Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October "Twitterature": hilarious and unputdownable



Today I'm joining Modern Mrs. Darcy again for her monthly "Twitterature" linkup; that's where we share short reviews of what we've been reading.

I read two books this month that I'd highly recommend:


Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.  Melton is best known for her Momastery website and blog where she strives to live life openly and unashamedly.  In her words, "My job is to wake up every day, say yes to life’s invitation, and let millions of women watch me get up off the floor, walk, stumble, and get back up again."  This book is a compilation of essays and posts about her addictive (or as she puts it, "festive") past and her struggles with parenting, marriage, and faith.  This is a woman who puts a bag on her head during her kids' tantrums, endures her child yelling "Mommy, you smell like a bar!" at the dentist's office (she meant candy bar, honest), and faces the unfair truth that laundry must be moved from washer to dryer well before a week has elapsed.  Hilarious and endearing, with a lot of wisdom. 


 The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.  A young woman named Edie goes to Milderhurst Castle to visit the reclusive elderly Blythe sisters and find out more about her mother's experience boarding there as a child during WWII.  The secrets she unravels -- about the youngest sister's long-lost fiance, Mr. Blythe's mysterious writings, and her own mother's surprising past, just to name a few -- keep the reader turning the pages ... and this book has a lot of pages!  I've only read one other novel by Morton, The Forgotten Garden; that was good, but this one was greatIt's the kind of book the word "unputdownable" was made for.  

What have you been reading this month?  What's the most "unputdownable" book you've ever read?

20 comments:

  1. I'm reading a Kate Morton book right now! The Secret Keeper. I'll be putting The Distant Hours on my list, sounds great.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Beth -- I haven't read The Secret Keeper but now I want to read all the rest of Morton's books that I haven't read. Although I think there are only 4 total.

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  2. I love Kate Morton--my only complaint is that she's only written four books! ;-)

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    1. I know -- what is with these people? They should just put aside eating, sleeping, and living life, and write more books for fans like us. :-)

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  3. Kate Morton's name keeps popping up. The Distant Hours sounds like a page turner. I love WWII stories set in England. I'll give that one a try.

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    1. Hi Kate - thanks for stopping by. If that's the kind of book you like, this sounds perfect for you.

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  4. I had to take The Distant Hours back to the library before I could finish it (I hate when that happens!). You've reminded me to put it back on my list. Thank you!

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    1. I hate that, too! Just last month I took out one of MMD's recommendations and had to return it unread. I hope you enjoy The Distant Hours.

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  5. I didn't have enough time to get into The Secret Keeper when I checked it out. I want to try Morton based on everyone's reviews of her. I have enjoyed Glennon's blog when I read it. I will grab her book if I see it at the library! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Anne - I really love what I've read of Morton's work so far so I look forward to her other books. Thanks for coming by.

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  6. Ooh, you've sold me on The Distant Hours. I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden and LOVED The Secret Keeper.

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    1. Hey Dawn - I just dropped by your place too! Sounds like we may be kindred (reading) spirits.

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  7. I've never read Kate Morton, but now my interest is piqued. I do love books about secrets.

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    1. Well, I think this is a great Morton novel to start with. I enjoy how the main character, Edie, thinks she's got things figured out and then .... WAIT a minute ... So we are drawn along with her to figure things out as she does.

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  8. I couldn't get into "The Forgotten Garden", but maybe I should give "The Distant Hours" a try! Thanks for the reviews. :)

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    1. Thanks, Victoria -- I hope you do try TDH and like it.

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  9. The Distant Hours sounds great. I've only read the Forgotten Garden.

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    1. You'll love it. So much to figure out, and such interesting characters.

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  10. The Distant Hours sounds like it might be my kind of thing! I'm putting it on my Christmas list....

    My vote for unputdownable goes to A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine. My review of it is in this article:
    http://articles.earthlingshandbook.org/2009/12/29/books-that-blew-my-mind/

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    1. Hi Becca, I took a quick look at your link -- WOW! Awesome list there; I'll have to go back to read all of those reviews. I've never heard of the Barbara Vine book at all, so I will be sure to check it out. Thanks and I hope you like The Distant Hours.

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