FRIDAY POTPOURRI: ASSESSING MY BOOK STACKS….

My ever-growing book stacks include mostly e-books, but there are also a few print versions of books, like the ones above.  These are not my only print volumes, but they are the ones I’ve decided are “up next.”

My NetGalley review book stacks are growing faster than I’d planned.  I now have eight that I have not yet read!  I got another one today.  But I try to arrange them on the calendar so as not to stress me out too much!  I have two more to read by the end of July; four in August; two in September; and one in October…so far.

The newest one will be released on October 3:  The Stolen Marriage, by Diane Chamberlain.  How could I resist?

One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?

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I am a big fan of Chamberlain, so I am looking forward to it.

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Meanwhile, I hope to read these two before the end of the month:

The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond (another favorite author) (NG – 7/25)

 

The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard (Release date – 9/5 – NG Archive Date – 7-31)

 

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So, while I have been reading newly purchased books and some from my print stack, I will now turn more of my attention to my NetGalley ARCs.

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What are your reading priorities?  What books keep you engaged?

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