Weekend Reading

Here are the books on my radar this week! Happy Reading!
As I’ve mentioned before, I love a memoir. And I love reading about people overcoming their issues and problems. Bravo to those who are courageous to speak out about their personal experiences.
My Fair Junkie by Amy Dresner looks really good, the kind of book I can escape into. Check it out:
Check it out:
Growing up, Amy Dresner believed that everything was always funny and turned out right. And she needed to believe it. If you could snort it, smoke it, shoot it, or have sex with it, she did. But in 2011, that all changed. She was high on OxyContin, stupidly pulled a knife on her then husband, and was promptly arrested. Within months, she found herself in a psych ward, penniless, and looking at 240 hours of community service. For the next two
For the next two years, she would sweep up syringes on Hollywood Blvd. as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety and starting life over in her 40s. My Fair Junkie is the shameless, hilarious, and unfortunately true account of it all.
Just started this one last night. What appealed to me was the description of the book being a combination of Tell The Wolves I’m Home and The Rosie Project,  I absolutely loved both of those books so I was eager to start The Reminders by Val Emmich.
Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin Winters sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple’s home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.
Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase “it never fails” in the last six months (twenty-seven) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are a half dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it.
Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she’s convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney’s final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future.
So far, so good. A cute story that mentions The Beatles and John Lennon quite a lot.

I’ve been a fan of author Robyn Harding for many, many years starting with her very first book! I was super excited to read her latest, The Party and was not disappointed. Wow! What a page turner.
Robyn weaves together a compelling story here and one that you don’t want to miss. A single event, several people, multiple points of view and a cascade of after-effects that change everyone’s lives through the course of the story.
Here’s the synopsis:
Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?
But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.
I’m always critical of the way an author wraps up a story and I like how Robyn ended this one!
When I read the description of this novel, I knew I’d have to read it. Catherine Ryan Hyde writes amazing books and this one sounds compelling and sweet!
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

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