Good morning, and welcome to another Book Release Day! Above, note that my bookshelves are expanding…again. As I read each of the hardcover/paperback books I’ve bought in the past ten months, the shelf grows. Yesterday I added my read/reviewed The Watergate Girl. Loved it! It was my fourth completed book for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.
Have I downloaded any new books? Well, yes, I did add Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler. This one will be a quick read, with only 192 pages, but each beautiful page will spotlight unique and quirky characters..
Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.
I received a book in the mail that I ordered a while ago from Amazon. It is not a new release, but it’s from a new favorite author, Kristan Higgins, On Second Thought.
“A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and new beginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women’s lives. Kate is refreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware and wry.”—RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!
Now…I have a bone to pick with Goodreads! One of the reasons I stopped joining their challenges in the past few years had to do with this very thing, but I gave it another try this year. Sigh.
Here’s what is happening. Every time I buy a new book from Amazon, they list it as “currently reading,” or recently, “read.” First of all, I like entering my own books on Goodreads as I acquire them…and I like to designate their status: “want to read, currently reading, or read.”
Can you see how this messes up the stats? Any thoughts?