Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Week in Books


What Arrived Last Week

The Cybil books are starting to pour in....

One more week of school and then I'll have all week to read and review.

What I Finished Last Week

It's a good week when you find yourself reading not one but two very good books.

In Flirting with French, author William Alexander makes a fervent attempt to finally master French. He tries all the recommended methods: Rosetta Stone...a tutor...classes...even immersion. He's quite discouraged by the results...initially. But, after further testing, he learns that though his French is not really letter-perfect, he has improved considerably and, even more importantly, his memory and other late-in-life-learning skills have improved. I loved going along with Alexander as he made his way through the world of French language acquisition.

Who knows reality better than author Laurie Colwin? In Family Happiness, Polly is a happy wife and mother, with a large extended happy family. But let's look again. Is Polly really so terribly happy? And, if she is, why is she have a secretive affair with a reclusive painter? And how does her extended family fit in to her troubles? A very real look at life and families and relationships and, yes, happiness. 

What are you reading today?!

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 


  1. Flirting with French sounds like a great read! I love those language learning memoirs!

  2. I think Mystery of the Golden Temple loos fun... :)

    1. Yes, I hope to get serious about reading the Cybils next week.

  3. I need this Flirting with French, keep reading about it

    1. I think it's perfect for those of us who love France.

  4. I'm enjoying Colwin's essays now... will definitely give her fiction a try!

  5. I bought Flirting with French a little while back when I first saw someone review it- good to hear good things from you too. I'll have to find time to get to it.

    PS Check out my post from last week on L'Heure Joyeuse- i think you'll like it.

  6. Flirting with French sounds like fun.

    Have a great reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Family Happiness sounds good to me.
    The Pack n Go Girl Adventure sounds good for my granddaughters. At first I was put off by them having to say it was "for girls" but I guess it isn't a bad thing if it is targeted for young girls and they enjoy having their own adventure series. Thanks for sharing your titles.

  8. I love seeing all of your Cybil books! They give me great ideas for my kids. :)

  9. Family Happiness looks good! I have read one or two books from this author and enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  10. Another great week for you.

    Family Happiness sounds good.

    Have a wonderful new week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  11. I just read a book of Colwin's essays so I'll have to try her fiction. I loved her reading style. I'll have to look for the Mo Willems book. He's quite a favorite around here! Have a great week!


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