finished her recently purchased/borrowed books. I’m going to place a surprise order for her this evening through Book Outlet. She’ll be so thrilled when a box of books arrives for her.
What I’m currently reading/listening to:
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
In the spirit of Zoë Heller’s Notes on a Scandal and Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, an explosive and thought-provoking novel about the far-reaching repercussions of an illicit relationship between a young girl and a man twenty years her senior.
A rising star in the London arts scene of the early 1970s, gifted composer Ralph Boyd is approached by renowned novelist Edmund Greenslay to score a stage adaptation of his most famous work. Welcomed into Greenslay’s sprawling bohemian house in Putney, an artistic and prosperous district in southwest London, the musical wunderkind is introduced to Edmund’s beautiful activist wife Ellie, his aloof son Theo, and his nine-year old daughter Daphne, who quickly becomes Ralph’s muse.
Ralph showers Daphne with tokens of his affection—clandestine gifts and secret notes. In a home that is exciting but often lonely, Daphne finds Ralph to be a dazzling companion. Their bond remains strong even after Ralph becomes a husband and father, and though Ralph worships Daphne, he does not touch her. But in the summer of 1976, when Ralph accompanies thirteen-year-old Daphne alone to meet her parents in Greece, their relationship intensifies irrevocably. One person knows of their passionate trysts: Daphne’s best friend Jane, whose awe of the intoxicating Greenslay family ensures her silence.
Forty years later Daphne is back in London. After years lost to decadence and drug abuse, she is struggling to create a normal, stable life for herself and her adolescent daughter. When circumstances bring her back in touch with her long-lost friend, Jane, their reunion inevitably turns to Ralph, now a world-famous musician also living in the city. Daphne’s recollections of her childhood and her growing anxiety over her own young daughter eventually lead to an explosive realization that propels her to confront Ralph and their years spent together.
Masterfully told from three diverse viewpoints—victim, perpetrator, and witness—Putney is a subtle and enormously powerful novel about consent, agency, and what we tell ourselves to justify what we do, and what others do to us.
What I read/listened to this past week:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward ⭐⭐⭐
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Stacking the Shelves #57:
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Audiobooks I borrowed from the library:
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
Last week on the blog:
Wednesday - Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Have you read any of the books that I have listed? Thank you for visiting and I have a lovely week ahead. - Jovita