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Book Review: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

"When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens."

My review of Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

This book will definitely be on my best of 2018 reading list!

This slow and steady escape in to the marshlands of the North Carolina coast in the 1960s is indulgent and memorizing. Owens takes you on two adventures: one is trying to solve the murder of a young man whose body was found at the bottom of a fire tower with no clues on how he died.

The other is the life of Kya Clark, a young girl left behind by her family and raising herself completely alone. Her skill, bravery and acute attention to the natural world that surrounds her kept my attention. Her marsh home is the only thing that she trusts and when one young man shows her compassion by visiting her and teaching her how to read, she begins to see a side of life and love that she never knew existed. As she grows up, Kya becomes one with the marsh, staying away from people and choosing a solitary life, which is why there are rumors about her and she is called "The Marsh Girl" by the townspeople, who ridicule her and isolate her instead of trying to help her. When a well known boy is found dead, the town immediately point fingers at Kya. As you read the viewpoints of Kya and then the investigators who are looking into the death of Chase Andrews, you see how perceptions can change the entire trajectory of someone's life.

I thought this book was beautifully written, with one of the best settings brought to life that I have read in a long time. It's was a truly beautiful and captivating book. (less)
@putnambooks #partner I’m so excited to start this book! Today, I finished a book I wasn't crazy about. Real talk- I skipped to the end. That's not normal for me but I'm just in the mood to fall in love with a book so I moved on. Do you ever do that? ... This is my next read: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Putnam, August '18) It caught my eye right away because of the beautiful cover and the captivating description. It's 1969 and a young girl lives alone in the North Carolina marsh that surrounds a quiet town along the coast. When a boy is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark and she is forced to let the outside world in, even though she's spent her life keeping it at bay. It sounds like Owens has done an amazing job creating a beautiful setting with a coming-of-age story about love, the loss of innocence and secrets. Can't wait to dive in! ✨🌾✨🌾✨🌾 #thatswhatsheread #dailybookpic #dailypic #booklover #booknerd #bookaholic #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bookstack #igreads #readstagram #igbooks #booksworthreading #goodreads #toberead #reading #bookish #bookswelove #bookworm #booklover #bookclub #mustread #bookrecommedations
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Back to School Reading List For Moms

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

Happy School Year, Friends! 

5 Books On My Radar

Trying to keep up with all the books I want to read is like... I don't know but it's nearly impossible. So in case I lose track, here are a few that I have added to my Goodreads pile! 

Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them. (Goodreads, Little Brown & Co.) 

Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived. Gathering together in Palm Springs for the celebration are his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist, and their children: Phoebe, a high-powered attorney; Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and Simon, a big-firm lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two young daughters. 

But immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth facade: Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what to do with her life, and Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend. Roma knows her children are hiding things. What she doesn’t know, what none of them know, is that Harry is suddenly haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family to the California desert. As the ceremony nears, the family members are forced to confront the falsehoods upon which their lives are built. 

Set over the course of a single weekend, and deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered novel reckons with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and our family and the price we pay for second chances... (FlatIron books)

On a sunny beach in the French Riviera, Yvonne and Huda relax by the sea. But as their vacation unfolds, their troubled pasts seep through to the present. Both women spent their childhoods in Beirut--Yvonne raised in a Christian family and Huda raised in the Muslim faith--and find that while they left their families behind, they are still unable to escape their families' reach. As the novel unfolds, and as the story moves back in time to Beirut, and then forward to London, both friends undertake their own quests for romance and love. Here we follow the tumultuous lives and occasionally shocking choices of these two complicated, deeply engaging women torn between the worlds they were born into and the worlds they've created for themselves. (Goodreads, Pantheon, Knopf #partner)

Girl Was Your Face  by Rachel Hollis

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Sarah Jessica Parker's first book for her new imprint, (SJC for Hogarth).
A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.