Weekly Mash-Up #101 — Birthday Books, Part 1!

Birthdays come but once a year, and this year I celebrated by treating myself to…you guessed it…books, books, books!!  While I wasn’t able to get to my favorite book store like I had planned, on Friday I did get to my favorite thrift store and found these goodies…

The Dutch House has been on my radar for some time now; I’ve heard a lot of great things about it so I thought I’d give it a shot.  After enjoying Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone earlier this year I knew I wanted to try another one of her novels.  And a signed copy of a Rennie Airth mystery??  Yes please!!

And I had an added bonus in the mailbox on my birthday…the ARC of a book I recently won on LibraryThing that I wasn’t expecting so soon!

I also went on an online book buying binge, tracking down titles from some of my favorite authors as well as getting some much-anticipated debuts.  Be sure to watch my Twitter for updated Book Mail as the packages come in!

The Week in Books

This is Not a Lie by S.C. Farrow — 4 out of 5 stars

Joel is the lead singer of an up and coming rock band in the Australian music scene of 1984.  But his closeted lifestyle and heroin addiction may lead to the downfall of the band, as well as himself.   Farrow does a wonderful job of recreating the early ’80’s, from the heavy rock bands trying to make it big to the growing fear of the rapidly spreading AIDS virus.  While drug addiction is a major focal point, the homophobia depicted that was rampant at the time is truly heartbreaking.   Highly recommend.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz — 3 out of 5 stars

This novel is not so much about our doomed protagonist Oscar, but about his family and the curse that has haunted them for years.  It started out well enough, but by the midway point I found myself skimming more and more, something I normally don’t do.  I can see why it won the Pulitzer as the writing is very good, but the story itself just didn’t do it for me.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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